Sunday, May 19, 2024

05/19 Links: Helicopter Carrying Iranian President Crashes; ‘Palestinianism’ – An Ideology of Genocide; The Case Against Israel Has Just Collapsed

From Ian:

‘Palestinianism’ – An Ideology of Genocide
Emrah Erken finally elaborated the connection between ‘National Socialism‘, ‘Palestianism‘, and ‘Wokism‘ in the fabrication of the fake-nation “Palestinian”:

“”Palestinian” inventors
- Mohammed Amin al-Husseini, Grand Mufti of Jerusalem, member of the Muslim Brotherhood and the SS, here with Heinrich Himmler. He is considered the inventor of the fake nation of the so-called “Palestinians”. The PLO charter adopted his ideas. He was the doyen and sponsor of the Egyptian terrorist Yasser Arafat
- Yasser Arafat, an Egyptian terrorist described himself as a “Palestinian.” Here with Khomeini. He was instrumental in the founding of the mullahs’ regime’s Revolutionary Guards. Arafat is the inventor of international terrorism.
- Edward W. Said. One of the main inventors of the woke left’s pseudo-scientific, racist, and anti-Western Postcolonial Theory ideology. Edward W. Said was also a supporter of the mullahs’ regime and an advisor to Arafat and is considered an ideologist of Palestinian terror.” (translation Naftali Hirschl)

In reality, we have to deal with Arab Muslims who started under the lead of the PLO to identify themselves as “Palestinians”. The “Palestinians” happen to be – according to the design given by Arafat, Soviet Communism, Nazis, and the Muslim Brotherhood – an antidemocratic antisemitic terrorist against Jews and the State of Israel. But not only: The ‘Palestinian‘ become the fabricated global enemy of freedom, democracy, and capitalism in the name of Allah: The Jihadist and his big business of drugs, slavery, and terrorism.

Even leading “Palestinian” leaders confessed quite frankly: “Palestinian spokesperson Ahmad Shuqeiri told the UN Security Council in 1956 that Palestine was nothing more than southern Syria. The head of the Military Operations Department of the Palestine Liberation Organization (PLO), Zuheir Muhsein, declared on March 31, 1977, “Only for political reasons do we carefully underline our Palestinian identity. …the existence of a separate Palestinian identity is there for tactical reasons.” The PLO, in its own Charter or amended Basic Law (article 1), states that Palestine is part of the Arab nation.”

For Arafat, the “Palestinians” were first descendants of the Jeobites, then the Philistines, and finally a special Arab culture that no one had ever heard of before. Other representatives of anti-democratic Islamism see the “Palestinians” as the direct descendants of the Canaanites. There is no scientific evidence for any of these PLO/Fatah claims.

After all, the fact is that neither the Koran nor the Torah speaks of a “Palestinian” people. The “Palestinian” people happen to be unknown in about 4.000 years of history. It is safe to say, they never existed.

From this, we can derive that the “Palestinian” is neither a people, a nation nor a religion. The “Palestinian” is a fabricated ideology whose sole purpose and aim is to destroy Israel and annihilate the Jewish people.

Now, let us come back to my introductory argument which now falls into place:

An ideology finally can be forbidden on legal grounds such as for example ‘National Socialism’ is forbidden in Germany. The carrier of the ideology is the ‘Palestinian’. The ‘Palestinian’ does not represent a people, a nation, or a religion, but simply is a carrier of an ideology: The antisemitic and antidemocratic ideology of ‘Palestinianism’.

Like, to give an example, the ‘Socialist’. He is the carrier of the ideology of ‘Socialism’, but the ‘Socialist’ is neither a people, a nation nor a religion. The same holds true for the ‘Communist’ etc. I am sure you caught the idea.

Conclusion: ‘Palestinianism’ must be forbidden as an ideology of genocide where the main genocidal ideologies of the world found a synthesis: Communism, National Socialism, and Jihad/Muslim Brotherhood. If we speak of ‘Palestinians‘ we are not speaking about a people, a nation, or religion. We speak about the representative of a deadly, genocidal ideology.
Salman Rushdie: If there was a Palestinian state it’d ‘Taliban-like,’ ruled by Hamas
Salman Rushdie, the British-American author who narrowly survived an attempt on his life in 2022 by a suspected Islamist radical, said Sunday that if a Palestinian state were established today, it would be “a Taliban-like state” governed by Hamas.

The Indian-born novelist criticized anti-Israel student protests, saying in an interview with German tabloid Bild that it was “strange” that progressive youth would support a “fascist terrorist group” like Hamas.

Noting the protesters’ demand “to liberate Palestine,” Rushdie says he’s long supported a Palestinian state but warned it would become an authoritarian Islamist regime like Afghanistan.

“But if there were a Palestinian state now, it would be run by Hamas and we would have a Taliban-like state. A satellite state of Iran. Is this what the progressive movements of the Western Left want to create?” he said.

Rushdie said he understood the protests as an emotional reaction to Palestinian deaths, and that “any normal person can only be shocked by what is happening in Gaza right now.”

“That’s okay. But when it slides into antisemitism and sometimes even support for Hamas, then it becomes problematic,” he said, adding that he thought protesters should at least hold the terror group responsible for the war too.

“It all started with them,” he said, in an apparent reference to Hamas’s October 7 massacre that started the war, when terrorists rampaged through southern communities, slaughtering some 1,200 people, mostly civilians, and taking 252 hostages to Gaza.
Dave Rich: The 7 October Hamas attack opened a space – and antisemitism filled it. British Jews are living with the consequences
This is not where Jews want to be, with this ancient hatred that ought to reside only in history books making headlines every week. A UK home secretary – who accused the police of handling pro-Palestinian protests too leniently - and mealy mouthed university presidents in the US – who seemed unable to unreservedly condemn those on campus who call for the genocide of Jews - lost their jobs in the throes of it. Political and media rows rage for days because of it. Past generations of British Jews have traditionally stayed well below the parapet, getting on with life in a very British way. Now it feels like we are permanently under the microscope.

This is not only a problem on the left, or just about Israel. Last month, a teenage neo-Nazi was convicted of planning to bomb a synagogue in Brighton. Elon Musk described as “the actual truth” the far-right conspiracy theory that Jews incite hatred against white people. Activists with huge online followings get millions of views for social media posts that would not be out of place in the Nazi propaganda rag Der Stürmer. When this much antisemitism is in the air, it’s hard not to breathe it in.

Why this happens demands a much broader answer. Many of the most common anti-Jewish myths and stereotypes – the association with money and power, of inhumane cruelty and blood lust, the belief that Jews kill children for fun or religion – are centuries old. Together, they offer a way of interpreting our world that depicts Jews as the antithesis, and the main threat, to whatever society deems to be good, moral and humane.

Given this history, it should not surprise us that a protest movement that treats the world’s only Jewish state as a transgressor of all moral and human norms attracts some people who do not like Jews. All those placards alleging a “Palestinian Holocaust”, the “Gaza” graffiti on a sign attached to the railings of the Wiener Holocaust Library in London, “SS IDF” daubed in red paint on my late parents’ synagogue: this particular slander is the latest version of the same old charge that frames Jews as a demonic presence that pollutes our world. Those who were once condemned as Christ-killers are now cursed as genocidal Nazis.

