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UN declares year of solidarity with Palestinians

ViestiKirjoittaja Annukka » 18.01.2014 11:04

UN declares year of solidarity with Palestinians

UN targets Israel (GRAPHIC) The United Nations declared an "International Year of Solidarity with the Palestinian people" on Thursday. "The UN is used as a tool in the service of Palestinian propaganda. Instead of trying to end the campaign of Palestinian incitement against Israel, the UN provides a stage for Palestinian productions for the media," said Ron Prosor, Israel's envoy to the UN. "While the Palestinians seek UN solidarity, they continue to educate an entire generation to hate Israel and deny the connection between the Jewish people to their homeland. It's time to stop the hypocrisy and ask, where is solidarity with the victims of terrorism in Israel and their families?" Read More
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Czech police discover guns and explosives at PA embassy in P

ViestiKirjoittaja Annukka » 18.01.2014 11:05

Czech police discover guns and explosives at PA embassy in Prague

Security forces in Prague, Czech Republic, confirmed on Thursday that explosives were among the weapons they discovered on the grounds of the Palestinian Authority diplomatic mission in the course of investigating a New Year's Day blast that killed the PA ambassador, Jamal al-Jamal. 12 handguns and assault rifles were also discovered. The PA has apologized for the weapons, explaining that they were part of the arsenal given to the PLO by then-communist Czechoslovakia decades ago.
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Military Expert Uzi Dayan Explains Strategic Value of Jordan

ViestiKirjoittaja Annukka » 18.01.2014 11:11

Military Expert Uzi Dayan Explains Strategic Value of Jordan Valley

The Jordan Valley absolutely must remain in Israeli hands, former deputy chief of staff Uzi Dayan told journalists on a field trip to the region organized by MediaCentral, a Jerusalem center providing support services for journalists.


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Military expert Uzi Dayan at Gidron Observation Point overlooking the Jordan Valley.

Speaking at the Gidron observation point in the Judean Desert, overlooking the Jordan Valley, Dayan, who had served as head of Israel’s National Security Council, stressed the strategic value of the area to Israel when it comes to defense from outside attacks.
“We are not a weak or helpless country, but we have to be aware that it is small and narrow,” he stated.

There was a time when Israel was urged to give up the strategically important Golan Heights in the north.

“Imagine if we had taken the wrong advice and given it away,” he said, referring to the bloodshed in Syria.

In the south, Israel left the Sinai desert; the Jordan Valley is the easternmost border from north to south. To the west, the distance between the Jordan River and the Mediterranean Sea is a mere 40 miles, Dayan said.

“The Arab Spring is an historic event, but it will take a long time to stabilize,” he said, pointing to an increase in “global jihadist terrorism” and “a lot of uncertainty. We don’t know what will happen in Syria, Iraq, Jordan, Egypt….

“We left Gaza [in 2005], evacuated thousands of Israelis, and what did we get? Hamas!” he continued, adding his doubts about the reliability of the PA as a true partner in peace negotiations, given that it had “never agreed to [the concept of] two states for two people.”

Dayan is not opposed to the idea of a Palestinian state, but it depends on “what kind of a Palestinian state.


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View of Jordan Valley from Gidron Observation Point

“If the Palestinians don’t understand that Israel needs security through defensible borders, what are we talking about? We want our children to live in a Jewish democratic state. We don’t want to rule the Palestinians. But we want our children to live in a Jewish, democratic state with basic human rights.”

Responding to allegations that Israel stands in the way of an agreement, he suggested that perhaps “Palestinian intransigence should make people suspicious.”

Topographically speaking, the Jordan Valley region “is the ideal place to defend ourselves,” he stated.

Many claim that an agreement with the Palestinians would bring peace, which in turn would bring security.

Solving the conflict is “very important,” he acknowledged, “but in the right way,” because if the agreement does not last, it is crucial to have “defensible borders.”

He also discarded the notion that advanced technology could substitute for strategic depth as well as the suggestion of having foreign troops guard the area.

