The Jewish People have the absolute historic legal right to this disputed land. Opinion.
Diaspora Affairs Minister Omer Yankelevich tours Samaria, meets recent Olim from France. ‘Evacuating communities did not bring peace.’
Diaspora Affairs Minister Omer Yankelevich toured Samaria Tuesday with Council head Yossi Dagan. Together they visited local communities in Samaria, met French olim living in Peduel, and visited the Kabir Winery.
“I saw the connection between Samaria and the Diaspora,” Yankelevich said at the conclusion of the tour. “I met immigrants who told me about their connection to the communities, the importance of their absorption here and their relationship with the Jews of the Diaspora. The Corona period marks a critical test for our commitment to the entire Jewish people, and we are still busy these days strengthening our ties with Diaspora Jews.”
Addressing the application of sovereignty in Judea and Samaria, Minister Yankelevich said: “Judea and Samaria are the land of our ancestors. There are those who talk about the places here in terms of benefit versus harm. We should constantly say that this is our land and not be ashamed to say it.”
“This place is also strategically important and significant. The settlers are real pioneers, and that is how they should be treated. Applying sovereignty in Judea and Samaria should be our ultimate ambition, under the right conditions,” she added.
“This period is also a painful reminder,” she said. “Fifteen years ago we learned the hard way that evacuating settlements brings terror and not peace. Today almost everyone understands this.”
During the tour, Minister Yankelevich visited the village of Baruchin and met with families of new immigrants from France, talked to them about the difficulties they faced in France, their families and their community members’ dealings with the Coronavirus, and the rising anti-Semitism in France.
“This place you chose to live in is very important to us, and you are important to the State of Israel,” the minister told them. ”Connecting to the Diaspora is critical for the future of the Jewish people. These are our brothers and sisters who live in the Diaspora. We are all one family, even if it is physically distant. I ask that you be good messengers and help us connect with the Jewish communities in the Diaspora, in the variety of platforms that we at the Diaspora Ministry operate these days.”
In a meeting with the head of the Dagan Council, Minister Yankelevich presented her plan for creating connections and collaborations between Jewish communities and local authorities in Israel, and Jewish communities abroad. “It is important to integrate Judea and Samaria within the framework of government plans, and to connect Diaspora Jewry to these historic places, where idealistic people with a sense of mission and caring for the Jewish people live.”
Dagan thanked Yankelevich for her work on behalf of the people of Israel and Samaria, saying: “We are at a critical time, a time that represents a historic opportunity. In a short period of time, Minister Yankelevich has demonstrated a high level of performance and an ability to work at a fast pace. We expect all members of the government to apply full sovereignty to the localities, biblical sites and holy places we have in Judea and Samaria.”
”This is a historic time. This government was formed on the basis of this promise and we expect it to come true. After 53 years, our residents, half a million civilians, live under military rule and need to get permits from military officers for everything. It hurts our quality of life. We want to be equal citizens like all citizens of the State of Israel,” the head of the Samaria Council emphasized.
Arutz Sheva – Israel National News
Foreign Affairs and Defense Committee to convene to discuss issue. Some in political system try to pressure Chairman to cancel discussion.
The Knesset Foreign Affairs and Defense Committee will hold a discussion tomorrow on the parts of Judea and Samaria agreed to in the Oslo Accords as “Area C”, under full Israeli civil and security authority. The aim of the discussion is for Committee members to initiate a significant move to allow for Israeli sovereignty in those areas.
Talk in the Right in recent days suggests the political echelon is trying to influence Committee Chairman MK Zvi Hauser to avoid holding the debate in question as long as there are talks with the Americans about applying sovereignty and the Trump plan.
This, after discussion on the issue was postponed twice, both due to a burden on the Committee related to the coronavirus and also because Hauser was in isolation for several days.
Hauser has been examining the issue recently and had discussions with professionals who are well-versed in Palestinian Authority land theft that is taking place, and has been presented with maps that accurately show the illegal PA takeover in these areas.
