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Israeli Arab terrorist Sheik Raed Salah indicted

Israeli Arab Islamic Movement Sheik Raed Salah of the major Israeli Arab town of Umm-Al-Fahm in the Haifa region was indicted on charges of incitement to commit terror.

His speech calling the three fellow residents shahid or marytrs who perpetrated the attack at Lions’ Gate equipped with hand made ‘Carlos’ submachine guns that killed two valiant and loyal Druze border policemen on Friday morning July 14th.

Salah and a deputy in the Northern Branch of the Islamic Movement were interviewed by Israel police just days before the murderous attack on July 11th. He had been released from an Israel jail for a prior sentence on similar charges in January 2017.

Besides the July 14th attack perpetrators killed in the subsequent fire form Israeli police, two brothers from Umm al-Fahm were arrested in July. They were indicted in early August in the Haifa District on charges of making those Carlos sub-machine guns and plans to cross the border and join the Islamic State in Syria.

Israel has long been perplexed with how to treat an Israel Arab Muslim citizen who preaches sedition to the Jewish nation and Salafist doctrine seeking to establish a Caliphate on the Noble Sanctuary on top of the Temple Mount to rule the world under Islamic Sharia Supremacism. As it is he uses the 100 year canard of the infamous Grand Mufti of Jerusalem, Haj Amin al Husseini to enrage his followers, “Al Aksa is under attack.”

Minister of Defense Avigdor Liberman has suggested that Israel exchange the Arab triangle encompassing Umm al-Fahm for areas to be annexed in the disputed territories of Judea and Samaria. But why do that when you might use legal means to strip him of his citizenship and deport him. Otherwise he will continue to go through the revolving door of such proceedings spending time in jail at Israeli taxpayer expense fomenting terrorist violence among Israeli Arabs.

Read this Times of Israel/AFP report and consider Sheik Salah as the equivalent of the Islamic State inside Israel:

Prosecutors on Thursday charged a controversial Islamic cleric with incitement to terror for praising the three Arab Israelis who shot dead two police officers last month just outside the Temple Mount complex in Jerusalem.

Sheikh Raed Salah, a leading member of Israel’s now-outlawed Northern Branch of the Islamist Movement, has been held in custody since his arrest last week.

Among the suspected calls for incitement to terror cited by the indictment filed at the Haifa Magistrate’s Court was a speech given by Salah at the funeral of the three men who carried out the July 14 attack at the Temple Mount, and who like Salah were from the Arab Israeli city of Umm al-Fahm.

In his speech, Salah praised the three attackers — all of them named Muhammad Jabarin — as “martyrs” and asked for “God to have mercy upon them.”

The three Arab Israelis shot dead two police officers using guns smuggled by an accomplice into the Temple Mount complex.
A picture taken on July 17, 2017, shows the Temple Mount compound in the Old City of Jerusalem. (AFP Photo/Thomas Coex)

A picture taken on July 17, 2017, shows the Temple Mount compound in the Old City of Jerusalem. (AFP Photo/Thomas Coex)

Following the attack, Israel shut down the Temple Mount to Muslim worshipers before reopening the site two days later after installing metal detectors at entrances to the holy site. In response to the placement of the metal detectors, Muslim worshipers boycotted entering the Temple Mount until their removal.

In addition to daily protests outside the Old City, uproar over the move also prompted violent clashes between police and the demonstrators, with five Palestinians killed in clashes. Tensions at the site were also cited by the Palestinian terrorist who stabbed to death three members of the Salomon family during Shabbat dinner at their home in the West Bank settlement of Halamish.

As part of the indictment, prosecutors charged Salah with an additional two counts of incitement to terror for speeches he gave encouraging the violent clashes surrounding the Temple Mount.

Salah was also charged with membership of an illegal organization over his continued involvement in the Northern Branch of the Islamic Movement. It was banned in late 2015 over accusations it maintained links to terror groups and for stoking a wave of violence that saw dozens of deaths in a spate of stabbing, car-ramming and shooting attacks.

Prosecutors requested Thursday that Salah be held in custody until the end of the legal proceedings.

Salah’s lawyers and supporters have said the cleric is innocent, saying his sermons are always within the bounds of free speech and that he “stands against the murder ofinnocents.”

They have called the preacher’s arrest political intimidation and say it was intended to silence dissent.