Jews know all of this, but it seems that everyone else has forgotten it. Like hikers following a well-trodden trail across unfamiliar terrain, most people who fall for these ideas are not cranks or fools: they are just part of our world where these assumptions and myths about Jews are woven into the fabric. Nor do you need to wander to the wildest fringes to find them: they reside in Shakespeare, Chaucer and Voltaire. There is the writings of Henry Ford. Or, for that matter, the comments of Kanye West (who talked of “going death con 3 On JEWISH PEOPLE” and praised Hitler, before later offering an apology). Antisemitism is the product of some of history’s finest minds and most talented creators. No wonder it proves so popular and enduring.

There is a well-worn metaphor that Jews are the canary in the coalmine, with antisemitism an early indicator of invisible problems in society. I’m not a fan of this metaphor because it presumes the canary is expendable. Nevertheless, it reflects a deeper truth. Antisemitism has a fluid quality, filling whatever space is opened to it, seeping into the cracks and widening them further. It has dominated conversation among British Jews since 7 October to an unprecedented extent – but really, it is everyone else who needs to think about what it means.
Admitting Gazan refugees would be proof that Britain has a death wish
These MPs are advocating a scheme for Palestinians similar to the Homes for Ukraine Sponsorship programme introduced in 2022. But it’s not a fair comparison. We took in Ukrainians in part because we have a security agreement with Ukraine and can be fairly certain that none of those fleeing the Russian invasion are terrorists.

Sadly the same cannot be said for occupants of a country run by Hamas. Regardless of their medical – or other – qualifications, we have no idea how many Gazans support their murdering, raping masters, or how many have been further radicalised by war.

It would surely be better if these Labour MPs focused on our own problems, without burdening Britain yet further with someone else’s. They could also be lobbying other countries in the Middle East to give Palestinians the help they need. The likes of Egypt have been reticent to open their borders.

It is also worth noting that a Palestinian student has already had her visa revoked after saying she was “full of joy” after the October 7 attacks. Dana Abuqamar, 19, a law student at the University of Manchester, said that she was “proud that Palestinian resistance has come to this point” after the atrocities. It would be naive to believe that the average Palestinian wishing to come to the UK thinks much differently.

Helicopter Carrying Iranian President Crashes in Mountains, Rescue Operation Underway
A helicopter carrying Iranian president Ebrahim Raisi and his foreign minister crashed on Sunday as it was crossing mountain terrain in heavy fog on the way back from a visit to the border with Azerbaijan, an Iranian official told Reuters.

The official said the lives of Raisi and Foreign Minister Hossein Amirabdollahian were "at risk following the helicopter crash."

"We are still hopeful but information coming from the crash site is very concerning," said the official, speaking on condition of anonymity.

The bad weather was complicating rescue efforts, the state news agency IRNA reported.

State TV stopped all its regular programming to show prayers being held for Raisi across the country and, in a corner of the screen, live coverage of rescue teams searching the mountainous area on foot in heavy fog.

The 63-year-old was elected president at the second attempt in 2021, and since taking office has ordered a tightening of morality laws, overseen a bloody crackdown on anti-government protests, and pushed hard in nuclear talks with world powers.

In Iran's dual political system, split between the clerical establishment and the government, it is the supreme leader rather than the president who has the final say on all major policies.

But many see Raisi as a strong contender to succeed his 85-year-old mentor, Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei, who has strongly endorsed Raisi's main policies.

Ex-IDF intel. chief Hayman: It would be hard to find a next Iran president worse than Raisi
In the event that Iranian President Ebrahim Raisi has died in a possible helicopter crash, “it would be hard to find someone worse,” former IDF intelligence chief Maj. Gen. (res.) Tamir Hayman told the Jerusalem Post on Sunday.

In terms of the impact on the ongoing Iran-Israel conflict, Hayman, who is currently the Executive Director of INSS, said, “it would have no strategic impact, just that it would be less of a headache in choosing the next president.”

He noted that the Iranian president as a rule is “an administrative political position and that there are set procedures for replacing him.” What will happen if Raisi is dead?

Former IDF intelligence chief Aharon Zeevi Farkash agreed with Hayman that if Raisi is dead, it would have little impact because only Iran's Supreme Leader, Ayatollah Ali Khamenei, makes major strategic decisions, not the president.

Despite those views, Khamenei is 85 years old, has been in poor health for years, and has been viewed in recent years as the leading candidate to succeed Khamenei.

Khamenei took considerable measures to ensure Raisi’s two election wins, disqualifying a number of other former top senior officials who might have presented him with a serious challenge.

If Raisi is dead, a new underground race to be Khamenei’s successor could be reignited, even though Raisi did not necessarily have the top job locked up by any means.
With the fate of Raisi in question, his denial and hatred for Jews and Israel takes the spotlight
Iranian President Ebrahim Raisi's provocative statements on the Holocaust and Israel have intensified global tensions and spotlighted the deep-seated rifts between Tehran and Jerusalem following his helicopter's "hard landing" due to foggy conditions on Sunday.

The helicopter carrying Raisi was forced to land amid challenging weather and crashed in a forested area between the villages of PirDavood and Uzi in northwestern Iran. Over 40 rescue teams have been deployed in the search efforts.

Raisi's comments during a September 19, 2022, CBS's "60 Minutes" interview have particularly ignited backlash. He suggested that "There are some signs that [the Holocaust] happened, but further research needs to be done to investigate it," a statement widely condemned as a form of Holocaust denial, especially sensitive given Israel's role as a refuge for Holocaust survivors. "If a state shakes hands with the Zionist regime, then they are an accomplice to their crimes,” he declared in 2022.

The Iranian president's rhetoric has not only revisited historical controversies but also heightened current geopolitical tensions. He has described Israel as a "false regime," reaffirming Iran's longstanding denial of Israel's legitimacy. Adding to tensions, Raisi has made threats against major Israeli cities, including Tel Aviv and Haifa, linking their potential destruction to provocations on Holocaust Remembrance Day.

Raisi's continuous denial of Israel
On resolving the Israeli-Palestinian conflict, Raisi has been clear in his intentions, stating, "The only solution is a Palestinian state from the river to the sea.'"

He has also remarked that the “Zionist regime’s crimes have crossed the redlines, which may force everyone to take action,” in reference to Israeli military actions in Gaza as of October 29.

The international response to Raisi's comments has been swift and widespread. Israeli officials and key global Jewish organizations, such as the United States Holocaust Memorial Museum and the World Jewish Congress, have criticized his remarks as antisemitic, urging a strong international response to Iran's leadership.

Lt. Gen. (Res.) Aviv Kohavi, former chief of staff of the Israeli army, highlighted the dangers of a regime distorting historical truths. During a visit to Auschwitz, he discussed the risks associated with such denials for global security, particularly concerning Iran's nuclear ambitions.

