Breaking news; Israel: LGBTQ activists plan pride parade in Jerusalem this afternoon June 2 at 3 PM and Palestinians Instigated Temple Mount Violence, UN Admits and Eli Cohen Trail to commemorate Israel’s greatest spy and Israeli surgeons print an ear to correct boy’s deformity By Brian Blum and Eight fun facts about Shavuot in Israel and Dozens of Arabs arrested for violence on Jerusalem Day
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LGBTQ activists plan pride parade in Jerusalem, Israel, from 15:00 June 2. Increased security and localized transport disruptions likely.
The Jerusalem Open House for Pride and Tolerance has announced plans to hold a parade June 2 in support of Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender, and Queer (LGBTQ) rights. The event will commence with an opening rally at Liberty Bell Park from 15:00. Participants will then march to Independence Park beginning at 17:00, where the closing acts are due to take place. The event could draw several thousand participants.
Heightened security and localized traffic disruptions are likely in the affected area through late June 2. Authorities could close off roads or cordon off areas near gathering points and along the march route. Counterprotests by anti-LGBTQ activists are possible, though specific details of such events remain unclear.
Consider alternate driving routes to circumvent announced parade locations. Plan accordingly for localized transport disruptions and allow additional time to reach nearby destinations. Heed all instructions of security personnel.
The Three Musketeers at the Kotel
The Three are Rabbi Yehuda Glick, famous temple mount activist, and former Israel Mk, and then Robert Weinger, the world's greatest shofar blower and seller of Shofars, and myself after we had gone to the 12 gates of the Temple Mount in 2020 to blow the shofar to ask G-d to heal the world from the Pandemic. It was a highlight to my experience in living in Israel and I put it on my blog each day to remember.
The articles that I include each day are those that I find interesting, so I feel you will find them interesting as well. I don't always agree with all the points of each article but found them interesting or important to share with you, my readers, and friends. It is cathartic for me to share my thoughts and frustrations with you about life in general and in Israel. As a Rabbi, I try to teach and share the Torah of the G-d of Israel as a modern Orthodox Rabbi. I never intend to offend anyone but sometimes people are offended and I apologize in advance for any mistakes. The most important psychological principle I have learned is that once someone's mind is made up, they don't want to be bothered with the facts, so, like Rabbi Akiva, I drip water (Torah is compared to water) on their made-up minds and hope that some of what I have share sinks in. Love Rabbi Yehuda Lave.
Palestinians Instigated Temple Mount Violence, UN Admits
Tor Wennesland stressed that Israeli police only entered the Al Aqsa Mosque after the rioting Palestinians "barricaded" themselves inside.
By Pesach Benson, United With Israel
The UN's top Mideast envoy corroborated Israel's account of recent Temple Mount violence during a briefing for the UN Security Council on Monday.
"On 15 April, during the early morning hours, a large number of Palestinians gathered at the Al Aqsa compound. Some Palestinians threw stones, fireworks and other heavy objects toward Israeli Security Forces," said UN Special Coordinator for the Middle East Peace Process Tor Wennesland.
He added that "several dozen Palestinians entered a mosque in the compound, with some continuing to throw stones and fireworks toward ISF. Following a standoff with those inside, Israeli police entered the mosque and arrested those barricaded inside. During the clashes, some damage was caused to the structure of the mosque."
The Norwegian diplomat substantiated Israel's account of the violence by stressing that Israeli forces only entered the Al Aqsa Mosque after the rioting Palestinians had "barricaded" themselves inside.
And in a rare acknowledgement by any international diplomat, Wennesland also praised Israeli officials for "reiterating [their] commitment to upholding the status quo and ensuring that only Muslims would be allowed to pray on the holy esplanade."
The clashes broke out on Friday morning on the eve of Passover. The Temple Mount was more crowded than usual because of Ramadan. When the dawn prayers ended around 6:30 a.m., hundreds of Palestinian youths began throwing rocks and fireworks at Jewish worshipers at the Western Wall.
Many waved Hamas flags and chanted "death to the Jews."
They then barricaded themselves inside the Al Aqsa Mosque, where they threw rocks and fireworks at police who had entered the area in response to the violence.
Police at first did not enter the mosque, but eventually were forced to do so to quell the violence, which they endangered the public.