Salah said in court last week that he had been threatened by Jewish prisoners.

“If something happens, my blood is going to be on (Prime Minister Benjamin) Netanyahu’s hands,” he said.

His arrest last week came following his release from prison in January after serving a nine-month sentence on similar allegations.

Founded in the 1970s, the Islamic Movement is a political organization, religious outreach group and social services provider rolled into one. The movement’s overarching goal is to make Israeli Muslims more religious and it owes much of its popularity to its provision of services often lacking in Israel’s Arab communities. The group runs kindergartens, colleges, health clinics, mosques and even a sports league – sometimes under the same roof.

The movement split two decades ago. The more moderate Southern Branch began fielding candidates for the Knesset in 1996 and is now part of the Joint List, an alliance of several Arab political parties. Three of the Joint List’s 13 current Knesset members are part of the movement.

The Northern Branch had also funded a group called the Murabitun, whose protests against Jewish visitors at the Temple Mount have occasionally turned violent. In September last year, Israel banned the group from the Mount.

Controversial Islamist cleric indicted for incitement to terror

Raed Salah charged over speech he gave calling killers who shot dead two police offcers outside Temple Mount ‘martyrs’
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Palestinian video: ‘I will cleanse my country of every Jew…I will kill you, I swear by my religion’

Muslims live freely in Israel and even serve in the Knesset. But the “Palestinians” once again proclaim: “I will cleanse my country of every Jew.” It is quite clear who the aggressor is in this conflict, except to the terminally blinkered.

“Hebrew Music Video Glorifying the Killing of Israeli Jews Circulates on Palestinian Social Media,” MEMRI, July 28, 2017:

An animated music video with Hebrew lyrics was posted on July 28 on a Palestinian YouTube channel. The video is part of a campaign that has been making the rounds on Palestinian social media over the past few weeks under the hashtag #Rage_For_Al-Aqsa following the Al-Aqsa Mosque unrest. It includes footage from stabbing and car-ramming attacks, and includes lyrics such as “I will attack you, tear you apart, stab you” and “I will cleanse my country of every Jew.”

Song lyrics: “Oh Shin Bet agent, soldier, settler, policeman, I will attack you, tear you apart, and stab you. I will do what’s never been done before for the sake of the Al-Aqsa Mosque, so that the Jews will know who I am – a Muslim, an Arab, a Palestinian. I will kill you, I swear by my religion.

“Oh Shin Bet agent, soldier, settler, policeman, I will attack you, tear you apart, and stab you. I will do what’s never been done before for the sake of the Al-Aqsa Mosque, so that the Jews will know who I am – a Muslim, an Arab, a Palestinian. I will kill you, I swear by my religion.

“An enemy lies in wait for you in every alley. You will be killed, I guarantee. An axe, a knife, a gun, or a rifle will kill you – yes, kill, not take you prisoner. I will cleanse my country of every Jew. I will strive for that with all my might. I swear to do that with my own two hands….

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“The court’s decision said he claimed he had language difficulties because he was raised in Afghanistan and has only been in the Federal Republic for a few years.”

Why was he admitted into the Germany military in the first place? Do the Germans let anyone who walks into the country immediately join the military? When he was admitted, was he questioned to the slightest degree about his beliefs? Or would that have been “Islamophobic”?

“German court dismisses soldier for denying Israel’s existence,”

by Benjamin Weinthal, Jerusalem Post, August 5, 2017 (thanks to The Religion of Peace):

A court in Hanover in the state of Lower Saxony affirmed in June the German armed forces’ decision to discharge a soldier because of his rejection of Israel’s right to exist and support for the US- and EU-classified terrorist organization Hamas.

The soldier of Afghan background lashed out at Israel, Jews and the United States during questioning by Germany’s military counter-intelligence service (MAD) in 2016.

According to the legal decision obtained by The Jerusalem Post on Friday, the unnamed soldier said “F***… the Jews and the USA” and justified support for Hamas and Fatah. The German military determined in March that the soldier’s comments violated Germany’s anti-hate law. MAD said the soldier also rejected Israel’s legitimacy as a state.

The court stated that the soldier’s pro-Hamas and anti-Israel assertions are incompatible with military conduct in Germany’s free, democratic social order.

