Wednesday, June 15, 2016

From Ian:

MEMRI: Palestinian Columnist: Armed Struggle Must Be Ever-Present, But Used According To Circumstances; It Must Not Be Considered A Crime
Following the June 8, 2016 shooting in the Sarona compound in central Tel Aviv, Hani Al-Masri, a columnist for the Palestinian daily Al-Ayyam, wrote that a distinction must be made between organized resistance, which should be subject to strategic considerations, and spontaneous actions by individuals, which are an effective deterrent because the Israeli security forces are hard pressed to prevent them. He added that, in the absence of a leadership and organized action, spontaneous actions are better than nothing.
Al-Masri called to preserve the option of armed Palestinian resistance as defense against the aggression of the Israeli occupation and the settlers, and to combine it with other modes of resistance, as circumstances require. He added that all Israelis are legitimate targets, since they all serve in the military except for the ultra-Orthodox, most of whom are extremists who incite to kill non-Jews. Al-Masri did advise to avoid targeting children or targeting people indiscriminately in public places, "as befitting the just nature of the [Palestinian] cause and our moral superiority," and to "take into account" the presence of Israeli Arabs and "Jews who oppose the Zionist enterprise or who are fighting to defend Palestinian rights."

PMW: PA TV teaches kids that Israel's Mount Meron is "in Palestine"
PA TV teaches kids that Israel's Mount Meron is "in Palestine"
During the month of Ramadan official Palestinian Authority TV is entertaining kids with different games and quizzes. One quiz question on the children's program The Best Home taught Palestinian children to deny Israel's existence and replace it with "Palestine," when the host presented the highest mountain in Israel (not including Mount Hermon in the Golan), Mount Meron, as "the highest mountain in Palestine":
PA TV host: "What is the highest mountain in Palestine: Mt. Meron, Mt. Olives or Mt. Ebal?"
Girl: "Gerizim."
PA TV host: "Mt. Meron (in the Galilee), Mt. Ebal (near Nablus) or Mt. of Olives (in Jerusalem)?"
Girl: "Ebal."
PA TV host: "Ebal? Is Ebal higher than Meron?"
Girl: "Mt. Meron."
PA TV host: "Good job, good job! Give her a hand!"
[Official PA TV, June 7, 2016]
This is not the first time Mount Meron in northern Israel is presented as being located in "Palestine." Previous years' quizzes have included the same question and many others presenting different locations in Israel as "Palestine."

Why Palestinians Reject Peace
When Shipler was actively reporting on the conflict, he was an exponent of the idea that peace could only come when both sides would be able to see the justice in the claims of the other side. By that definition, it’s clear that one side has moved toward peace, the other has not.
Shipler’s assertion that most Israelis no longer view themselves as the sole victims in this conflict is unquestionable. It is also unquestionable that Palestinian attitudes have gone in the other direction. Indeed, Shipler’s impressions reinforce research conducted by Daniel Polisar demonstrating that support for terror and opposition to peace was mainstream Palestinian opinion and not merely the views of a small group of violent extremists.
After two decades of concessions and withdrawals on Israel’s part, Palestinians now routinely speak of all of Israel—including liberal, cosmopolitan Tel Aviv, where terrorists struck last week—as “occupied” territory. So, despite the emphasis on settlements and Netanyahu’s supposedly hardline personality, Israel’s willingness to do what Shipler and peace activists advised had the opposite effect on the Palestinians than they thought.
By granting legitimacy to Palestinian concerns, Israelis haven’t inspired reciprocity but have encouraged their foes to double down on their narrative in which the Jews are interlopers without rights or history. It has convinced them that the Israelis are thieves who must be forced to disgorge all of their stolen goods (i.e. all of Israel) rather than fellow humans with whom they must share land if there is to be peace. Shipler seems to have caught onto the basic conundrum of the peace process that has eluded many of his successors at the Times and elsewhere in the media.

NGO Monitor: Amnesty International: Whitewashing the PFLF to Condemn Israel
Despite Amnesty’s attempts to scrub Saha’s background, documented by blogger Elder of Ziyon, Abu Saha’s Facebook page contains violent imagery.
Most egregiously, Amnesty describes the PFLP as “a left-wing political party with an armed wing, banned by Israel,” when in fact, it is a terrorist organization as designated by Israel, the US, the EU, Canada, and Australia, and is responsible for airline hijackings, suicide bombings, and mass shooting, and stabbings of civilians.
Amnesty also accuses Israel of employing “arbitrary and repressive” and “abusive use of administrative detention,” and denying “even the slightest semblance of justice.” Amnesty further claims that Israel “detain[s] people indefinitely without charge or trial. [But] Under international law, its use is only permitted in exceptional circumstances and when subjected to stringent safeguards.” As in many other terror cases, Amnesty, falsely and without any basis, accuses Israel of arresting Abu Saha to “suppress peaceful dissent.”
