An election campaign video starring Israel’s right-wing justice minister spoofs perfume ads to sell her political priorities, but has a strong whiff of muddled message given the fragrance is labeled “Fascism.”
The intended meaning of the ad—three weeks before the elections—is lost on many, especially those who don’t speak Hebrew and just see the word fascism in English, without being able to understand the voice-over. Continue Reading »
Israel’s Knesset Speaker Yuli Edelstein, “John McCain was an American hero and a unique person. We will always remember him as a great friend of Israel. May he rest in peace.”
– WATCH: PM Netanyahu eulogizes John McCain.
By GIL HOFFMAN
Knesset members from across the political spectrum praised the late American Senator John McCain, who died Saturday, as a close friend of the Jewish state.
“The State of Israel salutes John McCain,” Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu said Sunday in response to the death of the long-time US senator. Netanyahu called McCain a “great American patriot and a true friend of Israel.” Continue Reading »
#BDSfail: Jerusalem District Court on Monday maintained the legal privilege of attorney-client confidentiality to outside parties when pro-Palestinian activists claim protecting identities of foreign attorneys representing Israel’s interests overseas “poses a slippery slope of anti-democratic activity.”
By Ariel Kahana
The Jerusalem District Court on Monday denied a petition by pro-Palestinian activists’ demanding to reveal the names of the attorneys who work with Israeli ministries to counter the boycott, divestment and sanctions movement activities worldwide.
Since 2015, Israel – through the Strategic Affairs Ministry – has been waging a low-profile campaign in Europe against organizations promoting the boycott of the Jewish state. Continue Reading »
Despite the fact that Int’l Criminal Court Chief Prosecutor Fatou Bensouda has yet to decide whether the court has any jurisdiction over the Israeli-Palestinian conflict, 3 ICC judges urge “victims of the situation in Palestine” to come forward, to facilitate investigation against Israel.
• Jerusalem officials: Move demonstrative of predisposed “strong anti-Israel policy.”
By Ariel Kahana, News Agencies & Israel Hayom Staff
Israeli officials voiced outrage Tuesday over a recent decision by the International Criminal Court in The Hague to actively seek alleged victims of Israeli crimes against Palestinians, arguing that this action indicates “strong anti-Israel policy.”
Jerusalem has reportedly filed a formal protest with the ICC for launching a campaign that actively urges the “victims of the situation in Palestine” to seek legal action against the Jewish state. Continue Reading »
As Israel’s Knesset begins its summer session, propose law spearheaded by Justice Minister Ayelet Shaked and Avi Dichter passes, 62 MKs to 41, permitting only the PM & DM to give green light in declaration of war.
• Justice Minister Shaked, “We must adapt ourselves to the present state security requirements.”
• Joint List MK Aida Touma-Suleiman, “The bill will enable two people to take not only the State of Israel into war, but all the countries in the region.”
By Moran Azulay and Shahar Hay
The Knesset passed a law Monday evening that will transfer authority from the government to the cabinet—and in some case to the prime minister and defense minister only—to declare war and to launch military operations. Continue Reading »
Under the new ministerial proposed procedure, Palestinians will be denied entry into Israel if they fail to settle debt to Israelis.
• New approach rectifies Palestinian officials who remained uninterested in enforcing laws.
• Minister: Total size of debt owed to Israelis is $870 million.
By Yair Altaman
Justice Minister Ayelet Shaked and Defense Minister Avigdor Lieberman will unveil Sunday a new measure to crack down on Palestinians who owe money to Israelis.
Justice Minister Ayelet Shaked and Defense Minister Avigdor Lieberman – Knesset photos
Under the proposed mechanism, Palestinians will be denied entry into Israel if they had not settled their debt. Continue Reading »
Israel’s Justice Minister is exploring methods to seize Palestinians’ debts to Israelis that currently stands $140 million, which the Palestinian Authority has been unsuccessful in collecting from 20,716 individuals/businesses who own money.
• Leading suggestion: Have it deducted from the $100 million in taxes Israel collects on behalf of the PA each month.
By Shlomo Cesana
Justice Minister Ayelet Shaked is exploring the possibility of using the Palestinian Authority’s tax revenue, which Israel collects on the PA’s behalf, to pay off debts owed by Palestinian individuals to Israelis, her office said Thursday.
Israel’s Justice Minister, Ayelet Shaked
Under the 1993 Oslo Accords, a mechanism was set up by which Israel collects taxes — value added tax and customs fees — on behalf of the Palestinian Authority, to the tune of about $100 million a month. Continue Reading »
Opposing the death penalty, MK Shelly Yacimovich of the Zionist Union suggests the ministers’ call for the death penalty is a “populist” ploy to replace decision-making.
By LAHAV HARKOV
Several ministers in the Security Cabinet called for the terrorist who massacred a family Halamish Friday night to be executed ahead of Sunday’s cabinet meeting.
