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ViestiKirjoittaja Annukka » 30.09.2014 20:25

Jewish Worshippers Ambushed by Arabs in Vicious Jerusalem Attack

Victim of Arab attack over Rosh Hashanah says police nowhere to be found, claims victims of terror no longer able to defend themselves.

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By Ari Soffer

First Publish: 9/29/2014, 4:56 PM




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A group of Jews were subjected to a vicious assault in broad daylight after being ambushed by an Arab gang on Rosh Hashanah, in the latest of a spate of violent anti-Semitic incidents in Jerusalem.

Chanan Kupietzky, a 23-year-old councilor at the Old City's Hakotel yeshiva, was walking with his 16-year-old brother and a friend on the way back from the ancient Shiloach Pool in the City of David where they had taken part in the tashlich ritual, in which Jews symbolically cast their sins into a body of running water as a gesture of repentance.

The site, which dates back to the Byzantine era, is usually frequented by Jewish worshippers during Rosh Hashanah, and the route through the predominantly Arab neighborhood of Shiloach (also known as Silwan) is supposed to be secured by police in order to prevent any violence against Jewish pilgrims. But as the trio made their way back from the site on Friday Chanan said they noticed that instead of fanning out and securing the route, police were nowhere to be found.

"They were all at the bottom of the hill, nowhere else," he claimed.

Local Arab youths took advantage of the lack of police presence almost immediately to carry out what appears to have been a pre-planned ambush.

Chanan recounted how an Arab horseman began intimidating a group of Jewish families walking near to his group, including young children, by charging them repeatedly with his horse. Then, two Arab youths began pelting the families with rocks and bottles, eventually forcing them to turn back.

"They just couldn't continue on because they had baby carriages and were obviously afraid for their children," he recalled. "Suddenly, we realized our group was totally isolated."

Another group of Arab youths standing on a balcony then began hurling insults at the trio, who picked up the pace in an attempt to get back to the Kotel (Western Wall).

But they didn't get far before the incident suddenly turned violent.

"They signaled to some guy in a local shop to do something... he was a very big guy. We continued on our way but the man then started walking towards us, and as we got closer he kicked my brother very hard in the back of his leg.

"I turned around to face him but as I turned someone else ran out of nowhere with a two-by-four with nails in it, and began hitting me on the head."

The attacker struck him repeatedly with such force that the plank of wood eventually snapped in two.

The assault ended as suddenly as it began when the attackers noticed that Chanan's brother had run down the hill to notify police, and upon realizing that despite the force of their attack Chanan - a former member of an IDF counter-terrorism unit - had managed to stay on his feet. "I think they were a little bit in shock that I didn't just fall on the floor."

He was however left with serious injuries, including a shattered finger from parrying the blows, as well as severe cuts and bruising to his head.

Two men who just moments before had been throwing rocks at Jewish children stopped to film the attack, either for their own amusement or potentially to capture any violent reaction in self-defense by the Jewish group, he speculated. Anarchists and Arab extremists often employ such tactics against IDF soldiers, as well as civilians, particularly in Judea-Samaria and in flashpoint Jerusalem neighborhoods. After staging an attack, activists selectively edit the footage to incriminate their Israeli victims and distribute it online and to the media.

Chanan said that despite the attack he did not feel afraid - in fact, he returned shortly afterwards to the site of the assault and managed to locate the weapon which was hastily discarded by his attackers.


The discarded weapon Hanan Kupietzky

But he admitted that the entire ordeal had left him feeling very frustrated.

"It's a pretty bad feeling that you can't walk through Israel, your own country, in the City of David, on the way to tashlich on the holy day of Rosh Hashanah without having to think five times before you go anywhere - and then you get assaulted by Arabs trying to lynch you."

Astonishingly, Chanan is a licensed firearms owner and was armed with a handgun at the time, but hesitated to draw his weapon, fearing he would end up in the dock. Those fears were likely well-founded, as numerous victims of Arab terrorists attacks have been arrested and even convicted after drawing their legally-owned weapons in self-defense - an increasingly common scenario lamented by civil rights groups.