On the topic of normalizing relations with Israel, Raisi stated, “Countries that seek to normalize relations with this cruel and criminal regime are ashamed before their nations today.” He further predicted in January 2024 that the Israel-Hamas conflict would lead to "Israel's destruction.”

Phyllis Chesler: Never stop fighting Jew-hatred
Once the terrible sight of Israeli blood, of charred and/or raped Israeli corpses, was broadcast the world over, the haters knew it was possible to chase the Jews down, to try to destroy us yet again. Who would protect us? The IDF was under the most profound siege on Israel’s northern and southern borders and in its historical heartland in Judea and Samaria.

Diaspora Jewry was seen as safe because Israel was militarily, economically, culturally, scientifically and technologically strong. Israel led the world in counterterrorism and was the only country in the Middle East that protects all religions, not just Judaism.

Israel’s strength meant that left-wing Diaspora Jews who loudly criticized Israel’s every imperfection and failure, and right-wing Diaspora Jews who kept supporting Israel no matter what, were safe because Israel existed. Israelis who excel at dissenting politics and are geniuses at criticizing their government were also kept relatively safe because Israel was and was seen as strong. Without this, we would all be subject to the historically endless pogroms and persecutions that have characterized Jewish existence in both the Muslim and the Christian world.

Things have changed. Israel looks vulnerable and the Jew-haters have been emboldened as a result.

So, if Diaspora Jews and our Christian, Hindu, Sikh and Muslim friends the world over want to help both the Jews and the West to defeat barbarism, they must strengthen the IDF in every way. These precious young men and women are on the front line fighting for civilization. However imperfect Israeli and American leaders and political systems may be, they are far better than those of Iran, China, Russia, Turkey, Afghanistan and North Korea.

Now is the time to act. I am urging you, imploring you, to do so.

Send money to the IDF and Israel’s ambulance and medical services. Volunteer as physicians and physical therapists, nurses, harvesters, fruit pickers and compassionate caregivers. Stand with pro-Israel demonstrators. Attend your local city council meetings, write articles for and letters to newspapers. Sue schools for harassing and chasing Jewish students away. Work to end the poisoned curriculum that has turned students into Jew-hating zombies.

This work may take decades to complete. Begin it today. And whatever you choose to do, never stop.

The fate of the world is in your hands.
Jake Wallis Simons: The Case Against Israel Has Just Collapsed
Earlier this month, the UN halved its assessment of the numbers of women and children killed in Gaza. For months, the UN has trusted figures produced by the same savages who butchered Israeli women and children on Oct. 7. Two decades after our invasion of Iraq, death tolls remain intensely disputed, ranging enormously from 100,000 to 600,000. Yet we're expected to believe that Hamas has the professionalism to provide statistics within hours, reliable to the single digit.

Statisticians have debunked the data. Yet the narrative remains unchanged, even by President Biden. Clearly, the sheer volume of the footage of suffering civilians - all projected by Hamas, which censors pictures of dead or wounded combatants - has caused us to lose our minds. When we fought in Afghanistan, Syria and Iraq, nobody debated civilian casualties. Yet when it comes to Israel, it's all anybody talks about. We are being played.

This is why Gazan civilians are barred from the safety of the tunnels, even though the whole population would fit inside them. Hamas' leaders have been doing their best to get their people killed on camera, then fabricated the figures. They have been doing so to brainwash the international media, political leaders, celebrities and the protesters on our streets, to believe the lie of Israeli "genocide."

Even a single innocent death is appalling. But the tragedy of the individual civilian in a warzone - no matter how heartrending - is not what sways the argument. It is the principle of a just war, which always involves civilian casualties. Israel did not choose this conflict any more than Britain chose to fight Nazi Germany. Democracies are sometimes faced with an ugly enemy and the only way to respond is with force. Churchill knew this. So does Israel.

The Jewish state is estimated to be killing proportionately fewer civilians than any other democracy in the history of warfare. To argue otherwise is simply wrong. Now let's talk about destroying jihadism.
Unquestioning Acceptance of Civilian Casualty Statistics Issued by Terrorists Has Done Terrible Damage
It has been clear for many months that the civilian casualty statistics issued by Hamas-controlled organizations in Gaza are highly suspect. Now the UN has adjusted its own figures. But the readiness of politicians, activists and media organizations to accept Hamas' figures uncritically has added fuel to the fire of the terrorists' propaganda war.

It may now be too late to correct the damage. The lies have fallen on fertile ground among groups who are often ignorant not just about the cause of the current conflict, but about the history of Israel itself. Israelis are not "settler-colonizers" committing genocide in Gaza. They are a free people defending themselves against terrorists.
UN chief Martin Griffiths defends Gaza death toll statistics
The UN humanitarian aid chief, Martin Griffiths, stood behind the organization’s Gaza death toll statistics by saying that they were “very cautious” in their approach, according to a BBC report from last week.

Israel reported recently that UN estimates of Gazan female and child fatalities were less than stated. UN data is most likely based on the data of the Hamas-run Government Media Office (GMO).

The UN reported 69% of the fatalities in Gaza since October 7 were women and children, but on May 8, they reduced it to 52%.

Hamas-run Health Ministry
The UN's Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA) put the reduction down to incomplete information which was subsequently revised, according to the report.

The UN claims to now be using figures from the Hamas-run Health Ministry in Gaza rather than the Government Media Office (GMO).

Griffiths said, "Gaza is a war zone, and the collection of data and statistics, while admirable and necessary, is first of all secondary to actually delivering some aid and, secondly, very difficult in cases of insecurity and violence.”

"So... be realistic, please, about what's possible in the middle of what we're seeing in Gaza. I think we are very cautious about these figures, and I think it's not right to blame the messenger who is trying to get the truth out of what is a very, very complicated situation,” Griffiths added.

Caroline Glick: Why has Gallant abandoned Israel’s war goals?
Arguably the most dangerous aspect of the IDF’s position is how it will implicate Israel in the transformation of the P.A. into “Palestine.” From the perspective of the administration and the rest of the international community, if the P.A. takes over Gaza, then the next step will be to compel Israel to vacate Judea and Samaria, and enable the establishment of a Palestinian state with Jerusalem as its capital.

This week, the “moderate” Arab states met in Bahrain to discuss American efforts to install the P.A. in Gaza. These “moderates” released a set of conditions for agreeing to the administration’s plan. Conditions included the deployment of an international force in Gaza, and Judea and Samaria; international condemnation of Israel’s control over the Rafah border crossing to Egypt; acceptance of “Palestine” as a member state at the United Nations; an international peace conference charged with dictating the terms of a “peace” deal between Israel and the Palestinians; and recognition of Jordanian custody over the Temple Mount in Jerusalem—that is, rejection of Israeli sovereignty over Jerusalem.

By backing a P.A. takeover of Gaza, the IDF is also supporting the U.S. plan to use the war to compel Israel to accept a Palestinian state, effectively controlled by Hamas not only in Gaza but in Judea, Samaria and Jerusalem.

