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Post  Admin on Mon 25 Jun 2018, 6:20 pm

Hamas, Not Children, Responsible for ‘Fire Kite’ Terror, IDF Shows
Hamas creates explosive kites in large quantities and in an organized manner, the IDF stressed, debunking the notion that children are behind the tactic.

By: United with Israel Staff

The IDF has documented and exposed Hamas’ responsibility for the relentless wave of airborne arson attacks on Israel’s south, debunking the widely accepted notion that it is a popular and unorganized form of terrorism and that children are behind it.

“The Hamas terror organization deliberately conducts arson terror attacks in an organized manner,” the IDF stated Sunday. “Hamas leads the arson and explosive kites phenomenon; it orchestrates the launches and will bear the consequences for its actions.”

The IDF demonstrated how this latest form of terrorism has evolved in recent weeks into “a deliberate activity, planned and executed by the Hamas terror organization, targeting Israeli territory from the Gaza Strip.”

First, a Hamas commander in charge of launching arson kites and balloons directs subordinate operatives, who prepare them, attaching flammable materials, the army explained.

Once the explosive kites and balloons are fully prepared, the operatives launch them into target areas within Israeli territory.

Arson kites are made by Hamas terror operatives in large quantities and in an organized manner, the IDF underscored.

The IDF posted a clip online in which terrorists are clearly seen preparing and launching the arson balloons from within a Hamas military post.
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 WATCH: Hamas terrorists prepare and launch arson and explosive device-laden kites and balloons, targeting Israeli territory from the Gaza Strip.

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“This terror activity targets Israeli civilians, as well as Israeli agricultural lands and nature,” the IDF stressed.

The IDF emphasized that it responds to these terrorist attacks “in a calculated yet increasing fashion: firing warning shots nearby, targeting the terror infrastructure that belongs to the launchers and Hamas military targets located deep within the Gaza Strip.”

In the latest such “calculated response,” an Israel Air Force (IAF) aircraft on Sunday afternoon targeted a wagon used by Hamas terrorists to prepare explosive balloons in the northern Gaza Strip.

A few hours earlier, an IDF aircraft targeted a vehicle used by a group of Palestinians who attempted to launch arson balloons from the southern Gaza Strip into Israeli territory.

“The IDF will not allow this terror to threaten Israeli civilians and Israeli territory,” the IDF concluded.

Hamas’ Airborne Arson Continues to Strike
In the meantime, Israel’s south continued to contend with the Palestinian airborne terrorism on Sunday as firebomb-laden kites and balloons set new fires near communities on the border with Gaza.

Firefighters extinguished blazes near the agricultural communities of Kissufim, Be’eri and Nir Am.

Sunday’s fires came a day after incendiary kites launched by Palestinian terrorists from Gaza started 26 blazes in southern Israel.

The IDF in recent days has deployed a new detection system to combat the terrorism which has been plaguing the south for some three months, but with apparently limited success.

Israeli farmers in proximity to Gaza have been subjected to hundreds of burning kites. Some 500 blazes have destroyed several hundred acres of wood and farmland and have ruined produce worth millions of shekels.

Palestinian terrorists have launched more than 600 incendiary kites into Israel since the start of the “March of Return” some 12 weeks ago.

Despite the IDF’s best efforts to stop the kites in flight, more than 200 have set fire to Israeli fields and property. More than 430 fires have erupted, and 2,000 acres of wood and farmland have been damaged by the flames.

Israel has deployed drones to cut down the kites, with limited results. Due to the lack of a comprehensive solution to this low-tech, cheap weapon, there have been increasing calls in Israel for the IDF to respond as they would to any other terrorists threatening the country and to shoot the ‘fire kite’ fliers.

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Post  Admin on Sun 24 Jun 2018, 10:42 pm

Rivlin welcomes 74 Arab women who join the police
President Rivlin and Police chief meet with 29 of the fresh recruits, who say that despite prejudices they have encountered in their sector, to serve in the police is their mission; Rivlin praises knocking ‘down the barriers to make us all come closer together.’
Yishai Porat|Published:  06.23.18 , 10:04
President Reuven Rivlin and Police Commissioner Roni Alsheikh met with female police officers from the Arab sector on Wednesday to promote and encourage Arab women to join the police ranks.

During the meeting which was held at the President's Residence in Jerusalem, Rivlin said, "Your presence not only stresses the (advancement of gender equality—ed) but also changes (progressing in the Arab sector-ed)."

Rivlin, Alsheikh meet with Arab female police officers (Photo: Ohad Zwigenberg)

"Your actions prove Arab women have the ability to integrate in the public sector, to take down the barriers and to make us all come closer together," Rivlin added proudly.

The Arab Sector Administration head, Major General Jamal Hakroush is responsible of integrating Arab women in the police ranks.

The administration was established in June 2016 aiming to open additional police stations in the Arab sector, integrate them into the police ranks and to hold community activities meant to find mutual grounds for the Jewish and Arab societies, and by doing so bringing them closer together.

Since the administration's establishment, 728 Arab police officers have joined the police, with 74 being women.

Arab women join the police saying it's their mission (Photo: Ohad Zwigenberg)
Twenty-nine female Arab police officers attended the meeting and spoke about the challenges they face and the importance they see in their work.

"It was said it's not dignified to have an Arab woman serving in the police," Southern District investigator Inas Abu Wasel said.
"It's not easy facing stigmas in the (Arab) sector. I've heard things like 'It's not your country and an Arab questioning an Arab is unacceptable,'" she elaborated.

"A man can have any job he wants and not be judged as a woman. A woman (in the Arab sector) raises children and the entire house relies on her and therefore it's less common (for the woman to work-ed),' Wasel added. "However, one can see the transformation (in the Arab society). I'm on a mission for (my) country."

President Rivlin replied, "The country belongs to both of us. If we work together, if we recognize the unique needs of the Arab society and we wisen up and understand that the defense establishment is working for the good of all of us—all of Israel's citizens—we could live here in prosperity, security and peace.

President Reuven Rivlin (L) and Police Commissioner Roni Alsheikh (Photo: Ohad Zwigenberg)
"You, our dear police officers, have chosen to assume responsibility for our society and act upon it. Despite prejudices, you've proven not only you can do it, but that you are extremely capable in doing it," he concluded.

Police Commissioner Roni Alsheikh also spoke about integrating Arab women into the police force and said the police aim to expand the number of women joining and to promote the women's command potential.

"Our main goal is to give each and every citizen the feeling he is represented in the Israel Police. This is why we strive to recruit female and male police officers from the Arab sector," Alsheikh said.

"An Umm al-Fahm resident who knows his brother is reinforcing the law as a police officer in Rishon LeZion understands the police represents him as well," the commissioner explained.
"The women who are present here today are those who dared to take a step forward and they are truly revolutionaries in the Arab sector. When I look at those young women with their sense of mission I know we are on the right track to make the change we are all wishing for," he concluded.

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Post  Admin on Fri 22 Jun 2018, 9:21 am

WATCH: Palestinian Culture – Murder an Israeli and Become Famous
 141 min English subtitles.
PA names plaza after murderer Maher Younes; PA officials: “We’re proud of this great man”
Published on 20 Jun 2018
Disclaimer: Views expressed in this video do not represent those of Palestinian Media Watch in any way. PMW monitors and analyzes the Palestinian Authority through its media and schoolbooks. For more info visit: http://palwatch.org.  

Video on the inauguration of a plaza in Tulkarem named after terrorist murderer Maher Younes, who kidnapped and murdered an Israeli soldier together with an accomplice.

Tulkarem District Governor Issam Abu Bakr: "We are proud of this great man, this fighter, this leader, Maher Younes (i.e., terrorist, murdered 1), and raise our heads because of this man. This man, the cousin of Karim Younes (i.e., his accomplice in the murder) – they have spent over 35 years [in prison] for the Palestinian people, for the Palestinian people’s freedom. We are proud of them..."

Tulkarem Mayor Muhammad Yaqub: "The city of Tulkarem is honored to name this plaza after heroic prisoner fighter Maher Younes… The presence of a plaza named after him is a great honor for us. I say to the prisoner’s mother, and to his sister, that their tears are pearls on the crown of the future Palestinian state, Allah willing. We’ll continue to be committed, and we’ll remain loyal to our heroic prisoners who are the leaders of the future and honor guards of the entire Arab nation..."

Tulkarem District Governor Issam Abu Bakr: "Since the beginning of the Zionist project, the Palestinian people has been resisting and struggling for freedom. Today in particular, we [express] loyalty to our brave prisoners behind bars."
[Al-Salam, Palestinian internet TV channel, April 17, 2018]

Maher Younes - Israeli Arab serving a 40-year sentence for kidnapping and murdering Israeli soldier Avraham Bromberg in 1980 together with his cousin Karim Younes. Younes was originally sentenced to life in prison, but Israeli President Shimon Peres reduced his sentence in 2012.

Maher and Karim Younes receive a monthly salary from the PA. Since their arrest in January 1983 through May 2018, the PA has paid them a combined total of at least $832,726 (2,887,400 shekels).
In the latest example of Palestinians promoting death and destruction, they named a city square after terrorist Maher Younis.

Palestinian culture places murderers and terrorists on a pedestal, worshiping them as role models.

The Palestinians have named 31 schools after terrorists, as well as town squares, sports events and even playgrounds.

In their latest heinous display of death-worship, the Palestinians named a square in Tulkarem after Maher Younes, a terrorist who murdered IDF soldier Avraham Bromberg in 1980.

“We are proud of this great man, this fighter, this leader, and raise our heads because of this man,” Tulkarem District Governor Issam Abu Bakr boasted.

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Post  Admin on Mon 18 Jun 2018, 9:27 am

Israeli jets strike 9 targets in Gaza in response to ‘explosive kites & balloons’ (VIDEO)
Published time: 18 Jun, 2018 04:55
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Israeli jets strike 9 targets in Gaza in response to ‘explosive kites & balloons’ (VIDEO)
FILE PHOTO: An Israeli Air Force F-15 fighter jet ©️ Amir Cohen / Reuters
Israeli Air Force jets have carried out a series of strikes on Gaza, reportedly destroying several Hamas military targets in retaliation to alleged arson attempts and “explosive kites and balloons” being launched at Israel.
"The IDF attacked nine terror targets in two military compounds and a weapons manufacturing facility belonging to the Hamas terrorist organization in the northern Gaza Strip in response to the firing of kites and explosives and incendiary attacks on Israeli territory," the army said in a statement. The IDF said that it treats the incident as terrorist acts and will continue to retaliate against such threats from the Gaza Strip against Israeli civilians.
 Footage of last night’s IAF strikes of military objectives in the northern Gaza Strip belonging to the Hamas terror organization

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The IDF has reiterated that it holds Hamas responsible for “everything in and out of the Gaza Strip” and that the organization “will bear the consequences” of its actions or inactions.