“There is no way to provide security to a nation…with foreign forces. They won’t stay. They won’t fight for it…. No nation wants to sacrifice their boys if it isn’t their land.

“The only way to do it is with the Israeli Defense Forces and the only place to do it is here, in the Jordan Valley,” he affirmed.

Dayan has travelled around the world, carrying his message, and “nobody has given a good reason to go against this assessment.”


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Massive terror tunnel recently discovered in Israel’s south

Also, “this place is wide open. It’s not as if there are all these Palestinian communities here,” he said, pointing to the largely empty landscape and apparently alluding to the misguided notion that Israeli sovereignty would mean uprooting Arabs from their homes.

Regarding US Secretary of State John Kerry’s push for a framework agreement, “territorial issues should be the last, last, last issue,” Dayan stressed, adding that it would have to implemented for some time in order “to see if it works.”

For example, “even [PA President] Abu Mazen can’t deal with [Hamas-run] Gaza. So what are we talking about? Three states for two people?”

According to Dayan, “the 1967 borders are a sure recipe for another war.”

Author: Atara Beck, Staff Writer, United with Israel
Date: Jan. 15, 2014
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Netanyahu Slams EU 'Hypocrisy' on Settlements

ViestiKirjoittaja Annukka » 18.01.2014 11:17

. Netanyahu Slams EU 'Hypocrisy' on Settlements

by Gil Ronen and AFP

Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu slammed the European Union Thursday for summoning envoys over recently unveiled plans for some 1,800 new homes for Jews in the ancient Jewish capital of Jerusalem, and the Biblical heartland of Judea and Samaria.

"This is hypocrisy. The EU calls our ambassadors in because of the construction of a few houses? When did the EU call in the Palestinian ambassadors about incitement that calls for Israel's destruction?" Netanyahu asked foreign correspondents at his annual new year reception.

"It's time to stop this hypocrisy," he said. "This imbalance... doesn't advance peace, I think it pushes peace further away."

Netanyahu's government announced plans for the new homes, just days after the latest peace mission by US Secretary of State John Kerry who has slammed them as "illegitimate" and "unhelpful."

The newly declared plans include 801 units in Judea and Samaria as well as 600 units in Jerusalem, with tenders on an additional 532 units in Jerusalem, which were previously announced, being re-marketed.

Foreign ministry spokesman Yigal Palmor told AFP that Israeli ambassadors in London, Rome and Paris were summoned "in protest" over the settlement plans, which were unveiled last Friday.

Palmor said that the move was coordinated between the three governments and that it was possible other European governments might have matched the move.

A spokesman for the British Foreign Office told AFP the Israeli ambassador was summoned "over the Israeli government's recent decision to announce new settlement tenders".

Foreign Office permanent under-secretary Simon Fraser "made clear that settlement announcements had a detrimental impact on an atmosphere conducive to productive talks. The UK urged Israel to refrain from further such announcements," the spokesman said.
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Like this also Arabs confess Israel belongs to Jewish people

ViestiKirjoittaja Annukka » 19.01.2014 09:52

"The Simon Wiesenthal Center welcomes Ambassador Samantha Power's statement condemning UNESCO's abrupt cancellation of the exhibition on the 3,500 year relationship of the Jewish people to the Holy Land due to a last minute protest by the 22-nation Arab Group at UNESCO. The exhibition, two years in the making, was a joint project of UNESCO and the Simon Wiesenthal Center. The exhibition was already positioned in the UNESCO exhibit hall, and invitations were mailed out, when it was cancelled because the Arab Group claimed it would interfere with Secretary of State Kerry's Middle East mission. The fact that Ambassador Power issued her statement shows that the United States feels that the exhibition in no way intereferes with Secretary Kerry's mission.

