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Abbas Underscores PLO’s ‘3 NO’s’ in Ramallah Rant

Wednesday, March 4th, 2015

Palestinian Authority and PLO Chairman Mahmoud Abbas is making sure the world gets it straight once and for all:

1. The Palestinians won’t accept a Jewish state
2. They won’t accept the “Islamization of the struggle in the Middle East”
3. They oppose a temporary [Palestinian] state.

Speaking on Wednesday (March 4) before the PLO Central Council in the PA capital, Ramallah, Abbas claimed, “We are moderate Muslims. We are also against the Jewish State because of the many things it would mean in the future.”

Abbas was coy over whether or not the PA would actually disengage itself from cooperating with the Jewish State over security, however. He also dodged questions about the entity’s future joint economic projects with Israel.

He called on the Central Council to “reconsider” the functions of the PA as it is currently structured and claiming a need for a “sovereign authority.”

Of course, the PA has for several years insisted that it already IS an independent “sovereign authority,” calling itself the sovereign State of Palestine. It has been accepted as such by a number of governments in the international community.

The PA leader continued to call on Israel to withdraw from all territories conquered in the 1967 Six Day war, including the parts of Jerusalem wrested from Jordanian occupation and restored to the ancient Jewish capital.

He also continued to precondition the PA’s return to the negotiating table on Israel’s release of Palestinian terrorist prisoners and cessation of any and all construction (including, for example, repairs on a driveway or a balcony to a private home) in any Jewish community in post-1967 areas. In addition, Abbas accused Israel of violating all agreements it has signed with the Palestinians.

In short, Abbas made wild accusations, continued to make ridiculous and unrealistic demands and lay the blame for his own failures at Israel’s doorstep – as usual.

“If Israel recognizes our rights, it would live in peace,” Abbas ranted. “The world must push Israel to wake up. Israel is the one that is hijacking peace and pushing towards tension in the world by continuing its occupation of Palestinian, Syrian and Lebanese lands.”

So having lost his credibility among his own people as well among some of the international community, Abbas has added a new element to his claims about “The Occupation” — now Israel is occupying “Syrian and Lebanese lands.”

What’s next?

PA, PLO to Appeal US Court Ruling — ‘No Money to Pay’ Damages to Terror Victims

Wednesday, March 4th, 2015

The Palestinian Authority says it will appeal a ruling by the U.S. Federal District Court in New York awarding $655.5 million to 10 American families who were victims of terror.

The Court held the PA and PLO civilly and financially responsible for six bombing attacks carried out by Palestinians in Israel between 2002 and 2004. All 10 families were direct victims or related to those who were killed in the attacks.

Responding to the verdict, PLO Executive Committee member Hanan Ashrawi immediately said the entities would “appeal the ruling.”

According to a translation of the remarks by the Palestinian Media Watch (PMW), Ashrawi said, “We will appeal the ruling, and we wholeheartedly believe that we will win the appeal.” She said the PLO and the PA “had absolutely nothing to do with these actions” and said “We were denied [the status] known as ‘sovereign immunity] to which we are entitled as a sovereign state.” Moreover, she said, “The PA and the PLO lack the funds necessary to pay.”

Lack of funds – given the billions of dollars with which the Palestinian Authority has been blessed by the European Union, the United States, the various Arab nations and even the State of Israel – is a disingenuous claim.

It is particularly silly in light of the millions spent in faithful, generous monthly salaries provided to murderous terrorists incarcerated in Israeli jails. Payments to PA terrorists in Israeli jails are scaled in accordance with the length of their sentences and the amount of damage they wreaked upon their victims.

“The recent ruling of the American court… sets a dangerous precedent that contradicts international law,” claimed Issa Karake, a member of the PA parliament and director of the PA Prisoners’ Affairs Commission. “[It is] forbidden to deal with or appear before these courts, since their objective is to harm the PLO’s standing.” The remark is worthy of one that might have been stated by Iran or Syria.

