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May 4, 2016 / 26 Nisan, 5776

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Likud MK Demanding Expulsion of BDS Founder

Saturday, February 27th, 2016

In advance of a pro-BDS conference that was held on Friday in Nazareth, MK Nava Boker (Likud) called on the Interior Minister to revoke the permanent residence of Omar Barghouti, the founding member of the BDS movement who was the keynote speaker at the conference.

According to author and journalist Naomi Ragen, Barghouti is not “Palestinian”, having been born in Qatar and grown up in Egypt. He says he’s “Palestinian” because of his parents who supposedly fled their village in Judea and Samaria and today live in Jordan. He arrived in “Palestine” for the first time in 1993, with a degree in Electrical Engineering from Columbia University, and his Israeli-Arab wife. He claims to be a Ph.D candidate in philosophy (ethics, actually) at Tel Aviv University. Yes, the occupation is hell.

Despite the fact that Israeli academia has accepted him with open arms, Barghouti became a leading proponent of an academic boycott against Israel, as he told a conference at London University entitled Resisting Israeli Apartheid: “The most urgent type of support the international community can provide to the Palestinian academy is to adopt various forms of boycott against Israel’s academic institutions. … Those who imagine they can wish away the conflict by suggesting some forums for rapprochement, détente, or ‘dialogue’ — which they hope can lead to authentic processes of reconciliation and eventually peace — are either clinically delusional or dangerously deceptive.”

After Barghouti published an opinion piece supporting the Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions movement in the New York Daily News in 2013, the newspaper responded with an editorial saying that Barghouti is “skilled as a propagandist” and “piles falsehood upon falsehood to present Israel as relentlessly oppressing the Palestinians in violation of human decency, and to hold Israel exclusively responsible for the ills afflicting them.” The Daily News suggested that Barghouti wants a “secular, democratic state built on an influx of Arabs who come to dominate the population and vote an end to Israel as a Jewish nation. That, ultimately, is the nefarious truth behind his libels.”

Barghouti has an Israeli residency, by virtue of being married to an Israeli. MK Boker has urged Interior Minister Aryeh Deri, based on Barghouti’s relentless anti-Israeli activity, to “use your authority according to the Entry into Israel Law to revoke the permanent residence of Mr. Barghouti.”

Alon Schwarzer, CEO of the rightwing Im Tirtzu movement, also joined the demand, saying, “While the planted Israeli organizations are providing him with the raw material, Dr. Barghouti is the conceptual and executive arm of the crusade to destroy the State of Israel and to boycott it. The State of Israel must behave like a sovereign state, as do all the Western democracies, and not allow someone seeking its destruction to enter its territory and preach against it here as well.”

The Interior Minister’s office issued a statement saying the Minister “will consult with his professional staff and Consider the allegations seriously.”

JNi.Media

Egyptian Ambassador Returns To Israel After Three Year Withdrawal

Thursday, February 25th, 2016

By Alexander J. Apfel/TPS

President Reuven Rivlin received the credentials of the new Egyptian ambassador, Mr. Hazem Ahdy Khairat, on Wednesday, February 25.

The occasion marks a significant thaw in three years of icy diplomatic relations between Israel and Egypt. Relations became strained in November, 2012 when former Egyptian President Mohammed Morsi recalled the previous ambassador, Atef Mohammed Salem, in protest over Israel’s incursion into Gaza in Operation Pillar of Defense.

Khairat, accompanied by his wife and the Egyptian consul general, submitted his credentials to the Israeli president during an official ceremony held at the President’s Residence on Wednesday morning.

“I receive ambassadors here at the President’s Residence from across the world. But this is a special and extremely important occasion to welcome an ambassador from our close and important neighbors,” Rivlin told Khairat.

Rivlin also expressed his desire to convey a message of friendship to Egyptian President Abdel Fattah el-Sisi and to all the citizens of Egypt and described the peace agreement between the two countries as a shared priority.

“Egypt is the ‘Um el-Dunya’ – the mother of the world. Egypt plays an extremely significant role in our region in particular. We live in an extremely complex region. We have found a way to live with Egypt in peace and friendship. This is our message to the region and to the entire world,” Rivlin continued.

While acknowledging that the countries do not always agree on every issue, Rivlin emphasized the mutual respect with which the two countries “can build a future together.”

Ambassador Khairat informed the president of his desire to take responsibility for the improvement of the region while not explicitly mentioning Israel or its citizens. “It is our desire to take responsibility and use it for the good of the residents in the region and to ensure that we flourish and provide justice, hope, and equality.”

Rivlin concluded by wishing the new ambassador success in his new post: “I sincerely hope that you and your family will feel at home here.”

Israel and Egypt signed a peace agreement in 1979 and have since averted military conflicts. Nevertheless, former President Morsi’s decision to recall the ambassador was not without precedent. Morsi’s predecessor, President Hosni Mubarak, also had recalled the Egyptian ambassador to Israel on four separate occasions.

The ceremony also included the inauguration of new ambassadors from Japan, Malta, and Bosnia and Herzegovina.

