Tag Archive for Old City

Egyptian and church officials upset after Police subdue Monk in Jerusalem

Police and Coptic priests scuffle outside Jerusalem’s Church of the Holy Sepulcher in protest of planned restoration work; Egyptian Foreign Ministry condemns behavior of Israel Police officers’ handling of the incident.



A scuffle between police forces and Coptic priests at a major Christian holy site in Jerusalem on Wednesday drew condemnation from Egypt and churches in the Holy Land.

Police and Coptic priests wrangled outside a contested chapel at the Church of the Holy Sepulcher in Jerusalem, where many Christians believe Jesus was crucified, buried and resurrected.

Israel Police contain rowdy Coptic priests protesting outside the Church of the Holy Sepulcher in Jerusalem.

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Guard tower being erected outside Damascus Gate in Jerusalem sparks criticism

Israel Police observation posts being erected outside the Damascus Gate entrance to Jerusalem’s Old City are part of enhanced security measures announced last summer, including additional surveillance cameras and more security personnel.
 – Arab resident of Jerusalem, ‘This makes me sad, and angry.’
 – Public Security Minister Erdan,  ‘Damascus Gate is going through a revolution.’

By John T. Huddy, The Media Line


A new Israeli Border Police guard tower stands at the base of the Damascus Gate entrance to Jerusalem’s Old City.It’s a noticeable part of the landscape and an example of Israel’s increased security presence at the ancient entrance to the Muslim Quarter, which in the recent past has been a flashpoint for violence. Continue Reading »

Jerusalem Court: Greek Orthodox Church real estate sale to Jews wasn’t result of fraud

Greek Orthodox Church vows to appeal Jerusalem court decision upholding the sale of church property in the Old City to Jews, decrying the judgement as ‘politically motivated.’

By Arutz Sheva Staff


The leader of the Greek Orthodox Church in Israel said that the church will appeal a decision of the Jerusalem District Court approving the sale of church-owned land in the Old City of Jerusalem to Jews.

Imperial Hotel, Jaffa Gate, Jerusalem – Photo: Danny Gershoni/Wikimedia

The church has opposed the deal, claiming that it was made illegally by the deposed previous leader of the church.

Speaking at a news conference in Amman, Jordan, on Saturday, Patriarch Theophilos III said that the court’s ruling was “politically motivated,” and emphasized that the church will do “everything within its power so that this unjust ruling will be overturned.” Continue Reading »

US Amb. Bolton: It’s “a Basic human right” for Jews to purchase homes anywhere


WATCH Interview: Former US Ambassador to the UN John Bolton says, “the notion that Jews can’t buy property in the Old City, in Jerusalem, in any of the former British Mandate, frankly, is unacceptable.”

By Eliran Baruch


Former US Ambassador to the U John Bolton spoke to Arutz Sheva about Jewish rights in Jerusalem at the annual dinner of American Friends of Ateret Cohanim Jerusalem Monday night.

“I think it’s a basic human right” for Jews to purchase homes from Arabs in Jerusalem, Ambassador Bolton said. “As long as you have a willing seller and a willing buyer, the notion that Jews can’t buy property in the Old City, in Jerusalem, in any of the former British Mandate, frankly, is unacceptable.” Continue Reading »

US Ambassador David Friedman’s first stop in Israel was to pray at Western Wall


US Ambassador David Friedman, a practicing Orthodox Jew, drove to Jerusalem’s Old City with his wife & daughter, straight after his arrival at Ben-Gurion International Airport.



US Ambassador David Friedman’s first stop on the job in Israel was the Western Wall, where a simple prayer at the Biblical site, turned into a lager diplomatic statement.

US Ambassador David Friedman, with wife & daughter at the Western Wall – Facebook screenshot

Friedman, who is a practicing Orthodox Jew, headed to Jerusalem’s Old City right after he landed at Ben-Gurion International Airport.

“It was a long trip. We are a bit tired, but we wanted to come straight to the holiest place in the entire Jewish world, the Western Wall, straight from the airport” he said. Continue Reading »

Jordanian terrorist shot dead Saturday after knife-attack on Policemen in Jerusalem’s Old City


Israel policeman who was stabbed, responded, shot & killed 57 yr-old Jordanian terrorist near the Lions’ Gate in Jerusalem’s Old City, before being taken to Shaare Tzedek hospital in moderate condition. Another policeman was lightly injured and treated on site.

By Ynet


A 37-year-old police officer was moderately injured by a terrorist stabbing in the area of the Lions’ Gate in the Old City of Jerusalem. The police said that the terrorist was shot and later pronounced dead. The terrorist, Muhammad Abdullah Salim al-Qassagi, a 57-year-old Jordanian citizen, arrived in Israel a week ago via the Jordan River crossing in Beit Shean. Continue Reading »

Border Police officer kills knife-stabbing Palestinian terrorist Saturday

Selfie taken by the knife-stabbing terrorist Ahmad Jazal on the Temple Mount


Border Police officer in hospital after being wounded by young Palestinian terrorist in Jerusalem’s Old City, “I shot a few bullets at him, and neutralized him.”

By Roi Yanovsky


“Suddenly the terrorist jumped on me with the knife. I shot a few bullets at him and neutralized him,” the Border Police officer who was wounded in the stabbing attack in Jerusalem on Saturday recounted later that day.

