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April 18, 2014
Abbas’ Office Scrambles to Deny Reports He Condemned Passover Terror Attack
The office of Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas has rushed to deny reports – given to media outlets by a delegation of opposition Israeli lawmakers who had just returned from Ramallah – that the Palestinian leader had condemned a deadly Monday terrorist attack on an Israeli family, a day after Abbas’ silence on the matter had been blasted by Jerusalem as deeply complicating efforts to sustain flagging peace talks. Terrorists had riddled the family’s car with bullets, killing the male driver and wounding his wife and child.
Abbas and other figures from his Fatah faction had through the week remained conspicuously silent on the matter, amid celebrations of the murder by other groups, triggering a harsh condemnation from Israeli Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu.
Multiple members of Israel’s Knesset parliament visited Abbas Wednesday and came back telling journalists that “it didn’t take much convincing” for him to specifically condemn the Passover eve attack: Nitzan Horowitz (Meretz), who was part of the delegation, told The Jerusalem Post that Abbas denounced all terror including the killing of Baruch Mizrachi in Monday evening’s terror attack.
“Abu Mazen [Abbas] said this specifically, he emphasized his disgust from bloodshed and terrorism. He said he’s willing to participate in the investigation of the attack and to bring those accountable to justice,” Horowitz said.
Abbas’ office remembered the conversation differently: Abbas spokesman Nabil Abu Ruaineh said the PA president opposed violence but did not speak out against the attack. “We are against violence and a return to violence,” Abu Ruaineh quoted him as saying, adding the Abbas “is committed to a total condemnation of violence from any party.”
Israeli and American lawmakers have long expressed concerns that Palestinian leaders, up to and including Abbas, stoke violence both by failing to dampen it and at times by explicitly glorifying it.
Hamas’ Role in
Police officers closed
Hamas Movement has called for defending al-Aqsa Mosque in light of Israeli settlers’ intention to break into the mosque next Monday…Al-Aqsa Mosque is wholly owned by Muslims and it will never be temporally or spatially divided, the statement stressed. Hamas called on the PA to stop negotiations with the occupation in response to Israeli continued attacks and Judaization policy. The Islamic movement also called for intensifying Palestinian presence in al-Aqsa Mosque in face of all Israeli attempts to storm it.
Hamas was among those talking up a supposed Israeli plan to storm the mount on
the eve of the Passover holiday. As a result on April 13, supposed worshipers in
the Muslim mosque launched an attack on Israeli police officers. Muslim
worshipers threw stones, firecrackers and Molotov cocktails at police forces on
The Arab world in general uses the
Jordanian Air Strike Destroyed Al
Qaeda Raider Force Heading for
The Royal Jordanian Air force strike Wednesday against a combat vehicle convoy
This episode brought to the fore how dramatically the threat al Qaeda-
According to DEBKAfile’s counterterrorism sources, they were driven by Islamic
State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIS) fighters, coming from the western Iraqi
Our intelligence sources report that their target was a secret US-Jordanian
training facility situated west of Ruwaished, where Iraqi army troops are being
instructed in advanced counter terror combat tactics. At the end of these
courses, the graduates return to their units, better able to put up a fight
against the al Qaeda forces continuing to overrun large swathes of their
country, and posing a real danger to
This episode broke new ground in more than one area. It was the first ISIS
operation directed against the American military presence in
ISIS planners were well aware of the two full divisions the Jordanian army had
strung out along its borders with
The Jordanians don’t say how they knew the
Kerry Slams 'Grotesque' Ukrainian Anti-Semitism
Secretary of State John Kerry on Thursday condemned notices which were sent to
Jews in the eastern Ukrainian city of
"In the year 2014, after all of the miles traveled and all of the journey of
history, this is not just intolerable, it's grotesque. It is beyond
unacceptable," Kerry told AFP in
The notices were sent by the "People's Republic of
The notice, handed out late Tuesday in front of the local synagogue by three men
in camouflage uniforms and ski masks who left before police arrived, ordered
Jewish residents to register with the pro-Russians or be deported. Novosti
Donbassa displayed a copy of the notice, which claimed to target Jews for
The notice orders all Jews over 16 years of age to register in front of the government building that has been occupied by pro-Russian forces. It further orders Jews to pay a registration fee of $50 before May 3 and list all real estate and vehicles owned. "In case of failure to register, the perpetrators will be stripped of their citizenship and deported forcibly outside the country with confiscation of property," read the notice.
It remains unclear whether the notice constitutes a new policy being implemented
by the local pro-Russian forces, or a "provocation" to stir up violence and
change facts on the ground. The
Those estimations of "provocation" were echoed by Rabbi Pinkhas Vyshedski of the
Anti-Defamation League's national director Abraham Foxman similarly raised
questions about the notices, saying "we have seen a series of cynical and
politically manipulative uses and accusations of anti-Semitism in
The unrest in
Tzvi Magen, the former Israeli ambassador to
Just last week a New York Times editorial board opinion piece argued that Kerry
should leave the peace talks, and instead devote his "attention to other major
international challenges like
Anti-Semitism Labeled Apartheid
By Ed Ziegler (Commentary)
There are many reasons why it is utterly ridiculous
for any slightly reasonable person to
Everyone must agree it is the duty of a
government, in this case
An apartheid state does not allow the segregated people citizenship nor equal
rights such as voting or freedom of speech. One and a half million Arabs live in
So why are Palestinians who live in what they commonly refer to as the "occupied
territories" treated differently? Because they're not citizens of
The 1973 International Apartheid Convention developed a list of what a system of
apartheid looks like. This includes subjecting the segregated people to the
following: murder, arbitrary arrest, bodily or mental harm, restriction of
movement, restriction of peaceful assembly and division along lines of race.
