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No Joy in Mudville: PA Bans Checkpoint Riot in Ramallah, Hamas Bans New Year’s Celebrations

Wednesday, December 30th, 2015

(JNi.media) On Wednesday afternoon, Palestinian Authority security forces prevented hundreds of protesters from continuing their march to the IDF checkpoint in Ramallah’s al-Bireh neighborhood, near the Jewish town of Beit El in Samaria, Ma’an reported.

Leading members of the Fatah movement were present at the march, including committee member Sultan Abu al-Einein, as well as PLO executive committee members Wassel Abu Youssef and Jamil Shihadeh. The secretary general of the Arab Liberation Front, Rakad Salem, and the secretary-general of the Democratic Front for the Liberation of Palestine, Qais Abd al-Karim, were also in attendance. The Ma’an report presented this as a peaceful march, which it could have been — at the start. But the same story reported that once they realized they weren’t going to be allowed near the soldiers, dozens of youth left the march and instead headed to an area in al-Bireh where they clashed with Israeli forces.

So they had their riot after all. Amira Hass, an Ha’aretz reporter and columnist [JP: and Israeli settler living in Ramallah], wrote on Wednesday that the PA security forces have been engaged for some time in physically preventing demonstrations that inevitably blossom into riots and clashes. The Palestinian leadership is finally getting sick and tired of losing their children to suicidal stupidity.

According to Hass, many Judea and Samaria Arabs believe the knives intifada only hurt the cause of a 2-state solution. But they can’t say it out of respect for the families of the dead terrorists.

There’s definitely a permeating sense of despair in the Palestinian territories. Perhaps a realization that the murderous fantasy is over, and all it got them is about a billion dollars deeper in debt, and several hundred crazed kids dead.

In Gaza, Hamas put the icing on the cake by announcing a ban on New Year celebrations. The decree forbids restaurants and hotels to host celebrations on the occasion of New Year’s Day, Ma’am reported. A spokesman for the police in Gaza said, “The decision to ban restaurants and hotels from celebrating New Year’s Eve came as it is incompatible with the teachings of our religion, and its being primarily a Western tradition.”

He explained that “the suffering of the Palestinian people in the Gaza Strip due to the siege imposed on them requires respect for the sufferings and sacrifices.”

Palestinian Authority Government Incites Arab Women in Media Campaign

Tuesday, December 1st, 2015

The Palestinian Authority government is now actively targeting Arab women in a new media campaign, the Palestinian Media Watch organization warns.

In this latest campaign, according to the PA Minister of Women’s Affairs, women in the Palestinian Authority are “different” from all others. Minister Haifa Al-Agha, herself a woman, extolled their “uniqueness” in an interview translated by PMW.

The Arab woman living in the Palestinian Authority is differentiated “from the women of the world as [only] she receives the news of her son’s Martyrdom with cries of joy,” Al-Agha told the Al-Hayat Al-Jadida in its November 7 edition.

“By praising mothers for their ‘cries of joy’ Minister Al-Agha is sending a message to PA society to attack Israelis without fear of death because Martyrdom for Allah is said to be the highest value and highest achievable status,” the PMW pointed out in a bulletin.

The minister also added the such women are noteworthy not only because they celebrate death, but because they also fight, praising their “significant presence in the field and battle arenas.”

In the current wave of terror, there have been a number of cases – including one this morning (Tuesday, Dec. 1) – in which Arab women and girls have attacked, or attempted to attack Israelis. Some, including those as young as 14 years old, have succeeded and a few have managed to murder people.

Google Denies Reaching Anti-Incitement Agreement with Israeli FM

Tuesday, December 1st, 2015

(JNi.media) Google denied a report from Israel’s foreign ministry regarding an agreement to monitor YouTube videos to prevent messages that incite attacks. A Google spokesman told AFP that Deputy Foreign Minister Tzipi Hotovely (Likud) had, indeed, met with Google’s senior counsel for public policy, Juniper Downs, and YouTube chief executive Susan Wojcicki, but the meeting was just “one of many that we have with policymakers from different countries to explain our policies on controversial content, flagging and removals.” When Google discovered the inaccurate statement on the Foreign Ministry’s website, they contacted the ministry which “has corrected its original announcement which, in error, suggested there had been an agreement with Google to establish a mechanism to monitor online materials.”

The Foreign Ministry’s Nov. 24 statement has since been altered, and it now reads: “As part of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs’ campaign against online incitement, Deputy Foreign Minister Tzipi Hotovely met with Youtube CEO Susan Wojcicki and with Jennifer Downes, Director of Public Policy at Google at the company’s Silicon Valley offices.

“Deputy Minister Hotovely was briefed on the companies’ system for identifying video clips which incite to violence.

“In the meetings, Hotovely raised the problem of incitement which goads small children to go out and stab innocents: ‘The daily stabbings in Israel are a result of young boys and girls who are indoctrinated from an early age in the Palestinian education system and through social media. We are engaged daily in confronting incitement to violence, a task which can benefit greatly from the cooperation of those companies that are involved in social media.’”

