"The most pivotal event in Jewish history since the destruction of the Second Temple" according to Prof. Judea Pearl

On November 29, 1947, the UN General Assembly voted in favor of a resolution, which adopted the plan for the partition of Palestine, recommended by the majority of the UN Special Committee on Palestine (UNSCOP). 33 states voted in favor of the resolution and 13 against. 10 states abstained.

The UN Committee reached the conclusion that the Mandate for Palestine should be terminated, and most of its members recommended the establishment in the territory of Mandatory Palestine of an Arab state and a Jewish state, while internationalizing Jerusalem.

The partition map proposed by UNSCOP allotted the Jewish state only a small part of Western Palestine. Despite this fact, the Zionist Organization and the institutions of the Jewish community in Eretz Yisrael agreed to accept the plan, since it recognized the right of the Jewish people to a state and not only a “national home” as stated in the 1917 Balfour Declaration and the 1922 Mandate for Palestine. The adoption of the partition resolution by the General Assembly was received by the Jewish community with great joy and thousands went out to the streets to celebrate, even though it was clear that the Arab states and the Palestinian Arabs would embark on a relentless war against the realization of the plan to establish a Jewish state. (Source: Jerusalem Center for Public Affairs).

Prof. Judea Pearl, father of the late, Wall St. Journalist Daniel Pearl, has encouraged greater, public recognizing of the event, reflected in this chronology of Op/Ed's he has written for the Jewish Journal of L.A.:

Prof. Judea Pearl's articles inspired dramatic re-enactment

"The forgotten miracle: Nov. 29, 1947" Jewish Journal of L.A., December 18, 2008
Last month saw the anniversary of one of the most significant events in Jewish history, perhaps the most significant since the Exodus from Egypt -- Nov. 29, 1947 -- the day the U.N. General Assembly voted 33-13 to partition Palestine into a Jewish state and an Arab state. Believe it or not, but this momentous event, which changed so dramatically the physical, spiritual and political life of every Jew in our generation, as well as the course of history in general, passed virtually unnoticed in our community, including in the pages of this paper. 
 "The Miracles of November" by Judea Pearl; November 25, 2009
The U.N. vote of Nov. 29, 1947.  In my opinion piece for this newspaper last year (Dec. 18, 2008), entitled “The Forgotten Miracle,” I suggested that the Jewish community in Los Angeles celebrate Nov. 29 as an annual Jewish Thanksgiving Day. I am glad to say that the idea struck a chord with several organizations. Starting November 2010, and barring unforeseen obstacles, this event will be woven into the tapestry of Los Angeles’ annual celebrations.

Judea and Mrs. Ruth Pearl at Amer Jewish Univ performance
On Nov 29, 2012, professional actors, musicians, and singers staged a theatrical re-enactment of the radio broadcast of the U.N. resolution vote- and its impression on Palestinian Jews. The event was staged at the American Jewish University of Los Angeles.  Following the performance, JooTube spoke with people involved in hosting and staging the event, as well as prominent attendees for their opinions regarding the occasion. 

Prof. Judea Pearl considers this Resolution 181, "the most pivotal event in Jewish history since the destruction of the Second (King Solomon's) Temple."


Father Alexei Smith, Roman-Catholic Archdiocese of L.A.
The guest of Mrs. Ruth Pearl, Father Alexei Smith, of the Southern California Ecumenical Council believes that as Judaism is at the root of Christianity, the Catholic Church supports Israel as the Jewish homeland. 

Actor Mike Burstyn performed in the pageant and, accompanied by Poogy-drummer, Meir Fenigstein, reinforces the validity of Zionism, with Jerusalem as the continued capital of the Jewish nation.



"Nov. 29 and Palestinian Statehood by Judea Pearl, December 5, 2012, Jewish Journal

Even as the sound of “Hatikvah” reverberated in the auditorium of the American
Actor, Mike Burstyn & Meir Fenigstein, Israel Film Fest
Jewish University, where Los Angeles commemorated the 65th anniversary of the historic United Nations vote of Nov. 29, 1947, another U.N. vote was casting its shadows on our consciousness — the vote for Palestinian statehood, on Nov. 29, 2012.

The similarities between these two votes have been noted by other commentaries — I wish to stress the differences. In 1947, the dancers in Tel Aviv invited their Arab neighbors to join in a celebration of two-statehood; in 2012, the dancers in Ramallah did not invite their Jewish neighbors to any activity. On the contrary, they openly called for the expulsion of Israelis from Haifa, Jaffa and Afula. 

