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Posts Tagged ‘Samaria’

Greece to Ignore EU’s Anti-Israel Labeling Rules

Tuesday, December 1st, 2015

The Greek government has told Israel it will disregard European Union guidelines advising member states to re-label any good manufactured in communities past the 1949 Armistice Line, also known as the “Green Line.”

The guidelines, published earlier this month, advise that anything produced in Judea and Samaria cannot be labeled “Made in Israel.”

Greek Foreign Minister Nikos Kotzias said in a letter to Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu that Athens would oppose the guidelines one day after Greek Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras visited Jerusalem, according to a report by The Times of Israel. There was no coverage of the government’s decision in any Greek media.

Hungary declared its intention to defy the EU guidelines earlier this month, almost as soon as the directive was issued.

But since 2003, there had already been a numerical code placed on Israeli imports by the EU, in order to differentiate between products made anywhere beyond the “Green Line” and those produced within “pre-1967″ Israel, according to The Guardian British newspaper.

In response to the EU’s labeling, Netanyahu announced Sunday at the opening of the weekly government cabinet meeting that Israel would end cooperation with the EU’s role in peacemaking with the Palestinian Authority.

Earlier in the month, Israel’s Ambassador to the EU, David Walzer explained, “This for us in Israel feels like we have been singled out for quasi-sanctions using economic tools for punishment.” The EU has not applied the same guidelines to products manufactured in territories “occupied” by several other nations, including Morocco.

Israel’s Foreign Ministry indicated meanwhile that although individual relations with various European nations would continue, there would be no dialogue with the EU “until the reassessment is completed.”

Nevertheless, a European Union spokesperson insisted the entity would “continue to work on the Middle East peace process” independently.

Past activities by the EU have included generous funding and unauthorized construction of illegal homes and other structures for Arab squatters in Area C territory that is supposed to be under Israel’s complete control, in accordance with the internationally-recognized Oslo Accords.

Given that history, the mammoth rate of Arab immigration to most European member states in the EU, and the overwhelmingly negative voting history of the entity when issues involving Israel are raised at forums such as the United Nations, one might question whether independent work by the EU is really possible.

Palestinian Authority Government Incites Arab Women in Media Campaign

Tuesday, December 1st, 2015

The Palestinian Authority government is now actively targeting Arab women in a new media campaign, the Palestinian Media Watch organization warns.

In this latest campaign, according to the PA Minister of Women’s Affairs, women in the Palestinian Authority are “different” from all others. Minister Haifa Al-Agha, herself a woman, extolled their “uniqueness” in an interview translated by PMW.

The Arab woman living in the Palestinian Authority is differentiated “from the women of the world as [only] she receives the news of her son’s Martyrdom with cries of joy,” Al-Agha told the Al-Hayat Al-Jadida in its November 7 edition.

“By praising mothers for their ‘cries of joy’ Minister Al-Agha is sending a message to PA society to attack Israelis without fear of death because Martyrdom for Allah is said to be the highest value and highest achievable status,” the PMW pointed out in a bulletin.

The minister also added the such women are noteworthy not only because they celebrate death, but because they also fight, praising their “significant presence in the field and battle arenas.”

In the current wave of terror, there have been a number of cases – including one this morning (Tuesday, Dec. 1) – in which Arab women and girls have attacked, or attempted to attack Israelis. Some, including those as young as 14 years old, have succeeded and a few have managed to murder people.

Road Terror in Samaria Shooting Attack Near Beit El

Tuesday, November 24th, 2015

Arab terrorists opened fire at Israeli vehicles as they traveled in Samaria near the Jewish community of Beit El, near the Palestinian Authority capital city of Ramallah.

Israeli security forces were called to the site where terrorist snipers were ambushing Israeli drivers from the side of the road. Miraculously, no one was shot directly, although a vehicle was damaged.

Security personnel told TPS at least one driver managed to flee an attack without injury and reported it to nearby soldiers before continuing on her way to the nearby Jewish community of Kida.

The woman’s vehicle was confirmed to have been hit by at least two bullets — the bullet holes were visible — although the vehicle itself was still able to be driven.

IDF soldiers fanned out across the area of the attack to hunt for the shooter.

Arab Terrorist Shot When He Tried to Knife Israeli Soldier

Monday, November 23rd, 2015

IDF soldiers shot and killed an Arab terrorist who tried to murder one of the troops on Monday afternoon at the Samaria junction near the Arab village of Huwara, south of the city of Shechem (Nablus).

The attacker drew a knife, approached the troops stationed at the junction and attempted to stab one of the soldiers, according to a statement by the IDF.

“The force responded to the immediate threat and fired at the suspect, resulting in his death,” the statement said.

Last month, Arab terrorists shot at an Israeli vehicle on the road near the Huwara checkpoint, close to Shechem. The car was traveling near the Jewish community of Tapuach at the time.

In September, a Jewish woman was shot in a terror attack near the same area.

The Tomb of the Biblical Patriarch Joseph is located in the ancient holy city of Shechem. Although the city is now under Arab control, the internationally-recognized Oslo Accords mandate free access to the site by Israeli Jews due to its sanctity in both Judaism and Islam.

Nevertheless, any Jew who approaches the site without first arranging an Israeli military escort does so at the risk of his life, as has been repeatedly made clear in numerous tragedies.

Even with the escort of the IDF, it is not also certain that Palestinian Authority Arabs will respect the international mandate. The convoy in which Israel Chief Sephardic Rabbi Yitzhak Yosef was traveling was attacked by PA Arabs, who threw stones at the vehicles as they drove towards the site. Furthermore, following the visit by the chief rabbi, the Tomb was once again burned down by the enraged Arabs.