Tensions over the Temple Mount skyrocketed this month, corresponding to an annual uptick in violence that occurs during Ramadan each year. According to a Dutch study cited by the Jerusalem Post, "Ramadan brought with it a 200% increase in terrorist attacks in Israel between 2005 and 2016."
The Temple Mount, where the First and Second Temples were built, is the holiest site in Judaism. The delicate status quo governing the Temple Mount goes back to 1967, when Israel liberated the the Old City of Jerusalem from Jordan during the Six Day War.
Eli Cohen Trail to commemorate Israel's greatest spy
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"The establishment of the legacy on the Eli Cohen Trail will help ensure his actions and heroic contribution will not be forgotten," New Hope MK Zvi Hauser says.
A special project is now coming together to commemorate Israel's most famous spy, Eli Cohen.
The Eli Cohen trail in the Golan Heights stretches several kilometers from Quneitra, Syria, to the Hamat Gader hot springs in the Yarmouk Valley. Its eight landmarks are situated at spots Cohen visited with the Syrian military.
The legendary spy, known as "our man in Damascus," spied on the Syrian military establishment for four years, befriending top-level Syrian officials and celebrities under the alias Kamel Amin Thaabet. After being discovered, he was tortured by the Syrians before being executed in Damascus on May 18, 1965. His body was never returned to Israel.
In Israel, his name has become synonymous with self-sacrifice and heroism. The information he provided was fundamental to Israel's decisive victory in the 1967 Six-Day War. The great achievements of war—control of the strategic plateau, control of water resources and control of a large area for settlement—are attributed in part to the information Cohen obtained.
New Hope Knesset member Zvi Hauser recently teamed up with the Jerusalem Affairs Ministry on the initiative to memorialize Cohen's legacy. The project is headed by the ministry's Council for the Preservation of Sites and Heritage Division.
"The legacy and activity of Eli Cohen deserve to be taught and recognized by every citizen in Israel. The establishment of the legacy on the Eli Cohen Trail will help ensure his actions and heroic contribution will not be forgotten. I am happy and excited that after much work, the project is now underway and that in a few months, everyone who goes to the Golan will visit the center with a salute to Eli," said Hauser.
Construction on the museum, which will be built on the remains of a Syrian officers' club on the outskirts of Kibbutz Afik, began a few months ago. The museum will tell the story of Cohen's life and work.
This article first appeared in Israel Hayom.
Caption: The new Netflix original miniseries "The Spy" tells the story of Eli Cohen (pictured), Israel's most famous secret agent. Cohen was executed by Syria in 1965. Photo: Wikimedia Commons.
Dozens of Arabs were arrested for violence on Jerusalem Day
Arab rioters throw objects at Jews during Flag March in Jerusalem's Old City during Jerusalem Day celebrations, May 29, 2022. (Jamal Awad/Flash90) Email Print
Palestinians rioted on Temple Mount, in eastern Jerusalem neighborhoods and parts of Judea and Samaria.
By Batya Jerenberg, World Israel NewsDozens of Arabs arrested for violence on Jerusalem Day
More than 50 Arabs were arrested by the end of Jerusalem Day Sunday for disorderly conduct and violence during the celebrations that saw some 70,000 participate in the Flag March to the Old City.
While a record 2,626 Jews celebrated the capital's reunification by visiting the Temple Mount itself, Arabs threw chairs, rocks and firecrackers at the security forces guarding the visitors. A video circulating on social media showed a crane that had been brought into Al-Aqsa Mosque to enable Arabs within to hurl objects from the highest windows of the religious site.
There were no reported injuries on the Mount, but at least 18 suspected rioters were arrested there, the police said.
At least three Jewish civilians and five police officers were injured in riots elsewhere in Jerusalem, police said, including a bodyguard of Likud MK Miri Regev. He was struck in the head with a rock that had been aimed his protectee near Damascus Gate, and was taken to hospital with light injuries.
Several other clashes broke out at the volatile site, both before and during the Flag March. Arabs threw stones and bottles at police and fought with some Jewish nationalists, who exchanged punches, threw things and squirted pepper spray at each other.