Jews take to streets in outrage against Palestinian terror; wonder where is the demonstrable outrage from funded Jewish orgs?


Israeli protesters block traffic in Jerusalem: "Jewish blood is not cheap!"

Rabbis Avraham Goldberg, Moshe Twersky,
Arye Kopinsky, Kalman Levine-slain
Some 300 protesters from the Otzma Yehudit organization took to the streets of Jerusalem today in protest of this morning's terrorist massacre at a synagogue in the Har Nof neighborhood. The demonstration took place next to the capital's iconic String Bridge close to the central bus station. Activists called for "revenge," as well as calls for Internal Security Minister Yitzhak Aharonovich to be fired for failing to deal with the ongoing and escalating Arab violence. 

"Aharonovich resign, Jewish blood is not cheap!" protesters chanted. The group then marched to nearby Yirmeyahu street and blocked traffic, and police responded by arresting six activists, including the head of the Lehava organization Bentzi Gopshtain. 

Also Tuesday evening, roughly 150 people protested in Haifa, northern Israel, calling on the government to act firmly in the face of this morning's terrorist attack.  (Israel National News)



New York Jews protest outside Palestinian mission

Palestine Mission to the UN encircled by Jewish protesters slamming what they called Palestinian incitement after deadly terror attack killed five people. A small yet dedicated group of Jews from New York took to the streets Tuesday after a deadly terror attack in a Jerusalem synagogue left five people dead, including three American-born and one British-born Israelis. A Druze police officer who was wounded while tackling one of the terrorists later succumbed to his wounds. 

Protesters slammed the Palestinian Authority for inciting violence against Jews, and decried the attack on worshipers within a religious site. Led by Rabbi Avi Weiss, demonstrators held up signs and placed them on the mission's door. US Secretary State John Kerry also called Tuesday, in the wake of the attack, for Palestinian leaders to end their incitement.  (YNet)

Jews Outside Palestinian Mission to UN Protest Jerusalem Attack 

Jews in the city gathered to condemn the synagogue attack in Jerusalem and remember the victims, including a rabbi who had personal ties in the city. NY1's Jon Weinstein filed the following report.

Dozens gathered in prayer but were filled with horror and outrage. Those are the words the demonstrators outside the Palestinian Mission to the United Nations used to describe Tuesday's terror attack in Jerusalem. The attackers walked into a Jerusalem synagogue with meat cleavers and a gun. Four people were killed, including three Americans. 

"As they opened up their mouth to say words of praise, words of prayer, words of peace, their tongues were cut off," said one person at the rally. 

"The blood of innocent human beings was shed this morning, and the world has not sufficiently expressed its outrage," said Rabbi Yaakov Kermaier of Fifth Avenue Synagogue.
Watch NY1's news story

Yehuda Glick Speaks About Shooting for the First Time


Yehuda Glick advocates for increased Israeli control over Temple Mount

Rabbi Yehuda Glick, the Temple Mount activist who was the target of an assassination attempt on Oct. 29th, is improving steadily, and received the Ashkenazi Chief Rabbi of Israel, Rabbi David Lau, as a visitor on Monday. He spoke to the Chief Rabbi for the first time about his ordeal.

"The gunman, Mutaz Hijazi, “approached me, stood opposite me, and of course I naively trusted him,” he told his visitor, recounting the moments of the attack. “He said to me: ‘I’m terribly sorry, but you are an enemy of Al Aqsa,’ and then he shot – boom boom… and then I saw someone, Shai [Shai Malka, CEO of Likud MK Moshe Feiglin's Jewish Leadership faction], and he said to me ‘Yehuda, we need you here, come!’ so we ran…”

Israeli Muslims massacre prayerful Jews with pistol & meat-cleaver, killing 4 American or British-Israeli Jews, 1 Druze policeman, wounding 7 others

(Photo courtesy: COL Live)
As the four victims of this morning's massacre at the Kehillat B'nai Torah Yeshiva Synagogue in Jerusalem's Har Nof neighborhood were laid to rest Tuesday afternoon, Israelis are still in shock at the depravity of the attack on unarmed worshipers as they prayed. 


