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Knesset Committee Hears Diaspora Jewish Students Won’t Support Israel in US, Europe, Fearing Anti-Semitism

Monday, January 9th, 2017

Jewish students are refraining from expressing support for Israel on campuses in the US and Europe due to their fear of anti-Semitism, students told the Knesset Committee for Immigration, Absorption and Diaspora Affairs, according to an official report issued Monday.

A survey presented by the Ministry of Diaspora Affairs showed that in 2015 some 9,000 verbal anti-Semitic attacks were reported on Facebook; 11,354 on Twitter; and 4,468 on Instagram. In addition, 4,465 anti-Semitic video clips were posted on YouTube. It was also found that 40% of Europe’s citizens are anti-Semitic and 75% of Jewish students in the US were attacked for anti-Semitic reasons.

Jewish students living abroad told the committee that anti-Semitism and the BDS movement are causing them to conceal their Jewish identity (some keep their yarmulkes in their pockets) and their pro-Israel positions.

Committee Chairman MK Avraham Neguise (Likud) said, “Today, mainly on academic campuses dominated by extreme liberalism, anti-Semitism is disguised as condemnation of the Jewish State. It is fueled by hatred towards the State of Israel.”

“When it is no longer polite and fashionable to hate Jews as they are,” said Neguise, “the hatred is disguised as criticism of the Jewish State”.

Prof. Irwin Cotler, former Justice Minister and Attorney General of Canada, said the current level of anti-Semitism “is the highest in 40 years, and includes the rejection of Israel’s right to exist at all, and the portrayal of Israel as a monster and enemy of mankind.”

He added that under the UN’s patronage, Israel is condemned more than any other country. “And the amazing thing is that the countries which lead the condemnations under the claim of ‘damage to human rights’ are Iran, China, and Saudi Arabia.”

Gilad Kabilo, activity coordinator at the StandWithUs organization, spoke of their 15 years of activity, including in social media. “We thwart boycott-related activities while producing good results on the ground, and we distribute accurate information about Israel, as well as promote discourse on the right of the Jewish nation to its historical native land,” he told the committee.

Ido Daniel, Program Director at Israeli Students Combating Anti-Semitism, spoke of the increasing anti-Semitic incitement on the web. The program’s activists fight [anti-Semitism on the web] using 16 languages, and have combated more than 30,000 anti-Semitic incidents on social media over the last year alone.

“People in the world understand that boycott or criticism of Israel’s policy means denial of the Holocaust, the demonization of Jews, and a license to murder Jews,” he said. “The outcome is that Jews are afraid to openly express their Judaism.”

MK Aliza Lavie (Yesh Atid) spoke of the UN-funded textbooks in the Palestinian Authority. “They are full of pathologic hatred towards Jews, desire and aspiration for Israel’s destruction,” she said, while noting that a Jewish friend of hers in Atlanta said that this year she refrained from placing a Hanukkah menorah at her window.

According to Hagai Bar of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, “Today’s boycott activists have withdrawn from attack to defense mode, and are currently fighting over the right to boycott.”

Jonathan Elkhoury of the Christian Empowerment Council spoke of the change in the position of many students after they hear a Christian Arab such as himself defending of Israel.

Juda Stone of the Jewish Agency warned of the phenomenon of Jewish students who are afraid of anti-Semitism, which “leads them to escape their own identity.”

Benny Fischer, president of the European Union of Jewish students, said that not all those who support boycotting Israel are anti-Semitic, but they see themselves as “peace activists.” He also warned against the use of phrases such as “Jews have no future in Europe.”

Hadar Farkash, a student at Berkley University, spoke of the phenomenon of anti-Israel lecturers, as well as Palestinians and Americans – and even Jews – who are anti-Israel.

Jonah Shipmiler of NGO Monitor spoke of boycott movements which operate in Israel and encourage Israeli youngsters not to enlist in the IDF.

Jerusalem Institute of Justice, in cooperation with CA-inspiration, which operates on US campuses using a unique method which incorporates campaign research in social media, presented to the committee figures on exposure to content through social media. The exposure itself brought about a thorough change in the discourse at the Indiana University and Purdue campuses, as well as a profound change in the way organizations which promote incitement and violent discourse against Israel operate on social networks.


Israeli Arab MK Basel Ghattas Indicted on Abuse of Diplomatic Immunity, Use of Property for Terror

Thursday, January 5th, 2017

Balad Party Knesset Member Basel Ghattas (Joint Arab List faction) has been indicted on charges of fraud, breach of trust, use of property for terrorism, bringing in documents without clearance through prison administration, and abuse of his diplomatic credentials.

