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NGO Monitor Reports: European Union Funding Dozens of BDS Groups

Monday, January 23rd, 2017

The European Union is funding dozens of projects that are dedicated to the destruction of Israel, according to a new report by the NGO Monitor.

The report, published Monday, says the European Union is the “single largest donor to non-governmental organizations (NGOs) active in the Arab-Israeli conflict, accounting for NIS 28.1 million in 2012-2014 to politicized Israeli NGOs alone.

“In contrast to the stated objectives, the EU funds a number of highly biased and politicized NGOs that exploit the rhetoric of human rights to promote anti-Israel BDS (boycotts, divestment, and sanctions) and lawfare campaigns, inflammatory rhetoric, and activities that oppose a two-state framework.”

One of the grants titled “Performing Arts: A Pathway Towards Self Expression and Democracy” amply demonstrates this situation. In 2014, during their participation in the EU’s Cultural Program, all twelve beneficiaries of this grant initiated a group statement calling for a cultural and academic boycott of Israel – in short, participation in BDS.

A total of 42 of the 180 grantees funded by the EU reportedly support the Boycott, Divest and Sanctions (BDS) Movement, the NGO Monitor found in its latest research. Some have received more than one grant, in fact, a phenomenon known as “double dipping.”

Moreover, 29 out of 100 European Union grants administered through the organization’s regional funding programs that are designated for Israel, the “West Bank” and Gaza, direct funds to groups that actively promote BDS, the NGO Monitor reported.

Nine BDS-supporting organizations were the recipients of the EU’s Partnership for Peace Program – a program designated for joint projects involving Israeli as well as Palestinian Authority organizations, meant to “build trust and understanding between societies in the region.

Hana Levi Julian

Germany Blames Israeli Presence in Judea, Samaria for Continued Conflict with Palestinian Authority

Monday, January 16th, 2017

German Foreign Minister Frank-Walter Steinmeier took a shot at Israeli communities in Judea and Samaria on Monday (Jan. 16), telling reporters in Brussels prior to a meeting of European Union officials “the basis of … negotiations [between Israel and the Palestinian Authority] cannot be undermined by construction of settlements.

“It is difficult but there is no alternative,” he said.

Steinmeier also said that both sides have to be willing to “create results” in order for Israel and the PA to co-exist peacefully.

“Everybody knows that the security situation in Israel is part of that,” he said, but referred back to language seen in the UN Security Council resolution 2334 (2016) as the only way to reach those results.

EU foreign policy chief Federica Mogherini later told reporters the European body opposes the Trump administration’s promise to move the American Embassy in Israel from Tel Aviv to Jerusalem.

Hana Levi Julian

Palestinian Authority Embassy Opens at the Vatican

Thursday, January 12th, 2017

A new Palestinian Authority embassy is to open at the Vatican, according to a report by the official WAFA news agency.

The inauguration of the embassy, set for Friday, will be attended by Palestinian Authority leader Mahmoud Abbas.

The Vatican officially recognized the Palestinian Authority as an independent Arab country a little more than a year and a half ago in a move that was slammed by Israel’s foreign ministry.

Hana Levi Julian

IDF Soldiers Arrest 25 Wanted Terror Suspects in Judea, Samaria

Wednesday, January 11th, 2017

IDF soldiers arrested at least 25 Arab suspects over the past 24 hours in a major crackdown aimed at reducing the terror attacks on Israeli drivers in Judea and Samaria.

The forces captured 11 wanted terror suspects overnight in the Arab village of Tuqu’a, near the Jewish community of the same name, Tekoa, in eastern Gush Etzion. The suspects are accused of stoning Israeli drivers on the roads of Judea. They are also suspected of attacking drivers with firebombs and pipe bombs as well.

At least 14 other terror suspects were arrested in late-night operations throughout Judea and Samaria, according to a statement by the IDF Spokesperson’s Unit.

One of the suspects was from the Arab village of Qatane. A search of his home revealed a huge cache of stolen items that included jewelry, guns, electronics and military uniforms.

IDF soldiers from the Etzion Brigade also arrested a group of Arab teens caught stoning cars traveling near the Arab village of El Khader, a bit south of Bethlehem. The teens were caught after being spotted on security cameras, hurling rocks at the passing cars.

Hana Levi Julian

PA Media Blesses Jerusalem Terrorist as ‘Shahid’ While Wife Receives Lifetime Monthly Stipend

Tuesday, January 10th, 2017

Official Palestinian Authority media honored Fadi al-Qanbar, the killer responsible for the murder of four IDF soldiers on Sunday and who wounded 17 others — with the supreme Islamic honor of calling him a “shahid” – a “martyr who died for Allah.”

PA TV went out of its way to focus on the religious value of the terror attack by using the term “Shahid” 7 times, mostly as a replacement for the terrorist’s name, according to media watchdog Palestinian Media Watch (PMW), which translated Arabic-language reports on the attack and its aftermath in Palestinian Authority media.

By calling the terrorist murderer a Shahid, the PA is telling its people that murdering the Israeli youths was sanctioned by Islam and seen as positive Islamic behavior.

According to the PMW, the newly-bereaved widow of an-Qanbar — who expressed his passionate support for the Islamic State terrorist organization online — will receive a lifetime monthly stipend of NIS 2900 ($760).

The terrorist’s widow will technically receive her monthly payment from the Palestine Liberation Organization, which serves as the conduit for the funds on behalf of the Palestinian Authority.