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Throughout the Great March of Return protests, which erupted along the Gaza-Israeli border in late March, Palestinians used balloons and kites to send homemade explosive devices into Israel, resulting in a number of fires across southern Israel. Most of them targeted farmlands close to the Gaza border.

In order to put a halt to these activities, Israel has limited the amount of helium gas that can be brought into Gaza, restricting it to medical treatment only. Tel Aviv has also threatened to cut off the gas supply unless the kite attacks cease.

A similar incident occurred on Sunday, when the Israeli Air Force fired shots near a group of Palestinians for “launching arson balloons” in southern Gaza. There were at least two such attacks, the IDF tweeted.

The Israeli military also attacked Palestinians who were allegedly launching “arson balloons” and jets targeted the site from which the group had been operating and their vehicle.

Over 130 Palestinians have been killed by Israeli forces during the protests along the border with Gaza. The UN General Assembly condemned Israel’s “excessive use of force” against Palestinian demonstrators, adopting a nonbinding resolution last week. US envoy Nikki Haley wanted the final document to have an amendment condemning Hamas, but the proposal failed to draw enough support.

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Post  Admin on Fri 15 Jun 2018, 5:47 pm

Netanyahu’s PERFECT response when challenged about Gaza
By Avi Abelow -  June 14, 2018 10402 0
Prime Minister Netanyahu defends Israel’s military measures against the Hamas protesters on the Gaza border.

The world’s silence
The world is silent against the terror Israel has to live with, but vocal in criticizing and defaming Israel for defending herself.  Instead of focusing on the horrible terror that Hamas uses. Instead of ostracizing them for their horrendous method of abusing their own civilians as human shields. The world prefers to criticize Israel’s military for her defensive measures.

When was the last time a Western country had to deal with a terrorist organization, or an enemy, pushing masses of civilians to destroy a border fence, to then have terrorists enter their territory to kill them?

What would Britian do in such a case? How about France? Germany?

A government’s first responsiblity is to protect it’s citizens. That is the basic social contract between elected officials and civilians. More important than job creation, more important than health care. The most important responsibility of any government is to protect the lives of its citizens, NOT to protect the lives of terrorists and their human shields.

Israel and the IDF behave in the most humane way as possible, possibly more humane than any other country in the world. What other country would use live ammunution as a last resort? What other army would have strict rules of engagment that first only allow shooting terrorists in their legs? How many countries would expend resources on warning the enemy to NOT approach the border fence so as not to endanger themselves?

This is what Israel is doing to warn Gazans to NOT approach the fence.

This is the hard work that the IDF sniper unit is doing to avoid deaths as best as possible.

Israel knows that each dead Gazan means another news cycle of Israel bashing in the world media. Hamas actually wants some of their people to be killed because it makes Israel look bad.

World Wake Up
It’s time for the world to wake up and support Israel in our fight against our Muslim enemies. If they haven’t realized yet, all the terror methods used against Israel are then used around the world.

Muslim terrorists used car bombings in Israel, then they took it around the world. They then started car ramming attacks in Israel, and then brought them to the rest of the world. Now they are using mass marches on border fences. How long do you think it will be before terror organizations start mass marches on other borders?

As Prime Minister Netanyahu responded in this video
“If you are successful in finding non-lethal means, I would be the first one to use it.”

This is how Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu responded when he was publicly challenged on the killing of Hamas protestors in Gaza.

“Why couldn’t you use rubber bullets? And why couldn’t you shoot at their legs in extreme situations? Why did you have to kill them to stop them from scaling the fence?”

Netanyahu responded that what Hamas is doing is a double war crime. They use their own citizens as human shields to then kill innocent Israeli civilians. They force Israel to try to attack terrorists, dressed as civilians, hiding behind civilians. Unconsciousable. Yet the world is silent about this.

The world should be crucifying Hamas, not Israel.

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Post  Admin on Thu 14 Jun 2018, 12:48 am

Imam banned from Facebook for spreading peace
By Michael Sax -  June 12, 2018 7888 0
He may very well help bring world peace, but Facebook banned him. After much protest, his page has since been restored. Everyone needs to hear his message as Imam Mohammad Tawhidi speaks out against radical Islam.
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Who is Imam Mohammad Tawhidi?
Meet Imam Mohammad Tawhidi. He is also know as the Imam of peace. Tawhidi uses his Facebook page to criticize radical Islam. It’s not common to see Muslims publicly criticizing radical Islams, and his facebook page has almost 100,000 likes. He is doing very important work to bring peace and call out the terrorists. Furthermore, people want to hear this man. He is a breath of fresh air!

Why was he banned?
Tawhidi knows the truth. He isn’t afraid to call Hamas a terrorist organization. And he used sarcastic words to describe them. However, people who are against Imam Tawhidi quickly used this as an excuse to complain to Facebook. They succeeded in getting his page banned! The hypocrisy of this knows no bounds. Islamic extremist groups have verified pages on Facebook, yet this Muslim leader, who calls out the extremists, had his page banned. Apparently, the extremists noticed this comment and used it to lodge complaints, leading to the page ban.

There seems to be a complete lack of priorities here. Radical Islamic groups have pages on Facebook. Yet when the Imam of peace talks about a terror group, they banned his page?!

What is Facebook doing?
Israel has accused Facebook of facilitating Palestinian incitement against Israelis. Facebook has started taking action. They reportedly deleted the account of the Gaza-based Safa news agency, which is close to Hamas.

Incitement on social media can lead to murder. The social media companies need to take responsibility for their platform and stop radical speech. As ideas can spread quickly online, it is critical to ban the terror groups before extremist ideology lead to extremist actions.

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Post  Admin on Tue 12 Jun 2018, 10:38 pm

Israel Takes Big Step Against Terror-Funding Palestinian Authority
Israel advanced its attempts to penalize the PA for incentivizing terror through stipends.  

By: United with Israel Staff

By advancing a bill requiring the government to financially penalize the Palestinian Authority (PA), Israel took a big step against the PA’s funding of terror.

The Knesset’s Foreign Affairs and Defense Committee on Monday unanimously approved, in its second and third readings, a bill that requires the government to deduct the amount the PA pays terrorists from the taxes and tariffs that Israel collects on behalf of the PA.

According to a Defense Ministry report based on the PA’s budget, the PA paid terrorists and their families more than $347 million in 2017, and increased its terror incentives by $56 million to $403 million for 2018.

Palestinian prisoners serving 20-30 year sentences for carrying out terror attacks are eligible for a lifetime NIS 10,000 monthly stipend, the Defense Ministry said, citing PA figures.

Those who receive a three-to-five-year sentence get a monthly wage of NIS 2,000. Palestinian prisoners who are married, have children, live in Jerusalem or hold Israeli citizenship receive additional payments.

Israel collects an estimated $2.1 billion in tax revenues for the PA, in accordance with the 1994 Paris Protocol, which governs economic relations with the PA, including import taxes on goods passing through Israel to the Palestinians.

The legislation determines that at the end of each year, the defense minister will draft a report on the funds the PA pays terrorists. The financial penalty will be determined by the report.

The bill mandates the deduction with no options for flexibility and leaves no room for the government to make a new decision each year on whether or not to make the deduction, based on diplomatic and other considerations.

‘Justice Needs to Be Done Here’
The amount deducted will be invested in a fund to pay damages to victims of terrorism, among other areas. The Committee accepted the government’s request to include among the fund’s beneficiaries people whose property has been damaged by terrorism, in light of the recent blazes in the south ignited by fire and explosive kites launched by Palestinians from Gaza.

The Knesset bill is similar to the Taylor Force Act, which recently became law in the US. The Act was inspired by the murder of Taylor Force, a West Point Graduate and United States Army veteran, by a Palestinian terrorist in Tel Aviv in March 2016.

Similarly on Monday, the Knesset Foreign Affairs and Defense Committee unanimously approved a proposal by Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu to deduct from PA funds the compensation payments for damages caused by the arson terrorism in the area adjacent to the Gaza Strip.

Netanyahu instructed the director of the National Security Council to advance the proposal and include compensation for fire damages.

“Justice needs to be done here. Whoever burns fields should know that there will be a price,” Netanyahu stated after the approval.

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Post  Admin on Tue 12 Jun 2018, 10:39 am

Israel Shares Lifesaving Water Expertise with Iranians
Israel’s Foreign Ministry launched a website in Farsi aimed at sharing Israeli water technologies directly with the Iranian people, who are suffering from an unprecedented nationwide drought.

The site provides tips on how to save water and improve their use – unique methods which have been refined by Israelis over the decades.
“The Iranian people are victims of a cruel and tyrannical regime that denies them vital water,” Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu said Sunday in a video message recorded in English with Farsi subtitles. “Israel stands with the people of Iran, and that is why I want to help and save countless Iranian lives… Millions of Iranian children are suffering due to mismanagement, incompetence and the theft of vital resources by the Iranian regime.”

According to Iran’s meteorological center, 96 percent of Iranians suffer from some degree of drought, while up to 50 million may be forced to leave their homes as a result of the environmental damage. The year 2018 was the driest in Iran over the past 67 years. This trend has continued for over 30 years, and the constant decline in precipitation indicates that drought will continue and even get worse.

Netanyahu said that like Iran, Israel also faces water shortages and has invented cutting-edge technologies to overcome the challenge.

“Israel recycles nearly 90 percent of its wastewater, that’s far more than any other country on earth… Israel has the know-how to prevent an environmental catastrophe in Iran,” the prime minister said.

Netanyahu added that he wanted to “share this information with the people of Iran,” but that “sadly,” Iran bans Israelis from visiting the country. Therefore, Israel will “have to get creative,” he continued, announcing that Israel has launched a Farsi website with detailed plans on how Iranians can recycle their wastewater.

