German Chancellor: Whoever attacks a Jew attacks us all

Under the banner “Stand Up: Jew Hatred – Never Again!” German Chancellor Angela Merkel joins political & religious leaders at a rally against anti-Semitism in Berlin.

By i24news

 

German Chancellor Angela Merkel and Jewish leaders spoke Sunday at a Berlin rally against anti-Semitism after the latest Gaza conflict sparked an upsurge in hate speech against Jews.

John MacDougall (AFP)

Supporters of Israel – John MacDougall (AFP)

Under the banner “Stand Up: Jew Hatred – Never Again!” political and religious leaders and thousands of people gathered at the iconic Brandenburg Gate.

The event, attended by German President Joachim Gauck, coincided with a meeting in the capital of the World Jewish Congress (WJC), whose president Ronald S. Continue Reading »

Jewish, Arab Children Playing Together Declared “a crime against humanity” by the PA

Palestinian ‘peace partners’ threaten to prosecute local coach who had dared to let Palestinian children commit the heinous crime of playing soccer with Israeli Jews.

By Yossi Aloni & Ryan Jones

 

Only former Israeli President Shimon Peres could pull off something like organizing a friendly football (soccer) match between Israeli and Palestinian children just a week after the latest Gaza war.
Shimon Peres initiating a friendly Jewish-Arab sporting event

Shimon Peres initiating a friendly Jewish-Arab sporting event – Shimon Peres שמעון פרס/Facebook page

And only the Palestinian Authority could be so callous as to condemn such a demonstration of peaceful coexistence.

The game organized by Peres wasn’t between just any groups of Israeli and Palestinian kids.

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15,000 participants gathered in northern Israel to honor fallen Druze soldiers

 

The annual event was co-founded by Druze officer Brig. Gen. Amal Assad and is dedicated to honoring the memory of Druze killed fighting for Israel, in manor that conforms to community’s beliefs, which preclude physical memorials.

By Daniel Siryoti

 

A weekend event in northern Israel dedicated to a show of solidarity with Israel’s Druze community and honoring Druze soldiers who have been killed fighting in the country’s wars drew over 15,000 participants.

Participants in Friday’s commemorative event wait for the race to start – Photo: Herzl Shapira

The event took place on the paths of the Carmel mountain ridge near the Druze towns of Daliyat al-Karmel‎ and Isfiya‎.

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The top 10 best educated countries in the world

Compulsory conscription into the IDF has not lowered educational attainment rates, as 46% of Israeli adults had attained tertiary qualification in 2012, putting them #4 in global placement according to data recently released by the OECD.

By Thomas C. Frohlich

According to data recently released by the Organization for Co-operation and Development (OECD), more than half of Russian adults held tertiary degrees in 2012 — the equivalent of college degree in the United States — more than in any other country reviewed. Meanwhile, less than 4% of Chinese adults had tertiary qualifications in 2012, less than in any other country. 24/7 Wall St. reviewed the 10 countries with the highest proportion of adults holding a college degree. Continue Reading »

Hamas official warn Gaza landlords: Refusing to rent to Hamas could be dangerous

 

Non-Hamas Palestinian landlords in Gaza are worried that their buildings will be targeted by Israel if Hamas militants live inside. Hamas official calls this trend “a dangerous one.”

By KHALED ABU TOAMEH

Landlords in the Gaza Strip are refusing to rent out apartments to Hamas members and their families, a senior Hamas official revealed on Sunday.

Beit Hanun gaza

A Palestinian looks out from the remains of his house in Beit Hanun, a town in the northern Gaza Strip. – Photo:REUTERS

Musa Abu Marzouk, a political leader of Hamas based in Egypt, said that the phenomenon was “dangerous.”

Abu Marzouk, who recently toured the Gaza Strip, pointed out that landlords were afraid to rent out their apartments out of fear that they would be targeted by Israel in the future. Continue Reading »

Palestinians concerned int’l attention on IS will harm its cause

Palestinian official Saeb Erekat claims the current extremism in the Middle East was triggered by the Israeli occupation & the suffering of the Palestinian people.

