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NY Times: Reports of Palestinian Terror Pay Just a ‘Far-Right Conspiracy’
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Isn’t presenting a well-documented fact as “fake news” just more fake news?

By: United with Israel Staff

In a recently published article in the New York Times’ Technology section, journalist Nellie Bowles characterized the well-documented fact that the Palestinian Authority (PA) pays hundreds of millions of dollars to the families of terrorists as a “far-right conspiracy.”

In a piece that ironically includes the phrase “fake news” in its title, Bowles herself presents fact as fake news.

Specifically, she uses as her example of a “far-right conspiracy” the fact that “Palestinians pay $400 million [in] pensions [to] terrorist families.”

Responding to this outrageous lie, the Jerusalem Post‘s Lahav Harkov pointed out in a tweet that Palestinian terror payments are “written in to the Palestinian Authority’s budget, not a ‘far-right conspiracy.'”

The Committee for Accuracy in Middle East Reporting in America (CAMERA), a media watchdog, noted that it follows that Bowles must consider her own paper part of the vast “far-right conspiracy,” as The Times has repeatedly reported the fact that the PA pays the families of terrorists.

On May 2, 2017, for example, a Times article titled “G.O.P. Pressures Trump to Take Tough Stance With Mahmoud Abbas,” confirms that not even the Palestinian officials try to deny that their government is providing the families of suicide bombers with funding.

“The issue of payments to families of suicide bombers and others who commit violence has become a frequent complaint by Israel and its supporters. The Palestinian Authority spends about $315 million a year to distribute cash and benefits to 36,000 families, according to Sander Gerber, a New York hedge fund executive and fellow at the Jerusalem Center Public Affairs, who has studied the issue and brought his research to American lawmakers,” the article states.

“Palestinian leaders defend the payments, saying they are meant to help widows and orphans of “martyrs,” as they call suicide bombers and others killed in attacks, as well as destitute families of prisoners, not to promote terrorism,” the article adds.

Several NY Times articles, as far back as 2006, also admit that this heinous Palestinian policy is a fact.

While CAMERA contacted Times editors to request a correction, at press time it had yet to receive a response, nor had Bowles responded to any comments on her Twitter feed addressing her error.

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'I CALL ON YOU NOT TO LET THE DARK SIDE WIN'
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Israeli minister to Natalie Portman: You have been fooled by Hamas propaganda
Gilad Erdan appeals to Star Wars actress to come and see the truth after she says she does 'not feel comfortable participating in any public events in Israel'
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Natalie Portman, seen in Jerusalem's Nahlaot neighborhood in a scene from 'A Tale of Love and Darkness,' February 11, 2014. (Photo credit: Yonatan Sindel/Flash 90)
Natalie Portman, seen in Jerusalem's Nahlaot neighborhood in a scene from 'A Tale of Love and Darkness,' February 11, 2014. (Photo credit: Yonatan Sindel/Flash 90)
An  Israeli minister wrote to Natalie Portman on Friday after she decided not to come to Israel to receive the so-called “Jewish Nobel” awarded by the Genesis Prize Foundation, telling her she had been hoodwinked by Hamas propaganda and inviting the Jerusalem-born Hollywood star to come and see the truth.

Portman had initially agreed to accept the $2 million award at a ceremony scheduled for June.

But on Thursday, the foundation said that it had been notified by Portman’s representative that “[r]ecent events in Israel have been extremely distressing to her and she does not feel comfortable participating in any public events in Israel” and that “she cannot in good conscience move forward with the ceremony.”

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“It appears that the events to which you are referring are those that took place on our border with Gaza,” Strategic Affairs and Public Security Minister Gilad Erdan wrote to Portman.

“Sadly, it seems that you have been influenced by the campaign of media misinformation and lies regarding Gaza orchestrated by the Hamas terrorist group,” he said inviting her to come and tour the border, its communities and the IDF soldiers guarding it.


Public Security Minister Gilad Erdan speaks at the Conference of Presidents of Major American Jewish Organizations, at the Inbal Hotel in Jerusalem, February 19, 2018. (Yonatan Sindel/Flash90)
His invitation came on a day of further  clashes when some 3,000 Palestinians protested along the Gaza border with Israel, burning tires and flying flaming kites across the frontier to set Israeli fields ablaze, witnesses and the army said. Soldiers responded with tear gas and live fire, killing four Palestinians, including a 15-year-old, according to the Hamas-run health ministry.

“It is not surprising that you have seen the media reports which have distorted the
truth and portrayed the recent riots on the Israel-Gaza border as peaceful
demonstrations, and Israel’s response as disproportionate,” Erdan wrote. “It is in fact precisely this narrative which Hamas hoped to portray when it organized the riots. Unfortunately it appears that this Hamas-designed narrative has impacted your decision.”

Erdan said the truth was that Hamas was using the “riots as a cover to carry out armed terror attacks.”


Palestinian protestors burn tires during clashes with Israeli security forces on the Gaza-Israel border, east of Gaza City on April 6, 2018. (AFP Photo/Mahmud Hams)
Erdan urged Portman to come and see the situation for herself, warning that the BDS (Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions) campaign was “taking advantage” of her stand.

Erdan even referred to Portman’s role in the Star Wars series.

“The goal of Hamas and other murderous terrorist organizations is to convince
the world that they are the real fighters for justice and freedom. Please don’t
make that mistake,” Erdan said.

“Anakin Skywalker, a character you know well from Star Wars, went through a similar process. He began to believe that the Jedi knights were evil, and that the forces of the Dark Side were the defenders of democracy. I call on you not to let the Dark Side win.”

Meanwhile, the Forward reported that US Supreme Court Judge Ruth Bader Ginsburg, who is receiving a lifetime achievement award, would still be coming to Israel for the award.

Earlier,  Culture Minister Miri Regev lambasted Portman, saying she had “fallen into the hands” of the BDS campaign that aims to isolate the Jewish state.

Culture and Sports Minister Miri Regev arrives for the weekly cabinet meeting at the Prime Minister’s Office in Jerusalem, March 11, 2018. (Marc Israel Sellem)
The Genesis Foundation did not indicate whether Portman would still receive the prize money in light of her announcement.

Regev said she was sorry that Portman had “fallen like ripe fruit into the hands of BDS supporters.”

She added, “Natalie, a Jewish actress who was born in Israel, joins those who relate to the story of the success and the wondrous rebirth of Israel as a story of darkness.”

Calling on Interior Minister Aryeh Deri to cancel Portman’s Israeli citizenship, Likud MK Oren Hazan labeled her “an Israeli Jewess who on the one hand makes cynical use of her origins in order to advance her career and who, on the other hand, prides herself on having avoided being drafted into the IDF.”

Portman left Israel with her parents at the age of 3.

Kulanu party MK Rachel Azaria seen during a Knesset meeting, November 6, 2017. (Miriam Alster/Flash90)
Kulanu lawmaker Rachel Azaria said that Portman’s decision was a reflection of changing attitudes toward Israel among US Jews.

“Natalie Portman’s cancellation should be a warning sign,” she tweeted. “She’s totally one of us, identifies with her Jewishness and Israeliness. She’s expressing the voices of many in US Jewry, and particularly those of the younger generation. This is a community that was always a significant anchor for the State of Israel and the price of losing it is likely to be too high.”

Much of the US Jewish community has been at odds with Israel’s right-wing government in recent years over the latter’s position on the Israeli-Palestinian conflict and its support for ultra-Orthodox Jewry on issues of religious identity and practice.

Earlier, in a statement announcing the cancellation of the prize ceremony, the Genesis Prize Foundation said that its organizers “fear that Ms. Portman’s decision will cause our philanthropic initiative to be politicized, something we have worked hard for the past five years to avoid.”

In November, the Genesis Prize announced that Portman would receive its 2018 award, which comes with a cash prize that recipients may direct toward causes of their choice. She joined artist Anish Kapoor, violinist Itzhak Perlman, former New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg and actor-director Michael Douglas as winners of the $1 million prize, which “honors individuals who serve as an inspiration to the next generation of Jews through their outstanding professional achievement along with their commitment to Jewish values and the Jewish people.”


Philanthropist Morris Kahn, left, Genesis Prize Laureate Natalie Portman, center, and Stan Polovets, co-founder and chairman of the Genesis Prize Foundation. (Genesis Foundation)
Genesis said in December that Portman’s prize money had been doubled to $2 million by a donation by Israeli philanthropist Morris Kahn.

The prize was established by Mikhail Fridman and other wealthy Russian-Jewish businessmen and operates in partnership with the Prime Minister’s Office and the Jewish Agency for Israel.

In 2009, Portman joined other Hollywood stars in protesting calls for a boycott against the Toronto International Film Festival for its staging of a Tel Aviv-themed event. She also directed and starred in a Hebrew-language adaptation of Israeli novelist Amos Oz’s memoir, “A Tale of Love and Darkness.” In a statement following the Genesis Prize announcement in November, Portman said she was “proud of my Israeli roots and Jewish heritage.”

In 2015, following the reelection of Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, she said she was “very, very upset and disappointed.”

“I find his racist comments horrific,” she told The Hollywood Reporter. “However, I don’t — what I want to make sure is, I don’t want to use my platform [the wrong way]. I feel like there are some people who become prominent, and then it’s out in the foreign press. You know, shit on Israel. I do not. I don’t want to do that.”

JTA contributed to this report.
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Honduran Lawmakers Vote to Move Embassy to Jerusalem
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“Israel congratulates the National Congress of Honduras for passing with an overwhelming majority a resolution in favor of opening an Embassy in Jerusalem,” an Israeli Foreign Ministry spokesman said.

By: JNS and United with Israel Staff

Lawmakers in Honduras voted on Thursday to relocate the country’s embassy in Israel from Tel Aviv to Jerusalem.

“Israel congratulates the National Congress of Honduras for passing with an overwhelming majority a resolution in favor of opening an Embassy in Jerusalem,” Israeli Foreign Ministry spokesman Emmanuel Nahshon said on Twitter.

Honduran lawmakers approved the measure 59-33, which now must be approved by the executive branch.

“A notice has been sent to the secretary of state in the Foreign Ministry who handles [Honduran] ties to the Israeli people, according to which Honduras should consider moving its embassy in Israel to Jerusalem from Tel Aviv,” said National Congress First Secretary Jose Tomas Zambrano Molina.

Earlier this week, Jerusalem Mayor Nir Barkat announced that Guatemala will open its new embassy in Jerusalem just two days after the United States in mid-May.

Like its Central American neighbor, Honduras has been strongly supportive of US President Donald Trump’s decision to recognize Jerusalem as Israel’s capital and to move the American embassy there.

Israel and Honduras also enjoy a strong relationship. In March, Israel announced it would be expanding cooperation with Honduras in areas such as security, economic development, education, health and the environment.

Honduran President Juan Orlando Hernández was also scheduled to take part in Israel’s 70th Independence Day celebrations next week, but was forced to withdraw from the event over human rights objections from some in Israel.

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A few other countries have shown support for the US’ move.

Romanian Parliament chief Liviu Dragnea stated in December that he thinks his country “should seriously consider moving its embassy in Israel to Jerusalem. We should think about it very seriously.”

“All Israeli central institutions are in Jerusalem, and the ambassadors and embassy’s staff are commuting from Tel Aviv to Jerusalem,” he said, essentially echoing President Donald Trump’s reasoning about recognizing Jerusalem as Israel’s capital.

Netanyahu earlier expressed confidence that most European countries will follow Trump’s recognition of Jerusalem as Israel’s capital.

“I believe that all or most of the European countries will move their embassies to Jerusalem, recognize Jerusalem as Israel’s capital, and engage robustly with us for security, prosperity and peace,” Netanyahu said in Brussels last Monday ahead of a meeting with all 28 foreign ministers of European Union (EU) member states.

The Czech Republic recognized western Jerusalem as the capital of Israel following Trump’s policy changes on the city.

The Czech government’s move on western Jerusalem follows the Czech Parliament’s approval of legislation in May that recognizes Jerusalem as Israel’s capital.

In April 2017, the Russian Foreign Ministry made a similar move to recognize “west Jerusalem” as the Israeli capital.
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IDF destroys ‘longest and deepest’ Hamas cross-border attack tunnel
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Interior of Hamas tunnel dug under the border with Israel, that the IDF revealed it destroyed, April 15, 2018. (IDF spokesperson)
The Israel Defense Forces on Sunday announced it had destroyed a sophisticated Hamas attack tunnel leading from the Gaza Strip into Israeli territory over the weekend.

The tunnel was the “longest and deepest” underground passage discovered in Israel thus far, according to Defense Minister Avigdor Liberman.
It passed under the border in an area where Palestinian protesters have recently clashed with security forces, the army said.

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A military spokesman said the tunnel was dug by the Hamas terrorist group and was connected to a “kilometers-long” network of other passages under the Gaza Strip.

The tunnel reached “tens of meters” into Israeli territory in the area of the northern Gaza Strip, close to the Israeli community of Nahal Oz, the army said. It was constructed after the 50-day 2014 conflict between Israel and Hamas, according to the IDF.

It was detected using new technologies and methods that the IDF has deployed against the terror tunnel threat and was disarmed over the weekend, Lt. Col. Jonathan Conricus said.

“This was clearly a terror tunnel that connected to other tunnels in the Gaza Strip,” he said. “It extended into Israel and violated Israeli sovereignty.”

Security forces had been monitoring the tunnel network, which had been under construction for years. The decision was taken to destroy it once it crossed into Israeli territory, the spokesman said. Palestinian tunnel diggers were working their way up to the surface to construct an exit within Israeli territory when the army decided to act.

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The tunnel was sealed up rather then being bombed, and the sealing material was estimated to extend deep into the underground network on the Gaza side rendering sections of connecting tunnels useless, the spokesman said.

He did not say if there were any Palestinian injuries during the process to seal the tunnel.

It was the fifth tunnel the IDF has destroyed in recent months, he noted.

“The IDF doesn’t seek an escalation. We are defending our borders,” Conricus said. “We will not tolerate or allow Hamas to turn the border area into an active combat zone.”

In a post to his Twitter feed, Liberman lauded the destruction of the tunnel and warned Palestinians in Gaza that Hamas was wasting their aid money on pointless tunneling operations.

“We open the week with an impressive intelligence and operational achievement, with the destruction of another terror tunnel, the longest and deepest discovered so far,” Liberman said.

“A tunnel in which millions of dollars were invested, money that instead of relieving the strain on residents, was buried in the sand. Residents of Gaza, Hamas is burning your money on tunnels to nowhere. We will get our hands on all of them,” said Liberman.

