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Report: Ignoring UN Ban, Iran Continues Shipping Arms to Syria, Enriching Uranium

Thursday, May 17th, 2012

According to Reuters, a confidential report on Iran sanctions-busting says Syria continues to receive Iranian arms shipments that violate a U.N. Security Council ban on weapons exports by Iran.

The new report, by a panel of experts on monitoring sanctions, submitted to the Security Council’s Iran sanctions committee, also details Iranians’ efforts to circumvent sanctions on their nuclear program, noting that the punitive measures imposed on Iran between 2006 and 2010 are having a limited effect.

“Sanctions are slowing Iran’s procurement of some critical items required for its prohibited nuclear program,” the report says. “At the same time prohibited activities continue, including uranium enrichment.”

The report details three large illegal shipments of Iranian weapons sent over the past year.

“Iran has continued to defy the international community through illegal arms shipments,” the report states. “Two of these cases involved (Syria), as were the majority of cases inspected by the Panel during its previous mandate, underscoring that Syria continues to be the central party to illicit Iranian arms transfers.”

The third shipment included rockets that were eventually delivered to the Taliban fighters in Afghanistan.

“The Panel recommends the designation (for blacklisting) of two entities related to these interdictions,” the report says. “The report also takes note of information concerning arms shipments by Iran to other destinations.”

Interior Minister: We Must Deport African Refugees

Wednesday, May 16th, 2012

The day after police arrested four Eritrean and Sudanese men for robbing and raping a 19 year-old woman in south Tel Aviv’s Neve Sha’anan, Israeli Interior Minister Eli Yishai said most African illegal immigrants should be rounded up and either deported or arrested.

Speaking to Army Radio on Wednesday, Yishai (Shas) distinguished between those seeking asylum and those who came to Israel as opportunists, interested in taking advantage of Israeli  humanitarian benefits or engaging in crime.  All those involved in crime should be jailed, according to Yishai, and the majority of the remainder deported, except for those who are truly threatened in their countries of origin.  “One cannot forsake the security of Israelis,” Yishai said.  Under his plan, the deported would be provided financial assistance by Israel.

South Tel Aviv has become a center of African illegal immigrants, who primarily enter the country with the aid of Bedouins through Sinai.

MK Danny Danon (Likud) on Wednesday wrote on his Facebook page that he will take steps to remove the illegal immigrants from the country.  “I intend to hold a national emergency hearing on the issue of the illegal infiltrators. The current situation is intolerable! We should expel all the infiltrators before it’s too late,” he wrote.  Danon advocates evicting over 80% of illegal immigrants from Africa and Eastern Europe.

Haaretz published parts of a report on Tuesday in which Israel’s Foreign Ministry recommended investigating the possibility of deporting refugees whose lives would not be threatened by the measure.

MK Dov Hanin (Hadash) called Yishai comments “incitement and populism”.

There are between 700 and 2,000 South Sudanese illegals in Israel, according to estimates.

On June 3, the government will issue a response to the District Court for Administrative Matters in Jerusalem regarding Israel’s ability to withdraw protection from South Sudanese asylum seekers.

Avigdor Liberman: Ulpana and Tal Law Replacement ‘Two Major Tests’ for New Coalition

Wednesday, May 9th, 2012

Foreign Minister and Israel Beytenu head Avigdor Liberman, speaking at a press conference before a party meeting, welcomed Kadima’s entrance into the coalition but stressed that the new government faces two major tests – finding a replacement for the Tal law and the impending evacuation of the Ulpana outpost.

“This is a coalition Israel needs,” Liberman said, but “these are the two most important tests, and I hope we’re wise enough to pass them.”

Referring to the Tal Law, which expires in August, he said that coalition chairman and Likud MK Ze’ev Elkin’s recent proposal was inadequate. “We will not accept it. We expect a serious proposal, and to be consulted about it. We will fight to make sure that the bill will be serious and comprehensive.”

In light of the High Court’s ruling on Monday that Ulpana must be evacuated and destroyed by July 1, he said: “I hope that we will quickly resolve the problem. The residents who have lived in Givat Ulpana for years are law-abiding citizens. This is not an illegal outpost. It is the state’s mistake, and it must take responsibility. There are ways to regulate the matter with legislation.”

Liberman supports the passage of a law that will circumvent the High Court’s ruling by legalizing Ulpana, especially in light of the fact that the state permitted Ulpana residents to build their homes and community.

Liberman also ridiculed Yair Lapid, who was preparing to shake up the political arena in the now-aborted early elections. “The chances of being elected president of the United States are much higher than the chances that his party will still exist in 2020. This is obviously a one-campaign party.”

Methodist Conference Could Vote on Israel Divestment Motion

Wednesday, April 25th, 2012

Close to 1,000 delegates from around the world, representing 11-million members, are gathered at the 2012 United Methodist General Conference being held in the Tampa, Florida.

Throughout the 11-day session, delegates will debate the future of the Methodist church, which has experienced a significant participation decline in the United States. Over the last 40 years, US membership has dropped to 8 million, according to church officials.

