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Vatican and Palestinian Authority Clash over Flag-Raising at UN

Wednesday, August 26th, 2015

The Palestinian Authority is trying to pull a fast one on the Vatican by sponsoring a motion in the United Nations to allow the flags of two non-member states, itself and the Vatican, to wave at the headquarters in New York.

The Vatican is anxious for its flag to be flown in honor of Pope Francis’ visit that is scheduled for next month. Although it is one of the leaders of the fan club to see the Palestinian Authority become another Arab state, it is less than thrilled at Mahmoud Abbas’ latest trick.

It asked the PA’s mission at the United Nations to drop the idea of linking the Palestinian Authority with the Vatican on the draft resolution for allowing the flags to be raised.

The Palestinian Authority resolution refers to flags of non-member observer states, specifically the Palestinian Authority and the Vatican, and states:

[They] shall be raised at the United Nations Headquarters and Offices following the flags of the member states of the United Nations.

Reuters reported that the Vatican mission at the United Nations circulated a note to some member countries stating:

The Holy See asks the Permanent Observer Mission of the State of Palestine to the United Nations kindly to remove in its draft resolution any reference to the ‘Holy See’ and any generic reference ‘on behalf of the Observer States.’

If the Palestinian Authority backs down, it still could table a separate resolution that its flag fly at the United Nation, since allowing the Vatican flag to be raised would set a precedent.

The Palestinian Authority has been building symbols for statehood for years. In the Intifada in the late 1980s and early 1990s, Israeli soldiers spent much of their time chasing after Arabs who tried to raise the Palestinian Authority flag on roads.

Eventually, the IDF lost the battle, and even Hamas flags and a few ISIS flags fly everywhere today, not only in Judea and Samaria but even in some Arab cities in Israel and sometimes on the Temple Mount.

If the Palestinian Authority flag ends up flying at the United Nations, don’t get too excited.

Every time the Palestinian Authority wins another symbol for statehood, it puffs its chest even more, but in reality, Abbas has done everything to defer statehood by increasing his demands beyond the limits all but the most far-left radicals in Israel would accept.

US Clams Up on Whether Foreign Aid Helps PA Post Bond in Terror Suit [video]

Tuesday, August 25th, 2015

The U.S. State Dept. clammed up Monday when asked bothersome questions concerning a federal court decision Monday to drastically lower the bond the Palestinian Authority has to put up in a $665 million lawsuit against the Ramallah-based regime.

Spokesman John Kirby also refused to say whether the judge had lowered the bond enough to satisfy the United States, which intervened in the case by arguing that a higher bond could bankrupt the Palestinian Authority and might damage the non-existent “peace process.”

TheJewishPress.com reported here yesterday :

The judge in a New York terrorism case that ended in a victory for the plaintiffs…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…

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.

State Dept. spokesman John Kirby, who is supposed to provide information while making every effort to avoid embarrassing the government, made the Obama administration look a bit stupid Monday by turning on the tape recorder to repeat “no comment” over and over instead of directly answering questions.

Associated Press journalist Matt Lee asked:

Is that [$10 million bond]– in the Administration’s view, is that too much to be asking? Does this place an undue – does the Administration believe it places an undue burden on the Palestinians?

Kirby reiterated the facts of the U.S. intervention and concluded:

And I’m not going to be able to comment further.

Lee then asked:

Well, is the United States concerned at all that some or any of this money will be actual money that you might have provided to the Palestinians in the past?

Guess what Kirby answered?

I’m just not going to be able to comment further, Matt.

And when Lee asked why not answer, Kirby reiterated:

I’m not going to be able to comment further on this particular case.

Well, maybe Kirby could comment on Lee; question if “the judge in making his determination today, took your statement of interest on board, or is this onerous to the Palestinians or unhelpful to U.S. foreign policy?”

And Kirby turned on the tape recorder again to say:

I mean, I understand the question, Matt. I’m just not going to be able to comment further today.

Al Quds reporter Sayeed Erekat chimed in to ask:

You being their largest contributor, giving the Palestinians close to $500 million a year, will you guarantee those, like a loan guarantee for $10 million and 1 million more a month?

And Kirby answered, of course:

I don’t have anything further to add on this today.

The no-answer session begins at 48:32 in the video below.

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8 Palestinian Arab Terror Suspects Arrested

Tuesday, August 25th, 2015

Eight Palestinian Arab terror suspects were arrested in Judea early Tuesday morning by Israeli security personnel.

Four of the suspects were arrested on charges of terrorism. Two were taken into custody on arson charges and two were arrested in connection with rock attacks.

All of the suspects were arrested in the Arab village of El Aroub, between Gush Etzion and Kiryat Arba, in a joint operation by the IDF and Hebron regional police division.

Gas Station Arab Stabber Was a Freed Prisoner

Monday, August 10th, 2015

The Palestinian Arab stabber who was subsequently shot and killed by IDF soldiers Sunday night at a gas station on Highway 443 near Modi’in has been identified.

Anes Ta’ah, 26, was a former prisoner living in a Palestinian Authority Arab village east of Ramallah after he was freed from Israeli prison.