A senior source on the Right told Arutz Sheva that he believes the Committee Chairman will not succumb to political pressure: “Hauser recently sounded very committed to the issue and also held meetings with people who have dealt with the lack of governance in Area C and know it in-depth. The situation on the ground speaks for itself and it’s time for the State of Israel to wake up and start acting, before it discovers that large parts of the territories under its control have been seized by the Palestinians in practice.”
In the discussion, the Regavim movement is expected to raise new findings on the scope of the takeover over the past year, emphasizing changes that have taken place in the field since Trump’s statement on the Deal of the Century following which, the Palestinian Authority began a “construction race” with the aim of establishing facts on the ground, especially in areas where Israeli sovereignty is planned according to Trump’s statement.
Regavim Director Meir Deutsch notes, “Several months ago, we toured Gush Etzion with Foreign Affairs and Defense Committee Chairman Zvi Hauser, who was aware that a real war was taking place in the area. We’re confident that tomorrow’s discussion in the Committee will be significant in deepening the State of Israel’s treatment of this story.”
New York City’s Metropolitan Museum of Art labels phylacteries as ‘Egyptian amulet’ in Islamic Art Department.
The first time the Metropolitan Museum of Art tweeted a picture that appeared unmistakably to Jewish followers to be a ritual object used in Jewish prayer with the label “amulet,” a single follower responded with a correction.
“That is not an Amulet it is a Jewish tefillin,” wrote an account from a New York City rug gallery.
The object, which the Met says it acquired in 1962, is listed as part of the museum’s Islamic Art Department as a sixth-century amulet from Egypt. It is dated at A.D. 500–1000.
But a photo of the piece in the collection looks unmistakably like one piece of tefillin, the leather boxes and straps used in prayer by observant Jews. A shin, the Hebrew letter on the portion of tefillin that goes on the head, can be seen in the picture.
That was in November 2019. The second, third, fourth and fifth times the Islamic art collection shared the image, no one responded at all.
But over the weekend the image became the subject of an explosion of interest on Twitter after multiple accounts with many Jewish followers picked up on the item in the museum’s holdings and requested corrections.
One of the first to post it, a Jewish genealogist named Caitlin Hollander, offered a correction and tagged people who might be able to work with the Met to revise the museum’s description.
Other people who shared the image were less constructive in their criticism. And after the account @StopAntiSemites amplified the issue, criticism of the labeling included charges that the museum’s categorization was offensive to Jews.
The museum, which is currently closed because of the coronavirus pandemic, did not respond publicly over the weekend.
But Raphael Magarik, a English professor at the University of Illinois-Chicago whose studies have included the understanding of tefillin by non-Jews, posted a thread Sunday explaining that while the object pictured is likely mislabeled, there are historical arguments for the label.
“There’s no reason not to call tefillin an amulet,” Magarik wrote. “Lexically, the Greek term now commonly used to refer to them (‘phylactery’) originally meant just that, and had a long history of usage in that sense before referring to the specific Jewish items.”
He added that while tefillin have been invoked in anti-Semitic discourse in the past, the Met’s labeling more likely reflects how museums catalog objects.
Arutz Sheva – Israel National News
Under the radar, a quiet revolution is taking place, as the number of Jews visiting the Temple Mount surges.
Jewish visitors to the Temple Mount, once a rare sight, has become commonplace, with the number of Jews visiting the holy site surging by several hundred percent in recent years.
Data on the annual number of Jewish visitors to the Temple Mount shows a consistent upward trend.
But what is less well known is the quiet revolution taking place on the Temple Mount, thanks to the tens of thousands of people who ascend the Mount, and thanks to the work of Matte Irguni HaMikdash, which maintains a productive dialogue with police in the field, as well as with the local commander and even with Israel’s recent Public Security ministers.
The attitude of police on the Temple Mount has become far more friendly towards Jewish visitors, making visits to the holy site far more positive.
This change culminated in a shift in the police department’s policy on the Mount, which now quietly permits, albeit unofficially, Jewish prayer on the Temple Mount.
Just a few years ago, any Jew who was seen quietly praying by himself – even if those around him couldn’t even hear the words – would have been detained by police and barred from the Temple Mount for an extended period.
