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The NY Times’ Moment of ‘Rishus’

Monday, November 23rd, 2015

(JNi.media) Some words really do work best in Yiddish, and “Rishus,” which roughly means nastiness mixed with hate (the Hebrew original is a pale “wickedness”), and the NY Times radiated that special kind of mix in a Nov. 22 editorial titled, “No Exception for Jonathan Pollard.”

Written by the Times editorial board, the piece combats the popular notion that recently released convicted spy Jonathan Pollard was some kind of hero, a “cause célèbre in Israel.” They argue that “the narrative of the selfless spy is unfounded. In the charges against him, Mr. Pollard was portrayed as a flaky operator who tried to peddle secrets to Israel but also to Pakistan, South Africa and other countries for the money, of which Israel paid him a lot. … the known facts do not warrant special consideration.”

But Pollard did receive “special consideration.” On June 4, 1986, Pollard pleaded guilty to one count of conspiracy to deliver national defense information to a foreign government. The prosecutor, in compliance with the plea agreement, recommended that Pollard receive “only a substantial number of years in prison.” But Judge Aubrey Robinson, Jr., who received a personal note from Secretary of Defense Caspar Weinberger—without the defense’s knowledge—imposed a life sentence.

It is commonly agreed that what irked Sec. Weinberger so much about Pollard, then and in years to come, when he continued to thwart every presidential attempt to pardon the Israeli spy, was the Wolf Blitzer interview. Three weeks before his sentencing, Pollard gave Wolf Blitzer, the Jerusalem Post Washington correspondent, a jail-cell interview which also ran in The Washington Post (February 15, 1987), crowing him “Israel’s Master Spy.” Pollard told Blitzer about the information he provided Israel: reconnaissance satellite photography of the PLO headquarters in Tunisia; specific capabilities of Libya’s air defenses; and “the pick of US intelligence about Arab and Islamic conventional and unconventional military activity, from Morocco to Pakistan and every country in between. This included both ‘friendly’ and ‘unfriendly’ Arab countries.”

The stated reason for Pollard’s harsh sentence, which ignored his plea bargain was violating his plea agreement, which came down to the Blitzer story, which made the Reagan Administration look bad, for holding back vital information from its ally, Israel, which stung Caspar Weinberger.

One wonders how the NY Times editorial board would have opined this week had Blitzer peddled his interview on 41st Street instead of to the Post.

The other “special treatment” Pollard received was in being kept behind bars for the duration of his sentence, which had never been done to any other spy working for a friendly country. Dennis Ross said in 2004: “Pollard received a harsher sentence than others who committed comparable crimes.” Stephen Fain Williams, a Senior Circuit Judge on the United States Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit stated: “Jonathan Pollard’s life sentence represents a fundamental miscarriage of justice.” Former US assistant Secretary of Defense Lawrence Korb wrote: “We believe that his continued incarceration constitutes a travesty of justice and a stain on the American system of justice.”

What did the NY Times have to say about this “stain on the American system of justice?” There was this April 1, 2014 editorial board piece titled, “Bad Move on Jonathan Pollard,” which opened: “The emergence of the convicted spy Jonathan Pollard as a bargaining chip in Israeli-Palestinian peace negotiations is a lamentable sign of America’s desperation to keep both sides talking.”

In other words, when choosing between peace talks and keeping Pollard in — for the Times it’s Pollard all the way down.

On Jan. 14, 2014, in “Don’t Trust This Spy,” by M. E. Bowman, a former deputy general counsel for national security law at the F.B.I. and a former deputy of the US Office of the National Counterintelligence Executive He wrote: “At the time of Mr. Pollard’s sentencing, federal law did not permit the death penalty, and a life sentence meant a maximum of 30 years. As such, Mr. Pollard is close to release, counting time off for good behavior. That release, however, should occur when his sentence expires and not, as four former directors of naval intelligence have put it, as a result of a ‘clever public relations campaign.’”

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EU Gives 13M Euro ‘Social Allowance Payment’ to Palestinian Authority

Sunday, November 1st, 2015

The Palestinian Authority received 12.6 million euros from the EU on Friday, according to a statement by the Office of the European Union Representative. Most of it went to Gaza.

It was the third of four quarterly payments of social allowances by the EU pledged to support poor Arab families in Judea, Samaria and Gaza.

“Eligible beneficiaries are households living in extreme poverty that are registered in the cash transfer program of the Ministry of Social Affairs,” the statement read. “The program is designed to provide a basic safety net to the poorest and most vulnerable Palestinians in the West Bank and Gaza, through cash and in-kind assistance.

