Saturday, November 07, 2015

From Ian:

The Grand Mufti's Genocidal Children
There can be no doubt that Al-Husseini hold a major share of the culpability for the killing of thousands of Jews who, because of him, could not escape to Palestine. Instead, they were deported to Auschwitz and other concentration camps, where they were condemned to forced labor, brutalized, and murdered. Al-Husseini knew full well that this would be their fate; after all, he had been working towards this end since 1919.
Taken as a whole, the Mufti’s career is one of radical political evil. He fomented anti-Semitic beliefs and anti-Semitic violence in Palestine and throughout the Arab world. Though he was not an architect of the Holocaust, he knew about it, collaborated with it, and did everything he could to ensure that the Nazi extermination machine would ensnare as many Jews as possible. Even worse, perhaps, he worked toward a second Holocaust in the Middle East, one that, together with the European Holocaust, might well have resulted in the near-complete annihilation of the Jewish people.
Almost as important is the Mufti’s influence over the Arab national movement in Palestine that he founded. Today, Palestinian leaders still revere the Mufti and embrace his policy of absolute rejectionism. His tactics of incitement are employed by supposedly moderate groups like Fatah and leaders like Mahmoud Abbas, whose recent claims regarding the Temple Mount were identical to those made by the Mufti. And the Mufti’s openly genocidal stance toward the Jews and his emphasis on radical Islamic ideology finds expression in the actions and beliefs of Hamas. It is only when the Palestinians finally reject the Mufti and his poisonous legacy that peace will, at last, become possible. (h/t Elder of Lobby)
How a Family Became a Propaganda Machine
The goal of the Tamimis’ activism is the elimination of Israel as a Jewish state—and Bassem Tamimi had spelled this out very clearly by the time Amnesty announced its support for the Tamimis and their village at the end of 2013. Amnesty International may feel itself justified in designating Nabi Saleh a “community-at-risk,” but the risk is largely a consequence of the Tamimis’ longstanding quest to trigger a “third intifada” in order to eliminate the Middle East’s most successful modern state. It is shocking to see that this is a goal Amnesty apparently deems worth supporting. Moreover, while the Tamimis may pay lip service to non-violence, their social media activity shows all too clearly that they harbor intense Jew-hatred and that they are only too willing to glorify and incite murderous terror attacks. With Israelis now living with the hourly fear of random knife attacks, car rammings, bombings and shootings, the virtual hatred pushed by the Tamimis and their allies has become frighteningly physical.
Is it too much to ask that human rights organizations like Amnesty International avoid supporting activists who deny the basic humanity of Israel’s Jews? And has it really never occurred to those who support the Tamimis that there would be no clashes in Nabi Saleh, and no reason to regard the village as a “community-at-risk,” if the Tamimis devoted their efforts for a “third intifada” into constructive efforts to build political support for the peaceful co-existence between a future Palestinian state and the Jewish state of Israel? If this seems an unrealistic solution in the current circumstances, the enthusiastic and unquestioning support of western liberals for those, like the Tamimi clan, whose mission is to prevent exactly this outcome, is one critical reason why. (h/t Elder of Lobby)
ICC judges reject prosecutor's appeal on Marmara raid
Bensouda has already declined a request by the Indian Ocean island nation Comoros to investigate the May 31, 2010, storming of the Marmara, which was sailing under a Comoros flag.
Judges first asked her to reconsider in July, saying she made "material errors in her determination of the gravity" of the case.
Bensouda appealed the decision, but her appeal was dismissed Friday by a 3-2 majority in the five judge appeals chamber, according to AP. The majority ruled that the appeal was inadmissible under the court's rules.
Lawyers representing Comoros sought a review of Bensouda's original rejection, saying that, "the interests of justice and fairness, which are the core of the ICC's mandate, strongly militate in favor of the Prosecutor reconsidering her decision."
