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Israeli Firefighters Extinguish 17 Gaza Kite Fires

Wed, 06/13/2018 - 04:39

Kite bombs flown over the Gaza Strip toward Israel have damaged more than 740 acres of Israeli agricultural land over the last two months. Israeli firefighters extinguished 17 separate fires in the area, yesterday alone.

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Shin Bet Nabs Staff Sgt. Lubersky’s Murderer

Wed, 06/13/2018 - 04:11

A 32-year-old Palestinian from the Al Ama’ari refugee camp near Ramallah, has been arrested on suspicion of murdering Staff Sgt. Ronen Lubersky on May 24, the Israel Security Agency (Shin Bet) revealed Wednesday.

Islam Yussef Abu Hamid was apprehended following a Shin Bet-led intelligence operation, which revealed that he had thrown a marble slab thrown from a roof of a building that hit Lubersky on the head critically wounding him. He died the next day from his injuries. Lubersky was taking part in a search and arrest operation with the Duvdevan commando unit, when the incident occured. Duvdevan soldiers took part in the raid in which Abu Hamid was seized.

Abu Hamid previously served time in prison in Israel between 2004-2009 after a Hamas cell of which he was part perpetrated a shooting attack. Four of Abu Hamid ‘s siblings are Hamas operatives who are currently serving life sentences for terrorist attacks in which Israelis were killed, including Shin Bet agent Noam Cohen, and three people killed in a shooting attack at the Seafood Market restaurant in Tel Aviv in 2002.

Defense Minister Avigdor Liberman tweeted following the arrest “no abominable terrorist will escape the hands of the security forces.”

Abu Hamid’s interrogation was ongoing, the Shin Bet said, with all further details subject to a gag order.

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US FIDF Leaders to Visit IDF Soldiers and Commanders

Wed, 06/13/2018 - 03:35

More than 30 young leaders and supporters of Friends of the Israel Defense Forces (FIDF), who represent communities from across the United States, are set to join the FIDF National Rising Leaders Mission to Israel from June 29-July 5. The mission has two purposes: to allow the US FIDF leaders to show their appreciation for Israel’s soldiers under increasingly trying conditions and to celebrate the 70th anniversary of the formation of the Israel Defense Forces (IDF).

Mission participants – members of FIDF’s Young Leadership (YL) Division – will be given a unique look into both the workings of the IDF and be given an opportunity to tour the country. Military officers will provide them with in-depth briefings, they will tour strategic IDF bases to get a behind-the-scenes look into the Israeli military, and experience Israel – from the Golan Heights to the Negev desert – in a new new way.

The group of FIDF leaders will ride horseback across the Golan Heights and Jordan Valley, experience Bedouin hospitality firsthand, hear from the men and women who operate the Iron Dome air defense missile batteries that keep Israel safe from incoming terrorist rocket fire, meet the combat soldiers who stand watch over Israel’s borders, and visit many of Israel’s historic sites.

Joining the FIDF mission will be FIDF National Youth Leadership Director Bari Lovi, FIDF Tri-State YL Development Associate Cara Chernin, and FIDF Los Angeles Chapter Director of Operations and Special Events Lauren Faber. “This Rising Leaders Mission will bring our young FIDF supporters together with the brave IDF soldiers who risk it all to protect Israel and Jews everywhere,” said Lovi. “It will be an incredible opportunity for them to see Israel in a way most can’t experience – and to create bonds with soldiers whose well-being they support through FIDF.”

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Israeli Brain Researchers Shed Light on Ancient Mind Puzzle

Wed, 06/13/2018 - 03:14

Tel Aviv-based brain researchers, in collaboration colleagues in Israel and the United States, have carried out brain activity experiments on epilepsy patients that may greatly further our understanding of experience creation.

Dr. Hagar Gelbard-Sagiv of Tel Aviv University’s Sackler Faculty of Medicine and TAU’s School of Neuroscience noted that humans have been looking for answers to these fascinating questions for thousands of years. “Each generation deals with the tools available. We were looking for a new perspective through advanced brain research technologies.”

Gelbard-Sagiv and her colleagues used electrodes implanted in the brains of epilepsy patients. They utilized a unique medical situation to find out what happens within the human brain at the moment of experience creation. Surgeons implanted electrodes in the brains of patients to identify the epicenter of epileptic seizures and then neutralize it using surgery.  

“We usually use lab animals that are unable to report their experiences, and we can measure brain activity in an individual only using external and indirect means, such as and electroencephalogram or functional MRI,” she said. But here, when the electrodes are implanted in human brains for medical purposes, a rare research opportunity is also created – to measure and record brain electrical activity, directly and with unprecedented resolution of a single nerve cell. At the same time, since he is conscious, we can get a report from the person about his subjective experiences.”

A new experience is born in the brain every time you taste chocolate, see a smiling child, smell a fragrant flower or listen to music. Such events can be described as “the taste of life.”

But how do our brains process this subjective and qualitative information physiologically? Where is the connection between the external world that the senses absorb and the inner world of experience and consciousness? And how is all this carried out?

In the course of the study, each subject was presented with two images at the same time – a different picture for each eye, such as one of a house to the right eye and the image of a face to the left one. In such a situation, called binocular rivalry, the brain cannot combine the two images, and the subject sees them alternately, without having control over the process of switching between the images. In other words, the external reality does not change – each eye has a fixed image; and the only change that takes place is within the brain itself.

“In this way, we have been able to isolate the crucial moment in which a new experience of awareness is created,” said Dr. Liad Mudrik of TAU’s School of Psychology and the Sagol School of Neuroscience, who headed the team. “We can say that this is the golden experiment of the study of consciousness, and here we succeeded in performing it in humans at the level of the single nerve cell.”

The researchers found a change in the brain, or more precisely in the frontal lobe cells, which begins two seconds before the subject reports the change of image it sees. A second before the report, electrical activity is also recorded in the middle temporal lobe, in areas associated with visual activity. These are very long periods of time in terms of brain activity, which is measured in milliseconds. In a control experiment, researches screened a “repeat film” of the spontaneous images to the subjects, who then reacted much quicker the next time.

“The new study brings us one step closer to understanding consciousness and the conscious experience, at the most obvious and real level – the level of electrical activity in the single nerve cell,” concluded Gelbard-Sagiv.

University of California at Los Angeles, Tel Aviv Sourasky Medical Center, TAU and at the California Institute of Technology jointly conducted the study, and which the prestigious journal Nature Communications recently published.

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Facebook Watch-Selected Organization Promotes One-Sided Abortion Piece

Wed, 06/13/2018 - 02:00

Attn, the Millennial-oriented news brand selected for payments by Facebook under its Facebook Watch initiative, displayed its pro-abortion and divisive identity politics bias in its video “President of Planned Parenthood Cecile Richards on How We Need More Women in Office.

Attn offers no counterpoint or pro-life voice and allows Richards to attack male lawmakers, painting them as extremists who are unable to serve the broader public because of their gender.

The Attn video’s accompanying text states: “Cecile Richards, president of Planned Parenthood, says that more women in Congress would lead to better reproductive healthcare and family planning. Women make up less than 20 percent of the U.S. Reps. and 22 percent of the Senate. Women’s reproductive rights have come under attack by politicians who do not empathize, spurring more women than ever to run for office.”

Attn cites a statistic that “60 percent of Americans support legal abortion,” even though Gallup research shows that some 68 percent of Americans say they support some or all abortion restrictions.

The Attn article encourages viewers to “Share this video if you believe in women’s right to reproductive health care,” and includes a widget that encourages readers to “Send An Email: Tell Congress you stand with Planned Parenthood.”