Today, however, most of the several dozen people barred from the Temple Mount are employees of the Waqf, the Islamic trust which manages the Mount.
Now, when Muslims attempt to harass Jews on the Temple Mount, they are arrested on the spot and barred from the Mount for four to six months, something which did not use to happen. Even the former Grand Mufti of Jerusalem, Ekrima Sa’id Sabri, was banned from the Temple Mount for half a year.
In addition, the police have even permitted a model of the Temple to be displayed near the entrance used by Jews ascending the Mount.
The organization largely responsible for these changes is the Matte Irguni HaMikdash, an umbrella group which unites the efforts of multiple Temple Mount activist groups.
In recent years, the Matte Irguni HaMikdash has established, in cooperation with police, a steering committee, aimed at coordinating the Matte’s activities with the authorities. The steering committee’s work includes regular meetings between police commanders and members of the Matte and maintaining an open dialogue between the two sides.
Under the auspices of the Matte, and in cooperation with various Temple Mount activist groups, extensive public relations work is carried out, including maintaining a team of Temple Mount tour guides who provide historical and halachic information about the Mount, media outreach, distributing pamphlets, practicing commandments associated with the Temple Mount, along with groups dedicated to organizing group visits by rabbis and during special occasions like Jerusalem Day and Israeli Independence Day.
Now, ahead of Tisha B’Av, the Matte has launched a fundraising campaign to enable it to continue its operations.
“Because of the public relations work and our cooperation with security forces, there are amazing changes underway on the Temple Mount,” said Matte leaders. “We’re moving forward one step at a time, and with each step there are more and more Jews who are coming to visit the Temple Mount.”
“Open your heart for the sake of the Temple Mount, so that we can continue with this holy work, with our various activities; so we can continue to grow and keep this change going; so that Jews can pray on the Temple Mount as they should be able to, wearing phylacteries and prayer shawls; so that we continue to move forward towards the Third Temple. We need your support.”
Black Hebrew Israelites
Most Black Hebrew Israelites live in Dimona, Israel, with the first ones arriving in that country in 1969. The group began in Chicago in 1967 under the leadership of Ben Ammi Ben Israel, an African American whose birth name was Ben Carter. Ben Israel appointed 30 disciples and in 1967 moved the group to Liberia before embarking for their final destination in Israel.
The Black Hebrew Israelites’s claims of Jewish heritage provoked substantial debate in Israel. Israeli law offers citizenship for all Jews throughout the world, but the Black Hebrew Israelites could produce no evidence to substantiate their Jewish heritage. After much investigation, the Chief Rabbinate of Israel thus decided that the Black Hebrew Israelites were not really Jewish and were not entitled to citizenship.
Throughout the 1970s and 1980s, the Israeli government did not take steps to deport the Black Hebrew Israelites, but neither did it offer them citizenship, which led to heated discussions in the country. The Black Hebrew Israelites could obtain full citizenship by formally converting to Judaism, but they refused. Meanwhile, the Black Hebrew Israelites population of Dimona grew, aided by high birthrates among the group and by additional members entering Israel. Some Black Hebrew Israelites, frustrated by their lack of citizenship, denounced Israel and adopted anti-Semitic rhetoric, arguing that white Jews were frauds and that Black Hebrew Israelites were the only true Jewish descendents.
Critics in Israel labeled the Black Hebrew Israelites a cult, a charge the group adamantly denied, and argued for their expulsion. However, proposals for their deportation met with hunger strikes in Dimona and objections from supporters in the United States. The U.S. Congress and African American leaders in the United States argued in favour of the Black Hebrew Israelites’ continued residence in Israel and sent funds, including subsidies provided by Congress, to establish a school for the Black Hebrew Israelites’ children.
In 1990 the Black Hebrew Israelites and the Israeli Ministry of the Interior reached an agreement. The Black Hebrew Israelites would be granted tourist status for one year, until they were accorded temporary residency status. Temporary residency status would be reviewed in five years, in 1995, and reviewed periodically thereafter. Status as temporary residents made the Black Hebrew Israelites eligible for financial support from the Israeli government. The Israeli government later also agreed to build a permanent organic farming village for the group in the Negev region of Israel. The Black Hebrew Israelites continued to live and work in Israel, earning money through farming, their well-known choir, sewing, and a vegan food factory and restaurants.
