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Israeli Lawyers File War Crime Suit against Abbas for Rocket Fire

Monday, November 10th, 2014

An Israeli civil rights group has filed a complaint in the International Criminal Court against Palestinian Authority chairman Mahmoud Abbas for war crimes in the Gaza war against Israel.

The Shurat HaDin (Israel Law Center) group said that Abbas can be tried in the court in Hague because he has Jordanian citizenship.

The Palestinian Authority is not as member of the ICC, but Abbas has threatened he will apply for membership. If the PA is accepted, he could file war crime suits against Israel.

“Shurat HaDin will not allow Fatah to carry out rocket attacks on Israeli population centers, while hypocritically advocating Palestinian membership in the ICC, said Shurat HaDin director Nitsana Darshan Leitner. “Abbas falsely believes that alleged crimes against Arabs are the only ones that should be prosecuted,” she added.

Darshan-Leitner argued that Abbas, as head of the Fatah movement, “is liable for Fatah’s rocket attacks on Israeli cities during this past summer’s Gaza war.”

Fatah boasted that it launched missiles towards numerous Israeli communities, including Ashkelon, Sderot, Netivot and kibbutzim in the Gaza Belt area.

Darshan-Leitner explained that Abbas’ Jordanian citizenship circumvents the previous obstacle to the ICC chief prosecutor’s argument that the court did not open an investigation into war cries in the war because neither Israel or the Palestinian Authority is a member of the ICC.

“Abbas is a Jordanian citizen and Jordan is a current member of the ICC,” she said, “The ICC is empowered to exercise its jurisdiction over all acts committed by the citizen of a member, wherever those acts are committed.”

The complaint notes Jordan has never prosecuted any Palestinian citizen for terrorism and it “has no means of obtaining custody of Mahmoud Abbas,” who lives in Ramallah under PA protection.

In September, Shurat HaDin filed an ICC complaint against Hamas leader Khaled Mashaal, who also possesses Jordanian citizenship, for Hamas’s extra-judicial execution of 39 Palestinian civilians in Gaza.

 

Anarchy Fuels War over Jerusalem

Friday, November 7th, 2014

Jerusalem police found two stolen guns, 11 bullet cartridges and dozens of stolen IDF stun grenade in eastern Jerusalem Friday and arrested an Arab suspect in Jabal Mukaber, an Arab neighborhood next to the Jewish area of Armon HaNatziv.

The Israeli government has ordered a crackdown in Arab areas of the city in the wake of the new intifada, riots or Arab Spring uprising, depending on the mood of an editor.

The warning signs have been flashing for three years, but an Israeli blind eye and President Barack Obama’s overt backing for Palestinian Authority-claimed areas of Jerusalem have allowed terror to capture the fancy of an increasing number of Arabs in what is commonly referred to as “eastern Jerusalem.”

In fact, the Palestinian Authority also claims sovereignty over southern Jerusalem, home to tens of thousands of Jews in Gilo, Talpiot and Har Homa, and northern Jerusalem, where Pisgat Ze’ev and Nevei Yaakov are the homes of tens of thousands of other Jews. French Hill and much of Ramot also are in areas where President Obama has declared Jews to be “illegitimate” and “illegal.”

American ignorance of the Arab culture, especially when it comes to its attitude of a Jewish state of Israel, does not take into account that the president’s remarks, certainly not intended as incitement for violence, give the Arab world justification to ram cars into people, beat them with iron rods and throw rocks at them, at their cars and at the Jerusalem light rail trains system in order to defeat the “Zionists.”

Ambushes of Jews in “eastern “Jerusalem were reported as far back as three years ago. People were severely beaten and hospitalized, but the government ignored the incidents, encouraging the state of anarchy.

Police tried to stay out of Arab neighborhoods in order not to “escalate tensions,” a ghetto state of mind that is paralleled today by calls for Jews to stay away from the Temple Mount in order not to anger Arab Muslims.