The judges’ call to reopen the case last July was condemned by Israeli officials. Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu stressed that "IDF soldiers acted in self defense while stopping an attempt to break a blockade carried out in accordance with international law as determined by the committee appointed by the UN Secretary General, a committee headed by a Supreme Court judge and international observers.”
Defense Minister Moshe Ya’alon described the decision as “scandalous” and “hypocritical”, adding, "The soldiers followed international law and defended themselves from violence by terrorists. We are fully backing the fighters, and we will fight to the bitter end against any attempt to harm them.”

Madrid jihadists planned to kill Jews in Paris copycat action
A suspected jihadist cell recently apprehended by Spanish anti-terrorist officers planned to kill Jews and policemen in Madrid, authorities said.
The three alleged members of the cell, who were arrested on Tuesday, were Moroccan nationals living in Spain on valid staying permits, the La Voz de Galicia daily reported on Wednesday.
According to the findings of the investigation that led to their arrest, they considered themselves affiliated to the Islamic State terrorist organization but never traveled to the Middle East to participate in fighting there.
The three remained in contact online and planned to carry out attacks similar to the ones perpetrated by Amedy Coulibaly, who in January murdered four people at a kosher supermarket in eastern Paris a day after he gunned down a police officer south of the city.
Fourth Fake 'Bomb' Appears at Israeli Embassy in Uruguay During BDS Rally
Police found a “suspicious artifact” designed to look like a bomb near the Israeli Embassy in Montevideo, Uruguay this week, the fourth such item found and the third this year. Officials found the item on the same day as a scheduled anti-Israel BDS rally before the embassy took place.
The “artifact,” found near a complex known as the World Trade Center in the Uruguayan capital which houses the Israeli embassy, was deemed harmless: a box containing a series of cables to make it look like a homemade explosive device. “Due to the element’s external physical attributes we have identified batteries and electric conductors that make one assume this is an explosive device,” said Fire Department spokesman Leandro Palomeque in a press conference this week. Police deployed explosives experts and bomb-sniffing dogs to confirm the device was not an explosive device despite its appearance.
The police have not mentioned any suspects revealed to have ties to the device, though they are currently inspecting surveillance footage from the area. The device was found during a BDS/anti-Israel ally in front of the embassy attended by around 30 people, reports national newspaper El Observador. Footage from the rally published by Iranian Spanish-language state news outlet HispanTV shows attendees waving Palestinian flags and calling for a national boycott on Israeli products.
Campus stabber's manifesto included 'praise for Allah,' plan for beheading
A handwritten manifesto carried by a California college student whose stabbing spree Wednesday left four wounded bore names of his targets, a vow “to cut someone’s head off” and as many as five reminders to “praise Allah,” law enforcement authorities told, while insisting that neither terrorism nor religion appear to be motives in the attack.
In the two-page document found in Faisal Mohammad’s pocket by the county coroner, the 18-year-old freshman wrote a numeric list outlining his plans of who he wanted to kill, and how, including beheading and shooting his victims, Merced County Sheriff Vern Warnke told
“No. 27 was to ‘make sure people are tied down,’ No. 28 was “sit down and praise Allah,'” Warnke said. “I remember seeing four or five times, scribbled on the side of the two-page manifesto, where he wrote something like ‘praise Allah.’”
Video from vehicular incident in Hebron leaked online
The video was posted over Palestinian social networks and news outlets and was likely taken from a Go-Pro video camera on the helmet on one of the IDF soldiers at the scene. In the video, the female suspect can be seen driving into the lane where the IDF soldiers were standing at what seems to be a fairly slow speed. Two of the soldiers can be stepping back and then one is heard saying get ready and then the soldiers begin shooting at the driver of the vehicle.
It is unknown how the video of the incident reached the Palestinian outlets. An IDF spokesperson said that the matter was being checked.