Despite Amnesty’s claims, administrative detention is used by many countries around the world, including the U.S., Australia, the United Kingdom, and Ireland, and is often a necessary measure in counterterror operations. Furthermore, in Israel, administrative detention is subject to due process and extensive checks and balances and compares favorably to international standards. Any decisions relating to detention can be appealed to the Military Court of Appeals and can be, and often are, challenged at the Israeli High Court of Justice. This essential information is mission from Amnesty’s account.
Based on Amnesty’s history of bias in its reporting on Israel and continued minimizing of terror operations against Israeli civilians, it is not surprising to see yet another politicized attack on Israel whitewashing terror groups like the PFLP. What is surprising, however, is that the Jersualem Post gave publicity to this non-credible NGO.
Honest Reporting: One Man’s Terrorist is Another Man’s Clown
This is a blatant misstatement: Israel does not classify the PFLP as an “extremist” organization. An extremist organization could mean any group on the far end of a political spectrum, while a terror organization carries out an agenda through violence against civilians.
This is why Israel classifies the PLFP as a “terror” organization, as does Canada, the European Union and the United States. The PFLP’s “General Command” is also so designated by the United Kingdom.
In short, almost the entire Western world labels the PFLP a “Terror Organization” and calls its members “Terrorists.” Yet Newsweek was was so eager to avoid using the T-word that the magazine committed clear journalistic bias, specifically misleading terminology.
Why does Newsweek go to such great lengths to avoid calling terrorism what it is? Why create the impression that Israel had arrested an innocent clown at random? It almost seems as if Newsweek had a specific agenda to defend Mohammed Abu Saha, rather than presenting all the facts and allowing news readers to draw their own informed conclusions.
Saha’s not the only clown in this story, but Newsweek’s antics are no laughing matter.
Hamas Threatens Jordan
The signs near the Al-Aqsa mosque were clear: "The cameras will be broken and the hands that hung them will be cut off."
Installing video cameras near the Al Aqsa mosque would be a painful thorn in the side of all the terrorist organizations. The immensely successful collaborations in the area -- those with Jordan and Israel and Egypt and Israel -- serve the security interests of all three countries, as well as the Palestinians who do not wish to be taken over by Islamic extremists even more brutal than the leaders we have now. And that is precisely why Palestinian elements, from the Palestinian Authority to Hamas, were determined to sabotage the project.
Changing the name of the Temple Mount to Haram al Sharif is another example of the treacherous United Nations' rewriting of history. The UN move is seen even by us Muslims as a villainous lie that denies not only the historic Jewish presence in Jerusalem, but the history of Christianity as well. Do they really think we are that stupid?
Regardless of what the treacherous UN thinks, surrendering to Islamist demands will not win the war against terrorism.
David French: Orlando Aftermath: Welcome to Israel's Reality
In my piece up on the home page, I detail the startling rise in frequency and deadliness of jihadist attacks since the rise of ISIS in 2014. Between 9/11 and the spring of 2014 (when ISIS burst on the international scene), only 21 Americans died here in the United States in Islamic terror attacks. Since ISIS declared its caliphate, more than 70 Americans have died in a string of attacks from coast to coast.
We’re slowly moving into Israel’s security reality — the dilemma where external power projection leads to domestic discord and international condemnation, while a purely defensive strategy allows terrorists to recruit, re-arm, and inspire a new wave of jihadists. Israel’s answer is a permanent defensive struggle punctuated by periodic bursts of offensive activity – all of which help keep life in Israel livable and peaceful for the vast majority of its citizens, but at great cost.
Americans hate the notion that there are no good answers to jihad. Something has to work, and if that something helps demonize our political opponents, then all the better. But reality is a harsh teacher, and reality is showing us what a permanent struggle looks like. This is nothing new — western powers have been fighting jihad for more than 1,300 years — but for the American trained in cultural relativism and silly university ideals of diversity, reality can be so shocking that it’s simply easier and more satisfying to deny its existence.
But here’s the bottom line — in the absence of an effective offense, our defensive challenge will grow more difficult. But because there is no way to eradicate jihadist theology from Islam, defense will always be necessary. Welcome to the permanent war. Israel’s been here for a while.
After Orlando: What America Can Learn from Israel's Culture of Preparedness
The Orlando massacre is especially devastating because American society remains wholly unprepared for further attacks of this nature. While the events of September 11 left indelible scars on our collective psyche, they are rapidly receding further into the past and do not represent the “new normal” of terror patterns. Until last December’s San Bernardino attack, Americans had lived under the threat of terrorism for more than a decade without any further major terror events. But these attacks highlighted the unsettling reality that there are a plethora of soft targets in the United States and that ISIS and their ilk will not hesitate to engage them. The government should acknowledge this reality by working to prepare the public rather than expounding on the need for further misadventures abroad or expanding the surveillance capacity of the state.
