Friday, March 24, 2017
“Hamas is a genocidal organization that proudly touts its charter calling on the annihilation of Jews utterly unconnected to any conflict. It seeks the murder of all Jews, including those sitting in the Oxford Union chamber. It aids and abets honor killings of Palestinian women, shoots gay Palestinians in the head on false chargers of collaboration, machine-guns all Palestinian protesters who dare to defy its rule, violently punishes any form of criticism, engages in daily forms of deadly incitement against Jews, celebrates when Westerners, including in Britain, are blown up by bombs, ended any vestige of democratic rule once it was elected, and builds its military installations under hospitals and nurseries so that the infirm and the vulnerable can serve as human shields to its cowardly terrorists. Israel has tried since its creation to make peace with Arab states and has endangered its security with repeated territorial concessions that were met with nothing but terror attacks. Arabs in Israel live with greater freedoms and human rights than any Muslim country on earth. There is no excuse for terror. Jews even under the horrors of Hitler didn’t turn to blowing up German children. The justifications for terrorism that were being offered were an affront and an abomination to Islam which, just like Judaism, abides by the commandment not to murder.”
Is illegal construction taking place in Israel, including Judea and Samaria? If so, who is responsible?
Shacks and structures donated by the European Union (EU), built without permits by Arabs on Jewish land zoned for a green area, are situated near the Israeli capital.
These huts, filmed just three months ago, are located across from the Israeli city of Ma’ale Adumim in Judea, seven kilometers (4.3 miles) east of Jerusalem.
Indeed, the EU has reportedly spent enormous funds on illegal settlement in Israel, in collaboration with the Palestinian Authority.
This is the real “illegal building” in Israel.
Montreal Imam: Jews are the most evil of mankind, human demons, quotes kill Jews passage from hadith
A Jordanian Muslim cleric recently delivered a sermon in Montreal, inciting his audience to murder Jews as an Islamic duty.
In a sermon given on Dec. 23, 2016, at Dar al-Arqam mosque in Montreal’s Saint-Michel neighborhood, Sheikh Muhammad bin Musa Al Nasr described Jews as “the most evil of mankind” and “human demons,” quoting Islamic sources calling to kill all Jews.
The imam, a Jordanian, reportedly was an invited guest of the mosque.
On Monday, B’nai Brith Canada, a Jewish human rights organization, filed a complaint with Montreal police regarding the incitement.
Recent data has concluded that Jews are the most targeted group in Canada.
Click below and listen the vile words of an Islamic religious leader in a major Canadian city.
Wednesday, March 22, 2017
“Egypt, Iraq, Syria, Algeria: Where are your Jews?” Viral Video: Hillel Neuer tells U.N. where real apartheid is — room goes silent
U.N Human Rights Council
Agenda Item Targeting Israel
Agenda Item Targeting Israel
March 20, 2017
PLO: “Israel has used the worst kinds of abuse, ethnic cleansing and imposing a regime of apartheid.”
Qatar: “Israel continues to exercise apartheid in Palestine, which constitutes a crime against humanity.”
Sudan: “Violence and terrorism are being exercised against the Palestinian people.”
Syria: “Violations including building of apartheid walls… to legitimize theft of land and to Judaize Jerusalem.”
Bahrain: “The separation wall is an example of the apartheid policy practiced by Israel.”
Saudi Arabia: “Israel’s practices of discrimination and extremism…”
UN Watch (Executive Director Hillel Neuer): Mr. President, let me begin by putting the following on the record: Everything we just heard — from the world’s worst abusers of human rights, of women’s rights, of freedom of religion, of the press, of assembly, of speech — is absolutely false; and, indeed, Orwellian.
Today’s report does not consider Israelis to be deserving of human rights — consistent with the approach of this council, where today’s notorious agenda item against Israel completely ignores their human rights.
Over the weekend, President Abbas announced he was giving his highest medal to Rima Khalaf, who resigned from the Economic and Social Commission of Western Asia, a Beirut-based UN agency of 18 Arab states, after Secretary General Guterres rightly instructed her to remove an absurd report which accused Israel of “apartheid.”
Mr. President, why is Mr. Abbas celebrating a report written by the notorious Richard Falk, after his own Palestinian Mission here, tried in 2010, to remove Mr. Falk on the basis that he was “a partisan of Hamas,” as we know from WikiLeaks?