In July 2014, Israel launched Operation Protective Edge in response to rocket fire from Gaza. During the 50-day campaign, the IDF destroyed some 14 tunnels that entered Israeli territory, along with 18 internal tunnels, and depleted Hamas’s weapons stores.
Palestinian protesters burn Israeli flags near the border fence with Israel, east of Khan Yunis in the southern Gaza city, on April 13, 2018. (AFP/Thomas Coex)
The IDF spokesman noted that Hamas was using recent border protests by Palestinian as cover for infiltration attempts and that some of the rioting at the border was very close to the area where the tunnel crossed into Israel.

“The violent disturbances are a cover for terror attempts above and below ground,” he said.

The tunnel destruction came amid tensions along the security fence in recent weeks, with the Palestinians holding mass marches near the border, and in some cases rioting, for the last three consecutive weekends. Israel says the violence is being orchestrated by Hamas, which it accuses of trying to carry out border attacks under the cover of large protests.

On Friday, at least 10,000 Gazans took part in large-scale demonstrations, with the Israeli military saying protesters hurled an explosive device and firebombs at Israeli troops deployed at the border, as well as making “several attempts” to damage the fence between Israel and Gaza, and cross over into Israeli territory. A week earlier, about 20,000 Palestinians took part in the demonstrations, with the previous week attracting an estimated 30,000.

More than 30 Palestinians have been killed in the clashes over the part three weeks, according to Hamas-run health authorities. Hamas has acknowledged that several of those killed were its members, and Israel has identified other fatalities as members of terrorist groups.

The protests are part of what Hamas said will be several weeks of “March of Return” demonstrations, which Hamas leaders say ultimately aim to see the removal of the border and the liberation of Palestine.


Four Islamic Jihad members killed in Gaza explosion
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Terror groups admits the four, who were transporting explosives in an ATV, were engaged in 'preparations' near border with Israel
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Palestinian terror organization Islamic Jihad said Saturday that four of its members were killed in an accidental explosion near the Gaza Strip border with Israel.

The group said in a statement that the four died during “preparations,” without giving further details. Army Radio reported that the terrorists were killed while carrying explosives in an all-terrain vehicle, suggesting the blast may have been a “work accident.” AFP said they were riding a tuk tuk vehicle which exploded a few hundred meters from the border with Israel.

The four fatalities were named as Hisham Abdel Al, Elias Al Katrous, Ae’d Al Hamaydeh, and Mohammad Al Krinawi, according to Palestinian sources.

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Islamic Jihad is an ally of terrorist group Hamas, which rules the Gaza Strip. The group, which is supported by Iran, has fought alongside Hamas against Israel in multiple wars, most recently in 2014.

The Hamas-controlled Health Ministry initially claimed the blast east of Rafah in southern Gaza was caused by an Israeli strike. The IDF denied any involvement in the incident and said none of its forces had opened fire in the area.

The incident came amid tensions along the security fence in recent weeks, with the Palestinians holding mass marches near the border, and in some cases rioting, for the last three consecutive weekends. Israel says the violence is being orchestrated by Hamas, which it accuses of trying to carry out border attacks under the cover of large protests.

Israel has noted a gradual decrease in the number of Gazans protesting each week.

On Friday, at least 10,000 Gazans took part in large-scale demonstrations, with the Israeli military saying protesters hurled an explosive device and firebombs at Israeli troops deployed at the border, as well as making “several attempts” to damage the fence between Israel and Gaza and cross over into Israeli territory.

Protesters torched tires and burned large Israeli flags, as well as posters of Israel’s prime minister and defense minister. Large plumes of black smoke from burning tires rose into the sky. They also burned pictures of US President Donald Trump and Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman.

Last Friday, about 20,000 Palestinians took part in the demonstrations, with the previous week attracting an estimated 30,000.

More than 30 Palestinians have been killed in the clashes over the part three weeks, according to Hamas-run health authorities. Hamas has acknowledged that several of those killed were its members, and Israel has identified other fatalities as members of terrorist groups.

The protests are part of what Hamas said will be several weeks of “March of Return” demonstrations, which Hamas leaders say ultimately aim to see the removal of the border and the liberation of Palestine.

The idea of mass protests was initially floated by Palestinian social media activists in Gaza, but was later co-opted by Hamas, which avowedly seeks Israel’s destruction, with the backing of smaller terror groups.

Gaza leaders have planned the so-called Marches of Return to culminate in a million-strong march in mid-May, coinciding with Israel’s 70th Independence Day, the opening of the US embassy in Jerusalem, and Nakba Day — when the Palestinians mark what they call the “catastrophe” that befell them with Israel’s creation.

The “Return” refers to Palestinians’ demand that tens of thousands of refugees and their millions of descendants be allowed to live in today’s Israel, an influx that would spell the end of Israel as the world’s sole Jewish-majority state.

Agencies contributed to this report

PA official: Egypt asked Hamas to stop Gaza protests
Envoys from Cairo said to worry about potential for 'serious deterioration'; official in the Strip vows to continue demonstrations
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A Palestinian man tries to cut through a section of barbed wire at the border fence with Israel, east of Jabalia in the central Gaza city, during a protest on April 13, 2018 (AFP PHOTO / MOHAMMED ABED)
Senior Egyptian intelligence officials who visited the Gaza Strip on Saturday reportedly asked Hamas leaders to halt the weekly mass demonstrations along the border with Israel.

The Egyptian delegation, headed by Sameh Nabil, who is in charge of the Palestinian portfolio in Egypt’s General Intelligence Service, entered the Gaza Strip through the Erez border crossing with Israel.

A Palestinian Authority official in Ramallah said that the Egyptian officials demanded during their talks with Hamas leaders in Gaza City that the terror group end the protests, which began three weeks ago as part of the so-called March of Return.

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“The Egyptians are worried that the confrontations along the border between the Gaza Strip and Israel could lead to a serious deterioration,” the official told The Times of Israel. “The Egyptians are also concerned that the clashes could move to the border between the Gaza Strip and Egypt.”

Egypt has refused to open the Rafah border crossing with the Gaza Strip on a permanent basis, a decision that has drawn sharp criticism from Palestinians living in the coastal enclave.

Unconfirmed reports in a number of Arab media outlets in the past few days said that Egypt has been pressuring Hamas to halt the “March of Return” in exchange for easing travel restrictions at the Rafah crossing.

Adel Abed Al Rahman, spokesperson for the Egyptian delegation that visited the Gaza Strip, said that the talks with the Hamas leaders focused on the issue of “reconciliation” between the terror group and Mahmoud Abbas’s ruling Fatah faction.


Israeli soldiers are seen as Palestinian demonstrators protest at the Israel-Gaza border, Friday, April 13, 2018. (AP Photo/Ariel Schalit)
Hamas and Fatah signed a reconciliation agreement in Cairo in October 2017 in which they pledged to end their differences and pave the way for achieving Palestinian unity. However, the two rival parties have since failed to reach understandings on the implementation of the Egyptian-brokered deal, and continue to hold each other responsible for its failure.

Abbas has accused Hamas of failing to hand full control of the Gaza Strip over to his Ramallah-based government. He has also threatened to impose new sanctions on Hamas unless it complies with his demands.

Hamas, for its part, has accused Abbas of failing to lift sanctions he imposed on the Gaza Strip last year, including suspending payments to thousands of civil servants. Hamas has also rejected Abbas’s demand to allow his security forces to deploy in the Gaza Strip.

Egyptian intelligence officials who were trying to mediate between Hamas and Fatah left the Gaza Strip shortly after last month’s attempt on the life of Rami Hamdallah, the PA prime minister. Hamdallah’s convoy was targeted by a roadside bomb as he was on his way to inaugurate a water waste plant in the northern Gaza Strip. Neither he nor PA General Intelligence Chief Majed Faraj, who was also in the convoy, were hurt.

Hamas officials refused to comment on the claim that the Egyptians were pressuring them to halt the “March of Return.”

However, shortly after the Egyptian officials left the Gaza Strip, Khalil al-Hayya, a senior Hamas official, announced that the mass demonstrations would continue “until they achieve their real goals.”

The protests, Hayya said, will continue until May 15, when Palestinians mark Nakba Day, the Gregorian calendar date for Israel Independence Day.

“Our Palestinian people will continue the marches and the intifada against the Israeli occupation until they achieve the right of return,” Hayya said, referring to the demand that Israel allow Palestinian refugees and their descendants to return to their former homes inside Israel.


Palestinian protesters burn an Israeli flag during clashes with Israeli forces near the border with Israel, east of Gaza city in the central Gaza strip, on April 13, 2018. (/ AFP PHOTO / MAHMUD HAMS )
“The burning of the Israeli flag [during the third Friday of the demonstrations] is proof that we don’t recognize this flag and its owners.”

On Friday, at least 10,000 Gazans took part in large-scale demonstrations, with the Israeli military saying protesters hurled an explosive device and firebombs at Israeli troops deployed at the border, as well as making “several attempts” to damage the fence between Israel and Gaza and cross over into Israeli territory.

Protesters torched tires and burned large Israeli flags, as well as posters of Israel’s prime minister and defense minister. Large plumes of black smoke from burning tires rose into the sky. They also burned pictures of US President Donald Trump and Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman.

Last Friday, about 20,000 Palestinians took part in the demonstrations, with the previous week attracting an estimated 30,000.

More than 30 Palestinians have been killed in the clashes over the part three weeks, according to Hamas-run health authorities. Hamas has acknowledged that several of those killed were its members, and Israel has identified other fatalities as members of terrorist groups.

Times of Israel staff and agencies contributed to this report.
Envoys from Cairo said to worry about potential for 'serious deterioration'; official in the Strip vows to continue demonstrations
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A Palestinian man tries to cut through a section of barbed wire at the border fence with Israel, east of Jabalia in the central Gaza city, during a protest on April 13, 2018 (AFP PHOTO / MOHAMMED ABED)
Senior Egyptian intelligence officials who visited the Gaza Strip on Saturday reportedly asked Hamas leaders to halt the weekly mass demonstrations along the border with Israel.

The Egyptian delegation, headed by Sameh Nabil, who is in charge of the Palestinian portfolio in Egypt’s General Intelligence Service, entered the Gaza Strip through the Erez border crossing with Israel.

A Palestinian Authority official in Ramallah said that the Egyptian officials demanded during their talks with Hamas leaders in Gaza City that the terror group end the protests, which began three weeks ago as part of the so-called March of Return.

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“The Egyptians are worried that the confrontations along the border between the Gaza Strip and Israel could lead to a serious deterioration,” the official told The Times of Israel. “The Egyptians are also concerned that the clashes could move to the border between the Gaza Strip and Egypt.”

Egypt has refused to open the Rafah border crossing with the Gaza Strip on a permanent basis, a decision that has drawn sharp criticism from Palestinians living in the coastal enclave.

Unconfirmed reports in a number of Arab media outlets in the past few days said that Egypt has been pressuring Hamas to halt the “March of Return” in exchange for easing travel restrictions at the Rafah crossing.

Adel Abed Al Rahman, spokesperson for the Egyptian delegation that visited the Gaza Strip, said that the talks with the Hamas leaders focused on the issue of “reconciliation” between the terror group and Mahmoud Abbas’s ruling Fatah faction.


Israeli soldiers are seen as Palestinian demonstrators protest at the Israel-Gaza border, Friday, April 13, 2018. (AP Photo/Ariel Schalit)
Hamas and Fatah signed a reconciliation agreement in Cairo in October 2017 in which they pledged to end their differences and pave the way for achieving Palestinian unity. However, the two rival parties have since failed to reach understandings on the implementation of the Egyptian-brokered deal, and continue to hold each other responsible for its failure.

Abbas has accused Hamas of failing to hand full control of the Gaza Strip over to his Ramallah-based government. He has also threatened to impose new sanctions on Hamas unless it complies with his demands.

Hamas, for its part, has accused Abbas of failing to lift sanctions he imposed on the Gaza Strip last year, including suspending payments to thousands of civil servants. Hamas has also rejected Abbas’s demand to allow his security forces to deploy in the Gaza Strip.

Egyptian intelligence officials who were trying to mediate between Hamas and Fatah left the Gaza Strip shortly after last month’s attempt on the life of Rami Hamdallah, the PA prime minister. Hamdallah’s convoy was targeted by a roadside bomb as he was on his way to inaugurate a water waste plant in the northern Gaza Strip. Neither he nor PA General Intelligence Chief Majed Faraj, who was also in the convoy, were hurt.

Hamas officials refused to comment on the claim that the Egyptians were pressuring them to halt the “March of Return.”

However, shortly after the Egyptian officials left the Gaza Strip, Khalil al-Hayya, a senior Hamas official, announced that the mass demonstrations would continue “until they achieve their real goals.”

The protests, Hayya said, will continue until May 15, when Palestinians mark Nakba Day, the Gregorian calendar date for Israel Independence Day.

“Our Palestinian people will continue the marches and the intifada against the Israeli occupation until they achieve the right of return,” Hayya said, referring to the demand that Israel allow Palestinian refugees and their descendants to return to their former homes inside Israel.

Palestinian protesters burn an Israeli flag during clashes with Israeli forces near the border with Israel, east of Gaza city in the central Gaza strip, on April 13, 2018. (/ AFP PHOTO / MAHMUD HAMS )
“The burning of the Israeli flag [during the third Friday of the demonstrations] is proof that we don’t recognize this flag and its owners.”

On Friday, at least 10,000 Gazans took part in large-scale demonstrations, with the Israeli military saying protesters hurled an explosive device and firebombs at Israeli troops deployed at the border, as well as making “several attempts” to damage the fence between Israel and Gaza and cross over into Israeli territory.

Protesters torched tires and burned large Israeli flags, as well as posters of Israel’s prime minister and defense minister. Large plumes of black smoke from burning tires rose into the sky. They also burned pictures of US President Donald Trump and Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman.

Last Friday, about 20,000 Palestinians took part in the demonstrations, with the previous week attracting an estimated 30,000.

More than 30 Palestinians have been killed in the clashes over the part three weeks, according to Hamas-run health authorities. Hamas has acknowledged that several of those killed were its members, and Israel has identified other fatalities as members of terrorist groups.

Times of Israel staff and agencies contributed to this report.


t is a matter of history that when the Supreme Commander of the Allied Forces, General Dwight Eisenhower, found the victims of the death camps, he ordered all possible photographs to be taken, and for the German people from surrounding villages to be ushered through the camps and even made to bury the dead.

He did this because he said in words to this effect:

'Get it all on record now - get the films - get the witnesses - because somewhere down the road of history some bastard will get up and say that this never happened'.

This week, the UK debated whether to remove The Holocaust from its school curriculum because it 'offends' the Muslim population which claims it never occurred.

It is not removed as yet. However, this is a frightening portent of the fear that is gripping the world and how easily each country is giving into it.

