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Palestinian Protesters Use Mirrors in Attempt to Blind IDF Troops

By Israel Hayom

Hamas has urged Palestinians to hold another mass protest on the Israel-Gaza Strip border on Friday to show solidarity with those killed and injured during last week's border riots. Some 30,000 Palestinians took part in last week's march and subsequent riots on the border, during which hundreds of protesters hurled firebombs, torched tires and stoned Israeli troops. Seventeen people were killed, 10 of them known terrorists, and some 1,400 were wounded. While several small protests took place on the border on Sunday, and 250 Palestinians demonstrated near the border on Monday, the protests have waned and many demonstrators stayed back at a safe distance from the fence. However, sporadic border breaches continued on Monday, and two unarmed Gazans were apprehended by IDF forces moments after crossing the border. The IDF remains on high alert near the southern security fence in the wake of the violence last week. Troops patrolling the border on Monday found a bag containing dozens of firebombs. It is believed the bag was left there during Friday's riots. "This proves that the riots Friday were nothing but a cover for terrorist activity and that terrorists were trying to use them to attack Israeli troops and citizens," a military official said. On Sunday, security forces laid coiled barbed wire along the border fence, creating an additional physical barrier to keep Palestinians from breaching Israeli territory. A defense official said Monday that the IDF is concerned that, as well as attempting infiltrations, Palestinian terrorists may try to carry out shooting attacks, place explosives on the border, or use anti-tank missiles against the troops patrolling the fence. Another concern is rocket fire on nearby Israeli communities and on Israel's south as a whole if clashes between the IDF and protesters on the border result in a large number of Palestinian casualties. Meanwhile, the Palestinians continued amassing tires near the border, in what the IDF said was a clear indication that they plan to torch the tires during this Friday's protest. Protesters have also begun using mirrors in an attempt to blind Israeli troops and impede their ability to fire. A senior IDF officer told Israel Hayom that deployment on the ground has been adapted to meet security assessments. Palestinian sources said that protest organizers have instructed demonstrators to film Israeli soldiers during clashes with the aim of launching a legal campaign against the IDF. The IDF Spokesperson's Unit issued a statement saying, "The military operates to counter the actions of terrorist organizations trying to turn the area near the border, where Israeli communities are located within 100 meters [330 feet] of the fence, into a war zone above and below ground. "IDF forces are following clear orders tailored to deal with the current scenario. The tools used by the IDF include warnings, crowd control measures, and, as a last resort only, live fire in a precise and measured way."

The Ruling that Infuriated the Jordanians

By IsraelNationalNews.com
The Jordanian government filed an official protest with Israel's Foreign Ministry over the Jerusalem Magistrate's Court's decision to reject the petition of the police to distance three 14-year-old girls who had prayed at the entrance to the Temple Mount. In his decision last week, Justice Shmuel Herbst ruled that the right of young Jewish women to pray at the Temple Mount gates was no less than the right of the Arabs and that police should allow the young women's prayers. During the hearing, the judge accepted the claims of attorney Itamar Ben-Gvir, who represented the girls, and ruled that the police should not detain the young women from the holiest site in Judaism and deny them their basic right. However, the Jordanian government rejected the ruling of the Israeli court, and sent a letter of complaint to the foreign ministry, "The Jordanian government submits its complaint to the Foreign Ministry of Israel and expresses Jordan's position on recent developments that violate the historic status quo in the holy site of East Jerusalem - including Waqf property near the Al-Aqsa Mosque ... "The Jordanian government wishes to remind Israel of its obligations under international law as the occupying Power of East Jerusalem, and the Jordanian government strongly protests and condemns the government's approval of religious ceremonies near the Temple Mount ... and according to the rules of international law, the Kingdom of Jordan also rejects the authority of Israeli courts and the applicability of Israeli law to The total area of ??East Jerusalem, and when Seth accordance with any orders issued by the courts in accordance with legislation such as changing the status quo and legal history, including recent legal procedure that allows a Jewish prayer outside the gates of Al Aqsa staff Haram al-Sharif.

Poll: 20% of Central, Eastern Europeans Don't Accept Jews as Fellow Citizens

By Israel Hayom

Around a fifth of people polled in central and eastern European countries say they do not accept Jews as fellow citizens and do not want Jewish neighbors. Some 32% of Armenians, 23% of Lithuanians, 22% of Romanians, 19% of Czechs, 18% of Poles, 16% of Greeks and 14% of Russians do not accept Jews as fellow citizens, according to a Pew Research Center survey of 18 central and eastern European countries conducted in 2015-2016 and published last week. While 18% of Poles do not accept Jews as fellow citizens, an even higher percentage do not accept Jews as neighbors (20%) or as members of their families (30%). Poland's recently passed libel law, which criminalizes the attribution of Nazi crimes to Poland, has raised concerns that it will serve to whitewash Poland's history of anti-Semitism and racism. Most Poles, 57%, say it is better for a society to be composed of people with the same background. Sixty-four percent of Poles say it is important to be Catholic to be "truly Polish. Also according to the survey, 55% of Poles agree with the statement, "Our people are not perfect, but our culture is superior to others." The poll found that people who adhere to such nationalistic positions are more likely to express negative views about other minorities. According to the survey although a sizeable percentage of Poles does not accept Jews, Jews are more favorably viewed than other minorities, such as Muslims and Roma. While 30% of Poles say they would not be willing to accept Jews as members of their family, 55% would not accept Muslims in their families and 49% say the same of Roma. While 20% of Poles say they would not accept Jews as neighbors, 43% say they would not accept Muslims and 38% say they would not accept Roma as neighbors. While 18% of Poles say they would not accept Jews as fellow citizens, while 41% say the same of Muslims and 30% of Roma.

