Daily Alerts

  • Fatah Spokesman in Gaza Has Arms and Legs Broken by Attackers
    (Jerusalem Post) Khaled Abu Toameh - Atef Abu Seif, the Fatah spokesman in Gaza, was kidnapped on Monday near his home by gunmen who broke his arms and legs. Hamas has accused Fatah of trying to hijack recent protests in order to stage a coup against Hamas. Last week, senior Fatah official in Gaza Ahmed Hillis survived an assassination attempt when gunmen opened fire at his car. ... read more
    Source: Daily AlertsPublished on Tuesday, March 19, 2019
    21 hours ago
  • Did Hamas Lose Control of the Gaza “Return” Marches
    (Jerusalem Center for Public Affairs) Pinhas Inbari - The original instigator of the Gaza "Return" marches, Ahmed Abu Ratima, posted a call on Facebook to Hamas police officers to remove their uniforms and join the demonstrators against Hamas. He even called for establishing a committee of all the Palestinian organizations to administer Gaza. In other words, the demonstrators now want to dismantle the Hamas government. Furthermore, Ma'an News reports that the "war room" Hamas established with other organizations against Fatah may indeed be opposed to Fatah, but it also supports the demonstrations against Hamas. ... read more
    Source: Daily AlertsPublished on Tuesday, March 19, 2019
    21 hours ago
  • Experts Reveal Major Fallacies in UN Gaza Report
    (JNS) Eliana Rudee - In testimony delivered on Monday at the UN, U.S. Army Lt. Col. Geoffrey S. Corn (ret.) and British commander Col. Richard Kemp refuted a UN Human Rights Council report that accuses Israeli soldiers of "war crimes" and "crimes against humanity" on the Gaza border. Corn said, "By omitting from the UNHRC inquiry reports of the use of human shields by Hamas, the report incentivizes these terror tactics in the future, and the risk posed to the civilian population of Gaza is exacerbated. If we are really concerned about mitigating harm done to civilians, we should be condemning Hamas' actions and this report." Kemp said, "The United Nations has played directly into Hamas' hands and the UNHRC is but an instrument of Hamas terrorism. This report, as well as countries that vote for it, encourage Hamas towards further terrorism in the future." He added that his personal testimony to the Commission of Inquiry was completely ignored in the production of the report. Dr. Einat Wilf, a former member of Israel's Knesset, explained that "Those who come to the border marching in the name of the so-called 'right of return' are not rioting against Israel's blockade, but rather, are coming to destroy Israel. This needs to be understood clearly as a declaration of war and nothing less than that. The Israeli response cannot be understood if this is not understood." ... read more
    Source: Daily AlertsPublished on Tuesday, March 19, 2019
    21 hours ago
  • U.S. Ambassador Pans Abbas for Not Condemning Deadly West Bank Terror Attack
    (Times of Israel) Stuart Winer - U.S. Ambassador to Israel David Friedman on Monday criticized Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas for not condemning the deadly West Bank attack that killed Rabbi Achiad Ettinger and Sgt. Gal Keidan. "Hamas, as usual, is celebrating and Abu Mazen [Abbas], who properly joined with all civilized people in condemning the terrorist attack in Christchurch, is now deafening in his silence," Friedman said. "Palestinians attacking Israelis are celebrated, compensated and venerated by the PA leadership and/or Hamas. And there lies the problem." ... read more
    Source: Daily AlertsPublished on Tuesday, March 19, 2019
    21 hours ago
  • College President Vetoes Call to Suspend Israel Study Abroad Program
    (Washington Free Beacon) Brent Scher - Students and faculty of California's Pitzer College voted Thursday to suspend the study abroad partnership with Israel's University of Haifa, but college president Melvin Oliver is declining to take any action on the program, calling it an "academic boycott of Israel." Oliver said the proposal was "prejudiced" against Israel, would "curtail academic freedom," and that "the recommendation runs directly counter to Pitzer's core value of intercultural understanding." ... read more
    Source: Daily AlertsPublished on Tuesday, March 19, 2019
    21 hours ago
  • Iran-Backed Militias Step Up the Battle in Iraq
    (Wall Street Journal) Jonathan Spyer - Iran-backed Shiite militias in Iraq are operating with increasing impunity. On Feb. 3, Shiite militiamen murdered Iraqi novelist Alaa Mashzoub, a chronicler of Iraq's lost Jewish community, who was a bold critic of Iran's increasing power in Iraq. A few days later, Aws al-Khafaji, a powerful Shiite militia leader and Mashzoub's kinsman, who appeared on TV and denounced Iranian interference in Iraq, was captured by Shiite militias of the Iran-backed Popular Mobilization Units and has not been seen since. The same week, Iraqi Shiite militiamen challenged a U.S. Army foot patrol in eastern Mosul. Ja'afar Husseini, spokesman of Kataib Hezbollah, one of the most powerful Shiite militias, warned that clashes between the Iran-allied fighters and the U.S. "may start at any moment." The writer is director of the Middle East Center for Reporting and Analysis. ... read more
