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ISRAELI SECURITY FORCES BRACE FOR PALESTINIAN `DAY OF RAGE'

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BY UDI SHAHAM, ANNA AHRONHEIM, TOVAH LAZAROFF DECEMBER 7, 2017 23:24 There was some violence already on Thursday, when terrorists in the Gaza Strip fired three rockets at Israel.

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Israeli security forces brace for Palestinian `Day of Rage' Palestinian protesters run during clashes with Israeli troops at a protest near the Jewish settlement of Beit El, near the West Bank city of Ramallah December 7, 2017.. (photo credit: REUTERS)


Security personnel were preparing for riots on Friday in Jerusalem and the West Bank, amid predictions that Palestinians and Israeli Arabs will escalate their protests against US President Donald Trump's decision to recognize Jerusalem as Israel's capital.



Hamas political bureau chief Ismail Haniyeh said in a televised speech from the Gaza Strip on Thursday: "Tomorrow, December 8, 2017, should be a day of rage and the beginning of a major effort to rise up, which I will name the `Intifada of Jerusalem and the West Bank's Freedom.'

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"[Just] as we liberated Gaza, we [will be] able... to free Jerusalem and the West Bank by the way of this popular struggle," Haniyeh said.

There was some violence already on Thursday, when terrorists in the Gaza Strip fired three rockets at Israel. Two rockets fell inside the Strip, while a third struck an open area near Kibbutz Be'eri in the Eshkol region.

On Thursday night, the Israel Air Force carried out a retaliatory strike, hitting what it said were two terrorist targets in Gaza.

Across the West Bank, thousands of Palestinians, mostly young men and teens, took to the streets burning tires and throwing stones and Molotov cocktails at IDF troops in Hebron, Bethlehem and Ramallah. Twenty of the rioters were arrested by the army.

The IDF used riot dispersal measures against the protesters. It acknowledged that some Palestinians were wounded but did not provide an exact number. An IDF spokesman denied that the military used live fire to disperse the protests.

According to the Palestinian Red Crescent, 50 Palestinians were wounded, including four by live fire and 13 by rubber bullets.

In the Gaza Strip, dozens of riots broke out, including along the border with Israel where hundreds of Palestinians threw stones and Molotov cocktails at IDF soldiers who used live fire to disperse them.

US President Donald Trump and Vice President Mike Pence arrive for Trump to deliver remarks recognizing Jerusalem as the capital of Israel at the White House in Washington, US December 6, 2017 (Reuters)US President Donald Trump and Vice President Mike Pence arrive for Trump to deliver remarks recognizing Jerusalem as the capital of Israel at the White House in Washington, US December 6, 2017 (Reuters)

The army said it was reinforcing its Judea and Samaria Division with extra battalions and intelligence units. "In addition, more standby forces were defined, as part of the [military's] readiness for possible developments," the IDF added.

Police spokesman Mickey Rosenfeld told The Jerusalem Post that additional patrols and reinforcements will be deployed on Friday in the areas with the greatest potential for conflict.

"As of now, we have not raised the alert level, nor do we intend to restrict entrance to the Old City according to the age of the [Muslim] prayer-goers," he said.

There were 30 riots taking place across the West Bank, with the largest being in Kalandiya (between Jerusalem and Ramallah), at Rachel's Tomb (on the northern outskirts of Bethlehem) and in the center of Ramallah.

In the capital, hundreds of east Jerusalem residents protested at the Damascus Gate plaza.

The crowd chanted: "Jerusalem is Arab and Palestinian," and, "Trump, you will see – Palestine will be free."

Some clashes between police and young men were reported, however the Palestinian Red Crescent said there were no injuries near the Old City.

Police said three people were arrested after they threw rocks and water bottles at security personnel on Sultan Suleiman Street – the central traffic artery in east Jerusalem, which runs outside the Old City's northern walls.

Protesters told the Post that the demonstrations on Thursday were "only a promo ahead of Friday," in which many Muslims would come to pray in the Old City.



Police were monitoring social media in order to understand the sentiment of the Arab street in Jerusalem. However Rosenfeld said no large-scale planning of demonstrations is known to them. He added that there were no plans to close roads.

