Yehuda Glick’s meteoric rise from messianic margins to Israeli parliament

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Extremist and dangerous forces have taken over Israel and the Likud movement,” Moshe Ya’alon remarked at a press conference following his ouster as defense minister.

The focus of attention was on Netanyahu’s imminent appointment of Yisrael Beitenu (Israel Our Home) party leader Avigdor Lieberman to the defense ministry, overlooking Ya’alon’s replacement in Likud: US-born settler and face of the Temple Movement Yehuda Glick.

The Temple Movement aims to build a third Jewish temple on Haram al-Sharif as part of a vision to replace Israel’s ethnocratic parliamentary system with a monarchy based on halacha (Jewish law) throughout Eretz Yisrael (the biblical Land of Israel including Palestine and beyond). While Lieberman’s appointment signifies a success for Israel’s secular right wing, Glick’s entrance to the parliament is a major step forward in the Religious Zionist takeover of Israel.

More than two decades of the peace process have empowered Israel’s hardline elements, rendering the Labor Zionist camp irrelevant and struggling to maintain any appeal to the Israeli mainstream. As Israel’s old guard has become mostly obsolete, the settler movement has positioned itself as the future, taking over key positions in the government, the military, police and Shin Bet, and winning public support through the Temple Movement. “Religious Zionism is on its way to taking control of the State of Israel,” former Shin Bet chief Yuval Diskin warned in 2015.

Peace Process radicalizes Religious Zionism

The formula of “land for peace” at the center of the Oslo Accords was always considered antithetical to Religious Zionist doctrine which holds that Jewish redemption – the arrival of the king messiah – will be achieved through conquering and settling Eretz Yisrael. Territorial withdrawal is perceived by Religious Zionists to be a reversal of the unfolding of messianic events they believe to be happening before their eyes.

Thus the Oslo Accords, which established the Palestinian Authority, was perceived by Religious Zionists as a rollback in Jewish sovereignty, raising doubts about the sanctity of the State of Israel and its willingness to carry out the messianic plan.

Religious Zionism’s crisis of faith in the state originated with Israel’s withdrawal from the Egyptian Sinai and the evacuation of the settlement of Yamit in 1982. Yisrael Ariel, then Chief Rabbi of Yamit and follower of Rabbi Meir Kahane, went on to become a leading figure in the Temple Movement. Yehuda Etzion, a member of the militant Jewish Underground in the 1980s and prominent figure in today’s Temple Movement, attempted to blow up Dome of the Rock in order to halt the evacuation of Sinai.

Another major theological shockwave struck the settler camp in 2005 when Ariel Sharon withdrew Israel from the Gaza Strip. While the dramatic episode that resulted in the removal of 7,500 settlers went off with those refusing to leave only employing passive resistance methods, the event further radicalized the settler camp and empowered the most extreme among them.

Yehuda Glick, then working as a spokesman in the Ministry of Immigration and Absorption, quit in protest of the withdrawal and began his rise from settler activist to member of parliament and face of the Temple Movement.

Now fifty years old, the US-born Glick lives in the occupied West Bank settlement of Otniel.

After leaving his position in the Ministry of Immigration and Absorption, Glick took a greater leading role in the Temple Movement, becoming the executive director of the Temple Institute. Founded in 1984 by Yisrael Ariel, the Temple Institute is a state-funded organization that takes a multi-faceted approach to achieve its goal of building a third Jewish temple on what Muslims call Haram al-Sharif (Noble Sanctuary) and Jews called Har Habayit (Temple Mount). Ariel is a senior figure in the Temple Movement and is a head of the “Nascent Sanhedrin”, a halachic (Jewish law) court council established by messianic settlers who seek to reinstate the biblical legal system in the prospective kingdom of god.

After leaving the Temple Institute, Glick founded a series of organizations that promote and popularize the Temple Movement through liberal discourse, including the Temple Mount Heritage Foundation in 2009, and The Liba Initiative for Jewish Freedom on the Temple Mount, and Human Rights on Temple Mount.

Glick’s ascendance illustrates how some of the most esoteric and extreme elements of the Religious Zionist movement achieved political prominence as that movement displaced the Revisionist Zionists from power in much the same way the revisionists took control from the founding Labor Zionists in the 1970s.

Jewish Leadership Faction

As part of a greater strategy to consolidate political power, the Religious Zionist movement aimed to take over the political structure, beginning with the ruling Likud party.

Abandoned by Benjamin Netanyahu, who as a member of the opposition rode a wave of anti-Oslo sentiment to become prime minister for the first time in 1996, Moshe Feiglin, a Glick ally, led an anti-Oslo civil disobedience campaign of the Zo Artzeinu (This is Our Land) in the 1990s. 100,000 Israelis staged sit-ins at highways and intersections, but failed to derail the Oslo Accords.

In response, Feiglin, along with Motti Karpel and Shmuel Sackett, devised a new strategy to co-opt the Israeli political system.

With Feiglin as its face, the Manhigut Yehudit (Jewish Leadership) movement was established in 1995, coincidentally the same evening that Prime Minister Yitzhak Rabin was assassinated. Manhigut Yehudit’s lists its political goals on its website and its platform calls to “Nullify the Oslo Accords”, “Annex Judea and Samaria [the occupied West Bank]”, and “Restore Israeli sovereignty on the Temple Mount.” The section on the Temple Mount details the effects Manhigut Yehudit anticipates, including guaranteeing the Jewish right to pray the Temple Mount, “strengthening Israel’s legitimacy in the eyes of the world”, and implementing god’s peace plan. “The Temple Mount is the headquarters for the Jewish mission of Tikun Olam [repairing the world], to bring peace and harmony to the world.”

In 2000, Manhigut Yehudit joined the Likud party and over the years, focused on recruitment of settlers to register as Likud members in order to promote their representatives within the Likud primaries and influence the Likud Central Committee, which decides Likud party policy. Less than a decade after its inception, Manhigut Yehudit has achieved this goal, establishing itself as the largest faction in the Likud Central Committee.

In the past election cycle in 2015, Moshe Feiglin performed poorly and subsequently left the Likud party to found the Zehut (Identity) party. Manhigut Yehudit’s leaders did not take top political positions within the party, but the new generation of the Likud members in parliament echo the political platform that Feiglin advocated for, with Jewish sovereignty over the Temple Mount becoming a key issue. Figures who advocate for this include Culture Minister Miri Regev, Public Security Minister Gilad Erdan, and Deputy Foreign Minister Tzipi Hotovely, among others.

Co-opting Liberalism 

Glick has spearheaded a campaign to gain public support for the Temple Movement’s apocalyptic goals by using the language of liberalism – what he calls “prayer rights.”

After all, what kind of bigot would deny one’s right to something as inoffensive and holy as prayer? But to informed observers, “prayer rights” is a red herring.

In fact, if the Temple Movement accomplishes its goal of building a temple, prayer would be abolished, as it was created as a substitute for ritual sacrifice that can only take place in a temple. As Israeli political blogger Yossi Gurvitz explains, “Prayer is a pale imitation of the spiritual experience you will feel once we again slaughter sheep and spread their blood and guts on the floor, for the glory of God. Originally – and by originally I mean before the destruction of the second temple in 70 AD – the main form of Jewish observance was sacrifice.”

Moreover, Jewish prayer on the Temple Mount has been forbidden by halacha and major rabbinical authorities since the destruction of the second temple in 70 AD, and is punishable by a divinely-imposed death penalty. But the Temple Movement’s active approach theologically diverges from Orthodox Judaism which says that humans have no agency in the matter.

While Orthodox Jews vehemently object to Glick’s prayer rights campaign, most secular Zionists are unfamiliar with Jewish theology, leaving them incapable of rebutting the liberal rhetoric claiming equal worship rights for Jews on the Temple Mount. In fact, the campaign, understood as an issue of Jewish democracy – a euphemism for Jewish sovereignty – has made the Temple Movement increasingly popular among secular Israelis.

