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Report: Jordan Frees Child-Killer Ahmad Al-Daqamseh

Monday, October 17th, 2016

Jordan has freed Arab child killer Ahmad al-Daqamseh, a former Jordanian soldier and vicious killer who murdered seven Israeli teenage girls on March 13, 1997 at the “Island of Peace” in Naharayim, Israel’s Channel 2 News reported Monday.

Al-Daqamseh opened fire at the group of 80 seventh and eighth grade Israeli school girls from the AMIT Fuerst School of Beit Shemesh with an M-16 assault rifle after completing his prayers, during which some of the girls were reportedly laughing and clapping. The group was visiting the site while on a class field trip to the Jordan Valley and the Golan Heights.

The “Island of Peace” was intended to be a joint Israeli-Jordanian tourist resort, under Jordanian rule.

Seven of the girls died in the bloody attack; six more were wounded.

The shooter, who said he was proud of his actions and who was publicly praised by his mother, was sentenced to a 25-year prison term. However, Jordan’s Justice Minster at the time, Hussein Mejalli, called him a “hero.”

Three days after the attack, King Hussein of Jordan personally apologized for the attack, traveling to Israel to pay his respects to the families of the slaughtered girls during shiva, CNN reported on March 16, 1997. The king also visited the wounded girls in the hospital and offered financial compensation to all of the families who were affected by the attack.

Hana Levi Julian

Tamar Yonah Show – An Arab’s View of Terror [audio]

Monday, October 10th, 2016

The terror attack in Jerusalem on Sunday dissected and analyzed. INTR news director, Hana Julian, gives a summary of the attack and its background. Also, Shifra Hoffman joins us and talks about the lives of victims after the headlines pass. Last, an Arab from Jordan calls into the show and gives an Arab view point of the terror attacks that happen against Jews. An eye opening show!

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Jordanians Protest Natural Gas Deal with Israel

Sunday, October 2nd, 2016

Jordanian protesters marched in Amman this past Friday (Sept. 30), carrying banners and shouting slogans against the Jordanian government and Israel.

The demonstration was held to protest against the new Jordan-Israel gas deal in which the Leviathan natural gas consortium signed a $10 billion, 15-year gas deal with Amman.

A senior official at the Jordan National Electric Power Company (NEPCO) told the Jordan Times that the deal will save them $600 million annually.

The consortium, comprised of the Texas-based Noble Energy firm and Israel’s Delek group, signed the contract on September 26 to supply the Jordan Electric Power Company with approximately 45 billion cubic meterse of natural gas, beginning in 2019.

Hana Levi Julian

Israel’s Leviathan Consortium and Jordan Sign $10b, 15-Year Gas Deal

Monday, September 26th, 2016

Members of the Leviathan consortium, which includes Israel’s Delek group and the U.S.-based Noble Energy firm, signed a $10 billion contract on Monday to supply the Jordan Electric Power Company with natural gas for 15 years, beginning in 2019.

With the new agreement Israel will have become Jordan’s largest supplier of natural gas, providing the Hashemite Kingdom with approximately 45 billion cubic meters of the energy resource.

Israel’s Likud Energy Minister Yuval Steinitz called the deal “an extremely important national achievement,” according to Channel 10 television news. “This is an important milestone in strengthening the ties and strategic partnerships between Israel and Jordan and the entire region,” he emphasized.

Yossi Abu, CEO of Delek Drilling, was quoted by the Hebrew-language NRG news site as saying the deal “establishes the Leviathan oil field as a serious player on the energy map… It will contribute to the prosperity of [both] Israel and Jordan.”

Hana Levi Julian

Prominent Jordanian Christian Writer Shot to Death Outside Courthouse for Sharing ‘Allah’ Cartoon on Facebook

Sunday, September 25th, 2016

A 56-year-old Jordanian Christian writer was shot to death outside a courthouse in Amman on Sunday as he prepared to face trial on charges of giving offense to Allah, the Jordanian state news agency Petra reported on Sunday.

Nahed Hattar was being charged for sharing a cartoon on his Facebook page that portrayed Allah in a manner that was considered offensive to Islam. The cartoon was titled, “God of Da’esh” — the Arabic acronym for the Islamic State terrorist organization.

It showed an Arab sheikh, “Abu Saleh” lying smoking in bed in a tent labeled “Paradise” with two women, directing Allah to clear the dishes, bring him wine and cashews, get a “servant” to clean the floor and put a door on the tent and knock before entering the next time.

