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Jordan Runs after Abbas to UN to Divide Jerusalem

Tuesday, October 28th, 2014

Jordan is following Mahmoud Abbas’ race track to the United Nations and has asked the Security Council to convene an emergency meeting to discuss “dangerously escalating tensions” in Jerusalem, meaning allowing Jews on the Temple Mount and building more homes for Jews.

Despite all the hullabaloo over Jordan’s going through the motions of letting Mahmoud Abbas think it really cares a hoot about him, Jordanian English media and even the official Jordanian press agency did not make such a big splash with the announcement.

Jordan currently is a member of the 15-member Security Council,, and Amman’s spokesman for the Jordanian mission to the United Nations asked for the emergency session after the Palestinian Authority ambassador Riyad Mansour wrote a letter to the Council to demand that Israel “cease forthwith all of its illegal settlement activities.”

The Palestinian Authority Ministry of Rage went into action immediately following Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu’s took off the kid gloves and announced that in effect that the United Nations and the United States can go fly a kite over Jerusalem “settlements” that will continued to be expanded for Jews as well as Arabs.

Netanyahu hammered home the point by removing the de facto freeze on major development in Judea and Samaria and announced new homes, parks and roads will be built for Jews.

The more immediate bullet that the Arabs cannot bite is the new Israeli policy of facing off against Muslim rioters on the Temple Mount instead of turning a blind eye and chasing Jews away.

Jordan’s reaction was mild compared with that of Ramallah’s Minister of Rage.

The kingdom’s official news agency, Petra, stated:

“Jordan has been making extensive contacts with international partners to pressure Israel to halt its violations against the Al-Aqsa Mosque and warn it of the implications of such moves….

”Israel has been sealing the Al-Aqsa Mosque’s gates to Muslim worshippers, assaulting Awqaf [Waqf] employees and granting access to Jewish extremists to the holy compound under heavy police protection.

“The minister demanded the international community to assume its responsibilities to these attacks and violations and pressure Israel, as the occupying power, to abide by its obligations in accordance with the international law.

“In its capacity as custodian of the holy shrines in Jerusalem, Jordan reserves all legal and diplomatic options to stop the Israeli violations, the minister asserted.”

The statement also “condemned an Israeli government decision to approve the construction of 1,060 new housing units in occupied East Jerusalem.”

The Palestinian Authority was much more to the point and fell back on its favorite peace partner tactic, which is violence.

One of the leading hawkers of incitement in Abbas’ Fatah party is Jibril Rajoub, who warned, “Such unilateral acts will lead to an explosion. Mr. Netanyahu should not expect a white flag from the Palestinian people.”

Abbas joined the chorus and said that “incursions by extremist settlers” would cause an “explosion.”

Saeb Erekat, who was the senior Palestinian Authority official in the fictional peace process negotiations, also did not settle for diplomatic language in his response to the building plan, which he charged “amounts to evidence of an intent to further commit crimes defined by and punishable under international law.”

The Arab world has never been able to swallow the fact that in 1967, it lost another offensive to annihilate the State of Israel. The Yom Kippur War failed to do so, the intifada failed to do so, the Oslo War failed to do so, and the “peace process” failed to do so.”

It is putting all of its chips in the United Nations, whose only major achievement that past few decades has to been to keep thousands of people off the unemployment roll.

Netanyahu Proposes Stiff Jail Sentences for Rock-Throwing Terrorists

Monday, October 27th, 2014

Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu told senior officials on Monday to prepare a new law that would call for up to 20 years in jail for attacks cars and people with rocks and for economic sanctions on parents of offenders who are minors.

Anyone who has been on the receiving end of a rock, as most residents in Judea and Samaria outside of Maaleh Adumim have been, knows the sound of the body of their cars being smacked, a window smashed , or their own bodies being bloodied and their bones broken by rocks.

In the best possible scenario, the driver is able to continue to driving, often with one less window. In the worst possible case, the terrorist, often a teenager, gets “lucky” and the driver is killed after being struck by the rock or flying glass and losing control of the vehicle until it crashes.

In between there are hundreds of cases of people having being wounded, often for life.

Arabs popularized throwing rocks in the beginning of the intifada more than 25 years ago. They won great headlines for causing havoc on the highways and being faced by rifle-toting soldiers.

It is the kind of David and Goliath story that foreign media love, especially when it can disgrace Israel.

