Archive for The Diaspora

Trump orders PLO envoy & family out of US, closes all PLO bank accounts

Al-Jazeera reports that after the State Department finally closed the PLO mission in Washington, the Trump administration continues to up the pressure on the PA president, now expelling their envoy and his family immediately, while closing all U.S. bank accounts linked to the Palestinian Authority and the PLO.

By Elad Benari

 

The United States is intensifying its pressure on the Palestinian Authority (PA). The Al-Jazeera network reported on Sunday evening that the US administration has decided to immediately close all bank accounts linked to the PA or the Palestine Liberation Organization (PLO) in banks across the United States.

The US is not confirming the report at the moment, but the State Department hinted last week after the closure of the PLO’s mission in Washington that there would be further steps against the Palestinian Arabs. Continue Reading »

The end of an era: Trump White House ends, ‘The Palestinian Exception’

The ‘Palestinian Exception’, practiced by the previous three US Presidents,  involved allowing the PLO, PA and their supporters a ‘free-pass’ for behavior that would have otherwise been acknowledged as illegal, but ignored simply because the perpetrators were Palestinians or activists in their stead.

By CAROLINE B. GLICK

 

When Rosh Hashanah ended on Tuesday evening, Jews discovered that over the holiday, the Trump administration had enacted two policies – one foreign and one domestic – that on their face, don’t appear to be connected. But actually, they stem from the same rationale. And both together and separately, these two policies give Jews much to be thankful for. Continue Reading »

Belgium ends financial aid to PA education after school named for terrorist

Following Norwegian Foreign Minister’s lead that ended Norway’s financing of Palestinian schools, Belgium ends cooperation with the PA education ministry after their refusal to change school’s name glorifying Palestinian terrorist who massacred 38 Israeli civilians, 13 of them children.

By i24NEWS

 

Belgium’s Education Ministry announced Friday it would suspend its relations with the Palestinian Authority’s education ministry after it neglected to adhere to demands from Brussels to change the name of a school honoring a Palestinian terrorist, according to a report from Joods Actueel Jewish newspaper.

The move reportedly followed several appeals from Brussels to the PA to change the name of a Belgian-funded school named for Dalal Mughrabi located in the West Bank city of Hebron. Continue Reading »

EU resolution on razing illegally built Bedouin village ‘may be war crime’

With calls for restitution for their investments of “an estimated ‎‎€315,000 worth of EU-funded humanitarian ‎assistance,” the European Parliament members condemned Israel’s plan to remove the illegal Bedouin encampment in a 320 to 277 ‎vote, noting, “The demolition of Khan al-Ahmar and the forcible ‎transfer of its residents would constitute a grave ‎breach of international humanitarian law.”
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ast week Israel’s High Court of Justice ruled that there ‎‎was no legal reason to prevent the illegally built homestead’s ‎‎relocation.

By News Agencies and Israel Hayom Staff

 

‎The European Union on Thursday warned that Israel’s ‎plan to demolish the Bedouin herding village of ‎Khan al-Ahmar, east of Jerusalem, may amount to a ‎war crime.‎

Khan al-Ahmar is located off a highway that runs ‎through the West Bank from Jerusalem to the Dead ‎Sea. Continue Reading »

US Education Dept targets anti-Israel BDS activities on university campuses

Vacating a 2014 decision by the Obama administration, the U.S. Education Department decided to adopt the international definition of anti-Semitism that recognizes how Jew-hatred can be camouflaged as anti-Zionism or anti-Israel bias.

By Israel Hayom Staff

 

The U.S. Education Department’s Office of Civil Rights has decided to adopt the international definition of anti-Semitism, which defines Judaism not only as a religion but also an ethnicity and includes holding Jews responsible for Israel’s actions as a form of anti-Semitism, Israel Hayom learned Wednesday.