The suspect, killed on Highway 35 north of Hebron, was identified as Tharwat al-Sharawi, 72. According to official sources in Israel her husband, Fouad, was killed during the first intifada when IDF soldiers shot him in the Hebron area.
The incident began when a suspicious vehicle drove at the soldiers, an army spokeswoman said on Friday, prompting soldiers from the Haruv Battalion, a part of the Kfir Infantry Brigade, to fire at the car. The army is treating the incident as a suspected ramming attack.
Soldiers recovered a large commando knife from the woman's hand bag following the incident.
IDF arrests Palestinian who shot soldier near Hebron
Israeli security forces arrested Friday overnight a 16-year-old Palestinian from the Hebron area, who admitted to shooting and seriously wounding an IDF soldier earlier that day, officials said Saturday.
The teen, from the village of Bani Naim, also handed over the rifle he had used to security forces, according to a statement from the Shin Bet security service. Investigators were continuing to question him.
The soldier, who was shot at the Beit Anun junction north of Hebron on Friday evening, was still being treated in serious condition Saturday at Jerusalem’s Hadassah Ein Kerem Hospital.
He was the fourth person attacked by Palestinian assailants in the West Bank on Friday.
Palestinian surrenders to PA after confessing on Facebook to Friday stabbing
A Palestinian man who used Facebook to confess to stabbing an Israeli outside a supermarket in the West Bank handed himself in to the Palestinian Authority on Saturday morning, a PA security source said.
He is currently being held by the PA’s Preventive Security Services, Israel’s Ynet news website reported.
Bara’a Issa, a resident of the Jerusalem area and an activist in the Al-Aqsa Martyrs’ Brigades, the military wing of Mahmoud Abbas’s Fatah movement, posted his video confession online on Friday evening, hours after stabbing and badly injuring an Israeli man in his 40s outside a supermarket in an industrial park north of Jerusalem.
The doctors at Shaare Zedek hospital in Jerusalem who are treating Issa’s victim for stab wounds to the upper body have reported an improvement, Ynet said Saturday morning, and he is now classed as being in moderate condition.
Friends of Man Run Over in Hebron Offering $10 Thousand for Killer
A Facebook page started by the friends of Avraham Hasno, 54, who was run over by a Palestinian during a riot in Hebron, offers a reward for the killer’s transfer to the Israeli police. “It doesn’t help that he was detained by the Arabs — as far we’re concerned, he’s walking around free,” the Facebook page operators say.
Abraham Asher Hasno was killed in a drive-by attack while driving near Hebron’s Kiryat Arba. His car was hit by stones thrown by Arabs, and Hasno stopped to assess the damage and to chase away the attackers. As he left his vehicle, a Palestinian truck ran him over and dragged his body on the road a few hundred feet. The mortally injured Jewish man lay on the road for quite a while, did not receive any assistance, and Arabs who passed by photographed him lying on the road with their smartphones.
The poster, in English, Hebrew and Arabic, reads: “Wanted, to be turned over to Israel Police, the reward: NIS 40,000 (a little more than $10,000).
Raw footage: Undercover IDF soldiers take on Arab rioters
Duvdevan elite counter-terrorism soldiers infiltrate rioters' ranks - then break up violence in seconds.
The IDF has released new footage showing undercover fighters of the elite Duvdevan counter-terrorism unit breaking up a violent riot near Rachel's Tomb in Bethlehem.
Rioters can be seen hurling rocks and firebombs at Israeli forces, as undercover agents move in on the instigators without being noticed.
Suddenly the rioters turn tail and run, as forces draw pistols and pounce on their targets, swiftly ending the violence.
Israel's elite undercover special forces have gained a fierce reputation during the recent Arab violence, breaking up riots within seconds time and time again.
Steinitz: Abbas incitement proves he isn’t partner for peace
Energy Minister Yuval Steinitz on Saturday claimed Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas was directly responsible for incitement behind the recent upsurge in Palestinian terrorism, and that this proved he was an unsuitable partner in pursuing a peaceful solution to the conflict.