More rigid axioms of the peace process
The question is why is the IDF ignoring the obvious fact that the only way to achieve the war aims set forth by the cabinet is to occupy and control Gaza? In an article this week in Tablet magazine, Michael Doran and Can Kasapoglu of the Hudson Institute placed the IDF’s doctrinal delusions in the context of the post-Cold War determination by NATO and U.S. strategists that the era of large conventional wars is over. Worth reading in full, the article makes clear that Israel’s national security elites’ attachment to Western counterparts detached them from their immediate surroundings and encouraged them to ignore the operational imperatives of life in a country surrounded by forces ideologically dedicated to its physical eradication.

But there is a more local cause as well for their refusal to countenance basic realities of military science in their stewardship of Israel’s national security. Since Israel’s establishment 76 years ago, the IDF General Staff has operated as a closed gentlemen’s club. Only those aligned with the zeitgeist of Israel’s secular, leftist elites have been permitted to enter. In the initial decades of the state, the social and ideological uniformity of the General Staff wasn’t that significant. Israel had no option other than fighting to win.

But since the United States transformed Israel into a military client in the 1970s, membership in the club involved embracing a doctrine of subservience and dependence on the Pentagon and the American liberal political establishment.

Moreover, since the failed peace process with the Palestinians began in 1993—and negotiations were led by members of the General Staff—the General Staff became a stakeholder in the process and in the success of its “partner,” the P.A. This position rendered the General Staff’s already rigid framework for viewing local threats through the prism of how various responses would affect the IDF’s relationship with the United States even narrower. Now generals also need to align their strategic lens with the even more rigid axioms of the peace process. Among those axioms is the determination that controlling the lives of the Palestinians is a disaster. The fact that militarily the opposite is the case is irrelevant.

By attenuating its relationship to military realities on the ground first through its U.S.-centric filter and second through its P.A.-centric filter, the actual realities are, at best, a third-order consideration for the General Staff.

Gallant’s speech enraged the political right. A Channel 14 poll Thursday showed that 73% of right-wing voters want Netanyahu to fire him. Overall, Likud is leading Gantz’s “Stateliness” party by five seats, and Netanyahu is leading Gantz by nine points in a head-to-head matchup.

Buoyed by those numbers, Netanyahu would be well-advised to ask Gallant to present his plans for transferring civil governance to the P.A. to the security cabinet, which will reject his plan. Then Gallant might just resign.

The state of affairs where the General Staff is aligned with a hostile administration in Washington against the prime minister and the public doesn’t allow for any major strategic initiatives. Israel must proceed slowly towards achieving its war goals. And its supporters must stand with it, step by plodding step as it moves to achieve them.

The UN Has Betrayed Israel Again
The UN has again voted to reward terrorism. The General Assembly has voted overwhelmingly to back the Palestinian bid for full UN membership.

Shamefully, Britain abstained, though that was better than France, which voted in favor.

The U.S., Argentina, the Czech Republic and others did the right thing and voted against.

The appalling savagery of Oct. 7, which the Hamas leadership has stated it will repeat as soon as an opportunity arises, made clear what the terror group thinks of living peacefully alongside Israelis.

A two-state solution is impossible as long as the Palestinian establishment - and not just Hamas - refuses to accept the legitimacy of Israel's existence, continues to claim "a right of return" to Israel, and pushes a rejectionist vision of Palestinian nationalism "from the river to the sea."

President Biden seems to believe that he can micro-manage the Gaza conflict, and has delayed the Israelis for months, lengthening the war and reducing the hopes for the hostages.

Only one group will benefit if the IDF is unable to achieve its strategic aims: Islamists who, given the chance, will destroy all the West stands for.
Alan Dershowitz: The ICC lacks jurisdiction over Israel in Gaza
The International Criminal Court (ICC) prosecutor is considering the issuance of warrants against Israeli leaders based on Israel's response to the Hamas attack of Oct. 7. But the ICC is precluded by the Rome Statute which created the court, which severely limited its jurisdiction by the rule of complementarity. This rule expressly denies the ICC the authority to be the primary investigator or prosecutor of any individual in a state that is willing and able to conduct a genuine investigation of that person.

The signatories of the Rome Statute did not envision a primary investigation of a Western democracy, such as Israel. Thus the ICC simply has no authority to investigate or prosecute any alleged crime that can and will be investigated by Israeli authorities. To do so would be to violate its own charter and place itself above its own law.

Israel's judicial system is among the best in the world and its Supreme Court is among the most highly regarded of any Western democracy. Its judicial system has put soldiers and civilians on trial and even prosecuted political leaders, including three prime ministers and one president. Since Israel is willing and able to investigate and prosecute any allegations of war crimes, the ICC is precluded from initiating an investigation against Israel.

Once glitzy and public, Abraham Accords unfolding more quietly after Oct. 7
Not only have diplomats remained in the UAE, but a source familiar with the Emirati environment says that Israeli tourists returned to the Emirates for vacations after Passover. Hebrew is once again heard on Emirati streets, and the new Jewish community there feels safe and cared for by the government, per the source.

But, the UAE seems to be unique in that stance.

JNS has learned that there is no target date for the Israeli delegation to return to Bahrain, though there is still a general commitment to the accords in Manama. Everything that was achieved there before Oct. 7 remains in effect, JNS is told.

Relationships and trust-building take a long time in the Arab world and the breathing space in the post-Oct. 7 climate may allow for trust to build without expectations of milestones along the way, a second diplomatic source told JNS.

The Israeli public’s attention is also focused elsewhere since the Hamas terror attack.

“If you look at Israel since Oct. 7, how much of a mental free space have we had for anything?” the second diplomatic source said.

A core of the Abraham Accords was trade and economics, which often steers clear of political issues of the day.

“Businesses will renew connections. Businesses are interest-based and like any other country that was hostile to Israel, they have to shift modes now,” the second diplomatic source said.

Fredman told JNS that business and trade ties are continuing largely.

“Obviously, the tourism has taken a hit, given that Morocco and Bahrain have canceled flights” after Oct. 7, he said.

Both diplomatic sources indicated to JNS that Washington—which brokered the accords under the Trump administration and has sought to push for Israeli-Saudi Arabian normalization in the Biden White House—continues to support and advance the bilateral and multilateral relationships in the post-Oct. 7 environment.

According to Fredman, there may be a shift in the near future to regional projects—such as the I2U2 group of India, Israel, the UAE and the United States and the planned “economic corridor” from India to East Europe which passes through UAE, Saudi Arabia, Jordan and Israel—before the progress of the Abraham Accords can be revived after the war against Hamas in Gaza.

“You have a host of international actors all participating, and that leads to greater integration because they need to cooperate to enjoy the fruits and the benefits,” Fredman said.

“I think that’s probably the way that regional integration is going to progress in the near future—on the multilateral track, rather than the bilateral track,” he said.
PA to return to Gaza, Saudi-normalization in Arab-American ‘day-after’ plan - report
US Secretary of State Antony Blinken and foreign ministers representing the “Arab Six” met on the sidelines of the World Economic Forum (WEC) in Riyadh in April to discuss a vision for the “day after” the war in Gaza, according to a Saturday report from the Hezbollah-affiliated Al-Ahkbar, citing a document received by the Lebanese publication.

