Monday, July 04, 2016

From Ian:

PMW: PA TV Antisemitic teaching: “Jews are a people of lies"
When PA Chairman Mahmoud Abbas was caught 10 days ago recycling the infamous libel accusing Israelis of poisoning Palestinian water, his office was forced to issue a retraction, and declared that: "President Abbas - out of the deep respect he has for all religions, including Judaism - emphasizes that he did not intend to harm Judaism or its believers in general." [Official PA daily Al-Hayat Al-Jadida, June 25, 2016]
This denial of Palestinian Authority Antisemitism, which Palestinian Media Watch has documented repeatedly, is another example of PA doublespeak. Just a week before, official PA TV teacher of Islam, Imad Hamato, was instilling hatred of Jews in Palestinian viewers, explaining that from early Islamic stories we learn that "Jews are a people of lies."
Hamato, who hosts a weekly TV program and is also Professor of Quranic Studies at the University of Palestine in Gaza, told a story about Jews from the time of Muhammad who admired and praised a fellow Jew as their leader, until they heard he converted to Islam, then they denied him. Hamato presented the Jews' change of opinion as proof that Jews are liars, and that "lies, distortion of the truth, and aversion to the truth flow in their blood."
Later in the same lesson he taught that before Muhammad's time Jews intentionally caused wars between the tribes of Mecca. He added, "this is always the practice of the Jews. They create wars":

David Collier: Walking with the Hezbollah in London
Shortly before the end, they began collecting the children and moving them towards the front of the demonstration. As with the antizionist Jews, this was another PR stunt in the making. Finally, after nearly 90 minutes of chanting, we arrived. I could see the Israeli flags. The marching stopped and scores of police divided the two groups. I waited some more, trying to talk to demonstrators. Nobody was interested. The Zionists were there; the devil himself was in sight. They had other things on their mind.
On the other side Arieh from the Zionist Federation held sway with the microphone. ‘Hatikva’. ‘God Save the Queen’. ‘Peace not hate’. My type of thinking. I put away my fake pro-Palestinian identity and tried to cross over to the side of democracy, freedom, pluralism. There was no way through. Eventually a policeman told me to step back, because I was ‘provoking’ the pro-Israelis. I pointed out my wife, my mum, my kids and told him provoking them was my ‘full time job’. He smiled and let me cross. Even then I needed to enter the counter demonstration the long way round. The protecting barriers were up.
Allowing this type of march isn’t a strength of our freedoms, it is a weakness. Yesterday, we emboldened radical extremism. We let it stand proud. We created an opportunity for people to meet and bring Hezbollah to the heart of London. I am used to being amongst this type of hatred. I have attended scores of events and witnessed some truly vile statements. But I have to admit there was something about marching with them, something about seeing the Hezbollah flag on the streets of London, that I found deeply disturbing.
And as we came around the corner and I began to see that sea of Blue and White in front of me, it is difficult to describe the feeling. Not unlike the sight of land as you approach Ben Gurion on a flight to Israel. I could see my family and my friends. I was home.
The killing of two Jews got a standing ovation from the EU
A town on the outskirts of Paris, Bondy, led by the Socialist mayor Sylvine Thomassin, approved the boycott of Israeli goods from Judea and Samaria. It is not the first time. Leicester, the tenth largest city in the UK, has also banned the “products made in Israel” and the Irish town of Kinvara informed the shops, restaurants and even pharmacies that these can no longer sell Israeli products.
A few hours after this French town voted the boycott of Israel, two Israeli Jews, two “settlers”, were killed by the Palestinian Arabs.

It is a scam. It is a scandal without end. It is title of a book by André Glucksmann: “Silence, on tue”. Silence, it kills! Even while the threat of a new extermination of the Jews is today a reality and a promise, the custodians of memory in the West continue to distinguish between anti-Semitism, which is piously condemned in homage to the Holocaust, and anti-Zionism, a hatred for Israel that is eagerly accepted and propagated.
European culture maintains that the Israelis killed today because they are Jews have nothing to do with their parents killed in the gas chambers; that the anti-Semitism behind the Holocaust is a singular evil of the past.
The extinction of European Judaism took place amid the complete failure of European culture. Today in the West there is a conscience indifferent to the daily demonization and pain inflicted on Jews by the Palestinian Arabs.