In 2009, the Homeland Security Institute (HSI) published a fascinating and thorough report for the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) contrasting the United States and Israeli approaches to informing and engaging their civilian populations on counterterrorism and national security. Its assessment of the United States in this area was sobering: “Ordinary citizens, perhaps the true first responders, often find themselves on the periphery of a homeland security paradigm that seems not quite prepared for the need to foster a culture of citizen preparedness.” While acknowledging the differences in the nature of the terror threats faced by the two states, the report suggested a number of ways in which the United States could benefit from emulating the Israeli example.
The HSI report credited centralized Israeli education programs on the nature and logic of terrorism with strengthening the public’s trust in the government to address terror threats as well as their own ability to play a role in the national security process. Terrorism preparedness in Israel is “a joint responsibility whereby government provides proper education to inform its citizens about the threat and survival tactics while the citizens assume responsibility to operationalize a national culture of preparedness as an able and willing partner in emergencies.” In fostering a sense of civic responsibility and a culture of preparedness for terrorism from an early age, Israeli society is more accepting and proactive in preparing for attacks and thereby more resilient in recovering from them.
Timely Recall of Huffington Worldpost Op-Ed: More Acts of Jewish Terrorism than Muslim Terrorism in the United States
In the wake of a horrific Islamist inspired massacre, its important to remind readers of the mindset that exists in certain quarters of the media culture. On December 9, 2015, The World Post, a "Partnership of the Huffington Post and the Berggruen Institute" published an article by a self-described Palestinian-American humanitarian-student named Omar Alnatour titled, "Muslims are Not Terrorists: A Factual Look at Terrorism and Islam."
Alnatour condemns all acts of terrorism and his tone is moderate. The problem here is the absurdity of the piece and what it reveals about the contempt Huffington Post editors and the publisher must have for their readership.
We can start with title of the piece. The author introduces his subject by refuting a strawman argument. No reasonable person would seriously offer the equation that simply being Muslim means you are a terrorist.
Gigantic Banner Flown Over Downtown Orlando Says: ‘America! Israel Feels Your Pain’
An airplane flying a massive banner declaring Israel’s solidarity with Orlando, following the deadly terrorist attack at the Pulse nightclub in the Florida city, was seen flying over the area on Monday.
Photos of the sign, which read: “America, Israel feels your pain,” were first posted on Facebook by the pro-Israel advocacy group StandWithUs.
The attack — dubbed the worst mass shooting in American history — took place early Sunday morning inside Orlando’s “premier gay nightclub.” It was committed by 29-year-old Omar Mateen, born and bred in the United States to immigrant parents from Afghanistan. Mateen pledged allegiance to Islamist terror group ISIS in a 9-1-1- call during the attack and reportedly shouted “Allahu akbar” as he gunned down his victims, murdering 49 and wounding 53, before getting killed in a shootout with police.
In another Israeli show of support for Orlando, the Tel Aviv Municipality lit up the City Hall building with alternating images of American, Israeli and rainbow flags — the latter representing the LGBTQ community. Some Israelis gathered at Jerusalem’s Zion Square, waving rainbow flags and signs; others held a candlelight vigil at Tel Aviv’s Gan Meir, a park that houses a gay center.
The Mayor of Tel Aviv-Yafo Ron Huldai sent a letter to the governor of Florida and the mayor of Orlando in the wake of the atrocity.
EXCLUSIVE - Palestinians React to Orlando Terror Massacre: U.S. Policies to Blame
Palestinian reaction to the terrorist attack in Orlando that killed 50 nightclub goers was divided, with some expressing support and others condemning the murderous act.
Breitbart Jerusalem spoke with Palestinians in Gaza and the West Bank to get their point of view, with some calling it a natural response to U.S. policy in the region.
Abdel Majidawad, a masters student at a university in Gaza, reacted by claiming that American policy in the Middle East is provocative towards Muslims and Arabs, “some of whom are driven by the desire to take revenge on the Americans for what they see every day on the television as the U.S. military kills civilians on a daily basis, including in areas not controlled by ISIS.”
Majidawad claimed that most American bombs are directed at civilian areas where there is no presence of jihadists or those who the Americans label terrorists. “Images of dead innocents naturally drive Muslims to attack American targets, either out of a personal revenge or through recruitment or making contact with the organizations fighting in different areas in order to receive support and carry out an attack in that organization’s name, and that, in my assessment, is what happened in Orlando.”
Ahmad Abu Asser, an unemployed Gazan who recently completed his academic studies, also stated that “American policy is responsible for the attack.”
Orlando gunman’s wife has Palestinian roots, was married before in West Bank
She was a sweet, pretty California girl with Palestinian roots who left an arranged marriage only to find love with a man who committed the worst mass shooting in modern US history.
