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UNESCO to Question Jewish Ties to Western Wall in Arab-Sponsored Draft Resolution

Sunday, July 10th, 2016

United Nations Watch, a Geneva-based watchdog organization, expressed concern today that UNESCO may fuel anti-Jewish incitement and violence, and the increasing PA Arabs’ denial of Jewish religious and cultural rights, by adopting an Arab-sponsored draft resolution that denies Jewish ties to Jerusalem’s Western Wall and Temple Mount.

The Jordanian-Palestinian draft text on the Old City of Jerusalem was submitted to the 21-member World Heritage Committee, which meets over the next 10 days in Istanbul for its 40th annual session.

“This inflammatory resolution risks encouraging the past year’s wave of Arab stabbing and shooting attacks in Jerusalem and other parts of Israel, which began with false claims that Israel was planning to damage holy Muslim shrines,” said Hillel Neuer, executive director of UN Watch.

Under the battle cry of “Al-Aqsa mosque is in danger,” incitement in September by Fatah, Hamas and Islamic Jihad sparked a wave of terror attacks across Israel which began on the Temple Mount and eastern Jerusalem. At least 40 have been killed and more than  500 wounded. The Arab attacks include 155 stabbings, 96 shootings, 45 car ramming attacks, and one bus bombing.

The draft now before UNESCO includes the following problematic language:

  • The draft refers ten times to Al-Haram Al-Sharif, exclusively using the Islamic term for Temple Mount, without any mention that it is the holiest site in Judaism. This is part of a larger campaign at the UN, and particularly in UNESCO, to Islamize sites historically belonging to other faiths.
  • This year’s proposed draft is even more extreme than the resolution adopted in 2015. The new version three times uses the Islamic term Buraq Plaza while placing the parallel name “Western Wall Plaza” in scare quotes, implying skepticism or disbelief concerning what is the most hallowed site for Jewish worshippers over two millennia, due to the ancient wall’s connection to the Holy Jewish Temple destroyed in 70 CE. Last year’s resolution also sought to diminish the Jewish connection by putting the name Western Wall in parentheses after the Islamic term, yet the new use of quotation marks intensifies the denialism that was famously promoted by Yasser Arafat’s negotiator at Camp David, and which continues in Palestinian Authority statements.
  • Israel, which is referred to throughout as “the Occupying Power” in Jerusalem, is called to restore “the historic Status Quo,” with the new word “historic”—a change from last year’s text—implying a reversal of any changes since 1967.
  • Jerusalem’s light rail, which is used daily by thousands of Arab residents among others, is accused of having a “damaging effect” on the “visual integrity” and “authentic character” of the walls of the Old City of Jerusalem—even though the track passes through an existing highway and only facilitates transportation for visitors of all faiths.

The 21 members on the UNESCO world heritage committee are: Angola, Azerbaijan, Burkina Faso, Croatia, Cuba, Finland, Indonesia, Jamaica, Kazakhstan, Kuwait, Lebanon, Peru, Philippines, Poland, Portugal, South Korea, Tunisia, Turkey, Tanzania, Vietnam, and Zimbabwe. Good luck to all of us.

Jewish Press Staff

Analysis: Trump’s Praise for Saddam Challenges GOP Presidents Who Took him Down [video]

Wednesday, July 6th, 2016

“He was a bad guy, really bad guy. But you know what? He did well. He killed terrorists. He did that so good. They didn’t read them the rights. They didn’t talk. They were terrorists. Over,” Donald Trump said at a campaign rally in Raleigh, North Carolina Tuesday. In comparison, Trump said, “today, Iraq is Harvard for terrorism. You want to be a terrorist, you go to Iraq. It’s like Harvard. Okay? So sad.”

That assertion may be challenged by Israelis, as Clinton’s senior campaign adviser Jake Sullivan told CNN, “In reality, Hussein’s regime was a sponsor of terrorism — one that paid families of suicide bombers who attacked Israelis, among other crimes.”