Israel takes UK to task for Livni ‘war crimes’ interrogation bid
Israel on Sunday panned the United Kingdom for summoning Zionist Union MK Tzipi Livni, a former foreign minister, for questioning over alleged war crimes, claiming it fueled a “moral equivalence” between terrorists and those fighting against them.
A statement issued by the Foreign Ministry said Jerusalem viewed the request by the British Metropolitan Police to question Livni during her visit to the UK “with great concern.
“We would have expected different behavior from a close ally such as the UK,” the ministry said.
“Israel stands shoulder to shoulder with its global partners — including the UK — in both its commitment to the rule of law and its ongoing fight against the threat of terrorism and extremism,” the statement said. “It would expect that those sharing this commitment act to prevent the abuse of their legal system for political ends and to confront attempts to draw a moral equivalence between those perpetrating terror and those fighting against it.”
Poisoning the water in Judea and Samaria: The real story
Israel, on the other hand, invested enormous effort and resources, as a result of which it managed to mimic nature and create water where there was none before, almost out of a rock. Israel is currently the only country in the world where, despite global warming, the desert is receding. Israel of 2016 no longer pays much attention to the amount of rain that falls since most of its water now comes from its many desalination plants scattered throughout the country.
Here is one example that illustrates the Palestinians’ reluctance to resolve the water problem: When Israel saw that the PA was not going to fulfill its commitments according to the Oslo Accords and establish wastewater treatment plants, Israel built a water reservoir in the city of Ariel designed to address the needs of both populations — Palestinians and Jews — living in the Ariel area. What happened? The water reservoir completed in 2014 stands empty and decrepit. The reason is not engineering or planning failures; nor are issues of budget standing in the way of operating the reservoir. The reason is bureaucratic obstacles and a reluctance on the part of the government to requisition the land needed to lay the water pipe that would bring water from the center of the country to the reservoir in Samaria, for the benefit of both populations.
Incidentally, a few months ago, I approached a number of Arab leaders who live near Efrat and made them a one-time offer: to connect their sewage pipes to the wastewater purification plant located in the Efrat Regional Council. They returned with a negative response: The extremists told them that “they would not allow Arab wastewater to flow next to Jewish wastewater.”
The water crisis offers further proof that the two-state solution simply doesn’t hold water. We are talking about a tiny territory with limited natural reservoirs. Only responsible management that prioritizes the benefit of both populations can safeguard life for everyone.
The NY Times and J Street Criticized Abbas, But That Doesn’t Solve the Problem
Even the New York Times characterized Abbas’ comment as “echoing anti-Semitic claims that led to the mass killings of European Jews in medieval times.” The progressive lobbying group J Street, widely regarded as the Palestinian Authority mouthpiece on Capitol Hill, took to twitter to condemn Abbas’ “hoax story about rabbis poisoning Palestinians’ water.”
Here is the so-called “moderate peace partner” offering up a 21st century version of the 14th century libel in which European Jews were accused of poisoning wells to spread the Black Plague. That water libel led to the massacre of many thousands, including the complete destruction of numerous Jewish communities.
After invoking this well-known anti-Semitic trope, which prompted harsh condemnation from Israeli Prime Minister Netanyahu and Jewish groups, Abbas admitted that the libel was fraudulent, but insisted that his words were not anti-Semitic.
This libel, however, was no slip of the tongue. It had just been aired to Palestinians in Arabic by the PA Foreign Ministry and repeated in the official PA daily, Al-Hayat Al-Jadida, on June 20 under the headline, “Religious rulings by rabbis give the settlers permission to poison Palestinian water.”
Abbas’ use of the medieval “poisoning the water” libel is nothing new. The Palestinians have a long history of accusing Israel of poisoning both children and adults, stretching back to Yasser Arafat. Official PA TV reported in 2014 that Israel was intentionally “injecting poison” into Palestinian water sources as a “war strategy” to destroy agriculture and debilitate Palestinians.
Russian Chabad leader slams state-funded TV for ‘blood libel’
A Chabad-Lubavitch leader condemned a state-funded channel’s airing of Palestinian allegations that an Israeli rabbi approved the poisoning of Palestinian wells.
Rabbi Alexander Boroda, president of the Federation of Jewish Communities of Russia, said the RT network’s June 27 report on the issue repeated unfounded allegations reminiscent of the medieval “blood libel” against Jews.
