The Jerusalem neighborhood, with some 20,000 residents, separates Israeli Arab neighborhoods of the Jewish capital from the nearby Palestinian controlled area of Bethlehem.
By TOVAH LAZAROFF
PLO Executive Committee member Dr. Hanan Ashrawi accused Israel of war crimes after the Jerusalem Municipality issued a construction permit for 143 apartment units in the Jewish neighborhood of Har Homa located over the pre-1967 lines on Monday.
Palestinian laborers work at a construction site in a Jewish settlement near Jerusalem known to Israelis as Har Homa and to Palestinians as Jabal Abu Ghneim. – Photo: REUTERS
“This latest development is an additional war crime as stipulated by the Rome Statute, and the occupation authorities will be held accountable by the International Criminal Court and other venues for its continued aggression on the lands and resources of the state of Palestine,” Ashrawi said. Continue Reading »
Discouraged over Washington’s (lack of?, or uncharacteristic) foreign policy, Saudi Arabia takes the helm to lead a ‘United Arab Army’ against Iran’s unsettling expansionism and world-wide terrorism.
By Gedalyah Reback
The Arab League has never been known for the unity that other international alliances have projected. NATO was a strong, American-led alliance throughout the Cold War (and in many ways still today); the European Union, for all its diversity, has a unified foreign policy.
Saudi Arabia’s King Salman – Reuters
The Arab League on the other hand has been plagued by its members changing heads of state every few years or so in bloody revolutions. Continue Reading »
Ron Prosor to U.N: Palestinians seek a state without negotiations, without compromise, & without a peace deal; Over 50% of Christians fled both Hamas & PA rule in Gaza AND the West Bank.
By Yoni Hersch
The international community is turning a blind eye to the murder of minorities in the Arab world, Israeli Ambassador to the United Nations Ron Prosor said this weekend.
Israeli Ambassador to the U.N. Ron Prosor – Photo: AP
“Last year police in Saudi Arabia stormed a Christian prayer meeting and arrested its entire congregation, including women and children. … In 2013, three Iranian Christians were caught selling Bibles, found guilty of ‘crimes against state security,’ and sentenced to 10 years in prison.”
Prosor said that while minorities were persecuted and slaughtered throughout the region, “there is only one place in the Middle East where minorities have the freedom to practice their faith, to change faiths, or to practice no faith at all — and that is Israel.”
“It’s time for the U.N. Continue Reading »
In new video, the hacker group ‘Anonymous’, threatens to take down Israeli sites & servers on April 7, promising to ‘erase you from cyberspace’.
By Ran Rimon, Elior Levy
A video released this week by the Anonymous hacker collective vowed to inflict an “Electronic Holocaust” on Israel.
The video shows a masked individual in a suit delivering a prepared statement, in which he announces April 7 as the date of a concerted attack on Israel’s online servers. “As we did many times, we will take down your servers, government websites, Israeli military websites, and Israeli institutions,” he said.
“We will erase you from cyberspace in our Electronic Holocaust.”
The video includes images of Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu in a briefing room with the defense minister and military leaders, as well as distraught Palestinian children and bombed areas that appear to date from Operation Protective Edge. Continue Reading »
Normally, Palestinian leaders blame Israel for the horrible poverty in Gaza as they skimmed their personal wealth, but now they point the finger of blame on the local gas companies.
Hamas has generally accused Israel of making life miserable for Gazans, even though it’s been nearly a decade since Israel abandoned the Strip, and Hamas has been in charge since 2007. In general, Hamas has blamed Israel for the high level of poverty in Gaza, as well as the many social problems in Gazan society.
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UNRWA handouts in Gaza – Abed Rahim Khatib/Flash 90
However, one thing, it turns out, is not Israel’s fault: The high price of cooking gas.
Jerusalem’s Hadassah Hospital surgeons spent 8-hours performing labyrinthine surgery that included moving main arteries & creating a new path through Maryam Mansour’s heart so it would function properly.
• Child listed in stable condition.
By Yori Yalon
Maryam Mansour, an 18-month-old Iraqi girl whose family fled the Islamic State, had a serious heart defect. She and her family reached northern Iraq, and from there were recently flown to Israel, where doctors at the Hadassah Ein Kerem Hospital in Jerusalem performed a lifesaving operation on the child.