Netanyahu: Terrorist Families to Lose Israeli Work Permits, But That’s Not All….

Monday, November 23rd, 2015

Families of Arab terrorists will lose their permits to work in pre-1967 Israel, Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu said Monday during a visit to Gush Etzion.

An Arab clan or family “know that it has in its midst someone who is extreme or someone liable to attack,” Netanyahu explained, “and a family like that does not have the right to work in Israel.”

A number of Bedouin families in southern Israel have quietly contacted security personnel over the past weeks about relatives who were planning to carry out terror activities, according to sources who spoke with JewishPress.com. “There have been a number of parents, and in several cases, brothers or fathers or both, who have taken the initiative to call authorities and prevent attacks,” the sources said.

While it is certainly true that blocking the ability to work in Israel might hurt some Arab families, those with any deep or passionate ideological ties to terror are not likely to be disturbed by this turn of affairs. The Palestinian Authority government, and a number of foreign Arab governments guarantee generous monthly salaries to the families of any Arab who is injured, imprisoned or who dies as a “shahid” or “martyr” on the altar of attempting to murder an Israeli or Jew. Those payments, in fact, may be even higher than any monthly salary earned by the prospective “shahid” who might otherwise be seeking employment either in Israel or the PA.

In addition to revoking work permits and blocking others, the prime minister said that bypass roads may be built to circumvent the high-risk areas presented by the current wave of terror, such as the Gush Etzion junction.

Netanyahu went to pay his respects at the site, where numerous terror attacks have taken place in recent weeks. The latest one resulted in Sunday’s stabbing death of 21-year-old Hadar Buchris, z’l, who was laid to rest Monday in Jerusalem.

The prime minister was accompanied to the site by Defense Minister Moshe Ya’alon, Deputy IDF Chief of Staff Maj.-Gen. Yair Golan and other top officials. During the visit he met with Gush Etzion regional council head Davidi Pearl, Efral local council head Oded Ravivi and Kiryat Arba local council head Malachi Levinger.

Netanyahu told the officials other measures are in store for further tightening security as well: alongside the other actions, every vehicle driving with Palestinian Authority plates on the main roads will be inspected.

He also said the government is preparing to “deal with” the incitement being disseminated on social media, using ‘various means.’ However, Netanyahu did not elaborate, nor did he offer any explanation.

The prime minister told angry Gush Etzion residents that security forces in the region have been increased, and enter Arab towns and villages to make numerous arrests.

“There is no limit on the activities of the IDF and the security services,” Netanyahu said. “On the contrary, there is full [government] support, and that is important.”

He added that during the second intifada, there were hundreds of deaths each year with armed attackers and suicide bombers. “We don’t have that now, and we are doing everything we can to ensure it won’t happen.”

During the 2002 Operation Defensive Shield that was carried out to trim back the terrorist activity in Judea and Samaria, he reminded the residents there were ‘terrorist command centers, and thousands of armed men’ in the territories. Because of Defensive Shield, Israel now operates freely in Judea and Samaria “to act against plots, attackers or weapons factories,” he said.

25 Arab Fugitives Arrested in Joint Security Operation

Monday, November 23rd, 2015

IDF soldiers captured 25 Arab fugitives late Sunday night in a joint operation with Border Guard Police and Shai District Police.

The operation, which spanned Judea, Samaria and the Jordan Valley, hauled in 15 suspects accused of involvement in terrorist activity and violence against civilians and security forces.

Among the fugitives were five terrorists from the Judean Arab village of Beit Omar, a hotbed of terror activity. Israeli vehicles are damaged almost daily as they pass by this area on Highway 60, due to attacks by Arab terrorists hurling firebombs and rocks.

Also among those detained were several members of terrorist organizations, including a number from Gaza’s ruling Hamas terror group.

All of the suspects were transferred to security personnel for interrogation.

Economic Cooperation Pact between Italian Region and Samaria Defies EU Labeling

Friday, November 20th, 2015

(JNi.media) Despite the EU’s decision to label products from the settlements in Judea and Samaria, an economic cooperation agreement has been signed Wednesday between the Valtellina valley in the Sondrio province in northern Italy and the Shomron Regional Council in Samaria, Walla reported. The signing ceremony, in the city of Sondrio, at the heart of the Valley, was attended by vintners from both regions.

Valtellina is home to 180 thousand inhabitants, the Shomron Council boasts 29 Jewish towns and villages, with an estimated 25 thousand residents. The ceremony was held by Shomron Council Chairman Yossi Dagan and Province of Sondrio President Luca della Briotta. The signing of the cooperation agreement was made possible with the mediation of the Vice-Chair of the European Parliament’s Foreign Affairs Committee, Dr. Fiorello Provera MEP, formerly the president of Valtellina.

“With great pleasure, We, the undersigned, Regional Directors of Valtellina and Shomron respectively, announce our agreement for bilateral relations between our two regions, which will begin immediately with the signing of this agreement,” reads the pact. “The goal of this declaration of cooperation is to promote culture, science, industry, trade, tourism, agriculture and technology between leaders in each field in ​​our communities.”

After the signing, President della Briotta said “the friendship between the region of Valtellina and Samaria has lasted a long time, and we hope that this friendship will grow stronger, and will gain ground. I am convinced that these days the world needs to cooperate, and sign covenants of peace, so that in the end we will reach a true peace.”

The vintners from both regions said they were looking forward to cooperation in technical knowledge and marketing, despite the EU Commission’s decision, which seeks to limit them, Walla reported. Dr. Provera said, “I think the EU’s decision to boycott Israeli products is a mistake and it would hurt both industry and the common people, including thousands of Palestinian families who actually make their living from working for Israelis in these plants.” He said “it’s a decision that will affect the common people, not the rich.”

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