    Source: Daily AlertsPublished on Tuesday, March 19, 2019
    21 hours ago
  • Framing Israel: The UN Commission of Inquiry on the Spring 2018 Gaza Border Confrontations
    (Lawfare) Geoffrey S. Corn and Peter Margulies - The UN Human Rights Council's Commission of Inquiry (COI) published its full report on March 18 on the border confrontation that occurred last spring between the Israel Defense Forces (IDF) and tens of thousands of Gaza residents who sought to force their way into Israel by breaching the security barrier. The COI framed these events as a series of demonstrations that were "civilian in nature." Israel and its Supreme Court framed the same events quite differently: as a new evolution in Israel's ongoing armed conflict with the terrorist organization Hamas. Consistency and common sense suggest that the Israeli High Court of Justice's framing is a more rational explanation of what occurred. Geoffrey S. Corn is a Professor of Law at South Texas College of Law in Houston. Peter Margulies is a professor at Roger Williams University School of Law. ... read more
    Source: Daily AlertsPublished on Tuesday, March 19, 2019
    21 hours ago
  • Iran Recalls Ambassador after Kenya Jails Iranians Who Planned Bomb Attacks
    (Reuters) Iran recalled its ambassador to Kenya because of a court decision upholding sentences for two Iranians, Ahmad Abolfathi and Seyed Mansour Mousavi, convicted of planning bomb attacks in 2012. In 2016, a Kenyan judge reduced the life sentences given to the two Iranians convicted of planning bomb attacks to 15 years. ... read more
    Source: Daily AlertsPublished on Tuesday, March 19, 2019
    21 hours ago
  • Gaza Has Grown Completely Reliant on Outside Aid
    (Ha'aretz) David Rosenberg - Hamas is responsible for Gaza's economic woes by sacrificing everything for the cause of armed confrontation with Israel. But that is a policy that at least a plurality of Palestinians say they support. It would be accurate to call Gaza the world's biggest soup kitchen. There's very little ordinary economic activity in Gaza - people growing and manufacturing things or providing services. 25 years ago, manufacturing accounted for 16% of its gross domestic product and agriculture another 11%; today the figures are 8% and 5%. The only growth industry is the public sector, which expanded from 12% of GDP to 29%, most of it make-work. International aid and remittances are today about the only source of foreign exchange for Gaza. According to the World Bank, 79% of all Gazans received some kind of international aid in 2017. Even among the wealthiest 20%, nearly half received assistance. Hamas did what you'd expect from any ruling group with access to free money, which is to take it. ... read more
    Source: Daily AlertsPublished on Tuesday, March 19, 2019
    21 hours ago
  • Hamas Violently Suppresses Gazans at “We Want to Live” Protests
    (The National-Abu Dhabi) Ali Adam - On Saturday, eleven Palestinians factions released a joint statement to express their support for the popular movement and called on Hamas to fulfill their demands. ... read more
    Source: Daily AlertsPublished on Tuesday, March 19, 2019
    21 hours ago
  • U.S. Envoy to Germany: UN Human Rights Council Is Anti-Semitic
    (Jerusalem Post) Herb Keinon and Anna Ahronheim - To apply one standard to Israel, and another to the rest of the world - as the UN Human Rights Council does - is to be anti-Semitic, U.S. Ambassador to Germany Richard Grenell said Monday in Geneva. "To pass resolution after resolution against Israel while ignoring China, Russia or Cuba is a horrendous hypocrisy," Grenell said. That the UNHRC "not only singles out Israel, but it does so on a permanent basis," and that it believes "that a single country and a single people merits such attention on a permanent basis," is also anti-Semitism. Former Israeli Ambassador to the UN Dore Gold asked, "How can anybody take the UN seriously when it has shown that, when it comes to Israel, its reports have been highly politicized and seriously flawed? Is anyone protecting the human rights of Israeli farmers whose fields are regularly set ablaze by Hamas incendiary weapons?" ... read more
    Source: Daily AlertsPublished on Tuesday, March 19, 2019
    21 hours ago
  • Israel Supporters Protest UN Rights Meeting
    (VOA News) Lisa Schlein - Hundreds gathered in Geneva Monday to protest as the UN Human Rights Council met to discuss allegations of Israeli violations in the Palestinian territories. "Today Israel alone is criticized for an entire day," said Hillel Neuer, executive director of UN Watch. "The only country in the world that is the focus of its own day, its own debate, its own agenda item. Not North Korea, not Syria, not Sudan is treated in this way." The Israeli Ambassador to the UN in Geneva, Aviva Raz Shechter, said, "While anti-Semitism is raising its ugly head all over the world, this place is legitimizing discrimination against the one and only Jewish State, the State of Israel." ... read more