ZAKA members clean up aftermath of terror attack in Halamish home. – Photo: ZAKA
Military courts can sentence someone to death, though the option has not been used since 1962, when senior Nazi Adolf Eichmann was hanged after being convicted of genocide and crimes against humanity. Continue Reading »
White House video displaying map of Israel omitting the West Bank and Golan Heights went missing from official White House YouTube account shortly after receiving angry response from Israel’s Justice Minister Ayelet Shaked, saying, ‘I hope this is just ignorance and not policy.’
By Moran Azulay
Justice Minister Ayelet Shaked (Bayit Yehudi) voiced her disapproval Friday of a map of Israel recently circulated by the White House ahead of President Donald Trump’s upcoming visit which failed to include the West Bank and the Golan Heights. “I hope this is just ignorance and not policy,” Shaked said.
Israel’s Justice Minister Ayelet Shaked
Speaking at an event in Ramat Gan, Shaked reminded her audience that her party was given a mandate to prevent the establishment of a Palestinian state. Continue Reading »
Chile’s Supreme Court rejected a Palestinian appeal to indict Israeli judges because there wasn’t any evidence to charge them as criminals, let alone war criminals or for crimes against humanity.
By Tovah Tzimuki
A complaint against three Israeli Supreme Court justices has been rejected in Chile for a second time.
Former Israeli Judge Asher Grunis – By Oyoyoy:Wikimedia Commons
The three – Former Judge Asher Grunis, Judge Uzi Feldman, and Judge Nil Handel – had complaints against them for their part in permitting the construction of the West Bank security barrier in the Beit Jala area.
The complaint was issued by the Palestinian Federation of Chile in November to the Supreme Court of Chile. Continue Reading »
Israel’s Ministers Shaked & Erdan and representatives from Facebook agreed to form a task force to fight online hate & incitement – but Israel’s option of legislation forcing social networks’ total cooperation is till on table.
By LAHAV HARKOV
Facebook cooperates with the authorities the vast majority of the time the government asks the network to remove content inciting to terrorism, Justice Minister Ayelet Shaked said Monday, shortly after she and Public Security Minister Gilad Erdan met with a senior delegation from the social media giant.
Facebook – Photo: FACEBOOK
According to Shaked, Facebook removed 95 percent of 158 inciting posts, and YouTube, owned by Google, removed 80% of 13 videos, at the government’s request. Continue Reading »
The US State Dept. spokesman John Kirby, says Israeli Transparency Law requiring NGO’s to report its foreign funding, and the US Foreign Agents Registration Act are ‘two different things’ – but can’t explain how.
By Cynthia Blank
US State Department spokesman John Kirby rejected out of hand Wednesday a comparison between an Israeli bill requiring foreign-funded NGOs to declare their sources and US laws mandating the registration of foreign interest lobbyists.
John Kerry, John Kirby – Reuters
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In an op-ed published by the Jewish Telegraphic Agency on Monday, Justice Minister Ayelet Shaked drew parallels between her Government Transparency Law and the US Foreign Agents Registration Act dating back to 1938.
Justice Minister Ayelet Shaked plans on placing responsibility on parents that encourage stone-throwing kids under the age of 12, by levying heavy fines to keep them from exploiting the children as a tool in the terror machine.
By Tova Tzimuki
Justice Minister Ayelet Shaked published on Thursday evening a legal memo that will introduce heavy fines for parents of stone-throwers under the age of 12. The aim of the memo is to give law enforcement agencies the tools to address criminal activities that are carried out by children who are under the age of criminal responsibility.
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A Palestinian throwing stones in Silwan, East Jerusalem.
Justice Minister Ayelet Shaked to present bill to the Knesset seeking to thwart use of cellphones by incarcerated terrorists.
By Tova Tzimuk
The Ministerial Committee for Legislation approved on Sunday a proposal to prevent the use of cellular devices by prisoners and security detainees involved in acts of terror, presented by Justice Minister Ayelet Shaked.
Justice Minister Ayelet Shaked – Photo: Ohad Zwigenberg
Coincidentally, the bill was presented after – earlier in the day – Palestinian terrorist Abdullah Barghouti conducted an interview with a Palestinian radio station from prison using his mobile phone.
Currently the legal authority to deny detainees use of cellular devices remains vague, with the security services forced to petition the High Court of Justice to prevent prisoners making using cell phones. Continue Reading »
This bill offers sentence of 10 years even if thrower’s ‘intent’ was not proven, and sentences for throwing rocks at security personnel, police or police vehicles will be even heavier.
By Gil Ronen
The Ministerial Committee for Legislation approved on Sunday the first bill submitted by Minister Ayelet Shaked, stiffening the punishments and penalties meted out to individuals convicted of rock throwing.
The Committee decided to bring the “continuity principle” to bear on the bill, which was originally submitted by former Justice Minister Tzipi Livni in the previous government, but passed only in the first reading. The continuity principle means that the bill will not have to be brought to a first reading again, and will advance immediately to the second and third readings. Continue Reading »