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Upon clicking through the “Send” button, users are prompted with a form letter to their House representative with this language:

“The federal government is in the hands of extremist lawmakers who have tried for years to shut down Planned Parenthood health centers and cut patients off from care. If they succeed, millions will lose the care they rely on each year — with people of color, those with low incomes, and folks in rural areas most affected. I’m a part of the overwhelming majority who opposes ‘defunding’ care at Planned Parenthood health centers. I’m ready to fight like hell to protect reproductive health and rights in this country. I stand with Planned Parenthood, do you? Thank you for consideration.”

By subsidizing Attn’s editorial voice, Facebook continues the leftward tilt of the mainstream media; Attn is one of many other left-leaning news organizations selected by Facebook, with only Fox News standing out as a conservative voice.

Reprinted with author’s permission from Accuracy in Media

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The Murder of a Jewish Girl in Germany

Wed, 06/13/2018 - 01:00

On May 22, Susanna Maria Feldman went missing. It was the day after the Jewish holiday of Shavuot which celebrates G-d’s revelation of the Ten Commandments to Moses and a nation of freed slaves.

The fifth commandment is, “Honor thy father and mother.” The sixth is, “Thou shalt not murder.”

And in the German city of Mainz, whose Jewish community dates back to Roman times, a worried mother waited for the worst. Susanna had gone off with her friends. They came home. And she didn’t.

Her mother received a WhatsApp message from her daughter’s phone on the afternoon of the 22nd. “Mom, I’m not coming home. I went to Paris with my friend. Don’t look for me. I’ll come back after 2 or 3 weeks. Bye.”

According to Diana, Susanna’s mother, the message sounded nothing like her daughter. 4 hours later, the teenage girl’s phone was switched off. There was nothing more.

“I hope and pray that nothing bad has happened to her,” she posted on Facebook. “Please help me find my daughter safe again.”

The police reassured the frantic mother that her daughter had just gone off with some friends and would come back on her, but she feared the worst while the authorities stonewalled.

On June 1, she published an open letter to Chancellor Angela Merkel in which she wrote, “I feel abandoned by the German state.”

Two weeks passed. The police searched. Dogs sniffed around but found nothing. And then someone noticed a flash of white among all that brown and green. It was the white of a clothing label.

They found her body between the railroad tracks and Autobahn 66. The killer had stashed the girl under a bush and covered her over with twigs to keep the body out of sight and to buy him some time.

Susanna’s body had been dumped a few hundred meters from the refugee shelter where her alleged killer had been living. The traffic noise of the highway would have covered any sounds the young Jewish girl might have made as a Muslim refugee brutally raped and then strangled her to death.

At only 14, a year younger than Anne Frank when she died, Susanna had been murdered in Germany. The teenage girl had been strangled to death after being raped. Her killer then boasted of the crime.

While the German police were searching for Susanna’s body, the Bashar family, all eight of them, were on their way back to Iraq. The Bashar clan had been living in a refugee shelter even though they were apparently able to afford to book eight tickets to Turkey. The tickets were bought under different names than the ones they had used to apply for asylum in Germany. By June 2, they were back in Iraq.

That same day, Susanna’s mother posted a Facebook message announcing that it was the 11th day. “Every passing day is a nightmare and hell for us!!! Also her little sister misses her.”

At the airport Ali had showed his residence papers, under the name Ali Bashar, and his ticket under a different name, and a Laissez-passer emergency passport in Arabic issued by the Iraqi embassy.

German airports had apparently become so used to migrants traveling under various names that they didn’t blink an eye.

The residents of the refugee asylum had watched the Bashar clan packing up as if they were leaving for good. They told one resident that they were facing deportation. Another resident heard that they were going on vacation. When Ali’s mother was asked where the Bashar clan was going, she answered Berlin.

Like so much else, that was a lie.

Around midnight, they left by the back door, got into two cars and then they were gone.

Ali Bashar, one of the six sons, had come to Germany through Turkey and Greece. He had arrived in Germany in the fall of 2015 at the height of Merkel’s migration crisis. Since then, he had been accused of raping an 11-year-old girl in a refugee shelter, attacking a policewoman and robbing a man at knifepoint

His asylum application had been rejected at the end of 2016. Bashar claimed to have been threatened by the PKK, a Kurdish group fighting against ISIS and Turkey.

But he appealed, and was allowed to stay on in Germany until he finally killed.

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In April of last year, Ali Bashar was suspected of being in a brawl. In February of this year, he was linked to an assault. In March, he bumped into a policewoman and spat on her. Next month, he was accused of robbing a man with a knife. And he was caught with an illegal knife.

Despite that, he was still allowed to stay on even as the policewoman case moved through the system.

But next month, Ali Bashar allegedly did more than hurt his victims. He finally committed a murder.

Ali Bashar had spent most of his time hanging out in the Wiesbaden city center, going back to the refugee shelter only to sleep, and Susanna had gone to the Wiesbaden city center with her friends.

When the authorities moved the Bashars from Giessen to Wiesbaden, they signed a girl’s death warrant. The brand new Weisbaden refugee shelter built in 2016 has become the gateway to a cemetery.

And the same is true of every refugee shelter.

The 20-year-old Muslim refugee boasted of his crime to a 13-year-old in the refugee shelter. Ali’s younger brother had known Susanna and that may have made the rapist and killer’s work easier.

With that information, the police began searching around the refugee shelter and found Susanna. Ali Bashar fled to Kurdistan. And there he made a mistake. The Kurds arrested him and sent him back.

Ali Bashar is not the first refugee to have committed an atrocity in Germany. And he won’t be the last.

The authorities know how to handle this sort of thing. There are police officers patrolling outside the refugee shelter. Are they there to protect those on the outside from those on the inside?

Or are they there to provide security to the denizens of the shelter?

Despite the recent rash of anti-Semitic incidents, the authorities insisted that there had been no anti-Semitic motive in a Muslim attack on a Jewish teenage girl. But how can a motive be credibly ruled out when the alleged killer hasn’t been interviewed by the police and isn’t even in their custody?

The Green Party’s Annalena Baerbock declared that nobody should, “presume to abuse the death of this girl to sow hatred.”

That right is exclusively reserved for the migrant population that the Green Party welcomed in.

A German poll of refugees last year found that more than half hold anti-Semitic views. Even before the migrant flood, German police had noted the rising number of Muslims arrested for anti-Semitic acts. In polls, Jews in Germany listed Muslims as the group most likely to harass or attack them.

In one Berlin school, Muslim students openly boasted, “If a Jew enters our school, he’ll get beaten up – I’d beat him up too.”

In German cities, Muslim mobs have chanted, “Hamas Hamas Jews to the gas!” German courts ruled that firebombing a synagogue previously torched by the Nazis was anti-Zionist rather than anti-Semitic.

When an Israeli Arab wore a Jewish kippa to test the level of anti-Semitism, he was assaulted by a thug shouting, “Jew” at him. The attacker was a Syrian refugee.

After the attack, Merkel had vowed to act “with full force and resolve”. Where is that resolve now?

As the search for Susanna wrapped up, a Jewish teenager in Germany was attacked by Muslim thugs who heard the music he was listening to. “Berlin is ours now,” they shouted, “and you won’t listen to crappy Jewish music here.”

Ali Bashar made a spot near his refugee shelter into his own. The girl who was left there will no longer listen to music. And there is no shelter anywhere, in Germany or America, from the “refugees.”

Reprinted with author’s permission from Sultan Knish Blog

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Palestinians: No Place for Gays

Wed, 06/13/2018 - 00:00

Mahmoud Ishtiwi was executed in Gaza by three bullets to the chest, because he lived among people who consider homosexuality a sin punishable by death — and who act on it.

