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MAY 2017

Returning to Jerusalem: The Yemenite synagogue of Shiloah

Expelled from their homes during Arab riots in 1938, the Jews of Shiloah were promised they would return home. Now, it's finally happening.

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In preparation for the 50th anniversary of the reunification of Jerusalem, Arutz Sheva, together with Ateret Cohanim, are presenting a special project that will focus on the renewal of Jewish presence in eastern Jerusalem, the Old City and the village of Shiloah (bordering the Kidron Valley outside the Old City walls).

In this, our third episode in the series, we focus on the restoration of the old Jewish community of Shiloah, in the neighborhood today better known by its Arabic name, Silwan.

Shiloah, adjacent to the ancient City of David and the Old City of Jerusalem, was, prior to the establishment of the State of Israel, a thriving community of Yemenite Jews.

Established in 1882, Shiloah was built on a barren hillside; the area today referred to as Silwan, at the time utterly bereft of inhabitants.

Like other Jewish communities, the heart of the Yemenite village of Shiloah was the synagogue. Named Ohel Shlomo, the synagogue was completed in 1885, three years after Shiloah was established.

For more than half a century, Shiloah was a center of Yemenite Jewish life in the Land of Israel, and Ohel Shlomo the center of life in the village.

But in 1938, in the midst of the Arab Revolt against the British Mandate and the wave of massacres against Jews, the British administrators evacuated the residents of Shiloah – with promises that they would one day return.

It seemed, however, that the Jewish return to Shiloah was not to be. That promise went unfulfilled for decades, with the Jordanian army occupying the area in 1948.

Read more Arutz Sheva 


APRIL 2017

Why Does the West Keep Colluding with Terrorists?
by Douglas Murray

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Only a fortnight after a vehicular terrorist attack in Westminster, London, another similar attack took place in Stockholm, Sweden. On one of the city's main shopping streets, a vehicle was once again used as a battering-ram against the bodies of members of the public. As in Nice, France. As in Berlin. As so many times in Israel.

Amid this regular news there is an air of defeatism -- a terrible lack of policy and lack of solutions. How can governments stop people driving trucks into pedestrians? Is it something we must simply get used to, as France's former Prime Minister Manuel Valls and London's Mayor Sadiq Khan have both suggested? Must we come to recognise acts of terror as something like the weather? Or is there anything we can do to limit, if not stop, them? If so, where would we start? One place would be to have a frank public discussion about these matters. Yet, even that is easier said than done.

There is a terrible symmetry to this past week in the West. The week began with the news that the Somali-born author and human-rights activist Ayaan Hirsi Ali had been forced to cancel a speaking tour in Australia. "Security concerns" were among the given reasons. A notable aspect of this issue, which has been made public, is that one of the venues at which Hirsi Ali was due to speak was contacted last month by something calling itself "'The Council for the Prevention of Islamophobia Incorporated". Nobody appears to know where this "incorporated" organisation comes from, but its purported founder -- Syed Murtaza Hussain -- claimed that the group would bring 5000 protestors to the hall at which Hirsi Ali was scheduled to talk. This threat is reminiscent of the occasion in 2009 when the British peer, Lord Ahmed, threatened to mobilise 10,000 British Muslims to protest at the Houses of Parliament in Westminster if the Dutch politician Geert Wilders were allowed to speak. On that occasion -- as on this one -- the event was cancelled. Promises to mobilise thousands of angry Muslims can have such an effect. But the long-term implications often get lost in the short-term outrage.

Read more Gatestone Institute


MARCH 2017

Banksy: Safe Under Israeli Protection

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Famous British street artist Banksy has opened his new nine-room Walled Off Hotel facing the security wall that Israel erected between Bethlehem and Jerusalem to stop Palestinian suicide bombers from blowing up buses and cafes in the Israeli capital. 

But Banksy doesn't care why Israel erected this wall. Detached as he is from reality, and protected by his anonymity, Banksy opened the hotel "with the worst view in the world" to convince Israelis and Palestinians that their bloody struggle is nothing more than a pillow fight between two immature adults.

Speaking to The Guardian, Banksy explained that “it’s exactly 100 years since Britain took control of Palestine and started rearranging the furniture – with chaotic results. I don’t know why, but it felt like a good time to reflect on what happens when the United Kingdom makes a huge political decision without fully comprehending the consequences.” 

One of Banksy's works featured in the hotel depicts Lord Balfour signing his famous 1917 declaration designating mandatory Palestine as the Jewish home. Balfour is seen sitting in an office resembling an English gentlemen’s club from colonial times.

For Banksy, the West Bank and Gaza are the largest prisons in the world. And the walls, well, for one who has no idea what it's like to lose relatives to a suicide bomb, "the segregation wall is a disgrace."

The truth is that Israelis have long been fed up with these types of self-righteous artists who think for whatever reason that they have the right tell us how to live our lives. Little wonder that Reuven Berko, considered one of Israel's top experts on Arab affairs, pulls no punches in addressing Banksy's latest propaganda stunt. 

Writing in the Hebrew daily _Israel Hayom, _Berko reports:

"[Banksy's] people explain on Facebook that he 'found the most charged scenery and turned the hotel into an anti-occupation presentation … the artistic boutique creates a different reality which invites going out of the automat while melting the walls with courage and wisdom.' These are lofty intellectual words for describing an anonymous and cowardly antisemite … who came from England to work against the Jews. Someone with really courage will notice upon exiting this trippy hotel that it's built in an area safely under Israeli control. What the hypocritical artist most wanted was security. Had he built the hotel deeper inside Bethlehem, Banksy knows well the hotel would have had a different kind of 'ugly view': the ghostly remnants of the once large Christian community that has since been raped, robbed and decimated by terrorist militias."

source: http://www.israeltoday.co.il/Newsheadlineslist.aspx


FEBRUARY 2017

Archaeologists get set to dig at Masada, after 11-year hiatus

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For the first time in over a decade, archaeologists are commencing new excavations atop Masada, studying previously untouched areas of the legendary desert mountain fortress, including the residences of Jewish rebels who met their doom in 74 CE. 

A Tel Aviv University team, headed by Roman-period archaeologist Guy Stiebel, will conduct a month-long excavation at the UNESCO World Heritage Site starting on February 5. It will be the university’s first expedition at the site, and the first expedition overall there since 2006.

Masada is a rugged crag in the Judean Desert overlooking the Dead Sea. Herod, the first-century BCE king of Judea — perhaps best known for building Jerusalem’s Temple Mount complex — constructed a fortress and palace on the mountain. The elaborate waterworks channeling seasonal rainfall allowed the royal redoubt to have a more plentiful supply than Jerusalem, according to ancient accounts.

Read more Times of Israel


JANUARY 2017

‘Trump Restaurant’ in Syria's Kobani: Kurdish gratitude to US

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A Syrian Kurd opened a small eatery for falafel sandwiches last week in the Syrian Kurdish town of Kobani and named it after the US President-elect Donald Trump.

Waleed Shekhi, the owner of Trump Restaurant, told Kurdistan24 on Saturday his new business was a result of the current war in his country.

“Keeping peace with the current situation in Syria and the US, I decided to name my restaurant after the new US president,” he said.

Regarding the purpose of the name “Trump” for his business, Shekhi said it was an opportunity to express “gratitude as a Kurd to the US for supporting them in the fight against [the Islamic State (IS)].”

Additionally, Shekhi said the difficult living conditions in Kobani lead him to embark on the new business.

“After the liberation of our town from [IS] two years ago, I had to try many hard jobs for my family, but in vain,” he said.

“I am hopeful I will make a profit from this small eatery because my wife and I serve delicious sandwiches, and moreover the name is attractive,” he said laughing.

In September 2014, Kobani was a battleground between IS insurgents, People’s Protection Units (YPG) forces, and Women’s Protection Units (YPJ).

On Jan. 26, 2015, the YPG, along with the Free Syrian Army (FSA), Peshmerga reinforcements, and US-led airstrikes, successfully liberated Kobani.

Read more Kurdistan24


A music video featuring skateboarding women has Saudi Arabia entranced

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Since it premiered online last month, the music video “Hwages” has been viewed more than 2 million times and has become the subject of widespread debate in Saudi Arabia — as well as considerable celebration.

Take a look for yourself and it is clear why.

Not only is the song catchy, the accompanying video, created by director Majed al-Esa of the Saudi production company 8ies Studios, features a group of charismatic women skateboarding, playing basketball, driving bumper cars and much more. At the same time, they wear brightly colored sneakers and fashionable dresses under their traditional black niqabs.

The song seems lighthearted, but its lyrics make a sharp point. “Hwages” — which roughly translates as “concerns” — is based on an older folk song, which features lyrics such as “may all men sink into oblivion.” In 2014, a video of niqab-wearing women dancing in a silly manner to the song went viral in the Arab world.

The new video, however, takes the political message a step further.

Perhaps the most obvious reference comes at the start of the video, when the women pile into the back of an SUV while a young boy takes the wheel. In Saudi Arabia, of course, women are largely prohibited from driving and are unable to obtain driving licenses. Although some women, especially members of Bedouin communities and those in the southern provinces, do drive anyway, the issue has become a touchstone for women's rights in the country.

Read more The Washington Post


DECEMBER 2016

‘Auschwitz on Ice’ is perfectly fine in Russia, where the Holocaust is not about the Jews

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Former Olympic ice dancer Tatiana Navka performed with actor Andrei Burkovsky in a televised Holocaust-themed ice dance in Moscow, November 26, 2016. (Photo: YouTube Screen Capture)


Only after the fall of the Iron Curtain were former Soviet Union countries able to access information about a ‘Jewish’ genocide during the ‘Great Patriotic War.’ Today, critics claim history is again being rewritten.

Widely denounced as tasteless, the so-called “Auschwitz on Ice” figure-skating dance performed in Moscow on Saturday is only the proverbial iceberg’s tip when it comes to Holocaust memory in Russia.