Little by little, details have begun to emerge about 30-year-old Noor Zahi Salman, who grew up in the small suburb of Rodeo, California, tucked in the dry hills near the oil refineries 25 miles northeast of San Francisco.
Her romance with Omar Mateen — security guard, bodybuilder and devout Muslim — began online, according to a neighbor, and they were married on September 29, 2011, near her hometown, according to public records. The couple has a 3-year-old son.
Early Sunday, the 29-year-old Mateen opened fire at a gay nightclub in Orlando, Florida, leaving 49 people dead and 53 wounded.
Report: Orlando Jihadi's Father Helped Run Radical Mosque Son ‘Regularly’ Attended
The anti-gay, pro-Taliban father of the radical Islamic terrorist behind the recent carnage at an LGBT nightclub in Orlando, FL “served as a director and vice president” of the mosque attended by his son, which authorities describe as a “breeding ground” for jihadists, reports CounterJihad, a component of the Center for Security Policy.
U.S. citizen of Afghan descent Omar Mateen, the 29-year-old jihadist responsible for the June 12 massacre at the Pulse dance club that left 50 people dead, including himself, and 53 others wounded, was a regular worshiper at the Islamic Center of Ft. Pierce in St. Lucie County, FL — home of the terrorist — according the mosque’s imam, Syed Shafeeq Ur Rahman.
The mosque, which was the place of worship of two other jihadist killers, has been linked to radical Islamic extremist ideology. Mateen pledged allegiance to the Islamic State (ISIS/ISIL), which has claimed responsibility to the attack.
Imam Rahman has alleged that the killer, with whom he rarely interacted, was not a member of his flock.
Orlando Jihadi's Preferred Cleric: Spongebob Turning Muslim Boys into 'F*ggots'
Even as Obama Administration officials fall all over themselves in a mad dash to label Orlando jihadi Omar Mateen “self-radicalized,” more information about the people who helped him self-radicalize is coming to light.
Fox News reported that Mateen was enrolled in the online “Fundamental Islamic Knowledge Seminary,” recently renamed the Timbuktu Seminary, which is run by a fire-breathing cleric named Abu Taubah, a.k.a. Marcus Dwayne Robertson.
Robertson was just released from prison last year, despite “warnings from prosecutors that he would recruit people to carry out violent acts.” He was in prison for weapons and tax fraud charges. Part of his tax fraud scheme involved illegally obtaining a tax refund to finance sending one of his students abroad for terrorist training.
“He was considered so dangerous that he was kept shackled with his own security detail away from other inmates,” the UK Daily Mail writes. “Whenever he was transported to court, authorities had a seven-car caravan of armed federal marshals escort him. He was eventually moved to solitary confinement after prison officials discovered that he was trying to radicalize his fellow inmates.”
CAIR Offers Terror Sympathizers and Misleading Rhetoric to Condemn Orlando Tragedy
There was no recognition during CAIR’s news conference that prominent imams espouse such violent rhetoric toward gay people. Instead, two people invoked the Quranic passage that states, “Whoever saves a life, it’s as if they have saved the life of all of humanity. And if you take a life, it’s as if you have taken the life of all of humanity.”
They stopped short of the next verse, which commands, “the penalty for those who wage war against Allah and His Messenger and strive upon earth [to cause] corruption is none but that they be killed or crucified or that their hands and feet be cut off from opposite sides or that they be exiled from the land.”
Similarly, Rizwan Jaka, a national board member for the Islamic Society of North America, noted the Quran’s instruction that “There shall be no compulsion in [acceptance of] the religion.” But no one tried to tell impressionable Muslims, like Mateen, why that is more relevant today than the verse that tells them to “kill the polytheists wherever you find them and capture them and besiege them and sit in wait for them at every place of ambush.”
It isn’t that difficult. The American-Islamic Forum for Democracy, whose founder Zuhdi Jasser has been attacked by CAIR, issued a statement expressing its sorrow over the Orlando attack and committing during the holy month of Ramadan to “triple down on acknowledging the deep reforms necessary and the responsibility of every Muslim in countering the ideologies that inspire these Islamist savages … Make no mistake. We are again horrifically reminded that our nation and the free world are in a long war that has been declared upon us by global militant Islamists and their Salafi-Jihadi ideology. Understanding this ideology demands that we finally move beyond the false ‘lone wolf’ and ‘violent extremism’ narrative and counter the enemy’s ideology of Islamism and its jihadism.”
After terrorist attacks like Orlando, San Bernardino, and too many others, CAIR’s message focuses on non-Muslims and their thoughts on Islam. Perhaps they would better serve the public by encouraging Muslims to relay to other Muslims why the theological underpinnings that drive the bloodshed are wrong. When other Muslims try to do so, they too often are derided as sellouts.
