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May 4, 2015 / 15 Iyar, 5775
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Supreme Court Judge Calls Anti-Israeli Boycotts ‘Political Terrorism’

Thursday, April 16th, 2015

A nine-member panel of the Israeli Supreme Court dealt a blow to the Boycott Israel and BDS movements Wednesday by unanimously rejecting leftist petitions against a law that prohibits boycotts of goods from Israel.

The part of the legislation that protected products from Judea and Samaria from boycotts also was upheld by the court, but only by a 5-4 margin.

The only part of the legislation that was struck down by the justices was a clause allowing people to sue for more than compensation covering damage.

The law was passed in 2011 to thwart the boycott campaigns, but the Supreme Court suspended the law in December 2012 following petitions challenging the constitutionality of the legislation.

Justice Hanan Meltzer wrote in Wednesday’s ruling that boycotts are “political terrorism.”

The anti-boycott law allows lawsuits against any company, individual or organization that has been discriminated against “solely because of their affinity with the State of Israel, one of its institutions or an area under its control, in such a way that may cause economic, cultural or academic damage.”

The anti-boycott has been effective even when while it was suspended.

The left-wing 972 Magazine website, which states that is against the “occupation,” wrote Wednesday:

Civil society organizations self-censored in order to protect themselves from civil suits…. (Two years ago the editors of +972 Magazine decided to stop self-censoring boycott related articles.) [Parentheses are in the original content – [ed].

NGOs opposing the bill were quoted by the website as having commented on the court’s unanimous ruling, “The boycott law is a law to silence legitimate criticism. The High Court ruling is a serious blow to freedom of expression and basic rights for political participation on a disputed topic.”

“Freedom of expression” is very a popular concept among those who exploit it to demonize Israel and try to turn it into an Arab country.

The law does not ban debates against Israel. Nine justices on a court that is one of the most liberal judicial bodies in the Western world ruled that the law is constitutional. The decision implicitly made it clear that “freedom of expression” does not cover discrimination against a country’s goods simply because they are made by Jews, regardless of where they live.

Justice Meltzer explicitly wrote that Israel has the right to protect itself from people trying to use “freedom of expression” to destroy the country.

Even the 972 website told its readers that many anti-Israelis use the boycott “desire the destruction of Israel as a Jewish state.”

Islamic State Posts Photos of Beheaded of Arabs UNRWA Refugee Camp

Monday, April 6th, 2015

The Islamic State (ISIS) has posted sickening pictures of a reported 21 victims its murderers have beheaded in the UNRWA-run Yarmouk refugee camp near downtown Damascus.

An imam was said to have been one of the victims, and it is possible UNRWA personnel also were among those butchered. Scores of others were  killed or wounded by barrel bombs dropped by the Assad regime’s planes in an  effort to force the ISIS to retreat.

“There is no food, there is no water and there is very little medicine,” said U.N.  Relief and Works Agency (UNRWA) spokesman Chris Gunness. “The situation in the camp is beyond inhumane. People are holed up in their houses; there is fighting going on in the streets. There are reports of … bombardments.”

The Yarmouk camp is one of dozens set up by UNRWA in the past decades to keep Arabs stateless and in institutionalized misery for the sake of the Arab world hope of using them as tools to  overrun Israel on the basis of the claim that their refugee status is due to Israeli residency by previous generations.

However, the miserable life in the camps and even the ISIS takeover of Yarmouk have not aroused Arab sympathies.

Knesset Arab Knesset Member Ahmed Tibi said Monday, “I am angry and deeply saddened about what is happening in what is left of the camp.”

But he also tried to create a scenario that the Yarmouk refugees are being ignored because they are “Palestinians,” although hundreds of thousands of Arabs in Lebanon and Iraq have been killed and left homeless because of the savage civil war in Syria and which is beginning to spread over its borders.

Using the same Arab word for “catastrophe,” as most Arabs call the re-establishment of the State of Israel, Tibi said that Yarmouk is “another case where the refugees who suffered in the Nakba of 1948 are suffering again.”