By Ynetnews

 

Palestinian officials in Ramallah are concerned about the decline in the world media’s coverage of the Palestinian cause, in light of the shift in international focus towards the establishment of a global coalition against Islamic State terrorist group, Israel Radio reported.

Saeb Erekat

Saeb Erekat – Photo: Flash 90

Speaking to the Fatah television channel, Saeb Erekat said on Sunday that the reason behind the extremism in the Middle East was the continued Israeli occupation, the suffering of the Palestinian people and the “terror acts” committed by Israel and the settlers, the report further added. Continue Reading »

Lady Gaga’s spectacular sci-fi artRAVE concert exhilarates Tel Aviv

 

Gaga displayed her pure manic energy with her strong voice, 20 songs & 7 outfit changes, and along with the dozen dancers, it was more than a ball, it was an extravaganza.

By LAHAV HARKOV

 

If Lady Gaga lives for “Applause,” as she sings, then she got one hell of a life force coming from the crowd in Tel Aviv Saturday night – and the pop star certainly reciprocated.

Lady Gaga with Tony Bennett Israel Concert, 13 Sept 2014, ArtRAVE Live – YouTube Screenshot

 

An adrenaline shot laced with Gaga’s brand of insanity and sex appeal was exactly what Israel’s “non-stop city” needed, in the first major concert by an international act after a summer in which rockets from Gaza forced it to take a couple of naps and cancel performances by acts like Neil Young, the Backstreet Boys, and Lana del Rey. Continue Reading »

UEA donates 50 mobile homes to Gaza’s homeless

According to Hamas housing ministry, 9,800 homes were destroyed during Israel’s ‘Operation Protective Edge’. With some families beginning to enter newly donated mobile homes, the rehabilitation process is starting.

By AFP

 

 

Fifty Palestinian families made homeless by Israeli bombing during the summer’s fierce offensive on the Gaza Strip were rehoused Saturday in mobile homes in the southern town of Khan Yunis.

UEA gives 50 mobile homes (Photo: AFP)

UEA gives 50 mobile homes – Photo: AFP

During the 50-day conflict, 9,800 homes were totally destroyed and another 8,000 left uninhabitable, according to data from the housing ministry in Gaza.

Imad al-Haddad, Gaza head of a United Arab Emirates association providing these 50 mobile homes, told AFP that, in the town’s Khuzaa neighborhood alone 500 families lost the roofs over their heads. Continue Reading »

Netanyahu forced to mediate which Israeli security agency controls state cyber defense

Israel’s Prime Minister is expected to make a decision on the cyber-defense issue this week after procrastinating for months.

 

The Shin Bet security service and National Cyber Bureau have been waging a months-long battle over authority for protecting Israel’s economy and civilian institutions against cyber attacks.

Cyber defense

An IDF course for cyber-defense in Ramat Gan. – Photo: Alon Ron

Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu has taken on the cyber issue as a personal project — the bureau is part of the Prime Minister’s Office, and he has defined cyber attacks as one of the four main threats to Israel.

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Israeli Hospital Determined to Restore Syrian Child’s Sight

 

The 12 yr-old boy is but one Syrian civil war victims of ten patients currently being treated at the Israeli hospital. He lost his sight from regime shelling. Another victim says, ‘We were taught that Israel is the enemy.’

By Reuters

 

Israeli medics were checking last week a 12-year-old Syrian boy who was brought to Ziv Medical Center in Tzfat (Safed), northern Israel.

An injured Syrian girl being treated at Israel’s Ziv Medical Center – Reuters

The hospital said that the boy was severely wounded, losing the sight in both eyes and suffering injuries to his arm and leg, when a shell exploded near his home in the outskirts of Damascus. Continue Reading »

Hollywood’s ‘A list’ continues to grow in support of Israel

Massive show of support for Israel: Among Hollywood’s top stars joining  Stallone & Schwarzenegger are Academy Award nominee Minnie Driver,TV host Bill Maher as well as major studio execs.

