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UK Resumes Flights From Sharm el-Sheikh But Adds Security at Airport

Friday, November 6th, 2015

Britain has decided to allow flights to resume from the Egyptian resort of Sharm el-Sheikh as the probe into Saturday’s crash of a Russian MetroJet continues.

At present there are 20,000 UK citizens stranded in the area, most of them tourists.

The UK prime minister’s office had suspended flights after the Russian airliner apparently exploded above the Sinai Peninsula while en route to St. Petersburg from Sharm el-Sheikh.

According to the latest intelligence, Da’esh (ISIS) may indeed have succeeded in planting a barometric pressure bomb aboard the aircraft prior to its departure from the airport.

“Following further discussions with the airlines and the Egyptians, we have agreed on a package of additional security measures that is being put in place rapidly,” Prime Minister David Cameron’s office said in a statement. “Consequently the government has decided, in consultation with the airlines that flights from Sharm to the UK will resume tomorrow.”

Egyptian President Abdel Fattah el-Sisi met with Cameron at his office in London on Thursday.

Cameron told journalists that “more likely than not” it was a terrorist bomb that brought down the aircraft – a view shared by UK and U.S. intelligence personnel, as well as other intelligence operatives in the Middle East.

“I think there is a possibility that there was a bomb on board,” agreed President Barack Obama in a radio interview late Thursday, “and we’re taking that very seriously.”

The UK has sent extra security personnel to the airport in Sharm el-Sheikh to carry out special measures.

Checked bags are being sent back to the UK separately, passengers are being body-searched and carry-on luggage only is being allowed on all return flights. Investigators are checking for explosive residue, as are the bodies of the victims of the doomed flight.

Report: Corbyn’s Campaign Took Money from Hamas Terror Supporter

Sunday, October 18th, 2015

(JNi.media) Jeremy Corbyn’s campaign to take over the Labour party of was funded, at least in part, by Dr Ibrahim Hamami, director of the Palestinian Affairs Center, a pro-Hamas group, The Telegraph reported Saturday. The newspaper claims Hamami gave Corbyn $3,100 in August. The report also says the good doctor, one of Corbyn’s top three backers, also supports the current wave of terror against Israel.

Dr Hamami is well known to Corbyn, who has notoriously called Hamas operatives “friends.” Corbyn has shared public platforms with Hamami at least twice, according to the report. Apparently, Corbyn listed the donation as having been made by “Dr Ibrahim Hamam,” which is why it hadn’t been flagged earlier. Hamami confirmed to the Telegraph that he was, indeed, the donor.

Hamami, who views the PLO leaders as traitors because of their tacit acceptance of Israel, in 2009 wrote in the pro-Hamas website Palestine Info that Hamas would recognize the PLO only if it abolished its 1985 renunciation of terrorism, tore up the Oslo peace accords and dismissed “Israel’s so-called right to exist.”

Last week on his Facebook page, Hamami sang the praises of the current wave of terrorism in Israel, describing the Arab attacks on civilians as acts of “dignity, freedom and honor.”

Corbyn has also received at least $7,800 from Interpal and the Palestinian Return Center, an organization Israel has named “Hamas’s organizational branch in Europe.”

Home Secretary Tells Conservatives Mass Immigration a Threat to UK

Wednesday, October 7th, 2015

(JNi.media) UK home secretary Theresa May on Tuesday sounded a resounding warning yet that the mass immigration of past years can no longer be sustained without threatening the country’s cohesion. She declared that mass emigration will cause wage undercutting for low-paid workers, and force thousands out of employment.

May promised a massive crackdown on bogus refugees, according to the Evening Standard, saying that people who try to cheat the system would get only temporary asylum, but would have no right to settle down. May rejected the calls by European leaders for a quota of refugees for each member state declaring: “Not in a thousand years!”

Secretary May also promised tougher treatment of cheating asylum seekers try to sneak into the UK via Calais, France. “For the first time we’ll distinguish between vulnerable people resettled from their region and those who claim asylum after abusing the visa system or having traveled to get here through safe countries,” she said, adding, “If you’ve spurned the chance to seek protection elsewhere — but we cannot return you to that safe country and you still need refuge — you’ll get the minimum stay of protection and you won’t have an automatic right to settle here. But for those who really need it, we will offer a longer stay of protection. Humane for those who need our help, tough on those who abuse it.”

Speaking about the plight of Syrian refugees, May said: “2,000 miles away, in towns and cities across Syria, eleven million men, women and children have been forced from their homes. More than four million have become refugees. And nearly a quarter of a million have been killed.

“More than 600,000 Syrians are taking refuge in Jordan, a country that before the conflict had a population of little more than six million. There are more than one million finding respite in Lebanon, which previously had a population of just over four million. By the end of the year, the United Nations believes there will be a further 1.7 million Syrian refugees in Turkey.

“These people are fleeing a civil war that exceeds even the other conflicts of the Middle East in its barbarism, brutality and bloodshed. Bashar al Assad’s forces are committing war crimes on an industrial scale, deliberately targeting civilians and poisoning their own citizens with chemical weapons. ISIL – the so-called Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant – is engaged in a programme of ethnic cleansing, mass murder of enemy soldiers, systematised rape and sexual violence, kidnappings and murder.

