Rivilin visits vandalized Mount of Olives cemetary

Rivlin

By ZACK PYSER
Tazpit News Agency

Israeli President Reuven Rivlin inspected the Afghan section of the cemetery on the Mount of Olives Monday, a site which has seen repeated vandalism and destruction by some of East Jerusalem’s Arab residents.

Rivlin was accompanied by four relatives of people buried in the Afghani section, which is located in a more remote area of the expansive site. Representatives from the Rabbinate, Police and Afghani Jewish community were also present.

At the time of the inspection, 62 graves had recently suffered severe damage from vandalism. While some were strewn with litter, including human excrement, others had been set on fire.

In addition to the horrifying disrespect to the dead, visitors to the graves often come under stone throwing attacks and other serious assaults.

The president noted that the attacks barely receive coverage in the Israeli press.

“In any other place across the world, there would have been a tremendous outcry if such things would occur,” he argued. Rivlin has spent much of his time in office pressing for an end to racism across all sections of Israeli society.

Rivlin, whose family moved to Jerusalem in 1809, said, “We have returned to our homeland, yet even during ups and downs, we never abandoned it.” The president was in the area having paid his respects at his parents’ graves nearby.

“It cannot be so that in our state, we are unable to stop such terrible vandalism,” the president remarked solemnly. “We must not despair nor give up, we will never be moved from here,” he vowed.

Photo by Mark Nyman

In fight against anti-Israel campus protests, free speech could be a victim

Photo by Charlie Nguyen/Flickr
Photo by Charlie Nguyen/Flickr

At the University of California, a proposal is being pushed through, which, seemingly, on the surface, makes sense. Adopt the State Department’s definition of antisemitism and apply it on campus. Thus, prohibiting antisemitic protests.

But, as we all know, there is a movement afoot to boycott Israel. Ostensibly over the Palestinian territories. But, in some cases, it overflows into general anti-Israel bias. And, in the minds of many, antisemitism.

Now there are those who are expressing concern that adoption of the State Department’s definition of antisemitism could result in a dampening of free speech on campus. Click here to read the story.

Antisemitism fueled bin Laden’s terrorism

Al Qaida Israel

Newly released documents suggest that Osama Bin Laden used antisemitism as a major motivating factor in spurring his minions to commit terrorist acts. This is the first confirmation of what many Jews and others have been saying about Islamic terrorism. That much of it is really about the Jews.

But that’s not all we learn from taking a look at his papers and what was on Bin Laden’s bookshelf. We also learn that the terrorist attacks that he hatched were designed to fuel American sentiment toward opposing U.S. Middle Eastern policy. But we also learn that, unlike ISIS, he opposed an Islamic state.

One author, C. Christine Fair, is incensed that a book she co-authored, Fortifying Pakistan, which explores that nation’s resistance toward fully joining the war on terror, was found on bin Laden’s bookshelf.