What can one learn from the controversy? Basically, that it is safer to be a member of Hamas than to be gay. Palestinian leaders would much rather see young Palestinians trying to kill Israelis than talk about gays in their own society. In the world of Hamas and the Palestinian Authority, there is no room for comedy or satire.

On June 8, an estimated 250,000 people attended the Gay Pride Parade in Tel Aviv. Tourists from all around the world came to Israel to watch and participate in the event. The theme of this year’s event is “The Community Makes History” — a reference to the LGBT community in Israel.

Meanwhile, as the Israelis were celebrating tolerance on the streets of Tel Aviv, their Palestinian neighbors were busy doing precisely the opposite: they were demanding that people should be fired for producing a television comedy about gay people in the Gaza Strip.

The controversial program, called “Out of Focus,” has drawn strong condemnations from Palestinians, who are now calling for punishing those responsible for “insulting Arab and Islamic values.”

In Palestinian and Arab society, homosexuality is denounced and stigmatized. Homosexuality is illegal under Hamas rule in the Gaza Strip, and dozens of gay Palestinians have fled to Israel out of fear of persecution and harassment. In the West Bank, the laws of the Palestinian Authority also do not protect the rights of gay Palestinians.

As Israelis celebrated tolerance at the Gay Pride Parade in Tel Aviv, their Palestinian neighbors were busy doing precisely the opposite: demanding the firing of people who produced a TV comedy about gays in Gaza. Pictured: Tens of thousands of participants take part in the annual Gay Pride parade on June 8, 2018, in Tel Aviv, Israel. (Photo by Amir Levy/Getty Images)

In the past decades, several gay Palestinians have been killed in both the West Bank and Gaza Strip.

In 2016, Hamas executed one of its top military commanders, Mahmoud Ishtiwi, 34, after he was found guilty of “moral turpitude” — a thinly veiled reference to homosexuality. Ishtiwi, who was killed by three bullets to the chest, would have lived a safe life had he been an Israeli citizen. If he were living in Israel, he could even have participated in the Gay Pride Parade in Tel Aviv without having to conceal his identity. But he lived in the Gaza Strip among people who consider homosexuality a sin punishable by death — and who act on it.

The case of Ishtiwi lays bare a major difference between Israeli and Palestinian society and culture.

Israel has been marching forward towards tolerance and acceptance of the gay community’s rights, while Palestinians remain as intolerant as ever with regards to those who dare to act and speak differently.

The uproar over the television program about gays in the Gaza Strip is yet another example of how Palestinian society is still far from recognizing and respecting the rights of the gay community. The program, which was filmed recently in the Gaza Strip, features a comic scene in which a male actor makes sexual advances at young men as part of a “candid camera” show. In other words, the sexual advances are not for real and are only meant as a joke; those targeted were not even aware that were being filmed secretly.

In the Palestinian world, however, this is no laughing matter.

Mousa Shurrab, a comedian from the Gaza Strip and the brains behind the offending show, is in big trouble. In a posting on Facebook, Shurrab has been forced to apologize for the show. He said that he removed the video from social media. “We apologize to all our viewers,” he wrote. “The program was deleted shortly after it was posted. We made a mistake which we regret.”

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The comedian’s apology, however, has failed to calm his critics, who took to social media to express their disgust over the program. and his demeanor.

“What kind of an apology is this after you have offended all religious and cultural values for the sake of fame?” wrote Taghreed Alemoure in a Facebook comment. Several other Facebook users accused the comedian of promoting “sexual abnormality” and used derogatory remarks and curses to condemn him and threaten him. “Removing the video does not exonerate you from this moral crime,” commented Mohamed Al-Aila.

Some Palestinians called on Hamas to take action against Shurrab and the producers of the show. Their call did not fall on deaf ears. The Hamas Interior Ministry quickly summoned for interrogation one of the show’s producers, Emad Eid. Although Eid was released a few hours later, Hamas says it will continue to investigate the matter.

The Bethlehem-based Ma’an news agency, which was accused of producing the comedy, is now doing its utmost to distance itself from the program. In a statement, Ma’an said that it had never authorized the show for broadcast and claimed that someone had instead leaked it to social media. “One of the actors posted the show on social media with our logo,” the news agency said. “We reserve the right to pursue legal action against those responsible for this illegal act.” The agency also offered an apology to its viewers for “harming our people and their values.”

Meanwhile, the Palestinian Authority has launched an investigation of its own into the television show, also deeming it “harmful to our people and their values.” The Ramallah-based Ministry of Information said that it was planning to take legal action against those responsible for the show.

What can one learn from the controversy surrounding the Palestinian version of “candid camera?” Basically, that it is safer to be a member of Hamas than to be gay. Palestinian leaders would much rather see young Palestinians trying to kill Israelis than talk about gays in their own society. In the world of Hamas and the Palestinian Authority, there is no room for comedy or satire.

How can there be, with no room for gays or anyone who dares to touch on issues that are taboo? It is hardly a secret that Palestinian society has gay members, but their lives are rather different than those of their peers just a few miles away in Israel. How coincidental and symbolic that the Palestinian gay controversy erupted on the very day that tens of thousands of Israelis were celebrating gay pride in Israel.

Reprinted with author’s permission from Gatestone InstituteAdvanced

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Unusual Summer Rain: Is God Crying On Jerusalem?

Tue, 06/12/2018 - 10:23

A remarkably unseasonal downpour drenched parts of Israel,  leading many Jews to turn their eyes to heaven in search of understanding: was this a blessing or perhaps the opposite. As Joshua Wander watched the rain fall on the Temple Mount, the conclusion he came to was decidedly uncomfortable.

Israel is an arid country with about 70 percent of the average rain falling between November and March. June through August are often rainless. This is reflected in the daily prayers in which the prayer for rain is inserted at the end of the autumnal holiday of Sukkoth and continues until the spring holiday of Passover. This has its roots in the agricultural basis of the religion and unseasonal rain can damage crops.

The Bible describes the weather in Israel as a result of the Jews’ relationship with God.

If, then, you obey the commandments that I enjoin upon you this day, loving Hashem your God and serving Him with all your heart and soul, I will grant the rain for your land in season, the early rain and the late. You shall gather in your new grain and wine and oil Deuteronomy 11:13-14

When heavy rain fell, accompanied in places by thunder, many were reminded of this verse and wondered if this rain signified divine displeasure. The weather forecasts were accompanied by flash flood warnings, a reminder that in April, similar unseasonal rains generated a flash flood that killed ten teens.

Wander, a resident of the Mount of Olives, was watching the rain fall on the Temple Mount. He had never seen rain in Israel so late in the summer season. As a religious Jew, he searched for a reason for such a strange phenomenon and he thought of what was taking place 25 miles south of where he was standing. In Netiv Ha’avot, a neighborhood in the city of Elazar in Gush Etzion, 15 homes were being destroyed.

“It just seemed so clear that Hashem (God, literally ‘the name’) was crying,” Wander told Breaking Israel News. “I am going through a roller coaster of feelings because of what is happening there. Families are being torn from their houses.”

“Rabbi Yosef Dayan, a member of the nascent Sanhedrin and a descendant of King David, agreed with Wander.

“We pray for rain in its season and when it comes out of season, this is surely a sign of divine intervention,” Rabbi Dayan told Breaking Israel News. “It is impossible to say that we know why these things happen, but the destruction of Jewish homes in Netiv Ha’Avot is very serious. We have much to be happy for in Israel today but there are so many things we need to pay attention to. Yes, Netiv Ha’Avot is awful and it is good to think that God is crying because Jews are being made homeless. But the situation on the Temple Mount is no better. And that is also our fault.”

