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Islamic State Jewelry Seized at Ben-Gurion Airport

Wednesday, May 20th, 2015

Customs agents seized 120 silver rings with Islamic State slogans on them that were meant to be shipped to Ramallah.

The package, sent from Turkey, raised eye-brows in customs at Ben-Gurion airport, who were shocked to see the the ISIS-stamped jewelry.

The package was confiscated, and the Shabak was informed.

Meet: Dating App Verona: the ‘Fun Way for Israelis and Palestinians to Connect’ (and Intermarry)

Wednesday, May 13th, 2015

On January 17, 2001, Palestinian Authority Arabs from the Tanzim faction of Fatah killed 16-year-old Israeli high school student Ofir Rahum on the outskirts of Ramallah.

The murder was planned by 24-year-old Mona Jaud Awana from Bir Nabala. Mona pretended to be “Sali”, who met and connected with Ofir Rahum via the Internet.

After many months during which Mona/Sali conducted long, private conversations in English with Rahum using ICQ, she gained his confidence and asked him to meet her in Jerusalem.

When he arrived, she drove him to the outskirts of Ramallah, where the lovelorn Rahum was then shot at close range by members of her terror cell, fifteen times, while Mona/Sali watched.

Mona/Sali, by the way, had been present at the Ramallah lynching, and what she saw there “excited” her, and that’s when she began trolling for Israelis on the Internet to kill them.

This was their last Internet conversation:

ofir 15/01/01 i don’t know if iI have enough to come back to ashkelon

sali 15/01/01 16:04 i told you I will bring you back to tel aviv in my friends car but she will be with us..is it ok coz I am afraid to drive at night

sali 15/0101 16:35 you don’t know how much I am waiting for wednesday but we have to say bye till wednesday

ofir 15/01/01 16:35 bye

sali 15/01/01 16:35 love you dear

I thought about that story this morning, when someone told me about a new dating app that wants to promote “world peace” and intermarriage by introducing Israelis and “Palestinians”.

“Verona is how Israelis & Palestinians can connect and find love,” declares the landing page for the new app on Google Play.

You start by identifying yourself as either Israeli or Palestinian and then starts the assimilation process where the Holy Land can then become one, big happy family.

While Ofir Rahum was was the first association that popped into mind (though presumably far from the minds of the creators of this app), intermarriage was the second association I made (and that definitely was on the mind of the creators of Verona dating app).

Intermarriage is a bad thing, in of itself. But in Israel, it sometimes goes beyond just marrying out.

There have been numerous cases of very young Israeli (Jewish) girls being seduced into dating and then eloping with their Arab suitors.

Once they’re in their husband’s control, in his village, usually their treatment changes radically, they are forced into a life of servitude, and often suffer beatings. Sometimes they’re not even the only wife.

They remain trapped, even as their parents spend their waking hours searching for them.

Their stories are published almost exclusively by Israel’s right-wing press, often after a successful rescue mission by organizations such as Yad L’Achim, when the trapped girl is ready to escape.

IMHO, I suspect the main users of this dating app will be foreign lefty activists who want to identify themselves as “Palestinians” (they’d surely never identify themselves as Israelis) and meet real “Palestinians” (hah!), and some radical left-wing Israelis in Tel Aviv who also want to meet “Palestinians”, but without having to dirty themselves by crossing the Green Line. Let them all have each other.

Unfortunately, I’m very concerned for the young, naive Israeli who might end up needing Yad L’Achim’s services because of this app.

I’d wish these app-maker success, except that I don’t. I hope they fail.

Bethlehem May Charge a Fee for Tourists to Enter

Sunday, May 3rd, 2015

Bethlehem wants every tourist entering the city to pay approximately, the Bethlehem-based Ma’an News Agency reported.

Ramallah also is considering a tourist fee.

Deputy Mayor of Bethlehem Issam Juha told Ma’an, “Tourists have so far been receiving services for free, and now we are considering a mechanism to make them pay a fee which would help us improve public services, including wireless internet, maps and tour signs.

Tourism expert Dr. Hamdan Taha warned that a fee could boomerang, according to Ma’an, because it night drive tourists away.

Baltimore City Curfew Helps Taper Off Riots

Wednesday, April 29th, 2015

A 10 pm curfew and strong show of force by thousands of security personnel Tuesday night helped restore order to most of the city, and put an end to riots in Baltimore.

