Harlem Globetrotters won the crowd & their game in Israel

 

Globetrotters emerged victorious Friday from their exhibition basketball match against the World All-Stars in Haifa.

 

 

The Harlem Globetrotters have not lost in eight years and have only been defeated 345 times in more than 22,000 games, so to say that they won their game against the World All-Stars Friday at Romema Arena in Haifa would not be news.

Harlem Globetrotters are Coming to Israel

But the Globetrotters won over their Israeli audience while emerging victorious 112-108 in a game that became close after a basket scored by a child from the crowd awarded 19 points to the challengers and tied the game with less than a minute left to play. Continue Reading »

Lebanese daily post before & after satellite photos of alleged IAF strike

 

Lebanese paper publishes satellite images of reported arms depot in Hezbollah-controlled Lebanon and images photographed 10 days after alleged Israeli airstrike showing scorched earth.

By Ynet

 

Lebanese newspaper The Daily Star published photos on Friday that reportedly show a Hezbollah arms storage facility in the Bekka Valley before and after it was allegedly bombed by Israel two months ago.

The Google Earth satellite images from March 6, ten days after the alleged Israeli strike, reportedly show scorched earth and possible traces of a building that was, until recently, at the side of a dirt road south of the town of Janta. Continue Reading »

Egyptian authorities foil attempts at smuggling Jewish religious artifacts

 

Egypt’s Antiquities Minister said the smugglers planned to send the Jewish religious artifacts to Belgium.

 

Authorities in Egypt say they have seized a cache of Jewish religious artifacts that smugglers wanted to ship to Belgium at one of the country’s main ports.

Crown seized by officials in Damietta, Egypt, April 18, 2014

Crown from a cache of Jewish religious artifacts seized by officials in Damietta, Egypt, April 18, 2014 – Photo: AP

Antiquities Minister Mohammed Ibrahim said in a statement Friday that officials found the artifacts while searching cargo Thursday at the coastal city of Damietta.

AP

Items from a cache of Jewish religious artifacts seized by officials in Damietta, Egypt, April 18, 2014 – Photo: AP

Among the artifacts are a cylindrical wooden box plated in silver, which would have held Torah scrolls.

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AGAIN: EU’s Catherine Ashton demands Israel stop building homes for Jews

Catherine Ashton focuses pressure on Netanyahu to make further concessions to  restart ailing peace talks by freezing construction for Jews homes in Judea & Samaria.

By Ari Soffer

 

EU foreign affairs chief Catherine Ashton called on Israel to reverse recent announcements regarding construction in Judea and Samaria in order to advance peace talks.

Catherine Ashton – Reuters

Ashton said she viewed with “great concern” an Israeli decision to declare an area near the Gush Etzion Bloc south of Jerusalem as state land and the recognition of Jewish rights to the disputed Peace House in the Judean city of Hevron, a statement from her office said Friday. Continue Reading »

Christians pilgrims meet in Jerusalem for Good Friday

 

Israel’s Christian and pilgrims from around the world meet in Jerusalem to walk the Via Dolorosa

By i24news

 

 

Local Christian Arabs and pilgrims from around the world made their way down the cobbled Via Dolorosa in Jerusalem Friday, where Jesus is believed to have walked to his crucifixion.

Christian worshipers mark good Friday in Jerusalem ( AFP )

Christian worshipers mark good Friday in Jerusalem – Photo: AFP

Thousands of worshipers, some bearing wooden crosses, walked through the walled Old City to the Church of the Holy Sepulchre, the site where they believe Jesus was crucified and buried before rising from the dead three days later.

The city was also busy on Friday with Jewish worshipers celebrating the week-long festival of Passover, which commemorates the Exodus of the biblical Israelites from captivity in Egypt.

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From the underground intel “Pit” to the high IAF skies

 

1st time: Israel’s Air Force invites a journalist into its main command post “the Pit”, where IDF soldiers & officers gather & assess intelligence & process it into operational plans.

By Aharon Lapidot

 

State Dept. working to add Israel to U.S. visa waiver program

Israel is working with U.S. so Israelis will no longer be required to apply for entry visas before visiting the United States.

By JTA

 

The United States and Israel are creating a working group to help Israel advance toward joining the visa waiver program.

Israel Passport - Photo: IsraelandStuff/PP

Israel Passport – Photo: IsraelandStuff/PP

“This is a goal of both the United States and Israel, and it would make travel easier for citizens of both countries,” Julia Frifield, the assistant secretary of state for legislative affairs, said in a letter sent Thursday to Rep. Nita Lowey (D-N.Y.).

The Department of Homeland Security is also part of the working group, Frifield said. Continue Reading »

Nazi-KKK forums ‘a magnet for the deadly & deranged’

 

The Southern Poverty Law Center claims extensive users of online hate forums are becoming ‘disproportionately responsible’ for racist murders & mass killings, indicating a possible tell-tale sign for future killers.

By Reuters

 

A white supremacist charged with killing three people near two Jewish community facilities in suburban Kansas City this week posted more than 12,000 messages on a racist website which carries the slogan “No Jews, Just Right,” according to a leading organization that tracks hate groups.

Me at counter-rally

Jews demonstrating against Nazi-KKK White supremacist Rally in Atlanta – IsraelandStuff/PP

The online activity by Frazier Glenn Cross follows a trend in which prolific posters on hate online forums are becoming “disproportionately responsible” for racist murders and mass killings, according to a report released on Thursday by the Southern Poverty Law Center, a non-profit civil rights organization. Continue Reading »

The Tel Aviv real estate market remains strong

Southern Tel Aviv & Jaffa are still the places for investors, with peripheral neighborhoods like Kiryat Shalom, Kfar Shalem & Neve Sharett heating up.