Glick regularly leads tour groups on the Haram al-Sharif, instructing them to pray in defiance of the status quo. He was banned from visiting the site from 2011 until 2013 after he was shown in a Channel 10 report praying. In April, 2013 Glick started a hunger strike in protest. Glick sued the state, and in March, 2015, the Jerusalem Magistrate Court sharply criticized the police and ordered the state to compensate Glick with 500,00 NIS ($130,000), though the compensation order was later overturned.

“Instead of protecting us from violent Islamic elements,” Glick said, “the police consciously added insult to injury by treating Jews who are law-abiding victims of violence as if they were criminals. I am hopeful that this ruling will be a warning sign to the legal authorities to ensure justice and not make corrupt use of their power.”

One of Glick’s slogans is “Stop apartheid against Jews on the Temple Mount”. But this flips reality on its head – Israel has long infringed upon freedom of worship to Muslims by denying and restricting access. Palestinians from the occupied West Bank and Gaza Strip are rarely, if ever, permitted to visit the Haram al-Sharif, while Muslims from around the world are discriminated against and often denied from entering Israeli-controlled borders. Palestinian citizens of Israel and Jerusalemite Palestinians are subject to access restrictions based on age and gender, and activists who aim to defend the Haram al-Sharif in the face of the Israeli de-facto change of status quo face political persecution and criminalization.

Thus placing the Temple Movement into a rights-based discourse allowed Israeli politicians to further the agenda by presenting it as an issue of national sovereignty and equal rights. “This is turning from a religious issue to a national issue of prime importance,” then Religious Services Minister and current Education Minister Naftali Bennett told Army Radio in June 2014. “The goals are increased Israeli activity and presence at Temple Mount, in a gradual manner.”

Likud member of parliament, now Culture Minister Miri Regev and Labor Party’s member of parliament Hilik Bar tabled a bill calling for a change in the status quo, allowing Jewish prayer rights at Haram al-Sharif. Bar said that he and the Labor party “are part of the Zionist Center-Left that sees our holy sites as the basis of our existence and the essence of our history.”

Glick the “Peace Activist”

While Glick is a self-described “peace activist” – no small irony given that he quit his position in protest of the “peace process” – his actions and rhetoric demonstrate a clear desire to spark violence, something Israeli authorities are very aware of. In 2008, then Public Security Minister Avi Dichter said “…this [Jewish prayer] will serve as a provocation, resulting in disorder, with a near certain likelihood of subsequent bloodshed.”

According to Israeli police, Glick incited violence in 2012. Then Jerusalem police commander Nissan Shaham said riots were triggered by incitement published on a website called “Temple Mount is Ours,” which police say Glick and fellow Temple Movement member Nehemia Elboim operate, though Glick denied. On February 14, 2012, the website published a poster with the official Likud party logo that read:

Members of the central committee and thousands of members, led by Rabbi Moshe Feiglin, chairman of the Likud Leadership, are invited to ascend Temple Mount, to thank and praise god, and to declare that healthy leadership begins with full control of Temple Mount, purifying the place from the enemies of Israel, stealers of land, and building the temple on the ruins of the mosques, with no fear

After Palestinian media highlighted the incitement posted, riots were sparked at al-Aqsa on the same day. This incident led to police describing Glick as, “The most dangerous man in the Middle East.”

Further undermining his credentials as a “peace activist”, Glick also collaborates with more outspoken members of the Temple Movement who openly incite to destroy al-Aqsa mosque and ethnically cleanse Eretz Yisrael of Palestinians and other non-Jews, and establish the Jewish kingdom of god.

Yehuda Glick walks with militant Jewish Undeground member and senior Temple Movement figure Yehuda Etzion Photo: Mynet

Yehuda Glick walks with militant Jewish Undeground member and senior Temple Movement figure Yehuda Etzion Photo: Mynet

In October 2014, an assassination attempt on Glick was carried out following a Temple Movement conference called “Israel Returns to the Mount”. Israeli forces killed suspected shooter Mutaz Hijazi in an apparent extrajudicial execution at his home the following morning. Glick was severely wounded and hospitalized but survived and has made a full recovery, only fueling his messianic fervor.

In an interview published today in Haaretz, Glick accused the police of slandering his character, calling it a “second assassination.”

The escalation of violence during the Jewish holiday of Sukkot in September, 2014 was preceded by Glick lobbying new Public Security Minister Gilad Erdan, a Glick ally and Likud member of parliament who was promoted by Manhigut Yehudit, and Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu to outlaw the Murabitat and Murabitin, groups of Palestinian worshippers who heckle settlers touring Haram al-Sharif with calls of “Allahu Akbar” (god is great). Two weeks after Defense Minister Ya’alon outlawed the Muslim groups at the request of Erdan, Israeli forces, in an unprecedented attack, raided the al-Qibli mosque at the Haram al-Sharif for three consecutive days.

As violence continued to escalate in October, 2014 then Defense Minister Moshe Ya’alon acknowledged that the Temple Movement had incited it, while defending their “right” to do so. “We can’t ignore the fact that some of the events [in Jerusalem] are being exploited for what ministers and members of parliament did when they went up to Temple Mount,” he told Israel’s Channel 10. “It is certainly within our right to go up to Temple Mount, but there is a very sensitive status quo in play here that has been agreed upon with Jordan, and we need to preserve it. The fact that the Palestinians exploit this and turn it into a provocation and incitement is true, but we don’t need to ignite this.”

With Glick in the parliament, Lieberman running the defense ministry and Netanyahu at the helm, Israel has the recipe to escalate violence to unprecedented levels and exacerbate its religious component.

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  1. MaxNarr
    May 31, 2016, 11:33 am

    This is really about equal rights. I want you guys to think about this. No matter how anti Israel you are, do you really think it’s right to Deny the right for Jews to pray on the Temple Mount? The most holy site in Judaism?

    Simply put, do you believe Jews have the right to pray at our most holy sites in Hebron, Jerusalem, and Schem?

    • Mooser
      May 31, 2016, 1:05 pm

      This is really about equal rights.

      Yeah sure. So’s that song,

    • John O
      May 31, 2016, 1:12 pm

      They don’t want just the right to pray there; they want to destroy the mosque that’s been there for hundreds of years. Why can’t you people SHARE your sacred spaces??

    • eljay
      May 31, 2016, 1:19 pm

      || MaxNarr: This is really about equal rights. … ||

      Says the “Jewish State” supremacist. You’re funny! :-)

      • Mooser
        May 31, 2016, 2:37 pm

        “eljay” , I think the second picture needs a dialogue balloon, Etzion says: “Come along Glick, I want to show the man exactly what color the heifer should be”

      • eljay
        May 31, 2016, 3:00 pm

        If you’ve got a little heifer
        And his coat is salt and pfeffer
        But you really need the fur to be all red

        Come on down to Samaría*
        Jiffy quick, you’re on your via!
        Take him home and sacrifice him nice and dead

        __________________
        (*Hair Salon, Katy, TX)

    • just
      May 31, 2016, 1:33 pm

      Hebron, Jerusalem, and Nablus. Fixed it for you, Max.

      • zaid
        May 31, 2016, 9:45 pm

        Alkhalil, Alquds and Nablus.

        As for your equal rights Max, Freedom of worship and equal l rights doesn’t include forcing your self on someone else’s house of worship.

        Your right to pray at the temple ended when the temple (whenever it was) was destroyed.

    • Annie Robbins
      May 31, 2016, 1:33 pm

      Simply put, do you believe Jews have the right to pray at our most holy sites in Hebron, Jerusalem, and Schem?

      simply put, everyone knows this is not limited to a “right to pray”. and no, i don’t think jews have a “right” to take over and control al aqsa (which is what’s happened to ibrahimi mosque) anymore than i think they have a “right” to take over 15,000 more acres in the WB — http://www.haaretz.com/israel-news/.premium-1.722395

      what’s become clear is that there is nothing benign about jewish colonization. so whether under the guise of ‘right to pray’ or ‘jewish determination’ or whatever you want to call it — zionism and it’s continued land grab cannot be trusted. jews have managed for centuries to pray without control of al aqsa, they should continue to do so until they are invited by muslims to pray there. you have no ‘equal right’ to be there just because you covet it.