TPS / Tazpit News Agency

New Gaza Terror Tunnel to Sinai Discovered by Egypt

Saturday, February 13th, 2016

A smuggler tunnel under construction was discovered this weekend by Egyptian security personnel snaking under the Gaza border into the Sinai Peninsula.

The tunnel interior was 1.20 meters in height. It was located 35 meters from Sinai to Gaza, according to Egyptian sources.

It was already fitted with cables for electricity, lighting and telecommunications. Weapons and ammunition were found inside the tunnel as well.

Hana Levi Julian

Hamas Terror Tunnels Collapsing Under Heavy Rain in Gaza

Sunday, January 24th, 2016

As Jews around the world continue to beseech the One Above to continue the nurturing rains of winter in the Land of Israel, Mohammed Ashour al-Naj’ar, has found his rest after many hard hours living as a tunnel digger in Gaza.

The Izz a-Din al-Qassam military wing of Hamas announced Saturday al-Naj’ar, 31, was buried alive in a tunnel collapse due to weather conditions.

The Khan Younis resident added his body to those of numerous other victims who chose to uselessly sacrifice their lives to the terrorist organization.

The soft sands of Gaza are easy for diggers to tunnel through, but that same softness becomes a death trap when the moisture seeps in from the heavy rains of winter. It is then that the weight of the mud above transforms their work environment into a grave.

But no matter.

Regardless, Hamas forces the diggers to continue their work in both directions: creating a network of terrorist tunnels to snake under the borders to infiltrate Egypt as well as Israel.

In both cases it is clear when the tunnels are exposed by the IDF and Egyptian security teams that Hamas has stolen for its military the concrete that was to be used to rebuild Gaza infrastructure and homes for residents.

Instead, that and similar donated supplies are used to reconstruct its military infrastructure so Hamas can launch a new war against Israel. This time, Hamas may also be offering concrete support via the tunnels for Da’esh (ISIS) terrorists in the Sinai Peninsula bordering Gaza as well.

The concrete is being used primarily to shore up the tunnels that are more vulnerable to collapse due to bad weather, according to the Hebrew-language NRG website, particularly those closest to Egypt; because that is where the infrastructure is less secure.

Egyptian security personnel have dug a wide moat along that country’s border with Gaza, and filled the canal with water to create a commercial fish farm.

The wide swathe of water along the border effectively sealed off any penetration of that section of Egypt’s border, with or without tunnels. In addition, Egyptian security personnel routinely flood terrorist tunnels that are found to be infiltrating beneath its border with Gaza.

Hana Levi Julian

2 ISIS Terrorists Killed by Egyptian Security in Sinai

Sunday, December 27th, 2015

The Egyptian military eliminated two “terrorist elements” and wounded a third operative linked to Da’esh (ISIS) in the Sinai Peninsula, Associated Press reported Sunday.

Security forces chased two of the terrorists on a motorcycle, according to a statement posted on the official Facebook page of the Egyptian military spokesperson. One was killed and the other injured in the provincial capital of El Arish, the Lebanon Daily Star reported.

A third terrorist was killed in a separate shootout with Egyptian military forces near Mount Halal, according to the Daily Star.

ISIS established a presence in Sinai a couple of years ago when the Ansar Beyt al Maqdis terrorist group, formerly linked to Al Qaeda, pledged its loyalty to Da’esh.

The group subsequently changed its name to Sinai Province when its membership in Da’esh was accepted and formalized.

Egypt and Israel have been cooperating on security operations in dealing with the terrorist threat along the Egyptian-Israeli border.

ISIS terrorists have been recruiting from among Palestinian Authority Arabs in Gaza, whose ruling Hamas terror group has been providing tactical and other support to the group in Sinai.

Operatives from related terrorist groups in Gaza have been sporadically firing rocket and mortar attacks at southern Israel over the past year, although it is not clear whether or not they are under the control of ISIS-linked Sinai Province.

Hana Levi Julian

Open Those Gates

Tuesday, December 22nd, 2015

Arabs in Gaza protested at the Rafah crossing today, demanding that Egypt open the gates and let them out.

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Egypt Claims Terror not Involved in Explosion of Russian Jet over Sinai

Monday, December 14th, 2015

Egypt has determined that a bomb did not cause the explosion on the Russian Metrojet that exploded on October 31 shortly after taking off from the airport at Sharm el-Sheikh.

The investigators’ conclusions totally contradict Russia’s and may be a handy way of escaping accusations that Egyptian security was lapse or, even worse, that security workers cooperated with terrorists to bring down the plane.

The announcement also may help the tourist industry, seriously damaged since the jet blew up.

Egypt’s announcement Monday that it “found no evidence so far of terrorism or other illegal action linked to the crash that killed all 224 people onboard on October 31” doesn’t make sense considering a statement by investigators last month.

They announced that after having recovering the black box from the plane, they were “90 per cent” sure they heard the sound of a bomb before the crash.

Tzvi Ben-Gedalyahu

Printed from: http://www.jewishpress.com/news/breaking-news/egypt-claims-terror-not-involved-in-explosion-of-russian-jet-over-sinai/2015/12/14/

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