At a few points in the Muslim Quarter, groups of young Jewish males shouted such epithets as "Death to Arabs." Internal Security Minister Omer Bar-Lev said they had come "with the clear intention of disrupting [the parade], to incite and to try and harm Arab citizens," and called their actions "ugly, racist behavior that cannot be tolerated."
Scuffles also broke out in eastern Jerusalem neighborhoods.
In the seamline neighborhood of Sheikh Jarrah, both Jews and Arabs threw stones at each other and claimed that their car windows were smashed. The security forces used a water-spraying cannon to disperse the crowds.
And in the neighborhood of Sur Baher, Kan News showed fireworks being fired directly at police forces on the street, who are then seen running toward the source of the shooting.
The Palestinian Red Crescent claimed that several dozen Arabs were injured in confrontations both in Jerusalem and in Palestinian towns in Judea and Samaria such as Huwara and near Ramallah, with four requiring hospitalization.
It was unclear if any of the Jews were arrested for fighting, although police said several were detained on the Temple Mount for waving Israeli flags and delaying the entry of other visitors. However, there were also groups who were left undisturbed as they sang Israel's national anthem, prostrated themselves in prayer or waved flags on the holy site.
In all, more than 2,000 police officers were spread throughout the city to keep the peace during a day when, as Prime Minister Naftali Bennett said, "Flying the Israeli flag in the capital of Israel is self-evident," yet many Arabs, including Israeli citizens, see it as a provocative act.
Gaza terror groups threatened rocket fire over the march and what they described as "Israeli aggression" against the Al Aqsa Mosque. But no rockets were fired.
Jerusalem Day marks the anniversary of the city's reunification during the Six-Day War of 1967.
Israeli surgeons print an ear to correct boy's deformity
By Brian Blum
Plastic surgeons at Galilee Medical Center 3D-printed a prosthetic ear and attached it to a child born with microtia, a developmental defect.
Israeli doctors 3D-printed an ear and attached it to a 6-year-old boy born with microtia, a deformity that stops the development of a baby's ear in the womb, usually during the first trimester of pregnancy.
Using a 3D printer, staff from the plastic surgery department at Galilee Medical Center in Nahariya created a synthetic prosthesis resembling cartilage and then covered it with skin.
Reconstructing an ear using cartilage and prosthetics is not unusual, but 3D printing that cartilage was a breakthrough.
The entire procedure took three hours, and the boy was released from the hospital several days later. His grateful parents were moved to tears.
Unfortunately, the ear is not functional, because microtia causes blockage of the ear canal, a complication that is not fixable through surgery.
Still, the synthetic prosthesis "reduces pain and complications that could be caused in the area from which the cartilage is extracted," Dr. Amin Abu-Jabal, who led the surgical team, told Ynet. It offers "maximal accuracy and aesthetic in the highest level."
While microtia affects babies before they're born, corrective surgery cannot be performed until a child is 6 years old, at which point the ear reaches about 85 percent of its full size.
Microtia is usually not hereditary and, in most cases, affects only one ear. Approximately one in 6,000 to 8,000 babies are born with the condition and the cause is not known. People with microtia may have only a small ear or no ear at all.
Researchers at the Technion-Israel Institute of Technology and Sheba Medical Center previously developed a way to 3D print the "scaffolding" required for ear reconstruction. This development was not connected to the reconstruction in Nahariya.
This article was first published by Israel21c.
Eight fun facts about Shavuot in Israel
Israelis eat cheesecake, have water fights, show off their agriculture and study all night on this most wonderful and easygoing of holidays. BY NAAMA BARAK
Israel21c) Now that summer is upon us, it's time to get ready for what many consider to be the best holiday on the Jewish calendar: Shavuot. Coming seven weeks after Passover (Shavuot means "weeks" in Hebrew), the holiday begins this year at nightfall on Saturday, June 4.
Not only does the festival come without prohibitions (such as fasting on Yom Kippur), but the most widespread way of celebrating it is by eating cheesecake. Really.
And it doesn't stop there, for Shavuot in Israel comes with an abundance of fun, as you'll immediately see. Just scroll down, piece of creamy cake in hand.
1. It's time to brush off your water gun.
A water fight in downtown Jerusalem, May 19, 2010. Photo by Matanya Tausig/Flash90.