"I know of many many cases, even friends, who have pulled out their guns in similar circumstances and they were the ones who got thrown in jail," Chanan said. "There is hardly situation that it would be worth it for you to take out a gun and you wouldn't go to prison or something.

"The only time you could pull out a gun is if you know you are definitely going to die at that moment, and then you know that even if they throw you in jail it's worth sitting a few years in prison rather than getting killed. It's absurd."

Noting the "insane" situation prevailing in parts of Jerusalem, where residents of some neighborhoods have been subjected to regular rock-throwing attacks and even fireworks launched at their houses by Arabs, he accused the media and authorities of attempting to cover up the phenomenon by under-reporting it for political reasons. Indeed, Jerusalem Mayor Nir Barkat recently urged media outlets not to focus on the spike in Arab violence - dubbed "the silent intifada" by residents - saying that talking about the phenomenon too much could hurt local businesses. But residents have dismissed the claims and ask why police don't simply crack down harder on the rioters.

Chanan added that during his military service he had encountered similar situations where soldiers were preventing from responding forcefully to potentially lethal attacks due to a fear of facing disciplinary action, and accused authorities of preventing soldiers and civilians alike from being able to effectively defend themselves.

"How long does it take a terrorist to run up to you and stab you with a knife? It's a matter of seconds. A soldier can't fight like that and if you're a civilian with a gun it's even worse."

A police spokesperson claimed no specific information was available on the incident, but dismissed accusations that police were not properly deployed.

"Security assessments were made prior to the festival and extra police units were in the area to protect the visitors throughout... both in the Old City, the Western Wall area and the City of David/Shiloach area."
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Gaza – A Jewish Historical Perspective

ViestiKirjoittaja Annukka » 01.10.2014 08:52

Gaza – A Jewish Historical Perspective

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Considering the recent war in Gaza, it’s a good time to refresh ourselves on the history of Gaza and realize that Gaza has a long Jewish history.

Living Torah - about Gaza – A Jewish Historical Perspective

By Rabbi Ari Enkin, rabbinic director, United with Israel

Gaza has a long Jewish history. It’s an odd history, however. The Jews never had it easy in Gaza. It’s always been an area of conflict and an arena for confrontation between Jews and hostile neighbors. In fact, Isaac, one of the three Patriarchs of the Jewish people, was born somewhere between Be’er Sheba and Gaza, precisely in the area that is suffering the most from rocket attacks from Hamas. So, too, both Abraham and his son Isaac had problems with the local rulers. (Genesis 20:1-3, 11-12, 26:1, 7)

The known history of Gaza spans over 4,000 years. It was ruled, destroyed and repopulated by various dynasties, empires and peoples. It was originally a Canaanite settlement and came under the control of the ancient Egyptians for roughly 350 years before being conquered by the Philistines, who made it one of their principal cities in the 12th century BCE. King David conquered Gaza in about 1000 BCE.

Gaza Allotted to Tribe of Judah

Gaza is referenced in a number of books in the Bible, most prominently in the Book of Judges and the Book of Joshua. According to the Bible, the area was allotted to the tribe of Judah, but the Jews never quite secured it. After the Biblical Exodus, during the period of the Judges, the territory fell under Philistine control. The Philistines were an Aegean people, meaning they came from the area of modern Greece. In ancient Egyptian writings, they are described as one of the “Sea Peoples” that attempted to invade Egypt and conquer the entire area.




Anyone familiar with the Bible will have heard of the “Philistines.” Every reference to the “Philistines,” especially in reference to land and territory, almost always refers to the Gaza area. The most infamous Philistine was the warrior Goliath who was famously defeated by King David. The story of Samson and Delilah, the evil mistress of Samson who seduced him into revealing the secret of his strength, which led to his downfall, took place in Gaza. The prophets Amos and Zephaniah prophesized that Gaza would be deserted. The Philistines exited from history in 722 BCE, when they were taken into captivity by the Assyrians.