The rabbi compared the situation on the Temple Mount to a prophecy in Haggai.

Is it a time for you to dwell in your paneled houses, while this House is lying in ruins? Haggai 1:4

“Building up the land is not enough if we lose sight of why we are here,” Rabbi Dayan said. “Jerusalem, Har HaBayit (the Temple Mount), is why it is important to fight for Netiv Ha’Avot. It is all one.”

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Bruce Lee, Jewish?

Tue, 06/12/2018 - 09:37

Bruce Lee was internationally renowned as a 1970’s martial arts icon and movie star; but new evidence suggests that he was actually a descendant of a Jewish butcher from Rotterdam, Holland.

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Erdogan Threatens to Reignite Christian-Islamic War

Tue, 06/12/2018 - 09:20

Turkey’s increasingly authoritarian President Recep Tayyip Erdogan, has strongly criticized Austria’s recent decision to close mosques and expel Turkish-funded imams, calling the move “anti-Islamic.”

Erdogan, who has concentrated ever-increasing power in his own hands and those of his Justice and Development Party, was scathing of the Austrian announcement and seemed to threaten severe reprisals. “These measures taken by the Austrian prime minister [Sebastian Kurz] are, I fear, leading the world towards a war between the cross and the crescent,” he said in a speech in Istanbul.

It is said that the Austrian move could lead to the expulsion of up to 60 Turkish-funded imams and their families and would probably lead to up to seven mosques having to close – as part of a crackdown on what the Austrian government has termed “political Islam.”

Among the mosques facing closure is the Mosque of the Grey Wolves on Antonsplatz, in the working-class Vienna district of Favoriten, where the Gallipoli reenactment took place. (Gallipoli being the site of one of the worst Allied reverses in World War I, with tens of thousands of casualties at the hands of Ottoman-Turkish soldiers).

Erdogan, speaking recently, said: “They say they’re going to kick our religious men out of Austria. Do you think we will not react if you do such a thing?”

“That means we’re going to have to do something,” he added without elaborating.

There are an estimated 360,000 people of Turkish extraction living in Austria – making it the second largest minority in the country. This is in addition to between 2.5 million and 4 million currently residing in neighboring Germany.

Relations between Turkey and Austria have been strained since 2016, when forces loyal to Erdogan brutally cracked down an alleged attempted coup to ouster the president, who has been at the center of Turkish political life since early in the Millennium.

Tensions have recently increased due to the upcoming Turkish presidential elections on June 24, in which Erdogan faces strong competition from Muharrem Ince, and an increasingly skeptical local electorate.

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Hold the Steak; Chickpeas Are the Food of the Future

Tue, 06/12/2018 - 07:25

Hummus – a world-famous mashed chickpea dish – is one of the most popular foods in Israel, and one whose true origins are hotly debated across the Middle East. It is said that this foodstuff was first made in Egypt, where there are recipes dating back as far as the 13th century.

Eight centuries later, an Israeli physician and nutrition expert at the Hebrew University of Jerusalem’s Robert H. Smith Faculty of Agriculture, Food and Environment in Rehovot has found a revolutionary new way to use these humble legumes that is likely to benefit the whole world.

Yummy ChickP bars (Photo courtesy ChickP)

Prof. Ram Reifen, director of the research center for nutrigenomics and functional foods at the faculty’s School of Nutritional Sciences and Institute of Biochemistry, Food Science and Nutrition, has developed a patented vegetable protein that can replace many animal products.

Cattle, sheep and other farm animals consume much energy and facilitate global warming. Beef and other foods raise blood cholesterol and pose threats to the cardiovascular system, while a growing number of people are turning to vegetarianism and even veganism.

Public awareness of leading a healthier lifestyle, including the consumption of sustainable and non-processed foods has increased in recent years, leading to a greater demand for nutrition-based plant protein. This change in eating patterns requires new products that will substitute for products like meat and cheese but have similar nutritional value – and do not contain substances such as gluten, lactose, allergens and the like.

ChickP Nuggets (Photo courtesy ChickP)

Reifen, a Hebrew University Medical Faculty graduate, pediatrician and an expert in children’s nutrition and digestive diseases, has devoted more than 15 years of research to this field. He created ChickP, a powder comprised of 60% to 90% from which milk- and meat-substitutes will be manufactured, along with high-protein energy snacks, beverages and more. ChickP is also a safe and better alternative to soy protein – which contains phytoestrogens – and peas, both of which trigger allergic reactions in many people. Concentrated chickpea protein can actually lower cholesterol and triglyceride levels.

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There are several benefits to using chickpea derivatives, specifically that the product has no hormones and is not genetically engineered. In addition, its taste does not need to be masked by harmful sugar or salt, and a wide variety of tastes can be added to it. Chickpeas also grow in semi-arid regions, so the legume can be produced in Israel’s Negev. They require very little fertilization and make an excellent rotation plant to maintain the quality of the soil.

Until now, no chickpea powder with a concentration of up to 90% protein has been available for industrial use. Since the global market for plant proteins is expected to reach more than $10 billion by 2020, ChickP is addressing a huge market and offers an innovative solution to the need and demand for a wider range of high-quality, safe plant protein ingredients.

“We believe that during the next five years, ChickP’s revenues will reach $300 million. Samples of our product are now under examination and evaluation in various food companies, with applications in meat substitutes, dairy alternatives, beverages, pastries, snacks, bars and more,” noted Reifen.

By-products created during the making of the protein powder include prebiotics, boutique oil and other nutritional supplements for the food, human and animal industries, thus enabling the production process to benefit from all the essential nutritional qualities found in the chickpeas. Finally, chickpeas also contain elements that prevent wrinkling of the skin and could be used to develop ointments for skin care.

For his breakthrough, Reifen will receive, during the university’s board of governors meetings, a Kaye Innovation Award. Prominent United Kingdom pharmaceutical industrialist, Isaac Kaye, has given the awards annually since 1994. He established them to encourage Hebrew University faculty, staff and students to develop innovative methods and inventions with good commercial potential benefiting the university and society.

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Israeli Government Expels Jewish Residents of Netiv Ha’avot in Gush Etzion

Tue, 06/12/2018 - 06:38

The IDF began the court-ordered expulsion of Jewish families from their homes this morning from the Gush Etzion city of Netiv Ha’Avot.

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Growing As A Christian In The Galilee

Tue, 06/12/2018 - 06:22

“There’s a move from Nations that want to be part of Israel in a deeper way,” explained Chaim Malespin, Director of Operations at the Aliyah Return Center in Israel’s Galilee region. Responding to that desire, Malespin and his team offer opportunities to Christians to learn, serve and grow.

The Aliyah Return Center (ARC), “is focused on building bridges between Jewish and Christian communities and mobilizing the church to understand and embrace God’s call to bless and serve Israel and the Jewish people. ARC is committed to standing with Israel and the Jewish people as ambassadors and advocates for Israel.”

Volunteer interns live on the grounds of the center in the north of Israel for three months. Other opportunities to serve, even as short as a single day, are available upon request, all year long. For those deeply committed to the work of the Aliyah Return Center, a 2-year volunteer visa can be arranged after the internship period.

Interns are assigned to one of seven departments, based on where they can best be of service. Each of the departments is led by a long-term volunteer who orients and trains new interns.

Although each intern has a different task, the entire group, which typically numbers 20 at a time, participates in morning Bible study. The group focuses on what Malespin calls, “The Aliyah Scriptures” – 64 verses that emphasize the return of the Jewish people to the Land of Israel and the role of the Nations in that return.