Master Sgt. A’s leg was lightly wounded in the attack that also injured two other young men. The attacker, 17-year-old Ahmad Jazal from the Nablus area in the West Bank, was shot dead by A. Continue Reading »

Palestinian Terrorist shot dead after stabbing 2 Policemen in Jerusalem


Both Border Guard police officers transferred to hospital where they are in stable condition after being stabbed at the Lion’s gate entrance to Jerusalem’s Old City.

By Israel Today Staff


An Arab terrorist stabbed and moderately wounded two Border Police officers in Jerusalem’s Old City early Monday morning.

The attack occurred at the Lion’s Gate on the city’s eastern side facing the Mount of Olives.

Border Guard policemen -Photo: משטרת-ישראל

The 25-year-old terrorist approached the police guard station, entered and began wildly stabbing.

One of the officers was eventually able to push the terrorist outside, load his weapon and shoot the assailant. Continue Reading »

Israel outs UNESCO for ignoring Jewish & Christian historical bond to Jerusalem

Israel’s Foreign Ministry director denounces UN body saying, typically, “The resolution is full of distortions & is totally disconnected from reality on the ground.”



Israel slammed the UN Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) on Tuesday for adopting a “completely one sided resolution” on the Old City of Jerusalem that “deliberately ignores the historical connection between the Jewish people and their ancient capital.”

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Israel Border Policeman Shoots Terrorist After Being Stabbed In Jerusalem

view videoThe Arab terrorist, an 18 yr-old resident of the West Bank, was left in critical condition after being shot by his victim, also in critical condition



An Israel Border Police officer is in critical condition after being stabbed Sunday at Damascus Gate, outside the Old City in Jerusalem, Israel Police reported Sunday.

Israel Border Police officer stabbed outside Damascus Gate – Screenshot: J’lemPost

The terrorist, an 18-year-old resident of the West Bank, was shot at the scene and is in critical condition.

Paramedics provided treatment at the scene and evacuated the injured officer, who is approximately 20 years old, to Shaare Zedek Medical Center. Continue Reading »

Alert Police Foil Jerusalem Stabbing Attack

Terrorist admitted to police that he had decided to stab Jews & that he had come to the Temple Mount for a last prayer before executing stabbing attack.

By Gil Ronen


Alert policemen foiled a terrorist stabbing attack Sunday in Jerusalem’s Old City.

Terrorist with knife – Illustrative file photo

The terrorist, an Arab man aged 25, from the Hevron area, had reached the Cotton Gate that leads to the Temple Mount, when officers the Temple Mount police spotted him and decided that he seemed suspicious.

They began to question him about what he was doing there but he managed to get away. Continue Reading »

Israel Police clash with disruptive Palestinian protest in Jerusalem

WATCH: Israel’s Police are called when Palestinians organize disruptive counter-event to Jerusalem’s annual Light Festival, in objection to the capital’s municipality expressing its Jewish identity.



Police used stun grenades to disperse hundreds of Palestinians on Wednesday who were protesting against an Israeli light festival at the Old City of Jerusalem.

Police clash with Palestinians in Jerusalem – Photo: AHMAD GHARABLI/AFP

Police said four men were arrested. A few were pushed to the ground during the scuffles but no serious injuries were reported.

The light festival is an annual event organized by Israel’s Jerusalem municipality where thousands take part in the cultural and artistic events including dancing and singing. Continue Reading »

Jerusalem Arab arrested for incitement against Israelis on Facebook page

The Old City resident’s personal Facebook account page praised the terrorist who ran down & killed Israelis at the Jerusalem light rail & called for additional ramming attacks “for the sake of Jerusalem.”


An Arab resident of the Old City of Jerusalem was arrested on suspicion of spreading violent propaganda on his Facebook page, police announced Monday.


Screenshot of Mahmoud Asila’s Facebook page, with writing in Arab calling to “Run over people for the sake of Jerusalem”. – Photo: Facebook screenshot

Mahmoud Asila, 32, was arrested last Tuesday for posting photos and videos deemed as “incitement,” which called for running over security forces and for inciting car attacks against Israelis in general. Continue Reading »

PLO Official Attacks Israel’s Plan to Expand Jewish access to Temple Mount

PLO’s Hanan Ashrawi calls Israel Tourism Ministry’s proposal an ‘insult’ to Muslims worldwide, accuses Israel of violating`sanctity of religious sites without consequences.’



An Israeli Ministry of Tourism proposal to enable Jews to enter the Temple Mount through a second gate, in an effort to reduce the waiting time for visitors, generated harsh opposition from the Palestinians.

The Temple Mount compound in Jerusalem.

The Temple Mount compound in Jerusalem. – Photo: Gil Eliyahu

The Temple Mount, which Muslims call the Noble Sanctuary, is both the holiest site for religious Jews and the site of the Al-Aqsa Mosque and Dome of the Rock.

Up to now, Jews have been allowed to enter the Temple Mount only through the Mughrabi Gate. Continue Reading »

U.S. Seminary Girl Hit in Face by Arab Stone-Throwers in Jerusalem

In yet another Jerusalem Day Arab attack, residents in Jerusalem’s Muslim Quarter reportedly throw rocks at Jewish youths, hitting a girl in the face.

By Ari Yashar


Arutz Sheva has received exclusive reportage on yet another violent Arab attack Tuesday on Jewish youth in the Old City of Jerusalem. Again, Jews celebrating the 47th year since the unification of the 3,000-year-old Jewish capital were targeted.

Ahuva Schwartz, a resident of Jerusalem, reports that a group of 60 Jews, mostly Israeli high school boys along with some families and American seminary student girls, met at the Kotel (Western Wall) on Tuesday night. Continue Reading »