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February 8, 2016 / 29 Shevat, 5776

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ISIS Threatens to Attack Palestinian Authority during Xmas Holiday

Friday, December 25th, 2015

The Palestinian Authority is under a threat of Islamic State (ISIS) terrorists planning to carry out terrorist attacks against during the Christmas holiday season, Israel radio (Voice of Israel) reported Friday.

PA security forces have arrested dozens of extremists.Massive PA forces have been deployed throughout Bethlehem, where Christmas Eve prayers and festivities passed without major incidents

ISIS-linked terrorists are plotting to murder tourists with rifles and bombs.

However, the ISIS threat against the Arab citizens and the Palestinian Authority regime exists through Judea and Samaria. Threats including those in the name of ISIS< have been posted on social media.

The Abbas regime is not Islamic, leaving it ripe for attacks by fundamentalists.

Groom at ‘Hate Wedding’ Says Extremists Crashed the Party

Thursday, December 24th, 2015

Yakir Eshbal and his new wife won’t forget their wedding for a long, long time but perhaps wish they could.

Yakir and his wife, whose identity has not been published, were married at a Jerusalem social hall where right-wing extremists apparently crashed the party and staged the “hate dance” that was video-taped and shown here on The JewishPress.com and on other websites around the world today.

Shahar Eshbal, father of the groom, and his son maintain that the extremists, who raised rifles and knives and even stabbed the photo of an Arab during the dance.

The father said:

We were far away from the area of all the dancing. I was around the guests I had invited. Only later, people told me that there was an unusual dance during one song. I saw from far away people waving pictures in the air. I thought maybe they were pictures of Jewish victims who were injured.

I never would have imagined that what happened was possible.

If I knew, I would have thrown them out… If we would have known, we would have stopped them immediately. I would have gone up to the stage myself and told them that I don’t permit this and that we are completely against it.

Yakir was quoted by his father as saying:

Dad, I don’t know them.

He said Yakir invited approximately 50 friends, but 150 were dancing. It is not known if the bride knew the “guests.”

Yakir’s father added, “Yakir is just starting his life and is in a big mess already, just like us. He is trying to escape as far away possible from the incident, it [his wedding] was a special moment for him.

“We are law-abiding citizens. We served in the IDF and always donated to the country. We were never taught the way of hatred. We fought this way all the time, but my boy went along with all of his friends and their stupid actions. In the past year, he has really stayed away from this bad-influence group.”

Final Stats Show Ukrainian Aliyah Rose 11 Percent in 2015

Thursday, December 24th, 2015

 

Aliyah from the Ukraine increased 11 percent this year compared with 2014, according to end-of–year statistics compiled by the Ministry of Absorption.

The International Fellowship of Christians and Jews, which has been offering cash payments to Jewish refugees from the Ukraine since last year, helped approximately 2,000 new immigrants move to Israel (olim). An additional IFCJ flight is scheduled to land at Ben Gurion Airport next week with 2543 new olim.

The total number of Olim from the Ukraine of 2015, as of mid-December, is 6,953, compared to 5,921 the year before. The biggest increase was in  January, February and March.

President of the IFCJ, Rabbi Yechiel Eckstein, added, “The fact that the number of Olim has increased, proves that the assumption about the demise of the traditional Aliyah is unfounded and that by using the right methods the number of Olim can increase even more next year.”

The statement was a barb at the Jewish Agency, which complained last March that the IFCJ’s program actually  is harming Aliyah:

The Agency said at the time:

Is the IFCJ prepared to offer cash to all immigrants from Ukraine, including the overwhelming majority who choose not to travel to Israel with them? Would the individuals they’ve managed to draw to their flights be quite as willing to forgo the Jewish Agency’s vital assistance if money weren’t a factor?

There’s something rather absurd about offering someone financial inducements to make a certain choice and then celebrating that choice as though it was made independently, without any connection to the monetary incentive.

 

President Rivlin: No Room for Silence on Incitement

Thursday, December 24th, 2015

President Reuven Rivlin defended the Israel Security Agency (Shin Bet) Wednesday against allegations of torture and said that whoever is silent on incitement “will see that same incitement visited upon them.”

In a special statement the day after the publication of a video of wedding in which extremists brandished weapons and danced while stabbing the picture of an Arab baby, the president said:

I met with the ISA and its commanders, headed by Yoram Cohen… He and all of those who serve under him are devoted faithfully to the defense of the State of Israel. In Israel, there exist mechanisms of checks and balances, and no organization or individual is above them. One who fears unjustified actions has the ability to raise their concerns, and receive a clear answer.

We must all be cautious not to slander, or weaken the ISA. Harm done to the ISA, is harm done to the security of Israel. One who is silent in the face of incitement, will see that same incitement visited upon them.

Against the incitement revealed in this sickening video, the firm and clear stand expressed by many leading figures in Israel over the last days, is both welcome and necessary.

The video has been condemned by all sectors of the political spectrum, including leaders in Judea and Samaria.

