After 2 unidentified Palestinian men harassed a group of tourists entering the holy site and were asked to stop, one pulled his knife and stabbed the cleric in the chest. – Robert Nicholson, founder of the Philos Project wrote, “This is what Palestinian Christians really have to deal with.”
A Franciscan friar was reportedly assaulted at Bethlehem’s Milk Grotto over the weekend in an incident caught on video. Fr. Fadi Shallufi, who administers the Catholic chapel site, was struck by an assailant on Friday.
According to a report on Arab48.com, two unidentified men harassed a group of tourists entering the church site. Continue Reading »
In what the IDF has referred to as a violent “riot,” approximately 5,000 Palestinians participated in what Hamas planned as the final ‘March of Return’ protest on Israel’s border, that left at least 170 Gazans injured and 1 dead.
Israeli troops killed a Palestinian and wounded at least 170 protesters in the Gaza Strip Friday, Palestinian medical workers said, bringing to 44 the number killed during a six-week protest at the Gaza-Israel border.
Approximately 5,000 Palestinians have participated in what the IDF has called a violent “riot,” burning tires, hurling rocks at the security fence and at Israeli soldiers, and launching flaming kites into Israeli territory. Continue Reading »
Op-Ed — The Arab world, for all their reasons, has never really been adamant, or even keen about facilitating independence for the Palestinian Arabs, and the Palestinian Arabs don’t actually want a state of their own either (notice how every offer is either ‘unacceptable’, or ‘sabotaged’ by their leaders?), because that would kill the “refugee” goose that lays them ‘golden eggs.’
Why do the Arabs hate the Palestinians so? 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 »
Clashes erupted in Gaza and the West Bank earlier on Friday in a weekly protest against US President Donald Trump’s stance on Jerusalem, which has also angered Arab political and religious leaders across the region and dismayed European allies. Continue Reading »
Apparently, not just the mega-millionaire Palestinian leaders feel the ‘right’ to exploit Israeli hospitals for strictly personal gains: After being badly injured in a car accident, a Palestinian pulled out his gun in order to “persuade” the PA hospital in Jenin to transfer his relative to an Israeli hospital for medical treatment.
By Tsvi Sadan
A sense of despair accompanies the experience of watching someone defending Israel. The bias, the ignorance, the post-truth era, makes it nearly impossible to win an argument that favors Israel.
It’s as if in and of itself speaking positively about the Jewish state is illegitimate. Continue Reading »
With bad press exposing extrajudicial killings in Gaza and Abbas’ ‘Pay for Slay’ to reward those who murder Israelis, Trump and congress are debating funding cuts, but the Arabs have a found a way to do an end-run around Congress and get even more than the $380,593,116 it got in 2015 – by having the UN decide how much. – BTW, next in line, the EU gave less than half of that to the Palestinians, with a ‘mere’ $136,751,943.
Israeli officials: With the path to citizenship having always been open, Interior Ministry notes renewed interest in formal requests, with those applying citing pragmatism as their reason.
By The Associated Press & Israel Hayom Staff
More Palestinians in east Jerusalem are applying for Israeli citizenship in hopes of swapping their vulnerable status as mere city residents for the rights and ease of travel that come with an Israeli passport.
But after long touting its offer of citizenship to them, Israel is now dragging its feet in granting it, said those who track Palestinian applicants. Lawyers said their Palestinian clients now wait months for an appointment with the Interior Ministry and an average of three years for a decision. Continue Reading »
Having come to the area as pilgrims & servants from Africa during the British Mandate, now the descendants of those Muslims who migrated to Jerusalem claim to be ‘more Palestinian than the Palestinians.’
By The Associated Press
In the shadow of the Al-Aqsa Mosque in Jerusalem’s Old City lies the “African Quarter” -home to a little-known community of nearly 50 Arab families of African descent.
Descended from Muslim pilgrims from a variety of African countries, they now consider themselves Palestinians, despite widespread poverty and occasional discrimination. Several have even participated in terror attacks against Israel.
Afro-Palestinians claim Palestinian ancestry after 3 generations in the Middle East – Photo: AP
“We regard ourselves to be Afro-Palestinian,” said community leader Ali Jiddah. Continue Reading »
Since Abbas’ party is deeply fragmented and his leadership undermined with most Fatah members in Gaza defecting to Hamas and the majority of West Bank Palestinians wanting him out of office, there is no functional gov’t to lead an independent Palestinian state regardless of the antisemitic support given by the US (Obama’s gov’t), the UN and the EU.
Hamas’s Fatah and the No-State Solution by Khaled Abu Toameh
During a celebration in Ramallah marking the 52nd anniversary of the founding of his Fatah faction, Palestinian Authority (PA) President Mahmoud Abbas declared that 2017 will be the “year of international recognition of the State of Palestine.” Hailing the recent anti-settlement UN Security Council resolution 2334, Abbas said he was prepared to work with the new administration of Donald Trump “to achieve peace in the region.”