      • just
        May 31, 2016, 1:51 pm

        Well said, Annie! I had posted that about the newest theft via map remaking earlier today on another thread. What a crock/trickery/theft in plain sight! Then I read this:

        “EU Warns Israel: Policy of Demolishing Palestinian Homes in Area C Will Harm Relations

        Israeli official details tense and difficult meeting in which the EU expressed opposition to ‘home demolition and forced evacuation of populations.'”

        read more: http://www.haaretz.com/israel-news/.premium-1.722519

        (did not sound so “harsh” in the text. Then again, one has to consider that it was chatting between “Maj. Gen. Yoav Mordechai last week, the EU ambassador to Israel, Lars Faaborg Andersen”…)

      • MHughes976
        May 31, 2016, 2:15 pm

        Anyone has a right to pray inwardly anywhere, and the idea of prayer is that it is addressed to a divine being and therefore needs no visible or audible element. There is no right to conduct a ceremony, visible or audible to those around, on private property, contrary to the wishes of the owners.
        I am sure that one thing for which Israel is not ready is the restoration of the Temple, not ready for the sacrifices, not ready for the political implications.

      • bintbiba
        June 4, 2016, 8:23 am

        ……… ” jews have managed for centuries to pray without control of al aqsa, they should continue to do so until they are invited by muslims to pray there. you have no ‘equal right’ to be there just because you covet it. ”

        Brilliant insight, annie.

        Really , what does it matter where one prays ( for those that do ) so long as one prays , if the prayer is true , innocent and sincere!

        And taking politics , tribalism and high morality out of religion would be the very healthiest outcome ; and better still , taking religion out of both politics , tribalism and high morality …. …. even better !

      • Annie Robbins
        June 4, 2016, 8:33 am

        always a pleasure hearing your voice bintbiba.

    • Marnie
      May 31, 2016, 1:54 pm

      How’s that shoe working out for you Max? You do know it goes ON your foot?

    • Sulphurdunn
      May 31, 2016, 5:47 pm

      Jews have no ‘right’ to pray at the Noble Sanctuary. There hasn’t been a Jewish temple there for 20 centuries. There are 3 Mosques there that have stood for 13 centuries. The residence don’t want Jews praying there, probably because they don’t trust them. That is not surprising considering their history with Jewish invaders since 1948. The very idea that Jews have a god given right to another peoples’ land and property becasue of some holy book mumbo jumbo and ancient tribal habitation is so arrogant it is mind boggling. Even so, the civilized world has compromised to the point of recognizing a Jewish state within the green line borders of the 1949 armistice. That agreement does not include East Jerusalem or the Noble Sanctuary.

      • tokyobk
        June 1, 2016, 5:24 am

        Jews have the right to pray at the site of the Temple. Jews do not have the right to establish a supremacist state based on religion or ethnicity.

        In fact, the only basis for a free I/P is rooted in equal treatment and the protection of minority groups – which ever religion finds itself in the minority in a region which has been the home to all three faiths.

        As far as mumbo jumbo, fine, but what do any of the religions have an attachment to Jerusalem. None of the texts of the three faiths deny a Jewish connection and there is no reason why, as prior to 1948, legitimate Jewish citizens would shouldn’t have access and protection in any part of historic Palestine.

      • zaid
        June 1, 2016, 11:14 am

        Tokyobok

        “Jews have the right to pray at the site of the Temple ”

        Their right to pray at the temple ended when the temple (whenever it was) was destroyed.

        “only basis for a free I/P is rooted in equal treatment and the protection of minority groups ”

        Equal treatment and minority groups protection doesn’t include forcing your self on someone else’s house of worship.

        “None of the texts of the three faiths deny a Jewish connection ”

        There is no mention of a Jewish connection to Jerusalem in the Quran, Actually Jerusalem is not mentioned in the Quran, the Only mention is for the Alaqsa Mosque and the right Journey.

        “legitimate Jewish citizens would shouldn’t have access and protection in any part of historic Palestine.”

        The settler colonialists who come to Palestine in the 20th Century are not legitimate citizens.
        The only legitimate citizens of Palestine (river to sea) are the Palestinians.

      • Mooser
        June 1, 2016, 11:43 am

        “Jews have the right to pray at the site of the Temple.”

        Okay, define “Jews”. And what on earth does a “right to pray” include?

        ” legitimate Jewish citizens”

        Damn it, “tokyobk” if a guy’s mother wasn’t faithful to his father, that is not my fault! So I’m a mamzer, does that mean I can’t pray?

      • Mooser
        June 1, 2016, 12:07 pm

        “The settler colonialists who come to Palestine in the 20th Century are not legitimate citizens.”

        See? I’m not the only one!

        ‘We got a right to pray like Jews!
        We got a right to moan and sigh.
        We got a right to sacrifice,
        Up on Al Aqsa.’

      • Mooser
        June 1, 2016, 3:26 pm

        “None of the texts of the three faiths deny a Jewish connection and there is no reason why, as prior to 1948, legitimate Jewish citizens would shouldn’t have access and protection in any part of historic Palestine.” “tokyobk”

        And I thought the Holocaust was over by 1948! And yet, it seems another disaster overtook us that year, resulting in our loss of “access and protection in any part of historic Palestine”!
        We never get a break.

      • tokyobk
        June 2, 2016, 4:34 am

        Zaid —

        Yes, I am aware that it is only the -n-ight flight that is presumed a reference to Jerusalem in the Qur’an.

        None of the three faiths deny a Jewish connection to the Holy Land.

        If you think all Jewish migration to pre- Israel Palestine was illegitimate and all non-Jewish immigration to pre-Palestine was legitimate, than you believe that. I don’t. In fact., I find such a belief to be repugnant and bigoted. I like the model of co-existance and believe it it the proper one for a post Zionist I/P.

        I think reasonable accommodations can be made at sites which religions have shared, in Spain, in Turkey, in India and certainly in Israel/Palestine.

      • eljay
        June 2, 2016, 7:16 am

        +1 to your comments, tokyobk.

      • Annie Robbins
        June 2, 2016, 2:00 pm

        tokyobk –
        None of the three faiths deny a Jewish connection to the Holy Land.

        If you think all Jewish migration to pre- Israel Palestine was illegitimate and all non-Jewish immigration to pre-Palestine was legitimate, than you believe that. I don’t. In fact., I find such a belief to be repugnant and bigoted.

        i am a little confused by this sequence. first off, zaid already addressed the first sentence, which it appears you have ignored. you’re just repeating the statement. it appears here that you are making the argument that “jewish connection to holy land” amounts to “right to pray” wherever you want and “legitimate Jewish citizens” should have access and protection in any part of historic Palestine and those who do not agree with you are bigoted.

        i’d first like to point out, that under current conditions where so called “legitimate Jewish citizens” are currently colonizing all of the holy land the argument for having rights to al aqsa and talk of “access and protection in any part of historic Palestine” when jews are denying “access and protection in any part of historic Palestine” to palestinians, based on their ethnicity, — is absurd.

