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January 24, 2017 / 26 Tevet, 5777

Posts Tagged ‘Palestine’

City of Ramallah Names Street for Anti-Semitic Archbishop

Thursday, January 5th, 2017

The city of Ramallah has named a street after one of the most vicious anti-Semites in the modern history of the Catholic Church, the late Greek Melkite Archbishop, Hilarion Capucci, who died Sunday in Rome at 94.

Ramallah Mayor Musa Hadid announced the move as a way to “honor the memory of Capucci in observance of his national positions and defense of Palestinian people’s rights.”

Palestinian Authority leader Mahmoud Abbas, Prime Minister Rami Hamdallah and other officials attended the ceremony, which was open to the PA public.

Capucci was born in Aleppo, Syria and became archbishop of the Greek Catholic Church in Jerusalem in 1965. He was known for his obsessive hatred of the State of Israel and his open assistance to Arab terrorists, including arms trafficking, for which he was arrested by Israeli authorities and sentenced to 12 years in prison in 1974.

Capucci was released from prison in 1978 by Israeli authorities in response to intense international pressure leveraged by the Vatican, and deported to Rome, where he continued to work against Israel on behalf of the Palestinian Authority until his death.

The archbishop was described by WAFA, the news agency of the Palestine Liberation Organization (PLO), as “an icon of the Palestinian liberation struggle.”

Hana Levi Julian

Haim Saban ‘Deeply Disturbed’ by US Abstention at UNSC, and Kerry’s ‘One-Sided Speech’

Wednesday, January 4th, 2017

Israeli American Jewish billionaire Haim Saban, has come out and publicly, intensely criticized last month’s American abstention at the United Nations Security Council, along with the “one sided speech” by Secretary of State John Kerry that followed.

Saban is known for being a superdonor to the Democratic Party for decades and founder of the Brooking Institution’s annual Saban Forum, which each year draws the mega stars of international leadership, politics and diplomacy to its panels.

The Egyptian-born Democrat gave more than $12.5 million to former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton’s presidential campaign. But this week he warned the Obama administration to veto any further “biased UNSC resolutions that may be introduced” in Paris later this month.

Saban, who owns Univision, has been – if not the highest, then certainly one of the highest – individual donors to the Democratic Party in history, funding construction of the Democratic National Committee headquarters building in Washington DC to the tune of a $7 million personal contribution together with his wife Sheryl. The couple is known for their philanthropy to the Jewish State, and for having established the Center for Middle East Policy at the Brookings Institution in Washington DC, a public policy organization.

“As a longstanding Democrat who has supported and defended President Obama on his treatment of Israel throughout his presidency, I am deeply disturbed by the Administration’s decision not to veto UN Security Council Resolution 2334 and Secretary Kerry’s subsequent one sided speech. These actions undermine our country’s long-standing support for Israel and harm any long-term prospects for peace, which is in our national interest. Further, I urge the Obama Administration to stay true to our decades old policy by vetoing any additional biased UNSC resolutions that may be introduced at the Paris summit later this month, and refrain from issuing any other policy statements that would only make things worse. “Fostering the conditions for peace, security, and prosperity for both Israelis and Palestinians is a core American interest. In the months and years ahead, it is essential that the US — in its role as the only superpower today — take the necessary steps to maintain its credibility as an intermediary between the parties and work to advance a sustainable two-state solution, in which a Jewish, democratic State of Israel lives in peace and security alongside its neighbors or, until the conditions are ripe for peace, promote a separation between the two peoples.”

Hana Levi Julian

Family of Hebron Terrorist Threatens to Sue IDF Sgt. Elor Azaria at ICC

Wednesday, January 4th, 2017

The family of Hebron terrorist Abd Fatah el-Sharif issued a statement threatening Israel and IDF Sgt. Elor Azaria on Wednesday following the conviction of the young combat medic for the shooting death of el-Sharif after he and another terrorist had attacked IDF soldiers in the city in March 2016.

El-Sharif, who had stabbed a soldier, was shot and lying on the ground as Azaria, age 20, had finished attending to his victim. The second terrorist had already been shot and killed by other soldiers while trying to stab another.

Azaria walked over and shot el-Sharif at point-blank range, killing him.

The terrorist’s family vowed after Azaria’s conviction on charges of manslaughter they would ensure the soldier received the “maximum penalty,” Israel’s Channel 10 television news reported.

The stabber’s family told reporters they intend to turn to the International Criminal Court at The Hague over the case, saying “at the ICC, we will make sure this soldier receives the maximum penalties for his crimes.”

But it’s not even clear whether the ICC has any jurisdiction over such a case, let alone over any Israeli soldier whose actions have already been judged and addressed in a sovereign Israeli court of law.

In the wake of his conviction on Wednesday, Azaria faces sentencing by the IDF military court next month. He could face up to 20 years in prison.

Numerous lawmakers are calling for President Reuven Rivlin to consider issuing a presidential pardon in the case, which has torn the country apart.

Hana Levi Julian

Pres. Rivlin to France: Without Negotiations, No ‘Solution’ Can Be Reached

Tuesday, January 3rd, 2017

President Reuven Rivlin met Tuesday morning with Gerard Larcher, the President of the French Senate, who is visiting Israel this week.

President Rivlin told the French official that Israel appreciates French concern over the conflict between Israel and the Palestinian Authority, but said, “There are no shortcuts in the Middle East.”

The Israeli president said the solution to the conflict requires building trust and direct negotiations between the two sides.

