(IsraelNN.com) Jerusalem brothers Danny and Benny Cohen have gone public with their ownership of “thousands” of dunams (quarter-acres) of land in southern Jerusalem, on which they hope to build between 1,000 and 12,000 housing units. The Globes internet business site broke the news of the next planned controversial real estate development. The Cohens are little-known businessmen who purchased, over the past 26 years, thousands of acres of land along the Jerusalem-Bethlehem seamline area. They said they plan to file, within a few months, a construction plan for the area - Givat Yael - with the Jerusalem Regional Planning and Building Commission. Construction in this area means expanding the borders of greater Jerusalem. Danny Cohen emphasized repeatedly, in his interview with Globes, that his interest in this project is only financial and not political. He appeared to be slightly embarrassed by his association with his close colleague, Meir Davidson, who at one time represented the religious-nationalist Ateret Cohanim, the non-profit organization that seeks to buy properties in eastern Jerusalem and settle Jews there. "No right-wing organizations are involved, and no tycoons with a political interest," he said. “It’s just my brother and I; Benny identified the potential many years ago, and now we’re just hoping to realize the profits that can be garnered here.” The Kim Lustigman Development and Building company has signed on with the Cohens as a strategic partner in the project. Cohen says the construction several years ago of Teddy Stadium and then the Malha Mall “was very gratifying” to him, because it brings construction on his property closer to fruition. Part of the area is under the jurisdiction of the Jerusalem Municipality, and part is in Judea/Samaria; Cohen is well aware that the former will be developed before the latter. "We believe that 20,000 housing units will be needed in Jerusalem over the next ten years," Cohen told Globes. "I'm not a megalomaniac, I don’t imagine that we'll build everything. We'll get 1,000 housing units approved initially, and then we'll see. This is a modular plan. At present we are not working on the area in Judea and Samaria.” Many large Jerusalem neighborhoods are located in areas that were liberated during the 1967 Six Day War. These include Ramat Eshkol, French Hill, Neve Yaakov, Ramot, Pisgat Zev, Gilo, Har Homa, East Talpiyot, and more.
by Oren Aharoni, YNETIsraeli fencing champion Dana Sterlinkov won the Cadet World Cup Saturday, but when she ascended the podium in Mödling, Austria Israel's national anthem was not played. A shocked Sterlinkov began to sing the anthem herself, along with her teammates and her managers, who soon joined in. Members of the Jewish community who arrived to watch the match also sang along.
Your View, November 16th 2009, 9:00 am
This is a cross post by Point of No Return
Yaghoghil Shaolian, the Jewish teenager arrested for taking part in the Tehran electoral protests in June, has been sentenced to two and a half years in prison, accused of espionage. An international effort to protect the Jewish teenager’s rights in jail has intensified in recent days.
Arieh Perecowicz, a human rights campaigner, who has been following Shaolian’s case on his blog has written to the Canadian government:
“I am writing you - particularly in the wake of Canada’s sponsorship, of a resolution in the United Nations, on Iran’s deplorable human rights record - to request that your government uses its good offices to intervene on behalf and monitor the conditions and trial of Mr. Yaghoghil Shaolian, an Iranian national, who was picked up and falsely imprisoned on trumped up charges, and risks arbitrary severe punishment, or even death. His predicament, as a member of Iran’s small and vulnerable Jewish community, is most precarious, and urgently requires Canada’s and the international community’s protest and intervention.
“Will Canada - together with our allies and international partners - intervene to monitor his conditions of detention, his trial, provide legal assistance, and otherwise protect the life of this innocent Iranian citizen?”
The human rights lawyer and Canadian MP Irwin Colter assured Perecowicz on 29 October:
“I have been working in concert with others to free the detainees. Indeed I spoke yet again about this in Parliament today and will be doing so again tomorrow. We will keep doing what we can.”
Shaolian has close relatives living in California and campaigners hope that more pressure will be brought to bear via the US government.
In response to a parliamentary question in the House of Commons at Westminster on 22 October, the Secretary of State for Foreign Commonweath Affairs, Ivan Lewis said:
“The situation of the Jewish community in Iran has long been of concern to us. Its members have suffered discrimination under the Islamic Republic: for example, Iranian Jews are barred from running for President, and from a number of professions, such as the armed forces. President Ahmadinejad’s repeated denials of the Holocaust- most recently at the UN General Assembly in September-only serve to increase our concern.