The “Arab Six” includes Saudi Arabia, Jordan, Egypt, the Emirates, Qatar, and the Palestinian Authority (PA).

According to the document received by Al-Ahkbar, the plan for the "day after" the war, which is divided into two stages, would result in, among other things, a lasting peace process and the normalization of relations between Israel and Saudi Arabia.

The report noted that the plan's second phase could not come until the completion of the first.

First phase of the 'day after' plan
The first phase of the "day after" plan reportedly stipulates the need for a ceasefire, achieving the prerequisites for international recognition of a Palestinian state, Israel's acceptance of the PA's return to the Gaza Strip, the release of hostages in Hamas captivity in exchange for the release of Palestinian prisoners, and the formation of a technocratic government in Gaza to rebuild the Strip.

The government would reportedly consist of PA members and an unspecified "technocratic committee."

Israel has reportedly, in recent days, made offers for the Palestinian authority to begin exercising a degree of oversight over Gaza.

This week, defense sources told the Jerusalem Post that Israel had unofficially asked the PA to administer the Rafah crossing in Gaza.

Earlier, however, it had been reported that the PA had refused such an offer.

Phase two of the plan
According to the report, the document outlines that in the second phase of the plan, a peace process would commence which would include Israel-Saudi normalization.

Additionally, Gaza would undergo rehabilitation and reconstruction.

Sullivan in Israel to talk ‘shared objective’ of defeating Hamas
Before visiting Israel, Sullivan was in Saudi Arabia, where he discussed a bilateral strategic agreement between Washington and Riyadh with Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman.

The early Sunday meeting with bin Salman took place in Dhahran in eastern Saudi Arabia on the Persian Gulf, a major administrative center for the country’s oil industry.

According to the state-run Saudi Press Agency, the draft agreement is nearly finalized, and the two sides are working on “the Palestinian issue” to “find a credible path” forward.

Regional developments were also discussed, “including the situation in Gaza and the need to stop the war there and facilitate the entry of humanitarian aid,” according to the report.

National Security Council Spokesperson Adrienne Watson previewed Sullivan’s trip in a statement on Saturday, saying that in Saudi Arabia he would discuss with the crown prince “bilateral and regional matters, including the war in Gaza and ongoing efforts to achieve a lasting peace and security in the region.”

While in Israel, Sullivan will talk about “the war in Gaza, ongoing negotiations to secure the release of all the hostages, the humanitarian crisis, and our shared objective for the enduring defeat of Hamas through both military pressure and a political plan,” said Watson.

A senior U.S. official told the Axios news site last week that the Biden administration had reached an understanding with the Israeli government that the scale of Israel’s military operation in the last Hamas stronghold of Rafah would not be significantly expanded ahead of Sullivan’s visit.

The Biden administration is opposed to a full-scale invasion of Rafah, threatening to withhold a shipment of weapons should a wider ground offensive take place. The IDF earlier this month began what Israel described as a “precision operation” in eastern Rafah, including the mass evacuation of the city’s noncombatants to the Al-Mawasi humanitarian zone.

Jerusalem remains adamant that destroying the remaining Hamas battalions in Rafah is essential to winning the war and preventing the terror group from regrouping and once again threatening Israel.

According to Axios, the White House hopes to extend Israel’s alleged commitment to not start a full-scale offensive in Rafah until a high-level meeting between Israeli and American officials in Washington soon after Sullivan’s trip.

Meanwhile, Sullivan is aiming to secure a major agreement with Saudi Arabia that would see the leading Sunni Muslim state join the Abraham Accords by establishing diplomatic ties with Israel.

The Biden administration argues that a wider operation in Rafah would threaten a normalization deal with the Saudis.

“Israel’s long-term security depends on being integrated into the region and enjoying normal relations with the Arab states, including Saudi Arabia,” Sullivan told reporters on Monday, emphasizing that Israel should consider potential Saudi ties when weighing a Rafah operation.

“We shouldn’t miss a historic opportunity to achieve the vision of a secure Israel flanked by strong regional partners, presenting a powerful front to deter aggression and uphold regional stability,” Sullivan continued.

Brett McGurk, the U.S. National Security Council’s coordinator for the Middle East and North Africa, is reportedly with Sullivan on the weekend trip, along with U.S. envoy Amos Hochstein and State Department counselor Derek Chollet.

Sullivan last week convened for the first time an in-person meeting of ambassadors and chiefs of mission from 18 countries whose citizens were abducted by Hamas on Oct. 7.

According to a readout issued by the U.S. State Department on Wednesday, among the participants were officials from Argentina, Austria, Brazil, Bulgaria, Canada, Colombia, Denmark, France, Germany, Hungary, Poland, Portugal, Romania, Serbia, Spain, Thailand and the United Kingdom. The officials demanded that Hamas release all hostages, and also discussed how they could speak more collectively and what could be done to increase pressure on Hamas to make a deal.

Sullivan also revealed that dialogue on a hostage deal continues between U.S. President Joe Biden, Netanyahu, Qatari Emir Tamim bin Hamad Al Thani and Egyptian President Abdel Fattah el-Sisi.

UNRWA’s DC lobbyist pressured think thank into canceling Hillel Neuer from Washington debate
A prominent Washington think tank was pressured by UNRWA’s chief US lobbyist into disinviting the best-known critic of the controversial agency from an upcoming panel debate about allegations of UNRWA bias.

Barbara Slavin, a Fellow at the Stimson Center had invited UN Watch executive director Hillel Neuer, a Geneva-based international lawyer who has documented widespread support for terrorism among UNRWA’s staff, and had then confirmed his participation and provided details for the program of the event, to be held at the Stimson Center in Washington, DC, on Monday, May 20th. The other panelists are all UNRWA supporters: William R. Deere, UNRWA’s Washington director, former Jordanian official Merissa Khurma, now with the Wilson Center, and Andrew Hyde, a former State Department official now with the Stimson Center.

Suddenly, however, Slavin emailed Neuer, under the subject line of “change of plans,” to summarily disinvite him, without providing any explanation. “We have decided to go with someone here in DC,” Slavin wrote.

As it happens, Neuer is in DC, having arrived in Washington to testify at today’s Congressional hearing into UNRWA support for terrorism. He recently testified about UNRWA before the European Parliament and the Swiss Parliament.

Only after Neuer complained to Brian Finlay, CEO of the Stimson Center, did Slavin confirm that it was William Deere, UNRWA’s Washington lobbyist, who had pressured the Stimson Center into cancelling Neuer’s appearance. “You are correct that he said he would not take part in an event with you,” Slavin wrote Neuer on Monday. “Apparently, you have some history that I was not aware of.”

But Neuer said that he has never met Deere, and has no “history” with him.

“It is shameful that UNRWA, which already received $121 million in US funding this year, and more than $1 billion in the prior three years, refuses to debate with one of the only groups that has held the agency accountable to its own stated principles.”