There is also private time spent in the designated prayer room. Malespin told Breaking Israel News, “Each of the prayer requests, including one for a new lawn mower, have been answered, one by one and checked off the list.” Now the group is focusing their prayer on the need for a new 7-seater van.

Meal times are communal times. Alaska resident Garrett Rubio, who has been with the Aliyah Return Center for about 18 months ago and serves as Foreman of Construction and Project Oversight, told Breaking Israel News, “Sometimes Dean [Bye, the Founding Visionary] comes and gives a teaching. Meal times are more like time to socialize and get to know one another better. That’s our time to be together.”

To date, approximately 250 Christian volunteers have served at the Aliyah Return Center.

Thus said Hashem: I will raise My hand to nations And lift up My ensign to peoples; And they shall bring your sons in their bosoms, And carry your daughters on their backs. Isaiah 49:22

Amber Williams is a teacher from Seattle, Washington. She came to Israel on the 19-day Shagririm (Ambassadors) program, which Malespin describes as akin to “Birthright for Christians” and a journey of discovery, and stayed on as an intern. “I’m a teacher. I’m on the presentation team. When people want to know more about the Aliyah Return Center, I give them a presentation of the Center and the kind of work we’re doing here.”

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Amber has been in Israel about a month. Discussing her experience with Breaking Israel News, she said, “I quit my job to be here. I felt such strong calling to Israel in my heart, a calling and a love that I can’t even explain. I quit my job and flew to Israel to serve.

“My walk with the Lord started about a year ago. I’m planning to stay until the end of July, which will be a total of three months. If God calls me to serve longer, I would love to.

“Being here has hugely impacted me. It’s really matured my spiritual walk. Coming from the Western world, we don’t have the education, or we get misinformation from the media about Israel. Serving Israel and the Jewish people, I’m learning about my part in the aliyah prophecies. I’m starting to understand what God’s purpose was for me being here in Israel, for the Jewish roots of my faith and for my calling. I think it changes everything. I have a new filter to look through to life and faith and relationships and falling in love with Israeli culture.”

Reflecting on how serving in Israel has prepared her to face Israel’s detractors, Williams said, “I have something to say when I get back to Seattle. I actually have a binder full of articles that I’ve been looking though and annotating. I’m getting educated at each place we go to. I’ve started practicing with friends and family back home. Every day, I feel more equipped to share the truth about Israel. Part of that involves flipping people’s conceptions and misconceptions upside down.”

Malespin explained that the interns have a chance to travel and see more of Israel. “We try to do a trip once a week, on Wednesdays.” He described the Center’s two flagship day trips. The “Galilee Experience” focuses on the history of the Galilee and the Golan Heights, from Biblical times to the modern day. There is also the “Destiny Experience”, where interns are taken to sites all over Judea and Samaria, where, Malespin said, “83% of the Bible happened and aliyah began. This is offered complimentary for new immigrants.”

The Aliyah Return Center does not have an upper age limit for interns. Rubio said, “We’ve had 80 year-olds. The head cook is in her 70s.

“They have to be flexible. It’s a tight community with people from all different cultures. There needs to be a degree of willingness to work together. Someone who comes with a heart that’s flexible, someone willing to sweat and work (It’s HOT here!). It’s a labor of love. You have to come with the mindset, ‘I’m here to bless and support Israel.’ A willing heart and a flexible mindset [are key].”

Interns have a weekly Shabbat experience, including homemade challah, and participate in study of the weekly Torah portion, led by an Orthodox Jew. There’s also a bit of introductory Hebrew offered.

According to Malespin, the Aliyah Return Center has developed a thorough application process. “We want them to be vetted properly. We try to develop them as people who can do hasbara (Israel advocacy). We’re here to learn how to show love with our actions.  We make it really, really clear that we’re not here to exact anything in exchange.”

Rubio said that he watches for interns who have a tendency to proselytize. He takes them aside and helps them understand how to relate. “Each individual leader has a responsibility to curb [the tendency to proselytize],” he emphasized.

There is a focus on what the leadership team calls “intern development”. Interns are taught the anti-semitic history of the Church, which comes as a surprise to many. Rubio reflected, “I was totally shocked and horrified learning what the Christians have done. Most Christians don’t know the history and that’s the reason why the walls are up.”

Aware of that history, Malespin said, “Now there’s an opportunity to rectify. People are learning and gaining education in a practical application that betters tomorrow for our children.” Smiling, he quoted the Center’s motto: “We are not here to debate but to learn to relate, participate, and celebrate what God has got going in the Galilee.

“It has been a faith journey every day, and donations have made all this possible. The Membership program,” Malespin explained, “which, for a 10-year period provides one week per year lodging and programming for Christians from the Nations, while also providing sponsored complimentary lodging for the needy in Israel, has also been a wonderful financial boost to the work here.”



Malespin expressed appreciation for his colleagues who are doing similar work, bridging the gap between Jews and Christians. “We recognize that it’s not just us. The Wallers [of HaYovel], Rabbi Yehuda Glick [who chairs the Knesset Caucus for the Encouragement of Bible Study], Rabbi Tuly Weisz [editor of The Israel Bible and Director of Israel365], and so many others are part of something phenomenal – that the Jewish people would come home and the Nations would be part of it.”

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40 IAF Planes Practiced Extreme Long Range Sorties over Greece [WATCH]

Tue, 06/12/2018 - 06:11

The Israeli Air Force held a joint exercise with the Greek Air Force over Greece last Thursday, which included 40 Israeli fighter jets from ten squadrons, including refueling and transport aircraft and dozens of aircrews, the IDF Spokesperson reported Monday. The training exercise was executed entirely in the air, without landing, and included two daylight sorties.

“As part of the corps’ drill, we just returned from a long-term training exercise in Greece,” commander of Squadron 105, Lt. Col. R., reported. “My squadron took part, along with the entire Air Force, in training that went far away from home to unfamiliar territory, to carry out a precise and defined mission under very challenging conditions.”

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“The flight was successful and was based on our preliminary capabilities and on precise and detailed planning. Our ability to take all our units and fly a great distance, perform a task and return, is substantial, and we are ready to carry it out whenever we are so ordered.”

In that context, the distance between Tel Aviv, Israel, and Tehran, Iran, as the crow flies is 988 miles. The General Dynamics F-16 Fighting Falcon can fly more than 500 miles without refueling.

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Fragile Calm And Anger At High Court As Netiv Ha’Avot Prepares For Demolition

Tue, 06/12/2018 - 06:01

Knesset members, local government officials, prominent religious Zionist Rabbi’s and hundreds of high school students squared off with security forces at the Netiv Ha’Avot outpost in Gush Etzion Tuesday to protest the scheduled demolition of 15 homes in the community and to call for expanded construction for Jewish communities in Judea and Samaria.

Matan Yehezkeli, a resident and father of five, slammed the High Court of Justice for approving the demolition, comparing it to the Biblical figure Korach, who challenged Moses’ authority and was punished by having the earth swallow him up. Yehezkeli told protesters that just as Moses’ faith in God was ultimately rewarded, so too would the Netiv Ha’Avot residents and the Zionist movement ultimately win out.

“When you compare the High Court of Justice rulings vis-à-vis Netiv Ha’Avot to its rulings on illegal Bedouin construction in the Negev, you realize that things have gone completely insane,” Yehezkeli said.

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Tempers were calm as dawn broke over the community, with groups of teenagers smiling and an atmosphere that resembled more a fun day off school rather than a protest. At 7:30 a.m a mass prayer service was held in the community synagogue, with worshipers spilling out of the building with little room to move and loudspeakers set up for the overflow crowd.