“The wave of terrorism took off in large part due to Abu Mazen’s incitement,” Steinitz said, using the Palestinian leader’s nom de guerre, “and he cannot be absolved of his responsibility for this terrorism.”
At a cultural event in Ness Ziona, Steinitz said Abbas “has still not proven to be a partner for peace, and the critical thing to do now is to stop incitement.”
“There hasn’t been a government that has been able to end the conflict, this is the reality in the Middle East. No one has a magic solution, not a right-wing government and not a left-wing government,” he added.
State Dept Says US Expects Public 24/7 Live Streaming of Temple Mount Security Cameras
The US expects the security cameras Jordan and Israel agreed to set up at the Temple Mount to be live streamed and available to the public, State Department spokesman John Kirby said on Thursday.
“It is still our expectation that the video footage would be live streamed and available 24/7 to the public,” Kirby told a press briefing.
Kirby expressed the hope that the cameras will be installed “very, very soon, and be in use very, very soon.”
His comments came after reports that Jordanian King Abdullah II had slowed down the process of setting up cameras. Abdullah also told Jordanian state TV on Wednesday that there would be no camera allowed inside the Al-Aqsa Mosque, after Palestinians raised concerns Israel would use the monitoring to gather intelligence.
Obama’s Captain Obvious Moment
Is it possible that President Obama has finally learned from some of his mistakes? That’s the question observers must be asking today after reading accounts of statements from White House officials in advance of next week’s meeting between the president and Israeli Prime Minister Netanyahu. The main revelation is that his advisers say the president understands that a two-state solution between Israel and the Palestinians won’t happen before he leaves office in January 2017. While cynics could chortle and say this is Obama’s Captain Obvious moment since, if this is so, then he is perhaps the last person on Earth to finally acknowledge this. But the real question here is not so much why Obama has conceded the point, but whether he is still blaming Israel for this failure and what, if anything, he’ll do to punish them for it.
Let’s recall that President Obama came into office in January 2009 determined to change what he considered was the fundamental flaw of U.S. Middle East policy during the George W. Bush administration: a lack of “daylight” between the U.S. and Israel. Obama believed that if he distanced the U.S. from Israel, it would encourage the Palestinians to make peace and assist his policy of outreach to the Muslim and Arab worlds that he outlined in his Cairo speech later that year. Obama achieved the daylight and then some during the last seven years of constant sniping at Israel as he broke new ground in terms of criticism especially on the status of Jerusalem. But no matter how much he tilted the diplomatic playing field in the direction of the Palestinians, they never chose to talk peace seriously. Though Netanyahu accepted a two-state solution and offered to give up almost all of the West Bank, Palestinian Authority leader Mahmoud Abbas refused that opening just as he and his predecessor Yasir Arafat refused even more generous offers of statehood and a share of Jerusalem from Ehud Barak and Ehud Olmert.
Michelle Obama's Qatar trip marred by host's ties to anti-Semitic sheikh
First Lady Michelle Obama's trip to Qatar earlier this week to discuss women's rights and education is drawing scrutiny in some segments of the American press after it was learned that she made an appearance at an institute that recently hosted a sheikh who in years past has delivered virulently anti-Semitic sermons.
According to the online news outlet Politico, Obama gave a speech to a conference staged by the Qatar Foundation, which invited the first lady to hear her thoughts about tolerance and education.
Yet just days before Obama's scheduled visit, the foundation's educational center provided a platform to an Islamic cleric, Tariq al-Hawwas, who has been known to make remarks denouncing "Zionist aggressors" whom god should "count them in number and kill them completely, do not spare a [single] one of them."
According to the Middle East Media Research Institute, the sheikh gave a sermon in 2013 bemoaning the fact that Hitler did not "finish off" the Jews, "thus relieving humanity of them."