What That Much-Hated Washington Post Essay Gets Wrong About Jewish Men

By JTA

Carey Purcell seems to be done dating Jewish men, as she explained in a Washington Post essay that earned her a deluge of attention — and none of it the good kind. In an opinion piece titled "I am tired of being a Jewish man's rebellion," Purcell — who describes herself as a blonde southern Protestant who can mix an "excellent, and very strong, martini" — says she has had it with Jewish men who agree to get serious, only to break it off and marry the kind of Jewish women "they said they weren't actually looking for." The two — count them: two — Jewish boyfriends she writes about had told her originally that Judaism was not a big part of their lives. She calls them "lackadaisical" Jews who only celebrated the big holidays each year. But as the relationships deteriorated, she says the fact that she wasn't Jewish came to bother the men, and it repeatedly came up in conversations over time — along with other issues such as "money, careers and plans for the future." After leaving her, both men wound up "settling down with a nice Jewish girl." "I guess dating me had been their last act of defiance against cultural or familial expectations before finding someone who warranted their parents' approval — perhaps the equivalent of a woman dating a motorcycle-driving, leather-jacket wearing `bad boy' before settling down with a banker with a 9-5 job," Purcell wrote in the piece published last Thursday. "I now half-jokingly consider myself a Jewish man's rebellion and guard myself against again landing in that role." Readers railed against the essay for its perceived stereotyping, and mocked it in various outlets and social media. Many online commenters have called it vaguely anti-Semitic. Many note that Purcell seemed to base her perception of all Jewish men on just the two she describes in the piece. Many have also called out her depictions of old-fashioned stereotypes (herself as a WASP who wears pearls and tidies for therapy, the "overbearing" mother of one of the men) and flippant tone (she jokes about creating a cocktail named "A Jewish Man's Rebellion" that features a slice of bacon as a garnish). Annika Neklason, an assistant editor at The Atlantic, pointed out the similarities between Purcell's essay and one published in The Atlantic — in 1939. In that piece, titled "I Married a Jew," an anonymous Christian woman worries about her Jewish husband Ben's neurotic mom and says he only goes to synagogue on Rosh Hashanah to "please his mother." This woman, however, ends up happy with Ben — whom she calls "open-minded," "witty" and "generous to a fault" — despite being creepily curious about the Nazi point of view. Purcell's essay seemed a throwback in other ways, especially in its suggestion that Jewish men only experiment with Christian women before returning to the fold — a stereotype both recalled and mocked in Amazon's hit show "The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel," which is set in the 1950s, when a Jewish father tells his son, "Shiksas are for practice." Former child actress Mara Wilson - best known for her role in Matilda - called the article extremely misguided and under-researched, to say the least, and borderline dangerous at a time when this country has become fraught with increased anti-Semitism." She told Purcell that "I am sorry you had trouble dating Jewish men. I bet the world's tiniest fiddler on the world's tiniest roof is playing for you." Few in the twitterverse had anything nice to say - or any sympathy - for Purcell. New York Times writer Taffy Brodesser-Akner wondered if "maybe these Jewish men aren't leaving you because you're not Jewish as much as they're leaving you because you hate Jews?" And Helen Rosner, a writer for The New Yorker, tweeted that "it's definitely not super racist and pathologically narcissistic to write an op-ed in a major newspaper about how you're done dating people of one specific religion, no sirree bob." Chabad social media director Mordechai Lightstone tweeted a thanks for Purcell "for getting so many Jewish men to talk about dating Jewish women." He lamented the way the article - and many stereotypes and portrayals - demonize Jewish women. "I don't think Carey meant anything personally wrong with this. But there's something deeply shameful about our society and how it allows us to so consistently shame Jewish women." The intermarriage statistics that Purcell cites actually undercut her own argument: As the landmark 2013 Pew study on American Jews reported, 44% of married Jews — and 58% of those who have married since 2005 — have non-Jewish spouses. Purcell cites work by Naomi Schaefer Riley, who has written that Jews are more likely to marry out of their faith than people of other religions. The key word here is marriage — Jews are increasingly marrying spouses from other religions, not just dating non-Jewish people before finding a Jewish mate. Intermarriage is becoming more conventional, and less rebellious, every year. You know that from the worried studies and ominous warnings about "continuity" from Jewish leaders and organizations, from parallel efforts to reach out to non-Jewish partners and welcome them into Jewish communal life. Purcell also invokes old stereotypes, perhaps inadvertently, of Jewish men preying on non-Jewish women. It's a common narrative perpetuated by white supremacists. Purcell didn't respond to her critics until Tuesday, when she wrote an apology on her website. "It was never my intention to disrespect the Jewish faith or anyone who engages in Jewish customs, traditions or religious beliefs," she wrote after taking time to "really think about what was being said." "I realize now that I touched upon serious issues for Jewish people in America and worldwide, for which I sincerely apologize."

Tefillin Thrown in Garbage Found in Recycling Park

By IsraelNationalNews.com
A resident of Modi'in Illit lost his pair of tefillin on Passover eve. A brief check with the family revealed that the non-Jewish maid mistakenly threw the tefillin into the garbage during holiday cleaning. At this point however it was too late to search for the tefillin in the street dumpster, since the municipal garbage truck had already cleared the garbage in his neighborhood and made its way to the Hiriya recycling park southeast of Tel Aviv. The person who helped find the tefillin was Modi'in Illit municipality sanitation department head Yitzhak Lermer. According to Behadrei Haredim, which reported the incident, the truck driver was asked not to dump the garbage but wait for the family and friends at Hiriya's entrance. At the family's request, the garbage was dumped in a separate area and a few hours later the tefillin were located between the mountains of garbage to the tefillin owner's joy.

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