There is no accounting for taste, of course, and the controversial routine was, after all, created by a Jewish choreographer who used images and a song from the 1997 Holocaust film “Life is Beautiful.” However, for some critics of the Putin regime, Shoah-related ice dances — of which there have actually been several — only scratch the surface of a more sinister problem with historical memory in Russia.

The majority of Russians view the word Holocaust, a Western term, in the context of a Russian Holocaust, or the murder of more than 20 million Soviet civilians during the Nazi occupation. Among those slaughtered by the Nazis and their collaborators during the so-called “Great Patriotic War” were 1.3-million Jewish Holocaust victims.

Until the 1990s, Europe’s devastation in the Shoah was hidden from the Russian public’s view — along with the role of Soviet citizens who collaborated with the Nazis to murder Jews. Additionally, the united struggle against Nazism did not include space for a Jewish-specific genocide, removed as it was from the Communist framework of class warfare and the needs of Cold War diplomacy.

Read more Times of Israel



Islamists Won: Charlie Hebdo Disappears

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Charlie Hebdo, after Islamist terrorists murdered much of its staff in 2015, announced it would "no longer draw Mohammed." Instead, the magazine now focuses on attacking critics of Islamism, and mocking the Judeo-Christian God.

Over twenty years, fear has already devoured important pieces of Western culture and journalism. They all disappeared in a ghastly act of self-censorship: the cartoons of a Danish newspaper, a "South Park" episode, paintings in London's Tate Gallery, a book published by the Yale University Press; Mozart's Idomeneo, the Dutch film "Submission", the name and face of the US cartoonist Molly Norris, a book cover by Art Spiegelman and Sherry Jones's novel, "Jewel of Medina", to name just a few. Most of them have become ghosts living in hiding, hidden in some country house, or retired to private life, victims of an understandable but tragic self-censorship.

Only the French satirical magazine Charlie Hebdo was missing from this sad, long list. Until now.

The disappointment with what Charlie Hebdo has become is reflected in the words of the French journalist, Marika Bret: "From Italy we receive many threats." The reference is not to some Italian jihadist cell, but to a September Charlie Hebdo cover that mocked victims of the earthquake in Italy. It seems that the satirical weekly, almost destroyed by French Islamists two years ago, has been "normalized".

Take Charlie's recent covers. Against terrorists? No. Against those who called them "racists"? No. It was against Éric Zemmour, the brave French journalist at Le Figaro who has led a public debate about French identity. "Islam is incompatible with secularism, incompatible with democracy, and incompatible with republican government," Zemmour wrote.

Laurent Sourisseau, aka "Riss," now the publishing director and majority owner of Charlie, was shot during the 2015 attack on the magazine, and lives under police protection. He depicted Zemmour on the cover with an explosive vest, effectively comparing him to a terrorist.

Charlie Hebdo also recently satirized Nadine Morano, a critic of Islam, depicting her as a baby with Down Syndrome.

Read more Gatestone


NOVEMBER 2016

Turkey Converts Hagia Sophia to Mosque

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Image source: Antoine Taveneaux/Wikimedia Commons


The process of converting the historic Hagia Sophia church-then-museum in Istanbul into a mosque, in the works for the past three years, now seems to have been finalized.

In 2013, the deputy prime minister of Turkey Bulent Arinc at the time, while speaking to reporters, signaled that Hagia Sophia Museum would be used as a mosque.

"We currently stand next to the Hagia Sophia Mosque ... we are looking at a sad Hagia Sophia, but hopefully we will see it smiling again soon," Arinc said during the opening ceremony of a new Carpet Museum, located next to the ancient Hagia Sophia, the Turkish newspaperHurriyet had reported.

The pro-government Turkish newspaper Sabah ran a story on June 1, 2016 entitled, "Historic Moments at Hagia Sophia. The longing is about to be over!... The mosque of Hagia Sophia will witness historic moments in the month of Ramadan..."

Read more Gatestone


Europe's New Blasphemy Courts

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Europe is currently seeing the reintroduction of blasphemy laws through both the front and back doors. In Britain, the gymnast Louis Smith has just been suspended for two months by British Gymnastics. This 27-year old sportsman's career has been put on hold, and potentially ruined, not because of anything to do with athletics but because of something to do with Islam.

Read more Gatestone


Israel’s antiquities chief compares UNESCO to Islamic State

UN cultural body’s resolution on Jerusalem akin to jihadist group’s destruction of Palmyra, says Yisrael Hasson.

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The director of the Israel Antiquities Authority on Wednesday slammed UNESCO for its resolution on Jerusalem holy sites, comparing the UN cultural body to Islamic State jihadists.

Speaking at the opening of the new IAA headquarters in Jerusalem, director Yisrael Hasson said the resolution adopted last week and confirmed on Tuesday put the UN organization in the same league as IS jihadists who have destroyed and looted hundreds of archaeological sites in Syria and Iraq to fund their “caliphate.”

“Around us, world heritage treasures are being destroyed… They murdered Syrian archaeologist Khaled al-Asaad, who tried to protect heritage,” Hasson said recalling the 82-year-old retired head of antiquities in Palmyra who was beheaded by IS militants last year.

Read more The Times of Israel


OCTOBER 2016

Chairs, shoes go flying in Egyptian TV brawl

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A brawl broke out on an Egyptian talk show last week, as two guests who disagreed on questions of Islamic religious law attacked each other with their chairs and shoes during a live broadcast.

During a fierce dispute over the headscarf, Sheikh Mustafa Rashed threw his chair at Islamist Egyptian lawyer Nabih Al-Wahsh who proceeded to beat him with his shoe on Egypt’s LTC TV.

Read more The Times of Israel


SEPTEMBER 2016

Dutch MP Tunahan Kuzu Refuses To Shake Hands With Binyamin Netanyahu

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Dutch Member of Parliament Tunahan Kuzu – of Turkish descent – has refused to shake Israeli Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu’s hand as the latter greeted legislators on a diplomatic visit. Instead, Kuzu pointed to his palestinian flag lapel pin and placed his hands behind his back.

Read more @ Israellycool.com


AUGUST 2016

A Guide to the Palestinian Lexicon

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What do you do if you do not like Israel, but have only one outlet for that dislike: expressing it in rhetoric and print?

Well, if you are a Palestinian, you can always come up with your own terminology -- one that sheds negative light on Israel and anything that is associated with it. This is precisely the tack Palestinians have taken over the past few decades, inventing their own terms and phrases when talking about Israel.

George Orwell, of course, saw through this behavior. For him, "language can also corrupt thought." The anti-Israel sentiments, delivered for decades by Palestinians, not only corrupt thought, but also incite people against Israel, by creating incendiary situations that are designed to burst into flames.

To be clear: this is not the familiar incitement in the Palestinian media that is discussed in international forums.

This is a different color. This incitement demonizes Israel and Jews. In this narrative, Israel is evil, as well as alien to the Middle East.

Orwell, in his wise remarks on language, did not mention the deceit of multiple tongues. But that deceit is deeply embedded in the Palestinian discourse on Israel.

Political affiliations somewhat determine which terminology is employed by Palestinians with reference to Israel. Yet across affiliations, Palestinians employ extremely negative terms to discuss Israel.

Until the signing of the Oslo Accords in 1993, the "moderate" Fatah faction, currently headed by President Mahmoud Abbas, referred to Israel, as its Palestinian brothers do today, as the "Zionist entity." That was before the PLO officially recognized Israel under the terms of the Oslo Accords. Back then, it was considered disgraceful and unacceptable to call Israel by its name, lest that be interpreted, God forbid, as recognition of Israel.

Read more Gatestone Institute



JULY  2016

Facebook rejects harsh Israeli critique over incitement

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Top minister had said ‘monster’ company’s CEO, Zuckerberg, has blood of slain Israeli teen on his hands.

Facebook on Saturday night dismissed an Israeli government claim that its founder and CEO, Mark Zuckerberg, had “some of the blood” of an Israeli terror victim on his hands, because it did not censor Palestinian incitement and hate speech.

In a Hebrew-language statement, the company asserted that it works “on a regular basis with security organizations and policy makers throughout the world, including in Israel, in order to ensure that people know how to use Facebook safely.

“There is no room on our platform for content that encourages violence, direct threats, terror or verbal abuse. We have an array of clear-cut community guidelines meant to help people understand what is permitted on Facebook, and we call on people to make use of our reporting tools if they come across content that they believe violates these guidelines, so that we can evaluate each incident and take swift action,” Facebook said.

It was responding to a top Israeli minister who called Facebook a “monster” and accused Zuckerberg of allowing Palestinian incitement to run rampant on the social network. Public Security Minister Gilad Erdan (Likud) also charged that Facebook hinders Israeli police efforts to catch terrorists, and declared that Zuckerberg has “some of the blood” of slain Israel teenager Hallel Yaffa Ariel on his hands.

Read more The Times of Israel


Palestinian recalls aiding settler family hit by shooting attack

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An Israeli car hit in a drive-by shooting near Hebron that killed one person and injured three on July 1, 2016. (Judea and Samaria Fire Department)

In the moments after the Friday drive-by shooting attack that killed Rabbi Miki Mark outside the West Bank city of Hebron, a local Palestinian couple helped the surviving members of his family escape the overturned vehicle and administered first aid until first responders arrived at the scene.

“At first I thought it was an accident. I opened the door, which was difficult because the car was overturned,” the Palestinian man, a resident of Hebron, told Channel 2. “The girl was inside the car screaming, ‘They’re killing us,’ so I just kept telling her not to be afraid and that everything would be fine.”

After he managed to pry one of the doors open, the man, who wasn’t named in the report, said he pulled 14-year-old Tehila from the wrecked car.
He said his wife, who is a medical doctor, worked to stanch the bleeding from the teen’s abdominal wound while he called an ambulance to the scene.

“She was telling them in English, ‘Do not be afraid, we are here to help you,'” he recalled. 

