Deputy Mayor calls for Jerusalem to secede from Israel

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(the israel bible)

May 15, 2022

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Aryeh King, the Deputy Mayor of Jerusalem turned to Zeev Elkin, the Minister of Jerusalem Affairs and Minister of Housing and Construction, and requested that he consult with Moshe Lion, the Mayor of Jerusalem to discuss the option of cutting off all contact with Israel’s government. King claims the government is destroying the city of Jerusalem, endangering the residents of the city, and working to abolish the sovereignty and governance of Jerusalem.

If accepted the decision would, of course, need to be raised before Prime Minister Naftali Bennett and Moshe Lion, the mayor of Jerusalem. 

King, who is also the founder of the Israel Land Foundation, appeared on Channel 14’s Ulpan HaPatuach (open forum). King made a disturbing prediction:

“Tomorrow, Jerusalem will see something that I have never seen in the 25 years that I have served in the city government,” King said. “Tomorrow, the residents of central Jerusalem violent riots and even hostile terrorist activity.”

King was referring to the Friday funeral of Al Jazeera journalist Shireen Abu Akleh who was shot and killed during a shootout between Palestinian Terrorists and the IDF in Jenin last Wednesday. “I am not talking about areas like Bet Hanina. I am talking about the center of the city. And the one who is going to lead this is Ahmad [Tibi],” King said.

Portrait of right-wing member of the Jerusalem city council, Aryeh King, in the Yemin Moshe neighborhood in Jerusalem, on May 17, 2017. Photo by Hadas Parush/Flash90

Tibi is the leader of the Arab Ta’al party and has served as a member of the Knesset since 1999.

After appearing on Channel 14, King spoke to a senior officer in the israel police. King asked if the police were prepared for massive riots. 

“We’re looking for 15 cars of the family, nothing more, it’s not an event that will pull the crowds,” King was told. 

King’s prediction proved to be prescient. Over ten thousand Palestinians attended the funeral procession which turned violent.  Police had designated that the funeral procession on Friday would begin at the Jaffa Gate and culminate at the Mount Zion cemetery less than two miles away. The police claimed that violent elements seized the casket against the family’s wishes at Saint Joseph’s Hospital in the Shiekh Jarrah/Shimon HaTzaddik neighborhood, preventing it from being loaded onto a hearse. The police attempted to intervene and return the casket to the family but were pelted with rocks. Cops used clubs against some of those around the casket, which almost fell, and fired stun grenades to disperse the crowd. Abu Akleh’s body was taken by van, surrounded by a police escort, to the Greek Melkite Church near Jaffa Gate. 

At a funeral procession held in Jenin for Abu Akleh in Jenin on Wednesday, automatic weapons were fired wildly into the air by Palestinian terrorists. 

“We have nothing and a half things in common with the left and the Arabs in the government led by the Yamina party, even though Bennett has a representative in the municipality,” King said, referring to Hagit Moshe, who is currently serving as a deputy mayor of Jerusalem and as chairperson of The Jewish Home. “But at this time, the mayor must place the good of the city and the future of the city before any narrow political consideration.”

“If the government of Israel has decided to harm Jerusalem and its residents, then we, the representatives of the city and of the residents, must stand up and do everything to dissolve the government that is dangerous to our future in Jerusalem.”

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