"The police will mainly focus on the noon prayer time at the points of friction – including the Old City alleys and the surrounding areas. It will also focus on the area of the Kalandiya checkpoint, where it is working with full cooperation with the IDF and Border Police, and we are prepared for an immediate operational response to a wide range of scenarios if necessary," he said.

Adam Rasgon contributed to this report.

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Palestinian-Israeli Clashes Erupt After Trump's Jerusalem Shift Last Updated: December 07, 2017 2:29 PM

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A Palestinian protester prepares to burn a U.S. flag during clashes with Israeli troops at a protest against U.S. President Donald Trump's decision to recognize Jerusalem as the capital of Israel, near the Jewish settlement of Beit El, near the West Bank city of Ramallah Dec. 7, 2017. A Palestinian protester prepares to burn a U.S. flag during clashes with Israeli troops at a protest against U.S. President Donald Trump's decision to recognize Jerusalem as the capital of Israel, near the Jewish settlement of Beit El, near the West Bank city of Ramallah Dec. 7, 2017. Share

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Clashes between Palestinian protesters and Israeli troops and street protests erupted Thursday in the West Bank and Gaza on the day after U.S. President Donald Trump recognized Jerusalem as the Israeli capital.

In the West Bank, crowds of demonstrators threw stones at the Israeli forces and set tires afire in Ramallah, the seat of the Palestinian government, where a thick plume of black smoke hovered over the city. Dozens sustained minor injuries in the skirmishes.

A Palestinian protester hurls back a tear gas canister fired by Israeli troops during clashes at a protest against U.S. President Donald Trump's decision to recognize Jerusalem as the capital of Israel, in the West Bank city of Bethlehem Dec. 7, 2017.
A Palestinian protester hurls back a tear gas canister fired by Israeli troops during clashes at a protest against U.S. President Donald Trump's decision to recognize Jerusalem as the capital of Israel, in the West Bank city of Bethlehem Dec. 7, 2017.

In the biblical town of Bethlehem, the birthplace of Jesus, troops fired water cannons and tear gas at protesters, while in Gaza, demonstrators burned posters of Trump and Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and set U.S. and Israeli flags on fire.

Palestinians closed shops and schools in a general strike, while Ismail Haniyeh, the leader of the Hamas militant group that runs Gaza, called for a third Palestinian armed uprising against the Israelis. Hassan Nasrallah, leader of the Lebanese militant group Hezbollah, said all Mideast peace negotiations should be halted until Trump reverses his Jerusalem decision.?

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Fearing an escalation, Israel has been beefing up security forces in the West Bank, East Jerusalem and along the Gaza border.

Trump's recognition of Jerusalem as Israel's capital also sparked anger across the Arab and Muslim world and consternation from U.S. allies.

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Hamas says U.S. decision to recognize Jerusalem as Israel's capital is "dangerous," calls for "day of rage" Friday - Public security minister: We won't yield to threats, security forces ready to deal with any scenario - Defense forces on high alert. Efrat Forsher, Lilach Shoval, Eldad Beck, News Agencies and Israel Hayom Staff

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Israelis, Palestinians and the wider Middle East are bracing for the fallout after President Donald Trump's seismic shift in recognizing Jerusalem as the capital of Israel.

Defense officials told Israel Hayom that while the situation on the ground remained calm immediately following Wednesday's announcement, tensions were running high and security forces were instructed to be particularly vigilant.

Hundreds of Palestinians rallied in Gaza City against Trump, burning Israeli and American flags and calling for an intifada against Israel.

Wednesday's demonstration was organized by different Palestinian factions. Gunmen from all the Gaza-based terrorist groups could be seen in the protest.

Hamas, which rules the enclave, said the U.S. has made a "dangerous decision" and called for a "day of rage" on Friday.

"The youth and the Palestinian resistance in the West Bank need to respond with all means available to the U.S. decision that harms our Jerusalem. Jerusalem is a red line and the resistance will not allow any desecration of it," the group said in a statement.

Hamas leader Ismail Haniyeh told Qatar's Al Jazeera television that "our Palestinian people will have a suitable response. As a people, we cannot accept this American pattern."

