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  • Surreal times in Jerusalem :: COVID-19 cleaning for Passover
    What can we say, we are living through unbelievable times. Somehow we have completely changed our lives in Israel’s capital of Jerusalem. Yet we continue with our usual preparations for the upcoming holiday of Pesach (Passover) — including the cleaning of the Kotel (Western Wall) plaza… this year with quite a twist!

    Illustrative Photo Credit: James Emery [License]

    In hazmat suits, workers collect messages from Western Wall

    Article Courtesy: YNet

    Twice a year, cleaning teams using long sticks gouge out tens of thousands of written prayers that visitors traditionally cram into the crevices of Judaism’s Western Wall in Jerusalem.
    But this time, the rite was held with precautions against coronavirus infection in place.
    Workers in hazmat suits and gas masks sprayed sanitizer on the wall’s ancient stones while others held onto their sticks with gloves as they extracted the paper notes left in “God’s mailbox.”

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  • Jerusalem :: Mourning first COVID-19 death in Israel
    Israel’s first recorded death due to the worldwide outbreak of the novel coronavirus (COVID-19) occurred in Jerusalem today. The patient, Aryeh Even, was 88-years-old at the time of his passing earlier today. Unfortunately, his family was unable to be with him in the last days of his life due to the necessary quarantine in place. The entire Israel mourns his loss and stand with his family during their time of mourning.

    Photo courtesy of the family.

    Israel’s first virus fatality named as 88-year-old Holocaust survivor Aryeh Even

    Article Courtesy: Times of Israel

    Israel’s first fatality in the coronavirus pandemic was on Saturday named as 88-year-old Holocaust survivor Aryeh Even.
    In a statement, Even’s family said they regretted that they were unable to be by his side for his final moments.
    “He was a dear and beloved man, living a full life, devoted to his family, a strong man until the end. We are sorry to have passed his last days and moments at a time when his family members were prevented from being by his side.”

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  • A Coronavirus Wedding in Jerusalem (JewishPress)
    Right about now we can all use some uplifting news — and this is a great one! The coronavirus concern that has been overtaking the world is a serious one. Something that Israel has taken quite seriously with intense restrictions, including the limiting of gatherings to 10 people or less. Well, that could seriously put a damper on a wedding, right? Thanks to a bit of thought and ingenuity along with great joy and love — this Jerusalem wedding will be one to remember! The happy couple and organizers went to great lengths to maintain the joy fitting of a wedding while preserving the health of participants following public health guidelines. The video can be seen at the full article link.

    Image and article courtesy: Jerusalem coronavirus wedding video snapshot. Full video and article here.

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  • Serbia Plans Official Governmental Office in Jerusalem – and More!
    In a further step to increase cooperation between Israel and Serbia, the latter nation has announced plans to move forward with an official ‘state office’ in Israel’s capital. This article shares more…

    Photo of Serbian President Vucic for illustrative purposes only. Photo Credit: Franz Johann Morgenbesser [License]

    Israel Praises Serbian Pledge to Open ‘State Office’ in Jerusalem

    Article Courtesy: Balkan Insight

    The Israeli embassy in Belgrade said it was “happy” to hear that Serbia plans to open a diplomatic representative office in Jerusalem, which Israel claims as its capital.
    “We are happy to hear [President Aleksandar] Vucic announcing a plan for the opening of the official Serbian state office in our capital Jerusalem. We encourage others to follow the same direction and join more countries,” the embassy’s Twitter account said.

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  • The Importance of Israel’s Constant Presence in Jerusalem Throughout History
    The Jewish nation has maintained a nearly constant presence in Jerusalem and other essential locations in Israel throughout history. From ancient to modern times, Jews have worked hard to continue living in and visiting Israel’s eternal unified capital. Even during the short pockets of history when this was not possible, the Jewish People always maintained a direct relationship with Jerusalem through prayers, Torah study and minhagim (customs). This article explains why this is significant…

    Photo Credit: TPS (via U.S. Ambassador to Israel David Melech Friedman went first to the Western Wall, straight from the airport, upon his arrival in Israel to start his new job.

    Historical ‘Jewish presence’ key to Israel’s territorial claims, US envoy says

    Article Courtesy: Israel Hayom

    US Ambassador to Israel David Friedman reiterated on Wednesday that the Trump administration did not consider Israeli settlements in Judea and Samaria as illegal per se, while also noting Israel’s ancient ties to the land.

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  • Turkish Attempts to Appropriate Areas of Jerusalem
    Israel continues to face threats from the Muslim nations that surround it. The strained relationship between Turkey and Israel show themselves when it comes to Turkish attempts to take over parts of Israel’s capital. More troublesome is the Turk’s attempt to bury the facts of history in Jerusalem. This article explains more…

    Photo for illustrative purposes only. Photo Credit: RAFFI YOUREDJIAN [License]

    EXCLUSIVE: Turkey Working to Take Over Armenian Quarter in Jerusalem’s Old City

    Article Courtesy: TPS by Baruch Yedid via The Jewish Press

    Turkey has been conducting extensive activity within Jerusalem’s Old City and has specifically been targeting the Armenian and Christian Quarters, TPS has learned.
    Residents have told TPS about efforts of Turkish officials in recent years to persuade them to deny the Armenian holocaust perpetrated by the Turks a century ago and other actions to acquired property owned by local Christians.