The RT report referred to recent reports in Arab and Muslim media which claimed that a West Bank rabbi issued an “advisory opinion” allowing Jewish settlers to poison Palestinian water. A version of the story previously appeared in the state-run Turkish press agency Anadolu, credited to a Palestinian reporter in Ramallah. Neither the rabbi in the story nor the organization he is described as representing appears to exist.
The report came a week after Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas repeated the unfounded allegations at the European Parliament. Abbas later acknowledged that the charges were “baseless.”
In medieval Europe, Jews were often accused of poisoning wells to spread disease among Christians. This recurrent theme led to several major pogroms against Jews.
Labor MK to Arab League ex-Sec-Gen: Help us negotiate with Palestinians
Palestinian incitement and demonization of Israel must stop immediately, and Arab states have a role in moving peace talks forward, MK Hilik Bar (Zionist Union) said at the Socialist International at the UN in Geneva on Saturday.
Bar spoke before representatives of more than 50 countries, including Syria, Iraq, Iran, Morocco and others, as well as former Arab League secretary-general Amr Moussa.
The MK argued that bilateral Israeli-Palestinian talks will not work on their own, and moderate Sunni states should be enlisted to support negotiations.
“The Palestinians must immediately fight institutional incitement against Israel, as well as unofficial incitement and demonization of Israel,” Bar said, addressing his remarks to Moussa.
The Zionist Union MK called for a committee to be formed to work on fighting incitement, as outlined in past agreements between Israel and the Palestinians.
Al Aqsa Worshipers Confused By July 4 Fireworks Not Aimed At People (satire)
Palestinians attending the prayers at Al Aqsa Mosque today voiced bewilderment at traditional US Independence Day festivities featuring fireworks, noting that none of the American fireworks displays they had seen involved pointing the pyrotechnic devices at other humans.
Numerous worshipers at the contested holy site hesitated before commenting on the American July 4 fireworks tradition, confused by the evident lack of intent to harm others in the celebration. “You mean they do it just for the noise and the light?” wondered Batl Rahqet, 19, of nearby Abu Dis. “They must be reading the instructions wrong. Fireworks are supposed to be pointed at occupiers and colonialists. Isn’t that what the Americans used to fight off the British?”
“We must not be getting the whole picture here,” insisted Dahlia Emayti, 18, who dedicates much of her time outside the mosque to screaming and hurling objects at visiting Jews. “I suppose it might be nice to have a celebratory display using the stuff, kind of out of curiosity for the different forms, but isn’t that kind of quaint? I’m sure the footage we’re seeing is just when they go off by accident or something. The standard use of fireworks is as a weapon.”
When informed that the typical use of fireworks in July 4 celebrations involves significant precautions to prevent others from coming to harm, Al Aqsa attendees reacted with disdain. “That’s just not what they’re for,” declared Ali Hummr, 20, with evident disgust. “It’s like saying a house of worship is supposed to be a place of serenity and communion with the Creator – we all know the primary purpose of such a place is to stockpile rocks and weapons to use against Jews too mindful of so-called ‘ethics’ to violate that space. There is just so much those Americans don’t know about the world.”
Young terror victim's mother slams Peace Now head
In a passion matched only by her pain, Rena Ariel, whose daughter Hallel-Yaffa Ariel was murdered less than week ago in her bed, attacks the Secretary General and one-time spokesman for Peace Now, Yariv Oppenheimer.
In an interview with Radio Darom, Ariel ripped into Oppenheimer for his tweet that "The approved 42 new housing units are 42 more reasons for Palestinians to blow themselves up." Oppenheimer was referring to the swath of building permits approved in Kiryat Arba in response to Hallel-Yaffa's murder.
"I say this to all those who came to comfort us here: Yariv Oppenheimer is now on the line, and he claims that the 42 apartments that were approved here will bring another 42 terror attacks. So I am saying here: Yariv Oppenheimer - it isn't the 42 apartments that will bring terror attacks, it is defeatist thinking like yours, who would uproot us, that will cause the death and murder of another little girl!"
Danon: European applause killed Hallel-Yaffa Ariel
In an op-ed published in Israel Hayom, Israeli Ambassador to the United Nations Danny Danon said international tolerance for Palestinian incitement against Israel was partially to blame for the recent spate of killings by Arab terrorists.
