Palestinian ‘Right of Return’ still feasible according to past negotiators

Analysis: The Palestinian right of return issue seemed resolvable under peace talks that stemmed from Oslo and Camp David, according to former U.S. and Israeli negotiators.

By TOVAH LAZAROFF

 

The Trump administration in the last month has welcomed Israeli restraint with regard to settlement activity but called “unsustainable” the growing number of people who are officially considered Palestinian refugees.

The sudden sea change in rhetoric is seen as part of the administration’s preparation for the unveiling of the “deal of the century” in which it hopes to resolve the Israeli-Palestinian conflict.

Flour sacks arrive at an UNRWA Gaza distribution centre.

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VERDICT: Court finds Abbas’ PA directly responsible for 2002 terror attack

In an unprecedented ruling, the Jerusalem District Court finds the Palestinian Authority directly facilitated the suicide bombing that killed Gadi and Tzipi Shemesh, who were murdered more than 16 years ago as they were on their way home from a pregnancy test.

By Yael Friedson

 

The Jerusalem District Court ruled on Thursday that the Palestinian Authority (PA) is directly responsible for the deaths of Gadi and Tzipi Shemesh, who were murdered in a suicide attack on Jerusalem’s King George Street in March 2002.

The court’s decision was part of a tort suit filed by the victims’ orphan daughters and other family members. Continue Reading »

Lebanese PM rebukes possibility of citizenship to ‘Palestinian refugees’

Responding to reports that the Trump peace initiative has the hosting mid-East countries granting their so-called “Palestinian refugees” citizenship, Lebanon’s Foreign Minister says his country will never agree.
– UNRWA accepts donations to aid  449,957 “Palestinian refugees” in Lebanon, but official 
Lebanese count stands at 174,422.

By Dalit Halevi

 

Lebanon’s Foreign Minister Gebran Bassil says his country will never agree to grant Lebanese citizenship to so-called “Palestinian refugees”, in response to reports that the US government would like the countries hosting the “refugees” to grant them citizenship.

“Even if the entire world agrees to naturalization, we will never agree to that, and just as we defeated Israel by removing its occupation [from Lebanon in 2000], we will defeat it with regard to the naturalization plan and the right of return that will remain sacred,” Bassil said in an interview with Lebanese newspaper Al Joumhouria. Continue Reading »

IDF concludes years of humanitarian operations in Syria

With the Assad regime regaining control over the country, the IDF is ending its ‘Operation Good Neighbor’ after years of secretly supplying humanitarian aid, including food & medical supplies to untold thousands of Syrian civilians wounded during the 7 yr-old Syrian civil war.
–  IDF Spokesperson’s Office: ‘This was another expression of the values that guide the IDF’s actions’.

By Yoav Zitun

 

The IDF announced on Thursday evening that is putting an end to its years-long operation that provided humanitarian aid to thousands of Syrian civilians who fell victim to the civil war that has ravaged the country since 2011. Continue Reading »

REPORT: The US convinces Israel to sell Iron Dome to Saudi Arabia

Saudi-based media reports Saudi Arabia turned to the U.S. to facilitate sale after previously being rejected by Israel because the two countries have no diplomatic relations and the defense system may be activated against it.

By Mordechai Sones

 

The Saudi-based Al-Khaleej Online reported today that Saudi Arabia had acquired an Iron Dome system from Israel to defend itself from missile attacks by the Houthi rebels in Yemen.

According to the report, the deal was mediated by the United States, in which the Saudis undertook that the system would not endanger Israel or its allies.

Israeli security sources say this is a significant development in the relationship between Israel and Saudi Arabia. Continue Reading »

Czech PM & ministers support President Zeman’s Jerusalem embassy move

To the chagrin of the European Union, whose position on Jerusalem’s status is to be the capital of a probable, future Palestinian state, the Czech Republic’s PM Andrej Babis and President Milos Zeman, along with prominent ministers of gov’t, signed a statement for “the plan to move the Czech embassy to Jerusalem.”

By i24NEWS

 

The Czech Republic’s prime minister and two senior ministers on Wednesday threw their support behind President Milos Zeman’s ambition of relocating the country’s embassy in Israel to Jerusalem.

In April, just weeks before the United States relocated its mission to Jerusalem, Zeman announced a three-stage plan to rejig the central European state’s stance on the holy city, which ended in moving its embassy there.

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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 »

An anthology of reasons why the Arabs detest the Palestinians

The Arab world has never facilitated a move for Palestinian statehood since they’ve long known the Palestinians don’t really want it, not just the kleptocratic leaders and Parliamentarians, that skim for a living, but also the refugees that pay fewer taxes, receive free food staples, free health & education.
– So why kill the “refugee” goose that lays the golden eggs?

