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Mengisto ‘Did Not Know What He Was Doing,’ Says Brother

Monday, August 17th, 2015

The family of Avraham Mengisto held a rally outside Hadarim Prison on Monday to express their humanitarian demand that their son be released by Hamas from captivity in Gaza.

It was a small gathering – just 20 people, including all of the relatives – held at the time Palestinian Authority Arabs came to visit their own family members incarcerated at the prison.

Avraham’s brother Ilan addressed the visitors, and those gathered, saying, “White you are visiting your loved ones in Israel, Avera Mengisto, an innocenet 29 year old civilian, is being held in Gaza.

“Despite the fact that he is not well and was never a soldier, Hamas continues to hold him hostage and refuses to release him or to give any information about his whereabouts.”

Ilan Mengisto also accused those visiting their prisoner relatives of being “accomplices in the captivity of a helpless man who crossed into Gaza, because he did not know what he was doing.”

Following the rally, organizers told media, “We have chosen to take responsibility without any help from the state, in order to secure the release of Mengisto.”

The family has maintained its silence on the case since the 29-year-old man climbed over the security fence near the seashore and crossed into Gaza on September 7, 2014.

He was spotted at the time by IDF soldiers guarding the border, who called to him to stop – but he kept going and by the time they got to him, he had disappeared into Gaza.

Due to a gag order on the case and advice from the government the family was silent, trusting authorities to continue negotiating with Hamas for their son’s release. Since talks have produced no result, however, the family has now decided to begin publicizing its own demands on humanitarian grounds – with Monday’s small rally a first step in the process.

A second individual – a Bedouin man from southern Israel – likewise crossed into Gaza a number of months ago and has since been held hostage. His identity remains protected under gag order and the request of the family.


Protesters Rally Against Terror Attacks in Israel and PA

Sunday, August 9th, 2015

An Anti-violence rally was held Saturday night in Tel Aviv as Israelis gathered to protest in response the death earlier in the day of 32-year-old Sa’ad Dawabsheh of Duma and other recent terror attacks on Jews as well.

Dawabsheh had succumbed to the grievous injuries suffered when his home in the Palestinian Authority Arab village near Shechem was firebombed by unknown terrorists ten days ago. His 18-month-old son Ali died immediately in the conflagration. Dawabsheh’s wife Riham and his four-year-old son Ahmed are in grave condition at Tel Hashomer Medical Center in Tel Aviv.

Israelis protested the violence that led to the deaths, waving signs that said “Shalom” in Arabic and Hebrew. The working assumption by most protesters at this point is that the terrorists were Jewish because graffiti on the wall of the home was written in Hebrew.

However, due to the content and calligraphic elements of the writing, the ethnicity and identity of the terrorists is not quite that clear and a gag order has been slapped on the investigation. Nevertheless, Israeli security forces have been scouring Jewish communities throughout Judea and Samaria, with arrests of extremist elements taking place nearly every night since the attack.

In addition, the protesters demonstrated against the dozens of terrorist attacks that have been carried out by Palestinian Authority terrorists in the past ten days as well. IDF soldiers, Israeli police officers and Israeli civilians have been attacked while standing at intersections, patrolling or driving on the roads of Jerusalem and in Judea and Samaria. Numerous civilians, soldiers and police officers have been wounded, including more than a few who were seriously injured, as a result.

On Saturday, Gaza’s ruling Hamas terrorist organization used the recent attack on the Dawabsheh home as an excuse to call on the Palestinian Authority population to launch a third intifada, exhorting PA citizens to rise up and attack Jews throughout Judea and Samaria in response to the firebombing in Duma.

Meretz Trying to Cancel Rightwing Rally

Saturday, March 14th, 2015

Dror Morag, the Secretary General of the Meretz party, and Mossi Raz, a Meretz candidate, will be filing a complaint with the Elections committee demanding the cancellation of this Sunday’s rightwing rally at Rabin Square in Tel Aviv.

