Palestinian toddler dies, family hospitalized in ‘price tag’ arson attack

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With child dead & another hospitalized with his parents, security services searching for perpetrator of horrific terrorist act.
– Hamas calls for ‘Day of Rage’.
– Thousands of IDF troops deployed to maintain order.
– PM Netanyahu condemns ‘clear terrorist attack’.
– Abbas: We will take this war crime to the ICC. 

By Elior Levy, Yoav Zitun, Itay Blumenthal

 

A fire in the West Bank suspected to have been set by Jewish extremists killed an 18-month-old Palestinian child and critically wounded a four-year-old brother and both parents on Friday, Israeli security officials said.

Ali Dawabsheh, the baby killed in the fire, and the damaged home

The walls outside the houses were sprayed with “Long live Messiah the king” and “Revenge “.

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Israel Keeps 7-Year Promise: Freed Hezbollah Child-Killer Snuffed

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7 years after being freed in prisoner exchange with Hezbollah, terrorist Samir Kuntar was killed in what Lebanon claims to have been an Israeli air strike.

By Israel Today Staff

 

Israel’s Channel 2 reported on Wednesday that a suspected Israeli Air Force (IAF) strike on the Syrian side of the Golan Heights had eliminated the notorious terrorist Samir Kuntar, along with four other militants loyal to the regime of dictator Bashar Assad.

Notorious terrorist Samir Kuntar in Hezbollah ‘Nazi’ salute

Kuntar was captured and jailed by Israel in 1979 after he led a terrorist infiltration team from Lebanon to the Israeli coastal town of Nahariya, where he killed a police officer before dragging an Israeli father and his four-year-old daughter down to the beach and brutally executing them. Continue Reading »

Netanyahu: ‘The more closely one looks at the Iran accord, the more they oppose it’

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view videoIsrael’s PM Netanyahu is scheduled to meet more than 40 US bipartisan lawmakers traveling to Israel early next month.

By TAL SHALEV

 

“The objection to the Iran deal is growing as time goes by,” Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu said on Thursday during a meeting with Israeli diplomatic correspondents in Jerusalem.

Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu at the weekly cabinet meeting on Sunday

Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu at the weekly cabinet meeting on Sunday. – Photo: AMIT SHABAY/POOL

“The more people learn about the deal, the more they oppose it. We also identify this trend among the US public opinion,” he emphasized, reiterating former remarks about the historic deal curbing Iran’s nuclear program signed on July 14, 2015 between Iran and the Western powers. Continue Reading »

8 yr-old lion undergoes surgery to remove tennis ball-sized tumor at Israel’s Safari

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Lion-keeper’s suspicions were raised when Samouni, Ramat Gan Safari’s 8-year-old lion developed a swelling. His surgery team removed a tumor that will be tested to see if its malignant.

By Reuters & Israel Hayom Staff

 

An 8-year-old lion at a wildlife park in Israel had a tumor removed from its abdomen on Wednesday.

Safari staff prepare Samouni for the operation – Photo: Reuters

The lion, Samouni, developed a swelling in his abdomen that was seen in a routine daily medical checkup and aroused the suspicions of his keeper at the Ramat Gan Safari.

Clinical staff took a biopsy two weeks ago, but laboratory tests were unable to determine what kind of tumor it was. Continue Reading »

French official tells Democrat & Republican lawmakers: ‘A better deal can be reached’

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view videoThe French president’s senior adviser expressed his misgivings about the nuclear arrangement made with Iran to both Democrat & Republican lawmakers, saying if Congress rejects the nuclear deal, a better one can be achieved.

By JPOST.COM STAFF

 

Contrary to US Secretary of State John Kerry’s warnings on the grim consequences that would result if Congress rejects the nuclear deal reached with Iran earlier this month, one senior French security official thinks that such a move by the US legislature could bring about a better deal.

