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ISIS (Daash) Releases Another Beheading Video

Sunday, September 14th, 2014

ISIS (Daash) has released a new video, claiming to have beheaded British citizen David Haines. Haines was captured in 2013, while working for an international aid organization.

The video closes with a threat to behead next, British aid worker, Alan Henning.

Echoing Cease-fire, Britain’s Jews and Muslims Call for Peace

Thursday, August 28th, 2014

In the wake of an Israeli-Gaza cease-fire that may have been forced on both parties, Britain’s Jews and Muslims have issued a joint call for peace.

The Board of Deputies of British Jews “exists to promote and defend the religious and civil liberties of British Jewry,” according to the mission statement on the group’s website. “As the community’s democratically elected cross-communal organisation, the Board connects with Government, media and wider society, providing a unique means through which all British Jews can be heard and represented.”

The Muslim Council of Britain (MCB) “is an independent body established to promote consultation, cooperation and coordination on Muslim affairs in the United Kingdom.” The group describes itself in a statement on its website as a “non-sectarian body working for the common good without interfering in, displacing or isolating any existing Muslim work in the community. It is a broad-based, representative organisation of Muslims in Britain…pledged to work for the common good of society as a whole…”

The joint statement issued by the two groups was unprecedented and condemned anti-Semitism and Islamophobia. It was entitled, ‘British Jews and Muslims Call for Peace, Wisdom and Hope over Conflict in Israel and Palestine.’

The text of the statement, released Wednesday, read as follows:

There is no doubt that Muslims and Jews have deeply held views about the conflict in Israel and Palestine. We acknowledge that our communities may disagree about the origins, current reasons and solutions to end the conflict. But there are also points of agreement.

The death of every civilian is a tragedy, and every effort should be taken to minimise such losses. The targeting of civilians is completely unacceptable and against our religious traditions. We pray for a speedy end to the current conflict and for a lasting peace for all.

In spite of the situation in the Middle East, we must continue to work hard for good community relations in the UK. We must not import conflict. We must export peace instead.

Whilst everyone has the right to voice their political opinion, be that in a rally or on social media, we must be mindful of how we convey our protest. There can be no excuse for racism, violence, or other forms of intimidation, when expressing views in the media, on the streets, outside shops or online.

We condemn any expression of Antisemitism, Islamophobia or any form of racism. We call for Muslim and Jewish communities to redouble efforts to work together and get to know one another.

We need constructive dialogue to limit our disagreements and identify the widest possible range of areas for cooperation. There are more issues that unite us than divide us.

May the God of Abraham grant our World more peace, wisdom and hope.

Reportedly there was, however, some disagreement over one line of the text: that which condemns the targeting of civilians.

Both groups agree that such behavior is “a tragedy” and “completely unacceptable and against our religious traditions.” But the Jewish group said it was willing to sign the document because it had no reference to mutuality of targeting civilians, since “it’s a known fact the IDF does not deliberately target civilians.” The Muslim group said it was willing to sign because it believed the document held both sides responsible for the same behavior.

 

 

Under Threat, It’s OK to Remove Kosher, but Not Halal Products

Tuesday, August 19th, 2014

Jonathan Sacerdoti called Sainsbury’s customer service, and discussed the removal of Kosher products from one of their stores, following threats of violence.

Welcome to the Dark Ages.

H/T: Brian of London and Israel Video Network

A Question for My UK Readers

Monday, August 18th, 2014

Readers from the UK….what do you think? Is this real or exaggerated?

“A Sainsbury’s branch emptied its kosher food shelf after the manager feared anti-Israeli protesters outside would attack it, the supermarket giant has said.

The goods were removed from a Sainsbury’s Local branch in Holborn, central London, as it was picketed by protesters who were calling on the supermarket giant to boycott Israeli goods.

The incident yesterday afternoon happened on the same day anti-Israeli protesters ‘wreaked havoc’ at a Birmingham branch of Tesco when a demonstration got out of hand.”

London Threatens Israel’s Arms Supply if Cease-fire Talks Fail

Wednesday, August 13th, 2014

This time, if Jerusalem does not give in to the demands of Hamas, Britain will cancel 12 export licenses for components for radar systems, combat aircraft and tanks, British media report.

British Business Secretary Vince Cable explained in a statement late Tuesday, “We welcome the current cease-fire in Gaza and hope that it will lead to a peaceful resolution.

“However, the UK government has not been able to clarify if the export licence criteria are being met. In light of that uncertainty, we have taken the decision to suspend these existing export licences in the event of a resumption of significant hostilities.”

Cable, a Liberal Democratic minister, did not say whether the announcement came as the result of discussions with Conservatives who were pushing for an arms embargo regardless.

According to a report in the British-based Daily Mail newspaper, a review of the licenses to be revoked showed they were not for items being used by IDF forces currently in Gaza in any case, the Department for Business, Innovation and Skills (Bis) said.