Palestinian Arabs Snap Happy ‘Selfies’ at Site of Terror Attack on Israelis

Sunday, August 9th, 2015

In Gaza and in Ramallah, Palestinian Authority Arabs celebrate the murder of Israelis by playing music and distributing sweets to strangers in the street.

It’s a scene that horrifies that average person, and one that would earn worldwide condemnation if Jews were ever to behave the same way, were the tables turned.

But it seems that local Arab youths have found a way to take the macabre a step further in their quest for the grotesque.

Palestinian Authority Arab youths were seen this weekend taking “selfies” at the site of a terrorist attack that targeted Israelis.

The overturned car which had struck three IDF soldiers in a vehicle terror attack – gravely wounding two of them – was moved to the side of the road in order not to block traffic near the Samaria town of Shiloh last Thursday.

The Arab terrorist who drove the vehicle was also severely wounded after being shot.

Eyewitnesses in the area told Israel’s Channel 20 television they saw dozens of curious local Arabs flocking to the site to pose for selfies.

“Dozens of Palestinians passed right next to us,” a Jewish driver told the television station, adding that she was shocked to see them rejoicing at the scene. “They began to take out their cell phones and snap photos,” she said.

“They were smiling and proud, and happy,” she went on. “They stood right there, next to the [terrorist’s] car, and snapped selfies of themselves… We didn’t say anything to them but one of the IDF officers there warned them to move back.

“They didn’t go far enough, though, and they kept on taking pictures – you could just see the happiness in their eyes,” she related.

“It was as if I had gone to the house [of the Palestinian Arab victims] in Duma, and were to snap a photo and send it to my friends.”

The firebombing attack in the center of the Arab village of Duma led to the deaths of a father and 18-month-old baby, and severely wounded a mother and four-year-old boy. Unidentified Jewish extremists are suspected of carrying out that attack but the perpetrators have not yet been identified. A gag order has been clamped on the investigation in the case.

No Jews have been spotted taking selfies at the scene of that horrific attack, nor have any Israelis been seen celebrating the injuries or deaths. Numerous prayer rallies, demonstrations and protests have been held by various Israeli groups to express outrage, sadness, solidarity and regret over the attack.

The response, in short, is 180 degrees different from anything expressed by Palestinian Authority Arabs or their leadership, ever, in the wake of any terror attack on an Israeli Jew.

PM Netanyahu’s ‘Deep Sorrow’ Over Death of Duma Father

Saturday, August 8th, 2015

Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu expressed “deep sorrow” Saturday night over the death of Sa’ad Dawabsheh.

The 32-year-old father of two succumbed earlier in the day to burns covering 80 percent of his body after a week-long fight for life at Soroka Medical Center in Be’er Sheva.

His 18-month-old baby Ali died immediately in the firebombing that burned his house in the village of Duma, also seriously wounding his wife Riham and four-year-old son Ahmed. The two are hospitalized at Tel Hashomer Medical Center in Tel Aviv.

In his statement Saturday night, the prime minister told media: “I express deep sorrow over the death of Sa’ad Dawabsheh. When I visited family members in hospital last week, I promised that we would use all the tools at our disposal to apprehend the murderers and deal with them to the fullest extent of the law and this is what we are doing.

“At last week’s Security Cabinet meeting we made decisions to assist the fight against terrorism, including in regard to administrative detentions and advancing anti-terrorism legislation. We will not tolerate terrorism of any kind.”

Hamas used the attack on the Dawabsheh home as an excuse to against attempt to launch a third intifada.

The terrorist group issued a region-wide call to Palestinian Authority residents Saturday to attend the funeral of Sa’ad Dawabsheh in Samaria.

The group also called on PA Arabs to launch attacks on Jews throughout Judea and Samaria, claiming the violence against Israelis is “an obligation and a means of self-defense.”

PA Media: Two Opposite Statements for Two People

Thursday, August 6th, 2015

The Palestinian Authority’s most widely-quoted English news site reported that today’s hit-and-attack on three Israeli soldiers was a “suspected car attack” but in its Arabic version, it was described as a car accident.”

The Obama administration, the United Nations and foreign media in general for years have ignored numerous reports of “two statements for two people,” particularly when it comes to denouncing terror in English for the State Dept. to read while encouraging terror in Arabic for its future martyrs to read.

By all accounts, the Palestinian Authority driver intentionally rammed into the soldiers in Samaria, leaving one in a life-threatening condition. A second soldier suffered very critical injuries, and the third is in good condition with light injuries.

Ma’an reported in English:

Israeli forces shot and injured a Palestinian man on Thursday after a suspected car attack which injured two Israeli soldiers, a Ma’an reporter said.

The man allegedly ran over two Israeli soldiers on Route 60 near the illegal settlement of Shilo, north of Ramallah, with Israeli forces shooting the suspect at the scene.

And for the Arabic version of Ma’an, it wrote, according to a translation by Google:

[They] were injured on Thursday described as serious injuries in a car accident.

The Palestinian Authority official WAFA website did not mention the attack – or accident – at all.

Unlike the Ramallah regime, Hamas was up front. It said the attack was “a natural” response to the occupation.

Does anyone in the Obama administration read Arabic or know how to use Google Translate?

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