03 October 2015

The "Status Quo" Is Dead

21 Tishrei 5776
Hoshanah Rabbah

"Stop spreading lies about Israel’s alleged intentions on the Temple Mount. Israel is fully committed to maintaining the status quo there." (PM Netanyahu's Speech to the UN General Assembly 2015)

[Keep checking back for updates - the violence continues unabated]

I have a feeling this is only going to get worse until it provides enough of an excuse to allow a "peacekeeping force" to enter the Old City to "put a stop to the violence". The headlines speak for themselves. In addition to the murders of the Henkins on Thursday night...
  • Shots fired at woman and daughter near Maale Adumim
  • Shots fired at a sukkah in Nof Tzion, in the eastern capital
  • 16 yr-old girl shot in sukkah in Binyamin
  • 5 yr-old boy shot in sukkah in Lod
  • 2 Terrorists attack five Jews (three from one family including a child) in the Old City on Motzaei Shabbat
  • Fatah has taken responsibility for the Henkins' murders, calling for a "war against the settlers"
  • Hamas is calling for an uprising to "defend Al Aqsa"

(9:40pm): Two men in the earlier attack in the Old City are nifter, BD"E.

The security cabinet has been convened in Jerusalem. Debka reports "Police have imposed a curfew on the Old City of Jerusalem and shut all the gates to Temple Mount."

(9:45pm): Shots fired into Beit El

An Arab was mistaken for a Jew and stabbed at the entrance to Kiryat Arba

Rocket fired last night, fell in Gaza; rocket fired tonight, also fell in Gaza

(10:20pm): Reports of a spontaneous demonstration in light of the deteriorating security situation on Ben Yehudah Street in Jerusalem

Lod residents protesting and reading Psalms in front of police station motza"sh

Pressure grows on Netanyahu to act with 'iron first' in light of Palestinian terror onslaught

(11:00pm): Rav Amram Vaknin's facebook page is claiming that this is the fulfillment of the Rav's Elul message. It could have begun on Rosh Hashanah itself with the first death on the road in Jerusalem.

(11:35pm): Old City Victims Identified...
Rabbi Aharon Benita-Benet (24) [of Beitar Ilit]
Rabbi Nechemiah Lavi (41) - a Rabbi at Ateret Cohanim and Talmud Torah Moriah in the Old City. [Father of 7 according to Times of Israel]

Rabbi Aharon Benita-Benet's wife and baby were injured. A second daughter was unharmed.

Rabbi Lavi just completed the IDF Rabbinate course 2 months ago. (Source: Muqata)

(11:45pm): Report of "revenge brawl" between Arabs and Jews at Mamilla Mall. Pedestrian was hit near Kikar Tzahal by Arab in a car trying to flee the mob. 

Arabs and police are clashing at Sha'ar Shechem

Lite rail attacked in Shuafat [but that's adaily occurrence anyway]

Protest march taking place from Kedumim towards Shechem

(12:00 midnight): A more detailed account of ongoing events can be seen here at YWN.

It's a bit late now, but "Rabbi Yitzchak Yosef Shlita and Kosel Rav Rabbi Shmuel Rabinowitz Shlita have called for an atzeres tefilla at the Kosel tonight at 23:30, ...to be mispallel due to the worrisome situation for the speedy and total recovery of the victims."

(12:10am): Hevron - Ambulance stoned by Arabs; Arab professor's car attacked by Jews; Arab arrested after trying to stab soldier

Maale Adumim - police shoot terrorist about to throw fire bomb

Police issue "Terror Alert" for planned stabbing attack tomorrow am in Jerusalem

(12:30am): Israeli forces storm Al-Aqsa Mosque after deadly stabbing

(12:40am): The Israel Link is reporting "violence spiraling out of control".

The Muqata is reporting what sounds like a major military operation near Ramallah.

(1:15am): Violent clashes in Issawiya (between Jerusalem and Maale Adumim); there's a picture of burning vehicles

Gunfire towards IDF is being reported in Wadi Joz (near Mount Scopus)

Riots in Ramallah; Standoff between IDF and PLO forces at entrance 

An hour ago, Jews marched to Sha'ar Shechem demanding revenge

During the mix-up in Mamilla, some Jewish cafe patrons reportedly pepper-sprayed Arab workers there

(1:25am): Hevron - "hundreds of Jews on the way" to Me'arat HaMachpelah

Ramallah - Arabs reporting "IDF staging tanks" on the outskirts as PLO forces prevent the demolition of terrorist's home

(1:48M) Signing off for now