Monday, January 02, 2017

From Ian:

Black Lives Matter offshoot embraces anti-Semitism, engages with terrorists
Over the Christmas weekend, Chicago surpassed the 750-murder mark for 2016. But as blacks lay dying on the streets of Chicago’s South and West Sides, a Black Lives Matter offshoot is more interested in traveling overseas to learn “resistance” from terrorists.
The Dream Defenders bills itself as “an uprising of communities in struggle, shifting culture through transformational organizing.” But an investigation conducted by the Haym Salomon Center reveals the group’s embrace of anti-Semitism and collaboration with a State Department-designated terror group.
In August, Black Lives Matter singled out Israel for condemnation, declaring it an “apartheid” state engaged in “genocide.” These accusations angered Jewish leaders, many of whom had steadfastly supported the BLM cause. Nonetheless, despite what can only be described as a total lack of relevance to its own agenda, BLM did not back down.
Just like BLM, Dream Defenders proclaims solidarity with Palestinians. DD claims that the black community in America, together with Palestinians in the “occupied” territories of Israel, are all victims of state-sanctioned violence. As such, the two causes are related and should learn “resistance” from each other. After leaders from BLM and DD made their first trip to Palestinian territories in January 2015, BLM’s anti-Israel advocacy remained steady, mostly lashing out at the Jewish state at rallies and protests. DD stepped up their disdain for Israel, engaging in what the U.S. government defines as anti-Semitism.
Dream Defenders’ website dedicates an entire page to Palestinian solidarity. While accusing Israel of existing on “stolen land,” there is no mention of Palestinian terrorism, including the targeting of civilians. (h/t Jewess)
Assad's Palestinian mercenaries
Over the past century, various Palestinian leaders have fostered alliances that were either unsuccessful or not particularly useful to them.
Take the alliance formed by the grand mufti of Jerusalem during the British mandate period, Hajj Amin al-Husseini, who during World War II supported Adolf Hitler and the Third Reich. Al-Husseini hoped the Germans would win the war and Hitler would become fuhrer of the Middle East. After the Nazis lost the war, however, the West did not forgive al-Husseini, which severely damaged the Palestinian cause for over two decades.
Palestine Liberation Organization leader Yasser Arafat erred in 1990 when he supported Iraq in its invasion of Kuwait. Palestinian public support for the invasion led to a great deal of suffering for hundreds of thousands of Palestinians then living in Kuwait and the Persian Gulf, who paid the price for Arafat's support of the tyrannical Saddam Hussein.
Today, Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas is maintaining ambiguity regarding the Syrian war, taking pains to avoid denouncing or supporting the regime of Syrian President Bashar Assad. It appears Abbas has learned from history. However, tens of thousands of Palestinians are apparently fighting on behalf of the Syrian dictator, even sacrificing their lives for him. These Palestinians, who went to live in Syria in recent decades, are helping slaughter the Syrian people fighting for their freedom. The guest has turned murderer.
Among the Palestinians, the most fervent Assad supporters belong to the Popular Front for the Liberation of Palestine's General Command, led by Ahmed Jibril. The organization is headquartered in Damascus and consists of thousands of fighters; Jibril's loyalty to the Assad regime has never wavered. His fighters are taking part in the war effort, even against their own people, their own flesh and blood. In one example, when Assad's army laid siege to the Yarmouk refugee camp, it was Jibril's fighters who provided the regime with intelligence information and ground support. (h/t Elder of Lobby)
The wisdom of the Kiwi foreign minister
New Zealand was one of the four countries which sponsored the biased and unhelpful Resolution 2334 at the UN Security Council last week. The main proponent of the Kiwi initiative was Murray McCully, the Foreign Minister.
Thanks to the excellent online publication Shalom.Kiwi we can be privy to Mr McCully’s insights into the geopolitics of the Middle East, offered at a meeting on 18 May 2016 in an address to the Auckland Jewish Community.
When asked about the role of Palestinian terror in the current stalemate, McCully declined to distinguish between Palestinian attacks on Israeli civilians and the Israeli response to such attacks. When pushed, he refused to call the current wave of stabbings, shootings, car-rammings and suicide bombings “terrorism”, snapping: “You can call it what you like ….. you choose your words, I’ll choose mine.”
In relation to the terrorist group Hamas, McCully conceded that it had “stopped short of formally accepting the Quartet Principles” – an observation that ‘provoked astonished laughter from a shocked audience’.