The accusation against Israel is absurd. Israel’s 1.5 million Arabs…
[Interruption with objections by Palestinians, Egypt, and Pakistan.]
President gives UN Watch back the floor.
Thank you, Mr. President.
Israel’s 1.5 million Arabs, whatever challenges they face, enjoy full rights to vote and to be elected in the Knesset, they work as doctors and lawyers, they serve on the Supreme Court.
Now I’d like to ask the members of that commission, that commissioned that report, the Arab states from which we just heard. Egypt, Iraq, and the others:
How many Jews live in your countries? How many Jews lived in Egypt, Iraq, Jordan, Kuwait, Lebanon, Libya, Morocco?
Once upon a time, the Middle East was full of Jews.
Algeria had 140,000 Jews. Algeria, where are your Jews?
Egypt used to have 75,000 Jews. Where are your Jews?
Syria, you had tens of thousands of Jews. Where are your Jews?
Iraq, you had over 135,000 Jews. Where are your Jews?
Mr. President, where is the apartheid?
Why is there a U.N. commission on the Middle East that does not include Israel? From the 1960s and the ‘70s they refuse to include Israel. Where is the apartheid, Mr. President?
Mr. President, why are we meeting today on an agenda item singling out only one state, the Jewish state, for targeting.
Where is the apartheid, Mr. President?
UNHRC chamber goes silent.
Tuesday, March 21, 2017
With a list of potential recipients, the Turkish Cooperation and Development Agency (TIKA) authorized the release of financial aid for needy Palestinians. The money is supposed to support humanitarian projects to improve the livelihoods of Gaza's residents to purchase food and basic necessities. Instead, a lot of the money was diverted to buy weapons and train terrorists to kill Israelis.
This is Hamas' financial modus operandi.
Israeli authorities arrested TIKA's leader in Gaza last month for funneling money to Hamas' military wing, Israel's domestic security agency announced .
"The investigation showed that Murtaja deceived TİKA by misusing the organization's resources and funds, which were intended for substantial humanitarian projects in the Gaza Strip, by diverting them to Hamas's military wing. This fraud was carried out in collusion with the senior ranks of Hamas in Gaza, headed by Ismail Haniyeh," Israeli Government Press Office statement said, adding that Murtaja sought "information that would improve the accuracy of Hamas rockets being launched at Israel."
Senior Hamas officials gave Murtaja the names of Hamas terrorists and their family members to be listed as poor Palestinians who required financial assistance. Murtaja would then give the names to his TIKA superiors, who would authorize the release of "benefits and stipends." The Hamas operative successfully diverted "millions of shekels" for terrorist activities during the 2014 Israel-Hamas war and beyond.
In one example, members of Hamas' military wing received TIKA food packages intended for Gaza's civilians.
"Hamas prospers at the expense of the residents of the Strip and uses donations meant for them to finance terror," said Major Gen. Yoav Mordechai, Israel's coordinator of Government Activities in the Territories. "How long will the world and the Gazan people ignore this?"
Shin Bet also announced that Turkey's IHH Humanitarian Relief Foundation directly financed Hamas terrorism. Israeli authorities accused the coordinator of IHH's Gaza office, Mehmet Kaya, of providing "Hamas leaders Ismail Haniyeh and Raad Saad cash from Turkey that was earmarked for the Hamas military wing."
Some of the IHH money helped buy weapons and build a training facility for Hamas naval commandos.
These two separate episodes show how Hamas exploits charities worldwide to finance its terrorist infrastructure at the expense of needy civilians. The terrorist group repeatedly demonstrates that it prioritizes its fight against Israel over the well-being of its own citizens and societal development.
Last year, Shin Bet revealed that Hamas diverted "tens of millions of dollars" from World Vision, a U.S.-based Christian charity, to rebuild its terrorist infrastructure.
The terrorist group reportedly siphoned 60 percent of the charity's resources in Gaza to reconstruct Hamas' tunnel network and military installations, in addition to buying weapons intended to kill Israelis. This amount translated to roughly $7.2 million each year.
The alleged scheme involved Hamas operatives, posing as World Vision employees, filing fake proposals for World Vision-financed projects in Gaza, before laundering the cash to Hamas and its military wing.