The first lady's trip to the oil sheikhdom was aimed at promoting her "Let Girls Learn" campaign to boost education for young girls. She spoke at the World Innovation Summit for Education in Doha, which was also attended by the first lady of Qatar, Sheikha Moza bint Nasser.
Khaled Abu Toameh: Officials: Abbas seeking Mideast allies' support for his decisions on Israel relations
Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas arrived on Saturday in Cairo at the beginning of a tour that would also take him to Jordan and Saudi Arabia.
Abbas’s tour is aimed at discussing the latest developments in the Palestinian territories in light of the current wave of violence.
On Sunday, Abbas will hold talks in Cairo with Egyptian President Abdel Fattah Sisi. Later this week, he is expected to meet with Jordan’s King Abdullah and Saudi Arabia’s monarch Salman bin Abdel Aziz.
Palestinian officials in Ramallah said that Abbas is hoping to win the backing of the three Arab leaders for any decision he takes regarding the future of relations between the PA and Israel.
Over the past few days, both the PLO and Fatah voiced support for an initiative to suspend security, political and economic ties with Israel. However, the PA leadership has thus far refrained from endorsing the initiative, largely due to American and European pressure, the officials said.
Report: Israel worried Egypt's Sisi might fall to jihadist insurgents
Israeli officials are reportedly growing concerned over the long-term viability of the current Egyptian regime in light of gains made by Islamists in their insurgency.
Bloomberg News quoted a former Republican lawmaker on Friday as saying that Israeli government figures are beginning to wonder whether Egypt's president, Abdel Fattah al-Sisi, can successfully overcome the threats posed to his rule by Islamic State-inspired Salafist gunmen.
Egypt's tourism industry - a key source of revenue for the cash-strapped Arab giant - is expected to take an even bigger hit in the wake of Saturday's crash of a Russian airline in the Sinai Peninsula.
All 224 passengers on board were killed in what Western intelligence agencies say may have been a terrorist bomb.
"We encountered a lot of people in Israel and elsewhere that don't think that he is going to survive his term," Vin Weber, a former Republican member of Congress, told Bloomberg.
British airliner ‘dodged missile’ over Sinai in August
The crew of a British plane packed with holiday-makers heading for the Sinai resort of Sharm el-Sheikh managed to evade a missile over the peninsula in August, the Guardian reported on Friday.
The revelation came a week after a Russian passenger plane came down shortly after takeoff from Sharm, killing all 224 people on board. Both British Prime Minister David Cameron and US President Barack Obama have said that the St. Petersburg-bound airliner could have been brought down by a bomb.
The British government has confirmed that the Thomson Airways plane from London Stansted airport was “forced to take evasive action” on August 23 after the missile was spotted by the pilot some 1,000 feet (300 meters) away, the Guardian said. The plane was carrying 189 passengers at the time.
At the time, Britain’s transport ministry said it did not believe the missile was deliberately trying to target the plane, and instead attributed it to Egyptian military maneuvers.
Iran’s Intensifying Anti-Americanism
Evidence of this backlash isn’t hard to find. As the Times notes, in recent days the state has “arrested several prominent people, including Isa Saharkhiz, a well-known journalist and reformist; Ehsan Mazandarani, the top editor of a reformist newspaper, Farhikhtegan; and Afarin Chitsaz, an actress and newspaper columnist. Other politically motivated arrests snared Siamak Namazi, an Iranian-American consultant known for his advocacy of improved ties with the United States, and Nizar Zakka, a Lebanese-American information technology expert. Even before the nuclear deal, three other Iranian-Americans were languishing in prison: Jason Rezaian, who is The Washington Post’s Tehran correspondent; Amir Hekmati; and Saeed Abedini.”
