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The Palestinians have begun talks with Egypt on setting out the maritime borders of their hoped for
future state and the resources they can extract from the sea, their UN ambassador to the United Nations
said Friday, according to AFP.
The goal is to establish an exclusive economic zone off the coast of Gaza under the UN Convention on
the Law of the Sea, said ambassador Riyad Mansour.
Accords it signed with Israel.
The talks with Egypt are at the preliminary stage, having begun recently with Egypt at the foreign
minister level and then continued at the expert level, Mansour said.
The Palestinian Authority (PA) has consulted "top lawyers in the field" to prepare its case and train its
officials in the workings of maritime law, he added.
The Palestinian strategy is to reach agreements with two of its neighbors in the Mediterranean -- first
Egypt and then Cyprus -- to define exclusive economic zones with respect to them, and then consult
with lawyers as to what its potential borders with Israel could be.
Experts will then take an inventory of the natural resources claimed by the Palestinians and, and they will
file their EEZ with the UN convention on the law of the sea.
It is a way to save time for future generations, said Mansour.
The Palestinians want to move as quickly as possible but these proceedings could take years, he added.
"For us the fact that we are a state, that our land is under occupation, and that we are joining
conventions and treaties, means that we cannot run away from the responsibilities that these treaties
and conventions require from us," Mansour said.
"It is our right to declare our exclusive economic zone," he added.
An EZZ is an area of the sea over which a country has special rights to explore for and use resources.
An EEZ general extends out 200 miles (370 km) from a country's coast, while a nation's territorial waters
only extend 12 miles out.
But in the Mediterranean they overlap and need to be negotiated.
Neither Israel nor the United States have ratified the UN convention on the sea. Israel has established its
EEZ with respect to Cyprus through bilateral ties, but has failed to reach an agreement with Lebanon.
It appears as though the PA’s latest move is part of the “diplomatic war
” that it launched against Israel,
which includes joining dozens of international treaties and conventions in order to embarrass and
against Israel for "crimes of execution in the occupied West Bank."
Just recently it tried another such move when it filed a complaint
with one of the UN bodies, claiming
Israel violated an international treaty and deliberately dumped hazardous waste in Palestinian territory.
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Al-Hayat Al-Jadida, the official daily of the PA - which ironically has stood back amid ever rising "honor killings"
against women - appears to have launched a new campaign urging Palestinian Arab women to join in the rock terror attacks, as revealed by Palestinian Media Watch (PMW).
In one cartoon published in the paper on Tuesday, the PA presented a masked woman swinging a rock in a slingshot. PMW notes that the rock and slingshot create the Arab letter Nun, which indicates the female form in Arabic verbs.
The PA daily did not limit itself to cartoons in calling for female rock terrorists however.
A picture published in the paper on Tuesday shows a woman masked in a keffiyeh swinging a slingshot, accompanied by the text: "El-Bireh: A young woman throws (rocks) at them with a slingshot."
Female Arab terrorists have in fact played a leading role in the current terror wave, with a large number of the ongoing stabbing attacks perpetrated by women.
Al-Hayat Al-Jadida wasn't the only paper getting in on the propaganda.
Palestinian daily Al-Ayyam earlier this month published a photo on its front page showing a masked Arab woman using a sling shot to attack Israelis. The text below the image read: "a photo from the confrontations in Bethlehem."
Al-Ayyam also published another photo on its front page just days earlier showing a group of rock throwers, and visible in the back-right of the group is a young woman, easily spotted by her shoes. The text detailed that the picture showed "young people throwing stones at the occupation forces near the settlement of Beit-El, north of El-Bireh."
Abbas's Fatah faction has also been keenly calling for rock terrorism, although it has seemed a little less eager regarding the new "gender equality" twist.
Fatah posted a photo to Facebook on Tuesday showing a man masked in a keffiyeh with a rock on his hand, accompanied by the text: "for the blood of our martyrs that has watered the precious soil of the homeland from north to south. For Jerusalem and the Al-Aqsa Mosque. For our courageous prisoners. For our precious homeland Palestine, Fatah's Ramallah and El-Bireh branch and the Islamic and national forces call on you to attend the march that will start today,Tuesday at midday."
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Palestinian Authority (PA) Chairman Mahmoud Abbas's Fatah faction has escalated its calls for terror
, with a campaign glorifying stabbing attacks against Jews.
Fatah last Friday posted on its official Facebook page an image of a masked man with a knife in his hand and two fingers held up in a V for "Victory," as revealed by Palestinian Media Watch (PMW). The image was accompanied by the text: "we'll be victorious or die."
Not only did Fatah support stabbing attacks, it also lionized an Arab knife terrorist responsible for a recent serious attack.
On its Facebook page, Fatah on Monday published a picture lauding Raed Jaradat, an Arab terrorist who earlier in the day stabbed and seriously wounded
an IDF soldier at a junction outside the Arab village of Bayt Einun, located just north of Kiryat Arba in Judea.
Fatah announced that it "escorts its martyr son," Raed Jaradat, "who carried out the stabbing operation" at the junction to his "wedding," in reference to the Islamic belief that martyrs marry 72 virgins in paradise.
"The path of the struggle. Palestinian National Liberation movement Fatah, North Hevron branch, escorts its martyr son to his wedding; Raed Saket Abd Al-Rahman Jaradat, who carried out the stabbing operation at the Bet Anoun Junction."
While Fatah often openly glorifies the Arab terrorists conducting lethal attacks on Jews, the PA has shown a different tactic, instead claiming that Israel invents the attacks to justify "executing
" what they dub "innocent" Palestinian Arabs, and then plants knives at the scene to frame them.
This libelous false claim was given a clear illustration by a cartoon in the official PA daily Al-Hayat Al-Jadida on Monday.
The cartoon shows a religious Jew, a caricature often used to depict Jewish residents of Judea and Samaria, holding a knife like a carrot from a stick as he sits on an IDF soldiers back and goads him on to attack an Arab boy. The image also presents the claim that knives are planted at attack scenes.
The cartoons only provide illustration to the very vocal campaign of disinformation the PA is leading in trying to delegitimize Israeli self-defense and warp terror attacks.
The PA Ministry of Information earlier this month claimed that "the Israeli PR...disseminates a misleading narrative, which shows the attacker as victim and the attacked as 'terrorist.'"
That stance was echoed by Palestine Liberation Organization (PLO) Secretary-General Saeb Erekat, who also is a member of the Fatah Central Committee.
On Thursday, he was quoted by the PA daily saying, "the Israeli aggression against the Palestinian people still continues, through summary executions and collective punishments," and adding, "we are protecting ourselves with the bodies of our sons and daughters, because Israel does not protect itself, but rather its crimes, occupation and settlement."
The PA paper presented 17-year-old female terrorist Dania Arshid as a "victim" - on Sunday, at a security check, Arshid ran at Border Police near the Cave of Machpelah in Hevron with a drawn knife and was shot dead.
"The occupation executed student Dania Arshid," lied the paper, claiming that IDF soldiers "asked her to take a knife out of her bag. The girl could do nothing but refuse as she didn't have any sharp object in her bag, which caused the soldiers to shoot her on the spot."
Another terrorist, 20-year-old Mahmoud Ghneimat who together with another terrorist last Thursday stabbed an 18-year-old in Beit Shemesh before being shot, was also prevented as a victim by the PA paper.
Ghneimat was killed in "a summary execution...under the allegation that he had stabbed a settler," wrote the paper, ironically terming the victim who is a resident of a city on the sovereign side of the 1949 Armistice line a "settler."
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The "armed wing" of Palestinian Authority (PA) Chairman Mahmoud Abbas's Fatah faction initially claimed responsibility
for Thursday night's brutal murder of a young couple right in front of their four children, but now a senior Fatah official has confirmed that claim.
Senior Fatah official Mahmoud Al-Aloul, who is a member of the Fatah Central Committee, was revealed by Palestinian Media Watch (PMW) as having announcing responsibility the night before on Facebook for the murder of Rabbi Eitam and Naama Henkin outside Itamar in Samaria.
"The Al-Aqsa Martyrs' Brigades, the military wing of the Palestinian National Liberation Movement Fatah, accepted responsibility for the Itamar operation (i.e. the murder - ed.) carried out against settlers, leading to their deaths," wrote Al-Aloul in an open admission.
Al-Aloul is a senior Fatah figure; he was the PA governor of Shechem (Nablus) from 1995 before becoming part of the Fatah Central Committee in 2009. In 2012, he confirmed Fatah remains committed to terrorism, saying, "no one has dropped the armed resistance
from his dictionary."
The Martyr Abdul-Qader al-Husseini Brigades is the particular faction of Fatah which claimed responsibility for the murder of the Henkin couple.
Fatah and Hamas officials have both praised the attack
, and the praise of the murder by Palestinian Arab terror groups continued on Friday.
The Popular Resistance Committees (PRC) said that alleged killings of Arabs by Jews "needed a painful response to settlers to stop their terrorism against our people in the West Bank," according to the Palestinian Arab Ma'an News Agency.
The spokesperson of the "military wing" of the PRC, the al-Nasser Salah al-Din Brigades, called the attack a "natural response" to Israeli "violations" at the Al-Aqsa Mosque - in other words, Israeli law enforcement against violent Arab riots at the Temple Mount, the holiest site in Judaism.
“Resistance is the most effective way to stop Israel and its violations, and violations against the Al-Aqsa Mosque and against worshipers in Jerusalem calls upon the resistance forces to escalate its operations wherever there are settlers on Palestinian land," said the spokesperson.
Also getting in on the action was the Communist terror group Popular Front for the Liberation of Palestine (PFLP), which spoke about the "right of defense."
The "military wing" of the Democratic Front for the Liberation of Palestine (DFLP), the National Resistance Brigades, rounded out the support of terrorism, calling for a "joint operation" by the various Arab terror groups against Israel.
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The World Bank warned of the "high risk" of renewed Israel-Palestinian conflict if the political and economic status quo between the two sides persists, in a report released Tuesday.
"The persistence of this situation could potentially lead to political and social unrest," it said. "In short, the status quo is not sustainable and downside risks of further conflict and social unrest are high."
The percentage of the population living under the poverty line has reached 39 percent in Gaza and 16 percent in the Palestinian Authority (PA).
It said the "Palestinians are getting poorer on average for the third year in a row. Donor support has significantly declined in recent years," especially for the Hamas-run Gaza.
Unemployment "remains high, particularly among Gaza's youth where it exceeds 60 percent, and 25 percent of Palestinians currently live in poverty," the World Bank said.
On the positive side, it said that "even without a final peace deal, there is substantial upside potential in the Palestinian economy." However, it blamed the current lack of potential not on the fact that terror groups Hamas and the Palestine Liberation Organization (PLO) run Gaza and the PA, but on Israeli and Egyptian "restrictions" on imports, exports, and travel designed to combat the terror threat.
"The blockade on Gaza imposed by countries neighboring the Strip needs to be lifted in a way that protects legitimate security concerns of those countries," the World Bank said.
"Israeli measures to let more goods leave Gaza are welcome, but more needs to be done: only six percent of what left Gaza prior
to the blockade is currently being allowed out."
The report also hailed the "very good progress" made by the PA in reducing its fiscal deficit. In March 2014, Ramallah announced it had reached a staggering $4.8 billion in debt
, with a 2014 budgetary deficit of $1.5 billion. But while blaming Israel
for the PA’s financial woes, PA chairman Mahmoud Abbas continues to spend six percent of the PA’s annual budget to pay $4.5 million a month to jailed terrorists
and another $6.5 million to their families.
Despite this, the World Bank insists that unemployment in the PA in the first half of 2015 had eased to 16 percent, down from 18 percent in the same period of last year, thanks to the growing number of Palestinians working in Israel, which has reached 112,200.
"Even without a final peace deal, there is substantial upside potential in the Palestinian economy if existing agreements are implemented and restrictions lifted," the World Bank said. It forecast 2.9% growth in the PA and Gaza this year.
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, a member of the Hamas politburo and a senior official in the terrorist organization, threatened violence against the Palestinian Authority (PA) on Friday despite the unity agreement between the two groups sealed last April.
Speaking at a massive rally in Gaza's Khan Younis organized by Hamas in support of the Islamist rioters attacking police
on the Temple Mount, al-Zahar slammed the PA for not openly conducting attacks against Israel.
"If (Hamas's) Al-Qassam Brigades, (Islamic Jihad's) Al-Quds Brigades and the forces of the struggle were to adopt the policies and the leaders and countries around them, they wouldn't be waving the rifle at the settlers, as their advice doesn't give us strength to confront the occupation and its soldiers."
Al-Zahar said the PA's security cooperation with the IDF is "spying for the enemy," reports Al-Risalah.
He said that "those who admit to doing it (i.e. 'spying for the enemy' - ed.), their fate is execution by hanging," in a direct threat against the PA and its chairman Mahmoud Abbas.
Al-Zahar said that "blood spilled in the way of Allah" for the Al-Aqsa Mosque on the Temple Mount is "holy," in a call for more violence. That call came just hours before three rockets were fired from Gaza, prompting an Israeli airstrike
on a Hamas base in response.
The Hamas leader also spouted standard propaganda, saying that Palestinian Arab terror groups will "liberate Palestine" from the "occupation," and threatening retribution for "harming" Al-Aqsa Mosque.
Turning his attention to the future, al-Zahar said that Judea and Samaria is the most important place for the "liberation of Palestine," and that in the end "we will reach Jerusalem and Haifa."
"The day will come when buses will leave from Rafiah through the Gaza Strip to Al-Aqsa Mosque," he added, even though Israel has been allowing hundreds of Gazans to visit the mosque on Fridays for the last several months.
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The Palestinian Authority (PA) leadership warned of renewed attempts of "extremist settlers" in support of the Israeli government to "break into" the Temple Mount during the Tisha B'Av national day of Jewish mourning (this Sunday), and to "contaminate" the site via their mere presence there.
The Supreme Council for Islamic religious rulings, headed by Grand Mufti of the Palestinian people, Sheikh Mohammed Hussein, said in a statement Friday that "extremist Jews" who enter the compound of the Al-Aqsa Mosque on the Temple Mount "defile" the holy place and may lead to a religious war.
The statement emphasized that despite Israel's quest to "Judaize" the Mount - which is Judaism's holiest site and the site of both Holy Temples - the rights to the area are exclusively Muslim.
The Council called on the Palestinians and Muslims all over the world come to Jerusalem to stop the "occupation's schemes" using all means and methods and to maintain the "purity" of the city and thwart attempts to "taint" it - in a clear incitement to further violence on the Mount, which is a site of regular Arab rioting.
Dr. Jamal Amer, defined by the Hamas-backed Palestine newspaper as an expert on Jerusalem affairs, ahistorically claimed that the Temple is actually a Roman place of worship, built by the "Arab" King Herod, and has no connection to the Jews, historically and religiously. Amer also claimed that Jews falsify history due to greed regarding the holy city.
The Jordanian Waqf retains de facto control of the Mount even since its liberation in the 1967 Six Day War, and it has forbidden Jews from praying at the site despite Israeli law ensuring freedom of worship.
The calls to incite further violence against Jews on the Mount were made just days before Tisha B'Av, the national day of mourning over the destruction of both the First and Second Temples by the Babylonians and Romans.
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The Palestinian Authority (PA) claimed its security forces caught a large Hamas cell that was planning attacks against the PA security apparatus.
PA Security Forces spokesperson Adnan Damiri said that Hamas had established a cell in the region to undermine security, according to the report on Israel Radio (Kol Yisrael) on Monday.
Damiri added that members of the cell - who were arrested in northern Samaria, most likely near the PA governmental seat of Ramallah - admitted to planning an attack and training to be able to carry it out.
Hassan Yousef, a senior Hamas member in the Judea and Samaria region who was recently released from jail by Israel, denied the claims.
Lending credence to the PA claims is the fact that last summer the IDF thwarted an attempt by Hamas to stage a coup
against the PA in Judea-Samaria.
In recent days the PA has cracked down on Hamas, arresting over 100 of its members throughout the area of Judea and Samaria. Just last Thursday night a full 50 Hamas members were arrested
and likewise electronic equipment belonging to the terrorist group was seized.
Hamas has threatened that if the crackdown continues the PA security apparatus will be in danger. It likewise accused the PA of conducting the arrests to try and appease Israel in response to the wave of Ramadan terror attacks emanating from territory under PA control.
The latest incidents come after negotiations to form a new unity government between the PA and Hamas reached an "impasse
" last week, with Hamas saying the Palestine Liberation Organization (PLO) should not be tasked with forming the government. Hamas does not currently have representation in the PLO.
The bitter rivalry between Hamas and PA Chairman Mahmoud Abbas's Fatah faction was most vividly given expression after the 2006 elections in Gaza which Hamas won by a large margin, and which it followed by violently purging Fatah from the coastal enclave the following year.
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In a youth soccer tournament just outside of Jerusalem held for the Muslim fast month of Ramadan, the Palestinian Authority (PA) has made clear what kind of person it views as a role model for children under its rule: cold-blooded terrorist murderers.
Palestinian Media Watch revealed on Thursday that a new soccer tournament in Abu Dis, a suburb town to the east of Jerusalem, will feature teams named after infamous terrorists who murdered countless Israeli civilians in a blatant act of incitement.
A press announcement for the tournament organized by the Abu Dis Youth Club appeared in the PA daily Al-Hayat Al-Jadida on Tuesday, and listed teams named after the "martyrs" Abu Jihad, Khaled Nazzal, Abu Ali Mustafa and Mu'taz Hijazi
Just who are these sterling examples of citizenry that the PA decided to present as models for imitation to its youth?
Abu Jihad was a founder of PA Chairman Mahmoud Abbas's Fatah faction, and a deputy to Abbas's predecessor Yasser Arafat. He headed the Palestine Liberation Organization (PLO) terrorist group's military wing and plotted numerous Fatah terror attacks that murdered 125 Israelis - including the most lethal terror attack in Israel, in which a bus was hijacked and 37 civilians, 12 of them children, were murdered.
Khaled Nazzal was secretary of the central committee of the Democratic Front for the Liberation of Palestine (DFLP) terror group, and a commander of its military branch. He was behind the Ma'alot massacre in 1974, in which 22 schoolchildren and five adults were murdered.
And then there's Abu Ali Mustafa, secretary-general of the Popular Front for the Liberation of Palestine (PFLP), a Communist Palestinian Arab terror group. The group rejected the 1993 Oslo Accords, and has murdered countless Israelis since its founding in 1967, most intensively in the Second Intifada or Oslo Terror War between 2000 and 2005.
The most recent addition to the PA's terror pantheon as projected on its children's soccer tournament is Mu'taz Hijazi, a member of the Islamic Jihad terrorist group who was arrested for terrorist attacks in 2000 at the start of the Second Intifada and released in the 2011 Gilad Shalit deal as one of 1,027 freed terrorists.
Despite having served 11 years in jail in a sentence that was twice extended after Hijazi assaulted prison guards, he was employed at the Terasa restaurant
in the Begin Heritage Center.
It was outside the center that he tried to assassinate Temple Mount activist Yehuda Glick last October 29, shooting him four times at point-blank range and fleeing on a motorbike only to die in a shootout with police the same night. Glick miraculously survived the shooting after undergoing several intense surgeries.
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The Palestinian Authority (PA) will next week submit their first "war crimes" file to the International Criminal Court (ICC) in their legal offensive against Israel, an official said on Thursday.
The move is part of an increased focus on diplomatic maneuvering and appeals to international bodies by the PA, in unilateral moves to join international organizations such as the ICC in breach of the 1993 Oslo Accord which established the PA.
The file is to be handed to ICC chief prosecutor Fatou Bensouda on June 25, and will detail alleged violations of international law by the Jewish state, PA foreign ministry official Ammar Hijazi told reporters in the Samaria city of Ramallah.
On April 1, the PA formally joined the ICC with the goal of trying Israeli leaders for alleged abuses during last summer's war in Gaza, and alleged "crimes" relating to the Jewish presence in eastern Jerusalem, Judea and Samaria which the 2012 Levy Report
proved was legal according to international law.
The file is "only general, it's only statistical," Hijazi said. "But it certainly draws a grim picture of what Israel is doing and why we think that there are reasonable grounds...for the prosecutor to start (her) investigations."
It does not refer to specific incidents, but the PA will submit such details in future if Bensouda decides to proceed with inquiries, he said.
Bensouda's office has opened a preliminary examination into the claims, starting from June 2014.
Earlier this year, as the PA was putting its accession to the ICC in motion, PA Chairman Mahmoud Abbas sent documents to the court authorizing the prosecutor to investigate alleged crimes that took place in Gaza, Judea and Samaria since June 13, 2014.
The unrest in June last year, which sparked when Hamas terrorists abducted and murdered three Israeli teens and Arabs rioted nationwide, escalated to the summer war between Israel and the Hamas terrorist organization.
Contrary to PA "war crimes" charges, international law experts have criticized Israel for warning Gazans too much
and harming the ability of Western democracies to combat terror.
Bensouda has also said she is weighing opening war crimes investigations against Hamas and others - even Abbas's Fatah posted videos
of it firing rockets from Gaza at Israeli civilian populations in an act constituting a war crime.
The ICC, set up in 2002, is the world's only permanent independent body to try the most serious crimes of concern to the international community.
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The interior ministry of the Hamas terrorist organization government in Gaza has accused sources in the Palestinian Authority (PA) of being behind a string of bombings that have plagued the coastal enclave in recent weeks.
The Hamas ministry claimed political and security sources in the PA were behind the explosions, and that they had launched the attacks to try and destabilize security in the Hamas terror stronghold, reports Yedioth Aharonoth.
Despite the unity deal signed between Hamas and the PA last April, tensions have remained high between the two rivals, with Fatah and Hamas officials in Gaza, Judea and Samaria becoming targets in mysterious assassination attempts
over recent months.
Despite the accusations against the PA - whose Fatah party members are closely monitored in Gaza - a more likely culprit is the growing number of Salafist-jihadist factions intent on challenging Hamas's rule.
Those arrests have accompanied an uptick in tensions between local Salafist groups affiliated with Islamic State (ISIS) and Hamas, and last month led to an ISIS-affiliate in the Sinai Peninsula claiming it launched two "bombs"
at Hamas posts in Gaza.
ISIS has been building its power in Gaza, and has threatened to destroy Hamas
and replace it, for what it sees as Hamas's refusal to fully implement Islamic law (Sharia) in Gaza and accepting a ceasefire in hostilities with Israel.
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The Palestinian Authority (PA)'s Fatah movement has quoted anti-Semitic material as fact, Palestinian Media Watch revealed Wednesday.
In an official PA television interview, Fatah spokesperson, Osama Al-Qawasmi, equated the the 19th century anti-Semitic forgery to the Bible.
The Palestinian Authority (PA)'s Fatah movement has quoted anti-Semitic material as fact, Palestinian Media Watch revealed Wednesday.
In an official PA television interview, Fatah spokesperson, Osama Al-Qawasmi, equated the the 19th century anti-Semitic forgery to the Bible.
"According to Israel's ideology, strategy and policy from 1956 until now, Gaza is outside the Israeli ideological thinking," he claimed, in the April 5 interview.
"Even in their Protocols [of the Elders of Zion] and even in their Bible [it says]: "Don't live in Gaza."
Protocols is a turn-of-the-century Russian work claiming that Jews are planning to build a New World Order under their subjugation. It was widely distributed in 1903, but was eventually proven false in 1921.
Anti-Semites frequently quote Protocols as justification for their hate, and the PA is no exception; PMW has shown that it regularly presents Protocols of the Elders of Zion as an authentic Jewish work.
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The Palestinian Authority (PA) celebrated Israel's Holocaust Remembrance Day by denying its scope, Palestinian Media Watch revealed Sunday - claiming that instead of six million Jews killed by the Nazis, there were only 1-2 million.
