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April 21, 2015 / 2 Iyar, 5775
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European Parliament Members Urge EU Freeze on PA Funding

Sunday, March 8th, 2015

Eleven members of the European Parliament are calling on the European Union to fight terrorist by freezing funds to the Palestinian Authority.

The group has sent a written declaration to the EU, urging the European body to cut its financing to organizations actively involved in promoting terror “as the best way to fight terrorism.”

German Liberal member of the European Parliament, Michael Theurer, is one of the signatories to the declaration.

The European Jewish Press reported this weekend the group has found that the Palestinian Authority and countries such as Pakistan have been financing terror via Hamas and Al Qaeda, among other groups.

“We have many indications … the Palestinian Authority [funnels] EU money towards terrorist organizations, such as Al Qaeda or Hamas,” Theurer said over the weekend. “With this written declaration we are urging the European Court of Justice and he European External Action service to follow up on these indications and deliver final proof so that funding can be frozen,” he said.

More than 400 Palestinian houses have been illegally built with EU assistance in Area C, the area of Judea and Samaria that was designated under the internationally- recognized Oslo Accords to be under Israeli jurisdiction.

No one has addressed the issue, which has been virtually ignored by the international community until Britain’s Daily Mail publication blasted the issue on its website, complete with incriminating photos and maps.

The EU was a signatory to the Oslo Accords, along with Israel and the Palestine Liberation Organization (PLO) in the early 1990s. The document designated Area A to be totally controlled by the Palestinian Authority, Area B to be jointly controlled by the PA and Israel, and Area C to be under the total control of the State of Israel.

Update 11:00 AM: Police Shoot Terrorist in Jerusalem Terror Attack

Friday, March 6th, 2015

A Border Police officer shot and critically wounded an Arab terrorist who tried to run over people near the Shimon HaTzadik light rail train station in Jerusalem shortly before 10 a.m. Friday.

Eight people were wounded, including two policewomen. Magen David Adom ambulances treating the victims before evacuating them to Jerusalem hospitals, whose injuries vary from light to moderate.

The terrorist is from Jerusalem, police said.

The attack occurred near a Border Police base, allowing security forces to respond immediately.

Several terrorist attacks have taken place in the same area the past year, but Israel’s Kol Yisrael (Voice of Israel) radio network insisted for nearly half an hour that it may have been an accident.

Jerusalem is celebrating Shushan Purim on Friday, which brings out tens of thousands of people to the streets and may also encourage Arabs to try to kill Jews.

24 Firebomb and Rock-Throwing Attacks in One Day

Wednesday, March 4th, 2015

Palestinian Authority and Jerusalem Arabs carried out 24 rock-throwing and Molotov cocktail attacks on Tuesday, according to the 0404 website.

Several victims suffered light wounds, and there was no scarcity of damage to vehicles.

Security forces also foiled a terrorist attack in Samaria when Border Polices in the Jenin area in Samaria spotted a Palestinian Authority Arab who was acting suspiciously.

They searched the 25-year-old man, who turned out to be a terrorist with a knife that he admitted he planned to use to kill a Border Police officer.

Overnight, security forces arrested eight other suspects in the area of Ramallah and Hebron. Two of them were suspected terrorists.

PA, PLO to Appeal US Court Ruling — ‘No Money to Pay’ Damages to Terror Victims

Wednesday, March 4th, 2015

The Palestinian Authority says it will appeal a ruling by the U.S. Federal District Court in New York awarding $655.5 million to 10 American families who were victims of terror.

The Court held the PA and PLO civilly and financially responsible for six bombing attacks carried out by Palestinians in Israel between 2002 and 2004. All 10 families were direct victims or related to those who were killed in the attacks.

Responding to the verdict, PLO Executive Committee member Hanan Ashrawi immediately said the entities would “appeal the ruling.”

According to a translation of the remarks by the Palestinian Media Watch (PMW), Ashrawi said, “We will appeal the ruling, and we wholeheartedly believe that we will win the appeal.” She said the PLO and the PA “had absolutely nothing to do with these actions” and said “We were denied [the status] known as ‘sovereign immunity] to which we are entitled as a sovereign state.” Moreover, she said, “The PA and the PLO lack the funds necessary to pay.”

Lack of funds – given the billions of dollars with which the Palestinian Authority has been blessed by the European Union, the United States, the various Arab nations and even the State of Israel – is a disingenuous claim.

It is particularly silly in light of the millions spent in faithful, generous monthly salaries provided to murderous terrorists incarcerated in Israeli jails. Payments to PA terrorists in Israeli jails are scaled in accordance with the length of their sentences and the amount of damage they wreaked upon their victims.