Foreign ministry spokesperson Emmanuel Nahshon confirmed the release was corrected, saying Israel was nevertheless “extremely grateful for the good relations with Google. Our common objective is to remove dangerous incitement to violence on social media. We have full confidence in the Google teams dealing with this removal.”

EU Gives 13M Euro ‘Social Allowance Payment’ to Palestinian Authority

Sunday, November 1st, 2015

The Palestinian Authority received 12.6 million euros from the EU on Friday, according to a statement by the Office of the European Union Representative. Most of it went to Gaza.

It was the third of four quarterly payments of social allowances by the EU pledged to support poor Arab families in Judea, Samaria and Gaza.

“Eligible beneficiaries are households living in extreme poverty that are registered in the cash transfer program of the Ministry of Social Affairs,” the statement read. “The program is designed to provide a basic safety net to the poorest and most vulnerable Palestinians in the West Bank and Gaza, through cash and in-kind assistance.

The Palestinian Authority grants convicted, incarcerated murderers monthly stipends of up $3,500, and release grants of up to $25,000, according to the Israel Government Press Office. The GPO quoted a senior PA official responsible for prisoner affairs who said in June 2014 that former Arab prisoners were to receive grants of up to $50,000.

“In this way, the PA is giving a strong financial incentive to terrorism, including through the misuse of fungible foreign financial assistance,” said Israel’s foreign ministry. “Publicly rewarding convicted murderers gives an official stamp of approval to terrorist attacks on Israeli civilians. It is a highly persuasive form of incitement to violence and terrorism… and may tempt young Palestinians to seek an answer to familial financial difficulties through the use of violence.”

The EU contribution covers nearly 40 percent of the total cost of providing cash assistance to over 122,000 Palestinian households living in poverty,” the statement continued.

“Almost two-thirds of the beneficiaries are in Gaza, including over 8,100 families who have been added to the program one year after the escalation of hostilities and its disastrous consequences…. this amount includes 10 million euros to provide immediate relief and build the resilience of households that have been pulled into further poverty as a result of the 2014 hostilities in Gaza,” said Ralph Tarraf, the EU Representative.

“With this amount, an estimated 10,000 households in Gaza who fulfill the criteria of the cash transfer program will benefit from a limited number of quarterly payments in 2015, until a more sustainable solution is found to ensure their livelihood in safety and dignity.”

Instead of using the donated funds to improve the lives of Gaza residents, however, the ruling Hamas terrorist organization has been redirecting most resources towards its endless goal to annihilate the State of Israel.

A Hamas fighter captured by Israel this past July revealed the group has rebuilt much of its terrorist infrastructure since the 2014 summer war, including its multi-million dollar subterranean tunnel network.

Very few Gaza families have benefited from the millions of dollars and euros pledged and the building materials shipped into the region to construct their neighborhoods and homes.

Instead, precious materials were used to build a new road along Gaza’s border with Israel in order to execute surprise attacks against the Jewish State.

Since February 2008, more than 1.9 billion euros from the EU coffers have been disbursed through PEGASE — the financial mechanism launched in 2008 to support the direct financial support programs of the PA Reform and Development Plan (2008-2010).

In addition, the EU continues to provide assistance to the Palestinian Authority through UNRWA and other cooperative projects.

In 2013, the EU paid $32 million (29 million euros) in direct support for the PA budget, in addition to its contribution of $389 million (353 million euros) in indirect support.

Report: Palestinian Authority Paid Millions to Security Prisoners with Blood on their Hands

Tuesday, October 6th, 2015

(JNi.media) The Palestinian Authority has paid in recent years hundreds of thousands of dollars to each of the security prisoners with Jewish blood on their hands who are jailed in Israel, many of them Hamas members responsible for deadly attacks in Israel, Israel Radio reported Tuesday. Documents obtained by an Israel Radio correspondent reveal that the murderers in jail continue to receive salaries even today.

The official PA documents published online in the first time show that the Hamas explosives engineer Abdullah Barghouti, who was sentenced to 67 consecutive life sentences, has received more than $60,000 from the Palestinian Authority. Ibrahim Hamed, who served as head of the military wing of Hamas in Judea and Sumaria and was sentenced to 54 consecutive life sentences, received a salary of $52,000 dollars. Both Hamas terrorists were involved in several notable suicide attacks during the second intifada: at the Jerusalem Cafe Moment bombing, the attack at Hebrew University, at the Sbarro restaurant in Jerusalem, and at Club Sheffield in Rishon Letzion.

Muhammad Arman, who leads the Hamas prisoners in Israeli jails, and who was sentenced to 36 consecutive life terms, earned by 2012 $60,000. The members of the murderous Silwan cell, responsible for several serious bombing attacks in Jerusalem in the last decade, have received from the Palestinian Authority between $60,000 and $78,000 each.

The documents obtained by Israel Radio also detail salaries being paid to members of the PA security forces who attacked Israelis during the second intifada and are still imprisoned in Israel.