Right-wing rabbis never have even implicitly condoned violence but previously have acted as if it almost does not exist.

They have been silent for years, dismissing right-wing violence as a fabrication by instigators working for the Shin Bet or as isolated and meaningless incidents.

Shin Bet: Jewish Terrorists Plan to Appoint King over Israel

Thursday, December 24th, 2015

Jewish terrorists in the country are plotting to carry out more attacks as part of plan to topple the government and launch a rebellion with the aim of appointing a king over Israel, the Israel Security Agency (Shin Bet) charged Wednesday.

The unusual statement vehemently denied charges of extremist right-wingers that the Duma arson-murder suspects are being tortured. The Shin Bet accused supporters of the suspects and their lawyers of trying to spread a hate campaign against it in order to obstruct the investigations.

Previous charges by right-wingers that at least one of the suspects was denied the right to pray and to light Hanukkah candles already have been thoroughly squashed by authorities, and no one has challenged the denial.

The latest accusations are that one of the suspects tried to commit suicide and that interrogators attacked suspects’ private parts.

The Shin Bet stated today, as reported by the Hareidi Kikar Shabbat website:

The Jewish terrorists think that the State of Israel does not have a right to exist. Their vision is to topple the government through violence, including murder, and to launch a rebellion with the objective of appointing a king, damage relations with other countries and expel non-Jews and to harm minorities.They have an extremist anti-Zionist ideology and continue to carry out attacks even after the arson-murder at Duma, which they consider to be an example to copy.

The Shin Bet emphasized that the investigations of the suspects are being carried out with consultations with the judicial system and that more than 100 hearings already have taken place.

Charges of torture, damaging private parts and using electric shocks have been raised in the hearings and have been denied, as has been the claim that one of the suspects tried to harm himself by cutting his wrists.

The Shin Bet added:

These claims have nothing to do with reality. The aim of the lies is to create an atmosphere to blacken the name of the Shin Bet and to harm the ability to function by obstructing the probe.

A video, reported here earlier today, of a wedding complete with extremist right-wingers hoisting rifles in the air and stabbing the picture of an Arab baby, sent shock waves through the county and offered evidence of the danger of the small but militant terrorists.

They ostensibly are Orthodox Jews, a label that the Haaretz newspaper was careful to include in its sub-headline in the article on the video, implying a connection between them and Orthodox Jews, especially those in the national religious movement.

The Chief Rabbi of Israel, national religious Knesset Members, and leaders of the settler movement, thoroughly condemned the wedding celebration and the violence that extremists support. So far, nothing has been heard from right-wing rabbis in Judea and Samaria.

Several religious and political leaders of national religious movement have told The JewishPress.com that the extremists do not listen to them or any other respected rabbi, are a cult and live in their own world.

Many if not most the terrorists and their supporters move from hilltop to hilltop in Judea and Samaria and are high school dropouts.

Byzantine-Era Lamb Sculpture Discovered at Caesarea Port

Thursday, December 24th, 2015

Archaeologists discovered a Byzantine-era marble sculpture of a lamb Thursday morning in excavations at Caesarea port in the Caesarea National Park,

Experts suggested that the lamb served as part of the decoration in the 6th-7th century CE church that was discovered adjacent to the ancient port.

 

Israelis Can’t Stand Obama even More than Iranians

Wednesday, December 23rd, 2015

 

Israelis can’t stand President Barack Obama even more than Iranians can do without him, but they like German Chancellor Angela Merkel as the most popular world leader, a new survey reveals.

The poll in Israel was part of an international survey of 65 world leaders by WIN/Gallup International. Ma’agar Mochot, headed by Prof. Yitzchak Katz, carried out the survey in Israel.

One of the questions posed was:

What is your opinion regarding each of the following global leaders: very favorable position, sympathetic to some extent, not sympathetic to some extent, or very unfavorable?

Each leader was ranked twice, once with a favorable ranking and once with an unfavorable ranking, and the final score was determined by subtracting the negative votes from the positive votes.

Obama was popular worldwide with a 30 percent rating on the plus side, much better than can be said for what Americans think of him.

In Israel, he scored a minus 22 percent, even worse than the minus 21 percent ranking by Iranians.

On the positive side, the most popular world leader for Israelis is German Chancellor Angela Merkel, who scored a net 38 percent on the plus side, far ahead of the distant second place leader, Britain’s Prime Minister David Cameron.

Israelis also placed Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi, French President Francois Hollande, Russian President Vladimir Putin and President of China Shi Tz’infing above Obama.

However, President Obama can console himself that Israelis don’t dislike him as much as they do Iranian President Hassan Rouhani, Saudi Arabia’s King Salman bin Abdul Aziz, and Brazilian President Dilma Rousseff.

On the other hand, Russians gave President Obama a disastrous minus 83 percent rating, the lowest of any country. However, he is popular in Kosovo with a plus 73 percent rating. Close behind is Vietnam

Putin is much more unpopular with Americans than with Israelis. He scored minus 44 in the United States, and only minus 20 in Israel.

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