“We will show Iranian farmers how they can save their crops and feed their families,’” he stated.

“The Iranian regime shouts ‘death to Israel.’ In response, Israel shouts ‘life to the Iranian people!’ The people of Iran are good and decent, they shouldn’t have to face such a cruel regime alone. We are with you. We will help so that millions of Iranians wouldn’t have to suffer. The hatred of Iran’s regime will not stop the respect and the friendship between our two peoples,” Netanyahu concluded.

Innovative Diplomacy
Sharona Avginesaz, director of the Ministry of Foreign Affair’s digital media in Farsi, told IDF Radio on Monday that Israel is differentiating between the Iranian people, to whom it wants to show friendship, and the regime.

The information is also passed through the Telegram messaging application. Thousands have already joined the channel, and the responses are very positive, she said.

This innovative approach follows another recent message by Netanyahu to the Iranian people in which he expressed admiration for their creativity and culture.

Israel is world-famous for its advanced water technologies, which provides solutions to even the driest and most barren areas on earth. With many years of experience in making its southern desert, the Negev, bloom, Israel has become a leading force in providing aqua know-how to countries around the planet.

Although Israel has experienced drought in recent years, it is managing an over-capacity of water due to intense water management and desalination production. Other countries are turning to Israel for help.

Over the years, Israel has transformed itself from a country with serious water shortages to a global water powerhouse, exporting its prowess to arid regions around the world.

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Post  Admin on Mon 11 Jun 2018, 8:28 am

Video purports to show slain Gaza nurse throwing gas grenade
IDF's Arabic-language spokesman posts video on Facebook purporting to show Razan Najjar, who was killed in clashes on the Gaza border last week, throwing a gas grenade; 'Hamas used her as a human shield,' the IDF says.
Yoav Zitun, Liad Osmo|Published:  06.07.18 , 13:05
The IDF's Arabic-language spokesman Avichay Adraee posted a video on his Facebook page on Thursday purporting to show Palestinian nurse Razan Najjar, who was killed in clashes on the Gaza border last week, throwing a gas grenade.

"She's not a merciful angel," text on the screen says. "Hamas used her as a human shield."
Najjar, 21, is the second woman killed in the rioting since they began in March. She lived Khuzaa, a village near Khan Yunis that is close to the border and has served as one of five protest encampments across Gaza in recent weeks.
Razan Najjar throwing grenade   (Video: IDF Spokesman's Office)

Palestinian health officials and witnesses claimed IDF forces shot dead Najjar, a volunteer medic, as she ran towards the border fence, east of the south Gaza city of Khan Yunis, in a bid to reach a casualty.

Fares al-Kidra, a colleague of Najjar, said they were approaching the fence to evacuate a wounded man and, as they were leaving, three gunshots were heard and Najjar fell to the ground.

Al-Mezan, a Gaza-based rights group, said Najjar was 100 meters from the fence and wearing a clearly marked paramedic's vest when she was shot.

Razan Najjar on the Gaza border
Social media videos, and one captured by Associated Press footage, purported to show Najjar and a cohort of medics walking toward the fence and raising their hands to reach a wounded man lying on the ground. Najjar wore a dark blue headscarf and a white coat with the logo of the Palestinian Medical Relief Society, where she volunteered.

An initial IDF investigation of the incident found that while a small number of bullets were fired during the incident, the gunfire wasn't aimed at the Palestinian nurse. One possibility is that Najjar was killed by the ricochet of a bullet.

The IDF said the investigation is still ongoing.
The Associated Press contributed to this report.

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Post  Admin on Mon 11 Jun 2018, 8:20 am

Following Gaza border blazes, ‘terror kites’ see first use in West Bank
Homemade flying devices sent over Jewish settlements; one stikes power line, causing outage in area for several hours
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A kite flown from Gaza into southern Israel, June 6, 2018. (Luke Tress/Times of Israel)
Mimicking tactics that have been increasingly used as part of violent Gaza border protests in recent weeks, Palestinians in the West Bank launched what are believed to be the first incendiary kites used there Thursday.

The kites were flown over the settlements of Matan, Yarhiv and Nirit, three Jewish communities in the West Bank near the central Israeli city of Kfar Saba.
One of the kites caused a fire in a field, which was quickly put out without major damage, while another struck a power line, causing a power outage in the area for several hours.

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Hundreds of incendiary kites have been flown over the Gaza border as part of the weekly Palestinian protests, dubbed the “March of Return,” beginning in March.

Based on Defense Minister Avigdor Liberman’s assessment Monday that 600 such balloons and kites have been sent over the border with some 400 of them intercepted by the IDF, and 200 that landed in Israeli territory, sparking 198 fires.

Some 17,500 dunams (4,300 acres, or nearly seven square miles) of land on the Israeli side of the Gaza border have been burned in the fires over the past two months, more than half of them in nature reserves, according to initial assessments.

The fires, specifically those in the nature reserves, have also wreaked havoc on local wildlife, according to ecologists.
Beeri Crater following a fire sparked by kites, with Gaza in the background, June 6, 2018. (Luke Tress/Times of Israel)
According to the Nature and Parks Authority, approximately 10,000 dunams in parks and reserves in southern Israel were burned, although a spokesperson for the authority said investigations were still underway to determine exactly how much of that was caused by incendiary kites and balloons, and how much was from other sources.

Helium balloons were added recently to some kites to enable the burning fuel to fly further. In both cases, the flying object is fitted with a long string to which a Molotov cocktail or burning fuel is attached.

In two months of mass protests at the Gaza border, some 110 Palestinians were killed and thousands wounded by Israeli military fire. Dozens of the fatalities were members of terror groups, Hamas and Islamic Jihad acknowledged. Israel said its troops were defending its border and accused Hamas of trying to carry out attacks under the cover of the protests.

On Sunday, Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu announced that in order to cover the cost of damage to the fields, the government would withhold funds from the Palestinian Authority.
The decision raised eyebrows among Israeli analysts, who pointed out that the PA does not control the Gaza Strip. Indeed, the Authority’s primary rival, the Hamas terror group, has ruled the enclave since ousting the PA in 2007.

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Post  Admin on Thu 07 Jun 2018, 3:49 pm

South African Radio Personality Sides with Israel Against ‘Hell-bent on Violence’ Palestinians
 “What must Israel do? Let it happen? Let their citizens be killed by a bunch of people who are clearly hell-bent on violence? Tell me how that’s an equal situation for both sides. It really isn’t,” Cliff said.
By: United with Israel Staff
South African radio personality Gareth Cliff declared that Israel is entitled to protect itself from Palestinians rioting on its border, whom he called “clearly hell-bent on violence.”

Cliff’s comments caused a stir in South Africa, which is notoriously pro-Palestinian.

On his Cliff Central online radio show, he also slammed the South African media for “complete bias” in the way it has reported and interpreted the past two plus months of Hamas-led violence on the Gaza border.

“I looked at what was going on over there and I have done quite a lot of reading with quite a lot of the news articles from around the world and this claim that Israel shot demonstrators is just a blatant lie. It’s an absolute falsehood,” Cliff said.

An in-depth analysis by terrorism experts of the Palestinian casualties shows that vast majority of them were Hamas terrorists or Palestinians affiliated with terrorism.

“This was an attempt to invade a sovereign nation and border communities to indiscriminately slaughter civilians,” Cliff charged.

A successful breach of Israel’s border would have resulted in “real carnage on both sides,” Cliff explained.

Cliff’s conclusions are supported by the statements of a Hamas leader who openly stated that characterizing the violence on the border as peaceful protests is “misleading,” as the events were intended to facilitate an armed attack on Israel

Cliff vividly depicted the result of a possible breach of Israel’s border by Hamas, saying that thousands of Palestinians would have streamed through the fence “and there would have been fires set, communities would have engaged in war”.

“What must Israel do? Let it happen? Let their citizens be killed by a bunch of people who are clearly hell-bent on violence? Tell me how that’s an equal situation for both sides. It really isn’t,” he declared.

While some Twitter users applauded Cliff for sharing his views, many criticized him for siding with Israel, which is not the favored side in South Africa.

While many responders’ knee-jerk reaction was to label Cliff, who is white, as a racist, one tweeter commented, “It seems anyone who challenges a black opinion or speaks uncomfortable truths is labeled racist.”

South Africa is infamously anti-Israel and has even chosen to suffer a drought rather than use Israeli water technology.

The African National Congress (ANC), the ruling party, has repeatedly called for boycotts of Israel, accused it of apartheid, and has even fostered ties with the Hamas terror group.

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Post  Admin on Tue 05 Jun 2018, 10:37 am

Palestinian Official Calls on Football Celebrity to Boycott Israel
A Palestinian official is calling on Arab and Muslim sports fans to burn photos and t-shirts of Barcelona superstar Lionel Messi if he attends a friendly match between Argentina and Israel.

By: United with Israel Staff

Jibril Rjoub, head of the Palestinian Football Association (PFA), has called on Argentinean football star Lionel Messi to boycott Israel ahead of the Argentine football game set to be held with the Israeli team in Jerusalem,

Rijoub implored Messi not to “play a role in whitewashing the occupation,” describing the football player’s role as a UNICEF Goodwill Ambassador “a symbol of love and peace.”

Argentina is slated to play Israel’s national football team on Saturday in a friendly match prior to the World Cup in Russia.

The Argentine Committee of Solidarity with Palestine, comprised of several so-called human rights organizations and the anti-Israel BDS (Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions) movement, launched a failed campaign to have the Argentinian team cancel their game in Israel.

Rjoub alleged at a press conference, during a demonstration held in front of the Argentine’s Representative Office in Ramallah in protest against holding the football game in Jerusalem, that “the Israeli occupation has turned a friendly football game between the Argentine and Israeli football teams into a political tool.”

He claimed that holding the game in Jerusalem is “in contradiction with United Nations resolutions and FIFA regulations.”

“This is not a game of peace,” Rajoub stated. “It is a political game aimed at whitewashing the face of the fascist and racist occupation.”

He expressed a last-moment hope that the Argentine confederation would call off the game because “they are helping a fascist occupation that refuses to obey United Nations resolutions, whilst Palestinian players are being detained and sports institutions are being attacked by Israel.”

Rajoub said that if Messi does play in Israel, Arab and Muslim sports fans should burn photos and T-shirts of the Barcelona superstar.

