Thursday, November 24, 2022

From Ian:

JPost Editorial: Terror is still here, Israel needs secure government to stop it - editorial
Attacks that are carried out by lone attackers are usually more difficult to thwart. They can be perpetrated by people who wake up one morning and decide to try and kill some Jews without any prior warning. An attack like the one that took place on Wednesday is something else.

This was an attack that required the involvement of a number of people – to assemble the bombs and obtain the necessary ingredients, smuggle the bombs into Israel and plant them next to their targets.

This is already what is called “terrorist infrastructure,” the kind that likely is affiliated with a known organization, which should have been on the Israeli intelligence community’s watch list.

What this also shows is the need to focus now on establishing a government. The sooner there is a stable government in Jerusalem the sooner Israel will be able to create a clear strategy for how to stop the terrorist wave that is not going away. Fights about ministries and portfolios

Fights about ministries and portfolios might interest the politicians who are supposed to occupy those offices, but they are not of real interest to Israelis, who want to see safe streets and to know that their children – like Shechopek – are safe when they stand at a bus stop waiting to go to school.

Comments like the one made by an Army Radio reporter on Wednesday – that the attack was connected to the pending appointment of Itamar Ben-Gvir as the next public security minister – do not do any good. Neither are appearances at the scene soon after the crime by Ben-Gvir, who promised as presumptive internal security minister to wield an iron fist against terrorism.

After 75 years of statehood that has been marred by wars and terrorist attacks, we do not need to look for excuses for why Arab terrorists want to try and kill Israeli Jews. This has been part of the Israeli story since it was created as an independent state and will, sadly, likely continue as long as some of our neighbors refuse to come to terms with our existence here.

There was terrorism when there were left-wing governments in power and there was terrorism when there were right-wing governments. Israelis have not forgotten, for example, how Benjamin Netanyahu promised to topple Hamas in the Gaza Strip during an election campaign in 2009 and how through 12 consecutive years as prime minister he refrained from ordering the IDF to do so.

Netanyahu was quick to respond to Wednesday’s attack, saying his administration would once again make the country safe. What Israelis need right now is security, not boasting of how the incoming government is going to do things differently. Let’s hope they can put their actions where their mouths are.
David Singer: Ending Jew-bashing at the UN
The United Nations favourite sport – Jew bashing - was on full display this past week at the 77th Session of the United Nations Fourth Committee (Special Political and Decolonization) - which approved six draft resolutions - all highly critical of Israel.

One of these draft resolutions - approved by 98 voting in favour to 17 against, with 52 abstentions - was titled “Israeli practices affecting the human rights of the Palestinian people in the Occupied Palestinian Territory, including East Jerusalem” (document A/C.4/77/L.12/Rev.1).

By its terms, the UN General Assembly would demand that Israel cease:
all measures that violate the human rights of the Palestinian people, including the killing and injuring of civilians,
the arbitrary detention and imprisonment of civilians,
the forced displacement of civilians
the transfer of its own population into the Occupied Palestinian Territory, including East Jerusalem”
and that:
“the General Assembly should request the International Court of Justice to render urgently an advisory opinion on the legal consequences arising from the ongoing violation by Israel of the right of the Palestinian people to self-determination, from its prolonged occupation, settlement and annexation of the Palestinian territory occupied since 1967”.

Vituperative verbal attacks on the Jewish State made by Bangladesh, Venezuela, South Africa, Iran, Libya, Niger, Türkiye, Algeria, Brunei Darussalam, Namibia, Indonesia, Kuwait, Japan, Qatar, Lebanon, Sudan, Malaysia and Yemen, all bastions of civil liberties, ensured Jew-bashing would continue at the United Nations whilst the 100 years-old Arab-Jewish conflict remains unresolved.
It is unacceptable for the ICJ to deliver opinion on Israel, West Bank
THE HISTORICAL, political and legal issues are extremely complex. An Israeli take on them was set out in convincing detail in a recent study by Professor Abraham Sion, which he called, “To whom was the promised land promised?” Sion is a former deputy state attorney of Israel and is a professor emeritus of law at Ariel University. If the world were governed by reason, logic and conscientious adherence to the rule of law, Sion’s book would be a game changer.