Two IDF soldiers killed by IED in tunnel shaft near Rafah
Two soldiers from the Israel Defense Forces’ Givati Brigade reconnaissance unit were killed in action in southern Gaza, the army said on Sunday morning.

They were identified as Sgt. First Class Nachman Meir Haim Vaknin, 20, from Eilat; and Sgt. Noam Bittan, 20, from Moshav Yad Rambam.

According to Hebrew media reports, the pair were killed by an explosive device placed in a tunnel shaft east of Rafah, the last Hamas bastion along the Egyptian Sinai border, where the IDF has been operating since earlier this month.

An officer and two other soldiers from the Givate Brigade were seriously wounded in the incident.

Later on Sunday, the IDF announced the death of Maj. Gal Shabbat, 24, a company commander in the Paratroopers Brigade’s 202nd Battalion, from Katzir in northern Israel.

Shabbat died of his wounds after being seriously injured in an exchange of fire with terrorists in northern Gaza on May 15, the military said.

Douglas Murray’s Commencement Speech to Columbia Graduates: The Kindling of the Fire Is Now Your Job
After Columbia University cancelled its school-wide commencement due to threats stemming from weeks of anti-Israel protests and encampments on campus, author Douglas Murray provided a commencement address for a group of Columbia graduates, faculty, and alumni. He recommended 4 virtues these graduates should seek to live by: 1) Respect—a respect for tradition and learning from the past; 2) Courage—remember that heroism can come in all forms and from all places; 3) Curiosity—stay curious and gravitate towards those who are curious; and 4) Gratitude—Instead of choosing between a life of resentment and being indoctrinated into a life of resentment, focus on gratitude.

Brett Gelman | Podcast Against Antisemitism | S5 E3
Brett Gelman is a multi-talented actor, writer, and comedian whose work spans television, film, and stage. Brett has had several memorable roles in a variety of shows such as BBC’s “Fleabag,” FX’s “Married” and Netflix’s “Stranger Things”, and has made guest appearances in some of the most loved comedy shows, including “Curb Your Enthusiasm” and “The Office”. Brett is not only known for his impressive performances but also for his outspoken stance against antisemitism.

In this episode, Brett dives into his Jewish identity and speaks on the silencing of Jewish voices.

Video contents:
00:00 - Intro
01:35 - Brett’s Jewish identity
06:25 - Eretz Nehederet
12:30 - Speaking out against antisemitism
20:03 - Brett’s cancelled book event
28:30 - Speaking in Washington, D.C.
31:52 - Zionism
37:30 - How can people who are not Jewish help tackle antisemitism?
39:51 - Final words

Biden claps for ‘immediate, permanent ceasefire’ at Morehouse graduation
U.S. President Joe Biden clapped when DeAngelo Jeremiah Fletcher, the valedictorian at Morehouse College’s commencement ceremony in Atlanta, called for an “immediate and permanent ceasefire” in Gaza, per the pool report. Later on, the president called for an “immediate ceasefire.”

“A few” graduates, faculty and staff at the more than 155-year-old private, historically-back liberal arts school wore keffiyehs during the ceremony, and California pastor Claybon Lea Jr. “made a brief reference to the plight of Palestinians among others,” according to the pool report.

The valedictorian added that “The Israel-Gaza conflict has plagued the people of its region for generations. It is important to recognize both sides have suffered heavy casualties since Oct. 7.”

“We are calling for the release of all hostages,” he said.

In his remarks, Biden—who received an honorary doctorate—said “I support peaceful nonviolent protests. Your voices should be heard and I promise you, I hear you.” (Several graduates reportedly turned their backs on the president during the event.)

Biden called the war in Gaza “heartbreaking” and “spoke of the horror of Hamas’s attack on Oct. 7,” per the pool report. He added that “innocent Palestinians are caught in the middle of this.”

“It’s a humanitarian crisis in Gaza. That’s why I’ve called for an immediate ceasefire,” he said.

“The audience burst into applause,” and Biden “said he was also looking to the future. ‘What after? What happens in Gaza? What rights do the Palestinian people have? I’m working to make sure we get a two state solution,'” per the pool report.

Top Republican rebukes Biden during address to Knesset committee
Addressing a Knesset committee on Sunday, U.S. Rep. Elise Stefanik (R-N.Y.) pledged her support for Israel and the fight against antisemitism amid President Joe Biden’s threats to halt weapons shipments to the Jewish state.

“I will defend George Washington’s vision of religious pluralism and freedom,” she told the Knesset Caucus for Jewish and Pro-Israel Students on Campuses Around the World. “Today, this means crushing antisemitism and home and supplying the State of Israel with what it needs, when it needs it, without conditions, to achieve total victory in the face of evil.”

Total victory, she said, “only starts with wiping those responsible for Oct. 7 off the face of the earth.”

Addressing Biden’s threat to withhold a shipment of offensive weapons to Israel in connection with Jerusalem’s military operation in Rafah, Stefanik said, “I have been clear at home and I will be clear here: There is no excuse for an American president to block aid to Israel, aid that was duly passed by the Congress.”

Stefanik, the highest-ranking Republican to visit Israel since Oct. 7, played a prominent role in December’s congressional hearings on antisemitism on U.S. campuses. She asked the presidents of Harvard, the University of Pennsylvania and MIT if “calling for the genocide of Jews” violated the universities’ code of conduct, amid mass protests that began at the onset of the war.

Each of the presidents refused to directly answer the question, leading to the ouster of the presidents of Penn and Harvard.

During her trip to Israel, the congresswoman is scheduled to meet with Israeli officials and visit some of the towns hardest-hit by Hamas’s Oct. 7 massacre.

Dramatic moment anti-Israel protestors clash with cops after angry 250-strong mob marched through New York City streets
At least a dozen protestors have been arrested by cops after clashing with them at a rowdy demonstration in New York yesterday.

Violence erupted when a large number of NYPD officers tried to push back an angry mob of nearly 250 people who took to the streets of Brooklyn to march in support of Palestine.

The group was waving Palestinian flags near Ovington Avenue on the local shopping strip in the heavily Arab-American neighborhood.

Images show officers tackling and dragging protestors to arrest them as they kept yelling and fighting back.

People were seen being slammed against vans and being handcuffed while another draped in a Palestinian flag was filmed being loaded into a police vehicle.

A video shared on X also show a police officer allegedly punching a protestor in the middle of the street.

The NYPD said they are 'looking into' the video, according to NY Daily News.

While officials have not yet clarified how many people were arrested from the scene, the New York Post has estimated that 12 were handcuffed and taken away.

A Palestinian-led community organization named Within Our Lifetime reportedly assembled the protest.

It was held in honor the 76th anniversary of 'Nakba', the annual observation of mass Palestinian displacement during the 1948 establishment of Israel.

This comes two weeks after more than 1,000 pro-Palestine protestors clashed with the NYPD just blocks away from New York's Met Gala on Monday evening.
40 arrested as NYPD clashes with anti-Israel protesters in Brooklyn
New York City police arrested 40 people at an anti-Israel mob-like protest in Brooklyn’s Bay Ridge neighborhood on Saturday.