They claim the rally’s location is in violation of election laws.

The leftwing’s rally last week only managed to gather 35,000 people.

A lot more people are expected to be at tomorrow’s rightwing rally, possibly including Prime Minister Netanyahu.

For a party that claims to be concerned about civil rights, Meretz seem to have a problem with freedom of speech and assembly when it comes to their political adversaries.

Netanyahu Rained on France’s Parade (Thank God)

Monday, January 12th, 2015

There’s indication and reports that the French government did everything it could to try and dissuade Israeli PM Netanyahu from visiting France and participating in their unity march, and when that failed, they insulted him with political snubs.

Security may sound like valid concern for not wanting Netanyahu there, but with 40 other world leaders present, that excuse sounds feeble.

The bottom line is that Hollande didn’t want Netanyahu raining on France’s parade.

Because France is different. France’s terrorism is not like Israel’s terrorism.

France’s terrorism is against liberté and equality and fraternity.

While in France’s eyes, as the French media pointed out, Israel’s terrorism stems from a political dispute.

And if France wasn’t sure Israel understood that message, if Bibi dared show up, France would condescendingly invite the head of the PLO to march next to Bibi just to make that point absolutely clear.

But to their dismay Netanyahu showed up, and he didn’t let them keep him in the second row, or put him on the second bus, and he didn’t stand next to the Munich Massacre financier Abu Mazen either.

And it was incredibly important that Netanyahu did all that.

Because while numerous countries around the world are dealing with Islamic terrorism, it is Israel that has faced it from the beginning, and has fought it, often quite alone, not just for Israel’s sake, but for the entire world’s.

Over the past few years so, the Jewish communities of France have been subject to terrorism and violent anti-Semitism. Terrorism because they were Jewish, not because they were French or drew some offensive cartoons.

The Islamic terrorist attacks in France last week were the natural evolution of those attacks on the Jewish people.

But when the Islamic terrorists murdered Ilan Halimi and the Jewish children in Toulouse, they weren’t just attacking some Jews, like the French perhaps thought. They were attacking France itself and the values it stands for. The Jews were just first in line.

Netanyahu’s participation at the front of the march, on the first bus, and in the Paris Synagogue were messages that France and Hollande need to hear – that Israel and the Jewish people are one, we stand together, and we lead the fight against Islamic terrorism for us and for you.

The terrorism that France faces is the same exact terrorism that Israel fights, and when that terrorism in France was primarily directed at Jews, when the French didn’t yet comprehend that it was also directed at them and at their liberté and democracy, we in Israel, we the Jewish people understood it completely.

Upon entering the Paris synagogue, Netanyahu was greeted with cheers and song, not because he is the Prime Minister of Israel, but because he is viewed as the Prime Minister of the Jewish people.

By snubbing Netanyahu, France wasn’t just snubbing Israel, it was snubbing France’s own Jewish citizens, it was belittling the previous terror attacks against France’s Jewish communities, and showing that France doesn’t yet fully comprehend the magnitude of its latest encounter with Islamic terror.

One hopes that Hollande and France will understand Netanyahu’s message, and realize that France must unconditionally stand with Israel against Islamic terror, just as Israel and the Jewish people stand with France in their hour of need, at the front of the line.


Netanyahu, World Leaders to Unite at French Solidarity Rally

Sunday, January 11th, 2015

Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu is heading to France together with Foreign Minister Avigdor Liberman and Economy Minister Naftali Bennett, as well as MK Eli Yishai as the Knesset’s representative, to attend a unity rally in Paris today (Sunday, Jan 11).

The Israeli government leadership will join with German Chancellor Angela Merkel, British Prime Minister David Cameron, King Abdullah II of Jordan and his Queen, Italian Prime Minister Matteo Renzi and Spanish Prime Minister Mariano Rajoy, United Arab Emirates Foreign Minister Sheikh Abdullah bin Zayed Al Nahyan, and a million more.