More reasonable – and more accurate — was a statement by economic expert Dr. Nasser Abd Al-Karim, who warned bluntly, “If the ruling goes into effect after the appeal, it will be final, and it will be obligatory to pay.

“Even if the PA does not pay, it will represent a liability for it and it may encounter difficulties in performing financial transactions and transfers, or in opening bank accounts in the international banking system.”

Palestinian Authority to Appeal Court Victory over Terror

Thursday, February 26th, 2015

The Palestinian Authority has announced it will appeal this week’s New York federal court jury decision to pay $218 million in damages to American victims of Arab terrorist attacks in Israel.

The Anti-Terrorism Act allows for the actual amount of damages to reach $655.5 million, a sum that the PA says it cannot pay because it lacks funds. That is true because the Abbas regime needs the money to pay “salaries” to jailed terrorists who committed the murders for which the terror victims claimed damages.

Mahmoud Khalifa, PA deputy minister of Information, said that both the PLO and PA were “deeply disappointed” by the court decision.

He added:

We are confident that we will prevail, as we have faith in the US legal system and are certain about our common sense belief and our strong legal standing.

The decision is a tragic disservice to the millions of Palestinians who have invested in the democratic process and the rule of law in order to seek justice and redress their grievances, and to the international community which has invested so much in financial and political capital in a two-state solution in which the PLO and PNA are paramount.

The Palestinian Authority’s “democratic process” speaks for itself by the fact that Mahmoud Abbas now is in his 11th year of a five-year term that expired six years. He was elected in the first and perhaps last election in the Palestinian Authority.

Khalifa’s comment that the “international community…has invested so much in financial and political capital” underlines the real tragedy of the Palestinian Authority and the European Union. The PA is a welfare state. Without foreign donations, mainly from the Europeans, it could not afford to pay for its bloated government payroll, terrorists in jail, Abba’s worldwide junkets, and the propaganda machine that promotes a “no Israel state” solution and incites Arabs to murder Jews.

The European Union, which has a vested interest in “protecting its investment” and avoid exposure that it is pouring money down the drain, is desperate to see the PA achieve its aims.

But not to worry. Khalifa added, “We stand ready to be a partner in peace and an unyielding advocate for the rights of our people and homeland to exist as a free, independent, democratic and prosperous state, living in peace with our neighbors.”

Reaction overseas was a bit shocking by the lack of coverage of the landmark decision.

The New York Times headlined the story, but the major networks totally ignored it.

NewsBusters noted, “NBC Nightly News, ABC World News Tonight and CBS Evening News instead devoted a segment to a study showing 80% of kids born with peanut allergies improve if exposed to peanuts at an early age, on Feb. 23, the day the court’s ruling was handed down.”

NY Jury Finds PLO, Palestinian Authority Financially Liable for American Victims of Terror

Monday, February 23rd, 2015

A jury in New York federal district court has found the Palestine Liberation Organization and the Palestinian Authority guilty of supporting terrorists in carrying out attacks in which Americans died — a decision in an international case that has dragged on 10 years.

Oddly, not one national network carried “breaking news” about the verdict when it was announced, nor was it mentioned on evening newscasts. No one missed rehashing the previous night’s Oscar awards, the previous day’s video call by al-Shabaab to attack the Mall of America, and various local news events.

The jury found the PA and the PLO knowingly provided support for at least six terrorist attacks in which U.S. citizens were killed and wounded between 2002 and 2004. The plaintiffs were awarded $215.5 million in damages. However, the lawsuit by 10 families comprised of some 36 members was filed under the Anti-Terrorism Act, which actually triples the award of damages, raising the total to $655.5 million.

The law allows U.S. citizens who are victims of international terrorism to sue their attackers in United States court. Eight of the victims were physically injured but all were deeply scarred emotionally by the attacks, testimony showed. Also included among the plaintiffs were the estates of four victims who were murdered in the attacks.

