Denied parole: Imprisoned Israeli-Arab parliamentarian for aiding terrorists

Israel Prison Service Parole Board: Former Joint Arab List MK Basel Ghattas, who is serving a 2-year sentence for smuggling cellphones to incarcerated Palestinian security offenders, did not express any remorse for ‎his actions, which could have seriously affected Israel’s security.

By Gadi Golan

 

The Israel Prison Service Parole Board on Tuesday ‎‎denied an appeal for early release by former Joint Arab List MK ‎‎Basel Ghattas,‎ saying he has expressed no remorse for ‎‎his crimes. ‎

Ghattas is serving a two-year sentence for smuggling ‎cellphones and other materials to ‎Palestinian ‎security prisoners. He is serving his sentence ‎in ‎ Eshel Prison, near Beersheba.‎

Former Joint Arab List MK Basel Ghattas‎ – Screenshot

In April 2017, Ghattas pleaded guilty to charges of ‎smuggling contraband into prison, violating ‎Israel Prison Service directives, providing the ‎means to carry out acts of terror, and fraud and ‎breach of trust by a public official. Continue Reading »

Wikimedia posts 28,000 free photos predating Israel’s independence

28,000 historic photos taken in Israel were uploaded to Wikimedia Commons’ servers after developing program detecting images whose copyrights have expired, making them freely available to anyone.

By Omer Kabir

 

28,000 public-domain photos extracted from public and private archives in Israel are now available on Wikimedia Commons, the media sharing platform operated by San Francisco-headquartered nonprofit The Wikimedia Foundation Inc., which also operates Wikipedia.

The released photos include images documenting the early days of the Jewish settlement in what later became the state of Israel. Some examples: the graduation ceremony of the first batch of Jewish air force pilots taken in 1939 in the British airport that preceded Ben Gurion International airport, Israel’s main aerial gateway; Jewish British Army recruits training for battle in 1941; and an outdoor Torah class in 1920s’ Jerusalem. Continue Reading »

U.S. Dept of State blacklists Nasrallah’s son as “Global Terrorist”

The U.S. Dept of State has designated Hezbollah leader’s son, Jawad Nasrallah and the Al-Mujahidin Brigades as “Specially Designated Global Terrorists” which imposes sanctions on foreign persons who have committed acts of terrorism that threaten the security of U.S.

By Elad Benari

 

The US State Department on Tuesday designated Jawad Nasrallah, son of Hezbollah leader Hassan Nasrallah, a terrorist and accused him of carrying out attacks against Israel, Reuters reported.

The State Department also blacklisted Al-Mujahidin Brigades (AMB), which it said had links to Hezbollah and had plotted a number of attacks against Israeli targets from a base in Palestinian Authority-assigned areas of Judea and Samaria. Continue Reading »

UPDATED: Hamas fires 400 rockets at Israeli civilians • 1 dead • 67 Israelis injured

WATCH Hamas video: Thinking it was a school-bus, Hamas fired a Kornet anti-tank guided missile, leaving a 19 yr-old IDF soldier in critical condition.

By i24NEWS

 

A rocket launched from the Gaza Strip on Monday hit a residential building, killing at least one man [40 yr-old Palestinian father of 6 – I&S] and leaving several others injured, including a woman in critical condition.

Another rocket hit an Israeli bus carrying Israel Defense Forces soldiers, leaving a 19-year-old in critical condition.

Israel said it responded with air strikes “throughout the Gaza Strip” that hit over 70 Hamas and Islamic Jihad targets, killing at least two Palestinians and injuring more according to the Gaza health ministry. Continue Reading »

Israel to award housing grants to Lebanese soldiers who fought alongside IDF

In the coming days Israel’s government will vote on providing grants of up to $136,000 to the veterans of the South Lebanon Army [who fled to ‎Israel during the May 2000 withdrawal], in recognition of their courageous contributions to past IDF operations in Lebanon.