Danon drew a clear line between the horrific murder of Hallel-Yaffa Ariel last week and the speech of Mahmoud Abbas to the European Parliament a week earlier.
In that speech, Abbas revived an old blood libel and claimed that some rabbis had called on the government of Israel to poison Palestinian water supplies. Instead of immediate condemnation, the elected European representatives of democratic nations responded with loud applause.
Danon writes, "We were all shocked. How can he say that? Lie to the European Parliament like that? This is a blood libel! But that was not the worst. We well know the constant lies and incitement of Abbas, head of the Palestinian Authority. Every morning we again see Abbas' praise for terrorists through the Palestinian education system and state-run television."
"But the main thing on this occasion was not the incitement, but the applause."
Despite losing eye, man who fought terrorist remains upbeat
Last Thursday, after a Palestinian terrorist infiltrated Kiryat Arba and murdered 13-year-old Hallel Yaffa Ariel in her home, Shuki Gilboa and others in the community's security team rushed to the scene and confronted the knife-wielding terrorist. The terrorist was shot and killed, but Gilboa was seriously wounded during the confrontation and lost his right eye.
After waking up, Gilboa told his wife, Shulamit: "I love my people and the Land of Israel; this is who I am, this is my life's mission, and I don't need anything else."
His wife echoed that spirit.
"I had a feeling something had happened to my husband, and I asked that I be allowed inside the ambulance," Shulamit Gilboa said. "I helped stop the bleeding from his head as he was being taken to the hospital. We will stay and continue to fight for our community and for the Land of Israel. We will defend our country. The Land of Israel is part of who we are."
Shulamit Gilboa is a nurse in the Shaare Zedek Medical Center in Jerusalem and volunteers as a paramedic. She arrived at the scene and treated her husband and has stood by him in the Hadassah Medical Center Ein Kerem since. Although his situation has improved, he is still suffering from moderate wounds.
IDF arrests 2 brothers of terrorist who slayed sleeping Kiryat Arba teen
The IDF has taken into custody two brothers of the Palestinian terrorist who slayed a 13-year-old Israeli girl as she slept in her Kiryat Arba home Thursday, the military announced Monday.
The IDF arrested the two suspects during an overnight raid on their West Bank home in the village of Bnei Na'im.
On Sunday, the IDF arrested the sister of Muhammad Tarayrah, 17, who stabbed Hallel Yaffa Ariel to death in her sleep.
In overnight raids in the West Bank between Saturday and Sunday, the Tarayrah's sister was arrested on suspicion of incitement and encouragement of terrorist activities. Tarayrah was shot and killed at the scene of the attack.
Along with Tarayrah's sister, Israeli forces arrested five other Palestinians, including a nurse, during the raids carried out in Hebron and the Palestinian villages of Fawwar, Bnei Naim, al-Burj and Khirbat al-Hijra.
The IDF on Sunday continued to blockade the Hebron region and conduct intensive sweeps.
Palestinian Authority Funds Mourning Tent for Terrorist Who Stabbed 13-Year-Old Israeli Girl to Death; Fatah Official Arrives to Pay Tribute to Family
A Palestinian Authority official closely associated with President Mahmoud Abbas arrived at the mourning tent of the family whose son slaughtered a 13-year-old Israeli girl in her Kiryat Arba bedroom on Thursday morning to pay his respects on behalf of the PA, the Hebrew news site Walla reported on Sunday.
According to the report, the tent was funded by the PA, and flags of Fatah, the faction headed by Abbas, were flying overhead, like a tribute to the 19-year-old who was killed by members of the volunteer rescue team that did not make it in time to save Hallel Yaffa Ariel’s life.
Nevertheless, the report said, residents of Bani Naim, the West Bank hometown of 19-year-old terrorist Muhammed Taraiyre, all denied that PA incitement – or upbringing — was behind the brutal murder.
“Muhammed is responsible for his actions – not the family,” the terrorist’s uncle told Walla, when asked whether parents and relatives condemn the slaying. “Young people today read things on Facebook, hear what their friends are saying and then do something. But that was up to him.”
Israel bars Hebron governor for visiting terrorists’ families
Israel on Sunday barred the Hebron governor from entering its territory after he visited the family of a Palestinian who killed an Israeli teenage girl in her sleep, officials said.