AP Reporter Grills State Department Spokesman About Cautioning Israel to Exercise Restraint Following Deadly Tel Aviv Terrorist Attack
US State Department spokesman Mark Toner was grilled on Friday by an Associated Press reporter about double standards being applied to Israel.
Responding to comments Toner made in his weekly press conference in relation to Wednesday night’s deadly terrorist attack in Tel Aviv — cautioning Israel to exercise “restraint” — AP‘s Matthew Lee belabored the point.
“Do you recall ever feeling the need to advise, to warn, to urge governments in Europe to use restraint as they respond, when they respond to terrorist attacks?” he asked.
Toner replied: “I can’t come up with an instance, no.”
Lee continued, “Is the situation with the Israelis and the Palestinians just so unique that you think that it is required?”
IDF Intelligence Chief: If our Enemies Knew What We Can Do They’d Give Up
At a session headlined “Israel in a Turbulent Middle East: Strategic Review & Intelligence Assessment” held Wednesday at the 2016 Herzliya Conference, Maj. Gen. Herzl (Herzi) Halevi, Chief of the IDF Military Intelligence Directorate warned Israel’s opponents against initiating a conflict, saying, “I am sure that had Nasrallah or any of our enemies known our military capabilities they wouldn’t risk additional conflict.”
Halevi discussed Israel’s challenges and opportunities in today’s middle east, saying “there are a lot of people who live in the Middle East with no electricity. Looking at the GDP per capita or unemployment rates it is noticeable that very big gaps have formed between us and our neighbors. It should not make us happy – A poor Middle East is a hotbed for terrorist organizations.”
“The Game board in the Middle East has changed,” he added. “Instead of few states, there are now many players. The transition from nation states to organizations is very significant. There are no good and bad guys, and players on the field change their identities.”
Netanyahu: Arab Peace Initiative Could be Relevant With Changes on Borders, Refugees
At a meeting of Likud party ministers on Monday, Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu faced questions regarding the Arab Peace Initiative of 2002, two weeks after saying the initiative included some “positive elements” and that Israel is “willing to negotiate with Arab states’ revisions to that initiative so that it reflects the dramatic changes in the region since 2002.”
On Monday, one Likud minister asked Netanyahu what he would do if Arab states were not willing to revise the initiative. “If the Arab states grasp the fact that they need to revise the Arab League proposal according to the changes Israel demands, then we can talk,” Netanyahu replied. “But if they bring the proposal from 2002 and define it as ‘take it or leave it,’ we’ll choose to leave it.”
In response to another question about the Arab Peace Initiative, Netanyahu said the initiative provided a “good foundation, but it clearly must be updated due to the far-reaching changes that have taken place in our region in recent years.”
Between the Lines, UN Praises Israeli Policy in West Bank and Gaza
The UN’s Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA) is hardly an outlet of Israeli hasbara. Indeed, the headline finding of its latest “Fragmented Lives: Humanitarian Overview 2015” report makes its stance on the Israeli-Palestinian conflict quite plain: “the Israeli occupation,” says the press release, “is the “main trigger of humanitarian needs among Palestinians in the occupied Palestinian territory.” But behind the main bullet points disseminated to the press, the report demonstrates a discernible willingness to recognize Israel’s case and welcome its positive steps, revealing a considerably more nuanced and complex picture of the situation than the one in the press release or foreword.
Palestinian casualties did not occur in a vacuum, acknowledges the report, but were inextricably linked to an upswing in Palestinian violence. The rise in Palestinian casualties is explicitly labelled as “a consequence” of the “sharp rise in stabbing, ramming, and shooting attacks by unaffiliated Palestinians against Israeli civilians and forces, and widespread clashes.” The report acknowledges that 23 civilians and two members of the Israeli security forces were killed in 2015, observes that this is the highest since OCHA’s records began in 2005, and repeats the UN Secretary General’s “unreserved” condemnation” of such violence. Meanwhile, the report recognizes that “most Palestinian fatalities… were suspected perpetrators of attacks or alleged attacks on Israelis,” rather than innocent victims of Israeli aggression. It further adds that “the absolute majority of Palestinian injuries occurred during clashes,” hinting that the IDF used force when its soldiers came under attack rather than arbitrarily. OCHA records thirty children killed by the military and settlers, and highlights that two-thirds were involved in “attacks and alleged attacks,” again refuting obscene allegations that Israel has a policy of killing children.
Iraq says it’ll sue Israel for bombing Saddam’s nuclear reactor in 1981
A high-ranking Iraqi official said on Tuesday that his country intends to seek financial compensation for Israel’s destruction of the nuclear reactor at Osirak 35 years ago.
Israeli Air Force F-16 and F-15 fighter jets struck the French-made reactor, located 10 miles outside Baghdad, on June 7, 1981. The attack, codenamed Operation Opera, destroyed the reactor of Saddam Hussein’s belligerent regime, which Israel had feared would soon be capable of producing nuclear weapons.