Then Sullivan added that “Trump’s cavalier compliments for brutal dictators, and the twisted lessons he seems to have learned from their history, again demonstrate how dangerous he would be as commander-in-chief and how unworthy he is of the office he seeks.”

Not necessarily so. In retrospect, after the violent collapse of the “Arab Spring” everywhere but in Tunisia, Trump’s assessment of what the Arab world requires to keep it stable is not necessarily democracy. Back in October, 2015, Trump said he believed Iraq and Libya would be more useful in forging a stable Middle East if ruthless dictators like Saddam Hussein and Moammar Gadhafi had not been terminated by a succession of American presidents.

“If you look at Iraq from years ago,” Trump said in October, “I’m not saying [Hussein] was a nice guy, he was a horrible guy, but it was a lot better than it is right now. Right now, Iraq is a training ground for terrorists. Right now Libya, nobody even knows Libya, frankly there is no Iraq and there is no Libya. It’s all broken up. They have no control. Nobody knows what’s going on.”

House Speaker Paul Ryan (R-Wis.) rushed to the defense of both Bushes and Obama, telling Fox News’ Megyn Kelly that Saddam Hussein “was one of the 20th century’s most evil people. He was up there. He committed mass genocide against his own people using chemical weapons. Saddam Hussein was a bad guy.”

Yes, but, in the immortal words of FDR, when someone asked him about the wisdom of supporting Nicaraguan dictator Anastasio Somoza, “He may be an SOB but he’s our SOB.” Back in 1979, when Iran’s Shah was overthrown by the Islamic Revolution, giving way to an Islamic republic led by the Ayatollah Ruhollah Khomeini, which drove the US out of Iran (and kept hundreds of American hostages), only Saddam Hussein was able to limit the spread of Iranian influence in the region. The Iran–Iraq War lasted from September 1980 to August 1988, exacting millions of victims in the service of Western interests in the region. No Arab democracy (an oxymoron if ever there was one) could have stopped Iran. The only force able to facilitate Iran’s yearning for regional hegemony were presidents Bush I and Bush II, followed by Obama.

On July 25, 1990, US ambassador to Iraq April Glaspie held an emergency meeting with Saddam, who attacked American policy with regards to Kuwait and the United Arab Emirates. Saddam complained bitterly: “So what can it mean when America says it will now protect its friends? It can only mean prejudice against Iraq. This stance plus maneuvers and statements which have been made has encouraged the UAE and Kuwait to disregard Iraqi rights.”

Saddam was referring to his neighboring oil sheiks “drilling sideways” into Iraqi deposits. Saddam viewed the entire concept of there even being a country named Kuwait to have been a conspiracy of British Petroleum and Her Majesty’s government to steal oil-rich Iraqi land. Saddam felt that in light of his service to the US, he should receive its support in his conflict with the Kuwaitis.

Ambassador Glaspie replied that the US would rather see the conflict resolved through peaceful means, but in the end, “…we have no opinion on the Arab-Arab conflicts, like your border disagreement with Kuwait.”

And so, after his ultimatum to the Sabah ruling family of Kuwait had failed, Saddam invaded Kuwait, believing the US was going to take a neutral position on his move. But his move frightened the Saudis, whose Ambassador under both Bush administrations had his own desk in the Oval office, and they pressured Bush I to start what is now a 26-year program of completely destabilizing the Middle East, complete with attacks on US soil, lingering civil wars in Iraq, Syria, and Afghanistan, two worldwide Islamic terrorist armies, one of them a Caliphate wannabe blowing up half of Europe. All of which could have been avoided had the Bush I and certainly Bush II administrations been more accommodating to the monstrous dictator who used to be our monstrous dictator.

The Democratic and Republican establishments insist on presenting Trump as an admirer of dictators, which he may be — but that was not the case Trump has been making for boosting rather than unseating dictators, such as Bashar al-Assad in Syria. Trump has a much clearer view regarding US foreign interest than do the establishment politicians on either side of the aisle, and it ain’t about spreading the spirit od democracy and goodwill to all mankind.