He submitted the entire legal process leading to the establishment of Israel to meticulous forensic examination and he demonstrates beyond any doubt that judicial rulings from the UN, the EU, the ICJ and elsewhere have often been at odds with a scrupulous interpretation of their legal basis. Over the past few decades, international bodies have reached a consensus that the West Bank and eastern Jerusalem are Palestinian territories, and that Israeli towns and cities in Judea and Samaria are illegal. Sion uncovers the solid legal building blocks that have been ignored or overlooked and that prove different.

In short, he demonstrates with chapter and verse that the almost universally accepted consensus on Israel’s legal position regarding the West Bank, settlements and Jerusalem is legally flawed.

In undertaking his scrupulous legal analysis, Sion’s original purpose was to ascertain who owned the legal right to the territory of Mandatory Palestine under international law. He identified the two competitors as the Arab nation on the one hand and the Jewish people on the other. Concerned solely with the legal position and not with political or related issues, he set out to establish the legal rights under the international law of both parties.

Sion demonstrates that in concluding that Israel is illegally occupying territory, international bodies never refer to the treaties that shaped the legal structure of the Middle East. He shows that the rights derived from those binding international commitments were still valid when Israel occupied the West Bank.

Sion is not alone in reaching conclusions like these, but of course, they have never been tested openly in any international judicial forum. If in due course the UN General Assembly asks the ICJ for an opinion, how could the court possibly render a valid legal determination without having the issues raised by Sion and many others argued before it?

On the very day that the UN committee voted to appeal to the ICJ for an opinion – November 11 – the ICJ began public hearings in The Hague in a long-running dispute between Venezuela and the former British colony of Guyana on the issue of the border between them. Each party is presenting its case to the court in preliminary hearings scheduled to last until November 22. The proceedings are not only open to the public but they are being videoed and publicized widely on social media.

Jerusalem Bombings Don't Mark Beginning of Third Intifada
Since March, shootings, stabbings and car rammings by Palestinians had claimed 27 lives in Israel. Still, Wednesday's twin bombings in Jerusalem felt different, recalling the bus bombings in 1995-1996 and the attacks of the Second Intifada from 2000 to 2005.

Yet there are several substantial differences between then and now. The first difference is that the IDF can and will go into any Palestinian city and neighborhood whenever it wants, which was not true of the first two years of the Second Intifada - until Operation Defensive Shield in 2002. Today, Israel acts continuously to dismantle the terrorist infrastructure in Palestinian cities.

Secondly, in the early days of the Second Intifada, before the IDF moved back into the Palestinian cities, Israel's intelligence about what was going on in those cities was limited. Today, its intelligence picture is significantly better.

Third, there remains nominal security coordination with the PA, unlike the Second Intifada when Yasser Arafat's Palestinian Authority was largely behind the terror war against Israel.

Fourth, the security fence, which was not in place in 2000, makes carrying out attacks more difficult. Before it was erected, terrorists could simply walk across fields and blow themselves up inside Israel's cities.
How did the Jerusalem bombings slip under the radar?
Since the beginning of the current terror wave, the security system has stuck to the explanation that the attacks were mostly perpetrated by lone terrorists, usually with problematic personal backgrounds of some kind, who woke up in the morning – many times having been "inspired" by previous incidents – and decided to step out and attack without warning. In these cases, the defense establishment's position regarding the difficulty in predicting those dangers is quite logical.

But Wednesday's twin attacks in Jerusalem were different. The preparation of the bombs required the production or obtaining of explosive material, the collection of early intelligence, coordination in placing the explosives at two different and distant bus stops, leaving the scene, and timing the activation of both charges at the same time. There is no doubt that this time, it was not a lone terrorist behind the attack, but an organized cell. The preparations must have taken months and should not have gone unnoticed by the Shin Bet security agency, which was silent in the aftermath of the attack.

It's possible that the agency knew that something was in the works. Just at the beginning of the week, there were reports of a burned vehicle on Palestinian territory near an IDF location in Judea and Samaria that had wires indicating remote activation inside and other elements suspected of being explosives.

The Shin Bet said that the incident was being investigated, but perhaps that investigation was not fast enough. Since Wednesday morning, the security establishment's main goal has been to locate where the explosives originated from and destroy that infrastructure. The second, just as important, goal is to locate and arrest those responsible for the attack and who aided them.
Man injured in deadly Jerusalem terror bombing remains in critical condition
A 40-year-old man remained in critical condition Thursday morning, more than 24 hours after suffering severe head injuries in the first of two bomb attacks that struck bus stops in Jerusalem the previous day.

