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Update: Hostages Freed in Paris Primark Mall

Monday, July 13th, 2015

Eighteen hostages held hostage in Paris early Monday for nearly five hours have been freed, according to Infos140. The armed men who took them captive have — for the moment — disappeared, the news service reported.

The employees were held hostage by two or three gunmen inside a store at the Primark mall in Villeneuve-la-Garenne in northern Paris.

“Around 6:30 am two or three armed criminals went into the Primark mall for what we think was initially an attempt at armed robbery,” a police source told the Australian Herald Sun.

A store employee sent a text to her boyfriend at around 7 am, telling him she and others were taken hostage by two armed men, according to Le Figaro, a French newspaper. All of the hostages were store employees, according to the AFP news agency.

Police blocked off access to the area and an elite special forces unit was deployed to the scene. The gunmen made no demands and no injuries were reported.

Numerous members on the Twitter social media site posted a flurry of scornful tweets, as one pointed out: “People still talking about robbery in #paris #primark in the morning?!! what the heck?!! something to hide?”

The motivation behind the entire incident is still not clear. Police are searching for the gunmen and an investigation has been launched.

France Drops Pro-Palestinian UN Resolution

Wednesday, July 8th, 2015

France is back-pedaling from a decision to submit a resolution to the United Nations Security Council forcing Israel to renew negotiations with the Palestinian Authority.

PA foreign minister Fiyad al-Maliki told Voice of Palestine radio on Tuesday that France was instead advancing a suggestion to form a negotiations support committee.

The move follows a visit to Israel in early June, during which French Foreign Minister Laurent Fabius urged the resumption of final status talks between Israel and the PA.

Netanyahu warned in remarks prior to his meeting with Fabius that the international community’s ideas for peace with the Palestinian Authority ignore the security needs of Israel.

Fabius subsequently discussed the issue in depth with Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu, President Reuven Rivlin, Defense Minister Moshe Ya’alon and a host of other top government officials.

PA Chairman Mahmoud Abbas had already rejected out of hand the most recent French proposal for a resolution in the UN Security Council giving both sides 18 months to reach an agreement. The reason: Under the French resolution, the PA would be required to recognize Israel as a “Jewish” state.

“I can say that the idea of the French draft resolution in the Security Council is not a main topic for decision makers in France anymore,” Maliki said, after a meeting with French Foreign Minister Laurent Fabius in Cairo.

However, said Maliki, a negotiations support committee would only make sense if talks are under way. The committee would be comprised of representatives from the members of the UN Security Council, in addition to Egypt, Jordan and Saudi Arabia, he added.

U.S.-brokered talks between Israel and the PA collapsed in April 2014 with the decision by PA Chairman Mahmoud Abbas to instead form a unity government with Gaza’s ruling Hamas terror organization, whose charter calls for the annihilation of the State of Israel.

Ambassador to UN Prosor Expects It to Condemn PA Terror

Wednesday, July 1st, 2015

Israeli Ambassaodr Ron Prosor to the United Nations wrote to the undistinguished body Tuesday that he expects it to condemn the latest Palestinian Authority terrorist attack, which killed Malachi Moshe Rosenfeld and wounded three others Monday night.

Prosor noted that since the beginning of the Muslim month of Ramadan, which they consider so holy that it drives them into a frenzy to try to murder Jews and Christians, “There has been a dramatic increase in attacks against Israelis – part of a global surge of terrorism.”

He stated:

I write to you for the second time in less than two weeks to ​inform you that yet another citizen of Israel has been brutally murdered by Palestinian terrorists…..

Each day seems to bring with it news of a shooting attack, or a stabbing. Just yesterday, a terrorist stabbed a 19-year old female soldier next to Rachel’s Tomb, causing severe injuries. These attacks are a direct result of incitement by the Palestinian Authority in the media and in its education system. Even after this latest incident, the leadership of the PA remains silent, failing to condemn the murder of innocent people.

Prosor noted that the United Nations condemned “in the strongest terms” last week’s terror stacks in France, Tunisia and Kuwait.”

