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Swedish FM Margot Wallström in Rental Corruption Scandal

Saturday, January 16th, 2016

Couldn’t have happened to a nicer gal. Swedish Foreign Minister Margot Wallström, who’s been accusing Israel of dealing disproportionately with Arab terrorists, and went as far as to accuse Israel of “extrajudicial executions” of said terrorists, might be otherwise engaged for awhile, on account of her Stockholm apartment which, according to Aftonbladet, she received as a nice gesture from Sweden’s biggest trade union, Kommunal, which in her case overlooked the waiting list of a few years everyone else had to obey. Well, not everyone, according to the daily newspaper, there were several key left-wing politicians who enjoyed the same VIP treatment.

Wallstrom claimed she had no idea about the special treatment, saying that when she had taken the apartment she insisted on receiving “confirmation from the highest level that they followed all the rules and procedures in assigning apartments, and that I was not going to jump ahead of anyone on the waiting list.”

She is very moral that way. In fact, she opted to push the union leadership under the bus, very much in Arab terrorist fashion, saying, “They lied to me,” and “I am angry and disappointed with Kommunal.”

A spokesman for Wallström told TT she had been offered the apartment last spring during an informal discussion with the head of Kommunal. But a spokesman for the opposition Moderaterna party said The Minsiter’s finger-pointing did not strike him as being very believable and that “she should shed light on her own actions,” since “she is part of the government and should not create a relationship of dependency with a trade union.”

Expressen, which has been critical of Wallström’s attacks on Israel, said she was a hypocrite, “pretending to be a woman of the people while skipping above the people on the housing waiting list.”

JNi.Media

Arye Deri Returns as Interior Minister

Sunday, January 10th, 2016

Twenty-two years after he was forced to resign in disgrace from the position, Shas chairman Arye Deri was approved Sunday by the government as Israel’s new Interior Minister.

Two decades ago, the Shas minister – who recently served as Minister of Economy – was forced to resign from the Interior Ministry after an indictment on charges of corruption.

Deri was later convicted and sentenced to a four-year prison term on charges of bribery.

The former Economy Minister replaces former Interior Minister Silvan Shalom, who recently resigned.

Shalom left his position in the wake of accusations of sexual harassment by a number of former employees.

Hana Levi Julian

Report: Abbas Controlling Multi Billion Dollar Fund that Hasn’t Had a CEO in 15 Years

Sunday, October 18th, 2015

(JNi.media) The Palestinian National Fund has existed since the 1960s, but its leaders keep its operations out of the limelight. It manages billions of dollars, has not appointed an active CEO for 15 years to allow the PA Chairman to retain control over it. Part of the money is funneled to PA officials and funds anti-Israel activities, including organizing rallies in support of the boycott against Israel, Calcalist reported Sunday.

Israelis tend to view Palestinian Authority Chairman Mahmoud Abbas (Abu Mazen) as a gray and weak leader who lost his control and influence on the Palestinian street, and therefore may no longer be relevant. That may be true, but at least one area in the Palestinian arena the veteran, 80-year-old leader continues to hold tremendous power — he effectively controls the billions of dollars of the Palestinian National Fund, the most important economic institution in the PA, whose activity is conducted mainly in the dark and which has been linked in recent years to a near-complete lack of transparency and widespread corruption. Abbas decides where Palestinian money is directed in the domestic arena, be it for the benefit of the PA resident or to other, more clandestine activities.

Pursuant to the PLO rules, the Palestinian National Fund should be managed by a special council, and its chairman should be a member of the PLO executive committee. In practice, over the past 15 years the fund has been run without Chairman, in violation of PLO rules. A decade ago, then PLO chairman Abbas appointed Ramzi Khouri, head of the office of Yasser Arafat, as CEO. With Arafat gone, Khouri has been a sworn Abbas loyalist. This means that in practice Abbas controls the fund money, and the flow of its funding for anti-Israel propaganda and activities is being carried out with his knowledge and approval.

The Palestinian National Fund is currently funded by donations received from states, organizations, and individuals, as well as from returns on investments in economic projects (companies, real estate, etc.) all over the world, especially in Arab countries. Its exact scope is unknown, but it is estimated at tens of billions of dollars. One of the activities the fund finances is the war of the PLO and the Palestinian Authority against Israel’s international legitimacy.