The man had been standing next to 16-year-old Israeli-Canadian yeshiva student Aryeh Schupak, who was killed in the blast.

Shaare Zedek Medical Center said in a statement that the hospital had treated six injured people and 17 suffering from acute anxiety attacks following the explosions.

As of Wednesday night, three remained hospitalized, including the man listed as critical, and two others in moderate condition, the hospital said.

Security officials investigating the blasts believe the attackers planted the bombs after arriving from Palestinian areas of East Jerusalem, according to unsourced reports from the Ynet news site and Channel 13 news.

One of the bombs was meant to set off a gas canister when it detonated, Channel 13 said.

Police believe the attackers were familiar with the area and had scoped it out ahead of time. Security officials have not ruled out the possibility that the terrorists hold Israeli identification cards, the network reported.

HonestReporting Executive Director Gil Hoffman Discusses Escalating Terror Wave on CNN
On Wednesday, a double bombing by Palestinian terrorists killed one and injured at least 22 others in Jerusalem, stoking fears in Israel that another intifada is just around the corner. For months, the Jewish state has been coping with a deadly terror wave: since March, 28 Israelis have been murdered in shooting and stabbing attacks throughout the country. Yet Wednesday's attacks reportedly marked the first bombing in Jerusalem since April 2016, raising fears of further escalation.

In an interview with CNN, HonestReporting Executive Director Gil Hoffman analyzed the implications of this week's events, explaining that the Second Intifada never ended. "If the world wonders why Israel has entered places like Jenin and Nablus: it happened because that's been necessary to stop the murder of children like what happened today," Hoffman told anchor Anna Coren. He also touched upon the political situation in Jerusalem.

The Israel Guys: BREAKING: TERRORISTS BOMB 2 Bus Stations in Jerusalem
Explosions were heard in Jerusalem as two bombs went off in different locations injuring multiple people, the Likud party released a list of its demands in the ongoing coalition negotiations, and negotiations seem to have been pushed back to square one, and Iran is blaming Israel for the assassination of one of its senior commanders.

Zelenskyy speaks to Herzog, extends condolences over Jerusalem attacks
Israeli President Isaac Herzog spoke on Thursday with his Ukrainian counterpart, Volodymyr Zelenskyy, who expressed sorrow over the previous day’s Jerusalem bombings.

Zelenskyy called on the Israeli people to remain strong in the face of the terror attacks. Those attacks resulted in the killing of Aryeh Shechopek, 16, a yeshiva student.

More than 20 other persons were wounded in the two explosions that targeted bus stops near entrances to Israel’s capital during the morning rush hour.

Herzog thanked Zelenskyy for his kind words. The president added that the Israeli public is concerned for the well-being of the Ukrainian people and is working in various ways to alleviate its suffering.

Israel set up a field hospital in Ukraine in March, shortly after the war began, and has supplied other humanitarian aid as well.

Police investigating ‘all directions’ after possible car-ramming in Beersheva
Police are investigating “all directions” after a vehicle struck a pedestrian in Beersheva on Thursday, causing moderate injuries.

The driver, who according to Mako is a resident of the Bedouin town of Rahat, was also injured in the incident, and was evacuated for medical treatment. He was jointly overpowered by civilians and police, and was placed under arrest, according to the report.

The possible terror attack occurred on the city’s Ilan Ramon Street.

Israel Police Negev Sub-District Chief Lt. Cmdr. Nitzav Nashon Negler arrived on the scene to oversee the investigation.

The pedestrian was fully conscious after being struck, according to Magen David Adom paramedics.

Body of Israeli youth seized by gunmen in Jenin returned to family
The body of a young Israeli man, that was snatched from a Jenin hospital by Palestinian gunmen on Tuesday, has been returned to his family, according to the Israel Defense Forces.

The return followed efforts of Israeli security forces acting in coordination with Palestinian security forces and the Palestinian Authority, said the IDF.

