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Terrorist Killed in Jordan Valley Early Morning Stabbing Attempt

Tuesday, January 10th, 2017

An Arab terrorist was killed early Tuesday morning at the al-Fari’ah refugee camp in the foothills of the Jordan Valley in northeastern Samaria, after trying to stab Israel soldiers, Israel Radio reported.

The terrorist, yelling Allahu Akbar, rushed with a knife in his hand a unit of the IDF Duvdevan special forces who were arresting suspects for questioning at the camp. The soldiers began a suspect apprehension protocol, but as the man continued to advance in their direction with his knife and yelling they shot him dead.

Throughout the raid the IDF force was pelted with explosives and was shot at. No one was hurt.

According to the Palestinian Central Bureau of Statistics (PCBS), the al-Fari’ah camp had a population of 5,750 in 2006, but according to UNRWA the population reaches 7,244. They are all registered as refugees, even though their vast majority were born there well after 1949, when the camp was established.

David Israel

Former Australian PM: Move Embassy to Jerusalem, Cut Off PA Funds

Monday, January 2nd, 2017

Former prime minister Tony Abbott has called for Australia to cut off the $40 million in aid it gives the Palestinian Authority annually, over the Abbas regime’s support for “terrorists and their families.” The Liberal politician also supported moving the Australian embassy in Israel to Jerusalem.

Last month Mr Abbott attended the Australia-Israel-UK Dialogue in Jerusalem, as did Opposition Leader Bill Shorten and other federal MPs. Last Thursday, writing under the headline “Jerusalem Diary” for The Spectator Australia, the 60-year-old, London-born Member of Parliament, wrote: “In discussions with the Australian MPs, Palestinian Authority Prime Minister Rami Hamdallah claimed that his people accepted Israel’s right to exist behind secure borders; but this is hard to credit given Palestinian TV’s consistent glorification of suicide bombers, reference to Jews as the ‘sons of monkeys and pigs’ and claims that the state of Israel is a ‘satanic project.’”

Pointing out that “Israel’s GDP per person is about $40,000 a year” and “Palestine’s is about $2000,” Abbot stressed that “this is not due to inherent riches on one side of the [border],” but due to the ineptness and corruption of the PA bureaucracy. He quoted Australia’s “highly-regarded ambassador to Israel, Dave Sharma,” who had told him that “it can cost as much to ship a case of Palestinian beer from the West Bank to port at Haifa than from there to Japan.” Abbot’s concluded that the PA’s ” basic problem […] is a focus on politics over economics and the all-pervading sense of grievance.”

In order to improve the lives of PA Arabs, Abbot recommends “lesser issues that could be fixed before [the issue of Palestinian statehood] is resolved. It should be easier for people and goods to move from Palestine into Israel and Jordan. The UAE should join Jordan and Egypt in operating direct flights into Tel Aviv. And Australia should cut our $40 million a year in aid to the Palestinian Authority while it keeps paying pensions to terrorists and their families.”

And, while he’s at it, Abbot suggested that “another way for Australia to demonstrate its unswerving support for Israel, as the Middle East’s only liberal, pluralist democracy, might be to join any move by the Trump administration to move its embassy to Jerusalem.”

Australian Foreign Affairs Minister Julie Bishop issued a quick statement rejecting Abbot’s ideas: “The Australian Government does not have any plans to move the Australian Embassy from Tel Aviv to Jerusalem.”

However, she did announce that Australia’s aid program to the PA was already under review: “The Australian aid program has robust risk management and due diligence assessment processes which are also applied to partner agencies and governments,” she stated, noting that “the Australian Government has a zero tolerance policy with regard to fraud and corruption.”

Bishop made it clear that “Australian aid to the Palestinian Territories is under review after the aid program for World Vision in the Palestinian Territories was suspended last year.”

As you may recall, the head of the World Vision operations in the Gaza Strip turned out to be a Hamas agent who diverted much of the aid funds to Hamas military projects as well as to the restoration of Hamas leaders’ villas.