Palestinian Anti-Semitism in Sports
This is not the first time Arab and anti-Israel entities have tried and failed to undermine Israel through sports events.

The Palestinians have utilized Fédération Internationale de Football Association (FIFA) several times in recent years as a platform for attacking Israel.

Rajoub, who served time in an Israeli prison for acts terrorism, is the driving force behind the Palestinian battle against Israel in the world of sports.

“Any activity of normalization in sports with the Zionist enemy is a crime against humanity,” Rajoub stated in 2014.

In 2012, slamming the idea of organized sports activities with Israelis, Rajoub stated on PA TV that he would bring Arabs by helicopter to events instead of crossing through Israel “so they will see no Jews, no Satans, no Zionist sons of bitches.”

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Post  Admin on Mon 04 Jun 2018, 9:33 pm

Israel Sends Aid to Volcano-Stricken Guatemala
Israel is sending aid to Guatemala after a devastating volcanic eruption killed at least 25 people.

By: United with Israel Staff

Israel’s Ministry of Foreign Affairs (MFA) announced it was sending aid to Guatemala after a fiery volcanic eruption in the country sent lava flowing into rural communities, killing at least 25.

The $10,000 worth of aid includes food, medication and blankets.

Israel will maintain contact with the Guatemalan government and send further support as required, the Ministry said.

“We follow with worry the eruption of the Fuego volcano in Guatemala. Our hearts go to the victims and their families. From Israel we extend solidarity and friendship,” MFA spokesman Emmanuel Nahshon tweeted.

At least 20 people were injured in the eruption, and authorities said they feared the death toll could rise with an undetermined number of people as yet unaccounted for.

The Volcan de Fuego, or “Volcano of Fire,” exploded in a hail of ash and molten rock shortly before noon on Sunday, blanketing nearby villages in heavy ash. Lava began flowing down the mountain’s flank and across homes and roads.

Eddy Sanchez, director of the country’s seismology and volcanology institute, said the flows reached temperatures of about 1,300 degrees Fahrenheit (700 Celsius).

Hundreds of rescue workers, including firefighters, police and soldiers, worked to help survivors and recover
bodies amid the still-smoking lava.

Guatemala’s disaster agency said 3,100 people had evacuated nearby communities and that volcanic ash was affecting an area of about 1.7 million of the country’s 15 million citizens. Shelters were opened for those forced to flee.

“Currently the volcano continues to erupt and there exists a high potential for avalanches of debris,” the disaster agency said late Sunday via Twitter.

Guatemalan President Jimmy Morales said he would issue a declaration of a state of emergency to be approved by Congress and urged civilians to heed warnings from emergency officials.

Israel and Guatemala have recently experienced a significant warming of relations after the Central American country moved its embassy to Jerusalem last month.

“It is not a coincidence that Guatemala is opening its embassy in Jerusalem two days after the US. You are always among the first,” Prime Minister Benfamin Netanyahu said at the opening ceremony.

Guatemala supported the creation of the State of Israel in 1948 and was the second country to recognize it, after the US. “We remember our friends and Guatemala is our friend, then and now,” Netanyahu said.

“We share so many goals and values even though were are so far away,” the prime minister added, saying he would advance the bilateral relationship in “practical ways.”

AP contributed to this report.

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Post  Admin on Mon 04 Jun 2018, 12:48 pm

ONE FOR ISRAEL - Because the best way to bless Israel is with Jesus
The Shockwave Of The Resurrection
By ONE FOR ISRAEL (Messianic Jews In Israel)
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The text of the video is transcribed below if you prefer to read it as an article.

The resurrection sent shockwaves throughout all existence, and was a dramatic shock for the prince of this present world: Satan.
Satan wants to lead the global system and humanity towards unprecedented destruction causing man to hate and withdraw from God, the God of truth.
The prophets saw it coming!
We learn from the writings of the prophets that God has an only Son. This Son is the Word of God who fulfills all of God’s purposes. This Son of God came to cancel the effect of sin and so take our sin in His flesh and die…
But He beat death and rose again!
In his death,
“He wiped out the handwritten record of debts with the decrees against us, which was hostile to us. He took it away by nailing it to the cross. After disarming the principalities and powers, He made a public spectacle of them, triumphing over them in the cross.” (Col 2:15)

So everyone who believes in the Son of God will be saved.

All who call on the name Yeshua will receive healing for their souls and release from the bonds of death and evil forces that bind us and keep us imprisoned in darkness.

Satan shudders with fear at the concept of the Son of God, and the proof that He rose from the dead, so he tries to erase the death of the Messiah but the truth is found in the writings of the prophets thousands of years before the Messiah came.

His essence, the ministry He would fulfill as the Son of God, the date the Messiah would come the place He would be born, as well as His resurrection from the dead, and the kingdom He would establish on planet earth embodying the Kingdom of God against the kingdom of the enemy – Satan.

Yeshua the Messiah is the legitimate Son, King over all the earth
In order to be born not only as King, but also Savior and the Son of God, He must have a double nature. The Messiah must have a human nature to rule over humanity but in order to reign forever, He must also have a divine nature.

Yeshua is the Messiah, who, being the eternal Word of God, became a servant, became one of us, and was humiliated but was obedient until death – death on the cross. Therefore, God greatly honored Him and placed Him above every power and authority, not only on earth but in the spiritual realm and in the world to come. (Eph 1:20-21)

The day will come when every knee will bow before Yeshua in heaven and on earth. (Phil 2:10)

But we have the opportunity now to come before the legitimate king, to invite Him to be ruler of our lives. He can wash away our sin by his blood and take away our wrongdoings so that we can be made righteous when we stand before God’s judgment. He will give us a new nature – the Holy Spirit who will live in us. We will be be given a new birth, through which we will enter the kingdom of God, right now, in the present.

God will open our eyes to see the truth, to understand that Satan does exist and is controlling the global system. That is why the Messiah is called the Savior, because there is a serious situation we need saving from, we need a redeemer to rescue humanity from this problem. I encourage you to stand in sincere repentance and hold on to faith in the Messiah who said of himself:

“I am the way and the truth and the life! No one comes to the Father except through me.” (John 14:6)

John the Apostle said in 1 John 2:23

“No one who denies the Son has the Father”

So, my friends, God blessed humanity through His Word that became flesh: Yeshua the Messiah. Hated by the prince of this present world, Satan, who tries to deny that God had a Son who died for those he created for every truth, Satan invents a counterfeit.

God be with you.
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Post  Admin on Sun 03 Jun 2018, 9:25 pm

The US vetoed a UNSC resolution that would harm Israel’s security as member countries refused to condemn Hamas for their attacks on the Jewish state. 
By: United with Israel Staff and AP

The US blocked an attempt to harm Israel’s security through the United Nations (UN) on Friday and vetoed a resolution submitted to the Security Council that called for “international protection” for the Palestinian people.

The resolution, proposed by Kuwait, a non-permanent member of the council, called for UN Secretary-General António Guterres to submit a report within 60 days on ways to ensure “the safety, protection and well-being of the Palestinian civilian population under Israeli occupation,” including recommendations about “an international protection mechanism.”

It “deplored” the recent rocket barrage on Israel without specifying who was behind the attack, though Hamas and other Islamic terror group have openly claimed responsibility.

China, France, and Russia were among the countries that supported the Kuwaiti resolution, with four countries—the United Kingdom, Ethiopia, the Netherlands and Poland—abstaining.

US Ambassador to the UN Nikki Haley called the Kuwaiti resolution “grossly one-sided” for not mentioning the Hamas terror group and was “wildly inaccurate in its characterization of recent events in Gaza” by solely condemning Israel for the violence.

The UNSC then voted down a US-written resolution condemning Hamas over the recent escalation of violence in Gaza. The American resolution demanded that Hamas and other Palestinian terror groups cease “all violent activity and provocative actions” in Gaza.

“This resolution rightly places responsibility where it belongs,” Haley said. But some other council members, including Russia, said the US measure was not “evenhanded.”

Danon: ‘Double Standard Against Israel Will Not Stand’
The diplomatic exchange of fire at the UNSC occurred just days after the Palestinian terror groups fired over 100 projectiles at Israeli civilian targets over the course of 22 hours, the worst bombardment Israel has experienced since Operation Protective Edge in the summer of 2014.

After the UNSC session, Israel’s Ambassador to the UN Danny Danon stated that “the rules of the game are changing in the Security Council. The double standard against Israel will not stand.”

He dismissed that Kuwaiti resolution as “a hypocritical resolution that sought to condemn Israel while failing to even mention the terrorists of Hamas as the root cause of violence and unrest in our region.”

“When Paris was attacked by ISIS, the international community stood with Paris. But when Israel is attacked by Hamas, you blame us, the victim,” he stated.

He thanked the US for vetoing the resolution and commended all the Council members who refused to support it, and by doing so “defended Israel’s right to defend our citizens.”

On the UNSC’s rejection of the US resolution, Danon underscored that “peace and stability will come to our region only when the international community is brave enough to call out the terrorists by name.”

“By proposing this resolution, the US made clear that the rules of the game are changing in the Security Council and that the double standard against Israel will not stand,” he added.

Shame on France
In his address at the UNSC, Danon charged that “despite the rockets fired by Hamas and Islamic Jihad at our civilians, despite the missile that landed in a kindergarten yard, despite the endless mortar shells attacking our southern communities, this resolution tried to give Hamas a free pass… It mentioned Israel five times, yet it could not even mention Hamas at all.”

Turning to the countries that supported Kuwait’s resolution, Danon asked the ambassadors of France and Sweden: “Why did you omit Hamas from this resolution? Did you forget that the EU has designated Hamas a terrorist organization since 2003? Does that designation mean nothing to you?”

“The only way to protect the Palestinians in Gaza is by holding Hamas responsible. Those who supported this resolution, you chose not to protect these Palestinians. Those who did not support the resolution, you voted for justice. You are the ones who really voted for the protection of Israelis and Palestinians,” Danon concluded.

Israel’s Deputy Minister for Diplomacy and former Israeli Ambassador to the US Michael Oren took to Twitter and assailed France for its vote against Israel.

“Praise for the US for vetoing Security Council resolution on Gaza that didn’t mention Hamas and condemned the IDF for defending Israel. Shame on France for supporting it. French government cannot say it’s against anti-Semitism and vote for this anti-Semitic resolution,” he tweeted.