“And the other players in this appalling civil war include Hezbollah, Al Nusra Front – a jihadist group affiliated to Al Qaeda – and several other jihadist militias. These militias in turn are often backed by powerful foreign sponsors, and the forces of Bashar al Assad are supported by Iran and Russia – whose warplanes are engaged in airstrikes against civilians and anti-government fighters.

“So it is too simplistic to say that there is a single intervention which will bring a sudden end to the fighting. There is no easy solution to the civil war in Syria, and we must learn the lessons of the past.”

The solution, according to May, is not in accepting hordes of fleeing Syrians. Knowing there is no easy solution, she said, “does not mean Britain should do nothing. We must work to get the states that sponsor the different armies and militias around the negotiating table. We must do what we can to support friendly states and moderate elements within other states in the region. And – because of the clear threat they pose to Britain’s national security – we must take action against ISIL not just in Iraq but in Syria too.”

Heathrow Goes Kosher

Thursday, September 24th, 2015

Kosher meat and dairy sandwiches now are available at four Heathrow Airport terminals, according got Kosher Today.

The London international hub offers kosher food at the White House Smith stories in terminals 2, 3, 4 and 5.

Kosher food increasingly is available at major international airports, and travel experts said that the London airport can support kosher fare, just as travelers in American airports have gobbled up kosher food from New York to Boston and Florida.

Newly-Elected UK Labour Head is ‘Friend’ of Hamas, Hezbollah

Saturday, September 12th, 2015

Britain’s opposition Labour Party has elected North Islington MP Jeremy Corbyn, 66, this weekend in one of the most unexpected first-round victories in the history of the party leadership.

Corbyn took nearly 60 percent percent of first-preference votes out of the 400,000 ballots cast. Ed Milliband remained as a supporter but most of the party’s shadow cabinet resigned.

He is a strong critic of Israel and a major supporter of the Palestinian Authority. He has previously referred to himself as a “friend” of Hamas and Hezbollah.

During an interview with Iran’s Press TV two weeks ago, he caused a firestorm when he lamented the assassination of Osama Bin Laden. “There was no attempt whatsoever that I can see to arrest him and put him on trial, to go through that process,” he said. “This was an assassination attempt, and is yet another tragedy, upon a tragedy, upon tragedy.”

Corbyn opposes the UK government’s austerity policies and also its membership in NATO.

His first act as a Labour party header was to attend a “refugees welcome here” rally, attended by tens of thousands of people marching through central London supporting the ‘rights of refugees.’ Attendees were led in singing the socialist anthem “The Red Flag.”

He ran on an anti-austerity, anti-war program, calling for an end to benefit cuts and higher taxes on the richest sector of society. He also called for renationalization of the railways and energy sector, rent controls, an end to zero-hours contracts, the abolition of student tuition fees and the scrapping of the Trident nuclear deterrent.

He opposes any expansion of RAF air strikes against Da’esh (ISIS) in Syria, as well.

Corbyn said in his victory speech the message was clear: that people are “fed up with the injustice and the inequality” of Britain.

“The media and many of us, simply didn’t understand the views of young people in our country. They were turned off by the way politics was being conducted. We have to and must change that. The fightback gathers speed and gathers pace,” he said, according to Reuters.

Perhaps, but some critics – including former prime minister Tony Blair – are predicting that Corbyn’s “Alice in Wonderland” policies, as he described them, will be “toxic” for Labour at the polls later on when it counts.

Corbyn also launched a straightforward attack on media within minutes of being elected, calling journalists’ behavior at times “intrustive, abusive and simply wrong.

“I say to journalists: attack public political figures. That is okay but please don’t attack people who didn’t ask to be put in the limelight. Leave them alone in all circumstances,” he said.

Netanyahu Views Original Balfour Declaration

Friday, September 11th, 2015

Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and his wife Sara visited the British Library in London Thursday night and viewed the original Balfour Declaration, in which UK Foreign Secretary Arthur Balfour declared that Britain would support the establishment of a national home for the Jewish People in the Land of Israel.

They also saw a book edited by the Prime Minister’s father, the late Prof. Ben-Zion Netanyahu, who in 1937 edited a volume.

The Prime Minister said that Herzl was a visionary and great leader and noted the link between him and the Balfour Declaration.

The Netanyahus also viewed a Passover Haggadah, Bible, an edition of the Talmudic Tractate Bava Kama and other volumes.

Netanyahu Spokesman Officially Appointed Ambassador to England

Tuesday, September 1st, 2015

Mark Regev, spokesman for Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu, was formally appointed as the next Israel Ambassador to the UK on Tuesday. The announcement followed a meeting of the Foreign Ministry’s appointments committee on Monday.

A past deputy chief of mission at the Israeli Embassy in Hong Kong, Regev also served as spokesman at the Israel Embassies in Washington DC, and in Beijing. He served as the chief spokesman for the foreign ministry upon his return from Washington, DC in 2004.

Regev immigrated to Israel from Australia in 1982 and has worked at the Foreign Ministry since 1990, but transferred to the Prime Minister’s Office on “loan” in 2007. He began serving as a prime ministerial spokesman with former PM Ehud Olmert, remaining at the post when Netanyahu entered the office in 2009.

The appointment now goes for final, formal approval to the full cabinet.

Printed from: http://www.jewishpress.com/news/breaking-news/netanyahu-spokesman-officially-appointed-ambassador-to-england/2015/09/01/

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