Tiran Fero, 17, a member of Israel’s Druze community, entered Jenin via the Gilboa crossing on Tuesday together with a friend to get his car repaired. He was severely injured in a car accident and hospitalized in Jenin, where he underwent surgery. According to the IDF, he died of his injuries soon afterwards.

Some time afterwards, dozens of Palestinian gunmen stormed the hospital, seizing the body and issuing demands for the release of bodies of terrorists. According to Israeli media reports, the gunmen believed that Fero was an Israeli soldier.

Mowafaq Tarif, the spiritual head of the Druze Israeli community, contradicted the IDF’s version of events, stating that the youth had still been alive when he was taken.
Terrified of the Druze, Arabs Return Stolen Boy’s Body
30 hours after Tiran Fero was murdered in a Jenin hospital and his body stolen by terrorists within the Palestinian Authority controlled city, Fero’s body was returned to his family early Thursday morning. Fero, an 18-year-old Israeli-Druze high school student from Daliat El Carmel was driving in PA controlled Jenin when he was in a car accident. His friend who was with him was taken to an Israeli hospital, but Fero was taken, alive, to a hospital in Jenin.

There, in front of his father, armed terrorists entered the boy’s room, disconnected him from life support, killing him, and took his body. The Palestinian Authority managed to retrieve the body and put it on a Red Crescent ambulance back to the family, but then, armed terrorists stopped the ambulance and stole the body again. They demanded the release of the bodies of dead terrorists from Israel, in exchange.

The enraged Druze community threatened to invade Jenin and do whatever it takes to get him back. Israeli Druze citizens blocked Road 6, the main highway, in protest. There are claims that overnight they kidnapped four Palestinian Authority Arabs from the village of Beni Naim. Members of the community allegedly told the terrorist groups that PA Arabs from Jenin would start dying if the boy’s body was not returned.

Videos were released of PA Arabs who were allegedly kidnapped, including three from the Hebron area. All of them have since been released.
A Teen Death in Jenin Unlike All Others Tiran Fero and Media Negligence
International media outlets, which intensively cover teens dying under violent circumstances in Palestinian cities, were uncharacteristically derelict yesterday in reporting the death of 17-year-old Tiran Fero in Jenin.

The circumstances behind Tiran’s death were completely unlike those surrounding the heavily reported deaths of Palestinian teens killed in clashes with troops, and not only because he was an Israeli citizen. It’s exactly these unusual circumstances which make his case highly newsworthy, and yet muted news coverage — inaccurate and incomplete — buried his story. Yet, fast intervention from CAMERA’s Israel office prompted substantive improvements at numerous leading media outlets.

Tiran Fero, a 17-year-old Israeli Druze citizen, was brought to a Jenin hospital after he was critically injured in a nearby car accident. According to his father who was on the scene, Islamic Jihad gunmen detached Tiran from the life-saving ventilator Wednesday (Nov. 23), killing him, and then abducted his body.

At a little after 7 am in Israel yesterday morning, Nov. 23, Tiran’s father, Husam, told Ynet Radio:
My son and I were across from the room and suddenly 20 armed and masked men from Islamic Jihad entered, horror and terror. We managed to escape somewhere and they simply kidnapped him, living, in front of my eyes. They detached him from the [life support] machines and killed him. Afterwards, they began to shoot in the air, as if they scored some big accomplishment. (CAMERA’s translation).

Army Radio also aired an interview with Tiran’s uncle around 7:30 am who said that Tiran’s father and brother witnessed gunmen disconnecting Tiran, who was alive, from the life support system to kidnap him, thereby killing him. The uncle reported that Tiran’s condition had stabilized when he was on the machine, before he was kidnapped.

Many media outlets, both Israeli and internationally, initially reported that Palestinian gunmen snatched Tiran’s body from the Jenin hospital after he died in a car accident. To be fair, these reports relied on information sent by the Israeli military several hours before the family members went on the air maintaining that terrorists killed Tiran, unplugging him from the ventilator.

Learn from the Druze and get results
Eight years ago I guided a group of Druze Israelis in Jerusalem .

When I asked the group leader which sites they would like to visit he said first of all Har Nof (mountain view).I thought he mistakenly said the name of that quiet Jewish neighborhood but meant the well known sites like Har Habayot or Har Zion.

He explained why they came from their Galilee village to Har Nof .It was there several years ago where one of their people was killed when as a policeman he rushed to the scene of an Arab terror attack in a synagogue. I had to catch my breath.