Humam Hamoudi, first deputy speaker of the Iraqi parliament, said in a press statement published by the Iraqi news agency AlSumaria: “Iraq is determined to sue Israel for bombing the reactor in July 1981, and to force it to pay financial compensation for the attack.”
Hamoudi’s statement said there was a need to call attention to the issue following the 35th anniversary of the operation.
The Iraqi official called on the UN to activate Security Council Resolution 487, which condemned Operation Opera. Hamudi said the UN decision “gives Iraq the right to request compensation from Israel for its attack on the reactor, which was meant for the development and advancement of the country.”
Knesset Ethics Committee: MKs not allowed on Temple Mount
Despite reports that the Knesset Ethics Committee would be meeting to reverse the ban on MKs visiting the Temple Mount that has been in place since the start of the wave of Palestinian terrorism last October, the committee made the unexpected ruling on Tuesday to keep the ban in place.
At a closed-door meeting on Tuesday, the committee decided the ban would remain in effect unless and until security officials decide otherwise, in which case the committee would re-examine its decision.
Jerusalem District Police Commander Maj. Gen. Yoram Halevy gave meeting participants an overview of the security situation on the Temple Mount and said that for now the Israel Police has not changed its recommendation that MKs keep away from the fraught holy site.
However, Halevy said, the police are considering allowing Arab MKs to visit the Temple Mount to mark the end of Ramadan later this month. Once Ramadan and the Eid al-Fitr holiday that marks its conclusion are over, the police may consider allowing Jewish MKs to visit the Temple Mount, depending on the security situation, and under restrictions yet to be determined.
Liberman bars PA liaison from Israel for ‘subversive’ behavior
Defense Minister Avigdor Liberman revoked the entry permit for the Palestinian Authority’s liaison to Israel for what were described as “subversive” activities.
The ban on Muhammad Al-Madani, who is also an aide to PA President Mahmoud Abbas, has the support of the Shin Bet security service, the Ynet news website reported Wednesday.
“A foreign diplomatic official who is trying to intervene in political life in Israel is illegitimate,” Liberman said, without giving any further details.
The Palestinian Foreign Ministry last month criticized the decision to make Liberman defense minister, saying his inclusion in Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu’s government would confirm “the lack of a peace partner in Israel.”
PA demands Israel remove all police from Jerusalem's Old City
The Palestinian Authority, under the leadership of Prime Minister Rami Hamdallah, has criticized Israel's alleged "extremist" policies, which it claims include calls for revenge, collective punishment against the Palestinian people, and incitement against the Palestinian leadership.
In an official statement, the PA condemned the closure imposed on the town of Yatta near Hevron following last week's deadly terrorist attack in Tel Aviv, saying that it is an example of collective punishment that has become official Israeli policy and is a "flagrant violation" of international law.
The two terrorists who carried out the recent attack in Tel Aviv came from Yatta, and Israel only surrounded the city after information about the attack came to light. Earlier this week the IDF loosened the closure significantly.
The message emphasized that the Palestinian people, "like other nations under occupation", have the right to fight and defend themselves using any means permitted under international law. Unfortunately, it did not show what statutes in international law permit the murder of innocent civilians trying to eat dinner.
West Bank gunmen carjack Palestinian minister
Gunmen hijacked the car of a Palestinian Authority minister as he was driving north of Jerusalem Tuesday, in what appeared to be a revenge attack against the government over recent arrests.
Social Development Ibrahim al-Shaer was being driven near the near the Qalandiya refugee camp when unidentified men obstructed the car, forced him and his driver out by gunpoint and then sped away in the vehicle, a witness told the Palestinian Ma’an News Agency.
Shaer and his driver were unhurt in the incident.
Palestinian police spokesman Luay Irzeiqat told Palestinian media that the minister’s stolen car had been found, but the assailants had not been caught.
A Palestinian security official told Ma’an the assault was likely retribution for a recent arrest of four men in the camp by PA security forces.
'Next war with Hamas will be its last,' senior defense source says
The next war between Israel and Hamas in Gaza will be the last for the Islamist regime, a senior source in the Defense Ministry said on Wednesday, though he stressed that Israel is not seeking conflict and will not be the side to initiate hostilities.
Israel has no desire to control Gaza, the source said, but it also will not tolerate an endless "war of attrition" from Hamas, he added.
"The next clash must be the last from the point of view of the Hamas regime. We [Israel] must not initiate war," he added. Yet, a future outbreak of hostilities is unavoidable, the source assessed.
His comments come after senior military officials made changes to the IDF's end goals in any potential future Gaza conflict. Should hostilities erupt again, military planners would seek the destruction of Hamas's military wing, not establishing deterrence like they did in past wars.