The man said he then pulled 15-year-old Pedaya out of the car, and attempted to calm him. “I took the boy and I hugged him, I gave him some water and applied iodine, and just kept telling him that everything was going to be fine,” he said. “It doesn’t matter to me if it was an accident or a terror attack, it’s irrelevant. These are people, children, who need help, and if I can help, I will help them. “The girl told me, ‘God sent an Arab to help us,'” he added.

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Miki Mark, who was murdered in a terror attack near Hebron on July 1, 2016

Read more The Times of Israel



JUNE 2016

ISIS destroys Temple of Nabu at Nimrud, Nergal Gate at Nineveh

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Yesterday, ISIS sources released two videos showcasing the destruction of archaeological sites at Nineveh and Nimrud. There is significant overlap between the videos, but put together they show the destruction of several items not noted in yesterday’s post about the destruction of the gates of Nineveh and the Southwest Palace.

Some of the footage shows a bulldozer destroying the Mashki Gate in Nineveh. This was already depictedin a photo essay released by ISIS and the video footage is nearly identical.

Read more @ Gates of Nineveh 

MAY 2016

UK Labour politician says Israelis “drink Gaza's blood”

Yet another Labour Party politician's virulent anti-Semitism exposed; Ilyas Aziz also echoed calls to ethnically-cleanse Israeli Jews.

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The above posts are just a few of the anti-Semitic statuses posted by Aziz during the summer of 2014 - when anti-Semitism peaked as anti-Israel groups rallied in support of Hamas during its war with Israel that year.

Read more Arutz Sheva 


Labour has secretly suspended 50 members for anti-Semitic and racist comments

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Labour has secretly suspended 50 of its members over anti-Semitic and racist comments as officials struggle to cope with the crisis engulfing  the party. 

Senior sources reveal that Labour's compliance unit has been swamped by the influx of hard-left supporters following Jeremy Corbyn’s election.

The  suspensions that have been made public so far are said to be just the tip of the iceberg.  

On Monday night Mr Corbyn appeared to acknowledge there was a problem for the first time, while insisting it was “not huge.” He told the Daily Mirror: “What there is is a very small number of people that have said things that they should not have done. We have therefore said they will be suspended and investigated.”

Read more @The  Telegraph


APRIL 2016

Trump on foreign policy: Iran deal allowed it to become a “great power” at Israel’s expense

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Republican front-runner Donald Trump said in his first future foreign policy speech on Wednesday that if elected president in November he would make US allies bear more of the financial burden for their defense, and be tougher on Iran, which has become “great power” at Israel's expense.

Read more @Jerusalem Post


MARCH 2016

Israeli Innovation Could Save Countless Stab Victims

As Israel battles knife-wielding Arab terrorists, Ariel University scientist makes discovery which could save thousands of lives worldwide.

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Stab victim arrives at Shaare Tzedek Hospital, Jerusalem Yonatan Sindel/Flash 90

An Israeli researcher at Ariel University in Samaria has discovered a revolutionary new method to stop the uncontrolled bleeding common in victims of stabbings - a medical innovation which could save countless lives in Israel and worldwide.

Over the past several months Israel has been engulfed by a wave of Arab terrorism, the majority of which have involved stabbings, as well as shootings and car ramming attacks.

More than 30 people have been murdered in the attacks and hundreds have been wounded. Many of the victims - which have included the elderly, children and mothers - bled to death after suffering multiple stab wounds and the accompanying rapid blood loss.

Along with ceaseless incitement, Palestinian terror groups such as Hamas and Fatah have circulated detailed instructions on how to most "effectively" stab or slash a victim to cause maximum damage, and as a result the injuries inflicted to Jewish victims are often extensive and extremely dangerous.

Until now the only blood stopping solutions for the type of deep wounds caused by such violent stabbings are either too weak to effectively deal with them, or so strong that they cause deadly blood clots. Even the most able medical first responders often do not have the most effective solutions to save lives when every second counts.
 
But Israeli scientist Moshe Rogosnitzky has discovered that gallium, a biometal currently used to stop bone loss in cancer patients, can, in liquid form (known as gallium nitrate), rapidly halt bleeding from deep wounds without causing blood clots.

The use of gallium for stopping bleeding from deep cuts provides additional benefits as well. Extensive research has shown that gallium is a very powerful anti-infective and speeds the healing of injuries caused by deep gashes which are often produced by the knives and other type of weapons used by terrorists.

Read more Arutz Sheva 


FEBRUARY 2016

“There Is No ‘Radical Islam’ and There Is Also No ‘Moderate Islam’”

The two expressions were coined by those who think that the real Islam is the moderate one and that the radicals hijacked it.

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Beginning more or less with 9/11, the expression "radical Islam" became the accepted way for the media, politicians and public to define the religious and ideological foundations of Islam-based violence when referring to what the world calls "terror."  This expression was meant to be contrasted with "moderate Islam" which presents Muslims as ordinary people who wish to live in peace with all of mankind - Christians, Jews, Buddhists, unbelievers and the rest of us. The world created the image of two Islams, one radical and impossible to live with, and one moderate and "just like us."

This differentiation between "radical" and "moderate" Islam is what gave rise to the claim that Islam had been "hijacked" by the radicals, implying that the real and original Islam is the moderate version, not the false, radical one.

This is what allows today's Europe to relate positively to the wave of mostly-Muslim illegal immigrants washing up on its shores – they represent "moderate Islam" and all they want is to live in peace and harmony with their European neighbors.

Permit me to raise some doubts concerning the psychological mindset that claims the existence of two types of Islam. In order to do this, let us clarify an important point: Islam is a text-based framework of ideas and behaviors, covering religion, culture, strictures, politics, law and economics. It is an all-embracing way of life. The most basic text is the Qu'ran, followed by the Hadith (oral tradition) and the Sira – biography – of Muhammad. The Sharia, Muslim  law, is a system of binding laws and injunctions that Muslims are obliged to obey.

There are no two Islams, no moderate one and no radical one, there is just one Qu'ran that includes everything: verses on Jihad and all out war against unbelievers along with verses that speak of recognizing the "other" and living beside him.

Read more Arutz Sheva 


Mordechai Kedar: “I think that we should correct the vocabulary that we use, and call a spade a spade. It is all about Jihad, the Islamic effort to spread Islam globally”:

Terrorist attack – should be called Military Jihad.

Incitement – Media Jihad.

Al-Jazeera – Media Jihad Channel.

Imposing Sharia law – Judicial Jihad or Legislative Jihad.

Boycotting Israel (BDS) – Economic Jihad.

Emigration to EU and US – Emigration Jihad / Hijra Jihad.

Building mosques, Islamic education institutions – Cultural Jihad.

Halal food – Dietary Jihad.

Hijab or Niqab – Clothing Jihad.

Activity of MSA – Academic Jihad.

Activity of CAIR – Political Jihad / Public Jihad.

Collecting money for Islamic “charities” – Financial Jihad.

Political correctness – Submission to Jihad.

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Malmö Anti-Semitism Made Danish Star Leave The Bridge

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Fans of the Swedish-Danish co-production were devastated when it was announced that the Danish detective Martin Rohde would be written out of the show. 

Bodnia was a huge hit with viewers, but the Dane said he wanted out as he was unhappy with the script and his character’s development. 

Speaking to Walla in Israel, the 50-year-old actor, who is Jewish, has now revealed that anti-Semitism was another reason for ditching the crime drama that has wowed audiences worldwide:

“It’s growing, especially in Malmö where we shot The Bridge in Sweden. It’s not very comfortable to be there as a Jewish person. So of course this has something to do with why it’s easy for me to say no to working in Sweden.”

Bodnia said he also thought the actors were given too little input into their character development in the third season. But if he had any hesitation about leaving, the decision was made easier by anti-Jewish developments in Sweden’s third-largest city. 

Read more @ The Local


Dutch TV Calls for Tips on Violent Robbery of Elderly Couple, Fails to Mention They Were Called ”Dirty Jews”

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The Dutch TV program Opsporing Verzocht has called for help in finding the attackers of an elderly Dutch Jewish couple in their mid-eighties. The content of the program is determined by the state prosecutor’s office. The assailants beat both victims severely in the process of the robbery, calling them “dirty Jews.” Both are now confined to wheelchairs. The program, however, omitted any mention of the anti-Semitic nature of the attack. At the time, the victims had also said that the attackers appeared to be “Arabic-Moroccan.”

Read more @ Tundra Tabloids

Read more @ Elder of Zion


JANUARY 2016

Colonel Gaddafi warned Tony Blair of Islamist attacks on Europe, phone conversations reveal

Transcripts of two telephone conversations between the two leaders which took place on February 25, 2011, are made public

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Colonel Muammar Gaddafi issued a “prophetic” warning to Tony Blair that jihadists would attack Europe if his regime was allowed to collapse, phone conversations reveal.

Gaddafi's dire prediction was made in two desperate telephone calls with Mr Blair on February 25, 2011 - as civil war was engulfing Libya.

In the first call at 11.15am, Gaddafi said: “They [jihadists] want to control the Mediterranean and then they will attack Europe.”

Read more The Telegraph


Who should keep Iraqi Jewry’s archives, saved from Saddam, now on tour in US?

The future of a unique collection, salvaged in a ‘Monuments Men-style’ rescue from a secret police HQ in Baghdad, 2003, is up for grabs

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American special forces stormed the basement of the notorious Mukhabarat, the headquarters of Saddam Hussein’s secret police, shortly after the invasion of Iraq in 2003. And while they didn’t find the alleged weapons of mass destruction, nor the Iraqi dictator himself, what they did find was a rare collection of artifacts from the Iraqi Jewish community dating back hundreds of years, including a Hebrew Bible and Babylonian Talmud.

The collection was waterlogged and damaged, and the Coalition Provisional Authority in Iraq placed an urgent call to the United States National Archives and Records Administration in Maryland. With permission from local officials, the treasures were soon airlifted to the US in a special rescue operation.

