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Palestinian Authority Arabs Pummel Canadian Foreign Minister with Eggs

Sunday, January 18th, 2015

Palestinian Authority protesters pummeled visiting Canadian Foreign Minister John Baird with eggs late Sunday morning as he left a meeting with Palestinian Authority Foreign Minister Riyad al-Maliki in Ramallah.

Baird was not injured.

He is meeting with Israeli Foreign Minister Avigdor Lieberman Sunday afternoon. Baird will not visit the Temple Mount or the Western Wall.

Israel Radio that the egg-throwing protest appeared to be organized and that PA soldiers were at the scene.

The demonstration was organized by the youth movement of the Fatah movement, headed by Palestinian Authority chairman Mahmoud Abbas. Protesters held signs reading: “Baird you are not welcome in Palestine.”

Canada is opposed to the recent Palestinian bid to pursue war crime charges again

Palestinian Authority senior official and former “peace process” negotiator Saeb Erekat wrote in the Toronto Globe & Mail Friday, “The spokesman for Canadian Foreign Minister John Baird asked me to apologize to the Israeli government, citing the equivalency I drew between the terror of the self-styled ‘Islamic State’ and that of Israeli settlers who under the banner of a ‘Jewish State,’ and with the backing of their government, have been in a campaign of terror that include the burning of mosques and churches, the destruction of olive groves and the brutal murder of Palestinian civilians.

“After spending the past few years listening to Mr. Baird going out of his way to legitimize the banality and brutality of a 50-year-old Israeli occupation, I tell Mr. Baird: enough. If there is anyone that has to apologize, it is Mr. Baird himself.

“He should first apologize to his own citizenry, many of whom are God-loving Jews, Christians and Muslims who would never condone nor cheer for an Israeli government that stretches support to Israeli settlers who attack churches and mosques.

“Mr. Baird should apologize for his active encouragement of Israel’s brute and ugly occupation and its apartheid policies.”

Erekat’s op-ed was a perfect invitation for protesters to target Baird, whom he singled out as spokesman for Israel.

He wrote:

When the UN in 2012 upgraded Palestine’s status from an observer entity to an observer state, it was not the Israeli Foreign Minister who traveled to New York in order to defend Israel’s position; unfortunately, it was Mr. Baird.

Though his efforts were and remain largely ineffective (the resolution passed with an overwhelming majority of 138, with only 9 voting against), they came as a slap in the face to Palestinian efforts. Canada also lobbied against our UNESCO membership….

Last November, Canada was one of six countries voting against several UN resolutions requesting an Israeli withdrawal from occupied Palestine…

Mr. Baird should apologize: It’s never too late!

Baird's car splattered with eggs.

Baird’s car splattered with eggs.

Two Canadian Policemen Shot

Saturday, January 17th, 2015

Two Royal Canadian Mounted Policemen were shot on Saturday and are in critical condition in Alberta, Canada.

The Canadian police are searching for the shooter.

Canada and UK Close Cairo Embassies Citing Security Reasons

Monday, December 8th, 2014

On Monday, Canada closed the doors to its embassy in Cairo, Egypt, citing security concerns.

The Canadian Embassy’s website only states:

The ability to provide consular services may occasionally be limited for short periods due to unsettled security conditions.

Two days ago, Britain closed its embassy in Cairo, also citing security concerns.

The office of the British Consulate-General in Alexandria is operating as normal, according to the UK’s government website.

The US Embassy in Egypt remains open, but embassy employees have reportedly been told to not wander too far away from their homes.

There is concern that terrorists may try to attack the foreign embassies.

Arab media reports that suspects connected to ISIS were arrested in relation to threats on the UK embassy.

ISIS Claims Israeli-Canadian Woman Captured

Sunday, November 30th, 2014

The Islamic State in Iraq and Syria (ISIS) terror organization is claiming to have captured a female Israeli-Canadian dual citizen who went to fight with the Kurds.

Dual citizen Gila Rosenberg, reportedly captured by the terrorist group, joined up with Iraqi Kurds a few weeks ago to fight against ISIS in Syria.

Last week she wrote on Facebook that she would no longer be updating her page because she was heading to an area without Internet reception.