Abu Mazen – the Arab terrorist name of Palestinian Authority Chairman Mahmoud Abbas — initially said he wouldn’t be able to go because of inclement weather, but has since changed his mind.

The “silent march” is being held to protest terrorism, and to honor the memory of the 17 victims murdered last week in a three-day series of attacks in Paris by radical Islamist terrorists.

Rallies are also planned in numerous cities around the globe.

French police are still hunting for Hayat Boudienne, the common law wife of one of the terrorists slain on Friday. However, it is believed she has left the country and headed to the Middle East. Turkish police have told authorities Boudienne may have passed through Turkey on her way to Syria, Fox News reported Saturday night.

Turkish Prime Minister Ahmet Davutoglu is also expected to participate in the solidarity rally in Paris, according to Turkey’s official Anatolia news agency.

The news follows a report last week that the exiled politiburo chief of the Hamas terror group, Khaled Mashaal, has been invited to establish a new headquarters in Turkey. Mashaal was allegedly expelled from Qatar, along with top officials of the Muslim Brotherhood terrorist organization.

The Al Qaeda affiliate in Yemen, Al Qaeda in the Arabian Peninsula (AQAP), has taken responsibility for the attack Wednesday at the Charlie Hebdo satirical weekly magazine office.

The terror group released a statement over the weekend claiming the assault was launched in revenge for the “honor” of the prophet Muhammed, the founder of Islam.

The statement issued by the group’s spokesperson said the leadership of AQAP directed the operations and chose their target carefully. He added that the terror organization delayed taking responsibility for the attack because of “security reasons.”

U.S. intelligence sources said that 34-year-old Said Kouachi, one of the suspects killed on Friday, had traveled to Yemen in 2011 and made “direct contact” with Al Qaeda training camps.

Islamist Temple Mount Rally to Rid Site of ‘Jewish Filth’

Thursday, May 29th, 2014

Incitement that heats up the atmosphere among Muslim worshipers at the Temple Mount is a regular offering at the Al Aqsa Mosque — but the Israeli government has yet to do anything concrete to stop it.

The Middle East Media Research Institute (MEMRI) has translated video footage of a rally held just last week at the mosque by a radical Islamist group, the Hizb ut-Tahrir Islamic Liberation Party.

The group, which operates under the auspices and encouragement of the Palestinian Authority, is dedicated to uniting the world under a caliphate ruled by Islamic law (Shari’a) and has branches in Judea, Samaria and in Gaza.

The rally was held at the Al Aqsa mosque in the Temple Mount Plaza, located in the heart of the Old City of Jerusalem, right next to the Western Wall. Among the crowd were many supporters waving black flags inscribed in white Arabic writing with the words, “There is no God but Allah and Mohammed is His Prophet.”

According to MEMRI, members of the group issued a call to the ‘Islamic nation’ and the army of Pakistan to liberate ‘al Quds’ (Jerusalem) from ‘Jewish filth.’

“Where is the Caliph of the Muslims? Don’t you care that the Jews are defiling the place of the Prophet’s nocturnal journey with their filth? The Jews are the most hostile people towards the believers. . . They conquered Jerusalem,” called the rally activists.

“O people of Pakistan! O people of Islam! The place of the Prophet’s ascent to Heaven is calling for your help! What are you doing? The Al Aqsa Mosque calls for your support! Will you heed the call?

“O Pakistani Army! America wants to destroy you. America is your enemy. Free yourselves from subordination to it. This is the call of Hizb Al-Tahrir:

“Advance with your mighty army to Jerusalem. You are worthy of the honor of liberating it.” A video clip of the rally was posted on the Internet by MEMRI with translated subtitles.

It is precisely incitement such as this that whips the mosque’s Muslim worshipers into a frenzy of hatred against Jews and Israel week after week and results in the violent riots that prompt police to close the site to anyone except Muslims prior to Jewish holidays.

Once cannot fathom why Israel does not close the site to Muslims when violence occurs, rather than the peaceful Jews and tourists who come to tour the area.