As zero hour approached, however, tension in the neighborhood begins to rise noticeably. Outside the synagogue, community leaders led the crowd reciting selections from the Book of Psalms while security forces linked arms and held hands in order to control crowd movement. Several teenage protesters were manhandled by border patrol officers while being detained.

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“I’m afraid this is going to become very violent,” said 30-year-old Bazi Rubin, A resident of the adjacent Elazar settlement whose brother and sister-in-law rented a home in Netiv Ha’Avot until several months ago.

“The crazy thing is that it’s going to come from people who don’t live here. We have had many conversations with young people in Elazar, and the families in Nativ have all signed nonviolence commitments, except for two families, Who are planning to resist.

“But over the last day so many kids have come from other places and they don’t know what the families here want.”

Organizers were well aware of the threat and reminded teenagers not to attack soldiers or police officers before dispersing protesters to private homes. Later, homeowners repeated the warnings, imploring visitors “not to violate the spirit” of the community.

“I don’t want to hear anybody cursing the officers who come to pull us out,” said David Den Heijer, who has lived here for more than a decade. “They are not our enemies; they are our friends and brothers, doing a job that they have been forced to do by the courts. Don’t walk out – make them carry you. But in this home, nobody is going to raise a hand to an IDF soldier or an Israeli policeman.”

Nevertheless, Several loud explosives were set off during the morning in garbage cans, and burning tires sent people fleeing for breathable air, including 20-something-year old women with newborn babies.

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Baroness Rothschild Unveils New Historical Layer of Caesarea’s Hidden Treasures [PHOTOS]

Tue, 06/12/2018 - 05:23

Baroness Ariane de Rothschild, Chair of the Edmond de Rothschild Foundation, unveiled Sunday night a preservation and reconstruction project of the wall promenade, fortifications, and the Crusaders’ market at the port of Caesarea in a festive event in the presence of numerous guests.

Aerial view of the Caesarea excavations / Photo credit: Victor Levi, Caesarea Development Corporation

“Caesarea’s Crusaders’ Wall Promenade is not only a tourist attraction, but also another important element in the Edmond de Rothschild Foundation’s social and economic impact on Caesarea, Or Akiva, Jisser al-Zarqa, and the surrounding towns,” Baroness de Rothschild said at the opening ceremony.

The Wall Promenade route begins near the southern gate to the Crusader city and continues to the observation tower overlooking the ancient Roman “amusement quarter” in all its glory – with the theater, the hippodrome, the bathhouse, and the reef palace. From there, along the top of the walls and beside them, visitors can learn about the period-typical fortification system, before reaching the Crusaders’ market area, located near a covered street – with its experience-inviting atmosphere.

The Caesarea Crusaders’ Wall Promenade / Photo credit: Victor Levi, Caesarea Development Corporation

The market affords a look and a whiff of some of the goods displayed by the merchants, conducting vibrant and colorful trade of food, handicrafts, and exotic accessories that the European Crusaders were first exposed to as they rode their horses into the heart of the city, bags filled with gold coins, some of which were discovered in the archeological excavations at the site.

Basket weaving artisan in the Crusaders’ market at the port of Caesarea / Photo credit: Victor Levi, Caesarea Development Corporation

On the quarter’s second level, visitors can take in the residential apartments built by the Crusaders, decorated with mosaic floors and marble slabs.

The Caesarea Crusaders’ Wall Promenade / Photo credit: Victor Levi, Caesarea Development Corporation

“Over the past decade, we have invested more than $42 million in tourism development and in archaeological excavations of what was formerly sand-covered ruins,” the Baroness said. “We will continue to make informed investments which are serving as power multipliers for development, employment, and tourism, as well as for education, and empowerment. Israel draws its strength and national resilience from the diversity it encompasses. Recognizing diversity creates pioneering leaders.”

“The Baron de Rothschild’s family is determined to continue to pursue, as a central partner to the State of Israel, its contribution to the development of Israel in general and of the Caesarea area in particular,” Baroness de Rothschild said. “Providing access to the promenade and opening the Crusaders’ market also in the evening hours, will upgrade the Israeli tourism product and provide visitors from all over the world with a ‘Caesarea standard’ experience.”

“But for me, this is much more than a tourist attraction.” said the Baroness and stressed that “the $42 million investment of the Foundation in the region over the last decade is yet another important element in the social and economic impact which the Edmond de Rothschild Foundation strives for in Caesarea, Or Akiva, Jisser al-Zarqa, and the surrounding towns. We believe in ‘impact investments,’ which constitute a multiplier of power for development, employment, tourism, education, and empowerment.”

The Edmond de Rothschild Foundation Vice Chairman (Israel) Guy Swersky, noted that the project was excavated and reconstructed over 12 months with funding from the Edmond de Rothschild Foundation through the Caesarea Development Corporation and in cooperation with the Antiquities Authority and the Israel Nature and Parks Authority, with a direct investment of $2.8 million.

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“Caesarea offers a new and fascinating discovery every day. The Foundation’s decision to allocate the considerable amount of over $42 million for restoring, preserving, and providing accessibility to the old city and the port make the project the largest of its kind in Israel – and perhaps even in the world,” Swersky said.

Shaul Goldstein, CEO of the Nature and Parks Authority, said: “More than 2,000 years have passed since Herod built the port city of Caesarea and even today, the old city inside the Caesarea National Park continues to flourish, to thrive and to thrill the hundreds of thousands of visitors each year – Israelis and tourists alike – making it one of the most popular sites in Israel.”

Caesarea Development Corporation CEO Michael Karsenti said that the restoration and accessibility works were designed specifically to enable visitors walking the restored promenade to view illustration aids in order to enjoy a genuine glimpse into the glorious past of a city that united religions, cultures, and multiple rulers and conquerors.

Israel Antiquities Authority Chairman Israel Hasson said: “I would like to congratulate the Edmond de Rothschild Foundation, the Caesarea Development Corporation and the Israel Nature and Parks Authority for their important partnership in realizing the great vision of returning Caesarea to its glorious days as a vibrant port city that provides a cultural experience for its visitors.

“As part of this broad vision, we are looking forward to open this project to the public and we hope that the State of Israel and the Edmond de Rothschild Foundation will find a way to continue to develop this national project, which contains fascinating findings that will transform this region to be One of a kind in the world.”

“Along the tour of the fortifications – the walls, moat, and the Crusaders’ market, all built in 1251, during the visit of Louis IX, King of France, who himself took part in the fortification works, visitors can actually step centuries back in time to the Middle Ages and the Crusades period. You can touch reconstructed parts of the walls, peer through the embrasures, and the brave-hearted are invited to descend through the mysterious access tunnel that was used by the Crusader knights to access the moat surrounding the fortifications in order to bring food and ammunition supplies without risking a breach of the walls,” Karsenti added.

The new excavations in Caesarea / Photo credit: Victor Levi, Caesarea Development Corporation

Karsenti and the Caesarea Port Authority director, Vered Sarig, promise that the Caesarea Development Corporation will soon hold on the new promenade a variety of period-inspired events in a theatrical atmosphere during day and evening hours, with stalls of oil and wine pitchers, fruits, vegetables, and breads – a culinary experience reminiscent of the Crusader cuisine. Event dates will be published in advance.