‘The Quartet Principles include recognising Israel, abiding by diplomatic agreements and renouncing violence. As one audience member responded, this was rather a generous comment to make about an organisation whose statements, charter and purposes are the annihilation of Israel, not in order to make a Palestinian state, but because of a religious objection to Jewish sovereignty in any part of that land’.



European diplomats meet with Hamas, express 'positive position'
When the EU court ruled that Hamas was not a terror organization, European countries hurried to explain this was just a 'bureaucratic matter'.
Via al-Monitor:
In an exclusive interview with Al-Monitor, Hamas' foreign relations chief Osama Hamdan revealed that several weeks ago in Qatar, the movement's leadership met a delegation of high-ranking European diplomats. He expressed optimism about a European decision to strike Hamas from its list of terrorist organizations.
(...)
Hamdan: Hamas is keen to maintain balanced and open relations at the regional and international levels. It has succeeded over the past three decades since its founding in 1987 to establish channels of communication with several Arab, Islamic and Western states. It now has a wide network of political and diplomatic relations, but the United States has exerted pressure on many countries, influencing them not to cooperate with Hamas’ efforts to build relations.
Hamas today has a good communications system, including many countries other than Arab and Islamic countries. It has relations with the Russian Federation, Brazil in Latin America, Nigeria and South Africa on the African continent and China, Malaysia and Indonesia in Asia. On the European continent, Hamas has strong ties with Switzerland and Norway. It also has good ties with three other European countries that prefer not to be open about this relationship to avoid any embarrassment with Washington.
IsraellyCool: What Israeli Media Coverage Of Israeli Killed In Turkey Terror Attack Should Teach You
Another day, another Islamic terrorist attack, this time in Istanbul, with a terrorist – believed to have been dressed in a Santa Claus costume – opening fire at a crowded nightclub, killing at least 39 people and wounding close to 70.
May their memories be a blessing.
One of the victims was a young Israeli woman. Here are some examples of how the Israeli media reported it:
Jerusalem Post: "One Israeli found dead, one hurt after Istanbul club attack that killed 39"
Ynet: "Israeli woman killed in Istanbul night club attack"
Times of Israel: "Israeli teenager, 19, killed in Istanbul nightclub attack"
Israel National News (Arutz 7): "Body of Israeli woman recovered after Istanbul terror attack"
I mention this because the Israeli victim – Lian Nassar, 19 – was an Israeli Arab. You only discover that when reading the reports.
You see, Jew, Arab or Christian, we value our citizens. This is just further proof that claims of apartheid are plain ridiculous.
Gunman Behind Deadly Istanbul Nightclub Attack on New Year’s Eve Still at Large
Authorities in Turkey searched Sunday for a gunman who opened fire at a packed Istanbul nightclub during New Year's celebrations, killing at least 39 people, most of them foreigners, and injuring 69.
President Recep Tayyip Erdogan condemned “the terror attack in Istanbul’s Ortakoy neighborhood in the first hours of 2017” and offered condolences for those who died, including “foreign guests.”
Nearly two-thirds of those killed — 24 victims — were from other countries, Turkey’s state-run news agency reported. Many were from the Middle East, including Jordan, Lebanon and Saudi Arabia, although countries from India to Belgium reported their citizens among the casualties, the Associated Press reported.
At least one of the injured is a Delware business owner, WCAU-TV and The Associated Press reported.
ISIS claims responsibility for Istanbul club attack
Islamic State claimed responsibility for a gun attack on an Istanbul nightclub which killed 39 people on Sunday, the group said in a statement on Monday.
"In continuation of the blessed operations that Islamic State is conducting against the protector of the cross, Turkey, a heroic soldier of the caliphate struck one of the most famous nightclubs where the Christians celebrate their apostate holiday," the statement said.
During the attack, a gunman opened fire on New Year's revelers at a packed nightclub on the shores of Istanbul's Bosphorus waterway, then fled the scene. Many foreigners were among the fatalities, including Israeli national Lian Nasser, 18 from the town of Tira. Another Israeli, a 22-year-old woman also from Tira, was wounded.
Year after Tel Aviv New Year's attack, victim return to celebrate 32nd birthday
Exactly one year ago to the day on Friday, a terrorist opened fire in ‘Simta’ bar in Tel Aviv’s popular Dizengoff Streets as crowds gathered to celebrate 2016’s New Year’s Day.