By Dr. Mordechai Kedar

 

In Israel, and in much of the Western world, we tend to think that the Arab world is united in support of the Palestinians, that it wants nothing so much as to solve the Palestinian problem by giving them a state, and that all the Arabs and Muslims love the Palestinians and hate Israel. Continue Reading »

Dangerous Palestinian Arab arrested for impersonating American Jew

A Palestinian man from Jericho, who has spent years incarcerated for sexual and violent offense, is now charged with falsely assuming the identity of Joe Thomas, a Jewish American duel-citizen, so that he was able to live, work and fraudulently collect benefits in Israel as a citizen.

By Ahiya Raved

 

The police filed Thursday an indictment against a Palestinian man who has been posing as an American Jewish citizen and living in Israel under a false identity for the past several years.
By obtaining fraudulent documents—such as an identity card, driver’s license, HMO card and even a US embassy certificate—the defendant was able to live and work in Israel. Continue Reading »

PLO turns to ICC after Israel Supreme Court rules to dismantle illegal outpost

Palestinian official Saeb Erekat says PA filed ‘war crimes’ charges against Israel at Int’l Court after Israel’s High Court of Justice approved demolition of illegally built Arab compound on public lands.
• WATCH John Bolton explain illegitimacy of the International Criminal Court.

By Arutz Sheva Staff

 

Palestinian Liberation Organization (PLO) Secretary-General Saeb Erekat said Tuesday that the Palestinian Authority (PA) had filed a war crimes suit against Israel following the Supreme Court’s decision to allow the evacuation of the illegal Bedouin village of Khan al-Ahmar.


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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 »

EU warns Israel should High Court ruling to raze illegal encampment be enforced

EU foreign policy chief Federica ‎Mogherini says Israel’s High Court of Justice ruling will have “‎‎serious ‎consequences.”
• Pro-Palestinian group urges EU to show Israel “what it stands to lose.”
• WATCH video on illegal EU settlements

 

By Eldad Beck, News Agencies and Israel Hayom Staff

 

The European Union warned Israel over the weekend ‎that the planned demolition of an illegal Bedouin ‎village in the ‎West Bank will have “‎‎serious ‎consequences” and will pose a significant threat to ‎the two-state solution.‎

Israel’s High Court of Justice on Wednesday cleared ‎the way for the planned demolition of Khan al-Ahmar, ‎an illegal Bedouin ‎encampment located 10 kilometers ‎‎(6 miles) east of ‎Jerusalem between the Israeli ‎communities of Maaleh ‎Adumim and Kfar Adumim, which ‎is home to some 180 Bedouin. Continue Reading »

IDF offers amnesty to deserters who return ‘home’ during holiday season

For the second time this year, the IDF offers those who dodged their military service the opportunity to ‘regularize’ their status with the army, but they only have until the 30th of November.

By i24NEWS

 

The IDF has apparently offered amnesty to Israeli citizens abroad who did not serve in the army, allowing them to visit the country during the holiday season, the Times of Israel reported Sunday.

As Israel prepares to celebrate the Jewish new year and the beginning of the holiday season, Israeli citizens who left the country in order to avoid serving in the army, or who left the country as children without returning for the draft, will be allowed to visit without risking arrest for desertion. Continue Reading »

Israeli researchers develop ‘cluster bomb’ pill to eradicate leukemic proteins

Being developed for oral use, not an injection, the ground-breaking treatment for acute myeloid leukemia will accomplish the work of 3-4 separate drugs, reduce cancer patients’ need for radical procedures and eliminate some unbearable side effects.
• The Hebrew University of Jerusalem researchers are  trying to expand the drug’s use to other cancers.

By Ran Reznick, Erez Linn, Maytal Yasur Beit-Or & Israel Hayom Staff

 

Researchers at the Hebrew University of Jerusalem have recently developed a breakthrough biological drug to treat people suffering from acute myeloid leukemia.

AML is one of the most aggressive cancers, and while other cancers have benefited from new treatments, there has been little encouraging news for most leukemia patients for the past 40 years, the researchers said in a statement. Continue Reading »

Artists’ letter calls for boycott of 2019 Eurovision contest in Israel

Letter including signatures of Roger Waters and Ken Loach, calls to boycott the 2019 Eurovision Song Contest, scheduled to be held in Israel, ‘until Palestinians can enjoy freedom, justice and equal rights.’

By Ami Friedman

 

Over 100 artists from around the world are calling for a boycott of the Eurovision Song Contest, due to be held in Israel on 2019. In a letter published by the Guardian on Friday dozens of musicians, actors, filmmakers and directors said they support Palestinian artists’ boycott of the contest since Israel “violates Palestinian human rights.”

“Until Palestinians can enjoy freedom, justice and equal rights, there should be no business-as-usual with the state that is denying them their basic rights,” the letter reads. Continue Reading »