But he never even thought of blaming the United Nations, which does not pass on the status of “refugee’ to any second generation in the world except for the few hundred thousands of Arab who once lived in Israel and who now number more than 5 million.

IDF Clashes with 40 Rioters at Gaza Border

Tuesday, March 31st, 2015

Israeli soldiers shot and wounded at least one Arab when approximately 40 Gazans rioted near the security fence at Khan Yunis in central Gaza Monday.

An IDF spokeswoman told The Jewish Press, “Soldier shot warnings in the air and when the protesters did not retreat, shots were fired at their lower extremities, injuring one person.”

The Palestinian Authority-based Ma’an News Agency reported that three Arabs were wounded.

The riot coincided with “Land Day” marches and riots in Judea and Samaria, which generally did not result in unusual violence.

The IDF used tear gas to disperse a riot at the Hawara checkpoint south of Shechem, where one Palestinian Authority legislator was among those who reportedly suffered from inhaling tear gas.

Palestinian Authority Squatters Hurl Rocks at Investigating Drone [video]

Monday, March 9th, 2015

A video from a drone investigating illegal Arab and Bedouin homes in the Palestinian Authority shows children hurling rocks at the drone flying outside Jerusalem.

The Regavim organization, directed by Bayit Yehudi (Jewish Home) candidate for the Knesset Betzalel Smotrich, is an advocate against claims by Peace Now and other pro-Palestinian Authority groups that appeal to the courts with claims that Jews live on their property.

The Regavim research drone was on a routine mission when it was almost downed by Palestinian Authority children throwing rocks at it while it collecting evidence of continued illegal EU building in and around Jerusalem on behalf of the Palestinian Authority.

Real-time footage of the research drone shows that it was almost downed during a routine surveillance mission over an illegal EU settlement on the outskirts of Jerusalem.

Viewers can clearly see large rocks narrowly missing the unmanned aircraft as it flew past a cluster of buildings bearing the EU flag. The Regavim field researcher who was operating the machine managed to steer it away from the incoming rocks and fly it back to safety.

A recent report by Regavim highlighted this new EU policy of unilaterally building on behalf of the Palestinian Authority in Jerusalem and Area C of the West Bank to the detriment of Israel.

The Regavim report has subsequently been presented to the European Parliament by a number of MEPs and awaits a hearing in the Foreign Policy Committee.

Ari Briggs, International Director of Regavim explained what the organization’s use of drones and how the event could have ended much worse:

We use drones to monitor the ongoing illegal activities across the country, without having to go into villages themselves. These machines are extremely effective but costly, and this near-miss could have cost the organization thousands of dollars.

Although we will not be deterred by this violent attack against our equipment we may now have to purchase a more advanced drone that can take close-up footage much higher-up in the sky and out of projectile range.

Bedouin City Backs United Arab List

Friday, March 6th, 2015

The deputy mayor of Rahat met with United Arab List leaders Thursday night and agreed to encourage Bedouin to support the party.

The Knesset last year raised the minimum number of votes for a party to gain entry in the Knesset, a move that forced the two Arab and one Jewish-Arab party to unit in order to keep their seats.

The union, along with behind the scenes encouragement from the Palestinian Authority, has resulted in an unprecedented enthusiasm among the Arab and Bedouin sector, whose participation in elections traditionally has been relatively low.

The Arab parties usually have been represented by 9-11 Knesset Members, but all polls indicate that the United Arab List will end up with 12 or 13 MKs after the votes are counted. A larger-than-expected turnout could raise the number even more.

The Likud and the Zionist Camp party, formed by the merge of Labor with Tzipi Livni’s HaTnuah party, are the only two parties that will win more ballots than the Arab List, according to current polls.

That could change if the Bayit Yehudi (Jewish Home) regains some of its support that has been lost to the new Yachad party, which is struggling in the polls that show it on the borderline of entering the Knesset..

Rahat politicians are opening up a field office for the campaign in coordination for the “Committee for National Reconciliation Accord by the Renaissance.”