    Source: Daily AlertsPublished on Tuesday, March 19, 2019
    21 hours ago
  • UNHRC Should Condemn the PA and Hamas for Abuse of Palestinian Children
    (Palestinian Media Watch) Maurice Hirsch, Itamar Marcus, and Nan Jacques Zilberdik - On Monday, the UN Human Rights Council (UNHRC) condemned Israel for its treatment of Palestinian children. The reality is that while Palestinian children are indeed suffering, the ones responsible are the Palestinian Authority and Hamas leaders who have systematically stolen the childhood from Palestinian youth by raising them to see violence and martyrdom-death as ideals to strive for. Palestinian children and teenagers have been taking an active part in violence and murderous terrorism for years and have paid the price with both their lives and as prisoners in Israeli jails. While the UNHRC is always quick to condemn Israel for the deaths of Palestinian teen terrorists and for the imposition of prison terms on arrested teen terrorists, it should instead be condemning the PA for using children as combatants in violation of international law and morality. Israel cannot be blamed for arresting or shooting anyone while defending itself against Palestinian terror, even if the terrorist is a teenager. The bottom line is that if the PA would stop using children as terror combatants, there would be no Palestinian child terrorist prisoners and potentially no or many less child casualties. ... read more
    Source: Daily AlertsPublished on Tuesday, March 19, 2019
    21 hours ago
  • Israel Mourns Murder of New Zealand Muslim Worshippers
    (Jerusalem Post) Tovah Lazaroff - Responding to Friday's terrorist attack on two mosques in Christchurch, New Zealand, in which 50 were killed, Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu said, "Israel mourns the wanton murder of innocent worshippers in Christchurch and condemns the brazen act of terror in New Zealand." President Reuven Rivlin said, the "murder of people at prayer, in their most holy and sacred place, is a depraved and despicable act. For people of all religions and of none, a redline has been crossed." ... read more
    Source: Daily AlertsPublished on Monday, March 18, 2019
    2 days ago
  • Grenade Attached to Toy Plane Found in Israel near Gaza
    (Ynet News) Matan Tzuri - A Styrofoam model airplane with an attached hand grenade was found on Highway 234 near Gaza on Sunday. ... read more
    Source: Daily AlertsPublished on Monday, March 18, 2019
    2 days ago
  • Palestinians Tear Doors Off Golden Gate Site on Jerusalem’s Temple Mount
    (Ha'aretz) Nir Hasson - Palestinians on Friday tore the doors off the Golden Gate site on Jerusalem's Temple Mount in defiance of the Muslim Waqf, which administers the site. ... read more
    Source: Daily AlertsPublished on Monday, March 18, 2019
    2 days ago
  • Has the “Arab Spring” Reached Gaza?
    (Jerusalem Center for Public Affairs) Yoni Ben Menachem - Two years ago, on the advice of Palestinian Intelligence Chief Majed Faraj, Palestinian Authority Chairman Mahmoud Abbas decided to impose sanctions on Gaza and worsen the economic situation there to make it so dire that Gazan residents will rebel against Hamas. Fatah spokesman Osama al-Qawasmeh appeared on official Palestinian television and called on the Gaza demonstrators to continue their demonstrations. ... read more
    Source: Daily AlertsPublished on Monday, March 18, 2019
    2 days ago
  • Hamas Detains Hundreds after Violently Suppressing Gaza Demonstrations
    (Ha'aretz) Amira Hass - Hamas security forces in Gaza violently suppressed demonstrations by hundreds of Palestinians on Thursday and Friday, protesting the deteriorating economic situation under its rule. An independent Palestinian source estimates that 500 people were held in detention on Saturday evening. Demonstrations were dispersed with live fire into the air, clubs, metal rods and pepper spray, Palestinian human rights organizations said. Journalists, some of whom were beaten and detained, were forbidden from documenting the demonstrations and had their phones confiscated. Samir Zaqout, deputy director of the Gaza-based Al Mezan Center for Human Rights, said: "The demonstrations are part of the response to this difficult situation, especially among young people. There is massive emigration, mainly to Turkey, and some are walking up to the border fence. Young people look for death there, saying they have nothing to live for." Demonstrators demanded that the Hamas government reverse extra taxes recently imposed on basic products. ... read more
    Source: Daily AlertsPublished on Monday, March 18, 2019
    2 days ago
  • Clusters of Incendiary Balloons Land in Israel
    (Ma'an News-PA) More than 20 incendiary balloons and kites launched from Gaza landed in Israel on Monday morning, Hebrew-language news outlets reported. Two large clusters of balloons carrying explosive devices also landed in Israel. ... read more