Missing Hamas officer rumored to have defected to Israel
A senior Hamas officer in the Gaza Strip has been missing for several days, with reports in the coastal enclave suggesting he crossed the border and turned himself in to Israel.
The elite officer in Hamas’ military wing Izz a-din al-Qassam Brigades, who was not named, is the son of a Hamas judge from Khan Younis in the south of the Strip and was involved in training in the terror group’s cross-border tunnels, according to an Israeli Channel 2 report.
Some Palestinian reports indicated the officer told his family he was going for a hike and crossed the border into Israel, the TV report said. The Hamas officer is believed to have extensive information on the terror group’s underground network.
Earlier this month, Israeli security forces said Hamas operatives can travel throughout the Gaza Strip entirely underground using the terror group’s extensive tunnel network.
Information about the tunnel system has come from the testimony of at least two low-level Hamas members picked up by Israeli troops in the last months, the Shin Bet security service says.
Report: Hamas head Khaled Mashaal to step down
Hamas head Khaled Mashaal will reportedly not seek another term in the upcoming internal elections, scheduled for the end of the year.
According to the London-based paper Rai Alyoum, 56-year-old Mashaal is firm in his decision, unlike his 2013 pledge to retire. He will officially announce the decision sometime before Hamas begins its preparations for elections.
The election will be open to members of the Shura Council, Hamas's decision-making body. The council's membership is made up of representatives for Gaza, Judea and Samaria, "exiled" leaders living elsewhere, and Palestinians serving sentences in Israeli prisons. There are believed to be about 60 people on board, and they are responsible for the group's actions, both political and terror.
Mashaal has led the terror organization for the past twenty years, largely from his office in Damascus
PreOccupiedTerritory: To Publish Porn Surfing Habits Of Hezbollah, Hamas Leaders (satire)
Israeli military and defense figures speaking at the annual Herzeliya Conference told the audience today that as a preemptive measure, the IDF will soon release detailed information on the pornography consumption by every important Hamas and Hezbollah official.
Former IDF Chief of Staff Benny Ganz and Chairman of the Foreign Affairs and Defense Committee in the Knesset Yuval Steinitz both referred to the initiative, which is a product of AMAN, Israel’s military intelligence apparatus. Both of them said the project was a pilot begun under a previous administration, and was ready to be launched formally, but has been operating more or less as planned for a number of years. The officials declined to disclose exactly how long.
The initiative, called Publicizing Opponents’ Regional Net Habits for Use in Battle (PORNHUB), uses technology developed by the Israeli military to tap into networks used by enemy commanders and political leaders, and defeats the techniques those figures use to conceal or delete the evidence of their pornography habits, said Ganz.
“Most people think that encryption, deleting browser history, and getting rid of cookies on one’s device are enough to eliminate or hide traces of online activity one doesn’t want known to others,” explained the retired general, part of whose tenure included oversight of PORNHUB. “What many don’t realize is that we developed most, if not all, of the fixes out there that are marketed or portrayed as methods to defeat tracking, precisely as a method of conducting that tracking. The only thing that’s actually concealed is our monitoring of those internet connections.”
Lebanon will become refugee state in next Hezbollah war, says IDF intel chief
Lebanon will become a "state of refugees" from which it will be difficult to recover if there is another war between Israel and Hezbollah, a senior IDF intelligence general said Wednesday.
"The situation in the next conflict will be completely different. We are stronger than we have ever been and are able to deal with any threat," said the head of IDF Military Intelligence, Maj.-Gen. Herzi Halevi.
Speaking at the 16th Annual Herzliya Conference, Halevi stated that while Israel is not interested in another armed conflict with the Lebanese Shi'ite terror group, the Jewish state is "more prepared than ever" for such an event.
"Never in history have we had an enemy that we know more about," he added.
Should there be a new push to outlaw all of Hezbollah in the EU?
A US Congress hearing on Wednesday spotlighted Hezbollah’s role in an international narcotic trafficking operation that enables the Lebanese Shi’ite group to advance its terrorist goals. Europe remains fertile ground for Hezbollah operations and terrorism finance.
Given Hezbollah’s role in the ongoing slaughter of Syrian civilians and a thwarted attack on Israelis in Cyprus, is it time for Europe to ban all Hezbollah activity in the EU? Emanuele Ottolenghi, a senior for the Foundation for Defense of Democracies, said at the hearing: “An intricate network of money couriers who collect and transport millions of euros in drug proceeds from Europe to the Middle East.
The currency is then paid in Colombia to drug traffickers using the Hawala disbursement system. A large portion of the drug proceeds was found to transit through Lebanon, and a significant percentage of these proceeds is benefiting terrorist organizations, namely Hezbollah.”