Maccabees: Gaza is ‘Inheritance of our Fathers’

After the Philistines disappeared, the area came under the control of various empires, such as the Egyptians, the Greeks and the Romans. The Maccabees (Of Chanuka and dreidel fame) conquered Gaza, as it says in the Book of Maccabees 1:15:

“Not a strange land have we conquered, and not over the possessions of strangers have we ruled, but of the inheritance of our Fathers that was in the hands of the enemy and conquered by them unlawfully. And as for us, when we had the chance, we returned to ourselves the inheritance of our Fathers.”

Gaza Jewish Community Flourished

After the great Jewish revolts against the Roman Empire in 67 CE and in 132 CE that ended Jewish sovereignty in the land of Israel, Gaza again played a role in Jewish history. For example, King Titus passed through Gaza on his march toward to Jerusalem, and again on his return. Gaza also served as the main marketplace for Jewish slaves into the Roman Empire.

In the fourth century, the Jews returned and the Jewish community flourished. Gaza was the main port for Jewish commerce in the Holy Land. It also served as a center of Talmudic and Kabbalistic (Jewish mysticism) studies. By the time the Arabs arrived in the seventh century CE, Jews had been in Gaza for over 2000 years. In 1929, when the area was under British control, British forces evacuated the entire Jewish community of Gaza for fear of a massive pogrom after the Jews of Hebron were massacred by the local Arab population.

Christian Cathedral Became Great Mosque of Gaza

The arrival of the Muslim Arabs brought drastic changes to Gaza. Its churches were transformed into mosques, including the Cathedral of John the Baptist, which became the Great Mosque of Gaza. The population adopted Islam as their religion, and Arabic became the official language. The Christian population was reduced to an insignificant minority, and the Samaritan residents deposited their property with their high priest and fled the city eastwards upon the Muslim conquest

Gaza was briefly occupied by the French Army under Napoleon, who in 1799 referred to it as “the outpost of Africa, the door to Asia.” American scholar Edward Robinson visited Gaza in 1838, describing it as a “thickly populated” town larger than Jerusalem, with its Old City lying upon a hilltop, while its suburbs laid on the nearby plain. He said that its soil was rich and supported groves of “delicious and abundant” apricots and mulberries. Robinson noted that virtually all of Gaza’s vestiges of ancient history and antiquity had disappeared due to the constant conflict and occupation. gaza

This is Part I on the Jewish history of Gaza. To be continued.
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Iranian nuclear physicist killed by Revolutionary Guard, not

ViestiKirjoittaja Annukka » 01.10.2014 09:12

Iranian nuclear physicist killed by Revolutionary Guard, not Israel, relative claims

Sister of slain scientist says Iran killed him because he would not agree to help weaponize peaceful nuclear activities.
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A policeman walks past the car belonging to Iranian nuclear scientist Mostafa Ahmadi-Roshan at a blast site outside a university in northern Tehran January 11, 2012. . (photo credit:REUTERS)


The sister of a leading Iranian nuclear physicist widely believed to have been assassinated by Israel as part of an effort to derail the Islamic Republic’s drive to create nuclear weapons says her brother was murdered by Iran ’s Revolutionary Guard (IRI) because he wouldn’t cooperate with the effort to divert nuclear activities from peaceful purposes.

When Iranian scientist Dr. Ardeshir Hosseinpour was killed in February 2007, the cause of death was reported to be “gassing” and most presumed the act was carried out by Israel . That belief stood, largely because of Iranian accusations to that effect; and because of Israeli policy to neither confirm nor deny such acts. But now, seven years later, Mahboobeh Hosseinpour has come forward with the claim that the IRI was behind her brother’s death because of his refusal to be involved in Iran ’s nuclear enrichment program whose use was for atomic purposes.

If Hosseinpour’s account can be confirmed, it could have an impact on the next round of talks between Iran and the P5+1 -- the five permanent members of the UN Security Council and Germany.