It more or less reminds me of a little talk gave to a group of armchair Zionists in Baltimore more than 20 years ago during the Oslo idiocy. After I described the illegal hobbies of our Arab neighbors in the southern Hebron Hills, and after explaining the Jewish meaning of the word “Shalom,” one of the names of God, a very polite and stupid gentleman stood up and asked, “Well, if the Arabs don’t want leave you alone in peace, why don’t you just move to Tel Aviv?”

The Arab world has fed Arabs in Israel, and more worryingly an entire new generation, a steady diet of hatred and the notion that they are a “people” who are “stateless.” They believe Israeli is “occupying” them and would not believe how loathsome and pathetic were the lives of the grandparents and great-grandparents under the Jordanian occupation from 1948-1967.

That is part of history they never will learn. Instead, Hamas has done what Yasser Arafat did – exploit a vacuum and incite people to war.

There is war in Jerusalem, a war that Israel cannot afford to lose.

The violence may subdue tomorrow, or next week or next month, or not at all. Like most wars, there is no logic. Jerusalem Arabs received benefits from Israel that they could only dream of receiving under a Palestinian Authority regime.

They enjoy the light rail system, a cheap and efficient way of arriving to work.

But much of Arab Jerusalem is lawless. The city had allowed tens of thousands of Arab buildings to be constructed without permits. It also has discriminated against Arabs when it comes to funding for schools, parks and other municipal services.

Jordan Recalls Ambassador from Israel

Wednesday, November 5th, 2014

Jordan has recalled its ambassador from Israel for “consultations” — and to protest the closure of the Temple Mount in connection with Arab violence spreading across Jerusalem.

According to the official Jordanian Petra news agency, Amman recalled its ambassador over “the unprecedented and escalated Israeli aggressions” at the Temple Mount, and “repeated violations in the holy city.”

Jordanian Foreign Minister Nasser Judeh was set to meet today (Wednesday, Nov. 5) with U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry in Paris to discuss the situation, officials said in Amman.

Jordanian officials also told journalists they intended to file a complaint with the United Nations Security Council.

Under its peace treaty with Israel, Jordan was given custodianship of the Muslim holy sites, according to former Jordanian Prime Minister Abdelsalam al-Majali.

The retired official told i24news that he was the one who signed the 1994 peace treaty brokered by then-U.S. President Bill Clinton, together with King Hussein and former Prime Minister Yitzhak Rabin in Washington D.C.

Any violation of the status quo would be met with a harsh response from Amman, al-Majali told the Tel Aviv-based television network.

Abbas Declares Closure of Al Aqsa Mosque a ‘Declaration of War’

Thursday, October 30th, 2014

Israel’s closure of the Temple Mount and the Al Aqsa mosque is “a dangerous Israeli escalation [and] is a declaration of war on the Palestinian people and its sacred places and on the Arab and Islamic nation,” Palestinian Authority Chairman Mahmoud Abbas said Thursday morning.

“We hold the Israeli government responsible for this dangerous escalation in Jerusalem that has reached its peak through the closure of the Al-Aqsa mosque this morning,” he added, directly quoted by his spokesman Nabil Abu Rudeina.

Abu Rudeina twisted the knife into the truth by added that “Jerusalem and its holy Muslim and Christian places are a red line and we won’t accept any harm to them.”

His lumping Christian sites with Muslim sites is part of Abbas’’ well-crafted strategy to paint Israel as threat to all religions other than Judaism.

The Christian world and international media have ignored the ever-increasingly popular Muslim cleric manifesto that the Jewish Holy Temples never existed, so the Palestinian Authority has every reason to expect that the world has forgotten that Jordan barred entry to Christian and Jewish holy sites during it occupation of Judea and Samaria and eastern Jerusalem from 1948 to 1967.

Exceptions were made for international leaders, but other than that, freedom of religion was restricted to Muslims. Abbas recently called for Jews to be banned from the Temple Mount.

The Palestinian Authority is counting on the United Nations and media monkeys to continue to quote its leaders without batting an eye or checking the facts.

That gives Abu Rudeina a free ticket to state that the first-ever closure of the Al Aqsa mosque “was a brazen challenge and dangerous behavior, and will lead to more tension and instability and create very dangerous atmosphere.”

