The following was sent to me by very valued contact/friend General (Ret) James David who is mentioned on the cover of the third edition of former Republican Congressman Paul Findley’s ‘They Dare to Speak Out’ book about the power/influence of the pro-Israel lobby (AIPAC and similar) on the US political system and media:
Jews riot in Jerusalem yet the media says nothing
Saturday, July 18, 2009 11:05 AM
From: General James David (Ret)
For the past week or so there have been Jews rioting in Jerusalem and hundreds have been injured and arrested yet the national news media have been silent to these riots while reporting almost every day on the riots in Iran. This systematic psychological conditioning used by the media in order to justify an American attack on Iran for the benefit of Israel is simply disgusting. When will we say enough is enough?
Four hurt as fresh wave of Haredi protests hits Jerusalem – Haaretz – Israel News
Last update – 00:54 01/01/2009
By Jonathan Lis, Haaretz Correspondent, and Haaretz Service
Tags: Haredis, Jerusalem
Ultra-Orthodox Jews hurled stones at passing vehicles in Jerusalem on Saturday, lightly wounding four people, in a fresh protest against the desecration of Shabbat in the capital.
The four were driving along the city’s Bar Ilan road. Two of them were hit in the head by the rocks.
Earlier Saturday, dozens of Haredim blocked the entrance to Jerusalem’s Carta parking lot Saturday afternoon in the latest protest against its opening on Shabbat.
One demonstrator was detained by police after he lay down at the entrance to the parking lot.
Jerusalem’s deputy mayor, Joseph “Pepe” Alalu, denounced the protests on Saturday evening as “hooliganism.”
“This is an attack on democracy, this is a matter of hooliganism. I have participated in hundreds of demonstrations and there was never such behavior. It is not possible that a handful of Haredim will take over and close up Jerusalem,” Alalu (Meretz) told Army Radio.
The deputy mayor called the police to arrest the violent protestors and then put them on trial.
“This is a small group of hooligans that uses hooliganism not just against seculars,” Alalu added. “I have been threatened, the mayor has been threatened, everyone is scared ? such a thing is not possible.”
Saturday was the fourth Shabbat in a row that the parking lot was open by orders of the Jerusalem Municipality to accommodate visitors to the Old City.
Although most senior ultra-Orthodox rabbis and newspapers have abandoned the issue, the extreme Edah Haredit is advocating continued protests.
Meanwhile, Haredi protests over the arrest of an ultra-Orthodox woman suspected of starving her son also continued Friday night.
One Haredi man was lightly injured by a stone to the head as demonstrators threw stones and smashed traffic lights on Bar Ilan Road.
Violent protests began Tuesday after it was announced that the 30-year-old woman, who belongs to one of the most extreme ultra-Orthodox sects in Jerusalem, had been arrested Tuesday for allegedly starving her three-year-old son over the course of two years.
Jerusalem Mayor Nir Barkat said on Friday he had not been backed by the government during the ongoing unrest in the city in the wake of woman’s arrest.
Barkat told Channel 2 News that, “Not only Rabbis should condemn the riots. Government ministers and public figures should speak out, and provide the artillery and air force required to restore public order.”
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