Speaking to The Media Line from Turkey via Skype in a conversation arranged by the Iranian opposition group The New Iran, 52-year old Mahboobeh Hosseinpour said that she learned through her sister-in-law, Sara Araghi, of her brother’s secret research, and particularly about a DVD which contained research and formulas for building an atomic bomb 12 times more powerful than the Hiroshima bomb and methods for neutralizing it.

Mahmoobeh Hosseinpour learned that her brother was contacted in November 2004 by three special agents of IRI’s Defense Department with a personal message from IRI’s Supreme Leader, Ayatollah Ali Khamenei, enlisting him to work on increasing IRI’s uranium enrichment capabilities for the purpose of building atomic weapons; and with a secondary goal of teaching and supervising Russian and North Korean scientists in order to accelerate the project. Speaking about her brother, Hosseinpour said that “he was offered a two star rank in the Revolutionary Guard and ownership of factories,” if he agreed.

Mrs. Hossenpour told The Media Line that Israel did not kill her brother but the IRI did, allegedly because he would not co-operate with them, claiming those projects would result in serious financial damage for the people of Iran as well as the international community.

Noted Iranian journalist Dr. Alireza Nourizadeh supports Hosseinpour’s allegations, telling The Media Line that one of the reasons the IRI killed Dr. Hosseinpour “was because of an email communication he had with me about the sensitivities of his work. They were aware of it, even if they did not have the content.”

Upon Ardeshir Hosseinpour’s death on February 15, 2007, Sara Araghi told Mahboobeh that she went to her husbands’ university office and removed the hidden DVD, the location of which she knew, taking note of displaced items including a missing photo of her brother with President Khatami. The DVD was eventually stolen.

Hosseinpour’s mother, who died in 2011, was also warned to be careful. She was told that Ayatollah Khamenei had issued a fatwa, an Islamic religious decree, demanding that scientists had to work toward the benefit of the Islamic Republic's 20 percent enrichment.

Dr. Iman Foroutan, chairman of The New Iran, a non-profit organization that describes its mission as “accelerating the downfall of the Islamic regime via non-violent means,” said that Western countries have long held suspicions regarding the IRI’s nuclear weapon ambitions, and Mrs. Mahboobeh Hosseinpour’s claims could help support these suspicions.

Although she has recently told her story through interviews on Arabic and Farsi stations, her goal is now exposure in the Western media.

Ardeshir Hosseinpour was born December 1962 in Tehran . He completed his army service in 1984 with special commendation, and enrolled in Shiraz University where he graduated with four scientific degrees in four years including a degree in electrical engineering. After receiving his Masters in condensed matter physics, Dr. Hosseinpour became the first Iranian to earn a Doctorate in the field of atomic physics and began working as an associate professor at Shiraz University . He published approximately 48 papers and articles in respected scientific journals.

For more stories from The Media Line, visit www.themedialine.org.
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Another Palestinian Mistake at the UN

ViestiKirjoittaja Annukka » 01.10.2014 21:01

Another Palestinian Mistake at the UN
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By Daniel Gordis

Abba Eban, Israel’s legendary representative to the United Nations, once famously remarked that “the Arabs never miss an opportunity to miss an opportunity.” Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas proved Eban’s point Friday, in an incendiary speech to the UN General Assembly in which he accused Israel of “a new war of genocide” against the Palestinian people.

Another opportunity squandered. During the Gaza War this summer, Abbas had positioned himself as a picture of moderation. When Hamas was accused of having kidnapped the three teenagers whose abduction set off this summer’s violence, Abbas condemned the kidnapping in no uncertain terms. As the war with Hamas dragged on, the Palestinian Authority was party to the cease-fire negotiations. When Israel and Egypt hammered out the details of who would monitor border crossings and the use of construction material in Gaza to prevent the construction of new tunnels, even Hamas accepted the notion of Palestinian Authority monitors.

Israelis are not terribly inclined to make grand gestures for peace right now -- the region is in too much turmoil for anyone to know what a smart move would be. Yet many Israelis also know that international pressure for some accommodation of Palestinian national aspirations will only grow. Prominent Israeli public intellectuals continue to worry about the corrosive effect of keeping millions of Palestinians under our military thumb on our national moral well-being. So suddenly, Israelis had begun to wonder whether Abbas might be the guy with whom to make the deal.

