Friday, September 24, 2010

Succah Celebrants Stoned and Attacked
Wednesday evening in the USA was the start of Sukkot, the Feast of the Tabernacles. This holiday lasts for 9 days, ending with a special day of Shmini Atzeret. People are happy and on holiday. It's time to sit in the succah and entertain your friends. Women make all sorts of breads; banana, zucchini, etc to eat in there. I remember how awed I was to see all the succas in Safed, a three sided structure with rugs and blankets making the sides. It was colorful and peaceful from 1981-1985. Everyone made their own succah. This is what was made when Moses left Egypt and took 40 years to get to the Promised Land. We have this unique way of remembering our history. We make and live the story.

Just recently the U.S. administration publicly told Israel to halt constuction in Judea and Samaria AND parts of eastern Jerusalem, which is Israel's capital. The result of this airing was that Palestinians attacked an Israeli guard who was getting gas in Judea/Samaria with stones after cornering him. He in turn fearing for his life shot one of the attackers dead.

A few hours later the Palestinians rioted in eastern Jerusalem, targeting the Temple Mount area and Silwan.

A 35 year old Israeli man was actually stabbed by a rioter near Mt. Scopus and had to go to the hospital while three others were slightly wounded after their car had been overturned by the same rioters.

Israelis are always at the Western Wall praying and today they were hit with stones until the police came to the Temple Mount to stop the rioters.

The attacks were instigated by Fatah militants, the Palestinian party who live in Judea and Samaria, and they were no doubt instigated by their Hamas brothers in Gaza. They're trying to win Jerusalem.

Summing up, 10 Israelis were wounded near the Temple Mount. Peace talks are going on with each participant coming to the table with their needs. Israel wants to be recognized which will make this area peaceful and safe and the Palestinians don't want to do that though they are in the act of talking peace terms. They want all of Judea and Samaria with all Jews gone plus all of Eastern Jerusalem which they will claim to be their capital. Besides this they want all their relatives to be allowed to enter and live there which would overcome Israel. Then we have Hamas who absolutely refuses to be peaceful but wants to kill us all and take over Israel. I don't think this is a very peaceful Succot for Netanyahu.

Resource: Aaron Klein

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