        “a jewish connection” in and of itself means little in terms of rights. after all, my house has a “jewish connection”. because a faith does not deny a jewish connection only means what it says, it doesn’t afford anyone any rights anymore than the entirety of the human race has some right over the african continent because it was the birthplace of humanity (“we get rights and access to your resources because you don’t deny a connection”).

        let’s review zaid’s words that you ignored and failed to respond to:

        The settler colonialists who come to Palestine in the 20th Century are not legitimate citizens. The only legitimate citizens of Palestine (river to sea) are the Palestinians.

        do you believe it’s valid for an indigenous person to reject the idea that the colonizers of his land are legitimate citizens? try actually addressing what is said here, and not transforming “settler colonialists” into “jewish connection”. and what you refer to as “non jewish immigration” — please explain how non jewish people are settler colonialists in palestine, because they are not and you’re just muddying the water injecting them into the conversation.

        zaid’s opinion regarding settler colonialism, as a palestinian, is perfectly valid. evading it and twisting it to extract bigoted conclusions is BS. you want zaid to view those colonialists who are actively bulldozing homes, killing people, imprisoning people, bombing people and the list goes on, you want him to prioritize the definition and distinction of those people as “jewish connection”, he likely doesn’t prioritize that defining feature.

        iow, if someone came into your home and started murdering your family and you didn’t like them for murdering your family it would seem rather absurd if someone accused you of bigotry — because you didn’t like having your family murdered by a black guy. or a latino guy or a white guy. when all along it didn’t have anything to do with the race or ethnicity of the people murdering your family. the fact is, it’s the actions of the 20th century colonialists and the identity of colonialists that zaid determined to be “not legitimate”. nothing to do with the faith.

        the faith or ethnicity is only used in your argument to justify the idea jews are not colonialists because they have a “connection” to the land which you claim therefore gives them some kind of rights. it doesn’t. jews who came in the 20th century came as colonialists and acted like them too. so try listening to his words and actually addressing them rather than switching it back to your ‘deny or not deny jewish connection or else you’re bigoted’ strawman ad hominem.

      • Mooser
        June 2, 2016, 4:22 pm

        “so try listening to his words and actually addressing them rather than switching it back to your ‘deny or not deny jewish connection or else you’re bigoted’ strawman ad hominem.”

        Thank you, “Annie”. Thanks so much.

      • Annie Robbins
        June 2, 2016, 7:21 pm

        my pleasure mooser

      • Mooser
        June 2, 2016, 5:02 pm

        I couldn’t get beyond the idea of a “Jewish right to pray” being at once so irrelevant and so freaking arrogant. And in the same comment (“prior to 1948”) he avoids denial by reversal!

    • Talkback
      June 1, 2016, 11:31 am

      MaxNarr: “Simply put, do you believe Jews have the right to pray at our most holy sites in Hebron, Jerusalem, and Schem?”

      If Palestinians have a right to return, sure.

      • ritzl
        June 1, 2016, 11:45 am

        Heck Talkback, why be so vague? ;)

        Muslims between the ages of 16-55 (or whatever the current restrictions are) CURRENTLY RESIDING in Jerusalem cannot (re: have no right to) pray there. If equal rights are the issue (haha), that would be the place to start.

      • Talkback
        June 4, 2016, 5:17 am

        Nah, Ritzl. That’s may way to remind Zionist shmocks that they don’t even have a right to ask for rights as long as they deny others their basic human rights.

    • DavidDaoud
      June 1, 2016, 1:59 pm

      Sure you can pray at Schem, but don’t enter Nablus. They are not the same place.

  2. Pixel
    May 31, 2016, 12:07 pm

    Important information.

  3. Marnie
    May 31, 2016, 12:14 pm

    I know it’s cliche, but lunatics are running the asylum.

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      June 1, 2016, 7:30 am

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        June 2, 2016, 10:25 pm

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        ● FROM WIKIPEDIA (Fort Detrick):

        Fort Detrick /ˈdiːtrɪk/ is a United States Army Medical Command installation located in Frederick, Maryland. Historically, Fort Detrick was the center of the US biological weapons program from 1943 to 1969. Since the discontinuation of that program, it has hosted most elements of the United States biological defense program. [STRICTLY BIOLOGICAL DEFENSE; NOT OFFENSIVE WEAPONS. HONEST INJUN! ! ! ~ J.L.D.]

        As of the early 2010s, Fort Detrick’s 1,200-acre (490 ha) campus supports a multi-governmental community that conducts biomedical research and development, medical materiel management, global medical communications and the study of foreign plant pathogens. It is home to the U.S. Army Medical Research and Materiel Command (USAMRMC), with its bio-defense agency, the U.S. Army Medical Research Institute of Infectious Diseases (USAMRIID). It also hosts the National Cancer Institute-Frederick (NCI-Frederick)[1] and is home to the National Interagency Confederation for Biological Research (NICBR)[2] and National Interagency Biodefense Campus (NIBC).

        Fort Detrick is the largest employer in Frederick County, Maryland. . .

        . . . Fort Detrick traces its roots to a small municipal airport established at Frederick, Maryland, in 1929. . .

        . . . On 9 March 1943, the government purchased 154 acres (62 ha) encompassing the original 92 acres (37 ha) and re-christened the facility “Camp Detrick”. The same year saw the establishment of the U.S. Army Biological Warfare Laboratories (USBWL), responsible for pioneering research into biocontainment, decontamination, gaseous sterilization, and agent purification. . .

        . . . During World War II, Camp Detrick and the USBWL became the site of intensive biological warfare (BW) research using various pathogens. . .

        . . . The U.S. General Accounting Office issued a report on September 28, 1994, which stated that between 1940 and 1974, DOD and other national security agencies studied hundreds of thousands of human subjects in tests and experiments involving hazardous substances.

        The quote from the study:

        Many experiments that tested various biological agents on human subjects, referred to as Operation Whitecoat, were carried out at Fort Detrick, Maryland, in the 1950s. The human subjects originally consisted of volunteer enlisted men. However, after the enlisted men staged a sitdown strike to obtain more information about the dangers of the biological tests, Seventh-day Adventists (SDAs) who were conscientious objectors were recruited for the studies.[10]

        . . . Jeffrey Alan Lockwood wrote in 2009, that the biological warfare program at Ft. Detrick began to research the use of insects as disease vectors going back to World War II and also employed German and Japanese scientists after the war who had experimented on human subjects among POWs and concentration camp inmates. Scientists used or attempted to use a wide variety of insects in their biowar plans, including fleas, ticks, ants, lice and mosquitoes – especially mosquitoes that carried the yellow fever virus. They also tested these in the United States. Lockwood thinks that it is very likely that the U.S. did use insects dropped from aircraft during the Korean War to spread diseases, and that the Chinese and North Koreans were not simply engaged in a propaganda campaign when they made these allegations, since the Joint Chiefs of Staff and Secretary of Defense had approved their use in the fall of 1950 at the “earliest practicable time”. At that time, it had five biowarfare agents ready for use, three of which were spread by insect vectors.[11] . . .

        ● FROM WIKIPEDIA (2001 anthrax attacks):

        [EXCERPT] The 2001 anthrax attacks, also known as Amerithrax from its Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) case name, occurred within the United States over the course of several weeks beginning on September 18, 2001, one week after the September 11 attacks. Letters containing anthrax spores were mailed to several news media offices and two Democratic U.S. Senators, killing five people and infecting 17 others. According to the FBI, the ensuing investigation became “one of the largest and most complex in the history of law enforcement.”[1]

        A major focus in the early years of the investigation was a bio-weapons expert named Steven Hatfill, who was eventually exonerated. Another suspect, Bruce Edwards Ivins, became a focus of investigation around April 4, 2005. Ivins was a scientist who worked at the government’s biodefense labs at Fort Detrick in Frederick, Maryland. On April 11, 2007, Ivins was put under periodic surveillance and an FBI document stated that “Bruce Edwards Ivins is an extremely sensitive suspect in the 2001 anthrax attacks.”[2] On July 29, 2008, Ivins committed suicide with an overdose of acetaminophen.[3]

        On August 6, 2008, based on DNA evidence leading to an anthrax vial in Ivins’s lab, federal prosecutors declared Ivins to be the sole culprit of the crime.[4] Two days later, Senator Charles Grassley and Rep. Rush Holt called for hearings into the DOJ and FBI’s handling of the investigation.[5][6] On February 19, 2010, the FBI formally closed its investigation.[7]

        A review of the scientific methods used in the investigation at the National Academy of Sciences,[8] published in February 2011, cast doubt on the U.S. government’s conclusion that Ivins was the perpetrator. The review report said that, although the type of anthrax used in the letters was correctly identified as the Ames strain of the bacterium, there was insufficient scientific evidence for the FBI’s assertion that it originated from Ivins’s laboratory. The FBI responded by pointing out that the review panel asserted that it would not be possible to reach a definite conclusion based on science alone, and said that a combination of factors led the FBI to conclude that Ivins had been the perpetrator.[9] Some information about the case related to Ivins’s mental problems is still under seal.[10][11] Lawsuits filed by the widow of the first anthrax victim Bob Stevens were settled by the government for $2.5 million with no admission of liability. According to a statement in the settlement agreement, the settlement was reached solely for the purpose of “avoiding the expenses and risks of further litigations.”[12] . . .

