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May 29, 2016 / 21 Iyar, 5776

Posts Tagged ‘Palestinian Authority’

Jerusalem’s Old City Stabbing Victim Improving, Terrorist Caught

Tuesday, May 3rd, 2016

A 60-year-old Orthodox Jewish man attacked Monday night in Jerusalem by an 18-year-old Arab from the Palestinian Authority is slowly improving at Shaare Zedek Medical Center.

He ran towards the Lion’s Gate to seek help from the security force there after being stabbed in the back by the terrorist in one of the alleys in the Old City.

The man’s lungs were penetrated by the knife, according to hospital officials, requiring drainage as well as a blood transfusion.

He is listed in serious condition in the hospital’s Intensive Care Unit.

The stabber initially escaped after the attack but was caught hiding in a nearby basement a few hours later.

Hana Levi Julian

Palestinian Authority Tries to Grab Dead Sea Oil Reservoir

Monday, May 2nd, 2016

The Palestinian Authority is claiming that Israel has no right to use an oil reservoir near the Dead Sea, according to a report posted late Monday night (May 2) on Twitter by Arab affairs journalist Khaled Abu Toameh. The Palestinian Authority claims the area is “under Palestinian sovereignty according to international law.”

Frankly, the argument is total hogwash. The site isn’t even anywhere near the 1949 Armistice Line, also known as the infamous “Green Line.”

The reservoir, worth $321 million, is within the Hatrurim oil and gas exploration license in the Dead Sea area. A report quoted by the Globes business news site states with 100 percent geological certainty that the reservoir could contain between 7 and 11 million barrels of oil.

It is located on a ridge high above the southwestern end of the Dead Sea, in an area called Tzuk Tamrur. The site is not far from the northern Negev city of Arad, which is perched atop the highest ridge that overlooks the southernmost section of the Dead Sea. Tzuk Tamrur is situated halfway down the road that winds down from Arad to Ein Bokek, the area in which all the luxury hotels are located along the southern Israeli shore of the Dead Sea.

The Hatrurim Formation or Mottled Zone is a 36 sq. mile geologic formation with outcrops all around the Dead Sea Basin, including the Negev Desert, the Judaean Desert, and western Jordan. It includes impure limestone along with coal-bearing chalk and marl. The rocks have been subjected to pyrometamorphism resulting from combustion of contained or underlying coal or hydrocarbon deposits. The formation is named for exposures in the Hatrurim Basin which lies west of the Dead Sea.

In 1995 Israel’s Delek Group Ltd. discovered oil after carrying out an initial drilling in the area to a depth of two kilometers. But the firm decided not to pursue further exploration because the price of oil at the time was not high enough to justify the cost of development.

Last December, the Israel Opportunity Energy Resources LP was awarded a 25 percent share in the license along with two other Israeli partners. An Israeli geologist also received a share in the license, as did a firm from Cyprus.

Hana Levi Julian

Israeli Soldiers Capture 3 Terror Fugitives, Find Weaponry

Monday, May 2nd, 2016

Israeli security personnel captured three wanted terror suspects in the wee hours of Monday morning (May 2).

The arrests took place during operations in Judea and Samaria.

One of the suspects was taken into custody during an operation in the Arab village of Ein Umm a-Shrait, south of Ramallah in the Palestinian Authority-controlled area of Samaria.

A second fugitive was captured in the Arab town of Tzurif in Judea, southwest of the Jewish town of Bat Ayin. Tzurif is known as a Hamas terrorist stronghold.

The third suspect was arrested in the ancient Judean city of Hebron, whose population is today divided between Arabs and Jews, and where several terrorist groups maintain their regional headquarters.

All three suspects were transferred to security personnel for interrogation.

In addition, during the night, IDF soldiers from the Kefir Brigade found weaponry near the Qalandiya crossing. The gun and its related hardware were turned over to security personnel for investigation.

Hana Levi Julian

Netanyahu Circle Working Overtime to Pushback Claim of German Rift

Sunday, May 1st, 2016

The headline of Sunday morning’s Israel Hayom, the pro-Netanyahu daily freebee bankrolled by casino magnate Sheldon Adelson, was: “Jerusalem Sources: ‘Relations with Germany Tight.'” The optimistic message came in response to an embarrassing probe by Der Spiegel this weekend pointing a finger at Israel Hayom as the source of a grossly misleading story in February, which attempted to assign to German Chancellor Angela Merkel a position she never knew she held.

Whenever Merkel meets with Netanyahu, according to Spiegel, you can count on Israel Hayom to publish the confidential content of their discussion shortly thereafter. But this time, they went ahead and wrote this headline: “Merkel: This Isn’t the Time for Two States.”