The Palestinian Authority grants convicted, incarcerated murderers monthly stipends of up $3,500, and release grants of up to $25,000, according to the Israel Government Press Office. The GPO quoted a senior PA official responsible for prisoner affairs who said in June 2014 that former Arab prisoners were to receive grants of up to $50,000.

“In this way, the PA is giving a strong financial incentive to terrorism, including through the misuse of fungible foreign financial assistance,” said Israel’s foreign ministry. “Publicly rewarding convicted murderers gives an official stamp of approval to terrorist attacks on Israeli civilians. It is a highly persuasive form of incitement to violence and terrorism… and may tempt young Palestinians to seek an answer to familial financial difficulties through the use of violence.”

The EU contribution covers nearly 40 percent of the total cost of providing cash assistance to over 122,000 Palestinian households living in poverty,” the statement continued.

“Almost two-thirds of the beneficiaries are in Gaza, including over 8,100 families who have been added to the program one year after the escalation of hostilities and its disastrous consequences…. this amount includes 10 million euros to provide immediate relief and build the resilience of households that have been pulled into further poverty as a result of the 2014 hostilities in Gaza,” said Ralph Tarraf, the EU Representative.

“With this amount, an estimated 10,000 households in Gaza who fulfill the criteria of the cash transfer program will benefit from a limited number of quarterly payments in 2015, until a more sustainable solution is found to ensure their livelihood in safety and dignity.”

Instead of using the donated funds to improve the lives of Gaza residents, however, the ruling Hamas terrorist organization has been redirecting most resources towards its endless goal to annihilate the State of Israel.

A Hamas fighter captured by Israel this past July revealed the group has rebuilt much of its terrorist infrastructure since the 2014 summer war, including its multi-million dollar subterranean tunnel network.

Very few Gaza families have benefited from the millions of dollars and euros pledged and the building materials shipped into the region to construct their neighborhoods and homes.

Instead, precious materials were used to build a new road along Gaza’s border with Israel in order to execute surprise attacks against the Jewish State.

Since February 2008, more than 1.9 billion euros from the EU coffers have been disbursed through PEGASE — the financial mechanism launched in 2008 to support the direct financial support programs of the PA Reform and Development Plan (2008-2010).

In addition, the EU continues to provide assistance to the Palestinian Authority through UNRWA and other cooperative projects.

In 2013, the EU paid $32 million (29 million euros) in direct support for the PA budget, in addition to its contribution of $389 million (353 million euros) in indirect support.

Hana Levi Julian

Report: Palestinian Authority Paid Millions to Security Prisoners with Blood on their Hands

Tuesday, October 6th, 2015

(JNi.media) The Palestinian Authority has paid in recent years hundreds of thousands of dollars to each of the security prisoners with Jewish blood on their hands who are jailed in Israel, many of them Hamas members responsible for deadly attacks in Israel, Israel Radio reported Tuesday. Documents obtained by an Israel Radio correspondent reveal that the murderers in jail continue to receive salaries even today.

The official PA documents published online in the first time show that the Hamas explosives engineer Abdullah Barghouti, who was sentenced to 67 consecutive life sentences, has received more than $60,000 from the Palestinian Authority. Ibrahim Hamed, who served as head of the military wing of Hamas in Judea and Sumaria and was sentenced to 54 consecutive life sentences, received a salary of $52,000 dollars. Both Hamas terrorists were involved in several notable suicide attacks during the second intifada: at the Jerusalem Cafe Moment bombing, the attack at Hebrew University, at the Sbarro restaurant in Jerusalem, and at Club Sheffield in Rishon Letzion.

Muhammad Arman, who leads the Hamas prisoners in Israeli jails, and who was sentenced to 36 consecutive life terms, earned by 2012 $60,000. The members of the murderous Silwan cell, responsible for several serious bombing attacks in Jerusalem in the last decade, have received from the Palestinian Authority between $60,000 and $78,000 each.

The documents obtained by Israel Radio also detail salaries being paid to members of the PA security forces who attacked Israelis during the second intifada and are still imprisoned in Israel.

Ashraf Al Ajrami, the PA Minister of Prisoners, told Israel Radio that the money was intended to benefit the prisoners’ families. He said that the Palestinians see them as heroes and freedom fighters.

Chairman of the Foreign Affairs and Defense Committee, MK Tzachi Hanegbi, said that PA Chairman Mahmoud Abbas is fueling violence and terrorism by compensating and remunerating murderous terrorists with huge sums of money.