According to a letter written by Assistant Education Secretary for Civil Rights Kenneth L. Marcus to the Zionist Organization of America, anyone who acts “to deny the right of the Jewish people to self-determination, on the grounds that the State of Israel’s existence is a racist endeavor” or applies double standards to Israel that it does not apply to any other democratic country will be deemed an anti-Semite. Continue Reading »

PLO Washington Office Closed By Trump White House

U.S. State Department spokeswoman Heather Nauert, announced that PLO mission office in Washington was officially closed due to Palestinian entrenchment over the past 10 months in refusing to engage in peace talks.

By The Associated Press

 

The Trump administration ordered the closure of the Palestinian diplomatic mission in Washington on Monday, citing the refusal of Palestinian leaders to enter into peace talks with Israel, prompting the Palestinians to accuse the administration of dismantling decades of US engagement with them.

The State Department said the US step—the latest in a series targeting the Palestinians—came after a review of the office of the Palestine Liberation Organization centered on the fact that no “direct and meaningful negotiations with Israel” are underway despite previous warnings. Continue Reading »

Corbyn tweets ‘The UK must fill the gap’ after Trump ended UNRWA funding

Dedicated to aiding & supporting Israel’s enemies at all cost, and completely disregarding the US assessment to terminate the folly of endlessly funding an exponentially expanding parasitical community, the UK Labour leader calls on Britain to “fill the gap by boosting its contributions.”

By HAGAY HACOHEN

 

UK Labour party leader Jeremy Corbyn took to social media Saturday evening to call the US’s decision to end its funding of UNRWA “shameful” and called it “a vital UN refugee agency.”

The UN Relief and Works Agency for Palestine Refugees in the Near East (UNRWA) supports roughly five million Palestinians in Jordan, the West Bank and the Gaza Strip. Continue Reading »

BREAKING: US to reject Arab League/UN definition of ‘Palestinian refugees’

REPORT: The U.S. will end its support of UNRWA’s appraisal of “5 million Palestinian refugees,” that span 3 generations and born in countries throughout the world, as fulfilling the accepted definition of ‘refugee.’ Such a broad definition was/is not afforded to any other group of refugees anywhere in the world, at anytime, or by any body, UN or otherwise.

By i24NEWS

 

The Trump administration will in coming days reject the United Nations definition of Palestinian refugees and ask Israel to reconsider allowing the UN Palestinian refugee agency (UNRWA) to operate in the West Bank, an Israeli TV report said Saturday. Continue Reading »

Israel thanks British Airways and Air France, KLM for ending flights to Iran

PM Netanyahu thanked Air France and British Airways who cited “business reasons” for terminating their flights to Iran this September, joining the Dutch airlines, KLM.
• Germany’s Lufthansa: No plans to halt flying to Iran for now.

By Eldad Beck, Ariel Kahana, Ilan Gattegno, News Agencies & Israel Hayom Staff

 

Major British and French airlines announced Thursday that they plan to halt flights to Iran from September, citing business reasons. The decisions come in the wake of U.S. President Donald Trump’s reimposition of sanctions on Iran.

The Air France-KLM Skyteam Alliance ends flights to Iran, joining British Airways. – Photo: Wikimedia

British Airways said it was suspending its London to Tehran service “as the operation is currently not commercially viable.”

The airline, owned by Spanish-registered IAG, said its last outbound flight from London to Tehran will be on Sept. Continue Reading »

Israel’s Gal Gadot Makes FORBES ‘Highest Paid Actress List’

Hitting the list for the first time, Israel’s Hollywood superstar hits Forbes #10 spot with earnings of $10m. in the past year.

By AMY SPIRO

 

Israeli actress Gal Gadot has reached a new milestone: a spot on Forbes list of the highest-paid actresses in the world.

According to the magazine, which published its list last week, Gadot clocks in at No. 10, earning an estimated $10 million in the past year. Gadot was the only actress on the 2018 list who hasn’t appeared there in the past.