In February, the soldier denied he is a supporter of Islamist groups and merely stated his position toward Israel. He added it does not matter to him what Israel does.

The soldier started his service in 2016 and planned to serve until 2024. The court’s decision said he claimed he had language difficulties because he was raised in Afghanistan and has only been in the Federal Republic for a few years. The soldier denied his allegedly anti-Jewish and anti-American statements when questioned by MAD. He said he is a Shi’ite and has showed sympathy for his religious brethren….

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I take it all back. Israel caves to fear.

Israel caved to what Dan Pipes calls it, fear of another intifada given threats from King Abdullah, the neo Sultan tyrant President Erdogan and the infamous holocaust denier PA President Mahmoud Abbas.

Not only the metal detectors, were taken down, but also those alleged high tech surveillance cameras as well, leaving, what, the metal barriers?

And MK and former Shin Bet director Avi Dichter was hoping to “sterilize the Temple Mount” from being a weapons storage preventing jihad by Islamic extremists?

As my mythic Brooklyn cousin Vinny might opine FERGEDABOUDIT!

Bibi has even promised to compensate for the death of the two Jordanian assailants shot dead by an Israeli security guard wounded in a screwdriver stabbing at the Amman legation. Now we understand that the security guard is being interrogated by Israel police.

Is the only coercive action left against PA President Abbas’ incitement of violence now left is for the US Senate to pass the Taylor Force Act? That might at least deny US funds to the Fatah/PLO for payment of the $3,000 a month to the 19 year old Hamas killer of three members of the Salomon family at Halamish last week at an erev shabbat dinner.

Once again, Bibi who trumpets toughness but comes up short because of what, US pressure? There he goes thanking Special envoy Jason Greenblatt and tyro diplomat Jared Kushner for intervening and coming to his rescue.

The long and the short of it was that two heroic and loyal Israeli Druze police officers died at the Lions’ gate shot dead on July 14th with Carlos submachine guns stowed in the armory of the Al Aqsa Mosque in the so-called Noble Sanctuary by staff of the Jordanian appointed Waqf. Further that the Salomon family of Halamish are left bereft and grieving for the loss of a zayde a son and daughter in law, parents of a five year son and his siblings, now orphaned.

This is not justice, it is cowardice and insanity in the face of monstrous Islamic evil.

The outcome is that the Temple Mount is not secure and under the control of the sovereign Jewish state, waiting unprotected for the next attack by a mujihadeen intent on killing his Jew to please his god allah.

Cameras come down along with metal detectors at Temple Mount

Worker dismantle security measures, but leave behind barricades, at holy site where 3 terrorists shot dead 2 Israeli cops on July 14
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Netanyahu: “The EU is undermining its security by undermining Israel”

He is right. If the devout jihadis ever succeeded in destroying Israel, Europe would be much more severely threatened even than it is now. The jihadis, emboldened by their victory, would turn to new prey, and find it in a weakened, confused Europe that has already brought in millions of invaders.

“Netanyahu Launches Blistering Attack on EU: ‘Their Behavior Toward Israel Is Crazy,’” by Barak Ravid, Haaretz, July 19, 2017:

BUDAPEST – Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu launched a blistering attack against the European Union during a closed-session meeting Wednesday morning in the Hungarian capital of Budapest, telling the premiers of Hungary, the Czech Republic, Poland and Slovakia that the EU’s behavior toward Israel is crazy.

Although the meeting had been behind closed doors, Netanyahu’s remarks were accidentally transmitted to the headphones distributed among reporters, though his people discovered the transmission and shut it down within a few minutes.

“The European Union is the only association of countries in the world that conditions the relations with Israel, that produces technology and every area, on political conditions. The only ones! Nobody does it,” Netanyahu said.

“It’s crazy. It’s actually crazy,” he continued, referring to the EU’s insistence to condition the EU-Association Agreement on certain terms related to the peace process. “It’s not about my interest. I’m talking about Europe’s interest.

“We have a special relationship with China. And they don’t care. They don’t care about the political issues. Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi said he needs water for his people. Where will I get it? Ramallah? No,” Netanyahu said, adding that Israeli cows produce more milk than any other cows in the world – double the European average.

He went on to ask the Central European leaders to “help us and help Europe in expediting the EU Association Agreement.”