“Without trust,” he said, “no solution will work. Without negotiations, no solution can be reached.”

President Rivlin also told Monsieur Larcher that the recent UN Security Council resolution 2334 condemning Jewish communities in post 67 territories was not helpful in building trust. Instead, he said, that vote had pushed the two sides further away from peace.

Hana Levi Julian

Bennett in Ma’aleh Adumim: It’s Either Sovereignty or Palestine

Monday, January 2nd, 2017

The Habayit Hayehudi Knesset faction conducted its weekly meeting in Ma’aleh Adumim, which is the focal point of a legislative effort to bring it into the fold of Israel’s sovereign territory.

Today we continue in the path of [Labor Prime Minister] Levi Eshkol, applied Israeli law in [unified] Jerusalem, of Yitzhak Rabin, who built Ma’aleh Adumim, and of Menachem Begin, who applied Israeli sovereignty in the Golan Heights. Today, we continue to Ma’aleh Adumim and later to the rest of the regions of our country.”

“After having lived here for 50 years, it’s time to terminate the martial law,” Bennett said, referring to the fact that, due to the ambiguity of all of Israel’s governments, hundreds of thousands of Jews are deprived of their right to access to many of the state’s civil services, and are instead being largely governed by a military ruler.

“Which is why, by month’s end, we’ll submit a bill calling for applying Israeli law in Judea and Samaria and embark on a new path,” Bennett announced, explaining, “We’ll submit to the government a proposal to apply Israeli law in Ma’aleh Adumim, together with all the coalition parties. I expect all my fellow government ministers to support this important path.”

“A national government has no other option,” Bennett stressed. “We must move from retreat to sovereignty.”

Bennett noted that Israel sacrificed thousands of its citizens, absorbed thousands of rockets, received countless condemnations because of the same messianic policy seeking a Palestinian State. “The conclusion is to stop marching on the tracks of folly of a Palestinian State and to apply Israeli law in Ma’aleh Adumim, the Jordan Valley, Ofra, Ariel and all the rest of Area C, as soon as possible. That’s the way to win.”

Referring to the change of Administrations this month in Washington, Bennett said, “You must understand, ladies and gentlemen, we are in a narrow window of opportunity, it’s our last chance before the world forces on us a terror state along Route 6 (a new toll highway running north-to-south along the old ‘green line’).”

“It’s either sovereignty or a Palestinian State,” he concluded, “If there’s no sovereignty, there will be a Palestinian State.”

JNi.Media

Netanyahu, Putin Speak by Phone on Eighth Night of Chanukah

Sunday, January 1st, 2017

Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu spoke by telephone with Russian President Vladimir Putin on Saturday evening, (Dec. 31), the final night of Chanukah.

The two leaders discussed developments in the region, according to a statement from the Prime Minister’s Office.

Their conversation included an “emphasis on Syria and continued security coordination in this sphere, which has already proven itself in preventing misunderstandings,” the statement said.

According to a statement from Moscow, the call was initiated by Jerusalem and the conversation included a discussion about the “Palestinian-Israeli peace process.”

It was the second conversation between the two men in a week. Last Sunday Israel’s prime minister had called Mr. Putin to express condolences over the crash of a military aircraft that resulted in the death of the entire 60-member Red Army Choir, plus 32 others, while on its way to the Middle East.

Israel’s prime minister was among the world leaders who received New Year’s greetings from Russia’s president this week. Mr. Putin “expressed confidence in the successful continuation in 2017 of joint efforts to enhance the entire range of Russian-Israeli relations and constructive cooperation in addressing regional and international issues in the interests of the friendly peoples of the two countries, and for ensuring peace, security and stability in the Middle East.”

Hana Levi Julian

Terrorist Funerals in Ramallah, Jerusalem After Israel Returns Bodies to Families

Saturday, December 31st, 2016

Funerals were held Saturday for two Palestinian Authority terrorists whose bodies were held by Israel until late Friday, when they were returned to their families in Ramallah and Jerusalem, according to the Bethlehem-based Ma’an news site.

Mu’en Nasser al-Din Abu Qara’a, 23, was shot and killed by Israeli soldiers November 3 near Ofra while attempting a stabbing attack at the entrance to the Jewish town. The attacker was “armed with a knife attempted to stab an Israeli soldier guarding a bus stop” according to an IDF spokesperson, but was neutralized before he was able to hurt anyone.

Hammad Khader Al-Sheikh, 21, was killed while carrying out a stabbing attack in the Old City of Jerusalem on December 14. Armed with a screwdriver, the attacker approached a group of Israeli Border Guard Police officers stationed near the Austrian Hospice hospital and stabbed one of the officers in the head.

Both were hailed on the website of the ruling Hamas terrorist organization in Gaza as “martyrs.”

The Palestinian Red Crescent Society said in a brief statement that the bodies of the two men were delivered at el-Jeb checkpoint and were then transferred to “Palestine Medical Complex” in Ramallah.

Israel has been selective about which bodies of terrorists are returned to families since the October 2015 outbreak of the “Jerusalem Intifada,” as it is referred to on the website of the Izz a-Din al-Qassam military wing of Hamas.

The families are held to a number of conditions before they are allowed to receive the bodies of terrorists killed while trying to kill Israelis, including a promise to limit the number of attendees at the funeral and an agreement to deployment of Israeli soldiers at the proceedings. Terrorist funerals have long been forums for fierce incitement against Israel and vigorous recruitment sites for anti-Israel activists and new terrorist trainees.

Hana Levi Julian

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