Arutz Sheva – Israel National News
Eighty years after the passing of Jabotinsky, it is time to stop sitting back. Opinion.
Eighty years ago, the stormy heart of Ze’ev Jabotinsky, Zionist leader, founder of the Revisionist movement and Betar Youth Organization, fell silent.
After decades of his teachings being pushed to the margins of public discourse, today Jabotinsky finally receives a proper place in history. His ideology has slowly but surely seeped into the public consciousness and is appreciated for its merits.
The Jewish and Zionist world is facing a very significant period. Today, both the political right and left now see the inevitable implementation of the process of applying Israeli sovereignty to Jewish communities in all parts of the Land of Israel.
This significant step comes with clear support and recognition from the world’s greatest democratic superpower – the United States of America. Once and for all the uncertainty is being cleared away regarding the future of the Jewish communities in Judea and Samaria and solidifies the main tenets of modern-day Zionism.
Back in the 1930s, Jabotinsky shared his dream of an Arab-Jewish agreement regarding the Land of Israel. His respectful attitude towards the Arabs is expressed in these remarks:
“But perhaps no war is necessary. Perhaps you, the children of Ishmael son of Abraham, our patriarch, will support the claim of the people of Israel… that a homeless nation may be allowed to return and settle in its ancient kingdom.”
Knowing the power of the stubbornness of the Arab nations as well as the genuine desire to fulfill the aspirations of the Jewish people for the establishment of a Jewish state in the Land of Israel, he opened a door to a liberal approach of “compensation” while providing “a well-known measure of independence.”
Now here we are in the year 2020 and countless proposals for bridging the gaps between the Arabs and the Israelis have been discussed, proposed, attempted and force-fed.
Attempts to bring peace and creative solutions for both sides were offered as early as the last century.
There was the Balfour Declaration of 1917, which was met by a complete refusal from the Arab world, who used severe violence and rioting against Jews in the years that followed. The United Nations Partition Plan of November 29, 1947 was also completely rejected by the Arab world, and following the vote, and hostile actions were launched against Jews both in Arab lands and in the Land of Israel.
From the Six Day War of 1967 until today, countless plans and initiatives were launched and failed. Amid international headlines and great fanfare, agreements was tried and tested. They include: the Madrid Conference, the Oslo Accords, the Hebron Protocol, the Wye River Memorandum, the Sharm El Sheikh Memorandum, the Camp David Summit, the Taba Summit, the Arab Peace Initiative, the Road Map for Peace, the French Peace Initiative and the Kerry Initiative. In-between those initiatives, plans such as the Disengagement and the Convergence Plan have been tried, and unfortunately, have simply not worked, resulting in fierce debates, societal rifts, terrorism and military operations.
Our generation was privileged to be born into an independent country, with language, culture, a strong military, robust economy, educational excellence and high-tech expertise. We did not experience what our parents and grandparents did in exile. We did not struggle to hold on to our Jewish heritage or feel the longing to return to our home – the Land of Israel.
America’s Deal of the Century is now under consideration and has been debated from different angles. But eighty years after the passing of Jabotinsky, it is time to stop sitting back.
The principles of the Zionist movement include the unity of the Jewish people, its bond to its historic homeland Eretz Yisrael, and the centrality of the State of Israel and Jerusalem, its capital, in the life of the nation. Zionism calls for Aliyah to Israel from all countries and the effective integration of all immigrants into Israel as a Jewish-Zionist and democratic state. Settling the land is an expression of Zionist fulfillment.
In my opinion, the Deal of the Century, yet another of the innumerable plans for trying to live a normalized life here, may be a rare window of opportunity to unite our ranks. For the first time since Israel’s founding, our borders could be solidified and Jerusalem recognized as our eternal and historic capital, while fulfilling Zionism by implementing our sovereignty in the heartland of our nation, Judea and Samaria.
For a moment, Jabotinsky seems to be somewhat involved in these current proceedings.