By Lilach Shoval

 

Veterans of the South Lebanon Army who reside in ‎Israel will soon become eligible for substantial ‎housing assistance, in recognition of their contribution to ‎IDF operations in southern Lebanon prior to the military’s ‎withdrawal from the region in May 2000.‎

The SLA was dissolved in the summer after the Israeli withdrawal and ‎‎Israel absorbed some 7,000 SLA veterans and their ‎‎families. Continue Reading »

German Foundation Rescinds Human Rights Award to  Women’s March USA

Advisory Board: “An organization that may support feminism, but discriminates against Jews and Zionists and denies Israel’s right to exist should not be honored by a democratic foundation that advocates diversity and speaks out against discrimination.”
– Co-founder Linda Sarsour sited for her antisemitism, saying, “Zionists were Nazis” and her admiration for Louis Farrakhan.

BY BENJAMIN WEINTHAL

 

NEW YORK – The think tank for the German social democratic party withdrew its Human Rights Award to the Women’s March USA in Washington, DC, on Thursday because doctoral students associated with the foundation accused the organizers of the march of hardcore antisemitism and support of the Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions campaign targeting the Jewish state. Continue Reading »

Former Head of Mossad joins ranks at private Israeli intel firm, Black Cube

Having been embarrassingly outed in a few past operations, Ephraim Halevy, who headed the Mossad, is being recruited by the private Israeli intelligence firm to help screen potential clients as to prevent further scandals for the company.

By Ronen Bergman

 

Former Mossad chief Efraim Halevy will be joining Israeli private intelligence firm Black Cube, which has been mired in international scandals.

Halevy will sit on the company’s board of directors, head its client screening committee, and serve as a senior adviser on operational and intelligence issues, a source told Yedioth Ahronoth.

Former Mossad Chief, Efraim Halevy – Photo: Wikimedia/Eli Itkin

The source added that Halevy might even be selected as president of the company within a short time. Continue Reading »

Cleared for Publication: Officer From Elite IDF Unit Killed Deep Inside Gaza

The IDF Spokesperson’s Unit said in a statement, “During IDF special forces’ operational activity in Gaza, an exchange of fire broke out, during which an IDF officer was killed and an additional IDF officer was moderately injured.”
– The commander of the Al-Qassam Brigades, 6 other terrorists killed and 7 were wounded during the military operation.

By Elad Benari

 

An IDF soldier from an elite unit was killed on Sunday night during an operation in the Gaza Strip.

Another soldier was injured and evacuated to the Soroka Hospital in Be’er Sheva. Their families have been notified.

The IDF Spokesperson’s Unit said in a statement, “During IDF special forces’ operational activity in Gaza, an exchange of fire broke out, during which an IDF officer was killed and an additional IDF officer was moderately injured.”

The statement called on residents of the Gaza envelope to listen to the instructions in their communities and obey the instructions issued by the Home Front Command. Continue Reading »

Israelis send wheelchairs to 270 disabled Guatemalan kids

Before Guatemala, thousands of the inexpensive and specially designed wheelchairs have been provided in the past few years to the children of 17 developing countries, with funding from the Israeli Ministry of Foreign Affairs’ MASHAV Agency for Int’l Development Cooperation.
– WATCH video clip.

By Abigail Klein Leichman

 

“The smile of the children who received the chairs will reflect the friendship and brotherhood between our peoples,” said President of Guatemala Jimmy Morales as 270 colorful child-friendly wheelchairs were distributed to disabled children in a ceremony at the Israeli Embassy in Guatemala.

270 disabled children in Guatemala received Wheelchairs of Hope from Israel at no charge.

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With Oslo essentially dead, Israel legalizes and populates Amichai

The new settlement Amichai, the first in the 25 years after the Oslo Accords, is being built for families evacuated from the illegal outpost Amona, and the nearby outposts that will be annexed to it.