German Intelligence: BDS a Security Threat, Antisemitic
1. In a precedent-setting move, German intelligence labeled BDS as antisemitic and a security threat, the Jerusalem Post reports. “Labeling BDS as antisemitic could have far-reaching consequences for German politicians and public and private organizations that engage in pro-BDS activity.”

David Friedman
Ambassador David Friedman
2. According to the Associated Press, the Trump administration is mulling giving Ambassador to Israel David Friedman more authority over the US consulate in Jerusalem, which is responsible for US relations with the Palestinians. The practical arguments for the move are technical and bureaucratic, while the arguments against it are more symbolism.
For decades, the Jerusalem consulate has operated differently than almost every other consulate around the world. Rather than reporting to the U.S. Embassy in Israel, it has reported directly to the State Department in Washington, giving the Palestinians an unfiltered channel to engage with the U.S. government.

Meanwhile, Amb. Friedman discussed the embassy move, the Trump administration’s peace plans, bipartisan support American support for Israel and more in a Q+A with the Times of Israel.

3. Is a major American BDS umbrella organization linked to Palestinian terror groups? Tablet takes a closer look:

The US Campaign, which is officially called Education for Just Peace in the Middle East, coordinates the efforts of 329 different pro-BDS organizations “working to advocate for Palestinian rights and a shift in US policy … bound by commonly shared principles on Palestine solidarity as well as our anti-racism principles,” according to the group’s website.

But as Tablet confirmed , the group also helps facilitate tax-exempt donations to a Palestinian coalition that includes Hamas, Palestinian Islamic Jihad, the Popular Front for the Liberation of Palestine, and other groups the U.S. State Department designates as terror organizations.

4. The Village Idiot: Irish Magazine’s Flawed Article: Investigative journalist Frank Connolly demonstrates that he has done very little investigating into the facts.

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Israel and the Palestinians
• Israeli jets launched air strikes on terror targets in Gaza overnight in retaliation for Saturday evening mortar fire and burning kites. More than 500 acres of a nature reserve adjacent to Kibbutz Carmia were devastated by the worst fire yet triggered by the kites. Authorities said about one-third of the reserve was destroyed. By the way, Israeli media reports that Gazans have improved the way they play with fire, going beyond kites:

Today, authorities are battling helium balloons carrying long-burning materials like charcoal. The balloons are capable of flying several kilometers into Israel and sparking fires farther afield.

• Officials in Jerusalem and Damascus denied reports that a deal had been reached to remove foreign fighters — including Iranian and Hezbollah personnel — from near the Israeli-Syrian border.

• Israeli diplomats are upbeat about an emerging US strategy to combat the UN Security Council’s bias against the Jewish state. Whenever a one-sided resolution is introduced — in this case, a Kuwait-sponsored resolution condemning Israel and calling for international protection of Palestinians in Gaza — the US will put forward a counter-measure, or what Ambassador Danny Danon called “a proactive effort to expose the hypocrisy of the council.”

building campaign

• Hamas is in crisis, with no answers for improving Gaza’s quality of life, few regional allies, no leverage to get Israel and Egypt to lift the Strip’s blockade and no means of pressuring the Palestinian Authority on reconciliation. Gazans are questioning if the “March of Return” accomplished anything at all. I’m sure the terror group’s apologists will have what to say about this Washington Post report.

• Australian Foreign Minister Julie Bishop is demanding answers (“assurances” in diplospeak) on whether or not Aussie aid to the Palestinian Authority was used for terror stipends. More on the story at The Australian.

• Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu blocked a Knesset debate over recognizing the Armenian genocide debate to avoid ‘aiding Erdogan,’ the Times of Israel reports.

• Israel will participate for the first time in a biennial naval exercise held in Hawaii at the end of June. With 27 countries taking part, the Rim of the Pacific (RIMPAC) naval exercise is the world’s largest. More at Israel Defense and Stars and Stripes.

Israeli Navy
• NATO won’t aid Israel if Iran attacks. “Jens Stoltenberg told the magazine Der Spiegel in comments published Saturday that Israel is a partner, but not a member and that NATO’s ‘security guarantee’ doesn’t apply to Israel.'” It’s obvious that Israel isn’t a full member of NATO, so the Jerusalem Post delves into why Stoltenberg stated this now.

• A 21-year old Palestinian medic, Razan al-Najjar, was shot and killed during Friday’s Gaza border clashes. The IDF said it’s investigating the shooting. Her death is indeed tragic. Peter Lerner shed a light on the complexities of the situation by tweeting a photo and a video of a Palestinian in what appears to be a white medic’s coat trying to breach the border fence. Palestinians lit tires, threw rocks and firebombs and flew flaming kites.

Around the World
• Jordan rocked by biggest anti-government protests in years as demonstrators rally against austerity measures.

Jordan’s economy has deteriorated in the last few years for several reasons, among which are the conduct of recent governments and the intake of over a million Syrian refugees. Despite the protests, opposition circles have not called to oust the government or king, who’s is seen as a stabilizing factor and a keeper of the kingdom’s institutions.

Meanwhile, the kingdom’s stability is a supreme security concern from Israel’s standpoint. At this point, officials in Jerusalem are closely following the demonstrations in Jordan as well as the regime’s efforts to halt the protest.

• The Daily Telegraph reports that Jeremy Corbyn’s right-hand man, John McDonnell (shadow Chancellor of the Exchequer), is president of a group campaigning in support of Labour figures accused of anti-Semitism.

• Following BDS protests, a major Japanese department store removed Israeli wines produced in the Golan.


• Kings College London set a precedent by becoming one of the first UK universities to adopt the International Holocaust Remembrance Alliance (IHRA) definition of antisemitism.

• Here’s what else I’m reading today . . .

– Jonathan Marcus: Is Israel driving a wedge between Russia and Iran?
– M.K. Bhadrakumar: Russia censures Iran, expects Israel to help restore ties with US
– Zev Chafets: It’s time to recognize reality on Israel’s Golan claim
– Haviv Rettig Gur: Why Palestinians care what Donald Trump thinks about Jerusalem
– James Kennard: Hamas must be held to account for the failure of the Palestinian dream
– Amb. Mark Sofer: The truth behind Hamas and the Gaza protests
– Eldad Beck: The European media’s Palestinian propaganda
– Maj. Gen. (ret.) Gershon Hacohen: Is toppling Hamas necessary?
– Neri Zilber: Israel and Hamas: Negotiating with rockets and bombs
– Evelyn Gordon: Baby Layla shows what’s wrong with Israel’s PR
– Giora Eiland: Needed: A different Gaza strategy

quill and ink

– Robert Morgenthau: The dangerous perversion of ‘genocide’: Israel’s critics distort a crucial term
– Yossi Beilin: Gaza isn’t a lost cause
– Bassam Tawil: EU and Palestinian illegal ‘facts on the ground’
– Dror Eydar: It’s not the ‘occupation,’ it’s the Jews
– Jonathan Marks: Do Jews get to define antisemitism?
– David May: South Africa adds to its long record of Israel-bashing
– Edwin Black: Why International Farhud Day stymies invented Palestinian history
– Nick Timothy: Britain must make it harder for people to march in support of Hezbollah
– Keith Kahn-Harris: To ask Corbyn to support Israel is an impossible demand
– Spengler: The safest country for European Jews? Try Hungary

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Post  Admin on Sun 03 Jun 2018, 6:10 pm

U.S. airstrikes against ISIS in Syria increase by 300% in May
June 2, 2018
U.S. airstrikes against ISIS in Syria increase by 300% in May
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With the Islamic State weakened, the Trump Administration appears to be increasing military action in an attempt to eliminate the terrorist group once and for all.

The number of airstrikes carried out by the United States and its allies against ISIS was 300 percent higher in May than in previous months. This comes by way of a report released by command officials on Friday.

The surging number of airstrikes
The new figures demonstrate that in the past three months there has been a dramatic increase in the number of airstrikes being carried out by coalition forces against ISIS.

These numbers peaked last month, when during one six-day period, alone, U.S. and allied forces launched 41 airstrikes in Syria and Iraq, hitting 49 enemy targets. Altogether, the month of May saw 225 airstrikes, hitting 280 ISIS targets.

“This demonstrates a 304 percent increase over the 74 strikes conducted in March and a 123 percent increase over the 183 strikes recorded in April,” read the newly released statement.

“Operation Roundup”
Having lost much of its territory, ISIS is now confined to small areas along the Euphrates River near the Iraq-Syria border. Most of May’s airstrikes were part of “Operation Roundup,” a ground campaign being carried out by the U.S.-backed Syrian Democratic Forces to eliminate these remaining pockets.

“Operation Roundup will continue to build momentum against Daesh remnants remaining in the Iraq-Syria border region and the [Euphrates River Valley],” said officials in Friday’s statement. They continued:

The Coalition remains committed to the lasting defeat of Daesh here, increasing peace and stability in the region and protecting all our homelands from the Daesh threat.

The operation, which began in early May, is significant in that it is the first one being carried out by both the Syrian Democratic Forces and the U.S.-led coalition since 2017 when there was similar cooperation to remove ISIS from its “caliphate” Raqqa in Syria.

Is Trump doing a good job against ISIS?
On Thursday, Joint Staff Director Lt. Gen. Kenneth McKenzie spoke with reporters during a Defense Department briefing. He said that they were seeing good progress on the ground in Syria.

“We’re making progress, and, in concert with our SDF partners, I think that we’re beginning to clear out the final pockets of ISIS,” said McKenzie.

He continued:

We want to leave behind security elements that are going to be able to maintain [security] at the local level. That’s sort of a long-term aim we have, as we push down the Euphrates River Valley, and that progress is continuing.”

It looks like President Trump and his administration, not looking to repeat previous mistakes, are not going to rest on previous success and allow ISIS to rebuild. But, instead, will continue to relentlessly pursue these terrorists until they are “crushed and destroyed.”

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Post  Admin on Fri 01 Jun 2018, 10:38 pm

US vetoes Arab-backed resolution on Gaza at UN Security Council
Four other countries abstain in vote sponsored by Kuwait calling for international protection for Palestinians; US proposal condemning Hamas also fails to pass
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The UN Security Council meets on April 14, 2018, at UN Headquarters in New York. (AFP/HECTOR RETAMAL)
NEW YORK  — The United States vetoed Friday an Arab-backed UN draft resolution calling for protective measures for the Palestinians that won backing from 10 countries at the Security Council. A US resolution condemning Hamas also failed.