This is the same Palestinian Authority that two days claimed it is not inciting. Abbas announced on Wednesday, “We do not want an intifada. We are not calling for an intifada.”

Accusing Israel of declaring war is not a call for incitement just like “resistance” is not violence” and “negotiations” does not “ultimatum.”

His spokesman on Thursday was careful to add that the “declaration of war” was against “both the Arab and Islamic nations.”

If you are going to war, you want all the allies in your camp.

However, the Arab world really does not care much about the Palestinian Authority and Mahmoud Abbas, who simply is a convenient tool for them to make trouble for Israel without their having to do the dirty work themselves.

Closing the mosque need is unprecedented and boils Muslim blood, which is not such a difficult task.

Israeli police allowed only a few Arab guards and the Muslim director of the Al Aqsa compound to enter the area on Thursday.

“It is unacceptable that the Al-Aqsa Mosque pays a toll for the events in Jerusalem. The mosque is a place for prayer and worship and all Muslims have the right to access it,” the director was quoted as saying by the Bethlehem-based Ma’an News Agency.

Abbas’ allegation that Israel has declared war brings the Temple Mount to its eventual and rightful place as the red line that for the time being is painted in blood.

Yasser Arafat, before he trashed the concept of the Nobel Peace Prize by manipulating the word to successfully exploit terror to make peace, something like stabbing someone in the back out of love, used the Temple Mount to spark the Second Intifada.

That “resistance” effort also was known as the Oslo War but which in reality simply was the continuation of the first intifada, which took a rest for a couple of years while Arafat sedated the world with evil.

Ariel Sharon, who was running for Prime Minister against the hapless Ehud Barak in 2000, marched on to the Temple Mount during his campaign, giving Arafat the “declaration of war” that he needed to kill Jews for peace.

The State of Israel has given Abbas the same opportunity. It only was a matter of time until Abbas could turn around the truth for the world of lies and convince Arabs – the ones just waiting for a green light to go on a rampage against Jews.

But as Abbas said, “Who, me” starting an intifada?”

 

Jordan Trying 12 ISIS Terrorists

Tuesday, October 28th, 2014

A Jordanian court on Monday heard prosecution witnesses in the trial of 12 Jordanians charged with joining or recruiting for the Islamic State (ISIS).

Intelligence witnesses said there is conclusive evidence that the defendants ” joined the terrorist organization known as the Islamic State” and “promoted their ideology in Jordan,” according to Jordanian media.

More than 100 others have been arrested for suspected ties with the ISIS, but there may be hundreds more who are undermining the kingdom that faces a constant threat of a revolution from radical Islamists and the majority Bedouin population that includes “refugees” under the eternal stewardship of UNRWA.

The Muslim Brotherhood also is a threat to Jordan, and the court on Monday denied for the sixth consecutive time a request bail for Mohammed Saeed Baker, one of the Brotherhoods’ leading members, who was arrested in September for incitement at a pro-Hamas rally.

He has been charged with “undermining the state” and he faces a sentence of up to 10 years in prison if found guilty.

 

Jordan Runs after Abbas to UN to Divide Jerusalem

Tuesday, October 28th, 2014

Jordan is following Mahmoud Abbas’ race track to the United Nations and has asked the Security Council to convene an emergency meeting to discuss “dangerously escalating tensions” in Jerusalem, meaning allowing Jews on the Temple Mount and building more homes for Jews.

Despite all the hullabaloo over Jordan’s going through the motions of letting Mahmoud Abbas think it really cares a hoot about him, Jordanian English media and even the official Jordanian press agency did not make such a big splash with the announcement.

Jordan currently is a member of the 15-member Security Council,, and Amman’s spokesman for the Jordanian mission to the United Nations asked for the emergency session after the Palestinian Authority ambassador Riyad Mansour wrote a letter to the Council to demand that Israel “cease forthwith all of its illegal settlement activities.”

The Palestinian Authority Ministry of Rage went into action immediately following Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu’s took off the kid gloves and announced that in effect that the United Nations and the United States can go fly a kite over Jerusalem “settlements” that will continued to be expanded for Jews as well as Arabs.