Four years ago, the conference rejected a divestment motion. But the issue is being pushed again by anti-Israel members, objecting to “illegal settlements, segregated roads, checkpoints, a separation wall, home demolitions and other realities of occupation.”

Turkey Blocks Israel from NATO Summit Over Mavi Marmara

Tuesday, April 24th, 2012

Turkey will block Israel from participating in a NATO summit next month because the Jewish state has not responded for the killing of Turks who attacked Israeli naval officers boarding the illegal flotilla Mavi Marmara in May 2010.

Nine Turks were killed by naval commandos, when they attacked and began beating the soldiers as they attempted to board the ship to prevent it from illegally entering Israel’s waters as part of a protest effort to reach Gaza. Seven Israeli soldiers were injured by the attacking demonstrators.

Mavi Marmara Activists Prepare Weapons for IDF Embarkation

Since then, relations between Turkey and Israel have rapidly declined, with Turkey expelling the Israeli envoy and discontinuing military cooperation.

Turkey has demanded an official apology for the incident, as well as financial compensation.

A Turkish official told Reuters that while Israel is a member of the NATO alliance, “we deem it not appropriate for Israel to be around,” until it concedes to Turkish demands.

On Day of Hebron House Evacuation, Netanyahu Says He Wants to Legalize Some Judea and Samaria Outposts

Wednesday, April 4th, 2012

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu said he will submit a plan to legalize several Judea and Samaria outposts and avoid the demolition of another.

At Wednesday’s Cabinet meeting, Netanyahu said he asked Attorney General Yehuda Weinstein to “find a solution” for the Ulpana neighborhood in Beit El “that would obviate the need for demolition.” The government had previously agreed to evacuate the illegal outpost by May.

Netanyahu also told the ministers that he will submit, with the recommendation of Defense Minister Ehud Barak, a plan to legalize the outposts of Bruchin, Sansana and Rechalim, which are said to be built on private Palestinian land.

The announcement came as Jewish settlers who last week occupied a house in Hebron near the Cave of the Patriarch were evacuated by Israeli security forces.

High Court Rejects Migron Deal; Outpost Must Be Evacuated; Deputy Speaker Danon: ‘We Will Confirm Migron via Primary Legislation’

Sunday, March 25th, 2012

The High Court on Sunday rejected the settlement deal between the State and the residents of the outpost Migron, but allowed an extension of their evacuation date until August this year, and not next weekend, as was the court’s original decision.

The decision won the support of the entire panel, headed by the new Chief Justice Asher Grunis, along with Justices Miriam Naor and Salim Jubran.

The Court stated that “Although it possesses an inherent power to extend the date of executing its decisions, this power must be used with care, because the extension may leave in place an illegal situation, harm the reliance principle, as well as the finality principle, and thus damage of rule of law.”

“At stake is one of the toughest and most exceptional cases with regard to the illegal outposts,” the justices clarified, adding that “when the state announces time and again that it thinks this is an illegal outpost with no legal possibility of accepting its long-term existence.”

But Deputy Knesset Speaker MK Danny Danon (Likud) said the Supreme Court’s decision to reject the State’s agreement with Migron was unacceptable. “The court is not allowed to boot-lock the state. I’ve I turned to Knesset members to convene the Knesset during the winter recess and pass the needed regulatory law. If the court does not  approve the Migron agreement, we will confirm it via primary legislation.”

Some 13 years after its establishment, and six years after the court case on the settlement’s legality began, all the residents of Migron, a large outposts in Judea and Samaria, arrived on Sunday night, March 12, at their local synagogue and signed an affidavit to be submitted to the High Court, committing to leave their homes voluntarily and without any forced eviction in three and a half years.

Under the agreement, immediately after receiving the High Court approval, an expedited  process of planning an alternative neighborhood for the residents of Migron would have commenced. The new site was going to be built  two kilometers away from the current position of the outpost.

At the conclusion of its decision, the Court repeated its wish the residents of Migron come to their senses throat  and accept their obligation not to be seen as outlaws. The court commented that “the obligation to maintain a ruling is not a matter of choice.”

The Migron residents’ Action Committee released the statement: “The residents of Migron received today the harsh verdict, which begins with the libel of the land being privately owned, and ends with the deportation of peace loving people. We are confident that Israel’s government and its representative Minister Begin will manage to find a suitable solution to the newly created situation, in which the government which sendt its citizens to settle on a piece of land is now forced to drive them off by order of the Supreme Court.”

MK Uri Orbach (The Jewish Home) told the Jewish Press Israel should go ahead and cancel the upcoming elections, since those would make no difference anyway. “The High Court will move in whenever it sees fit to subvert the will of government and the Knesset as it sees fit. It makes me angry.”

MK Michael Ben-Ari (National Union) said the Migron compromise was a disaster for the settlement movement, and therefore “I do not shed a tear for it. Still, the decision  illustrates the hypocrisy and racism of the Supreme Court, which has been keeping mum over illegal construction which is so rampant in the Arab sector.”

MK Tzipi Hotovely (Likud) said the Supreme Court decision to reject the Migron compromise is tantamount to “spitting in the face of the settlement movement and of the government, which have found the way to obey the original verdict while avoiding confrontation. I am ashamed!”

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