At a cost of $3 million, the collection of over 2,700 books and tens of thousands of documents dating from the 16th to the 20th centuries has been preserved, cataloged and digitized. Today, some are being shown in an exhibition touring the US until they are ultimately to be returned to the Iraqi National Archives in Baghdad.

“There is no date,” said US National Archives exhibit director Lisa Royse about the exact time the collection is to be returned to Iraq. “[For now] they are willing to let us extend the archive’s time in the US.”

Read more The Times of Israel


DECEMBER 2015

Poll: Two-Thirds of Palestinians Support Terror Attacks, Majority Oppose Two-State Solution

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A recent public opinion poll revealed that two-thirds of Palestinians support knife attacks against Israelis, while 54% oppose a two-state solution, The Jerusalem Post reported on Tuesday.

In the survey, consisting of 1397 adults throughout the West Bank and Gaza, 67 percent of respondents said they supported the use of knife terror attacks against Israelis. Almost three-quarters (73%) said they were against young school girls carrying out these attacks.

Another finding showed that 60% of those polled support an armed intifada and 66% think an escalation in violence would positively serve them.

The poll, released by the Ramallah-based Palestinian Center for Policy and Survey Research, found that 70% of respondents also rejected the idea of a single-state with equal rights for Jews and Arabs. Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas remains deeply unpopular in the West Bank and Gaza, with 65% of those surveyed saying that they want to see him resign and 78% calling the PA corrupt.

Read more @ The Tower



Fatah Knives and ISIS Knives: Palestinian Child-Sacrifice

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Recently, more and more young Palestinian men, women and children have left their homes and gone off to stab Israelis. Palestinian Authority (PA) officials claim our children make this decision independently and that no one sends them to carry out terrorist attacks. But in reality, every Palestinian knows that behind these supposedly "independent," "spontaneous" attacks there is organized, deliberate incitement, some from politicians and some from fatwas [religious opinions] issued by clerics.

One such cleric, Sheikh Yusuf al-Qaradawi, sits far away in the safety of Qatar and sends Palestinian children to their deaths. The mosques and schools in the Palestinian Authority and the Gaza Strip, as well as their social media, often unashamedly exploit Palestinian children – perhaps emotionally a bit lost, and who long for admiration for a grand, "heroic act" in a grand romantic "cause."

Tragically, as Israeli forces often do not let such attackers get away, many murders these children commit also end up as needless "passive" suicides.

Our perverted leaders do not only encourage young Palestinians to commit murder. When these children are killed in the act of committing murder, both the PA and Hamas claim that that Israelis "executed" them. They then call our kids martyrs (shuhadaa), glorify them and turn them into role models for other loser kids. Then they pay their families enormous bonuses.

Read more @ Gatestone Institute


Seal bearing name of Judean king found in Jerusalem

Archaeologists deciphered a seal impression bearing the name of the 8th century BCE biblical King Hezekiah recently found during excavations next to the Old City of Jerusalem, the Hebrew University announced Wednesday.

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A seal impression of King Hezekiah unearthed at the foot of the Southern Wall of the Temple Mount. Image credit: Ouria Tadmor / Eilat Mazar.


The bulla, a stamp seal impression, was one of dozens found in recent years in a royal building in the Ophel, excavation leader Dr. Eilat Mazar said at a press conference held at the Mount Scopus campus, and bears the name “Hezekiah [son of] Ahaz, king of Judah,” an 8th century Judean ruler.

Mazar called the artifact “the closest as ever that we can get to something that was most likely held by King Hezekiah himself.” She said that the bulla “strengthens what we know already from the Bible about [Hezekiah].”

The bulla in question used to seal a papyrus scroll and an impression of the fibers was preserved on the inverse, Mazar said, suggesting the seal once enclosed a document signed by the king himself.

Read more The Times of Israel



NOVEMBER 2015

Sweden: on the Verge of Collapse — on The Glazov Gan

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This new special edition of The Glazov Gang was joined by Ingrid Carlqvist, a Senior Distinguished Fellow at the Gatestone Institute.

Ingrid came on the show to discuss Sweden: On the Verge of Collapse, unveiling the cliff that Sweden is speeding toward — as the mass wave of Muslim “refugees” overwhelms the country. [See also Ingrid on The Glazov Gang special: Islam’s Rape of Sweden].

Read more @ Jamie Glazov


OCTOBER 2015

Hummus Diplomacy: Israeli Cafe Discounts Meals Shared by Jews and Arabs

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During a month of renewed Israeli-Palestinian violence, one hummus restaurant is paying Jews and Arabs to sit down together for a meal.

On Oct. 13, Kobi Tzafrir, owner of the Humus Bar in a shopping mall in Kfar Vitkin, north of Tel Aviv, advertised a 50 percent discount to Jews and Arabs who eat together on his restaurant's Facebook page. It read:

"Are you afraid of Arabs? Are you afraid of Jews? By us there are no Arabs, but also no Jews. We have human beings! And real excellent Arab hummus! And great Jewish falafel!"

His post was shared more than 1,900 times, and news of the deal has made headlines around the world.

Read more NPR


Full Official Record: What the Mufti Said to Hitler

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The Arabs were Germany’s natural friends, Haj Amin al-Husseini told the Nazi leader in 1941, because they had the same enemies — namely the English, the Jews and the Communists.

he following is an official German record of the meeting between Adolf Hitler and the Grand Mufti of Jerusalem, Haj Amin al-Husseini, on November 28, 1941, at the Reich Chancellory in Berlin. (Source: Documents on German Foreign Policy 1918-1945, Series D, Vol XIII, London, 1964.)

GRAND MUFTI:

The Grand Mufti began by thanking the Fuhrer for the great honor he had bestowed by receiving him. He wished to seize the opportunity to convey to the Fuhrer of the Greater German Reich, admired by the entire Arab world, his thanks of the sympathy which he had always shown for the Arab and especially the Palestinian cause, and to which he had given clear expression in his public speeches.

The Arab countries were firmly convinced that Germany would win the war and that the Arab cause would then prosper. The Arabs were Germany’s natural friends because they had the same enemies as had Germany, namely the English, the Jews and the Communists. Therefore they were prepared to cooperate with Germany with all their hearts and stood ready to participate in the war, not only negatively by the commission of acts of sabotage and the instigation of revolutions, but also positively by the formation of an Arab Legion.

The Arabs could be more useful to Germany as allies than might be apparent at first glance, both for geographical reasons and because of the suffering inflicted upon them by the English and the Jews. Furthermore, they had had close relations with all Muslim nations, of which they could make use in behalf of the common cause. The Arab Legion would be quite easy to raise. An appeal by the Mufti to the Arab countries and the prisoners of Arab, Algerian, Tunisian and Moroccan nationality in Germany would produce a great number of volunteers eager to fight. Of Germany’s victory the Arab world was firmly convinced, not only because the Reich possessed a large army, brave soldiers and military leaders of genius, but also because the Almighty could never award the victory to an unjust cause.

Read more The Times of Israel


Germany's Sharia Refugee Shelters
“Bulk of Migrants Cannot Be Integrate”

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In the past two months alone, dozens of violent brawls and riots between different groups of migrants have erupted in Germany's refugee shelters.


Muslim asylum seekers are enforcing Islamic Sharia law in German refugee shelters, according to police, who warn that Christians, Kurds and Yazidis in the shelters are being attacked by Muslims with increasing frequency and ferocity.

Muslim migrants from different sects, clans, ethnicities and nationalities are also attacking each other. Violent brawls — sometimes involving hundreds of migrants — are now a daily occurrence.

Police say the shelters, where thousands of migrants are housed together in cramped spaces for months at a time, are seething cauldrons ready to explode. The police are urgently calling for migrants of different faiths to be housed in separate facilities.

Some politicians counter that such segregation would go against Germany's multicultural values, while others say that separating hundreds of thousands of migrants by religion and nationality would be a logistical impossibility.

As the consequences of unrestrained migration become apparent, the tide of public opinion is turning against the government's open-door policy. Observers say that German Chancellor Angela Merkel, the so-called most powerful woman in the world, may have met her Waterloo.

Read more @ Gatestone Institute


Isil Murders Scholar Who Hid Treasures of Palmyra

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Jihadists from Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (Isil) have murdered a renowned archaeologist in the Syrian city of Palmyra after he refused to give up the secrets of its ancient treasures.

Khaled al-Asaad, the 82-year-old long-time director of the Palmyra site, was beheaded in a local square before his body was hung on public display, family members and a colleague said yesterday.

In a photograph purporting to show his body, a handwritten sign accused him of representing Syria in conferences abroad with “infidels” and of being director of Palmyra’s “idols.

Read more @ The Telegraph



SEPTEMBER 2015

Egypt's War on Terrorism Bears Fruit

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Seawater covers parts of the ground where Egypt has been pumping water into smuggling tunnels along the border with Gaza. (Image source: Al Jazeera video screenshot)

  • Egyptian President Sisi's war against the smuggling tunnels will undoubtedly weaken Hamas and other radical groups in the Gaza Strip. Sisi should be commended, rather than criticized, for his courageous actions against Islamist terrorists, both in the Gaza Strip and in Sinai.
  • Sisi's actions will benefit not only Egyptians, but also many Palestinians who are opposed to Hamas and radical Islamist groups.
  • When the Egyptians destroy a Hamas tunnel, that is called "war on terrorism." But when Israel destroys a tunnel, that is condemned as an "act of aggression." This moral slithering is why it is important for the international community to stand behind Sisi's relentless war on radical Islam.
  • Without such backing, Islamists will continue to pose a major threat not only to Israel, but to many Arabs and Muslims who oppose Hamas, Islamic State and Islamic Jihad.
  • The environment of the Gaza Strip is the last thing that Hamas cares about. Hamas did not think about damage to the environment or to agricultural fields when it used those fields, as well as populated areas, as launching pads for attacking Israel.