"Estimates regarding the number of Holocaust victims differ," an Op/Ed penned by columnist Omar Hilmi Al-Ghoul for the official PA Al-Hayat Al-Jadida claimed. "The supporters of the Zionist movement have exaggerated the number of victims, claiming that it amounts to 6 million, whereas others, unbiased researchers, have estimated that there were between one and two million Jewish victims."
"Regardless of the number, the bottom line is that a catastrophe that harmed the Jews in Europe occurred, due to matters concerning the relations between the European nations and the Jews living among them," he continued.
He then accused "Zionists" of orchestrating the Holocaust in order to establish the state of Israel.
"The Zionist movement wanted to achieve a series of goals: First, to take advantage and use this [the Holocaust] to blackmail the European states financially and politically to make them support the Zionist colonialist project," he said. "Second, to bully the Jews to immigrate to the Israeli ethnic cleansing state, which was [then] in in the preparatory stages of establishment."
"Third, to increase the Jews' suffering and abuse in order to take advantage of the world's compassion for them."
PA officials have publicly denied the Holocaust
as a matter of principle; Chairman Mahmoud Abbas wrote his doctoral thesis on the subject, and it is an official text used in PA schools.
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Fatah, the leading faction of the Palestinian Authority (PA) and PA Chairman Mahmoud Abbas's party, has long been touted in the international arena as a "moderate" potential peace partner for Israel.
But in a video featuring songs and posted to Fatah's official Facebook page for it's 50th anniversary last December, which was translated by Palestinian Media Watch (PMW), the group made clear that their peace partner impression is far from the truth, as the faction celebrated bloody terror attacks it has conducted since its inception.
In the video, five suicide bombings and a shooting attack against Israeli civilians were celebrated. A total of 55 people were murdered by Fatah terrorists in the course of the attacks lauded in the video.
While honoring the suicide bombers the clip shows images from the attacks combined with footage of Fatah terrorists launching rockets, as they did against Israeli
citizens from Gaza in Hamas's terror war last summer.
Among the terrorists lionized in the video were suicide bomber Wafa Idris, the first female suicide bomber who murdered one Israeli; Muhammad Al-Qasir who murdered three; and Ayyat Al-Akhras, who was the youngest female suicide bomber at age 17. She murdered two and was called "a woman worth a thousand men" in the video.
The attacks shown and praised in the video include the Café Moment suicide bombing in which 11 were murdered, the Beit Yisrael Yeshiva suicide bombing in which 11 were also murdered, and the Park Hotel suicide bombing that saw 30 murdered.
That message of terrorism seen in the video was reflected again by Fatah just this Saturday, when it posted a photo of Fatah terrorists in uniforms and armed with automatic weapons with the Palestine Liberation Organization (PLO) flag as a background.
The photo featured the text: "my enemy, I swear you will not escape the people and the revolution."
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Palestinian Authority (PA) Chairman Mahmoud Abbas used the platform of the Arab League summit in Sharm el-Shekh, Egypt, this Saturday to attack his "unity partner" Hamas, making a subtle call for the Arab states to take military action against the Gaza-based Muslim Brotherhood offshoot.
Speaking at the 26th summit in the southern Sinai peninsula, Abbas made reference to the campaign of airstrikes
launched last Thursday by Saudi Arabia and other Arab countries against Iran-backed Shi'ite Houthi rebels in Yemen - the Houthis have overthrown the government while rapidly expanding their control.
"I hope that the Arab countries will take the same policy they employed in Yemen for all Arab countries suffering from internal conflict - like Palestine, Syria, Libya and Iraq," Abbas said according to Yedioth Aharonot, in an open jab at Hamas in Gaza.
Making Abbas's comments calling for military intervention in "Palestine" all the more pointed is the fact that just two days earlier, Abbas's adviser on Religious and Islamic Affairs Mahmoud Al-Habbash
, who also serves as PA Supreme Sharia (Islamic law) Judge, made similar remarks.
Al-Habbash urged the Arab countries to take action and strike Hamas with an "iron fist," in an open call for military intervention.
Hamas and the PA signed a unity deal last April, which has done little to damper the enmity raging between the rivals ever since Hamas violently seized control of Gaza in 2007 - the most obvious example of the how the deal has not changed tensions was when Hamas tried to stage a coup against the PA
in Judea and Samaria last year.
Responding to Al-Habbash, Hamas said the comment is "a dangerous and not nationalist call."
Abbas's call for Arab intervention comes after Arab foreign ministers meeting in Egypt last Thursday declared the establishment of a joint Arab military force
, reportedly meant to rapidly respond to security threats to Arab nations.
Arab League secretary-general Nabil al-Arabi was assigned with coordinating the details with the chiefs of staff of the various Arab armies within one month, so as to work out the logistics of establishing the new force.
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The Palestinian Authority (PA) leadership has taken steps to "punish" Israel for the results of the 20th Knesset elections, releasing a document condemning the results in general and Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu in particular.
On Thursday, the Palestine Liberation Organization (the terror group behind the PA; headed by Mahmoud Abbas - ed.) met in Ramallah and made the following decisions:
To condemn Netanyahu as "racist", particularly after controversial remarks he made on the day of elections last week whereby he called on Israelis to vote to counteract a large voter turnout from the Israeli Arab population and after he briefly claimed that he would not continue to pursue the establishment of a Palestinian state;
To continue to deepen Israel's political and economic isolation, to expand the recognition of "the State of Palestine" and to gain support in the United Nations (UN) Security Council and other international institutions on the basis of 1949 Armistice lines with Jerusalem as its capital;
To call upon the Palestinian people to keep to the "Palestinian National Plan" and cling to their land;
To complete the certification process for the PLO and the heads of various security agencies to join the International Criminal Court (ICC) and then to file "war crimes" complaints against Israel for building in Jewish-owned areas of Judea and Samaria (i.e. Area C) and to for retaliating to Hamas rocket fire in Gaza during Operation Protective Edge;
To launch talks in Gaza with Hamas and Islamic Jihad to implement the existing agreements regarding national reconciliation and preparing presidential and parliamentary elections for the "unity government." Hamas responded to the elections last week by pledging to recommit to reconciliation with Fatah, in order to better secure "Palestinian rights."
Earlier Thursday, the PLO also declared an economic war
on Israel, by announcing plans to end all economic cooperation with the Jewish state and increasing a boycott on Israeli products.
The move comes after Israel froze the transfer of $127 million in taxes on imported goods collected monthly for the PA in January, as a penalty for the PA applying to the International Criminal Court (ICC) to sue Israel for "war crimes" in a unilateral move breaching the 1993 Oslo Accords.
Created on Saturday, 21 March 2015 15:12
The Palestinian National Council, the legislative body of the Palestine Liberation Organization (PLO), held a meeting on Thursday in which it formulated a new economic plan to attack Israel and try to save the financially floundering Palestinian Authority (PA).
PLO Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of National Economy Dr. Mohammed Mustafa revealed details of the meeting in Ramallah on Thursday to the Palestinian Arab Ma'an News Agency.
"We talked about ending economic cooperation with Israel that is in line with policies designed to shackle and stifle the Palestinian economy, and create Palestinian economic dependence on Israel," said Mustafa.
The move comes after Israel in January froze the transfer of $127 million in taxes on imported goods collected monthly for the PA, as a penalty for the PA applying to the International Criminal Court (ICC) to sue Israel for "war crimes" in a unilateral move breaching the 1993 Oslo Accords.
Revealing the scope of the effect in the punitive measure, PLO Finance Minister Shukri Bishara in February acknowledged the freeze is costing the PA 70% of its budget.
Following the meeting Thursday, Mustafa called for an increase in the intensity of a PA campaign to boycott Israeli products, announcing that an expanded list of Israeli companies being boycotted by the PA will be released this week by council president Mahmoud Al-Aloul.
Back in February, the council launched a boycott of six Israeli companies, giving two weeks to Palestinian Arab businessmen to destroy the Israeli products and publicly humiliating those who did not agree to do so.
One outcome of the tax fund transfer freeze is that it apparently worked in pressuring the PA to try and pay its massive debts
to the Israeli Electric Corporation (IEC).
Last month the PA urged residents living under it to pay their tax bills to help it start paying a whopping debt of over 1.8 billion shekels ($450 million) to the IEC, after the IEC twice briefly cut off power.
Despite the PA's massive debts to Israel and aggressive moves for international recognition in breach of prior agreements, Israel's withholding of taxes has led to condemnation from the US, EU
, with US Secretary of State John Kerry warning the PA may collapse
The PLO was an internationally recognized terrorist organization
, as was PA Chairman Mahmoud Abbas's Fatah faction, until the Oslo Accords removed that recognition. It's charter calls for "armed struggle" to replace Israel with "Palestine," a call it has acted upon countless times in the past, including in last summer's terror war
by actively joining in attacks with its unity partner Hamas in Gaza.
Created on Friday, 20 March 2015 21:10
As elections results finalize and signify a resounding victory for Likud
, the Hamas terrorist organization that rules Gaza commented on the process.
Hamas called on Palestinian Authority (PA) chairman Mahmoud Abbas to abandon peace talks with Israel, after the latter previously indicated he would be willing to resume negotiations
after the elections.
"The results are enough to convince the (Palestinian) Authority to forget a continuation of the absurd peace talks," Hamas stated.
The last round of talks, which were prodded onward by US Secretary of State John Kerry, collapsed last April when the PA torpedoed them in sealing a unity deal with Hamas, after previously taking unilateral steps for international recognition in breach of the 1993 Oslo Accords.
"It is clear that Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu will form the next government, so we say clearly that we will go to the International Criminal Court in the Hague and we will speed up, pursue and intensify" all diplomatic efforts, he told AFP.
The PA recently tried to pass a UN Security Council resolution forcing an Israeli withdrawal from Judea and Samaria, which failed to secure
enough votes in order to pass.
The PA followed up that move by presenting a request
to join the International Criminal Court (ICC). Israel responded by freezing the transfer of tax revenues collected for the PA, in response to which Erekat accused Israel
of trying to topple the PA.
Created on Wednesday, 25 February 2015 08:30
A calamitous combination of negligence by Palestinian Authority (PA) Chairman Mahmoud Abbas's government in failing to provide vaccines, mixed with rampant smuggling from Israel, has apparently launched an outbreak of brucellosis among Arab residents of Judea and Samaria.
Brucellosis, also known as Bang's disease, is a highly contagious condition passing from animals to humans, and can be contracted by consuming unpasteurized milk or undercooked meat from infected animals, or contact with their secretions. It can cause life-long chronic symptoms such as profuse sweating, as well as joint and muscle pain.
An investigation by the Palestinian Arab Ma'an News Agency exposed that there has been a rapid spurt in brucellosis among Arab residents of the region controlled by the PA, which directly correlates to a failure by the PA to provide vaccines.
Over 401 Palestinian Arabs came down with the disease in 2014, a sharp increase from 243 the year before, and just 184 in 2012 and 179 in 2011, according to PA Ministry of Health figures.
Ma'an showed how PA Ministry of Agriculture documents proved the increase came precisely as the PA cut vaccines to the disease, with only 20,400 out of 90,000 sheep in the Shechem (Nablus) district given the vaccine in 2011.
In 2012 no vaccines were given at all in the district; the PA restarted vaccines in 2013, injecting 25,600 sheep, but only 19,200 were given in 2014.
Similar trends were seen in Tulkarem and Kalkiliya, with the director of veterinary services in Kalkiliya, Samir Fuqaha, telling the news agency that PA vaccines since 2011 have barely covered half of the sheep in the district, and there too no vaccines were given in 2012.
PA smuggling from Israel causing the disease
But the lack of vaccinations is only part of the problem, with what is perhaps an even more sinister cause lurking in the background.
The PA Ministry of Agriculture's director of veterinary services, Imad Mukarkir, admitted to the news agency that a key factor in the rising rates of brucellosis has been the illegal smuggling of sheep from Israel by Arab criminals in the region.
The smuggled sheep apparently were stolen before they were inoculated, in an example of rampant PA crime directly fueling diseases in Judea and Samaria.
Murkarkir said his ministry will try to stop the illegal smuggling, if not to prevent theft from Israeli farmers then so as to protect Palestinian Arabs from disease.
The official added that the PA Ministry of Agriculture intends to supply a million vaccines on funding from its bidding committee, with 950,000 vaccines slated to arrive before the end of the month and 300,000 before May.
In March the ministry plans to launch a campaign to vaccinate 800,000 sheep in Judea and Samaria.
Created on Tuesday, 24 February 2015 10:44
As the "unity partners" of Hamas and Fatah appear to be sliding into war
in Gaza, Palestinian Authority (PA) Chairman Mahmoud Abbas on Saturday tried to downplay the stabbing, a day earlier, of a Fatah official. The official accuses Hamas of trying to assassinate him.
"Some people are trying to create chaos but we will not allow anybody to undermine the security and stability of citizens," Abbas said according to the official PA news agency WAFA. "Any individual who took part in this criminal attack will be subject to punishment by law."
Before the statement, Abbas spoke with Fatah official Munir al-Jaghoub, who was stabbed numerous times last Friday after prayers outside a mosque in the town of Beita near Shechem (Nablus) in Samaria, reports the Palestinian Arab Ma'an News Agency.
After surgery al-Jaghoub's condition stabilized, and while several suspects have been arrested by PA police the identity of the assailants remains shrouded in mystery.
However, al-Jaghoub, who is the public information officer of Fatah's recruitment and organization commission, pointed his finger squarely at Hamas for being behind the attempted assassination.
"The attempt to murder me is a reproduction in the West Bank of the bloody coup and the state of chaos in the Gaza Strip in 2007," al-Jaghoub said Saturday to local radio station Mawtiny, referencing the violent Hamas conquest of Gaza from Fatah following an overwhelming Hamas victory in elections.
Al-Jaghoub said he had filed a complaint against the attackers, saying "those who stabbed me dozens of times are affiliated to the same groups who have been inciting against Fatah in media and electronic websites for months trying to disfigure the movement's image and its national heritage."
He further compared the stabbing to the assassinations of Fatah officials leading up to the 2007 overthrow of Fatah by Hamas in Gaza, hinting that Hamas is attempting a repeat performance.
The incident comes after another Fatah official survived an assassination attempt in Gaza just last Monday.
Mamoon Sweidan, the Fatah official who serves in the Gaza office on foreign relations, said two masked gunmen in a Subaru conducted a drive-by shooting, targeting him as he was getting into his car outside the al-Saadi building in Gaza City where he lives.
The official said two of his guards exchanged fire with the would-be assassins, and that both guards were wounded.
The assassination attempt caps off a string of numerous car bombings, in which both Fatah and Hamas officials have been targeted in Gaza with their cars set on fire.
Created on Sunday, 08 February 2015 18:12
Palestinian Authority (PA) Chairman Mahmoud Abbas on Saturday ordered the formation of a committee to oversee cases to lodge with the International Criminal Court, in an extension of his unilateral move that breaches the 1993 Oslo Accords which created the PA.
The PA formally joined the ICC last month, aiming to use the international court to engage Israel in "lawfare," although it has been noted that the move will likely backfire as it opens officials of the PA and its unity partner Hamas up to war crimes charges as well.
The new committee will be headed by PA chief negotiator Saeb Erekat and include various figures from the Palestinian Arab political scene, universities and human rights organizations, said the official WAFA news agency as reported by AFP.
The committee "will identify and prepare the documents and records that the state of Palestine will present to the ICC," the agency said, citing Abbas.
On January 16, ICC prosecutor Fatou Bensouda opened a preliminary investigation into possible "war crimes" alleged against the IDF during last summer's Operation Protective Edge - during the fighting Hamas and Abbas's own Fatah
committed thousands of war crimes with each rocket fired from civilian population centers against civilian population centers.
Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu condemned the prosecutor's decision, noting it was "scandalous" and "absurd" since "the Palestinian Authority cooperates with Hamas, a terror group that commits war crimes, in contrast to Israel that fights terror while maintaining international law, and has an independent justice system."
Belying the charges of war crimes, a detailed study after the war proved 49% of the casualties
in Gaza were terrorists, meaning the IDF achieved a 1:1 civilian to combatant ratio almost unprecedented in urban warfare.
By contrast, a report last November revealed that a whopping 96.5% of the casualties
from US drone strikes in the Middle East were civilians, after the White House declared
last October that its policy banning drone strikes on civilians "does not apply" in its campaign in Iraq and Syria.
Created on Sunday, 08 February 2015 10:08
While the Palestinian Authority (PA) is commonly touted in international circles as a "moderate" alternative to its unity partner Hamas, a PA cleric's sermon broadcast on official PA TV last Friday put any doubts about the organization's virulent Islamic anti-Semitism to rest.
Palestinian Media Watch (PMW) exposed and translated the sermon made on the Muslim day of rest, in which the cleric demonized Jews as "apes and pigs" in classic Muslim anti-Semitic trope, and likewise called them the "slaves of deities."
"Many Muslims are being harmed these days by a group whose hearts were sealed by Allah. 'He made of them (Jews) apes and pigs and slaves of deities,'" the cleric can be seen saying, quoting the Koran (5:60).
He added "they are harming the livelihood of the believers (Muslims)...they withhold their (Palestinian Arabs') money and collect interest on it."
PMW points out that in no less than three places (Suras 2:65, 5:60 and 7:166) the Koran says Allah turned Jews into apes and/or pigs.
In the first instance, the text reads "and you had already known about those who transgressed among you concerning the Sabbath, and We said to them, 'be apes, despised.'"
The cleric also claimed that Jews' "hearts were sealed by Allah," an anti-Semitic slur likewise taken from the Koran (Surah 2:7). That verse does not specifically refer to Jews but rather to non-believers, notes PMW, and says they cannot improve because their "evil nature" has been "sealed."
"Indeed, those who disbelieve - it is all the same for them whether you warn them or do not warn them - they will not believe. Allah has set a seal upon their hearts and upon their hearing, and over their vision is a veil. And for them is a great punishment," reads the verse (2:6- 2:7).
In short, by applying the verse to Jews the PA cleric said Jews have a "sealed evil nature" and cannot improve, and are destined for "great punishment" as explained in the Koran.
It may come as no surprise that the PA has frequently employed similar Muslim anti-Semitic invective, with a poem read on PA TV last September calling Jews the "most evil among creations," "barbaric monkeys" and "wretched pigs."
Likewise the PA Mufti Sheikh Muhammad Hussein has said Muslims are in a religious war against the Jews - calling them the "descendants of apes and pigs."
Created on Sunday, 25 January 2015 08:17
The Islamic State (ISIS) branch in "Bayt al-Maqdis," an Arabization of the Hebrew Holy Temple and a term for Jerusalem, has started distributing publications explaining ISIS's platform, in a campaign to expand its influence in Gaza, Judea and Samaria.
On the opening page of the publication by ISIS in "Palestine" is written "this is our position, this is our worldview, these are our founding principles. ...The liar will not be left with an excuse, and the supporters will not be left with doubt."
A large ISIS symbol is drawn on the center of the page, including the oath of allegiance to Islam that reads "there is no God but Allah." Along with it appears a ring of Mohammed, the founder of Islam, with three words on it: Allah, Prophet, Mohammed.
Jihad holy war in the path of Allah is a commandment for all to "liberate the Muslim lands," states the publication, emphasizing that there's an obligation to fight the police and army of "the rule of tyranny and heresy."
From the statement, it can be inferred that ISIS is calling for its followers to attack the Palestinian Authority (PA) in Judea and Samaria, and Hamas in Gaza, framing such a coup as a religious command.
The publication stresses that Jews and Christians will no longer enjoy "defense" among the Muslims as it claims was practiced in the past, calling for the non-Muslims to reach a new agreement with the Islamic State that aims for global domination.
Addressing the PA, the local ISIS branch added that any agreement reached with the "occupier" does not obligate Muslims, and is completely worthless.
The threats on the PA and Hamas come as Israeli security sources estimate hundreds of Hamas terrorists have been steadily switching over to ISIS,
viewing Hamas as "too moderate" in comparison.
An ISIS terror cell was recently busted in Hevron
too, in an area controlled by the PA.
ISIS already reportedly has a foothold in Gaza where it took an active part in last summer's terror war against Israel, and where it claimed a bombing attack
on the French Cultural Center last October.
Created on Friday, 23 January 2015 21:14
An Arab terrorist from Tulkarem in Samaria stabbed at least 12 people
on a bus in Tel Aviv on Wednesday, and the Fatah faction of Palestinian Authority (PA) chairman Mahmoud Abbas lost no time warping it into a "self-sacrificing operation."
Fatah referred to the terrorist attack, which left three critically wounded, as an amaliya fida'iya meaning "self-sacrificing operation," in a post on its official Facebook reporting the incident, revealed Palestinian Media Watch (PMW).
"Urgent! Self-sacrificing operation in Tel Aviv: A knife attack inside a bus. Reports of the wounding of 10 Israelis and the wounding of the man who carried out the operation from Israeli police fire. The area has been sealed off and the Israeli police is conducting an extensive search in the area," read the Fatah post on Wednesday.
The PA's unity partner Hamas was more open in praising the attack, in a post on the Hamas-controlled Palestinian Interior Ministry in Gaza's Facebook page.
"A morning of homeland and freedom, a morning of the knife's point of the rebel for Palestine," rejoiced Hamas.
Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu and numerous other Israeli politicians responded to the attack by blaming Abbas
for causing it, citing the PA's incessant incitement and praise of terrorism as instigating the stabbing and other incidents like it.
However, official PA TV flipped things on their head in reporting the attack, calling it a "stabbing operation" in an aggrandizement and justification, and accusing Netanyahu of "incitement" for pointing the finger at the PA and Fatah for its incitement.
In fact, just hours after the stabbing Fatah again incited terrorism
on its Facebook page, posting images of various weapons and calling for violence.
Created on Wednesday, 21 January 2015 08:35
Palestinian Authority (PA) chief negotiator Saeb Erekat threatened a new approach vis-a-vis Israel in the wake of about $127 million in taxes
collected for the PA being frozen, a response to the PA joining the International Criminal Court (ICC) to sue the Jewish state.
Erekat, a member of the Palestine Liberation Organization (PLO) terrorist group
's executive committee, told the Asharq Al-Awsat newspaper on Tuesday that the withholding of taxes would not cause the PA to stop its unilateral ICC moves, which are themselves a breach of the 1993 Oslo Accords that created the PA.
Now that the "state of Palestine" - as the PA falsely signed itself - has joined numerous international institutions in breach of the Oslo Accords, Erekat declared that relations with Israel have reached a point of no return.
"It is impossible to leave the current situation, this is a new stage in every sense of the term, and even if the Israeli government will try to preserve the status quo through collective punishments and threats, or if it continues with settlements, dictating terms, assassinations, arrests, siege, curfew, then that's proof that it is a state above the law," Erekat said.
Erekat called on the Israeli government to pass and implement the 1949 Geneva Convention in Judea and Samaria, including eastern Jerusalem, and also Gaza, being as Israel is an "occupying ruler" according to the PA official.
"I don't call to disband the Palestinian Authority, but the Palestinian Authority is the result of the struggle of the Palestinian people, and therefore either it will be the one who leads the Palestinian people from the occupation to independence, or it will call on the occupation authorities to take full responsibility," he added.
Despite Erekat's repeated claims of "occupation," it is worth noting that the 2012 Levy Report
conclusively proved that Israel's presence in Judea and Samaria is legal under international law.
As a result of the tax freeze, the PA has been recruiting loans in addition to the financial aid it received from Saudi Arabia, and with this money it has been paying partial salaries for its public workers in recent days.
The PA is effectively propped up by American and Israeli funding, and it currently wallows in more than $4.8 billion in debt.
Much of that debt is to Israel, and there have been suggestions to use the frozen tax funds to pay off
the over 1.4 billion shekels (over $360 million) in unpaid electric bills the PA owes Israel.