Netanyahu hammered home the point by removing the de facto freeze on major development in Judea and Samaria and announced new homes, parks and roads will be built for Jews.

The more immediate bullet that the Arabs cannot bite is the new Israeli policy of facing off against Muslim rioters on the Temple Mount instead of turning a blind eye and chasing Jews away.

Jordan’s reaction was mild compared with that of Ramallah’s Minister of Rage.

The kingdom’s official news agency, Petra, stated:

“Jordan has been making extensive contacts with international partners to pressure Israel to halt its violations against the Al-Aqsa Mosque and warn it of the implications of such moves….

”Israel has been sealing the Al-Aqsa Mosque’s gates to Muslim worshippers, assaulting Awqaf [Waqf] employees and granting access to Jewish extremists to the holy compound under heavy police protection.

“The minister demanded the international community to assume its responsibilities to these attacks and violations and pressure Israel, as the occupying power, to abide by its obligations in accordance with the international law.

“In its capacity as custodian of the holy shrines in Jerusalem, Jordan reserves all legal and diplomatic options to stop the Israeli violations, the minister asserted.”

The statement also “condemned an Israeli government decision to approve the construction of 1,060 new housing units in occupied East Jerusalem.”

The Palestinian Authority was much more to the point and fell back on its favorite peace partner tactic, which is violence.

One of the leading hawkers of incitement in Abbas’ Fatah party is Jibril Rajoub, who warned, “Such unilateral acts will lead to an explosion. Mr. Netanyahu should not expect a white flag from the Palestinian people.”

Abbas joined the chorus and said that “incursions by extremist settlers” would cause an “explosion.”

Saeb Erekat, who was the senior Palestinian Authority official in the fictional peace process negotiations, also did not settle for diplomatic language in his response to the building plan, which he charged “amounts to evidence of an intent to further commit crimes defined by and punishable under international law.”

The Arab world has never been able to swallow the fact that in 1967, it lost another offensive to annihilate the State of Israel. The Yom Kippur War failed to do so, the intifada failed to do so, the Oslo War failed to do so, and the “peace process” failed to do so.”

It is putting all of its chips in the United Nations, whose only major achievement that past few decades has to been to keep thousands of people off the unemployment roll.

Israeli Envoy: Jordan King Blasting Israel to Appease his Arab Allies

Sunday, October 26th, 2014

(JTA) — Israel’s ambassador to Jordan suggested that King Abdullah’s recent allegation that Israel kills Arab children en masse stems from pressure by Saudi Arabia, Qatar and Egypt.

Ambassador Daniel Nevo offered the commentary in an interview that aired Friday on Army Radio. Abdullah leveled the accusation at Israel earlier this week during his meeting with Jordanian lawmakers.

“If, as we are fighting radical Islamist groups as a coalition, they are slaughtering children in Gaza and Jerusalem every five minutes, then it’s impossible,” said Abdullah II of Jordan, who usually employs less inflammatory language when speaking about Israel.

[JP: Last Monday, Abdullah spoke about "Zionist Extremism" and compared it to ISIS.]

Nevo would not comment directly on the king’s statement but spoke generally about the monarch’s predicament as one of Israel’s closest allies in the region.

“The king is being attacked by countries like Saudi Arabia, Qatar, and even Egypt on how the Israelis allegedly are disrespecting him,” Nevo told Army Radio when asked to comment on Abdullah’s use of harsh language. “They don’t see the whole picture.” He added: “The violence at the Temple Mount puts Abdullah II in an embarrassing situation each time anew.”

The 20-year anniversary of peace with Israel, which will occur next week, will not be noted or celebrated in Jordan, according to Army Radio. “People on the Jordanian street, they don’t watch Israeli television. They watch Al Jazeera. So how do you expect him to celebrate the anniversary?” Nevo asked.

Nevo noted that on the economic front the two countries are strengthening relations. He pointed to the signing last month of a deal to make Israel Jordan’s primary supplier of gas, as well as a deal signed several months before that for the joint operation of a desalinization plant in Aqaba.

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