Now, there’s nothing wrong with this headline, and many rightwing Israelis were delighted to see a leading Western leader coming to her senses in these trying times; the only problem was, of course, that Merkel never said nor even hinted anything of the kind. Merkel and her advisors were furious, naturally, because Netanyahu, the obvious source for the “leak,” had twisted the chancellor’s warnings against his policy in Judea and Samaria into an endorsement.

“Merkel had repeatedly made it clear to Netanyahu that she believes the effects of Israeli settlement construction in the occupied territories are disastrous,” Spiegel reported. “The settlement policy, she believes, makes it unlikely that a viable Palestinian state can be established in accordance with plans aimed at a two-state solution. Any other approach, Merkel and Foreign Minister Frank-Walter Steinmeier are convinced, would ultimately transform Israel into an apartheid regime. Netanyahu, however, has not shown himself to be the least bit impressed by such arguments.”

What emerges from the Spiegel story is a growing German concern that Netanyahu has been taking advantage of Germany’s support, cooperation and friendship and is using Berlin as a bulwark against policies Berlin supports. “The perception has been growing in the German government that Netanyahu is instrumentalizing our friendship,” Rolf Mützenich, deputy floor leader for the Social Democrats (SPD) in parliament, told Spiegel. The SPD is Merkel’s junior coalition partner. Foreign Minister Steinmeier is an SPD leader.

According to Spiegel, what Netanyahu has been doing these past few months, is turn warnings from Merkel and other senior German officials, such as Foreign Minister Steinmeier, that Israel’s settlement policy is making it impossible for a future two-state solution to ever work — into seemingly throwing in the towel and accepting this reality as inevitable. And nothing could be further from the truth. According to Spiegel, Germany, like the rest of the EU, is hell bent on establishing two states in Israel, because they are convinced that, with the Arab demographics being what they are, the only way open to Israel to remain a Jewish state otherwise is by a system of apartheid.

We can argue against this concept until we’re blue in the face, we can point to declining demographics on the Arab side, we can show a growing wave of Arab immigration from the PA and Gaza to Canada and the US, we can point to Israel’s history of an unwavering democratic approach to its minorities — the Europeans, at this point, aren’t prepared to buy any of it. And spreading headlines that they do when they don’t doesn’t change their minds, unfortunately.

The Israel Hayom Sunday article is an attempt to blame the Germans for the February faux pas. They cite “sources in Jerusalem” who say the Spiegel story is “an internal-German attempt to attack Merkel over her good relations with Prime Minister Netanyahu.” That statement could only be made by someone who didn’t read the Spiegel story, in which named sources in Merkel’s circle are accusing Netanyahu of misusing his friendship with Germany.

Then the Israeli paper claimed that this is what they heard in the Hebrew simultaneous translation, which is their version of the dog ate my homework. And finally, they pin the whole thing on Netanyahu, who pointed the entire Israeli press in that direction following the Chancellor’s remarks, saying she had finally come to her senses regarding the current slim chances of negotiations based on the two-state solution. For his part, Netanyahu pinned the blame for why the 2-state is dead for now on the “situation in the Middle East and the Palestinian Authority.”

The real problem is that the Netanyahu approach no longer works, at least according to Spiegel. The Chancellery has indeed lost hope that the peace process can be revived — “so long as Netanyahu remains in office,” the magazine insists, describing the visit of PA Chairman Mahmoud Abbas to Berlin two weeks ago, when Merkel was “demonstrative in her support,” when she said, “I understand why President Abbas continually seeks out the Security Council.”

Ouch.

Finally, according to Spiegel, accusations from Netanyahu that the EU labeling of products made by Jews in Judea and Samaria are essentially an anti-Jewish boycott “are no longer taken seriously in the Chancellery. Merkel’s foreign policy advisor Christoph Heusgen is supportive of the EU approach.”

JNi.Media

Palestinian Authority Flag Banned — With Others — at Eurovision

Sunday, May 1st, 2016

Palestinian Authority officials have expressed outrage at the European Broadcasting Union (EBU) decision to ban any display of Palestinian Authority flags at next month’s Eurovision song contest in Sweden.

But it wasn’t personal — a fact that seems to have escaped the notice of the PA government in Ramallah.

EBU released the “flag policy” on their website on Friday. “Particularly, the organizers request and urge the fan community to respect and appreciate the non-political nature of the Eurovision Song Contest,” the statement read. Only flags representing UN member states are to be permitted, along with the “rainbow flag” and the European Union flag – but only if they are not “used as [a] tool to intentionally make a political statement during the show.”

There is a long list of “not” permitted flags, which include local, regional, or provincial flags, those with commercial messages, “flags of disputed territories,” offensive statements, non-English statements and high objects such as selfie-sticks that might obstruct the cameras. There are also size restrictions as well.

Nevertheless, newly-appointed PLO secretary-general and heir-apparent Saeb Erekat slammed the decision on Saturday.