JNi.Media

Report: ISIS is Building Air Force in Sirte

Tuesday, December 8th, 2015

The Da’esh (ISIS) terror group has somehow acquired flight simulators, captured fighter jets and is now starting to train pilots to fly them at an air base in Libya, according to numerous reports.

The group has allegedly acquired two flight simulators “the size of a small car” — one from a civilian plane and the other, that of a fighter jet, according to the London-based A-Sharq al-Awsat. The information was confirmed to the paper in an interview with a senior Libyan military officer in Cairo.

The terror organization is “now actively training its jihadis on it to fly flighter jets” at an air base in Sirte, the hometown of former Libyan dictator Muammar Qaddafi, who was murdered in custody in 2011.

Nor is the group lacking in aircraft with which to begin to equip its fledgling air force: Da’esh has already managed to capture a number of fighter jets in Iraq and Syria.

Given these elements, Da’esh terrorist pilots could conceivably hijack planes and then crash them into high-value targets as did Al Qaeda on Sept. 11, 2001, or simply take to the skies in their own ISIS air force, perhaps to attack other targets. The group has felt no compunction about destroying any treasured site that might hold value to any society, be it religious or cultural, thus far. Moreover, Da’esh also appears to be escalating the caliber of its actions with each new attack.

At present, there are an estimated 3,000 Da’esh terrorists in Libya, a United Nations committee said in a report submitted to the U.S. Security Council and released to the public last week.

“Since 2013, the country has experienced several waves of Libyan returnees, which also formed the backbone of the newly established ISIL (ISIS -ed.) in Libya. In addition, the country continues to attract foreign terrorist fighters in significant numbers from North Africa. While currently concentrated in its stronghold in Sirte, ISIL could seek local alliances to expand its territorial control, also entailing the risk of motivating additional foreign terrorist fighters to join the group in Libya,” the committee reported in the executive summary.

Libya borders Tunisia and during the Arab Spring, Libyan rebel fighters flowed back and forth across the border, as did female Qaddafi family members who were fleeing the fighting.

During these times, members of the ancient Jewish communities of Djerba and Tunis prudently maintained a particularly low profile, often with assistance from longtime Gentile friends and neighbors, in order to increase their chances of staying alive through the storm.

It is not clear how the Tunisian Jewish community will be impacted by the growth of Da’esh next door, now spreading its tentacles throughout a nation that has never managed to achieve any stability since Qadaffi was toppled.

It is perfectly clear, however, that the world will be an infinitely more dangerous place if Da’esh succeeds in its bid to build a terrorist air force and if its success in achieving mastery of chemical and biological warfare is not sabotaged as soon as possible.

Hana Levi Julian

Dozens Arrested in ISIS Bombing of Tunisian Presidential Guard

Sunday, November 29th, 2015

Dozens of suspects are in custody following last week’s suicide bombing of a presidential guard bus in the Tunisian capital by Da’esh (ISIS), the Interior Ministry announced.

Among those arrested late last week were the mother and sister of the suicide bomber who murdered 12 people in the attack on the bus, which was parked at a central location where guards are typically picked up and dropped off.

The body of the suicide bomber was subsequently found in the wreckage of the bus, where Da’esh said in a statement the terrorist detonated his explosive vest. The statement, uploaded to the Internet hours after the attack, included a photo of the alleged bomber and a message:

“Tyrants of Tunis must know that they will not be safe, God willing, and we will not stop until the law of God rules Tunis.”

There has been no comment on the statement from the government of the North African nation, nor could the statement be authenticated by any independent outlet.

Of all the Arab nations that have struggled with terrorism in the region since the Arab Spring – which was, ironically, launched in Tunisia with the start in 2011 of the Jasmine Revolution – Tunisia has worked the hardest. The country’s citizens elected a government which tries to maintain a pluralist society that still finds room for most faiths and ethnic groups, even its local Jews.