    • JLewisDickerson
      June 1, 2016, 7:43 am

      P.S. ALSO SEE: “French bread spiked with LSD in CIA experiment”, by Henry Samuel in Paris, The Telegraph, 3/11/10
      • A 50-year mystery over the ‘cursed bread’ of Pont-Saint-Esprit, which left residents suffering hallucinations, has been solved after a writer discovered the US had spiked the bread with LSD as part of an experiment.

      [EXCERPT] In 1951, a quiet, picturesque village in southern France was suddenly and mysteriously struck down with mass insanity and hallucinations. At least five people died, dozens were interned in asylums and hundreds afflicted.

      For decades it was assumed that the local bread had been unwittingly poisoned with a psychedelic mould. Now, however, an American investigative journalist has uncovered evidence suggesting the CIA peppered local food with the hallucinogenic drug LSD as part of a mind control experiment at the height of the Cold War.

      The mystery of Le Pain Maudit (Cursed Bread) still haunts the inhabitants of Pont-Saint-Esprit, in the Gard, southeast France.

      On August 16, 1951, the inhabitants were suddenly racked with frightful hallucinations of terrifying beasts and fire.

      One man tried to drown himself, screaming that his belly was being eaten by snakes. An 11-year-old tried to strangle his grandmother. Another man shouted: “I am a plane”, before jumping out of a second-floor window, breaking his legs. He then got up and carried on for 50 yards. Another saw his heart escaping through his feet and begged a doctor to put it back. Many were taken to the local asylum in strait jackets.

      Time magazine wrote at the time: “Among the stricken, delirium rose: patients thrashed wildly on their beds, screaming that red flowers were blossoming from their bodies, that their heads had turned to molten lead.”

      Eventually, it was determined that the best-known local baker had unwittingly contaminated his flour with ergot, a hallucinogenic mould that infects rye grain. Another theory was the bread had been poisoned with organic mercury.

      However, H P Albarelli Jr., an investigative journalist, claims the outbreak resulted from a covert experiment directed by the CIA and the US Army’s top-secret Special Operations Division (SOD) at Fort Detrick, Maryland.

      The scientists who produced both alternative explanations, he writes, worked for the Swiss-based Sandoz Pharmaceutical Company, which was then secretly supplying both the Army and CIA with LSD.
      Mr Albarelli came across CIA documents while investigating the suspicious suicide of Frank Olson, a biochemist working for the SOD who fell from a 13th floor window two years after the Cursed Bread incident. One note transcribes a conversation between a CIA agent and a Sandoz official who mentions the “secret of Pont-Saint-Esprit” and explains that it was not “at all” caused by mould but by diethylamide, the D in LSD.

      While compiling his book, A Terrible Mistake: The Murder of Frank Olson and the CIA’s Secret Cold War Experiments, Mr Albarelli spoke to former colleagues of Mr Olson, two of whom told him that the Pont-Saint-Esprit incident was part of a mind control experiment run by the CIA and US army. . .

      ENTIRE ARTICLE – http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/worldnews/europe/france/7415082/French-bread-spiked-with-LSD-in-CIA-experiment.html

  4. JLewisDickerson
    May 31, 2016, 1:11 pm

    RE: “The Temple Movement aims to build a third Jewish temple on Haram al-Sharif as part of a vision to replace Israel’s ethnocratic parliamentary system with a monarchy based on halacha (Jewish law) throughout Eretz Yisrael (the biblical Land of Israel including Palestine and beyond).” ~ Dan Cohen and Tamar Aviyah

    FOR BACKGROUND, SEE: “Dangerous Liaison ~ The Dynamics of the Rise of the Temple Movements And Their Implications” | Researched and written by Yizhar Be’er with editing by Tomer Persico | Translated into English by Shoshana London Sappir with English editing by Betty Herschman | Published by Ir Amim and Keshev | March 1, 2013

    [EXCERPT (Preface: The need for a new analysis of the Temple Mount/Haram al-Sharif, pages 5-6)] :
    The Temple Mount/Haram al-Sharif is one of the most complicated and sensitive issues on Israel’s agenda, activating friction points between Israel and the Palestinian population, the Arab nations surrounding Israel, the Muslim world and domestically, within the Israeli Jewish community itself.

    Over the past several hundred years, a status quo has been maintained according to which the Temple Mount/Haram al-Sharif area (henceforth: the Mount) is an area reserved for Muslim prayer and the Western Wall is a prayer area reserved for Jews. Over the last decade, the status of these areas has gradually shifted, driven by a revival of activity by Jews determined to strengthen the status of the Temple Mount/Haram al-Sharif complex as a Jewish religious center and to marginalize the claims of Muslims to the Mount. In the past year alone, hundreds of national religious Jewish pilgrims have ascended the Mount, including groups of rabbis, women, members of Knesset and recently, soldiers in uniform.

    It is necessary to take a sober look at the activities of the organizations advancing this agenda and to examine the official institutional support Israel allocates to underwrite their activities. As will become clear, the Jerusalem Municipality and other government ministries directly fund and support various activist organizations driven by the mission to rebuild the Temple.

    This report aims to present information about the growing activity of organizations working to change the status quo on the Temple Mount/Haram al-Sharif and, in some cases, to actually erect the Third Jewish Temple upon it. The report describes the historic, legal and halachic background of the state of affairs on the Temple Mount/ Haram al-Sharif complex today, introduces the main players within the pro-Temple movements and demonstrates the deepening association between these movements and official Israeli authorities.

    The sensitive political and religious status of the Temple Mount/Haram al-Sharif and the impact of activities conducted there on Israel’s future are clear. The movements’ growing momentum and dangerous provocations to change the status quo are not receiving adequate attention, nor is the disturbing connection between these movements and official Israeli institutions. This report seeks to expose these trends—to present and analyze the dynamics of the growth of the Temple movements, their insidious leaching into the public domain and political center in Israel and the nature and depth of ties between Temple groups and the Israeli establishment.

    This report focuses on a site that, by Jewish tradition, is referred to as the Temple Mount and by Islamic tradition, Haram al-Sharif. To avoid complication, the terms “Temple Mount” or “the Mount” will be used, while stating in advance that wherever these terms appear, they refer to the site known as the Temple Mount/Haram al-Sharif. . .

    ■ ENTIRE 79 PAGE REPORT [PDF] BY IR AMIM AND KESHEV (“Dangerous Liaison ~ The Dynamics of the Rise of the Temple Movements And Their Implications”) – http://www.ir-amim.org.il/sites/default/files/Dangerous%20Liaison-Dynamics%20of%20the%20Temple%20Movements.pdf

  5. JLewisDickerson
    May 31, 2016, 1:48 pm

    RE: As Israeli political blogger Yossi Gurvitz explains, “Prayer is a pale imitation of the spiritual experience you will feel once we again slaughter sheep and spread their blood and guts on the floor, for the glory of God. Originally – and by originally I mean before the destruction of the second temple in 70 AD – the main form of Jewish observance was sacrifice.”

