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Arabic Daily: Saudis & Egypt push Arab countries to engage Israel

Al Araby Al Jadeed rReport says Egyptian President Abdel Fattah el-Sisi and Saudi Crown Prince Mohammad Bin Salman discussed how to encourage Arab countries to develop trade relations with Israel as part of President Trump’s regional peace plan.

By Tal Polon

 

The leaders of Saudi Arabia and Egypt are working together to convince other Arab countries to take steps toward developing economic relations with Israel and making progress in political relations, in accordance with Israel’s demand as part of the US peace plan, according to a report this morning in the UK-based Arabic newspaper Al Araby Al Jadeed.

President of the Arab Republic of Egypt Abdel Fattah el-Sisi, Israel’s PM Benjamin Netanyahu and Saudi Arabia’s Crown Prince Mohammad Bin Salman – Wikimedia

According to the report, extensive meetings held between Egyptian President Abdel Fattah el-Sisi and Saudi Crown Prince Mohammad Bin Salman during the latter’s visit to Cairo this week dealt largely with the US “Deal of the Century” peace plan. Continue Reading »

US Ambassador Demands Release of Arrested Palestinian-American

The U.S. envoy to Israel has demanded the immediate release of a 55 yr-old Palestinian man who also holds American citizenship, arrested over 2 months ago and still detained by Mahmoud Abbas’ security services for facilitating the sell of a property to a Jew.

By KHALED ABU TOAMEH

 

US Ambassador David M. Friedman has demanded the immediate release of Isaam Akel, a Palestinian-American arrested by the Palestinian Authority security forces two months ago for engaging in a real estate transaction with Jews in the Muslim Quarter of Jerusalem’s Old City.

“Akel’s incarceration is antithetical to the values of the US & to all who advocate the cause of peaceful coexistence,” said Friedman on Twitter. Continue Reading »

CNN pundit calls for Israel’s destruction, by violence, in UN address

At annual UN pro-Palestine event, CNN commentator Marc Lamont Hill says violence against Israel is legitimate, concluding, “Justice requires a Free Palestine from the River to the Sea.”

By Gary Willig

 

CNN commentator Marc Lamont Hill addressed the opening meeting of the United Nations commemoration of the International Day of Solidarity with the Palestinian People Wednesday.

“This year marks the 70th anniversary of the Nakba,” he said.

“The Israeli nation continues to restrict freedom,” Hill stated. “There are more than 60 Israel laws that deny citizenship rights to Palestinians just because they are not Jewish.”

He called the “Israeli criminal justice system” a “term I can only use with irony,” as “Palestinians are routinely denied due process of law.”

Hill further accused Israel of turning Gaza into “the world’s largest open-air prison.”

“As an American I’m embarrassed that my tax dollars contribute to this reality. Continue Reading »

Israel Police arrest 32 Jerusalem Arabs for joining Palestinian security forces

In Israel’s tit for tat for the Palestinian Authority’s arrests of Arabs who sell property to Jews, Israel Police have arrested 32 Arabs living in East Jerusalem for violating Section 7 of the 1993 Oslo Accords Law, which prohibits enlistment in the armed forces of the Palestinian Authority.

ByTAMARA ZIEVE

 

The Israel Police arrested 32 residents of east Jerusalem on Monday morning, the latest in a series of measures against Palestinian Authority civilian and security officials who are believed to be carrying out various illegal activities in east Jerusalem.<

The 32 individuals are suspected of supporting and serving in the Palestinian Authority Security Forces. Continue Reading »

NY’s Ocasio-Cortez rebuked for comparing illegal immigrants to Holocaust refugees

29 yr-old Democratic Congresswoman-elect Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez arrogantly doubles down on Twitter comparing the illegal immigrants traveling through Mexico to Jewish Holocaust refugees, after South Carolina Senator Lindsey Graham (Rep) recommended she visit a Holocaust museum.

By David Rosenberg

 

Congresswoman-elect Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, who is set to represent New York’s 14th congressional district in the US House of Representatives next January, doubled down on her comparison between Jewish Holocaust refugees fleeing genocide in Europe to illegal immigrants making their way towards the US in the so-called “migrant caravan”.