It is now more than 60 years after the Second World War in Europe ended. This e-mail is being sent as a memorial chain, in memory of the, six million Jews, 20 million Russians, 10 million Christians, and 1,900 Catholic priests Who were 'murdered, raped, burned, starved, beaten, experimented on and humiliated' while many in the world looked the other way!

Now, more than ever, with Iran, among others, claiming the Holocaust to be 'a myth,' it is imperative to make sure the world never forgets.
This e-mail is intended to reach 400 million people! Be a link in the memorial chain and help distribute this around the world.
How many years will it be before the attack on the World Trade Center 'NEVER HAPPENED',
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Exodus: Jews Flee Paris Suburbs over Rising Tide of Anti-Semitism
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Members of French Jewish community walk in a street of Paris, Wednesday, Feb. 22, 2017. If far-right candidate Marine Le Pen wins the upcoming presidential election, she plans to ban religious symbols from French streets, which would impact on Jews who would no longer be allowed to wear their kippa head-coverings, and Muslims who would no longer be allowed to wear headscarfs in public which may dramatically alter the country's urban landscape. (AP Photo/Jeffrey Schaeffer)AP/Jeffrey Schaeffer
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French-Jewish families are being forced from their homes in Paris suburbs as Europe continues to be convulsed by levels of anti-Semitism not seen since the end of the Second World War.
The Paris commuter newspaper 20 Minutes documents an “internal exodus” during 2017 of Jews from the Seine-Saint-Denis department, saying it is emblematic of broader concerns that French Jews, like their brothers and sisters across Europe, are finding it increasingly difficult to reconcile their faith with the changing demographics of the continent.

The paper reports that Jews are leaving their homes on the northeastern fringe of Paris to escape the open hostility that French Prime Minister Edouard Philippe on Sunday condemned as “well-rooted.” The newspaper reports:

This ‘internal exodus’ is difficult to quantify, but it is clear that many synagogues of Seine-Saint-Denis have closed, for lack of people. In Pierrefitte, the rabbi has recorded a 50 percent decline in the congregations since his arrival thirteen years ago. A similar story is told in (nearby) Bondy, where attendance on Yom Kippur (the holiest day of the Jewish calendar) has fallen from about 800 to 400 in the last decade.

The Bondy synagogue president saw a “deteriorating climate” of the last 15 years as driving the exodus, “It’s hard to explain, it’s provocations, it’s looks,” he lamented. “There are places where we do not feel welcome.”

His observations mimic those made 12 months before in nearby Raincy, where local Rabbi Moshe Lewin said he feared he could be one of the last Jewish leaders in Seine-Saint-Denis.

“What upsets me is that in some areas of France, Jews can no longer live peacefully, and that just five minutes from my home, some are forced to hide their kippas (skullcaps) or their Star of David,” he said.

The sensation of “not feeling welcome” is nothing new to French Jews. In 2015, journalist Zvika Klein recorded the reaction to his taking to the streets of Paris wearing a traditional kippa. See the result for yourself below:
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Australia: Muslims took to the streets in support of Islamic terror and violence against the Jewish State (Hezbollah and Hamas)
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Australia: Muslims took to the streets in support of Islamic terror and violence against the Jewish State (Hezbollah and Hamas). 
Australian Jewish leader Avi Yemini was interviewed by Sky News and described it as "a black day for Australia." 
Look at the footage from the protest, Not one Australian flag could be found. 
They waved dozens of 'Palestinian' Jihadi flags but not even one Australian flag. 
Every week thousands of Islamists (Hamas terrorists & their supporters) take part in violent riots along the Gaza border. 
During which rioters threw rocks, firebombs and even opened fire at Israeli troops on the other side of the fence. 
For many Israeli families, the Gaza Strip is a short walk from their backyard. IDF soldiers don’t just protect a border, but what lies behind it -- our families, our homes, and our children. 
Israel, like any other sovereign state, has a right to defend itself.
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Australian Taxpayers Give $45 Million to Fund Islamic terrorism – in other words, the Australian Government steals $45000000 million of taxpayers money to fund The Palestinian Authority which pays salaries to Muslim terrorists who carried out terrorist attacks "in the name of Allah". 
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Netanyahu: Israel ‘fully supports’ US-led strikes in Syria after chemical attack
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Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu on Saturday said Israel “fully supports” the pre-dawn airstrikes on Syrian military targets led by the US in a joint operation with Britain and France in response to the Assad regime’s alleged use of chemical weapons earlier this month.
In a statement issued by the Prime Minister’s Office on Saturday, Netanyahu said, “A year ago, I made clear that Israel fully supports the decision by US President Donald Trump to stand against the use and dissemination of chemical weapons,” referring to American strikes against the Syrian regime in April 2017 after a sarin gas attack on a rebel-held town.
Trump’s determination and Israel’s support stands unchanged,” Netanyahu said.
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“This morning, led by the Americans, the US, Britain, and France proved that their commitment to the fight against chemical weapons is not limited to statements only,” he went on.

Netanyahu said that it should be “clear to President Assad that his irresponsible efforts to obtain weapons of mass destruction and its use… and his willingness to allow Iran and its proxies to entrench themselves in Syria” put the country in danger.
Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu at the weekly cabinet meeting in Jerusalem, April 11, 2018. (Yoav Ari Dudkevitch/Flash90)
Earlier Saturday, Netanyahu’s office reportedly ordered Israeli ministers not to talk about the US-led missile strikes, after a minister and lawmaker hailed the pre-dawn raids as a measured response to Damascus’ alleged use of chemical weapons.
According to Channel 10, Netanyahu’s office issued the directive hours after Housing Minister Yoav Galant said the joint military operation carried out by the US, Britain, and France sent “an important signal to the axis of evil — Iran, Syria, and Hezbollah.”
Galant, a member of the security cabinet and a former general, earlier tweeted that “the use of chemical weapons crosses a red line that humanity is no longer willing to accept.”
Zionist Union MK Tzipi Livni also welcomed the strikes on Saturday, saying “that world powers are sending the message that they will not tolerate the use of chemical weapons.” She also urged the US to prevent further Iranian military entrenchment in Syria, calling it “against global interest and dire for Israel.”
Earlier in the day, an unnamed official in Jerusalem said that Israel considered the strikes an “appropriate” response to the Syrian regime’s suspected chemical gas attack on the rebel-held town of Douma last week, and warned that Damascus’s actions put it in danger of further strikes, including against its leadership.
“Last year, [US] President [Donald] Trump made it clear that using chemical weapons crossed a red line. Tonight, led by the Americans, the US, France, and Britain acted appropriately,” said a statement attributed to an unnamed official.
Housing and Construction Minister Yoav Galant speaks at the Annual International Conference of the Institute for National Security Studies in Tel Aviv on January 31, 2018. (Flash90)
“Syria continues to carry out murderous actions and to be a base for these and other actions, including by Iran, that puts its territory, forces and leadership in danger,” the terse statement said.
Israel was informed ahead of the strikes, sources said.
US President Donald Trump announced the joint action against Assad’s regime from the White House late Friday. He said the strikes were a direct response to the April 7 attack on Douma, outside Damascus, that rescuers and monitors say killed more than 40 people.
“The evil and the despicable attack left mothers and fathers, infants and children thrashing in pain and gasping for air. These are not the actions of a man. They are crimes of a monster instead,” Trump said.
US Defense Secretary Jim Mattis called the strikes a “one-time shot” with no additional military action planned for now.
The strikes were the biggest foreign military action so far against Syria’s regime.
The targets included a scientific research facility near Damascus, a chemical weapons storage facility west of the city of Homs, and a third location near Homs that contained both a command post and a chemical weapons equipment storage facility, the US military said.
The facilities hit had however reportedly been evacuated in recent days.
US President Donald Trump addresses the nation on the situation in Syria April 13, 2018 at the White House in Washington, DC. Trump said strikes on Syria were under way. (AFP PHOTO / Mandel NGAN)
Syrian state media reported only three people injured, while Russia’s defense ministry said there were “no victims” among Syrian civilians and military personnel.
The strikes were targeted to inflict maximum damage on sites linked to chemical weapons development. A top Pentagon official, Lieutenant General Kenneth McKenzie, said the action would set back Syria’s chemical weapons program “for years.”
On Saturday, Trump hailed the US-led missile assault as perfectly executed.
“A perfectly executed strike last night. Thank you to France and the United Kingdom for their wisdom and the power of their fine Military,” Trump tweeted early Saturday.
“Could not have had a better result. Mission Accomplished!”
Pentagon spokeswoman Dana White later told reporters: “We successfully hit every target.”
Assad, who has denied ever using chemical weapons against his opponents, responded to the strikes with a defiant vow.
“This aggression will only make Syria and its people more determined to keep fighting and crushing terrorism in every inch of the country,” he said.
Assad’s key ally Iran also slammed the attack, with supreme leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei describing Western leaders as “criminals.”
Iranian entrenchment
Though the remarks by the Israeli officials primarily praised the US-led strikes, their mention of Iran’s continued attempts to entrench itself in Syria reflected Israel’s primary concern.
Israel revealed on Friday that an Iranian drone shot down in Israeli airspace in February was carrying explosives. The drone was launched from an airbase in Syria. That base was attacked on Monday, allegedly by Israel, in a strike that reportedly targeted Iran’s entire attack drone weapons system — prompting soaring tensions between Israel and Iran.
Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu waves part of an Iranian drone downed in Israeli airspace on February 10, 2018, during a speech on the third day of the 54th Munich Security Conference (MSC) held at the Bayerischer Hof hotel, in Munich, southern Germany, on February 18, 2018. (Screen capture)
The Iranian drone shot down in February was carrying enough explosives to cause damage, military sources said. Its precise intended target in Israel was not known, they said.
The February incident marked an unprecedented direct Iranian attack on Israel. Israel’s acknowledgment of the nature of the drone’s mission “brings the confrontation” between Israel and Iran “into the open” for the first time, Israel’s Channel 10 news noted Friday.
Netanyahu used a speech on Holocaust Remembrance Day this week to warn Iran: “Don’t test the resolve of the State of Israel.”
The alleged Israeli attack this week on the base from which the drone was dispatched is understood to have targeted Iran’s entire drone weapons system at the Syrian base, which was protected by surface-to-air missiles and other defenses, the TV report said.
“This was a harsh blow” to the Iranians, it added. “It is clear they will react.”
Immediately after shooting down the Iranian drone on February 10, Israel carried out airstrikes against a number of Iranian targets in Syria, including on the T-4 base in central Syria where the Iranian operator of the drone was located.
A photo released by Iranian media reportedly shows the T-4 air base in central Syria after a missile barrage attributed to Israel on Monday April 9, 2018. (Iranian media)
During the aerial raids, an Israeli F-16 was downed by a Syrian anti-aircraft battery, crashing in northern Israel, prompting further retaliatory raids against Syria’s anti-aircraft systems. Both the Israeli pilots ejected.
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At least 4 Palestinians reported killed in explosion in Gaza
Palestinians say IDF shelled Hamas post, army denies any involvement in incident
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Palestinians burn tires at the border fence with Israel, east of Jabalia in the central Gaza city, during a protest on April 13, 2018.(AFP PHOTO / MOHAMMED ABED)
At least four Palestinians were killed Saturday in an explosion near the Gaza Strip border with Israel.

Palestinian sources said the blast was caused by the IDF shelling a Hamas post just east of Rafah.

The IDF denied any involvement in the incident and said none of its forces had opened fire in the area.

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The incident comes amid tensions along the border in recent weeks, with the Palestinians holding mass marches toward the border for the last three Fridays.

More than 30 Palestinians have been killed in the clashes.

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Sick Lie: Palestinians Depict Holocaust Victims’ Photo as ‘Arabs Killed By Jews’
 
In what can only be described as a new low, Palestinian TV misrepresented a photo of concentration camp victims as Arabs, making the preposterous claim that Jews burned Arabs in oven.

By: United with Israel Staff, with files from Palestinian Media Watch

Only days before Israel’s Holocaust Memorial Day, the Palestinian Authority committed one of the most shocking recent displays of hate and duplicity, using its TV network to broadcast a photo of victims of a Nazi concentration camp while claiming that the victims were Arabs killed by Jews.

PA TV altered the photo showing hundreds of dead bodies at the Nazi concentration camp at Nordhausen, originally a subcamp of Buchenwald, presenting the victims as “Arabs killed by Jews” on April 9, 1948 in the Arab village of Deir Yassin. To do so, PA TV erased the striped concentration camp uniforms and images of American soldiers in the original photo.

The network then made the absurd claim that Jewish fighters put Arabs in ovens in 1948, stating, “[The Jews] burned the women and children in the village’s oven”

In addition altering the concentration camp photo, PA TV also showed a photo of victims of the massacre in the Sabra and Shatila camp perpetrated by Christian Lebanese forces, and claimed instead that Jews committed the crimes in 1948.
As if the PA’s outright lies were not disturbing enough, it timed this disgraceful display to coincide with Israel’s annual Holocaust Remembrance Day. In the same week when Israelis gather to mourn and remember family members who were brutally killed during the Nazi genocide, the PA presented pictures of these victims as invented evidence of events that never occurred.
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Israel Remembers 6 Million on Holocaust Remembrance Day
Each year, Israelis pause from their routines to ponder the fate of the six millions Jews who perished in the Holocaust, vowing to never again allow such an atrocity to occur.

By: United with Israel Staff

Israel’s Yom HaShoah, or Holocaust Remembrance Day, is observed each year in the spring following the Passover holiday. Yom HaShoah occurs on the 27th day of the Jewish month of Nisan and is marked by memorial ceremonies and the sounding of a siren throughout the entire country for two minutes at 10 a.m.

During these moments, wherever Israelis find themselves they stop–pulling over cars, halting buses, pausing from work–and the nation comes to a complete standstill.

In the past, Yad Vashem, the World Holocaust Remembrance Center, has emphasized the significance of personal remembrance and survivor testimony, to restore the identities of individual victims, instead of viewing victims of genocide as a monolithic group.

On Wednesday evening, the State of Israel marked the official start of Holocaust Martyrs’ and Heroes’ Remembrance Day, with an opening ceremony at Warsaw Ghetto Square at Yad Vashem, Mount of Remembrance, Jerusalem.

Among those present were Israel’s President Reuven Rivlin and Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, Yad Vashem Council Chairman Rabbi Israel Meir Lau, who kindled the Memorial Torch, and Zipora Nahir, who spoke on behalf of Holocaust survivors. Singers Amir Dadon and Meshi Kleinstein participated in the ceremony, along with the IDF Paratroopers’ Honor Guard and master of ceremony Sara Beck.

This year, Yom HaShoah is observed against a backdrop of heightened anti-Semitism in the West and Islamic world, in addition to rampant Holocaust denial and distortion in Eastern Europe.

