Former chief rabbi of Israel calls Reform Jews worse than Holocaust deniers

Jerusalem Chief Rabbi Shlomo Amar, then Israel’s chief Sephardi rabbi, visiting Granada’s Alhambra, May 31, 2011. (Jorge Guerrero/AFP/Getty Images)
Jerusalem Chief Rabbi Shlomo Amar, then Israel’s chief Sephardi rabbi, visiting Granada’s Alhambra, May 31, 2011. (Jorge Guerrero/AFP/Getty Images)

Jerusalem Chief Rabbi Shlomo Amar, then Israel’s chief Sephardi rabbi, visiting Granada’s Alhambra, May 31, 2011. (Jorge Guerrero/AFP/Getty Images)

JERUSALEM (JTA) – Chief Rabbi of Jerusalem Shlomo Amar called Reform Jews worse than Holocaust deniers because they reject traditional Jewish law.

Amar, who is a former chief rabbi of Israel, in his weekly class last week referenced the Israel Supreme Court decision, handed down hours earlier, in which it called on the government to either reinstate the Western Wall agreement with non-Orthodox groups or explain why it should not force the state to honour the deal. [Read more…]

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Palestinian family evicted from eastern Jerusalem home to make way for pre-1948 Jewish owners

JERUSALEM (JTA) – A Palestinian family was evicted from its eastern Jerusalem home of more than 50 years to restore the property to the Jewish family that owned it prior to 1948.

In the first such eviction since 2009, the eight members of the Shamesneh family, including an elderly couple in their 80s, were evicted early Tuesday morning and by the afternoon remained outside the home. Jewish tenants moved into the home in the Sheik Jarrah neighbourhood following the eviction, the French news agency AFP reported. [Read more…]

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Temple Mount saw record number of Israeli visitors, despite tensions

A group of Jewish worshippers at the Temple Mount complex in Jerusalem, Nov. 7, 2016. (Sebi Berens/Flash90)

A group of Jewish worshippers at the Temple Mount complex in Jerusalem, Nov. 7, 2016. (Sebi Berens/Flash90)

(JTA) – July saw the largest number of Israelis visiting the Temple Mount in any single month since it came under Israeli control in 1967.

Some 3,200 people visited the site, which is holy to both Jews and to Muslims, who refer to the compound as Haram al Sharif, Army Radio reported Friday. In previous years, approximately 11,000 Israelis visited the site annually. [Read more…]

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Israel’s Sephardi chief rabbi criticizes Jewish visitors to Temple Mount

JERUSALEM (JTA) – Israel’s Sephardi chief rabbi and Jordan’s foreign minister criticized the record number of Jews who visited the Temple Mount on Tisha B’Av.

In a public message on Tuesday afternoon, Chief Rabbi Yitzhak Yosef said, according to Israel National News, that on ninth day of Av, the day the Temple was destroyed, “it is imperative to recall that the pilgrimage to the Temple Mount is forbidden by Jewish law. Those Jews who ascend to the Temple Mount desecrate its sanctity.” [Read more…]

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Netanyahu defends decision to remove Temple Mount security

Israeli police officers and private security guards monitoring new security cameras and metal detectors placed at the Lions’ Gate entrance to the Temple Mount for Muslim worshippers, July 24, 2017. (Yonatan Sindel/Flash90)

Israeli police officers and private security guards monitoring new security cameras and metal detectors placed at the Lions’ Gate entrance to the Temple Mount for Muslim worshippers, July 24, 2017. (Yonatan Sindel/Flash90)

JERUSALEM (JTA) – Israeli Prime Minister publicly defended his decision to remove metal detectors and other security measures from the Temple Mount, calling it a difficult choice, but one made with a broad view.

Netanyahu also announced at the beginning of Sunday’s regular cabinet meeting, that he has authorized the reinforcement of security forces on the Temple Mount and throughout the Old City of Jerusalem, as well as instructed Israel Police and the cabinet to approve a $28 million budget for the development and acquisition of technology in order to create new security solutions for the site. [Read more…]

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Muslim rioters, Israeli police clash after government lifts security measures

(JTA) – Muslim rioters threw rocks at police officers near Jerusalem’s Lions’ Gate, breaking the relative calm of a day that followed 10 days of unrest over security at the Temple Mount.

Police fired stun grenades into the hostile crowds, Ynet reported Friday, as Israel deployed a huge security force to keep the peace and thousands of Muslim worshippers gathered for Friday prayers. [Read more…]

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Muslim worshippers stay away from Temple Mount despite removal of metal detectors, security cameras

Muslim women protesting at an entrance to the Temple Mount at the Lion’s Gate in Jerusalem’s Old City, July 25, 2017. Muslim worshippers still refused to pray on the Temple Mount following the government’s decision remove the metal detectors and instead place more security cameras on the compound. (Hadas Parush/Flash90)
Muslim women protesting at an entrance to the Temple Mount at the Lion’s Gate in Jerusalem’s Old City, July 25, 2017. Muslim worshippers still refused to pray on the Temple Mount following the government’s decision remove the metal detectors and instead place more security cameras on the compound. (Hadas Parush/Flash90)

Muslim women protesting at an entrance to the Temple Mount at the Lion’s Gate in Jerusalem’s Old City, July 25, 2017. Muslim worshippers still refused to pray on the Temple Mount following the government’s decision remove the metal detectors and instead place more security cameras on the compound. (Hadas Parush/Flash90)

JERUSALEM (JTA) – Metal detectors and security cameras installed at entrances to the Temple Mount for Muslim worshippers were removed  hours after the announcement of a Security Cabinet decision to do so.

By Tuesday morning the security measures that had been put in place less than two weeks ago were completely removed. [Read more…]

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