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French Investigators Rule ‘No Evidence’ Yasser Arafat Murdered

Thursday, September 3rd, 2015

A French court has ruled that former Palestine Liberation Organization (PLO) chairman Yasser Arafat was not assassinated, as his wife Suha and many Palestinian Arab officials claim.

Arafat died in November 20014 at Percy Military Hospital near Paris at age 75, after he developed stomach pains while barricaded at his Muqata headquarters in the Palestinian Authority capital city of Ramallah, in Samaria.

Suha Arafat has insisted that he was poisoned by highly radioactive polonium, and accused Israeli intelligence agent of murdering him, filing murder case in 2012 at Nanterre Court.

Three teams of French, Swiss and Russian investigators arrived in Ramallah shortly thereafter, where Arafat’s tomb was opened for a few hours to allow the scientists to collect approximately 60 samples for analysis.

In Lausanne, Switzerland, a center tested biological samples taken from the PLO chairman’s belongings given to his wife after his death and allegedly found “abnormal levels of polonium.” However, the center did not say the departed Arafat had been poisoned.

French experts who found isotopes polonium-210 and lead-210 in Arafat’s grave and in the samples determined they were of an “environmental nature,” according to a statement by Nanterre prosecutor Catherine Denis in April 2015.

The panel of three French judges also concluded their investigations in April as well, and sent their findings to the Nanterre prosecutor, who recommended in July that the case be closed.

This week, the panel of judges issued a ruling to close the case without bringing charges, according to the prosecutor quoted by AFP.

“At the conclusion of the investigation… it has not be demonstrated that Mr. Yasser Arafat was murdered by polonium-210 poisoning,” the judges ruled, according to the statement released by the prosecutor from the court in Nanterre, near Paris.

Suha Arafat’s attorney, Francis Szpiner, announced the decision of the judges on Twitter. Her legal counsel accused the judges of closing the investigation “too quickly” and called for more experts to be questioned.

Palestinian Authority leaders in Ramallah likewise were disgruntled by the decision. PA inquiry committee head Tawfiq Tirawi told AFP, “We’ll continue our investigation until we reach the killer of Arafat; until we know how Arafat was killed.”

Abbas Planning ‘Self-Financed’ $13 Million Palace with 2 Helipads

Wednesday, August 26th, 2015

The Palestinian Authority is planning to build a $13 million “Presidential Guest Palace in Ramallah with “self-financing” although the project committee states that one of its missions is make sure money flows into its coffer from foreign countries.

The European Union and the United States are two of the biggest philanthropists for the Palestinian Authority, which has pocketed billions of dollars.

PA chairman Mahmoud Abbas uses the money to pay for a bloated civil service and police force, which numbers far beyond the limit set in the once-upon-a-time Oslo Accords. The PA budget also pays terrorists who land up in Israeli jails for killing or trying to kill Jews.

The Palestinian Authority uses EU funding to pay Arabs to move the remote outposts in Judea and Samaria where they build props of tents and buildings to claim they have been living there for centuries.

It is not clear exactly where the U.S. aid goes. For example, the U.S. State Dept. has refused to comment on whether its aid will be used to guarantee the $10 million bond, along with another million bucks a month, that the Palestinian Authority must post during its appeal against a mammoth lawsuit victory by victims of terror and by their relatives.

Now comes the new palace, which is to be built in two years. The website of PECDAR, the acronym for the Palestinian Council for Development and Reconstruction, states:

The goal of this project is to establish the Presidential Guest Palace in Surda, Ramallah within an area of 4,700 square meters [1.16 acres] along with a building for the Presidential Administration and Guards with an area of 4,000 square meters.

The construction process includes also preparing the surrounding area and two helipads, the project will be constructed over a land area of 27,000 square meters [6.67 acres].

Then comes the kicker:

Source of Funding: Self Financing- Ministry of Finance

The Palestinian Authority is begging every month or so for donors to help it pay salaries, but the $13 million for the Presidential Place and Guest House is self-financed?

PECDAR might have a new definition for the term “self-financing.” Its mission, according to its site, includes:

Coordinating the flow of international assistance for the benefit of the Palestinian people.

Identifying investment projects and other activities to be financed by the donor countries.

 

 

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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Abbas Insists He Will Visit His ‘Sister’ Iran

Monday, August 24th, 2015

Mahmoud Abbas has an insatiable appetite.

The Palestinian Authority chairman insisted this week that he will visit Iran, which he referred to as a “sister and neighbor state” in comments made to Polish journalists

He declared his intentions the same day of his reported resignation from the PLO Executive Committee, an announcement that has been denounced as false and reiterated as true a dozen times.

Iran has not been particularly in love with Abbas because he removed, at least for English media, the adjective “armed” from noun “resistance,” the Arab code word for terror.

Mahmoud Ahmadinejad, when he was president of Iran in 2012, invited Abbas to visit but was rejected.

Since then, a lot has happened. Iran and Hamas have had an off-an-on relationship reflecting Middle East instability, particularly in Syria where Iranian Revolutionary Guards are trying to keep Basher al-Assad’s regime from falling.

Abbas, a modern Jules Verne who has circled the world several times since taking over the Palestinian Authority after Yasser Arafat’s death, has built up universal diplomatic for the Arab dream of annihilating Israel, if not by force then by simply shrinking its borders and setting off the demographic weapon called “refugees” to finish off of what would be left of the country.

Now that Iran is holding on to its uranium cake and eating it at the same time, Abbas sees political opportunity. Bringing in Iran under his international umbrella would go down well with the folks in Ramallah while showing up Hamas.

Whether or not the Iranian regime really will welcome him is a question.

Abbas sent envoys to Tehran two weeks ago to discuss “the Palestinian situation” with Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif.

Ahmad Majdalani, a member of the PLO’s executive committee, told the Bethlehem-based Ma’an News Agency:

Our relationship with Iran is an urgent necessity concerning international and regional developments.

The “developments” are nothing more and nothing less than the deal with Iran, which virtually every world leader with the exception of President Barack Obama acknowledges, implicitly or tacitly, as an exponential increase in Iran’s prestige and influence.

Abbas is not likely to get much out of any revival of relations with the paranoid Iranian regime except for more headlines, but that is the oxygen that has kept him alive politically.

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.

Israeli Jews Meet Independently with PA Chairman Abbas in Ramallah

Monday, August 10th, 2015

A group of Israeli Jewish social activists met Sunday with Palestinian Authority Chairman Mahmoud Abbas at his Samaria office in the PA capital of Ramallah, in the Muqata.

According to its website, the Mizrahi Democratic Rainbow Coalition is a social action group comprised of “Jews from Arab and Muslims Lands and the East.” The members attempt to affect the current public agenda and bring about change in Israeli society through independent action.

Abbas told the group the PA has been making an effort to achieve peace “despite the negative atmosphere surrounding the peace process,” according to the PA news agency WAFA.

The PA chairman told the group it was important to strengthen the prospects for peace based on the two-state solution, the news agency reported.

According to the MDRC website, the group is active in four areas: land, employment and unemployment, education and coalition activity.

It is not clear whether the visit to Ramallah was first cleared with the office of Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu, or not.

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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