Just last week, the Hamas terrorist organization waved a Nazi flag during violent riots organzied to breach sovereign Israeli territory and run roughshod over the Jewish state. Blood libels and Holocaust denial are another common trope in various corners of the Muslim world, with Palestinian Authority TV recently displaying an image of Holocaust victims and claiming outrageously that the prostrate figures in the photo were “Arabs killed by Jews.”

In Poland and Lithuania, there has been a steady push to deny the role of Nazi collaborators and portray citizens as passive victims of the Nazi occupation. Poland has gone so far as to pass a law criminalizing references to Polish complicity in Nazi war crimes. Lithuania for its part seeks to equate crimes by communists with Nazi genocide, to minimize the role of Lithuanians in the crimes of World War II.

In Israel, aging Holocaust survivors will gather to bear testimony to their own experience this year on Yom HaShoah, exposing younger generations to the ultimate horror hate can cause. Young and old join together to remember the brave souls, mothers, fathers, and children who perished at the hands of the Nazi monsters, and to utter that time-worn yet powerful refrain: “Never again.”
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WATCH: How Hamas Engineered its Violent Gaza Riots
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WATCH: How Hamas Engineered its Violent Gaza Riots
While Hamas terrorists portrayed their “March of Return” as a peaceful protest against Israel, in reality it was a carefully planned, violent onslaught using human shields, hidden weapons, and seriously biased international media.

The recent unrest along Israel’s border with the Gaza Strip has been disingenuously presented as a spontaneous and largely peaceful grassroots demonstration. This couldn’t be further from the truth.

In reality, the violent riots and attempts to breach Israel’s security barrier represented a carefully planned campaign developed and executed by one of the wealthiest Islamic terror organizations in the world: Hamas.

This video exposes exactly how Hamas planned and carried out their violent mayhem and latest scheme to attack the Jewish state.
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Putin announces defeat of Islamic State in Syria
April 4, 2018
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Russian President Vladimir Putin announced a positive development for his country in the seven-year Syrian civil war, following months of strategic disappointments and diplomatic setbacks.

After committing Russian armed forces to support the internationally blacklisted regime of Syrian President Bashar Al-Assad, Putin has announced that the self-proclaimed Islamic State has been defeated in Syria.

Islamic Stateless
With their Caliphate crumbling in both Iraq and Syria, ISIS’ territory has been reduced to a small strip of land along Syria’s Euphrates River Valley near the border with Iraq. In March, officials from the U.S.-led Combined Joint Task Force Operation Inherent Resolve reported an escalation in precision air strikes aimed at denying any safe quarter to the remnants of the Islamic State.

On Wednesday, the Interfax news agency quoted Putin as saying that ISIS had been defeated in Syria, although he cautioned that the terrorist organization remained a source of international violence and instability. Referring to ISIS’s unconventional military potential, the Russian president said: “It is evident that despite its military situation, this terrorist group retains a significant destructive potential, and the ability to change its tactics quickly and attack countries and regions around the world.”

In a clear instance of putting the cart before the horse, Putin’s declaration comes months after declaring “victory” in Syria as a result of meeting the very narrow strategic objective of ensuring the survival of the Assad regime. However, Brookings non-resident senior fellow Pavel Baev explained how this was not Putin’s first triumphant declaration of victory in Syria:

Putin’s repeated proclamations of victory in Syria — on November 22, while greeting Bashar Assad in Sochi; on December 6, in his long-expected announcement about his participation in March’s presidential election; and on December 11, while visiting the Khmeimim airbase and embracing Assad yet again — belied facts on the ground and impressed neither his domestic audience nor leaders in Ankara or Tehran.

On Dec. 11, 2017, Putin gave a speech that was remarkably similar to his Wednesday announcement, declaring, “The fact that we defeated ISIS, one of the main terrorist groups, here in Syria is extremely important for Syria, Russia, and the entire world.” Then — as now — he cautioned that globally, “the threat of terrorism remains high.”

America’s commitment
Putin’s repeated victory laps in Syria and his stated intent to withdraw troops from that volatile theater haven’t impressed U.S. military planners. Pentagon spokesman and Marine Corps Major Adrian Rankine-Galloway told CNBC in December:

Russian comments about removing forces do not often correspond with actual troop reductions, and these statements do not affect U.S. priorities in Syria. The global coalition will continue to operate along with local forces to defeat ISIS. Our goal is a stabilized and liberated territory, which allow displaced Syrians and refugees to return.

If what the recently re-elected Russian president says is true, and ISIS has been effectively defeated in Syria, this may signal the end of America’s commitment to their mission in the region. U.S. President Donald Trump surprised the Pentagon and other policymakers last week when he insisted that a full withdrawal from Syria was imminent.

“Let the other people take care of it now,” Trump said. “We are going back to our country, where we want to be, where we belong.”

However, Trump downplayed this statement later during a Tuesday press conference, telling reporters, “I want to get out, I want to bring our troops back home,” and adding that the work of defeating ISIS has “almost completed.” But the Republican president also insisted that “we will not rest until ISIS is gone” and the coalition is consulted.

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With over 2,000 ISIS fighters entrenched in fighting positions along the Iraq-Syria border, it is painfully clear that even ISIS’s conventional forces are by no means defeated. After Trump very plainly voiced his desire to withdraw from the war-torn country, as well as the precondition for that withdrawal, Putin’s second victory over ISIS speech may be less about winning a public relations victory at home and more about pressuring his American counterpart to leave Syria.

But it would be imprudent for the Trump administration to follow the example of its predecessor by leaving a war-torn country before the fight is won. By doing so, Trump would not only set the conditions for the re-emergence of the Islamic State, but he would also be ceding regional authority to Russia and Iran — an unacceptable result for the world’s only superpower.
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Netanyahu warns Iran on eve of Holocaust Remembrance Day
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Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu speaks at the official state ceremony held at the Yad Vashem Holocaust Memorial Museum in Jerusalem marking Holocaust Remembrance Day on April 11, 2018. (Yonatan Sindel/Flash90)
Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu speaks at the official state ceremony held at the Yad Vashem Holocaust Memorial Museum in Jerusalem marking Holocaust Remembrance Day on April 11, 2018. (Yonatan Sindel/Flash90)
Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, during a speech Wednesday at a state ceremony for the eve of Holocaust Remembrance Day, warned Iran not to test Israel’s resolve, asserting that the Jewish state would respond to Tehran’s military “aggression.”

“We are preventing Iranian activity in Syria. These are not just words,” Netanyahu asserted.

“Our policy can be summed up in three words: ‘Steadfastness against aggression.’ Steadfastness on defense, steadfastness on deterrence, steadfastness against anyone who threatens to destroy us,” he added.

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Without going into specifics, Netanyahu said that “the events in recent days teach us that standing up to evil and aggression is the mission imposed on every generation.”

The warning came shortly after Tehran threatened to retaliate for a deadly Monday airstrike in Syria that has been widely attributed to Israel.

Russia, Syria, Iran and the United States have all said Israel launched the missile barrage on the T-4 Air Base near Palmyra in central Syria. Israeli officials refused to comment on the strike, which reportedly killed at least 14 people, including at least seven Iranian military personnel.


Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu speaks at the official state ceremony held at the Yad Vashem Holocaust Memorial Museum in Jerusalem marking Holocaust Remembrance Day on April 11, 2018. (Yonatan Sindel/Flash90)
On Tuesday, a top adviser to Iran’s Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei threatened Israel over the air raid.

“The crimes will not remain unanswered,” Ali Akbar Velayati said during a visit to Syria, according to the official Islamic Republic News Agency.

Referring to Iranian threats of retaliation, Netanyahu said plainly, “Don’t test the resolve of the State of Israel.”

He then went on to address the Iranian people directly. “Our two ancient peoples will be able to live together again” after the Islamic Republic falls, he said.

Israel has regularly expressed its concern about the Iranian presence in Syria, fearing the long-term establishment of hostile forces in the neighboring country.

Israeli officials did not appear to be taking the threat of a retaliatory attack — either by Iran, or its proxy, the Lebanese terrorist group Hezbollah — lightly, and IDF forces are remaining on high alert in the north.

Iran has deployed thousands of fighters to Syria, presented as “volunteers” from Afghanistan and Pakistan and trained locally by Iranian “military advisers.” It denies having a military presence in the war-torn country where the volunteers are fighting on behalf of ally Syrian President Bashar Assad as he campaigns to suppress an insurgency now in its eight year.


Photo released by Iranian media reportedly show the T-4 air base in central Syria after a missile barrage Monday. (Iranian media)
Iran does not recognize the existence of Israel and routinely calls for and predicts its demise. Israel views Tehran under the regime of the ayatollahs as an existential threat that seeks nuclear arms and funds and arms terrorist groups, notably Hezbollah on Israel’s northern border.

Israel is believed to have carried out numerous raids inside Syria since 2013, targeting the regime and the Lebanon-based terror group Hezbollah, which is backed by Iran. Israel has vowed to prevent Hezbollah from obtaining advanced weapons and missiles, fearing they would be used against the Jewish state.
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Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu speaks at the official state ceremony held at the Yad Vashem Holocaust Memorial Museum in Jerusalem marking Holocaust Remembrance Day on April 11, 2018. (Yonatan Sindel/Flash90)
Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu speaks at the official state ceremony held at the Yad Vashem Holocaust Memorial Museum in Jerusalem marking Holocaust Remembrance Day on April 11, 2018. (Yonatan Sindel/Flash90)
Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, during a speech Wednesday at a state ceremony for the eve of Holocaust Remembrance Day, warned Iran not to test Israel’s resolve, asserting that the Jewish state would respond to Tehran’s military “aggression.”

“We are preventing Iranian activity in Syria. These are not just words,” Netanyahu asserted.

“Our policy can be summed up in three words: ‘Steadfastness against aggression.’ Steadfastness on defense, steadfastness on deterrence, steadfastness against anyone who threatens to destroy us,” he added.

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Without going into specifics, Netanyahu said that “the events in recent days teach us that standing up to evil and aggression is the mission imposed on every generation.”

The warning came shortly after Tehran threatened to retaliate for a deadly Monday airstrike in Syria that has been widely attributed to Israel.

Russia, Syria, Iran and the United States have all said Israel launched the missile barrage on the T-4 Air Base near Palmyra in central Syria. Israeli officials refused to comment on the strike, which reportedly killed at least 14 people, including at least seven Iranian military personnel.


Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu speaks at the official state ceremony held at the Yad Vashem Holocaust Memorial Museum in Jerusalem marking Holocaust Remembrance Day on April 11, 2018. (Yonatan Sindel/Flash90)
On Tuesday, a top adviser to Iran’s Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei threatened Israel over the air raid.

“The crimes will not remain unanswered,” Ali Akbar Velayati said during a visit to Syria, according to the official Islamic Republic News Agency.

Referring to Iranian threats of retaliation, Netanyahu said plainly, “Don’t test the resolve of the State of Israel.”

He then went on to address the Iranian people directly. “Our two ancient peoples will be able to live together again” after the Islamic Republic falls, he said.

Israel has regularly expressed its concern about the Iranian presence in Syria, fearing the long-term establishment of hostile forces in the neighboring country.

Israeli officials did not appear to be taking the threat of a retaliatory attack — either by Iran, or its proxy, the Lebanese terrorist group Hezbollah — lightly, and IDF forces are remaining on high alert in the north.

Iran has deployed thousands of fighters to Syria, presented as “volunteers” from Afghanistan and Pakistan and trained locally by Iranian “military advisers.” It denies having a military presence in the war-torn country where the volunteers are fighting on behalf of ally Syrian President Bashar Assad as he campaigns to suppress an insurgency now in its eight year.


Photo released by Iranian media reportedly show the T-4 air base in central Syria after a missile barrage Monday. (Iranian media)
Iran does not recognize the existence of Israel and routinely calls for and predicts its demise. Israel views Tehran under the regime of the ayatollahs as an existential threat that seeks nuclear arms and funds and arms terrorist groups, notably Hezbollah on Israel’s northern border.

Israel is believed to have carried out numerous raids inside Syria since 2013, targeting the regime and the Lebanon-based terror group Hezbollah, which is backed by Iran. Israel has vowed to prevent Hezbollah from obtaining advanced weapons and missiles, fearing they would be used against the Jewish state.
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Findings Of New Research On The Messianic Movement In Israel
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Israel College of the Bible has recently conducted a study looking at the Modern Messianic Movement in Israel. It focused only on Jewish believers, even though body of Messiah is comprised of both Jewish and Arab, since the communities have different journeys, challenges and expressions. We are are one in Messiah, and count it a privilege to serve both Jewish and Arab believers together at Israel College of the Bible. The key findings from our research will be presented below, but first, a little background to put the history of the Israeli Messianic movement in context.

Pre-1948: Evangelism and Messianic Jewish believers in the land
For much of history, Bibles had been large, Latin, communal tomes, chained to the church pulpit, and the layman had no hope of getting to see what was really in it. However, after the fifteenth century, when Christians were finally able to purchase their own Bibles in their own language, there was a great awakening in eschatological interest and study of Biblical prophecy as they read about the promises that were yet to come.

For the first time, they could read for themselves God’s promises and plans for Israel and the world, thanks to the heroes of Bible translation and the reformation of the church, along with the timely invention of the printing press. As a result, the 17th, 18th and 19th centuries saw a renewed interest in Israel, and in sharing the gospel with Jewish people both in Israel and abroad.

Key Events for Messianic Jews in the Holy Land before the State of Israel
In 1841 The Anglican and Lutheran churches in England and Prussia churches decided it was time to have a Protestant bishop in Jerusalem, and appointed a Messianic Jewish believer called Michael Solomon Alexander, the former rabbi of Norwich and Plymouth in England, and Hebrew professor at Kings College London. This symbolic appointment of a Jewish man who believed Yeshua was the Messiah made an immediate connection in many people’s minds back to the ancient church in Acts, which was essentially Jewish. This theme of restoring the ancient church is like a scarlet cord for Messianic Jews in the land of Israel.
The Balfour Declaration of 1917 brought about the British Mandate which lasted until Israel became independent in 1948. During the Mandate era, there were several hundred Messianic Jews living in Palestine, and others who were trying to immigrate. Messianic Jews were deeply unpopular among other Jews, but were free to practice their faith under British Mandate. However, as the British were preparing to leave, the nations around Israel declared war and made clear their intention to “drive the Jews into the sea”. Church clerics and missionaries who felt responsible for the believers in their care were deeply concerned. If the Arabs won, they wouldn’t discriminate between Jews who believed and those who didn’t, and if not, they feared that the new Jewish State of Israel wouldn’t be friendly to them either.
Thus, “Operation Grace” was born, offering passage by sea for all who wanted to escape what was thought to be inevitable disaster by many missionaries at the time. A place on the ship and guaranteed asylum was provided under the auspices of the Anglican church, and Messianic Jews were strongly encouraged to take advantage of it. 
Almost all of the Jewish believers accepted the offer and were taken by boat from Haifa port away from the land of Israel. Only three or four families remained. For this reason, there were only some 23 Messianic Jews in Israel when the state was reestablished on 15th May 1948.