- Rabbi Marvin Hier, Simon Wiesenthal Center Founder and Dean
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Jewish group slams 'outrageous' UNESCO show postponement

ViestiKirjoittaja Annukka » 19.01.2014 09:53

AFP: Jewish group slams 'outrageous' UNESCO show postponement

AFP, Los Angeles
Saturday, 18 January 2014

The Simon Wiesenthal Center condemned as “outrageous” Friday a decision by the U.N. cultural agency to postpone an exhibition about the Jewish people and Israel after 22 Arab countries protested.

Rabbi Marvin Hier, founder and dean of the Los Angeles-based center, said UNESCO was guilty of censorship by postponing the exhibit, entitled “The 3,500 Year Relationship of the Jewish People to the Holy Land.”

The show was due to open Tuesday at UNESCO's Paris headquarters, but the U.N. agency said it received a letter from 22 Arab states “expressing their concern that the planned exhibition could impact negatively on the peace process and current negotiations under way in the Middle East.”

Hier called the decision “outrageous,” saying “they vetted every line in UNESCO, including academic staff in UNESCO. They know very well it doesn't interfere with the peace process, doesn't even talk about it.”

“The last role that UNESCO should ever assume for itself is to be a place of censorship. As a result of this postponement of this exhibit, they have become censors, rather than an institution that invites new ideas.”

Rabbi Hier told AFP he suggested the idea for the exhibition two years ago, when he was in Paris when Palestine was admitted as a UNESCO member.

He said UNESCO's director general Irina Bokova came to Los Angeles and signed an agreement on the exhibition, to be funded by the Wiesenthal Center, which was subsequently put together in consultation with experts from the two bodies.
The show had been installed at UNESCO's Paris headquarters and invitations sent out to the opening next week, when the U.N. agency “unilaterally” announced its postponement.

The decision came as UNESCO's relations with Israel were at a low, after Palestine was made a member of the agency in October 2011.

In response, Israel and its staunch ally the United States cut funding to UNESCO, sparking a major financial crisis at the agency and putting hundreds of jobs at risk.

Last Update: Saturday, 18 January 2014 KSA 08:56 - GMT 05:56
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Wounded Syrian couple treated in Israel

ViestiKirjoittaja Annukka » 19.01.2014 18:34

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Wounded Syrian couple treated in Israel

Wounded Syrian woman: "We hesitated coming to Israel, because we were taught to hate it. We were taught this is a brutal enemy state, but we learned that reality is different. People here have a conscience. Our enemy is in Syria, not in Israel."

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"If only we could stay here." The Syrian couple at Poriah Hospital, Friday | Photo credit: JINI

Israel Defense Forces troops brought a wounded Syrian couple to Poriah Hospital near Tiberias Thursday night. The couple, residents of the embattled town Daraa, arrived with gunshot wounds in their legs. The male is 27 years old and his wife is 23 and in the early stages of pregnancy.


While the two did not have life threatening wounds, the two have been through an immense amount of duress recently: Two months ago, the couple lost their daughter two weeks after she was born. "Because of the gunfire and the siege on our town in the Daraa area, we were left with no choice but to deliver the child at home -- and the medical condition of my baby deteriorated," the woman told Israel Hayom. "All our pleading at the [Syrian] army checkpoint to go to the hospital did not help. We went back home and our daughter died there."


Eight days ago, the couple was struck with another tragedy. Their village came under attack, "artillery bombardment, gunfire, and planes bombing from above," the woman said. "In the evening my brother came and took us, my mother and two other wounded people and we tried to flee the village. During our exit from the village we were fired on by the army and my brother was killed before my eyes. We managed to escape back to the village and were treated in a field hospital. But the wounds got worse -- until my cousin took us to the border and we got into Israel for treatment," the woman said. Her brother, 19, fought with rebels trying to topple Syrian President Bashar Assad's regime.


