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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.

EU Chief Says ‘Jerusalem Can And Should Be Capital of 2 States’

Monday, November 10th, 2014

The European Union’s new foreign policy chief, Federica Mogherini said this weekend that Jerusalem should be shared between Israel and the Palestinian Authority.

“I think Jerusalem can be and should be the capital of two states,” Mogherini told reporters.

She made the statement at a joint news conference with Palestinian Authority prime minister Rami Hamdallah in Ramallah on Saturday, according to AFP.

“Jerusalem is not just a beautiful city, the challenge is to show that Jerusalem can be shared in peace and respect,” Mogherini said.

“The message is not for the people who live here, the message is to the rest of the world. It is not a Palestinian-Israeli situation; it is a global issue.”

Official Palestinian Authority Condolence Letter to Family of the Terrorist

Wednesday, November 5th, 2014

Foreign Minister Avigdor Liberman today sent a letter around the world appealing to his counterparts and detailing incitement by Palestinian Authority Chairman Mahmoud Abbas.

Liberman warned that the world cannot remain silent in the face of the PA leader’s letter to the family of Muataz Ibrahim al-Hijazi, the terrorist who almost succeeded in murdering Temple Mount activist Rabbi Yehuda Glick.

Following is an official translation, in English, of the letter sent by the PA chairman to the family of the Islamic Jihad terrorist who shot Yehudah Glick at point-blank range last week. He himself was killed in a shootout after opening fire at the police officers who later came to arrest him.

My brothers, distinguished members of the Al-Hijazi family, Holy Jerusalem Peace be upon you and the blessing and mercy of God,

In anger and strong condemnation did we receive word of the sickening crime of assassination which was perpetrated by the murderous, terrorist gangs of the despicable Israeli occupying army against your son Muataz Ibrahim Khalil Hijazi, who ascended to heaven as a martyr in the course of defending the rights of our nation, its honor and holy sites. We hereby express from the depths of our hearts before you all, before all of our residents of Holy Jerusalem, and before the entire honorable family, our condolences at his passing.

We emphasize to you our condemnation of this cruel and ugly act, which joins the crimes of the despised Israeli occupation against our people since the Naqba, and which continues the historic oppression that follows the Palestinian People wherever our nation is present.

We are certain that these acts will not deter the Palestinian People, but will rather strengthen our steadfastness and our grip on the territory of the homeland. We call on all of our countrymen to adhere to the national unity, to retain our achievements and to garner strength in order to contend with the exploitative aggression, in order to foil the goals of the occupation which strives to strike at our enduring rights to self determination and to establish an independent state with East Jerusalem as its capital.

We appeal to God to envelop him in His great mercy, to accommodate him in the broadest place of Heaven and to bestow upon him and his distinguished family patience and solace.

We are for Allah and to Him we return.

Ramallah, 1/11/2014
Mahmoud Abbas
President of the State of Palestine
Chairman of the Executive Committee of the PLO

New EU Foreign Policy Chief Set to Visit Israel

Sunday, November 2nd, 2014

Although it has not yet been officially confirmed, newly-installed European Union foreign policy chief Federica Mogherini of Italy allegedly is set to visit Israel this week for a two day visit.

Migherini, currently the foreign minister of Italy, succeeds Britain’s Catherine Ashton in the post at the EU.

She is also expected to pay a visit to Ramallah to meet with the leadership of the Fatah-led Palestinian Authority unity government headed by chairman Mahmoud Abbas, also known by his terrorist name, Abu Mazen.

According to a report by the European Jewish News, Mogherini is a member of Italy’s center-left government led by prime Minister Matteo Renzi, who is reputed to be friendly towards Israel and tough on Iranian nuclear issues.

Printed from: http://www.jewishpress.com/news/breaking-news/new-eu-foreign-policy-chief-set-to-visit-israel/2014/11/02/

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