Israeli doctors vow court fight over Knesset sanctioning force-feeding prisoners

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After learning the Knesset passed law allowing force-feeding of hunger striking security prisoners, Israel’s Medical Association declared their doctors will challenge ruling in Supreme Court even though Interior Minister Erdan says law is necessary. 

By Associated Press, Rotem Elizera, Moran Azulay

 

Israel’s parliament passed a contentious law on Thursday that would permit the force-feeding of inmates on hunger strike, eliciting harsh criticism over the practice.

Force-feeding prisoners; doctors vow court fight

 

The law allows a judge to sanction the force-feeding or administration of medical treatment if there is a threat to the inmate’s life, even if the prisoner refuses. Continue Reading »

Red Cross Keeps Israeli Captives’ Fate to Themselves

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Refusing to deliver Hamas’ response on fate of captive Israelis to their families, the ICRC reminds Israel, the law doesn’t require them to negotiate or secure return of living captives.

By Dalit Halevy

 

Jacques De Maio, head of the International Committee of the Red Cross’s delegation in Israel and “the occupied territories,” told the Hamas paper Al-Risalah Net that he had contacted Hamas about the fate of captured Israelis after receiving requests from their families.

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According to De Maio, contact between the Red Cross and the families of missing Israelis currently held in Gaza has been completely covert.

The Red Cross relayed the request for details about the missing Israelis to Hamas, according to De Maio, but he refused to divulge the response given by the Hamas terrorist organization regarding their fate. Continue Reading »

Israelis Stunned After Ultra-Orthodox Man Stabbed 6 in Jerusalem’s Gay Pride Parade

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Unstable Ultra-Orthodox man, who was released from prison just 3 weeks ago for a similar attack at one of Jerusalem’s first pride parades in 2005, was apprehended at scene, knife in hand.

By i24news

 

An assailant stabbed four people taking part in a Gay Pride march in central Jerusalem Thursday, Israeli police and health services said.

Stabbing at Jerusalem’s Gay Pride Parade, July 30 2015 – Photo: Ynet

The attack, which occurred on Keren Hayesod street in central Jerusalem, was carried out by an ultra-Orthodox Jewish man named as Yishai Schlisel by police.

According to Magen David Adom, Israel’s equivalent of the Red Cross, two of the casualties are in serious condition. Continue Reading »

Iraqi MP: ‘Israel & Iraq share interests. Time to establish diplomatic ties with Israel’

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The Iraqi leader of the Ummah Party further criticized the Arab World for not admitting ISIS is an Arab/Islamic creation, berating his colleagues for blaming its creation on Israel & the West.

By JPOST.COM STAFF

 

In an interview with Kuwait’s daily newspaper al-Rai from earlier this month, Iraqi MP and leader of the Ummah Party, Mithal al-Alusi, called on Iraq to establish ties with Israel and expressed hope to see an Iraqi embassy in Israel at some point in the near future.

Iraqi MP Mithal al-Alusi – Photo: REUTERS

The outspoken al-Alusi, who has previously visited Israel a number of times, referred to diplomatic relations with Israel as “our [Iraqi] interest,” and added that he does not want Baghdad’s interests to be solely to “Abu Mazen,” the name by which Mahmoud Abbas is commonly referred to in the Arab World.

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Druze town achieves top spot for Israel’s high school matriculation tests

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Beit Jann, in northern Israel, ranks #1 for first time, with nearly 95% of its students eligible for matriculation certificate, whereas the Jewish ultra-Orthodox & Arab towns continue to hold bottom slots. 

By Shahar Chai

 

The Druze village of Beit Jann Israel’s highest rate of matriculation certificate eligibility among high school students in the 2013-14 school year, according to rankings released on Wednesday by the Education Ministry. The town previously came in at third and second places in the last two years, and by achieving the top spot, it has made good on a promise by its regional council chief. Continue Reading »

4.3 Level Earthquake Shakes Israel With No Injuries or Damage Reported

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The 4.3-magnitude earthquake centered near the Dead Sea early Thursday  morning in Israel with tremors felt in northern Israel as well.