On Thursday, 19-year-old Mohammed Nasser Tarayra broke into the Jewish settlement of Kiryat Arba in the West Bank, on the outskirts of Hebron, and stabbed 13-year-old Hallel Yaffa Ariel to death before he was shot dead by a security guard.
The terror attack sparked outrage and prompted Israel to put in place an “effective closure” on Hebron and significantly increased the presence of soldiers in the area, an Israel Defense Forces spokesperson said.
The decision to bar Governor Kamal Humeid from Israel was taken by the Coordinator of Government Activities in the Territories, the Israeli Defense Ministry unit that manages civilian affairs for Palestinians in the West Bank and liaises with Gaza.
Dinner event honoring terrorists held in East Jerusalem
Families of Palestinian teenage terrorists who are imprisoned in Israel, were invited on Saturday to a special dinner in East Jerusalem during which the terrorists’ names were glorified.
Each family was given a commemorative plaque and a drinking mug featuring an image of its jailed relative. The event was attended by former Jerusalem Mufti Sheikh Ekrima Sa'id Sabri, who is known for his extremist views.
One of the families who participated in the dinner was that of Muawiya Alqam, a 14-year-old who was jailed for perpetrating a stabbing attack on the Jerusalem light rail in November 2015 with his 11-year-old cousin, Ali.
Ali, whose age precluded him from being prosecuted under criminal law, is spending a year in an institution headed by the Ministry of Welfare from which he is given furlough once every fortnight. He too participated "Sadly, once again religious bodies who are supposed to moderate are leading incitement in Jerusalem," said Maor Tzemach, chairman of the ‘Lach Yerushalayim’ in the Saturday event.
(To Thee Jerusalem) organization, which seeks to apply Israeli sovereignty in all parts of Jerusalem. "The Sheikh Sabri, one of the leaders of the incitement campaign against the state of Israel, led the fundraising for the families of terrorists in Jerusalem whose homes were demolished by the IDF. More than once, in his sermons in (the al-Aqsa mosque), he's incited against Israel."
Sarona gunmen were ‘inspired’ by Islamic State, Shin Bet says
The two Palestinian terrorists who carried out a lethal shooting at a central Tel Aviv restaurant last month had been “inspired” by the Islamic State but were not formally involved with the organization, according to an indictment filed Monday.
On June 8, cousins Muhammad and Khalid Muhamra opened fire in the Sarona Market entertainment area in the heart of Tel Aviv, killing Ido Ben Ari, Ilana Naveh, Michael Feige and Mila Mishayev, and wounding over a dozen others. They fled the scene but were captured alive by private security guards and police a short time later.
The Muhamra cousins had no escape plan for their attack, a spokesperson for the Shin Bet security agency told The Times of Israel.
“They trusted in Allah,” the official said.
The two Palestinian men, along with a third, Younis Ayash Musa Zayn, who had assisted and planned to join them, were charged with murder in a Tel Aviv District Court on Monday for the devastating attack.
Palestinian Describes Aiding Israeli Family after Shooting Attack
In the moments after the Friday drive-by shooting attack that killed Rabbi Miki Mark outside the West Bank city of Hebron, a local Palestinian couple helped the surviving members of his family escape the overturned vehicle and administered first aid until first responders arrived at the scene.
“At first I thought it was an accident. I opened the door, which was difficult because the car was overturned,” the Palestinian man, a resident of Hebron, told Channel 2. “The girl was inside the car screaming, ‘They’re killing us,’ so I just kept telling her not to be afraid and that everything would be fine.”
After he managed to pry one of the doors open, the man, who wasn’t named in the report, said he pulled 14-year-old Tehila from the wrecked car.
He said his wife, who is a medical doctor, worked to stanch the bleeding from the teen’s abdominal wound while he called an ambulance to the scene.
“She was telling them in English, ‘Do not be afraid, we are here to help you,'” he recalled.
IDF blows up homes of Jaffa Gate stabbers, sparking riots
Israeli forces demolished the West Bank homes of two Palestinian terrorists who carried out a deadly stabbing attack last year, the army said Monday morning.
