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Israel’s FM Liberman Declines Swedish Meeting Request Over PA Recognition

Thursday, December 18th, 2014

Foreign Minister Avigdor Liberman turned down a Swedish diplomatic request to meet next month in Jerusalem.

Sweden’s Foreign Minister Margot Wallstrom’s request was rejected in retaliation for her country’s unilateral decision to announce its formal recognition of the “State of Palestine.”

The European Union adopted a resolution on Wednesday supporting in principle the recognition of “Palestine” as well. The motion that passed read, “The [European Parliament] supports in principle recognition of Palestinian statehood and the two-state solution, and believes these should go hand in hand with the development of peace talks, which should be advanced.”

Sweden was the first major European nation to make such a move, considered a diplomatic slap to Israel and an outright rejection of the internationally-recognized Oslo Accords. The Palestinian Authority has spent years carefully lobbying nations around the world for precisely this result, which allows the entity to evade its responsibilities and obligations under the Oslo Accords to reach a final status agreement via negotiations with Israel.

In response to Sweden’s announcement, Israel’s foreign minister immediately recalled Ambassador to Sweden Isaac Bachman for consultations. Liberman has also roundly condemned the Swedish government’s decision and snubbed its prime minister, Sefan Lofven, over the issue.

NYC Pulls Cops from Homicide to Secure Swelling Protests

Wednesday, December 17th, 2014

New York City is paying a big, big price for not giving in to “politically correct” pressure over an unpopular grand jury decision not to indict a cop in the death of a perpetrator who was “taken down” while resisting arrest.

The city’s police department so far as paid more than $23 million in overtime to its regular patrol officers to keep them on the street and securing the protesters. It’s the “equivalent of 38,700 tours of duty since Dec. 3,” according to Police Commissioner Bill Bratton.

But this week the NYPD has been forced to pull even its detectives off homicide cases in order to provide adequate security for the swelling protests spreading around the city. In fact, detectives are being pulled off other investigations as well, all to help deal with the ‘endless barrage of anti-cop protests in the city,” law enforcement sources told The New York Post on Monday.

Thousands of marchers closed down intersections, highways and bridges in New York in a rage against police and “the system.” A gang of “protesters” attacked two police officers on the Brooklyn Bridge last weekend when they attempted to prevent a co-protesters from hurling a trash can on to police below from an elevated walkway. On video, some of the protesters were chanting, “What do we want? Dead cops! When do we want it? Now!”

The disturbances began when a grand jury declined to indict a police officer after petty criminal Eric Garner died while resisting arrest in Staten Island. Garner’s last words, “I can’t breathe,” became the mantra for the mobs in New York City, along with the resurrected chant of the 1991 Crown Heights riots, “No justice, no peace.” Since then, there have been endless “Die-In” demonstrations in all kinds of places, marches and yes, “inclusion” in Rev. Al Sharpton’s March for Justice on Washington DC last weekend.

All this in spite of NYPD’s “retraining” program for its force of 35,000, and an apologetic Mayor Bill DeBlasio who waved away the issue of expense for police overtime due to protests.

“Do we tell people they’re not allowed to raise their voices? Do we tell people they’re not allowed to march? This is the result of something organic,” he said.

No one is talking about enforcing the laws broken by the increasing number of protesters who complicate the lives of commuters and shoppers every day.

Nevertheless, the strategy seems to have worked thus far; no major violence has been reported in the city that is home to more residents than there are citizens in the entire State of Israel. The city has been fortunate to have skipped a few other problems as well.

In Ferguson, Missouri, similar protests — for a similar reason — went from a march to flames in the space of one night. TWo incinerated police cars and 24 burned-out commercial properties later, Ferguson showed no signs of slowing down.

“Protesters” were also tweeting boasts of having received guidance on how to deal with tear gas from Palestinian Authority Arabs. In some photos, protesters were demonstrating wearing keffiyahs in the black-and-white colors of the PA’s leading Fatah faction, wrapped as scarves.

The connection between the Palestinian Authority and American civil rights issues was never made clear; what became painfully obvious was the fact that pro-PA demonstrators are still looking for any excuse to hitch a ride on any issue they can find, legitimate or not, to make their point. Even the death of a teen, even a town burning down.