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PA schools named after terrorists by PA Ministry of Education

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Dozens of Palestinian . The official Palestinian Authority news agency WAFA now reports that the naming of state schools "is under the authority" of the PA Minister of Education.[WAFA, Aug. 25, 2015] "The naming of schools and changes are the responsibility of the Minister of Education, by a direct decision of the Ministry or the Name Committee," the independent news agency Ma'an added. documented 25 schools named after terrorists in its recent report Palestinian Authority Education: A Recipe for Hate and Terror.Palestinian Media Watchschools are named after terrorist murderers

Terrorist Dalal Mughrabi:

Three Palestinian Authority schools are named after Dalal Mughrabi - the terrorist who led the most lethal terror attack in Israel's history, known as the Coastal Road massacre. She and other Fatah terrorists hijacked a bus, killing 37 civilians, 12 of them children, and wounding over 70, in 1978.

Terrorist Shadia Abu Ghazaleh:

Two Palestinian Authority schools are named after Shadia Abu Ghazaleh - a terrorist who was active in the PFLP (Popular Front for the Liberation of Palestine) terror organization and involved in many attacks against Israel. While she was preparing a bomb for an attack in Tel Aviv in 1968, it accidentally detonated and killed her.

Terrorist Abu Jihad:

Three Palestinian Authority schools are named after Abu Jihad - a founder of Fatah and deputy to Yasser Arafat. He headed the PLO terror organization's military wing and also planned many deadly Fatah terror attacks. These attacks, which killed a total of 125 Israelis, included the most lethal in Israel's history cited above.

Read more @ Palestinian Media Watch 


AUGUST 2015

Obama, the Jews and the  Iran Deal

The sad old pattern of embracing the indictments of haters.

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The Iran deal, by President Obama’s own admission, opens the path to Iran’s acquiring a nuclear arsenal, even as Iranian leaders continue to assert their determination to annihilate Israel. While the President has claimed at times that the agreement will prevent Iran from ever developing nuclear weapons, he has on other occasions acknowledged that, in fact, after fifteen years Iran will have a clear, short path to doing so.

Israelis across the political spectrum oppose the deal, fearful of the existential threat it represents, and most American Jews share their opposition. A significant majority of non-Jewish Americans do as well, both out of sympathy for Israel and out of fear of the apocalyptic Iranian theocrats gaining the ability to act on their threats against America as well as Israel.

But while objections to his Iran deal go far beyond Israel and elements of the American Jewish community, President Obama insists Israel’s is the only government opposing the agreement - an outright lie, given, for example, the clear if less publicly and forcefully articulated opposition of such countries as Saudi Arabia, Egypt, and the United Arab Emirates. He has also slandered American Jewish objectors with suggestions of dual loyalty, of mounting an expensive, unpatriotic campaign against the deal and in defiance of America’s best interests and of trying to push the nation to war. These hoary anti-Jewish canards have led many to call out the President for dabbling in anti-Semitism.

Read more Frontpage Mag


How Qatar Propels Muslim Gangs Into Europe

Joost Niemöller’s latest essay takes a look behind the scenes in the “migration” crisis, paying particular attention to the role played by Qatar in expediting the movement of Muslims from North Africa and the Middle East into Europe.

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 On the Al Jazeera website we found a comment about the illegal immigrants flooding Europe[1]. According to AJ, we are not allowed to speak about “immigrants”, because they are “refugees”:

So far this year, nearly 340,000 people[2] in these circumstances have crossed Europe’s borders. A large number, for sure, but still only 0.045 percent of Europe’s total population of 740 million.

Contrast that[3] with Turkey, which hosts 1.8 million refugees from Syria alone. Lebanon, in which there are more than one million Syrians. Even Iraq, struggling with a war of its own, is home to more than 200,000 people who have fled its neighbour.

Al Jazeera is the state-funded broadcaster in Qatar. Qatar itself takes in ZERO “refugees”, just like the other filthy rich Gulf countries, according to Amnesty.[4].

The six Gulf countries — Qatar, United Arab Emirates, Saudi Arabia, Kuwait and Bahrain — have offered zero resettlement places to Syrian refugees.

Nevertheless Qatar wants to teach us a politically correct lesson.

In reality, there is a plan behind the recent movements of these hordes.

The main origin of the panic in the Middle East is ISIS, whose sophisticated and professional PR apparatus has made it abundantly clear that the mass movement of people towards Europe is part of their strategy.

ISIS plays with the “refugees”[5], shooing them away.

In the face of ISIS’ professionalism stands the distinctly amateurish treatment of terrorists by countries such as Turkey.

Read more Gates of Vienna


Air France Puts Israel Back on its Map

Protest causes Air France to put back Israel into its in-flight map - while keeping “West Bank” and “Gaza Strip.”

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Air France on Wednesday responded to popular backlash and put Israel back on its in-flight maps, after shocked passengers documented how the maps wiped Israel out even while listing “West Bank” and “Gaza Strip” - areas that don't even have flight service.

Panasonic France, the company responsible for Air France's in-flight electronic maps, said Wednesday it has put Israel back on the map.

“We have been able to confirm that the changes we made to our service were deployed on the Air France aircraft on or about August 4th,” the company released in a response to Simon Wiesenthal Center's direct complaint.

Read more Arutz Sheva 



JULY 2015

Why Palestinians Cannot Make Peace with Israel

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Imad Nabil Jadaa, the Palestinian Authority ambassador to Chile, declared on May 15 that the The Protocols of the Elders of Zion (an antisemitic forgery) contains proof of a Jewish plan for world domination. In the same speech, Jadaa declared "there is no Jewish People" and that Palestinians do not recognize the existence of a Jewish people. (Image source: ISGAP video screenshot)


There are two main reasons why Palestinians will not sign a real and meaningful peace agreement with Israel -- at least not in the foreseeable future.

The first is a total lack of education for peace. The second is related to the absence of a leader who is authorized -- or has the guts -- to embark on such a risky mission.

Americans and Europeans who keep talking about the need to revive the stalled peace process in the Middle East continue to ignore these two factors. They continue to insist that peace is still possible and that the ball is in Israel's court.

The Americans and Europeans fail to acknowledge that in order to achieve peace, the leaders must prepare their people for compromise and tolerance.

In fact, it is inaccurate to say merely that Palestinian leaders have failed to prepare their people for peace with Israel. Instead, one should say that the Palestinian leadership has long been inciting its people against Israel to a point where it has become almost impossible to talk about any form of compromise between Israelis and Palestinians.

Read more Gatestone Institute


JUNE 2015

Netherlands Warns Against
‘Rock-Throwing Jewish Colonists’

Arabs hurl lethal rocks on daily basis, but Dutch traveler warning libels 'settlers' as rock-throwers; Israel to protest 'besmirching.'

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The Dutch government has issued a traveler warning "besmirching" Jewish residents of Judea and Samaria and falsely portraying them as regularly conducting rock-throwing attacks, while making no reference to Arab terrorists in the region hurling rocks at Israeli cars on a daily basis.

In the warning, which was posted last month on the Dutch central government's website about the "Palestinian Territories" and reported by JTA on Tuesday, the Dutch warned, "there are security risks for traveling all over the West Bank including east Jerusalem. Be alert when traveling there."

"Demonstrations and violent incidents occur regularly. Jewish colonists live in illegal West Bank settlements and organize demonstrations regularly around and on the road," claimed the warning. "These colonists are sometimes violent. At times, these colonists throw stones at Palestinians and international vehicles so be alert when traveling around settlements of Jewish colonists, especially in the hills around Nablus (Shechem - ed.) and Hebron.”

Read more @ Arutz Sheva


MAY 2015

Danish buses set aflame in suspected anti-Israel attack

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Four Copenhagen buses were found engulfed in flames Friday morning in a suspected arson attack that authorities say could be linked to anti-Israel motives, according to a Copenhagen Post report.

Several other buses were found vandalized, covered in anti-Israel graffiti calling to "boycott Israel" and "Free Gaza."

The attack comes a week after a pro-Palestinian group was ordered by Mavia, the country's bus operator, to take down advertisements calling for a boycott of Israeli goods. 

The advertisements which were removed from 35 public buses featured two woman beside the quote:  “Our conscience is clean! We neither buy products from the Israeli settlements nor invest in the settlement industry.”

Read more @ Jerusalem Post


Sweden’s ‘Damn Jew’ Problem

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The store window had been smashed many times before. The shoe-repair shop is located in one of the rougher parts of Malmö, Sweden, and the Jewish owner, a native of the city, had gotten used to this sort of vandalism. But in the spring of 2004, a group of immigrants just under the age of 15—too young to be prosecuted by Swedish law—walked into the store yelling about “damn Jews.” The owner was hit in the face by one of the boys. Yasha, an 85-year-old customer and relative of mine, was struck in the back of his head. The doctor who received him at the emergency room concluded that he must have been hit with a blunt object. “I left Poland to get away from anti-Semitism,” he later told the police. “But at least there I never experienced any violence. That only happened to me here, in Sweden.”

Read more @ Tablet Magazine


Why Can’t Muslims Laugh at Mohammed?

by David Goldman

In Mel Brooks’ comedy “History of the World Part I,” Moses is shown descending from Mount Sinai with three stone tablets in hand. As he declares, “I give you the Fifteen Commandments,” one falls and breaks, and Moses corrects himself, “er, Ten Commandments.” Jews, including the observant, find this funny rather than offensive. As we learned once again in Garland, Texas, Muslims do not laugh at jokes about Mohammed, the purported author of the Koran (as Moses is the author of the Torah). Two wannabe Jihadists with assault rifles and body armor were no match for an off-duty Texas traffic cop with a sidearm, but the incident might have turned into a massacre worse than the murder of the Charlie Hebdo staff in January.

Why do Jews as well as Christians–but not Muslims–laugh at jokes about the founders of their faiths?