Created on Friday, 09 January 2015 16:38
The Palestinian Authority’s representative at the United Nations said on Thursday that the prosecutor of the International Criminal Court (ICC) can immediately start examining allegations of war crimes against Israel if she chooses, according to The Associated Press (AP).
The envoy, Riyad Mansour, told a group of reporters that the PA’s formal acceptance of the court's jurisdiction gives ICC prosecutor Fatou Bensouda a green light to take up the question of alleged war crimes, without waiting for the PA to formally become a member of the court on April 1.
"It is within her discretion that she can do that," Mansour said, according to AP.
Fadi El Abdallah, a spokesman for the ICC in The Hague, Netherlands, confirmed that the prosecutor can now in theory begin a "preliminary examination" of potential cases in the PA. Bensouda, however, has not announced any such examination yet.
While the PA could potentially ask the ICC to investigate war crimes by Israel during last summer's Gaza war, Hamas which controls Gaza can be sued for war crimes as well, especially due to its firing of hundreds of rockets into Israeli territory.
"Given past practice we would expect the prosecutor to begin a preliminary examination during which she would decide if she will take the next step and open an actual investigation," Richard Dicker, director of international justice at Human Rights Watch, told AP.
The ICC stressed on Monday that accepting its jurisdiction "does not automatically trigger an investigation." It said the prosecutor must determine whether the criteria have been met under the Rome Statute, which established the court.
On Monday, legal rights group Shurat Hadin filed three more war crimes
charges against the Palestine Liberation Organization (PLO) in the ICC. The PLO already faces criminal charges being levied against it in the U.S. court system
for terror attacks it committed during the early 2000s.
Despite the PA’s threats to sue Israel at the court, in a recent interview
, the PA's envoy to the United Nations Human Rights Council (UNHRC) admitted the PA has no hope of pressing charges against Israel in international courts - because Palestinian Arab terrorist groups are far worse violators of international law themselves.
Created on Sunday, 04 January 2015 09:39
In a recent interview with Russian news network RT, Fatah central committee member Abbas Zaki threatened the US following the Palestinian Authority's (PA) failed UN bid demanding recognition and Israeli withdrawals.
"The whole world should understand that the US is an enemy, pushing Israeli extremists to carry on with their actions, depriving us of our rights, and supporting Israel in everything,"said Zaki, despite the fact that American and Israeli funding keeps the PA afloat.
The RT report went on to say that Zaki was “comparing the US administration with 'the cobra’s head,'” and that “Zaki vowed retaliation if America doesn’t change its current stance.”
Zaki, who is the former representative of the Palestine Liberation Organization (PLO
) to Lebanon, was interviewed in the wake of the PA's unsuccessful bid to secure a UN Security Council (UNSC) resolution in favor of Palestinian statehood this week.
Zaki insisted that the latest developments in the UNSC were not a failure for Palestinian Arab diplomacy.
“It’s just the persistent unwillingness of the US administration to give the Palestinian people its lawful right of self-determination. It’s a very dangerous precedent," he said. "The US administration realizes very well that 138 states support Palestine as having UN observer status. The US knows that there are many decisions and resolutions of international organizations condemning the Israeli crimes and injustice towards the Palestinian people.”
“Regardless of all that, the current US administration still uses its right to veto,” he complained, despite that the US didn't use its veto to shoot down the resolution, which fell a vote short of the required nine votes. “In such a way, the US wants to tell Palestine not to address the UN, neither today nor in the future.’
Zaki described the US administration’s stance as “unprincipled and unacceptable,” with Washington “always making decisions in favor of Israel.”
“We can’t tolerate anymore the crimes committed against us during the whole ‘peace process’ led by the US,” he explained. “Israel has gone too far, destroying our sacred places, taking our land, killing our citizens… Israel commits crimes and the US can’t stop this in any way.”
Zaki concluded by stating that the “civilized world stands on our side, in particular – France, Luxembourg, Russia and China." All four states voted in favor of the PA resolution.
Zaki has a long history of venomous statements. He recently opposed his organization's aspirations
to sue Israel for "war crimes" at the International Criminal Court (ICC), explaining that it would hinder terrorism.
"I'm against signing the Rome Statute as long as our country is occupied,” he explained. “If tomorrow you shoot, they'll say you signed an agreement.”
On official PA TV in March, Zaki called Israelis "an advanced instrument of evil," claiming "Allah will gather them so that we can kill them
Zaki similarly revealed the not-so-secret intentions of the PA back in 2011, when he said "if Israel withdraws from Jerusalem, evacuates the 650,000 settlers, and dismantles the wall, what will become of Israel? It will come to an end."
“If we say that we want to wipe Israel out...C'mon, it's too difficult. It's not [acceptable] policy to say so. Don't say these things to the world,” he warned. “Keep it to yourself.”
Created on Sunday, 04 January 2015 06:51
Palestinian Authority (PA) chief negotiator Saeb Erekat announced on Thursday to James Rawley
, the UN's Deputy Special Coordinator for the Middle East Peace Process, which international conventions the PA signed onto the day before in breach of the Oslo Accords.
Erekat announced that PA chairman Mahmoud Abbas in a Wednesday meeting not only signed onto the Rome Accords, allowing the PA to join the International Criminal Court (ICC) and sue Israel for "war crimes," but also signed "the state of Palestine" on to a whole slew of international conventions, as reported in Arabic by the official PA news source WAFA and listed below.
The PA similarly breached the Oslo Accords by signing international conventions back in April when it torpedoed the peace talks with Israel, a process of crashing the talks that was sealed when the PA signed a unity deal with Hamas.
It's most current move comes after the PA's bid at the UN Security Council unilaterally demanding recognition and Israeli withdrawals failed. Experts asses the ICC move would open the PA up to war crime suits
for its involvement in terrorism against Israelis, and likely cause Israel and the US to drop their funding of the PA, effectively collapsing it.
Erekat told Rawley that the "state of Palestine," by signing onto the conventions, obligates itself to changes its laws in accordance with them. He also mentioned that the unilateral press at the UN was a "legitimate right" and expressed a desire to see "Palestine back on the map."
"We guard our people in every place, and the crimes committed against our people in eliminating them, settlements, destruction, and aggression against Gaza, they haven't passed statutes of limitations and those who commit the crimes need to deal with the results," Erekat said.
He added "we demand that the US consider our position, because as is the strength of a nation great so is the responsibility on it great."
"Palestine relies on international law, and therefore we demand that the US again consider its relations with Israel, stop treating it like a nation above the law and stand at the right-hand of international legitimacy regarding the end of Israeli settlement and eliminations," Erekat said.
"Whoever wants to defeat terrorism in the region must deal with the roots of the Israeli occupation as a preface to defeating terror," claimed Erekat, saying "settlements" will be the main focus of the PA's lawsuits at the ICC.
What did Abbas sign?
Erekat's announcement listed the conventions Abbas signed onto, prime among them the Rome Statute of the International Criminal Court; the Agreement on the Privileges and Immunities of the ICC; and the Declaration in the accordance with the Rome Statute of the ICC.
Others signed include: Convention on the Prevention and Punishment of Crimes against Internationally Protected Persons, including Diplomatic Agents; Convention on the non-applicability of statutory limitations to war crimes and crimes against humanity; UN Convention against Transnational Organized Crime.
There were more general ones signed as well, such as the Basel Convention on the control of transboundary Movements of Hazardous Wastes and their Disposal; UN Convention on the Law of the Sea; Convention on Biological Diversity; Convention on the Law of the Non-Navigational Uses of International Watercourses.
Likewise the PA signed the Protocol Additional to the Geneva Conventions...relating to the Protection of Victims of Non-International Armed Conflicts (Protocol II); Protocol Additional to the Geneva Conventions...relating to the Adoption of an Additional Distinctive Emblem (Protocol III); Convention on the Political rights for Women; Convention on the safety of the UN and Associated Personnel; Convention on the recognition and enforcement of foreign arbitral awards (the New York Convention).
The Treaty On The Non-Proliferation Of Nuclear Weapons; Convention on Prohibitions or Restrictions on the Use of Certain Conventional Weapons which may be deemed to be Excessively Injurious or to have Indiscriminate Effects; and Convention on Cluster Munitions rounded out the list.
Created on Thursday, 01 January 2015 05:40
The Palestine Liberation Organization (PLO) terrorist organizatio
n behind the Palestinian Authority (PA) complained loudly on Wednesday, after the unilateral PA bid demanding statehood and Israeli withdrawals was shot down
in a vote at the UN Security Council.
PLO Executive Committee Member Hanan Ashrawi
said "the UN Security Council vote is outrageously shameful," reports AFP. The unilateral PA move is a breach of the 1993 Oslo Accords the PLO signed onto.
Referring to the five countries who abstained - Britain, Lithuania, Nigeria, Rwanda and South Korea - she added "those countries that abstained demonstrated a lack of political will to hold Israel accountable and to act in accordance with the global rule of law and international humanitarian law."
The PA resolution received eight votes but needed nine to pass, at which point it likely would have been negated by a US veto. Other than the five abstentions, the US and Australia voted against the motion.
Apparently the vote that left the resolution short of nine was that of Nigeria, which originally agreed to support the resolution but ended up abstaining after being convinced about the failings of the unilateral move by Israel and the US.
Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu thanked Nigeria and Rwanda on Wednesday for abstaining, saying "this is what tipped the scales."
PA chairperson Mahmoud Abbas responded to the failure of the resolution by calling a meeting in Ramallah and vowing to join the International Criminal Court
(ICC) by signing the Rome Statue on Wednesday, along with 15 other international conventions in breach of the Oslo Accords.
Abbas's unity partner Hamas, the terrorist organization ruling in Gaza, slammed him for the UN move, with Hamas spokesperson Fawzi Barhum telling AFP "this was a unilateral decision taken by Abu Mazen (Abbas) who has taken the Palestinian decision-making process hostage."
"He is now facing two choices after this failure...he must make good on his threats to end security cooperation with the occupier, and sign the Rome Statute," said Barhum.
However, if the PA joins the ICC, it is appraised to be the main loser from the move as it would open it up to a slew of Israeli lawsuits for its involvement in terrorism.
"The Palestinians will themselves be judged by this court which will show the world the nature of Palestinian terrorism and the war crimes committed in the name of the Palestinian Authority," foreign ministry spokesman Emmanuel Nahshon told AFP.
Created on Tuesday, 30 December 2014 08:32
The council of Arab UN ambassadors gathered on Monday to discuss the Palestinian Authority (PA) resolution set to be proposed at the UN Security Council, unilaterally demanding recognition and Israeli withdrawals - however, the vote on the resolution set for Monday looks to be postponed yet again.
Last Friday PA chief negotiator Saeb Erekat announced that the vote would be held that day, or at the latest this Monday
. But according to PA foreign minister Riyad Al-Maliki, the vote doesn't seem likely until the new year begins.
Al-Maliki told the Palestinian Arab Ma'an News Agency that the amended resolution has not been submitted yet, despite reports to the contrary, according to Walla.
The resolution demands UN recognition of the PA as the "state of Palestine," as well as Israeli withdrawals from eastern Jerusalem, Judea and Samaria by 2017, and prior to that a 12-month deadline for wrapping up negotiations on a final settlement.
If the council of Arab UN ambassadors agrees to submit the resolution it will be reviewed by the UN Security Council, but Al-Maliki noted that due to the new year many foreign ministries of the Security Council's member states have shut their doors temporarily, indicating the resolution may be put on hold for next year.
Al-Maliki emphasized that the PA will try to push the resolution forward in the coming days, but explained the matter isn't dependent on the PA.
Likud Central Committee chairman Danny Danon, who is challenging Binyamin Netanyahu for leadership of the party, on Saturday night said that if the UN recognizes the PA as "Palestine," Israel should respond by declaring sovereignty in Judea and Samaria.
"If on this coming Monday the UN recognizes a Palestinian state, the state of Israel must respond with unilateral steps (as well), including implementing sovereignty," declared Danon.
Russia has said it will support the resolution
, and while US Secretary of State John Kerry has not publicly stated that Washington would use its veto against the resolution, his spokeswoman
recently said the United States will not support the resolution.
Created on Wednesday, 24 December 2014 18:18
Palestinian Authority (PA) Chairman Mahmoud Abbas was quoted Sunday as saying diplomatic means are his weapon of choice in the battle against Israel instead of inciting terrorism - and then went on to threaten terrorism.
"I won't talk about using weapons against Israel and I will only use diplomatic means, but if the Palestinian people loses hope, in the end they will explode and no one can prevent that," Abbas said according to Reshet Bet journalist Gal Berger.
Ironically, Abbas has called for terrorist violence in a strikingly similar manner
to those used by his predecessor, terrorist leader Yasser Arafat. Abbas's religious adviser, PA Supreme Sharia (Islamic law) Judge Mahmoud Al-Habash, clarified last month that Abbas is inciting religious war
After the terrorist turned PA minister
Ziad Abu Ein died of a heart attack this month, Abbas threatened to cut the security cooperation with Israel - a threat which hasn't been carried out, but which Abbas said Sunday is still on the table along with joining a host of international conventions if the PA's unilateral attempt at the UN fails.
The PA last week submitted a resolution to the UN Security Council demanding an Israeli withdrawal from Judea, Samaria and eastern Jerusalem by 2017, with Abbas explaining the second stage of the plan is to force millions of "Palestinian refugees
" on Israel.
Both the unilateral bid to the UN and the unilateral joining of international conventions, which the PA already started in April as it torpedoed peace talks with Israel, are in breach of the 1993 Oslo Accords.
In explaining the UN resolution last Thursday, Abbas said it calls for borders based on the 1949 Armistice lines, adding "Jerusalem will be the capital of the two states with eastern Jerusalem as the capital of the Palestinian state."
He claimed the resolution aims at "formulating a just and agreed solution to the problem of the Palestinian refugees in accordance with the Arab peace initiative, the complete cessation of settlement activities, formulating security arrangements that will ensure the presence of a third international party, an agreement for an international conference to launch negotiations, on the condition that the negotiation period not exceed one year and that the end of the Israeli occupation of the state of Palestine will be before the end of 2017."
Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu responded on Thursday to the PA’s unilateral move at the UN, saying Abbas "thinks he can threaten us with unilateral steps
. He does not understand that they will result in a Hamas takeover in Judea and Samaria, just as previously occurred in Gaza."
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Palestinian Authority (PA) Chairman Mahmoud Abbas issued condemnations of two terrorist attacks within the span of a month - an investigation of the texts reveals there is a world of difference between apparently sincere condemnations he makes, and insincere ones when Jews at prayer are the victims.
In the first of the two cases, both of which were reported on by Palestinian Media Watch (PMW), Abbas responded to the gruesome slaughter of four Jews at prayer in a Jerusalem synagogue in Har Nof committed by two Arab terrorists from Jerusalem armed with hatchets, knives and guns.
"The President's (Abbas's) Office has always condemned the murder of citizens on any side, and today, it condemns the murder of the worshippers in the synagogue in West Jerusalem," Abbas said at the time. In the same breath he justified the attack, saying "in addition, it condemns all acts of violence regardless of their source, and demands an end to the invasions of the Al-Aqsa Mosque, the provocations of the settlers, and the incitement on the part of several Israeli ministers."
Leaving absolutely no doubts as to the insincere nature of the condemnation, an MP in Abbas's Fatah movement explained it was made for "diplomacy"
and that Abbas "is forced to speak this way to the world." Abbas's PA celebrated the "heroic" attack
and explained the condemnation was a lie, going on to warp the attack to be an "Israeli attack."
So what does it sound like when Abbas sincerely condemns terror?
An example was given on Tuesday when Abbas wrote to Australian Prime Minister Tony Abbott to condemn an attack by an Islamist terrorist
, who took a Sydney cafe hostage and ended up murdering two citizens before being killed.
Abbas wrote "it is with great anxiety that we learned of the loathsome terror attack in Sidney in which dozens of innocent civilians from among your nation, our friend, are being held (hostage). In the name of the State of Palestine and its people and in my name personally, we condemn such loathsome and criminal acts, and (hereby) express our absolute rejection of them."
Continuing, he added "(such acts) are contrary to all human values, conventions and morals, as well as to monotheistic religions. We emphasize to your country, government and nation that we stand beside you in these difficult circumstances, which we hope will be resolved through the liberation of the hostages and their return to their families in full health."
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Palestinian Authority (PA) Chairman Mahmoud Abbas's adviser on Religious and Islamic Affairs assured in his televised weekly sermon last Friday that Israel will be destroyed, and that military options are being considered to make that happen.
The comments made by Mahmoud Al-Habash, who also serves as PA Supreme Sharia (Islamic law) Judge, on the official PA TV channel were translated by Palestinian Media Watch (PMW).
"All of this land will return to us, all our occupied land, all our rights in Palestine - our state, our people's heritage, our ancestors' legacy - all of it will return to us even if it takes time," said Al-Habash, indicating that Israel will disappear given the PA's claims to all of Israel. "Patience is the key to victory, and we are patient. In terms of resistance, all options are on the table, and in terms of diplomacy as well."
The statement on "resistance" and "diplomacy" comes as the PA is poised on Wednesday to submit a proposal to the UN Security Council demanding recognition as a state and an Israeli withdrawal from Judea and Samaria within two years.
In a London meeting on Tuesday, US Secretary of State John Kerry finally said the US would veto
the motion while pushing for it to be postponed after Israeli elections in March, while PA chief negotiator Saeb Erekat vowed to submit the resolution this week anyway.
In October, Al-Habbash taught that Islam prohibits accepting Israel's existence because the "entire land of Palestine" is Islamic waqf
– an inalienable religious endowment in Islamic law. As such, he forbids making peace with Israel because he believes Islamic law prohibits "facilitat[ing] the occupation of even a millimeter of it", i.e., "the entire land of Palestine."
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While many have claimed Palestinian Authority (PA) Chairman Mahmoud Abbas is trying to "calm" the string of Arab terrorism plaguing Jerusalem, Abbas's own Minister of Religious Affairs Sheikh Yusuf Ida'is offered further proof that isn't the case by giving lip service to a libel on official PA TV to incite more violence.
In the comments, which were made last Wednesday and translated by Palestinian Media Watch (PMW), Ida'is made the old claim that Israel plans to "take over the Al-Aqsa Mosque, destroy it and build the alleged Temple."
"All that Israel wants is to Judaize the Holy City, take over the Al-Aqsa Mosque, destroy it and build the alleged Temple. Under Jerusalem there is a city of tunnels belonging to Israel. Yesterday, I was told that Israel has an underground market beneath the Jaffa Gate, which draws many (Arab) residents who shop there," Ida'is claimed erroneously.
Making the claim all the more perplexing is the fact that Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu has made great efforts
to promise Jordan and its Waqf (Islamic trust) that he will not change the discriminatory status quo imposed by the Waqf, by which Jews are forbidden to pray at the holiest site in Judaism - let alone rebuild their Holy Temple.
Ida'is's claim adds fuel to a major drive behind the recent wave of Arab riots and terror attacks engulfing the capital, which has been built on accusations that Israel is somehow subverting Muslim access to the Temple Mount - when in fact serial Arab riots have blocked Jewish visits to the site.
The claim by the minister of religious affairs appears to have particular appeal, given that a poll in April by the Palestinian Center for Public Opinion (PCPO), a member of WIN/Gallup International, found that 90% of Palestinian Arabs described themselves as religious to some extent.
Abbas himself, aside from having his party consistently praise terrorist attacks, was revealed by PA Supreme Sharia (Islamic law) Judge and Abbas's adviser Mahmoud Al-Habbash on official PA TV last month to be personally inciting religious war
known as "ribat."
"First of all, allow me to say that we kiss every forehead, every hand and even every foot that carries out ribat at the Al-Aqsa Mosque and in Jerusalem...We are behind them. The leadership is with them...we are with them in every movement, in every action and every deed, and we welcome what they are doing at the blessed Al-Aqsa Mosque," said Al-Habbash.
He added "the campaign being waged in Jerusalem today - I think it is the final chapter. The final chapter after which our banners will be raised, with the aid of the one, exalted and omnipotent Allah, over the towers of the muezzin (person who sings the Muslim call to prayer - ed.) of Jerusalem, the churches of Jerusalem, the domes of Jerusalem, and its hills, mountains, alleys and houses."
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Israel Security Agency (ISA or Shin Bet) head Yoram Cohen may have claimed Tuesday after the Har Nof attack that Palestinian Authority (PA) Chairman Mahmoud Abbas "isn't inciting terrorism
" - but that appraisal is completely wrong according to Abbas's own adviser.
Palestinian Media Watch (PMW) revealed on Tuesday that PA Supreme Sharia (Islamic law) Judge and Abbas's adviser Mahmoud Al-Habbash appeared on official PA TV on November 5, after several attacks and hours before another one
in Jerusalem that left two dead, where he clarified that Abbas is indeed inciting terrorism.
Al-Habbash used the term "ribat" meaning a religious war or conflict to defend or reconquer land defined as Islamic in describing the recent wave of terror attacks sweeping over Jerusalem, tying the terror to the status of the Temple Mount - the holiest site in Judaism - where the Jordanian Waqf (Islamic trust) continues to wield de facto control and forbid Jewish prayer.
"First of all, allow me to say that we kiss every forehead, every hand and even every foot that carries out ribat at the Al-Aqsa Mosque and in Jerusalem...We are behind them. The leadership is with them...we are with them in every movement, in every action and every deed, and we welcome what they are doing at the blessed Al-Aqsa Mosque," Al-Habbash said.
Referring to Abbas's speech in mid October when he called to block Jews from "defiling" the Temple Mount by "all means necessary
," Al-Habbash noted "a few days ago, President (Abbas) greeted them, reinforced them and requested more ribat from them."
"This statement may have angered the Israelis and the occupation, that the President is inciting the Palestinians from Jerusalem to ribat. Yes, we are inciting the people in Jerusalem to ribat. Ribat means to protect and to hold on to your ground," said Al-Habbash in an admission of incitement.
In his speech, Abbas said "we must all carry out ribat" so as to prevent Jews by "any means necessary" from entering the Temple Mount, because "they have no right to enter it. They have no right to defile it."
PMW documented how a clip of this part of the speech was given heavy rotation on PA TV, and how the call for violence bears a close resemblance
to former PA Chairman Yasser Arafat's call for the 2000 Second Intifada.
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The IDF Civil Administration ordered the expropriation on Tuesday of land between the Samaria communities of Hizmeh and Adam, both of which are located just north of Jerusalem, so as to widen the local road there to have two lanes and ease traffic congestion.
However, Arutz Sheva has learned that just hours after the order was given, the Palestinian Authority (PA) sent representatives to the area and started illegally building corrugated iron structures to establish facts on the ground and prevent the usage of the previously empty land.
Shortly after learning about the development, members of the Regavim
watchdog group for Jewish national property rights sent an urgent petition to the Civil Administration.
Thanks to the swift action, inspectors were sent to the scene, where they distributed orders against the illegal construction.
Apparently, an immediate demolition of the illegal structures was not possible due to juridical reasons, but the Civil Administration is expected to arrive on the scene on Wednesday with a large force to prevent the land grab.
It has long been documented that the PA conducts similar illegal moves to gain control
over parts of Area C, which in the 1993 Oslo Accords was designated as an area under full Israeli security and administrative control.
The attempted PA land grab Tuesday occurred on the day that a prayer rally
was held in the Samaria town of Givat Assaf, also located to the north of Jerusalem, against the feared governmental intention to destroy the town.
Nearly all of Givat Assaf has been purchased legally and registered by residents in the state land registry, but despite there not being an Arab complainant claiming the land it is on, the state has said it is not interested in recognizing the town and making it state land, leaving the community in clear danger.
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Hamas terrorists Marwan Kawasmeh and Amar Abu Eisha, who abducted and murdered Israeli teens Naftali Frenkel, Eyal Yifrah, and Gilad Sha'ar on June 12, were lauded with the highest status in Islam - martyrdom - by official Palestinian Authority (PA) press and leaders.