Why, therefore, would Abbas do something as seemingly stupid, alienating almost every Israeli, and even evoking a highly critical reaction from the Barack Obama administration? While the move was, in fact, a mistake, it was a calculated one. Abbas decided that for now, he needed to play to his street. Sadly, the Palestinian Authority has never prepared its citizens for the compromises a deal will require. Abbas knows that Israel is here to stay, but his accusation that Israel was engaging in “genocidal warfare against the Palestinian people” reeked of utter delegitimization. Abbas knows that Israel will never agree to the return of anything more than a token number of Palestinian refugees to Israel, for that would undermine Israel’s Jewish demographic majority, forcing Israel to choose between being democratic or Jewish, neither of which is negotiable. But he continues to promise that the refugees will return.

The Arab street is more radical than its government in many places. Egypt signed a peace treaty with Israel in 1979, but Egyptian TV continues to broadcast highly inflammatory anti-Semitic programming, creating a sense among Egyptians -- which continues to this day -- that the agreement is an oddity or an anomaly, at best. Jordan’s King Abdullah II may be modern in his appearance and moderate in his lexicon, but his street is no less radicalized. And the same is true of the Palestinian street, which just honored the murderers of the three Israelis teenagers.

Pandering to his street’s basest instincts, Abbas proved that he cannot lead. Whatever the opposite of leadership is, is precisely what Abbas did at the UN.

In so doing, he reminded even left-wing Israelis why the center and the right want nothing to do with him. In so doing, he reminded Israelis who might have been willing to overlook it that he was an avid promoter of the unity government with Hamas. In so doing, he pushed Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu to suggest, in his response at the UN, that Israel would seek alliances with Saudi Arabia and the United Arab Emirates. In so doing, therefore, Abbas slammed the door on the possibility of any negotiated deal with Israel in the near future.

Israelis are nervous about the shifting sands all around them, but most understand that just as Israel is going nowhere, so too the Palestinians are here to stay. Just as Israelis had national aspirations some 70 years ago and would not relent until they were realized, so too with the Palestinians. The difference is that Israelis have often been led by people who were willing to change their positions. Menachem Begin, sought by the British as Terrorist No. 1, made peace with Egypt and returned the Sinai Peninsula -- even though he had to battle his own cabinet to get the deal approved. Ariel Sharon, the controversial military leader of Unit 101, pulled Israel out of Gaza, despite the move’s unpopularity. Netanyahu, who used to reject the mere idea of a Palestinian state, has now openly accepted it -- much to the chagrin of some of his party’s leadership.

But as Abbas reminded us on Friday, there has been no similar movement on the Palestinian side. There are many reasons the Palestinians do not have a state, but chief among them is that the Palestinians have never had a genuine leader. They have figureheads, fearful of leading and unwilling to goad their citizens into thinking differently about Israel, refugees and their own future. So, they watch and wait, as those who call themselves leaders make mistake after mistake, consigning Palestinians to a life that sadly, once again, seems unlikely to change.




To contact the writer of this article: Daniel Gordis at danielgordis@outlook.com.
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Masked Arabs Attack Jerusalem Preschool Playground

ViestiKirjoittaja Annukka » 01.10.2014 21:10

Masked Arabs Attack Jerusalem Preschool Playground

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Masked Arab youth threw stones and fired fireworks at a complex housing a preschool Tuesday afternoon in the Mount of Olives neighborhood in a continuation of increasing incidents of violence in Judea, Samaria and Jerusalem in particular. In a video filmed by a nearby civilian, the group of arabs can be seen throwing a continued volley of rocks at a playground, causing the children to hide in a protected structure until police arrived on the scene. Batyah Harush, a caretaker at the preschool, said, "We were in the yard and suddenly 10 masked men arrived in the area and starting throwing rocks and firing fireworks in the direction of our yard. The noise really frightened the children and they saw the masked men and panicked. So we went into a shelter and I immediately called the police."