Read more @ Yonkers Tribune


Oldest complete copy of Ten Commandments
goes on display in Israel

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An infrared image of a Torah fragment including the Ten Commandments, from the Dead Sea Scrolls (Courtesy of the Israel Antiquities Authority)


The world’s oldest complete copy of the Ten Commandments is going on rare display at Israel’s leading museum in an exhibit tracing civilization’s most pivotal moments. 

The 2,000-year-old Dead Sea Scroll, from a collection of the world’s most ancient biblical manuscripts discovered near the Dead Sea east of Jerusalem, has never before been publicly displayed in Israel and has only been shown in brief exhibits abroad, said Pnina Shor of the Israel Antiquities Authority.

The manuscript is so brittle that it will only be on display at the Israel Museum in Jerusalem for two weeks before it is returned to a secure, pitch-black, climate-controlled storage facility at the museum.

Read more @ The Times of Israel


APRIL 2015

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First Quran recitation in Hagia Sophia in 85 years

The historic Istanbul cathedral and museum, Hagia Sophia, witnessed its first Quran recitation under its roof after 85 years Saturday.

The Religious Affairs Directorate launched the exhibition "Love of Prophet," as part of commemorations of the birth of Islamic Prophet Muhammad.

Read more @ Anadolu Agency


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Assessing the Damage at Hatra

Last month reports swept through the global media that ISIS had used bulldozers to level the ancient city of Hatra. ISIS has already destroyed a number of irreplaceable sculptures from Hatra in the Mosul Museum, lending immediate credibility to reports from Iraqi antiquities officials that ISIS fighters had destroyed Hatra itself as well.

However, no videos or other confirmation surfaced for a month afterwards and there was no way to assess the extent of the damage. The story gradually faded from the media. Given the massive size of Hatra, and its location in the middle of the desert, in a region of no strategic significance, over fifty kilometers from inhabited areas, some grew skeptical that ISIS had mounted a major operation to demolish Hatra.

Read more @ Gates of Nineveh


MARCH 2015

Damage around Tikrit, Destruction in Mosul

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Over Over the past two weeks a large number of media reports have appeared suggesting ISIS has destroyed many historical sites in Iraq as well as a number of mosques and churches in Mosul.

Read more @ Gates of Nineveh

Assessing the Damage at the Mosul Museum

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ISIS released yet another propaganda video, this time showing what has been feared since the fall of Mosul last summer: the destruction of ancient artifacts of the Mosul Museum. By now most of the world has seen this video, which has been featured in all the world’s major newsagencies. Gates at Nineveh will attempt to identify what has been lost and assess the damage.

Read more @ Gates of Nineveh


FEBRUARY 2015

Here’s What a Hamas Training Camp for Teens
Looks Like

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A child practices disassembling an AK-47 during the Hamas-run 'pioneers of liberation' camps in Gaza
(photo credit: Hamas interior ministry website)


Judging by the orderly rows of hundreds of young wanna­bes lined up in crisp military fashion at their graduation ceremony here Thursday, the armed wing of the Islamist movement Hamas will have plenty of eager recruits this year.

More than 17,000 fresh-faced teenagers and young men, ages 15 to 21, mustered at a dozen camps over the past week in the Gaza Strip to climb ropes, practice close-order drills and fire Kalashnikov rifles, all of them pledging to defend the coastal enclave and ready to fight the next war against their Zionist enemies.

They also learned how to perform first aid and throw a grenade. They watched — but did not touch — as instructors showed them the basics of improvised explosive devices.

Read more @ The Washington Post

Read more @ The Times of Israel


JANUARY 2015

“Put it Back!” Tutankhamun's Beard
 Glued Back On After Mishap

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Tutankhamun may be an ancient mummy, but he received a modern facelift, employees of Cairo's Egyptian Museum stated Friday - after his burial mask's beard fell off, and then was hastily glued back together

It is unclear what caused the mishap, the museum's conservators told BBC, as well as whether the beard was removed intentionally or as part of routine maintenance. 

However, an inquiry is underway over the incident, as an employee was allegedly told to fix the problem and put the mummy back on display instead of sending the 3,000-year-old artifact to a conservation lab.

The blue-and-yellow beard was then stuck back together with quick-drying glue, a museum source told the Associated Press. A separate source added that a colleague had used a spatula to remove excess glue, scratching the priceless relic. 

Photos posted to social media show that the glue is clearly visible on the casing. 

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Read more @ Arutz Sheva


HarperCollins apologizes for leaving Israel off maps

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Publisher promises to pulp all copies, but offending Middle East atlas still for sale online Thursday. 

The HarperCollins publishing house apologized for omitting Israel from maps in atlases that it sells to English-speaking schools in the Middle East.

“HarperCollins regrets the omission of the name Israel from their Collins Middle East Atlas. This product has now been removed from sale in all territories and all remaining stock will be pulped. HarperCollins sincerely apologizes for this omission and for any offense caused,” it said in a statement released late Wednesday.

Read more The Times of Israel

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Iconoclast Arab supporter of IDF seeks Knesset seat

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Anett Haskia, a Muslim kibbutznik, is a candidate with the right-wing national religious Jewish Home party.

An Arab-Israeli Muslim woman is running for a parliament seat as a member of a hard-line religious Jewish party aligned with the West Bank settler movement and opposed to Palestinian independence.

The bid by iconoclast Anett Haskia, a 45-year-old hairdresser and mother of three, comes after she gave a series of bombastic television interviews in support of Israel’s military this summer during its war against Hamas in Gaza. Now she is the lone Arab vying for a spot on the Jewish Home party’s list ahead of its January primary.

Arab citizens of Israel, who make up 20 percent of the country’s population, strongly identify with Palestinians in the West Bank and Gaza. They generally oppose Israeli military actions, do not serve in the Israeli army and complain of deep-seated discrimination.

Haskia’s children, however, voluntarily enlisted in the Israeli army — including one son who served in an elite unit in Gaza during the summer war.

“Just because I was born in the Jewish state doesn’t mean a Jew is better than me,” Haskia recently told The Associated Press in Hebrew. “I sent the children to war, and nobody can tell me that I, Anett, the Arab, am second class.”

Read more The Times of Israel


Abbas's Fatah Celebrates 50 Years
- With ‘Jewish Skulls’

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Fatah party's official Facebook page features gruesome imagery glorifying murder of Jews in honor of 50th anniversary.

The official Facebook page of Palestinian Authority leader Mahmoud Abbas's Fatah party is marking 50 years since the founding of the Arab nationalist group - and in typical style has posted a graphic image glorifying the murder of Israelis in celebration.

The image posted on the Fatah Party Central Page shows a pile of skulls and bones, topped with a rifle bearing the Fatah flag.

Several of the bloodied skulls are marked with stars of David. The caption reads: Fatah will remain, over your skulls.

Read more Arutz Sheva


DECEMBER 2014

New ICWV video featuring Manfred Gerstenfeld


Last Jew in Pakistan Fights for Jewish Cemetery

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One of the headstones at the Jewish cemetery in Karachi. Photograph: Jon Boone/The Guardian

Engineer Fishel (Faisal) Benkhald, a Pakistani who according to his own estimation is the last Jew in the Muslim country, is struggling to preserve the Jewish cemetery in Karachi, Pakistan's largest city with a population of 20 million.

Benkhald, whose father was Muslim and whose mother was an Iranian Jew, told the British The Guardian last Friday that he grew up in Karachi and identifies as a Jew, even though his Pakistani ID lists him as Muslim.

"I want the government to recognize the Jews as a minority in Pakistan," said Benkhald, who is the only self-declared Jew in Muslim Pakistan, where anti-Semitism is rampant.

Read more Arutz Sheva
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Hidden Jewish Objects Found in Theresienstadt

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Homeowners in Terezin discover Jewish objects from World War II hidden in their closet. Items include shofars, tefillin, and photos.

House owners replacing a roof truss in the Czech town of Terezin in November discovered Jewish objects and possessions buried in the attic beams, the Ghetto Theresienstadt heritage project revealed Thursday. 

Terezin was the site of a Nazi concentration camp during World War II. Tens of thousands of Jews died there. 

Among the items found were shoes, photos, teffilin (phylacteries), shofars, holy books, and papers. Some objects even had the names of their respective owners inscribed on them. 

Read more Arutz Sheva


Antisemitism in Armenia: a Clear and Present Danger

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Mordechay Navi Jewish Relegious Centre of Armenia, 
the only Jewish place of worship in the Republic of Armenia


The conflict in Syria has forced millions to leave their homes, among them many of the country’s Armenian minority. Many have fled and returned to Armenia, a safe haven for ethnic Armenians—much as Israel is for Jews around the world. So it is ironic, given this shared need for a homeland free of religious intolerance, that Armenia’s own Jewish community has been pressured and intimidated since the country attained independence.

Anti-Semitism in Armenia is an unfortunate and little-acknowledged fact. Since the fall of the Soviet Union, the country’s Jewish minority and Jewish heritage—the products of a more tolerant time—have shrunk dramatically. The end of Soviet rule removed constraint, and anti-Semitic attacks rose dramatically. That, and Armenia’s ongoing economic collapse, drive the Jews of Armenia to flee the country. In just 20 years, Armenian Jewish population has shrunk from more than 5,000 to just a few hundred.

Read more JNS.org


Lebanon: Popular Children's Magazine
Touts Mart
yrdom

Hezbollah children's magazine, with 30K issue per month circulation, provides practical terror tips, how to dodge land mines.

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Read more @ Arutz Sheva


NOVEMBER 2014

UNRWA-Hamas Symbiosis Detailed in New Film

In UNRWA Goes to War, journalist David Bedein shows how UNRWA schools serve the interests of Hamas. But is anyone listening?

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Palestinian kids taught to hate Israel in UN-funded camps, clip shows

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Teachers at UNRWA summer camps filmed declaring ‘Jews are the wolf,’ telling young campers they will return to Haifa, Jaffa, Acre.