“We have been disturbed by the Iranian authorities’ response to the protests that followed the disputed June 2009 presidential election, and in particular by the death and imprisonment sentences handed down in recent days. One of those convicted was the Jewish teenager, Yaghoghil Shaolian. He has been sentenced to two and a half years in prison. We are seeking more information about his case, as well as those of the other defendants, and will raise our concerns with the Iranian authorities, since those convicted and sentenced appear to have been denied a fair trial.”
Yaghoghil Shaolian, 19,was quoted by the semiofficial Fars news agency as saying that he was not an activist but that he got caught up in the moment and threw stones at a Tehran bank during a protest in June. “Iran’s only Jewish parliamentarian, Siamak Mereh Sedq, confirmed the detention of Shaolian and his Jewish identity to The Associated Press. He said the detention was not connected to his religion and that Shaolian is innocent.
The report said Shaolian’s lawyer had asked the court for a reasonable and fair prosecution due to Shaolian’s youth.
Iran’s sole Jewish parliamentarian, Siamak Mereh Sedq, told The Associated Press:
“I have been pursuing his case since we learned about his detention,” said Mereh Sedq. He said Shaolian’s detention was not related to his religion.
“He is innocent, we hope to see his release soon based on Islamic mercy,” he said.
Chana the personal attacks is what betray your intent on leaving your wording open. you aren't slick. we've seen this before in our generation with the ilk of Hilary Clinton and Livni. double tongues.
people like Livni sponsor groups like J Street that then condemn Livni as a war criminal. Same Game. Hilary says she is against settlements, but then praises Bibi for trying to work something out. Same Game. It is called denying the correlative. the truth is only within a context. IT IS CALLED LYING! apologies are voided for the same reason. they were in the context that I thought maybe there was a different meaning to your words for a bit. I admit I was wrong for apologizing, but Dave Simmons seemed decent and I thought I'd thimk it over.
then you attack and play superior... by calling others Narcissist? you've seen a tad too much pop culture. sorry Dave. I've taken a walk. breathed some fresh air, got well balanced and called a spade a spade. http://networkedblogs.com/p17815547?a=comment and yes I understand
THANK YOU, ISRAEL. A new ‘Living Memorial’ dedicated to the victims of 9/11 has just been opened in Jerusalem. « Bare Naked Islam's WeblogLabels: World Trade Center victims
THANK YOU, ISRAEL. A new ‘Living Memorial’ dedicated to the victims of 9/11 has just been opened in Jerusalem.
But 8 years later, New York City can’t even seem to get a shovel in the ground to build a memorial of its own?
U.S. Ambassador James Cunningham and Defense and Air Attache Colonel Richard Burgess took part in the dedication ceremony for a JNF-sponsored September 11 monument and Living Memorial at the entrance to Jerusalem (in the surrounding forest) on Thursday, November 12, 2009.
While gaining nothing, the Palestinians stand to lose much.It is often forgotten that during his first term as prime minister, from 1996 to 1999, Binyamin Netanyahu drew the ire of the Right and eventually lost his government because he felt compelled to fulfill obligations toward the Palestinians undertaken by previous governments. He turned over a majority of Hebron to Palestinian control and agreed to further steps toward Palestinian autonomy in the Wye River Accords.At the time, he was angrily critical of the Palestinian government of Yasser Arafat for failing to implement its part of Oslo, including ending incitement, cutting support for terror organizations and establishing security and the rule of law in PA-controlled areas. But whatever his qualms or political ideals, he faithfully implemented past agreements.Shortly after returning to the Prime Minister's Office in March, Netanyahu publicly offered the Palestinians statehood. It is impossible to read his mind to determine if the offer was sincere, but it is fair to assume from past experience that he feels obligated to past Israeli agreements, including Oslo and the road map, both processes that have as their logical conclusion a Palestinian state.If the Palestinian leadership renounces Oslo in favor of unilateral statehood, it will break the international agreements that have obligated Israeli governments and driven a process that, in the final analysis, already sees much of Palestinian life under Palestinian control.
that is exactly what I was thinking. Bibi in the end is a rule stickler. If Fatah breaks their promises it will enable Bibi to not cooperate. This might be a very good thing for Israel
Photo left is Khalid Sheik Muhammad upon his capture by US forces . Years later, the photo right is the new and improved just released photo of LSM. I have a couple of questions. Why isn't he in prison garb? Why is he wearing the keffiyeh, the icon of Islamic jihad? WHO bought his keffiyeh. you? Me? What's with the photo op? Looks lie he is advertising for one of the Muslim dating sites.
I'm confused. is this the same guy?
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