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ISAIAH 59:20

Tue, 06/12/2018 - 03:27

For thousands of years, the Jewish people have been waiting for the fulfillment of Yeshayahu’s (Isaiah) promise of a redeemer coming to Tzion (Zion). Jewish tradition believes that as long as Tzion lies in ruins, the redeemer has not yet come. This belief implies that for the redeemer to come, Tzion must not be neglected. Yerushalayim (Jerusalem) and the entire Land of Israel must first be rebuilt by Jewish returnees, and only then will Hashem’s (God) spirit enter the Land. Indeed, as the Jewish People continue to return and rebuild Israel, our generation eagerly awaits the final redemption. Some of the most beautiful sites in Israel are the ancient ruins, such as the ruins in Caesarea pictured above, juxtaposed to the modern building and architecture in the country. This unique combination of history and modernity if the epitome of redemption from the ruins.

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Germany’s Migrant Rape Crisis: “Failure of the State”

Tue, 06/12/2018 - 02:00

“Susanna is dead. Maria from Freiburg; Mia from Kandel; Mireille from Flensburg; and now Susanna from Mainz….” — Alice Weidel, co-leader AfD party.

“Susanna’s death is not a blind stroke of fate. Susanna’s death is the result of many years of organized irresponsibility and the scandalous failure of our asylum and immigration policies. Susanna is victim of an out-of-control leftwing multicultural ideology that stops at nothing to impose its sense of moral superiority.” — Alice Weidel, co-leader AfD party.

“On the day of Susanna’s murder, you [Merkel] testified in parliament that you have handled the migrant crisis responsibly. Do you dare to repeat that claim to Susanna’s parents?” — Alice Weidel, co-leader AfD party.

The rape and murder of a 14-year-old Jewish girl by a failed Iraqi asylum seeker has cast a renewed spotlight on Germany’s migrant rape crisis, which has continued unabated for years amid official complicity and public apathy.

Thousands of women and children have been raped or sexually assaulted in Germany since Chancellor Angela Merkel welcomed into the country more than one million mostly male migrants from Africa, Asia and the Middle East.

The latest crime, entirely preventable, is uniquely reprehensible in that it highlights in one act the many insidious consequences of Germany’s open-door migration policy — including the failure to vet those allowed into the country and the practice of releasing migrant criminals back onto German streets instead of incarcerating or deporting them.

The crime also exposes the gross negligence of Germany’s political class, which appears to be more concerned with preserving multiculturalism and the rights of predatory migrants than protecting German women and children from them.

Police say that Ali Bashar, a 20-year-old Iraqi Kurd, raped Susanna Maria Feldman, strangled her and then dumped her body in a wooded area alongside railroad tracks on the outskirts of Wiesbaden. Bashar then fled to Iraq on false identity papers.

Feldman had been missing from her home in Mainz since May 22. Her mother filed a missing person report on May 23. Police, however, did not even begin to search for the girl until more than a week later, when an unnamed 13-year-old boy, a migrant living in the same refugee shelter as Bashar, contacted the police. Feldman’s body was finally recovered on June 6.

14-year-old Susanna Maria Feldman (inset) was raped and murdered by Ali Bashar, a failed Iraqi asylum seeker in Germany. He dumped her body in a wooded area on the outskirts of Wiesbaden. (Image sources: Feldman – Facebook; Wiesbaden – Maxpixel)

Bashar arrived in Germany in October 2015, at the height of the migrant influx, along with his parents and five siblings; claiming to be refugees, they turned out to be economic migrants. Bashar’s asylum request was rejected in December 2016. He should have been deported, but after he filed an appeal, German authorities allowed him to stay.

During his three years in Germany, Bashar chalked up an extensive criminal record, including physical assault of law enforcement officers, violent robbery at knifepoint and possession of illegal weapons.

Police said that Bashar was also a suspect in the March 2018 rape of an 11-year-old girl living in the same refugee shelter where he and his family were staying.

Bashar was able to flee Germany under a false identity because of bureaucratic incompetence: federal border police failed to check if the name on his plane ticket matched the name on his identity papers.

Bashar was arrested in northern Iraq on June 8 and was extradited to Germany a day later. He is currently being held at a correctional facility in Wiesbaden.

Susanna’s murder was the fourth German teenager to be murdered by illegal migrants during the past 18 months.

  • October 16, 2016. Maria Ladenburger, a 19-year-old medical student from Freiburg, was raped and murdered after returning home from a party hosted by her school’s medical faculty. Her attacker was Hussein Khavari, who entered Germany in November 2015 without identification papers. He claimed to have been born in Afghanistan in November 1999. Because of his alleged age (16), he was granted asylum as an underage unaccompanied migrant and placed with a foster family.After Khavari was arrested as a suspect in the Ladenburger case, the newsmagazine Stern reported that in February 2014, Khavari had been sentenced to ten years in prison for attempted murder for pushing a 20-year-old woman over a cliff on the Greek island of Corfu. The woman survived the attack and Khavari was released after serving 18 months in prison, based on an amnesty for juvenile offenders. He then migrated to Germany.During his trial in Greece, Khavari told the court that he had been born in Iran in January 1996 and had arrived in Europe in January 2013.During his trial in Germany, Khavari confessed to raping and killing Ladenburger. It emerged that Khavari was born in Iran on January 29, 1984 and that at the time he killed Ladenburger, he was actually 32. On March 22, 2018, Khavari was sentenced to life in prison for rape and murder, but according to German law, he may apply for parole after serving 15 years.
  • December 27, 2017. Mia Valentin, a 15-year-old girl from Kandel, a small town in the federal state of Rhineland-Palatinate, near the German border with France, was stabbed to death at a local drugstore. Her attacker was Abdul Mobin, a failed Afghan asylum seeker who claimed to be 15 years old.Valentin and her attacker had been in a relationship for several months, but after she ended it in early December 2017, Mobin began to threaten her. On December 15, the girl’s parents filed a formal complaint to police. Police visited Mobin on December 17, and again on the morning of December 27. Later that day, Mobin followed Valentin into the drugstore and stabbed her with a kitchen knife he had purchased at the same store. The girl died a short time later.Mobin had arrived in Germany in April 2016 and initially resided at a refugee shelter in Frankfurt. He was later transferred to a refugee shelter in Germersheim, a small town in the federal state of Rhineland-Palatinate, and then to a youth facility in nearby Neustadt. His asylum claim was rejected in February 2017, but he was not deported. Mobin, who was known to police after he punched a student at Valentin’s school, is being held in custody while German authorities try to determine his true age.
  • March 12, 2018. Mireille Bold, a 17-year-old girl from Flensburg, was stabbed to death by Ahmad Gulbhar, an 18-year-old asylum seeker from Afghanistan. He allegedly became enraged and killed her after she refused to wear a headscarf convert to Islam. Gulbhar had arrived in Germany in 2015 as an underage unaccompanied migrant. His asylum application was rejected but he was never deported.Bold, who lived in the same building as her attacker, had called police for help at least once before she was killed. A good friend of Bold’s family told the newspaper Bild:

    “Ahmad was a jealous rooster who always wanted to control her. They have been in a relationship since January 2016, but there were constant rows. He insisted that she convert to Islam and always wear a headscarf.

    “She wasn’t sure. Whenever she went scarfless there was trouble. Mireille told me that he fled alone from Afghanistan and had a great longing for his family. He was supposed to have a job in a civil engineering company. Once when she met with him he called her every two minutes on her phone demanding to know what was happening.”

    The attacker is being held in pre-trial detention.

As with the deaths of the other teenagers, Susanna’s murder prompted the usual barrage of political posturing and feigned outrages from German politicians and media.

The level of public outrage over Susanna’s case, however, suggests that Germany may be reaching a tipping point: the German government is finally being held to account for its role in the migrant rape crisis.

