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I went to the Old City, the Kotel yesterday.

***UPDATES***

We got there around 1.20pm in the afternoon, shortly after the terrorist attack that is meant to have killed one person and injured another 3, by the Chain Gate.

When I lived in Musrara, I’d take that route through the shuk down to the Wall, as it knocked off at least 10-15 minutes of walking.

I was in the Old City a lot, when the ‘stabbing intifada’ was going on a few years’ back, because my kids were in school there, and there was no way you could ‘avoid’ the situation, as school had to happen, day in and day out.

It was very stressful.

But that time taught me that there is a ‘feel’ to terrorist attacks, especially ones that result in fatalities, that hangs around in the air, for days, weeks, and sometimes even months afterwards.

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We didn’t know about the terrorist attack until 5 minutes before we left.

We checked the Kotel Cam to see if they were still letting people come to the Wall – they were.

So we walked down.

The place felt totally, 100% normal.

No additional security.

No sad vibe.

No ‘fear’ in the air.

Security forces laughing and jostling each other, totally relaxed, as though a ‘fatal terrorist attack’ hadn’t just happened that morning….

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I don’t know what to tell you.

This is not how the Old City usually looks or feels, after even ‘minor’ terror attacks.

After all the fake news we’ve been living through the last two years, I have a niggling discomfort that something is not right, here.

To try and dispel it, I broke my rule of not watching video of ‘terrorist attacks’ to see if I could pin things down better.

I got to this (not disturbing, not graphic):

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The Old City is totally bristling with AI and CCTV cameras.

Every square inch is covered.

And yet this weird video, of Police Commissioner Kobi Shabtai trying to keep a straight face, as people pick up machine guns and bullets from a floor that has absolutely no blood stains, seems to be the best they can do, to show that a terrorist attack really occurred yesterday.

I don’t know what to say.

I don’t know what to think.

But something seems really ‘off’ about this.

And yet again, I suspect we may be back in that world of ‘fake news’, where terror attacks are just more grist for the mill, when it comes to the government’s tried and true tactics of ‘divide and conquer’.

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PS: I showed my husband this clip, and he commented on how neatly ironed Kobi Shabtai’s shirt is… mamash, like he was expecting to appear for the cameras, or something….

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UPDATE:

Here’s a clip of his fiance, Jen Schiff, speaking to the media (not shmirat eynayim friendly).

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I can’t explain what I’m feeling, and I’m not saying it didn’t happen.

I’m just feeling that ‘something is not adding up with all this’. And if anything, the more I look into this, the more I’m feeling that, and I don’t know exactly why.

THIS is a very brief story about the father of 8 who was apparently injured in the attack, who is named as Ze’evi Katzenelenbogen.

https://www.9tv.co.il/item/36595

And this is more of a description of Eliyahu David Kaye’s family, from Johannesburg:

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And the Chabad.org site has probably the most detailed news story I’ve seen about this, anywhere:

https://www.chabad.org/news/article_cdo/aid/5319310/jewish/25-Year-Old-Killed-Four-Wounded-in-Terrorist-Shooting-in-Jerusalems-Old-City.htm

In another strange twist, this article says it was put up at 7:02am November 21, 2021 – presumably that’s US time, so it was at 2pm Israel time, yesterday.

Yet it quotes Eli Kay’s fiance, Jen Schiff, in the interview she gave yesterday night:

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Maybe, they updated the story and didn’t update the timing.

But at 2pm Israeli time yesterday, Eli Kay’s name still hadn’t been released in the media here.

So Chabad.org really worked fast, to get all those quotes, including from the Chief Rabbi of South Africa, and also from two former classmates, in the bag, written up, and up on the website by 7.02 am yesterday NY time.

Sigh.

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UPDATE 2:

Here’s when the name was first released in Israel, and then written up yesterday, from YNET HERE:

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15:22 Israel time is 8:22am NY time.

So Chabad.org scooped YNET on the name of the victim by over an hour – and managed to get quotes from the Chief Rabbi, two classmates, and also his almost-fiancee in their story, even though she still hadn’t given her press conference later that evening…

I don’t know what’s really going on here.

But the more I check into the details, the more I’m scratching my head.

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UPDATE 3:

This is a video my husband just sent me, that he says seems much more realistic:

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After seeing this, I can say 100% that the footage with police chief Kobi Shabtai this morning was staged, ‘fake news’.

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Then this is the next video that cued up automatically, that has Jen Schiff, and other members of Eli Kay’s family speaking:

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Whatever really happened yesterday, I continue to pray that God should end the pointless violence in Israel, crumble the world of lies and bring us geula already.

Amen.

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UPDATE 4:

I had some interesting emails yesterday.

Here’s some snippets:

My son is very familiar with the mafia ties of Chabad, and he recommended that I warn you that they can be a lot more dangerous than governments because they can do things without scrutiny. He advised you to be careful with your research, for your own sake. 

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And then this:

Are they after half of the Old City? Your investigation sniffer is on to something, I fear!
US officials ordered to avoid Old City of Jerusalem
US State Department issues warning following deadly Hamas shooting attack, orders government employees not to visit Old City of Jerusalem.
Since when did they ever do this? So many have been attacked and killed there, but this seems to be the first time they said this.
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And then this:
[Y]ou may be right regarding the police but when you start inveigling innocent Lubavitchers with MURDER even you have reached the lowest level. Hashem yerachem.
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For the record, I have no idea how I’m ‘inveigling innocent Lubavitchers with MURDER’.

All that happened is that I pointed out a number of strange inconsistencies with footage and timing of details being released, and also pinned down that the Israel Police put out a clip where they faked the gun and bullets being picked up off the floor of the Arab Shuk in front of people like Kobi Shabtai.
That the Israeli police have nothing better to do within an hour of 4 people apparently being gunned down than to ‘stage’ shots with Kobi Shabtai at the crime scene is outrageous.
That there is no CCTV footage of this attack – at all! – is strange.
That Chabad.org could quote large chunks of a statement given by someone many hours ahead of them delivering it is also strange.
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We are being manipulated by the media, government, police and army 24/7.

Fake news is everywhere, trying to push an agenda that is usually against the best interests of the man on the street.

Covid 19 proved that beyond a doubt.

All of us have to keep our eyes open, and to ask questions when things don’t add up.

That’s all that’s going on here.

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And if that’s not to your taste and liking, no-one is forcing you to read this blog.

Stick to YWN, Chabad.org, CNN, the Daily Mail, and all those reliable purveyors of government propaganda that give you a warm, fuzzy feeling that Covid shots are protecting you from dangerous viruses, and governments just want to pay your retirement cheques and give you good services.
Free choice is paramount.
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