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The youth fled upon the arrival of the police. According to residents of the area, the last two months have been saturated by violence and other dangerous activity from the young Arab men who have thrown rocks, fired fireworks, and hurled Molotov Cocktails at Israeli vehicles and security forces. However, the incident at the Mount of Olives was not the only one of its kind Tuesday. In another Jerusalem neighborhood, Armon HaNatziv, an 18-year-old arab threw a rock at a residence. A glass pane was shattered in the attack. Police forces arrested the suspect.

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Palestinian Terror in the City of Peace

ViestiKirjoittaja Annukka » 02.10.2014 20:16

Palestinian Terror in the City of Peace

Attacks in Jerusalem go as far back as 1920, way before the establishment of Israel.

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Published: Tuesday, September 30, 2014 8:54 PM



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Palestinian Arabs have concentrated many of their terrorist attacks on Jews in Jerusalem, hoping to win the city by an onslaught of terror attacks, seeking to make life in the City of Peace unbearable.

But this is not a new tactic. Arab strategy to turn Jerusalem into a battleground began in 1920. Unfortunately, Arab leaders often turn to violence to gain what they were unable to achieve at the negotiating table.


Palestinians, despite their rhetoric, fully understand Jerusalem’s symbolic and spiritual significance to the Jews.
When talks broke down at Camp David in 2000, Palestinian Arab leaders unleashed the al-Aqsa Intifada, which amounted to a full-blown guerrilla war against Israel.


It began the day before Rosh Hashanah, the Jewish New Year, when Arab mobs hurled rocks from the Temple Mount onto Jewish worshipers praying at the Western Wall below. That rock attack turned into a steady campaign of terrorist attacks.

As the priming powder for the Intifada, Palestinian leaders incited Palestinians and Muslims throughout the world with fables that falsely suggested that Jews began an assault on al-Aqsa when Ariel Sharon made a half-hour visit to the Temple Mount during tourist hours.

The truth is that Palestinians’ plans for warfare had begun immediately after Arafat walked out of the Camp David talks.


Why do Palestinians focus terrorist attacks on the City of Peace? Because Palestinians, despite their rhetoric, fully understand Jerusalem’s symbolic and spiritual significance to the Jews.


Suicide attacks – on public buses and cafes, malls, and other crowded sites in the heart of the city – since the 1993 Oslo Accords, are designed to make life hell for Jewish Jerusalemites. Atrocities like the February and March 1996 bombings of two number 18 buses that killed 26 people and the August 2001 bombing of a Sbarro pizzeria that killed 15 (including five members of one family), are part of an ongoing 120-year-old battle that Arabs have waged in opposition to Zionism.


In April 1920, a three-day rampage by religiously incited anti-Zionist Arab mobs left six dead and 200 injured in the Jewish Quarter. The attackers gutted synagogues and yeshivot and ransacked homes.

Arabs planted time bombs in public places as far back as February 1947, when they blasted Ben-Yehuda Street, Jerusalem’s main thoroughfare, leaving 50 dead.


This was all done before the establishment of the State of Israel. In the 1950s, Jordanians periodically shot at Jewish neighborhoods from the walls of the Old City. And after the city was united in 1967, Arabs renewed their battle for the city by planting bombs in cinemas and supermarkets.


The first terrorist attack in that renewed battle came with the 1968 bombing of Jerusalem’s “Machane Yehuda,” the open market, that left 12 dead.

The plain facts about Palestinian Arab behavior clearly demonstrate that they have forfeited any claim to Jerusalem, the City
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New government in Sweden plans to recognise Palestinian stat

ViestiKirjoittaja Annukka » 10.10.2014 06:20

New government in Sweden plans to recognise Palestinian state – but other Nordic countries unlikely to join

Riksdagshuset Stockholm2Stockholm – The plan of the new Swedish minority government to recognise a Palestinian state has launched a diplomatic avalanche in the Nordic countries, with Finnish Foreign Minister Erkki Tuomioja hoping to join the Swedish campaign and then try to convince the other Nordic governments to follow suit.