He added: “I think that if I can suggest that what comes out of this meeting is your ability perhaps to communicate to your colleagues in other parts of Europe: help Europe – twice. Don’t undermine that one Western country that defends European values and European interests and prevents.

“There is no logic here. The EU is undermining its security by undermining Israel. Europe is undermining its progress by undermining its connection with Israeli innovation by a crazy attempt to create conditions,” he added.

Hungarian Prime Minister Viktor Orban interrupted at this point and said, laughing, “Mr Netanyahu, the European Union is even more unique. The EU places conditions on the ones already inside the EU, not only the countries on the outside.”

Netanyahu answered, “I think Europe has to decide if it wants to live and thrive or if it wants to shrivel and disappear. I am not very politically correct. I know that’s a shock to some of you. It’s a joke. But the truth is the truth. Both about Europe’s security and Europe’s economic future. Both of these concerns mandate a different policy toward Israel.

“We are part of the European culture,” Netanyahu continued. “Europe ends in Israel. East of Israel, there is no more Europe. We have no greater friends than the Christians who support Israel around the world. Not only the evangelists. If I go to Brazil, I’ll be greeted there with more enthusiasm than at the Likud party center.”…

EDITORS NOTE: This column originally appeared in The Geller Report.

Islamic State calls on Muslims to target businesses owned by Jews

The Qur’an depicts the Jews as inveterately evil and bent on destroying the well-being of the Muslims. They are the strongest of all people in enmity toward the Muslims (5:82); as fabricating things and falsely ascribing them to Allah (2:79; 3:75, 3:181); claiming that Allah’s power is limited (5:64); loving to listen to lies (5:41); disobeying Allah and never observing his commands (5:13); disputing and quarreling (2:247); hiding the truth and misleading people (3:78); staging rebellion against the prophets and rejecting their guidance (2:55); being hypocritical (2:14, 2:44); giving preference to their own interests over the teachings of Muhammad (2:87); wishing evil for people and trying to mislead them (2:109); feeling pain when others are happy or fortunate (3:120); being arrogant about their being Allah’s beloved people (5:18); devouring people’s wealth by subterfuge (4:161); slandering the true religion and being cursed by Allah (4:46); killing the prophets (2:61); being merciless and heartless (2:74); never keeping their promises or fulfilling their words (2:100); being unrestrained in committing sins (5:79); being cowardly (59:13-14); being miserly (4:53); being transformed into apes and pigs for breaking the Sabbath (2:63-65; 5:59-60; 7:166); and more.

“Three businesses in Glasgow’s south-side named as ‘targets’ in ISIS-affiliated hit list,” by Craig Williams, Glasgow Live, July 18, 2017 (thanks to The Religion of Peace):

Three businesses in Glasgow have been included in a list of ‘target’ sites in the UK by fanatics linked to ISIS.

In messages encouraging aspiring terrorists to carry out ‘lone wolf’ attacks on the UK’s Jewish community, the three locations on the south side of the city are listed in posts on pro-ISIS social media channel Lone Mujahid.

The information comes from Spanish ISIS monitoring group Asesoria de Inteligencia y Consultoria de Seguridad (the Spanish Consultancy of Intelligence and Security or AICS), where analysts there have labelled the social media channel as “very dangerous” owing to its distribution of explosive manuals and attack procedures, thought to have been used by ISIS sympathisers in Europe.

Their report, seen by Glasgow Live and dated July 14, indicates that information concerning businesses and shops owned by Jewish people in the UK is being shared widely amongst Islamist propaganda sites tied to ISIS.

Contained within the list are the business locations and opening times alongside information about the proprietors themselves.

The AICS report ends by concluding that, given the information “they cannot rule out that some types of hostile action could be levelled against some of the listed establishments.”…

It is feared that as many as 30 Scots are believed to have travelled to Syria and Iraq to join the extremist groups over the past few years….

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Iran unveils countdown clock to Israel’s destruction, ‘Muslim world’s top priority’

Iran always couches its determination to destroy Israel in Islamic terms, based on the Qur’anic exhortation to “drive them out from where they drove you out” (2:191). Yet the Islamic motivation for the destruction of Israel is routinely discounted by Western analysts.

“Unveiling clock showing 8,411 days left for Israel, Iranians rage against Jewish state,” Times of Israel, June 23, 2017 (thanks to The Religion of Peace):

TEHRAN — Iran held major anti-Israel rallies across the country Friday, with protesters chanting “Death to Israel” and declaring that destroying the Jewish state is “the Muslim world’s top priority.”

