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Hundreds Rally Against Anti-Israel Paris ‘Peace’ Conference

Sunday, January 15th, 2017

Hundreds of pro-Israel demonstrators rallied near the Paris “Middle east Peace” conference on Sunday. The rally was organized by NGOs Lev HaOlam and Pillar of Fire and attracted protesters from across Europe: France, Belgium, the Netherlands and Germany, who raised Israeli flags and signs supporting Israel.

Hundreds rally against anti-Israel Paris 'peace' conference

Hundreds rally against anti-Israel Paris ‘peace’ conference

Lev HaOlam Dutch activist Carolina said: “We came down here to stand at Israel’s right and against the self-righteousness of the seventy countries who follow the farewell gift from Obama and John Kerry. The atmosphere here is wonderful, a lot of people, a thrilling sight! Am Israel Hai!”

Lev HaOlam founder Attorney Nati Rum said, “It’s heart-warming to see more and more people getting up and acting against these anti-Semitic decisions and the voices wishing to harm Israel.”

David Israel

France Funds NGOs Linked to Anti-Israel Boycotts, With Alleged Ties to Terror Groups

Tuesday, January 10th, 2017

As France prepares to host an international peace conference, a research brief published today by NGO Monitor documents French government support of non-governmental organizations (NGOs) that support discriminatory BDS (boycott, divestment, and sanctions) campaigns against Israel and with alleged ties to terror groups.

The French government funds numerous French, Israeli, and Palestinian organizations that support and promote BDS campaigns against Israel, despite the fact that such boycotts are illegal under French law. One such grantee is The Platform of French NGOs for Palestine (The Platform).

In a severe example of abuse of taxpayer money, The Platform received 40% of its budget from the French government for a project explicitly geared towards influencing elected officials, media, and public opinion regarding the Israeli-Arab conflict. The Platform supports boycott campaigns targeting Israel and partners with organizations instrumental in BDS efforts.

Other organizations funded by the French government that advocate for a boycott of Israel, again despite such boycotts being illegal under French law, include: Association France Palestine Solidarite (AFPS), La Cimade, Palestinian Agricultural Relief Committees (PARC), Maan Development Center, Culture and Free Thought Association, and the Palestinian Hydrology Group.

Additionally, France directly and indirectly funds several other NGOs with alleged ties to the Popular Front for the Liberation of Palestine (PFLP) terror group, including the Alternative Information Center (AIC), Union of Agricultural Work Committees (UAWC), and Al-Haq.

UAWC, which received direct funding from the French Government from 2012-2014, was founded in 1968 by members of the PFLP and is an official PFLP “affiliate.” According to Prof. Gerald Steinberg, President of NGO Monitor, “At a time when France is set to host a summit dedicated to peace, this type of financial support casts significant doubts on its ability to serve as an impartial host.

“The clear affiliations between these NGOs and terrorist organizations like the PFLP require immediate attention and concrete measures on the part of the French government. Any continued funding raises serious questions about due diligence and evaluation on the part of the French government, as well as compliance with both international law and its own domestic law.”

Hana Levi Julian

Pres. Rivlin to France: Without Negotiations, No ‘Solution’ Can Be Reached

Tuesday, January 3rd, 2017

President Reuven Rivlin met Tuesday morning with Gerard Larcher, the President of the French Senate, who is visiting Israel this week.

President Rivlin told the French official that Israel appreciates French concern over the conflict between Israel and the Palestinian Authority, but said, “There are no shortcuts in the Middle East.”

The Israeli president said the solution to the conflict requires building trust and direct negotiations between the two sides.

“Without trust,” he said, “no solution will work. Without negotiations, no solution can be reached.”

President Rivlin also told Monsieur Larcher that the recent UN Security Council resolution 2334 condemning Jewish communities in post 67 territories was not helpful in building trust. Instead, he said, that vote had pushed the two sides further away from peace.

Hana Levi Julian

President Rivlin Gets Annual Strategic Survey for Israel, Warns: We Don’t Yet Know Middle East Policies of President-elect Trump

Monday, January 2nd, 2017

Israel does not yet know what President-elect Donald Trump has in store, policy-wise, for the Middle East, President Reuven Rivlin warned Monday, and added that the political agenda this year in Europe has raised the level of uncertainty and the need for “readiness” even further in the Jewish State.

The president made the remarks upon receiving the “2016-17 Strategic Survey for Israel” produced by the Institute for National Security Studies (INSS) at his official residence in Jerusalem.

“The ‘Strategic Survey’ always considers elements of uncertainty,” he said. “However, this year more than ever uncertainty is especially high.” He noted that elections are being held in France, Germany annd elsewhere. “Uncertainty is always a recipe for risk, and also for opportunities and we need know how to deal with it – and utilize it – wherever possible.”

Nevertheless, he said, there are also things that do not change. One of those he pointed to is the conflict between Israel and the Palestinian Authority.