Iran's Khamenei threatens to 'set fire' to nuclear deal if West violates
Iran's Supreme Leader, Ayatollah Ali Khamenei, threatened on Tuesday to "set fire" to the nuclear deal sealed with world powers if US presidential candidates reneged on the agreement.
Presumptive Republican candidate Donald Trump said last August it would be hard to "rip up" the deal, but if elected president he would "police that contract so tough they don't have a chance".
Iran can expect a shift in relations with the United States to a more aggressive posture under a Republic president, a reversal of the warming trend nurtured by Democratic President Barack Obama.
"The Islamic Republic won't be the first to violate the nuclear deal. Staying faithful to a promise is a Koranic order," Khamenei said, according to state media. "But if the threat from the American presidential candidates to tear up the deal becomes operational then the Islamic Republic will set fire to the deal." He did not identify any candidate and said he did not see a difference between Democrats and Republicans in the comments that state media said he made in a meeting with senior officials including President Hassan Rouhani, who championed the agreement.
Hillary Clinton, who Obama has endorsed to succeed him in the Nov. 8 election, said in March in a speech to a pro-Israel lobby group in Washington that Iran still posed a threat to Israel and needed to be closely watched.
She was secretary of state under Obama during his first term.
Canada court hands over Iran assets to terror victims’ families
A Canadian judge has ordered Iran’s non-diplomatic land and bank accounts in Canada to be handed over to victims of attacks by Hamas and Hezbollah, sponsored by Tehran.
The judgment, obtained by AFP on Friday, awards a reported $13 million to families of Americans who died in eight bombings or hostage-takings in Buenos Aires, Israel, Lebanon and Saudi Arabia from 1983 to 2002.
Hundreds died in the attacks.
The families, led by the parents of Marla Bennett, who was killed when a suicide bomber struck at a cafeteria at Hebrew University in Israel in 2002, had successfully sued the Islamic republic in the United States.
The US court found that Iran was responsible for training Hamas and Hezbollah operatives, as well as backing the groups financially.
But those judgments remain largely unpaid.
“Terrorism is one of the world’s greatest threats,” Ontario Superior Court Justice Glenn Hainey said in his decision.
Arrest of Canadian-Iranian Scholar Highlights Threats Dual Nationals Face in Iran
A prominent Canadian-Iranian scholar who was studying women in the Muslim world has been arrested in Iran, highlighting the continued risk that dual nationals face when they travel to the Islamic Republic.
Homa Hoodfar, an anthropologist at Concordia University in Montreal, was first detained in March 10 by an intelligence unit of Iran’s Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps, The New York Times reported. She was later released but not allowed to leave Iran, then arrested again last week and sent Tehran’s notorious Evin prison, according to her family.
“In recent months, the unit that arrested Ms. Hoodfar has questioned dozens of people with two nationalities and arrested several,” the Times noted.
Dual nationality is not recognized by Iran, and the regime denies arrested Iranians access to the consular offices of other countries they are citizens of.
Dual nationals currently held in Iran include businessman Siamak Namazi and his father, Baquer Namazi, both of whom have American and Iranian citizenship. At least two British-Iranians — Nazanin Zaghari-Ratcliffe, an employee of Thomson Reuters, and businessman Kamal Foroughi — have also been arrested, as has Nizar Zakka, a Lebanese national with U.S. permanent residency.
The Times cited speculation that the dual nationals are being held as bargaining chips for future swaps.
Iran accuses British mom of bid to ‘overthrow regime’
A British-Iranian woman who was arrested in Iran in April was accused on Wednesday of seeking to “overthrow the regime,” according to a statement from the powerful Revolutionary Guards.
Nazanin Zaghari-Ratcliffe, an employee of the Thomson Reuters Foundation, was accused of being “involved in the soft overthrow of the Islamic Republic through… her membership in foreign companies and institutions,” the Mizan news agency quoted a regional Guards branch as saying.
Zaghari-Ratcliffe, 37, was arrested at Tehran airport on April 3 as she prepared to return to Britain with her daughter after visiting family in Iran, her husband told AFP last week.
Iran doesn’t recognize dual citizenship and, if put on trial, she will be considered an Iranian.
2nd Holocaust Cartoon Contest
It’s perhaps odd that we choose to discuss a contest making ‘fun’ of one of the most monstrous events in human history. Perhaps we do it so you won’t have to.
If you wish to see for yourself the ‘winners’ are available at Iran Cartoon. No link as we have no desire to push this to the front of search engines. The Israel/Jew Haters will find them without any help from us.
Please only share versions that have been defaced and labelled as propaganda. Although Photoshop is probably the ideal tool to achieve this even WINDOWS Paint will do an adequate job.
Who is this French cartoonist who who financially profited from a $12,000 first prize from a Holocaust cartoon accusing (who precisely?) of financially profiting from the Holocaust?
There is surprisingly little autobiographical information, not even from his own blog.
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