“Proportionate” response, the favorite policy of the West when the Arabs are losing, would require soldiers and police to lay down their weapons and throw rocks back at the youth.

But that won’t help because then the media would complain that the Israelis have an unfair edge, deploying adults against children. Furthermore, the police wear protective gear. It’s not a fair fight if Israeli wins.

Netanyahu has come up with a better weapon than guns – jail. Throwing rocks at passing cars is attempted murder, nothing more and nothing less.

The police and IDF have arrested thousands of rock throwers. Most of them are released after detention or simply given a slap on the wrist by the judicial system, which goes to the extreme to avoid convicting a minor for disturbing the peace.

Netanyahu’s directive would change that, assuming Peace Now does not win an appeal to the Supreme Court that jailing rock-throwers violates their human rights.

 

Knesset Committee Approves Conversion Bill For Final Plenum Readings

Monday, October 27th, 2014

A Knesset committee has for the second time approved a bill allowing local rabbis to oversee conversions to Judaism in Israel, and the bill is now slated to be returned to the full Knesset for its second and third readings.

The Knesset Constitution, Law and Justice Committee on Monday approved the conversion bill by a vote of 6 to 5. It had previously been approved in March, but the committee was required to vote a second time following the addition of 38 amendments proposed by the opposition, all of which were voted down by the committee.

Despite the fact that the bill is now officially out of committee, it is unknown when it will move to the Knesset floor. Israeli media reported last week that Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu had withdrawn his support for the bill in order to shore up his coalition base and not upset the Haredi Shas and United Torah Judaism parties, whom he might need to form an alliance in future governments.

The bill was sponsored by Elazar Stern of Tzipi Livni’s HaTnua party and is opposed by the Likud and Jewish Home parties as well as the Haredi parties and chief Rabbi David Lau and his Sephardi counterpart, Rabbi Yitzhak Yosef.

Under the measure, as many as 30 courts made up of municipal rabbis would be allowed for the purpose of conversion. Currently there are 33 rabbis and four conversion courts that can perform conversions throughout Israel.

“We are pleased that, in the end, the lawmakers were able to see beyond the politics and reach out to potential converts in a positive way,” Rabbi Seth Farber, director of the ITIM Jewish Advocacy Center, who was involved in the drafting of the bill and participated in the hearing told JTA. “Each day, hundreds of individuals who made aliyah as Jews but aren’t recognized as Jews by the rabbinate are being alienated by the Jewish State. This bill provides them a small glimmer of light.”

Tel Aviv Follows US Model and Bans School Trips to Western Wall

Sunday, October 26th, 2014

Tel Aviv has ordered a school to cancel Bar Mitzvah an eighth-grade Bar Mitzvah trip to the Western Wall in Jerusalem because of “the security situation in Jerusalem.”

City Hall explained that the cancellation of the Bar Mitzvah trip “includes tours of some of the places where violence has recently erupted.”

It turns out ”some places” means Ammunition Hill, the spokeswoman for Tel Aviv told The Jewish Press. The site is one of the most popular places for visitors because of a fierce and deadly battle there against the Jordanian army in the Six-Day War in 1967.

There have been no riots at Ammunition Hill. Nor there have been any Arabs throwing rocks there.

Someone in Tel Aviv must have looked at the map and noticed that Ammunition Hill is two or three minutes from the part of the route of the light rail train that Jerusalem Arabs have targeted on a daily basis. An Arab terrorist last week raced down the path next to a train and ran over anyone in his way, killing a three-month-old baby and another victim who died today.

That doesn’t make Ammunition Hill dangerous and more than it makes an ice hockey arena dangerous because two guys are fighting each other on the ice

If Ammunition Hill were not a safe place to visit, Jerusalem schools would not send dozens of children there every day.

But let’s say that the good citizens of Tel Aviv don’t know any better and are paranoid. The school tour no doubt wanted to include a visit to Ammunition Hill on the Bar Mitzvah trip, but why did it throw out the baby with the bath water and deprive the children of the Bar Mitzvah experience at the Western Wall instead of simply taking Ammunition Hill off of the schedule?

Tel Aviv’s reaction is as if it were in the Diaspora.

Hundreds of American Jews this past summer cancelled trips to Israel because of the war against Hamas, which attacked most of Israel with missiles, even though almost all of the rockets that reached the metropolitan area were intercepted by the Iron Dome anti-missile system.