My cousin Aryeh Kupinsky was brutally murdered in that same attack.

As we drove onto the neighborhood, the group leader if Arabs still dare to enter it.

I told him, yes, of course.

He looked at me with what seemed to me an expression of surprise, pity and disdain.

I knew what he was thinking:

If that happened to one of ours no Arab would risk showing his face in our village.

I felt ashamed. We Jews who proudly returned to our own land and swore never again, have lost steam and pay the price daily.We live with the price. I thought to myself what if the Druze made security policy in Israel

Would its citizens be safer? I knew the answer.
Shin Bet thwarts bus bombing by Gazan with work permit
Israel’s Shin Bet security agency said it thwarted a bus bombing by a Gazan with a permit to work in Israel.

The agency arrested 31-year-old Fathi Ziad Zakot, a resident of Rafiah in the southern Gaza Strip. Palestinian Islamic Jihad recruited Zakot to plant a bomb on a bus in the South of the country.

The bomb and other materials were seized by security forces.

According to the agency, Zakot underwent explosive training by terrorists in the Hamas-ruled enclave and had begun collecting explosive materials to assemble the bomb while he was in Israel.

The Shin Bet said the investigation revealed that the attempted attack was directed by Jihad Na’am, a senior Islamic Jihad official in Rafiah. The investigation also found that two of his relatives, both activists of the terrorist group, had recruited him to carry out the attack.

The indictment said that while he initially refused to carry out the attack, “after a persuasive conversation, he relented.” He initially thought to place a bomb in an event hall or shopping mall. He later decided to place the bomb on a bus that he used to take while in Israel.

The indictment also said that during 2014’s Operation Protective Edge, after an attack on a weapons warehouse that had been in the home of an Islamic Jihad operative, Zakat stored rocket-propelled grenades in his brother’s home and made sure to return them to the organization’s operatives when there was a lull in the fighting. He also assisted the group in moving concrete slabs from an Islamic Jihad position to the opening of a cross-border attack tunnel used by the group in 2016.

In security breach, Iranian hackers steal Jerusalem bombing footage—WATCH
Iranian hackers penetrated a major Israeli security organization to steal and subsequently publish surveillance footage that captured one of Wednesday’s twin bombings in Jerusalem.

While most details remain under gag order, Israeli authorities cleared for publication on Thursday that the footage was genuine and was acquired by the Moses Staff group in what amounted to a significant security breach.

“Dark life: You will pay for the blood that has been shed. You will not have peace and comfort in the occupied territories of Palestine. We will determine your end. In addition, we formatted the hard drive of the cameras for you!” the group wrote on Thursday in a Twitter post in Farsi that contained a video with excerpts of the stolen footage.

“You don’t see peace anymore,” it added in both English and Hebrew.

The Iranian group originally said it had hacked police cameras, a claim Israeli officials denied.

According to reports, Moses Staff several months ago released footage from police cameras placed across Jerusalem and in Tel Aviv.

Last year, the group published data allegedly stolen from the Israeli Defense Ministry that contained sensitive information about IDF soldiers.
Iranian hacker group publishes CCTV footage of Jerusalem terror attacks

Ontario Arabic Paper’s Editor Downplays Holocaust; Meshwar Describes Terror Bombings as “Beautiful”
Canada recently made Holocaust denial illegal in the Criminal Code in an effort to stop hatemongers from denying and downplaying the Holocaust, that saw the systematic murder of six million Jews by the Nazis.

On November 16, Nazih Khatatba, Editor-in-Chief of the antisemitic and anti-Israel Mississauga-based Arabic-language publication Meshwar, wrote the following on his Facebook page:

“Why are the Zionist organizations afraid of opening the Holocaust file, preventing researchers from approaching it, and protecting it with strict laws that threaten those who come near it with imprisonment, prosecution, and even dismissal from work? Is it possible that they are hiding something, and we do not know?”

The Holocaust is the most documented genocide in history, with open and accessible archives that have been digitized for ease of research. No one is hiding anything.

Whether these comments amount to “willful promotion of antisemitism,” is a matter to be determined by relevant Canadian authorities who seek to enforce Criminal Code provisions related to Holocaust denial.

