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2 Israeli Arabs Indicted as ISIS Operatives in Nazareth District Court

Thursday, December 24th, 2015

Two Israeli Arab cousins were indicted in Nazareth District Court on Thursday on a collection of charges in connection with accusations of working for Da’esh (ISIS), including a plot to attack IDF soldiers at the Golani Junction.

Arrested on November 22, Muhammad Bader Hassan, 20, a resident of Rina and Ahmed Sa’adiya, 23, a resident of Umm el-Ghanem, traveled to Turkey last May, according to the Shin Bet (Shabak), intending to join Da’esh.

When they arrived, however, they met Syrian refugees fleeing the area and after hearing their horror stories decided to return to Israel.

Once safely back in the Jewish State, however, the two remained in contact with Da’esh terror operatives from Iraq and were inspired to continue their activities.

They allegedly chose the Golani Junction as a target due to its being a military transit hub. Sa’adiya also attempted to purchase weapons for the operation before the two were arrested.

The findings of the probe carried out by Shabak “underlines the great risk posed by extremist ideology and easy access to illegal weapons,” the Shin Bet noted in its statement.

Texas A&M Kills $200 Million Arab University in Nazareth, Opens $6 Million Center in Haifa Instead

Monday, December 14th, 2015

(JNi.media)
Texas A&M University is dropping its plan for a $200 million university campus in the Israeli-Arab city of Nazareth, and will launch instead a much humbler, $6 million marine research center in Haifa, on the Mediterranean coast. Nazareth has been campaigning to host Israel’s first Arab university since the 1980s, but this was the first time it was able to both find a generous American investor in the project and receive the cooperation of the Israeli government. Or so it was hoping.

And so, in the fall of 2013, Texas A&M announced its plan to build a branch dubbed “peace campus” in the Arab city of Nazareth in northern Israel. Then Texas Governor Rick Perry and Texas A&M University Chancellor John Sharp led a delegation to Israel, where they announced their intention to build the comprehensive campus at a ceremony held in the residence of then President Shimon Peres.

Sharp said in a statement back then: “We are absolutely dedicated to making this one of the finest international universities in the world and open to all.” But the plan apparently failed to both raise the needed funds and, more importantly, get the Israeli government to modify its rules regarding foreign university branches operating in the Jewish State.

And so, according to Inside Higher Ed, plans for the campus stagnated. “To some degree it’s a chicken and an egg problem,” Texas A&M’s vice provost Michael Benedik said. “Why would we be getting a major gift to open a campus when we don’t have legal permission to even do it?”

Texas A&M’s other foreign branch is in Qatar, and receives both the needed funds and the permission to operate from the government of Qatar.

About a year after the A&M announcement, Haifa University, also located in the north of Israel, stepped in and offered to provide academic sponsorship to A&M’s local partner in the project, the Nazareth Academic Institute (NAI), established in 2002, which is a small, financially starved learning institution serving mostly Arab women. Then, according to the AP, A&M decided to change its plans altogether because elected officials in Nazareth insisted on dictating the direction and aim of the new university.

So, finally, the big-dream Arab university was replaced by a small dream research center, which will open in February in collaboration with the University of Haifa. There will not be a peace university, bringing Arabs and Jews together. Instead, the new A&M venture will concentrate on the large natural gas deposits that have been discovered in the eastern Mediterranean, and, as Chancellor Sharp put it, part of the appeal for the research center in Haifa was access to the “oil and gas segment in Israel.” Work at the center will include monitoring ocean flow, to help mitigate risks associated with offshore exploration. Way to go, Texas.

Five Israeli Arabs Indicted for Supporting ISIS

Tuesday, December 8th, 2015

Five northern Arabs with Israeli citizenship have been indicted for supporting the Islamic State (ISIS), buying guns and training with them for the stated objective of killing Jews, the Israel Security Agency (Shin Bet) revealed Tuesday.

Two of the members of the cell were brothers. At least one of the terrorists was preparing to join ISIS in Iraq or Syria.

Police and the Shin Bet arrested the cell in October and November. Two of the members are age 18, and the others are ages 22, 23 and 27.

The members were in the stages of strengthening their belief in radical Islam and told the investigators they support ISIS which Israel has declared to be an illegal group.