By Moshe Cohen

 

A 4.3-magnitude earthquake occurred early Thursday in Israel. The quake was centered on an area near the Dead Sea, and several people reported feeling its effects in southern Israel. Residents of the north also said they felt vibrations, and investigators are checking whether there were indeed two quakes around the same time.

Northern Dead Sea – Photo: Hana Levi Julian

No injuries or damage were reported from Thursday’s quake.

The last earthquake in Israel took place on June 27, when a 5.2 magnitude quake was felt throughout the country. Continue Reading »

2nd Report in 24hrs of Israel Air Force Strike Against Targets in Syria

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In the second report on Wednesday, Syrian state-run TV said IAF attacked a base of the pro-Assad, Popular Front for the Liberation of Palestine-General Command, injuring 6.

By JPOST.COM STAFF, REUTER

 

BEIRUT –   An Israeli plane attacked a military base along the Syrian-Lebanese border on Wednesday belonging to a pro-Syrian Palestinian faction, wounding six people, Syrian state television said.

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IAF fighter bomber takes off to protect Israel’s security – Photo courtesy IDF Spokesperson’s Unit

Asked about the reported strike, an Israeli military spokeswoman in Jerusalem declined comment.

Earlier in the day, Arab media reported in a separate incident that the Israeli Air Force struck a target in Syria, killing at least two people. Continue Reading »

Netanyahu Allows Construction of 300 New Homes in Beit El

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Quid pro quoPM Netanyahu okays building of new family homes mere hours after the destruction began on the 2 Draynoff buildings, ordered demolished by the High Court of Justice.

By Itamar Eichner, Itay Blumenthal

 

Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu green lighted on Wednesday the construction of 300 housing units in Beit El, mere hours after destruction began of the Draynoff buildings that have been at the center of a dispute between settlers and the Israeli government and High Court of Justice.

Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu – Photo: Reuters

Hundreds of settlers gathered on Monday night outside the two buildings, which the High Court of Justice ruled were illegally built on private Palestinian land, and remained there throughout Tuesday and into Wednesday morning. Continue Reading »

Canada’s National Defense Ministry Buys Iron Dome System

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Canada’s defense ministry purchases first ‘Medium Range Radar’ version of Israel’s Iron Dome for Cad$187.2 million.

By Arutz Sheva Staff

 

Canada said Wednesday it will buy missile defense radars modeled after Israel’s Iron Dome from German defense contractor Rheinmetall.

Iron Dome employed against Gaza rocket – Photo: Flash 90

The defense ministry put the cost of the 10 medium range radar systems at Cad$243.3 million ($187.2 million), according to AFP.

Canada’s National Defense Minister Jason Kenney hailed the deal, saying the technology had proved useful for Israel.

“Much like Israel’s successful Iron Dome radar technology, the Medium Range Radar system will be able to instantly track enemy fire aimed at Canadian armed forces personnel and help keep them safe during operations,” Kenney said. Continue Reading »

#BDSfail: Irish Councillors reject divestment of military equipment from Israel

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Cllr Brendan Young (Independent) of Kildare County Council proposed a motion Monday 27th July to urge the Irish Army & Dep of Defense to stop importing military equipment from Israel. Kildare is home to Ireland’s largest military base.

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According to Barry McLiamIrish4Israel welcomed the decision of Kildare County Councillors to reject the following motion:

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In the month of the first anniversary of the Israeli attack on Gaza in July 2014, the council notes that the United Nations Human Rights Council is gravely concerned by reports regarding serious human rights violations and grave breaches of international humanitarian law, including possible war crimes, committed in the Israeli military operations in the occupied Palestinian territory in 2008/2009 and in 2014, particularly in the Gaza Strip, which resulted in the killing of 1,462 Palestinian civilians, including 551 children and 299 women, and six Israeli civilians. Continue Reading »