One year later, Ariel Nusbecher—who was at the bar celebrating his birthday—returned to celebrate his 32nd birthday on Friday at the same place on 122 Dizengoff Street to demonstrate his defiance against the cruelties of terror.
At around 2:40pm on January, 1 2016 Nashat Milhem, an Arab-Israeli terrorist living in Ar'ara arrived at the vibrant scene before opening fire on random civilians, killing Alon Bakal, 26 who was the manager of the Simta bar, and Shimon Ruimi, 30, from Ofakim.
Both victims were close friends of Ariel’s, who himself was shot in the stomach and moderately wounded in the hit. Seven others were injured in the attack while Amin Shaaban, a taxi driver was found murdered on Weizman Street in north Tel Aviv as Milhem fled the scene.
Unphased however, and resolute in his refusal to enable terror to dictate his daily life, Ariel managed to overcome the harrowing images indelibly etched into his memory and return to the once-macaber spot and transform it yet again into a scene of joy and celebration as he embraced his 33rd year in the world.
Moreover, Ariel and his friends lit together the Hunukkah candles, marking its penultimate night.
Cabinet rules Hamas terrorists' bodies will not be returned
Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu on Sunday convened the Diplomatic-Security Cabinet to discuss measures by which Israel can pressure Hamas to return the bodies of two Israeli soldiers and two citizens being held captive by the terrorist group.
Staff Sgt. Oron Shaul and Lt. Hadar Goldin were killed in the Gaza Strip in separate battles during Operation Protective Edge in the summer of 2014.
Ethiopian Israeli Avera Mengistu and Bedouin Israeli Hisham al-Sayed, both suffering from mental health issues, crossed into Gaza willingly in 2014 and 2015 and were captured by Hamas.
While the cabinet released no details as to the measures it would take, it ruled that the bodies of Hamas terrorists will no longer be returned to their families for burial. Instead, the bodies will be buried in a special cemetery for enemy combatants.
Under the new policy, the bodies could be exhumed and handed back for burial if Hamas proves willing to strike deals.
Hamas blasts 'barbaric' Israel
Hamas on Sunday evening blasted the Israeli government over its decision not to return the bodies of Hamas terrorists who were killed while carrying out terrorist attacks, as part of a new plan of action on bringing back the Israeli soldiers and civilians held captive by Hamas in Gaza.
The terrorist group said in a statement that the decision, as agreed upon by the Security Cabinet, is “vindictive and barbaric”.
“These decisions will not give positive results," it warned.
Hamas, whose charter openly calls for Israel’s destruction, continues to hold the bodies of IDF soldiers Hadar Goldin and Oron Shaul, whom it captured during the 2014 Operation Protective Edge.
In addition, it is believed to be holding Avraham (Avera) Mengistu, an Ethiopian Jew who was suffering from mental health problems when he wandered unarmed across the border to Gaza. He has not been heard from since.
Hamas has repeatedly said that Israel would have to “pay the price” to secure the release of Mengistu, Goldin, Shaul and a Bedouin who went missing in Gaza as well.
On Saturday, the terrorist group taunted Israel by publishing two video clips featuring Shaul on the occasion of his birthday.
Arab-Israeli MK Ghattas suspended from Knesset
MK Bassel Ghattas (Joint List) will be suspended for six months from all Knesset activities except for voting in the plenum, the Knesset Ethics Committee determined Monday.
Ghattas is currently under house arrest after he was caught on camera smuggling cell phones, SIM cards and documents to prisoners convicted of terrorism.
The Joint List MK will retain the right to vote, which cannot be revoked as long as he remains a lawmaker. Ghattas will also continue to draw a salary, because an MK's pay can only be docked by a unanimous vote.
MK Youssef Jabareen (Joint List) was the one MK who voted against Ghattas' punishment, saying that the committee should wait for the end of the investigation.
Tunisia blames Israel for Hamas scientist's death
Tunisian President Beji Caid Essebsi on Sunday said that his government suspects Israel of being behind the assassination of Hamas engineer Mohamed Zaouari, Haaretz reported.
Zaouari, an aviation scientist, was shot to death outside his home in Sfax, Tunisia, on December 15. Hamas said two days after his death that he was a member of the organization's military wing and one of the leaders of its drone program. The group at the time also blamed Israel for his death.
