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Egypt Ends Major Trade Deal with Turkey

Tuesday, November 4th, 2014

Cairo has nixed renewal of a major trade agreement signed with Turkey in 2012 that is set to end in April 2015.

The agreement allows Turkey to use an overland route and Egyptian ports to export its goods to Gulf and African nations, thereby eliminating the need to ship the wares via war-torn Syria.

The decision not to renew the deal reflects the deteriorating relations between the two countries. Egypt’s diplomatic ties with Turkey have become increasingly cold since the ouster of former Muslim Brotherhood-backed President Mohammed Morsi by Egyptian military.

Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan, a strong backer of the Muslim Brotherhood who served previously as his country’s prime minister, has repeatedly lashed out at Egyptian officials since the ouster, calling it a “coup.”

A spokesperson for the Turkish foreign affairs ministry told the Anadolou news agency, “With this action, the Egyptian government is adding a new damage to other damages it has dealt to the interests of its people.”

The Muslim Brotherhood also gave birth to Gaza’s ruling Hamas terrorist organization and is a prominent player in Qatar.

During cease-fire negotiations this summer to end Israel’s counter terror Operation Protective Edge, Hamas requested the presence of both Turkey and Qatar at the indirect Egyptian-mediated talks with the Jewish State.

Although the request was rejected, Hamas did not respond to any cease-fire proposal without first at least consulting with officials in Doha, Qatar.

With Armenian Orphan Rug, Obama Stumbles Again on Genocide

Monday, October 20th, 2014

(JNS.org) After nearly a year of protests, the Obama administration has finally agreed to permit a rug connected to the Armenian genocide to be publicly displayed. The long ordeal of the Armenian Orphan Rug, held hostage to fears of angering Turkey, has finally ended.

Or has it?

The controversy began in the autumn of 2013, when the Smithsonian Institution announced it would hold an event featuring a new book, “President Calvin Coolidge and the Armenian Orphan Rug,” by Hagop Martin Deranian.

The 18-foot long rug was woven 1925 by 400 Armenian orphan girls living in exile in Lebanon. They were survivors of the Turkish slaughter of approximately 1 million Armenians. The girls sent the rug to President Calvin Coolidge as a gesture of appreciation for America’s assistance to survivors of the genocide. Coolidge pledged that it would have “a place of honor in the White House, where it will be a daily symbol of goodwill on earth.”

Instead, it has become a daily symbol of politics taking precedence over combating genocide.

The White House refused to loan the rug to the Smithsonian. Neither the White House nor the State Department would give an explanation as to why they were keeping the rug locked up. The only plausible explanation is pressure from the Turkish government, which to this day denies the genocide occurred.

As a presidential candidate in 2008, then-Senator Obama said, “America deserves a leader who speaks truthfully about the Armenian genocide.” Yet the statements that President Obama has issued each April on Armenian Remembrance Day have never included the G-word. Instead, he has used an Armenian expression—“Meds Yeghern,” meaning “the great calamity.” Fear of displeasing the Turks appears to be the only plausible motive for that rhetorical evasiveness.

Armenian-Americans are not the only ones who should be outraged. American Jews should be up in arms, too. Not only because of the sympathy that all victims of genocide naturally share—but also because if the White House can permit political considerations to take precedence over recognition of the Armenian genocide, there is a danger that memorialization of the Holocaust could one day suffer a similar fate.

Indeed, Adolf Hitler reportedly once assured his subordinates that their atrocities would not be remembered since “Who, after all, speaks today of the annihilation of the Armenians?”

Last week, after numerous protests, the Obama administration announced that it will permit the rug to be displayed for six days in November—kind of a week-long furlough from its imprisonment in a White House closet.

But there is a catch. A big one.

The rug will not be part of a display concerning the Armenian genocide. Instead, it is being mushed together with other foreign gifts to the White House, in a display called “Thank You to the United States: Three Gifts to Presidents in Gratitude for American Generosity Abroad.”