In acknowledgment of that, the Nobel Peace Prize Committee awarded this year’s prize to the Tunisian National Dialogue Quartet for its “decisive contribution to the building of a pluralistic democracy in the wake of the Jasmine Revolution of 2011.”

That, despite the three deadly terror attacks carried out this year by Da’esh operatives (including last week’s) that killed dozens of tourists and locals in the country, and the government’s struggle to fight radicalization within its own borders.

The highest number of foreign fighters in Iraqi and Syrian Sunni terror organizations such as Da’esh originate from Tunisia, according to a report published this year by the International Center for the Study of Radicalization and Political Violence, CNN reported.

Hana Levi Julian

ISIS Behind Terror Attack on Tunisia’s Presidential Guard

Wednesday, November 25th, 2015

Da’esh (ISIS) has taken responsibility for Tuesday’s blast in Tunis that left 13 dead and numerous others wounded.

A suicide bomber detonated the explosives vest under his jacket as he climbed aboard a bus carrying the presidential guard in the Tunisian capital.

The terrorist was identified as Abu Abdullah al-Tunisi in a statement uploaded to the Internet by Da’esh on Wednesday.

The “tyrants of Tunis will not have peace and we will not rest until the law of God governs in Tunis,” said the statement.

Da’esh has repeatedly targeted Tunisia, which has struggled to bring its society back to the calm stability for which the country was known to tourists around the world prior to the start of the Jasmine Revolution in 2011.

That event began with a Tunisian pushcart merchant who self-immolated in a town square, igniting the Arab Spring, which eventually swept the entire region and toppled four Arab governments in its wake.

A 30-day state of emergency was declared by Tunisia’s President Beji Caid Essebsi, who currently heads a secular government, after Tuesday’s attack.

Hana Levi Julian

12 Dead in Terror Attack on Tunisia’s Presidential Guard

Tuesday, November 24th, 2015

At least 12 people are dead and an unknown number of others are wounded in an explosion that rocked the city center of Tunis during rush hour on Tuesday evening when a bus carrying presidential guards was targeted by terrorists.

The blast occurrred at a bus stop on Mohamed V Avenue, near the former headquarters of the party of former Tunisian president Zine El Abidine Ben Ali.

Within the hour, the capital was placed under curfew within the hour, and President Beji Caid Essebsi declared a 30-day state of emergency.

No group has yet taken responsibility for the attack.

It is not yet clear whether the explosion was generated by a bomb or an explosive was fired at the bus, presidential and security sources told Reuters.

The country which launched the region-wide Arab spring more than four years ago now finds itself still fighting for stability, with Muslim extremists doing everything possible to overturn the government.

Tunisia currently has a secular government which is fighting a constant battle with attempts by radical Islamist terrorists to seize control.

At least 3,000 Tunisian nationals have abandoned their country to fight with Da’esh in Iraq and Syria, according to the BBC.

There have already been two major attacks this year. In March, 20 people died in an attack on the world-famous Bardo Museum in the city. In June, Da’esh (ISIS) carried out a massacre at the beach resort of Sousse. Dozens of foreign tourists died in the attack, including many British citizens.

Hana Levi Julian

Israel Ranked in 22nd Place in World Softball League

Monday, November 16th, 2015

Israelis are not softies, even when it comes to softball.

The World Baseball Softball Confederation (WBSC) has ranked Israel in 22nd place out of 100 countries, four places higher than last year.

The ranking comes one year after WBSC warned Tunisia for removing the Israeli flag at the organization’s first-ever conference.

The International Olympic Committee said at the time that the warning was “a clear signal that the IOC is not accepting any kind of discrimination.”

Tunisia, by the way, did not make it in the top 100 teams.

The World Baseball Softball was established in 2013 by the merger of the International Softball Federation and International Baseball Federation and has 208 members in 141 countries and territories.

Tzvi Ben-Gedalyahu

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