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November 29, 2015 / 17 Kislev, 5776
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Bennett Tells Universities to Stop Islamic Movement Activities

Sunday, November 22nd, 2015

Education Minister Naftali Bennett has ordered all Israeli academic institutions to disband student cells involved in the Islamic Movement, which the government last week declared to be illegal.

He wrote institutions of higher learning on Friday:

There will be no terror on campus. We have taken the Islamic Movement out of the realm of legality, and now it is clear that there is no place for it in academic institutions in Israel.

I expect all academic leaders to take responsibility, to understand the dangers involved and to cooperate with the government.

The Council of Higher Education has stated that it will not limit the rights of students to conduct public activities unless they are forbidden by law.

Pollard’s First Wife Suing Israel

Sunday, November 22nd, 2015

Anne Pollard, the “forgotten” Pollard who was jailed along with her husband Jonathan but for a shorter time, is suing the Israeli government for millions of dollars for allegedly abandoning her.

Anne Pollard served 3 years and 4 months in prison, out of a five-year term, while her husband’s life sentence in jail was curtailed Friday.

She is arguing in her suit that the Mossad abandoned her and for defamation and Jonathan from the day the Israeli Embassy refused to allow them asylum.

Jonathan Pollard divorced her from his jail cell after she left prison. He then married Esther after Anne moved to Israel. She returned to the United States and then moved back to Israel in 2010.



Jonathan Pollard’s First Picture as a Free Man

Friday, November 20th, 2015

(JNi.media) Jonathan Pollard and his family posted a notice on the Justice for Pollard website, asking his supporters to refrain from public activities regarding his release (from US parole), saying it may be harmful to his cause.

In keeping with this request, Pollard’s close circle has decided to find a way in which “the dear public who acted, prayed and fought for Jonathan’s release through the years, could send him directly a huge hug which would empower him and Esther to face the complicated challenges that still remain in their path.”

To this end, they established an mail account: Letters4pollard@gmail.com, intended to receive letters (in Hebrew, too), which will be printed in the US by the staff and be personally delivered to Jonathan as soon as possible. “You are welcome to send Jonathan all that’s in your heart, tell him about your activities and your prayers for him over the years, and it is also possible to attach a photo.”

The group has also asked people to pray for his complete recovery using his Hebrew name: Yehonatan ben Malka.

Pollard Freed from Prison But Not from US

Friday, November 20th, 2015

Jonathan Pollard, 61, was released from prison in the pre-dawn hours Friday morning, 30 years after having been incarcerated for handing over classified Pentagon information on behalf of Israel.

Many of America’s media still report that he was a spy even though he never was convicted for espionage.

Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu said Friday:

The people of Israel welcome the release of Jonathan Pollard. As someone who raised Jonathan’s case for years with successive American presidents, I had long hoped this day would come.

After three long and difficult decades, Jonathan has been reunited with his family. May this Sabbath bring him much joy and peace that will continue in the years and decades ahead.

His freedom is limited by his having to report to a parole officer. Pollard’s release is conditioned on good behavior. He is not allowed to leave the United States for five years, but lawyers are lobbying federal officials to lift the restrictions. One report is that he might be able to leave the country on condition that he renounces his American citizenship.

Both the Obama and Netanyahu administrations are keeping his release low key. Officials purposely released him in the pre-dawn hours to lower the level of publicity.

Prime Minister Netanyahu told ministers and Knesset Members to keep a low profile over Pollard’s release and not to meet him as he left prison, probably in order to hurt his chances of winning a cancellation of conditions on his release.

He will undergo medical examinations, and an investment firm reportedly has promised him a job as an analyst.

Mother of Terrorist who Stabbed 2 to Death ‘Proud of Her Son’

Friday, November 20th, 2015

Jewish mothers like to wish that their sons will be a doctor, lawyer or businessman.

In the Palestinian Authority, a mother is proud that her son is a terrorist.

She told Hamas TV that her 36-year-old don’s deadly stabbing of two Jews while they were praying in a Tel Aviv synagogue was a “source of pride for Hebron and Palestine.”

The attacker, Raid Halil bin Mahmoud, 36, had a special permit to legally work outside of Judea and Samaria to have carried out a terrorist attack.  Israeli authorities said he had no criminal record.

His acts of murders were rationalized as a reaction to his “pain” for other Arabs.

Mahmud lives in Dura, a Hamas-infested city in the southern Hebron Hills, between Hebron and Be’er Sheva.

His clean record and his mother’s response are clear indications of how deep the Hamas ideology and Palestinian Authority incitement has seeped into the hearts and minds of the Arab population.

Saeb Erekat Says Only ‘a Few People Believe in Two States’ Idea

Friday, November 20th, 2015

Secretary-General of the Palestine Liberation Organization (PLO) Saeb Erekat said that only a “few people” are left who believe in the “two states” proposal “28 years after the painful historic compromise made by the PLO.”