The investigation into the attack is continuing, Essebsi said, according to Haaretz. He rejected criticism that the Tunisian government was not doing enough to advance the investigation, adding that the government would not hesitate to turn to the international community once it had collected sufficient evidence.
Essebsi's statement was the highest-level indication that Israel was suspected of involvement in Zaouari’s death. Tunisia’s Interior Minister had previously said Zaouari’s murder had been planned abroad by foreigners, though he admitted that “we do not yet have any tangible proof” and did not name any specific country.
The death of Zaouari came as Hamas continues to rebuild its infiltration tunnel network into Israel, after the IDF destroyed the network during Operation Protective Edge in 2014.
Hamas leader floats idea of West Bank-Gaza Strip federation
A senior Hamas official said on Friday that a federation between the West Bank and the Gaza Strip could be a feasible solution to the ongoing division between Hamas and Fatah.
“A federation between the West Bank and Gaza Strip may be better than the ongoing division,” Mousa Abu Marzouk, the vice president of the Hamas Politburo, told Al-Ghad, a London-based Arabic satellite channel.
A federation is defined as a political entity made up of partially self-governing regions.
The division between Hamas, which controls the Gaza Strip, and Fatah, which dominates the West Bank, has lasted for more than nine years.
Arab and international parties have undertaken numerous efforts to end the division, overseeing agreements between the two parties, which ultimately have gone unimplemented.
21 Hamas members killed in tunnel collapses this year
Hamas said on Sunday that 21 of its members were killed in tunnel collapses in Gaza during 2016, Kol Yisrael radio reported.
According to the terror group, seven of the 21 were killed in a tunnel in eastern Gaza City which collapsed six months ago during work to repair the damage caused to the tunnel by Israel during Operation Protective Edge in 2014.
Hamas has been busily reconstructing its terror tunnel network breaching into Israeli territory and which was targeted by Israel during the 2014 counterterror operation.
During that time, there have been several incidents in which tunnels collapsed and terrorists were killed. One such incident occurred in October, when a member of the Izz al-Din al-Qassam Brigades, Hamas's armed terror wing, was killed after an underground tunnel collapsed on him.
Last month, two Hamas terrorists were killed when a terror tunnel collapsed in the Shuja'iyya neighborhood of Gaza.
North Korea says close to test intercontinental ballistic missile
North Korean leader Kim Jong Un said on Sunday that his isolated, nuclear-capable country is close to test-launching an intercontinental ballistic missile.
North Korea tested ballistic missiles at an unprecedented rate during 2016, although some experts have said it is years away from developing an ICBM fitted with a nuclear warhead capable of reaching the United States.
"Research and development of cutting-edge arms equipment is actively progressing and ICBM rocket test-launch preparation is in its last stage," a defiant Kim said during a televised New Year's Day speech.
The country has been under U.N. sanctions since 2006 over its nuclear and ballistic missile tests. The sanctions were tightened after Pyongyang conducted its fifth and largest nuclear test on Sept. 9.
A successful ICBM test launch would mark a significant step forward for the secretive country's weapons capability.
Intercontinental ballistic missile have a minimum range of about 5,500 kilometers (3,418 miles), but some are designed to travel 10,000 kilometers (6,214 miles) or further. California is some 9,000 kilometers (5,592 miles) from North Korea.
Report: Hezbollah Rejects Moscow-Ankara-Brokered Syria Ceasefire Deal Over Turkish Demand for Withdrawal of All Foreign Fighters
Sources in Lebanon told the London-based pan-Arab daily Al-Arab that Hezbollah has rejected the Russia-Turkey-mediated ceasefire agreement for the Syrian civil war, the Hebrew news site nrg reported on Sunday.
According to these sources, the Iranian-backed, Lebanon-based terrorist organization that has been fighting on behalf of President Bashar Assad is furious about Ankara’s clause in the agreement requiring all foreign forces to withdraw from Syria, before a diplomatic solution is reached or even discussed.
To make matters worse, the report said, the sources also claimed that Moscow informed Tehran about this clause — something that angered Hezbollah, which has been fighting alongside both.
A Hezbollah official publicly declared: “We are not in Syria by Turkish decree, and we will not leave it by Turkish decree.”
A Lebanese commentator told Al-Arab that a withdrawal of Hezbollah forces from Syria would have dangerous consequences, because — he claimed — it will make it difficult for Iran to prove that it is still a strong player in the region.