Perhaps it has something to do with the fact that Israel’s Labor-led government in 1967 immediately handed authority over the site to the Waqf Islamic Authority, which is linked to the Jordanian government, hoping to maintain peace in future years.

Sadly, this ‘solution’ has instead simply led to endless incitement and a ravenous hunger for war.

Last year MEMRI translated another Hizb ut-Tahrir video showing PA Arab children in the Al Aqsa mosque having been programmed to call for the “liberation of Palestine.”

In somber robes of white (for purity) and black (for purpose and death) boys who appeared to be as young as six and as old as 15 stood tall in the mosque, bands inscribed with religious slogans wound about their foreheads listened closely — and yelled into microphones when called upon to do so.

This is a perfect example of how the Palestinian Authority actively continues to pass on terrorism against Israel to the next generation. It is a clear message the PA is no ‘partner for peace.’

A ‘two state solution’ under these circumstances would be a signed death certificate with the coroner ready and waiting to deliver the document next door.

Coalition Chair’s Letter of Praise for 100 Shofars Protest in NYC

Tuesday, April 29th, 2014

Protesters who plan to demonstrate today at the world’s largest shofar-blowing event in history in New York City have drawn praise from the Israeli government coalition chairman, who expressed his admiration for their “courage.”

Israeli government coalition chairman MK Yariv Levin  is “deeply moved” by demonstrators who are to gather to protest participation in the Israel Day Parade of groups promoting the boycott, divestment and sanctions (BDS) movement against Israel.

In a letter sent to Richard Allen, founder of JCCWatch – organizer of the rally being held in New York – Levin praised the rally, set for Tuesday April 29 at  5 pm, “courageous stance of so many friends of Israel involved in the parade, calling to delegitimize those who delegitimize Israel.

“It is not logical or reasonable for Israel supporters to condone or overlook or indirectly cooperate with BDS groups which represent the antithesis of support for Israel. Refusing to recognize the State of Israel’s sovereign right to develop and maintain an independent legal position on any issue of national importance is not legitimate.”

The UJA-Federation and Jewish Community Relations Council (JCRC) which sponsors the annual Israel Day Parade, agreed this year to permit a number of anti-Israel groups to march this year in the parade, setting off a tsunami of protest over their participation. Among those  are:

  • Partners for Progressive Israel: which encourages the public to boycott Ahava Cosmetics, SodaStream and wine from nine Israeli vineyards.
  • The New Israel Fund: which finances NGOs (non-governmental organizations) that promote BDS activities against Israel. NIF funds Machsom Watch, the Coalition of Women for Peace, Women Against violence, Social TV and Mossawa, all of which signed a letter to the Norwegian government pension fund, urging it to divest from Israel.
  • B’Tselem: A major recipient of funds from NIF, the group has produced the anti-israel video shown at Israel Apartheid Week events held at various universities around the world. The organization’s board chairman, Oren Yiftachel, has publicly called for “effective sanctions” against Israel.

The rally, promoted as the “largest shofar blowing event in Jewish history,” is set to take place this afternoon (April 29) at 5:00 p.m. Eastern time (New York City) in front of the UJA-Federation building at 130 East 59th Street, between Park and Lexington Avenues. Participants are urged to bring their shofars to the rally. Those who do not have a shofar but who wish to participate can receive one to use on site.

Scheduled speakers include Rabbi David Algaze from the World Committee for the Land of Israel / Havurat Yisrael; Richard Allen, JCCWatch; Dr. Paul Brody of the Jewish Political Education Foundation; Helen Freedman of Americans for a Safe Israel; Beth Gilinsky of National Conference on Jewish Affairs; Mort Klein, head of Zionist Organization of America; Robert Muchnick of Manhigut Yehudit, and Lauri Regan of Endowment for Middle East Truth.

Printed from: http://www.jewishpress.com/news/breaking-news/coalition-chairs-letter-of-praise-for-100-shofars-protest-in-nyc/2014/04/29/

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