Labor senior politician Kate Ellis also rejected Abbot’s ideas, saying, “What we see here is Tony Abbott using policy on the Middle East to try and undermine [Liberal Prime Minister] Malcolm Turnbull.”

Similarly, Izzat Abdulhadi, head of the General Delegation of Palestine to Australia, told SBS that Abbot’s “statement, argument, is baseless, ideological, biased and lack evidence of the aid to Palestine.” Adding a touch of melodrama, the representative of one of the most corrupt regimes in the Middle East, with Swiss accounts to show for it, said about Abbot: “If he has some issues with the Prime Minister here it should not be [at] the expense of the suffering of the Palestinian children and Palestinian refugees.”


Jordanian Terror Attack Claimed by ISIS

Tuesday, December 20th, 2016

The Islamic State (ISIS) terrorist organization claimed responsibility Tuesday for Sunday’s bloody attack in Jordan at the famed Karak Castle, an ancient Crusader edifice in the city of Karak.

At least nine people were killed, including a female Canadian tourist, and scores of others were wounded in the massacre.

According to Jordanian officials the perpetrators were Jordanian nationals but they gave no details on who was behind the attack.

A statement issued by ISIS said four “Islamic State fighters” carried out the attack that ended in their deaths.

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu condemned the attack. “On behalf of the people and government of Israel, I strongly condemn yesterday’s terrorist attack in Jordan. We send our sympathies to the families of the victims and wish the wounded a speedy and full recovery.”

Hana Levi Julian

Canadian Tourist Dead in Terror Attack in Jordan

Monday, December 19th, 2016

Israel’s eastern neighbor found itself wrestling with homegrown terrorism Sunday in an attack that took the lives of at least 10 people, including a Canadian tourist, and wounded 27 others. It began around 4 pm Sunday and continued through the night.

The attack in the city of Karak began at a house outside the town of Karak, where a shootout took place between police and gunmen, who then fled by car into the city, according to the Saudi-based Al Arabiya news site.

The attackers then opened fire on two police patrols, then raced to the famed nearby Karak Castle, an ancient Crusader edifice on the top of a hill in Karak province, and attacked the police station there.

Seven officers, two local citizens, and a female tourist from Canada were killed in the attack, which government minister and spokesman Mohammad al-Momani said bluntly was carried out by “terrorists.”

Tourists strolling through the castle admiring the architecture and scenery were taken hostage by the attackers. They were freed after nightfall, with police and other security forces still in a standoff with the terrorists.

Momani told state television that a manhunt to “eliminate” the gunmen had entered its final phase. He did not elaborate. “The security forces and gendarme are in the final stage and we don’t want to pre-empt news … we will be dealing with this group of terrorists and eliminate them,” Momani said.

Prime Minister Hani al Mulki informed the Jordanian parliament that “a number of security personnel” were killed, and that security forces were in the process of laying siege to Karak Castle.

Officials sent a helicopter to the Karak province, with the provincial governor saying that a terrorist group was behind the attack. Jordanian elite special forces have been deployed to hunt the terrorists.

Jordanian sources said that past midnight, officials were notified during a police patrol that a gas cylinder explosive was located inside the building. The terrorists renewed their gunfire as security forces arrived at the scene.

Hana Levi Julian

Palestinian Authority Received $357 Million From US State Dept in 2016

Saturday, December 17th, 2016

A report last week that the Palestinian Authority received no funding at all in 2016 from the United States has been proven untrue in an expose by the Times of Israel.

According to the report, the Ramallah government has received more funding this year from the U.S. State Department than from any other foreign source.

As a matter of fact, a State Department official provided information to the news outlet on Thursday that proves the United States gave the Palestinian Authority more than $357 million in financial aid in 2016. Add to that another $355,177,827 contributed by the United States in 2016 to UNRWA – the United Nations Relief and Works Agency – which included an allocation of $95 million solely for Gaza and the PA-controlled areas of Judea and Samaria.