“If we sit back,” Jabotinsky wrote, “and look at how others are clamoring and we do not intervene… the nations of the world will not consider us, our neighbors will lift their heads against us, and any piece of goodness that we may have and any future goodness we would have in our world will fall in the hands of others, and only we will be disappointed.”
And us? Our job today, eighty years since his passing, is to act for the fulfillment of Zionist values. It is to settle, build, flourish, educate and sustain the exemplary society which the forefathers of our country and the pioneers of Zionism dreamed.
The writer is the Vice-Chairman of the World Zionist Organization and the chairman of the World Likud.
Genesis states in two places that Jacob is buried in Machpelah.
Genesis 49:29-30 And he charged them, and said unto them: ‘I am to be gathered unto my people; bury me with my fathers in the cave that is in the field of Ephron the Hittite, in the cave that is in the field of Machpelah, which is before Mamre, in the land of Canaan, which Abraham bought with the field from Ephron the Hittite for a possession of a burying-place.
Genesis 50:1-13 For his sons carried him into the land of Canaan, and buried him in the cave of the field of Machpelah, which Abraham bought with the field, for a possession of a burying-place, of Ephron the Hittite, in front of Mamre.
Joshua 24:32 states that Joseph is buried in Shechem.
And the bones of Joseph, which the children of Israel brought up out of Egypt, buried they in Shechem, in the parcel of ground which Jacob bought of the sons of Hamor the father of Shechem for a hundred pieces of money; and they became the inheritance of the children of Joseph.
The Christian Scriptures Acts 7:16-17 states Joseph is buried in Machpelah. Acts states that Abraham bought the tomb in Shechem. Genesis states it was Jacob who did the buying (Genesis 23:16-18; 33:18-19; 50:13; Joshua 24:32). The Christian account of the buying of the burial place of Joseph and the account of where Joseph is buried cannot be reconciled with the Tanak (Jewish Bible).
Genesis, Exodus and Deuteronomy states that seventy souls descended down into Egypt. Exodus 1:5 The descendants of Jacob numbered seventy in all; Joseph was already in Egypt.
Genesis 46:26-27 All those who went to Egypt with Jacob – those who were his direct descendants, not counting his sons’ wives – numbered sixty-six persons. 27 With the two sons who had been born to Joseph in Egypt, the members of Jacob’s family, which went to Egypt, were seventy in all.
Deuteronomy 10:22 Your forefathers who went down into Egypt were seventy in all, and now the L-RD your G-D has made you as numerous as the stars in the sky.
Acts states that Seventy Five souls went down into Egypt. Acts 7:14 After this, Joseph sent for his father Jacob and his whole family, seventy-five in all. The Christian Scriptures account for how many souls descended into Egypt cannot be reconciled with the Torah.
Make True Peace in the Middle East Possible!
After decades of thwarting multiple peace offers, the intent of the current Palestinian leadership is obvious: to continue on its rejectionist path, their desire to create not “two states for two peoples” but one Palestinian state from “the river to the sea” is evident.
Endless time, effort, and taxpayer money have been spent by U.S. Presidents, lawmakers, and diplomats in an attempt to create a two-state solution. It is time to support a new paradigm that will set in motion the preconditions for genuine peace that could endure for generations.
It is far time to honestly acknowledge that the two parties do not want peace equally, making evenhandedness both inappropriate and ineffective. The Palestinian leadership is committed to an ideology and considerations of power and financial interests that demand the continued rejection of a Jewish state in the Middle East.
It is also far time to finally acknowledge that a Palestinian state under current conditions and leadership can only be a failed state. The Palestinians do not have a self-sustaining economy despite receiving billions in U.S., European Union, and Arab state aid. They have not invested in the infrastructure to sustain employment for their people, nor have they created the political conditions and civil society requisites for a functioning democracy. Neither of the Palestinian “governments” of the Palestinian Authority or of Hamas have instituted political freedoms, civil rights nor the rule of law. This is despite ample financial assistance and their own promises to do so.