The indictment comes in response to the lawmaker’s ties to a terrorist at the Ketziot Prison who is serving a life sentence for the murder of an IDF soldier. It also underlines the lawmaker’s ties with a second terrorist in the prison, this one a member of the ruling Fatah faction in the Palestinian Authority.

The indictment said the Knesset member conspired with the two terrorist prisoners, and with the brother of one of them, to bring cell phones into the prison and to deliver them to one of the terrorists who then would distribute them to other security prisoners.

The package that he delivered on the day of his visit to the prison contained 12 cell phones, 16 SIM cards, two chargers and an ear piece. He also delivered documents — coded messages — as well on the same day.

Prison guards searched the two inmates after they received the equipment and the papers, and seized both packages of contraband which later was handed over to the Lahav 433 Fraud and Serious Crimes Unit of Israel Police. Investigators confronted Ghattas with the security video footage of the incident, and with the items that were confiscated, after he denied any connection with wrongdoing during initial questioning.

Although the Knesset member has been indicted, and may be returned to house arrest, for the time being Ghattas is still getting paid, and is able to vote on laws being considered in the Knesset plenum.

Hana Levi Julian

Mike Maccabee [video]

Tuesday, January 3rd, 2017

Former Governor of Arkansas Mike Huckabee spoke today at a conference in the Knesset about Kerry, the Settlements and the 2-State Solution.

The running joke, possibly started by MK Yehuda Glick, but certainly repeated by him a number of times, is the similarity of Mike Huckabee’s name to the Maccabees and how Huckabee fights for the People of Israel, just like the Maccabees.

MK Miki Zohar, the conference organizer, with Mike “the Maccabee” Huckabee:
MK Miki Zohar & Mike Huckabee

MK Oren Hazan with Mike “the Maccabee” Huckabee:
MK Oren Hazan & Mike Huckabee

Here is Huckabee’s speech in the Knesset. Well worth listening to:

Video by Avi Abelow / Israel Video Network

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‘Facebook Law’ Passes Knesset Preliminary Vote

Tuesday, January 3rd, 2017

The Knesset early Tuesday morning passed in a preliminary vote a bill calling for the removal of criminal content from the Internet. The vote was 36 for, 2 against. The bill will now move to the Knesset Constitution, Law and Justice Committee for amendments in preparation for a second and third plenum vote.

The bill proposes to authorize the Administrative Court to issue, on behalf of a plaintiff, an order to remove content from the Internet in cases where there exist two cumulative conditions: one, that publishing the content constitutes a criminal offense; and two, that there exists a real possibility that publishing the content would harm the safety of an individual, the public, or the state.

The bill includes instructions and limits to prevent excessive harm to the freedom of expression, and to permit efficient action by law enforcement.

The bill enables an Administrative Court judge to issue an order to Internet service providers such as Facebook, upon the state’s request, to remove online inciting content.

Justice Minister Ayelet Shaked (Habayit Hayehudi) said, following the vote: “I am happy to proceed in promoting such an important law in the fight against incitement online whose consequences a destructive and dangerous.”

“Cooperation with the social networks will help reduce the number of inciting messages that are posted daily online, and deliver a clear message that we will not tolerate calls for violence, even if they are ‘only’ written with keyboards and appear ‘only’ on screens. This is because a single word is liable to turn life into death,” Shaked said.

Internal Security Minister Gilad Erdan (Likud) said that “despite the fact that incitement leads to terrorism, Facebook and Internet providers still do not oblige all police requests to remove inciting content, and sometimes it takes a very long time to remove the inciting content. It makes the new law a necessity, giving us the tools to act immediately to remove content which might lead to acts of terrorism and murder.”

David Israel

MK Basel Ghattas Suspended 6 Months From Knesset Activity, But Allowed to Vote

Monday, January 2nd, 2017

Balad party Knesset member Basel Ghattas has been suspended from all parliamentary activity for the next six months. The Knesset Ethics Committee voted 3 to 1 on Monday in favor of the suspension.

However, he will now be allowed to participate in voting on the floor of the Knesset plenum and will continue to receive his government salary since the committee is not authorized to strip him of either benefit.

Last month the Israeli Arab lawmaker was barred from voting in the Israeli parliament, after having been released from jail to house arrest while he remains under investigation by the Lahav 433 Serious Crimes Unit of Israel Police.