Iranians participating in Quds Day rallies also called for unity among pro-Palestinian groups against the “child-murdering” Israeli government, according to Iran’s Tasnim News Agency.

Marchers in Tehran headed from various points of the city to the Friday prayer ceremony at Tehran University. Similar demonstrations were held in other cities and towns in Iran.

Iran’s powerful Revolutionary Guard used the demonstration in the capital’s Valiasr Square to showcase three surface-to-surface ballistic missiles, including the Zolfaghar — the type that Iran used this week to target the Islamic State group in Syria. The Guard said it fired six such missiles on Sunday at IS targets in the city of Deir el-Zour, more than 600 kilometers (370 miles) away. The Guard said the airstrike was in retaliation for an IS attack earlier in June on Iran’s parliament and a shrine in Tehran that killed 18 people and wounded more than 50.

Another missile on display at the Tehran rally was the Ghadr, with a range of 2,000 kilometers (1,250 miles) that can reach both Israel and US bases in the region.

Iran’s ballistic missile program has been the subject of persistent concern in Washington and the target of repeated US sanctions.

Iran claimed its missile strike on Sunday killed 360 Islamic State fighters. Israeli sources, by contrast, said the strike was a “flop,” that most of the six or seven missiles missed their targets, and that three of them fell to earth in Iraq and didn’t even reach Syria.

Iranian President Hassan Rouhani, in remarks carried by the official IRNA news agency, said Israel supports “terrorists in the region.”

Parliament speaker Ali Larijani, in a speech to Tehran demonstrators, called Israel the “mother of terrorism” and said that in the “20th century, there was no event more ominous than establishing the Zionist regime.”

The rally also inaugurated a huge digital countdown display at Tehran Palestine Square, showing that Israel will allegedly cease to exist in 8,411 days.

In 2015, Iran’s Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei predicted that after 25 years — by 2040 — there will no longer be a State of Israel.

“Death to the House of Saud and Daesh,” demonstrators chanted, using another name for the Islamic State. “Death to America”, “Death to Israel”, “Death to the UK.”…

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Hadas Malka, 23-years old

“Border Policewoman murdered in Jerusalem terror attack,” by Elad Benari, Arutz Sheva, June 16, 2017:

Hadas Malka, a 23-year-old Border Police officer, was murdered in a combined shooting and stabbing attack in Jerusalem’s Old City on Friday evening.

Four other people were wounded, among them two moderately and one lightly.

The attack took place around 7:30 p.m. on Friday evening, when two terrorists armed with knives and rifles attacked people at Zedekiah’s Cave. They were neutralized by security forces.

A third terrorist stabbed Malka, who was stationed at the Damascus Gate. He, too, was neutralized by security forces.

Malka, who suffered critical injuries, was evacuated to the Hadassah Mount Scopus Hospital, where she later succumbed to her wounds.

The other victims were taken to the Shaarei Tzedek Hospital.

The area of the Damascus Gate has been repeatedly targeted by terrorists. Last month, a knife-wielding female Arab terrorist attacked officers who were deployed at the Damascus Gate.

Officers responded quickly to the attempted stabbing attack, neutralizing the terrorist before she was able to reach her intended target….

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If Manchester jihadi had been Palestinian, his family would have been paid by Abbas

“And as you said this morning, Mr. President, funding and rewarding terrorism must end,” Netanyahu said. “Standing next to you, President Abbas condemned the horrific attack in Manchester. I hope this heralds a real change, because if the attacker had been Palestinian, and the victims had been Israeli children, the suicide bomber’s family would have received a stipend from the Palestinian Authority. That’s Palestinian law. That law must be changed.”

PLO logo

Yes, and more must be changed as well. It is in the Palestinian Authority charter to obliterate Israel; the aim of the PLO is the “liquidation of the Zionist presence.” As Abbas indicated less than two years ago:

“We welcome every drop of blood spilled in Jerusalem. This is pure blood, clean blood, blood on its way to Allah.”

Netanyahu and Trump’s noble hope of seeing the Palestinian law of paying terrorists changed would mean a complete shift in core perspective: the Palestinian Authority would have to give up Islam’s jihad doctrine, which Abbas would hardly be willing to do. Nonetheless, funding to the PA by American taxpayers should be cut off entirely unless and until they do change this law.