The U.S. Embassy last week ordered its personnel not to travel on the light rail trains in Jerusalem because of the terrorist attack

The clueless and frightened ghetto-like reaction of the United States and Tel Aviv is the perfect response to encourage terrorists, who have two objectives. One is to kill Jews. The other is for Jews to go elsewhere – first Tel Aviv, and then the United States, or any other place where radical Islam has not yet taken over.

Cancelling a school trip to the Western Wall because of one nearby trouble spot makes as much sense as Jerusalem’s banning traveling to Tel Aviv because of fatal accidents on Tel Aviv’s inner city Ayalon highway or Mafia murders in broad daylight that often catch innocent bystanders in crossfire or simply target the wrong people.

Jerusalem’s deputy mayor Rachel Azaria called Tel Aviv’s ban “outrageous.”

Thousands of Jerusalem children and adults travel every day to the Western Wall. There also are visits to Ammunition Hill without incident. There is no requirement to take the light rail train..

Ammunition Hill in quieter times.

Ammunition Hill in quieter times.

Israeli Firm Wins $2.2 Billion Contract for Security at 2016 Olympics

Sunday, October 26th, 2014

The Olympic Committee and the 2016 Rio de Janeiro Olympiad have selected Israeli security company ISDS to provide security for the event with a $2.2 billion budget, Israel Defense reported.

ISDS will be responsible for consultation and supply services to protect the Olympics, the world’s largest sporting event.

“We already have teams operating in Brazil, and unofficially operated there during the World Cup last summer,” said ISDS vice president Ron Shafran.

“Since it was announced that Brazil would host the Olympic Games, we have greatly expanded our activity in the country,” he added. “Our teams are already preparing for the Olympics, designing our security concept and building technological systems to be installed at the various facilities where the competitions will take place in Rio and four other regions around the country. The games will begin on August 5, 2016, and will continue until December 2016, including the special Olympics.”

He said ISDS will “bring the right technologies from Israel and the rest of the world. We’ll also include small and medium-sized Israeli companies – ones with big solutions….

“This whole business will be an incubator for Israeli technologies and solutions in these areas.”

Spike

Sunday, October 26th, 2014

India is buying $525 million dollars worth of Spike anti-tank missiles from Rafael. This is what they’re buying…

Fund Headed by Kerry’s Wife Donated to Anti-Israel ‘Conflict Kitchen’

Sunday, October 26th, 2014

The Heinz Foundation, headed by the wife of Heinz heiress Mrs. John Kerry, AKA Teresa Heinz Kerry, has been caught having donated $50,000 to the “Conflict Kitchen,’ a Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania soup kitchen that serves up food on a platter of anti-Zionism.

The soup kitchen recently came up with the gimmick of serving “Palestinian food,” whatever that means, in leaflets with quotes that support both terrorism and the idea that Israel should not exists.

The Heinz Foundation told the Washington Free Beacon, which scooped the story, that “the opinions of Conflict Kitchen do not represent those of the Heinz Endowment.” It also did not answer one way or the other if the fund would continue to dish out money to Conflict Kitchen.

A sample tasting of the soup kitchen’s propaganda includes, “How can you compare Israeli F-16s, which are some of the best military planes in the world, to a few hundred homemade rockets? You’re pushing them to the absolute extreme. So what do you expect?”

Another spicy piece of incitement states, “Palestinians are not going to just let [Israel] in and drop their arms. No, they’re going to kill and they are going to die.”

Conflict Kitchen also is big on Iran, and food wrappers told recipients of food, “Iran should equally have the right to develop nuclear weapons…. In general, Iranian people have no issues with the Jews. What Iranians resent is the creation of the state of Israel because of the disaster that it created for millions of Palestinians.”

Unlike the anti-Israel propaganda, Heinz was not listed as a Conflict Kitchen donator on the pro-nuclear Iran wrappers.

The Free Beacon also reported that Conflict Kitchen‘s co-director, Carnegie Mellon University associate professor Jon Rubin, refused a request by Gregg Roman, community relations director for the Jewish Federation of Greater Pittsburgh, that a member of the Jewish or Israeli community in Pittsburgh offer a mainstream point of view at one event.

Rubin explained to the Pittsburgh News, ”The goal of our project is to represent the voices of the people that we are working with, [the Palestinians], so it does not make sense to have someone from Israel on every one of the panels,” said Rubin. “We may have an Israeli perspective at some point, and I understand their desire to have their narrative told, but they have plenty of other formats to do that.”

 

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