The IDF together with Border Police units destroyed the homes of Issa Assaf and Anan Habsah in the Qalandiya refugee camp outside Jerusalem, the Israel Defense Forces said in a statement, with the move sparking clashes between Palestinians and IDF troops.
Video released by the IDF showed the army blowing up at least one home with controlled explosives, marking a departure from the usual method of using a bulldozer to pull down walls.
The razings, the latest in a series of home demolitions meant as a preventative measure against future terror attacks, came as Israel has reeled in recent days from an uptick in terror, including two attacks last week that left a 13-year-old girl and a yeshiva head and father of 10 dead.
During the demolition, shots were fired at troops and rioters threw stones and building blocks at forces operating in the restive refugee camp.
Palestinian sources said four Palestinian “youths” were injured.
Israel hits Syrian army after errant shells land near border
The Israel Defense Forces struck two Syrian artillery cannons late Sunday after errant fire from the war-torn country struck near the border fence, the army announced Monday.
The Syrian-Israeli border fence was damaged in the initial incident, but no Israeli civilians or soldiers were injured by the shells that struck overnight Saturday-Sunday, the IDF said.
Generally, the IDF rapidly responds to errant fire, shelling Syrian positions hours after the incident. An army spokesperson would only cite “operational considerations” as the reason behind the nearly full-day delay.
Using artillery fire, Israel shelled the two Syrian army cannons, which were a part of a larger artillery battery, IDF spokesperson Peter Lerner said.
Israel has maintained an official policy of non-intervention in the Syrian civil war, which has rocked the country for over five years and left hundreds of thousands dead.
However, the IDF has responded when fighting by the various rebel groups and government forces spills over the border.
“The IDF does not get involved in the fighting in Syria, but we are determined to defend [Israel] and respond to every irregularity,” the army said in a statement.
Hamas said seeking ‘Shalit 2’ prisoner swap deal
Hamas is reportedly aiming to secure the release of hundreds of Palestinian prisoners held in Israel in exchange for the return of the bodies of two IDF soldiers and two Israeli citizens believed to be captive in the Gaza Strip. its hoped-for deal would apparently be along the lines of the 2011 prisoner exchange for captured soldier Gilad Shalit.
The Hebrew daily Yedioth Ahronoth said Monday that while Israel has been seeking — through foreign intermediaries — to initiate negotiations for the return of the civilians and of the soldiers’ bodies, it is not willing to give anything away just to bring Hamas to the negotiating table. Nor will Israel agree to an exchange akin to one that saw 1,027 Palestinians freed in return for Shalit — a deal brokered with the help of a German diplomat.
“Hamas wants a Shalit 2 deal, with the release of hundreds of prisoners,” the paper quoted an unnamed senior Israeli official as saying.
The issue of the missing Israelis has come to the forefront of political debate following a reconciliation deal between Israel and Turkey last week, which ended a six-year diplomatic rift.
Revealed: Deal allows Turkey to funnel money into Gaza
A portion of Israel's recent controversial reconciliation agreement with Turkey which was not initially made public has come to light, and has given critics of the deal significantly greater room for concern.
Under the deal, apart from providing $20 million in compensation to the families of Turkish jihadists killed during an attack on IDF forces during their raid on the Mavi Marmara flotilla in 2010, Israel has approved the passage of aid from Turkey into Gaza, via Ashdod.
So far, so relatively benign - particularly considering that particular condition meant Turkey was dropping its demand for Israel to lift the security blockade on Gaza totally.
However, according to the newly published section of the agreement, the Turkish government - led by the Islamist, pro-Hamas AKP party - is allowed to transfer large amounts of money to Gaza, via banks approved by Israel to do business in Gaza.
The revelations came as a result of a court petition by families of Israeli terror victims against a different portion of the reconciliation agreement. Bereaved families and terror victim advocates are furious over the decision to award "compensation" to the families of Islamist extremists who conducted attacks against IDF soldiers, accusing the government of effectively incentivizing terrorism.
Turkey consulted Hamas, PA before signing Israel reconciliation deal
Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan said he consulted with the Palestinian Authority and with Hamas before moving forward with a reconciliation deal with Israel, signed last week.
Speaking at a dinner in Istanbul on Sunday, Erdogan said Turkey’s “main concern” when negotiating with Israel to end over six years of tense relations was welfare of “Gazans and we made our consultations with [Hamas political bureau chief] Khaled Mashaal, [Palestinian Authority President] Mahmoud Abbbas and [Hamas leader in Gaza] Ismail Haniyeh while making the deal with Israel.”
