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November 29, 2015 / 17 Kislev, 5776
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Muslims Show ‘Respect’ For Temple Mount with Snowball Fight [video]

Saturday, February 21st, 2015

Israeli Arabs, Christians and Jews are no different when it comes to enjoying snow, which is always a holiday in Israel except for those in the Upper Golan Heights, where snow is a routine as sun in the summer.

But a snowball fight among Jews at the Western Wall Plaza is unimaginable. Even Haredim and women did not toss snow on each other on “white Friday,” which also was Rosh Chodesh, when Women of the Wall make their monthly pilgrimage to show they are different from Orthodox men who pray there every day.

Up on the Temple Mount’s Al Aqsa mosque compound the Muslims’ third holiest site, things were different, as seen in the video below.

Perhaps they simply were staying in shape to throw stones at Jews.

Arabs Hate the Zionist Camp

Saturday, January 24th, 2015

Yitzchak Herzog and Tzipi Livni can’t catch a break.

The two thought they were being smart when they decided to change the name of the Labor party to “The Zionist Camp”, but Bayit Yehudi candidate Ronen Shoval filed an appeal on Thursday with the judge of Central Elections Committee claiming the party is misleading the public with false claims, and the evidence he brought were the anti/post-Zionist statements of the former Labor party’s own top candidates.

But that’s minor compared to the internal problems the Zionist Camp faces.

JewishPress.com reported that the former Labor party wasn’t using their new name in their Arab advertising, but apparently that’s not enough for the Labor party’s Arab members.

The Arab members of Labor gave Herzog an ultimatum on Saturday.

They told Herzog that all of the former Labor party’s Arabs will vote for another party if the name is not changed immediately from the Zionist Camp.

Knesset Member Raleb Majadla, the Arab sector’s representative in the Labor party said, “We support the Labor party, not the Zionist Camp.”

He added they will tell voters to vote for the Joint Arab List, and will even boycott the former Labor party.

Apparently the Arabs believe that all these years they were voting for Labor, they were not voting for a Zionist party.

Arab Parties to Run Together as “The Joint List”

Wednesday, January 21st, 2015

The various Arab parties in the Knesset have decided to run together on a joint list, according to Israel Channel 2 News.

The parties were concerned that separately they would not pass the minimal electoral threshold.

A joint Arab list is expected to get 11 seats according to the polls.

The name of the party will be “The Joint List” or in Arabic, Al Kaama Al Mushtraka

The Labor party (“The Zionist Camp”) reportedly talked to Ahmed Tibi at the beginning of the week about joining the coalition with them.



High Court to Rule If Raising Vote Limit to be MK Violates Human Rights

Sunday, December 28th, 2014

The Supreme Court is hearing Sunday morning an appeal from representatives of Arab parties who argue that the Knesset law raising the limit of the number of votes needed for a party to elect Knesset Members violates human rights.

The Basic Law on Human Rights gives the court power to overthrow Knesset laws it thinks don’t meet its standards of equality, which are totally subjective.

The Knesset this year raised the “threshold” from 2 percent to 3.25 percent for a party to be represented in the Knesset.

The law was sponsored by Yisrael Beitenu and hoped to do away with a lot of little parties vying to be in the coalition. The higher limit theoretically discourages tiny parties from running but it also could mean that the Arab parties, unless they unite, will not win enough votes to return to the Knesset.

In the 2013 elections, 32 parties ran, of which, 20 did not win enough votes to enter the Knesset.

Among them were Moreshet Avot, which won a grand total of 461 votes, the Pirate party, with 2,076 votes, the Greens and Youth, which garnered 8,117 votes, and the Green Leaf pro-marijuana party, with 43,734 votes but still only a little more than half the number needed for representation.

All told, approximately 240,000 votes., worth three Knesset seats, went to losers.

There are two Arab parties in the outgoing Knesset, one with four MKs and the other with three MKs. An Arab-Jewish party – Hadash – has three MKs.

Lawyers for the Arab parties argued that the higher limit violates their human rights and equality.

They didn’t mention it, but it also increases the extortion capabilities of the mid-sized parties that become far more important for their electoral size.

Attorney General Yehuda Weinstein approved the law and told the court that it was not aimed at the Arab parties but was designed to make the elections and the government more manageable.

If the court overturns the law, it would make it easier for a third Sephardi party to enter the race and would increase the chances that the right-wing Otzma, headed by Michael Ben-Ari, will win Knesset representation.