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  • Jerusalem in truly the eternal undivided capital of Israel
    In light of the confusion evident in the recently presented “Deal of the Century” peace plan, it is necessary to set the record completely straight. At one point the U.S. president declares that Jerusalem will remain the undivided capital of Israel. Yet, at another point, he discusses the possibility of establishing (for the first time in human history) a “State of Palestine” with a capital in “Eastern Jerusalem.” The word “undivided” is not a vague one and there’s absolutely no room to blur the lines here.
    So, let us be clear… there is only one city of Jerusalem and it is Israel’s eternal undivided capital. There is no such place called Eastern Jerusalem… or for that matter, Western Jerusalem, Northern Jerusalem or Southern Jerusalem. Jerusalem is a single and ancient city established thousands of years ago. In all of its history, Jerusalem was only divided for 19 years — between the years 1948 through 1967 when the Jordanians had occupied part of the city and made sure that not a single Jewish person could live or visit there. However, the Jewish Nation reunified the city in the 1967 “Six Day War” and has maintained Jerusalem as its unified capital. It should also be noted that throughout the millennia, and despite being conquered and re-conquered by invading armies throughout the millennia, only one people has ever maintained Jerusalem as its capital — the Jewish People. The ancient Israelites were the first to do so and again, in 1948 with the establishment of the modern State of Israel, the Jewish Nation re-crowned Jerusalem as the eternal capital. Once its reunification in 1967, Jerusalem was re-established as Israel’s eternal unified capital — and must remain so 100%.

    Illustrative photo by Andrew Shiva [CC BY-SA 3.0 or Attribution], via Wikimedia Commons

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  • World leaders, survivors gather in Jerusalem for Fifth World Holocaust Forum (YNet)
    Jerusalem today is the scene of a historic event for the Jewish Nation. World leaders from dozens of countries have arrived for ceremonies marking the 75th anniversary of the liberation of the Auschwitz concentration and death camp. During the Holocaust millions of Jews were systematically exterminated by the German Nazis and their collaborators. It was a dark time in human history that destroyed a huge amount of world Jewry. It was a time when few Jews could imagine our return to Israel with Jerusalem as our eternal unified capital. Now, many years later, Jerusalem is proud to host this event with the participation of leaders from around the world. Today’s ceremony takes place at Yad Vashem, Israel’s national memorial in Jerusalem for the Holocaust.

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    WATCH :: World leaders, survivors gather in Jerusalem for Fifth World Holocaust Forum

    Article Courtesy: YNet News

    Dozens of world leaders gathered in Jerusalem on Thursday to mark the 75th anniversary of the liberation of Auschwitz, amid a backdrop of rising anti-Semitism in Europe and the United States. The event is lauded as being Israel’s biggest diplomatic event in history.
    The Fifth World Holocaust Forum that was to take place at the Yad Vashem Holocaust memorial museum under the banner “Remembering the Holocaust, Fighting Antisemitism,” coincided with the 75th anniversary of the liberation of the Auschwitz-Birkenau death camp in Poland and International Holocaust Remembrance Day.

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  • Israel opens Jerusalem for all to see the facts of history
    One of the best ways to disinfect the world from lies and deceit is to open the doors and windows and let in the light. Israel continually works toward this goal by opening access to Jerusalem for all to see and experience the capital. While it is certainly important to preserve the archeological artifacts, it is even more important to allow everyone to experience those actual artifacts. In this way, we can preserve the TRUTH about Israel’s ancient roots in Jerusalem. The current walls of the Old City of Jerusalem are actually more modern, dating back “only” a few hundred years. They were constructed by the Ottoman Turks in the 1500s after yet another conquest and occupation of Jerusalem after the destruction of the First and Second Holy Temples. This occupation by the Muslims followed many centuries of occupation by many other conquering nations. Interestingly, there remained at least a small Jewish presence during most of the millennia despite the banishment of most Jews during the Diaspora. Also on display in Jerusalem are the ancient original walls of the city as well as remnants of the Holy Jewish Temples from thousands of years ago. Come, see and experience! Please SHARE the TRUTH about Jerusalem!

    Illustrative photo credit: Dennis Jarvis [License]

    Jerusalem opens new section of famed Ramparts Walk

    Article Courtesy: Israel21c

    One of the best ways to tour the Old City of Jerusalem is from above via the South Ramparts Walk, from Jaffa Gate to the Western Wall.
    After about five years of work, the full North Ramparts Walk route is now open. It stretches about 3 kilometers (1.86 miles) from Jaffa Gate to Lions’ Gate, with a bird’s-eye view of the Christian and Muslim Quarters and the Mount of Olives. Infrastructure such as balustrades and lighting have been installed.

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  • Significance of Asara B’Tevet Fast in Our Day
    Today is the fast of Asara B’Tevet, the 10th day of the Hebrew month of Tevet. It is the day when the Jewish People fast and pray intensely, remembering when the Babylonians laid siege against Jerusalem thousands of years ago. This event led to the eventual destruction of the Holy Temple and most of the ancient Israelite capital city. It also led to the expulsion of the Jews and the occupation of the city by the Babylonians. This article explains more about why this day is so significant for Jerusalem’s ancient Jewish history, even until today. In today’s day and age where we see the buds of anti-Semitism spreading, we understand the significance of the dangers based on history…

    Photo Credit: TPEF: Jewish women praying at the Western Wall in Jerusalem, circa 1911 [License]

    Getting to the Root of the Problem

    Article Courtesy: Mizrachi World Movement

    The nations of the world generally establish special days to commemorate victories and successes, while preferring to forget defeat and failures. Knesset Yisrael is different: we do not have a selective memory; our tradition imbues our consciousness not only with celebration of glory, but also with commemoration of periods of destruction.
    [Tracing the Roots of Destruction, Rav Aharon Lichtenstein]

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