"Tomorrow, December 8, 2017, should be a day of rage and the beginning of a major effort to rise up, which I will name the intifada of Jerusalem and the West Bank's freedom. As we liberated Gaza, we are able…to free Jerusalem and the West Bank by the way of this popular struggle."

Hamas official Salah Bardawil said the Palestinians were "on a dangerous crossroad today. We either remain or perish."

Another Hamas official lambasted Trump's announcement as "flagrant aggression against the Palestinian people and urged Arabs and Muslims in the Middle East and worldwide to "undermine" U.S. interest in the region and shun Israel.

Public Security Minister Gilad Erdan said Wednesday that Israel's security forces were ready to deal with any fallout from Trump's announcement.

Speaking at an event marking the centennial of the Balfour Declaration Erdan said, "Jerusalem has been the capital of the Jewish people for 3,000 years. We hear all kinds of threats, the great democrat [Turkish President Recep Tayyip] Erdogan threatens to sever relations. Israel and the United States will not yield to threats."

He added that the U.S. move should "make it clear to [Palestinian Authority President] Mahmoud Abbas that time is not on the Palestinians' side."

Erdan further expressed hope that European nations would follow in the United States' footsteps, recognize Jerusalem as Israel's capital, and begin the process of transferring their embassies there.

"Such a courageous decision will contribute to peace and stability in the Middle East and will send a clear message to terrorists that their desire to drive Jews out of Jerusalem is doomed to fail," he said.

The Jerusalem District Police have been on high alert since the Temple Mount crisis in July and the situation has not changed, one defense official said.

Troops were instructed, as usual, to carefully monitor known flashpoints in east Jerusalem and the holy sites in the capital.

Police intelligence indicates that the true test of whether the Palestinians plan to heed terrorist groups' call for violence will come after Friday prayers in Al-Aqsa mosque, a traditionally volatile time.

The defense establishment is scheduled to hold a situation assessment on Thursday evening, after which it will be decided whether to upgrade security forces' alert and place any restrictions on Friday prayers.

As of Thursday morning, the IDF has not placed units deployed across Judea and Samaria on high alert, but it has several contingency plans in place should a security escalation manifest in Jerusalem, Judea and Samaria or the Israel-Gaza Strip border.

"All [terrorist] elements could exploit Trump's declaration to provoke a security escalation," a senior military official said, adding several units have been placed on call in case emergency deployment would prove necessary.

The defense establishment is bracing for various violent scenarios, including mass protest, riots, the blocking of roads if rioters set tires on fire, stoning and shooting attacks and potential "lone-wolf" terrorist attack, he said.

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Yoav Limor | Keeping the situation under control The Palestinians are furious over Trump's Jerusalem declaration and the defense establishment is bracing for a violent backlash. Al-Aqsa mosque is one main flashpoint to watch; another is the Gaza border.

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Jerusalem is home to the Mosque of Al-Aqsa, the third holiest place in Islam, and Palestinians see East Jerusalem as the capital of a future state. Many countries throughout the world have long thought that the city's ultimate status would only be decided through Israeli-Palestinian peace negotiations, but Palestinian officials said Trump's decision has disqualified the U.S. as an honest broker in the peace process.

For Israel, however, the Al-Aqsa compound is known as the Temple Mount, the site of the two biblical Temples and the holiest place in Judaism. Netanyahu said, "The president's decision is an important step towards peace, for there is no peace that doesn't include Jerusalem as the capital of the state of Israel."

Islamist rallies

Hundreds of Islamists rallied in major Pakistani cities, condemning Trump's decision. The al-Qaida-linked extremist group al-Shabab urged "all Muslims to raise arms and defend the blessed Al-Aqsa from the Zionist occupiers supported by America, because what was taken by force can only be restored by force."

Iraqi Prime Minister Haider al-Abadi, a U.S. ally, said Trump should "retreat from that decision in order to stop a dangerous escalation that leads to extremism and creates an atmosphere which helps terrorism."

Supporters of a Pakistani religious party rally against the United States and Israel, in Lahore, Pakistan, Dec. 7, 2017.
Supporters of a Pakistani religious party rally against the United States and Israel, in Lahore, Pakistan, Dec. 7, 2017.