Erdogan defended the rapprochement deal with Israel, and another with Russia, saying that Turkey needed to broaden its “radius of action” to cooperate on regional crises. Erdogan said “the country has become the target of the world’s bloodiest terrorist organizations,” in reference to last week’s multiple shooting and suicide attack at the Istanbul airport that killed over 40 people and wounded more than 200.
Iranian military official: We have 100,000 missiles in Lebanon ready to hit Israel
President Hassan Rouhani said the last year’s nuclear deal “was the cheapest way to achieve Iran’s goals and interests.”
Speaking in Tehran on Saturday at an iftar meal breaking the Ramadan fast, Rouhani said the pre-Iran nuclear-deal era is past and Iran now needs to take advantage of the new atmosphere to pursue its “national interests more than before,” Iran’s Islamic Republic News Agency reported.
The country’s supreme leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei on Saturday called for student associations to establish a “unified anti-US and anti-Zionist front” among the Muslim world’s students, Tasnim News Agency reported.
“By using advanced means of communication and in cyberspace, general campaigns can be formed by Muslim students based on the opposition to the policies of the US and the Zionist regime of Israel so that when needed, millions of young Muslim students create a big movement in the Islamic world,” he said.
Khamenei also warned against plots by enemies seeking to sabotage the country.
Salami on Qods Day: Over 100,000 Missiles in Lebanon Alone Are Ready to Annihilate Israel

Decade after Second Lebanon War, a reinforced children's hospital in the north
A decade after the Second Lebanon War, a fully reinforced children's hospital was opened at Safed's Ziv Medical Center last Tuesday, called the Beit Ida Child Health Center. The hospital includes an emergency room, an intensive care unit, outpatient and inpatient wards, and departments with various specializations, such as diabetes.
The Ida Center was built on an area of 6,000 square meters. Its construction lasted five months and cost some 100 million shekels. Approximately two thirds of the amount was provided by the state, and the remainder was obtained by donations. A large donation was received from the Legacy Heritage Foundation in the name of Ida Kavkof, a native of Columbus, Ohio, who contracted an incurable childhood illness that she nevertheless managed to overcome.
Ziv Medical Center's director, Dr. Salman Zarka, said at the opening ceremony that, because most donations go to hospitals in the center of the country, it's extremely important that the state continues its contributions to the north.
Zarka also said during the ceremony, "This is a large step for the citizens of the north, for the state's citizens who are vacationing in the north, for the soldiers, and even for the Syrian soldiers. The next stage is in line for cancer patients: inaugurating radiotherapy devices and a PET-CT. We are working with the assistance of MK Dr. (Yifat) Shasha Biton on reinforcing additional wards, including delivery rooms and the NICU."
What Iran’s Quds Day Means
The obsessive desire for the annihilation of Israel is an immutable pillar of the Islamic Republic. Declassified Iranian documents (published in annual memoirs of former Iranian President Ali Akbar Hashemi Rafsanjani) show how Ayatollah Khomeini considered ending the Iran-Iraq War in 1982 but was convinced by the Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps to continue the conflict until they had achieved their goal of eradicating Israel. That resulted in another six years of stalemate and the deaths of a quarter million more Iranians. Perhaps from the Iranian perspective, the chance of killing Israel’s Jews was worth it.
Obama and Kerry have dismissed Iranian “Death to America” rhetoric as they will likely dismiss today’s anti-Israel verbal orgy as Iranian politicians pandering to their base. At the same time, Obama and Kerry argue that Rouhani’s election signaled the true desire of Iran’s people for a new beginning. In briefings to Congress about the Iran dealings, Hillary Clinton’s top foreign policy aide Jake Sullivan has likewise suggested that Rouhani represents a Deng Xiaoping moment in Iran. To suggest that the Iranian people want better while at the same time arguing rhetorical calls for genocide are necessary to appease the feelings of the Iranian people are mutually exclusive arguments.
Alas, today reminds that the true character of the Islamic Republic remains unchanged. Even if the Iranian people want better, the powers that be in the country—and the chief financial beneficiaries of the deal—remain as hostile to reconciliation and responsible behavior as ever.