    Source: Daily AlertsPublished on Monday, March 18, 2019
    2 days ago
  • No One Wants to Help Bashar al-Assad Rebuild Syria
    (Atlantic) Krishnadev Calamur - The UN estimates the cost of reconstruction in Syria at $250 billion. Russia wants the West to pay up. However, the U.S. and its Western allies have adamantly refused, absent meaningful political changes. There would be "no reconstruction without [a] political transition," a French embassy spokeswoman said. "Assad is a principal obstacle to rehabilitation of Syria, and eventually the Alawite business class and those who support the regime externally will find that he's a liability," a Western diplomat said. Assad is in a bind. His supporters can't afford to pay for reconstruction; his adversaries in the West can, but won't. Iran, Assad's other principal supporter, is suffering from reimposed U.S. sanctions and doesn't have that much to spare. The West is in a quandary. It doesn't want to reward Assad by rebuilding Syria and cementing his hold on power, but it doesn't want to ignore a humanitarian situation that will likely get worse. ... read more
    Source: Daily AlertsPublished on Monday, March 18, 2019
    2 days ago
  • Palestinian Kills Israeli Soldier and Rabbi, Wounds another Soldier in West Bank Attack
    (Ynet News-Israel Hayom-Jerusalem Post) Itay Blumenthal - A Palestinian stabbed an IDF soldier, Sgt. Gal Keidan, 19, and seized his gun at the Ariel Junction in the West Bank on Sunday. The attacker then shot and killed the soldier and opened fire at passing cars, critically injuring Rabbi Achiad Ettinger, 47 (who died on Monday), before stealing another car to escape. The gunman continued driving towards the Gitai Junction, 2.5 km. away, where he shot another soldier, Alexander Dvorsky, who is in critical condition. A manhunt is underway for the shooter, Omar Abu Lila of Zawiya in the northern West Bank. ... read more
    Source: Daily AlertsPublished on Monday, March 18, 2019
    2 days ago
  • The “Anti-Hamas Intifada” in Gaza
    (Jerusalem Post) Khaled Abu Toameh - On Saturday, Hamas launched a counter-campaign to end the demonstrations and discredit the protesters. Hamas dispatched thousands of supporters to the streets to condemn Abbas and hold him responsible for the crisis. Hamas also took to social media to portray the protests as part of a conspiracy by Fatah and Israel. The PA-controlled media, particularly Palestine TV in Ramallah, have devoted special lengthy programs to cover what they called the "anti-Hamas intifada" in Gaza. The protests have seriously embarrassed Hamas, making it look like the main party responsible for the deteriorating economic situation in Gaza. The photos and videos of Hamas policemen using force against Palestinian protesters have served as a reminder that Palestinians in Gaza are ruled by a repressive regime. A veteran Palestinian journalist from Gaza City concluded: "The same Palestinians who forced Israel and the Palestinian Authority to flee Gaza are also capable of rising against Hamas. When will that happen? Only God knows, but we are certain that it will happen one day." ... read more
    Source: Daily AlertsPublished on Monday, March 18, 2019
    2 days ago
  • UN Envoy Condemns Hamas Treatment of Gaza Protesters
    (UN Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs) UN Special Coordinator for the Middle East Peace Process Nickolay Mladenov said Sunday: "I strongly condemn the campaign of arrests and violence used by Hamas security forces against protesters, including women and children, in Gaza over the past three days. I am particularly alarmed by the brutal beating of journalists and staff from the Independent Commission for Human Rights (ICHR) and the raiding of homes. The long-suffering people of Gaza were protesting the dire economic situation and demanded an improvement in the quality of life in the Gaza Strip. It is their right to protest without fear of reprisal." ... read more
    Source: Daily AlertsPublished on Monday, March 18, 2019
    2 days ago
  • Bundestag Votes Against Changing Germany’s Anti-Israel UN Voting Record
    (Jerusalem Post) Benjamin Weinthal - Germany's Free Democratic Party (FDP) introduced a resolution in the Bundestag calling on the federal government to reverse its anti-Israel voting record at the UN. The measure was rejected on Thursday by 408 to 155 with 63 abstentions. ... read more
    Source: Daily AlertsPublished on Monday, March 18, 2019
    2 days ago
  • U.S. Bars Entry to International Criminal Court Investigators
