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IDF paratroopers brigade conducts a brigade-level parachute jump the first such exercise to be held in 20 years as part of a surprise military drill,  in 2012.

IDF paratroopers brigade conducts a brigade-level parachute jump the first such exercise to be held in 20 years as part of a surprise military drill, in 2012.
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YouTube froze the Palestinian Media Watch (PMW) account—which would have prevented the watchdog organization from uploading any new videos for two weeks—but then reopened the account Jan. 18, following PMW’s posting of a video that featured a speech by the Palestinian Authority Mufti detailing Muslims’ destiny to kill Jews.

Initially, YouTube deemed the video—which also revealed the comments of a Fatah moderator who called Jews the “descendants of the apes and pigs”—to be “inappropriate.”

After being removed, the video is once again viewable on YouTube.

After questioning Jewish connection to arson, Arab subjected to gunfire

The home of an Arab who questioned that Jews set a mosque on fire as a “Price Tag” operation was subjected to gunfire last weekend, Israel National News reported.

Shortly after Bassem Swaid, who lives in the northern Bedouin-Arab village of Tuba Zangariyya, told Channel 2 news that the mosque fire in the village three months ago was not set by an outsider, bullets were fired at his home Jan. 14.

Swaid’s television interview casting doubt on the Jewish connection to the arson comes after Israeli officials last October immediately apologized to Arab residents following the incident.

PA continues to spew hate against Israel and JewsPalestinian Authority TV rebroadcast a song last week that claims Jaffa, Acre, Haifa, and Nazareth belong to the Palestinians, thereby again reinforcing the PA’s refusal to recognize Israel’s right to exist. At the same time, the principal Palestinian Authority religious leader, Mufti Muhammad Hussein, said last week that the killing of Jews by Muslims is a religious Islamic goal, Palestinian Media Watch reported.

Also last week, the Mufti, who was appointed by PA Chairman Mahmoud Abbas, said at an event celebrating the 47th anniversary of the founding of Fatah that: “The Hour [of Resurrection] will not come until you fight the Jews. The Jew will hide behind stones or trees. Then the stones or trees will call: ‘Oh Muslim, servant of Allah, there is a Jew behind me, come and kill him.’”

JEWISH WORLD
Jewish couple narrowly escapes sinking shipSeveral Jewish passengers, including Americans and Israelis, were rescued from the Italian Costa Concordia cruise liner that sank off the coast of Tuscany last weekend.

A young Jewish couple from Florida was having dinner on the ship when it hit a sandbar and flipped to the side. Joseph Saba, whose son David was on the ship, said: “They felt something hit from below, ‘Bap, bap bap!’”

After being rescued by a lifeboat, the couple is grateful they got away with their lives, although they lost all of their belongings. “He doesn’t have a passport. They need to go to the embassy to see what they need to do to come back. They don’t have any clothes or anything,” Joseph Saba said. As of Sunday five people have been confirmed dead in the disaster, the BBC said.

Nazi railroads can’t do business with Florida

Proposed legislation forces any railroad company to reveal whether it participated in the genocide of the Jewish people during the Holocaust before it can be allowed to do business with the state of Florida, The News Service of Florida reported.

Bill SB 546 refers to any railroad company that transported Jews to Nazi concentration camps during World War II and is now seeking rail contracts from Florida. Specifically, however, the bill targets the French national railroad SNCF, which had been used by the Nazis for this purpose.

SNCF wanted to plan a high-speed rail project in Florida last year, but Gov. Rick Scott killed the project. Sen. Eleanor Sobel (D-Hollywood) sponsored the measure. It was unanimously approved and goes next to the Community Affairs Committee.

Survey shows most Jewish college students love Israel

Young college Jews strongly support Israel, a new study sponsored jointly by The Israel Project and the American Israeli Cooperative Enterprise shows. Conducted by Public Opinion Strategies, the survey represents the opinion of 400 Jewish undergraduates. Among Jewish students, 66 percent said they feel close to Israel.

This is comparable to the American Jewish Committee’s survey of the national Jewish community, in which 68 percent said the same.

“Our survey found that Jews … believe that caring about Israel is an important part of being Jewish, think American and Israeli Jews share a common destiny and agree American Jews should support the policies of the government and express any criticism privately,” said Mitchell Bard, Executive Director of the nonprofit American Israeli Cooperative Enterprise (AICE) and co-funder of the research.

The survey shows that Jewish college students feel more close to Israel if they attended a Jewish day school, a summer camp, or were involved in a youth group. Of those involved in a Jewish organization on campus, 78 percent support Israel, compared to only 52 percent of those who do not. Seventy percent of Jewish students believe they are well informed on Israel and 84 percent support Israel when it comes to the conflict with the Palestinians.

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