ISIS Clarifies: ‘We Had Nothing to Do with Mariah Carey’s New Year’s Eve Performance’ (satire)
Calling it a disaster for which the West has only itself to blame, ISIS issued a statement Sunday morning stating that it bore no responsibility for singer Mariah Carey’s disastrous performance on ABC’s New Year’s Eve event at Times Square.
“In the wake of the infidel Mariah Carey’s nakba [catastrophe] last night, we have heard people speculate that we may have hacked into the speaker system to embarrass the American Crusaders, or secretly drugged Mrs. Carey, or some shit like that,” ISIS leader Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi told The Mideast Beast. “We want to make it 100-percent clear that we had absolutely nothing to do with that embarrassment. As far as we can tell, the West brought this disaster on itself.”
At a performance minutes before midnight on New Year’s Eve, Carey was left pacing the stage in frustration after the audio malfunctioned. While some experts expected ISIS to claim credit for the event, which humiliated not just Carey but America as a whole, ISIS leaders insisted they wanted no association whatsoever with the embarrassment.
“Al Qaeda can take credit for this one if they want,” al-Baghdadi noted.
American Rock Trio Known for LGBT Activism Performs in Israel, Blasts BDS as Ignorant, Antisemitic
A member of an all-female alternative rock band from New York City bashed the Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions (BDS) movement after her group performed its first concert in the Jewish state.
BETTY cellist and vocalist Amy Ziff told the organization Creative Community for Peace (CCFP), “People that wish to impose cultural boycotts on Israel are either misinformed about the country, or antisemites disguising themselves under a mask of anti-Zionism.” She said that the band– well-known for its off-Broadway show “BETTY Rules” and for producing the theme song to the hit Showtime series “The L Word” — uses its music “to strive for a better world through political and social activism.” Artists, she said, have “the responsibility to help society in a myriad of ways.” One of the ways that BETTY does this is by advocating on behalf of the LBGT community.
After longing to perform in Israel, Ziff said, the band held two concerts there in late November and early December — and plans to return for another performance next October.
Ziff said she was excited about “making a connection with people… in Israel,” with whom she hopes her group’s music resonated.
Though many artists are harassed into canceling Israel tours by BDS activists — most notable among them Pink Floyd’s Roger Waters — several reject the pressure and proudly perform in the Jewish state.
Prominent American Pollster Brings Hard-Hitting Workshop to Foreign Students in Israel
A renowned American pollster and political adviser recently came to Israel to give high school students a workshop intensive on defending the Jewish state on the front lines of public opinion.
“Part of the struggle for those who advocate for Israel is that we need to respond to simple questions and accusations with really complicated answers, because the truth itself is so complicated,” public opinion guru Dr. Frank Luntz recently told a group of Jewish American, Australian and Colombian students at the Alexander Muss High School in Israel (AMHSI). “To get to the truth, it is important to understand every narrative and point of view of events that happen in Israel. Without a full understanding, you can’t argue anything.”
At AMHSI’s Hod HaSharon campus in central Israel, Luntz — who has worked on many American and international political campaigns on packaging complex policy matters for a general audience — opened his workshop by presenting the students with a rapid-fire series of hard-hitting and politically charged questions.
“I found myself fumbling for an answer to Dr. Luntz’s questions,” said Maor Ziv-Kreger, an 11th-grade student from Boston and an academic fellow at AMHSI. “With my mind racing for a reasonable response, I knew deep down inside that I have learned so much over the past three months studying at Muss. I have done well on tests from our Israel studies curriculum, but these questions were different than what we typically saw on exams.”
At the World Council of Churches, a stunning theology of terror
Most reasonable people will agree it's right for a highly influential religious group to call on the Almighty to come down on the side of the victims. It would be incomprehensible if the Reverend Mr Tveit had taken the opposing view and called for compassion for the murdering savages of ISIS.
But wait. We want to point out how differently the same Mr Tveit expressed himself in relation to a different collection of savages who unlike the perpetrators of the Istanbul barbarism two days ago, have been caught and in most cases tried and convicted on terrorism charges.
In relation to those savages, Mr Tveit very publicly urged the Christian faithful who seek leadership from his office to pray and to help them in practical ways and not to give any thought to the things those prisoners had done to be locked up.

That nauseating appeal for sympathy for actual and thwarted murderers got our attention in April 2014 when the WCC called for solidarity by its faithful with what it disingenuously terms
"some 5000 Palestinian men, women and children, languishing in Israeli jails".