UNRWA is the agency dedicated solely to helping “Palestinian refugees” in Lebanon, Jordan and Syria – the only refugees in the world to be defined from one generation to the next, now going into the fifth generation, and numbering past five million, rather than having be accepted and absorbed by their “Arab brethren.”

PA Prime Minister Rami Hamdallah had told the official Voice of Palestine radio station on December 8 that his government had not received any funds from the United States in 2016, calling it a “financial siege” on the Palestinian Authority.

“We hope that this aid money will be paid,” he said, the Palestinian Media Watch (PMW) translated from a clip of the program.

But it turns out Hamdallah was playing semantics, with a reference to the difference between fiscal year approval and transfer of payment, which the U.S. government disburses via the USAID agency in the form of project funding in a one-year delay, which Hamdallah knows perfectly well. “Projects” can include anything like bills for education funding – utility bills for schools, for example – hospitals, direct payments to contractors who build or repair infrastructure… anything other than salaries for terrorist inmates sitting in Israeli jails.

The monies for 2016 were approved actually in 2015. The monies for 2017 – according to Hamdallah, $263 million, were approved by Congress in 2016. Somehow he has gotten the figure wrong, however: according to the figures from the State Department, $261 million was approved by Congress. TOI was unable to reach Hamdallah’s office for comment on the difference in the numbers.

Hana Levi Julian

Report: Whole Arab Villages in Judea and Samaria Stand Empty as Residents Flee to US

Saturday, December 17th, 2016

Media reports about the Arab struggle to retrieve the lands of Amona has been presented by politicians and the media as part of an Arab tradition of loyalty to their land.

Indeed, one of the Arab claimants against the Amona community has been quoted as saying, “If your child dies, you can make another one in his place, but land that you sold cannot be replaced.”

And yet, a report in Friday’s Makor Rishon suggests reality on the ground in Judea and Samaria reflects a somewhat different set of values. Local Arabs may not be willing to sell their land, but many of them don’t live on said land either, preferring instead to emigrate to the US.

According to reporter Assaf Gibor, Route 60, which runs from Afula, on Israel’s side of the “green line” through Jenin, near Shechem, through Ofra and outside Ramallah to Jerusalem and then through Gush Etzion, past Hebron all the way to Be’er Sheva, features ghost villages on either side of the highway. The Jewish settlers of Ofra and Amona have been wondering what has happened to neighboring Arab villages such as Silwad, three miles from the main road and about 8 miles north-east of Ramallah. A visitor happening inside the village can see numerous, luxurious villas, that are deserted.

Gibor, who describes those empty homes as “white elephants,” met in Silwad a man in his 79s named Salah, who sat with him over a cup of coffee and revealed that he’s been living in Puerto Rico for 52 years. Having left in 1964, before the Israeli liberation of 1967, Salah got his BA in Puerto Rico and MA in Tennessee, and now he is retired and living off his rental property on the island. His children were born in the US, one is a lawyer, the other a pharmacist, both Harvard graduates. Sadly, they’ve only visited the old country once – but both speak Arabic.

Hamza Awada, 21, who lives with his parents in Arizona, met Gibor in Dir Dibwan, not far from Silwad. He is visiting to conclude a two-year wife search. It’s an arranged marriage, and after the wedding the happy couple will move to America. Hamza has lived in New York City and in Arizona, as well as in Jordan. “Life here in the village is quaint, but it’s not for me.”

Hamza describes himself as a Palestinian, not as an American, and he likes the sense of community in the village his parents had left in their youth. He’d even like to come back some day, maybe. But “life here is difficult,” he says. “It’s hard to find work, make a living and earn enough to support the lifestyle I’m used to abroad.” He plans to maintain the same ties to the old place his parents have kept: visit every few years. He speaks Arabic with his parents at home, but at school and elsewhere outside the home it’s all English.

According to Gibor, between 80 and 90 percent of Dir Dibwan’s residents have an American citizenship. One local resident, Muhammad Manasra, who splits his life between the village and California, estimates the population in the two neighboring villages at 16,000, most of them living abroad.