The body of Messiah in the early days of Israel
Messianic children would suffer discrimination in schools, and the majority of the Jewish population saw believers as traitors at a time when Jewish nationalism and emotions were running high. A few mission agencies were allowed to stay in the new state of Israel, but very little gospel activity at that time. In the 1950s and 60s, the Messianic Jews were trying to define who they were, and to find their place in the Jewish state.

However, 1967 was a turning point in many regards. Against all odds, Israel won the Six Day War; Jerusalem was reunited, and Jewish sovereignty was reestablished over the Temple Mount and holy places of Jerusalem. Perhaps not incidentally, waves of revival also began to occur at this time. In the US, the “Jesus Movement” broke out, and about one million people come to faith in Yeshua, many of whom were Jewish. Many of these new Jewish believers immigrated to Israel in the 1970s, giving the body of Messiah a much needed boost in numbers and energy.

1989 – First research project
The first attempt to research the Jewish Messianic community in Israel was a study carried out in 1989 by Dr Jim Sibley. He noted that there was a well established but informal organization of pastors and leaders who would meet together to cooperate with one another. He personally counted just 30 Messianic congregations in the entire country.

At this time, the body was going through a process of indigenization. The language in many of the congregations was switching from the English of the missionaries to the local Hebrew language, and they were moving away from translated church hymns to original songs written in Hebrew. The community was still small, and trying to find its place in society, like a young adolescent.

Believers were still trying to fit into Israeli society and figure out their identity in the land of their fathers.

At that time to believe in Yeshua was not accepted at all, and the very idea of a Jew who believed in Jesus was met with scorn, derision, and disbelief that anyone could cross such an uncrossable line.

1999 – Second research project
In 1999 more research was carried out by two Danish Protestant believers on behalf of the Caspari Center, showing a significant advance. They counted and interviewed 81 messianic leaders, who represented 81 congregations. However, only 20% of them were led by local Israelis, and 80% came from outside Israel. They noted that the congregations were tending to become more Jewish in character, and developing an expression of faith in Yeshua that was more Israeli. Israel is a democratic state with freedom of religion, but it was very common for congregations to be harassed and persecuted by so-called “Anti-missionary” ultra Orthodox Jewish organisations who, like Paul, believed they were serving God by making the lives of believers as difficult as possible. Gradually, it became harder and harder for missionaries to stay in Israel.

The 1990s saw a huge influx of immigration from the former USSR which radically changed Israel and body of believers. Many arrived having faith in Yeshua, or at least great openness to faith. Congregation numbers swelled, and by this point there were some 5000 believers in the land. There were good connections between the leaders, but overall the community was still largely marginalised and struggling to find its identity as Israeli believers.

2017 – Third research project
Israel College of the Bible recently compiled a questionnaire that was initially sent directly to every Messianic leader, then later disseminated more broadly among the wider body of believers[1]. Here is what we found.

Growth since 1948
In 1948, there were approximately ten million Jewish people around the world who had survived the Holocaust, and about 600,000 were living in Israel. Of those, only 23 of them believed in Yeshua as their Messiah. There were some churches led by denominations and missionaries in Israel, but there were no messianic congregations at all.
In 1989 Israel’s Jewish population had grown to 3.5 million, and by this point the estimated number of believers had reached 1200, and there were now 30 congregations.
By 1999 there were 4.8 million Jews living in israel, 81 Messianic congregations, and an estimated 5000 believers.
In 2017, 300 congregations were counted. It has become increasingly difficult to accurately identify the number of Jewish believers in Israel, but a conservative estimate is now 30,000.
The growth has not been linear, but exponential. Similarly, attitudes towards Messianic believers have also come a long way. Israeli Jews used to be mortified at the thought of a Jew who believed in Yeshua, but today almost everyone we talk to have heard of this growing movement of people.

The character of the Messianic body in Israel
Our study found that 60% of the sample are first generation believers – they are the first in their family to believe in Yeshua. Next largest group is second generation – their parents are also believers. This shows that we are a young body and that the majority of growth is no longer from people immigrating from outside or from having children, but the majority of growth is due to people coming to know the Lord themselves. The study shows that Messianic believers in Israel tend to be very committed: 95% attended congregation 3-4 weekends a month, and 60% also attended a midweek meeting.

Messianic Jews in Israel have struggled long and hard to find their place and identity, but our study indicates that we are also seeing great steps forward in this area. Israel is a land of immigrants, so being “Israeli” is very important in general society and bigger thing in messianic community. Our survey asked participants, “How Israeli do you perceive your congregation to be?” The results showed that 93% perceive their congregations to be “very Israeli”, and that many of the identity struggles of the past were being overcome. Identity is made up both of what you perceive about yourself, and what others perceive about you. This research shows that we now overwhelmingly perceive ourselves as part and parcel of Israeli society.

Parameters of Jewish / Israeli culture expressed in Messianic congregations
Almost all (92%) of the congregations operated in Hebrew, although most offer translation (to Russian, English, Spanish, German and other languages). Similarly, 90-100% celebrate the Jewish holidays (100% kept Passover). 99% said their congregation actively encourages serving in the army, which in Israel is generally considered a hallmark of being part of Israeli society – almost a rite of passage. Perhaps not unconnected is the fact that one of the places where Messianic Jews get acceptance and appreciation in Israeli society is in the military. Messianic Jews serve as pilots, officers, in prestigious elite units, in intelligence units and more, and have gained a very good name in the IDF, which is no small matter. Moreover, ministry to the believing soldiers has grown over the years, helping them to stand in their faith and represent the Messiah wherever they serve.

Relationship with the global church
Messianic Jews all over the world exist on the edges of two worlds simultaneously – they are on fringes of both Jewish and Christian communities. Each community says to the Messianic Jews, what’s wrong with you? Jews say, “You’ve crossed the line, why not just call yourself a Christian and admit you’re no longer a Jew?” Some think that Yeshua was Jewish “before he became a Christian”!

Yeshua is the Christ, the Messiah, and he remains Jewish forever. Neither do we cease to be one of the tribe when we start following our Jewish Messiah. Some Christians mistakenly assume that Jewish people somehow stop being Jewish when they come to faith in Yeshua, but believing in the Messiah is the most Jewish thing we could ever do.

68% of Messianic Jews today feel a full or significant congregational identification with the Jewish people (that is, their congregation sees itself as part of the Jewish people), and the rest would say their congregational identification with the people of Israel is either “partial” or “somewhat”. At the same time, 63% significantly or fully identify with evangelical church worldwide, showing the overlap in identification with both communities.

It should be noted that most Messianic Jews make a distinction between the evangelical church and traditional churches, largely due to the persecution of the Jewish people throughout the history of the church. Our friends and family are horrified thinking that we have allied ourselves with the perpetrators of the Spanish Inquisition, the pogroms of eastern Europe, and the Crusades… There is so much painful history tied up in the traditional church, but Evangelicals are seen as good friends to Israel. For that reason, only 30% identify with the worldwide church, when all the traditional churches are included.

Evangelism and persecution in the twenty-first century
80% of Messianic Jews have reported persecution, whether that is social marginalization, discrimination in the workplace, or intimidation and threats. Some have seen posters with their name and picture displayed in their neighborhood, warning the public that they are “dangerous” and to be avoided, and others have experienced physical abuse. However, we are seeing a great move forward in evangelism at the same time.

22 000 Israelis search every month “Yeshua” or “Messiah” in Hebrew, and a lot of effort is put into making sure that they reach the answers from a Messianic point of view. Testimonies of Jewish believers and answers to common objections to faith can all be easily found as soon as someone starts searching for the Messiah. This has proved wildly successful. There are barely seven million Jewish people in Israel, yet our Hebrew language videos have been viewed more than fourteen million times!

The “anti missionaries”, perhaps rightly concerned about the numbers coming to faith in Yeshua, have been publishing a magazine called “Searching”, ostensibly for Jews who have “lost their way”, mailed directly to the personal addresses of believers. So in response, we started publishing a magazine called “Finding”, answering each of their criticisms and objections. We have also produced videos tackling false claims and libels, and exposing some of the errors within Rabbinic Judaism. This is the first time since the beginnings of the early church that local messianic Jews are publically going against the religious authorities – against the Pharisees, essentially. It has become an internal conversation within our people about our shared history, heritage and destiny.

Trajectory and hopes for the coming decades
In 1989 most of the pastors had no Biblical training whatsoever. They may have wanted it, but was not readily available in Israel – certainly in the Hebrew language. However, the 2017 study it was found that of the 300 congregations, most had at least one person in their leadership with some sort of theological training, many of whom had a degree in theology, often with us at Israel College of the Bible. 84% saw this training as “very important”. Interestingly, those under 44 years age of indicated that it was more important to them than it was to those over that age. This indicates that the perceived importance of theological training is growing, not diminishing.

Younger believers don’t feel the need to “prove” their Israeli credentials as the pioneers of previous generations did, and so we expect to see more of the younger generation being trained and confident to lead in many areas of Israeli life. There has been a sharp decline in biblical education in wider Israeli society, creating a huge opportunity for Messianic Jews to step up and contribute particularly in this area – both in bible colleges and in state universities. We believe that according to the trends we see in the research, we can realistically expect to see many more Israelis come to know the Lord, and that believers will be able to have a greater impact in all kinds of places in society. 

 

[1] Soref, E., The Messianic Jewish Movement in Modern Israel.  In: “Israel, the Church and the Middle East” Eds. Dr. M. Glaser and Dr. Darrel Bock. Kregel: MI, in Print.

Breakdown of our research sample for the study: “The Messianic Jewish Movement in Modern Israel”

The study was focusing only on Jewish believers, even though body of Messiah is comprised of both Jewish and Arab, since the communities have different journeys, challenges and expressions. We are are one in Messiah, and count it a privilege to serve both Jewish and Arab believers together at Israel College of the Bible.

298 adult Messianic Jews replied, 76 of whom were leaders, and 222 lay people.
Ages ranged from 18-73, with a median age of 31 – relatively young, overall.
47% were women, 53% men, slightly different to the general population: 49.5 % men, and 50.5% women.
56% were married and 42% single.
241 answered in Hebrew, 39 in English and 18 in Russian.
63% of the responders were born in Israel – “sabres”. 37% were born outside of Israel (compared to 75% in general Israeli population who are sabres, and 25% immigrants).
Educational level: about 60% had up to high school diploma, 40% had academic education, of those 19% had a graduate degree – similar to the general population.
 

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Jerusalem Post  Arab-Israeli Conflict  Gaza News
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NETANYAHU: 'WE'LL STRIKE AT THOSE WHO STRIKE AT US'
Russia, France and Turkey condemned IDF shooting of Gaza protesters.
BY TOVAH LAZAROFF, HERB KEINON   APRIL 10, 2018 02:29  
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> MK demands soldier who killed Gaza photographer be put on trial
> WATCH: IDF soldiers recording and cheering snipers in action on Gaza border
Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu. (photo credit: AMIR COHEN/REUTERS)

Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu threw his support behind the IDF’s early-morning aerial attack Monday against a Hamas compound in the northern Gaza Strip.

“We have a simple and clear rule that we constantly act on,” Netanyahu said during a visit to the southern town of Sderot, which has been under rocket attack from Palestinians in Gaza for over 16 years. “Strike at those who rise up to strike against you.”
IDF snipers recorded on video opening fire on what seems to be an unarmed protester on the Gaza border

On Monday, Israeli television stations broadcast a video that appeared to show soldiers using their mobile phones to film through a sniper scope. They are heard cheering when the sniper makes the shot, with one of them saying of the Palestinian who had been shot: “Son of bitch.”

The IDF said it was investigating the film but said it appeared to have been taken a few months ago.

On Sunday, the IDF thwarted a Palestinian terror attack along Israel’s border fence with Gaza. It said a “terror squad” had attempted to infiltrate the barrier by placing a number of homemade explosive devices in the sand next to it. The IDF published photos of the homemade bombs on its Twitter feed.

The IDF said it attacked the Hamas compound in response to that attempted infiltration. It is the first time Israel has launched an aerial attack against Gaza since the popular Palestinian protest along the border began on March 30th. Until Monday, it relied on sniper fire and riot dispersal methods to repel continued attempts by Palestinians to cross the border into Israel.

Netanyahu said: “We will not let those on the Gaza border, within touching distance, strike us. We will strike them.”

The IDF said it viewed “with great severity any attempt to damage the security fence or security infrastructure and would not allow the region to become a combat zone... Hamas is responsible for all events originating from the Gaza Strip and their consequences.”

The Palestinians have portrayed the Friday marches as nonviolent protests for freedom, with protesters intent on returning to the sites of Palestinian villages within sovereign Israel that were destroyed during the 1948 War of Independence.

Israel views the march as a violent assault on its internationally recognized border and has published photos of Palestinians burning tires, throwing Molotov cocktails and cutting through the barrier.

Since the start of the protest, Israel has fatally shot 32 Palestinians who were near the barrier and who, in some cases, had broken through it.

On Monday, 45-year-old Marwan Qudeih died of wounds he sustained on March 30 in the area of the border near Khan Yunis, Ashraf al-Qidra, a spokesman for the Hamas-run Health Ministry in the coastal enclave, said in a text message. According to the Hamas-linked Voice of al-Aqsa radio station, he was shot by the IDF.

The Russian Foreign Ministry on Monday accused Israel of “indiscriminate use of force” and backed a call made 10-days ago by UN Secretary- General Antonio Guterres for an independent and transparent investigation. Russia also called for a renewal of “concrete political efforts” to reach an Israeli-Palestinian accord.

France said it “reiterates its disapproval of the Israeli army’s indiscriminate shooting. Full light must be shed on these serious events.”

The French statement called on Israel “to show the utmost restraint and emphasized that the use of force must be proportionate, in accordance with international humanitarian law, in order to avoid further casualties.”

Turkey, too, joined the chorus, with the Turkish Foreign Ministry condemning Israel, including the IDF’s fatal shooting Friday of a Palestinian photojournalist.

“We expect the international community to take a joint stance against Israel, which, despite repeated warnings, tramples international law in an aggressive manner and does not even hesitate to target journalists in the line of duty,” the Turkish Foreign Ministry said.

Israel did not respond to either the Russian or French statements. One diplomatic official said the Turkish statement was “yet another example of outrageous Turkish hypocrisy.” Turkey has thrown dozens of journalists into jail – some for life – since an attempted coup there two years ago.