For their benefit, believer-members ought
"to pray for, visit, and tend to the needs of all prisoners, no matter the reason for their detention. For Israel and Palestine, prisoners have taken on even greater significance than in the past."
10 Notable Campus Stories From 2016
Jewish and pro-Israel students around the world have been facing a deluge of hostile activity in the form of Palestinian human-rights advocacy. This year, through the establishment of The Algemeiner’s Campus Bureau, we have have reported on this phenomenon. As 2017 kicks off, here is a list of what we consider the most significant examples from the past year.
1. “Cesspool” of Antisemitic, Anti-Israel Racism Uncovered at University of Tennessee, Knoxville
The Algemeiner revealed information obtained by covert watchdog group Canary Mission about an online “echo chamber of hate speech” conducted by 34 students associated with the University of Tennessee, Knoxville’s chapters of Students for Justice in Palestine and Muslim Student Association. On social media, members of these groups referred to Hitler as a “boss,” posted images glorifying terrorism against Israelis and Jews and harassed Jewish students. The Campus Bureau’s extensive reporting on this topic garnered the attention of the international press.
5. Oberlin Said Goodbye to Antisemitic Professor Who Accused Jews of Carrying Out 9/11 Attacks
After dragging its feet for months, Oberlin College finally announced its decision to fire professor Joy Karega for years-worth of blatantly antisemitic social media posts, which included conspiracy theories taken from the Protocols of the Elders of Zion. Oberlin officials first promised in March to investigate Karega, but it was only in August — two days after The Algemeiner reported on alumni outrage over her continued employment — that the school announced she was being placed on leave, pending the results of the final investigation. The inquiry was completed in November, with Karega’s termination.
“Jewish Voice for Peace” Hijacks Chanukah for Anti-Israel Messaging
Despite its name, Jewish Voice for Peace (JVP) isn’t Jewish or for peace. It’s a radical group that provides cover to the anti-Israel movement, particularly on campuses, by legitimizing and mainstreaming its assault on Jewish identity.
As we’ve noted in prior posts, JVP usurps various Jewish celebrations, religious holidays, and commemorative life-cycle events by incorporating within them virulently anti-Israel themes and reinforcing that this Israel-bashing is consistent with Jewish values.
Last year, as we highlighted in our posts, this identity theft of Jewish heritage was particularly visible during Passover and the High Holidays.
Now, JVP is hijacking Chanukah (also spelled “Hanukkah”) too.
On Wednesday December 21st JVP organized a series of “actions” in 25 cities across the country to coincide with the holiday of Chanukah, which ends today.
Many of the events were organized with in partnership with the virulently anti-Israel American Muslims for Palestine (AMP) and the Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR).
The New Axis of Evil (or Comedy): CAIR, JVP and the Huffington Post
The Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR) has finally found a Jewish group that it likes.
At its annual banquet on December 17, CAIR gave its new “Defender of Liberty” award to Jewish Voice for Peace (JVP).
The Huffington Post ran the original story about this award, continuing its long tradition of running apologias for radical Islamist and Muslim Brotherhood front groups all over the United States — as well as promoting virulent antisemitic conspiracy theories.
In 2012, the Huffington Post UK even hired Mehdi Hasan, a radical Islamist who has also proposed a one-state solution to the Israeli-Palestinian conflict, which would lead to the slaughter of the new Jewish minority. He also was once caught on video calling non-Muslims “animals:” Hasan called on Muslims to keep “the moral high ground,” adding, “Once we lose the moral high ground we are no different from the rest, of the non-Muslims, from the rest of those human beings who live their lives as animals, bending any rule to fulfill any desire.” And he nefariously blamed Israeli influence for the war in Iraq. David Duke would be proud of the Huffington Post.
IBT Sources Hate Site to Accuse Israel of Using Palestinian Child as a Human Shield
The International Business Times falsely accuses the IDF of using a Palestinian child as a human shield.
"Israel Palestine Conflict: Tel Aviv Troops Allegedly Using West Bank Children As Human Shields"
In the bizarre headline, the IBT can apparently tell, despite the soldiers’ covered faces, that they are “Tel Aviv Troops.” More likely, this is yet another case where the media refuse to acknowledge that Jerusalem is Israel’s capital, preferring to portray Tel Aviv as synonymous with Israel.
The IBT claims that those balaclava-clad Tel Avivians are “allegedly using West Bank children as human shields.” Who alleged this?