    (AP) Matthew Lee - The U.S. will revoke or deny visas to International Criminal Court personnel seeking to investigate alleged war crimes by U.S. forces in Afghanistan or elsewhere, and may do the same with those who seek action against Israel, Secretary of State Mike Pompeo said Friday. "We are determined to protect the American and allied military and civilian personnel from living in fear of unjust prosecution for actions taken to defend our great nation," Pompeo said. U.S. officials have long regarded the Hague-based ICC with hostility, arguing that American courts are capable of handling any allegations against U.S. forces and questioning the motives of an international court. Pompeo said the restrictions "may also be used to deter ICC efforts to pursue allied personnel, including Israelis, without the allies' consent." ... read more
    Source: Daily AlertsPublished on Monday, March 18, 2019
    2 days ago
  • U.S. Ambassador Causes Germany to Deport Palestinian Terrorist
    (Jerusalem Post) Benjamin Weinthal - The German government canceled an event on Friday with convicted Palestinian terrorist Rasmea Odeh, who had murdered two Israeli students, following a strongly worded protest from U.S. Ambassador Richard Grenell that was prominently featured in German newspapers. Berlin's Interior Department revoked Odeh's visa on Friday and barred her from speaking. Grenell told Fox News on Thursday, "Some people plant the seeds of anti-Semitism, while others water it and help it grow. Offering a public speaking role to a Palestinian terrorist convicted of murder, terrorism and immigration fraud legitimizes anti-Semitism at a time when we should be condemning it." The U.S. government deported Odeh in 2017 for immigration fraud. ... read more
    Source: Daily AlertsPublished on Monday, March 18, 2019
    2 days ago
  • Iran Plans Takeover of Syria’s Main Commercial Port at Latakia
    (Sunday Times-UK) Hannah Lucinda Smith - Talks began last month to transfer the container port at Latakia, Syria's main commercial port, to Iranian management from October 1, according to The Syria Report. Iranian companies linked to the Islamic Revolutionary Guards Corp (IRGC) have started shipping goods through the port, suggesting that Tehran might use it as an alternative route to bring weapons into the country. ... read more
    Source: Daily AlertsPublished on Monday, March 18, 2019
    2 days ago
  • IDF Releases Pictures of Destroyed Hamas Positions in Gaza after Rockets Fired at Tel Aviv
    (Jerusalem Post) The IDF has released footage of some of the targets it hit in Gaza on Friday after Hamas launched two rockets at Tel Aviv on Thursday. ... read more
    Source: Daily AlertsPublished on Monday, March 18, 2019
    2 days ago
  • Six Palestinians Killed in New Zealand Terror Attacks
    (Jerusalem Post) Khaled Abu Toameh - Six Palestinians were killed in last week's terror attacks at New Zealand mosques, the PA Foreign Affairs Ministry announced. Another six Palestinians were wounded. ... read more
    Source: Daily AlertsPublished on Monday, March 18, 2019
    2 days ago
  • Iranians Arrested in Buenos Aires with Forged Israeli Passports
    (Times of Israel) Authorities in Buenos Aires have arrested two Iranians traveling on fake Israeli passports, Argentine media reported. ... read more
    Source: Daily AlertsPublished on Monday, March 18, 2019
    2 days ago
  • Egypt Outraged at Hamas Missile Fire on Tel Aviv
    (Israel Hayom) Daniel Siryoti - A senior Egyptian official described to Israel Hayom a meeting he attended with Hamas officials in Gaza on Thursday evening. "We believed Hamas would accept" Israel's answers "and facilitate a more stable and long-term cease-fire." Then an aide came in with news of a Hamas rocket attack on Tel Aviv. The Egyptian delegation head told Hamas leader Yahya Sinwar, "We are sitting here to hammer out the details of a cease-fire with Israel and behind our backs, you are authorizing your people to fire missiles at Tel Aviv? If Israel decides to launch a comprehensive military operation in Gaza, this time we won't do a thing to stop the Israeli attack, even if the Israelis decide to dismantle your rule in Gaza by assassinating each and every one of you....You've also gambled with our own safety in Gaza by shooting at Tel Aviv while we are here!" ... read more
    Source: Daily AlertsPublished on Monday, March 18, 2019
    2 days ago
  • Why the Debate over Anti-Semitism Is So Important
    (Christian Science Monitor) Ned Temko - Anti-Semitism, that oldest of hatreds, is proving to be, as a leading Irish writer and politician once put it, a very light sleeper. It has set off a full-blown crisis inside Britain's Labour Party, and the first hints of one inside the Democratic Party in the U.S. The stereotyping and dehumanization of Jews, once the province of fringe figures, has increasingly been given space within the mainstream. Moreover, there is a real human cost. Synagogues, Jewish cemeteries, and other Jewish property have been attacked. And Jews have been assaulted, even murdered, in Western countries - on a scale that for decades after the Nazi Holocaust would have seemed unthinkable. ... read more
    Source: Daily AlertsPublished on Friday, March 15, 2019
    5 days ago
  • Israel Strikes 100 Targets in Gaza in Response to Hamas Rocket Attacks on Tel Aviv