“Netanyahu Praises Trump Calling for End to Rewarding Terrorism, Demands Palestinians Change Terror Reward Law”, by David Rutz, Free Beacon, May 23, 2017:

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, and President Donald Trump more indirectly, called on the Palestinian Authority Tuesday to cease its policy of paying terrorists who kill Israelis and supporting their families.

During remarks in the West Bank alongside Palestinian Authority leader Mahmoud Abbas, the morning after a suicide bomber in England killed 22 people, Trump said violence should never be “tolerated, funded and even rewarded.”

“I was gratified that President Abbas joined the summit and committed to taking firm but necessary steps to fight terrorism and confront its hateful ideology,” Trump said……

Trump called for condemnation of such terror attacks in a “single, unified voice.”

Later on Tuesday, Netanyahu spoke before Trump at the Israel Museum and noted the statement Trump made while standing next to Abbas. While the terrorist in Manchester was condemned by Abbas, Netanyahu said, the suicide bomber’s family would have received money from the Palestinian Authority if the victims were Israelis.

“And as you said this morning, Mr. President, funding and rewarding terrorism must end,” Netanyahu said. “Standing next to you, President Abbas condemned the horrific attack in Manchester. I hope this heralds a real change, because if the attacker had been Palestinian, and the victims had been Israeli children, the suicide bomber’s family would have received a stipend from the Palestinian Authority. That’s Palestinian law. That law must be changed.”

The Washington Free Beacon reported last year that the Palestinian Authority pays terrorists and their families roughly $140 million a year, or about 10 percent of is annual budget. Official Palestinian media outlets have glorified the perpetrators of violent attacks on Israelis.

The Palestinian who killed U.S. Army veteran Taylor Force to death and wounded several others in March of 2016 was hailed on official media outlets as a “martyr.”

“We welcome every drop of blood spilled in Jerusalem. This is pure blood, clean blood, blood on its way to Allah,” Abbas said in September of 2015 on Palestinian television. “With the help of Allah, every martyr will be in heaven, and every wounded will get his reward.”

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Christian Broadcasting Network docudrama ‘In Our Hands-The Battle for Jerusalem’ – a review

Last night, the eve of Yom Yerushalayim, Jerusalem Day in Israel , upwards of 400,000  people in 700+ theaters across America watched the engrossing, and at times emotionally charged, Christian Broadcasting Network (CBN) production of In Our Hands-The Battle for Jerusalem. Those of us  who were young adults in 1967, with  fear and anxiety were  glued to transistor radios waiting to  hear whether Israel would survive annihilation. Viewing this excellent factually based production with superb Israeli casting brought back memories of the miracles and sacrifices made by the heroic and valiant commanders,  soldiers, airmen and sailors of the T’zahal.

Mike Bates  and I had interviewed Shoshana Bryen , senior director of the Washington, D.C. – based Jewish Policy Center about the legacy of the June 1967 Six Day War that we published in the NER/Iconoclast.  She  discussed the significance of how the stunning victory against enormous odds transformed the Israel that we have come to know, today: happy, confident, a technological powerhouse with a global reach and democratic, with a small “d” ally of the US in the Middle East.

For those of us who have served in the military the camaraderie, heroic resolve and raw emotions of liberation and reunification of Jerusalem, the eternal capital of modern Israel,  depicted in the film gave it persuasive power.  The interaction between  Colonel Mordechai “Motta” Gur,  charismatic commander of the 55th Brigade and his intelligence officer, Arik Achmon, as well as  combat battalion and company commanders had the ring of truth. As an ex US Army Intelligence officer, I appreciated the scenes between Gur and Achmon when he dragooned the  later away from his  Economics studies at Hebrew University to ‘learn’ how to be his intelligence officer. Then there was the exchange when in preparation for the War, Gur  asked Achmon  to prepare a  battle plan for a jump  by the 2,000 strong brigade  into the Egyptian town of El Arish behind enemy lines.  Then , Gur informed Major Achmon that plans had been changed, and  in less than 10 hours he had to prepare for the critical Battle of Jerusalem.