White House Invites Arab MK Who Blames ‘Occupation’ for Terror

Tuesday, December 1st, 2015

President Barack Obama is introducing anti-Zionist values into the White House. After J Street and “Breaking the Silence,” next in line is Knesset Arab Knesset Member Ayman Odeh, who blames Israel for Arab terror.

One week after Knesset Member Michael Oren was falsely quoted as saying that the president is bringing “radical Muslim values” into 1600 Pennsylvania, it turns out that he definitely is opening its doors to the Arab MK who thinks that Muslim terror against Jews is the fault of the “occupation.”

Even more absurd is that Odeh is a Christian, but that has not stopped him from embracing his fellow Muslim MKs who call the Israeli government “Nazi” and openly campaign for the end of Israel as a Jewish state.

MK Odeh said on Israel radio two months ago:

I always blame the occupation for being guilty. I cannot tell the nation how to struggle, where and at which target to throw the rock.

Odeh is the chairman of the Joint Arab List, and told Yediot Acharonot that he will talk to senior White House and State Dept. officials on “issues that matter to Israel’s Arab Citizens [and] are hardly represented in the international conversation.”

He also will meet with the Palestinian Authority ambassador to the United Nations and will give interviews to all of the “correct” media outlets, such as The New York Times, the Nation, Huffington Post and the Washington Post. There is no indication that he will meet with President Obama.

Odeh also will speak with Jewish leaders, all of them from the Reform movement that decries the presence of Jews in Judea and Samaria and for which President Obama has rolled out the red carpet.

The Obama administration will describe Odeh as the leader of Israeli Arabs, but the truth is that he is not.

The JewishPress.com reported here last month:

A special survey conducted for Channel 2… reveals…54% of Israeli Arab respondents believe that the Arab MKs do not represent them, 25% say that Arab MKs represent them fairly well, and only a minority of 16% say that they represent them ‘very much.’

However, most of these surveyed criticized comments by Nazareth’s Arab Mayor Ali Salem that Odeh and his cohorts have been “ruining” the city by inciting violence and demonstrating in the city against Israel.

Salem said in October:

Every Saturday we get our 20 thousand guests—Jews, tourists and Israelis from across the country. This Saturday we barely reached 1,000 people from out of town.

For three days we had complete quiet. No politicians arrived and they didn’t riot or strike or demonstrate…. Businessmen I spoke to today were pleased, not because no one visited them for a month, but because they manage to rebuild the ruins they (the politicians) left us in the city.

On the eve of Odeh’s departure to Washington, he told Yediot:

Less than a month after Netanyahu’s visit to the US and his half-apology, I go so that I may tell the hard truth about him and the government in Israel, which rose to power through racist incitement against Arab citizens.”

 

Israel Declares War on Radical Islamic Movement and Seizes Weapons

Tuesday, November 17th, 2015

The Security Cabinet has declared the radical Islamic Movement to be illegal, paving the way for overnight police raids in 13 cities on 17 offices connected to the radical Islamic group.

The decision was held under a veil of secrecy until police could raid Islamic Movement offices in cities that included Umm el-Fahm and Nazareth in the Galilee and Be’er Sheva and Rahat in the northern Negev. Police and the Israel Security Agency (Shin Bet) confiscated weapons, cash and computers. Bank accounts were frozen.

Raad Salah, the leader of the northern branch based in Umm el-Fahm, southeast of Haifa, called the Israeli action a “cynical exploitation” of the Islamic State (ISIS) massacres in Paris Friday night. He is scheduled to begin servng an 11-month prison sentence next week for incitement and violence.

Declaring the Islamic Movement illegal was just a matter of time because Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu said two weeks ago he would do so, but his statement Tuesday morning invites the question why Israel did not lock up the pro-terror group long ago.

The office of the Prime Minister stated this morning:

For years, the Islamic Movement’s northern branch has been waging a campaign of deceitful incitement under the banner of ‘al-Aksa is in danger,’ which blames Israel by falsely accusing it of intending to harm the al-Aksa mosque and to violate the status quo there.

Historians will ask why it took years to make illegal the Islamic Movment, which Netanyahu’s statement said is Hamas’ “sister, “and to place the anti-Zionist organization in the same category as Hamas that the United States, like Israel, has defined as an illegal terrorist organization.