Read more The Times of Israel


New UK law would ban critics of Sharia from broadcasting, protesting or even posting messages on Facebook

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The last free person in Britain, if there is one, might as well turn out the lights. If this becomes law, Britain is finished as a free society. As the law would also forbid opposition to gay marriage, it would be interesting to see what would happen if a proponent of Sharia protested against gay marriage — but Muslim groups are largely for it, since it opens the door to the legalization of polygamy.

Read more JihadWatch

Read more The Telegraph


OCTOBER 2014

“Remove Israel from That Map!”

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The Saudi MBC TV network was recently forced to apologize to its hundreds of millions of viewers for using the name Israel instead of Palestine.

The apology came after viewers strongly condemned the network and threatened to boycott its programs over the use of a map with Israel's name on it.

The reason Israel appeared on the MBC's map was because of the participation of two Arab citizens of Israel in its popular Arab Idol contest. The show, based on the popular British show Pop Idol, is the most widely viewed in the Arab world.

The two Arab Israelis, Manal Moussa, 25 and Haitham Khalailah, 24, are from villages in northern Israel. They are among many contestants from all over the Arab world who are performing songs on stage in front of four judges and the public.

This is the first time that Arab Israelis have participated in the popular show.

When this season's show began in mid-September, the TV station introduced a map with the names of the contestants' countries. This year, of course, the map showed Israel as one of the countries taking part in the show.

The Saudi station and directors of the Arab Idol show quickly learned, however, that they had committed a big and unforgivable crime. Within minutes, they were flooded with requests to remove Israel from the map and apologize to all Arabs for this "serious offence."

Read more Gatestone


Palestine: Online Activists Compare Israel to Isis with Controversial #JSIL Hashtag

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Pro-Palestinian activists have launched an online campaign to liken Israel to the terror group Isis (now known as Islamic State), which has caused controversy among Israeli circles.

The campaign seeks to compare Israel to IS using the hashtag #JSIL, which stands for the Jewish State of Israel in the Levant. 

Prominent journalists Max Blumenthal and Rania Khalek, both strong critics of Israeli policy, started the campaign that has now seen the hashtag tweeted more than 16,000 times in the last week.

The comparison between Israel and IS is made by the activists following the Gaza conflict, which saw over 2,000 Palestinians die during the Israel Defence Forces' (IDF) Operation Protective Edge. 

Read more International Business Times


Radical Islam, Israel and Agitprop

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Many Europeans who would laugh at the idea of negotiating with ISIS or al-Qaeda say that Israel should negotiate with Hamas.

Almost nobody sees that the invention of the "Palestinian people" has transformed millions of Arabs into a genocidal weapon to be used against the Israelis, and even, as in Europe recently, the Jews. Transforming people into a genocidal weapon is a barbaric act.

Israel was urged to find ways to coexist peacefully with people who did not want to co-exist with it. Terrorism against Israel fast became acceptable: a "good" terrorism.

Hamas's stated aim is the destruction of Israel. Its stated way to achieve this aim is terror attacks, called "armed struggle" by Hamas leaders. To this day the Palestinian Authority has not ceased praising and promoting terrorism.

If hatred of Israel is increasing in the U.S., it is largely confined to academics and other extreme radical circles, many of which are funding or receiving funding from Soviet-style agitprop organizations. Journalists are recruited to disseminate descriptions of "facts" as if they were real facts. Pseudo-historians rewrote the history of the Middle East. The falsified version of history replaced history.

Read more Gatestone


SEPTEMBER 2014


Hamas: Give Us West Bank
So We Can Destroy Israel

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Mahmoud Abbas (r) meets with the Hamas political bureau chief Khaled Mashaal in Qatar, July 20, 2014. (Image source: Handout from the Palestinian Authority President's Office/Thaer Ghanem)

If the West Bank had one quarter of the weapons that the Gaza Strip has, Israel would be eliminated in one day. This is what Hamas leader Mahmoud Zahar told worshippers during a sermon he delivered on September 5.

Zahar, who, during Israel's Operation Protective Edge, spent his time in hiding, was speaking during Friday prayers at Martyr Abdullah Azzam Mosque in Gaza City.

Abdullah Azzam, by the way, was a Palestinian "scholar," teacher and mentor of Osama bin Laden, the slain leader of Al-Qaeda. Azzam was killed in Pakistan in 1989.

Back to Zahar, who delivered his first sermon since the Egypt-brokered cease-fire between Hamas and Israel was announced in late August: he chose to remind Palestinians and the rest of the world of his movement's dream to destroy Israel.

"If only the West Bank had one quarter of what Gaza has of resistance tools, the Israeli entity would end in one day," Zahar declared, reiterating the claim that Hamas had scored a "big victory" in the war.

Read more Gatestone


Islamic State Makes Millions
from Stolen Antiquities

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The Islamic State (IS) has been generating significant revenues from the plunder of historical artifacts in Syria and Iraq. The organization encourages digs at archaeological sites and takes a share from the sales. All artifacts are said to be passing through Turkey on their way to buyers across the world.

The plunder of history has reached an unbelievable level, with the warring parties’ indifference to historical heritage coupled with international traffickers taking advantage of authority vacuums in many areas. Millennia-old historical sites have been systematically looted. While state authorities and opposition forces exchange recriminations over the plunder and destruction, IS, the dark power of the region, has been reckless on this issue, too. IS has made the plunder of historical artifacts in Syria a systematic action, turning it into a source of revenue for itself. Concerns are rife that it will pillage Iraq in a similar way.

Read more Al-Monitor


Istanbul Store Bans Entry to “Jew Dogs”

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A shop in downtown Istanbul, Turkey, posted a sign on its window front announcing that “Jew dogs” are banned from entering, local Jewish newspaper Salom reported.

The discriminatory banner, which was spotted on Thursday, says, “The Jew dogs cannot come in here” and features an image of an Israeli tank.

The store, located in Tahtakale, an area where many Jewish businesses are situated, sells mobile phone accessories.

Read more The Algemeiner



“Anything That Happens to the Jews
They Will Exaggerate”

Israeli filmmaker heads to the West Bank to document what Palestinians think of the Holocaust.

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What do average Palestinians think about the Holocaust, if they know about it at all? Amateur Israeli filmmaker Corey Gil-Shuster, who moved to Israel from Canada 15 years ago, set out to the West Bank to find out as part of his YouTube series, “Ask an Israeli, ask a Palestinian.”

The results, unscientific though they were, weren’t especially encouraging.

There were three types of answers that surfaced during his interviews: lack of knowledge about the Holocaust, the view that the Holocaust happened but was exaggerated or is what the Israelis are doing to the Palestinians now, or the idea that Adolf Hitler was right for killing Jews.

Read more Times of Israel


Just a Bit More Beheading than We Are Used To

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Who is surprised? That is one question I have most wanted to know since the video was released of the murder of American journalist James Foley. The politicians keep expressing it. And interviewers have kept asking people whether they feel it. But who can honestly say that he was surprised to learn that the murderer of the American journalist turned out to be a "British" man?Did anyone really still think that a British Islamist would not be capable of doing this? Why wouldn't he do it in Iraq or Syria if his allies had already done it in London? After all, it was only last year that two other Islamists beheaded one of our own soldiers – Drummer Lee Rigby – in broad daylight in London. And it is only twelve years since another Londoner – Omar Sheikh – arranged the abduction and decapitation of another American journalist, Daniel Pearl.

Read more Gatestone


Mosul Cultural Heritage Under Threat: News Roundup

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Mosul is a significant cultural and archaeological center. The capture of the city gives ISIS control of a wide swath of contiguous territory in both Iraq and Syria. In previous cities that have come under the control of ISIS, their fighters deliberately destroyed ancient monuments. Two eighth century BC portal lions from the neo-Hittite city of Hadatu (modern Arslantaş) which had been put on display in a park in Ar-Raqqa were smashed by earthmovers when ISIS took control of that city.

At Tell Ajaja (ancient Saddikanni), looters uncovered several large Assyrian sculptures which were then confiscated and pulverized with sledgehammers.

The above two cases received the most publicity, but in 2014 ISIS fighters have also blown up a sixth-century Byzantine mosaic in Ar-Raqqa, smashed reliefs in the Roman cemetery at Shash Hamdan, and defaced reliefs on cliffs surrounding Aleppo.

Read more Gates of Nineveh


AUGUST 2014

Are “Integrated Muslims” Integrated?

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The Gaza War has had disturbing fallout in Europe. The Gaza War has produced flagrantly anti-Semitic protests, attacks on Jews and the burning down of Jewish buildings. Those protests have come as a surprise to parts of the European public – nowhere more so than in Germany, where a hatred thought to have been disgraced for all time has found its way back onto European streets under a new guise.

As well as being a time for outrage, this also ought to be a time for re-thinking. And some of that rethinking will have to be done by those who assumed they best understood these outbursts. Certainly calls to "kill the Jews" in France, Germany, the Netherlands and Italy are a part of the problem, but these, as well as the outbreaks of violence against Jews across Europe, are condemned by politicians and journalists alike. To some extent it is too easy for them to do so. There is not yet any real political or other price to pay for saying that you think people should beat up rabbis in the street, send "Jews to the gas" or call openly for genocide. What is harder for people to do is address the lies that feed this violence, and the underlying hatred that the Gaza War revealed. These need attention.

Read more Gatestone


Israel discovers disturbing Hamas ‘manual on human shields’

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They’re putting their own people in the line of fire — and doing it by the book.

The Israeli military said it has captured a Hamas manual on urban warfare — called “Introduction to the City War” — that extols the benefits of civilian deaths and openly admits that Israel tries to avoid them.

The Israel Defense Forces also said the manual — whose cover shows images of militants wielding rocket-propelled grenades and automatic weapons — crows about the propaganda value of the deaths of innocents.

“The destruction of civilian homes: This increases the hatred of the citizens toward the attackers and increases their gathering around [to support] the city defenders,” the manual said, according to the IDF.

