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Strategic Affairs Minister: Fight Against BDS About To Become a “Whole New Ball Game”.

Sunday, February 21st, 2016

By Alexander J. Apfel/TPS

Strategic Affairs Minister Gilad Erdan addressed the threat posed by the Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions (BDS) movement Sunday night before an audience of Jews and Israel supporters from around the world.

During the Global Coalition for Israel conference at a Jerusalem hotel, Erdan outlined Israel’s strategies for combating the movement that has gained momentum in recent years.

Erdan, whose Strategic Affairs portfolio includes the fight against BDS, told the audience he hoped that the meeting would signify a turning point in the fight against delegitimization. “BDS is spreading to more and more countries and fields. It is successfully building relationships with mainstream groups. They are making use of modern technology to spread their propaganda. The threats are known,” he said.

Calling for “cautious optimism,” Erdan went on to share several methods being developed that are designed to counter BDS activities.

These included responding to individual challenges such as attempts to prevent Israeli artists from performing, attempts to blacklist businesses that deal with Israel and attacks on Jewish advocates for Israel on college campuses.

“We are developing the capabilities to identify threats before they are publicized. Once we identify them, we will bring all of the relevant bodies together and use one of the many options at our disposal, which can mean using diplomacy, operating behind the scenes or implementing legal measures. For too long, BDS has attacked Israel without paying any price,” Erdan declared to applause from the audience.

Attacking sources of funding and degrading BDS activities were also mentioned as strategies. “Wherever they operate, we will make sure there is no safe space for BDS.”

Erdan praised the various foreign governments that have already set about implementing anti-BDS legislation in their respective countries including the United States, Britain, Canada and France.

Erdan also turned to technological initiatives and social media platforms that he said Israel intends to utilize with greater force. “Finally, we are going to become much more active on social media. We aim to spread the truth as quickly as our enemies spread lies,” he told the audience. “The BDS [movement] might not realize it, but pretty soon it is going to be a whole new ball game.”

Finally, Erdan concluded by stating that Jewish communities around the world play a crucial role.

“In Israel, we understand that we don’t understand everything and don’t have all the answers. You are on the ground and know what is going on. This consultation is so important to me because in this battle, cooperation between Israel and the pro-Israel community is not just a good idea but a necessity. I can’t do it alone. We are all on the front line together,” he said.

TPS / Tazpit News Agency

Israel Returning Bodies of 10 Arab Terrorists to Families in Jerusalem

Monday, February 8th, 2016

The bodies of 10 Arab terrorists who tried to murder Israeli Jews — and in some cases succeeded — are being returned to their families. One has already gone.

Meanwhile, where are the bodies of IDF Lt. Hadar Goldin and St. Sgt. Oron Shaul? Still in the hands or dungeons of Hamas in Gaza…

But clearly last week’s meetings and lobbying actions by Balad Israeli Arab Knesset members Hanin Zoabi, Jamal Zahalka and Basel Ghattas were effective.

On Monday journalists were informed by government officials that the bodies of 10 terrorists are being returned to their families who live in Jerusalem.

All were killed while attacking Israelis during the current wave of terror.

In order to receive the bodies, the families had to agree to hold the funerals in the middle of the night, with a maximum of 50 family members and friends in attendance.

The ceremonies were to be quiet, and a monetary deposit of approximately $5,000 had to be submitted as a guarantee the conditions would be met. The family will not receive the money in return if the conditions are violated at burial.

The Defense Ministry made it clear, publicly, it has no interest in holding the bodies, Ynet reported. That’s ironic, since the body of Defense Minister Moshe Ya’alon’s own nephew is one of the two still being held “hostage” in Gaza by Hamas, where both soldiers fell in battle during Operation Protection Edge in summer 2014.

Allegedly the terrorists’ bodies have not been released due to the opposition of the Interior Ministry and particularly Public Security Minister Gilad Erdan, who expressed his doubt the families would respect the conditions. Erdan emphasized his concern that terrorist funerals become displays of support and incitement for further terror.

Hana Levi Julian

Jerusalem Under Attack, Official Calls for IDF

Wednesday, February 3rd, 2016

The deputy mayor of Jerusalem, Dov Kalmanovich, is calling for IDF troops to be deployed temporarily in the capital following a major terror attack at the Damascus Gate earlier in the day.

One Border Guard police officer has succumbed to her wounds as a result of the attack; two others are hospitalized. Three terrorists were shot and killed.

Kalmanovich said Wednesday night there has been an escalation in the wave of terror in Jerusalem and recommended placing IDF soldiers at schools and in the Old City.

“Border Police and Jerusalem District police officers prevented – unfortunately with their bodies – a much more complex and serious attack than what occurred here,” Assistant Police Commissioner Avshalom Peled pointed out Wednesday night.