China, France and Russia were among the countries that voted in favor of the draft put forward by Kuwait on behalf of Arab countries. Four countries, Ethiopia, the UK, the Netherlands and Poland abstained.

A draft resolution requires nine votes to be adopted in the 15-member council and no veto from the five permanent members — Britain, China, France, Russia and the United States.

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US Ambassador Nikki Haley told the council the measure was “wildly inaccurate in its characterization of recent events in Gaza” by condemning Israel for the violence.

The Kuwait-drafted text had called for “measures to guarantee the safety and protection” of Palestinian civilians in Gaza and the occupied West Bank, and requested a UN report to propose an “international protection mechanism.”

The US, meanwhile, brought its own text to the council: A proposal that would condemn Hamas for its role in the escalation of violence in Gaza in the last two months.

The United States was the only country that voted in favor of the draft resolution in the Security Council. Eleven countries abstained while Bolivia, Kuwait and Russia opposed it.

Israeli envoy to the UN Danny Danon lamented the failure of Washington’s motion, saying “Peace and stability will come to our region only when the international community is brave enough to call out the terrorists by name.”

Israeli Ambassador to the United Nations Danny Danon attends a UN Security Council on May 15, 2018, at UN Headquarters in New York. AFP PHOTO / HECTOR RETAMAL)
He condemned Kuwait’s “hypocritical” resolution that did not “even mention the terrorists of Hamas as the root cause of violence and unrest in our region.” However, he asserted that thanks to the Americans’ position, “the rules of the game are changing in the Security Council and that the double standard against Israel will not stand.”

The council met for a closed-door discussion before the vote Friday, after weeks of urgent discussions about the violence.

It was the second time that Haley has resorted to US veto power to block a UN measure on the Israeli-Palestinian conflict.

In December, Haley vetoed a draft resolution that rejected President Donald Trump’s decision to move the US embassy to Jerusalem after all 14 other council members supported it.

Haley had vowed Thursday to veto Kuwait’s resolution. She called it “grossly one-sided and morally bankrupt” for demanding that the Israeli military halt “the use of any excessive, disproportionate and indiscriminate force” while not mentioning Hamas, the terror group that controls Gaza.

A council diplomat told The Associated Press the US proposed extensive amendments that would condemn Hamas for its role in the recent violence.

United States Ambassador to the United Nations Nikki Haley speaks during a UN Security Council emergency session on Israel-Gaza conflict at United Nations headquarter on May 30, 2018 in New York City. (Eduardo Munoz Alvarez/Getty Images/AFP)
The Security Council has been deeply divided and paralyzed over dealing with the decades-old Israeli-Palestinian conflict and the burst of violence in Gaza.

In two months of mass protests at the Gaza border, some 110 Palestinians were killed and thousands wounded by Israeli military fire. Dozens of the fatalities were members of terror groups, Hamas and Islamic Jihad acknowledged. Israel said its troops were defending its border and accused Hamas of trying to carry out attacks under the cover of the protests.

Hamas and Palestinian Islamic Jihad also bombarded southern Israel with rockets and mortar shells Tuesday, and Israel responded by striking targets throughout Gaza. Hamas said Wednesday it had agreed to a cease-fire with Israel.

The Kuwaiti draft resolution expresses “grave concern” at the increased violence and deteriorating situation in the Palestinian territories and calls for urgent steps to ensure a “durable and fully respected cease-fire.”

It asks UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres for a written report within 60 days on ways to ensure “the safety, protection and well-being of the Palestinian civilian population under Israeli occupation,” including recommendations about “an international protection mechanism.” The measure also urges humanitarian access and seeks “tangible steps” toward reconciliation between different Palestinian factions.

At Kuwait’s request, the council has held multiple emergency meetings on the border clashes. The US called an emergency session Wednesday on the barrage of rockets and mortars the day prior.

Israel and Hamas are bitter enemies and have fought three wars since the Islamic group seized control of Gaza in 2007. Hamas seeks to destroy Israel, and has said the border protests are intended to erase the border and ultimately “liberate Palestine.”

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The Syrian Observatory for Human Rights said Thursday that Iranian advisers and Hezbollah fighters will be withdrawing from the southern Syrian regions of Daraa and Quneitra near Israel's Golan Heights. Israel and Russia have been in constant talks to figure out a way to keep Iran out of the border area. Defense Minister Lieberman visited the Russian Ministry of Defense in Moscow yesterday. One Russian news outlet reported that Russia would like to reach an agreement that would deploy Russian military police and order the pullout of all Iranian forces from the border region. Syrian President Assad has denied that there are any Iranian troops in Syria. 
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Monitor says Iran to pull out of southern Syria
Iranian troops and fighters of Lebanon's Hezbollah terrorist group have begun preparing to withdraw from Syrian territory adjacent to the country's border with Syria, a Syrian war monitor says.
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A Syrian war monitor says Iranian troops and fighters of Lebanon's Hezbollah group are getting ready to withdraw from southern Syria.

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The Britain-based Syrian Observatory for Human Rights said Thursday Iranian advisers and Hezbollah fighters will be withdrawing from the southern regions of Daraa and Quneitra near Israel's Golan Heights.

A Syria-based official with the Iran-led axis of resistance denied the report saying it is “untrue.” The official, who spoke on condition of anonymity because he was not authorized to speak to the media, gave no further details.
Syrian rebel forces near Golan Heights (Photo: Reuters)

Russian news outlets had recently reported that Moscow wants to cut a deal that would see Russian military police deployed to areas near Israel. The agreement would envisage the pullout of all Iranian forces from the area and require Syrian rebels to surrender heavy weapons.

Meanwhile, President Vladimir Putin had a call with Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu to discuss the situation in Syria.

The Kremlin said the conversation focused on "some aspects of the Syrian settlement," which it didn’t specify, following up on the two leaders' talks in Moscow earlier this month.

The Syrian government’s plans to recapture rebel-held areas near the border raised Israeli concerns that its backers—Iran and the Lebanese militant group Hezbollah—could take up positions along the frontier. Netanyahu has warned that his government would not allow Iran to maintain a permanent military presence anywhere inside Syria.

Quneitra in ruins, devastated by 8-year-long civil war (Photo: Reuters)

The phone call came as Israeli Defense Minister Avigdor Lieberman was visiting Moscow Thursday for talks on the situation along Syria’s border with Israel.

The meeting took place at the Russian Ministry of Defense in Russia's capital and took more than an hour and a half. It dealt with security issues concerning the two countries and security coordination between them, the situation in Syria, and Israel's efforts to prevent Iran from establishing itself in Syria.

The report on the Iranian pullout came shortly after Syrian President Bashar Assad rebuffed claims of an Iranian military presence in his country.

In an interview with Russia Today, Assad said Iran's presence in Syria was limited to officers who were assisting the Syrian army. Apparently referring to the May 10 attack by Israel, the Syrian president said "we had tens of Syrian martyrs and wounded soldiers, not a single Iranian" casualty.
Syrian President Assad; Energy Minister Steinitz (Photo: Reuters)

However, Iran-backed militias, including Lebanon's Hezbollah terror group, have played a big role in support of Assad during the conflict. Iran's Revolutionary Guards have also deployed in the country.

In response, Energy Minister Yuval Steinitz accused Assad of lying, calling his interview "cheap propaganda.

"There are Iranian forces and there is Iranian presence in Syria, everybody knows that. Iranian troops and even a general were killed in Syria, both recently and in the past," Steinitz told Ynet in an interview.

"This isn't the first time Assad has lied. He also said there were no chemical weapons in Syria, and that he never used chemical weapons—and we know the truth behind that," he went on to say. "Assad allowed the Iranians, Hezbollah and the Shiite militias supported by Iran to enter Syria. Furthermore, recently, an Iranian drone infiltrated Israel—coming from Syrian territory—and was shot down. Who operated it? Where did it come from?"
Yoav Zitun, Alexandra Lukash and Nir Cohen contributed to this article.
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Post  Admin on Fri 01 Jun 2018, 12:17 pm

What Happens When A Muslim Who Hated Jews Comes To Faith In Jesus?
By ONE FOR ISRAEL (Messianic Jews In Israel)
They sat in a coffee shop in Berlin. “Your skin is just like mine!” Ali held Joseph’s hand tenderly, caressing the skin with wonder. “You’re just like me!” Ali had come to faith from a Muslim background several months ago, but had never met a Jew before in his life*.

As he sat with Joseph, a Jewish student from Israel College of the Bible, ex-Al Qaeda member, Ali realized that they were not only made of the same material, but that they were actually family. Brothers in the Messiah.

Ali had been raised all his life to hate the Jewish people with great fervor, and to consider them not only enemies, but subhuman. In fact, he used to believe that it was essential to rid the world of the filth of the Jewish people, and so it came as a great shock to see that Jews are just as human as he was!

Ali grew up in a Sunni family in Syria and quickly became a very radical Muslim. He was a judge of Sharia law and joined Al Qaeda, helping to establish branches of Al Qaeda in Syria and Iraq. His brothers were no less radical, one even becoming a member of ISIS and another serving in the Free Syrian Army. They were all opposed to each other! He ended up in a Syrian prison after going there to fight Assad and was in jail there for seven years. To his horror, he found he was having lots of dreams about Jesus and saw the cross several times over the years. He was terrified to death to tell anyone what was happening to him. Eventually, like many other Syrians, he fled and made his way over to Europe. On his journey to Germany, he came across a church and felt compelled to go inside. After an inner struggle, he went in and saw exactly the same cross from his dreams! He heard the Lord telling him, “THIS is where your journey begins!”
Reports are coming in from all across the Muslim world of numbers coming to faith so overwhelming that Christian leaders simply do not know how to handle the need for discipleship.

The surprising truth about Muslim Background Believers
Two conferences have been held in recent months specifically for leaders of Muslim-background believers to discuss this issue. How do we disciple so many new believers who have known nothing but Islam? 

Dr. Erez Soref was invited to these two conferences as a representative of Israel, and of the Jewish people in the Middle East. He was very warmly welcomed as a brother, and the Arab believers were excited to hug and greet him, sharing how they had previously been brainwashed into thinking that Jews were like animals. The transformation in their heart is an amazing testimony to the power of the gospel to change lives completely. 