The genocide rug will be sandwiched in between a Sevres vase presented by France to the United States after World War One, and a piece of artwork called “Flowering Branches in Lucite” sent by Japan after the 2010 tsunami.

Grouping victims of genocide together with those who drowned in a tsunami or were left homeless by World War One disguises what happened to the Armenians. It blurs the distinction between something that was inevitable and something that was not. Weather-related disasters and damage caused by wars are inevitable. But the Armenian genocide was different: it was an act of mass murder, systematically planned and implemented by evil men driven by religious and ethnic hatred.

The Armenian Orphan Rug is a work of great beauty. But the point of displaying it is not for the sake of its aesthetic value. Its power is its message. Its significance is as a symbol. It is a reminder of the genocide that the Turks perpetrated against the Armenians. Six days in an exhibit about gifts to the White House is no victory. On the contrary—it is a defeat for everyone who cares about historical truth and everyone who seeks to learn the lessons of the past so that they will not be repeated.

Israeli Doctor Joins ISIS, Gets Killed

Sunday, October 19th, 2014

The Barzilai Hospital in Ashkelon announced Sunday morning that an Israeli Bedouin doctor who was doing his internship at the medical center is the same person who security sources said joined the Islamic State ISIS group of barbaric killers and was killed in fighting in August.

The doctor was identified as Alkian Othman, age 26, from the Bedouin city of Hura, located approximately 10 miles north of Be’er Sheva. His brother was arrested last April for helping him on his journey.

Barzilai officials searched for its resident doctor-turned-terrorist after he disappeared and discovered that he changed professions. Instead of saving lives, he preferred to end lives, and his case, it was his own.

Othman, who studied medicine in Jordan, was supposed to begin working in Israel’s Soroka Medical Center in May but suddenly disappeared.

“Security forces contacted us and searched for him,” Barzilai Hospital said in a statement on Sunday. “Then, we were informed that he chose to join ISIS.”

So much for a bright future.

He had plenty of other companions from Israel.

More than 30 Israeli Druze, Bedouin and Arabs, all of them with Israeli citizenship, have been enlisted in the ranks of ISIS after leaving the country for a “vacation” in Turkey and then moving to Syria.

“My son went to Syria last January, and we did not know what his intentions were,” said the father of Ahmed Havashi, from northern Israel, who also was killed in battle. “I told him this is not our religion; this is not the message of Islam,” the bereaved father added.

Arab Conspiracy Theory Preceded Kidnap Attempt of Jewish Boy in Djerba [video]

Monday, October 13th, 2014

Tunis’s Jewish community on the island of Djerba is worried after three Muslims tried to kidnap a 12 year old Jewish boy from within the center of the community, according to a b’Hadrei Hareidim report.

The boy told the police that a strange man tried to force him into a taxi at which point the boy began screaming.

People passing by saw the kidnapping attempt and the kidnappers then fled when they began to attract attention.

The boy’s parents have filed a report with the Tunisian police, and the community heads have requested extra protection for the holiday.

The kidnapping attempt appears to not have happened in a vacuum. The latest crazy Arab conspiracy theory may have played a central role in the attack.

Last week, the Tunisian newspaper Alshruk, began making strange claims that ISIS has been kidnapping Syrian and Iraqi children, transporting them to Turkey, and then selling them to Jews in Tel Aviv at the rate of $10,000 a child.

Al Mayadeen News, which is watched by Arabs throughout the Middle East has been getting the newspaper’s report out to the wider Arab audience. That news report was discovered by an NRG report in Israel.

Here’s the kicker of the conspiracy theory, the kidnapped Arab children are then turned into Settlers to expand the Zionist Enterprise.

If the Arabs in Tunis are being fed conspiracy stories like that from their mainstream media, there is no wonder there was a kidnapping attempt against the Jewish community of Djerba.