Perhaps because it's usually so damn hot on Shavuot, many Israelis, particularly under a certain age, mark the festival with a full-blown and glorious water fight. Water guns and balloons are most people's weapons of choice, with parks, schools and other public spaces all becoming perfectly acceptable battlegrounds. Enjoy, and keep away from the kids if you wish to remain dry.
2. And to wear white.
A woman dressed in a white dress as is tradition for Shavuot, May 31, 2019. Photo by Mila Aviv/Flash90.
Stroll through a shopping mall in the weeks leading up to Shavuot, and you might be led to believe that Israelis wear only white. And well, they do – for the holiday. Kindergarten kids usually don white tees, women opt for floaty white dresses and men go for white shirts and chinos. While all this white certainly photographs well for Instagram, the tradition actually goes way back way, and you'll be hard-pressed to find anyone wearing color or black on the day.
3. Don't forget your flower bouquet and straw basket.
Shavuot celebrations at Kibbutz Emek Yizrael. May 31, 2017. Photo by Anat Hermony/Flash90.
One of the cutest signs of the holiday here in Israel is the sight of little children going to nursery school wearing a crown of flowers and carrying a straw picnic basket that's called tene in Hebrew. The tradition probably has to do with the agricultural aspect of the day (more on that below), and it is just the sweetest. As for the contents of the basket? Yours truly's young daughter was asked to fill hers with a piece of fruit, a vegetable and a creamy pudding of her choice. Which is Greek yogurt, in case you were wondering.
4. Enjoy the cheesecake.
A cheesecake on display at a bakery in Netanya. Photo by Chen Leopold/Flash 90.
Shavuot is the holiday celebrating all the dairy products of the Land of Milk and Honey. Cheesecakes together with lasagnas, quiches, pastas and cheese boards are all expected on the holiday table, making this the tastiest festival in the world and perhaps also its most fattening. Recent years have seen some efforts to focus the food also on fresh produce and vegan-friendly options, with vegan cheesecakes making a regular appearance on cake stands everywhere. You know, to keep the holiday spirit going.
5. Head to a kibbutz.
Shavuot at Kibbutz Sarid in the Jezreel Valley on May 16, 2021. Photo by Anat Hermony/Flash90.
Agricultural communities such as kibbutzim and moshavim make a very big fuss of Shavuot, which is celebrated with great ceremony. This being Israel, the ceremony includes kids riding the back of a tractor past straw bales rather than everyone donning black tie, but still. The reason for the grand celebration is that during the time of the Temple farmers used to flock to Jerusalem with the very first offerings of their land on Shavuot. Modern-day farmers also use the opportunity to display their hard work, which needless to say is absolutely delicious.
6. All-nighter, anyone?
A young Jewish boy seen holding a Torah scroll as he poses for a picture in a wheat field, prior to the Jewish holiday of Shavuot. May 5, 2013. Photo by Mendy Hechtman/Flash90.
While all-nighters are usually associated with either a very good night out or desperate attempts to meet deadlines at work, the night of Shavuot is traditionally dedicated to Bible studies. According to Jewish legend, the Israelites accidentally slept in on the morning of Shavuot, the day on which they received the Torah. And so to make up for our ancestors' tardiness, Jews everywhere have made it their business to study ahead of the festival to show just how excited about it we really are. Israelis who are not into Torah studies, meanwhile, have developed the custom to include studies of a wide array of fields such as philosophy, current events and culture.
7. Pour yourself a glass of (white) wine.
Sparkling wine. Credit: Grapetonix/CC Attribution, Tobias Radeskog via Wikimedia Commons.
The combination of soaring temperatures and the Shavuot tendency to go for all things white means that the holiday is also affectionately celebrated by drinking icy cold white wine. This is no mean feat, considering that Israelis most usually opt for red, but the amazing white wines produced here are definitely enough to convert even the most merlot-loving person. Speaking from personal experience here.
8. Don't do anything special.
As briefly mentioned above, Shavuot is a unique Jewish festival in that there's no particular way to observe it. Sure, there's the all-night learning and the cheesecake, but these are only traditions picked up over the centuries. This means that, unlike Passover, no food item is off the menu; unlike Hanukkah, you don't need to rush for candle-lighting ceremonies; and unlike Sukkot, you don't need to construct an outdoor hut. So sit back, relax, take a sip of that white wine and enjoy the summer ahead.