For example, a Hamas operative launched an initiative to build greenhouses to hide terrorist tunnel sites, while a proposed project intended to help Gaza's fishermen ended up using the money to improve Hamas' naval capabilities. Since the end of the 2014 summer war in Gaza, Hamas continues to rebuild its elite forces – including its naval commando unit – dedicated to infiltrating into Israel to carry out terrorist attacks.
Hamas terrorists also falsely listed their children as injured to collect money intended to help children in Gaza who were actually wounded. Tens of thousands of dollars from the charity's finances were also used to buy weapons in the Sinai during ousted Egyptian president Muhammad Morsi's reign. World Vision is still independently investigating to confirm whether Israel's allegations are credible.
$82 million dollars in cash to Gaza, primarily from Gulf States and the European Union. The money is meant to cover the salaries of about 50,000 Palestinian Authority employees in the Gaza Strip. Based on these latest developments, however, Hamas operatives could try to siphon some of the money to finance their terrorist efforts against Israel., Israel enabled the transfer of roughly
Hizballah leader Hassan Nasrallah recently warned Israel that his Iran-backed terror group could attack targets producing mass Israeli casualties, including a huge ammonia storage tank in Haifa, and a nuclear reactor in Dimona.
Also last month, Tower Magazine reported that, since the beginning of the Syrian civil war, Iran provided Hizballah with a vast supply of "game-changing," state-of-the art weapons, despite Israel's occasional airstrikes against weapons convoys.
In a future conflict, Hizballah has the capacity to fire 1,500 rockets into Israel each day, overwhelming Israel's missile defense systems. Should such a scenario materialize, Israel will be forced to respond with unprecedented firepower to defend its own civilians.
Hizballah's advanced weapons and the systems needed to launch them reportedly are embedded across a staggering 10,000 locations in the heart of more than 200 civilian towns and villages. The Israeli military has openly warned about this Hizballah war crime and the grave threats it poses to both sides, but that alarm generated almost no attention from the global media, the United Nations, or other international institutions.
Like the terror group Hamas, Hizballah knows that civilian deaths at the hands of Israel are a strategic asset, because they produce diplomatic pressure to limit Israel's military response. Hizballah reportedly went so far as offering reduced-price housing to Shiite families who allowed the terrorist group to store rocket launchers in their homes.
But if the global media, the UN, human rights organizations, and other international institutions predictably pounce on Israel after it causes civilian casualties, why are they doing nothing to prevent them? Hizballah's very presence in southern Lebanon is a flagrant violation of United Nations Security Council resolution 1701, which called for the area to be a zone "free of any armed personnel, assets and weapons" other than the Lebanese military and the U.N. Interim Forces in Lebanon (UNIFIL).
The resolution also required Hizballah to be disarmed, but the terror group today has an arsenal that rivals that of most armies. Hizballah possesses an estimated 140,000 missiles and rockets, and reportedly now can manufacture advanced weapons in underground factories that are impervious to aerial attack.
"Israel must stress again and again, before it happens, that these villages [storing Hizballah weapons] have become military posts, and are therefore legitimate targets," said Yoram Schweitzer, senior research fellow at Israel's Institute for National Security Studies (INSS).
Meir Litvak, director of Tel Aviv University's Alliance Center for Iranian Studies, agrees, adding that global attention would "expose Hizballah's hypocrisy in its cynical use of civilians as... human shields."
Even a concerted campaign to showcase Hizballah's war preparation is unlikely to change things, said Eyal Zisser, a senior research fellow at the Moshe Dayan Center for Middle Eastern and African Studies. Hizballah exploits the fact that "the international community is too busy and...weak to do something about it," Zisser said. All of "these talks and reports have no meaning. See what is happening in Syria."
Israel has targeted Hizballah-bound weapons caches in Syria twice during the past week. Syria responded last Friday by firing a missile carrying 200 kilograms of explosives, which Israel successfully intercepted.
If Hizballah provokes a war, Israel can legitimately attack civilian areas storing Hizballah arms if the Israel Defense Forces (IDF) first attempts to warn the targeted civilians to leave those areas, Litvak said. But "it will certainly be very difficult and will look bad on TV."