Rosenberg had posted photos of Tel Aviv and the Old City of Jerusalem, snapped prior to leaving for the Kurdish areas of Iraq and Syria. “My last day in Israel seems like way more than a week ago,” she wrote.

And the caption of another: “YPG uniform pics coming soon! Once the tailor finishes my customized uniform.”

The Syrian jihadi websites associated with ISIS reported Sunday that Rosenberg, 31, was kidnapped by the terrorist group.

A site believed to be a mouthpiece for ISIS also claimed that several other female Kurdish fighters were captured along with Rosenberg. The site reported that ISIS guerrillas carried out three suicide attacks prior to the women’s abduction.

The Israel Security Agency (Shin Bet) has said it has no details about Rosenberg’s fate.

Kurdish rebel fighters told a reporter for Israel public radio, meanwhile, that Rosenberg had not been seen in the northern Syrian Kurdish city of Kobani. The fighter added it was doubtful she was captured, and more likely the report was ISIS propaganda.

Canadian-Israeli in Coma from Har Nof Massacre

Sunday, November 23rd, 2014

Canadian native and long-time Israeli citizen Howie Rothman remain s in a coma from wounds from a giant meat cleaver in week’s savage massacre of Jews praying at a synagogue in Jerusalem’s Haredi Har Nof community.

Howie Rothman, raised in Toronto and now 53 years old, lost vision in one eye and suffered brain damage,” a Toronto woman who knows the Rothman family told Canadian media. He has undergone three operations.

Rothman and his wife moved to Israel three decades ago and have 10 children, one of them a new mother while the youngest is only three years old. He was working for the State Comptroller before the barbaric attack, in which four Jews and a Druze policeman were killed.

“Yesterday we cried; today we gather strength. My father is strong and I believe he’ll overcome this,” Zehava Farago, who gave birth to her father’s first grandchild several weeks ago, told Israei radio.

His sister, Shelley Rothman-Benhaim of Montreal, told the Toronto Sun that her brother remains “in a medically induced coma.” She added, “He was very seriously injured and has already undergone several surgeries due to the attacks to his head, eyes and arms” the National Post of Canada reported.

United Jewish Appeal member Steven Shulman told the 500-member Beth Torah synagogue during prayers on the Sabbath. “This was an attack on Jews at prayer and an attack on the Jewish people. If we don’t support Howie Rothman and Jews around the world, no one else will.”

“We don’t do this kind of fundraising; we do it for the community at large,” he was quoted by the Toronto Sun as saying. “We have made an exception in this case. Howie is a product of this community and in terms of need it’s tremendous. He has 10 children and six are still at home,” Shulman added.

“He was attacked and his life has changed forever. We had to do something. That is the essence of being Jewish.”

Pray for the recovery of Chaim Yechiel ben Malka.



Canadian Professor Charged in Deadly Paris Synagogue Bombing

Monday, November 17th, 2014

A Canadian university professor was charged in Paris on Saturday in the deadly 1980 synagogue bombing in Paris that killed four and injured more than 40.

The arraignment of Hassan Diab came hours after he arrived in Paris after being extradited from Canada following a six-year fight to prevent it.

Canada’s Supreme Court last week declined to hear Diab’s appeal to reverse a lower court ruling that called for his extradition.

French authorities allege that Diab, a dual Lebanese and Canadian citizen, was a member of the Popular Front for the Liberation of Palestine and took part in the deadly bombing of the Rue Copernic synagogue.

Canada to Counsel Wannabe Jihadis

Wednesday, October 29th, 2014

Law enforcement officials in Canada are planning to pilot a program to prevent wannabe jihadis from leaving the country and heading to Syria, according to Reuters.

The de-radicalization program, called “Prevent,” is currently being tried out in Britain, and was started after the 2005 bombing attacks by four terrorists that left 52 dead and more wounded.

In Canada, officials plan to counsel would-be jihadists and help find them gainful employment as well.

The program is seen as particularly urgent in Ottawa, given last week’s terror attacks in which converts to radical Islam murdered two Canadian soldiers. Canadian authorities intend to pair the program with traditional counter-terrorism methods, and use the integrated result as a means of keeping track of potential killers and hopefully preventing attacks.

The Canadian program is tentatively set to be launched by the end of this calendar year.

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