    SEE: “Temple Mount activists ‘practice’ sacrifice in East Jerusalem” | By Activestills | 972mag.com | Published April 21, 2016
    The practice run, ahead of what some groups believe will be the construction of a Third Temple, was co-ordinated by dozens of groups from the Temple Mount Movement — including those who call for the destruction of Muslim holy sites.

    Warning: This article contains a graphic image of animal slaughter.

    Text by Tali Janner-Klausner
    Photos by Tali Mayer [001] ~ [002] ~ [003] ~ [004]

    [EXCERPT] A crowd of hundreds came to watch the fifth and largest tirgul korban pesach – an annual re-enactment, or “practice run” of the paschal lamb sacrifice that was the central ritual of the harvest festival of Passover during ancient times. The ceremony took place on Mt Scopus overlooking the Old City, in a Dati Leumi (religious Zionist) Yeshiva in Beit Orot, which is a Jewish settlement in the Palestinian neighborhood of at-Tur.

    In the afternoon there was a panel discussion with several high-profile rabbis, as well as lectures covering in detail the practical aspects of recreating the ritual life of the Temple – for example, the challenge of sourcing the correct dyes for priestly robes. Outside children stroked the sheep and goats and teenage boys built an oven by the stage. A young man played the harp opposite a stand selling popcorn, hotdogs and candy-floss and some children ran around with a Lehava stickers on their clothing.

    The ceremony was preceded by dramatic speeches and festive musical performances. Biblical passages describing each stage were read out as the Cohanim – men said to be descended from the priestly tribe – washed their feet and hands before pouring the blood of the animal onto the makeshift altar, accompanied by blasts of silver trumpets. Afterwards, the cooked meat was shared out among the attendees; the Passover offering of ancient times was unusual in being consumed by all of the people, not only by the priestly caste.

    Read also: The fraud that is the Temple Mount movement

    The practice run was co-ordinated by dozens of groups from the Temple Mount Movement, with a broad range of religious backgrounds and political strategies represented. There are those that call for the violent destruction of Muslim sites of worship; others work within the remit of Israeli law and deploy a civil and religious rights rhetoric to expand Jewish prayer access to the the Temple Mount (Haram al-Sharif). However the distinctions between these camps are not always clear cut. . .

    ENTIRE ARTICLE WITH PHOTOS – http://972mag.com/temple-mount-activists-practice-sacrifice-in-east-jerusalem/118763/

    • Mooser
      June 1, 2016, 4:09 pm

      “Biblical passages describing each stage were read out as the Cohanim – men said to be descended from the priestly tribe…”

      Every one a Yankee Doodle Dandy! A real, live nephew of their Uncle Sam, too.

  6. just
    May 31, 2016, 5:24 pm

    Larry Derfner:

    “Neo-fascists Threaten the West. In Israel They’ve Already Arrived

    From America to Austria, belligerent, xenophobic ultra-nationalism is rising. But its hold on power in Israel is far more secure — and uncontested.

    I hear a lot of Israeli liberals saying that yes, things are bad here, but they’re bad everywhere. On the one hand, Avigdor Lieberman is running the army, a majority of Israelis believe the soldier who executed a prone Palestinian in Hebron behaved “responsibly,” and it’s gotten so that even Roni Daniel, Channel 2 news’ superhawk, is wondering whether his children should leave the country. …

    … Israel, on the other hand, is a tiny ethnic-religious minority in a hostile region on a permanent war footing with its neighbors. Israel believes (wrongly) that it has done everything it can to make peace and been turned down, and so it trusts its security to the subjugation of the Palestinians and the periodic bombing of Syria and Hezbollah, with no expectation or even reasonable hope that things will change.

    This is a much more deeply entrenched and volatile problem than the Western Europeans, or, certainly, the Americans have been dealing with.  What ails Israel is the sort of condition that’s just made for a long-term takeover by belligerent, xenophobic ultranationalists, which is what’s happened here and hasn’t happened there. No, unfortunately, this is not a Western country we’re living in.”

    read more: http://www.haaretz.com/opinion/.premium-1.722407

    • Marnie
      June 1, 2016, 6:42 am

      There is no way that zionists can be made to feel safe. You either do or you don’t. You have to realize you share the earth with lots of people, some friends, some foe. That’s life. There are no guarantees for anyone’s safety. (Try being a woman :)). More israelis are killed by their own reckless driving habits or another israeli’s reckless driving habits than in any wars it has started. The best therapy for israelis would be to pop the bubble they’ve been afforded to live in and be part of the rest of the world; it’s a lot safer than driving in israel, that is for sure.

      Jews don’t have the market on suffering. There have been much worse suffering and much less suffering and it seems part of the human condition is either to suffer or cause another to suffer. Why the fck can’t we commit to showing each other our individual humanity and to hell with tribal affiliations of any kind?

  7. yonah fredman
    May 31, 2016, 7:51 pm

    I went to school with yehuda etzion between 72 and 74.
    It was inevitable, given the content of the torah, specifically its animal sacrifice chapters, plus the religious Zionist emphasis of “b’yadeinu”- it is in our hands, that is the rejection of the passivism of traditional judaism and the assertion of activism, that a movement to rebuild the temple would find expression on the fringes.
    The current state of affairs vis a vis a permanent likud majority (rabin, Barack and post gaza withdrawal sharon being the primary exceptions to the 40 year rule), plus the current bds atmosphere with its right wing likud interpretation: they hate us no matter what we do, the net result of, so let us be our true selves, followers of the scripture, setting destiny by our actions, so let us rebuild the temple and turn leviticus into reality, this is the result.
    In fact there are millions of yehudim who pray for a rebuilt temple and a renewed service, but there are very few of them who back glick and etzion. Traditional orthodox reject this strain of activism, and most religious Zionists are pragmatic enough or modern enough to consider etzion and glick to be extremists. On the other hand the urge to pray on the temple mount is much more widespread among religious Zionists than this urge of glick to renew the animal sacrifices. The mode of worship has been prayer for quite a while, so the urge to pray persists and the place for that prayer is indeed everywhere, but also especially in the Holy spot of the temple mount.

    I pray upon occasion and cannot deny the pull of this specific spot on the globe in jerusalem, but in occupied territories. I can’t tell you which specific prayers are near my heart, but I consider resolution 242 to be important and the mitzva to avoid the disturbance of the jerusalem status quo to be important as well. (Important as in: Don’t rock the boat.) I trust the idf to assert the boundary line between permissible and forbidden on the temple mount, rather than ideologues like glick and etzion.

    • Mooser
      May 31, 2016, 10:00 pm

      “it is in our hands, that is the rejection of the passivism of traditional judaism and the assertion of activism,”

      You are absolutely right about the “passivism” (except “passivim” is not a word, but don’t let that bother you) of Judaism.

      Zionism came a long, and a passive Judaism, unable to assert itself, just knuckled under to Zionism, and allowed itself to be pimped and act as a shield for crime, atrocity and lot’s more.

      And there’s no “activism” in Zionism. Organizing for theft and dispossession is not “activism”. It’s a lot of things, but it ain’t that.

      “I trust the idf to assert the boundary line between permissible and forbidden on the temple mount,”

      Don’t be stupid. Israel is a democracy, remember? ANd in a democracy, the military does what the civilian administration tells it to do.
      Of course, if you think Israel would be better off under the martial law of the IDF, say so.

  8. xanadou
    May 31, 2016, 11:08 pm

    The recent Jewish newcomers have no claim to Al Aqsa. The majority of them are converts who originate from other parts of the region, even world, and who have had no problem abandoning the temples where those who had come before them had prayed for decades, even centuries.