 

 

The big new trend TheMarker identified a year ago in the Tel Aviv real estate market was a shift to the south, and this year that trend is expected to continue. Over the past year, many new apartment buildings aimed at investors were built, mostly in the south Tel Aviv Florentin neighborhood, for young renters and others who have been priced out of rentals in central and northern areas of the city.

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Israel Police Place Restrictions on Temple Mount Entry for Muslims After Riots

New intel of further Arab riots force authorities to limit entry to Muslim men over the age of 50, women of any age and holders of ‘Blue’ Israel identification.

By Uzi Baruch, Ari Yashar

 

Following intelligence information received by Jerusalem police on plans by Muslim visitors to the Temple Mount to disrupt the public order at the end of their prayers, entrance to the holy site was limited to Muslim visitors.

Police face Arab rioters in Jerusalem (file) – Flash 90

The decision to only allow Muslim men over the age of 50, and women of any age, to pray at the site was made by Jerusalem police commander Nitzav Yossi Pariente. Continue Reading »

Thailand prevents Hezbollah terror plot to kill Israeli tourists

 

‘Bangkok Post’ reports that police arrested 2 Muslim men suspected of planning terror attack, 1 of whom admitted to being a Hezbollah agent.

By JPOST.COM STAFF

 

 
Thai authorities thwarted a plan by Hezbollah agents to attack Israeli tourists during this Passover season, a Thailand-based newspaper is reporting on Thursday.
Thailand police confiscate explosives.

Thailand police confiscate explosives. – Photo: REUTERS

According to the Bangkok Post, investigators in Thailand managed to extract a confession from one of two suspected terrorists held in custody for allegedly planning to strike at Israelis in the country.

Two of the men – Daoud Farhat, a French-Lebanese national, and Youssef Ayad, who is of Lebanese-Filipino extraction – were arrested for alleged ties to Hezbollah, the Bangkok Post reported.

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Abbas’ move at signing international treaties could backfire, bigtime

 

An Israeli lawyer reveals that if the PA president decides to use the new formal status as signatory to Geneva Conventions to file war crimes charges against Israelis, it may simply open himself up to past & future counter-complaints.

By Itamar Eichner

 

Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas’ recent grand gesture in front of the cameras, asking to join 14 international treaties and conventions, could open him and other Palestinian officials up to prosecution for war crimes, according to one Israeli lawyer.

PA leader Abbas may face charges in the Hague. (Photo: AP)

PA leader Abbas may face charges in the Hague. – Photo: AP

Last year, Mordechai Zivin filed a complaint against Abbas and senior members of Hamas at the International Criminal Court in The Hague. Continue Reading »

South Africa Muslim leader accuses rival party’s pro-Israel stance as ‘paid-for’

 

Al Jama-ah leader asked whether South Africa’s second largest political party’s pro-Israel position was based on donations.

 

 

A month ahead of national elections, a question is being asked: Does the Democratic Alliance, South Africa’s second largest political party, smile on Israel because it’s funded by pro-Israel sources?

James Selfe, leader of the DA.

James Selfe, leader of the DA. – Photo courtesy: Wikimedia Commons

That’s the question asked by the leader of a rival party, Al Jama-ah, a shopkeeper named Imraahn Ismail-Mukaddam, according to Independant Online, which aggregates the websites of the country’s largest media group.

The DA for its part said it doesn’t have to answer his questions, and didn’t comment on his allegations.

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John Kerry: Anti-Jewish demands in Ukraine city are ‘grotesque’

 

Pamphlets were distributed to Donetsk’s Jews requiring them to register assets with pro-Russian separatists or face forced deportation.

By i24news

 

US Secretary of State John Kerry said on Thursday notices were sent to Jews in a Ukrainian city asking them to identify themselves as Jews, a move he condemned as “grotesque.”

Pro-Russia activists stand in front of a placard bearing the logo of Ukraine's disbanded elite Berkut riot police reading "Glory to Berkut" as they guard a barricade in the eastern Ukrainian city of Donetsk on April 14, 2014 ( Alexander Khudoteply (AFP) )

Pro-Russia activists stand in front of a placard bearing the logo of Ukraine’s disbanded elite Berkut riot police reading “Glory to Berkut” as they guard a barricade in the eastern Ukrainian city of Donetsk on April 14, 2014 – Photo: Alexander Khudoteply/AFP

“In the year 2014, after all of the miles travelled and all of the journey of history, this is not just intolerable, it’s grotesque.

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Egyptian Christians Condemned for Easter Pilgrimage to Israel

 

Despite Egyptian Christians still officially  forbidden from visiting Israel by their religious leaders, Egypt’s airlines have tripled from the normal 4 per week to Tel Aviv.

By Dr. Ashraf Ramelah

 

While Jews around the world celebrate Passover, Christians from Egypt visit the Holy Land for their week of Holy Pascha (the Passion of Christ). For this pilgrimage, Egyptian Christians (Orthodox, Catholic and Evangelical) leave Cairo by the thousands on daily flights to Israel. Egypt’s airlines have increased departures to 12 flights per week from the normal four. In spite of the regularity of this annual event, rumors vilifying Israel propagate throughout the Egyptian press. Continue Reading »