In Our Hands deftly segues between dramatized exchanges like these and interviews with the Achmon, 71st battalion company commander Zamosh, the son of the 66 Battalion commander killed leading troopers in the ‘alley of death, battle,’ when they had lost their way and were confronted with Jordanian fighters. The depiction of the bloody battle of Ammunition Hill, reminiscent of WWI trench  warfare was realistically portrayed. The episode commentary  noted  that 39 IDF troopers and  71 Jordanian Legionaries  were killed  and many maimed and wounded  on the Israeli side. The surviving  troopers of the Ammunition Hill Battle in the film version are shown digging a mass grave for the Jordanian dead. Later there is the recollection of a meeting between a brigade  survivor and a Jordanian legionnaire commander at an occasion 45 years after the battle for Ammunition Hill when they could laugh and talk of peace.

In Our Hands depicts a dinner given by a Jewish family in Jerusalem on the eve of the battle that was most effective.  An 86 year old grandmother, a refugee from the Jewish Quarter  in the Old City overrun by Jordanian legionnaires brings out an Israeli flag that had been taken down when she and 1,600 others were forced to leave at the end of the siege.  She  gifted it to Zamosh with the hope  for returning  to fly from the Temple Mount.

One  Battle for Jerusalem episode depicts Gur confronted by IDF Chaplain Rabbi Goren who had driven by jeep from the front in El Arish in the Sinai running breathlessly carrying a torah and shofar to pray at the eventual  breakthrough at  the Temple Mount. Goren urges Gur not to wait for orders from General Uzi  Narkiss of the Central Command. Nevertheless, with Jerusalem surrounded on all sides there is a dramatized conference on the southern overlook involving fabled Gen. Moshe Dayan, IAF operations Commander Ezer Weizmann, General Narkis and Col. Gur when the decision is made, despite some trepidations. to enter the Old City.  In Our Hands shows archival color footage of the breach of Lions Gate and audio of the race to the Western Wall and Temple Mount, amidst sniper fire with Gur’s dramatic  radio transmission, “the Temple Mount is in our hands.”

Gur’s intrepid troopers find a ladder and scamper up with Zamosh’s gifted  Israel flag to fly it from the Dome of the Rock Mosque.  Minister of Defense, Dayan sees the act of reclaiming Jewish sovereignty and requests Gur by radio to have it taken down.  That act of Dayan redounds to this 50th Commemoration given the unresolved  matter of  Israel’s sovereignty over its eternal capital of Jerusalem.  The flag is then flown on the Temple Mount fence overlooking the Western Wall. The dramatized scene of two soldiers at the wall, one Orthodox, the other secular, the latter being  trained to pray the shema was most effective. Another touching scene was Gur breaking down when he asked Achmon to read the list of the 55th brigade fallen in the retaking of  Jerusalem. 55th brigade commander Gur eventually becomes IDF Chief of Staff and enters politics to serve in Israel’s Knesset. Tragically he took his own life after contracting terminal cancer at the age of 65.

Gordon Robertson, head of CBN and  producer of its Israel documentaries  of which , In Our Hands was the latest, is shown narrating a 10 minute afterward using scripture from Old and New Testaments about the Jewish heritage of Ha  Shem’s gift to his covenanted people of Jerusalem.  Robertson  addressed the attack on Israel’s legal and biblical claims to Jerusalem in UNSC 2334 passed in December 2016 with a 14 to 1 abstention by the former Obama  US Ambassador  to the UN,  Samantha Power. He notes the election of President Trump with  promises to recognize Israel’s sovereignty over Jerusalem and long delayed move of the US Embassy to Israel’s capital.  However,  following the President’s  first trip to Israel and dramatic pictures of him and his entourage  praying for the Peace of Jerusalem at the Kotel or Western Wall appears not in the cards in the foreseeable future.

We commend your reading and viewing  the video excerpts in Professor Miriam  Elman’s review published  Legal  Insurrection of the CBN production of In Our Hands-The Battle for Jerusalem. It sent an important message about the legacy  of the June Six Days War in 1967 portrayed vividly in the CBN docudrama emblazoned on every Hanukkah dreidel: Nes Gadol Hayah Sham – “a great miracle happened there”.

If you missed the one night showing of In our Hands reprise performances in selected theaters as well as the eventual sales of DVDs by CBN.

EDITORS NOTE: This column originally appeared in the New English Review.