The official PA news agency WAFA praised the two as martyrs last Tuesday after the IDF succeeded in eliminating the two terrorists
earlier in the day in Hevron, after the terrorists engaged Israeli forces in a gun battle.
"Israeli occupation forces executed citizens Marwan Kawasmeh and Amar Abu Eisha today, Tuesday, in the early hours of the morning in a military operation in central Hevron... Security sources told WAFA that the occupation forces were still holding on to the bodies of the two martyrs," wrote WAFA, as translated by Palestinian Media Watch (PMW).
PA Minister of Religious Affairs Yusuf Ida'is also called the two terrorists "martyrs" while speaking with the Palestinian Arab Ma'an News Agency last Tuesday.
PMW notes that the status as martyrs indicates the highest level of heavenly reward in Islam, a status that has made Arab mothers ecstatic
on many documented occasions.
In addition to the unadulterated praise of the terrorists without noting their heinous crimes, numerous PA sources last Tuesday rushed to condemn Israel for taking out the two, amid insinuations that they were not actually guilty of the murders.
The claims come despite the fact that a senior Hamas source in Turkey last month finally took credit for the attack
, and last Monday Hamas politburo chief Khaled Mashaal admitted to Yahoo News that the murders were indeed carried out by Hamas terrorists.
Ida'is accused Israel of "assassinating" the terrorists, while official PA TV news presented the elimination of the terrorists as a "cold-blooded execution." The claim is ironic given that the PA's "unity partner" Hamas executed numerous Gaza residents at the end of the recent operation, reportedly using the opportunity to take out Fatah rivals.
PA Chairman Mahmoud Abbas's Fatah faction also got in on the condemnation action last Tuesday, with Fatah spokesperson Ahmad Assaf terming the killing a "cowardly execution," and "a serious violation of international law."
In Hevron, where the elimination of the terrorists took place, local PA Governor Kamel Hamid said "the occupation carried out a death sentence on two Hevron citizens, and this is a premeditated crime."
The PA also hinted that Israel killed the terrorist murderers to prevent them from somehow exposing they were not involved in the murder, despite the abundance of evidence.
Fatah Leadership Committee Member Yahya Rabah wrote in his column for the official PA daily Al-Hayat Al-Jadida "it is possible that, were they alive, they would tell us and the world that the operation of kidnapping and murder of the three settlers is unrelated to the official Israeli version. Therefore, the execution of the young men, Marwan and Amar, amounted to the murder of the truth."
The PA daily also quoted PA Security Forces spokesperson Adnan al-Damiri as saying the details of the murder was "an Israeli version from beginning to end."
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A senior leader of Palestinian Authority (PA) Chairman Mahmoud Abbas's Fatah faction has launched a new international campaign against Israel, calling on nations of the world to cancel the citizenship for IDF soldiers after Operation Protective Edge.
The Fatah leader, Mohammed Shtayyeh, a Member of the Fatah Central Committee and former PA cabinet minister, stated there was no logic to Israeli soldiers who "attack the Palestinian nation" being allowed to keep dual citizenship in a foreign country.
Shtayyeh added that the PA Foreign Minister Riyad al-Maliki has already turned to several nations requesting that they negate the citizenship of the soldiers.
This is in fact not the first time that Shtayyeh has been a proponent of this particular kind of strategy.
Last December, during the peace talks that Abbas torpedoed in April with his Hamas unity deal and which Shtayyeh opposed, the Fatah leader threatened to request from foreign governments to pressure Israel into stripping Jewish residents of Judea and Samaria of their Israeli citizenship
As long-term ceasefire negotiations between Israel and the Hamas terrorist group are set to begin shortly in Cairo
, the PA has increasingly shown a willingness to try and use international pressure on Israel to weaken the Jewish state.
Recently there has been talk in the PA, including by Abbas
, of taking Israel to the International Criminal Court (ICC) on "war crimes" charges.
However, that move could work both ways, as demonstrated by Shurat Hadin which sued Hamas politburo chief
Khaled Mashaal this week for war crimes after Hamas executed 38 Gaza residents it accused of being "collaborators" with Israel without a trial.
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The Palestinian Authority (PA) official TV channel has launched a particularly factually indefensible ad campaign against the IDF, accusing it in Operation Protective Edge of committing "terror" comparable to the September 11, 2011 (9/11) World Trade Center attack.
The ad was aired several times on PA TV News during the past week according to Palestinian Media Watch (PMW), which translated it. In the ad, a split screen shows the Al Qaeda terrorists ramming a plane into the iconic New York buildings, alongside the IDF airstrike
last Monday on a 12-story Gaza building used by Hamas terrorists.
In the ad the words "Same Terror" appears on the screen as the buildings fall - the libelous charge does not stand up to even the most superficial inspection.
The Gaza building was used as an operations room for Hamas terrorists conducting a war on Israel, and therefore was hit as a valid military target. Likewise, the IDF warned all civilians in the building to evacuate before the strike, and as a result none were killed.
In contrast, the 9/11 attack consisted of a coordinated hijacking of planes in a deliberate attack on a purely civilian structure.
It goes without saying that the Al Qaeda terrorists did not warn the nearly 3,000 people, among them around 600 Jews, who were murdered in the attack to evacuate.
The latest televised propaganda comes at a time when the PA is stepping up its violent rhetoric.
Senior officials in PA Chairman Mahmoud Abbas's Fatah faction, and in particular its "military wing," the Al-Aqsa Martyrs' Brigades, have recently said they reached a "political decision" to support Arab terrorists "slaughtering" Jews
living in Judea, Samaria and eastern Jerusalem.
It is worth noting that Fatah's calls are in keeping with the Palestine Liberation Organization (PLO
) charter of 1968, which declares "armed struggle is the only way to liberate Palestine." Following the charter, the PLO and Fatah were defined internationally as terror organizations, a status which was removed during the 1993 Oslo Accords process.
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A new report has exposed the details of a heated meeting held between Palestinian Authority (PA) Chairman Mahmoud Abbas and Qatar-based Hamas politburo chief Khaled Mashaal on August 21 in Doha, in which Mashaal apparently submitted to a ceasefire
The report was published Monday by the Lebanese Al Akbar news site, as cited by Walla!, and notes Abbas was told by Israel Security Agency (ISA) head Yoram Cohen two weeks before the meeting that his agency and IDF foiled an attempt by Hamas from its Turkey headquarters to stage a coup against Abbas
's PA in Judea and Samaria.
Abbas's rage over the news reportedly boiled over in the Doha meeting, which was attended by Qatari emir Tamim bin Hamad al-Thani, his foreign minister, senior members of Abbas's Fatah faction including Saeb Erekat and Azzam al-Ahmed, and Hamas deputy politburo chief Mousa Abu Marzouk.
"I don't want to return to the past," Abbas reportedly told Mashaal, noting on the April PA-Hamas unity deal. "I gave the Qatari emir all the details. We agreed on a unity government and elections."
However, Abbas threatened "that might not happen because you are smuggling weapons, explosives and money to the (West) Bank - and not to fight Israel, but to hold a coup against the (Palestinian) Authority."
Detailing his early August meeting with Cohen, Abbas told Mashaal he was informed about "a group that was arrested, which planned to carry out a coup. Why a coup? This needs to end."
Mashaal then complained to Erekat about the berating according to the report, saying "I don't know anything about the ISA's information, and no one updated me about it."
"We are partners with Abbas, we respect him, and his right to criticize is apparent, but from the start of the meeting he's been irritable. He relies on Israeli stories about a coup, and says he doesn't trust us - that's unacceptable!" said the exasperated leader of the terrorist group Hamas.
Mashaal then pressed his denial of the detailed ISA reports, saying "it's sad that you choose to believe Israeli sources. On the honor of Qatar and the emir, I say - this is 100% a lie."
Hamas independence "is unbearable"
Further tensions in the Hamas-PA unity government, which recently revealed it is completely bankrupt
, were raised in the meeting over the Hamas abduction and murder of three Israeli teens on June 12.
Hamas leader Salah Al-Aruri in Turkey late last month finally admitted
his group was behind the horrific murder, after Hamas leaders had long repeated their denial.
"You kidnapped three children. I asked you about it, and you didn't confirm or deny. Yesterday Al-Aruri said they were the ones who did it. Why? What's the goal of that? To destroy the (West) Bank?" asked Abbas of Mashaal.
The PA leader warned that things would be changing, saying "in (Operation) Pillar of Defense you did what wanted, and we weren't there. Now we are working with you, and the current situation is unbearable."
Abbas's plan to force an Israeli withdrawal
Abbas also presented his plan
to demand the UN set a deadline for Israel to withdraw from the 1949 Armistice lines.
"After 20 years of failed negotiations, Israel and the US haven't brought us anything and the occupation continues," said Abbas. "We are setting a national strategy like this: Israel and the US will agree in writing to a Palestinian state on the '67 borders with eastern Jerusalem as it's capital and defined temporary borders."
"We'll start immediately with a border outline during a period that will be set in advance, and afterwards we will discuss the topics of a permanent agreement," said Abbas, detailing his plan to press Israel to leave its biblical heartland without any agreement in place.
If the US and Israel do not agree, and indeed both have already expressed opposition to the plan, Abbas noted he would stop the security arrangements and all cooperation with Israel, dismantle the PA - a threat made numerous times
in the past - and give Israel control over Judea and Samaria.
"In this way Israel will take on itself responsibility as an occupying state," said Abbas, presenting a move that some estimate would leave Israel vulnerable to an international litigation.
It is worth noting that the 2012 Levy Report
, which has yet to be adopted by the government, revealed that an Israeli presence in Judea and Samaria is not an "occupation" according to international law.
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After Arab citizens of Israel led by radical Arab MKs held a "Hamas victory rally
" in the Galilee last Friday, Arab residents followed suit on Saturday in Ramallah, the Palestinian Authority (PA) stronghold in Samaria.
Thousands of local Arabs took part in the rally, which was organized by the Hamas movement in Ramallah in celebration of the hard-hit terrorist organization
's supposed "victory" against Israel in Operation Protective Edge.
The rally, held in the Al-Bireh neighborhood of Ramallah, was entitled "The Pledge of Allegiance and Victory." Hamas leaders and parliamentarians in the Palestinian Legislative Council (PLC) from different parts of Judea and Samaria took part in the celebration, accompanied by leaders of other Palestinian Arab organizations.
Horse-mounted Hamas activists led the rally march, waving Hamas flags and singing the praise of Hamas's "military wing," the Ezzedine Al-Qassam Brigades.
Children also took part in the "festivities," parading models of the rockets fired in massive barrages by Hamas terrorists at Israeli civilian centers during the terror war, as well as pictures of senior Hamas leaders
assassinated by the IDF in targeted airstrikes.
Khalil al-Haya, a senior Hamas leader in Gaza, gave a speech at the rally via telephone in which he emphasized the right to "resistance" against Israel.
The rally is particularly noteworthy because as mentioned above, it occurred in the heart of the PA governmental center of Ramallah.
The rivalry between Chairman Mahmoud Abbas's Fatah faction and the Islamist Hamas passed breaking point after the latter violently ousted Fatah from Gaza in 2007. Abbas signed a unity deal with Hamas in April, helping to torpedo peace talks with Israel, but tension and mutual recriminations have tested the durability of the deal.
Hamas's position is seen as an attempt to gain support in the PA-ruled areas of Judea and Samaria and strengthen its position over its rival Fatah.
Just two weeks ago it was revealed that the Hamas headquarters in Turkey ordered a large-scale coup
of Abbas's new PA unity government by destabilizing the political and security situation through a series of terror attacks on Israelis. Abbas later said the information could have lasting implications
for the unity deal between his faction and Hamas.
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Hamas and the Palestinian Authority (PA) are at odds again, Palestinian sources told Walla! News Friday - this time, over rebuilding Gaza.
Hamas stated repeatedly during Operation Protective Edge that it would allow PA Chairman Mahmoud Abbas to supervise Gaza's reconstruction, following the IDF's revelation that much of the construction materials shipped to the local government, which is run by the terror organization, is used to construct terror tunnels and for arms imports.
Now, however, "Hamas is preventing Palestinians from returning to work in Gaza," a senior PA source said to the news outlet. Before the operation, the source noted, the PA appointed leaders for five government districts there and were told to take office in Gaza; Hamas has stopped the leaders from returning.
The announcement surfaces amid multiple reports over the past several months that the unity government itself has been slowly crumbling
More recently, the IDF and the Israel Security Agency (ISA or Shin Bet) revealed that a large-scale coup
had been planned by Hamas in Judea and Samaria to overthrow the PA and Abbas's Fatah party, in orders given from Hamas officials abroad.
"This new information is a real danger to the unity of the Palestinian people and its future," Abbas stated, according to Channel 2 News. He stressed that the implications of the discovery "will be serious for the Palestinian and regional situation, especially after Israeli officials published a list and pictures of confiscated weapons."
Hamas has also executed dozens of Fatah members on charges of "collaboration with Israel" over the past two weeks, in widely publicized killings that have garnered international criticism and sown discord
between the Palestinian Arab groups.
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The Palestinian Authority said Thursday that it was preparing to submit a demand that the UN Security Council set a timetable for a total Israeli withdrawal from Judea, Samaria, and most of Jerusalem. According to PA spokesperson Nabil Sha'ath, the Arab League will meet on September 5 to endorse the new PA plan. The plan will be submitted to the Security Council on September 15.
Sha'ath said that the PA expected the Security Council to comply with its demands; if it does not do so, the Authority will seek help from the International Court of Justice in The Hague. There, the PA will demand that Israeli officials be charged as “war criminals” for the damage caused to Gaza, as the IDF responded to incessant rocket attacks by Hamas on Israeli civilian population centers.
It should be noted that if the PA does take its case to the Court, it will have to become a full-fledged member of that organization. While the PA has in the past sought membership in international organizations, Israeli officials said that they were unlikely to seek membership in the Court, because it would open them up to being charged with war crimes.
On Wednesday, Israel's ambassador to the UN, Ron Prosor, submitted a list of Hamas war crimes that took place during Operation Protective Edge to the UN Security Council. In a message accompanying the list, Prosor wrote that “despite the fact that the Council recognizes that Hamas has committed war crimes, nothing has been done yet about them.”
Prosor submitted a lengthy, detailed list of all the rockets fired by Hamas – their targets and the damage they caused – with nearly all of them fired at civilian targets, which in itself is a war crime, as well as many examples of Hamas using the Gaza civilian population as human shields, launching attacks from homes, schools, and hospitals. “I expect the Security Council to loudly condemn Hamas' activities. The Council cannot remain silent over the use by Hamas of Gaza civilians as human shields.”
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The amendments to the Egyptian 11-point truce proposal
submitted by the Palestinian Arab delegation in Cairo was revealed on Monday morning, hours ahead of the end of the current ceasefire at midnight.
The response to the Egyptian proposal submitted by the delegation, which includes Hamas, the Palestinian Authority (PA) and Islamic Jihad, was published in the Palestinian Arab Sawa news agency and revealed by Walla!.
Comparing the document with the original 11-point proposal, the first clause calling for an immediate cessation of IDF action and strikes in Gaza remains untouched.
The second clause promising an end to attacks from Gaza on Israel remains as well - although the promise to stop the construction of terror tunnels is notably absent.
The third clause goes beyond the Egyptian proposal of Gaza Crossings being opened and specifically says "the blockade on Gaza will end." It also specifically calls for open trade between PA-controlled areas of Judea and Samaria with Gaza to include building materials, despite the use of cement to build terror tunnels.
It is worth noting that Hamas has clarified that any truce deal would be seen only as an opportunity to plan the next terror war
The fourth clause adds to the call to have Israel coordinate with the PA about matters of finances and reconstruction of Gaza with matters of "the transfer of funds to different echelons," apparently in a return to the controversial proposal to have Israel pay the salaries
of Hamas officials.
The fifth clause's call to eliminate the buffer zone on the Gaza side of the border is still present, but it no longer specifies that PA security forces will be deployed to secure the area starting January 1, 2015 as the Egyptian proposal stated. The buffer zone was meant to prevent terrorist infiltration into Israel.
The sixth clause still calls to expand the Gaza fishing zone to 12 nautical miles. Israel on Sunday lifted the ban of Gaza fishing
to three nautical miles in a "goodwill" gesture, although the maximum zone in times of calm has been six nautical miles.
No notable change is discernible in the seventh clause, calling for Israel to assist in rebuilding Gaza's infrastructure and providing medical assistance.
Instead of calling for the PA, Israel and international organizations to provide basic products to rehabilitate Gaza and return displaced persons, the eighth clause now calls for the entry of building materials to Gaza to be eased according to a temporary defined schedule, still so as to return displaced persons. The change appears to remove some oversight in the process.
The ninth clause still has Egypt providing humanitarian aid and transferring funds to rebuild Gaza in a defined schedule, apparently referring to internationally donated funds gathered by Egypt and Norway
The amendments drop the bombshell in an additional clause before the former tenth clause.
In the new tenth clause, the delegation calls for a "cancellation of the regulations that Israel fixed in the West Bank after June 12, 2014 (when the three Israeli teens were abducted and murdered), (including) the release of prisoners (arrested in Operation Brother's Keeper), particularly (Hamas) members of the (PA) parliamen
t, and the release of the fourth batch of prisoners."
The last piece is a reference to the terrorist prisoner release "gestures" during the Israel-PA peace talks, which broke down in April before the last batch of terrorists was released, but after 78 terrorists had already gone free.
Clause eleven corresponds to the old tenth clause, saying talks will be completed in Cairo a month after the truce deal.
However, an important caveat was slipped into the clause, saying "afterwards the process of exchanging the prisoners and returning the two bodies (of Second Lt.Hadar Goldin
and First Sgt. Oron Shaul
hy''d) will be completed between the sides."
While AFP noted on Sunday that the return of the two bodies was being pushed off for the talks a month after the truce deal, it did not specify that the return of the bodies for a proper burial was being used as a trump card in pressing Israel to free terrorists.
The twelfth clause remains as the previous eleventh clause, saying discussions over establishing a sea and airport in Gaza will be held in the talks a month after a truce.
A final thirteenth clause is added in, saying "Egypt calls on both sides to uphold the understandings from 12:01 a.m. of August 14, 2014," a reference to the previous ceasefire extension in calling to maintain the lull in fighting.
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Palestinian Authority (PA) officials have successfully pulled off a scheme designed to dupe the US into continuing
to give aid to the Hamas-Fatah Unity government - all because of a simple name change.
According to one report earlier this month, the Palestine Liberation Organization (PLO) - the terror group behind the
PA and Fatah - changed the name of a PA Ministry office from "Ministry of Prisoner Affairs" to "Authority of Prisoner
Affairs" in an attempt to deflect criticism over the 12 million dollar per month salary to terrorist prisoners and their families.
PA government spokesman Ehab Bessaiso has since confirmed this ploy in an interview on official PA TV, according to Palestinian Media Watch.
Bessaiso explained that the change of "the Ministry of Prisoners' Affairs" under the PA into "the Authority of
Prisoners' Affairs" under the PLO would "provide political and legal cover" and "eliminate arguments ... that [foreign] aid money [to the PA] is going to the prisoners" in a June 5, 2014 broadcast.
Ultimately, the goal was to save the status quo - despite international criticism.
"The [prisoners'] salaries will continue to flow... nothing will harm the prisoners; their rights - under a ministry that became an authority - will remain the same," according to Bessaiso.
One week later, Fatah Central Committee member Azzam Al-Ahmad also confirmed that the change was decided on "following international pressure aimed at preventing the payments to the prisoners."
Al-Ahmad added there had been "attempts on the part of the donors to exert pressure [on us] to stop the payments to the prisoners in the occupation prisons, causing us to transfer the issue of the prisoners back to the prisoners' and Martyrs' (Shahids') original mother [organization] (the PLO)."
He also confirmed that "a decision has been made to turn the ministry into an authority, and this will be done upon completion of the [necessary] measures."
The planned new "Authority of Prisoners' Affairs" has not yet been established, and the Ministry of Prisoners' Affairs is currently still functioning, but with Minister Shawqi Issa replacing former Minister Issa Karake under the new Fatah-Hamas unity government.
PMW has documented repeatedly that according to PA law and practice, the PA does not give stipends to terrorist to terrorist prisoners' families but salaries to the terrorist prisoners themselves.
At a government meeting earlier this month, current PA Prime Minister Rami Hamdallah
said the PA places
"prisoners at the top of its priorities" and that they will continue to implement the "Prisoners' and Released
[Prisoners'] Law" - which specifically refers to salaries and other payments to prisoners.
Despite the overwhelming evidence, US Assistant Secretary of State for Near Eastern Affairs, Ambassador Anne W. Patterson, defended the PA practice of paying salaries to terrorists in jail before Congress last week, saying "they have to provide for the families."
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Authority (PA) Chairman Mahmoud Abbas played the victim on Wednesday, accusing the terrorists who kidnapped three Israeli teens last Thursday of trying to "destroy us," meaning the PA.
"Those who kidnapped the three teenagers want to destroy us. We will hold them accountable," Abbas said at an Organization of Islamic Cooperation (OIC) meeting in the Saudi Arabian city of Jeddah, reports AFP.
Abbas also defended the cooperation between PA security forces and the IDF in the operation, saying "the kidnapped are human beings like us."
"It is in our interest to have security coordination with Israel because that would help protect us," Abbas said, claiming "I say it frankly, we will never have another Intifada - that would destroy us."
Hamas and Islamic Jihad in Gaza on Monday condemned Abbas over the cooperation, saying instead he should declare “jihad”
against the “Zionists.”
That same Monday Abbas condemned the kidnapping, four days after it occurred, but in the same statement condemned the IDF
Operation Brother's Keeper aimed at rescuing the youths and cleaning out the Hamas terror infrastructure in Judea and Samaria.
Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu telephoned Abbas shortly after the statement was released, in the first telephone conversation between the two in months, saying "I expect you to help in the return of the kidnapped youths and the capture of the kidnappers."
However, the Al-Aqsa Martyrs' Brigade, the terror wing
of Abbas' Fatah faction, released a joint statement with Hamas and other terrorist organizations in Gaza on Tuesday, threatening they would use "force" against Israel
if the operation continues.
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Former Palestinian Authority (PA) Chief Negotiator Saeb Erekat slammed PA Chairman Mahmoud Abbas's "soft" policies in the new "unity" government with Hamas, according to tapes leaked by the Awrak news agency.
In the tapes, Erekat makes a series of furious remarks over Abbas's decisions, saying that Abbas views the government as his "personal property." According to Erekat, Abbas rejected a PLO majority vote Wednesday night that would have seen the PA turn to the International Criminal Court over Israel's actions over the past several days.
Erekat claimed that Mahmoud Abbas' decision is a "mistake," stating that the vote would have labelled Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu as a "war criminal" - preventing him from leaving Israel - and taken IDF commanders to trial for alleged "war crimes."
Erekat further implied that Abbas's actions, in his words, cost the PA their sovereignty, as such drastic moves could see the Arab-occupied Judea and Samaria recognized as a state by the international community.
"Palestine is not just for the Palestinians or people who live there, but it belongs to all Muslim Arabs," he added.
He also said that Israel is "deliberately humiliating" Abbas, and urged the PA to take a "more aggressive stand."
In April, Economics Minister Naftali Bennett noted that the PA's statehood bid would do more damage to the PA itself than to Israel, and urged Israel to take Abbas and Fatah to the Hague over war crimes
- including supporting Hamas and inciting more terrorism against Israeli Jews.
"Every year we renew a 'festival of threats': if we don't do what the PA wants, they will go to the UN, they will turn into a country and slam us at the Hague," Bennett said.
"But it's time to change this concept," he declared. "This is not the PA's 'judgement day' weapon. The rifle is empty."