The Swedish plan may still hit some major hurdles at home as the opposition parties do not agree with the new position. The Swedish initiative was not a complete surprise. Earlier in the year, future Prime Minister, Stefan Löfven, had made a statement in sympathetic support of Israel on his Facebook page, which, as a consequence, was flooded with anti-Semitic messages of the most violent nature. The Prime Minister later had to delete his statement and has apparently been forced to give in to the strong anti-Israeli lobby in the party.

In 2008, the Social Democratic Party made an agreement with the Muslim Council in Sweden, promising to support the Muslim cause in exchange for political support from the Muslim community. But the anti-Israeli sentiments in the party date back to the 1970s, when Olof Palme expressed his support for Yasser Arafat. In 1983, Palme was the first Western leader to receive Yasser Arafat and present him as a statesman and not as a terrorist leader. The current leadership of the Social Democratic Party has been involved in close relations with the terrorist group Hamas.

The Swedish plan however, violates international law and the criteria for statehood according to the Montevideo Convention. This states that a prospective state needs to control its own territory and have settled any border disputes before it can receive statehood. “The Palestinian state” meets neither criterion, as the territory is divided between Hamas and Fatah and the Palestinian Authority has yet to settle its border disputes with Israel.

ECI was able to respond to the Swedish declaration on the very same day that it was announced, through a widely-circulated commentary in the newspaper Världen Idag, explaining why the declaration is against international law. These arguments were later picked up and quoted in speeches and articles in Sweden and other Nordic countries and may have helped galvanise a defence against recognition of a Palestinian state.

By engaging in the public debate with relevant arguments, ECI can help shape the debate in favour of Israel.

Thank you for helping us to present the case for Israel in what is often a very hostile environment. If you want to support ECI’s work, you will find bank details by clicking the "Donate" button at the end of this report.
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Christian Clerics to Europe: Recognize 'Palestine'

ViestiKirjoittaja Annukka » 11.10.2014 10:18

Christian Clerics to Europe: Recognize 'Palestine'

Arab Catholic, Greek Orthodox and Lutheran prelates in Israel tell Europe to force through Arab state with Jerusalem as capital.



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By Arutz Sheva Staff

First Publish: 10/10/2014, 2:04 PM


Three leading Christian clerics in Israel on Friday called on more European governments to recognize "Palestine" as a state with eastern Jerusalem as its capital.

The call from the Arab Catholic, Greek Orthodox and Lutheran prelates came after EU member Sweden last week announced its intention to recognize Palestinian statehood late last Friday during Yom Kippur. The UK is likewise set to vote on recognition on Monday.

The three clergymen wrote in their open letter "from Jerusalem, our occupied capital, we send our urgent message to the whole world and particularly to Europe - we are yearning for justice and peace. Recognizing Palestine and defining Israel's borders is a first step towards that goal."

Former Latin patriarch of Jerusalem, Michel Sabbah, the Greek Orthodox archbishop of Sebastia, Atallah (Theodosios) Hanna,
and Lutheran World Federation president Bishop Munib Younan were signatories on the letter. The current Latin patriarch, Fouad Twal, was not among those signing.

"We are tired of calls for resumptions of negotiations while we can't reach our churches due to a foreign power and our people continue to be humiliated by an undesirable occupation," the letter read.

It continued "Europe has a moral, legal and political duty to hold Israel accountable and support Palestinian non-violent initiatives to end the Israeli occupation, including the recognition of the State of Palestine on the 1967 border with east Jerusalem as its capital."

Despite its complete lack of any historical presence, and the full legality of Israel's presence in Judea and Samaria, the Biblical heartland of Israel, several EU countries have already recognized "Palestine," including Bulgaria, Cyprus, the Czech Republic, Hungary, Malta, Poland and Romania.

Dr. Jonathan Rynhold, a senior researcher at the Begin-Sadat Center for Strategic Studies, told Arutz Sheva on Tuesday that the move by Sweden and now the UK to recognize "Palestine" shows a prelude to the political war Palestinian Authority (PA) Chairman Mahmoud Abbas vowed late last month to wage on Israel.