For the first time in many years, Hamas permitted thousands of Fatah gunmen to hold a military parade in the Gaza Strip this week.
Int’l boycott threats and intimidation from BDS activist forced SodaStream to relocate its major factory from an Israeli community beyond the Green Line to the Negev in southern Israel, resulting in over 500 Palestinian workers leaving the company.
By News Agencies & Israel Hayom Staff
Hundreds of Palestinian workers are now unemployed after the factory where they worked, in an Israeli community beyond the Green Line, was targeted by an international boycott movement and forced to move to inside Israel, the company’s chief executive said Monday.
The SodaStream factory in Maale Adumim [Archive] – Photo: Reuters
Daniel Birnbaum, CEO of SodaStream International, said the last 74 Palestinian workers left Monday after being denied permits to work inside Israel at the new factory. Continue Reading »
Oh, the Irony: Although it was a Palestinian group to fire rockets on Israel because of Kuntar’s assassination, his Palestinian ex-wife believes Kuntar’s murder was justified because his intention was not to fight against Israel, but to harm the Syrians & the Palestinians.
By JPOST.COM STAFF
Kifah Kayyal, the divorced Palestinian wife of Lebanese Druse terrorist Samir Kuntar, said on Monday that her ex-husband’s murder was justified, according to a report by Memri.
While Hezbollah and Syrian state media have blamed Israel for Kuntar’s death claiming he was killed in an Israeli airstrike on Damascus on Saturday, the Israeli government has yet to confirm or deny any involvement in his death. Continue Reading »
65% of the Palestinian public are in favor of Mahmoud Abbas resigning as President of the Palestinian Authority with only 35% saying that they’re satisfied with his performance.
Two thirds of the Palestinian public want Abbas to resign and another two thirds support an armed intifada and the current wave of stabbing attacks across Israel and the West bank, a new survey has revealed.
Palestinian mourners carry the body of Mahmud Shalaldeh, 18, who was shot by Israeli troops during clashes the previous day in Hebron, during his funeral on November 13, 2015 – Photos : HAZEM BADER (AFP)
The survey conducted by the Palestinian Center for Policy and Survey Research (PSR) in cooperation with Konrad-Adenauer-Stiftung in Ramallah, asked Palestinians living in Gaza and the West Bank a number of questions relating to the Israeli-Palestinian conflict, their level of confidence in their leaders, the future of the Oslo accords and their opinion on the Islamic State. Continue Reading »
While the media & human rights groups blame the Israeli “occupation” for poor living conditions in the Palestinian-controlled areas of Judea & Samaria, a new JCPA report shows Palestinians living in luxury, in a fast-developing society where literacy is high, infant mortality is low, & citizens are happier than most Americans.
A recent report published by the Jerusalem Center for Public Affairs (JCPA) brings to light some painfully glaring contrasts developing amongst the ranks of the Palestinian Authority.
While many left-wing and human rights groups blame the Israeli “occupation” for poor living conditions in Gaza and Palestinian-controlled areas of Judea and Samaria, the report paints a picture of a new class of Palestinians living in comfort and even luxury in a fast-developing society where literacy is high, infant mortality is low and citizens are happier than most Americans. Continue Reading »
Abbas planed meeting with ICC prosecutor charging Israel with war-crimes and alleged examples of ‘ethnic cleansing’ according to Palestinian officials.
A Palestinian delegation led by president Mahmud Abbas met Friday with the International Criminal Court to hand over a file documenting alleged Israeli crimes such as “ethnic cleansing,” Palestinian officials said.
Palestinian leader Mahmud Abbas called on the UN to set up a “special regime for international protection” for his people. – Photo: Fabrice Coffrini/AFP
Abbas arrived late Friday at the court for talks with prosecutor Fatou Bensouda accompanied by Palestinian foreign minister Riad al-Malki, an AFP correspondent said. Continue Reading »
SodaStream chief says BDS only had a ‘negligible’ impact on the beverage maker, noting the closure of the West Bank factory & expansion to the new Negev facility led to hundreds of Palestinians losing their jobs.
By Associated Press
The chief executive of SodaStream, the beverage maker that is shuttering its West Bank factory in the face of international boycott calls, accused his company’s critics Wednesday of anti-Semitism and hurting the interests of the Palestinian workers they claim to protect.
The SodaStream plant in Mishor Adumim. – Photo: Bloomberg
SodaStream, which produces machines that allow people to make fizzy drinks, has been targeted by an international campaign calling for boycotting, divesting and sanctioning Israeli companies.Continue Reading »
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