Another UN agency takes aim at Israel

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This time it’s UNESCO issuing a report critical of Israel.

UNESCO is condemning Israel for what excavating in Jerusalem that, according to the report is damaging Islamic holy sites and Muslim artifacts and “endangering” the Old City. The report In particular, they are concerned about the building of a light rail system close to the Temple Mount.

Israeli’s foreign ministry was quick to slap back. Calling the report one sided for ignoring both the Jewish and Christian connections to Jerusalem. And for only viewing the Temple Mount as a Muslim holy site of worship.

In a statement, Foreign Ministry Director Dore Gold says, given the deliberate destruction by ISIS of artifacts throughout the Middle East, the report critical of Israel is “misplaced and hypocritical at best.”


Palestinian stabs Israeli in Jerusalem terrorist attack

Terrorist attack scene

Tazpit News Agency

JERUSALEM – An Israeli was wounded in a stabbing attack near the Damascus Gate of the Old City of Jerusalem Sunday morning.

The victim, identified as a 20 year old soldier of the Border Police, was given CPR on the scene by paramedics and is reported to be in a serious condition following the attack.

Aaron Adler, a paramedic with Magen David Adom who treated the wounded Israeli said, “When we got to the scene we found a young man of about 20 lying unconscious with stab wounds to the upper body. We gave him life-saving medical treatment and transferred him to Shaare Zedek Hospital in very serious condition.”

The attacker, reportedly 18 years old, is currently in a critical condition and being operated on in an Israeli hospital. Several reports indicate that it was the victim himself who managed to neutralize the attacker, despite having been stabbed in the upper body.

“I want to commend the action of a border policeman, who while injured kept cool and neutralized the terrorist, and thus saved lives and prevented further injuries,” said Jerusalem Mayor Niz Barkat. ”We all pray for his recovery, and we must persist and continue in our normal routines.”

Earlier this year, Barkat  thwarted a terrorist after a stabbing attack earlier in the yea.

The latest round of violence during the month of Ramadan comes only two days after a terror attack near Jerusalem left one Israeli civilian dead and another wounded. A Palestinian shot at the two hikers at point blank range as they drove near a spring northwest of the capital.  The two victims, Danny Gonen and Netanel Hadad, both 25 from Lod, were unarmed and helpless against the lone gunman.

Speaking to the Tazpit News Agency, a security guard described how he found the pair at the scene both seriously wounded by gunfire shortly after the attack. Despite resuscitation attempts, Gonen died from his wounds shortly after. In an interview with Israeli website Ynet, Hadad recalled how the attacker smiled at the pair, before opening fire.

Photo by Tazpit News Agency

Rivlin to Dempsey: I was born in Jerusalem and I am Israeli

This is a bit of a difficult argument to refute. After all Reuven Rivlin is the president of Israel. And, he was born in Jerusalem before the modern state of Israel was created. So, he told the visiting chairman of the U.S. Joint Chiefs of Staff, the U.S. Supreme Court ruling that people like him who are now U.S. citizens weren’t born in Israel, makes absolutely no sense. Click here to read the story.

Possible terrorist attack in Jerusalem

Jerusalem Online says:

Yochai Shriki, 25, died in the hospital this morning after being hit by a car last night in French Hill in Jerusalem.  The woman who was also hit in the event remains in critical condition.  The circumstances of the event are still unclear, but the police and ISA are investigating the possibility that this was a terrorist attack.

The story is here.