Ashraf Al Ajrami, the PA Minister of Prisoners, told Israel Radio that the money was intended to benefit the prisoners’ families. He said that the Palestinians see them as heroes and freedom fighters.

Chairman of the Foreign Affairs and Defense Committee, MK Tzachi Hanegbi, said that PA Chairman Mahmoud Abbas is fueling violence and terrorism by compensating and remunerating murderous terrorists with huge sums of money.

US Court Imposes Mere $10M Bond on PLO and PA in Terrorism Case

Tuesday, August 25th, 2015

The judge in a New York terrorism case that ended in a victory for the plaintiffs on Monday, Aug. 24, imposed a $10 million bond on the defendants, the Palestine Liberation Organization and the Palestinian Authority. The defendants must also make $1 million monthly payments during the duration of any appeals of the $655 million award to the plaintiffs at the end of the jury trial back in February.

Judge George Daniels presided over Sokolow v. PLO in U.S. District Court in the Southern District Court of New York.

Daniels accepted the recommendation made by the defendants and by the U.S. government, which intervened in the case earlier this summer. The government claimed that a standard bond amount would bankrupt the Palestinian Arab organizations.

The U.S. government claimed in its Statement of Interest that ensuring the viability of the PA and PLO are “essential to key U.S. security and diplomatic interests,” which include the “peace process” and “fighting extremism and terror.”

The plaintiffs in the case had all either been injured themselves or lost family members in terrorist attacks carried out by or with the support of the PLO and the PA between 2001 and 2004.

Attorneys for the plaintiffs, which included the Israeli law firm Shurat HaDin, had requested a $30 million monthly bond be paid into an account until the case is resolved.

The plaintiffs’ lawyers argued that evidence the Arab entities coffers are not in danger of collapse is the continued payment by them to jailed terrorists and the families of PLO members who died during terrorist attacks. That practice continues to this day.

Lawyers for the defendants had originally asked the court not to impose any bail at all. During the hearing on Monday, a lawyer for the Palestinian Arabs suggested his clients would be able to deposit $10 million by next month and continue depositing $1 million per month.

An attorney for the plaintiffs dropped the demand during Monday’s hearing to $20 million per month, following an initial deposit of $30 million. That attorney, Kent Yalowitz, told the Investigative Project on Terrorism that he was “disappointed” in the size of the bond. He called it a “token amount” for the defendants.

Obama Asks NYC’s US District Court Judge to Waive Bond for PA, PLO

Tuesday, August 11th, 2015

The Obama administration asked a United States judge on Monday (Aug. 10) to “carefully consider” the size of the bond he sets for the Palestinian Authority while it appeals an award for damages in the deaths and injuries of Americans in six terror attacks in Israel.

Both the Palestine Liberation Organization and the Palestinian Authority were determined to be financial liable for the attacks in the civil trial that ended in a New York court in February.

Under U.S. anti-terrorism law, the jury’s award of $218.5 million was automatically tripled to a total of $655.5 million.

Attorneys for the defense argued the PA could not afford to post the bond for the appeal, typically 111 percent of the judgement. They asked the judge to waive the bond requirement altogether instead.

The Obama administration concurred, and took the highly unusual step late Monday night of filing a formal “Statement of Interest of the United States of America” with Justice George B. Daniels of the Federal District Court in Manhattan.

The plaintiffs, who were opposed to the request, included ten families of victims of terror, comprising some three dozen members, eight of whom were physically injured in the attacks and others who were related to those who were murdered in the attacks that took place between 2002 to 2004.

The attacks left a total of 33 dead and more than 450 injured, including a number of U.S. citizens. They were carried out by terrorists from the Al Aqsa Martyrs’ Brigades and Hamas.

“The United States strongly supports the rights of victims of terrorism to vindicate their interests in federal court and to receive just compensation for their injuries,” the Department of Justice wrote in the brief.

However, requiring the Palestinian Authority to pay “a significant portion of its revenues would likely severely compromise the PA’s ability to operate as a governmental authority,” wrote deputy secretary of state Antony J. Blinken.

“A PA insolvency and collapse would harm current and future U.S.-led efforts to achieve a two-state solution to the Israeli-Palestinian conflict.”

In court last month, Judge Daniels made it clear he intended to set the bond as a “significant demonstration” that the Palestinian Authority and PLO were both “willing and able to pay a judgment, if a judgment is entered and affirmed on appeal.” The families have taken the position that the defendants should deposit at least $30 million per month with the court as a show of good faith.

Blinken added in the DOJ’s brief Monday that the government was not taking a position on the merits of the case; only the impact of the bond itself.

There has been some friction over the case – and over the issue of intervening on behalf of the PLO and PA for the bond – between the State Department and the DOJ.

Printed from: http://www.jewishpress.com/news/breaking-news/obama-asks-nycs-us-district-court-judge-to-waive-bond-for-pa-plo/2015/08/11/

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