Meanwhile, on November 23, a Meshwar article described past terror bombing attacks that have murdered and maimed innocent Israeli civilians as “beautiful,” saying that the twin bombing attacks that killed 16-year-old Canadian-Israeli Aryeh Shechopek, was a “another qualitative operation, which upended all the security balances of the occupation, its army, and its intelligence services…”

Group praising Jerusalem bombing banned from Twitter by Elon Musk
After the Jisr Collective expressed praise for the deadly Wednesday Jerusalem bombing in a series of posts on Twitter, company CEO Elon Musk banned the anti-Israel group from the social media platform on Thursday.

"That is not ok," said Musk in response to a post by political commentator Ian Miles Cheong, in which he shared a screenshot of the collective "actively promoting and celebrating violence against Jews. The account has been active since 2021. I hope more can be done to crack down on this."

In the screenshots shared by Cheong, the Jisr Collective had posted a video of the bombings declaring that "The resistance has spoken. Explosion in al-Quds [Jerusalem]," and in another post of a burning bus, "How many more billions of dollars do the imperialists want to spend for these spectacular moments?"

Fury as BBC pundit calls Jerusalem bombing 'Palestinian World Cup'
A controversial pundit that the BBC insists on featuring despite his support for terror has sparked fury by calling Wednesday's bombings in Jerusalem the "Palestinian World Cup".

Politicians and high profile cultural figures have condemned the national broadcaster for repeatedly hosting Abdel Bari Atwan, who has previously praised terrorists as “martyrs” and called an atrocity a “miracle”.

The Palestinian journalist has repeatedly appeared on flagship show Dateline London and BBC Arabic.

Writing on Twitter in Arabic, Mr Atwan said: “Bombings with explosive devices in occupied Jerusalem, one Israeli dead and many injured. And al-Aqsa Martyrs Brigade seizing the body of a settler in Jenin, this is the beginning of a very different Palestinian World Cup," translations provided by CAMERA Arabic reveal.

Mr Atwan's comments appeared to refer to twin blasts in Israel’s capital that killed two and injured more than 19 civilians.

Explosive devices at bus stops had reportedly been packed with nails to maximise their impact and detonated from afar by mobile phone. abdel bari atwan

In response to Mr Atwan's latest comments, Greg Smith MP said: “To say the terrorist murder of an Israeli child and serious injuries to many others is the start of ‘the Palestinian world cup’ is sickening and hate filled.
Supreme Court permanently bars screening ‘Jenin Jenin’ in Israel
The Supreme Court on Wednesday issued a final ruling permanently barring the documentary Jenin Jenin from being screened in Israel.

The film has caused controversy dating back to the Second Intifada in 2002 when it was created to present Israel’s operation against Palestinian terror in Jenin that year in a negative light.

At the time, Israeli critics said that the IDF had committed a massacre in Jenin, whereas the IDF pointed to deaths on both the Israeli and Palestinian sides in hotly contested battles to show that the film was false or highly misleading.

The ruling by a vote of 2-1, with Justices Alex Stein and David Mintz in the majority and Justice Yitzhak Amit dissenting, in some ways reverses the outcome of multiple earlier rulings on the documentary by the Supreme Court.

In two prior but somewhat different lawsuits, the Supreme Court allowed the movie to continue to be screened, either because the objection to its screening was too vague and ran up against free speech principles or because the group of specific plaintiffs suing for defamation was not actually visible in the movie.

Besides the current panel being more conservative than prior panels, the current plaintiff who sued for defamation was also visible for four seconds during the film.
PMW: PA urges youth to seek “Martyrdom-death,” which it presents as a “wedding”
While others would mourn, the PA revels in the death of Palestinian children and youth. As is being exposed daily this week by Palestinian Media Watch in honor of World Children’s Day, the PA actively encourages youth to seek death for “Palestine” and “Allah,” promoting it as a “wedding” to 72 Virgins in Paradise.

Such “weddings of Martyrs” – funerals of dead teenagers - are broadcast on official PA TV, and their deaths are glorified. As footage from a “Martyr’s” funeral was shown, a PA TV host interpreted the “message” of the song playing in the background about a “Martyr’s wedding” to indicate that the Palestinian “living youth will not return to their mothers alive, but will be married off in a procession as Martyrs”:

Song: “Mother, in a new dress accompany me to [my] wedding. I came to you as a Martyr, O mother, O mother.”