He blamed Israel for having “continued to destroy the prospects of a two-state solution to an extent where very few still believe that this goal could be achieved. Israeli policies, including land grabs, theft of natural resources, forcible transfer and collective punishments among others continue to derail Palestinian fundamental human rights.”

His statement on “Palestine’s Independence Day” referred to what he called “the painful historic compromise made by the PLO” 28 years ago, which would mean it was in 1987.

That was the year that the Intifada started, giving Peace Now a launching pad to promote the “peace process.”

But that was not the “painful compromise” Erekat meant. He apparently got his math wrong and meant 27 years, which would mean the “painful compromise” was in 1988, first PLO triumph from the Intifada, when the PLO leadership promised the United States that it would delete its principle to destroy Israel and in effect accept two states.

U.S. Secretary of State Henry Kissinger in 1975 had refused to deal with the PLO until it accepted his condition in order to eliminate the possibility that a terrorist organization would be involved in peace talks with Israel.

After Yasser Arafat stated. ‘We want peace…we are committed to peace, and we want to live in our Palestinian state and let others live,” the United States was satisfied.

Rabbi of Slain Teen’s Family Calls on Imams, Priests to Condemn Terror

Friday, November 20th, 2015

The Young Israel rabbi of the family of Palestinian Authority murder victim Ezra Schwartz called on all religious leaders to condemn terror.

Schwartz, 18 and from the Boston suburb of Sharon, was one of three people shot and killed when a Palestinian Authority terrorist went on a shooting spree Thursday afternoon at the entrance to Alon Shvut in Gush Etzion, using a Uzi sub-machine gun.

Having run out of ammunition, he then sped away and rammed into people at the Gush Etzion junction before he was apprehended.

The other two people murdered in the attack are Alon Shvut resident Yaakov Don, 49, and a Hebron Arab identified as Shadi Arafeh, 24.

Two women wounded in the ramming attack are in good condition, and one of them is scheduled to be released from Shaarei Tzedek Hospital in Jerusalem Friday morning.

Schwartz was killed when the terrorist opened fire on a line of cars. He and his fellow students from the Yeshivat Ashreinu in Beit Shemesh were in the area to distribute food to soldiers.

He graduated from Maimonides School in the Boston suburb of Brookline this year.

He and his family were members of the Young Israel of Sharon synagogue, where friends and members were overwhelmed by grief after hearing of the murder of Schwartz, who is to be buried on Sunday.

Rabbi Meir Sendor said:

I really think it’s well overdue that religious leaders step up,” Sendor said. “Rabbis, imams, priests. Recognize there is never, ever a justification for violence.

It has been silently accepted that virtually no religious leaders have categorically condemned Palestinian Authority and Israeli Arab attacks. Reform and Conservative rabbis are rarely heard, except to condemn settlements and sermonize on “two states.”

Muslim clergy are out of the picture completely. Priests can mention it without lecturing Israel for “causing” terror because it allows Jews to live in Judea and Samaria.

A haunting acceptance of Islamic terror, especially the murders of Jews, has sown seeds justifying it. U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry has tried denying he excused terror this week by commenting in Paris that he could understand the “rationale” for the murders at the offices of the satirical Charlie Hebdo magazine last January. One of the victims was a Jewish cartoonist.

Kerry explained he was not defending terror or rationalizing it but simply saying he understands the reasoning of terrorists.

Hamas spokesman Hussan Badran praised Thursday’s attack calling it “an act of bravery” against “Zionist settlers.”

Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu said Thursday that “blindness and hypocrisy” stops people from condemning attacks as vehemently as the Islamic State (ISIS) massacres in Paris a week ago.

The Maimonides School stated:

The community is profoundly saddened as we mourn the tragic loss of our recent graduate, Ezra Schwartz, Class of 2015, who was murdered in a terrorist attack today in Israel. Ezra was spending his gap year studying in Israel. Our thoughts and prayers are with Ezra’s family, classmates and friends.

“They miss him. They miss Ezra. We all miss him,” Rabbi Meir Sendor said.

Maimonides School teacher Lori Kipnes told the Boston television station WCVB:

The whole school went into shock. The middle school and the upper school immediately canceled classes, and everybody came together to pray. At first, we heard he was hurt and was in surgery in critical condition. We were praying for his safety and his recovery, but then we got the news that it was too late.

Schwartz is the second alumni of the Maimonides school to be murdered in the last 12 months. Rabbi Moshe Twersky, 59, was killed in the November 14 butchery of five men, four of them rabbis, at a synagogue in the Jerusalem neighborhood of Har Nof. The victims were praying when two Jerusalem Arab terrorists attacked them with butcher knives, axes and a gun.

Printed from: http://www.jewishpress.com/news/breaking-news/rabbi-of-slain-teens-family-calls-on-imams-priests-to-condemn-terror/2015/11/20/

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