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Palestinian PM threatens declaration of statehood if Israel annexes W. Bank

Palestinian PM said that if Israel advances annexation, which he claimed to be an “existential threat” to the Palestinians, it will be a serious violation of agreements that President Abbas terminated last month.

By Elior Levy

 

Palestinian Prime Minister Mohammad Shtayyeh said that If Israel annexes part of the West Bank, the Palestinians will unilaterally declare a state based on the pre-1967 lines.

Propagandists and Palestinian Prime Minister, Mohammad Shtayyeh

Speaking at a foreign press conference in Ramallah on Tuesday, Shtayyeh said that if Israel moves ahead with annexation, which he called an “existential threat” to the Palestinians, it will be a serious violation of agreements with the PA. Continue Reading »

Dubai official: ‘It’s time Gulf states normalized ties with Israel’

REPORT: Long-time critic of the Palestinian leadership, corruption and abandonment of their responsibilities to the people, former Dubai Police Chief stirs controversy on Twitter by calling out neighboring Gulf States for pretending they do not wish they had open ties with Israel.

By ILH Staff

 

Former Dubai Police Chief Lt. Gen. Dhahi Khalfan Tamim sparked controversy over the weekend when, in a series of tweets, he called on of Persian Gulf states and the rest of the Arab world to admit they want to establish open diplomatic relations with Israel, Channel 12 News reported on Saturday.

Tamim is known as the police officer who exposed the Mossad intelligence agency’s connection to the 2010 assassination of Izzedine al-Qassam Brigades co-founder Mahmoud al-Mabhouh, in the capital of the United Arab Emirates. Continue Reading »

Qatar Airways invites Israeli medical workers to fly for free

Although Israel isn’t on Qatar Airways maps, its CEO said that “healthcare professionals from every country in the world will be eligible for tickets…including our neighboring countries, including the State of Israel.”

By LAHAV HARKOV

 

Israeli medical professionals can get some of the 100,000 free flight tickets distributed by Qatar Airways, the airline’s CEO Mr. Akbar Al Baker said on Monday night.

Al Baker said that “every single country in the world, including our neighboring countries, including the State of Israel, will be allocated numbers of tickets, depending on population and the size of the country… proportionately to the 100,000 tickets we are offering.” Continue Reading »

Attributed to Israel: 14 pro-Iranian militiamen killed in Syria

Although the Syrian state media did not report this third airstrike in less than a week, a Britain-based Syria observer NGO reported Israel was most likely behind this latest attack that killed 14 Iraqi & Iranian militia combatants on Tuesday.

By AFP

 

Overnight strikes on positions held by Iranian-backed militias and their allies in eastern Syria killed 14 fighters, a war monitor said on Tuesday.

It was not immediately clear who carried out the strikes in the desert near the town of Mayadin, which came minutes after Syrian air defenses intercepted Israeli strikes over the north of the country, the Britain-based Syrian Observatory for Human Rights said. Continue Reading »

Egypt acknowledges destroying over 3,000 Gaza terror-tunnels

The Egyptian Army Spokesperson admitted in a TV interview, that to curtail terrorism in the Sinai, the army destroyed over 3000 terror & smuggling tunnels on their Gaza border, some were as long as 3 km and as deep as 30 meters.

By KHALED ABU TOAMEH

 

Egypt has destroyed more than 3,000 tunnels along its border with the Gaza Strip in the past five years, Egyptian Army Spokesperson Tamer Al-Refai has revealed.

In an interview with the private Egyptian news channel Extra News on Sunday night, he said: “In 2015, the [Egyptian] government took a decision to establish a buffer zone along the border [with the Gaza Strip]. Continue Reading »

Palestinians stop producing fake coronavirus masks, hand sanitizer

Over 40 Palestinians arrested on charges of manufacturing ineffective face masks, useless hand sanitizers and price gouging according to a PA official.

By KHALED ABU TOAMEH

 

The Palestinian Authority has in the past two weeks closed several factories and businesses whose owners were caught manufacturing unlicensed face masks and hand sanitizers that were being sold to prevent the spread of coronavirus.

More than 40 suspects have been arrested on charges of fraud, price gouging and manufacturing unlicensed products, said an official with the PA Ministry of National Economy.

The crackdown came in response to complaints from many Palestinians that the products did not meet the standards and regulations of the PA Ministry of Health and Ministry of National Economy, the official said. Continue Reading »

Palestinians tell ICC they have sole sovereignty over ‘State of Palestine’

Pandering to the court with platitudes and  yarns, the Palestinians submit their report to the ICC, attesting, “The State of Palestine affirms that it has sole sovereignty over the territory of the State of Palestine, occupied in 1967, which comprises the West Bank, including East Jerusalem, and the Gaza Strip, and which is also recognized by the international community.”

By KHALED ABU TOAMEH

 

The Palestinians on Monday submitted their observations to the International Criminal Court regarding the ICC prosecutor’s request for a determination on the scope of its jurisdiction in the “State of Palestine.”

On January 28, the ICC Pretrial Chamber ordered setting the procedure and schedule for submission of observations on the prosecutor’s request, resubmitted on January 22, under article 19(3) of the Rome Statute related to the scope of the court’s territorial jurisdiction in the “Situation in the State of Palestine.” Continue Reading »

Hezbollah chief quarantined after subordinates succumb to coronavirus

Already confined to a secret underground bunker for over a decade to prevent a possible assassination attempt inside Beirut, now Hassan Nasrallah is placed under quarantine, since many of his subordinates have been tested positive for the coronavirus.

By JERUSALEM POST STAFF

 

Senior Hezbollah officials have been placed under quarantine after being infected with the coronavirus, Channel 13 reported. They may have been in contact with Iranian officials who also tested positive for the coronavirus.