“We must begin to think practically, to allow us to build the conditions for future agreements with the Palestinians. There is no other choice, we must begin to think ahead, how we can get out of the political stalemate. Included in this Strategic Survey are a number of articles and ideas, which open horizons to real practical thinking on building the conditions for future agreements with the Palestinians.”

The INSS ‘Strategic Survey’ is open to the public, enabling every Israeli to understand individually the significant security and political challenges currently faced by the State. The document also provides recommendations on “the ways to deal with” those challenges.

“The conclusion is that Israel must preserve its independence in order to safeguard its essential interests,” the president commented. “Yet in the same breath, you make clear that specifically for the sake of this security and independence, Israel must have cooperation with as many countries as possible in our region and around the world. You highlight that sovereignty and security will never be assured only with high walls and military might. Today more than ever, this is a message of unparalleled importance.”

Hana Levi Julian

Liberman: Paris Summit Will Be Modern-Day ‘Dreyfus Affair’

Monday, December 26th, 2016

by Andrew Friedman

Defense Minister Avigdor Liberman said Monday that an Israel-Palestinian peace summit, set to convene on January 15 without the participation of either Israeli or Palestinian Authority representatives, will be little more than a “modern day Dreyfus affair” to conjure up false charges against the entire Jewish people. He added that the current diplomatic offensive against Israel has nothing to do with Israel’s domestic behavior.

“The timing of this farce – 15 January, just four days before President Oabama leaves office, and not to mention the 23rd of April, when it is clear the French government will be voted out of office – makes it absolutely clear that this is not a peace conference. It is a tribunal against Israel meant only to damage Israel’s security and to sully Israel’s good name,” Liberman said.

Speaking to reporters before the weekly meeting of the Yisrael Beteinu Knesset faction, the defense minister said Israel must prepare for the summit by clearly articulating its positions and its relationship to the gathering, and to any declarations that come out of it. He added that the foreign policy establishment in Jerusalem is now focused on looking to the future and coordinating policy and expectations with the incoming Trump administration, particularly on four major policy issues: Iran, the Palestinian Authority, Jewish communities in Judea and Samaria, and Syria.

Liberman also used the statement for a blistering attack on the French government, and called on French Jews to move to Israel.

“I think that this is transparent, that everybody understands the logic behind holding this conference at this time. People say that I’m exaggerating, but look at all of France’s votes over the past year, in every UN forum imaginable – UNESCO, the Security Council, the General Assembly. Once you consider all that, everything falls into place and the point of all this becomes clear.

“I don’t want to get into a long history Jews in France, but the past few years – from the attack on the Jewish school in Toulouse to Hyper Cacher, to all the anti-Semitism of recent times. Maybe this is the right time to tell French Jews that France is simply not your country. Get out! Come to Israel. If you want to stay Jewish, if you want to protect your children and grandchildren, get out of France and come to Israel,” he said.

TPS / Tazpit News Agency

Traces of Explosives Found on Bodies From Egypt Air Crash

Friday, December 16th, 2016

Traces of explosives have been found on some of the bodies of the passengers who were killed last May in the EgyptAir plane crash in the Mediterranean Sea.

Flight MS804 dropped from the radar while carrying 66 travelers and crew members on a route from Paris to Cairo.

There were no survivors in the crash, and there has been no claim of responsibility from any terrorist group.

Findings from the recording in the plane’s black box confirmed there was a fire on board the aircraft before the crash, but investigators could not discern whether there was a technical, or intentional – more ominous – cause to the flames.

Following the evidence of the explosive material discovered on the bodies, a criminal investigation is now being launched by Egypt’s public prosecutor, according to the country’s Civil Aviation officials.

Hana Levi Julian

Confirmed: US Airstrike Kills ISIS Terrorist Behind Charlie Hebdo, Hyper Cacher Massacres

Saturday, December 10th, 2016

US military officials confirmed Friday (Dec. 9) that Boubaker el-Hakim, the Da’esh (ISIS) terrorist leader behind the January 2015 Charlie Hebdo and Hyper Cacher terror attacks in Paris, was killed last month.

El-Hakim, a 33-year-old French Tunisian, was confirmed dead in an air strike on Raqqa, according to military officials who spoke to Associated Press on condition of anonymity.

The terrorist is believed to have been a leader in disseminating Islamic State terrorist propaganda abroad.

El-Hakim also helped plan the attack on the Paris offices of the satiric magazine, which was coordinated with an attack on the kosher grocery a few hours before the start of the Sabbath that same week. He played mentor to the two brothers who carried out the massacres together with a third terrorist who took hostages at the kosher grocery before murdering his victims.

A total of 17 people were killed that week in Paris in the attacks.

El Hakim was released early in 2011 after serving three years of a seven-year sentence in a French prison after an arrest in Syria. He then moved to Tunisia, where three years later he claimed credit for murdering two politicians. El-Hakim was considered one of the most radicalized of the young extremists from the Paris area.

Hana Levi Julian

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