Hamas spokesman Fawzi Barhoum posted a repose to the Israeli air strike on the official Hamas website: 

“The Israeli bombardment of resistance positions in Gaza reflects the deep internal crisis and the state of confusion the Zionist entity is experiencing over the success of the Palestinian masses in the 'March of Return and Breaking the Siege' in shattering its standing and scandalizing its crimes, and developing tools of confrontation and popular struggle. The Zionist enemy wants this escalation to cause confusion in order to cover up for its crisis and crimes at the expense of innocent demonstrators, including killing children and journalists. This will only make our Palestinian people more insistent on continuing these activities and confrontations until its rights are achieved and its suffering is ended.”

Also on Monday, Netanyahu met with the families of the two IDF soldiers – Hadar Goldin and Oron Shaul – whose bodies are being held by Hamas in the Gaza Strip. He was accompanied by Yaron Bloom, the official in the Prime Minister’s Office charged with efforts to win the return of the bodies, as well as the release of two live Israelis being held by Hamas.

Netanyahu and Bloom briefed the families on efforts, both overt and covert, to bring the bodies of the soldiers and the two civilians – Avraham Mengistu and Hishal al-Sayed – back home. Netanyahu met with the Mengistu and Sayed families in December.
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Palestinian ‘Journalist’ Killed on Gaza Border was Hamas Operative, Israeli Officials Confirm
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A Palestinian killed on the border with Israel was a Hamas intelligence officer – not a journalist, as previously claimed. 
By: World Israel News Staff

The Palestinian journalist killed on Friday on the border with Israel was in fact a Hamas intelligence officer, Israel’s Walla News reported Tuesday.

Yasser Murtaja, 30, died from a gunshot wound he sustained while on the Gaza border on Friday. The international media claimed he was a journalist who was shot while filming a news clip.

Quoting an Israeli military official, the report confirms that Murtaja was a member of the Hamas terror organization and served with the rank of Nakib, captain, in its internal security service.

The Israeli sources said that their intelligence indicates that Murtaja acted on a daily basis to serve Hamas’ apparatus.

Intelligence also indicates that in 2015, Murtaja attempted to smuggle a drone into Gaza for the purpose of collecting information prior to Hamas operations.

Murtaja was recently very active and had many connections with Hamas military officials who attended his funeral and mourner’s tent, the Israeli military source said.

Israeli Minister of Defense Avigdor Liberman said that Murtaja was flying a drone over IDF forces, and by doing so was posing a threat.

Speaking to Israel Radio on Sunday, Liberman said, “There are no innocent people in the Gaza Strip [border area]. There are no protesters there. Hamas has [in the past] used both journalists and ambulances to carry out terror attacks dozens of times. Whoever flies a drone over IDF forces – we will not take a chance. We warned everyone in advance. We issued warnings in Arabic, Hebrew and English. Whoever endangers his life does so knowingly.”

The IDF said it fired only at “instigators” involved in attacks on soldiers and was investigating Murtaja’s death.

“The IDF uses means such as warnings, riot dispersal means, and as a last resort firing live rounds in a precise, measured way,” it said Saturday. “The IDF does not intentionally target journalists. The circumstances in which journalists were allegedly hit by IDF fire are not familiar to the IDF, and are being looked into.”

Israel has pointed out that Hamas is exploiting the mass marches on its southern border as a cover for attacking the border fence, and has vowed to prevent a breach at all costs. The IDF said that on Friday protesters hurled several explosive devices and firebombs, using the thick plumes of smoke from burning tires as cover, and that several attempts to cross the fence were thwarted.

The majority of those killed in the border clashes were terrorists, Israel has proved.

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Army clears sniper filmed shooting Gazan, denounces cameraman
Defense minister calls IDF 'the most moral army in the world,' says soldiers sometimes need to 'let out some tension'
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Illustrative. Israeli snipers prepare for massive protests by Palestinians in Gaza and the potential for demonstrators to try to breach the security fence on March 30, 2018. (Israel Defense Forces)
The Israeli army on Tuesday said a soldier who shot a Palestinian suspect near the Gaza border in a recently circulated video behaved appropriately, but criticized the soldier who filmed and cheered the incident for violating military values.

The army said the cameraman, who was not part of the unit serving on the border, would face a disciplinary hearing. The initial results of the investigation into the video has been handed over to the Military Advocate General Corps, which will consider criminal charges.

According to the army’s initial investigation, the video was filmed on December 22 during a violent demonstration along the Gaza border, near the Israeli community of Kibbutz Kissufim.

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The army said the Palestinian who was shot was one of the people “suspected of organizing and leading” the violence along the border, which included the throwing of rocks and Molotov cocktails.

The military maintained that the sharpshooter had behaved appropriately, firing one bullet as the suspect approached the fence after ignoring warnings and calls to halt. The army also refuted a claim heard in the video that the suspect was shot in the head, saying he had in fact been wounded in the leg.

The video came to light on Monday, leading Israel’s national television broadcast and prompting a wave of condemnations across the political spectrum, as well as some justification and support for the soldiers featured in it.

On Tuesday, Defense Minister Avigdor Liberman also expressed his support for the sniper, while criticizing the soldier who filmed the event.

“The sniper deserves an honor and the cameraman a demerit,” he said at an event in northern Israel.

In the footage, the cameraman can be heard cheering as the Palestinian is shot, something the army said “does not fit with the spirit and degree of restraint expected of IDF soldiers.”

The army reportedly debriefed one of the soldiers who featured in the clip.


Defense Minister Avigdor Liberman at a cornerstone laying ceremony for a new neighborhood in the Etzion settlement bloc meant to resettle the evacuees of Netiv Ha’avot outpost on March 27, 2018. (Gershon Elinson/Flash90)
Though he criticized the video, Liberman also appeared to defend the cheering heard in it, saying it was inappropriate but somewhat understandable for soldiers in stressful situations.

“The IDF is the most moral army in the world, but when you are on the front lines and tense sometimes you let out some tension, so you can understand this,” he added, calling IDF troops “the best of the Israeli people.”

Earlier Tuesday, Education Minister Naftali Bennett defended the soldiers in the video and pushed back at their critics.

“Anyone who was ever in the field knows that to sit in Tel Aviv or in studios and judge the expressions of IDF soldiers guarding the borders isn’t serious,” Bennett, who heads the right-wing Jewish Home party, told Army Radio Tuesday morning.

“We are starting to judge soldiers based on the quality of their speech and whether it sounds nice or not?” he said. “Really?”


Education Minister Naftali Bennett speaks to press before the weekly cabinet meeting at the Prime Minister’s Office in Jerusalem on March 25, 2018. (Marc Israel Sellem/Pool/Flash90)
Expressing his support for the soldiers, Bennett blasted critics for judging their “inelegant” speech rather than their actions, and noted IDF troops’ role in defending Israel’s borders.

He later tweeted, “IDF soldiers protect our lives. We protect them. [We] don’t abandon soldiers.”

In the video, which was apparently filmed through a scope or binoculars, soldiers can be heard discussing the shot ahead of time, as the sniper trains his rifle on the suspect, who is seen standing next to another Palestinian crouching in front of a roll of barbed wire, several meters away from the security fence.

The Palestinian does not appear to be armed and is not seen throwing rocks or firebombs at the security fence or the Israeli troops on the other side.

“The moment he stops, you drop him. Do you have a bullet in the chamber? Are you [trained] on him?” the commander is heard asking in the footage.

The sharpshooter can then be heard saying he cannot fire because his shot is blocked by the rolls of barbed wire along the security fence.

At one point, the sniper says he is ready to fire, but his commander tells him to wait. “There’s a little kid,” the commander says.

One soldier, apparently the one filming the incident, calls over a friend a moment before the gunshot is heard and the Palestinian is seen crumpling to the ground.

“Whoa! What a video! YES! Son of a bitch. What a video! Look they’re running to evacuate him,” the photographer enthuses.

“Of course I filmed it,” he adds, responding to a question.

Another soldier is then heard saying, “Whoa, [he] hit him in the head.”

As a group of Palestinians can be seen carrying the injured man away, the photographer adds, “What a legendary video.”

Reporting on the video clip, which was the lead item on Israel’s national news broadcasts on Monday evening, TV correspondents said it was not clear whether the Palestinian suspect had been injured or killed.

‘Armchair critics’
Echoing Bennett, Public Security Minister Gilad Erdan (Likud) expressed support on Tuesday for Israeli troops and dismissed the uproar over the video.


Public Security Minister Gilad Erdan at a Likud party conference in Lod on December 31, 2017. (Tomer Neuberg/Flash90)
“I’m unable to comprehend what isn’t okay in the video. You can’t take a human reaction — no matter how over-the-top — from a battlefield and judge it from the armchairs in Tel Aviv,” he told Israel Radio.

While saying such a video “shouldn’t exist,” Science Minister Ofir Akunis (Likud) urged against rushing to judgment over the incident.

“The Palestinian who approached the border didn’t come to ask for peace,” he told Israel Radio.


Ofir Akunis (Yonatan Sindel/Flash90)
The focus on the video came just a day after the IDF General Staff announced that it was launching an investigation into the military’s response to a series of violent protests along the Gaza border in recent days, which have so far resulted in the deaths of some 30 Palestinians.

Border incidents in the past two weeks have included two massive demonstrations in which tens of thousands of Palestinians took part.

The protests were part of a planned six-week “March of Return” that is due to end in mid-May with both “Nakba Day,” marking the displacement of Arabs after Israel’s creation, and the relocation of the US embassy from Tel Aviv to Jerusalem — a plan that has infuriated Palestinian leaders.


Palestinian men wave their national flags as smoke billows from tires burned by Gazans at the Israel-Gaza border during a protest, east of Gaza City in the Gaza Strip, on April 6, 2018. (AFP Photo/Mahmud Hams)
Palestinian activists have insisted the protests were civilian-led and nonviolent, while Israel has said they were often used as cover for attempts at violence against Israeli troops and breaches of the border. The IDF says the marches are a new tactic by Hamas, which rules Gaza, to conduct terror operations in the confusion of the demonstrations.

The army said that it had spotted multiple attempts by terrorists to plant explosive devices along the Gaza border, a shooting attack on IDF troops by two well-armed Palestinian men dispatched by Hamas, as well as an attempted infiltration by a gunman wearing a suicide bomb vest. Hamas, a terror group that seeks to destroy Israel, has acknowledged several of its operatives were among the Palestinian dead. Hamas leaders have said the ultimate goal of the protests is to erase the border and liberate Palestine.
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A Hamas leader in Gaza promises more riots and violence against the state of Israel while the media portrays the “March of Return” as a peaceful protest.

Tens of thousands of Palestinians in the Gaza Strip tried to infiltrate the border with Israel during a six-week campaign of mass protests — called the “March of Return” — organized by Hamas, Islamic Jihad and other radical Palestinian terror groups.

Many in the mainstream media are portraying the riots as “peaceful protests” when in fact they are violent demonstrations to provoke the IDF and challenge Israeli sovereignty.

Watch as one of Hamas’ leaders in Gaza, Yehia al-Sinwar, promises more riots and violence against the state of Israel.

Do his calls for violence sound peaceful to you?

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A Tunisian court bowed to pressure from an anti-Israel group by banning four Israeli athletes from competing in a taekwondo championship. 
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A court in Tunis has banned four Israeli athletes from competing at the taekwondo world junior championships after a group of anti-Israel activists who opposed “normalization” with Jewish state filed a last-minute lawsuit.

The competition is being held in the Tunisian seaside resort of Hammamet from April 6-13.

A judicial official said the court rendered its decision earlier this week after the Tunisian group known as the National Commission for Supporting Arab Resistance and Opposing Normalization and Zionism sued the president of the Tunisian taekwondo federation, Ahmed Gaaloul.

Prosecutor’s spokesman Sofiane Selliti told The Associated Press that the court decision stipulates that Gaaboul can’t invite, or host, the four Israeli athletes — Dana Azran, Nicol Adamskt, Abijhag Semberg and Tom Pashcousky — whose names were on the list of contestants.

Gaaloul told the AP in a phone interview that the athletes will not be invited because they did not complete the paperwork to enter the tournament.

However, Israel Ynet reported that registration forms were sent ahead of time, enclosed with requests for visas to Tunisia for the Israeli delegation.

After a prolonged period of Tunisian officials ignoring the request, the Israelis were promised visas to compete, but with no Israeli insignias or symbols.

An Israeli taekwondo official told Ynet that the delegation “sent all of the forms on time, including registration. We did everything in an orderly fashion to be granted visas. They never responded, and then promised we’ll get the visas. Now they’re lying and saying we failed to submit on time.”

The plaintiffs argued in their lawsuit, which was published by local media, that the athletes’ presence would clash with constitutional provisions and agreements signed by the Tunisian government. They argue that Tunisia has committed “boycotting and not dealing with the Zionist entity … in any way.”

Gaaloul said the activist group “misled the judges and used subterfuge” to exploit public opinion.

Heads of the Israeli Olympic Committee have begun to address the matter and have contacted the International Olympic Committee and World Taekwondo officials as well.

“We have done everything by the book, waited on the visas for ages and never got them, despite agreeing to compete without Israeli symbols. This is very serious,” the Israeli taekwondo official said.

Muslim Anti-Israel Sentiments in Sports
For years, Israeli athletes have faced boycotts, snubs and logistical hurdles in sporting events involving Arab and Muslim countries.

In November, Morocco refused entry to Israel’s national judo team.

In October, Israel’s Judo team encountered Muslim hostility in Abu Dhabi when the country barred Israel’s team from donning national symbols and refused to play the Jewish state’s national anthem during the tournament.

The 12 Israeli athletes participating in the Abu Dhabi Judo Grand Slam tournament were even prohibited from displaying the letters “ISR” on their uniforms to identify their nationality.

Similarly, in one of the competitions, Israel’s Tohar Butbul beat the UAE’s Rashad Almashjari, who then refused to shake hands after losing.

In February 2017, Iranian karate athlete Majid Hassaninia refused to compete against an Israeli opponent at the 21st Open de Paris – Karate Premier League in France. The Iranian’s unsportsmanlike conduct defied the accepted international code of honor in sports.
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Israel strikes ‘Hamas targets’ in Gaza
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The IDF attack, which targeted a Hamas military compound, comes as retaliation for a breach of the border fence by a group of Palestinians, who allegedly brought improvised explosive devices into Israeli territory on Sunday.
READ MORE: US only Security Council member to block UN inquiry into Gaza violence

“The IDF views with great severity the attempt led by the Hamas terrorist organization to turn the fence into a combat zone while attempting to damage and destroy the security and defense infrastructures,” the IDF Spokesperson’s Unit said in a statement cited by Jerusalem Post.