One of the most common methods used to obtain a US Visa is marrying an American citizen.

In many cases, Arab wives who discover the US lifestyle after having grown up in poverty in Judea and Samaria, refuse to go back. “My brother married a woman from the nearby village of Beitin,” Manasra relates. “There are many Palestinian-Americans there, too. He brought her to the US, arranged for a visa, and the minute she landed there her eyes opened, like she discovered a new world. He would work and she moseyed through the malls and spend money. They had two children, and when the elder was five, my brother wanted his wife and both children to go back to the village so the children learn Arabic and become familiar with Palestinian culture. His wife refused. It ended very badly. They divorced and today both live in the US separately. My brother’s house is sealed,” he says and points at the deserted villa.

Arab immigration from Judea and Samaria has been going on for decades. Official Palestinian Authority figures suggest there are three million Arabs living there. In reality, the figures are lighter by at least one million, according to many experts. Since 1997, Israel is no longer operating the census there, and the PA count does not abide by international norms, whereby a person who has been absent for a year or more from his country is no longer counted. Demographers Yaakov Feitelson and Yoram Ettinger suggest the figure of 1.8 million Arabs in Judea and Samaria, as opposed to the PA claim of 2.9 million.


Friends in Jordan

Sunday, December 11th, 2016

Three days before fires broke out in Israel, we, in the Jordanian Opposition Coalition (JOC), received intelligence information that Jordan’s king’s intelligence desk, in cooperation with Mahmoud Abbas, President of the Palestinian National Authority, were plotting “An unprecedented mother of all Intifadas”.

The information was confirmed by the JOC’s Office of the National Director of Intelligence.   While we usually and regularly pass such critical information to several friendly governments, our Secretary General, Mudar Zahran, felt the need to make the issue public quickly, so he posted the same information above on his social media accounts where he has tens of thousands of followers.  Shortly after, the fires began, and the information about who could be behind it and what happened began pouring on our intelligence unit.

To start, I am sorry for bringing you the bad news, but the “Firetifada” was not the most significant part of the “mother of all intifadas” to come, in fact, the JOC understands that it was only a prelude to it.

Per the JOC’s Shadow Secretary of Homeland Security, Naseem AlGheewan, there will be more attacks and the goal is “creating total chaos in Israel and getting global media and world leaders consumed by the unrest”.

And you may wonder, why would the allegedly “moderate” Jordanian king support such a thing? Additionally, you may ask: why would President Abbas risk so much by getting involved in this mess? To go one step further, why now?  After all, wouldn’t it be too risky to pull such a murderous stunt as the pro-Israel/no-Nonsense Donald Trump is about to become President?

The answers to these questions will help us examine just exactly what the real game is, and in fact what it has always been.

To start, I want to confirm that most of what you see and read in the American media about Jordan’s “so called” peaceful king is nonsense and represent the Yiddish term JOC’s Secretary General often uses to describe it: “Fakakta”, because the bottom line is this: The King is not peaceful, does not like Israel or Jews, is an utter dictator and is one of ISIS’ largest oil buyers (per CNN). To add insult to injury, his government has stolen US weapons and sold them rouge elements that hate Jews, Americans and the west, one of which were used to kill Americans in 2015. (per New York Times) Moreover, his government stole British weapons and sold them to ISIS (per the UK’s Daily Mail), cementing a full and documented and shameless alliance with them.

And to those insisting that the king just makes himself appear anti-Israel and anti-US to appease his subjects, I suggest you stop consuming political Kool-Aid and accept it: The king is doing what all dictators to: talking peace while promoting war; claiming moderation while supporting radicals; and working both ends against the middle in an effort to stay in power and squirrel away billions.

The true story is this: the king and Abbas are in bad shape politically, and the main reason is because of Trump’s unprecedented victory.  After watching him in the first few days, it’s clear that Trump won’t be lenient with Abbas’s and the corrupt Palestinian Authority, and will most likely seek to undermine it and limit its powers, if not dismantle it altogether. With that in mind, Jordan’s king and Abbas have become survivors that depend on one another – after all, if one goes, the other falls and vice versa.