According to the IBT’s Mary Pascaline, it is an Israeli human rights organization that made the human shield claim. But the B’tselem post she links to makes no reference to the term “human shield.” The post does however, provide a video and a seven year old Palestinian boy’s account of an incident that occurred at a demonstration, where Palestinians throw rocks at Israeli troops who try to disperse them.
BBC diplomatic correspondent disappears Hamas and the PA
As has been the case in previous BBC reporting both on that UNSC resolution and on the topic in general, that choice of terminology obviously leads BBC audiences to mistakenly believe that Israel is constructing new communities rather than – as is actually the case – building homes in existing neighbourhoods, towns and villages.
Listeners to that news bulletin later heard from the BBC’s diplomatic correspondent Paul Adams who managed to make both the Palestinian Authority and the Hamas regime in the Gaza Strip disappear from the story.
“Eight years ago Barak Obama began his presidency with a flurry of diplomacy aimed at breaking the Arab-Israeli deadlock. It didn’t work and pretty soon a succession of Arab revolutions and wars gave the president more pressing things to think about. But now at the eleventh hour: another flurry. First a highly unusual abstention on a UN Security Council resolution condemning Israeli settlements in the occupied territories and now a speech the president’s tireless Secretary of State has apparently been wanting to give for some time. It contained warnings to both sides but asked one fundamental question of Israel: did it want two separate states living side by side or one – in which Israel continues to govern the lives of millions of Palestinians.”
Swedish ‘laserman’ killer of Jewish woman to stand trial in Germany
Sweden has sent one of its most notorious killers to Germany to stand trial for allegedly murdering a Jewish woman in 1992, a chief prosecutor said on Monday.
“He agreed to be sent to Germany,” Krister Petersson, chief prosecutor at the international public prosecution office in Stockholm, told AFP.
Dubbed “Laserman” in Swedish media, 63-year-old John Ausonius went on a six-month shooting spree with a laser sight in 1991-1992, injuring 10 immigrants and killing one in Sweden.
He was sent to Germany about a week ago from Sweden, where he was serving life behind bars for the gun attacks.
A Swedish citizen, Ausonius is the number one suspect in the investigation into the murder of 68-year-old Blanka Zmigrod in Frankfurt on February 23, 1992. He denies the charges.
Virginia Tech, Strauss seek Israeli firms for food R&D
Virginia Tech University and Israeli food maker Strauss Group have set up an R&D and marketing initiative to help Israeli agriculture and food tech startups, both early stage and more established firms, expand their activities in the US market.
Israeli companies have been invited to make presentations to a joint team of R&D experts from Virginia Tech and Strauss on January 22 at the Strauss headquarters in the central Israeli town of Petah Tikva for entry into the program. Later this year, selected companies will travel to Virginia to further their business development.
The new agro/food tech program will provide these startups with funding opportunities and business development meetings with experts in Virginia, opportunities to team up with other groups, technology validation, consumer testing and the necessary permits and regulations, the two companies said in a statement.
Startups specializing in food tech and agriculture are encouraged to apply. Possible focuses include sugar, salt and fat reduction technologies, breeding techniques, improved nutrition methods and digital solutions, food safety, aquaculture, soil sciences and food and product process quality monitoring.
Israeli App Helps Farmers Reduce Pesticide Use by 40 Percent
About 1,000 farmers in Israel, Brazil, Peru, Colombia, Mexico, Kenya and Thailand are reporting up to 40 percent reduced use of pesticides and improved fieldworker efficiency due to a crowdsourcing platform called AgriTask.
It’s like a smart one-stop shop for agricultural technologies and best-practices data.
Developed by Israeli startup ScanTask in 2008, AgriTask translates data into simple work protocols for farmers of vegetables, field crops, fruit and ornamental trees, grapes, and greenhouse flowers, and helps them comply with safety and export regulations.
Exporters, buyers, food conglomerates, and agriculture financing and insurance companies can reap business intelligence and decision support from ground data, aerial images, and forecast data shared by users across the cloud-based AgriTask platform.
All this happens on a simultaneously trilingual platform — English and any two other languages — allowing field workers and managers to use ScanTask in their preferred language.
“AgriTask has changed the way I monitor and manage our regional integrated pest management project,” said Avi Goldstein from the regional growers’ association in Israel’s Binyamina region, which encompasses more than 100 growers cultivating dozens of different crops.
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