The Prime Minister’s statement added that declaring the Islamic Movement illegal means that anyone who is a member or works on its behalf can be arrested and subject to a term in prison.

The statement added:

The northern branch has established a network of paid activists in order to initiate provocations on the Temple Mount. This activity has led to a significant increase in tension on the Temple Mount. A significant portion of recent terrorist attacks have been committed against the background of this incitement and propaganda.

The northern branch of the Islamic Movement is a separatist-racist organization that does not recognize the institutions of the State of Israel, denies its right to exist and calls for the establishment of an Islamic caliphate in its place. The northern branch of the Islamic Movement belongs to radical Islam and is part of the global ‘Muslim Brotherhood’ movement. The two movements share an extremist ideology and a common goal – the destruction of the State of Israel.

Nazareth Mayor: Barely 1,000 Jewish Shoppers Saturday

Sunday, October 18th, 2015

(JNi.media) Nazareth Mayor Ali Salem, who last week ruined the Channel 2 News interview with Ayman Odeh chairman of the Knesset Joint Arab List, is still furious. “Every Saturday we get our 20 thousand guests—Jews, tourists and Israelis from across the country,” he told Ma’ariv Saturday night. “This Saturday we barely reached 1,000 people from out of town.”

Salem did not want to call what goes on in this city these days a “catastrophe” (which, in Arabic, is Nakba, a word that dates back to the war of 1948-9)—he prefers to maintain his optimism. “For three days we had complete quiet,” he continues. “No politicians arrived and they didn’t riot or strike or demonstrate. Therefore I believe, as early as next Saturday, if the quiet will be maintained, everyone will return. Businessmen I spoke to today were pleased, not because no one visited them for a month, but because they manage to rebuild the ruins they (the politicians) left us in the city,” he said.

“There were even smiles, even though the shops were empty. Everyone knows that if the quiet continues, everything will fall into place. We are built to absorb every Saturday 20 thousand and sometimes 30 and even 50 thousand, just come, Jews, Arabs and Christians. Send your Saturday here, shopping and touring. There’s a lot to see.”

Salem stresses the importance of the economy in his city. “If you are strong in trade, in the economy, you are strong in everything. Why am I fighting against any carpetbaggers who come to us to get their cut? Everyone shouts coexistence, and I shout existence and coexistence. Let us support the city. Let the traders make a living, let Nazareth have a livelihood. We’ve had two rarely prosperous years in this city, until the riots. Now we need to rebuild everything. Quietly, with colors, with sights, with smells.”

Salem optimistic but also concerned. “I walk around town and see what’s going on here, so no one can come to teach me how to make a city beautiful, strong and clean. Everyone has heard and seen me, they all know what I think, therefore I am not going to talk any more to the media…

SanDisk to Open R & D Center in Israeli Arab City

Wednesday, October 14th, 2015

The giant SanDisk flash-storage company has announced it will build a new research and development center in a northern Arab city, where dozens of Arabs will work.

The announcement comes at an opportune time. While Israeli Arab misfits riot and try to kill Jews, the majority are interested in a better social and financial life.

The new center will be located in Yafia, near the Lower Galilee city of Nazareth whose mayor earlier this week said he was fed up with loud-mouth Arab Knesset Members whose incendiary speeches incite others to terror.

He said they are ruining the city by scaring away thousands of Israeli Jewish shoppers.

SanDisk already employs approximately 650 people in Israel at its facilities in Kfar Saba, north of Tel Aviv, Omer, located north of Be’er Sheva, and Tefen in the northern Galilee.

The new center will attract Arabs from Haifa and Nazareth.

SanDisk Israel CEO Shahar Bar-or told Globes:

When we decided to establish the center six months ago, we couldn’t have imagined that the opening ceremony would take place at a time of tension and the recent events.

The integration of Arab engineers in the high-tech industry is now more important than ever. The main and most important reason is that the high-tech industry needs the capabilities and qualifications of the entire population in Israel, and we’re losing out on thousands of excellent Arab engineers.

The second reason is that only employment at high wages can bring about real integration of the Arab population in Israeli society.”

Another high-tech company located n the area is Galil Software, which has a stated goal of hiring Arab engineers.

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