Hattar explained he was sharing the cartoon to ridicule “terrorists and how they imagine Allah and paradise,” saying that “it does not insult Allah in any way.” He removed the cartoon from his Facebook page and apologized for posting it after it triggered a firestorm of outrage on social media from conservative Muslim Jordanians.

Jordan’s highest official religious fatwa authority had condemned Hattar for what it said was an “insult to the divine entity, Islam and religious symbols.”

Hattar was shot three times by an unidentified bearded gunman in his fifties wearing a traditional Arab dishashada — a garment worn by deeply observant Sunni Salafi Muslims who shun a Western lifestyle, according to international news agencies.

The shooter was alleged by a security source to be a 39-year-old Muslim preacher from a mosque in Amman. He was arrested “and investigations are ongoing,” according to Petra.

The shooting was immediately condemned by the Jordanian Government. Spokesperson Mohammad Momani said in a statement that followed the murder, “The law will be strictly enforced on the culprit who did this criminal act and will hit with an iron fist anyone who tries to harm state of law.”

Hattar had said he believed his Islamist opponents were using the cartoon and the outrage it triggered to settle their political scores with him. The writer was a supporter of Syrian President Bashar al-Assad, and an activist fighting political, radical Islam. He was arrested August 13 and charged with contempt of religion and incitement of sectarian strife.

Jordan has been struggling to contend with internal struggles between its secular, moderate and extremist Islamist sectors, as well as the internecine conflicts arising between Jordanian citizens and Syrian refugees.

The growing majority of Arabs from the Palestinian Authority has also become a growing factor in the rising discontent of various factions. This population is comprised of those who fled their homes and moved to Jordan during the 1967 Six Day War as well as their children, grandchildren and great-children.

Hana Levi Julian

Ethnic Cleansing? What Will Israel’s Prime Minister Think Up Next?

Sunday, September 25th, 2016

{Originally posted to the author’s eponymous website}

In a video message, he made the crazy charge that the goal of the Palestinians was “ethnic cleansing.” This atrocious sounding term usually refers to the actions of one ethnic group to not only kill members of another ethnic group, but to take over their land and destroy their homes, social centers, places of worship, and other evidence that they had ever lived there. Even cemeteries are not spared when it comes to ethnic cleansing.

How on Earth could the leader of Israel make such a pernicious accusation?

Because it’s already happened.

Just go back to 1948, not all that long ago. There are even Israelis who can testify to what happened.

That was the year that the Old City of Jerusalem was “ethnically cleansed” of its Jewish community, a community that had been living there for thousands of years. The city fell to the Jordanian Legion with help from local Arabs (who would later be called Palestinians).

Families who could trace their ancestry back through multiple generations of residency in Jerusalem found themselves targeted for destruction. Some were murdered, others were forced to leave their homes with nothing but the shirts on their backs.

Then their homes were destroyed. The synagogues, 58 of them, were ransacked. Every Jewish building was knocked down, burned, or otherwise destroyed. Even the ancient cemetery on the Mount of Olives was not spared. The place where Jews had been burying their dead for thousand of years was dug up and the grave stones used to pave roads.

“Ethnic Cleansing?” Could you find a better term for what happened to the Jews of Jerusalem in 1948.

Lest you think that these actions were one isolated example, look what happened in other areas that fell to the Arabs in 1948. Both the Jewish people and evidence of where they had lived was systematically destroyed.

There were three Jewish communities in the historic area of Judea known as Gush Etzion. These areas were besieged. The last stand of the Jews was the town of Kfar Etzion. They fought to the last bullet but where then forced to surrender.

Then they were collected and massacred. Not content to stop at murder, the homes, schools, and even agricultural fields were burned down. Again, the goal was to remove evidence that Jews had ever lived in the area.

“Ethnic Cleansing? To see that the Prime Minister was not so off-the-mark with his charge, a simple review of Israel’s history shows clearly that it has already happened once. If you listen to the anti-Jewish rhetoric of the Palestinian leaders, it appears that this is their goal once again.

So maybe rather than accusing the Prime Minister of demogeogary, those who condemned the Prime Minister should think about history. We have to ask why the U.S. State Department and

the U.N Secretary General were so quick to condemn Netanyahu while usually remaining silent about the extreme charges stemming from the Palestinian Authority.

