Tag Archive for United States

US Ambassador Demands Release of Arrested Palestinian-American

The U.S. envoy to Israel has demanded the immediate release of a 55 yr-old Palestinian man who also holds American citizenship, arrested over 2 months ago and still detained by Mahmoud Abbas’ security services for facilitating the sell of a property to a Jew.

By KHALED ABU TOAMEH

 

US Ambassador David M. Friedman has demanded the immediate release of Isaam Akel, a Palestinian-American arrested by the Palestinian Authority security forces two months ago for engaging in a real estate transaction with Jews in the Muslim Quarter of Jerusalem’s Old City.

“Akel’s incarceration is antithetical to the values of the US & to all who advocate the cause of peaceful coexistence,” said Friedman on Twitter. Continue Reading »

Airbnb to be investigated by US Senate author of ‘Israel Anti-Boycott Act’

With over half of US states having passed anti-BDS legislation, an author of the ‘Israel Anti-Boycott Act’ in the Senate, Sen. Rob Portman of Ohio (Rep), wants to hear from Airbnb.

BY MICHAEL WILNER

 

WASHINGTON – Airbnb’s move this week to delist properties located in Jewish settlements in the West Bank from its website prompted enough of an outcry in Israel to be heard in Washington, where key lawmakers are expressing concern and raising the prospect of legal action against the service giant.

The decision by Airbnb, an online marketplace for property rentals, sparked furor from Israeli officials this week. Continue Reading »

US & allies targeting Hezbollah’s financing & nefarious ties in Africa

 

Washington reports how African countries are targeted as major cash sources for the Lebanese Shiite terrorist group, as its major patron Iran, has started feeling the pinch of tough U.S. sanctions.

By REUTERS

 

 

 

DAKAR- The United States and its allies are clamping down on suspected Hezbollah activity in West Africa, which Washington says is a major source of cash for the Lebanese group as its patron Iran feels the pinch of sanctions.

Hezbollah youth stomp on Israeli flag

Hezbollah youth stomp on Israeli flag – Photo: Reuters

The push coincides with Hezbollah’s deepening role in Syria, where it has dispatched thousands of fighters to back President Bashar Assad.

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Al-Qaeda Plot to Bomb U.S. Embassy & Synagogue Foiled by Turkish Police

Turkish police have uncovered & contained an alleged plot by Al-Qaeda to bomb a synagogue in Ankara as well as the U.S. embassy & other public sites.

By Arutz Sheva staff

 

 

Turkish police have uncovered and foiled an alleged plot by Al-Qaeda to bomb the United States embassy in Ankara, as well as a synagogue and other targets in Istanbul, Turkish media reported on Friday.

US Embassy in Ankara - AFP file photo

US Embassy in Ankara – AFP file photo

As a result of a February raid in Istanbul and the northeastern city of Corlu, police had arrested 12 people, including eight Turks, two Azeris and two Chechens, and seized 22 kilograms of explosives, CNNTurk reported. Continue Reading »

Israelis now eligible for E2 investor visa to the US

US president signs law adding Israel to list of countries whose citizens are eligible; Israel is among top 20 investors in the US.

By JPOST.COM STAFF

US President Barak Obama on Monday signed a law that adds Israel to the list of countries whose citizens are eligible to receive E2 investor visas.

 

Israeli passports  - Photo: Thinkstock/Imagebank
Israeli passports  – Photo: Thinkstock/Imagebank

Among those eligible for the investors’ visa are businesspeople and representatives of companies who have made significant investments in the United States or opened businesses there.

Commercial Attache in Washington Ohad Cohen praised the new law, saying “We live in a world where investments are an important part of the ability to conduct trade and there is no doubt that the new law is an important step toward necessary improvements regarding visas, which will contribute to the expansion of trade between the (two) countries.”

Between the years of 2000 and 2010, Israeli investments in the United States totaled $58.5 billion, placing Israel among the top 20 countries investing in the US, the Industry, Trade and Labor Ministry said following the decision. Continue Reading »