Currently the couple remains hospitalized, both in the same room. The woman is struggling with being away from her family, but admitted that she did not expect such friendly treatment from her enemy. "We were surprised by the treatment and dedicated medical care we got in Israel," she said. "We hesitated coming to Israel, because we were taught to hate it. We were taught this is a brutal enemy state, but we learned that reality is different. People here have a conscience. Our enemy is in Syria, not in Israel. If only we could stay here."
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Morocco: King Asked Jews to Pray for Rain

ViestiKirjoittaja Annukka » 20.01.2014 19:26

Morocco: King Asked Jews to Pray for Rain

Monday, January 20, 2014 | Yossi Aloni

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When experts in Morocco determined that 2014 would bring severe drought to the country, King Mohammed VI called on local Jewish leaders to hold special prayers for rain.

Mohammed VI was reportedly aware that the Jewish faith has special set prayers pleading with the Almighty for rainfall, and requested that said prayers be used on Morocco's behalf. A similar request was made of local Muslims.

In response, the Council of Jewish Communities in Morocco released a statement calling on its members to "issue prayers in the synagogues for God to have mercy on our country and to help His Majesty the King."

Agriculture in Morocco depends heavily on the winter rains, of which there hasn't been much this year.

The reign of Mohammed VI has reportedly been characterized by warmer relations between the government and the country's estimated 3,000 Jewish citizens. The monarchy is said to have renovated several national heritage sites related to Moroccan Jews.
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DHS Gave Muslim Brotherhood VIP Treatment, No TSA Pat Downs

ViestiKirjoittaja Annukka » 21.01.2014 18:20

DHS Gave Muslim Brotherhood VIP Treatment, No TSA Pat Downs

Posted on January 21, 2014 by V2A — No Comments ↓

A newly released document obtained via a Freedom of Information Act request confirms that the State Department ordered the Department of Homeland Security to spare members of the Muslim Brotherhood traveling to the US in 2012 a TSA pat down or any kind of secondary screening.

The one page document (PDF), obtained by the Investigative Project on Terrorism, shows that members of a Muslim Brotherhood delegation traveling through Minneapolis Airport, New York’s John F. Kennedy Airport and Dulles Airport were handed expedited entry known as “port courtesy,” which is normally reserved for high ranking government officials and dignitaries. At the time, the Muslim Brotherhood’s candidate Mohamed Morsi, later deposed, had not been elected president.

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Palestine is a Geographical Area, Not a Nationality

ViestiKirjoittaja Annukka » 21.01.2014 18:56

Palestine is a Geographical Area, Not a Nationality

Eli E. Hertz | January 21, 2014

The Arabs invented a special national entity in the 1960s called the Palestinians, specifically for political gain. They brand Israelis as invaders and claim the geographic area called Palestine belongs exclusively to the Arabs.

The word Palestine is not even Arabic. It is a word coined by the Romans around 135 CE from the name of a seagoing Aegean people who settled on the coast of Canaan in antiquity – the Philistines. The name was chosen to replace Judea, as a sign that Jewish sovereignty had been eradicated following the Jewish revolts against Rome.

In the course of time, the Latin name Philistia was further bastardized into Palistina or Palestine. During the next 2,000 years, Palestine was never an independent state belonging to any people, nor did a Palestinian people, distinct from other Arabs, appear during 1,300 years of Muslim hegemony in Palestine under Arab and Ottoman rule.

Palestine was and is solely a geographic name. Therefore, it is not surprising that in modern times the name ‘Palestine’ or ‘Palestinian’ was applied as an adjective to all inhabitants of the area between the Mediterranean Sea and the Jordan River – Palestine Jews and Palestine Arabs alike. In fact, until the 1960s, most Arabs in Palestine preferred to identify themselves merely as part of the great Arab nation or citizens of “southern Syria.”

The term ‘Palestinian’ as a noun was usurped and co-opted by the Arabs in the 1960s as a tactic initiated by Yasser Arafat to brand Jews as intruders on someone else’s turf. He presented Arab residents of Israel and the Territories as indigenous inhabitants since time immemorial. This fabrication of peoplehood allowed Palestinian Arabs to gain parity with the Jewish people as a nation deserving of an independent state.
Historically, Before the Arabs Fabricated the Palestinian People as an Exclusively Arab Phenomenon, No Such Group Existed

Countless official British Mandate-vintage documents speak of ‘the Jews’ and ‘the Arabs’ of Palestine – not ‘Jews and Palestinians.’