The New York Post described a scene in which activists pushed back against New York City Police Department (NYPD) officers, who were forced to tackle some of them.

Protesters continued to fight with police as they were dragged away. One threw a water bottle at them.

“Don’t talk to the pigs, they don’t deserve our attention,” a woman shouted from the top of a U-Haul truck to loud applause.

Within Our Lifetime, a group that advocates the elimination of Israel and whose top activists have been linked to attacks on Jews, organized the “Flood Brooklyn for Gaza Rally.” About 250 attended.

The name given to the rally by the organizers suggests they identify with Hamas, a U.S.-designated terrorist group, as it appears to be a take-off on Hamas’s name for its Oct. 7 attack on Israel, “Operation Al-Aqsa Flood,” an assault characterized by torture, rape and the killing of civilians, including babies.

Handcuffed protesters were loaded into a police vehicle.

“The NYPD has spent over 400 million on Palestine protest alone,” the demonstrators chanted. “They told us to stop. But we will not rest. Until this city divests. Free, free Palestine,” they said.

Local residents expressed annoyance.

“Stupid, childish, just a bunch of people running around like assholes causing disruption. Selfish,” one man told the Post.

Pro-Palestine activists dump effigies of dead babies on office doorstep of Tory MP in stunt led by former BBC News producer
Sickening pro-Palestine activists have dumped the bloody effigies of dead babies on the office doorstep of a Tory MP with two young children.

Siobhan Baillie, 42, said she felt 'sad, angered and upset' after her constituency office was targeted as part of a campaign against the MP for Stroud, in Gloucestershire.

The stunt's ringleader was former BBC News producer and activist film-maker Oonagh Cousins, who describes herself online as a 'mama, documentarian, producer, director, activist'.

Last night Ms Baillie, who has two daughters under the age of four, told The Mail on Sunday: 'Those protesters won't help a single child.'

Ms Baillie, a member of the Conservative Friends of Israel group, said staff working for her had quit because of the protests.

An MP since 2019, she was pregnant when she campaigned during the election that year.

She said female MPs were being targeted by protesters more than male MPs are. 'Women get more abuse than men. I've got to believe it's a deliberate attempt to intimidate parents.'

40 per cent of Russell Group students say October 7 attack was ‘resistance’
Almost 40 per cent of students at Britain’s top universities believe that the October 7 terrorist attacks committed against Israel in which some 1,200 people were murdered and kidnapped, were an “understandable act of resistance”.

Only 36 per cent of students at all universities agree that October 7 “was a terrorist attack conducted by Hamas against innocent people”, while the same number also said pro-Israel student campaigners should expect to face abuse on campus, according to a poll conducted by StandWithUs UK, an educational pro-Israel charity.

Findings show that 29 per cent think the attacks were “an understandable act of resistance”, while 35 per cent said they “don’t know”.

The poll found particularly alarming results among Russell Group students, with 38 per cent believing the October 7 terror attacks were an act of resistance, compared to 29 per cent of overall students who agreed with the statement.

Similarly, 58 per cent of Russell Group students say that anyone visibly displaying Jewish symbols or clothing is likely to face antisemitism, compared to 45 per cent of overall students.

Over half of students from Russell Group universities agree that pro-Israel student campaigners should expect to face abuse on campus, compared to 38 per cent of overall students, with 31 per cent disagreeing.

StandWithUs UK said the results of the poll “confirms our fears that university campuses have become a platform for hatred of Israel and Jews to thrive, particularly amongst Russell Group universities which claim to be the elite of academia in this country.”

The results come amid news that Cambridge University, a Russell Group member, moved its graduation ceremony on Saturday from Senate House, where it has taken place since the 18th century, to Downing College due to the pro-Palestine protests.
Hidden hand funds Jew-hating protests, rallies, encampments
If you are a Canadian Jew, or you are one of the many who supports Canadian Jews and Israel, it’s been a bad week.

The mayor of Canada’s largest city refused to attend the raising of one Israeli flag at City Hall, because it was too “divisive.” McGill University failed to get an injunction to remove a weeks-long anti-Israel, pro-Hamas encampment.

A Jewish kid was beaten up by a Muslim kid at a Fredericton-area school, and teachers did nothing to stop it. Vancouver artists are being kicked out of exhibits for being Jewish. Canada, for the first time, showed its willingness to recognize a Palestinian “state” run by Hamas – a listed terror organization.

And, to top it all off, CBC broadcast a couple “facts checks,” as they called them, about whether the aforementioned encampments – the Infant-fada – were receiving support from outside.

The “fact checks” were so replete with errors, so completely unbalanced, we will not even link to them, because we have a policy against publishing fake news at this organization. Suffice to say that the “investigative reporter” who broadcast the stories mainly relied upon (a) other CBC reporters (b) Israel-hating protestors and (c) an anti-Zionist professor for his sources.

That tells you all you need to know.

Glasgow University rector investigated by regulator for Israel-Palestine comments
The General Medical Council (GMC) has opened an investigation into the rector of Glasgow University following controversial comments he has made about the Israel-Palestine conflict, The Telegraph understands.

Ghassan Abu-Sittah, a British-Palestinian plastic surgeon, is being investigated after at least one complaint was submitted to the regulator about his comments.

Dr Abu-Sittah, who is based in London, was installed as rector of the University of Glasgow last month after being nominated and elected by students.

In the past he has courted controversy over pro-Palestinian comments made on social media.

The surgeon has previously been accused of tweeting praise for a 1987 attack by two militants from the Popular Front for the Liberation of Palestine that saw Israeli soldiers killed.

In a 2019 post on Twitter, he wrote: “They landed in gliders into our occupied territories and killed 30 Zionist soldiers in an hour. Glory to the martyrs.”

In December 2022, he posted: “We congratulate the brothers in Hamas and the comrades in the Popular Front on the anniversary of the launch. May you always be truthful, loyal and committed, may you always be proud and may your enemy be humiliated.”

Earlier this month, the GnasherJew website, which monitors social media content, urged followers to report Dr Abu-Sittah to the GMC over the publication of controversial online posts.

The Telegraph understands that the council is investigating the doctor following a complaint.

The UW Board of Regents MUST Rescind the Appalling UW-Milwaukee Encampment Agreement
I have never been more disappointed with leaders at the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee, where I have been a full-time instructor for almost 20 years. I join the courageous call of University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee Professor Shale Horowitz, who wrote, “The leadership must go.”

Minimally, the agreement must go.

More university instructors and staff should speak out against UW-Milwaukee leadership’s poorly conceived “agreement” (capitulation) with the group of pro-Palestinian activists who commandeered a section of campus for two weeks. We have an obligation to our Jewish students and faculty to provide them a “space space” on campus, to borrow past liberal terminology.

Jewish leaders have decried this agreement as offensive and dangerous and say the chancellor, Mark Mone, has failed to “adequately respond to anti-Semitic incidents on campus since October 7.” They want the Board of Regents to negate it.