The four victims - Rabbi Moshe Twersky, 59, Rabbi Kalman Levine, 55, Aryeh Kopinsky, 43, and Avraham Shmuel Goldberg, 68, (hy"d) - leave behind grieving widows and 24 orphans between them. Kopinsky, Levine and Twersky held dual US-Israeli citizenship after making aliya from America. Goldberg, a British-Israeli national, immigrated to Israel from Britain. 

Terrorists Ghassan and Uday Jamal stormed the synagogue early Tuesday morning armed with knives, a meat cleaver and a pistol, inflicting horrific wounds on their victims, which also included eight injured - four of them seriously. The terrorists were finally killed in a shootout with police. 

More and more details are now emerging from eyewitness accounts and photographs from the scene of the slaughter. Israel's government press office has released shocking pictures from the immediate aftermath, showing murdered worshipers still draped in their prayer shawls and wearing tefillin (phylacteries). "I was going for a morning walk and passing by on the road above the synagogue," she said. "Someone told me not to go any closer and that there was something big going on, but I walked down to see. "There were people running from the synagogue, and a man sitting on the pavement covered in blood, it looked like he has been stabbed," she said. 

"The police were already there, and when one of the terrorists emerged from the synagogue they shot him on the steps. "Two people came out with their faces half missing, looking like they'd been attacked with knives." As she spoke, medics brought out four bodies one by one, each wrapped in white plastic, and loaded them gently into ambulances. 

Grisly images from inside the synagogue showed prayer books and traditional white prayer shawls drenched in blood, and a wide arc of blood splattered across walls and bookshelves.

Fighting back tears, Moshe Eliezer said he had narrowly avoided being at the scene after oversleeping. "This is a yeshiva community. Ninety percent don't serve in the army. We're not violent," he said. Even Israeli emergency workers, who are no strangers to the bloody scenes of terrorist attacks, were shocked by the sheer scale and brutality of the slaughter.  

Moti Bukchi who went inside to help the wounded described scenes of horror. "The scene inside was harrowing, with a lot of blood," he told AFP. "Inside the synagogue some people were wounded by gunshots, others had chopped off limbs caused by a meat cleaver," he said. "We have seen things here for the first time - a man goes in with a meat cleaver and starts to attack people and chop off their limbs? That is something new." 
Attackers stripped of explosives

Another emergency worker and local resident, Eli Pollak, described what he saw as "one of the cruelest scenes I have ever witnessed." Speaking to Arutz Sheva, Yehuda Meshi-Zahav said what he saw resembled images from the holocaust. "I don't remember seeing a disaster scene as shocking as this, (the victims) were wrapped in talit (prayer shawls) and tefilin (phylacteries)," he said, describing "puddles, rivers of blood throughout the entire synagogue, siddurim (prayer books) thrown all over the floor - a sight that we only recognize from the Holocaust, from the period of the Holocaust." 

"These are Jews who got up early in the morning to pray to the Creator of the World, and in the middle of their prayers - in the middle of a religious act, of an act of faith, not of conflict - were attacked...I do not know what ismore shocking than this." 

Meanwhile, Palestinians celebrated the massacre. Evil: Arabs in Gaza wield axes and guns in a macabre ceremony celebrating the attacks Reuters In Gaza and Bethlehem revelers handed out candies and celebrated with passersby, while in the Jerusalem neighborhood of Jabel Mukhaber, where the two terrorists behind the attack lived, family members gleefully celebrated their "martyrdom." 


 "We responded with shouts of joy when we received the news about their deaths," Ala'a Abu Jamal said of his cousins Ghassan and Uday Abu Jamal to Yedioth Aharonoth. "People here distributed candies to guests who visited us, and there was joy for the martyrs." The party didn't last long for the Abu Jamal's though; police raided the neighborhood and arrested 12 people, including several family members. 


Meanwhile, Israeli Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu has ordered the demolition of the terrorists' homes, and Interior Minister Gilad Erdan announced he will be expelling the wife of one of the killers from Jerusalem.  (Article by Ari Soffer in Israel National News).

CNN must have repurposed their Gaza War scoreboard to mis-characterize the unprovoked violent massacre by Israeli Muslims on the Jewish innocents, as this screenshot caption reflects.
Thousands of mourners attended a joint funeral for Kupinsky, Levine and Goldberg before sundown - held outside the synagogue where the attack occurred.  
A joint funeral for Kupinsky, Levine and Goldberg before sundown held outside the synagogue where the attack occurred
(Photo by Reuters via The Daily Mail and JooTube contributor, Yehuda Ashin, from the scene in Jerusalem).