Fulfilling his role as ambassador, he went through he motions to demand that the United Nations also condemn the murders of Jews by Palestinian Authority terrorists, and wrote:

We join in your call that ‘those responsible for these appalling acts of violence must be swiftly brought to justice’  and that ‘these heinous attacks will only strengthen the commitment of the United Nations to help defeat those bent on murder, destruction and the annihilation of human development and culture.

I expect you to condemn the terrorist attacks in Israel in an equally decisive manner.

Terror is terror, no matter where it takes place, or who is harmed. The people of Israel deserve the same level of concern and empathy as any other people in the world.

Nice try, Ron.

If the United Nations does actually condemn the murder, it will be done so with a “balanced” resolution that also condemned the “war crime” that Rosenfeld committed by living in Samaria, which Palestinian Authority chairman Mahmoud Abbas has stated over and over will be an Arab country closed to Jews, a volition of the U.N. charter.

 

 

French Funds, BDS and ‘Freedom Flotilla III’ Sailing to Gaza

Sunday, June 28th, 2015

Another vessel has joined the latest “Freedom Flotilla” which is chugging away towards Gaza with the promise of an illegal attempt to breach Israel’s sovereign maritime boundaries.

And it appears that France — unsurprisingly — is again working both sides of the street.

Some of the troublemakers are indirectly sponsored and funded by the French government, which has provided half a million Euros ($558,400) to the Plateforme des ONG Françaises pour la Palestine (Platform of French NGOs for Palestine.

The Marianne of Gothenburg vessel, sponsored by The Platform, is the latest to join four other vessels flotilla heading towards Gaza. It set sail from Sicily last week, with such headline grabbers as former Tunisian president Moncef Marzouki and Spanish MEP Anna Maria Miranda Paza.

The biggest “star” on board, however, is Israeli Arab Knesset Member Basel Ghattas (Joint List), whose presence aboard a vessel that intends to deliberately breach the blockade and break Israeli law is at the very least, controversial. The blockade itself, however, was found in an exhaustive 2011 United Nations investigation that resulted in the Palmer Report, to be entirely legal and within Israel’s sovereign rights.

One might therefore ask how to classify the criminal presence of a Knesset member aboard this vessel, despite the fact that as a lawmaker, Ghattas automatically is granted immunity. Those aboard intend to break the law by breaching a blockade designed to defend the nation against terrorist infiltration and passage of weapons to Gaza.

It is also here that the question arises regarding the sponsorship of the government of France. It was the French head of state who so passionately asserted earlier this year that French Jews need never fear terrorists, he said. France would always defend her citizens, including Jews, from terror. The plain fact is, however, Gaza spawns terrorists for export. So what is a French government-funded vessel doing in this year’s illegal “freedom flotilla?”

France took a dim view of simple wiretapping by American spies over the past several years, and that did not involve any active breach of its anti-terror defensive operations. How might Paris react were the situation with Israel were reversed?

The French government is blatantly granting funds to the Plateform via the ‘Agence Française de Développement’ (AFD) or French Development Agency. The AFD is the French government agency equivalent of USAID, carrying out global “sustainable development programs.” Other French, Palestinian and Israeli NGOs receive direct funding not only via AFD, but also through the French Consulate in Jerusalem, according to the watchdog organization NGO Monitor.

The Platform umbrella group is active in the Boycott, Divest and Sanctions movement (BDS) against Israel and shelters more than 40 anti-Israel organizations. Included is the CCFD-Terre Solidaire, which received a three-year grant of 770,032 Euros ($859,971) from France in April 2014, the NGO Monitor reported. CCFD gleans its information from its Israeli anti-Israel partners such as Zochrot, Breaking the Silence, HaMoked and Sadaka-Reut.

In March 2014, it received a three-year grant of 225,000 Euros from AFD for work in “Palestine.” According to a 2014 NGO Monitor report the group also received thousands of Euros in donations from French lawmakers as well.

The Platform, with all of its member organizations, demands the European Union sever all ties, relations and agreements with the State of Israel. Dozens of other French and other anti-Israel organizations are also receiving French government funds to carry out actions against Israeli government policy and disrupt domestic affairs on her own soil as well.

How should all this be viewed by the leadership and citizens of the Jewish State?