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FILE PHOTO: Palestinian demonstrators gather at the Israel-Gaza border during clashes with Israeli troops east of Gaza City, on April 6, 2018. ©️ Mohammed SalemForget about Gaza, bomb Assad! Israeli hawks urge US to strike Syria over Douma ‘chem attack’
“The IDF will not allow cynical use of civilians as a cover for terrorist activity against Israeli citizens and IDF forces, and will respond to any attempt of terrorism of this kind,” the spokesperson added.

On Sunday evening, Israeli soldiers patrolling the Gaza-Israel border found two explosive devices placed by Palestinians. The bombs, the IDF believes, were placed by Hamas operatives who managed to cross into Israel earlier in the day. In response, the IDF launched artillery fire on known Hamas positions in the area. It was then followed by a strike against a Hamas compound on Monday morning.

“The Hamas terrorist organization is solely responsible for what is happening in the Gaza Strip from above and below the ground,” the IDF stressed on Monday.

Monday’s strike comes amid a brutal crackdown on the Palestinian protesters in Gaza. The protests began on March 30 and are expected to continue until May 15. The weekly “March of Return” rallies have turned the Israeli Palestinian border into a battlefield. While Israeli forces ordered the activists to stay at least 500 meters clear of the border, protesters continue to attempt to breach the border. At least 29 people have so far been killed in the clashes with the IDF. Roughly 3,000 more were injured, according to Gaza health officials

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Several killed & injured in ‘missile attack’ on airbase in Homs – Syrian state media
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A military airport in Homs province has been targeted in a “missile attack,” SANA reports. Although Syrian air defense systems allegedly intercepted at least eight projectiles, several people were reportedly injured and killed.
Several missiles struck Syria's Tiyas Military Airbase in the Homs governorate (also known as T-4 Airbase) on Sunday night, SANA reports, citing a military source. As a result of the strike, there were several “martyrs [killed] and wounded ,” the agency added, without specifying the number of casualties.

The attack has “probably” been carried out by the United States, the agency said, but US officials have firmly denied such allegations. While the US Defense Department is "aware" of reports of an alleged missile strike, it has dismissed the reports of any US involvement.

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FILE PHOTO: Syrian soldiers are seen in the rebel-held Douma district in the Eastern Ghouta countryside, Syria, on March 28, 2018. ©️ Ammar SafarjalaniMoscow calls ‘chemical attack’ in Douma ‘fake news,’ warns against Syrian intervention
“At this time, the Department of Defense is not conducting air strikes in Syria,” the Pentagon told Reuters in a statement. “However, we continue to closely watch the situation and support the ongoing diplomatic efforts to hold those who use chemical weapons, in Syria and otherwise, accountable.”

France, also suspected of being involved in the attack, denied any responsibility for the military strike, AFP reported on Monday.

According to Lebanon’s Al Mayadeen broadcaster, the missiles were coming from the Mediterranean Sea, through Lebanese airspace. Meanwhile, Al Masdar News is reporting that “unknown jets” have entered Syrian airspace from Lebanon, and is speculating that the jets could be Israeli. In response, the Syrian Air Defense system at Mezzeh Air Base was activated, the report added.

Almost precisely a year ago, on April 7, 2017, the US carried out a strike against Syria’s Shayrat Airbase, launching a volley of 59 Tomahawk cruise missiles from the Mediterranean Sea. Back then, Washington justified the attack as a necessary response in the wake of reports of a deadly chemical attack in Idlib province, without waiting for any investigation into the incident.

The latest news come as Damascus faces fresh accusations of allegedly targeting civilians in a chlorine attack, which were put forward by the controversial White Helmets group, which is always to the fore in Western media coverage of the Syrian conflict.

Damascus, meanwhile, has denied the accusations, while the Russian Foreign Ministry denounced the latest reports as another example of a “continuous series of fake news about the use of chlorine and other chemical agents by the government forces.”

READ MORE: Red Crescent found no trace of previous 'Ghouta chem attack' used by US to blame Damascus & Moscow

Talking to RT, Sreeram Chaulia, a professor at India’s Jindal School of International Affairs, noted that the Israeli Air Force has already been striking Syria in recent years, targeting the supply lines of Hezbollah. But this time, he said, it looks “like an impending US or French missile strike” carried out in response to the recent alleged chemical incident in Douma.

However, if the Israelis were behind the reported missile attack, it means that Tel Aviv has now been “dragged into the core of the [Syrian] conflict.” Israeli involvement in the Syrian war has deepened, and that is “a matter of grave concern,” Chaulia said. He also pointed out that the attack on the military compound in Homs took place after US President Donald Trump announced a withdrawal from Syria, adding that this sequence of events “puts the US back in.”

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FILE PHOTO: Palestinian demonstrators gather at the Israel-Gaza border during clashes with Israeli troops east of Gaza City, on April 6, 2018. ©️ Mohammed SalemForget about Gaza, bomb Assad! Israeli hawks urge US to strike Syria over Douma ‘chem attack’
Amid escalating tensions, the Joint Chiefs of Staff and the US Central Command (CENTCOM), have allegedly been compiling lists of potential targets and attack options to present to Trump and his national security team, senior US military officials told Israel’s i24NEWS.

Israeli officials had, throughout Sunday, advocated striking targets in Syria, calling on Washington to retaliate against Damascus in response to the alleged Douma chemical attack. The charge was led by the Israeli Strategic Affairs and Public Security Minister Gilad Erdan, who told the Army Radio on Sunday that he personally hopes that the US would take military action against the Syrian government. Among an array of politicians, Israeli opposition leader Isaac Herzog also called on the US to take “decisive military action” against Syria. The idea of Israel’s intervention in Syria was also supported by the Israeli Chief Rabbi Yitzhak Yosef, who urged his followers “to try and stop this massacre.”

Donald Trump’s fury, meanwhile, focused on Damascus and the Syrian president Bashar Assad, whom the US president called an “animal.” The US leader also lashed out against Iran and Russia for supporting Assad, saying there is a “big price” to pay for the latest chemical attack.

Trump has already held talks with his French counterpart Emmanuel Macron, after which both leaders decided to form a united front against Russia at the upcoming United Nations Security Council meetings, planned for Monday. Macron previously indicated that France might consider unilateral actions, including a military strike if chemical weapons were ever used in Syria again.

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DF denies deliberately targeting journalist killed in Gaza protest
Hundreds at funeral for Yasser Murtaja who dies from a gunshot wound he sustained while filming Friday in an area engulfed in thick black smoke
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Mourners and journalists carry the body of Palestinian journalist Yasser Murtaja, during his funeral in Gaza City on April 7, 2018. (AFP PHOTO / MAHMUD HAMS)
The Israeli army on Saturday denied deliberately targeting a Palestinian journalist who was shot while covering killed while covering mass protests along the Israeli border the previous day and said it was investigating the incident.

Hundreds, including Hamas chief Ismail Haniyeh, attended the funeral of well-known Palestinian journalist Yasser Murtaja who died from a gunshot wound he sustained while filming Friday in an area engulfed in thick black smoke from protesters setting tires on fire.

Israeli troops opened fire from across the border, killing at least nine Palestinians and wounding 491 others in the second mass border protest in eight days. The deaths brought to at least 31 the number of Palestinians killed by Israeli fire since last week.

Murtaja was over 100 meters (yards) from the border, wearing a flak jacket marked “press” and holding his camera when he was shot in an exposed area just below the armpit.

In a statement released later Saturday, the IDF said it did not deliberately target journalists and it was investigating the incident.

“For weeks we have been warning against coming close to the fence and calling on Gaza’s residents not to obey the orders of the terror group Hamas and refrain from terror activities and other violent acts against Israel,” the IDF said. “Despite this since last Friday the IDF has been dealing with tens of thousands of people approaching the fence, all instigated by Hamas.”

“In response IDF forces are acting under clear orders designed for these circumstances. The IDF does not deliberately target journalists. The circumstances in which the journalist was supposedly hit by IDF fire is not know and they are being investigated,” the army said.

Demonstrators assist an injured Palestinian journalist Yasser Murtaja during clashes with Israeli security forces following a protest near the border with Israel, east of Khan Yunis, in the southern Gaza Strip, on April 6, 2018. He later died of his wounds (AFP PHOTO / SAID KHATIB)
On Friday Israeli military sources said it was believed that everyone who was hit by IDF gunfire had been engaged in violence. Some Hebrew media reports quoted IDF officials saying all those who were hurt were Hamas operatives.

“Hamas sent children out ahead [toward the fence], cynically using them,” the IDF’s spokesman, Ronen Manelis, said on Friday night. Manelis specified that eight explosive devices and numerous petrol bombs were thrown, and that the IDF faced several attempts “to cut through the fence.”

Palestinian men wave their national flags as smoke billows from burning tires at the Israel-Gaza border during a protest, east of Gaza City in the Gaza Strip, on April 6, 2018. (AFP PHOTO / MAHMUD HAMS)
“There were attempts to carry out acts of terrorism … using the smoke [from burning tires] for cover,” he said, but the IDF had ensured the fence was not breached.

“The army did its job,” said Manelis. “The fence was not breached and [Israel’s] sovereignty was not harmed.”

Friday’s demonstration was the second of what Gaza’s ruling Hamas terror group said would be several weeks of “March of Return” protests which Hamas leaders say ultimately aim to see the removal of the border and the liberation of Palestine.

Gaza leaders have planned a series of so-called Marches of Return culminating in a planned million-strong march in mid-May, to coincide with Israel’s 70th Independence Day, the opening of the US Embassy in Jerusalem, and Nakba Day — when the Palestinians mark what they call the “catastrophe” that befell them with Israel’s creation.

Palestinian protestors burn tires during clashes with Israeli security forces on the Gaza-Israel border, east of Gaza City on April 6, 2018. (AFP PHOTO / MAHMUD HAMS)
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An Islamist terror group, Hamas violently took control of Gaza from Mahmoud Abbas’s Fatah in 2007, two years after Israel withdrew its military and civilian presence from the Strip. Israel and Egypt maintain a security blockade of Gaza. Israel says this is vital to prevent Hamas — which has fought three rounds of conflict against Israel since seizing Gaza, firing thousands of rockets into Israel and digging dozens of attack tunnels under the border — from importing weaponry.

Murtaja, 30, was the co-founder of Ain media, a local TV production company that has done projects, including aerial drone video, for foreign media clients such as BBC and Al Jazeera English.

He was buried with his press vest draped over his body.

Murtaja was not affiliated with Hamas or any other militant group. His death, along with the other recent casualties, seemed likely to draw renewed criticism from rights groups that have branded Israel’s open-fire orders on the border as unlawful, after Israel’s defense minister warned that those approaching the fence were risking their lives.

Just two weeks ago, Murtaja posted a drone photo of Gaza’s seaport at sunset on his Facebook page with the following caption: “I wished I could take this photo from the sky, not from land. My name is Yasser Murtaja, I am 30 years old. I live in Gaza City. I have never traveled.”

Friends say it reflected his greatest wish — to escape Gaza’s isolation.

Hana Awad, his colleague and close friend, said he had long dreamed of traveling and was recently granted an Al Jazeera scholarship for training in Doha. She described him as active and friendly and not at all interested in politics.

“We didn’t know his political views, he was passionate about his job and wanted to travel and learn,” she said of Murtaja, who was the father of a 2-year-old boy.

Witnesses described the area in which he was shot as a chaotic scene in which protesters torched large piles of tires, engulfing the area in black smoke that was meant to shield them from Israeli snipers. Footage showed that visibility was limited and the faces of some of the activists were covered in black soot.