Although the size of the annual budget for this cause is not known, it appears to be a fairly high on the fund’s list of priorities. Last August, when Chairman of the PLO Foreign Affairs Department Tayseer Khaled received the freed prisoner Khader Adnan in his office in Ramallah. Khaled announced that the priority of his department is “to expand the international boycott against the ‘state of occupation,’ to prosecute Israeli war criminals in the international court and to preventing the Judaization of Jerusalem.” Visitors to the website of the PLO Department of Foreign Affairs can see these priorities plainly, with regular reports from all over the globe on boycott initiatives against Israel and other material portraying Israel in a negative light. Last week the PLO called on Palestinian communities abroad to organize rallies to support for the Palestinian people in Jerusalem.

But the same fund is being used by Abbas to reign in insubordinate PLO members. Last year it was reported that due to disagreements between Abbas and the PLO Executive Committee Secretary-General Yasser Abed Rabbo, the PA Chairman decided to take revenge on the latter and revoked his powers associated with the National Trust funds. Sources close to Abbas explained the move by the authority in the fact that supervising the fund is not the responsibility of the PLO secretary general.

Another example: last year, it was reported that Abbas had ordered stopping allocations to the Popular Front—a PLO member—from the budgets of the National Trust. He did so in response to criticism from this group over security cooperation with Israel in Judea and Samaria.

JNi.Media

FIFA President Sepp Blatter Re-Elected Despite Corruption Scandals, Arrests

Friday, May 29th, 2015

FIFA President Sepp Blatter, 79, was re-elected Friday to a fifth term as head of the international soccer federation that controls the annual World Cup, even as controversy swirled around him and FIFA.

Support for Blatter came from a wide majority in the 209-member organization despite the arrest of seven top federation officials in Switzerland on Wednesday on charges of racketeering and corruption. The U.S. Justice Department indicted a total of 14 executives and marketing officials from the world body.

“I’m not perfect. Nobody is perfect. But we will do a good job together,” Blatter told members in his victory speech following the vote. “I take the responsibility to bring FIFA where it should be… At the end of my term [this time] I will give up FIFA in a strong position,” he said.

Calls for him to resign were issued by a number of world leaders, including UK Prime Minister David Cameron.

While the organization’s top echelon struggled with the allegations, Israel fought off a sportsfare attempt by the Palestinian delegation to expel its members from the world body. At the very last moment before a scheduled vote on the issue, Palestinian soccer league head and convicted terrorist Jibril Rajoub instead submitted an amendment cancelling the proposal.

 

Hana Levi Julian

Netanyahu Warns FIFA: Palestinian Threats Will Destroy International Sport

Thursday, May 28th, 2015

Palestinian Authority government heads are continuing to use the international arena as their new battleground against Israel.

But Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu warned Thursday that if the membership of the Fédération Internationale de Football Association (FIFA) caves to PA pressure, such a vote will also eventually kill FIFA.

“The effort to hurt Israel will destroy FIFA because if they start with one country they will move on to another and it will collapse the organization. The effort to suspend Israel is severe and we will resist it unequivocally.

“I told [FIFA president Sepp] Blatter that if he allows the suspension of Israel he will have allowed for the destruction of FIFA.”

Even as new allegations appear against the organization and its president, Palestinian soccer chief Jibril Rajoub is refusing to withdraw a PA proposal to ban Israel from the sports organization. A two-thirds majority vote at the 209-member organization would succeed in expelling Israel from the international sports body.

“Nothing has changed, the vote is still on the agenda,” Rajoub told the AFP news agency after a meeting with Blatter on Wednesday.

The Palestinian soccer league president is no stranger to any form of terror – be it warfare, lawfare or sportsfare – having served his first prison term in Israel at age 15. Two years, in September 1970, later he was arrested again, this time for hurling a grenade at an IDF bus near Hebron. Upon being convicted on charges of terror and membership in an armed terror organization, Rajoub was sentenced to life in prison. He was subsequently released in 1985 as part of a prisoner swap to free three Israeli hostages held by the PFLP terror organization. He was arrested again, numerous times, after returning to his life of violent crime, working with the Fatah terror organization.

After deportation to Lebanon and relocation to Tunisia, Rajoub eventually became a close adviser to PLO terror chief Yasser Arafat. He was also involved in a plot to assassinate former Israeli Prime Minister Ariel Sharon. Following the signing of the Oslo Accords, Rajoub returned to Judea and Samaria, where he served as head of the PA security force.