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Chad president vows renewal of diplomatic ties with Israel “in the coming weeks”

Having severed diplomatic relations with Israel in 1972, visiting Chadian President Idris Deby tells reporters that his African Muslim country plans to reestablish diplomatic ties with the Jewish State “in the coming weeks” to promote common interests.

By i24NEWS

 

On the second day of his historic visit to Israel, Chadian President Idris Deby toured the country and spoke to i24NEWS in an exclusive interview on the timeline for renewal of diplomatic ties, how the Palestinians are involved, and on prospects for fostering further diplomatic breakthroughs between Israel and Muslim African nations.

“I announced yesterday that we will renew the diplomatic relations between Chad and Israel in the coming weeks,” Deby told i24NEWS. Continue Reading »

Palestinian terrorist rams 3 IDF soldiers in vehicle attack

Two IDF soldiers sustain light injuries, one in moderate condition in car ramming terrorist attack near the Gush Etzion junction in Judea and Samaria
• Palestinian terrorist shot dead during attack.

By Efrat Forsher and Lilach Shoval

 

Three IDF soldiers were injured in varying degrees Monday when they were hit by a Palestinian vehicle near the large Gush Etzion intersection in Judea.

The event has been characterized as a terrorist ramming attack.

Israeli forces fired at the Palestinian driver and killed him.

The soldiers were patrolling a main artery south of the Gush Etzion junction when a private vehicle suddenly swerved and hit them. Continue Reading »

Airbnb to be investigated by US Senate author of ‘Israel Anti-Boycott Act’

With over half of US states having passed anti-BDS legislation, an author of the ‘Israel Anti-Boycott Act’ in the Senate, Sen. Rob Portman of Ohio (Rep), wants to hear from Airbnb.

BY MICHAEL WILNER

 

WASHINGTON – Airbnb’s move this week to delist properties located in Jewish settlements in the West Bank from its website prompted enough of an outcry in Israel to be heard in Washington, where key lawmakers are expressing concern and raising the prospect of legal action against the service giant.

The decision by Airbnb, an online marketplace for property rentals, sparked furor from Israeli officials this week. Continue Reading »

Israeli University develops technology turning human waste into biofuel

Providing solutions to two growing environmental problems, sanitation and clean energy, researchers at Ben-Gurion University in southern Israel have permuted reusable fuel and a nutrient-rich fertilizer from human excrement.

By Abigail Klein Leichman

 

Just in time for World Toilet Day (November 19), Ben-Gurion University of the Negev publicized results of a pilot study demonstrating that raw human excrement potentially can be converted into a safe, reusable fuel and nutrient-rich fertilizer.

According to the groundbreaking study published recently in the Journal of Cleaner Production, researchers at the Ben-Gurion University Zuckerberg Institute for Water Research refined a process using hydrothermal carbonization (HTC) to heat solid human waste in a special “pressure cooker” to create hydrochar, a safe, reusable biomass fuel resembling charcoal. Continue Reading »

Israel to supplement F-35 jets with Boeing’s enhanced F-15 IA fighter jets

Along with additional F-35i multirole stealth fighter purchases, the IAF has decided to upgrade its unfailing F-15 fleet with Boing’s improved IA model that’s enhanced with advanced avionics and capable of extended ranges with the ability to deploy a full complement of 13 tons of explosives.

By Alex Fishman

 

The new F-15 IA was chosen by the IDF and Israel Air Force (IAF) as the new fighter jet to be acquired over the next decade, according to an official announcement Saturday.

The purchase has already been approved by the government, and the first of the aircraft is expected to arrive in Israel as soon as 2023. Continue Reading »

Hezbollah media stirs Jordanians against Netflix for portraying Amman as Tel Aviv

Although the Netflix produced TV show is set in Israel’s largest city, large segments are being filmed in the Jordanian capital, so the Lebanese newspaper is angering the public in how they report producers having some local [Jordanian] actors wearing IDF uniforms.