Hadassah Hospital pediatric specialists operate on Maryam Mansour – Photo: Hadassah Hospital
Maryam, whose family are Iraqi Christians, was evacuated to be treated at Hadassah by the Shevet Achim organization, which works to obtain treatment in Israel for children throughout the Middle East born with cardiac problems. Continue Reading »
#UNfail: According to the U.N.’s top human rights body, Israel deserves more condemnation for violating human rights than ISIS, Iran, Hamas, Boko Haram, Syria or any other nation on earth.
By Anne Bayefsky
Last week, Israel was the U.N.’s number one women’s rights violator. This week it is the U.N.’s all-round human rights villain.
The U.N. Human Rights Council wrapped up its latest session in Geneva on Friday, March 27 by adopting four resolutions condemning Israel. That’s four times more than any of the other 192 UN member states.
Playing at caring about human rights is the U.N. Continue Reading »
In major #BDSFail, 2 Republican congressmen, Congressman Doug Lamborn and Congressman Ron DeSantis, introduced legislation to stymie boycotts of Israel.
By Congressmen Lamborn’s press-release
Today, Congressmen Doug Lamborn and Ron DeSantis released the following statement after their introduction of H.R. 1572, the Boycott Our Enemies, Not Israel Act:
Congressman Doug Lamborn (CO-05) and Congressman Ron DeSantis (FL-06) – Photos: Twitter profile photos
“Today, we introduced H.R. 1572 to thwart efforts by Palestinian organizations to pressure different corporations, companies and educational institutions to boycott, divest, and sanction Israel. Recently the Palestinian Authority declared a boycott against Israeli goods, depriving their own population of most basically needed products. Continue Reading »
Palestinian Knesset Member responds to former Likud minister’s Tweet slamming former education minister Piron for supporting to teach ‘Nakba Day’ in Israeli schools.
Former Likud minister Gideon Sa’ar and Arab MK Ahmad Tibi engaged in a war of words on Twitter on Saturday night over a call to include “Nakba Day” in the Israeli school curriculum.
Arab MK Ahmad Tibi (left) & Former Likud minister Gideon Sa’ar (right) – Photos: AFP, Alex Kolomoisky
Sa’ar slammed former education minister Shai Piron of Yesh Atid on Saturday. over the latter’s support for the addition of Nakba Day to the curriculum. Continue Reading »
PM Netanyahu said impending nuclear agreement will be ‘Worse Than Feared’, shortly after Iranian defector revealed US negotiating team capitulated to majority of Iranian demands.
By Tova Dvorin and Ari Soffer
Israeli Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu has said the deal currently under discussion between Iran and world powers over Tehran’s nuclear program is even worse than he had feared.
“The dangerous accord which is being negotiated in Lausanne (Switzerland) confirms our concerns and even worse,” Netanyahu said in remarks at a meeting of his cabinet broadcast on public radio.
Netanyahu also highlighted concerns over Iran’s wider expansionist ambitions in the region via Shia Islamist proxies and other terrorist groups. Continue Reading »
Hezbollah chief condemns airstrike on Shiite rebels, saying Saudis abandoned Palestinian cause with aims to control Yemen.
By Roi Kais
The leader of Lebanon’s Shiite Hezbollah group unleashed a tirade against Saudi Arabia on Friday over its intervention in Yemen, saying the Sunni kingdom has abandoned the Palestinians and does not care to oppose Israel.
Hezbollah leader Hassan Nasrallah – Photo: EPA
Hassan Nasrallah rejected Riyadh’s claim that it had assembled a coalition to conduct airstrikes against Shiite Houthi rebels in order to save Yemen, an operation named “Decisive Storm.”
“All that has happened in our region for years did not require Saudi intervention, so why does the current situation in Yemen require such intervention?” he asked. Continue Reading »
“The moment Hamas’s survival was not under threat, it was not concerned with how many casualties it sustained, or how many it inflicted on us. Its only aim was to reach its [political] goals.” so… ‘Israel must make it clear to Hezbollah, that if war erupts, their leaders will have to flee Lebanon to stay alive.’
- Former IDF deputy Chief-of-Staff, Maj.-Gen. (res.) Yair Naveh
By YAAKOV LAPPIN
Can semi-state terrorist enemies like Hamas and Hezbollah be effectively deterred? This question is at the heart of a central debate raging inside Israel’s defense establishment.
THEN-IDF DEPUTY CHIEF Maj.-Gen. Yair Naveh speaks during the seventh annual International INSS Conference in Tel Aviv, last year. Continue Reading »