It is also far time to honestly acknowledge that both the Palestinian Authority as well as Hamas have had 27 years of a constant campaign of indoctrination and incitement of their people to hate and to murder Israelis. This is rampant in their media, their textbooks, their summer camps and in naming squares and athletic events after their so-called “martyrs.”
It is also far time that we acknowledge that, despite American laws and Israeli laws, the Palestinian Authority insists on maintaining its notorious “Pay for Slay” program and keeping it on their books. This program incentivizes Palestinians to murder Israelis – the more Israeli civilians they slay, the more money goes into the pockets of either the terrorist in prison, and his family, or into the pockets of the so-called “martyr’s” family.
It is also far time we acknowledge that the continued fighting between the warring factions of Hamas and the PA suggests that the superior fighting force, Hamas, could easily take over and create a terrorist state. Those that believe that they are supporting the liberation of the Palestinian people by supporting the current leadership have been woefully misled and mistaken.
It is also far time we acknowledge that neither Israel’s establishment nor its administration of Judea and Samaria are illegal. They are based on multiple international mandates and conventions. The archeological evidence for a 3,000-year-old Jewish past, continuity in the land, today’s population realities, as well as agreements with the Palestinians themselves, have established this legitimacy.
It is also far time we acknowledge that Israel has been subjected to an egregious double standard that no other country in the community of nations has been subjected to. The disputed territories had been won in two defensive wars,1967 and 1973, and in most other cases, that has been how geographic boundaries have been formed around the world. That is what is behind the old saying, “To the victor, goes the spoils.” Only in the case of Israel, have these territories been considered up for dispute.
It is also far time that we acknowledge that, despite this, Israel has made incredibly generous offers to the Palestinians for a final end of conflict. On July 25, 2000, Israeli Prime Minister Ehud Barak offered Palestinian President Yasser Arafat 97% of Judea and Samaria (or the West Bank), the entirety of Gaza, shared sovereignty over Jerusalem, a right of return of thousands of Palestinian refugees, and a monetary package for those Palestinian refugees who could not be absorbed into Israel. Arafat did not agree to this, and his response came two months later in the form of a renewed intifada. This generous offer has served as the baseline ever since, for more and more generous offers. In 2008, according to Palestinian negotiator Saeb Erekat’s words, what was offered by Prime Minister Ehud Olmert to the Palestinians was the entirety of territory Israel captured in 1967, plus an additional 20 square miles, control of the Temple Mount plus the right of return of 150,000 Palestinians. Mahmoud Abbas also walked away from that offer. This offer was met again, with a renewed round of violence.
It is also far time that the Palestinian leadership take some responsibility for their years and years of rejectionism, their incitement and their violence. The Palestinian Authority should not be rewarded for over a quarter of a century of bad behavior.
The Palestinian leadership has not demonstrated, as of this date, to the world that their future state will be a state that is willing to live side by side in peace and democracy with Israel.
We ask that you, our lawmakers and diplomats, support the following premises of the Peace to Prosperity plan as bi-partisan American policy and priority. These premises represent a new hope for peace and should not be rejected on the basis of partisan politics.
- Prioritize Palestinian political reform and new leadership.
- Let the Palestinian, Arab, and Muslim world know that American support for Israel is not going anywhere and neither is Israel as a Jewish state.
- Assert that the Palestinians do not have a veto power over the cooperation of Israel and the Arab states, which is in their mutual interest. Peace with the larger Arab world can happen without them.
- Tell the Palestinians that they do not have a satisfactory alternative to making true peace if they wish to promote the well-being of their people.
- Solidify support for Israel as a democratic ally that contributes greatly to the security of the US and the Free World and to the scientific, intellectual, and economic progress of the Family of Nations.
- ·Allow Israel to proceed with applying its civil law to areas that are crucial to its security and that of the region. Let the Palestinians know that the US will not stand in the way of secure borders for Israel or its self-defense.
- Every state is entitled to secure and defensible geographic boundaries in order to protect their people from threats of terrorism and war. Israel is a very small state surrounded by potential adversaries in a very volatile part of the world.
- It is ultimately up to the democratically elected government of the state of Israel to be able to determine what sort of borders it needs to be able to defend itself, by itself.
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