US Officials Warn of ISIS Attacks on July 4

Saturday, June 27th, 2015

American police forces from coast to coast are on alert from federal officials that the Islamic State (ISIS) is planning to terrorize the country during the July 4 Independence Day holiday.

Homeland Security, the FBI and the National Counterterrorism Center sent an intelligence bulletin to law enforcement agencies.

No specific plots were spelled out, according to CNN, but there was a general warning because of the holiday and the upcoming visit of Pope Francis.

Department of Homeland Security Secretary Jeh Johnson said on Friday, following multiple ISIS-linked attacks in France, Kuwait and Tunisia:

Particularly with the upcoming July 4th holiday here in the United States, the Department of Homeland Security and the FBI continue to communicate with state and local law enforcement about what we know and see.

We are encouraging all law enforcement to be vigilant and prepared. We will also adjust security measures, seen and unseen, as necessary to protect the American people.

In Britain, the ISIS targeted the annual Armed Forces Day parade on Saturday, but intelligence officials foiled the plot, which was discovered by an undercover British agent who was recruited by the terrorist group.

The ISIS had told the investigator, according to the London Sun, “It will be big. We will hit the kuffar (unbelievers) hard InshAllah. Hit their soldiers in their own land. InshAllah. Soldiers that served in Iraq and Afghanistan will be present. Jump in the crowd and detonate the bomb.

“They think they can kill Muslims in Iraq and Afghanistan then come back to the UK and be safe. We’ll hit them hard InshAllah.”

The multiple attacks on Friday indicate, whether coordinated or not, are clear signs that the Islamic State’s declared war on the world is more than rhetoric.

Dismissing the murderers as “lone wolves,” as some of Israel’s security officials and leftist media try to do in order to play down Palestinian Authority-incited terror, is not going to satisfy the nationwide American fear of the ISIS.

ISIS-Linked Terrorist Decapitates Victim in Attack in France

Friday, June 26th, 2015

A terrorist carrying an ISIS flag beheaded at least one person and wounded several others in a savage attack on the offices of the French Air Products gas company southeast of Lyon Friday morning.

Police have captured the terrorist and possibly an accomplice, but not before they set off explosions with gas canisters. They were disguised as delivery men.

It was the first major attack in France since the murders of Jews at a kosher supermarket and the deadly attack on the offices of the Charles Hebdo magazine in January.

A woman called Sylvie who works opposite the factory told IBTimes:

Our company is just in front of Air Products and the explosion made our entire building vibrate.

There was no damage, but everything moved. I was on my chair on the phone with a clients when it happened.

Shuvu International Friends Raising $1.6 Million in 24 Hours [video]

Monday, June 22nd, 2015

In celebration of Shuvu’s 25th anniversary, three generous donors have pledged to match every dollar donated today, quadrupling every single donation made online

Every donation counts in touching the lives of more and more Israelis, instilling within thousands of families a high level of secular and religious education.

Shuvu has been giving the gold standard of Jewish education in Israel for 25 years. With a network of 67 schools, kindergartens, after-school programs and parent outreach programs, Shuvu provides a dynamic educational and welfare network that reaches thousands of Jewish families each year through high-level academic and Torah study.

Initially founded to provide a much-needed education to children who emigrated from the former Soviet Union, Shuvu’s student population now includes many native Israeli children, new French immigrants and other students from diverse backgrounds.

The success of Shuvu’s programs is immense, with more than 22,000 alumni who have gone on to learn at Israel’s top yeshivas, serve in elite army units and land jobs at many distinguished companies. Shuvu has been lauded for its superior educational offerings, its remarkable Chessed programs, and its impact on Israeli society.

This year alone, Shuvu expanded its outreach and opened 29 new first grade classes in existing schools. Over 1,000 new students joined the Shuvu community.

As Shuvu’s founder Rabbi Avrohom Pam zt’l would always say, “It is beyadeinu – in our own hands!” The future of Jewish education calls upon you to help support Shuvu’s tremendous work. And for one day only, each dollar will quadruple! Today’s the day to begin building the future.

DONATE TODAY and help Shuvu pave the way for a brighter future!

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