“The recent ruling of the American court… sets a dangerous precedent that contradicts international law,” claimed Issa Karake, a member of the PA parliament and director of the PA Prisoners’ Affairs Commission. “[It is] forbidden to deal with or appear before these courts, since their objective is to harm the PLO’s standing.” The remark is worthy of one that might have been stated by Iran or Syria.

More reasonable – and more accurate — was a statement by economic expert Dr. Nasser Abd Al-Karim, who warned bluntly, “If the ruling goes into effect after the appeal, it will be final, and it will be obligatory to pay.

“Even if the PA does not pay, it will represent a liability for it and it may encounter difficulties in performing financial transactions and transfers, or in opening bank accounts in the international banking system.”

ISIS Threatens to Kill Twitter Founder Jack Dorsey and Employees

Tuesday, March 3rd, 2015

The Islamic State in Iraq and Syria – Daesh, as it is known in the Middle East – ISIS or ISIL, as it is known elsewhere around the world, is taking aim at the founder of Twitter, Jack Dorsey, and his employees.

The social media networking site has been shutting down ISIS-related accounts, where the group has been posting up to 90,000 hate messages a day, infuriating the terrorists.

The site blocked any user identified as being associated with ISIS, in concert with its terms of service which explicitly ban “direct, specific threats of violence against others.”

YouTube also has been proactive in shutting down ISIS-related Twitter accounts with the assistance of the counter-terror Internet referral unit in Britain.

In response, the group threatened in an Arabic-language post uploaded to the “JustPaste.it” image-sharing site, “your virtual war on us will cause a real war on you.” Dorsey and his employees have “become a target for the soldiers of the Caliphate and supporters scattered among your midst!” Daesh warned. The post went on to rant, “You started this failed war … We told you from the beginning it’s not your war, but you didn’t get it and kept closing our accounts on Twitter, but we always come back. But when our lions come and take your breath, you will never come back to life.”

By the way – as an extra bit of comfort for those Twitter employees living or working in the United States – it may help to know that James Clapper, director of National Intelligence, says Americans who have traveled to fight with terrorists in Syria and then returned are “not a threat” to the U.S.

Clapper made the remark Monday while speaking at an event at the Council on Foreign Relations in New York.

All those who have returned so far have been quiet, he said.

“We’ve since found they went for humanitarian purposes or some other reasons that don’t relate to plotting… In fact at this point, we’re not aware of any of these people who have returned who are engaged in plotting” an attack,” he went on.

“If they come back and they are not involved in plotting – don’t have a nefarious purpose – then that’s their right and privilege as an American citizen to come back,” Clapper added,” according to The Hill.

Gaza Belt Jew Indicted for Selling Hamas Materials for Terror

Monday, March 2nd, 2015

A 50-year-old man from the Gaza Belt and three others were indicted Monday morning for selling to Hamas materials that the terrorist organization used to build terror tunnels and military compounds.

The indictment stated that the suspects knew that Hamas was going to use the material for terror. The gang included one Arab with Israeli citizenship, a Jew from Tel Aviv and an Arab from the Palestinian Authority.

The resident from the Gaza Belt, identified as Micha Peretz, denied he knew that the material was destined for Hams terrorists. He covered his face when confronted by reporters.

The shocking indictment effectively removed a gag order on the arrests of the gang, which allegedly shipped material to Hamas last year until the Protective Edge campaign.

The suspects were arrested several weeks ago after extensive investigations by the police, the Israel Security Agency (Shin Bet), customs officers and the IDF. Also arrested were more than two dozen Israeli and Palestinian Authority Arabs.

The materials that Hamas bought from the suspects passed through the Kerem HaShalom. The suspects worked for a large but unnamed company and previously had been warned not to deal with Hamas.

They allegedly sold the terrorist organization thousands of tons of metal, communications and electronic equipment worth tens of millions of dollars. The materials were used to build the same tunnels that terrorists used to kill soldiers and stage attacks on Gaza Belt communities, including where Peretz lives.

Still unanswered is how the material was cleared by Israeli inspectors to pass through the crossing into Gaza, but it is known that gang used a straw company to ship the materials.

The chairman of the Eshkol Regional Council where Peretz lives told Israel Radio Monday morning he was angry and shocked. “If the charges are true, he should not see daylight again,” he said.

He called him a traitor.

Stabbing Attempt in Gush Etzion

Thursday, February 26th, 2015

An Arab tried to stab an IDF soldier at the Gush Etzion junction on Thursday evening.

The soldiers overpowered the Arab and no one was hurt in the terrorist attack.

Printed from: http://www.jewishpress.com/news/breaking-news/stabbing-attempt-in-gush-etzion/2015/02/26/

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