But Israel is still apparently to be punished for the intractable behavior of Hamas.

“What is clear now is that we [the government coalition] have agreement that if the current cease-fire ends in Gaza, which we all hope it doesn’t, and there was a resumption of significant hostilities, then there would be an immediate suspension of those arms export licences to Israel that give cause for concern.”

What is not included in the embargo is the license granted for the export of cryptographic equipment, or for any components that form part of the Iron Dome system that protects Israeli civilians from the missile attacks fired by Hamas terrorists in Gaza.

The military deals set to be affected are worth less than $17 million. Years ago, Israel realized that the UK is a fickle and unreliable arms supplier, so the IDF only buys minor parts from the UK that it can easily acquire elsewhere if needed.

What won’t be affected are Britain’s military purchases from Israel, including an Elbit drone system that the British army needs.

Meanwhile, it is not at all clear whether a cease-fire will be reached by the Wednesday deadline.

A source on the Palestinian Arab side told the A-Sharq al-Awsat Arabic-language daily newspaper there is still a wide gap on the issues of returning the remains of Israeli soldiers in exchange for a Gaza seaport and airport and creating a land bridge between the enclave and the regions of Judea and Samaria. “There is slow progress, but no big breakthrough,” the source told the paper.

On Tuesday, a spokesperson for Hamas announced in more blunt terms, “This is the last cease-fire.”

Exiled Jordanian Palestinian Activist Tweets Support for Israel, Anger at Hamas

Tuesday, August 12th, 2014

A Jordanian Palestinian Arab writer and political activist exiled to the UK since 2010 has taken to the Twitter social networking site to express his support for Israel in its fight to end the terror from Hamas.

Mudar Zahran tweeted “in the name of the Jordanian Opposition of Collation” on Tuesday, calling Israel a “friendly nation” and saying that he saw “hope for a global partnership against Hamas.”

Mudar Zahran ‏@Mudar_Zahran
In the name of the Jordanian Opposition of Collation, We identify Israel as a friendly nation and hope for a global partnership against Hamas

Zahran, who said he is “currently traveling in the West Bank for my people at this time of need,” added in a second tweet that he supports Israel’s Operation Protective Edge.

Mudar Zahran ‏@Mudar_Zahran
In the name of the Jordanian Opposition of Collation, We support Israel’s operations against Hamas, and we hope it brings freedom to Gazans

Zahran added, “I support Israel at 500%, and I will say it a million times if I have to, Hamas is a terrorist organization…”

Netanyahu Regrets Gaza Casualties, But Operation Continues

Thursday, July 24th, 2014

Hamas terrorists are counting on using their human shields as ammunition against Israel. But that won’t stop the IDF from carrying out its mission to protect Israeli citizens with Operation Protective Edge.

That was the message conveyed Thursday morning in a joint news conference with Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu and British Foreign Secretary Phillip Hammond.

The prime minister was responding to a snippy condemnation by United Nations Human Rights Commissioner Navi Pillay, who called for an investigation of the IDF’s actions in Gaza for “possible war crimes.”

Netanyahu reminded journalists the IDF is doing everything possible to prevent civilian casualties in Gaza. However, he said, nothing will prevent Israel from continuing to protect its citizens from the terrorist tunnels which “penetrate our state.”

The prime minister especially expressed his gratitude to British Airways, the national British airline, for continuing flights to Israel despite an FAA ban on flights to the Jewish State. British Airways is nearly the only European airline to do so, in the face of what was tantamount to nearly a Europe-wide boycott of Israel. This followed the lead of the United States, which issued a 48-hour ban on flights to Ben Gurion International Airport, using the excuse of shrapnel that fell from an Iron Dome interception of a Hamas missile fired from Gaza at Yahud, about a mile from the airport.

On Wednesday, UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon expressed alarm that 20 rockets found last Thursday stashed in the UN’s Relief and Works Agency (UNRWA) school in Rafah – located on the Gaza border with Egypt, where numerous terrorist tunnels have been built — had gone ‘missing.’

Ban ordered the world body to deploy experts to ‘deal with’ the situation but did not specify how he intended them to do that. Sources have said that UNRWA immediately turned the ordnance over to Hamas terrorists last week.

A second “discovery” of a new stash of missiles was revealed two days ago in another routine international inspection – this one so large that UNRWA was not willing to announce how many missiles there were. Instead, the agency said in its statement that it “immediately withdrew its staff” from the facility, which is located between two other schools where some 1,500 Gazans are taking refuge from the combat in the area.

Nor did UNRWA say how it disposed of those missiles either.

Ban “expresses his outrage and regret at the placing of weapons in a UN-administered school,” a United Nations statement said. UNRWA is sheltering 102,000 people in 69 of its schools amid the renewed violence.

“By doing so, those responsible are turning schools into potential military targets, and endangering the lives of innocent children, UN employees working in such facilities and anyone using the UN schools as shelter,” the statement said.

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