Israeli troops on the other side of the fence responded with tear gas, rubber-coated steel pellets and water cannons, as well as occasional live fire.
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Palestinians were burning tires, sending thick plumes of black smoke into the air; others threw Molotov cocktails and stones at Israeli soldiers over the border fence, who responded with tear gas and live fire, witnesses said.
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The Hamas-run Gaza health ministry said on Friday evening that six men were killed.
The ministry said hundreds of people were wounded on Friday, including 293 by live fire. It said 25 of those wounded were in serious condition. Among those hurt were 12 women and 48 minors, the ministry added.
“Rioters have attempted to damage and cross the security fence under the cover of smoke from their burning tires. They also attempted to carry out terror attacks and hurl explosive devices and firebombs,” the IDF said on Friday evening. “Our forces prevented breaches” of the fence.
Palestinian flags and a swastika are seen amid the black smoke of Gaza demonstrations, April 6, 2018 (IDF Spokesperson Unit)
Witnesses said that Friday’s demonstrations appeared somewhat smaller than the 30,000 participants at last week’s protest. The army assessed that around 20,000 Gazans were participating.
One of the dead men was identified as Ussama Khamis Qadih, 38, killed east of Khan Younis. Israel’s Army Radio quoted the IDF saying the fatal incident involving Qadih occurred when the army identified an effort by a large group of people to rush the border fence and that it used live fire to stop them. The report said 20 people were also injured in the attempt.
The other dead men were identified as Majdi Shabat, 38; Hussein Mohammed Madi, 16; Ibrahim Alur, 19; Sidqi Abu Attiwi, 45; Mohammed al-Haj Saleh, age unknown. There were no immediate details on the circumstances of their deaths.
“Our forces are using riot disposal means and live fire in accordance with the rules of engagement,” the army said.
Israeli military spokesman Lt. Col. Jonathan Conricus said Hamas organizers were trying to use protesters as a diversion to “open up the fence and then to insert terrorists into Israel.” Conricus said snipers were used “sparingly” and only against those that pose a “significant threat.”
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Tens of thousands of Palestinians gathered along the Gaza border on Friday, burning tires and throwing firebombs and rocks at Israeli soldiers, who responded with tear gas and live fire, the army and witnesses said, as Palestinians held a second “March of Return” protest.
Hamas said six Gazans were killed by Israeli fire as of 7:30 p.m. The IDF said it thwarted multiple efforts to breach the border fence — and that it used live fire to do so in some instances — as well as attempts to activate bombs against the troops under the cover of smoke.
Palestinians were burning tires, sending thick plumes of black smoke into the air; others threw Molotov cocktails and stones at Israeli soldiers over the border fence, who responded with tear gas and live fire, witnesses said.
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The Hamas-run Gaza health ministry said on Friday evening that six men were killed.
The ministry said hundreds of people were wounded on Friday, including 293 by live fire. It said 25 of those wounded were in serious condition. Among those hurt were 12 women and 48 minors, the ministry added.
“Rioters have attempted to damage and cross the security fence under the cover of smoke from their burning tires. They also attempted to carry out terror attacks and hurl explosive devices and firebombs,” the IDF said on Friday evening. “Our forces prevented breaches” of the fence.
Palestinian flags and a swastika are seen amid the black smoke of Gaza demonstrations, April 6, 2018 (IDF Spokesperson Unit)
Witnesses said that Friday’s demonstrations appeared somewhat smaller than the 30,000 participants at last week’s protest. The army assessed that around 20,000 Gazans were participating.
One of the dead men was identified as Ussama Khamis Qadih, 38, killed east of Khan Younis. Israel’s Army Radio quoted the IDF saying the fatal incident involving Qadih occurred when the army identified an effort by a large group of people to rush the border fence and that it used live fire to stop them. The report said 20 people were also injured in the attempt.
The other dead men were identified as Majdi Shabat, 38; Hussein Mohammed Madi, 16; Ibrahim Alur, 19; Sidqi Abu Attiwi, 45; Mohammed al-Haj Saleh, age unknown. There were no immediate details on the circumstances of their deaths.
“Our forces are using riot disposal means and live fire in accordance with the rules of engagement,” the army said.
Israeli military spokesman Lt. Col. Jonathan Conricus said Hamas organizers were trying to use protesters as a diversion to “open up the fence and then to insert terrorists into Israel.” Conricus said snipers were used “sparingly” and only against those that pose a “significant threat.”
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Tens of thousands of Palestinians gathered along the Gaza border on Friday, burning tires and throwing firebombs and rocks at Israeli soldiers, who responded with tear gas and live fire, the army and witnesses said, as Palestinians held a second “March of Return” protest.
Hamas said six Gazans were killed by Israeli fire as of 7:30 p.m. The IDF said it thwarted multiple efforts to breach the border fence — and that it used live fire to do so in some instances — as well as attempts to activate bombs against the troops under the cover of smoke.
Palestinians were burning tires, sending thick plumes of black smoke into the air; others threw Molotov cocktails and stones at Israeli soldiers over the border fence, who responded with tear gas and live fire, witnesses said.
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The Hamas-run Gaza health ministry said on Friday evening that six men were killed.
The ministry said hundreds of people were wounded on Friday, including 293 by live fire. It said 25 of those wounded were in serious condition. Among those hurt were 12 women and 48 minors, the ministry added.
“Rioters have attempted to damage and cross the security fence under the cover of smoke from their burning tires. They also attempted to carry out terror attacks and hurl explosive devices and firebombs,” the IDF said on Friday evening. “Our forces prevented breaches” of the fence.
Palestinian flags and a swastika are seen amid the black smoke of Gaza demonstrations, April 6, 2018 (IDF Spokesperson Unit)
Witnesses said that Friday’s demonstrations appeared somewhat smaller than the 30,000 participants at last week’s protest. The army assessed that around 20,000 Gazans were participating.
One of the dead men was identified as Ussama Khamis Qadih, 38, killed east of Khan Younis. Israel’s Army Radio quoted the IDF saying the fatal incident involving Qadih occurred when the army identified an effort by a large group of people to rush the border fence and that it used live fire to stop them. The report said 20 people were also injured in the attempt.
The other dead men were identified as Majdi Shabat, 38; Hussein Mohammed Madi, 16; Ibrahim Alur, 19; Sidqi Abu Attiwi, 45; Mohammed al-Haj Saleh, age unknown. There were no immediate details on the circumstances of their deaths.
“Our forces are using riot disposal means and live fire in accordance with the rules of engagement,” the army said.
Israeli military spokesman Lt. Col. Jonathan Conricus said Hamas organizers were trying to use protesters as a diversion to “open up the fence and then to insert terrorists into Israel.” Conricus said snipers were used “sparingly” and only against those that pose a “significant threat.”
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Great Return March: IDF fires tear gas, injures Palestinians on Gaza border (WATCH LIVE)
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Great Return March: IDF fires tear gas, injures Palestinians on Gaza border (WATCH LIVE) 
Israeli soldiers are seen next to the border fence on the Israeli side of the Israel-Gaza border, as black smoke rises while Palestinians protest on the Gaza side of the border. April 6, 2018. ©️ Amir Cohen / Reuters
Violence has broken out at the Gaza-Israel border as the Great Return March protests enter its second week, with several Palestinians reportedly wounded by Israel Defense Forces fire.
The IDF launched tear gas and opened fire on protesters in the northern Gaza Strip, east of Jabaliya, Haaretz reports, with Israel deploying snipers and tanks along the border as protests gain traction. Palestinians have burned tires during protests in an effort to obstruct the view of Israeli snipers, while Israel says the smoke could hide terrorists.
RT’s live feed overlooking Shijaiyah in east Gaza shows hundreds of Palestinians gathering behind a cloud of black smoke from burning tires.
Last Friday’s protests resulted in the killing of 20 Palestinians, while hundreds more were wounded by live Israeli fire after snipers were instructed to shoot at protesters.
"The use of snipers was against specific people who were specific perpetrators of violence," IDF spokesperson Lt Col Peter Lerner said. Footage from the clashes showed a number of unarmed protesters gunned down.
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The UN Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights this week urged Israel to ensure security forces do not use excessive force against Palestinian protesters. Israeli forces have been given orders to shoot protesters who get too close to the border fence. The US urged Palestinians to engage in peaceful protests and to stay 500 meters from the border with Israel. Israeli human rights group, B’Tselem, placed ads in Israeli media urging IDF soldiers to refuse orders to fire at unarmed protesters.
Israel’s Defense Minister Avigdor Liberman said Tuesday forces will continue to fire at Palestinians who get too close to the border fence, and anyone who comes close to the fence “will endanger their lives.”
“We have set very clear rules [of engagement] and we have no intention of changing them,” he said. “We are determined to protect the security of Israeli citizens, of course, first and foremost, in the area of Gaza, and there will be no compromise on this issue, no flexibility.”
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Israeli athletes banned from taekwondo championship in Tunisia
Tunis court rules 4 Israelis will not be allowed to participate in world junior championships starting Friday, following petition from group opposed to ties with Israel
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Illustrative: Ron Atias of Israel, and Venilton Teixeira of Brazil compete in the men's Taekwondo event at the 2016 Summer Olympics in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, Wednesday, Aug. 17, 2016. (AP Photo/Andrew Medichini)
Illustrative: Ron Atias of Israel, and Venilton Teixeira of Brazil compete in the men's Taekwondo event at the 2016 Summer Olympics in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, Wednesday, Aug. 17, 2016. (AP Photo/Andrew Medichini)
TUNIS, Tunisia  — A court in Tunis has banned four Israeli athletes from competing at the taekwondo world junior championships after a group of activists opposed to normalization with Israel filed an urgent lawsuit.

The competition is being held in the Tunisian seaside resort of Hammamet from April 6-13.

A judicial official said the court rendered its decision earlier this week after the Tunisian group known as the National Commission for Supporting Arab Resistance and Opposing Normalization and Zionism sued the president of the Tunisian taekwondo federation, Ahmed Gaaloul.

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Prosecutor’s spokesman Sofiane Selliti told The Associated Press that the court decision stipulates that Gaaboul can’t invite, or host, the four Israeli athletes — Dana Azran, Nicol Adamskt, Abishag Semberg and Tom Pashcousky — whose names were on the list of contestants.

Gaaloul told the AP in a phone interview that the athletes will not be invited because they did not complete the paperwork to enter the tournament.

The plaintiffs argued in their lawsuit, which was published by local media, that the athletes’ presence would clash with constitutional provisions and agreements signed by the Tunisian government. They argue that Tunisia has committed “to denouncing and refusing Zionist occupation and colonization, as well as boycotting and not dealing with the Zionist entity (…) in any way.”

Gaaloul said the activist group “misled the judges and used subterfuges” to exploit public opinion.

There was no immediate reaction from the Israeli taekwondo federation.

Muslim and Arab states or athletes often boycott Israeli competitors. An Egyptian judoka refused to shake hands with his Israeli opponent at the Rio Olympics last year, and Tunisia’s tennis federation ordered the country’s top player to withdraw from a match against an Israeli opponent at a tournament in 2013.

In October, an Israeli delegation was allowed to take part in the Abu Dhabi Grand Slam judo tournament, but were barred from identifying as Israeli or displaying national symbols.

The entire Israeli team was required to compete without any Israeli identifying symbols, and had been told before the tournament that there would be no acknowledgement of their home country — a discriminatory policy imposed solely on the Israeli competitors.


Israeli gold-medalist judoka Tal Flicker at the award ceremony at the Judo Grand Slam in Abu Dhabi, where local judo authorities banned all Israeli symbols, October 26, 2017. (YouTube screen capture)
The Israeli contestants were listed as representing the International Judo Federation. When one of them won a medal, organizers refused to play the national anthem.
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US blocks UN attack on IDF’s response to violent Gaza riot
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The United States stood against a draft UN Security Council statement on Saturday expressing “grave concern” about the IDF’s response to violent rioting on the Gaza border.

By: JNS

The United States blocked a draft UN Security Council statement on Saturday expressing “grave concern at the situation on the border” following the ‘Land Day’ protest march in which some 30,000 protestors violently rioted at the Israel-Gaza border. Israeli forces killed as many as 17 armed protestors during the riots.

According to the AFP, the draft council statement presented by Kuwait called for an “independent and transparent investigation of the violence,” and “called upon all sides to exercise restraint and prevent a further escalation.” The draft also referred to the Palestinian “right to peaceful protest” and expressed “sorrow at the loss of innocent Palestinian lives.”

UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres called on Saturday for “those concerned to refrain from any act that could lead to further casualties.”

In response to the calls for inquiry, Israeli Defense Minister Avigdor Lieberman explained that the “attempt to break through the fence” was specifically carried out to “harm our sovereignty.”

“Any state whose borders people tried to crash would act in an even more severe way than we did, and therefore the procession of hypocrites calling for a committee of inquiry must understand that there will be no such thing,” Lieberman stated. “There will not be any international inquiry. We will not cooperate with any inquiry of this kind.”

On Saturday night, the IDF posted the names and photos of 10 of the protesters killed, identifying them as members of known terrorist organizations. IDF spokeswoman Keren Hajiott, released a video statement on Facebook summarizing the riot and Israel’s response, stating that “the IDF has an obligation to protect the citizens of Israel, which is exactly what we did.”
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A baby born in Jerusalem with a serious heart defect is now healthy and happy thanks to Israeli and Palestinian doctors who worked together to save his life.
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Doctors at both Israeli and Palestinian-operated hospitals joined forces to save the life of a Filipino baby boy in Jerusalem, Times of Israel reported Thursday.

On February 14, Francis Joseph was born at the Red Crescent Hospital in eastern Jerusalem with a rare and serious heart defect, which required complicated and risky open-heart surgery. The so-called “Jatene procedure,” which the Palestinian-operated hospital did not have the necessary facilities to perform, was possible at Hadassah hospital in the capital’s Ein Kerem neighborhood.

When Dr. Julius Golender, a pediatric cardiologist at the hospital, received an emergency call from his colleagues at the Red Crescent hospital, he consulted immediately with his fellow pediatric cardiologists from Hadassah, Dr. Juma Natshe and Dr. Sagi Gavri, who together came up with a plan to save the baby’s life.

They first stabilized the newborn’s critical condition by performing a procedure known as a cardiac catheterization before moving him to Hadassah for open-heart surgery. The Jatene procedure is named for its creator, famed Brazilian cardiologist Dr. Adib Jatene, who first performed it successfully in 1975.

“I was surprised when suddenly these experts from Hadassah showed up at the Red Crescent Hospital, and in my view it was a miracle,” said Nina, the mother of the boy, who preferred to be identified by first name only.

“We did everything we could possibly do so that it would be possible to perform surgery on the newborn baby in Hadassah and fix the heart defect that he was born with, which had caused this extremely complicated medical condition,” said Gavri soon after the catheterization.

The successful surgery took a little over five hours, according to the hospital.

Nina thanked the doctors and the hospital for stepping in and performing the life-saving surgery on her son. “We were undoubtedly very lucky that Hadassah got involved and saved my child and my family,” she said.

A few weeks after the surgery, Francis Joseph was allowed to go home. When he returned to the hospital a month later for a checkup, his doctors said he was “in good condition, active and smiling.”
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Palestinians Reveal ‘True Intentions’ by Directly Funding Terrorists
https://unitedwithisrael.org/palestinians-reveal-true-intentions-by-directly-funding-terrorist-salaries-charges-israels-un-envoy/? “Abbas has once again revealed his true intentions as he directly pays hundreds of millions of dollars to terrorists with blood on their hands,” Danon charged.

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Israel’s Ambassador to the United Nations (UN) Danny Danon decried the decision by the Palestinian Authority (PA) to continue to fund payments to terrorist and their families from its official budget.

“[Palestinian leader] Mahmoud Abbas has once again revealed his true intentions as he directly pays hundreds of millions of dollars to terrorists with blood on their hands,” Danon charged on Wednesday.

“Once again, the Palestinians have responded to American initiatives aimed at reconciliation with support for terror and violence,” he added.

The PA has authorized its 2018 budget which includes payments of $355 million to convicted terrorists and the families of terrorists as part of their 2018 budget, according to a report published by Palestinian Media Watch (PMW).

The PA budget for the Commission of Prisoner Affairs, which pays the salaries of terrorist prisoners and released prisoners, is set at $166 million, of which $158 million will go to terrorists.

Additionally, the budget for the Families of the Martyrs and Wounded Institution is set at $200 million, of which $197 million will go to the families of terrorists.

As such, the total payment by the PA for 2018 is set at $355 million, which is 7.47 percent of its operation budget of $4.76 billion in 2018, and some 44 percent of the funding the PA hopes to receive in foreign aid this year.

“It is very significant that for the first time since 2014, the PA has stopped attempting to hide that it is the PA that pays salaries to all the terrorist prisoners. This year, the PA openly lists the budget for these salaries to the Commission of Prisoners as a direct PA budget expense [listed as “transfer payments”],” the PMW report said.

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Danon called on the international community and the UN to “join the US in their pledge to put an end to the funding of Palestinian terror.”

He was referring to a new US law, the Taylor Force Act, approved by the US Senate on Friday, which freezes US aid to the PA as long as it continues to incite and fund terror through “welfare” stipends for terrorists and their families

The bill, which received bipartisan support, is named for 28-year-old American tourist Taylor Force, who was stabbed to death by a Palestinian terrorist in Tel Aviv in March 2016.

Palestinian envoy to the UN Riyad Mansour slammed the Taylor Force Act as “a hostile act to withdraw the economic assistance to the Palestinian people.”

The bill, he charged, does not enable “a responsible government such as the Palestine government in dealing with their political prisoners and their families and those who lose their lives in the struggle for the independence of our state. All these methods are arm-twisting, blackmailing, and will not break the will of the Palestinian people.”

JNS contributed to this report.
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