What is so encouraging to us here in Israel is that many who come to faith directly from a Muslim background come into the Kingdom with a love for Israel!

When the veil of Islam comes off and it becomes clear how much of what they believed was false, they also realize that much of what they have been told about Israel and the Jewish people was also based on lies. It takes great courage to go against the tide of anti-Semitism, but since these Muslim background believers have already given up so much, they have very little else to lose.

As a result, among Arabic-speaking Christians, we are finding that it is actually brothers and sisters from a Muslim background who tend to be more positive towards Israel than those who come to faith from a nominal Christian heritage. Muslim background believers are more likely to reject the theology that God is ‘done with Israel’ that many from traditional Christian denominations still hold to. These brand new believers are reading their Bibles with fresh eyes, and seeing God’s heart for Israel leaping out of the pages. And they believe with simple faith that God still means what he says about his people.

At the same time, we in Israel are feeling the call to serve in these fields that are white for the harvest. Israelis may not be free to travel around the Muslim world, but God has brought millions of Muslims to Europe where they can meet and talk about Jesus in freedom. It’s time for Jewish and Arab Israelis to go out to the nations and take the Word of God from Zion: not only in Hebrew, or even in English, but also in Arabic.
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Post  Admin on Tue 29 May 2018, 10:17 am

Israeli Farmers to Sue Hamas over ‘Kite Fire’ Damage to Crops
The lawsuit will be the first civilian response to kite fire terrorism, which has caused damages of millions of shekels of crops and irrigation equipment to the Gaza belt farmers.

By Mara Vigevani/TPS 

Gaza Belt farmers declared Sunday that they will appeal to the International Criminal Court (ICC) in The Hague to indict Hamas Gaza leader Yahya Sinwar and the head of the terrorist organization’s political leader Ismail Haniyeh for damages from Palestinian kite terror.

Burning kites were sent over from Gaza with the aim of setting fields on fire and causing physical and environmental damage.

“Join in Prosecuting Hamas in The Hague!” wrote the farmers in a petition demanding the prosecution of the terror organization for war crimes in the ICC and calling on additional farmers and citizens to join the lawsuit.

“Hamas has organized riots along the Gaza border and urged its population to infiltrate into Israel. They have called on the public to attack Israelis in their homes and threatened to kidnap and murder as many [Israelis] as possible. Youngsters in Gaza are being encouraged to carry out cross-border arson attacks against Israeli farmers using flaming kites. The twisted strategy centers on causing civilian casualties and generating condemnations of Israel. Hamas’s action violates international law and is war crimes.” the farmers wrote.

The farmers plan to get 100,000 signatures on the petition. Since launching it Sunday, they have already gained some 4,400.

The farmers made the announcement a week after the Palestinians declared that they would sue Israel at the International Court of Justice in The Hague following the death of over 100 Palestinians in violent disturbances along the Gaza border over the past several weeks.

The lawsuit will be the first civilian response to kite terrorism, which has caused damages of millions of shekels of crops and irrigation equipment to the Gaza belt farmers.

Shurat HaDin, The Israel Law Center, a NGO that aims to fight terrorism through legal means and combat boycotts of Israel, will represent the farmers at the ICC.

The farmers intend to sue Hamas for a series of offenses that violate the Rome Statute of the International Criminal Court, the treaty that established the ICC, including the burning of agricultural fields by burning kites, attacking Israel’s borders, using children for combat purposes and using the civilian population as human shields.

“The current situation, in which activists of a terrorist organization burn fields in Israel every day, is unacceptable. It is inconceivable that senior Hamas officials accuse Israel of war crimes while using civilian population, especially children, as human shields We call on the International Criminal Court in The Hague to bring them to justice” said Shurat Hadin director Nitsana Darshan-Leitner.

Darshan-Leitner told Tazpit Press Service (TPS) that she plans to submit the lawsuit within the next few weeks.

Mortar shells strike southern Israel in largest volley since 2014; 1 injured
Sirens blare throughout Sha'ar Hanegev and Eshkol regions during at least 2 separate attacks from Gaza; Iron Dome intercepts most projectiles
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More than two dozen mortar shells were fired at southern Israel in at least three separate barrages Tuesday morning as sirens blared throughout the area, the army said, amid heightened tensions along the Gaza border.

One person was lightly injured by shrapnel in his shoulder and was being treated at the Soroka medical center in Beersheba. There were no reports of significant material damage.

The shellings appeared to be the largest attack from the Gaza Strip since the 2014 war, known in Israel as Operation Protective Edge.

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The head of the Eshkol region told Channel 10 news that the army told him the attack was carried out by the Palestinian Islamic Jihad terror group, as revenge for the Israel Defense Forces killing three of its members in a cross-border exchange earlier in the week.

The Iran-backed Islamic Jihad did not immediately take responsibility for the mortar attacks, but its spokesperson praised them, saying “the blood of our people is not so cheap that the terrorists (Israel) can do what they want without deterrence.”

Mortar shells fired from Gaza at southern Israel, May 29, 2018 (Twitter)
There were no immediate reports of a significant Israeli military retaliation to the attacks. Massive reprisal raids were expected, following the repeated, highly irregular mortar shellings on Tuesday morning.

Following the Gaza mortar attacks, Defense Minister Avigdor Liberman called for a “special situational assessment” from IDF Chief of Staff Gadi Eisenkot and other senior figures from Israel’s security services. They were due to meet in the army’s Tel Aviv headquarters, known as the Kirya, Liberman’s office said.

Palestinian media reported that Hamas and other terrorist groups were abandoning their positions in the Gaza Strip ahead of an expected forceful response by the IDF.

The initial, primary bombardment came at 7 a.m., when approximately 25 mortar shells were toward the Sha’ar Hanegev and Eshkol regions, as parents were beginning to send their children to school, the IDF said.

The army said its Iron Dome missile defense system intercepted the majority of the incoming shells from the first barrage.

One of the shells struck a tree in the yard of a kindergarten in the Eshkol region, less than an hour before students were due to arrive, a spokesperson for the community said.

Exactly one hour later, incoming sirens were triggered for a second time in the Eshkol region, but not in Sha’ar Hanegev, as at least two mortar shells struck an open field in the area, the army said.

The remains of a mortar shell that was fired from the Gaza Strip at an Israeli community near the Gaza border, on May 29, 2018. (Israel Police)
The second attack caused neither injuries nor damage.

Sirens in southern Israel were triggered by a mortar shell for a third time shortly after 9:30 a.m., the army said.

The projectile struck an open field outside a community in the Eshkol region, causing no injury or damage, local officials said.

The military and police refrained from specifying where exactly the mortar shells struck in southern Israel, as the information could be used by terrorist groups in the Gaza Strip to better aim their fire.

The kindergarten that was hit by a mortar shell — along with all other schools in the area — opened as usual on Tuesday, despite the attack.

The commander of the IDF’s Southern (Gaza) Brigade, Col. Kobi Heller, visited the kindergarten and others in the region following the attack.
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“At this point, there are no special instructions for residents of the Gaza periphery. Please continue to listen to the instructions of the Home Front Command,” the army said in a statement.

Pictures and videos were quickly shared on social media apparently showing the launches of the mortar shells and the interceptions by the Iron Dome.


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Post  Admin on Mon 28 May 2018, 10:26 am

Palestinian leader Abbas leaves Ramallah hospital after 9 days
PA president, 83, suffered a bout of pneumonia, sparking a wave of rumors about his health
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Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas adressess the Palestinian leadership in the West Bank city of Ramallah, May 14, 2018. (ABBAS MOMANI/AFP)
Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas was released from a hospital in Ramallah on Monday where he had been for treated over a week, ending rumors about his medical condition.

Leaving the hospital flanked by his two sons and Palestinian officials, Abbas said he was well and would be returning to work on Tuesday.

Abbas, 83, had been hospitalized with pneumonia during which doctors refused to confirm a schedule for his release.

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Pictures and video of Abbas walking around the wards and reading a newspaper were published last Monday, in an apparent attempt to calm rumors that his condition was worse than officially reported.

Abbas was admitted on May 20 to the Istishari Arab Hospital near Ramallah in the West Bank with complications following an ear operation, including high fever.

Officials later confirmed he was being treated for pneumonia.

Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas walking in the hospital on May 21, 2018 (screen capture/Twitter)
His extended hospitalization led to widespread speculation over his condition, particularly with no successor publicly in line for the PA presidency.

Abbas, who is a heavy smoker and overweight, has a long history of health issues, ranging from heart trouble to a bout with prostate cancer a decade ago.

In February, he underwent what were described as routine medical tests in the United States.

Abbas won a four-year term as PA president in 2005, but he has since remained in office without further elections.

Abbas argues the split between his Fatah party and Islamist terror group Hamas, which controls the Gaza Strip, has made elections politically impossible.

A relative moderate, he has been involved in decades of negotiations with Israel but is increasingly poorly regarded by Israelis, including because of several recent anti-Israel and anti-Semitic speeches. He is also unpopular among Palestinians, with the majority wanting him to step down.

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Post  Admin on Sun 27 May 2018, 11:00 pm

Israel’s Mission to the UN held a special event celebrating 70 years of Israeli innovation and global contributions aimed at making the world a better place.  

By: United with Israel Staff

Israel’s Mission to the United Nations (UN) on Thursday hosted a special forum celebrating 70 years of Israeli civil society innovation and the Jewish state’s contributions to the world.

The forum featured presentations from four Israeli NGOs that are working to make the world a better place.

Among the participating organizations were Save a Child’s Heart, an NGO dedicated to improving pediatric cardiac care for children in developing countries; ZAKA, which provides lifesaving search and rescue assistance to mass casualty emergencies worldwide; Innovation Africa, a non-profit using solar energy to provide clean water, light and refrigeration for vaccines and medication to schools, orphanages and medical clinics; and ISRAID, Israel’s life-saving disaster relief organization that offers long-term support for refugees.

“As we mark 70 years since the founding of the State of Israel, we recall with great pride our country’s commitment to helping others live a better life,” Danny Danon, Israel’s Ambassador to the UN, stated. “We have committed ourselves to this cause since the birth of our state.”