“A team of Border Police officers was suspicious of several people and sought to make contact with them. A battle then followed in which three terrorists were killed… During initial questioning they were armed with weapons. They had probably planned a complex, combined attack which would have been far more difficult [to deal with.]”

Peled concurred with the deputy mayor’s assessment. “There is no doubt this is a type of escalation,” he said.

Moreover, Peled emphasized that it was likely the terrorists were targeting civilians, rather than police – and that the approach by officers had blocked their access to the intended target.

“We believe the police were not the targets as it was their initiative (to approach),” he said. “I am unable to discuss some of these things because it is under intensive investigation.”

Meanwhile, Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu ordered the closure of Qabatiya Wednesday evening following the terror attack at the Damascus Gate entrance to the Old City.

The IDF declared the area around the Palestinian Authority town of Jenin to be a closed military zone. The area was completely sealed off with no one allowed to enter or leave the area until further notice.

Public Security Minister Gilad Erdan thanked the police for their “vigilance and professionalism.” He noted that because of the officers “an attack of a very large scale was prevented. Erdan added a request to the public to “remain on alert.”

Hana Levi Julian

Dead Terrorists Sneaked Out As Israel Votes to Withhold Bodies of Attackers

Wednesday, October 21st, 2015

Two dead Arab stabbers have been sneaked out to their families despite a vote by Israeli ministers to withhold the bodies of those who carry out terror attacks in the country.

The funeral of 24-year-old Uday Hashim al-Ma’asalama was held at midday on Wednesday, less than 24 hours after he stabbed an IDF soldier in Hebron and was himself shot and killed.

A Palestinian Red Crescent Society ambulance arrived at the scene Tuesday immediately after the attack. Swiftly the Arab medics bundled Ma’asalama’s body into the vehicle and raced away towards the local hospital in Hebron. It is not clear whether the terrorist was alive at this point, or not.

IDF Spokesperson Lt.-Col. Peter Lerner told JewishPress.com in a telephone interview Wednesday evening that Israeli medics were focused on saving Jewish lives first.

“Red Crescent medical personnel arrived at the scene and quickly evacuated [Ma’asalama] to the local hospital in Hebron. No one knew that he was dead, if he was at that point,” Lerner said. “Our first priority is our wounded, and security,” Lerner said.

Nor was there any real concern there would be any problem in arresting and extracting Ma’asalama from the hospital to take him into custody once he was treated, assuming he was still alive. “We have gone into the medical center in Nablus before to apprehend a terrorist when that was necessary,” Lerner noted.

But once in the Hebron hospital, it took very little time for Masalama’s deceased body to disappear, and by Wednesday midday he was buried less than 24 hours after the attack with all due military honors, according to the Hebrew-language website rotter.net, which published a photograph of the funeral and numerous Arab media as well.

Thousands of Palestinian Arabs from the Hebron area towns of Dura, Beit Awwa and nearby villages took part in the funeral, shouting anti-Israel slogans and calling for “Palestinian unity,” according to the Bethlehem-based Ma’an news site. The killer’s body was carried on a litter by guerrilla fighters in combat fatigues marching after Arabs bearing large Palestinian Authority flags.

The new bill to withhold terrorists’ bodies, proposed by Public Security Minister Gilad Erdan, was intended to prevent just such funeral “celebrations,” which result in terror organizations heaping honors upon the departed and heavy recruitment of new members.

The return of the body of the first terrorist whose funeral was held earlier in the week was also the result of a similar mix-up, according to the spokesperson for Defense Minister Moshe Ya’alon.

Hana Levi Julian

Cabinet Minister Calls U.S. Government ‘Hostile’

Thursday, October 15th, 2015

Gilad says the State Dept. believes lies to draw false conclusions, but he does not expect an apology because the Obama administration is “hostile” to Israel.

The off-and-on irritable relationship between the United States and Israel is back into the “testy” category with frowns from Washington that Israel uses excessive violence to quell rioters and terrorists and a Cabinet minister’s labeling Washington as “hostile.”

Public Security Minister and Likud hawk Gilad Erdan, speaking on Army Radio Thursday morning, accused the State Dept. of being “misled by lies.”

He said he expects the Obama administration to “clarify” its statements,” but then added:

I don’t expect anything from the spokesmen at the State Department. The State Department has traditionally been hostile to the State of Israel.

U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry has talked himself into trouble again. The JewishPress.com reported here earlier this week that he told Harvard University students that there has been a rapid growth of settlements and followed by noting “frustration” among Arabs.

As reported here this morning, Kerry’s spokesman John Kirby tried to roll back the remark but only make things worse by referring to “excessive violence.”