Clearly, New York City’s mayor and police commissioner are both doing their best to make sure it doesn’t happen on their turf. They succeeded, so far.

IDF Adds Battalions in Judea, Samaria; High Alert in Jewish Towns

Thursday, December 11th, 2014

Two IDF battalions and two Border Patrol units from the Israel Police force were sent to beef up security Wednesday in Judea and Samaria, while Jewish towns raised their alert status.

The order by IDF Chief of Staff Lt.-Gen. Benny Gantz followed the sudden heart attack and death of a Palestinian Authority minister who was participating in clashes with Israeli soldiers at a village near the PA capital of Ramallah, in Samaria.

PA Minister of Settlements Ziad Abu Ein, formerly the entity’s Minister of Prisoner Affairs, collapsed during the violence. He died shortly after at a Ramallah hospital.

PA chairman Mahmoud Abbas immediately blamed Abu Ein’s death on Israeli soldiers who were trying to quell the violent mob, calling it an “intolerable barbaric act.”

Regardless, Israeli pathologists from the Abu Kabir Forensics Institute in Tel Aviv will join with Jordanian pathologists to investigate the cause of death, the IDF said in a statement. It is not clear where the autopsy will take place.

It is expected that Abu Ein’s body will be laid to rest on Thursday, the day after he died of what appears to have been a heart attack.

Gantz’s decision to send more troops to the region came following an assessment made during a meeting with senior security chiefs.

Arabs began rioting in Kalandia Wednesday evening, according to a military source. The PA village is situated between Ramallah and Jerusalem and is a flashpoint for violence. It has become one of the “hot spots” where Arab demonstrations often spiral out of control.

Jewish communities in Judea and Samaria immediately went to high alert following Abu Ein’s death; security teams beefed up patrols.

But the entire country is on a moderate alert status in any case, due to the ongoing Arab violence that has been maintained at a simmer by both Israeli Arab agitators and those in the Palestinian Authority since the inconclusive end to this summer’s counter terror Operation Protective Edge.

Daily attacks against Israelis on the roads, in the Jerusalem Light Rail and elsewhere around the country has kept tensions high between Arabs, Jews and other Israelis . Among those “others” are the Druze who serve in the nation’s security forces, and who have also lost members of their community in the lethal Arab violence aimed at Israelis.

PA Ends Security Cooperation with Israel

Wednesday, December 10th, 2014

The Palestinian Authority has pounced on its first public relations opportunity to end its security cooperation with Israel – the death on Wednesday of PA Minister of Settlements Ziad Abu Ein during Arab riots against IDF soldiers.

The move was confirmed by Jibril Rajoub, a member of the Fatah central committee. PA Chairman Mahmoud Abbas is also head of the PA’s leading Fatah faction, as well as head of the umbrella Palestine Liberation Organization that liaises with the United Nations on behalf of the PA.

Israel has raised its alert status following the incident and is bracing for the inevitable Arab violence that has already begun to spread in various cities around the country.

The PA has been searching for ways to completely disengage from all ties to Israel for some time. In part, it has been egged on towards that end with increasing encouragement for its position as a so-called independent sovereign “State of Palestine” from European and other United Nation member states.  European Union foreign policy chief Federica Mogherini visited PA leaders in the entity’s capital city, Ramallah, on November 8, to discuss its relations with Israel and other issues regarding its status with the rest of the global community.

It was Abbas who officially declared Abu Ein’s death a deliberate murder by Israeli soldiers during the clashes that emerged from riots in which the “minister” was participating near Ramallah on Wednesday afternoon.

The clashes took place in the PA village of Turmus Ayya, near the PA capital of Ramallah, in Samaria.

The “minister” was a longtime member of PA Chairman Mahmoud Abbas’s Fatah Revolutionary Council and a former Minister of Prisoner Affairs – the ministry that advocates for terrorists incarcerated in Israel.

Having been a convicted terrorist murderer himself – one who was freed by Israel in a “good will gesture” to the PA – Abu Ein had the right experience for the job. He personally planted the explosives that murdered two Jews in Tiberias in 1979.

It is still not clear how Abu Ein died, despite varying accounts from media and politicians on both sides of the security barrier.