Official PA TV host: “This song was spread on social media and shows one of the youths during the confrontations with the occupation soldiers in Hebron. Perhaps there is a message in it: That even the living youth will not return to their mothers alive, but will be married off in a procession as Martyrs.”

Young Palestinian: “Mother, in a new dress accompany me to [my] wedding. I came to you as a Martyr, O mother, O mother.”

[Official PA TV, A Tour of Social Media, Oct. 28, 2022]

PMW has shown how the deaths of teenagers serve a dual purpose for the PA: On one hand the PA exploits them to reinforce the libel that Israeli soldiers deliberately target Palestinian kids and youth, and on the other, the PA uses them to encourage more teen terror.

Earlier this week on UN World Children’s Day, PMW released a report showing how and why the PA kills its own children.
PA TV misrepresents Israeli coastal city Jaffa as in “Palestine”
Official PA TV narrator: “The city of Jaffa… its location has a special significance because it overlooks the Mediterranean Sea, relatively warm and quiet waters, and therefore it is one of Palestine’s (sic., Israel’s) points of access to the Mediterranean Sea, and one of the country’s main gates to the west. Through it, Palestine connects to the Mediterranean Sea states and the states of Europe, Africa, and even America.” [Official PA TV, Palestinian Cities, Nov. 11, 2022]

Israel Provides West with Intelligence on Iranian Arms Transfers to Russia
Israel in recent weeks has provided a dossier with intelligence about Iranian arms transfers to Russia to its embassies in dozens of Western countries and senior NATO officials, according to Israeli officials and Israeli Foreign Ministry cables.

Why it matters: The new diplomatic and intelligence effort, which started at the end of October, represents a change in Israeli behavior around Iran's role in the war in Ukraine, which until last month didn’t include active lobbying on the issue to avoid tensions with Russia.

Israeli officials said they hope to use the current focus on Iranian assistance to the Russian war effort as a means for increasing international pressure on Tehran.

Iran has repeatedly denied supplying Russia with weapons since the war began, despite growing Western intelligence and evidence to the contrary.

Behind the scenes: Israeli officials said that on Oct. 20, the Israeli Foreign Ministry sent a secret cable to a few dozen Israeli embassies in key countries asking them to start raising the issue of Iranian drone transfers to Russia and the possible transfer of ballistic missiles.

UN Rights Council Votes to Probe Iran’s Ongoing Crackdown
The UN Rights Council voted on Thursday to appoint an independent investigation into Iran‘s deadly repression of protests, passing the motion to cheers of activists amid an intensifying crackdown in Kurdish areas over recent days.

Volker Turk, the UN rights commissioner, had earlier demanded that Iran end its “disproportionate” use of force in quashing protests that have erupted after the death in custody of 22-year old Kurdish woman Mahsa Amini on Sept. 16.

The protests have particularly focused on women’s rights – Amini was detained by morality police for attire deemed inappropriate under Iran‘s Islamic dress code – but have also called for the fall of Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei.

The unrest has posed one of the boldest challenges to Iran‘s clerical ruling elite since it came to power in the 1979 Islamic revolution, though authorities have crushed previous rounds of major protests.

The mission appointed by the rights council’s vote on Thursday will collect evidence into abuses during the authorities’ deadly crackdown. Evidence assembled by a mission appointed by the same council was later used for the prosecution of a Syrian ex-officer in Germany who was accused of war crimes.

Tehran’s representative at the Geneva meeting Khadijeh Karimi earlier accused Western states of using the rights council to target Iran, a move she called “appalling and disgraceful”.

Thursday’s vote had been seen as a test of Western clout in the council with China pushing a last-minute amendment to strip out the investigation but it eventually passed easily.

Turk, who said Iran faced a “full fledged human rights crisis” with 14,000 people arrested, including children, said Tehran had not responded to a request he had made to visit the country.

Iran has given no death toll for protesters, but a deputy foreign minister, Ali Bagheri Kani, said on Thursday that around 50 police had died and hundreds been injured in the unrest – the first official figure for deaths among security forces.

He did not say whether that figure also included deaths among other security forces such as the Bassij or the Revolutionary Guards.

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