By Yitzhak Benhorin

 

WASHINGTON – After first expressing their support for Israel during Operation Protective Edge, members of the film industry posted an additional ad Saturday in the New York Times which included 300 of Hollywood’s most prominent figures expressing their “commitment to peace and justice.”

Arnold Schwarzenegger and Silvester Stallone (Photo: MCT)

Arnold Schwarzenegger and Silvester Stallone – Photo: MCT

The stars have already planned their next target, setting their sights on Europe, particularly Germany and the city of London, where many they feel cultural figures operate against Israel. Continue Reading »

Israel to sign a visa-waiver program with Belarus

Israeli Ambassador Yosef Shagal announced the signing with internationally ostracized Belarus on Friday, to 700 participants at the Limmud FSU conference in Vitebsk.

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Jerusalem and Minsk are set to sign a visa-waiver program, Israel’s ambassador to the internationally ostracized former Soviet republic of Belarus said.

Russian President Vladimir Putin, left, Belarusian President Alexander Lukashenko, right.

Russian President Vladimir Putin, left, Belarusian President Alexander Lukashenko, right, and Tajik President Emomali Rakhmon, center back, enter a hall to attend a meeting – Photo: AP

Ambassador Yosef Shagal announced the signing on Friday to 700 participants at the Limmud FSU conference in Vitebsk, the former Soviet country’s third-largest city. The Limmud conference is an educational and cultural gathering.

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Defense Minister & Opposition Leader Slams Reservists Claims of Elite Intelligence Unit

Defense Minister Ya’alon says leftist reservists’ letter was ’Foolish & Disgusting’ and those who accused the elite intel unit of abuse, are taking part in a ‘delegitimization’ campaign against Israel.

By Uzi Baruch

 

Defense Minister Moshe Ya’alon reacted with disgust Saturday night to a letter of refusal signed by leftist reservists from an elite intelligence unit.

Moshe Yaalon

Moshe Yaalon – Flash 90

The letter, signed by 43 reserve officers and soldiers, called for insubordination after accusing the elite intelligence Unit 8200 of being an “inseparable part of the military control of the territories,” referring to Judea and Samaria, and alleging the unit was being used to spy on “innocent” Palestinians. Continue Reading »

New Israeli Project: Planting Fruit Trees Where Hamas Rockets Fell

Unique initiative asks for help by the Jewish New Year on September 24, in planting 100,000 fruit trees where 1,000 Palestinian missiles had fallen.

By Ari Yashar

 

In the wake of Operation Protective Edge, a new project has been launched to “turn death into life,” by planting 100,000 new fruit trees in the exact areas where over 1,000 Hamas terror missiles fell.

Planting fruit trees in place of rockets

Planting fruit trees in place of rockets – Photo: Zo Artzeinu

Many of the new fruit trees will be planted in the actual holes left by the impact of the rockets, notes Zo Artzeinu, the organizers of the new initiative. Continue Reading »

PA threats of ICC investigation of Israeli war crimes charges appears to be bluff

 

An Al Jazeera report based on leaked confidential letters, indicate that the ICC “did not receive a positive confirmation” from the Palestinian Authority’s foreign minister, Riad Malki, to go ahead with a war crimes investigation.

By JPOST.COM STAFF

 

The Palestinian Authority has prevented war crimes investigators from probing actions by Israel and Hamas during Operation Protective Edge, the Qatar-based pan-Arab news network Al Jazeera is reporting on Friday.

Beit Hanun gaza

A Palestinian looks out from the remains of his house in Beit Hanun, a town in the northern Gaza Strip. – Photo:REUTERS

Citing a confidential letter signed by the International Criminal Court’s top prosecutor, Al Jazeera is reporting that the ICC “did not receive a positive confirmation” from the Palestinian Authority’s foreign minister, Riad Malki, to go ahead with a war crimes investigation that was originally requested by the PA’s justice minister. Continue Reading »