Ghattas is accused of using his diplomatic immunity to smuggle coded messages, SIM cards and cell phones to Arab terrorist prisoners during visits in the Ketzion Prison.

The lawmaker is a member of the Joint Arab List faction. He accused Israel Police of “fabricating the file” of evidence against him.

However, the evidence produced by police includes security footage of the MK handing an envelope to a prisoner that was later seized by prison guards. When the envelope was opened, it was filled with cell phones and SIM cards.

Hana Levi Julian

Bennett in Ma’aleh Adumim: It’s Either Sovereignty or Palestine

Monday, January 2nd, 2017

The Habayit Hayehudi Knesset faction conducted its weekly meeting in Ma’aleh Adumim, which is the focal point of a legislative effort to bring it into the fold of Israel’s sovereign territory.

Today we continue in the path of [Labor Prime Minister] Levi Eshkol, applied Israeli law in [unified] Jerusalem, of Yitzhak Rabin, who built Ma’aleh Adumim, and of Menachem Begin, who applied Israeli sovereignty in the Golan Heights. Today, we continue to Ma’aleh Adumim and later to the rest of the regions of our country.”

“After having lived here for 50 years, it’s time to terminate the martial law,” Bennett said, referring to the fact that, due to the ambiguity of all of Israel’s governments, hundreds of thousands of Jews are deprived of their right to access to many of the state’s civil services, and are instead being largely governed by a military ruler.

“Which is why, by month’s end, we’ll submit a bill calling for applying Israeli law in Judea and Samaria and embark on a new path,” Bennett announced, explaining, “We’ll submit to the government a proposal to apply Israeli law in Ma’aleh Adumim, together with all the coalition parties. I expect all my fellow government ministers to support this important path.”

“A national government has no other option,” Bennett stressed. “We must move from retreat to sovereignty.”

Bennett noted that Israel sacrificed thousands of its citizens, absorbed thousands of rockets, received countless condemnations because of the same messianic policy seeking a Palestinian State. “The conclusion is to stop marching on the tracks of folly of a Palestinian State and to apply Israeli law in Ma’aleh Adumim, the Jordan Valley, Ofra, Ariel and all the rest of Area C, as soon as possible. That’s the way to win.”

Referring to the change of Administrations this month in Washington, Bennett said, “You must understand, ladies and gentlemen, we are in a narrow window of opportunity, it’s our last chance before the world forces on us a terror state along Route 6 (a new toll highway running north-to-south along the old ‘green line’).”

“It’s either sovereignty or a Palestinian State,” he concluded, “If there’s no sovereignty, there will be a Palestinian State.”


Tibi Predicts He’ll Be PM, Threatens to Settle Score With Jews

Thursday, December 29th, 2016

by Andrew Friedman

MK Ahmed Tibi (Joint List) referenced U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry’s speech Thursday and pointed a thinly-veiled threat at Jewish Israelis, predicting that he would “treat you [Jewish Israelis] the way you have treated us [Arabs] after becoming prime minister.”

Speaking at a debate hosted by the Ono Academic College about the controversial Muezzin Bill, Tibi said “John Kerry called this government a ‘government of settlements that is bringing about the end of the dream of two states and leading towards one bi-national state.’ That could be the Jews’ greatest nightmare.”

Tibi also said the residents of Amona are “land thieves,” and that government ministers have told him that Prime Minister Netanyahu is feeling pressure about the aforementioned bill.

“Another minister told me that because of Bennett’s Legalization Bill, Netanyahu has to pass another [controversial right-wing bill]…. We tried to talk to the United Torah Judaism party, we tried to talk to Aryeh Deri, even to President Reuven (Ruby) Rivlin, who is ideologically more extreme than Netanyahu, but more humane.”

The session, attended by fellow MKs Yehuda Glick (Likud), Tamar Zandberg (Meretz) and Amir Ohana (Likud), as well as by former Education Minister Rabbi Shai Peron, was attended by students and moderated by Prof. Yuval Elbashan, dean of the Ono College law faculty.

Responding to Tibi, Glick said that religious practices cannot be forced on people but also repeated his opposition to the current bill. “ I oppose, on the most fundamental level, coercing religious practices on others. I do not believe that the Western Wall will become more holy if I don’t allow women to pray there or that Be’er Sheva will be more holy if there is no gay pride march, and I oppose the imposition of core subjects [on Israelis students].

“The prime minister asked me why it should be different in Germany or France, why it’s no problem for those countries to ban the muezzin. The answer is that there, there are no mutual concerns like there are here,” Glick said.

TPS / Tazpit News Agency

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