Forbes said that her paycheck for the Wonder Woman sequel plus endorsement deals from Revlon and Reebok landed her in their annual ranking. Continue Reading »

After seeing Schindler’s List, Swiss bank guard rescues Holocaust-era records

By snatching 2 Swiss bank ledgers bound for the shredder in 1997, Christoph Meili helped the relatives of Jews murdered by Nazi Germany to recover $1.25 billion the Union Bank of Switzerland planned to keep for itself.
• The incident sparked a political crisis for Switzerland, financial disaster for Swiss banks and drove Meili into exile after receiving death threats.

By Reuters and Israel Hayom Staff

 

The Swiss night watchman who ignited a furor over Holocaust victims’ missing wealth two decades ago is now reliving the ordeal that involved his dream of becoming a hero after the example of Oskar Schindler turned into a nightmare. Continue Reading »

More of Nasrallah’s bravado & bluster: ‘Hezbollah is stronger than the IDF’

From his secret, fortified subterranean bunker where Hassan Nasrallah has been hiding from the IDF since 2006, the Hezbollah leader delivered a speech marking the 12th anniversary of Second Lebanon War, boasting to his followers that, “Hezbollah is stronger than the Israeli army.”

By Elad Benari

 

Hezbollah leader Hassan Nasrallah on Tuesday claimed that “Hezbollah is stronger than the Israeli army”.

“We will soon celebrate a victory on Syrian soil,” said the head of the Lebanon-based terrorist group in a televised speech marking the 12th anniversary of the Second Lebanon War, while claiming that Israel has been “deterred” since being “defeated” by Hezbollah in 2006. Continue Reading »

Pakistani Jew seeks Passport to allow him passage to Israel

Fishel Khalid, a Pakistani Jew, appeals to his government in an op-ed asking for valid passport to travel to Jerusalem, since Pakistani passports are restricted: “Valid for all countries except Israel.”
• In Khalid’s op-ed, he points out how travel ban to Israel violates his religious rights afforded in the Pakistani constitution.

Dan Lavie and Israel Hayom Staff

 

Fishel Khalid, a Pakistani Jew, is asking his government to allow him to travel to Israel

A Jewish man in Pakistan has appealed directly to local authorities to allow him to travel to Israel.

Fishel Khalid’s Twitter profile Photo: @Jew_Pakistani

On Saturday, Fishel Khalid, who also goes by the name “Fishel Benkhald,” tweeted his request at senior government officials, along with images of his Pakistani passport showing his religion listed as Judaism and the specification that “this passport is valid for all countries of the world except Israel.”

Khalid has said he wants to travel to Jerusalem for the Passover holiday in April. Continue Reading »

Kosher Cookie Company Goes to Court Over Sabotage

Oreo, a copycat of Hydrox, the first sandwich cookie sold in 1908 and also a kosher sandwich cookie, is accusing Oreo of sabotage by seeking a governmental decision.

By JTA

 

They’re two delicious chocolate circles and a creme filling. They’re regular, double-stuff, vanilla, birthday cake and pumpkin spice (really). There is debate on how they should be eaten, but everyone knows they’re best when dunked in milk.

What you might not know is that Oreos are just a copycat of Hydrox, a sandwich cookie first sold in 1908, four years before the first Oreos appeared on shelves. Even though (or maybe because?) they came second, Oreos came to dominate the market, becoming a fixture in America’s grocery stores. Continue Reading »

US lawmakers introduce new legislation to seriously reduce funding to UNRWA

Palestinian Leaders In A Panic:

U.S. congressmen seek to penalize U.N. agency that was specifically tailored to maintain & support refugees for generations by intentionally inflating the number of actual Palestinian refugees from a modest 20,000 to a whooping 5.2 million.
• Trump administration likely to release classified Obama report on UNRWA within a few weeks.
• WATCH:  U.S. Amb. to UN Nikki Haley lambasts Arab member states of the United Nations.

By Ariel Kahana

 

U.S. lawmakers have introduced a new piece of legislation that would drastically reduce U.S. funding for the United Nations relief agency for Palestinian refugees, known as UNRWA. Continue Reading »