Djerba is one of the oldest Jewish communities in the Diaspora, going back thousands of years, from the period of the destruction of the First Temple period.

While now mostly empty of Jews, it is famous for the fact that most of its residents are Cohanim, including descendants of Ezra HaSofer, and that none of its permanent residents are Levites, due to a curse placed on any Levite that lives there.

ISIS Overtakes Syrian-Turkish Border Town of Kobani

Tuesday, October 7th, 2014

The Islamic State of Iraq and Syria (ISIS) has advanced into the Syrian Kurdish town of Kobani, right on the Turkish border.

More than 2,000 women, children and other Syrian Kurds were evacuated from the town a day earlier, on Monday, according to a statement by a member of the PYD Kurdish Democratic Union Party, quoted by the UK-based Syrian Observatory for Human Rights.

Between three and four thousand ISIS fighters have been advancing steadily towards the town for days, although Kurdish fighters have held them off for some time.

As of Tuesday, however, two ISIS flags were seen to be flying over the eastern side of Kobani, visible to Reuters journalists monitoring the action from the Turkish side of the border. The reporters said they could also hear sporadic gunfire.

U.S.-led coalition air strikes against the ISIS forces apparently were not effective in stopping the ISIS fighters.

Turkey Approves Military Action in Iraq, Syria

Thursday, October 2nd, 2014

The Turkish Parliament has authorized its nations leaders to send troops into battle in Syria and Iraq.

The measure, overwhelmingly approved in a 298-98 vote today (Oct 2), also permits the deployment of foreign troops on Turkish soil, according to a report published in the Turkish Hurriyet Daily News.

The two moves have authorized the Turkish government to join the international Alliance against the Islamic State in Iraq and Syria (ISIS).

Al Qaeda-linked Jabhat al-Nusra Joins ISIS In Syria

Monday, September 29th, 2014

The Al Qaeda-linked Jabhat al-Nusra (Al Nusra Front) terror group in Syria is reconciling with the Islamic State in Iraq and Syria (ISIS).

The two groups have been at odds for most of the past year. However, last week’s U.S.-led air strikes in northern and eastern Syria have prompted Jabhat al-Nusra to renew its ties with ISIS, declaring the strikes a “war on Islam” in an audio statement released this past weekend.

Scores of al-Nusra members were killed in the first wave of U.S.-led air strikes, leading the group to vow retaliation for the attacks. The two terror groups are now holding war councils together, according to a senior source quoted by Britain’s London-based newspaper, The Guardian.

A spokesperson for the group told the paper that 73 members had defected to ISIS on Friday alone. More are planning to do the same this week. “We are in a long war,” al-Nusra spokesperson Abu Firas al-Suri said in a statement posted on social networking sites. “This war will not end in months or years; this war could last for decades.”

U.S. President Barack Obama admitted the intelligence community had underestimated the situation in both Iraq and Syria.

In an interview on “60 Minutes” broadcast on the CBS network, Obama said, “Over the past couple of years, during the chaos of the Syrian civil war, where essentially you have huge swaths of the country that are completely ungoverned, they were able to reconstitute themselves. And so this became ground zero for jihadists around the world.”

That ‘ground zero’ is barely a fired mortar shell away from Israel’s northern border with Syria. “Spillover” from the Syrian civil war raging between government troops and rebel forces has resulted in shell fire landing not only in Israeli territory but also in Lebanon, Iraq, Jordan and Turkey.

Of more concern is the fact that Jabhat al-Nusra controls the Quneitra border crossing — the sole crossing between Israel and Syria — and that ISIS now controls the border crosssings between Iraq and Syria, and the Iraqi side of the crossing with Jordan.

Israeli military officials are monitoring the situation closely.

Printed from: http://www.jewishpress.com/news/breaking-news/al-qaeda-linked-jabhat-al-nusra-joins-isis-in-syria/2014/09/29/

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