According to PA law, the family of a “Shahid” receives a base payment of NIS 1400 per month. A wife of the Shahid receives an additional NIS 400, plus NIS 200 for each child, and for being a resident of Jerusalem an additional NIS 300 as well, PMW revealed in its translation of PA media reports.

As a result, in total the terrorist’s widow will receive NIS 2,900 ($760) per month for the rest of her life. Moreover, within the next few months, she will also receive a one-time grant of NIS 6,000 ($1,580).

In reports translated by PMW, the PFLP terrorist organization “blessed” and “congratulated” the PA over the “Jerusalem operation.”

“DFLP” terrorist politburo member Talal Abu Tharaifa was quoted by the PA-based Ma’an news agency as saying the truck ramming attack was “part of the Palestinian resistance … a legal right anchored in international law and all the resolutions of the international bodies.”

The latter comment in particular is noteworthy given the most recent resolution passed unanimously by the United Nations Security Council, 2334(2016), with the encouragement and assistance of the United States, which for the first time since the administration of former President Jimmy Carter, deliberately abstained in order to allow the resolution to pass, with its condemnation of Israel, and implied demand for a world boycott.

The DFLP urged Arab readers to “turn this intifada of the young people into a comprehensive popular intifada that will include all sectors of society,” according to the PMW.

Palestinian Authority leader Mahmoud Abbas – Israel’s ostensible “peace partner” – refrained from condemning the terrorist attack, in contrast to his fervent and vocal condemnations of the other recent car ramming terror attacks in Berlin and Nice.

This sent a strong message to citizens of the Palestinian Authority at home and also abroad.

“By actively and vociferously condemning terror in all other parts of the world and refusing to condemn Palestinian terror against Israelis, Abbas is notifying his people that he doesn’t condemn or consider killing Israelis as terror,” the PMW points out.

At least one of the soldiers wounded in the attack is still fighting for her life. The group was on an education study tour in the Jerusalem neighborhood of Armon HaNatziv, East Talpiot, when al-Qanbar repeatedly rammed his truck into the soldiers after they left their bus.

Hana Levi Julian

Justice Minister Shaked: Our Father Abraham Purchased This Place With A Valid Legal Document

Tuesday, January 10th, 2017

Israeli Justice Minister Ayelet Shaked visited the Jewish community in Hebron on Tuesday (Jan. 10) for a tour of the ancient Jewish holy sites in the city.

The Justice Minister told reporters she was pleased to be “at the Tomb of the Patriarchs in Hebron where our father’s fathers walked and were even buried.

“Lately, much has been said regarding our rights to this land, and many legal issues as well,” she said.

“Let us teach those who do not know: Abraham our father bought this place paying full price and a written deed — maybe the first of its kind in the world — and therefore it is obvious the Jewish community has every right to be here, including by right of purchase.

“It is specifically at this time, when the UN condemns Israel’s right to build in Judea and Samaria, [that] it is important to come here, to strengthen the Jewish community in Hebron and to proclaim that we will indeed hold the right to keep building in Judea and Samaria.”

Just the night before, Israeli Border Guard Police officers had prevented a major terrorist attack when they stopped a suspicious-looking vehicle traveling in the Hebron area.

A search of the vehicle, which bore license plates from a stolen Israeli vehicle, turned up a hatchet, a rifle, a sizable quantity of ammunition and weapons parts. A body search of the driver also revealed he was carrying a commando knife, but was without identity papers of any kind. Nor was he willing to answer questions or cooperate with police.

Hana Levi Julian

US: Condemns Terrorism by Nameless Murderer From Non-Entity

Sunday, January 8th, 2017

In what could be the most clear-cut, unambiguous condemnation of terrorism ever issued by the U.S. State Department under the Obama Administration, spokesperson Mark Toner released a terse statement to media Sunday evening, slamming the attack on IDF soldiers in Jerusalem by an Arab terrorist earlier in the day.

It’s not clear why Secretary of State John Kerry himself didn’t offer his own condolences to the families or condemn the terrorism, since he had no problem vehemently condemning Israel’s actions just a scant two weeks ago.

“We condemn in the strongest possible terms today’s horrific vehicular attack by a terrorist in Jerusalem,” the diplomatically neutral statement began. The phrasing was carefully worded to strip the mass murderer of any identity, let alone a link with Israel’s so-called “peace partner,” the Palestinian Authority.

Lucky for the world, the Gaza-based Hamas terrorist group, part of the Palestinian Authority by default, managed to get that done earlier in the day.

“There is absolutely no justification for these brutal and senseless attacks. We condemn the glorification of terrorism now or at any time and call on all to send a clear message that terrorism must never be tolerated.”

Again, the statement was careful to avoid assigning blame or identity to those who “glorify terrorism” — as if such a phenomenon occurs in a giant vacuum — rather than to be clear that the Palestinian Authority government is behind the incessant incitement that has been training the past three generations of children, teens and adults to murder Israelis on sight.

Glorification of terrorism is one of the main tools of the trade used by the Ramallah government to keep the fires of hatred burning hot and strong, naming streets and public squares, summer camps and special events after the bloodthirstiest terrorists in history. Such events are routinely translated and documented by the Palestinian Media Watch several times a year.

“Our thoughts and prayers are with the families of the four Israeli soldiers who were killed, and we hope for a full and fast recovery of those injured,” the statement concluded.

Hana Levi Julian

Printed from: http://www.jewishpress.com/news/breaking-news/us-condemnation-of-terrorism-by-anonymous-murderer-from-nameless-entity/2017/01/08/

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