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ISIS Threatens to Attack Palestinian Authority during Xmas Holiday

Friday, December 25th, 2015

The Palestinian Authority is under a threat of Islamic State (ISIS) terrorists planning to carry out terrorist attacks against during the Christmas holiday season, Israel radio (Voice of Israel) reported Friday.

PA security forces have arrested dozens of extremists.Massive PA forces have been deployed throughout Bethlehem, where Christmas Eve prayers and festivities passed without major incidents

ISIS-linked terrorists are plotting to murder tourists with rifles and bombs.

However, the ISIS threat against the Arab citizens and the Palestinian Authority regime exists through Judea and Samaria. Threats including those in the name of ISIS< have been posted on social media.

The Abbas regime is not Islamic, leaving it ripe for attacks by fundamentalists.

Tzvi Ben-Gedalyahu

In Bethlehem, ‘Silent Night’ Over Terrorist Murders of Israeli Civilians

Thursday, December 24th, 2015

City officials in ancient Bethlehem geared up Thursday to welcome Christians to the birth site of the founder of the faith – but hate was there way ahead of them.

Nearly every international journalist arriving in the Palestinian Authority-controlled biblical city for Christmas Eve has written newly twisted descriptions of the violence that has sent rivers of blood flowing in the streets of Israel and the roads of Judea and Samaria. One of the silliest is also as damaging as it is subtle, in that its writing style is held to a passive voice. And since the journalist works for a wire service, the article is flashed around the world to a readership of millions.

The Associated Press article penned by Daniella Cheslow was posted on the Yahoo! news website Thursday evening, and bore numerous references to Israelis killing Arabs, with the implication that the deaths were unwarranted, beginning with the headline, “Christians in Bethlehem mark Christmas amid violence.”

Example: “an outburst of Israeli-Palestinian violence dampened the typically festive mood” – as if Israelis deliberately went out hunting Arabs, rather than the other way around.

Example: “Before the celebrations began, Israeli authorities said three Palestinians involved in attacks against Israelis were killed in violence across the West Bank. Another Palestinian was killed in clashes with Israeli troops, a Palestinian hospital official said.” The aforementioned “Palestinians” were not just “involved” parties in those killings; three were the actual murderers and a fourth was directly attacking; all were killed in self-defense. The spurious passivity in which the paragraph is written appears to be a deliberate attempt to mask the mindless hatred that has been whipped up among so many of the Arab youths by their leadership.

Example: “Bethlehem has been a focal point for clashes between Israeli troops and Palestinian protesters during the three month-long wave of violence that has gripped the region. While the annual festivities in the city’s Manger Square were set to go on, other celebrations in the city were cancelled or toned down because of the violence.”

Hardly. First of all, the so-called “Palestinian protesters” have been attackers, hurling rocks, boulders, and firebombs (Molotov cocktails) at Israeli soldiers guarding the entrance to Rachel’s Tomb, the gravesite of the biblical matriarch Rachel, which under the Oslo Accords is to remain accessible to Israelis and Jews regardless of who controls the territory.

But in terms of which area has been the focal point of terror, the holy city of Jerusalem claims that dubious honor due to the countless efforts by Arab agitators both in and out of the mosques to ignite riots in the city’s Arab neighborhoods.

As for celebrations ‘cancelled or toned down’ in Bethlehem because of violence: it is very convenient to lay the blame at Israel’s doorstep, but the excuse does not wash well, given the facts. If Arab residents of Bethlehem insist on rioting and attacking Israelis one cannot expect people to feel safe on the street. Tourists don’t want to come to a place that is scary, though a few hardy souls might come to prove their loyalty. One such British citizen went to Beit Sahour — but he quickly regretted that decision.

Still, blaming Israel is always the mainstream media’s first fallback position. Nice try. Better to look at reality: celebrations are indeed ‘cancelled or toned down’ because tourism is down, due to the violence. Tourists don’t like violence.

“We’re in Bethlehem celebrating Christmas … This is the birthplace of the king of peace so what we want is peace,” Rula Ma’ayah, Palestinian Authority Tourism Minister told the Associated Press on Thursday. Yes. “This is a ‘peaceful’ uprising,” Ma’ayah’s boss, PA leader Mahmoud Abbas said on November 16.

Actually, the Palestinian Authority government pays high monthly stipends to convicted terrorists incarcerated in Israeli prisons after they murder Israelis. The more victims wounded and murdered in an attack, the higher the salary. An entire department is devoted to the care and support of convicted Arab terrorists in the PA government, in fact. Don’t believe me? Check it out for yourself.

“Since mid-September, Palestinian attacks have killed 20 Israelis, while Israeli fire has killed 124 Palestinians, among them 85 said by Israel to be attackers. The rest were killed in clashes with Israeli forces,” wrote Cheslow.

Again, a very slick way of depersonalizing the murderous attacks on Israelis by Arab terrorists, by assigning the blame to “Palestinian attacks.” We won’t talk about the actual Arab killers who are dirtying their hands with the sharp knives that are cutting into the human flesh of their victims, mind you. Let’s not talk about that.