This sound more like Islamic dominated countries such as
Islam's hatred of the Jews dates back to the formation of Islam as exhibited by verses in the Quran such as Verse 5:82 "Strongest among men in enmity to the believers will you find the Jews and pagans "and Verse 5:51" Oh you who believe! Take not the Jew or a Christian as a friend."
Groups such as the Muslim Student Association and
Students for Justice in Palestine, at many universities,
host "Apartheid Week" to criminalize Israel
by comparing the most, if not only,
democratic country in the Middle East to the former apartheid state of
South Africa. Those who hate
As for the rights to the
If you are a believer in truth and justice then speak out and be heard. Discuss this issue with others and circulate this article.
Historic Seder Held in
Nearly 100 members of the ancient Jewish community of
"We are proud and excited to organize this historic event," said Shavei
Scholars believe the first Jews settled in
Nevertheless, many of the families sought to preserve their Jewish identity and
pass it down to their descendants, who continued to observe various Jewish
customs. Currently, there are estimated to be approximately 1,000 Jewish
“In recent years, many members of the community have begun to explore their
heritage – thanks in part to the Internet, which opened up new worlds for them
and provided access to information about Judaism and
(Editor's Note: You can listen to a short radio dramatization of Jews in ancient
Obama's Seder Spiced Up by Israeli Chef
President Barack Obama's Passover Seder received an injection of Israeli cuisine this year when First Lady Michelle Obama decided to invite chef Vered Guttman to prepare the traditional holiday meal.
The Israeli chef prepared a quinoa salad for the guests that delighted Mrs. Obama, who cracked a genuine smile when the waiter told her it was the healthiest item on the menu. The course was exceedingly successful, as at the end of the meal one of the waiters approached Guttman and informed her that President Obama had asked what made the salad so delicious.
"A few weeks ago we were contacted by the White House and we were told that Michelle Obama wanted to diversify the menu," Guttman told Yedioth Ahronoth. "I immediately thought of quinoa salad, which is part coconut with sweet potatoes and Tuscan kale. Michelle approved, and they invited me to the White House to get acquainted with the kitchen and prepare the delicacies."
Vered Guttman is the owner of the
catering company "Cardamom and Mint" and usually prepares delicacies for
multi-family meals at the embassy in
"The First Chef at the White House who is of Filipino origin, Cristeta Pasia Comerford, told me that she visited Israel and really liked the food. She was very nice and let me share in preparing other dishes as well: Though the knaidlach mixture was already prepared, I suggested that we cook the matzo balls in soup broth instead of boiling water. She accepted my suggestion and the dish turned out much tastier."
There were 23 diners at Obama's Seder, and the menu included gefilte fish and chicken soup with knaidlach. At the end of the meal Guttman waited behind the curtain between the dining room and the kitchen. "People from the staff asked me to stay, they said that at the end of the meal the President and his wife might come to thank us. In the end they were in a rush to get to another event, but we were told that we would be invited again to thank us."
Behind the curtain Guttman managed to listen to the Seder and said, "The most exciting was when the President and all the guests sang Dayenu and Chad Gadya, and they sang in loud voices – it sounded like they were singing with all their heart."
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YOU SAY YOU WANT CHANGE?
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Paradise Regained, Paradise Lost
By Don Canaan (Commentary)
This year marked the 29th anniversary of the return of the Sinai by Israel to Egypt--a day of mourning by many of the 2,000 settlers who settled and later were forcibly evacuated by Israeli authorities under the command of Ariel Sharon, from the seaside city of Yamit on the Mediterranean.
Yamit was former Israeli Defense Minister Moshe Dayan's dream--a projected seaport and city of 250,000 founded on the Sinai sand dunes overlooking date palm trees and the blue Mediterranean--a populated buffer between the Gaza Strip and Egypt on the other side of the Suez Canal.
Some alternate historians say Moses and the children of Israel passed near the site of Yamit 3,500 years ago as they wandered for 40 years through the Sinai Desert on their way to the proverbial land of milk and honey.
Since April 25, 1982 only the whine of the desert wind weaves its currents through the crevices of destroyed homes, businesses and monument--a memorial to the young men who died during the 1967 Six Day war.
Christians, Jews and Muslims died during three Arab-Israeli wars and battles that took place in the Sinai in 1956, 1967 and 1973--Egyptian and Israeli--young people who fought and died in that desolate, forsaken desert wasteland.
The modern-day chariot carrying Egyptian President Mohammed Anwar al-Sadat hugged the intermittently green coastline of Sinai on its historic mission to Jerusalem. Israelis glancing upward into the clear night sky saw merely a jet banking gently to the northwest.
Official Israeli government policy was that the settlers had to be removed and the army came and forcibly removed the remaining diehard residents. The Jerusalem Post described the scene: Apocalypse had arrived in Yamit and in the dust and noise and destruction one could wander freely. Dozens of bulldozers and giant mobile air hammers were loose in the city like a pack of predatory beasts."
April 25, 20011 marked the 29th anniversary of Israel's withdrawal from Yamit and Sinai and a cold peace between long-term enemies.
That gift of peace silently glided overhead as the Sabbath disappeared and the stars appeared. At 8:01 p.m. Sadat's jetliner landed at Ben-Gurion Airport and the first minutes of a then potential peace came to the Middle East.
Old enemies became new friends. The crowds roared its approval when Sadat shook hands with Moshe Dayan. A person standing nearby, according to the Jerusalem Post, said Sadat told Dayan, "Don't worry Moshe, it will be all right."
The peace treaty between the two nations was signed on March 26, 1979 and on April 25, 1982; the events that had started on a November day at Camp David came to fruition. Sinai was returned to Egypt. Yamit was bulldozed to the ground. But Anwar Sadat did not live to see that day. He had been assassinated seven months before.
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