    (Jerusalem Post) Anna Ahronheim - IDF aircraft struck over 100 targets across Gaza after two rockets were fired towards central Israel by Hamas. The targets included the headquarters responsible for the planning and execution of terror attacks in the West Bank, an underground complex that served as Hamas' main rocket-manufacturing site, and a military training site that served the group's drone program. Several underground infrastructures and military compounds were also struck, including naval sites. Palestinian media in Gaza said that Israeli naval vessels took part in the strikes. During the airstrikes, nine projectiles were launched at Israeli communities bordering Gaza, with six being intercepted by the Iron Dome missile defense system, and another fell inside Gaza. While shrapnel was discovered outside a school in the city of Sderot, there were no reports of injuries or damage. "There is a growing assumption that the Hamas rocket fire towards the Gush Dan [Tel Aviv] region was by mistake," the military said Friday, adding that while it appears that low-level Hamas militants are behind the rocket fire, the IDF sees the group as responsible for everything happening in Gaza. ... read more
    Source: Daily AlertsPublished on Friday, March 15, 2019
    5 days ago
  • Rebutting War Crimes Allegations, Israel Probes Gaza Rioters’ Deaths
    (Israel Hayom) Israeli authorities have opened criminal investigations into the deaths of 11 Palestinians who were killed during protests along the Gaza border over the past year, a senior Israeli official said Wednesday in Geneva as he briefed journalists to rebut allegations contained in a UN human rights report issued last week. The report alleges Israeli soldiers intentionally fired on civilians at the border. The Israeli official said, "If we find somebody violated the law, there will be consequences, but a war crime has to be intentional." "Each and every bullet received authorization of an experienced commander at the scene," he said. ... read more
    Source: Daily AlertsPublished on Friday, March 15, 2019
    5 days ago
  • How One Swiss Nurse Hid Hundreds of Pregnant Women and their Children from the Nazis
    (Times of Israel) Rich Tenorio - When refugees fled the Spanish Civil War and World War II, a brave Swiss nurse provided crucial help in southwest France to pregnant women and their children. Elisabeth Eidenbenz is credited with saving the lives of 400 Spanish refugees and 200 Jewish refugees through her maternity hospital in Elne. She was honored by Yad Vashem as a Righteous Among the Nations in 2002 and the 2018 Spanish film "The Light of Hope" aims to amplify her heroism. ... read more
    Source: Daily AlertsPublished on Friday, March 15, 2019
    5 days ago
  • Nothing in Islam Requires the Faithful to Hate Jews
    (Fox News) Qanta Ahmed - Rep. Ilhan Omar is quick to embrace anti-Semitic stereotypes that should be an embarrassment to all decent men and women. And I say this as a Muslim woman myself. Nothing in Islam requires the faithful to hate Jews or the Jewish state. In fact, the Koran documents that Jerusalem belongs to the Jews. There are 50 countries in the world with Muslim-majority populations. Surely there can be room on the planet for one small country with a Jewish majority. In fact, I firmly believe that America's support for a secure and sovereign homeland for the Jewish people is a moral imperative. Jews and non-Jews who support Israel should not be accused of dual loyalty to a foreign country and should not be accused of infringing on Palestinian rights. There's no question that every group on Earth deserves protection from discrimination and violence. But the evil of anti-Semitism is responsible for the murder of 6 million Jews in the Holocaust and uncounted more murders throughout history. It must be singled out and condemned unequivocally when a member of Congress embraces hatred of Jews openly and aggressively. The University of Southern California Shoah Foundation (where I serve with Jews and non-Jews) defines anti-Semitism thus: "When criticism of Israel demonizes, delegitimizes or holds Israel to a double standard, it is a manifestation of anti-Semitism." The writer is an associate professor of medicine at the State University of New York and a member of the Council on Foreign Relations. ... read more
    Source: Daily AlertsPublished on Friday, March 15, 2019
    5 days ago
  • “Israelis Led India’s Airstrikes”: In Pakistan, the Hindu-Zionist Conspiracy Theory Takes a Wild Turn
    (Ha'aretz) Kunwar Khuldune Shahid - It is now an established narrative in Pakistan, not a fringe opinion, that Israel helped India plan the air raid in Pakistan that targeted camps of Jaish-e-Mohammad, the terror group which claimed last month's suicide attack in Indian-administered Kashmir. A section of the mainstream media even "unveiled" how an Israeli pilot was currently in custody, having been captured by Pakistan. ... read more
    Source: Daily AlertsPublished on Friday, March 15, 2019
    5 days ago
  • Whatever Happened to Palestinian Democracy?