If so, its seats would come at the expense of the Jewish Home party, making it harder for Binyamin Netanyahu to form a coalition if the Likud wins the election. Otzma is not likely to join a government that talks about “two states” and does not make it clear that all of Judea and Samaria is part of Israel.

ISIS Facebook Fans Stuck in Israel

Thursday, December 25th, 2014

Young Israeli Muslims who support ISIS may find themselves slapped with a travel ban, Channel 10 news reports. Minister of the Interior Gilad Erdan announced Thursday that ISIS supporters in Israel will not be allowed to leave the country, due to fears that they could join the terrorist group.

ISIS supporters sometimes out themselves while still in Israel by posting pro-ISIS messages on Facebook and other social media platforms. Dozens of Israeli Muslims are believed to have traveled to Iraq and Syria to fight.

Earlier this week Erdan froze the passport of a young Israeli Arab man who joined ISIS, and said he would consider revoking his citizenship. The man, 24-year-old Marwan Haldi, was critically injured while fighting with ISIS, and his family is waging a legal battle to return him to Israel for medical care.

So far ISIS has avoided direct confrontation with Israel. However, the group has been gaining power along Israel’s borders with Syria and Egypt, and its long-term strategy appears to include war against the Jewish state.

Israel Capitulates — Returns Bodies of Nar Nof Terrorists [video]

Thursday, December 25th, 2014

Israel has quietly reversed its stand and has handed over the bodies of the two Jerusalem-Arabs who carried out the brutal massacre in the Har Nof Synagogue last month. The families buried the terrorists in a ceremony replete with Palestinian Authority flags.

The massacre left four American-Israeli and British-Israeli rabbis dead, as well as a Druze policeman who came to their rescue. Seven more people were wounded.

Police remove casualties from a Har Nof synagogue after two Jerusalem Arabs butchered four Jews to death.

Police remove casualties from a Har Nof synagogue after two Jerusalem Arabs butchered four Jews to death.

The Bethlehem-based Ma’an News Agency reported that the families’ lawyer issued a statement after midnight confirming the release of the bodies, a month after Israel held them pending further consideration.

Chief Police Inspector Yigal Elmaliach told the Israeli court system, as reported here.

“The State of Israel is trying to cope with the recent wave of attacks. One possibility being considered is not to return the bodies to the families, but [for the state] to bury them. The issue is being examined at the highest levels.”

The families of the terrorists, Ghassan and Uday Abu al Jamal, who were cousins, went to court to demand the release of the bodies. Ma’an said that Israel agreed to return the bodies after ”the intervention of the lawyer.”

Israel’s reversal means either that it learned that it would lose the case in court, or that officials at the ”highest levels” now think that holding the bodies for five weeks was enough to help cope with the recent wave of attacks.”

The “wave” has subsided” if one follows Israel’s major media that play down or completely ignore attacks such as this week’s ambush of a vehicle that came under an attack of cinder blocks that nearly killed the driver, Jeff Seidel, and two passengers, as The Jewish Press first reported here.

The “wave” has subsided unless it washes ashore again with more murders and attempted murders of Jews. Then, if the terrorists are killed, perhaps the government will again decide to hold the bodies to help cope with the attacks.

The Har Nof savages were given an honorable burial before dawn Thursday in eastern Jerusalem in the presence of no more than 40 relatives, according to the lawyer who spoke with Ma’an.

A Palestinian Authority flag was held during the ceremony.

Below is the video of one of the funerals.


Will the Arabs Form the Third Largest Political Party in Israel?

Saturday, December 20th, 2014

With the increase in the minimum threshold number of votes required for entering the Knesset, the Arab parties have been talking unification to ensure that no Arab party gets doesn’t miss the threshold.

A Channel 1 poll shows that a unified Arab party would receive 13-14 seats. The increase in Arab seats would affect the distribution of the votes to all the parties.

The primary reason a single merged Arab party would get more seats is that until now voter turnout in the Arab sector has been low – but a unified party appears to be enough to excite the Arab population.

It could also mean that any left-wing government would be required to include the Arab party in their coalition, something they haven’t done yet, or simply be enough to block the formation of a right-wing government.

Printed from: http://www.jewishpress.com/news/breaking-news/will-the-arabs-become-the-third-largest-party-in-israel/2014/12/20/

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