They must.

During two weeks of inaction by university leaders, protesters chalked “f**ck Israel” on the side of a historic campus building used by students and renamed it after a Gaza professor who called October 7 – the rape and murder of Jewish women, children, men, and elderly – both moral and legitimate.

For days on end, the activists (how many were students?) took over a prominent section of campus lawn, hung rules banning people from speaking with police (labeled “pigs”), and built a makeshift fence with signs that contained anti-Jewish slogans like “from the river to the sea.” One sign had Oct. 7 crossed out. Imagine being a Jewish student having to traverse all of this to enter Mitchell Hall for classes. How would you feel?

The encampment appeared all but abandoned by police and university officials. Instead, it was guarded and patrolled by walkie-talkie carrying protester “security” workers who monitored the actions of police and other people who wandered through. I found them intimidating. State law bans camping on university grounds. I’d presume that writing graffiti on Mitchell Hall also violated some law or rule.

The answer was always simple: Take it down. If the activists want to protest, let them do it like everyone else: Waving around signs in Spaights Plaza. You don’t let activists force concessions and negotiations by ignoring laws.

Israel places 100% tariffs on Turkish imports until Erdoğan steps down
Jerusalem will end its free trade agreement with Ankara and impose 100% tariffs on Turkish imports in retaliation for President Recip Tayyip Erdoğan’s move earlier this month to block his country’s exports to Israel, Israeli Finance Minister Bezalel Smotrich announced.

“[The Turkish president’s] announcement of the stoppage of imports to Israel constitutes a declaration of an economic boycott and a serious violation of international trade agreements to which Turkey has committed,” Smotrich said in a statement over the weekend.

Smotrich said his decision would last as long as Erdoğan is in power.

“If at the end of Erdoğan’s term the citizens of Turkey elect a leader who is sane and not an Israel-hater, it will be possible to restore the trade route with Turkey,” Smotrich said.

On May 3, Erdoğan announced he would halt exports to Israel, citing the so-called “humanitarian tragedy” in Gaza.

Israeli Foreign Minister Israel Katz immediately accused Erdoğan of acting like a “dictator, disregarding the interests of the Turkish people and businessmen, and ignoring international trade agreements.”

On May 9, Turkey’s Trade Ministry told factories in the construction industry that have already worked with Israel they could temporarily resume supplies to the country.

“Erdoğan backed down and canceled many of the trade restrictions,” Katz said, ridiculing the Turkish leader.

However, Turkish Trade Minister Ömer Bolat said Israeli claims of Ankara easing the trade ban are “absolutely fictional and have nothing to do with reality.”

Are Angry Gazans Ready to Rise Up Against Hamas?
Many Palestinians in Gaza now want an end to the war but fear the brutal rule of Hamas, which will keep fighting to the bitter end, said Atta, 39, a father of three. "Hamas is still determined to keep going, holding Gaza as it began, and does not want anyone to share power - at the expense of the people and the destruction of everything."

Ghassan Khatib, a former Palestinian minister and peace negotiator, said Gazans were asking two questions. "First, why did you not expect this terrible reaction on the public of Gaza. Second, why did you not prepare? Why do you have enough ammunition to keep fighting until now but you don't have enough medicine; why do you have bunkers for the fighters and you don't have bunkers for the civilians?"

A poll by the Palestinian Center for Policy and Survey Research asked: Was Hamas' decision to launch its offensive against Israel on Oct. 7 correct? In December 2023, 72% of Palestinians in Gaza and the West Bank said yes. In March 2024, 71% said yes.

The U.S. envisages a revitalized Palestinian Authority taking over Gaza after the war. But this vision is not supported by the majority of Palestinians, who see the Authority as corrupt, with none of its institutions given popular legitimacy. For the majority of Gazans, Hamas is still the best of their limited options, said Palestinian pollster Khalil Shikaki.

Kanye Jewish: A New Org Fighting Antisemitism
Former adviser and staff attorney for the governor of California launched Kanye Jewish, a new organization of rap and hip hop artists devoted to countering antisemitism, racism, and hatred. The organization has the website domain

Kanye Jewish will be the leading anti-hate organization in the world. Its eternal mission is to stop hatred towards the Jewish people and to stop racism and unfair treatment.

Kanye Jewish will fight all forms of antisemitism and bias by partnering with rap, hip hop, R&B, and pop culture influencers. It is a global leader in fighting antisemitism and protecting Jewish rights, while protecting democracy and ensuring an inclusive and just society for all people.

Kanye Jewish, which was founded by attorney and military veteran Mark Hardie, will initially confront antisemitism in the hip hop and rap music world. It will build its legacy by supporting all marginalized and oppressed communities around the globe.

Mr. Hardie, who was special assistant and staff attorney for Governor Pete Wilson of California (Republican) and legislative assistant for United States Senator Barbara Boxer (Democrat), has high level experience with both major American political parties.

“Since I am both Jewish and black American, I know the black and Jewish communities have a long history of working together in the fight against hate. This new organization, Kanye Jewish, will galvanize the entertainment community to defeat racism and antisemitism, bringing hope and healing to our world,” said Hardie.

Kanye Jewish will establish a unified voice against antisemitism. It will use rap music and hip hop to highlight its mission to fight anti-Jewish hate and oppression. The organization is encouraging leading entertainment artists to sign a “Joint Declaration Against Antisemitism and Racism”.
Dozens of Muslim teenagers sent to Government's anti-terror programme after being radicalised by Nazi propaganda that celebrates Adolf Hitler's genocide of Jews
Muslim teenagers are being radicalised by Nazi propaganda that celebrates Adolf Hitler's genocide of the Jews and even claims he was an admirer of Islam, the Mail on Sunday can reveal.

Dozens of Muslim schoolboys have been referred to the Government's Prevent programme after viewing and sharing Nazi videos and memes in the wake of the October 7 attack on Israel by Hamas and the war in Gaza.

Previously only white teenagers susceptible to Far Right extremism were referred to Prevent over such material, officials say.

But now Muslim youths are being sent to the deradicalisation programme for viewing the same propaganda and expressing similar views about the Nazis.

The cases raise fears that some Muslim youths risk being radicalised as violent extremists who could carry out attacks against Jewish targets in Britain.

So far there has been one terror attack in the UK in response to the October 7 Hamas massacre, when Ahmed Alid, 45, stabbed a 70-year-old pensioner to death in Hartlepool as 'revenge' for the Gaza war. He was jailed for life on Friday.

An alleged plot against Jewish targets in Manchester is under investigation. Home Office sources said teachers had flagged up a number of Muslim teenage boys for viewing Hitler memes and videos on social media sites such as Discord and TikTok.

Some of the memes shared by the teenagers show a photo of the Nazi dictator with the title 'Hitler the Great'. In others, a quote is attributed to him saying: 'The only religion I admire is the religion of Islam.'

Official sources say dozens of Muslim teenagers have been referred to Prevent in London alone for sharing Nazi material, often as 'no fixed ideology' cases.

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