By Daniel Salami

 

A new Netflix series currently being filmed in Amman sparked anger in Jordan after it was revealed the Jordanian capital is being used as a stand-in Tel Aviv, where the show is set.

According to Lebanese newspaper Al Akhbar, the American streaming company decided to film the project in Amman due to budgetary restrictions. The production is reportedly filming at some 50 different locations in the Jordanian capital. Continue Reading »

IDF nab Palestinian entering Israel from Gaza concealing rare silver coins

While inspecting a 40 yr-old Gazan entering Israel, 2 highly prized silver coins from the times of the final years of Alexander the Great’s conquests of our region, were confiscated.
– The apprehended smuggler from Gaza will now enjoy 24hr heating, 3 healthy meals served daily and a warm bed to sleep in each night for his 2 coins, until legal proceeding are complete, and he’s returned home.

By Itay Blumenthal, Yoav Zitun

 

Two ancient coins, originating from 325-323 BC, were discovered this week when a Palestinian man attempted to smuggle them into Israel from the Gaza Strip through the Erez Border Crossing. Continue Reading »

Stan Lee’s final essay, ‘Comic Books and the Holocaust’

Jewish cartoonist, Stanley Martin Lieber, better known as Stan Lee, laureate of the 2008 National Medal of Arts, saw the comic book medium as an educational tool that can promote an effective channel in combating anti-Semitism.

 

Note: Legendary comic book creator Stan Lee, who passed away this week, took a strong interest in the Holocaust in recent years. His final published essay appeared as the introduction to the recent book We Spoke Out: Comic Books and the Holocaust, by Neal Adams, Rafael Medoff, and Craig Yoe (IDW / Yoe Books, 2018). 

We Spoke Out features Holocaust-related comic book stories, including superheroes from Stan Lee’s Marvel Universe such as Captain America, the X-Men, and Captain Marvel. Continue Reading »

Once laundering €1mil a week, Hezbollah found “a safe home in Germany”

With French authorities now prosecuting 15 members of the Hezbollah ‘criminal organization’ in Paris, the trial examines how Columbian narcotics money is being laundered in Germany to buy weapons for Syria, and possibly against Israel.

ByBENJAMIN WEINTHAL

 

Lax German illicit terror finance policies permitted the US and EU proscribed Lebanese terrorist organization Hezbollah to run a vast criminal enterprise to raise funds through a money laundering operation in Europe and South America. French prosecutors put fifteen members of the criminal organization on trial on Tuesday  in Paris.

According to three German media outlets–NDR, WDR and the Süddeutsche Zeitung–two of the accused men lived in the German state of North Rhine-Westphalia and  an additional two men charged  lived near the city-state of Bremen in northern Germany. Continue Reading »

Israel recruits foreign interns to assist in Int’l Court charges against Hamas, PA leaders

Jerusalem Institute of Justice CEO says dozens of foreign legal interns will be hosted to assist in bringing International Criminal Court charges against Hamas & PA leaders, as part of a program promoting human rights and the rule of ‎law.

By Yair Altman

 

An initiative by the Jerusalem Institute of Justice ‎hosts dozens of foreign legal interns a year as part ‎of Israel’s international public diplomacy efforts. ‎ The program was launched in 2010 as part of the ‎JIJ’s vision to promote human rights, the rule of ‎law, and the freedom of thought, conscience and ‎democracy. ‎

Since then, the institute has been hosting interns from around ‎the world who have an academic background in ‎international law, administration and politics, and ‎who are actively involved in research projects ‎focusing on human rights in the Middle East from an ‎Israeli perspective.‎

Jerusalem Institute of Justice ‎volunteers at the International Criminal Court ‎in The Hague – Screenshot: Twitter

CEO of the Jerusalem Institute of Justice Flavia ‎Sevald said one of the activities the interns ‎recently pursued was “filing a motion for an ‎International Criminal Court investigation against ‎Hamas leader Ismail Haniyeh for crimes against ‎humanity and human rights violations. Continue Reading »