At least one Jewish business owner faced near-total ruin Tuesday night; Harvey Levy of the Baltimore suburb of Reisterstown responded to an alarm and saw his sports store had been damaged and emptied by rioters.

The Agudath Israel synagogue also posted a notice on its door warning congregants its final evening service of the night would be held at 9:30 pm due to the 10 pm curfew.

Two of the three city’s home games between the Baltimore Orioles and the Chicago White Sox were postponed; a third, scheduled for Wednesday, is to be played at Camden Yards in a historic “first” televised game with an entirely empty stadium. No fans are allowed into the stadium due to security considerations.

The Baltimore police department managed to finally contain thousands of rioters throughout the city by the wee hours of Wednesday morning, with the help of some 2,000 National Guard troops, 1,000 supplemental police officers from neighboring counties and 2,000 civilian volunteers.

Users on Twitter and other social networking sites have been comparing the situation in Baltimore to that in Israel, whose security forces must contend with similar issues in her cities, albeit with Arabs instead of rioting city residents hoping for anarchy.

The situation in the United States, in fact, appears to be developing a parallel process in many ways similar to the Arab intifada that is faced by Israel every few years.

More than 235 arrests were made in Baltimore in the past 24 hours At least 20 police officers were injured, including one who remains in critical condition. The force has been forced to decide how and when to use increased riot control measures such as tear gas, smoke canisters and other security options; issues also confronted by Israel.

An alleged alliance between three national gangs — the Black Guerrillas, the Crips and the Bloods — was formally denied on Tuesday in a statement by the gang members who said the supposed agreement to “take out” Baltimore police was untrue. Gang members were later seen towards sunset organizing into a secondary buffer line spreading out between protesters and police.

Baltimore mother Toya Graham became the most well-known personality in the city on Tuesday: the single mother of six was seen in a video flashed around the Internet chastising her 16-year-old son after spotting him on television among rioters wearing a black face mask. Graham was seen ripping the mask from her son and smacking him around the face and shoulders while chasing and scolding him, forcing him to leave the riots and come home with her. Many news groups and Internet users informally dubbed her “Mother of the Year.”

Israel Caves in to US and Frees Tax Money for PA without Erasing Debt

Saturday, April 18th, 2015

Israel has agreed to fork over to the Palestinian Authority $450 million in frozen funds it collects for the Abbas regime in a compromise that only reduces without erasing Ramallah’s $500 million debt for electricity and other services.

The monthly transfer amounts to approximately 70 percent of Palestinian Authority revenues.

The agreement was reached Friday, the same day Al Quds’ journalist Said Arikat said at the daily US State Dept. briefing:

There was a meeting today between the European and American consul-generals with the Palestinian prime minister to discuss the financial situation. The Israelis are holding 1.7 billion shekels, or $500 million. But they’re saying that the American consul general suggested that there may be a resolution in the next 24 hours.

Spokeswoman Marie Harf did not comment except to say, “We think this just needs to be resolved.”

The United States has been pressuring Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu to change his position that the funds would be released after Israel deducts the huge amount of money the Palestinian Authority owes the country. Israel reportedly agreed to the compromise for “humanitarian” reasons.

PA chairman Mahmoud Abbas rejected the chance to erase the debt, which would have been meant waiting for approximately four months before receiving more tax money. He also would have been able to have a clean slate, although it is difficult to assume he would not have instantly begun to rack up a new debt.

The compromise agreement only partially reduces the debt. Moreover, previous transfers of tax money with debt reductions have been followed by a larger debt, just like any other deadbeat who ostensibly stays solvent by borrowing money to cover a debt.

This game has been going on for years, and the United States wants Israel to keep playing along. It might be to Israel’s advantage because it only is a matter of time before the Palestinian Authority goes belly-up, possible in sync with the European Union.

Israel has frozen the transfers for tax revenues several times and for different reasons, such as terror and Abbas’ failure to honor commitments during the illusion “peace process. The latest reason, in January, was Abbas’ declaration that the Palestinian Authority was applying for membership in the International Criminal Court (ICC)

Nickolay Mladenov, the United Nations special coordinator for the Middle East peace process, blamed Israel’s four-month freeze on tax revenue transfers for having “undermined the stability of the Palestinian institutions.”

The other side of the coin, the one that Israel has given Abbas, is that his own corrupt and inept regime has undermined stability.

 

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?

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.”

Printed from: http://www.jewishpress.com/news/breaking-news/palestinian-authority-will-appeal-terror-victims-lawsuit-victory/2015/02/26/

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