By Oded Shalom

 

The Shiloh Valley in the Samaria region spreads from Shvut Rahel to the Jordan Rift Valley. The entire area is covered with Cabernet grape vineyards and olive groves. On the hills above them are the outposts Ahiya, Kida, Esh Kodesh, and Adei Ad—all of which were illegally built, with demolition orders issued to all homes and structures.

Amona residents evacuate their homes, their settlement and will eventually be relocated to Amichai.

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Bahrain Officially Invites Israel’s Economy Minister to Startup Conference

This latest invitation by Bahrain follows other Gulf visits such as Israel’s PM Netanyahu’s trip to Oman, Israel’s Culture Minister Miri Regev and then last week Communications Minister Ayoub Kara, both to Abu Dhabi.

By Arutz Sheva Staff, AFP

 

Yedioth Ahronoth reports that Economy Minister Eli Cohen (Kulanu) was invited by the Arab nation of Bahrain to participate in its “Startup Nations Ministerial” conference.

Senior government officials from all over the world are expected to attend the conference to identify new policy tools that will boost technology initiatives between the two countries.

Bahrain- Google maps

The invitation comes amid a diplomatic push by Israel in the mainly Sunni Gulf, which Israel sees as an ally against Shiite power Iran. Continue Reading »

Embedded Israeli TV Crew in Gaza Reveals Truth in Gaza Under Hamas

  • Hamas encourages mothers to participate in the violence together with their young children in the hope they’ll get hurt or worse.

  • A seriously injured Arab hurt at the border protests is paid $500, moderately wounded is paid $200, & a ‘Shahid’ [martyr] gets $3000 from Iran.

  • Billboards in Gaza city depict Abbas with blood on his face, reading, “Whoever punish us doesn’t represent us.”

By Yochanan Visser

 

It doesn’t happen a lot that Israelis have the opportunity to see with their own eyes what Hamas is doing in Gaza, especially after the start of the ‘Great March of Return’ which started at the end of March and continues until this day. Continue Reading »

Dropping like flies: Another Palestinian attempting to infiltrate killed by IDF

One Palestinian killed by IDF Thursday while attempting to cross into Israel.
– Another died from wound sustained from confrontation with IDF last month.

By i24NEWS

 

Gaza’s health ministry said on Thursday that a Palestinian had been killed by Israel’s Defense Forces (IDF) gunfire after attempting to cross the border fence.

The health ministry also said that a Palestinian shot last month during protests on the Israel-Gaza border has succumbed to his wounds on Thursday.

Ahmad al-Najar, 21, was shot by Israeli fire east of Khan Yunis and was later transferred to the West Bank for treatment, a health ministry spokesman said in a statement. Continue Reading »

Florida’s new Governor DeSantis: ‘My first foreign trip will be to Israel.’

READ entire interview: In first foreign interview, Republican Ron DeSantis, Florida’s Governor-elect says, ‘I will push U.S. President Trump to recognize Israeli sovereignty in Golan Heights.’
– ‘I will be aggressive against BDS.’ promises Governor-elect DeSantis.

By Boaz Bismuth

 

If there is one American politician who has made support for Israel a daily agenda item, Florida Governor-elect Ron DeSantis is that man.

DeSantis,a Republican who for six years served in the U.S. House of Representatives, has his name on a series of legislative initiatives in Congress aimed at protecting and strengthening Israel, the highlight of which was his relentless push to relocate the U.S. Continue Reading »

Qatar to pay Hamas blackmail of $15M/per month to end border violence

Hamas leaders and Abbas’ archenemy Mohammed Dahlan met in Cairo last Friday with Egyptian officials on how to comply and pay Hamas’ blackmail of monthly payments of $15 million in cash to counter Abbas’ ending of electricity funding for the strip and his stopping salaries of ‘state employees’ in Gaza.

By TOVAH LAZAROFF

 

In a scene reminiscent of a mafia movie, a vehicle with three suitcases stuffed with $15 million in cash passed through the Erez crossing on Thursday.

News of the transaction was reported by KAN News, which showed a photo of the three suitcases on the back seat of a vehicle. Continue Reading »