The Times conveniently blames this crackdown on the hardline Revolutionary Guard Corps, which is said to be at odds with the “moderate” president, Hassan Rouhani. But even the Times has to concede where ultimate responsibility lies: “Iran’s supreme leader, Ayatollah Ali Khamenei, is fueling the crackdown. He allowed the nuclear deal to proceed, but has since denounced the United States as Iran’s chief enemy and warned against what he says is America’s intention to infiltrate Iran and attack the country’s revolutionary roots.”
It won’t do to suggest that there is a power struggle going on between moderates like Rouhani and hardliners like Khamenei. However much Iran might like to pretend otherwise, it’s not a democracy. Rouhani only has as much power as the “supreme leader” — the voice of Allah on Earth — is willing to concede to him. Khamenei calls all the shots, and he has shown no sign of becoming a kinder and gentler ayatollah. If there is any doubt, he made it clear this week when he said at a celebration commemorating the 1979 takeover of the U.S. embassy: “The slogan ‘death to America’ is backed by reason and wisdom.”
And while Rouhani may be exercised about the arrest of Iranian-Americans trying to do open up Iran to business, he has not said a peep to protest against Iran’s continuing power grab throughout the region or its testing of a ballistic missile that can carry a nuclear warhead. Far from moderating its support for terrorism in the wake of the deal, Tehran has upped its backing for the murderous regime of Bashar Assad. There are now said to be thousands of Iranian troops fighting alongside Iranian proxies such as Hezbollah to keep Assad in power. A number of senior Revolutionary Guard officers have been killed in Syria.
The Times editorial resolutely refused to draw any implications from these alarming trends. That’s because the implication is unpalatable for supporters of the Iran deal. Recent events suggest that Iran is not in the process of fundamentally altering its anti-American, anti-Western, anti-Israeli orientation. But soon, it will have a lot more resources available to carry out its dangerous agenda.
Iran Calls U.S. World’s Top Terrorism Supporter, Drug Trafficker
The head of Iran’s Justice Minister on Friday called the United States the world’s top supporter of terrorism and drug trafficker, according to regional reports.
Mostafa Pour-Mohammadi, Iran’s Justice Minister, made the remarks while in Russia for a meeting with his counterparts.
“I want to say that we perceive the United States as country supporting terrorism and spread of narcotic substances,” Pour-Mohammadi was quoted as saying in Iran’s state-controlled press.
In Afghanistan, for instance, drug production has increased exponentially since U.S. forces invaded the country, Pour-Mohammadi claimed.
“Today, financial support and supply of weapons [to terror groups] are carried out either by the United States or by its allies,” the leader added.
The Iranian official is in Russia for a meeting to discuss global corruption.
Deutsche Bank Fined $258 Million For Violating Sanctions on Iran, Syria, Other Rogue States
The global financial giant Deutsche Bank was fined $258 million for violating American sanctions against Iran, Syria, and other nations, The New York Times reported Thursday.
It is the latest in a string of settlements over sanctions violations as regulators take aim at banks for doing business with blacklisted countries. Still, criminal investigations by the Manhattan district attorney and the United States attorney’s office in Manhattan were continuing, people briefed on the matter said. …
The activity under investigation occurred from 1999 to 2006, according to regulators. Deutsche Bank handled 27,200 dollar-clearing transactions, valued at over $10.86 billion, for customers in Iran, Libya, Myanmar, Syria and Sudan. Regulators said bank employees had developed ways to hide the nature of the transactions from internal controls intended to flag problematic payments.
The regulators pointed to emails among various Deutsche Bank employees. One said, “Let’s keep this email strictly on a “need-know’ basis, no need to spread the news.”
California College Professor Says Pro-Israel Stance Led to Harassment, Assault, Intimidation on Campus (INTERVIEW)
“It’s ugly,” said sociology professor Dr. Denise Dalaimo Nussbaum, describing the hostile environment in which she finds herself at Mount San Jacinto College in California, where she has been a faculty member for nearly 17 years.
