PLO official accuses Israel of ‘war crimes’ over Jerusalem neighborhood construction

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 »

The Saudi’s ‘United Arab Army’ is Targeting Iran, Not Israel

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 »

Israeli envoy: UN ignores intimidation, exile and murder of Christians in Arab countries

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.”

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WATCH: Anonymous vows #Op_Israel ‘Electronic Holocaust’ in April

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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.

Anonymous

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 »

PA Report: Gaza ‘Fat Cats’ Driving Up Cooking-Gas Prices

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.

By Dalit Halevi

 

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.

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.
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Christian toddler flown from northern Iraq to Israel for coronary artery bypass surgery

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 »

UNHRC says Israel, not Gaza, Syria, Iran, or North Korea worst human rights violator

In ANOTHER #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.

UNHRC FAIL

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.
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Evidence shows Bronze Age Egyptians brewed beer in ancient Tel Aviv

Ceramic shards that were found at the construction site date to the Bronze Age, & are believed to have been used in the Egyptian brewing of a grain based alcoholic beverage.

 

Artifacts indicating the presence of an ancient beer-brewing Egyptian community were discovered Sunday morning at a construction site in southern Tel Aviv, according to an official statement by the Israel Antiquities Authority.

Egyptian era archeological findings in Tel Aviv, hinting at ancient beer-making on site.‏ – Photo: Israel Antiquities Authority

The ceramic shards found at the site, which is near the Azrieli towers and is slated to be the location for an office building, are believed to have been used in the brewing of the grain-based alcoholic beverage, and date to the Bronze age, around the year 3,000 to 3,500 BCE. Continue Reading »

US Congressmen Lamborn & DeSantis Introduce Legislation to Prevent Boycotts of Israel

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 MK Tibi gets History lesson on Twitter about Nakba Day

Palestinian Knesset Member responds to former Likud minister’s Tweet  slamming former education minister Piron for supporting to teach ‘Nakba Day’ in Israeli schools.

By Ynet

 

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 »

Iranian defector reveals US Sec. of State Kerry suckered into parroting Iranian demands

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 »

Pentagon’s Publication of Israeli Nuclear Weapons Program was Allowed By Israel

Jerusalem didn’t object to material of Washington’s understanding of Israel’s nuclear program in the 1980s from being made public.

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Following Airstrikes on Yemen Rebels, Nasrallah Reminds Saudi Arabia That Israel is the Enemy

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 »

Abbas Suggests That Arab League Attack Hamas

Abbas urges Arab League exercise ‘same policy’ of Yemen airstrikes, in their calls for ‘iron’ blow on Hamas in ‘Palestine’.

By Ari Yashar

 

Palestinian Authority (PA) Chairman Mahmoud Abbas used the platform of the Arab League summit in Sharm el-Shekh, Egypt, this Saturday to attack his “unity partner” Hamas, making a subtle call for the Arab states to take military action against the Gaza-based Muslim Brotherhood offshoot.

Mahmoud Abbas – Reuters

Speaking at the 26th summit in the southern Sinai peninsula, Abbas made reference to the campaign of airstrikes launched last Thursday by Saudi Arabia and other Arab countries against Iran-backed Shi’ite Houthi rebels in Yemen – the Houthis have overthrown the government while rapidly expanding their control.
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Deterring Hezbollah: Former IDF deputy Chief-of-Staff shares his vision for Israel’s security

“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.

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