While Sunni Arab states are generally united against the Shiite Iranian-Hizballah axis, Litvak, Zisser, and Schweitzer all agreed that Israel could hope for no more than silent support from them when the missiles fly.
Indeed, the "Sunni Arab street" is likely to be inflamed by the images of civilian death and destruction caused by Israel that international media will inevitably broadcast, further limiting support for Israel from Iran's Sunni state foes.
Rather perversely, the Lebanese government has embraced the very terrorist organization that could cause hundreds of thousands of Lebanese civilian deaths by converting residential areas into war zones. "As long as Israel occupies land and covets the natural resources of Lebanon, and as long as the Lebanese military lacks the power to stand up to Israel, [Hizballah's] arms are essential, in that they complement the actions of the army and do not contradict them," President Michel Aoun told Egyptian television last month. Hizballah, he said, "has a complementary role to the Lebanese army."
Aoun's declaration means that Lebanon "takes full responsibility for all of Hizballah's actions, including against Israel, and for their consequences to Lebanon and its entire population, even though the Lebanese government has little ability to actually control the organization's decisions or policy," said INSS Senior Research Fellow Assaf Orion.
MK Naftali Bennett, a veteran of Israel's 2006 war with Hizballah, believes that Lebanon's official acceptance of Hizballah and its policy of embedding military assets inside residential areas removes any constraints on Israeli targeting of civilian areas. "The Lebanese institutions, its infrastructure, airport, power stations, traffic junctions, Lebanese Army bases – they should all be legitimate targets if a war breaks out," he said. "That's what we should already be saying to them and the world now."
In a future war, Hizballah is certain to try bombarding Israeli civilian communities with missile barrages. Israel, in response, will have to target missile launchers and weapons caches surrounded by Lebanese civilians.
But it need not be so. Global attention on Hizballah's abuses by journalists and diplomats could lead to international pressure that ultimately reduces or even prevents civilian deaths.
Those truly concerned about civilians do not have a difficult case to make. Hizballah has shown a callous disregard for innocent life in Syria.
It helped the Syrian regime violently suppress largely peaceful protests that preceded the Syrian civil war in 2011. Last April, Hizballah and Syrian army troops reportedly killed civilians attempting to flee the Sunni-populated town of Madaya, near the Lebanese border. In 2008, its fighters seized control of several West Beirut neighborhoods and killed innocent civilians after the Lebanese government moved to shut down Hizballah's telecommunication network.
Hizballah terrorism has claimed civilian lives for decades, including a 1994 suicide bombing at Argentina's main Jewish center that killed 85 people . As the IDF notes, "Since 1982, hundreds of innocent civilians have lost their lives and thousands more have been injured thanks to Hizballah."
If world powers and the international media genuinely care about avoiding civilian casualties, they should be loudly condemning Hizballah's ongoing efforts – in flagrant violation of a UN resolution – to cause massive civilian death and destruction in Lebanon's next war with Israel.
Noah Beck is the author of The Last Israelis, an apocalyptic novel about Iranian nukes and other geopolitical issues in the Middle East.
PMW: Mahmoud Abbas: "The reason for all of the disasters" in the world is the "occupation" Abbas believes Israel's entire existence is an "occupation" - since being established in 1948 Itamar Marcus and Nan Jacques Zilberdik
In a recent speech, Palestinian Authority Chairman Mahmoud Abbas stated that the Israeli “occupation” is the reason for all disasters in the world:
“The international community is becoming more and more convinced that the occupation of the Palestinian state by Israel is the reason for all the disasters that the region and the world are suffering from...”
[Official PA TV, March 12, 2017]
Abbas’ statement echoes the antisemitic teachings of a religious scholar on official PA TV, Imad Hamato, who Abbas has also endorsed by
"Humanity will never live in comfort as long as the Jews are causing devastating corruption throughout the land. Humanity will never live in peace or fortune or tranquility as long as they are corrupting the land. An old man told me: If a fish in the sea fights with another fish, I am sure the Jews are behind it."
[Official PA TV, Feb. 27, 2015 and Feb. 25, 2016]
In another interview, Abbas recently clarified what he means by Israeli "occupation" - saying it has lasted “70 years” - i.e., since Israel was established in 1948.