In June 2012, as head of the Palestinian Olympic Committee, Rajoub called a request for a minute of silence to remember the 11 Israeli athletes murdered at the 1972 Munich Olympics by Palestinian terrorists, “racist.”

In May 2013, Rajoub told the Lebanese Al Mayadeen television network, “We, the Palestinians are enemies of Israel…. Until now we have not had nuclear weapons, but in the name of Allah, if we had nuclear weapons, we’d be using them.”

Rajoub has conditioned withdrawal of the proposal to expel Israel from FIFA on a ruling by the United Nations to determine the status of five Israeli soccer teams based in Judea and Samaria. The teams are from the Jewish communities of Ma’aleh Adumim, Ariel, Kiryat Arba, Beka’at HaYarden and Givat Ze’ev.

Teams not located within Israeli territory require Palestinian authorization to participate in the Israeli leagues under FIFA regulations.

Because the United Nations does not recognize Israel’s annexation of post-1967 parts of the country – including numerous Jerusalem neighborhoods, the Golan Heights, Judea and Samaria as well as Gaza, the decision would de facto force Israel’s league to expel the five teams, or force the soccer federation to expel Israel’s league.

On Wednesday, a counter proposal was allegedly offered to the Palestinians by the Jewish State, according to one delegate. The FIFA vote on the Palestinian proposal is slated to take place Friday in Switzerland.

The Palestinian contingent has been complaining because some of its members are stopped at security checkpoints when leaving for international events. Some are prevented from leaving entirely and a few are arrested, in fact.

Hana Levi Julian

Mass Arrests of FIFA Officials Omit PA Terrorist Rajoub

Wednesday, May 27th, 2015

A lawfare organization has called on FIFA to expel Palestinian Authority soccer director Jabril Rajoub from the soccer organization because of incitement for terror. He doubles as Deputy Secretary of the Central Committee of Fatah, whose Al-Aqsa Martyrs’ Brigades terrorists have murdered hundreds of Israelis, including the 11 Olympic athletes executed at the Munich Games in 1972.

Expelling Rajoub from FIFA would be just desserts in response to his campaign to expel Israel from the soccer organization because of the “occupation.”

He plans to urge the annual FIFA Congress meeting in Switzerland this week to pass a resolution to suspend Israel, but he was kicked with a big surprise early late Tuesday night that might distract the membership.

Hours after the call by Shurat HaDin (Israel Law Center) president Nitsana Darshan-Leitner to expel him, Swiss authorities began a roundup of FIFA officials to be extradited to the United States

Law enforcement agents in Switzerland swooped down on FIFA’a annual meeting at a luxury hotel Tuesday and arrested FIFA officials on U.S. charges of money laundering, racketeering and fraud.

FIFA director Sepp Blatter is not among those to be indicted. The gathering in Switzerland is expected to elect him Friday to a fifth term to head one of the richest and most powerful sports organizations in the world.

It apparently is also one of the most corrupt, which brings to mind the Palestinian Authority and Rajoub, a convicted terrorist who used his skills to head Yasser Arafat’s security forces. He has retained his penchant for terror by repeatedly inciting others to attack Israelis.

Last year, he expressed his wish for a nuclear weapon so he could drop it on Israel.

Darshan-Leitner wrote:

To say that such violent, hateful, discriminatory conduct is beneath the high ideals of FIFA for peace, sportsmanship and collegiality is to massively understate the obvious.

Rajoub, personally, and in combination with others on the Central Committee of Fatah, actively supports and renders aid to AAMB [Al-Aqsa Martyrs Brigade] and engages in public conduct designed to foster discrimination and terrorist violence against Jews and Israelis, in violation of the FIFA principles and of the FIFA disciplinary code.

Rajoub has no place in FIFA because he has cynically and brazenly flouted FIFA’s standards for conduct in Article 3 of the FIFA Statutes.

The FIFA regulations allow expulsion and a fine up to $20,000 for inciting hatred and violence through the media.

She noted that Rajoub has stated:

Fatah has decided that our relations with the Israelis are relations between enemies…am I stopping you from slaughtering a settlement? No one is stopping anyone.

And:

Until now we have not had nuclear weapons. but in the name of Allah, if we had nuclear weapons, we’d be using them.”

By all rights, Rajoub should be in prison, where in 1970 he was sentenced to spend the rest of his life for a terrorist attack on the IDF near Hebron.