    (Newsweek) Hugh Lovatt - Elections in the Palestinian Authority still seem a distant prospect. The 2006 legislative elections, considered the high point of Palestinian democracy, were supported by most PLO factions and Hamas, and included the West Bank (including east Jerusalem) and Gaza. The vague prospect of future elections masks what is in essence a naked power grab by the Abbas leadership. The formation of a new PA government through a series of back-room deals, without the participation of significant components of Palestinian politics and territory, represents a severe blow to the prospects for democracy and national re-unification. With more than a decade since the last legislative and presidential elections, the Palestinian democratic fabric has withered. The now dissolved Palestinian Legislative Council had not met since 2007. Palestinians in both Gaza and the West Bank continue to suffer human rights abuses and attacks on freedom of expression at the hands of both Hamas and the PA. At a time in which the Middle East peace process has ceased to exist, the need to reform the Palestinian national movement is becoming ever more urgent. The writer is a policy fellow at the European Council on Foreign Relations (ECFR). ... read more
    Source: Daily AlertsPublished on Friday, March 15, 2019
    5 days ago
  • Egypt Moved Border Town to Combat Smuggling Tunnels
    (Strategy Page) Egypt's government has completed the first phase of building the new town of Rafah, 2 km. from the Gaza border. Over 1,500 structures were torn down in the original Rafah, straddling the Gaza border, starting in 2015 to create a buffer zone over 1,000 meters wide. Moving Rafah caused a lot of anger among those living there. Although they received new homes and assistance in moving, the population had their lives disrupted and were forced to accept homes in high-rise apartment buildings. Building apartment buildings made it easier for Egyptian authorities to check basements for smuggling tunnels. ... read more
    Source: Daily AlertsPublished on Friday, March 15, 2019
    5 days ago
  • Where Martin Luther King Really Stood on Israel and the Palestinians
    (Mosaic) Martin Kramer - On Martin Luther King Day this past January, New York Times columnist Michelle Alexander speculated that King would have been a "critic of Israel's current policies." But this view runs up against one inescapable fact: during the twenty years between Israel's birth in 1948 and King's death in 1968, he never mentioned their plight. By contrast, he expressed support of Israel on several occasions, and with notable consistency. In March 1968 he said: "Peace for Israel means security, and we must stand with all of our might to protect its right to exist, its territorial integrity. I see Israel, and [I] never mind saying it, as one of the great outposts of democracy in the world, and a marvelous example of what can be done, how desert land almost can be transformed into an oasis of brotherhood and democracy." The writer teaches Middle Eastern history at Shalem College in Jerusalem. ... read more
    Source: Daily AlertsPublished on Friday, March 15, 2019
    5 days ago
  • Israeli, Palestinian Institutes Join Forces to Counter Radicalization in PA Curriculum
    (Algemeiner) On Thursday, the Institute for Monitoring Peace and Cultural Tolerance in School Education (IMPACT-se) said it will be working with Prof. Mohammed Dajani Daoudi of the Wasatia Academic Institute (WAI) in Jerusalem. Daoudi founded the Wasatia movement in January 2007 to promote religious and political moderation among Palestinians, co-existence with Israelis, and education on the Holocaust and other topics considered taboo in Palestinian society. In 2014 he led a student delegation from Palestinian Al-Quds University to visit Auschwitz, after which he was expelled from the school and his car was torched. Daoudi identified five "problematic categories" within current Palestinian textbooks: "[Encouragement] to violence; subliminal violent messaging; demonization of the Other; indoctrination to militancy; and degradation of women." "It is hoped that the Palestinian Authority will revise its curriculum along the lines of the international standards for peace education," he said. ... read more
    Source: Daily AlertsPublished on Friday, March 15, 2019
    5 days ago
  • A History of Pakistan-Israel Relations
    (Al Arabiya) Kaswar Klasra - Pakistan should consider establishing ties with Israel, former Pakistani President Pervez Musharraf said last month. Musharraf said he had initiated contact with Israel in 2004, and the foreign ministers of Israel and Pakistan held their first meeting in Turkey in 2005. General Zia-ul-Haq, who served as President and Army Chief of Staff, reportedly allowed Pakistan's Inter-Services Intelligence agency (ISI) to establish links with Israel's Mossad in the early 1980s. Intelligence offices were set up in embassies of both countries in Washington, D.C., where the Mossad and ISI, with help from the CIA, ran a decade-long anti-Soviet operation, codenamed Operation Cyclone. Under this operation, Israel delivered Soviet-made weapons to Afghan rebels fighting the Soviet Union in Afghanistan, and also supplied weapons to the Pakistan Army. According to WikiLeaks, ISI secretly passed on intelligence to the Mossad that Israeli civilians might be targeted in a terrorist attack in India in 2008. It was also reported that then-ISI chief Lt.-Gen. Ahmad Shuja Pasha established direct contact with Israel's Mossad to pass on this information. Islamabad-based analyst Mustansar Abbas of Quaid-e-Azam University said: "Take the example of Oman, which made it loud and clear that it is time to recognize Israel. Many Muslim countries, which in the past took a strong and principled stand against Israel, are now increasingly warming up to the Jewish state. So, Pakistan should consider building relations with Israel." ... read more
    Source: Daily AlertsPublished on Friday, March 15, 2019