The "war" includes a request that the UN demand Israel withdraw behind the 1949 Armistice lines by 2016.

The criticism on Israel by the Arab Christians is ironic, given the fact that Muslim persecution has nearly emptied Bethlehem of its once-sizable Christian population.

Greek Orthodox priest Father Gabriel Nadaf, a leader of the Aramaean Christian minority in Israel, spoke before the UN Human Rights Council last month, saying "Israel is the only place where Christians in the Middle East are safe."

Nadaf's support of Israel had led the Greek Orthodox patriarchate in Israel to ban him from entering Nazareth's Basilica of the Annunciation, and repeatedly threatening to dismiss him from his post in Yafia near Nazareth.

AFP contributed to this report.

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Devil is very busy in the Mount of Olives

ViestiKirjoittaja Annukka » 13.10.2014 23:10

Terrorists Launch Fireworks at Jewish Neighborhood in Jerusalem

Arabs launched fireworks Sunday night at the homes of Jewish residents on the Mount of Olives in Jerusalem. The locals claimed the fireworks were fired towards Sukkot erected for the holiday in the neighborhood. There were no casualties and no damages were caused by the incident. A Border Guard force was deployed to the scene and responded with crowd dispersal measures until the hostilities ended. Jerusalem Police did not arrest any suspects in connection with the fireworks. A local resident told Ynet: "We were sitting in the Sukkah with the family, when we suddenly heard loud explosions. We were alarmed, left the Sukkah, and saw fireworks being launched from Arab homes directly on homes in the Jewish neighborhood." She added: "For three or four minutes they fired more and more fireworks. Some reached the balconies with the Sukkahs in them."
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Ban’s 'failure to publicly call on Palestinians to reject vi

ViestiKirjoittaja Annukka » 14.10.2014 18:01

ADL Decries UN Chief's 'Stunning' Bias

Ban’s 'failure to publicly call on Palestinians to reject violence conveys to Hamas there are no consequences for its murderous terrorism.'

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By Sarah Leah Lawent, Gil Ronen

First Publish: 10/14/2014, 11:35 AM




UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon

UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon

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Anti-Defamation League (ADL) National Director Abe Foxman expressed on Tuesday the League’s deep dismay at UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon’s “stunning” bias in his recent remarks on the Israeli-Palestinian conflict.


“The Secretary-General showed a stunning lack of objectivity on the issues surrounding the reasons for the recent violence in Gaza and inexplicable silence when it came to the Palestinian policies and actions which brought us to this point in the first place,” Foxman said.


He added: “Mr. Ban’s failure to publicly call on Palestinians to reject violence, recognize Israel’s right to exist and avoid actions which might undermine the hope for reconciliation sends precisely the wrong message. It encourages Palestinian unilateral steps and conveys to Hamas there are no consequences for its murderous terrorism.”


In a letter sent to Ban, the ADL said it was troubled by his failure to take a definitive stance against the PA’s intentions of joining the International Criminal Court in The Hague.

Ban said on Sunday that the Israeli “occupation” is responsible for the recent war in Gaza.

“We must not lose sight of the root causes of the recent hostilities: A restrictive occupation that has lasted almost half a century, the continued denial of Palestinian rights and the lack of tangible progress in peace negotiations,” he said, according to AP.

“I call on all parties to come together to chart a clear course toward a just and final peace,” Ban added. “Going back to the status quo is not an option; this is the moment for transformational change.”

Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu fired back at Ban Monday by noting that the entire concept of an "occupation" in Gaza has been made moot after the 2005 Disengagement.

"The root cause of the violence that burst from Gaza is not Israel’s occupation in Gaza, for a simple reason: Israel doesn’t occupy Gaza," Netanyahu explained. "Israel left Gaza to the very last centimeter, to the very last inch. We uprooted all the settlements and vacated all the settlers. So there is no Israeli occupation of Gaza."

Netanyahu then pointed out that Ban justified Hamas's rocket barrage despite the fact that it used the UN's own facilities to break international law.
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