Nussbaum, head of the college’s sociology department and a long-time champion of ethnic diversity and human rights, told The Algemeiner on Wednesday about the months-long ordeal she has had to endure since taking a stand against anti-Israel bias. She is now suing the governing board of MSJC for 9.5 million dollars, and her lawsuit includes a litany of charges, including, “assault, battery… intentional infliction of emotional distress,” and “failure to prevent discrimination and harassment.”
Though Jewish, Nussbaum said she was never particularly vocal about specifically Jewish issues or Israel. On the contrary, as the director of BEAR (Bias Education, Advocacy & Resources), which she founded 10 years ago, Nussbaum was best known at her college for being the address for women uncomfortable going through official channels to complain about discrimination.
Munich mayor snubs Israel's request to cancel city-funded anti-Semitic BDS event
In a series of Post questions to the mayor, his spokesman said he “rejects a boycott of Israel” and that “anti-Semitic statements will not be tolerated in city rooms.”
"The Munich city library provided rent-free in its lecture hall a series of events on ’Palestine / Israel - Fall 2015,‘ including a lecture about ’the background to the development and effect‘ of the BDS campaign," Hauf said. "The mayor was not involved in the decision."
Dr. Efraim Zuroff, the head of the Simon Wiesenthal Center’s Jerusalem office and the organization’s chief Nazi hunter, told the Post that the BDS event “should not be hosted in a municipal building."
"The irony is it takes place on the eve of Kristallnacht," he said. "This is part of a serious problem of German public life. The Holocaust is sacrosanct, but it is open season on the State of Israel. They do not see the connection between anti-Semitism of the Holocaust and its heir's attack on the legitimacy of state of Israel.”
The group “I like Israel” announced a demonstration against the BDS lecture on Saturday in front of the entrance to the municipal Gasteig building.
Lapid goes on German TV to lobby Europeans against labeling of settlement products
As the European Union prepares to stick labels on Israeli produce manufactured in Jewish settlements in the West Bank, Yesh Atid chairman Yair Lapid is working to sway hearts and minds to oppose the effort.
Lapid, who has functioned as a de facto shadow foreign minister during his tenure in the opposition, told the Berlin-based DW News network that while he supports a two-state solution, the EU's product-labeling initiative is tantamount to a boycott of Israel.
"The European Union is hiding behind legal jargon and trying to paint a picture that this is a legal matter," Lapid said. "This is incorrect. It's a political issue. They are capitulating to the worst elements of jihad."
"The labeling of settlement products is a direct continuation of the boycott movement against Israel, which is anti-Semitic and misguided," the former finance minister said.
SOAS: School for Hate and Terror
Last September David Cameron named and shamed SOAS for hosting extremist speakers. The response from SOAS was risible:
Laura Gibbs, Soas registrar, said: “We were disappointed to see that the announcement… by the Prime Minister’s Office includes some inaccuracies. We have not hosted any extremist speakers in the last year, or indeed the recent past…. We take our duty of care to our community and our legal obligations very seriously.”
Student Rights quickly pointed out how wrong Gibbs was, noting a parade of some of the country’s worst hate preachers and terrorist cheerleaders.
Some six weeks on, nothing has changed. SOAS remains a school for hate and terror.
Earlier this week the SOAS Muslim Students Association (MSA) held a “Brothers Behind Bars” event.
JCC-Manhattan To Host Dinner Advocating Boycott Of Israel
Tonight, the Jewish Community Center of Manhattan is hosting a Shabbat dinner and “intimate conversation” with The New Israel Fund, an organization that supports a boycott of the State of Israel. The event features speakers including filmmaker Mor Loushy, who claims to have secret tapes from Israel’s 1967 wars and is a harsh left-wing critic of Israel’s military. Loushy previously made a movie which The New York Times said “attempted to unmask Zionist propaganda tours.”