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The Palestinian Authority (PA) is preparing a diplomatic offensive against Israel with the help of Arab countries, in order to thwart Israel's attempts to impose sanctions on the new Fatah-Hamas unity government and to take unilateral steps in Judea and Samaria.
Azzam Al-Ahmed, a senior Fatah official in charge of negotiating with Hamas, said in an interview with the Al-Sharaq Al-Awsat newspaper Tuesday that the Arab delegation will be leaving soon to New York and Washington, in an effort to maintain contact with US Secretary of State John Kerry about Israeli policy, and to mobilize international support for the PA position.
In another context, Ahmed said that the PA demanded that Hamas not interfere in the internal affairs of Egypt, to shake off its association with the Muslim Brotherhood and accept the "National Program" of the PA. This includes the so-called "four Palestinian principles
": recognizing Israel, recognizing the terms of international agreements, and the explicit rejection of violence and terrorism.
An Egyptian official recently said that if those steps of cutting ties with the Muslim Brotherhood and not interfering in Egyptian matters were taken, the Nile state would be willing to hand the Rafah Crossing
between Sinai and Gaza over to the unity government's supervision.
Ahmed also said that PA Chairman Mahmoud Abbas will visit Gaza only after the government will receive the security mechanisms and strengthen them, and they become part of the security protocols for a unified Palestinian state.
The US and EU stated that they are willing to "work with" the Hamas-Fatah unity government earlier this month, as officials protested repeatedly that the new government - while backed by Hamas - does not support terror, claiming it lacks the official presence of Hamas officials. It is worth noting that three Hamas-backed ministers were sworn in from Gaza by live feed to the new government.
The PA's campaign, if true, may be a response to the Ministry of Housing and Construction's announcement last week that it would build 3,300 more homes
in Judea and Samaria, which were approved as part of Israel's official response to the swearing-in of the "unity" government.
The PA issued a sharp condemnation of the announcement, calling on the US
to take "serious steps" against Israel over the move.
"It is time for the American administration to take serious steps against what the government of Israel is doing," Nimr Hammad, an adviser to Abbas, told AFP. "We strongly condemn this decision which affirms that Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu is a liar and is not interested in the two-state solution."
PA Minister Nabil Abu-Rudeineh has also warned that the PA will take unspecified steps in revenge of the building announcement.
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Jordan summoned Australia's charge d'affaires John Feakes after Canberra said it would no longer refer
to Jerusalem, Judea and Samaria as "occupied", the foreign ministry in Amman said on Monday.
"The ministry summoned the Australian charge d'affaires and informed him that the kingdom is concerned about the Australian government's decision to stop referring to east Jerusalem as 'occupied'," ministry spokeswoman Sabah Rafei said in a statement.
"The Australian government's decision violates international law and resolutions that consider east Jerusalem as an integral part of all Palestinian territories occupied in 1967," Amman claimed.
Last week, Australian attorney general George Brandis sparked fury
from the Palestinian Authority (PA) by saying Canberra would not use such "judgmental language" to describe an area which was the subject of negotiations.
Israel, which has a 1994 peace treaty with Jordan, hailed the remarks as a "refreshing" acknowledgement of international law - which has never declared
Israel's presence over 1949 Armistice lines as illegal - but the PA leadership denounced them as "disgraceful and shocking", making a formal diplomatic protest and summoning Australia's diplomatic representative.
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Former US ambassador to the UN John Bolton sharply criticized US President Barack H. Obama's decision to release five Taliban terrorists in return for US Army Sergeant Bowe Bergdahl. Speaking to Arutz Sheva this week, Bolton said that “I believe that under no circumstances should we be conducting negotiations with terrorists. The release of these Taliban terrorists in return for Sgt. Bergdahl was a mistake.”
Bergdahl, 28, had been held by the Taliban in Afghanistan for nearly five years, The US agreed to release five Afghan detainees from the US prison at Guantanamo Bay, Cuba in return for Bergdahl. A Stated Department official said that the five were not necessarily in prison for terrorists acts, but were rather mid- to high-ranking members of the Taliban government. The five include Khairullah Khairkhwa, a governor of Afghanistan's Herat province, Noorullah Noor, government of Balkh province, and Abdul Haq Wasiq, deputy chief of the Taliban's intelligence service.
Politicians and members of the military, mostly on the right, have been questioning the wisdom of trading the prisoners for Bergdahl. Among the political leaders e3xpressing reservations over the deal was former presidential candidate Senator John McCain (R-Ariz.) The Taliban being released, he said, "are hardened terrorists who have the blood of Americans and countless Afghans on their hands. am eager to learn what precise steps are being taken to ensure that these vicious and violent Taliban extremists never return to the fight against the United States and our partners.
In the interview, Bolton said that it was “shameful to release an American soldier for the likes of the Taliban leaders, who are likely to end up killing Americans.”
In the interview, Bolton also said that the decision by Fatah to join forces with Hamas and set up a new joint government was a clear indication of the illegitimacy of the Palestinian Authority, the PLO, and Fatah. He added that he was not at all sure that the deal would survive for any length of time.
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The Palestinian Authority (PA) plans to modify history by modifying classical art, in an exhibit it commissioned to show Pope Francis during his visit to Bethlehem next Sunday, which presents Jesus as a "suffering Palestinian."
The Palestinian Museum arranged exhibit features an array of collages mixing classical paintings of Christian art with photographs of what are to be taken as "oppressed" Palestinians.
The exhibit, which will be on display at the Church of Nativity courtyard and Deheisheh refugee camp, both locations the pope is to visit, will be up throughout the coming week, according to the report in the official PA daily, which was translated by Palestinian Media Watch.
The PA Presidential Higher Committee for Church Affairs that initiated the exhibit was formed by PA Chairman Mahmoud Abbas, according to its website. Abbas was derided last December for the ahistorical claim that Jesus was a "Palestinian
According to the PA daily, Al Hayat al-Jadida, the purpose of the exhibit is to deliver the message "put your finger on the wound and be convinced of my existence," a loose interpretation of a quote in the Christian Bible (John 20:27).
"While the classical paintings were selected to represent scenes from the New Testament, which took place in Palestine in the distant past, the photographs reflect the painful reality the Palestinians have experienced and still experience under the occupation," reads the Al Hayat article.
The Palestinian Museum website added that the exhibit highlights "the tension between the popular image of the Holy Land and Palestine's ongoing history of suffering under occupation and oppression."
"Palestinian Jesus" - the exhibit
One work on the display is a modification of Raphael's "The Deposition" (1507), which depicts the dead Jesus being brought to his tomb. The PA version weaves in a wounded Arab man being carried away as an IDF soldier supervises.
A final example from the exhibit is Rembrandt's "The Sacrifice of Isaac" (1635), which shows the angel preventing the Jewish patriarch Abraham from sacrificing his son Isaac with a knife while covering his face with his hand. The PA version has an IDF soldier in place of Abraham with his hand over the Jewish patriarch Isaac's face.
For the pope's part, the Vatican has revealed he will demand the "Palestinian people's right to have a homeland, sovereign and independent
," during the visit.
The pope has been remarkably tight-lipped over the violent persecution
of Christians in Bethlehem, where the exhibit showing Jesus as "Palestinian" will be held, instead choosing to condemn alleged Jewish "price tag" vandalism.
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As hype and hysteria over the Hamas-Fatah (PLO/PA) unity pact continues, many experts are concerned over Israel's future.
But at least one expert has said that the unity pact will work in Israel's favor: Arutz Sheva columnist Dr. Mordechai Keidar, an expert on the Israeli-Arab sector, and an Arabic literature professor at Bar-Ilan University.
"I think that it will not be different from many agreements which both sides have signed [over the] last five or six years," Keidar stated Friday, in a special interview with Arutz Sheva. "Since nothing [was] implemented on the ground, this agreement also will face the same fate."
"Hamas will never give up on their guns, will never give up on their governing of Gaza, will never give up on their weapons, will never give up on their money, on whatever they have," he continued, "and the PLO, from the other side, [again] will not give up their achievements which they have achieved, especially in the international arena."
"This is why, I think, within the [first] few weeks of negotiations on how to implement the understanding of the past few days, I think both sides will fail," he added.
Keidar emphasized that concerns over the Fatah-Hamas unity pact are, in his opinion, grossly over-hyped.
"I'm not taking part in this 'lamentation orgy' you see these days because of this 'reunion' between the PLO and Hamas," Keidar stated. "The differences are so deep culturally, economically, and when it comes to statehood."
He noted that while "Hamas is marching toward its seventh year of statehood [control] over Gaza," a PLO-backed state "might die in the cradle."
Israel's Response: Divide and Conquer?
According to Dr. Keidar, Israel's answer to the unity pact should be to confiscate the PLO's weapons while it has a "legitimate reason to do so."
"Israel should, first of all, confiscate all of the weapons which the Palestinian security organizations have here, especially the American weapons," he said. "These weapons can come into the hands of Hamas, especially if they win the elections [in the PA], which they have been trying to arrange."
"American weapons in the hands of Hamas is something which Israel should not tolerate," he stressed, noting that the time is right for Israel to do so, given that they have "good reason for why to confiscate" them. This way, he said, the unity pact could actually benefit Israel - not pose a danger, as several experts have stated.
"In a second phase, Israel should dismantle the PA by stopping [the transfer of] money and by all other kinds of measures," he stated. "[And] then, [it] should create on the ruins of the PA seven emirates in the West Bank [Judea-Samaria - ed.] based on the cities - Ramallah, Jericho, Nablus (Shechem), Tul-Karim, Qalqaliya, and the Arab part of Hevron."
"Each of these emirates should be based on the local clans, which are powerful - which are loyal to themselves, unlike the PLO."
Keidar did say, however, that Israel would continue to remain involved: by not allowing Hamas to come to power, as happened in Gaza seven years ago.
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Israel’s Ambassador to the United Nations, Ron Prosor, said on Sunday that the Palestinian Authority’s (PA) bid to join 15 international conventions and treaties was ironic, given that the PA violates most of the clauses of the conventions to which it is applying.
Prosor, who spoke at the Jerusalem Post conference and was quoted by Army Radio, said that the PA wants to enjoy the privilege of being a member of the UN, but "they tend to forget the surprising concept that joining international treaties also includes obligations.”
Referring to the PA’s application to join the Geneva Convention, Prosor said sarcastically that he is sure that PA Chairman Mahmoud Abbas “will call for a condemnation of Hamas over its use of schools, mosques and hospitals for the purpose of murderous terrorist attacks, firing at Israeli civilians and using innocent civilians as human shields.”
Referring to children’s rights, Prosor noted that the PA trains young children to use violence and terrorism.
“There are reports indicating that the PA does nothing to stop the phenomena of child labor and child marriage," said the Israeli ambassador.
"Children learn from official textbooks that express incitement, play on sports teams named after murderers and watch TV shows that teach them that the Jews should be killed," he added.
In the context of women's rights and human rights, Prosor noted that, here too, the PA had some work to do, noting incidents of murders of women over family honor, alongside systematic discrimination against women.
"I remind Abbas that when he sends journalists to jail, he actually violates the International Covenant on Social and Political Rights," said Prosor. "If he will sign the convention, I'm afraid it's something he'll have to work on.”
On Sunday, the head of the Shurat Hadin organization warned the PA
it would lodge 'a tsunami' of criminal complaints against senior Palestinians with the International Criminal Court (ICC), which is based in The Hague.
Shurat Hadin noted that the PA has been threatening Israel with legal action at the ICC, but that once an entity joins the ICC, that court's powers can also be turned against it.
Just as the PA will be able to file charges against Israel, Israelis and non-Israelis who fell victim to Palestinian terror will be able to file charges against leaders of Hamas and Fatah, said the organization.
Earlier Sunday, Jewish Home chairman Naftali Bennett called for Israel
to reciprocate the PA’s threats of turning to the ICC by bringing the PA to the Hague on charges of war crimes.
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At the same time that it is demanding a fourth and final release of terrorists and a Jewish construction freeze as "gestures" to extend the peace talks
, the Palestinian Authority (PA) continues to escalate its praise of terror against Israel.
Israel transferred five bodies of terrorists to the PA on March 11, to which official PA TV held a media fest praising their murderous acts. Among the five were two suicide bombers who detonated themselves in 2001: Maher Hbeishah murdered 15 and wounded 40 on a Haifa bus, while Imad Zubeidi killed one and wounded over 40 others at a bus stop in Kfar Saba, near Tel Aviv.
In the eyes of the PA however, the terrorists apparently were "stars." A PA TV reporter, covering the burial of the bodies, remarked "the skies of Nablus adorn themselves with the stars who loved the soil of the homeland, in which they will lie forever having returned to it as martyrs." Palestinian Media Watch exposed the comments.
PA TV interviewed relatives of the two terrorists in the same report. The brother of Zubeidi, speaking at the funeral, said "for us, this is a wedding of martyrdom - not mourning, but a wedding of martyrdom."
Meanwhile Hbeishah's sister stressed her brother sought martyrdom "for a long time," noting "he would always pray: 'Allah, make us live happily and die as Martyrs.' Praise be to Allah
, he achieved it. He sought it sincerely."
Making the "wedding of martyrdom" more joyous for the terrorists' relatives is announcement by PA official Rami Hamdallah on Sunday, in which he pledged another $74 million
from the PA budget to the families of "martyr" terrorists.
Fatah praises "heroic knight" murderer
In a separate incident, PA Chairman Mahmoud Abbas's Fatah faction praised another terrorist on its official Facebook page as a "heroic knight."
The terrorist, Muhammad Omar Khalil Za'oul, was a suicide bomber for Fatah's military wing, the Al Aqsa Martyrs' Brigades. In 2004 he detonated himself on a Jerusalem bus, murdering eight and wounded dozens of others.
On February 22, the anniversary of Za'oul's horrific attack, Fatah on Facebook noted the day as "the anniversary of the martyrdom death of the heroic knight...Za'oul, ...who shook the foundations of the occupied city of Jerusalem with a heroic operation of quality that has entered the chronicles of heroic operations. ...Rest in peace, hero."
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The Palestinian Authority (PA) and Fatah, the faction of PA chairman Mahmoud Abbas, didn't let the peace talks with Israel deter their annual praising
of the most lethal terror attack on Israel. Both groups reveled in the March 11 anniversary of arch-terrorist Dalal Mughrabi's horrific massacre.
In 1978, Mughrabi led a group of terrorists from Lebanon to Israel, where they hijacked a bus and killed 37 Israeli civilians, among them 12 children.
Abbas's advisor on NGOs, Sultan Abu Al-Einen, saw fit to say at an event broadcast on official PA TV this Monday that Mughrabi "would not agree to anything other than to establish her state between Yafo (near Tel Aviv) and Lebanon in her special way."
Al-Einen added "they [Israelis] are deluding themselves if they think the negotiations are our only choice. Let the young people hear me: Allah, honor us with Martyrdom. Allah, give us the honor of being part of the procession of Martyrs." Palestinian Media Watch translated the remarks.
The remarks bring to mind the statements of a senior PA official and confidante of Abbas last Wednesday on PA TV, who called Israelis "an advanced instrument of evil," claiming "Allah will gather them so that we can kill them."
Al-Einen was by no means the only one to get in on the action praising Mughrabi.
Fatah Spokesman Ahmad Assaf spoke at a separate event, and was quoted last Wednesday in the official PA daily calling Mughrabi "an extraordinary example of struggle, whose headline is bravery, heroism, sacrifice and courage," and who "inspired her generation and the next generations."
The PA paper reported on Monday that at the event "Fatah promised to the masses of our heroic people that it would remain loyal to the promise of the Martyr Dalal and her companions, and to all the Martyrs, until freedom, independence and return."
In yet another event lionizing the arch-terrorist, Deputy Governor of the Jenin District Abdallah Barakat "mentioned the Martyr Dalal Mughrabi, who taught the world about dedication and love of the homeland."
Social media was not ignored as an outlet of terror celebrations. Last Tuesday, Fatah wrote on its official Facebook page "the waves of the sea raged and disgorged eleven stars. Dalal and her friends had decided to return to their homeland as heroes."
The page further romanticized the mass murderer by saying she "planned to make Zionism tremble; she [Dalal] destroyed two large buses and killed more than 100; and the flag of Palestine waved in the skies of the occupied land." The attacks took place between Tel Aviv and Haifa.
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Gaza's lone power plant shut down on Saturday due to a lack of fuel. An Israeli official stated the fuel shortage was caused by infighting between Hamas, ruling Gaza, and the Palestinian Authority (PA) in Judea and Samaria, likely over fuel taxes.
The Hamas-run enclave has been dealing with rolling power outages since last November. An Egyptian siege
cutting smuggling tunnels transporting fuel from Sinai, coupled with high PA taxes that Hamas refuses to pay on fuel coming through Israel, has led Gaza to shut down the plant
Gaza's terrorist rulers were quick to blame Israel for the power outage, reports AFP. They pointed the finger at Defense Minister Moshe Ya'alon's order to close the Kerem Shalom crossing
and Erez pedestrian crossing Thursday, "until further security assessments."
The closure followed a barrage of roughly 100 rockets
since last Wednesday. The deluge of rockets was the largest-scale attack since the 2012 Operation Pillar of Defense.
However, an Israeli official cut through the accusation, noting "Kerem Shalom is always closed on Fridays and Saturdays, so it was only closed for an entire day on Thursday."
The official argued that the shortage in fact occurred as "the result of an internal conflict between the Hamas government and the Palestinian Authority in Ramallah."
While Israel's one day of closure may not have cut power to Gaza, MK Shuli Muallem (Jewish Home) last Wednesday called on Israel to do just that, and leave Gaza in darkness
in response to the unprecedented attacks.
"I call on the Israeli government to adopt a resolution - for every rocket fired towards southern Israel, Gaza will receive an hour of darkness," declared Muallem.
Aside from the animosity with the PA, Hamas has run afoul of the Egyptian government as well, being banned by the Nile state
two weeks ago.
The tension was illustrated last week when Hamas was left fuming after Egypt contacted the terror group Islamic Jihad directly to try and broker a ceasefire with Israel, while intentionally ignoring Hamas
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The Palestinian Authority (PA) announced last week that it will give an extra $46 million a year to released terrorists. US taxpayer dollars will inevitably go towards funding the reward for terror, as US President Barack Obama has reportedly pledged the PA $440 million in 2014
PA Minister of Prisoners' Affairs Issa Karake made the announcement last Thursday, saying a new law has been approved which "is concerned with improving conditions for released (prisoners)," and noted the law's "budget...has been estimated at 160 million shekels ($46 million) a year."
The announcement made it clear that the pay raise for terrorist murderers was made possible by donations
from the West, according to Palestinian Media Watch. Further, it noted the support would start in April 2014 due to "the large budget deficit and the PA's financial situation."
The PA is in a financial crisis, bogged in debt upwards of $4.2 billion
as of last July, and cannot meet its monthly expenses without relying on Western financial aid, meaning the pay raise for terrorists is coming out of the US and Europe's pocket. Western donor states continue to fund the PA, despite its refusal of the demand not to fund terrorists.
Karake, the same minister who announced the pay bonus for terrorists, mocked the West for asking that its funding not go to terrorists last November on official PA TV.
At a ceremony honoring freed terrorists as part of the "gestures" meant to advance peace talks, Karake declared "the Europeans want their money that comes to us to remain clean - not to go to families of those they claim to be 'terrorists.' [They] need to renounce this occupation (Israeli) mentality. These [prisoners] are heroes, self-sacrificing fighters (fedayyeen), and fighters who fought so that we could live in dignity."
He concluding by lauding the terrorists with the words: "we appreciate the people of the revolution and are proud of them."
Last November, Deputy Defense Minister Danny Danon called on the international community to stop funding the PA
as long as that money goes to support terrorism. "The world thinks it's funding peace, but the Palestinians are funding terror," argued Danon.
Meanwhile in January, it was revealed that a broadcast on PA TV by a European Union (EU) funded NGO dehumanized Jews as "crows" and "rats
," and further called them "foreigners" in Jerusalem, the 3,000 year old Jewish capital.
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Palestine Liberation Organization (PLO) official Hanan Ashrawi said on Saturday that Israel's demand that the PA recognize it as a Jewish state is an attempt to “legalize racism,” reports the Ma’an news agency.
Ashrawi, a member of the PLO’s Executive Committee, said that defining Israel as a Jewish state would signify that any Jewish person would have the right to return to “Palestine”, while Palestinian Arabs would lose that right.
Israel wants to "create a narrative that denies the Palestinian presence, rights, and continuity on the historic Palestinian lands," she charged, in a conversation with Ma’an.
She also claimed that a "Jewish state" recognition would exempt Israel from its responsibility towards the so-called “Palestinian refugees” who fled their homes in 1948.
The official policy of the PA is to demand repatriation for the descendants of Arabs who fled Israel in 1948 to their original homes in Israel, thus flooding the Jewish state with Arab refugees and effectively erasing Israel from the map, replacing it with a “secular, democratic Palestine.”
The Fatah party, headed by PA Chairman Mahmoud Abbas, has repeatedly stressed that the PA will never give up
on the so-called “right of return”.
Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu has repeatedly demanded PA recognition of Israel as a Jewish state, noting that the PA’s refusal to recognize Israel is the root of the decades-long conflict.
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The Palestinian Authority (PA) continues to incite against Israel, even as peace talks are continuing, but the spokeswoman of the State Department on Tuesday refused to condemn or even discuss this incitement.
“We’ve spoken about our concerns about incitement consistently over the course of years...I don’t know that we have anything new to report or any analysis on the recent comments over the last couple of days,” she responded.
Asked whether she believes the incitement is increasing, Psaki said, “I don’t have any particular analysis of that. Obviously, our focus is on reducing incitement, calling for an end to incitement. We think it’s unproductive and unhelpful to the process, as you know.”
She was then asked whether comments by the chief PA negotiator
, Saeb Erekat, that Israel poisoned former PA head Yasser Arafat were incitement, to which she replied that she would not “analyze every comment and what it means.”
The focus, said Psaki, “remains on both parties and having them at the table and moving the talks forward.”
Psaki also refused to comment on whether PA Chairman Mahmoud Abbas’s celebrations for the terrorists
Israel released as a “gesture” to the PA were incitement, saying, “I’m not going to give an analysis of every action and what is incitement and what is not incitement.”
“What I will say is that we know this is a tough time,” she added. “We’re working through the process on the ground. We know that there are political pressures from all sides, and we’re seeing that manifest itself in many ways. The leaders remain engaged and committed, and that’s what our focus is on.”
Psaki was then asked whether the U.S. agrees with Netanyahu’s comments that by treating the terrorists as heroes and by accusing Israel of killing Arafat, Abbas is not preparing his people for a potential peace agreement with Israel.
She responded, “I’m not going to speak to that. We – the Secretary feels that both sides are negotiating in good faith. We know that there are comments that are made from both sides that are received poorly or negatively from the other side. That’s a part of the process that we anticipated. We’re there as an arbiter between them, but we’re not going to speak to or analyze or give commentary on every comment made.”
The findings presented to the ministers show that incitement against Israel and the Jewish people is continuing on official media channels including – inter alia – by bodies that are very close to the PA Chairman and in educational and religious networks.
The findings also show that during the period of negotiations between Israel and the PA, not only did incitement not lessen, in certain areas it even increased, and that recently, the use of prominent Nazi elements – such as the image of Hitler – has also increased.
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The Prague district hosting the embassy of the Palestinian Authority wants it moved after the ambassador was killed in a mysterious explosion this past week, local officials told AFP on Friday.
"We asked the Czech foreign ministry for the embassy to be moved out of our district," Petr Hejl, senior councilor of Prague's Suchdol district, said.
"The district feels betrayed by the behavior of diplomats who kept weapons and explosives at the embassy, violating Czech and international law," he told the news agency.
Police said they found unregistered weapons at the PA’s diplomatic mission, but would not elaborate on the type or quantity of illegal arms.