Well, it was actually Arabs from the Palestinian Authority who deliberately murdered those 20 Israelis. Frankly, had other Israelis not been as vigilant and as well-armed as they were, there could have been many, many more dead. Funny how Ms. Cheslow neglected to write about the hundreds of wounded.

According to the Israel Security Agency, in the past three months there have been more than 120 stabbings, 75 grenade and petrol bomb attacks, 46 shootings and 30 vehicular terror attacks, to be precise. Arab terrorists have murdered 21 people and wounded 272 others in the past three months.

While we’re on the subject, it is even more interesting that these statistics are rarely — if ever — mentioned on any site other than JewishPress.com or that of the State of Israel Ministry of Foreign Affairs. Isn’t it odd that so many mainstream news agencies who pride themselves on quality news coverage never manage to find both sides of the story when it comes to the Arab-Israeli conflict?

Hana Levi Julian

‘Bad Timing’ of Christmas Hurts Chanukah Sales

Saturday, November 28th, 2015

Observant Jews cringe every year that Chanukah and Christmas overlap, leading to sacrilegious combinations of customs, but the kosher industry is losing out when the two holidays are totally separate, such as this year

Chanukah beings next Sunday night, December 6, and ends eight days later, almost two weeks before the Christians holiday.

Industry experts say that Chanukah is the third most important holiday on the Jewish calendar, following Passover and the High Holy Days, according to Kosher Today.

It reported:

Some industry officials believe that the calendar is not in their favor and prefer a Chanukah date that is close to Christmas. Next year, for example the first day of Chanukah falls on Christmas eve, the reason many non-traditional kosher customers buy kosher as gifts for Jewish friends and co-workers.

Tzvi Ben-Gedalyahu

Egyptian President El-Sisi Appears at Coptic Mass

Wednesday, January 7th, 2015

For the first time ever, Coptic Christians in Egypt were able to greet the president of their country on the most important holiday of their faith.

President Abdel Fattah el-Sisi is the first Egyptian leader ever to attend Christmas mass at Cairo’s Abbasiya Cathedral, where he greeted Coptic Christians in a speech.

Sisi’s attendance at the religious service was preceded by a heavy security presence, especially due to prior attacks on Christian sites by radical Islamists.

The president congratulated Egypt’s Coptic community on the occasion of the holiday, and maintained that all Egyptians are as “one hand.”

Hana Levi Julian

Iran Celebrated Christmas by Hanging 7 People

Friday, January 2nd, 2015

Iran hanged seven people at dawn on Christmas and 12 others before and after the Christian holiday, according to the National Council of Resistance of Iran (NCRI), an Iranian opposition group.

Several days earlier, President Barack Obama praised Iran and said that it could be a “successful” member of the international community if it decides to relinquish some portions of its nuclear weapons program, according to the interview.

”They’ve got a chance to get right with the world,” Obama stated.

Jewish Press News Briefs

Indiana’s GOP Governor Tours Israel with Eyes on the White House

Friday, December 26th, 2014

Indiana Gov. Mike Pence is touring Israel this week in a business and pleasure trip that also is considered as a first step to tout credentials to be the Republican party presidential nominee in the 2016 elections.

He celebrated Christmas in Jerusalem with his family and toured Christian holy sites.

Last week, Ben Carson, a black Republican, avowed Christian and retired neuro-surgeon from Florida and also a touted candidate for the GOP nomination, visited Israel for the first time in his life

Pence, like Carson, often sounds like an evangelist and is deep in the conservative camp, but his being virtually unknown outside Indiana has left him in the bottom of the growing heap of possible candidates.

A non-profit Christian-based organization paid for the Pence family’s trip, which is also a three-day economic mission.

“Hoosiers have cherished our relationship with the people of Israel for generations,” Pence said in a statement. “As we look ahead, deepening our ties with the people, businesses and state of Israel remains a commitment that will empower us as partners.”

Indiana Secretary of Commerce Victor Smith called Israel a “global entrepreneurial hotspot” and stated, “Israelis are launching new businesses at a tremendous rate, and that’s triggering economic and job growth that’s primed to expand to the United States.”

His trip includes a meeting with Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu and leaders in high technology and life sciences.

Pence will meet with the Prime Minister and Minister of Economy Naftali Bennett on Monday and will fulfill the requirement of foreign dignitaries by visiting the Yad Vashem Holocaust Memorial.

It is only a matter of time before likely GOP candidates Rick Perry and Ted Cruz visit Israel to enhance their CVs for being policy experts, more so than several Israeli Knesset Members.

Tzvi Ben-Gedalyahu

Hebrew University to Close for Christmas

Wednesday, December 24th, 2014

Hebrew University will give its students the day off on Christmas for the first time ever.

There will be no classes on Thursday, Dec. 25, a new vacation day on the university calendar. The students also had off on Sunday for Hanukkah.

The university also has declared a vacation day for and placed on its institutional calendar the Muslim holiday of Id al-Adha, or Feast of the Sacrifice, which will next take place on Sept. 9, 2015.

“This in order to accommodate students of all religions studying at the university and to respect their holidays,” Dov Smith, the university spokesman, said in a statement.

The majority of the university’s students and staff are Jewish and Muslim.

JTA

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