The PA-based WAFA news agency reports Abu Ein lost consciousness after inhaling tear gas and was “hit in the chest” by an IDF soldier.

“The Israeli soldiers called Abu Ein by name and seemed to be focused on him,” witness Kamal Abu Safaka told CNN. “There was a lot of pushing, kicking and punching by the soldiers. … When Abu Ein tried to intercede, they hit him on the chest with a rifle butt and grabbed him by the throat and pushed him back and then threw a large amount of tear gas and stun grenades.”

Special Israeli envoy Yitzchak Molcho immediately carried a personal message from Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu to PA officials at the Muqata, informing them that Israel will investigate the circumstances surrounding the death, said a statement issued by the prime minister’s office.

“The Prime Minister, who has been holding security consultations throughout the day, pointed to the need to calm the situation and act responsibly,” the statement said.

Abu Ein, who had a medical history of high blood pressure, collapsed and subsequently died of a heart attack when Israeli “forces halted the progress of (about 200) rioters into the civilian community of Abed-Ad using riot dispersal means,” the statement continued.

The IDF is also reviewing the circumstances surrounding the incident. In addition, an Israeli pathologist will join a group of pathologists from Jordan for an examination as well.

“… Additionally, a proposal has been made to the Palestinians to establish a joint investigation team to review the incident,” the statement said.

None of this has impressed anyone in the Palestinian Authority, where Abbas leaped on the chance to make political points in the street by calling Abu Ein’s death an “intolerable barbaric act.

Palestinian Authority Granted Observer Status at Int’l Court

Tuesday, December 9th, 2014

The Palestinian Authority won a major victory Monday when it was granted official observer status by the International Criminal Court at The Hague.

The long-sought status upgrade was announced at a session of the 122-member tribunal at the United Nations in New York City.

Although symbolic, the move is seen as “another victory for the Palestinians internationally,” said PLO representative to the UN, Riyad Mansour, and a step taking the PA closer to “Palestinian membership in the ICC.”

The Court has been unable to investigate war crimes committed by or within the Palestinian Authority or Gaza inasmuch as neither is a member of the Court, as required by the Rome Statute, which grants jurisdiction on behalf of, and over members of the ICC.

For the same reason, the ICC has not been able to investigate any allegations of crimes supposedly committed by the IDF during any of its counter terror operations in Gaza, since Israel also has no membership in the ICC.

PA and PLO Chairman Mahmoud Abbas, known to his Arab constituents by his terrorist name of “Abu Mazen,” has repeatedly threatened to join the ICC in the event the UN Security Council does not comply with his demand to set a firm timetable for Israel to disengage from Judea, Samaria and all parts of Jerusalem restored to its capital in the 1967 Six Day War, and withdraw to the 1949 Armistice Lines.

Abbas – “The Palestinian Authority Does Not Exist in Gaza”

Sunday, November 30th, 2014

Palestinian Authority unity government chairman Mahmoud Abbas is refusing to negotiate over land with Israel — a violation of the internationally-recognized Oslo Accords intended to help it reach final status boundaries for the entity and its residents.

Abbas was quoted in a report by Arab affairs journalist Khaled Abu Toameh as saying he “won’t give up one inch of 1967.”

The Palestinian Authority leader claimed that he had evidence “Hamas and Israel are conducting negotiations.”

Even though Hamas joined together with the Fatah faction led by Abbas this past spring, and the two created a PA unity government, Abbas spoke as if the factions were separate.

“The Palestinian Authority does not exist in Gaza,” Abbas said. “Hamas is responsible for Gaza.”

While Abbas is still refusing to make any compromises, Egyptian President Abdel Fattah el-Sisi warned him Saturday at a meeting of the Arab League foreign ministers in Cairo peace will never be achieved in that way.

“International guarantees must be provided in order to encourage Israel to move towards peace,” El-Sisi warned Abbas during the meeting in Cairo.

Meanwhile the Arab League decided at its meeting in any case to back the PA’s attempt to force the United Nations to set a deadline for its recognition as a sovereign nation based on the 1949 Armistice Lines.

“We call on UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon to provide international protection Palestinian people on Palestinian land occupied in 1967,” said the Arab League in a statement quoted by CCTV-America on Saturday.