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Channel 13 added that Hezbollah leader, Hassan Nasrallah, is under quarantine to prevent him from contracting the coronavirus. Continue Reading »

Hamas furious over secret trials of its arrested officials in Saudi Arabia

In a public statement from Gaza, the Hamas terrorist organization condemned the Saudi Kingdom for having begun unpublicized criminal trials of dozens of “the best of and the most elite of the Palestinian people residing in Saudi Arabia.” 

By AP, Israel Hayom Staff

 

On Monday Hamas criticized the secretive criminal trials in Saudi Arabia of dozens of members and supporters of the Palestinian terrorist group.

The group, which rules the Gaza Strip, said Saudi authorities detained dozens of “the best of and the most elite of the Palestinian people residing in Saudi Arabia.”

A popular account on Twitter focused on the arrests and trials of dissidents, reported that the Saudi government is conducting the trials before the Specialized Criminal Court, a secretive tribunal established to try terrorism cases. Continue Reading »

MPs ask Parliament, ‘Why continue financing Palestinian incitement?’

UK MPs demand Palestinian and UNRWA schools immediately stop using textbooks that incite hatred against Jews and Israel, lamenting that, “directly or indirectly, UK aid has helped to finance [it].”

By LAHAV HARKOV

 

Palestinian Authority and UNRWA schools continue to use textbooks that radicalize children against Israel, parliamentarians in the UK, a major donor to the PA, lamented on Tuesday.

Official logos to six different UNRWA financed schools that include the UN logos along with map of Israel replaced by Palestine demonstrates their ultimate goal. – Photos: ElderOfZiyon.blogspot.

MP Jonathan Gullis, who initiated the debate with Minister of State James Cleverly, displayed a reading comprehension textbook for 10-year-olds, which praised Dalal al-Mughrabi, who killed 38 Israelis, including 13 children, on a bus in 1978. Continue Reading »

Iran’s 1968 Jewish Community Bought the Tomb of Esther & Mordechai

In addition to the tomb-purchasing initiative, the Jewish community also planned to build a vocational school named after Cyrus the Great, as well as a hospital and an exhibition dedicated to Cyrus’ achievements.

By CHEN MALUL/NATIONAL LIBRARY OF ISRAEL

 

It is not entirely clear whose idea it was, but in 1968, a vigorous correspondence developed between Jewish representatives in the Iranian parliament and officials from the regime of Shah Mohammad Reza Pahlavi, Iran’s ruler at the time. The focus of this exchange was an attempt to purchase the Tomb of Esther and Mordechai at Hamedan. The pretext? Celebrations marking the 2,500th anniversary of the Edict of Cyrus, which were to be held in 1971. Continue Reading »

And Another Iranian Commander Assassinated in Syria

Just 2 weeks after Israel was credited with the assassination of a senior Hezbollah operative, Imad at-Tawil, now a Quds Force commander, Farhad Dabirian, was reportedly assassinated in a southern Damascus suburb with no immediate claims of responsibility or description on how he died.

By Netta Bar, Israel Hayom Staff

 

A field commander with the Quds Force of Iran’s Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps was assassinated near the Syrian capital, an Iranian semiofficial news agency and an opposition war monitor reported Saturday.

Iran’s semiofficial Fars news agency identified the commander as Farhad Dabirian and said he was killed in the south Damascus suburb of Sayeda Zeinab. Continue Reading »

Fatah official brutally arrested for suggesting Abbas is senile

A senior Palestinian official and outspoken critic of the PA autocrat Mahmoud Abbas, was arrested “in a brutal manner by the Palestinian security forces,” after posting a comment on Facebook questioning the 84-year-old’s mental health.

By KHALED ABU TOAMEH

 

A senior Fatah official who called into question the mental health of Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas has been arrested by the Palestinian security forces.

Hussam Khader, 59, an elected member of the Palestinian Legislative Council (PLC), was arrested by PA security forces at this home in Balata refugee camp in Nablus on Friday.

Khader, an outspoken critic of the PA leadership, was arrested by the PA’s Protective Security Service after he posted a comment on Facebook criticizing the 84-year-old Abbas’s handling of a recent strike by Palestinian physicians who are demanding a salary increase. Continue Reading »

Coronavirus kills 2nd of 23 infected Iranian parliamentarians

The Coronavirus is credited for killing the ‘butcher’ of Tehran, named for his role in brutally suppressing civilian protests,  just after the death of Expediency Council member Mohammad Mirmohammadi on Monday.
– Iran’s percentage of deaths to infections, 3.3%, is much higher than other countries.

By Netta Bar, Dean Shmuel Elmas, AP

 

Another senior Iranian official has been killed by the coronavirus, Iran’s Tasnim News Agency reported on Wednesday, a day after Iran put its armed forces on alert to assist health officials in battling the virus, which has killed at least 77 people in an outbreak that has sickened top officials and pushed even supreme leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei into wearing disposable gloves while trying to reassure the nation. Continue Reading »

Turkey destroys Syrian chemical warfare facility, kills 10 Hezbollah bosses

Multiple sources reported on Saturday that a chemical warfare facility and a range of other Syrian regime targets were hit in multiple Turkish strikes, killing ten fighters and wounding at least 30 others at a Hezbollah HQ near Saraqeb.

By i24NEWS – Reuters

 

 

At least nine members of Lebanese Hezbollah were killed in a Turkish strike in Syria’s Idlib, multiple sources reported on Saturday.

According to London-based Syrian Observatory for Human Rights, ten Hezbollah members, including officers, were killed in the clashes in the vicinity of Saraqeb, a strategic town in north Syria.

Hezbollah fighters hold flags as they attend the memorial of their slain leader Sheik Abbas al-Mousawi in Tefahta village, south Lebanon.

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