Thank to the generosity of Israeli prison officials, Rajoub used his time in jail to study up on Zionism, polish up his Hebrew and lead hunger strikes and protests until he was freed in 1985 along with more than 1,100 other terrorists in exchange for three Israeli hostages held by the Popular Front for the Liberation of Palestine.

Israel arrested him again for returning to terror, but, of course, released him again, arrested him again for more terror, and freed Rajoub again.

He now hides safely behind his position as head of the Palestinian Authority Soccer affiliate of FIFA, the organization that has several officials under arrest for fraud, but not for inciting terror.

Tzvi Ben-Gedalyahu

Abbas’ Son Loses $10 Million Libel Suit in US Court

Sunday, April 26th, 2015

The U.S. Court of Appeals for the D.C. Circuit threw out a $10 million libel suit by one of the sons of Palestinian Authority chairman Mahmoud Abbas Friday, the same day the U.S. Court of Appeals in New York upheld a lower court’s dismissal of a suit demanding compensation from settlers for “terrorist stacks.”

The suit in New York charged several right-wing Israeli charities with funding settlers in violation of anti-terrorism laws. “American federal judges recognize the difference between the financing of murder and violence… and legitimate bona fide financial support of the daily needs of peaceful Israeli settlements over the Green Line,” said attorney Nathan Lewin, who represented the charities.

The libel suit that was rejected in Washington may go to the Supreme Court, said a lawyer for Tarek Abbas, one of the PA chairman’s sons.

He sued Foreign Policy magazine and Foundation for the Defense of Democracies researcher Jonathan Schanzer, who in 2012 wrote an article for the magazine, whose subhead line read:

Are the sons of the Palestinian president growing rich off their father’s system?

A three-judge panel unanimously agreed that defining defamation to include raising a question would “dramatically chill” public debate.

The judges wrote:

Just imagine the severe infringement on free speech that would ensue in the alternative universe envisioned by Abbas. Is the Mayor a thief? Is the quarterback a cheater? Did the Governor accept bribes? Did the CEO pay her taxes? Did the baseball star take steroids? Questions like that appear all the time in news reports and on blogs, in tweets and on cable shows. And all such questions could be actionable under Abbas’ novel defamation theory.”

Admitting that journalists often unfairly raise questions to imply a negative conclusion, the judges stated, “There is no good or predictable way to neatly divide (i) the questions that are routinely posed in America’s robust public forums from (ii) the kinds of questions that would be actionable as defamation by implication under Abbas’s theory.”

Abba’s lawyer Louis Adolfson told Politico. “We are considering our options,” meaning a possible appeal to the Supreme Court.

Schanzer wrote in his article for Foreign Policy, “The conspicuous wealth of Abbas’s own sons, Yasser and Tarek, has become a source of quiet controversy in Palestinian society since at least 2009, when Reuters first published a series of articles tying the sons to several business deals, including a few that had U.S. taxpayer support.

“Yasser, the elder son,…owns Falcon Tobacco, which reportedly enjoys a monopoly on the sale of U.S.-made cigarettes in the Palestinian territories. According to the Toronto Star, Yasser also chairs Falcon Holding Group, a Palestinian corporate conglomerate that owns Falcon Electrical Mechanical Contracting Company, an engineering interest that was established in 2000 and boasts offices in Gaza, Jordan, Qatar, the United Arab Emirates, and the West Bank.

“This business success has come with a helping hand from Uncle Sam: According to a Reuters report, Abbas’s company received $1.89 million from USAID in 2005 to build a sewage system in the West Bank town of Hebron.

Yasser Abbas also manages a company that engages in public works projects for his father’s regime and which was awarded $300,000 in USAid funds between 2005 and 2008.

His younger brother Tarek’s advertising firm received $1 million in USAID funds “to bolster public opinion of the United States in the Palestinian territories.”

And what do Palestinian Authority Arabs think about the sons of their leader, who now is serving something like the 10th year of his elected four-year term of office?

Schanzer wrote:

On a research trip to Ramallah last year, several Palestinians told me that the Abbas family dynasty is common knowledge. However, discussion of the issue rarely rises above a whisper — thanks to growing fear of retribution by PA security officers, who have apprehended journalists and citizens for openly challenging President Abbas’s authority.

Tarek could have been $10 million richer, but the U.S. Appeals Court in Washington ruined his plans.

Tzvi Ben-Gedalyahu

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