“We recognize these organizations’ valuable contribution to the work of the UN and the realization of its 2030 Agenda and the Sustainable Development Goals,” Danon added.

17 Goals to Improve the World
The UN’s 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development outlines 17 goals for the international community to implement by 2030 “to end poverty, protect the planet, and ensure prosperity for all.”

The project includes Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), to which Israel has much to contribute.

For instance, in the sphere of water and sanitation, Israel has experienced much success in combating water scarcity on a global scale through a series of revolutionary technologies such as water desalination and drip irrigation.

Israel, which has been ranked as a world leader in water conservation, continues to share its expertise with countries struggling with water shortages.

Similarly, Israel’s Agency for International Development Cooperation (MASHAV) has trained thousands of scientists and farmers in developing countries such as Swaziland, India, Ghana, and Columbia in water purification methods, helping the UN reach its goal “to ensure access to water and sanitation for all.”

Startups Find Solutions to Global Challenges
On the issue of innovation and infrastructure, with more startups per capita than any other country, Israel continues to use its expertise in science and technology to find solutions to a series of global challenges.

The UN’s ninth goal to “build resilient infrastructure, promote inclusive and sustainable industrialization and foster innovation” is present in all facets of Israeli society. From security to health, to transportation, Israeli startups have not only significantly bolstered Israel’s economy, but continue to improve the quality of life for millions around the world.

Speaking at an international conference hosted by the Israel Ministry of Foreign Affairs and the Interdisciplinary Center (IDC) Herzliya’s School of Sustainability in December, Roberto Valent, the Special Representative of the United Nations Development Program, informed participants that “Israel is pushing forward and advancing the Sustainable Development Goals in a very practical manner.”

“The UN is very happy that Israel is advanced in not only its own actions towards the SDGs implementation, but in also providing a platform for others in the areas of gender, gender equality, education, and especially in innovation,” he stated.

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Post  Admin on Sun 27 May 2018, 9:24 am

Doctor says Abbas leaving hospital Sunday after pneumonia bout
However, news site reports release being delayed, day after head of hospital says Palestinian leader in good health
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Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas shown recovering in hospital and reading a newspaper, on the back page of which is a cartoon portraying an Israeli soldier poisoning a Palestinian baby, May 22, 2018. (Wafa news agency)
Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas was being discharged from the hospital following a health scare, the 83-year-old leader’s doctor said Sunday.

However, pan-Arabic news site Al-Arabiya reported that the release had been delayed for unspecified reasons, citing a presidential statement.

Abbas was hospitalized last week with a fever, just days after undergoing ear surgery. Palestinian officials said he had pneumonia and was on a respirator, receiving antibiotics intravenously.

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His doctor Yasser Abu Safiyeh said Sunday Abbas was kept a few extra days “to avoid any setback that could be caused by any infection.”

On Saturday, the head of the Istishari Arab Hospital where Abbas is being treated said the Palestinian leader was in good health.

“His state of health is excellent but the doctors have not yet decided the date of his release,” said Saed Sarahna.

Abbas, who is a heavy smoker and overweight, has a long history of health issues, ranging from heart trouble to a bout with prostate cancer a decade ago. Two years ago, he underwent an emergency heart procedure after suffering exhaustion and chest pains.

Abbas has no deputy. His latest health scare and sudden hospitalization revived anxiety over a potentially chaotic or even bloody succession battle.

Recently, a cardiologist moved into the presidential compound in Ramallah to monitor the longtime leader after a mysterious hospital visit in the United States, following Abbas’s address to the United Nations Security Council, in which he appeared weak.

Speaking Tuesday to reporters at the International Criminal Court in The Hague, Netherlands, Palestinian Foreign Minister Riad Malki warned against exaggerating Abbas’s health scare.

“It’s obvious that all of us as humans might have certain health setbacks … President Abbas is not really immune from that,” he said. “Of course we were concerned about his health as anyone should be but you know we should not really take it out of proportion when it comes to his health.”

Pictures of Abbas walking around the wards and reading a newspaper were published on Monday, in an apparent attempt to calm rumors that his condition was worse than officially reported.

Controversy erupted when viewers noticed the newspaper Abbas was pictured reading prominently carried a large cartoon on its back page, facing the camera, showing an Israeli soldier taking a baby’s milk away from her and ramming poison down her throat instead.

The cartoon referred to a claim by Gaza’s Hamas-run health ministry that 8-month-old Layla Ghandour died from inhaling tear gas fired by Israeli troops during violent protests on the Gaza border with Israel on May 14.

That claim, which made worldwide headlines, is now disputed and the health ministry has backed away from it.

Times of Israel staff contributed to this report.

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Post  Admin on Wed 23 May 2018, 12:34 am

US Embassy: Image of Jewish Temple ‘thrust in front’ of envoy Friedman for photo
US ambassador photographed with poster of Temple Mount, without Dome of the Rock; ultra-Orthodox non-profit apologizes for employee's 'cheap political act'
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US Ambassador to Israel David Friedman is pictured next to a man holding a poster of the Jewish Temple replacing the Muslim Dome on the Rock on Jerusalem's Temple Mount, at an event for the Achiya educational nonprofit in Bnei Brak, May 22, 2018. (Courtesy: Kikar HaShabbat)
US Ambassador to Israel David Friedman is pictured next to a man holding a poster of the Jewish Temple replacing the Muslim Dome on the Rock on Jerusalem's Temple Mount, at an event for the Achiya educational nonprofit in Bnei Brak, May 22, 2018. (Courtesy: Kikar HaShabbat)
The US Embassy in Jerusalem on Tuesday said a doctored aerial image of Jerusalem, in which a major Muslim shrine was replaced by a depiction of the Jewish Temple on the Temple Mount compound, was unknowingly “thrust in front of” US Ambassador David Friedman for a photograph during a visit to a non-profit.

Friedman was visiting the Bnei Brak headquarters of the Achiya organization — an ultra-Orthodox non-profit that works to empower and integrate children with learning disabilities and is supported by the US embassy — when a member of the group handed him a large poster showing the Temple Mount in Jerusalem, but with a Jewish Temple standing in place of the Muslim Dome of the Rock shrine at the site. The Al-Aqsa Mosque was in the photo.

“Ambassador Friedman was not aware of the image thrust in front of him when the photo was taken,” the US embassy in Jerusalem said in a statement. “He was deeply disappointed that anyone would take advantage of his visit to Bnei Brak to create controversy. ‎The US policy is absolutely clear: we support the status quo on the Haram al-Sharif/Temple Mount.”

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The event was first reported by the ultra-Orthodox website Kikar HaShabat. The website identified those who presented the poster as managers of Achiya, although the NGO said later the act wasn’t sanctioned by the group.

The report also quoted participants at the event as saying that “you could see the excitement on the US ambassador’s face” when he received the poster.

The US Embassy in Israel, according to Hebrew-language reports, had demanded an apology from Achiya “for allowing one of its employees to present this controversial image to the ambassador during his visit.”

The Temple Mount houses the Dome of the Rock and the Al-Aqsa mosque, and is considered Islam’s third-holiest site. It is the holiest place in Judaism, revered by Jews as the location of the biblical Jewish temples.

Under the present arrangement instituted by Israel after it captured Jerusalem’s Old City in the 1967 war, the site, known to Muslims as Haram al-Sharif, remains under Jordan’s religious custodianship. Jews are allowed to visit the compound but are barred from religious worship or prayer. The sensitive site has been at the heart of several upticks in Palestinian violence in recent years, over claims Israel was seeking to change the arrangements at the site.

The Achiya organization subsequently apologized “from the bottom of our heart” for the incident, saying the “cheap political act” of an employee “overshadowed” Friedman’s attempt to highlight its good work.

“The management of Achiya wishes to apologize to the American Ambassador in Israel, Mr. David Friedman, and to the US Embassy in Israel,” it said in a statement. “An employee from the Achiya organization handed the ambassador a poster that was not approved by Achiya, the embassy, or the ambassador.”

“We wish to thank Ambassador David Friedman and the embassy staff for the professionalism and generosity they showed in the visit to Achiya to highlight the important work we do to change lives for the better,” it added. “To our regret, the event was overshadowed by a cheap political act. The employee responsible for that has been identified and has apologized, and we will deal with the issue internally in the organization.”

Muslim worshippers perform Friday noon prayer near the Dome of the Rock shrine in Jerusalem’s Old City’s al-Aqsa mosque compound on the Temple Mount, December 22, 2017. (AFP Photo/Ahmad Gharabli)
“We want again to thank the ambassador for his time and apologize from the bottom of our heart for this unnecessary incident.”

Friedman last week oversaw the relocation of the US embassy from Tel Aviv to Jerusalem.

In the past, Friedman had made remarks that were rebuffed by Washington as not reflecting official policy.

Last September, he told Israel’s Walla news site he thought “the settlements are part of Israel.” State Department spokesperson Heather Nauert later told reporters that his comments marked no shift in the US position.

The Associated Press reported last month that Friedman has been seeking to adopt the Israeli name for the West Bank, Judea, and Samaria, in his official remarks and statements, but has so far been prevented from doing so by the Trump administration. Last December, it was reported that Friedman had asked the State Department to stop calling the West Bank “occupied.”

Before his confirmation to the diplomatic role, Friedman was a staunch supporter of settlements and a columnist for right-wing Israeli publications.

Over the weekend, Friedman also said evangelical Christians “support Israel with much greater fervor and devotion than many in the Jewish community.”

On Sunday, the US ambassador accused the “liberal media” of “glorifying” Hamas terrorists in its coverage of last week’s US embassy move and concurrent Gaza riots in order to denigrate US President Donald Trump, and appeared to accuse the press of having “blood on its hands” for allowing Hamas to garner front page real estate.

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Post  Admin on Mon 21 May 2018, 11:37 pm

WATCH: Israel is Solving World Hunger with Honey Bees!

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World hunger
While global urbanization has decimated the world’s population of honey bees, which play a crucial role in food production, Israel is doing its part to reverse this trend.
It is estimated that humans would only be able to survive for four years without bees because these creatures’ cross pollination is an essential stage in the production the world’s food supply.
Across the globe, the amount of nectar flowers and honey bees is declining at an alarming rate, a worrying trend.
With 100,000 trees planted and 110,000 active beehives tended to by 510 beekeepers, Israel is helping to protect against world hunger in the most unexpected way!

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