A banner saying "We like (the) city, not weapons" was strung on the embassy's fence Friday, according to AFP.
"We understand the fears of Suchdol residents," Czech foreign ministry spokeswoman Johana Gohova told AFP Friday. The ministry would "look into it," she added.
A ministry statement also said that Czech and Palestinian authorities had agreed to cooperate fully in the probe "so that mutual relations between the Czech Republic and Palestine are not damaged in any way."
The PA’s ambassador to Prague, Jamal al-Jamal, suffered lethal injuries to his head, chest and stomach in a mysterious blast on Wednesday when he was handling a safe.
Police spokeswoman Andrea Zoulova told AFP Czech and PA investigators have been working on the premise that "an explosive system was placed in the safe."
"The question is what was it doing there," she said, while denying a media report that the device was a bomb.
Czech police have ruled out terrorism and homicide, while the PA’s foreign minister Riyad al-Malki described the blast as a “work accident.”
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An illegal arms cache was found Thursday in the home of the Palestinian Authority (PA) ambassador to Prague, Jamal al-Jamal, who was killed there in an explosion the day before.
Initially the PA claimed his death was a "work accident
," that occurred when he opened an old safe that had been untouched for 20 years. Apparently the safe was moved from an older embassy building to Al-Jamal's new apartment in the recently built PA embassy complex.
However, the PA later backtracked on its story, as a spokesman stated that the safe "was used on a daily basis at the embassy and it was opened and closed almost every day."
Czech police confirmed that arms, including heavy firearms, had been found at Al-Jamal's home; Czech newspaper Respekt added that the cache contained enough weapons to arm ten fighters.
The arsenal's existence was unknown to Czech authorities according to Channel 2, casting more doubt on the activities on PA diplomats around the world.
PA Foreign Minister Ri'ad al-Maliki on Thursday claimed that Al-Jamal had opened the safe and asked his wife to bring him a pen and paper to write down what he saw in the safe. Al-Jamal then put his hand into the safe, setting off the explosive device.
Al-Maliki said the Czech police will release a full report on the incident on Friday.
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The US financial aid designated for the Palestinian Authority (PA) is set to grow considerably in 2014 to $440 million, up from $426 million in 2013. The aid aims to bail out the PA, which in June was revealed to owe $4.2 billion in internal and external debt.
Palestinian Liberation Organization's (PLO) representative in Washington DC, Maen Erekat, reported the figure, saying the transfer was already agreed upon by Congress, but will be influenced by progress in the peace talks with Israel. The PA recently declared the talks have failed, and threatened diplomatic action against Israel.
The financial aid reveals intentions of greater cooperation between the US and the PA.
PA leadership has requested that the US renew a joint committee between the US and PA which was active in the 1990s, so as to discuss common political and financial issues, revealed Erekat.
A PLO representative told the Judea and Samaria-based Arab Ma'an News Agency that most of the US aid will be used for building and development projects, adding that $70 million will be directly transferred to the PA Finance Ministry.
However, the PA has used its foreign-backed funds to reward terrorism.
Reports in November revealed that the PA gave at least $50,000 as a grant to each terrorist released in "gestures" to the peace talks. The released terrorists were also given monthly salaries ranging from 10,000 shekels ($2,800) to 14,000 shekels ($4,000).
Additionally, a former PLO official recently acknowledged PA support for the Nazis during World War II.
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Chief Palestinian Authority (PA) negotiator in the peace talks, Saeb Erekat
, threatened Israel on Thursday, saying that if it announces new construction in Judea and Samaria next week, the PA will take Israel to the International Criminal Court in the Hague for "war crimes."
Erekat further warned that the PA will seek membership in 63 international organizations, reports Ha'aretz.
In doing so, the PA would violate promises not to make unilateral moves seeking international recognition during the peace talks.
Justice Minister Tzipi Livni, charged with managing the talks, has said the PA's demand for no construction violates agreements
, as no building freeze
was set as part of peace talk conditions.
After initial reports of Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu instituting a building freeze next week, Netanyahu let it be known that he will announce building tenders on 1,400
new Judea and Samaria homes instead. The move is timed to coincide with the release of 20 terrorists as peace talk "gestures."
Bereaved father and current events analyst Dr. Aryeh Bachrach called Netanyahu a "scoundrel
," saying his use of building announcements to cover terrorist releases was an act to fool voters.
Regarding the release, the Supreme Court on Thursday rejected a petition
to halt the controversial move until clear criteria are established regarding the release of terrorists.
This is not the first time Erekat has threatened to take Israel to the Hague. In November he did so as well, accusing Israel of "poisoning" former PA Chairman Yasser Arafat. Russian experts
this week refuted claims that Arafat was poisoned; nevertheless the PA pledged to continue investigations
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Mohammed Shtayyeh, Member of the Central Committee of Fatah, a former Palestinian Authority (PA) cabinet minister, accused the Israeli government of avoiding political agreements and employing a policy of "settlement" expansion, house demolitions and "killing civilians."
Ma'an reports Friday that at a restaurant in the PA village of Beit Jala, Shtayyeh claimed the "so-called bilateral Palestinian-Israeli negotiations are not going to take us anywhere".
"There is a strong party and there is a weak party, and the Israelis want to dictate rather than negotiate," he told journalists. "The Israelis want to replace occupation by force with occupation by an invitation, with our signature, and it will never happen."
Shtayyeh also blamed Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu, claiming he has not put effort forth to present to the government a peace agreement because his government is "not a government of peace," and that Israeli government ministers would not approve a peace agreement.
He further called Netanyahu's move toward negotiations a "tactical move" that "does not stem from peace," and that negotiations conducted with Justice Minister Tzipi Livni and Attorney Yitzchak Molcho were not negotiating with the full Israeli government.
The alternative, according to the PLO official, is not through fighting - but through PA citizens garnering international support. Shtayyeh threatened Jewish residents of Judea and Samaria that they would be stripped of their Israeli citizenship and pursued by the governments of the US, Britain, Russia, and the European Union, claiming that they were violating PA territory after the UN allegedly legitimized the body last year.
PA officials have claimed since 2012 that the UN granting the PA non-member status has effectively made them a full-fledged country according to international law.
The remarks also confirm similar statements by Abbas, who has openly declared
that a future Palestinian state will have no Jewish presence, military or civilian.
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The Palestine Liberation Organization (PLO) has claimed that Jesus was "Palestinian" in a seasonal video message attacking Israel.
The video juxtaposes images of "Christmas magic" with numerous scenes alleging "oppression" by Israelis. A figure revealed to be the Pope rides past scenes including a Jewish man holding a gun next to an Arab settler and Arabs cordoned off by an IDF soldier.
As he walks off into a church courtyard, a message across the screen blares: "Stand up for Hope, Peace and Justice in Palestine."
In addition, the description below the video reads: "Every Christmas Palestine celebrates the birth of one of its own, Jesus Christ." Jesus was in fact a Jew living in Talmudic-era Israel.
This is not the first time that the Palestinian Authority - the national front for the PLO - has tried to incite worldwide anti-Semitic activity during Christmas by claiming Jesus had a Palestinian identity. In 2010, Samih Ghanadreh, an author from Nazareth, called Jesus "the first Palestinian martyr" on a PA national television network. Ghanadreh claimed that the historical reference had first been noted by PLO leader Yasser Arafat.
The move also comes just days after prominent Roman-Catholic cleric Fuad Twal used his own Christmas address to slam Israel.
"The Israeli-Palestinian talks resumed in late July, after three years of interruption, but the efforts are hampered by the continuous building of Israeli settlements," Twal stated.
In 2012, the cleric also claimed that the religious holiday marked "the birth of the State of Palestine."
The PA and Hamas have a history of persecuting Christian Arabs; as a trend, Christians have been migrating from the Middle East elsewhere in response to growing persecution - with Israel currently the only country in the region whose Christian population continues to grow.
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Former Palestinian Authority (PA) Prime Minister Ahmed Qureia was arrested on Saturday by police at the entrance to Maaleh Adumim, just east of Jerusalem.
Qureia's Mercedes car was racing at 145 kilometers per hour (90 mph) on a road with an 80 kph (50mph) maximum speed limit.
The car's driver ignored requests by Judea and Samaria police to stop, forcing them to block the road with a police car.
After being stopped, Qureia's car was held for roughly 2 hours as passengers refused to open the doors or windows of the car, reports Kikar Shabbat.
Eventually with the involvement of General Eitan Dangot, Coordinator of Government Activities in Judea and Samaria, the car was allowed to continue. Qureia, the driver and another passenger were summoned for investigation
The Judea and Samaria-based Arab Ma'an News Agency initially claimed the former prime minister was arrested "for no particular reason."
This is not Qureia's first run-in with the law on the roads.
In 2010, the former prime minister had his diplomatic privileges revoked by Israel after he threatened that the PA would have to resort to violence if peace talks fell through. Qureia tested Israel's resolve by attempting to drive over the Allenby Bridge into Jordan, where he found his way blocked by IDF soldiers.
In early December it was reported that Qureia accused Jews of "defiling" the Temple Mount with their presence. The Temple Mount is the holiest site in Judaism.
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In response to reports that US Secretary of State John Kerry will delay the third batch of terrorist releases by a month, a spokesperson of Palestinian Authority (PA) Chairman Mahmoud Abbas declared Monday that the PA will not agree to the delay, reports Kol Yisrael government radio.
Issa Karaka, PA Minister of Prisoner Affairs, said that while an official confirmation of the postponement has yet to be made, there are definite American pressures in that direction. Karaka added that Abbas told Kerry in their meeting last week that he refuses the proposed postponement, saying the matter could negatively impact peace talks with Israel.
Kerry's delay is seen as meant to pressure the PA into accepting Kerry's proposed Jordan Valley security arrangements made last week, which PA officials say Abbas rejected as they would not have prevented Israelis from living in the area.
Meanwhile Yasser Abed Rabbo, a top Palestinian Liberation Organization (PLO) official, told AFP that Kerry's Jordan Valley proposals "will drive Kerry's efforts to an impasse and to total failure."
To date 52 of the 104 terrorists slated for release in "gestures" to keep peace talks going have gone free. The third batch of terrorist releases was set to occur in three weeks, although the new reports leave the timing unclear.
In late November a senior Palestinian Liberation Organization (PLO) official revealed that the PA is remaining in peace talks only to free all 104 terrorists.
On the flip side of Kerry's pressure on the PA, there are concerns that the US may pressure Israel to concede to Jordan Valley arrangements lessening or removing Israeli presence in the region.
On Sunday, Coalition head MK Yariv Levin (Likud-Beytenu) warned of these US pressures on Israel. Regarding Kerry's offers to Abbas, Levin noted his concerns came "because the question isn’t only security arrangements, but also our right to the Jordan Valley – a right we need to stand up for."
In response to the concerns, Major General Nitzan Alon, the Head of the IDF's Central Command, on Sunday argued "that the Jordan Valley is a strategic buffer for Israel," and added that the US supports this position.
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Ahmed Qureia, a former "prime minister" of the Palestinian Authority (PA) and a senior official in the Palestine Liberation Organization terrorist organization (PLO), claimed Sunday that "International involvement in Al-Quds (Jerusalem) enables Israel to continue its 'occupation', and for settlers to continue to defile some of Islam's holiest places."
The references were to the Temple Mount, which is Judaism's holiest site. While Israel technically has some control over the Mount, there is systemic anti-Jewish discrimination on the Mount due to pressure from Arab lobbying organizations on international bodies.
As such, it is permitted for Muslims and Christians to visit the site - but Jews, to whom the site is sacred, are forbidden from prayer, religious activity, and often even from visiting the site.
Earlier Sunday, Jewish visitors celebrating the Hanukkah holiday at the site where the events of the Hanukkah story unfolded, were arrested on grounds of performing forbidden ritual activities. This resulted in a scuffle and the closing of the site to visitors.
In a press release to PA news agency Wafa, Qureia demanded that the international community, Islamic countries, and human rights groups demand a total withdrawal of Israel from all of Jerusalem - not to mention the Temple Mount.
Qureia also urged the Jerusalem municipality to issue demolition orders in Jerusalem against Jews, claiming dozens of houses are built without a permit, an action contrary to international law, he said. Qureia insisted that Israel was purposely perpetrating "colonialism."
The remarks follow more inflammatory remarks by Muslim leaders and PA officials in the wake of demands by MKs to give Jews equal rights to the Mount.
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Nabil Shaath, one of the senior officials in the terrorist organization Palestine Liberation Organization (PLO), has declared in a Maariv interview Friday that the PA will remain in talks until all of their terrorist "prisoners" are released - despite admitting that talks have tanked.
"We have committed to negotiations for a period of 9 months, and by then we hope to see all 104 of our prisoners released," Shaath claimed. He also noted that if not for the release of the more terrorists, PA negotiators would have left the peace talks entirely - just as they threatened to do earlier this month.
Earlier this week, Shaath declared
to Ma'an that the PA was ready to appeal to international bodies, e.g. the International Criminal Court (ICC), in the event that talks fail.
Shaath repeated those sentiments Friday, adding that he wished to petition all of the UN organizations - not only for the terrorists to be released, but also to push Israel back into talks and into surrendering land under 1949 Armistice lines.
"The declaration of the PA as a UN non-member observer state recognizes the PA as having borders on 1967 lines," he declared. "This gives us the right to be full members of other international organizations, the International Criminal Court, and other UN institutions." The PA was admitted
as a UN non-member observer state last year.
Despite these threats, Shaath nonetheless has admitted that the PA will not break the negotiations - if only for the sake of more terrorists. "For the prisoners sake, we will not break off ties, we will not go running to the UN." he stated, "But I'm not sure there will be much else to do, given the current policies of the Israeli government."
Shaath also declared that the PA team would leave negotiations "immediately" if more housing units were built in Jewish areas of Judea and Samaria - come what may.
The PA negotiating team left talks earlier this month, officially resigning over announcements that Israel intends to continue provide housing for Judea and Samaria residents. PA Chairman Mahmoud Abbas did not accept their resignation, however.
US Secretary of State John Kerry will be back
in Israel in December in an effort to rekindle talks. Kerry's remarks during his last visit infuriated many Israelis, threatening a "third intifada" if talks failed, and declaring that the US finds Israel's presence in Judea and Samaria as "illegitimate."
The peace talks have proved tenuous in the wake of a mushrooming of terror attacks against Israelis since Kerry's November visit, which many Israelis believe are inherently connected.
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Hamas on Sunday called on the Palestinian Authority, headed by Mahmoud Abbas, to stop peace talks with Israel. Instead, said Hamas spokesman Sami Abu Zuhri, the PA should work for national unity.
Abu Zuhri said that the remarks made by Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu during his speech at the Bar-Ilan University, according to which negotiations with the PA are fruitless so long as the PA refuses to recognize Israel as a Jewish state, require the PA to renounce the dialogue with Israel, implement the terms of the reconciliation plan between Hamas and Fatah and formulate a strategy agreed to deal with the “Zionist stubbornness and crimes,” as he put it.
Hamas and Fatah, which is headed by Abbas, have been at odds with one another since 2007, when Hamas violently took control of Gaza, setting up its own government there and cracking down on Fatah officials who reside in the territory.
Fatah and Hamas signed a reconciliation deal in Cairo in 2011, pledging to set up an interim consensus government of independents that would pave the way for legislative and presidential elections within 12 months.
Implementation of the accord stalled over the make-up of the interim government, and a February 2012 deal signed by Abbas and Hamas leader Khaled Meshaal in Doha intended to overcome outstanding differences was opposed by Hamas members in Gaza.
Meanwhile, Taher Al-Nunu, the public relations consultant for Hamas’s Gaza prime minister, denied on Sunday media reports that "President" Abbas plans to visit Gaza with the approval of Prime Minister Ismail Haniyeh.
Hamas’s denial came following a report in a newspaper which stated that Haniyeh had told reporters that there was a possibility that Abbas would visit Gaza soon.
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Palestinian Authority Chairman Mahmoud Abbas continues to promote the PA libel that Israel is scheming and acting to destroy the Al-Aqsa Mosque in Jerusalem, Palestinian Media Watch reported.
In an interview to the Saudi paper Al-Watan, Abbas said that the Arab and Islamic world should become more pro-active in responding to the Israeli “plot”.
"All these [Israeli] actions indicate an evil and dangerous plot to destroy Al-Aqsa [Mosque] and build the alleged Temple,” Abbas said, according to PMW. “Unfortunately, these dangers, which are clear for everyone to see, have yet to receive proper Arab, Islamic and international responses," Abbas said.
Abbas' reference to the "alleged Temple" is part of the language the PA routinely uses to deny Israel's history in Jerusalem, as reported by PMW, and refers to the false PA claim that there never was a Jewish Temple on the Temple Mount in Jerusalem.
Abbas presents taking Jerusalem from Israel as an Islamic mandate. In a speech at the Arab Summit in 2010, Abbas told Arab leaders that taking Jerusalem away from Israel is a religious Islamic obligation of the highest level, a "fard ayn" - a personal Islamic commandment incumbent on every Muslim:
"I say to the leaders of our Arab nation and to its peoples: Jerusalem and its environs are a trust that Allah entrusted to us,” Abbas said, as respoted by PMW. “Saving it [Jerusalem] from the settlement monster and the danger of Judaization and confiscation is a personal [Islamic] commandment incumbent on all of us.
Therefore, I call all of you to serious and urgent action to save [Jerusalem] and to make available all possibilities in order to strengthen our resolve and to maintain its historical, cultural and religious character."
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Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu told Russia’s President Vladimir Putin over the weekend that Israel will hold its fire against Syria – as long as Syria holds its fire against Israel.
In a statement at the opening of the government’s regular Sunday morning Cabinet meeting Netanyahu said he had discussed the situation with Putin in a phone conversation, warning him that “the situation is becoming daily more complex.
“Only last week, we saw battles close to our border on the Golan Heights. Israel is not intervening in the Syrian civil war, as long as fire is not being directed at us,” the prime minister said.
“The crumbling of the U.N. force on the Golan heights underscores the fact that Israel cannot depend on international forces for its security,” however, he pointed out. “They can be part of the arrangements. They cannot be the basic foundation of Israel’s security.”
On another front, Netanyahu added that he would also discuss, once more, the need to jumpstart final status talks with the Palestinian Authority with U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry, saying that he has already spoken with him about the issue before, and will speak with him about it again.
“Together we will try to advance a way to find an opening for negotiations with the Palestinians with the goal of reaching an agreement. This agreement will be based on a demilitarized Palestinian state that recognizes the Jewish State, and on solid security arrangements based on the IDF.
Netanyahu also noted that the government is changing the date for the conclusion of daylight savings time, and listed the accomplishments already reached thus far in the new coalition’s first few months, such as passing the budget and the ‘Open Skies’ agreement, both controversial pieces of legislation that sparked protests.
“I would like to re-emphasize that the citizens of Israel chose us to focus on getting things done, not on petty politics,” he commented with some asperity, “and this we will do.”
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Jordan's King Abdullah II and Palestinian Authority Chairman Mahmud Abbas signed an agreement on Sunday confirming their "common goal to defending" Jerusalem and their opposition to efforts to “Judaize” the eternal capital of Israel.
Palestinian Authority Religious Affairs Minister Mahmoud al-Habash said the agreement confirmed Jordan’s role as protector of the city’s holy sites and “Palestinian sovereignty over all of Palestine, including its capital East Jerusalem,” the Ma’an news agency reported.
A statement by the palace said the deal confirms Jordan's historic role as custodian of Muslim holy sites in Jerusalem, particularly the Temple Mount, and outlines coordination between the two sides.
"In this historic agreement, Abbas reiterated that the king is the custodian of holy sites in Jerusalem and that he has the right to exert all legal efforts to preserve them, especially Al-Aqsa mosque," the statement said, according to AFP.
"It is also emphasizing the historical principles agreed by Jordan and Palestine to exert joint efforts to protect the city and holy sites from Israeli judaization attempts."
"It also reaffirms the historic principles upon which Jordan and Palestine are in agreement as regards Jerusalem and their common goal of defending Jerusalem together, especially at such critical time, when the city is facing dramatic challenges and daily illegal changes to its authenticity and original identity," it said.
"Jerusalem is currently facing major challenges and attempts to change its Arab, Muslim and Christian identity," the palace claimed, as the Arab world further attempts to strip Jerusalem of its Jewish identity.
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U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry has begun to push for a resumption of peace talks between Israel and the Palestinian Authority (PA) after meetings with the two sides, PA officials told AFP on Sunday.
"Kerry began the U.S. administration's real intervention," a high-ranking official told AFP on condition of anonymity.
"The U.S. push for finding a solution has begun," he added.
Kerry accompanied U.S. President Barack Obama on his first official visit to the region last week and, after Obama left the region on Saturday, Kerry stayed behind and met PA Chairman Mahmoud Abbas in Amman. He then travelled to Jerusalem for talks with Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu.
Washington's top diplomat "did not want to impose any ideas for now on the two sides, and has no specific plan as yet," the official told AFP, adding it was "too early to talk about bilateral or even trilateral meetings."
The U.S. administration "will, in the next two months, present a plan of action to the two sides for the next political steps," he added.
"We consider Obama and Kerry's visit to have normalized U.S.-Palestinian relations" in the wake of a Abbas’s recent bid for upgraded UN recognition, the official indicated.
PA negotiator Saeb Erekat told AFP Abbas was willing to “resume the peace process based on recognition of the 1967 borders.”
"It is not possible to resume talks that are not based on these," he said.
During his meeting with Obama, Abbas had ruled out the idea of a partial freeze on Jewish construction building in Judea, Samaria and eastern Jerusalem, Erekat said.
He claimed that if Israel halted all Jewish construction in the area and recognized the pre-1967 borders, "it could lead to an immediate resumption of talks."
A report on Saturday indicated that Kerry is planning on offering Israel and the PA an outline which would see Israel releasing terrorists from its prisons and transferring areas from Area B, which is under joint PA-Israeli control under the Oslo Accords, to Area A which is under full PA control.
Kerry’s outline would have the PA undertaking a return to the negotiating table and promising not to file lawsuits against Israel with the International Criminal Court.
Abbas has continuously imposed preconditions on peace talks and has demanded that Israel freeze Jewish construction in Judea, Samaria, and eastern Jerusalem. When Israel froze construction for a ten-month period in 2010, however, he refused to come to the table.
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With the Jerusalem Marathon set to take place March 1, the Palestinian Authority is warning Israel not to use the race to “Judaize” the city, presenting it as a “unified capital of Israel,” said the chairman of the PLO's action committee, Ahmed Qureia. Qureia is also the head of the “Al-Aqsa Department” in the PA, and on Sunday he warned Israel to ensure that marathoners stay away from the Temple Mount, where the mosque is located.
Runners from some 50 countries are expected at this year's marathon. Announcing the event, the Jerusalem Municipality announced that this year, the runners' route would take them past many historic sites in Jerusalem, both in the Old City and the New City.
Qureia said that, as it has in the past, Israel was “using” the event to promote an image of a unified, Jewish city. “This has been Israel's strategy since 1967, and it has resulted in land confiscations and expulsions of Palestinians,” he said. Qureia warned the Municipality and the Israeli government to ensure that the runners stay away from the Temple Mount, and preferably all Arab neighborhoods in Jerusalem. He did not say how Arabs would react if the routes were not adjusted to his instructions.
Meanwhile, a Hamas spokesperson, Tahar al-Nunu, on Sunday blamed Israel for “destroying many historical buildings in Jerusalem that show the Muslim and Arab connection to the city,” for expelling Muslim residents from their homes, and “ongoing defiling of the Al-Aqsa mosque.”
Nunu said that Israel's recent actions were a prelude to actual attempts to destroy the mosque, with the intent of “erecting the false Jewish Holy Temple.” Nunu said that Israel's actions would lead “to a major conflict, and not just in the media.”