    5 days ago
  • Hamas Breaks Up Gaza Protests
    (AP-Daily Mail-UK) Hamas security forces in Gaza on Thursday forcibly dispersed hundreds of Palestinians protesting dire living conditions. Videos circulated on social media showed police firing live rounds in the air, beating protesters and hauling them into police vehicles after demonstrators burned tires and blocked roads. ... read more
    Source: Daily AlertsPublished on Friday, March 15, 2019
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  • U.S. Officials Warn More Iran Sanctions Are Coming
    (Al-Monitor) Barbara Slavin - Brian Hook, the State Department's special representative for Iran, said Thursday in Washington that the sanctions already imposed on Iran since May were the largest in history and covered 850 individuals and entities as well as entire sectors of the Iranian economy. "Our sanctions are back in place. There's more to come," he said. He described Iran as the "most significant threat in the Middle East" now that the Islamic State has been defeated in Iraq and Syria. Hook said between 50% to 70% of the Iranian economy is controlled by the IRGC, a sanctioned entity. ... read more
    Source: Daily AlertsPublished on Friday, March 15, 2019
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  • The Dual-Loyalty Canard
    (Times of Israel) Daniel S. Mariaschin - I never thought, after the presence of Jews in North America for 365 years, that we would have to remind the likes of Reps. Omar and Tlaib and those in their corner, of the great contributions that the Jewish community has made to this country. Jews have fought in every one of this country's wars; indeed, more than 250,000 did so in World War I and 500,000 in World War II, a proportion far above our numbers in the population. In science, medicine, law, academia, entertainment and so many other fields, you will find Jewish names amongst those who have given so much to their fellow citizens. And, yes, we actively participate in our political process. In 1915, the eminent jurist Louis D. Brandeis said, "Let no American imagine that Zionism is inconsistent with Patriotism. Multiple loyalties are objectionable only if they are inconsistent....Every American Jew who aids in advancing the Jewish settlement in Palestine...will likewise be a better man and a better American for doing so. There is no inconsistency between loyalty to America and loyalty to Jewry." The writer is CEO of B'nai B'rith International. ... read more
    Source: Daily AlertsPublished on Friday, March 15, 2019
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  • Disabled Animals Given New Lease on Life at Israeli Sanctuary
    (Reuters) Elana Ringler - Miri, a three-legged donkey, Gary, a sheep with leg braces, and Omer, a blind goat, munch on some hay at Israel's only animal rescue and educational sanctuary at Moshav Olesh in central Israel. Founded by animal rights activists, Freedom Farm serves as a refuge for mostly disabled animals and as an educational center for visitors. Meital Ben Ari, 38, said children with special needs particularly enjoy tours of the farm. ... read more
    Source: Daily AlertsPublished on Friday, March 15, 2019
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  • Video: Islamic Education Center in Houston Celebrates Iran’s Islamic Revolution
    (MEMRI) The Islamic Education Center of Houston, Texas, celebrated the 40th anniversary of Iran's Islamic Revolution on Feb. 17, 2019. A video uploaded by the center shows the audience chanting: "Allah Akbar! Khamenei is our Leader!" In addition, young boys wearing green headbands sang: "You are our Leader....We are your soldiers." ... read more
    Source: Daily AlertsPublished on Friday, March 15, 2019
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  • Some Misconceptions about the Ilhan Omar Affair
    (Washington Post) Charles Lane - The first misconception is that Omar faced a vehement negative reaction because she offered "criticism of U.S. policy toward Israel" (Wall Street Journal) or of the Israeli government. Incorrect. Omar offered no new criticism of U.S. policy or what she has called "the apartheid Israeli regime." What she did was to attack Israel's supporters in the U.S., and specifically in Congress. She did so by suggesting their motives were corrupt: either to enforce "allegiance to a foreign country" or to accumulate political cash from pro-Israel lobbyists. Moreover, it is simply not the case that support for Israel in a country where 59% of the public favors Israel over the Palestinians is merely a function of AIPAC's influence. It should have been possible for Omar to point out what's wrong with U.S. and Israeli policy without questioning the good faith of those who think differently. ... read more
    Source: Daily AlertsPublished on Friday, March 15, 2019
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  • Palestinians in Gaza Fire Rockets at Tel Aviv
    (New York Times) David M. Halbfinger - Two rockets were fired at Tel Aviv, Israel's largest city, from Gaza on Thursday for the first time since 2014, the Israeli military reported. ... read more
    Source: Daily AlertsPublished on Friday, March 15, 2019
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  • The Foundation of the U.S.-Israel Alliance
    (Tablet) James Kirchick - Condemning the U.S.-Israel alliance is a means to express antipathy toward American exceptionalism. America and Israel are exceptional nations, the only two founded upon an idea. They are linked by shared values and, yes, religious affinity. When Americans look at the Middle East, they naturally see Israel as the polity with which they have the most in common. American support for Israel, then, is not explained by "Benjamins," as Ilhan Omar conspiratorially tweets, but by a deep and widely held conviction that the two nations share a providential fate. ... read more
    Source: Daily AlertsPublished on Friday, March 15, 2019
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