    The Jews who stayed in Palestine and did not leave Judea two millennia ago – do. Those Jews, over the centuries had chosen, or were forced, to convert to Islam in substantial numbers. They are the ones who have continuously invested in the maintainance of their house of prayer that had evolved from a temple into a mosque to serve the generations whose efforts carried the massive structure in its full glory into the present, rather than see it decay into a pile of dust and stones or picturesque ruins.

    Throughout history a huge number of ancient structures had been taken over by flocks with an entirely unrelated traditions. They, too, as with Al Aqsa, had invested money, time and effort to keep the edifices standing. No one did then, nor would today, think of taking their house of prayer away from them.

    Not least if all, a congregation is not a pile of bricks, but the people who come together in a moment of communal prayer and spiritual reflection. To make obscene acquisitive claims to a piece of real estate debases the noblest spiritual aspects of the claimants’ faith.

    The better idea would have been to erect a new and splendid edifice that would reflect the passage of time and evolution of the old tradition. Perhaps even create a new and modern holiday that would honour those whose forefathers had lived thru the creation and evolution of the earliest days of Judaism, and the phenomenal success of proselytising that saw the evolution of a small local cult into a religion, the only one that did not die with all the others as the Antiquities faded into History. A holiday that would celebrate traditions of a long gone era of sometimes strange mores that had evolved to reflect humanity’s ever changing spirit.

    • Mooser
      June 1, 2016, 1:01 pm

      “The better idea would have been to erect a new and splendid edifice….”

      You want to tear down the Mosque, and build a glitzy Temple in its place? Vote for Trump. He’s promised to rebuild the Trump Temple.

      • Mooser
        June 1, 2016, 3:32 pm

        Oh, I’m sorry, “xanadou”! I see, not a brick-and-mortar “edifice”, but more like “edifice” as a better culture, system of laws, stuff like that. Didn’t get it at first. I was too hasty.

      • xanadou
        June 1, 2016, 4:44 pm

        No. Nor am I suggesting it. A new approach calls for a new site, untainted by past.

  9. just
    June 1, 2016, 12:39 am

    “New Israeli MK Glick: Muslims’ Conduct Could Lead to Al-Aqsa’s Destruction

    Yehudah Glick, whom the police have called the most dangerous man in the Middle East, says the Muslim religious trust on the Temple Mount has an ‘everything-is-mine’ attitude.”

    read more: http://www.haaretz.com/israel-news/.premium-1.722528

    I’ll spare you the interview.

  10. Qualtrough
    June 1, 2016, 5:53 am

    Man what a trainwreck the Zionist experiment is turning out to be. The only question now is just how many will die before it disappears. I think JSIL’s Samson Option is one of the scariest things humanity faces. There are lots of fanatics with death wishes, but these fanatics have the capability of making their dreams come true. ISIL could only look on in envy at the havoc that would wreak.

  11. Kay24
    June 1, 2016, 8:24 am

    Israeli woman admits she lied about Palestinians raping her.
    It is a good thing that Butcher Bibi did not collectively punish the Palestinians, demolish their homes, or arrest all young Palestinians. But who knows, maybe this may have been the excuse to steal more lands.

    Israeli Woman Says She Lied About Being Raped by Palestinians
    The woman, who is mentally challenged, tells the police that she was in a consensual relationship with one of accused Palestinians, and that her family fabricated the allegations to put an end to it.

    read more: http://www.haaretz.com/israel-news/1.722592

    • Marnie
      June 2, 2016, 4:30 am

      So reminiscent of 16-20th century american south, doesn’t it?

  12. Ossinev
    June 1, 2016, 9:43 am

    “Now fifty years old, the US-born Glick lives in the occupied West Bank settlement of Otniel”

    Neat little sentence – sums it all up really.

    A foreign doombrain Zionist [..] intent on the full colonisation of Bibliland.

    BTW In the second picture – I wonder – are they taking that cute little goat off for a ritual slaughter in some quiet spot ?

  13. just
    June 1, 2016, 10:43 am

    “Yehudah Glick, whom the police have called the most dangerous man in the Middle East,” is now a MK.

    Today,

    “Top Jewish Terror Suspect Meir Ettinger Freed From Israeli Detention …

    The Shin Bet security service’s number one Jewish suspect of terrorism was  released on Wednesday after 10 months in administrative detention.

    Meir Ettinger, the grandson of the slain far-right activist Meir Kahane, was detained following the murder of the Dawabsheh family in the West Bank village of Duma last July, and was placed in administrative detention for six months. His detention was later extended …

    The Shin Bet did not seek to extend the administrative detention order again.

    Ettinger remains under various restrictions, including a ban from the West Bank and East Jerusalem and a curfew. He is also barred from making contact with 93 people.
    Following his detention, a judge noted that Ettinger encouraged acts of violence that harmed Israel’s security, and that he organized a violent revolt aimed at toppling the state.

    In the original administrative detention order against Ettinger, Justice Avraham Tal noted that “according to intelligence information presented by the Shin Bet, in September 2013 Ettinger founded an organization that aimed to bring forward a violent revolt that would topple the Israeli state by carrying out acts that would hurt the state’s weak points. The revolt was meant to include four stages – public relations, recruitment of activists, the uprising’s breakout and the disturbances phase.”

    It was also claimed that Ettinger was personally involved in the arson of a home in Khirbet Abu Falah in the West Bank in November 2014. “The respondent’s actions show the danger emanating from him and the organization that he headed and was the mastermind of… Ettinger encouraged others to carry out violent acts that harmed state security and such acts were indeed carried out.”

    The justice’s decision shows that he was presented with at least 180 intelligence reports and an 82-pages Shin Bet review.”

    read more: http://www.haaretz.com/israel-news/1.722586

    Different strokes for different folks, eh? There are MK’s that seek to make laws to oust Palestinian- Israeli members of the Knesset, but Glick is in. Think how many Palestinians are in arbitrary administration detention, and now Ettinger is out and about.

    Remember Yishai Schlissel?

    “6 Stabbed at Jerusalem Gay Pride Parade by ultra-Orthodox Jewish Assailant

    Suspect was convicted of attempted murder after stabbing three during 2005 Gay Pride Parade; he was recently released from prison. …

    … Schlissel was sentenced for 12 years in prison for the 2005 attack after his conviction on charges of attempted murder and aggravated assault. However, in 2007, following an appeal, the Supreme Court mitigated his sentence to 10 years.

    After his release, Schlissel returned to his hometown, where residents said that he distributed hand-written pamphlets in which he called on “all Jews faithful to God” to risk “beatings and imprisonment” for the sake of preventing the parade. …”

    read more: http://www.haaretz.com/israel-news/1.668796

    What would have happened if a Palestinian had done this???

    All three have a lot in common.

    • ritzl
      June 1, 2016, 12:03 pm

      Oh Dear Lord.

      “…a judge noted that Ettinger encouraged acts of violence that harmed Israel’s security,…”

      “harmed Israel’s security”? Is that what the Israelis call burning a whole family alive?

      There are no laws there. At least not the kind that are accepted by every civilized country on the planet.

      I think Shmuel pointed out to me a while back (on Knesset procedures) that even long and deeply held legalities in Israel are (completely?) contingent on the whims of the moment. It appears here that the need to softpedal heinous murder is now one of those whims.

      Sickening. It truly is.

      • Mooser
        June 1, 2016, 12:27 pm

        “It appears here that the need to softpedal heinous murder is now one of those whims.”

        Now, now, we must keep in mind that bit of Israel’s founding document that “talknic” always quotes:

        “as envisioned by the prophets of Israel”

        That covers a lot of ground.

  14. RayJosephCormier
    June 1, 2016, 11:38 am

    I was already familiar with much of the substance in the article which reinforces my views in the article posted to my Blog September 13, 2014, titled, ‘TEMPLE MOUNT AND THE BATTLE OF THE GREAT DAY OF GOD ALMIGHTY’

    Glick wants to move Israel backwards, not forward, in wanting to build a 3rd Temple with animal blood sacrifice for the atonement of Sin. So called Christian Zionists who support this movement in Israel are denying Christ, and that will stop.