“We will go to the Security Council to request a recognition of a Palestinian State based on the June 1967 borders and place a deadline for this step,” said Abbas. “We will sign full membership in all international organizations including the International Criminal Court.”

Egypt has for the past several months been working on an initiative to secure the borders between Israel and any PA state when and if it ever comes into being.

NYT Ignores US Condemnation of PA Incitement, Prints Info on Ferguson Cop

Friday, November 28th, 2014

It seems when the United States steps up to confront and condemn terror in the Middle East, the iconic New York Times daily does what it can to minimize the impact in the news Stateside, but not nearly as concerned about the effect of its coverage on a simple patrol officer and his new wife in Missouri, at least recently.

The New York Times horrified readers on November 24 by allegedly printing the home address of a policeman whose The shooting of a black teen in self-defense triggered days of savage rioting in Ferguson Missouri.

The daily newspaper was reporting on the recent marriage of Police Officer Darren Wilson and included a photo of the marriage certificate, in addition to naming the street and town where the couple live.

Comments in response to the article flew on social media, with readers threatening to cancel their subscriptions and others who planned to subscribe now avoiding it. “Snopes said this is false,” wrote one. “The address on the marriage certificate is a law office and the house address was one they moved from in August.”

But fewer than 2,000 people “shared” that Snopes information, according to Facebook. By comparison, more than 210,000 readers shared an article by RightWingNews.com that picked up a piece on GotNews.com which posted the addresses of the two NYT reporters who had written the article revealing Wilson’s home address.

An ‘Editor’s Note’ at the end of the article points out that an “earlier version of this post included a photograph that contained information that should not have been made public. The image has been removed.”

Nevertheless, questioned a reader on the Facebook social networking site, “He has a wife and baby and now his life is in further jeopardy… this is outrageous.”

As the managing editor readily acknowledged, the publication was wrong to print the information. Whether or not the couple lives in the home is irrelevant; they still own the house and it belongs to them. Making the information public endangers not only the couple and their property but also anyone who dwells within now and in the future.

For days, rioters hurled rocks, firebombs (Molotov cocktails), shot fireworks and fired guns, torched and looted dozens of stores and other commercial buildings, and incinerated police cars.

The same information had been published in early August 2014 during initial coverage of the case by the Washington Post and the Boston Globe. Wilson and his wife had vacated the home immediately following the incident.

But that’s not the point.

For The New York Times to provide specific information such as this, immediately on the heels of an event that any editor would realize could be a threat to Wilson’s life or that of his wife or child, is unwise at best.

It’s not only with liberal causes in the United States that the New York Times tends to bend the ethics of balanced journalism, however.

The Committee for Accuracy in Middle East Reporting in America (CAMERA) pointed out on November 19  that the newspaper “suppressed” a condemnation of Palestinian incitement by U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry that followed the massacre of five people at a Jerusalem synagogue. At least six others were also wounded.

“In an impassioned and unequivocal statement… Kerry said Palestinian incitement was directly responsible for yesterday’s brutal murder of Jews praying in a Jerusalem synagogue,” CAMERA reported on that day. The murder was “a pure result of incitement” and of calls by Palestinian leaders for “days of rage” against Israel. It was important and newsworthy, a statement by one of the highest-ranking American officials — “but readers of the New York Times “learned nothing about it… because the newspaper, whose reporters had at one point quoted the most dramatic portion of Kerry’s condemnation, first replaced it with a less pointed passage and then excised any reference to the comments whatsoever.”

CAMERA has often pointed out the failure of  The New York Times to cover with the seriousness it deserves “the anti-Israel, anti-Jewish, and anti-coexistence messages that saturate Palestinian society and inflame the conflict. This latest example, in which editors actively removed Kerry’s dramatic criticism of incitement, highlights the extent to which the newspaper feels uncomfortable exploring Palestinian responsibility for the conflict in the same way they scrutinize Israeli actions…” the organization wrote in a statement on its website.

Printed from: http://www.jewishpress.com/news/breaking-news/nyt-ignores-us-condemnation-of-pa-incitement-prints-info-on-ferguson-cop/2014/11/28/

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