Evidence of this premise is found in a speech presented by Abdulhadi Al-Majali, the king’s close confidant and political heavyweight, who has served as the king’s ambassador to the US, his army’s chief of staff, the speaker of the king’s parliament and remains the king’s most loyal official.  Al-Majali traveled from Jordan to attend the PLO’s conference last week in Ramadallah, and was quoted as saying: “The next four years will be very hard for us and for the Palestinian cause” and called for “an uprising” to save Palestine.

In the Middle East, the intelligence community and Jordan, it is well known that this so called ‘gentleman’ represents the king. In fact, what he said at the conference came from the king’s own speech (or at least the king’s thoughts).

In other words, it’s clear that Trump means trouble for the PA and therefore even deeper trouble for the Hashemite king.

As a result, it is ‘presumed’ that if Trump let’s Abbas go, then Abdullah follows.

So what problems does the king have with Trump? The king’s problem with Trump are deeper than anyone could even imagine.

For example, let’s start with the Muslim Brotherhood. Trump’s position – As well as other members of the cabinet – on the Muslim Brotherhood is simple: zero-tolerance.

This is very bad news for the king, because for years, he has been in full partnership with the Muslim Brotherhood.  And I am not talking about simple coexistence between the two. And we are not only looking at cooperation or simple tolerance. I am talking about full, comprehensive, extended, historical, ongoing, and flourishing partnership between the King of Jordan and a recognized terrorist group called the Muslim Brotherhood.

After the shock wears off, I can almost imagine the jaws of many of those in DC, Israel and Europe dropping as they read this, but facts are the facts: on the king of Jordan’s behalf, his former minister, Bassam Haddadin said it best: “The Muslim Brotherhood is a part of our regime”.

As the President Elect prepares to take office, his open determination to fight the Muslim Brotherhood means the king would have to shut them down or even ban them, even after he handed them 1/3rd of his new parliament.

In our opinion, this will decisively bring the king down, which Trump would not cry over – especially after he’s been briefed on the king’s theft of money, weapons and business dealings with ISIS.

To simplify things, both the king and Abbas are worried they might fall, even if Trump is not interested in toppling regimes. And it is quite clear by his cabinet appointments that he is definitely interested in seeing terrorist groups vanish from the face of the earth, and both Abbas and Abdullah are joined at the hips with terror groups.

The essential point is this: the JOC has solid intelligence information that Jordan’s king and Abbas are going ahead and launch with what can only be considered a mega intifada with a two-fold purpose. First, it will keep Trump busy fixing the self-induced problem. Second, they believe that Trump will be forced to return to where things were before the intifada by empowering Abbas and Abdallah.

What’s scary is this: if both keep up the Intifada for two or possibly three years, then they will have survived Trump’s first term.

To support this collusion between the two, the JOC has confirmed that the King’s Intelligence Desk and Abbas have had firsthand involvement in the “Firetifada”, and have done this through 3rd party operators: Jordan’s Muslim Brotherhood and its military branch, Hamas, as well as some of the king’s loyalists in Hebron, East Jerusalem residents and a variety of Arab Israelis who have been recruited by the king’s intelligence and can only be considered bad apples.

For those who think this is far-fetched propaganda, I would like to take one last moment to remind you of something that JOC’s Secretary General – Mudar Zahran – has warned the world about, months before the so-called Knife Intifada began – In both the social and regular media, he predicted in writing that there will be an “Intifada that will target Jerusalem”, “and that this intifada would be launched from Al-Aqsa/Beit HaMekdsh”. In rounding out the prediction, he stated that “Jordan’s king and Abbas would collude and unite behind it because they will profit politically from it”.

Sadly, the intelligence information Zahran had then all came true.

With the dominoes stacking up against Jordan’s king, its time that the United States, Israel, and all peace-seeking people see Abdullah for what he is: a threat to all of us that must be let go through peaceful means.


Abed AlMaala

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