Ironically, before local Jews began calling themselves Israelis in 1948 (the name ‘Israel’ was chosen for the newly-established Jewish state), the term ‘Palestine’ applied almost exclusively to Jews and the institutions founded by new Jewish immigrants in the first half of the 20th century, before independence.

Some examples include:

• The Jerusalem Post, founded in 1932, was called the Palestine Post until 1948.

• Bank Leumi L’Israel was called the “Anglo-Palestine Bank, a Jewish Company.”

• The Jewish Agency – an arm of the Zionist movement engaged in Jewish settlement since 1929 – was called the Jewish Agency for Palestine.

• The house organ of American Zionism in the 1930s was called New Palestine.

• Today’s Israel Philharmonic Orchestra, founded in 1936 by German Jewish refugees who fled Nazi Germany, was called the “Palestine Symphony Orchestra, composed of some 70 Palestinian Jews.”

• The United Jewish Appeal (UJA) was established in 1939 as a merger of the United Palestine Appeal and the fundraising arm of the Joint Distribution Committee.

Encouraged by their success at historical revisionism and brainwashing the world with the ‘Big Lie’ of a Palestinian people, Palestinian Arabs have more recently begun to claim they are the descendants of the Philistines and even the Stone Age Canaanites. Based on that myth, they can claim to have been ‘victimized’ twice by the Jews: In the conquest of Canaan by the Israelites and by the Israelis in modern times – a total fabrication.

Archeologists explain that the Philistines were a Mediterranean people who settled along the coast of Canaan in 1100 BCE. They have no connection to the Arab nation, a desert people who emerged from the Arabian Peninsula.

Contradictions abound, Palestinian leaders claim to be descended from the Canaanites, the Philistines, the Jebusites and the first Christians. They also co-opt Jesus and ignore his Jewishness, at the same time claiming the Jews never were a people and never built the Holy Temples in Jerusalem.

There Has Never Been a Sovereign Arab State in Palestine

The artificiality of a Palestinian identity is reflected in the attitudes and actions of neighboring Arab nations who never established a Palestinian state. It also is expressed in the utterances and loyalties of so-called Palestinians.

Only twice in Jerusalem’s history has it served as a national capital. The first time was as the capital of the two Jewish Commonwealths during the First and Second Temple periods, as described in the Bible, reinforced by archaeological evidence and numerous ancient documents.

The second time is in modern times as the capital of the State of Israel. It has never served as an Arab capital for the simple reason that there has never been a Palestinian Arab state.

The rhetoric by Arab leaders on behalf of the Palestinians rings hollow, for the Arabs in neighboring lands, who control 99.9 percent of the Middle East land, have never recognized as a Palestinian entity. They have always considered Palestine and its inhabitants part of the great ‘Arab nation,’ historically and politically as an integral part of Greater Syria.

The Arabs never established a Palestinian state when the UN offered a partition plan in 1947 to establish “an Arab and a Jewish state” (not a Palestinian state, it should be noted). Nor did the Arabs recognize or establish a Palestinian state during the two decades prior to the Six-Day War when the West Bank was under Jordanian control and the Gaza Strip was under Egyptian control; nor did the Palestinians clamor for autonomy or independence during those years under Jordanian and Egyptian rule.

Well before the 1967 decision to create a new Arab people called ‘Palestinians,’ when the word ‘Palestinian’ was associated with Jewish endeavors, Auni Bey Abdul-Hadi, a local Arab leader, testified in 1937 before a British investigative body – the Peel Commission – saying: “There is no such country [as Palestine]! Palestine is a term the Zionists invented! There is no Palestine in the Bible. Our country was for centuries, part of Syria.”


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