Atta Abu Medeghem, the acting mayor of Rahat, said:

We declare our full support for the joint list to achieve victory for Arabs against racism and for full equality and the overthrow of the right-wing arrogant government.

Arab party leaders openly oppose the existence of Israel as Jewish nation.

 

‘Settler’ Girls vs. Galilee Arabs in Soccer Playoffs

Monday, March 2nd, 2015

Girls, ages 10-13, from Efrat in Gush Etzion will square off against girls from the Galilee Arab village Sakhnin tonight in a playoff game that will determine which group will advance to the semi-finals in the girls’ league.

“We are involved with soccer and not politics,” one of the Efrat girls said. “We really want to win this game for the semi-finals.”

The group started playing together last year, but since Efrat has no official-size soccer field, they trained and played in Jerusalem.

 

 

EU Openly Funds, Builds in West Bank to Change Israel-PA Status

Sunday, February 8th, 2015

Hundreds of European Union-funded Palestinian homes, schools and other buildings have dotted the hills and valleys of Judea and Samaria – including Area C, the area placed under Israeli control by the Oslo Accords.

In fact, more than 400 Palestinian houses were illegally built with EU assistance in the area that is supposed to be under Israeli jurisdiction. The EU was a signatory to the international law designating the areas with their respective authorities.

No one has addressed the issue, which has been virtually ignored by the international community until Britain’s Daily Mail publication blasted the issue on its website, complete with incriminating photos and maps.

Jake Wallis Simons, writing for MailOnline, noted that all of the Palestinian buildings, “which have no permits, come at a cost of tens of millions of Euros in public money, a proportion of which comes from the British taxpayer.

“This has raised concerns that that EU is using valuable resources to take sides in a foreign territorial dispute.”

Wow. Points for bravery and sheer brazen audacity to you, Simons. Hope your site’s still standing next week, given the current trends in Europe and frankly, the UK.

Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu instructed Defense Minister Moshe Ya’alon to advance with plans to demolish the structures, Israeli media reported Friday. The order came a day after Simons posted his piece on The Mail’s website.

Some 17 such villages can be found in various locations around the West Bank (Judea and Samaria), flying the EU flag and displaying EU stickers and signs.

Brussels-based EU spokesperson Maja Kocijancic denied the construction was taking place, saying, “The EU’s funding will provide training and expertise to help the relevant Palestinian Authority (PA) ministries to plan and build new infrastructure and enable people to reclaim and rebuild their land there. To date, no construction has started yet under these programs. The EU is not funding illegal projects,” she claimed.

When presented with photograph documentation of the actual homes not only completed but those in process of being built, with the EU logos in place, however, the spokesperson declined to comment.

Shadi Othman, an on-site spokesperson for the EU in Judea, Samaria and Gaza, spoke with The Mail on the phone. He told the news outlet, “We support the Palestinian presence in Area C. Palestinian presence should not be limited to Areas A and B.

Map of illegal structures throughout Area C funded and/or built by the European Union. (Map: Regavim)

Map of illegal structures throughout Area C funded and/or built by the European Union.       (Map: Regavim)

Othman made the situation crystal clear: “Area C is part of the occupied Palestinian territory which eventually will be Palestinian land. Palestinians have a right to live there, build schools there, have economic development. This is part of the work done to build the future Palestinian state which will live side by side with Israel. It’s an international and EU interest to protect the viability of the two-state solution.

And in case anyone had any doubts about where the EU’s bias lies – or why EU officials were in such a rush to meet with Israel’s opposition leader, Labor party chairman Isaac Herzog, this Saturday on the sidelines of the Munich security conference, consider the rest of Othman’s statement and its implications for the national security of Israeli citizens:

If some people are complaining about this, we should not forget the illegal Israeli settlements that are built on occupied Palestinian territory and are illegal under international law and constitute an obstacle to peace.” (ed. note: italics added)

Printed from: http://www.jewishpress.com/news/breaking-news/eu-openly-funds-builds-in-west-bank-to-change-israel-pa-status/2015/02/08/

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