European Union foreign policy chief Federica Mogherini said Trump's decision "has the potential to send us backwards to even darker times than the one we are already living in."

French President Emmanuel Macron and German Chancellor Angela Merkel both said the status of Jerusalem should be part of Israeli-Palestinian talks and rebuffed Trump.

"I don't share in this decision, and I disapprove," Macron said.



Israel to build 14,000 new housing units in Jerusalem

Following Trump's recognition of Jerusalem, Housing Minister began to promote plan to build thousands of housing units in the capital. Contact Editor
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Construction and Housing Minister Yoav Galant (Kulanu) is promoting a plan to build 14,000 housing units in Jerusalem, Hahadashot (formerly Channel 2 News) reported on Thursday.

The move follows President Donald Trump's announcement on Wednesday that the United States recognizes Jerusalem as the capital of Israel.

According to the report, the government would promote the construction of 5,000 housing units in Atarot, in addition to a new neighborhood in the area which is being promoted by the Jerusalem municipality.

Another 1,000 housing units are expected in Pisgat Ze'ev and are waiting for approval, 3,000 units will be built in Katamon and 5,000 units will be built in Reches Lavan.

"Following President Trump's historic declaration, I intend to promote and strengthen the construction in Jerusalem," said Minister Galant.

Other ministers in the Cabinet expressed support for Galant and told Hahadashot, "There are no more excuses. There are no more reasons why we should not build in the city, when the president of the United States views it as the undisputed capital of the State of Israel."


MSNBC: 'Evangelicals have crazy ideas about Israel' MSNBC host Chris Matthews tears into evangelical Christians for backing Jerusalem recognition, embassy move. Contact Editor Tzvi Lev, 07/12/17 21:15
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MSNBC host Chris Matthews ripped evangelical Christians for supporting Israel, contending that they are ignorant about Israel and the "tricky" region.

Appearing on MSNBC's "Morning Joe", Matthews tore into Christians who cheered President Trump's decision to recognize Jerusalem as Israel's capital. Matthews accused Trump of making his decision to sway Christian voters in Alabama in next week's Alabama special Senate election to fill the seat vacated by Attorney General Jeff Sessions. Republican Roy Moore and Democrat Doug Jones are locked in a dead heat despite eight women having accused Moore of being a sexual predator.

"Don't think this isn't related to Alabama next week," said Matthews. "It is related, because it's the Christian evangelicals down there with their crazy ideas about Israel, which is, I don't know, mythical. They don't understand the situation over there and how tricky it is ethnically and tribally. They don't care because it's a religious belief. Trump's playing to that this week. You watch him."

Matthews also lambasted Trump's decision, arguing that "the only hope for peace" was to give the Palestinian Authority "a portion of East Jerusalem, maybe all of it."

"Because if you don't give the Palestinians hope that they can have national integrity and have a capital where they believe it should be, you're going to have an unending problem," continued Matthews. "Deaths are coming now because of this. You can just bet that in the next few weeks, we're going to have hell to pay for this totally erratic decision by this president."



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New hotline for students to complain about far-left professors Im Tirtzu launches anonymous hotline that would enable students to report far-left lecturers. Contact Editor Tzvi Lev, 07/12/17 18:36
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The Im Tirztu campus watchdog organization has launched a hotline that would enable students at Israeli universities to complain about far-left professors that besmirch Israel and deride Zionism.

The hotline will allow students who allege extreme left-wing incitement by lecturers in Israeli universities to report the professors to Im Tirtzu, who would then register complaints with the university.

"It gives the students an immediate hotline," Im Tirtzu CEO Matan Peleg told Arutz Sheva. "Many times we get these complaints later on and there isn't anything we can do about it. They ask why we didn't complain when it happened."

"We want to set up this hotline so students will know that they can complain immediately. The genius of this is that we can respond much quicker. Until now we released a report every few months...from the minute you have a hotline you can get the story out to the public and do something about it."