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The European Union, the World Bank, and a host of European countries working outside the framework of the EU, have for years been funding a youth-oriented television program in the Palestinian Authority that has promoted terrorism as an ideal act of “martyrdom,” honoring terrorists whom Israel has released from prison, and glorifying acts of terror in which Israeli women and children were murdered. Now, said Palestinian Media Watch, an independent group that monitors Arab media, the TV show has begun a new campaign – encouraging young viewers to prepare to hijack airplanes.
A poem that has been broadcast repeatedly on the program, called “Raise Your Voice,” says, among other things, that Israelis “should expect us, even though we are the unexpected. We are at all airports, aboard all planes. We stop off in Rome and Zurich, and peep out from under rocks. We hide behind statues and plants. Our brave ones attack without warning, with anger, thunder, lighting and storm. They come in the garb of the prophet and with the sword of the warrior.” The poem also threatens the U.S., saying that “a gun in the hand of the little one can kill the great one.”
According to PMW, the mention of Rome and Zurich in the poem – two cities where Arabs hijacked El Al planes, in 1968 and 1969 – makes clear the poem's intention.
After the poem was read, the young presenters of the program thanked the NDC (Non-Governmental Organization Development Center), which provides funding to the PA organization that produces the program. In the past, PMW said, the program has hosted dozens of PA terrorists for interviews. Terrorists have also appeared on other programs produced by the company, called Fialara. Other organizations that support Fialara include international NGOs Save the Children and Cordaid, PMW added.
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Palestinian Authority chief Mahmoud Abbas spoke glowingly last Friday of the “legacy” of the infamous Hajj Amin al-Husseini, who was a collaborator with the Nazis, and was prepared to conduct the mass murder of the Jews of the Land of Israel in the event of a Nazi invasion. The Mufti, Abbas said, was a great man whose ways should be emulated by all PA Arabs, and was worthy of great praise.
Speaking to Arutz Sheva, David Bedein, the director of the Makor Yisraeli news agency and the Center for Middle East Research, said that Abbas made the comments during a Fatah march in Gaza last Friday. It was the first time in years that Fatah terrorists had been given permission by Hamas to march, and Abbas spoke to the marchers via video feed.
Abbas, Bedein said, wrote his doctorate at the University of Moscow on how the World Zionist Organization, not the Nazis, was responsible for the destruction of European Jewry. Given this, Abbas's praise of the Mufti, the ultimate “Arab Nazi,” was very serious, and needed to be publicized, he said. The Mufti was also the antecedent of Fatah, which Abbas is currently chairman of.
After the Mufti was forced by the British to leave Mandatory Palestine, he took up residence in Europe, and met Hitler in Italy.
The two agreed that Hitler would murder the Jews of Europe, and that he, the Mufti, would organize the murder of the Jews of the Middle East, when the time was ripe. During the war, the Mufti broadcast pro-Nazi propaganda in Arabic from Berlin. Later he reached Cairo, where he was one of the founders of the Arab League, which adopted the pact between the Mufti and Hitler as a basic document of the organization.
Bedein also slammed the Israeli media for ignoring Abbas' speech praising the Mufti. Bedein said he received information about the speech from PA Arabs who heard it themselves. He sent the information about the speech to Israeli media, but they were apparently not interested, he said. Bedein said that he also sent the data to President Shimon Peres, Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu, and Bayit Yehudi chairman Naftali Bennett, but none of them have responding privately or publicly yet.
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The Fatah party, headed by Palestinian Authority Chairman Mahmoud Abbas, has made official what it has been saying quietly and has adopted a new logo showing all of Israel as Palestine.
The logo marks the 48th anniversary of the founding of Fatah by Yasser Arafat and includes a map with the PA flag and a map of Israel that appears to be a depiction of the black and white checkered kefiyah, a symbol of the violent intifada, and the slogan “the state and victory."
Palestine Media Watch (PMW) revealed that the official PA daily published the new official logo.
For the past year, official PA documents have increasingly shown Palestine as covering all of Israel, but this is the first time the Fatah party has placed the map on its logo.
PMW noted, “Other symbols central to Fatah ideology also appear in the logo, including a rifle and a key symbolizing the Palestinian claim of ownership to houses within Israel.”
The Arab media watchdog translated and published the article announcing the new logo:
"Senior Fatah official in the Gaza Strip, Yahya Rabah, stressed that the movement this year will hold a big, central rally in the Gaza Strip on the day of the 48th anniversary of the beginning of the Palestinian revolution.
“Rabah explained to Ma'an that the event will be held considering the atmosphere of reconciliation and unity that has prevailed in the Palestinian arena in the last few….
“The organizing committee for the 48th anniversary of the Fatah movement approved this year's main anniversary logo... [The rally] will take place in Gaza to mark the 48th anniversary of the modern Palestinian revolution under the slogan 'the state and the victory.'"
The Zionist Organization of America (ZOA) reacted to the new logo by urging “President Barack Obama, the European Union and the United Nations to condemn this outrage which reiterates the clear fact that Abbas and the Fatah/PA have no interest in peace with Israel, only its destruction.”
ZOA National President Morton A. Klein said, "This new Fatah logo graphically depicts the ugly truth about this unreconstructed terrorist organization whose Constitution to this day calls for the destruction of Israel (Article 13) and the use of terrorism as an essential element in the struggle to achieve this aim (Article 19). …It belies the fiction that Mahmoud Abbas is a 'moderate' who seeks peace with Israel, and who wishes to end Palestinian terrorism against Israeli Jews. It also makes clear that the principles of Yasser Arafat are respected and promoted.
"The new Fatah logo is not an aberration. The Palestinian Authority continues to promote the incitement of hatred in Palestinian mosques, schools and media.
"The ZOA renews its call upon the Obama Administration to stop wasting hundreds of millions of dollars on the unreformed terrorist entity that is Fatah, to stop making excuses for Abbas, and to stop pressuring Israel to make dangerous concessions on the altar of appeasement.”
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Qatar’s emir, after having brought a $250 million check to Hamas in Gaza, plans to bail out Palestinian Authority Chairman Mahmoud Abbas next week, possibly as part of a strategy to separate Iran from Hamas.
Qatari Emir Sheikh Hamad Ibn Khalifa al-Thani said he will make good on his pledge to bail out the PA, according to the Bethlehem-based Ma'an news agency. Israel has announced that instead of turning over tax revenues it collects monthly for the PA to Ramallah, it will use the funds to pay off the Palestinian Authority’s massive debt to the Israel Electric Corp. for electricity supplied.
Behind the emir’s sudden interest in the PA could be Iran, which has an “evil axis” that runs from Syria, through Lebanon and Hizbullah and to Hamas in Gaza and the Muslim Brotherhood in Egypt.
Arutz Sheva reported last week that de facto Gaza Prime Minister Ismail Haniyeh has told Hamas terrorist cells in Judea and Samaria to prepare for a new Intifada – this time against none other than Abbas, who heads the arch-rival Fatah movement.
The same report was cited as being one of the reasons Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu pulled off his gloves, speaking forcefully concerning Israel’s sovereignty over Jerusalem and the intentions to build more than 3,000 new homes for Jews in Jerusalem, Judea and Samaria.
“The aim of the Qatari leader’s visit is part of a larger Qatari policy to reorient Iranian alliances in the Middle East and to win over Hamas to the side of the pro-Western countries like Egypt, Turkey and Saudi Arabia,” wrote Geopolitical Monitor.
By giving Hamas recognition through the emir’s visit, Qatar offers the terrorist organization an alternative to Iran for financial aid. If Qatar can pull off the trick of buying into Hamas and Fatah and placing them under its wing, the sound of money may quiet them down.
Without Hamas, Iran will have less capability of engineering a two-front proxy war against Israel through Lebanon and Gaza.
Qatar, like the five other Gulf States, has another objective – neutralizing Iran’s threat to manufacture a nuclear bomb as part of its announced strategy to establish a pan-Arab Islamic empire in the Middle East.
Qatar is a close ally with the United States, and by propping up Hamas, it gives the terrorist organization recognition it never enjoyed before, but also may draw Hamas away from the Axis of Evil.
Created on Sunday, 23 December 2012 15:50
Hamas is preparing to duplicate its 2007 civil war in Gaza and has instructed terror cells in Judea and Samaria to get ready for a military coup to oust Ramallah-based Palestinian Authority Chairman Mahmoud Abbas, according to a London Sunday Times based on Israeli intelligence sources.
The orders reportedly came from Hamas’ supreme leader Khaled Mashaal, who recently visited Gaza to celebrate what the terrorist organization claimed was a victory over Israel in last month’s missile war.
Citing unnamed officials in the Israel Security Agency (Shin Bet), the London newspaper said that Iran is behind the plan for a coup. According to the Sunday Times, Iran wants to have an allied militia in Judea and Samaria, parallel to Hamas in Gaza and Hizbullah in Lebanon.
Tawfik Tirawi, a former PA intelligence director and now a senior member of Abbas’ Fatah party, told the newspaper, "Hamas wants intifada and will take over the West Bank.
“We’re on the verge of catastrophe,” he said.
“Bibi [Netanyahu] understands the geopolitical changes in the Middle East. No way would [he] give up an inch of the West Bank - he is convinced that the intelligence assessment about a Muslim Brotherhood [Hamas] takeover is solid,” according to the London newspaper.
The report provides evidence that Prime Minister Netanyahu is making it clear that Israel is not to be shown as being weak. The intelligence information may have been one of the reasons, if not the major cause, for his recent and unusually solid nationalist statements for building new homes for Jews in Jerusalem, Judea and Samaria.
It also contradicts mainstream media claims that Netanyahu's statements were part of an election campaign to attract nationalists away from the Jewish Home party.
The information published in London totally eliminates the idea promoted by leftist commentators that Netanyahu’s’ policies are designed to strengthen Hamas at the expense of Abbas, who has advertised himself as a “peace partner.” Abbas has won international support for demands that preclude negotiations on future borders while at the same time promoting unity with Hamas.
Created on Thursday, 20 December 2012 07:31
The so-called problem of the Palestinian Authority-Israel struggle actually disguises the real problem of Islamic fundamentalism, Israeli Ambassador to Norway Naim Araidi told the local ABC news outlet. He said that Muslim extremists want to replace modern life in Europe with Islamic Shari'a law.
As for PA Chairman Mahmoud Abbas, “He does not even represent his wife," according to the ambassador.
Araidi, who earned undergraduate and Msters degrees at Hebrew University and received his Doctorate at Bar-Ilan University, grew up in a Druze village near Haifa. The Druze do not consider themselves Arabs, and their religion is considered “secret” that is neither Muslim or Christian.
Asked by ABC about Israel’s intention to build thousands of homes for Jews in Jerusalem, Judea and Samaria and freeze tax transfers to the Palestinian Authority, Ambassador Araidi warned that the real problem is the Muslim fundamentalist aim to establish Shari'a law , “first in the Middle East and then in Europe.”
“The reason that the Islamic fundamentalists are against Israel is that Israel brought modern life, liberty and democracy to the Middle East,” he added.
He accused the European community of using building for Jews as an excuse to attack Israel while ignoring the fundamental problem.
A new report this week noted that the Islam is the fastest growing religious community in Europe. Dozens of reports the past two years in British newspapers have noted that Shari'a law already is taking effect in several London neighborhoods.
Araidi warned that fundamentalists want to lead the Palestinian Authority, and pointed to events after the Arab Spring rebellions as a harbinger of what is in store if the trend continues. After the ouster of Egyptian President Hosni Mubarak, the Muslim Brotherhood swept into power and is trying to lay the foundations for Shari'a law in the country.
Al Qaeda and other Muslim fundamentalist terrorist organizations have taken over a significant position in the civil war against Syrian President Bashar al-Assad with the goal of establishing a Muslim regime.
Araidi said that Tunisia also is facing an era of imposed Islamic law following the revolution two years ago.
As for the Palestinian Authority, Araidi said that PA Chairman Mahmoud Abbas “does not even represent his wife” because he has remained in power for years beyond the date that elections were supposed to be held.
“He is not elected; he is not popular, and he does not control his country - how can he go to the United Nations General Assembly and get approval as an observer state?”
A new survey on Tuesday revealed that if elections were held today, Hamas’ de facto Gaza Prime Minister Ismail Haniyeh would defeat Abbas.
Araidi added that the Palestinian Authority could become an independent country but it has not taken two important steps – recognizing Israel and stopping terrorism.
“It's game over for the Palestinian Authority,” he added. “Neither Arafat or Abbas has managed to accomplish something. Now it is split between the West Bank and Gaza. We simply have no negotiating partner.”
Created on Monday, 17 December 2012 07:35
Palestinian Authority officials confirmed to AFP Sunday that Emir Sheikh Hamad bin Khalifa al-Thani will visit Ramallah for his first ever trip to Judea and Samaria later this month.
"The visit of the emir of Qatar has been confirmed but the date of the visit hasn't been determined yet," Nabil Abu Rudeina, spokesman for PA Chairman Mahmoud Abbas, told AFP.
"The agreement on the visit came during a meeting with president Abbas in Doha last week," Abu Rudeina added.
The emir presumably will bring with him a fat check, similar to the $250 million gift he presented to de facto Gaza Prime Minister Ismail Haniyeh last month, along with a promise for more.
The visit to Ramallah will be another diplomatic victory for Abbas, who eight years ago embarked on an almost non-stop worldwide circuit to drum up political support after he took over the Palestinian Authority following the death of Yasser Arafat.
Last week, Jordanian King Abdullah II met with Abbas in Ramallah, and a follow-up trip by the Qatari emir would go far to improve Abbas’ image among local Arabs who are tilting towards supporting Hamas.
Abbas and Haniyeh have declared unity between their Fatah and Hamas factions, a move that has allowed Hamas to publicly demonstrate in Judea and Samaria for the first time in years.
The Qatari’s visit will be a sign of support for the unity, which could spark more backing financial and political backing from the Arab world that for years has paid little more than lip service for supporting Abbas.
The Palestinian Authority chairman, for the time being at least, has succeeded in maintaining his image of a diplomat for the peace process while at the same time the PA promotes a “one-state“ solution of an Arab Palestine replacing all of the Land of Israel.
Created on Sunday, 09 December 2012 15:19
Mahmoud Abbas’ embrace of the Hamas terrorist organization and his diplomatic talents of convincing the UN to applaud his violations of the Oslo Accord may already have spawned a new round of violence in Judea and Samaria, as predicted by Arutz Sheva for more than a year and as recently as last week.
A young woman was wounded by a rock that crashed thorough the windshield of the car which her husband was driving on Highway 60, between Jerusalem and Kiryat Arba-Hevron shortly before the beginning of the Sabbath Friday night. Instead of arriving at her parents' home in the southern Hevron Hills, she was rushed to a Jerusalem hospital and released shortly before the beginning the Sabbath.
Friday’s rock-throwing came a day after a troubling IDF retreat from an Arab mob, signs of what may be in store for residents of Judea and Samaria. More than three dozen Arabs bombarded solders with rocks and stones when the IDF tried to stop the attacks on motorists. At least three IDF soldiers and Border Policemen were wounded for their trouble.
The day before, an outnumbered IDF force hastily retreated after a mob attacked them as they tried to arrest a Palestinian Authority policeman for terror.
Rock and firebomb attacks on roads in Judea and Samaria have been increasingly frequent since the UN General Assembly overwhelmingly granted the Palestinian Authority Non-Member Observer status.
Hamas, after more than year of opposing Abbas' UN ploy, understood the strategy and reversed its stand several weeks ago while at the same time rejecting a “two-state” solution.
The new unity between the Fatah faction, headed by Abbas, and Hamas was a new call to arms, which Abbas has disguised under a call to Israel to “negotiate” while simply allowing his security forces to let Hamas terrorists operate without interference, the Maariv newspaper reported Sunday.
Abbas has cashed in the chips he has been stockpiling ever since he took over after Yasser Arafat died eight years ago last month. Replacing Arafat’s pistol on the hip and his black-and white checkered kefiyah with a suit and tie, he built up an image as a “peace partner,” convincing the United States to force the Sharon, Olmert and Netanyahu governments to make "good will concessions” towards a “final status” solution to PA demands.
The Oslo goal of reaching a negotiated agreement on borders and security for Israel evolved into an assumption by the international community and reported as fact by mainstream media that the goal of the “peace process” was to grant the Arab world’s territorial demands that Israel’s border be shrunk to those that existed with the Temporary Armistice Lines drawn by the UN and which ended with the Six-Day War in 1967.
Simultaneously, Abbas ostensibly eschewed violence while the PA education system and Muslim clerics openly preached violence and the establishment of a new Arab state of “Palestine” in place of Israel, from the Lebanese to the Egyptian border and from the Jordan River to the Mediterranean Sea.
Created on Saturday, 01 December 2012 19:59
Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu has a message for Israelis planning to watch the UN General Assembly approve the PA's bid to be recognized as a non-voting observer state later Thursday: There is no need to be upset.
Speaking Thursday, Netanyahu said that the PA's statehood bid was “meaningless. The decision by the General Assembly to raise the PA delegation's status to a non-member observer state will not advance the establishment of a Palestinian state.
I suggest that we not be impressed with the applause at the General Assembly.
It doesn't matter how many hands are raised against us, we have no intention of compromising on Israel's security.”
Speaking at an event at the Begin Heritage Institute in Jerusalem, Netanyahu said that the General Assembly had never expressed much sympathy with Israel anyway.
“The resolution being presented does not discuss Israel's security, or Israel's position as a Jewish state, or a declaration to the end of the conflict, as prerequisites for recognition of a Palestinian state. These are just a few of the reasons we reject this bid.
“We want peace, but peace can be achieved in only one way – through negotiations, without preconditions,” Netanyahu said. “It cannot be achieved by one-sided declarations that do not take into account Israel's security concerns. Peace will be achieved only through mutual agreements between Jerusalem and Ramallah, and not through declarations at the UN,” he added.
Created on Friday, 30 November 2012 10:33
Palestinian Authority chief Mahmoud Abbas said Thursday that he is not afraid of Israel's “threats,” and the he plans to go full-force forward with his attempt to get the UN General Assembly to give a PA state non-voting observer status at the UN. Abbas, speaking in New York, said that the PA had been subject to “extreme pressure” to pull its request for statehood recognition, but that it planned on continuing with the process.
Numerous European countries, including France, have announced that they will support the bid. The U.S., meanwhile, said that it was sharply opposed to the move. With support from third world and Arab countries, the bid is expected to pass easily when it comes up for a vote later Thursday.
Abbas said that Israel had “threatened” him, but that he was not “afraid. If Israel wants to hurt me they can easily do so, because I live under Israeli occupation.” He added that in his opinion, the PA deserved to have a state at this time. “The world has witnessed for the past six years how the PA has developed institutions, political, security, and government, in preparation for this declaration,” he said.
Abbas did not specify how Israel had “threatened” him, but was apparently referring to statements by Israeli officials that Jerusalem would demand international guarantees in future negotiations, and that the statehood bid would “boomerang” on the PA. Speaking on Israel Radio earlier, Government Secretary General Tzvi Hauser said that the PA move will make a final settlement harder to achieve.
“This moves breaks the rules of the game and will allow Israel to react in any way it deems necessary in order to protect its interests." Hauser stressed that any deal between Israel and PA needed to be made by direct negotiations, and that involving international bodies in the attempts to arrive at a settlement would not produce anything.
A government official, speaking on condition of anonymity, told Israel Radio that the General Assembly's declaration was “meaningless. This will be the third time the Palestinians have received symbolic recognition of a state from the General Assembly, after failing in the past to convince the Security Council to recognize them as a state. In addition, this move is a blatant violation of the agreements we have with the PA,” the official said, and the Authority will eventually regret its latest ploy.
Created on Tuesday, 27 November 2012 07:38
The U.S. State Dept is dancing on pins and needles in an attempt to avoid saying that “democracy” has failed in Egypt following Egyptian President Mohammed Morsi’s latest power grab, which bars the judiciary from challenging his decisions.
Morsi’s Islamic fundamentalist Muslim Brotherhood party, outlawed in the days of Hosni Mubarak, was elected in democratic elections encouraged by the United States after it helped usher Mubarak out of power last year.
Morsi indicated Monday he is willing to soften his decision to take almost absolute power, but a spokesman’s statement that only “acts of sovereignty’ would take precedence over judicial power is not likely to appease increasingly vocal opponents.
At least one person has died and nearly 1,000 have been injured in violent clashes between protesters and police.
U.S. State Department spokesman Olivia Nuland told reporters Monday, ,”We were concerned that there would be violence, that there were competing demonstrations, et cetera… Obviously we want to see this issue resolved in a way that meets the standards and principles that we’ve been supporting all the way through, since the Egyptian revolution began.”
However, when asked if Morsi’s power grab was non-democratic, Nuland treed to dodge the question, saying that “our statement speaks for our view on this and the various concerns that we had.”
The events in Egypt are “Strike Two” for American attempts at introducing democracy to Israel’s neighbors. Seven years ago, Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice, now considered as a possible replacement for Hillary Clifton, was exuberant over the first democratic elections in the Palestinian Authority.
“Strike One” came in the middle of the night, when a phone call woke her up and she was informed that Hamas had won.
Ironically, but perhaps not coincidentally, Strike Two involves the Muslim Brotherhood, which created Hamas.
Nevertheless, the Obama administration is forever hopeful. A reporter at Monday’s daily press meeting told Nuland that Morsi seems to be “basically saying, ‘Trust me; it’ll work out the good way.’ And this money and U.S. support would be contingent on that. At heart, do you trust him that it’ll come out the good way?”
Nuland repeated that his power grab raises “concerns” but the “very murky, uncertain period in terms of the legal and constitutional underpinnings… makes it all the more important that the process proceed on the basis of democratic dialogue and consultation.”
The dialogue so far is taking place through violence. Early Tuesday afternoon, protesters returned to Cairo’s Tahrir Square, the center of the demonstrations that led to the ouster of Mubarak.
Protesters clashed with police and threw Molotov cocktails and stones in anger against Morsi’s power grab.
His Muslim Brotherhood movement had planned to rally in Cairo on Tuesday in support of the president but later called off the event to avoid confrontation.
Created on Saturday, 17 November 2012 20:18
Seventy-five years ago, in November 1938, the Nazis rampaged through Nazi Germany, and parts of Austria, murdered 91 Jews, arrested another 30,000 Jews that were packed off to the gas chambers, and left streets covered in Jewish glass. It was called Kristallnacht, just a fancy way of saying it was a pogrom to murder Jews.
Today, in 2012, from Gaza, Muslim Nazis are firing rockets throughout Southern Israel. A new Muslim Nazi menace has arisen with the same specific intent of their German Nazi-forebears of 75 years ago: to murder the 6,000,000 Jews of Israel.
And just like the German Nazis, the Muslim Nazis have explicitly warned the Jews in words via their PLO and Hamas Covenants (which have never been amended to annjul the Israel destruction clauses), and wanton showering of civilians with their Katyusha-Nacht that a new, modern Holocaust is in the making. The only difference is the new, would-be Muslim Nazi Holocaust is a catastrophe aided by, and sometimes paid for by the ‘Peace Process’ Jews of Israel and America.
They come in all flavors, “Peace Now,” “The Jaffe Center (now the “INSS”),” “J Street,” “Israel Policy Forum,” “Washington Institute for Near East Policy,” “Americans for Peace Now.” These self-aggrandizing organizations are funded with annual budgets of hundreds of millions of dollars from thousands of Americans Jewish millionaires and billionaires who have no idea what they’re doing, but are nevertheless bent on implementing an Israeli two-state ‘solution.’
Imagine, tens of thousands of hours of these American and Israeli Jewish organizations are spent trying to create a Palestinian State from which the Muslim Nazis can launch katyushas rockets into Tel Aviv. The very same katyushas Hamas is firing now with ball-bearing loaded warheads can just as easily be fired with chemical warheads from Judea and Samaria.