Iranian al-Quds Day resolution demands elimination of ‘cancerous’ Israel
A resolution issued in Iran to mark Friday’s anti-Israel al-Quds Day openly calls for the elimination of “the cancerous tumor of Israel,” and declares this “noble cause” as the top priority for the Muslim world.
The text of the resolution was published by the semi-state Fars news agency, which said it was adopted by the vast numbers of Iranians who took to the streets across the country on Friday to demonstrate against Israel and its allies, including the United States.
“We Iranians as a united and integrated nation see liberation of the Holy Quds (Jerusalem), rescuing the oppressed and defenseless Palestinian nation from the dominance of the fake Zionist regime, and efforts aimed at eliminating the cancerous tumor of Israel as the noble cause of the Islamic Revolution,” Fars quoted the resolution as saying. This goal is the “first priority of the Muslim World and the only way to confront the illegitimate and criminal Zionist regime,” the text continued.
The resolution also urged Muslims worldwide not to allow “the enemies of Islam” to distract their attention from the issue of the Holy Quds and Palestine, Fars said.
Top aide to Khamenei: US will disintegrate within 25 years
A senior military aide to Iranian Supreme Leader Ali Khamenei predicted that the United States would “disintegrate” within the next quarter-century.
“The US has reached a point today that it will witness fragmentation and disintegration 25 years later,” General Nasser Arasteh was quoted as saying Friday night by the semi-official Fars news agency.
The remark recalled comments by Khamenei himself, who predicted last year that Israel would not survive the next 25 years.
“You will not see next 25 years,” a tweet by Khamenei’s official Twitter account said in September, adding that the Jewish state would be hounded until it was destroyed.
Germany harbors 300 Hamas, 950 Hezbollah members and activists
Some 300 Hamas members and supporters – as well as 950 Hezbollah activists and members – are operating in Germany, the country’s domestic intelligence agency said in its annual federal report, the same numbers as were listed in its 2013 and 2014 reports.
The Jerusalem Post’s examination of the 317-page intelligence report, which was released on Tuesday, revealed the Islamic terrorists were on the radar screen of the country’s intelligence agency, the Federal Office for the Protection of the Constitution.
“The followers of Islamist- terrorist groups like Hamas and Hezbollah striving for the abolition of the Jewish State of Israel are focused on their regions of origin, which is where they commit most of their terrorist acts of violence,” the report stated.
Europe has long been a platform for Hezbollah members to launch terrorist attacks against Israelis and European Jews. Hezbollah operatives blew up an Israeli tour bus in the Black Sea resort of Burgas, Bulgaria, on July 18, 2012, killing five Israelis and their Bulgarian bus driver.
Exclusive Pics: ‘Al Quds’ Day In London Sees Islamic Terror Flags Fly Without Consequence
Pro-Palestine activists turned out in central London today to mark the now traditional end of Ramadan Quds day protest against Israel.
Despite the heavy presence of Hezbollah flags, the standard of a banned organisation police allowed the march to go on undisturbed through London’s central business district to the American Embassy in Grosvenor Square.
This year is the first time pro-Israeli groups have moved to stage a counter-protest. A Breitbart London reporter at the scene witnessed complaints being made to police about the presence of Hezbollah flags, to which an officer replied “the law is very difficult” and that unless they could prove the flags were being used for fundraising purposes, there was nothing the police could do.
While the military arm of Hezbollah is banned in the UK, the political wing has not been banned, providing a convenient loophole for sympathisers as there is no clear distinction between the two groups.
Hizbullah Scraps Quds Day Event amid Security Fears
The Lebanese Hezbollah group cancelled an annual event on Thursday in Beirut’s southern suburbs amid security concerns gripping the country in the wake of deadly suicide bombings earlier this week in a Christian village along the Syrian border.
In a statement, the Iran-backed Shiite group said it was scrapping the commemorations of al-Quds Day, citing the prevailing “security situation.”
It was the first time the group, which also participates as a political party in Lebanon’s government, cancelled the annual commemoration established by Iran’s late Ayatollah Ruhollah Khomeini, who led the 1979 Islamic Revolution.
Al-Quds is Arabic for “Jerusalem.” “Al-Quds Day” falls on the last Friday of the Muslim holy month of Ramadan and is meant to be a day of solidarity with the Palestinians.

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