Read more New York Post


The empty spaces in Gaza

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How many times have you heard on television or read in the media that the Gaza Strip is "the most densely populated area in the world"? Repeating this statement, however, does not make it true. There are dense parts of Gaza, especially Gaza City, Beit Hanoun and Khan Younis, but there are far less dense areas in Gaza between these cities. Just look at Google Earth, or this population density map.

Read more Gatestone


The Outburst of Dutch Anti-Semitism and Anti-Israelis

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The best way to make an interim assessment of the major aspects of the recent outburst of anti-Semitism and anti-Israelism in Europe is by focusing on a single country. The Netherlands serves as a good example of this for various disparate reasons. In France, for instance, the extreme violence against Jews, mainly by Muslims, overshadows all other aspects of Jew-hatred. It is there far more difficult to get a grip on its many aspects.

The explosion of anti-Semitism in The Netherlands so far has mainly manifested itself in threats and hate on the internet. Physical hatred has also been seen on the streets. According to a source which deals with the safety of Jewish citizens cars in South Amsterdam have been vandalized with swastikas. Many Jewish families have removed their mezuzah – a roll of parchment which makes them identifiable as Jews – from their doorposts, in order to avoid becoming targets of violence. Various Jews have told media that they live in fear.

Read more @ Times of Israel


Arab Riot Forces Israeli Police to Abandon Temple Mount Station, Weapons, Computers Looted

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After retreating from mobs of Arab rioters who swarmed the Temple Mount in Jerusalem last Friday, off-record, some frustrated and embarrassed officers are now  asking, “Why weren’t sufficient forces deployed to deal with them?”

For their part, higher-ups in the Israeli Police say, ”The decision was made judiciously,” according to Israel’s Channel 2 News.

Last Thursday night, Muslims around the world celebrated Layl al-Qadir, indicating the end of Ramadan. During this period, thousands of Muslims flood the streets of the Old City and the Temple Mount, and the atmosphere can be highly volatile.

Read more @ The Algemeiner

Read more @ Arutz Sheva


UK: HSBC Shuts Down Islamist Bank Accounts

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In late July, HSBC, a British multinational bank, closed the bank accounts of Anas Al-Tikriti, a prominent British Islamist activist, and his family. HSBC also closed down the bank accounts of the Cordoba Foundation, of which Tikriti is the Director, and the Finsbury Park Mosque.

In response to enquiries, the bank simply stated that to continue providing services would be outside the bank's "risk appetite."

This latest round of bank account closures has come as a surprise to counter-terrorism experts and much of the media, who note that the Cordoba Foundation and the Finsbury Park Mosque have enjoyed strong political support in the past.

Read more @ Gatestone


JULY 2014

British Jihadists, Sharia Finance and “There is No Life Without Jihad”

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Islam and Islam-related issues were omnipresent in Britain during the month of June 2014. They can be categorized into three broad themes: 1) The British government's growing concern over Islamic extremism and the domestic security implications of British jihadists in Syria; 2) The continuing spread of Islamic Sharia law in all aspects of British daily life; and 3) Ongoing questions of Muslim integration into British society.

Read more @ Gatestone


Dutch city to remove ‘Palestine’ from biblical street signs

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Read more @ Times of Israel


JUNE 2014

The Future of the Babylonian Jewish Archives:
Interview with Dr. Harold Rhode by Jerry Gordon

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When we interviewed Dr. Harold Rhode, the savior of the Babylonian Jewish archives, he told the story of how he had found them in the water-logged basement of the late Saddam Hussein’s Mukhabarat in Baghdad in 2003 and arranged for recovery and restoration by the National Archives and Records Agency (NARA) in Washington, DC. In July 2003, the Coalition Provisional Authority reached an agreement under international law with the Iraqi interim government for return of the restored Jewish archives. 

Read more @ New English Review


Temple Mount archaeological project yields treasure,
unearths conflict

Sifting through earth removed from holy site gleans rare artifacts going back thousands of years, but Prof. Gabriel Barkay’s methods stir controversy.

Read more @ Times of Israel

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MAY 2014

Professor Jansen: “Zero Points”

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Recently (05/13/14), a national Dutch news broadcast paid for by the government, Nieuwsuur (News Hour), reported that several political parties have put so called "light weight" candidates on the ballot for the upcoming EU election. The TV show argues that these candidates do not possess the skills to function properly as members of the European Parliament. These remarks were presented as scientific facts, based on research conducted by Leiden University. The politicians were given an official "score," according to their supposed abilities. Professor Hans Jansen (a friend of ICWV), number four on the list for the PVV of Geert Wilders, for example, was given a score of "zero points." This in spite of the fact that he is an internationally renowned scholar and famous opinion maker, author of a dozen books in Dutch and English. He writes a popular weekly column for the influential blog GeenStijl. This incident is a stunning example of biased reporting, though sadly not unusual in the Netherlands.

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Danny Glover pushes for Tel Aviv festival boycott

Actor and colleagues declare support for BDS, demand that their film be pulled from DocAviv festival

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Danny Glover and others actors featured in a documentary on an American social justice activist have formally protested the imminent screening of the film in Tel Aviv, and announced their support for a cultural and academic boycott of Israel. The film, “American Revolutionary: the Evolution of Grace Lee Boggs,” is due to be screened at the DocAviv festival, which is running through May 17.

In a statement, Glover and nine others featured in the film, along with Boggs, the 98-year-old philosopher and activist whose life is chronicled in the documentary, said: “We stand in solidarity with the people of Palestine, and support their call for cultural and academic boycott of Israel… we were shocked to find the film slated to be screened at the DocAviv festival in Israel on May 13th and 15th. This was scheduled without our knowledge.”

Read more @ Times of Israel


ADL: More than a quarter of the world is anti-Semitic

Results of global survey are "sobering but, sadly, not surprising,” director Abraham Foxman says.

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A lot of people around the world hate the Jews. The survey, released Tuesday, found that 26 percent of those polled — representing approximately 1.1 billion adults worldwide — harbor deeply anti-Semitic views. More than 53,000 people were surveyed in 102 countries and territories covering approximately 86 percent of the world’s population.

Read more @ JTA


BDS Movement: Barbarians Inside the Gates

As you doubtless know, many in Europe loathe the United States. Their invective down the years has been an assault on reason and emotional stability, whether directed against the Vietnam war, the response to 9/11 or to the Iraq war. Yet there is no boycott of the United States.

So, despite a hatred for America -- and a perverse love of Iran, Hezbollah, and the PLO -- we come back to the Israeli exception, to the singling out of just one country. However charitable we may try to be, it is hard not to detect the reek of anti-Semitism. Am I being unfair? To people who marched through the streets of European cities chanting, "Hamas, Hamas, Jews to the gas," (and here and here at Dutch football matches) was that just simple folly -- or proof of intention?

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Read more @ Gatestone


APRIL 2014

Brandeis University accused of double standard after pulling honor of Islam critic and “friend” of ICWV Hirsi Ali

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After facing growing pressure from faculty members, students, and an outside Muslim advocacy group, Brandeis University said Tuesday that it is rescinding its decision to award an honorary degree to Ayaan Hirsi Ali, a women’s rights activist and critic of Islam, over her “past statements that are inconsistent with Brandeis University’s core values.”

Read more @ JNS


Taqiyya Doctrine Accepted

On 8 April at Birmingham Magistrates' Court, District Judge Ian Strongman heard a trial of racially aggravated harassment against Tim Burton, 61, a computing consultant from Birmingham and the Radio Officer of the British party Liberty GB

The reason for the charge was three tweets he sent over a period of a month from early June to early July 2013 to Tell Mama UK, a helpline organisation for victims of anti-Muslim attacks that also serves to monitor and collect data on them, whose director is prominent Muslim Fiyaz Mughal.

Read more @ enzaferreri.blogspot

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Is Islam a Race? Birmingham Trial Will Tell

On Tuesday 8 April at 10am Tim Burton's trial at Birmingham Magistrates' Court will settle the question of whether the defendant, by calling Muslim Fiyaz Mujhal "a mendacious grievance-mongering taqiyya-artist" on Twitter, committed racially aggravated harassment, as he is accused of having done by the West Midlands Police. 

Read more @ liberttygb.org

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Study shows Palestinian textbooks rife with incitement

Survey finds that 150 new Palestinian Authority textbooks continue to delegitimize and demonize Israel, and call for violent struggle instead of peace. The books claim that the Jews have no rights to Israel, including to Jewish holy sites.

Read more @ Israel Hayom

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Sharia law to be enshrined in British legal system

John Bingham reports in The Telegraph that Sharia law is to be enshrined in the legal system of England and Wales for the first time under guidelines for solicitors on drawing up “Sharia compliant” wills.

This isn't coming from agitating Muslims or Sharia-friendly legislators, but from the 200-year-old Law Society – the professional association that represents and governs the solicitors' profession and provides services and support to solicitors as well as serving as a sounding board for law reform. That the Law Society should issue guidance to its members which effectively creates a parallel legal system to that which has evolved over centuries is, as some lawyers have said, “astonishing.”

Read more @ Cranmer

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H&M apologizes for controversial tank top

The H&M clothing chain announced that after a deluge of complaints, it was pulling from its stores a shirt depicting a skull in the center of a Star of David.

“Please accept our most sincere apologies that this has caused offense,” a company spokesperson said. “We understand the criticism and in response to this have decided to remove the T-shirt from all stores with immediate effect.”

The shirt caused a firestorm of objections, and the company acknowledged that it was pulling the item and canceling orders “because of the feedback we received.”

Read more @ Times of Israel

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New Islamic textbooks in Austrian public schools

Austria is in the process of introducing new taxpayer-funded textbooks for the formal teaching if Islam in all public elementary schools across the country.... This is the first time Islam is being taught to Austrian students in the German language.

Read more @ Gatestone Institute

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