Even if they don’t, the media who report their remarks have a responsibility to tell their readers why the accusation of “ethnic cleansing” is not so off base.

It would be refreshing to see the media report “Prime Minister Netanyahu has accused the Palestinians of seeking to ethnically cleanse the area of Jews, something that happened in 1948…” Rather than merely reinforcing the anti-Israel sentiment carried by much of the world, it would help explain why Israelis are so worried about the “peace process.”

Yarden Frankl

Jordan’s King Asking UN Help on Syrian Refugees, Offering Lip Service on PA

Thursday, September 22nd, 2016

The two main concerns Jordan’s King Abdullah II Ibn Al Hussein brought up in his speech before the UN assembly this week were the need to halt the spread of terrorism in the Middle East and elsewhere, and his country’s dire need for help in caring for millions of Syrian refugees that have crossed over from the civil war next door. The king ended his eloquent speech with a scant reference to the Israeli-PA conflict, cautioning that “no injustice has spread more bitter fruit than the denial of a Palestinian State,” and stressing that “Israel has to embrace peace or eventually be engulfed in a sea of hatred.”

Meanwhile, it’s been Jordan being engulfed, as the ISIS hordes have been hammering at its borders from several directions, leaving only one safe border, the one with those bitter fruits of the Israeli-PA conflict. Or, as His Majesty described it, the outlaws of Islam — the “khawarej” — have murdered, plundered, exploited children and rejected the equality of women before God. But he insisted that it was crucial to recognize the difference between that image of Islam and what the religion really teaches.

“False perceptions of Islam and of Muslims will fuel the terrorists’ agenda of a global struggle by polarizing and factionalizing societies, East and West,” the king warned. Islam teaches that all humanity is equal in dignity and that there is no distinction between different nations, regions or races, he said, but the khawarej deliberately hide such truths in order to drive Muslims and non-Muslims apart. “We cannot allow this to happen,” he warned. He explained that those radical outlaws do not exist on the fringes of Islam, but outside it altogether. A new mind-set, new partnerships and reformed methodologies would be needed to confront such a non-traditional enemy. For Muslims it is, first and foremost, a fight for their future.

Admirably truthful and useful ideas, which is why one must wonder how come the king is recommending that, while the rest of the world should be combating these radicals, Israel, his only safe neighbor, should embrace peace with them. It may have to do with the fact that Jordan’s population is 80% “Palestinian,” meaning it is made up of the indefinable hordes who flooded the area from all over the Middle East starting in the 1920s, seeking jobs and safety alongside the Zionist enterprise and under the rule of the British Mandate. Jordan has become a home to many of them who fled Israel during the 1948-49 war, just as it became a home to an estimated 400,000 of them who were deported by Kuwait after the Gulf War of 1991. Indeed, the close to two million refugees who have been invading Jordan in the past five years are no more “Syrian” than the others are “Palestinian.” Those national definitions are synthetic, Western inventions imposed on a region that lives by tribalism.

That was the real message the Jordanian king was sharing with the world in NY City this week, as he put it bluntly in his speech before the Leaders’ Summit on Refugees, co-hosted by the US, Jordan, Mexico, Canada, Sweden, Germany and Ethiopia.

“For many years, our country’s security and stability and our citizens’ generous compassion have led desperate refugees to our doors,” King Abdullah II told the summit. “In the past five years the Syrian crisis has sent Jordan’s burden skyrocketing. Some 2.5 million Syrians have crossed into Jordan since 2011. Today we are hosting 1.5 million Syrians, one for every five of our own citizens. Across my country, Jordanians are suffering. No one is justified in questioning our commitment and sacrifices. The economic and social impact has shocked every sector, every community; and it has set back the strides of our economy and has created tremendous problems in our development, job growth and debt reduction. We are spending a quarter of our national budget on refugee-related costs.”

Noting that “all countries agree that the Syrian refugee crisis will be with us all for years to come,” the king warned that “if regional refugee hosts are abandoned and left to fail, the need won’t disappear. The crisis will simply spread further, prolonging the time it takes to end this ordeal. The cost in human suffering will be unspeakable.”

Which is why the takeaway from King Abdullah II’s speech is not about his faint call on Israel to be more peaceful with its terrorist neighbors, but a cry for help in managing the Arab hordes on either side of his gates.


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