“I told him [US President Donald Trump] that we hope that he will find a solution to the Palestinian issue after 70 years of occupation that will be based on two states, a Palestinian state that will live in security and peace alongside the State of Israel."
[Al-Watan, (Qatar), March 16, 2017]
Again Abbas is showing that he does not recognize Israel in any borders. The entire
Palestinian Media Watch has shown that the PA and Fatah routinely present all of Israel as "Palestine" and all of Israel as an “occupation”.
PA and Fatah leaders and media also often voice the libel that Israel/the Jews are responsible for crises in the world and world terror.
The following are longer excerpts of Abbas’ statements:
Speech by Abbas at the celebration of the formulation of the Public Service Ethics Code
PA Chairman Mahmoud Abbas: “The international community is becoming more and more convinced that the occupation of the Palestinian state by Israel is the reason for all the disasters that the region and the world are suffering from, and that without a just solution to the Palestinian issue in accordance with the two-state solution - which is included in the Arab Peace Initiative - and the relevant resolutions of the [UN] Security Council, neither peace, nor security, nor stability will be achieved, and the region will remain exposed to very difficult possibilities, especially in light of the growth of the phenomenon of terror and extremism, which we condemn and are fighting against with all of our strength.”
[Official PA TV, March 12, 2017]
Excerpt of interview with Abbas:
[Q:] "We will begin with the main event, and that is the phone conversation that American President Donald Trump had with you, and your important meeting with his Special Representative for International Negotiations Jason Greenblatt. What was said in your first conversation with the US president, and did his conversation constitute a plan to eliminate the Palestinian cause, and not to resolve it?"
[PA Chairman Mahmoud Abbas:] "This was the first time I spoke with Trump. He told me at the beginning of the conversation that he has heard much about me and he wants to invite me to visit the White House. I told him that I am ready to come at any time that suits him, and the conversation, which was not long but which was warm, ended. I told him that we hope that he will find a solution to the Palestinian issue after 70 years of occupation that will be based on two states, a Palestinian state that will live in security and peace alongside the State of Israel."
[Al-Watan, (Qatar), March 16, 2017
Monday, March 20, 2017
David Friedman testified at a Senate Foreign Relations Committee hearing on his nomination to be U.S. ambassador to Israel.
10 Things You Didn't Know About David Friedman; The lawyer has been a friend and adviser to President Donald Trump for more than a decade.
1. David Friedman was born and raised in North Woodmere, New York. His father, Morris Friedman, was the rabbi of Temple Hillel, a conservative synagogue in North Woodmere, and he led the New York Board of Rabbis. Friedman's mother taught high school English.
2. An Orthodox Jew, Friedman speaks Hebrew, and his bar mitzvah took place at the Western Wall in Jerusalem, among the holiest Jewish sites in Israel.
4. A New York attorney, Friedman represented President Donald Trump in bankruptcy cases involving his Atlantic City casinos, and Friedman says he has been a friend of the president since 2005.
5. Friedman advised President Trump during the campaign on Israel policy. As ambassador to Israel, Friedman would be the top-ranking U.S. official in the country, responsible for relaying and helping craft policy between the two governments.
6. Matt Brooks, the executive director of the Republican Jewish Coalition, praised Friedman's appointment as "a powerful signal to the Jewish community" that the U.S. intends to strengthen ties with Israel.
7. However, five former U.S. ambassadors to Israel questioned Friedman's appointment in February, writing that he has "extreme, radical positions" on the Israeli-Palestinian conflict; he has been dismissive of the possibility of a two-state resolution in the past but has been more open to the idea recently.
8. Friedman is president of a fundraising group for a yeshiva settlement in the West Bank, where the international community generally considers such settlements illegal. However, Friedman has been outspoken in his assertion that settlements in the West Bank are not an obstacle to peace.
9. The Senate Foreign Relations Committee voted 12-9 in March to advance Friedman to a final vote in the full Senate. In his initial hearing in February, he apologized for past comments: "The inflammatory rhetoric that accompanied the presidential campaign is entirely over, and if I am confirmed, you can expect my comments to be careful and measured."
10. Friedman has an apartment in Jerusalem, where he spends some Jewish holidays with his wife, Tammy, and their children and grandchildren. He has said he will live in Jerusalem if confirmed as ambassador, though the American embassy in Israel currently sits in Tel Aviv.