The verdict came in the seventh week of a civil trial that included emotional testimony from survivors of suicide bombings and other attacks in Jerusalem.

More than 450 people were injured, including some permanently maimed, and 33 people died in the attacks.

The targets included a crowded bus stop, a public bus and a school cafeteria on the campus of Hebrew University in Jerusalem.

Many of those involved in the planning and operational aspects of the attacks were proven to have been actual employees of the Palestinian Authority.

In addition, plaintiffs documents that the PA had paid salaries to terrorists imprisoned in Israel – and followed up with “martyr stipends” to the families of suicide bombers.

The practice continues to this day, with such payments promised as incentive to commit future attacks.

Last September, a Brooklyn jury found the Arab Bank liable in a case filed by 300 victims of 24 terrorist attacks for supporting terrorism via Gaza’s ruling Hamas terrorist organization. The case has yet to be concluded, with damages to be set in a second trial.

What Will Schabas Do for $1300?

Wednesday, February 4th, 2015

Mirabelle writing at Israellycool has pointed out something very important.

Mirabelle points out that Schabas claims he had no real financial gain from his work for the PLO, and therefore the charges of bias and conflict of interest are incorrect:

In his continuing effort to claim that he is just a victim of the Zionist cabal, Schabas points out that he received only $1300 in compensation for the work he did for the PLO. Therefore, he claims, he had no real financial motive for bias. This argument, however, reveals more about him that what he intends.

Mirabelle then provides a description of the work was that Schabas did for the PLO:

His description of the work that he did for the PLO is a seven-page legal opinion on issues involving Palestinian statehood and the International Criminal Court. This would likely involve hours of research on obscure issues about which Schabas had a rare expertise. If Schabas had charged a fair price for such work, the bill could have easily been ten times the amount charged, or more. He basically did the work for the PLO close to free of charge.

How many lawyers do you know would only charge $1300 for a 7 page brief in an incredibly esoteric area of legal expertise?

None that I can think of, unless they have personal interest or sympathy for the client or the cause.

A trial lawyer Schabas won’t be with holes in his argument so wide you can launch an entire battery of Hamas rockets through it.

It’s bad enough Schabas did work for the PLO and didn’t disclose that information, which is certainly enough reason to have disqualified him in the first place, but by not taking fair compensation for his efforts, he confirmed where his sympathies and bias lies – which means his entire “investigation” is tainted with that bias, as will be the final report, whether his name is on it or not.

Out of curiosity, what else Schabas will do for a mere $1300?

The letter sent by Israel to the UNHRC: Letter to UN on Schabas

Arab MK Ahmed Tibi Flies PLO Flag on Temple Mount

Sunday, January 4th, 2015

Arab Knesset Member Ahmed Tibi celebrated the traditional birthday of the Muslim prophet Mohammed Saturday by hoisting a PLO flag on the Temple Mount and declaring it the capital of Palestine.

Tibi also criticized the United States for voting last week against the U.S. Security Council resolution that Israel must sign a peace treaty with the Palestinian Authority within one year based on PA demands and surrender half of Jerusalem, Judea and Samaria within three years.

Police did nothing to stop Tibi.

Public Security Minister Yitzchak Aharonovitch, who has said that Jewish Knesset Members should not be allowed even to visit the Temple Mount, has said nothing.

Defense Minister Moshe Ya’alon, who has called Jewish MK visits on the Temple Mount a “provocation,” has said nothing.

Lawyer Yossi Fuchs fired off a letter Saturday night to Attorney General Yehuda Weinstein, demanding that he act against MK Tibi just as he has acted in the past against anyone raising a flag stating ”Kahane Lives.”

Israel has declared Kahane Chai is an illegal group. Fuchs wrote Weinstein that the court has declared that the PLO is a terrorist group and argued that Tibi, by flying the PLO flag, violated the law concerning the prevention of terror.

What are the chances that Weinstein will even consider investigating Tibi?

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.

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