Peleg pointed to instances of far-left lectures censoring students with right-wing views, which he alleges is especially egregious at Ben Gurion University in Beer Sheva and Jerusalem's Hebrew University. "We have instances of lecturers exploiting their position in order to make political statements and they don't let anyone else respond," said Peleg. "We had a student beaten up by an Arab at a demonstration and the student was summoned to appear before a disciplinary committee when he complained."

"Unfortunately, nothing is changing. The lecturers are still behaving in an extremely blunt way, and they feel strengthened when they see that the university doesn't do anything about it," Peleg charged.

In June, a storm erupted after Dr. Ofer Cassif, a professor at Hebrew University, was recorded telling students that his comparisons between Israel and Nazi Germany were based "on fact, not opinion". During classes, he said a number of laws – including Basic Laws – in Israel were eerily similar to laws passed by the Nazi regime, including the infamous Nuremberg Laws.

When a student objected, the Cassif argued that his statements were facts and that there was no room for argument. "There's not really much to argue about here," he said in the recording.


While Cassif acknowledged that Israel was not guilty of genocide, he claimed that the Jewish state was on a "slippery slope" towards Nazism.

Jewish Home Chairman and Education Minister Naftali Bennett recently commissioned Professor Asa Kasher to write an academic code of ethics in order to deal with the problem of professors attacking Israel and the IDF during classes.

Jewish cemetery in Poland turned into parking lot Jewish community in Poland is dismayed after learning that an old Jewish cemetery Jewish burial ground in eastern Poland was dug up and desecrated to make room for a parking lot. Associated Press|Published: 07.12.17 , 23:16 Human remains from an old Jewish burial ground in eastern Poland have been dug up and dumped in an empty lot to make way for the construction of an electrical substation and a parking lot, authorities said Thursday.

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Poland's Chief Rabbi Michael Schudrich described the excavation as the worst desecration of a Jewish cemetery he has seen during the 17 years he has been a rabbi in the country.

Man holding human remains removed from an old Jewish cemetery and dumped in huge mounds in Siemiatycze, Poland to make way for the construction of a supermarket, parking lot and an electrical transformer station (Photo: AP)
Man holding human remains removed from an old Jewish cemetery and dumped in huge mounds in Siemiatycze, Poland to make way for the construction of a supermarket, parking lot and an electrical transformer station (Photo: AP)

Jewish religious law holds that bodies should only be disturbed once they are buried under limited circumstances, such as saving lives.

A day after visiting the construction site in Siemiatycze, a small town that was about 60 percent Jewish before World War II, Schudrich showed The Associated Press photos of large mounds of earth with human bones, including a large part of a human skull.

"This is a full-out scandal," the rabbi, who originally is from New York, said. "Sometimes people can do something by mistake and could not realize they are seeing bones, but skulls are hard to miss."

An official with the local authorities, Bogumila Kazimierczak, insisted that the building work did not take place on the grounds of the Jewish cemetery, but on already developed land that is managed by an automobile association.

The mayor's office had no information indicating construction there should be prohibited, Kazimierczak said.

Human remains removed and dumped in mounds (Photo: AP)
Human remains removed and dumped in mounds (Photo: AP)

Schudrich disputes that, saying the land in question was part of the old cemetery. He said that while another part of the cemetery owned by the state was returned to the Jewish community after the fall of communism in Poland, the area in question was not because it was private property.

The rabbi said he warned local authorities that it was holy ground and asked them to inform him if there was ever a request to build there.

"I went there three or four years ago and I told them that if you put a shovel in the ground, you are going to find bones," Schudrich said.

Prosecutors have opened an investigation.

The new parking lot (Photo: AP)
The new parking lot (Photo: AP)

Only 70 of the 7,000 Jews estimated to have been living in Siemiatycze on the eve of World War II survived the Holocaust, and none are believed to living there now, Schudrich said.

"This is a very egregious violation of the final resting place of the Jews of this town," Gideon Taylor, co-chair of the Foundation for the Preservation of Jewish Heritage in Poland, said.

Poland, which was home to Europe's largest Jewish community before the Holocaust, has more than 1,000 Jewish cemeteries across Poland. In most cases no Jewish communities are left to look after them, Taylor said.


"It's essential that local authorities protect them because there is no local Jewish voice to protect the memory of those who died," Taylor said.

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