Errand’s response is bound to be raised at today’s daily press briefing at the State Dept., whose spokesmen have found it very difficult lately to answer questions by journalists who have finally realized that something is rotten in the Washington as well as in the Palestinian Authority

But Erdan’s use of the word “hostile” may have been out of order.

“Ignorant” would Netanyahu more appropriative.

As for excessive force, does anyone remember Ferguson?

Tzvi Ben-Gedalyahu

Israel to Withhold Bodies of Terrorists From Families

Wednesday, October 14th, 2015

Israel’s Security Cabinet voted Wednesday to approve a suggestion by Public Security Minister Gilad Erdan not to return to families bodies of terrorists killed during attacks.

“The family of the terrorist turns the funeral into a demonstration of support for terrorism, and incitement to murder. We must not allow it,” Erdan said.

“We must do everything possible to prevent the terrorist from receiving honors and ceremonies after having carried out an attack.”

Erdan also suggested burying such terrorists in IDF cemeteries on the far borders of Israel that have been set aside for this purpose.

Families often turn funerals for terrorist relatives into massive celebrations where the departed jihadist is honored as a hero.

The nation’s Security Cabinet also approved a host of other security measures late Tuesday night.

Hana Levi Julian

PM Netanyahu’s Statement on the Ongoing Arab Terrorism

Friday, October 9th, 2015

PM Netanyahu’s Press Conference Statement
(Communicated by the Prime Minister’s Media Adviser)

Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, this evening (Thursday, 8 October 2015), issued the following statement at a press conference with Defense Minister Moshe Yaalon, Public Security Minister Gilad Erdan, IDF Chief-of-Staff Lt.-Gen. Gadi Eisenkot and Israel Police Acting Commissioner Bentzi Sau:

“This has been another difficult day for all of us, citizens of Israel. We are in the midst of a wave of terrorism. Terrorists that have been incited and who are riven with hate are trying to attack our people – babies, children, men and women, civilians and soldiers. Our hearts – the hearts of the entire nation – are with the families of the victims whose lives were cut short by reprehensible murderers. In recent days and hours I have seen displays of heroism by soldiers, police and – no less – by civilians. I see this in Jerusalem, Kiryat Gat, Hebron, Petah Tikva, Tel Aviv and now in Afula. Israelis are acting with bravery, composure and determination to neutralize and eliminate the terrorists. This requires extraordinary courage and resourcefulness and we are proud to be part of a country that has such citizens.

This vicious terrorism did not start today. It has accompanied the Zionist enterprise since its beginning. We have always known how to defeat the rioters and build up our country and so it will be now. The terrorists and the extremists behind them will achieve nothing. We will rebuff them and we will defeat them.

We are in the midst of a wave of terrorism with knives, firebombs, rocks and even live fire. While these acts are mostly unorganized, they are all the result of wild and mendacious incitement by Hamas, the Palestinian Authority, several countries in the region and – no less and frequently much more – the Islamic Movement in Israel, which is igniting the ground with lies regarding our policy on the Temple Mount and the purported changes that we want to make to the status quo. This is an absolute lie. We are also taking action against the inciters and the attackers.

The IDF, Israel Police and the ISA are working on all fronts – stakeouts, undercover, arrests, presence on the roads, guarding communities, operational entries into Palestinian towns, in-depth entries into neighborhoods in eastern Jerusalem and the demolition of terrorists’ homes.

We have also sharpened open-fire against those who throw rocks and firebombs and we will impose minimum sentences on them and fines against minors. We have detained for investigation those who cooperated with the murderers in the Old City of Jerusalem. I demanded that the legal establishment close the shops of the merchants who either took part in this heinous act or stood aside.

Yesterday, I ordered that politicians – Jewish and Arab alike – be prevented from going up to the Temple Mount at this time. We do not need more matches to set the ground afire. We will take aggressive measures against the Islamic Movement in Israel and against other inciters. Nobody will be immune.

I would like to tell you, citizens of Israel, that we live in the Middle East and that the flames of radical Islam, which are burning the entire region, are also reaching us. But Israel is a very strong country and Israelis are a strong people. The measures that I have detailed, as well as others which I will not detail, are not an immediate, magical solution. But with persistence, thoroughness and determination, we will prove that terrorism does not pay – and we will defeat it.

I was asked today what I would say to a mother who fears to send her children outside. I would like to tell her – I would like to tell you, mother – your concerns are natural. They need not be overlooked nor should they be swept under the rug. We have a difficult situation now and we must show maximum alertness. Of course, we must also listen to instructions from the security forces and the authorities. But I would like to tell you something else: The security team that is sitting here – Prime Minister, Defense Minister, Public Security Minister, IDF Chief-of-Staff and the Israel Police Commissioner, and all other security elements – are doing our utmost to restore your security and that of your children, to all Israel.”

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