    Glick and his ilk don’t even believe their own Jewish Prophets.

    Hear the word of the Lord, O rulers of Sodom; give ear to the law of our God, O people of Gomorrah!
    Of what use are your many sacrifices to Me? says the Lord. I am sated with the burnt-offerings of rams and the fat of fattened cattle; and the blood of bulls and sheep and hegoats I do not want.
    When you come to appear before Me, who requested this of you, to trample My courts?
    You shall no longer bring vain meal-offerings, it is smoke of abomination to Me; New Moons and Sabbaths, calling convocations, I cannot [bear] iniquity with assembly.

    Above is the opening vision of Isaiah. This is the closing vision in his book.
    So says the Lord, “The heavens are My throne, and the earth is My footstool; which is the house that you will build for Me, and which is the place of My rest?
    Whoever slaughters an ox has slain a man; he who slaughters a lamb is as though he beheads a dog; he who offers up a meal-offering is [like] swine blood; he who burns frankincense brings a gift of violence; they, too, chose their ways, and their soul desired their abominations.
    I, too, will choose their mockeries, and their fears I will bring to them, since I called and no one answered, I spoke and they did not hearken, and they did what was evil in My eyes, and what I did not wish they chose.

    “Son of man, the dwellers of these ruins on the soil of Israel speak, saying: Abraham was one, and he inherited the land, and we are many-the land has [surely] been given to us for an inheritance.
    Therefore, say to them: So said the Lord God, You eat on the blood and you raise your eyes to your pagan deities, and you shed blood-and you should inherit the land?
    You stood on your sword, you committed abominations, and you contaminated each man his neighbor’s wife, and you should inherit the land?
    Ezekiel 33:24-26

    The Messianic Settlers, their spiritual leaders and advisors, who have taken over Likud and the government, ignore the words of the Prophets at Israel’s peril.

  15. just
    June 1, 2016, 1:17 pm

    B. Michael is a good read today:

    “Yet Again the Jewish People Face Great Danger and the World Is Silent …

    Yet again the Jewish people face great danger. Not the whole Jewish people. Just part of it.
    The part concentrated in the Middle East. And this time, it isn’t our enemies who are arising to smite us. This time, the ones arising come from within us.

    With our very own hands, we anointed the Huns who rule over us. A wild bunch, malicious, futile and unrestrained, leading their herd head-first into the wall.

    And the world is silent…

    At our head, we have placed a miserly, loudmouthed hedonist. A man defined by his own partner and friend from youth as a liar, fraud and charlatan. A man frightened of his own shadow and, mainly, of his dead father and living wife. And this meager man has smitten us with a government of fools and scorpions – half fools, half scorpions. With a defense minister who ardently supports ethnic cleansing; with a justice minister who sees the law as a club to settle nationalist and political accounts; with a fundamentalist education minister who wants to return us to a religion dating back 1,000 years, to the glorious era of the biblical Joshua, conqueror and destroyer of peoples, to the temple for fattening the god with barbecue cuts, to greedy, pleasure-seeking kings, convinced they had been anointed by the god to rule for eternity.

    Is there any wonder that the rot and corruption are eating us up?

    And the world is silent… …

    … The right wing is too stupid, wicked and frightened to understand what it is causing. The left… oy, the left… its remnants huddle in each other’s arms and calculate their approaching end. The opposition, ridiculous thing that it is, is led by one imbecile and one dishrag. And the two may duke it out with each other until the end of time to see which is the imbecile and which the dishrag. All answers are right. …

    … Yet it could have been so easy to save us. Demanding a visa applicable to every country in the universe, delicately hinting at cutbacks to stipends, here and there a little veto, practical thought on the model that brought South Africa back to the light… and the State of Israel would have been easily rescued from the morass into which it’s sinking like a submarine. …

    Start talking, cruel world!

    Because if you persist in your silence, you indifferent world, that will be categorical proof that you really are anti-Semitic, exactly as we’ve always been told.

    In summation, this is all I ask: Please translate my words into every language in the enlightened world and send them to your leaders. Experience has always taught that the world will persist in its silence until it’s too late, but at least, illusion is better than despair.
    And if I am accused of libeling the country, I will make the usual claims in my defense: 1. I spoke the truth. 2. The public has a deep interest in the matter (though it’s an ever-shrinking public).”

    read the whole thing : http://www.haaretz.com/opinion/.premium-1.722656?utm_source=dlvr.it&utm_medium=twitter

    • Mooser
      June 1, 2016, 1:36 pm

      “Start talking, cruel world!
      Because if you persist in your silence, you indifferent world, that will be categorical proof that you really are anti-Semitic, exactly as we’ve always been told.”

      Wow, I’m glad I’m Jewish! I wouldn’t want to be stuck in the same ethical and moral dilemna as the “indifferent world” for anything.
      Whatever happens will be their fault, “exactly as we’ve always been told”. Such a guilt they will have! Glad it’s not mine. Sorry, “cruel world”.

      “… Yet it could have been so easy to save us. “

      Oy Gevalt!, So, now you tell us?

    • Mooser
      June 1, 2016, 1:45 pm

      “With our very own hands, we anointed the Huns who rule over us.”

      Easy, there, B. Micheal! Submarines require a huge amount of maintenance and overhaul. ‘Nuff said?

  16. amigo
    June 1, 2016, 4:44 pm

    Check their faces. Glick is full of glee and bibi is —well not so gleeful.Has Glick just demanded the launch code to the Nukes.

    God help us all.

  17. just
    June 2, 2016, 12:38 pm

    Excerpt from an excellent, relevant article by Asa Winstanley:

    “The growing influence of Israel’s most hard line settlers

    …While Israel’s founders were mostly secular in their outlook, there was always a strand of religious fanaticism involved. “There is no God, but he gave us the land,” is how the anti-Zionist Israeli historian Ilan Pappe often frames it.

    And now, with Israel increasingly moving to the right, even the secular outlook is increasingly being dropped. The settlers and the religious Zionists are slowly working their way into power. Dan Cohen and Tamar Aviyah at Mondoweiss had on Tuesday a most illuminating account of how this is happening.

    A central figure in this reckoning is Yehuda Glick. With the departure of Yaalon from Israel’s parliament Glick, as the next person down on the Likud party list, now enters the Knesset as a new Israeli lawmaker. Born in New York, Glick is an infamous instigator at Jerusalem’s al-Aqsa Mosque compound (Islam’s third-most-holy site) and leader in the extremist “Third Temple” movement.

    His long term goal is to destroy the al-Aqsa mosque and replace it with a Jewish temple.

    A settler who lives in the south Hebron hills (part of the occupied West Bank) Glick is the chairman of the Temple Mount Heritage Foundation, and was once director the Temple Institute.

    The latter organization is led by Rabbi Yisrael Ariel, an openly racist and genocidal religious Zionist. Last year, Ariel was caught on tape by journalist David Sheen advocating the murder of all Palestinian men that refused to convert from Islam and Christianity, threatening even that Israel should launch wars across the entire region: “We will conquer Iraq, Turkey. We will get to Iran, too. We will impose the seven Noahide laws on all of these places.”…”

    more @ https://www.middleeastmonitor.com/20160601-the-growing-influence-of-israels-most-hard-line-settlers/

  18. DaBakr
    June 3, 2016, 9:15 pm

    This foolish author cohen wrote the equivalent of- by referring to glick as violent because one gov’t official said his peaceful protests for the right for Jews to pray on the temple mount would result in ‘violence’. Or ‘provocation- writing that MLK was violent because he knew some of his public protests might (and did) spark violence. This qualifies as an idiotic,hyperbolic and hysterical indictment of a man never accused or charged with actual violence. And of course you won’t count his own near assasination by a Palestinian extremist because naturally, folks here think he deserve deserved it. Right. Willing dupes

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