Now, 1 million Jews sit in bomb shelters from the Gaza rockets. With Judea and Samaria in Muslim hands, six million Jews will sit in bomb shelters, especially in Tel Aviv. But the Americans Jews in the impregnable comfort of their mansions on Martha’s Vineyard, Massachusetts and La Jolla, California have the gall to pontificate to Israeli Jews, who are being bombed and murdered only because they are Jewish, that Israel should cede Judea and Samaria (the West Bank) to a Muslim Nazi Auschwitz terror state.
To make matters worse, these Jews with their million-dollar budgets find useful-idiot former Israeli generals and Israeli admirals and Israeli politicians who can’t earn a real living, but come to America and “lecture” for tens of thousands of dollars a pop on “How great the ‘Peace Process’ is.”
Never mind that these Israeli ‘generals’ never explain (or know) that 50% of Israel’s fresh water comes from the mountains of the "West Bank". Never mind that these Israeli ‘generals’ never explain that if one katyusha or Kornet anti-tank missile is fired from the "West Bank" into Tel Aviv it will cause Israel to have to re-invade the entire area. Regardless, these bought-and-paid-for Israeli ‘generals’ slap a mask on their suicidal ‘Peace Process’ idea, parade the “Peace” lie like it’s “Truth from Mt. Sinai,” and line the coffers of their “think-tank” with gold.
Is George Soros cowering in Be’er Sheva huddled in a cold bunker while his child lives in fear abject fear? No! Yet, it is these very-same pompous self-absorbed Jewish billionaires who act like they are morally superior to Israeli Jews. It is these Jewish billionaires and millionaires who have funded and engineered Israel’s ‘Peace Process’ lobby.
And where are these Jewish billionaire hooligans when their fraudulent ‘Peace Process’ brings death and destruction to the hapless Jews of Israel? Where are JStreet and Peace Now when the Muslim Gaza rockets have murdered a pregnant Jewish Israeli woman?? Now, these fraudulent, self-righteous Jewish organizations are somehow nowhere to be found when their evil ‘Peace Process’ is exposed for the ‘Holocaust Process’ it truly is.
In fact, these ‘Peace’ crazies like Gershon Baskin start to hysterically rant to Arab newspapers that PM Netanyahu “made a grievous mistake” that will “cost the lives of innocent people on both sides.” The only people who “made a grievous mistake” are the ‘Peace Process’ cultists, who live in a messianic ‘Peace’ bubble funded by delusional Americans Jews who have nothing better to do with themselves. It is the ‘Peace’ cultists like Yariv Oppenheimer, head of Peace Now, who have helped build the Muslim Katyusha-Nacht Gaza Terror State, and will stop at nothing to build a Muslim Terror State in Judea and Samaria.
However, in the Orwellian “War is Peace” and “Black is white” world of the messianic ‘Peace’ cultists, the hero settlers of Gush Katif were “obstacles to peace.” With Gaza’s rockets falling on Tel Aviv, it is now clear that the heroic settlers who brave Arab stones and bullets are not “obstacle to peace,” but are obstacles to Israel’s annihilation.
For with a Muslim Auschwitz Terror State in Judea and Samaria, Tel Aviv wouldn’t be getting hit by one or two stray Fajr-5 missiles, but with hundreds or thousands of Grad katyushas tipped with V-X nerve gas. And, unlike the missiles from Gaza, with missiles fired from the Palestinian Authority, the Iron Dome would have to defend an impossibly wide radius of possible vectored projectile trajectories. Any Israeli mobilization with even conventional katyushas ramming into Gush Dan would be impossible. The annihilation of 6 million Israeli Jews would be unavoidable.
My prayers and my family’s prayers are with not only the Jews of Southern Israel, but with all the citizens of Israel.
The writer, has created an original educational 3d Topographic Map System of Israel to facilitate clear understanding of the dangers facing Israel and its water supply. It has been studied by US lawmakers and can be seen at www.marklangfan.com
Created on Sunday, 04 November 2012 08:34
The Palestinian Authority continued a long-standing policy of telling Israelis and Westerners one thing and then stating exactly the opposite to the Arab world.
PA Chairman Mahmoud Abbas won warm applause from President Shimon Peres, who called Abbas “courageous” for telling Channel 2, "I want to see Tzfat. It's my right to see it but not to live there."
His words “prove that Israel has a real partner for peace,” said Peres.
Huge protests immediately followed in Gaza, and Abbas' own spokesman said that the Palestinian Authority certainly has not given up the demand that Israel allow the immigration of several million foreign Arabs who claim Israel is their home.
Abbas then made it clear to the Arab world, through an Egyptian television network, that although he personally would give up living in Tzfat, “the right of return is holy and no one can deny it.”
He said the report of his giving up the demand was taken out of context. “I am not playing with words," he said. "I am telling Israel what I tell Palestinian Authority Arabs."
The Palestinian Authority has previously stated different positions to Arabs and to the West. It has committed itself to dismantling the terrorist infrastructure and halting incitement while actually escalating the encouragement of children and adults to become “martyrs” and carry out suicide bombings.
Abbas also has said he would accept the existence of Israel, without defining it as a Jewish state, but school maps and PA media teach that the entire state of Israel, from the Lebanese to Egyptian borders and from the Jordan River to the Mediterranean Sea, is “Palestine.”
Created on Wednesday, 24 October 2012 09:37
The emir of oil-rich Qatar visited Hamas-controlled Gaza Tuesday, laden with a new weapon - money. The visit was accompanied by bitter condemnation for Israel while upsetting secular Arabs, particularly the Fatah movement led by Palestinian Authority Chairman Mahmoud Abbas.
His visit was the first by a foreign leader to Gaza since Hamas overthrow Fatah in a bloody militia war five years five years ago. Since then, the Palestinian Authority has been physically and politically fractured.
Emir Sheik Hamad bin Khalifa Al Thani handed Hamas its biggest diplomatic victory since taking power while illustrating the rising power of Qatar and the mounting influence of Hamas' parent movement, the Muslim Brotherhood, AFP reported.
Speaking at the Islamic University, which has been a hotbed of terrorist activity, the sheikh asked, "Why are you staying divided? There are no peace negotiations, and there is no clear strategy of resistance and liberation. Why shouldn't brothers sit together and reconcile?"
His words carry as much weight as his check of $250 million for a hospital and homes in Gaza, as well as pledge for nearly another quarter of a billion of dollars.
The emir spoke of “peace negotiations" and “resistance and liberation” in the same breath, and Israeli Foreign Ministry spokesman Yigal Palmor responded, "It is quite strange that the emir of Qatar should take sides with Hamas, that he will favor Hamas over Fatah that he would even decide to take sides in the Palestinian internal conflict... By hugging Hamas publicly, the emir of Qatar has thrown peace under the bus."
De facto Gaza Prime Minister Ismail Haniyeh kissed and embraced Sheikh Hamad and declared, "Your visit today officially announces the break of the economic blockade and political blockade imposed on Gaza by the forces of injustice."
Hamas orchestrated a grand welcome for the emir, but the cancellation of his speech at a Gaza stadium, which was sparsely filled before his scheduled appearance, brought to question whether the festival atmosphere was genuine,
The emir’s visit could turn out to be disastrous mistake, analysts told The Daily Beast.
“I think the Qataris are trying to orchestrate the new map of the Middle East and the way to do that is to invest and support the political systems of various countries,” Munther Dajani, a Palestinian political scientist at Al-Quds University in Jerusalem, told the magazine website.
“The Qataris know very well they are supporting a government in Gaza that took power through a coup d’état,” he said. “I think they’re committing a mistake by doing that.”
If the emir is trying to buy unity between Fatah and Hamas, he may have it deliver some checks to Ramallah as well.
Fatah leaders angrily branded the visit to Gaza as deepening the divisions within the Palestinian Authority.
“Looking for a political power in the region at the expense of the Palestinian people and their rights and unity is unacceptable,” Fatah stated.
Fatah either was not invited for the emir’s visit to Gaza and boycotted it, depending on which source one believes.
Fatah leader Yahya Rabah said his faction had not been invited by Qatar or Hamas while Hamas spokesman Taher al-Nunu insisted that Fatah had declined an invitation to attend the welcome ceremony.
Created on Tuesday, 23 October 2012 20:07
Border Police prevented a large-scale terrorist attack Tuesday by nabbing a Palestinian Authority terrorist with eight pipe bombs at the Kalandia checkpoint on the northern edge of Jerusalem, near Pisgat Ze’ev.
The pipe bombs were fully assembled and ready for use against Israeli civilians and soldiers.
The 20-year-old terrorist was turned over to police for further investigation.
Border Police discovered the explosives during a routine check of the terrorist after he stepped out of the vehicle to cross into Jerusalem.
The crossing was closed while sappers neutralized the explosives, and traffic was backed up on Highway 60 towards Beit El, Ofra and other Jewish communities in northern Samaria.
Earlier in the day, terrorists in Gaza set off a bomb that was hidden on the Gaza patrol route, seriously wounding an IDF officer. The Popular Front for the Liberation of Palestine (PFLP) claimed its terrorists were behind the blast in Gaza, which is under the control of Hamas.
Created on Sunday, 30 September 2012 16:38
Egyptian President Mohammed Morsi on Sunday discussed several pressing regional issues in an address delivered at an annual conference of Turkey's ruling Justice and Development Party.
"Our history, hopes and goals bind us together to achieve the freedom and justice that all nations are struggling for," Morsi said during a short visit to Ankara, according to the Egyptian daily Al-Ahram.
Morsi, on his first visit to Turkey as Egypt's president, urged members of the audience to support "the nations that are aspiring to freedom and independence."
“The Arab world and the Arab Spring need you and your support to achieve sought-for stability,” he said, according to Al-Ahram.
Egypt, he went on, "supports the demand of the people for freedom from oppression and occupation in both Syria and Palestine," stressing Turkey's role as an "important element" in issues of concern to the region.
Morsi also condemned the "misery" imposed on the Syrian people and the "bloodshed caused by the Syrian regime."
"The Syrian people have the right to choose their leaders," said the Egyptian president. "And this can only be achieved when they obtain their full freedom on their own soil and have our full support."
Morsi also expressed his hope for the eventual creation of an independent Palestinian state with Jerusalem as its capital, urging his listeners to support “the Palestinian national cause.”
He also stressed that the border between Egypt and Hamas-run Gaza remained open "to meet our obligations to our brothers in Gaza."
Hamas political chief Khaled Mashaal also attended the conference in Turkey, along with several members of the Gaza government, Al-Ahram reported.
"In Egypt, we aspire for stability, security and productivity," Morsi declared in his speech. "The Egyptian people are now on the path towards national revival and the establishment of a true civilization for the nation."
He went on to reject any outside interference in Egypt's domestic affairs.
The speech comes amid reports earlier on Sunday that Morsi has expressed willingness to meet top Israeli officials. According to the Yisrael Hayom newspaper which published the report, his preference would be to meet with President Shimon Peres.
The report said that if such a meeting takes place it would occur in Washington, shortly after the U.S. election. During the meeting, the two officials would attempt to set a new basis for the sour relations between Israel and Egypt, which nearly fell apart after an Egyptian mob stormed the Israeli embassy in Cairo last year.
Last week, in his address to the United Nations, Morsi hit out at Israel over its veiled threats to attack Iran's nuclear facilities and the deadlock in the Middle East peace process.
Morsi said the Middle East "no longer tolerates" any country's refusal to join the nuclear Non-Proliferation Treaty "especially if this is coupled with irresponsible policies or arbitrary threats."
"The acceptance by the international community of the principle of pre-emptiveness or the attempt to legitimize it is in itself a serious matter and must be firmly confronted to avoid the prevalence of the law of the jungle," he said.
Morsi also put the Israel-Arab conflict ahead of the Syria war in the list of priorities he laid out before the General Assembly.
"The first issue which the world must exert all its efforts in resolving, on the basis of justice and dignity, is the Palestinian cause," Morsi said.
He said that UN resolutions on the conflict had not been implemented and that Palestinian Authority Arabs "must also taste the fruits of freedom and dignity" that other countries in the Arab region have won in the past year.
Created on Monday, 27 August 2012 07:19
Palestinian Authority Chairman Mahmoud Abbas frequently refers to the “alleged” Jewish Temple, but if it was not Jewish, there is no basis for Christian belief, as written in the New Testament in Matthew (21:12), that Jewish “moneychangers" chased Jesus from the Holy Temple. However, Christians so far have not reacted to the implicit denial of their belief.
The PA campaign to eradicate Jewish history at the Temple Mount , as well as in the rest of Israel, has escalated sharply in the past two years.
Palestinian Media Watch (PMW) documented and translated statements from Palestinian Authority leaders, including Abbas, his advisor Ahmad Al-Ruweidi, clerics and ministers, all of whom used the term "alleged Temple" 97 times in 2011 and 2012.
PMW pointed out that the number 97 refers only to the term “alleged Temple” and does not include thousands of other denials of the existence of the First and Second Temples and Jewish history in the rest of Israel. Many Jewish sites, such as Rachel’s Tomb at the edge of Bethlehem and less than a mile from Jerusalem, has been given an Arab name by the PA, whose clerics claim it was a Muslim site - before Islam was founded.
Last week, Abbas said in the official PA WAFA news agency and in the PA official daily Al-Hayat Al-Jadida, ”[Israel's] purpose is to achieve its black goals: Destroying the Al-Aqsa Mosque, building the 'alleged Temple,' taking over the Muslim and Christian holy sites, and destroying its [Jerusalem's] institutions in order to empty it, uproot its residents, and continue its occupation and Judaization.”
PMW also uncovered Abbas' statement “that all of Israel's archeological digs and tunnels... will not change the reality of the city... and will not create a [Jewish] right based on fantasy and legends.”
The statement ended, “There will be no peace, security, or stability unless the occupation [Israel], its settlements and settlers will be evacuated from our holy city and the eternal capital of our state."
Abbas has previously declared that “Palestinian” history is 9,000 years old and said last year, on the eve of Israel’s Independence Day, "Netanyahu, you are incidental in history. We are the people of history. We are the owners of history,” PMW stated.
Created on Monday, 16 July 2012 11:04
A retired Arab security officer died on Sunday of injuries sustained after “falling” from a third-floor window while in custody.
The 63-year-old man, identified by one source as Ahmed Mansour, was pronounced dead at a Ramallah hospital, where he was transported after suffering serious injuries, with one source saying it was unclear if he had fallen or was pushed to his death for allegedly selling land to Israel. Another source said he jumped.
"This citizen is a retired security officer who was being held by the intelligence services in Ramallah on suspicion of corruption involving the sale of land," a security source told AFP on condition of anonymity.
"He fell from a building and died, but we do not know if he fell or was pushed," the source added.
The details were confirmed by a second security source, who said the man was being investigated on suspicion of having "manipulated land records and sold land to Israel." Mansour had been charged with returning land that had been sold to Jews.
Medical sources said the man's body was taken to the Institute for Forensic Medicine in Abu Dis, an Arab town in Area B (PA jurisdiction except for security, which is under IDF) near Jerusalem, for an autopsy, according to AFP.
Created on Wednesday, 11 July 2012 20:19
Officials in Ramallah on Wednesday slammed the Netanyahu government's plans to accept the conclusion of the Levy Commission report on Jewish settlement in Judea and Samaria.
"We will not sign any peace agreement if there is a [single] settlement on Palestinian Land," Palestinian Authority chairman Mahmoud Abbas' spokesman Nabil Abu Rodier said.
The Levy report concluded Israel is not an occupying power in Judea and Samaria, and that Jewish communities in the region are therefore legal under international law.
"Israel has no right to be on Palestinian lands,"Rodier said, adding the PA rejected the Levy report in no uncertain terms.
Rodier added that bu Rodier repeated the position of the PA remains that Israel must agree to the pre-1967 lines as the borders of a future PA state with eastern Jerusalem as its capital.
He added that the PA maintains all Israeli towns in Judea and Samaria are illegal, and that the PA would never sign a peace agreement if even a single Jewish community remained in the region - including east Jerusalem.
Both borders and Jerusalem have long-been considered final status issues to be determined by the two sides at the negotiating table, but in recent years Abbas has insisted Israel capitulate before talks can resume.
Israeli Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu has said he is ready to resume negotiations immediately without preconditions from either side.
Created on Thursday, 05 July 2012 09:28
Palestinian Authority chairman Mahmoud Abbas will meet with US Secretary of State Hilary Clinton and the French President Francois Hollande this week.
Erekat said Abbas will stress the importance of releasing PA jailed in Israel when he meets with the leaders, according to a statement from his office.
He added that Abbas will also meet EU foreign affairs chief Catherine Ashton, and the British, German and Norwegian foreign ministers during his two-day trip to Paris.
World diplomats are currently gathering for a "Friends of Syria" meeting in the French capital. The summit is a bid by world leaders to bridge Arab and Western positions over the conflict in Syria.
However, Russia – which says the group is biased in favor of opposition to President Bashar Assad – refuses to attend.
A spokesman for Abbas' office said last month that the PA leader will only meet with Israeli premier Benjamin Netanyahu if Israel agrees to free seriously ill prisoners, including those detained prior to the Oslo accords.
Specifying pre-Oslo and sick prisoners is a step down from Abbas' previous position, which was the unconditional release of all PA prisoners from Israeli prisons.
However, the prisoner issue remains only one of several preconditions Abbas has thrown in the path of renewed peace talks between Ramallah and Jerusalem.
He has also demanded Israel agree to the indefensible pre-1967 lines as the borders for a future PA state and impose a second building freeze in Judea and Samaria before he agrees to come to the negotiating table.
Israeli officials note that a previous 10-month building freeze by Israel aimed at meeting Abbas' demand was rebuffed and not only met with additional preconditions, but a unilateral statehood bid at the United Nations in violation of the 1993 Oslo Accords as well.
They say Abbas' current raft of preconditions are a fait accompli intended to forestall talks that would require him to make concessions he has not prepared his people for.
Israeli prime minister Binyamin Netanyahu has said he is ready to resume talks immediately without preconditions from either side.
Created on Wednesday, 04 July 2012 13:58
Dozens of journalists from Palestinian Authority enclaves protested outside the Interior Ministry in Ramallah on Tuesday.
The journalists vented their fury over violence used by PA security forces against journalists during a demonstration against planned meeting between PA Chairman Mahmoud Abbas and Israeli Deputy Prime Minister Shaul Mofaz.
They also protested the arrest of six journalists during the protest, including Reuters photographer Sayyid al-Hawari, and journalist Ahmed Moslih. The journalists demanded the Interior Minister investigate the violence and arrests, and take punitive measures against those responsible.
In response, the Interior Ministry announced that the PA would launch an investigation into the complaint, and stressed the commitment of the PA to maintain freedom of expression and assembly.
PA Chairman Mahmoud Abbas described the right to freedom of expression as "sacred," adding that he instructed the security forces to protect this right "at all costs."
At the same time, Abbas said individuals could not be allowed to abuse the freedom of speech by "inciting against PA institutions," or "causing anarchy."
The PLO issued a statement trying to refocus public attention on tensions with Israel rather than government abuses by the PA.
"The first priority of our people, the PA, and its security forces is to continue campaign for the removal of Israeli occupation of our land, to obtain freedom for our people, and the restoration of our national unity in the establishment of a Palestinians state whose capital Al-Quds [the Temple Mount -Ed]."
"This requires us to unite, join ranks, and put off any differences of opinion," the statement read.
Created on Tuesday, 05 June 2012 21:12
As was expected, the Palestinian Authority glorified the 91 terrorists whose bodies were returned by Israel, as a gesture by Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu to PA Chairman Mahmoud Abbas.
The Palestinian Media Watch (PMW) research organization, which monitors and translates the PA-based media, has translated and presented on its website several incidents in which the PA glorified the dead terrorists. The PA gave the terrorists a military funeral for heroes, with the participation of Abbas, Prime Minister Salam Fayyad and other PA dignitaries.
All the returned terrorists, including many suicide bombers who murdered Israeli civilians, were presented as heroic and categorized as Shahids (martyrs).
In one speech which was broadcast on PA TV on May 31 and which was delivered by the Secretary General of Mahmoud Abbas' office, Tayeb Abd Al-Rahim, he said:
“Our Martyrs are now among us after being in our hearts, in our minds, and in our veins. We did not forget them for a moment, we will never forget them, and we will always remain faithful to their vow... Oh brothers [Martyrs], your souls now hover above us and say to us: 'Follow in our path, stick to the obligation that is incumbent upon us and we are sure that you will be fulfilling this obligation and following this path.' May Allah have mercy on you. We ask Allah to gather you in the uppermost heaven, along with the prophets, the righteous, and the Martyrs.”
A second speech by PA Mufti Muhammad Hussein also glorified the terrorists. Hussein is the same mufti who, several months ago, publicly called for the genocide of Jews.
In his speech after the terrorists’ bodies were returned, the mufti said:
“Today we receive this elite group of Martyrs. Our people, headed by the Palestinian leadership, welcome these Martyrs with great honor... As we accompany these Martyrs to Heaven, we should be happy: By Allah's will, we still have elite groups of Martyrs like these among us. We still have a generous leadership, and we still have a people that has never been sparing and will spare no sacrifice for this blessed land, for this homeland, for Jerusalem and the holy places, and for every inch of the pure land of beloved Palestine. Honored brothers, this is a great event: The souls of the noble Martyrs envelop us, and their souls tell us to follow in their path.”
Created on Sunday, 03 June 2012 14:39
A Palestinian Authority minister has blasted the European Union for hosting Shomron leader Gershon Mesika, whom it called a “terrorist.”
Mesika two weeks spoke to the EU Foreign Affairs Commission of the Parliament in an unprecedented visit to the Brussels-based EU parliament. It was the first time a leader of Judea and Samaria spoke at an official parliamentary meeting, and it clearly infuriated the Palestinian Authority, which is heavily dependent on EU financing.
An official letter to European Union members from the Foreign Affairs Ministry of the PA stated that "The Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the Palestinian National Authority condemns the invitation of Gershon Mesika, Chairman of the Shomron Settlement Board in occupied Palestinian territory, as a guest of honor to address the EU Parliament.
"To give a floor to this terrorist at the EU Parliament is an unprecedented deed and comes in stark contradiction to the traditional position of the European Union and its institutions towards the Palestinian people, especially those related to settlement construction.
"The European Union, along with all its institutions, has stressed on many occasions and through many official statements its support for international legitimacy and the rights of the Palestinian people; foremost among them, its right to establish its independent state based on the 1967 borders."
Mesika, of the Shomron Liaison Office, is a widely-known advocate for a Jewish presence in Judea and Samaria by hosting journalists and foreign organizations and arranging for speeches to groups and political bodies outside the “captive audience” of nationalist groups.
Clearly worried about his success, the Ministry of Foreign Affairs added in its letter that it “hopes that this unprecedented invitation will not represent a new approach in dealing with the Palestine Question."
Mesika responded to the letter by stating, "If the Palestinian Authority is under pressure, it's a sign that we're on the right path. We'll continue to build up the Land of Israel, and together with the construction we'll go on with our public relations blitz both in Israel and outside of it."
Yossi Dagan, Director of the Strategy Unity and Mesika's advisor, added, "The amazing thing is that when we explain the simple truth, that we are settling Judea and Samaria because this is our land, given to the Jewish people by Biblical fiat, people simply understand and are convinced. Apparently, saying that the land is simply ours works better than all the other feeble excuses. Most people say that they have never heard this explanation before..."
David Ha'ivri, who heads the Shomron Liaison Office, said, "The hysterical reactions of the Palestinian Authority are only directing us to accomplish more. The PA is scared that the world will discover that settlement in Judea and Samaria is not the problem, but the solution. In coming months, we'll continue to plow deeply into Europe and the rest of the world and strengthen international support for the State of Israel and for settlement in Judea and Samaria."