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Security Cabinet Unanimously Approves New Measures Against Stone-Throwers

Thursday, September 24th, 2015

The Security Cabinet unanimously approved new measures Thursday night against terrorists who hurl stones, firecrackers, fireworks, stun grenades and firebombs (Molotov cocktails) at Israeli civilians and security personnel.

“The security cabinet has decided to authorize police to use live ammunition against people throwing stones and Molotov cocktails when the life of a third person is threatened and no longer only when a police officer is threatened,” a statement from the Prime Minister’s Office said.

The cabinet approved the use of .22 Ruger sniper rifles against rioters hurling stones, who endanger others, and live fire in any case in which lives are endangered.

Stiffened penalties include a mandatory minimum four-year prison sentence and a fine for convicted stone-throwers ages 14-18. Also approved was an evaluation of possibly fining the parents of convicted children ages 12 to 14.

“In Israel, these murderous objects won’t be thrown unanswered and without prevention,” Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu tweeted following the cabinet vote.

However, children under age 12 cannot be held accountable for crimes under current Israeli law. With the rise in terror attacks, there has also been a corresponding escalation in the number of Arab 10 year olds who are being caught throwing stones at Israeli soldiers and police officers as well.

Hana Levi Julian

Israel Arrests PLO Terrorist Who Was Supposed to be in a Palestinian Authority Jail

Friday, July 24th, 2015

In a joint operation between the Shabak (Shin Bet – Israel’s security service) and the IDF, a member of the Tanzim-PLO terrorist organization was arrested on Thursday, according to the Shabak.

Mustafa Husam Aladin Mustafa Abu Riala, from Shechem, was involved in a number of terror attacks, including a shooting attack on IDF troops in May 2014. He had been previously been in jail in 2008-2009.

For the past few months, Abu Riala has been under protective arrest by the Palestinian Authority, to prevent the IDF from capturing and arresting him. Despite supposedly being under arrest and in a jail, Abu Riala would frequently leave the Palestinian Authority prison where he was supposedly being detained.

Israel repeatedly informed the PA security apparatus to properly detain Abu Riala.

Israeli security forces noticed Abu Riala in his home on Thursday afternoon, and arrested him before he could escape.

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Netanyahu, American Jews Urge White House to Free Pollard

Monday, December 8th, 2014

Israeli Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu made a personal call to U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry Saturday night after hearing that former agent Jonathan Pollard fell unconscious in a North Carolina prison and was taken to a hospital.

Netanyahu urged the United States to grant release to the former spy, who has applied for parole but whose request was rejected by the parole board.

“Pollard’s life is in danger. After 30 years in prison it’s time he should be released and live the rest of his life as a free man,” Netanyahu said Saturday night after the phone call.

Netanyahu’s efforts were followed up by the Conference of Presidents of Major American Jewish Organizations, which also issued a statement urging President Barack Obama to commute the remainder of Pollard’s sentence to time served.

“We urge President Obama, especially in this holiday season and given Mr. Pollard’s worsening health, to take steps immediately to expedite Mr. Pollard’s release and to commute his life sentence to the more than 29 years he has already served,” the group stated.

Authorities plan to return Pollard to the infirmary at the federal prison where he is incarcerated in Butner, North Carolina. Reportedly he will require surgery in the coming days, according to activists working for his release.

The former Navy analyst was convicted on a single count of passing classified information to an ally — Israel — and has been in prison since his arrest in 1985. He was sentenced to life in prison in 1987 despite having agreed to a plea bargain deal with the prosecutor’s office. The crime for which he was jailed usually carries a sentence of two to four years in prison.

Hana Levi Julian

US Parole Board Says ‘NO’ to Jonathan Pollard, Again

Thursday, November 20th, 2014

A U.S. government parole board has turned down former Israeli agent Jonathan Pollard’s request for release after 30 years in prison, according to the Campaign for the Release of Jonathan Pollard.

The 60-year-old dual Israeli-U.S. citizen was sentenced to life in prison on a single count of passing classified information to an ally – Israel – in his position as an analyst in the U.S. Navy.

His sentence expires in 2030.

Since Pollard first became eligible for parole numerous public figures in the U.S. and Israel have appealed to the American government and successive administrations to free him, but all have failed.

A statement Wednesday by activists on behalf of Pollard quoted U.S. officials as saying releasing Pollard would “constitute contempt for the severity of the offense and promote a lack of respect for the law.”

Another review of his case is expected in February 2015, with a parole hearing to be set five months later, media reported. But a commission member told journalists the government would oppose Pollard’s release “Absolutely, vigorously.”

If the trend continues unabated, Pollard is likely to remain in prison until his sentence expires, when he is age 75.

Hana Levi Julian

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