Writing to EBU President Jean-Paul Philippot, Erekat expressed his “outrage and indignation” according to the Bethlehem-based Ma’an news agency, and a post on Twitter. Erekat called the decision “discriminatory and a serious offense against our nation.”

The EBU, which produces the show, also banned flags from other disputed political entities such as Crimea, Northern Cyprus and – as the “Palestine Chronicle” noted – the Islamic State. (No, this is no joke – the PC really did write that and apparently really intended it as a geographical and political reference.)

The first semi-final will be held on May 10, the second on May 12 and the final date is set for May 14.

Rachel Levy

UK Labour Politician Warns ‘Israel is a Terrorist State Like ISIS’

Saturday, April 30th, 2016

A London politician campaigning for mayoral candidate Sadiq Khan was forced to apologize after sharing a Facebook post warning that “Israel is a terrorist state like ISIS,” according to a post on the Guido Fawkes political website.

The blog post quoted a piece in the British Jewish News Online that was published with an apology from the aforementioned politician, another Labour Party member who is also the leader of Brent Council.

Muhammed Butt, who is the Lead for Equalities at London Councils, shared a clip on social media that appeared to show a young girl from the Palestinian Authority in a conflict with an Israeli soldier. The clip was captioned at the bottom with the words, “Israel is a terrorist state like ISIS.”

Anti-Israel clip shared on FB page of British Labour politician Muhammed Butt, appearing to show Arab girl in conflict with Israeli soldier - caption says Israel is a terrorist state like ISIS.

After being ‘outed’ by the Jewish News Butt issued the standard politician’s apology, saying in a public statement: “I apologize for sharing this on social media. I do not agree with these views and as Leader of Brent Council I have championed diversity, tolerance and respect for all faith communities, and will continue to do so.”

He removed the post after it was brought to the attention of the public – and his political party – by the Jewish News.

But as with the other politicians of late, one questions how it is possible for him “not to agree with these views” if he shares the clip on his Facebook page, where it gains prominence.

The Labour Party has seen at least two politicians benched this past week as former London Mayor Ken Livingston joined MP Naz Shah in being suspended over rampantly anti-Semitic statements. Shah was suspended after a number of posts on her Facebook page from 2014 were ‘outed’ – including an entire graphic in which she advised the relocation of the state of Israel into the United States of America, including a list of reasons and benefits to everyone, especially the Arab world if that could take place.

Livingstone – who has also campaigned for Sadiq Khan – was also suspended when he commented that her actions were “over the top” but not anti-Semitic. To add insult to injury, he referred to Adolf Hitler “supporting Zionism before he went mad and ended up killing six million Jews.”

Moreoever, Livingston refused to retract his statement, insisting in an interview with LBC on Saturday that Hitler was a Zionist and that he was simply stating a fact. “I never regret saying something that is true,” he said. How can I have hurt and offended the Jewish community when the prime minister of Israel said exactly the same thing?”

The reference is to a remark last year when Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu told a meeting of the World Zionist Congress in Jerusalem that Hitler’s original intent was to expel all the Jews, rather than annihilate them; the slaughter came at the initiative of the Mufti of Jerusalem, Hajj Amin al-Hussseini, who argued that expulsion would result in all the Jews arriving in the Holy Land, where no Arab wanted them. Livingston contends that Hitler up to that point was a Zionist; furthermore, it was Netanyahu who made the point, he said.

The entire mechanism of the “final solution” clearly has utterly escaped his notice.

There appears to be a crisis developing in the Labour Party with regard to anti-Semitism which is apparently galloping out of control. Party leader Jeremy Corbyn claims to have been an “anti-racist campaigner” all his life – but he has also been a self-declared “friend of Hamas and Hezbollah” as well, and has protected his brother Piers after he made anti-Semitic comments as well.

Meanwhile the upcoming elections for mayor of London are fast approaching – and Labour candidate Sadiq Khan is becoming less and less likely to win the seat, given those who have been his greatest supporters.

In addition, the Home Affairs Select Committee of the House of Commons has just launched its investigation into anti-Semitism in the UK, even with its newly-suspended member still listed on its website. MP Naz Shah still appears as a member of the committee, and her photo and bio still appear on the website.

Hana Levi Julian

IDF Soldiers Attacked in Beit Fajar Near Gush Etzion Junction

Wednesday, April 27th, 2016

Two IDF soldiers were attacked Tuesday night by Arab terrorists in Beit Fajar.

The soldiers came under a hail of rocks after accidentally entering the Arab village, not far from the Gush Etzion junction, in an unprotected vehicle.

The windshield of the vehicle was smashed but they nevertheless managed to make it out of the village and head back towards Gush Etzion without injury.

The IDF has launched an investigation into the incident.

Hana Levi Julian

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