Attacking Israel is consistent with NIF’s agenda – as Israel’s Education Minister Naftali Bennett has noted:
“The NIF works methodically and consistently to attack our Israeli soldiers, accuse them of war crimes of torturing Palestinians and intentionally attacking women and children. They turn to the UN and to the committees that are most hostile to Israel and try their best to convince them that Israel is a war criminal.
I repeat: They say that our soldiers- you, I, your friends and your families, your children and their friends – that we are all war criminals. The New Israel Fund invests large amounts of money through its organizations with one purpose- to harm IDF soldiers who are physically protecting us with their bodies.”

In 2013, an official of the Jewish Community Center in Manhattan advocated a boycott of Israel, writing that “the importance of the use of boycott” to pressure “Israel to end the occupation is unquestionable.”
Zionist leader Berl Katznelson once asked regarding leftist Jews, “Is there another people on Earth so emotionally twisted that they consider everything their nation does despicable and hateful, while every murder, rape, robbery committed by their enemies fill their hearts with admiration and awe?”
NBC Investigates: California Looks towards Israel to solve her water woes
An el Nino year isn’t going to be enough to rescue California from four years of drought. Its been estimated that California will need more than 11 trillions of water just to catch up. That translates into an inch a day for 13 years.
NBC’s investigative unit has determined that the water shortage will not be solved by rain alone.
They have traveled to Israel looking for ways to quench California’s thirst.
What NBC has learned is that it took a dramatic policy change for Israel to achieve water security. By treating water as a national priority, Israel now produces 20 % more water than its population can use. An aggressive water management strategy that includes advanced water recycling, efficient irrigation techniques, rain catchment systems at schools and other buildings, and desalination plants, coupled with conservation and advanced leak detection, created a system that now can withstand years of drought
Currently, California lags behind Israel in terms of water use efficiency.
Six Israeli solutions to keep you safe on the road
Today and in the future, whether we’re driving vehicles or the vehicles are driving us, avoiding car accidents is increasingly dependent upon built-in driver-assistance technologies.
Led by Jerusalem-based Mobileye, Israel’s advances in machine vision and robotics are in high demand by vehicle manufacturers everywhere to make driving safer. As many as 150 Israeli companies are involved in security, communication and vision systems for vehicles.
The Paslin Laboratory for Robotics and Autonomous Vehicles (RAV Lab) at Ariel University is developing algorithms to modulate speed and handling of driverless cars automatically in response to changing road conditions. Ford Motor Company, which will soon integrate Shefayim-based Mishor 3D’s augmented-reality navigation tech in its cars, recently held its first AppLink Developer Challenge in Israel to find new ideas to enhance the driving experience.
Here is a sampling of Israeli companies making Advanced Driver Assistance Systems (ADAS) and other novel products that could one day save your life on the road.
Israeli elephant collects donations for Thai elephant hospital
Thai Ambassador to Israel Angsana Sihapitak received Thursday a $1,500 donation from the Jerusalem Biblical Zoo for an elephant hospital in Lampang -- and the check was personally delivered by an elephant named Tamar.
Tamar, an Asian elephant, held the giant check in her trunk, presenting it to Sihapitak.
"I will forward it to the elephant hospital to Lampang [in accordance with] the objective of this donation," Sihapitak said, adding that she was very grateful for the kindness and cooperation from Israel to help the Thai elephants.

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Judeopundit: "[A] venerable blog-pioneer and beloved patriarchal figure...his blog is indispensable."
Oleh Musings: "The most comprehensive Zionist blog I have seen."
Carl in Jerusalem: "...probably the most under-recognized blog in the JBlogsphere as far as I am concerned."
Aussie Dave: "King of the auto-translation."
The Israel Situation:The Elder manages to write so many great, investigative posts that I am often looking to him for important news on the PalArab (his term for Palestinian Arab) side of things."
Tikun Olam: "Either you are carelessly ignorant or a willful liar and distorter of the truth. Either way, it makes you one mean SOB."
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Didi Remez: "Leading wingnut"

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