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“The government should beg for forgiveness from Susanna’s parents,” said the mass-circulation Bild. “The only thing that is worse than the murder of a child is the murder of a child by a criminal who should not have been in our country.”

The leader of the Free Democrats (FDP), Christian Lindner, said that the crime raises many questions: “Why are rejected asylum seekers not deported more consistently? Why could the perpetrator and his family flee under a false identity?”

“This is typical of our German security agencies,” FDP politician Alexander Graf Lambsdorff said. “There are simply too many gaps in this system. This has been terribly upsetting for many years.”

SPD manager Carsten Schneider said what had to be quickly clarified was “how the suspect was able to escape, and how he can be brought to court in Germany as quickly as possible.”

“The Federal Interior Minister must ensure that the existing control mechanisms are also used during entry and exit,” said Burkhard Lischka, an SPD spokesman. “With such questionable papers and in view of the destination, the Federal Police could have determined with a simple fingerprint comparison that a criminal is on the run.”

“The cruel murder of Susanna fills me with great sadness and anger,” said Eckhardt Rehberg of the CDU. “As a politician responsible for the budget, I say…the entire asylum process needs to be fundamentally reshaped. We will provide the money for that.”

The Alternative for Germany (AfD), the anti-immigration party, called for the resignation of the entire federal government. In a video posted on Twitter, AfD co-leader Alice Weidel said:

“Susanna is dead. Maria from Freiburg; Mia from Kandel; Mireille from Flensburg; and now Susanna from Mainz….

“Susanna’s death is not a blind stroke of fate. Susanna’s death is the result of many years of organized irresponsibility and the scandalous failure of our asylum and immigration policies. Susanna is victim of an out-of-control leftwing multicultural ideology that stops at nothing to impose its sense of moral superiority. Susanna is also another victim of Chancellor Angela Merkel’s hypocritical and selfish welcome policy.

“Legally, Ali Bashar should never have been allowed into Germany. His asylum request was rejected more than two years ago, and he should have been deported. Bashar was known to police for physical assault, attacking police officers, and possessing illegal weapons. In March 2018, he was suspected of raping an 11-year-old girl at a refugee shelter. According to the law, Bashar should have had to leave Germany a long time ago or be arrested.

“An absurd asylum law and a grotesque asylum policy…it is lenient toward asylum cheaters and criminals but ignores the genuine concerns of German citizens.

“Ali Bashar, his parents and five siblings lived here on the taxpayer’s dime, they could not be deported, but after his Ali’s crime, they somehow found the money to flee Germany on falsified documents. No problem in a Germany with open borders.

“On the day of Susanna’s murder, you [Merkel] testified in parliament that you have handled the migrant crisis responsibly. Do you dare to repeat that claim to Susanna’s parents? Well, no. Your hard-heartedness and self-righteousness means you feel you are above offering the victims of your policies a personal word. This is unacceptable to us citizens. Will you finally accept responsibility, Mrs. Merkel? You and your entire cabinet should resign to make possible another asylum policy so that the parents in this country no longer need to fear for the safety of their children.”

The newsmagazine Stern concluded:

“The emotional reactions to Susanna’s case illustrate how Germany has changed. Already in the summer of the refugee crisis, when hundreds of thousands of people came into the country, there were warnings that the mood in the population could tip….

“The case of Susanna awakens the image of a loss of control, an overstretched state that no longer has a grip on asylum policy — especially in a society that loves law and order. There are now repeated demands for stricter laws. The current scandal over maladministration at the Federal Office of Migration and Refugees [immigration officials accepted cash bribes in exchange for granting asylum to more than 1,200 migrants] seems to emphasize the impression of a failure of the state.”

Reprinted with author’s permission from Gatestone Institute

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Endangered American Jewry

Tue, 06/12/2018 - 01:00

Many American Jews are unaware of the extent of antisemitism on college campuses, or the destructive force of the Boycott, Divestment and  Sanctions (BDS) movement. It is the most well-known tool of the delegitimization campaign. It is composed of a loosely organized group of non-governmental organizations (NGOs) and individuals who pressure governments, groups and others to impose economic sanctions on Israel, encourage them to boycott Israeli businesses and cultural and academic institutions, and call for the divestment of economic resources from Israeli companies. Although BDSers may deny it, the aim of BDS is to destroy Israel.

Among the organizations promoting BDS are the American Friends Service Committee (AFSC), Code Pink, Jewish Voices for Peace, If Not Now, National Students for Justice in Palestine, American Muslims for Palestine, Palestine Legal, US Campaign for Palestinian Rights, and others including the former American administration’s favorite, J Street. They all provide professional services and guidance to student activists on campus, helping to create a well-run machine of anti-Israel propaganda and activity with the ultimate aim of destroying Israel. Some, such as J Street, claim to be pro-Zionist, but their actions belie their words.

While American antisemitism is relatively mild compared to Europe, and especially compared to Muslim countries, it is increasing in the US. This is just part of a growing pattern of sectarianism coupled with intolerance, which is blatant in contemporary political discourse – from both parties.

Hatred and fear of Jews is not really new; US antisemitism was so rampant in the 1930s and ‘40s that American Jewish leadership refrained from attempting to pressure President Roosevelt to confront German and other European leaders about the treatment of German Jews (and later all Jews under Axis control). In America itself, the large German-American population supported American Nazis, who established the German American Bund in 1936. A rabidly antisemitic Catholic priest, Father Coughlin, was one of the first political leaders to use radio to reach a mass audience. As many as 30 million listeners (out of 125 million Americans) tuned in to his weekly broadcasts during the 1930s.

After the Allied victory in WWII, with the public exposure of the Nazi death camps, antisemitism receded in the US. Jews gained prominence in government, at universities, in big business, and elsewhere. Regulations against Jews in “restricted” neighborhoods gradually ended, along with other overt forms of antisemitism.

Unfortunately, this one-generation hiatus has proven to be short-lived, a mere interruption in the age-old hatred against Jews. Perhaps the worst aspect of this is that campuses have become a primary target for maligning Israel, and Jews in general. Many of America’s best and brightest, including Jewish students, are experiencing campaigns on campus against Israel and Zionism – to the extent that even intelligent individuals can be convinced that Zionism is racism and that Israel has stolen land from the “indigenous Palestinian people.”

The following incidents of overt antisemitism on campus (from just the last 10 days of May this year) have been documented by the AMCHA Initiative, a non-profit organization dedicated to investigating, documenting, educating about, and combating antisemitism at institutions of higher education in America.

May 29, University of CA system: employee contract negotiation demands divestment from Israel, BDS actions confronting Jews on many campuses;
May 28, Princeton University: demonization of Israel published in the Princeton newspaper;
May 23, UC Santa Barbara: disruption of free speech and assembly, verbal assaults, intimidation, BDS actions confronting Jews;
May 23, University of OR: antisemitic taunts and BDS actions confronting Jews;
May 22, Northwestern University: BDS actions confronting Jews and calls for BDS in the school newspaper;
May 21, University of Houston: disruption of free speech, movement and assembly; denigration and demonization of Jewish students and staff.
(https://amchainitiative.org/antisemitism-tracker)

“Israel Apartheid Week” on hundreds of campuses are annual events, which ratchet up antisemitism and hatred of Israel:

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“The 14th Annual Israeli Apartheid Week of actions will take place all around the world between February 19th and April 17th 2018. Israeli Apartheid Week (IAW) is an international series of events that seek to raise awareness of Israel’s apartheid system over the Palestinian people and to build support for the growing BDS movement…calls for BDS measures to end Israel’s apartheid regime.…included are a wide range of events from lectures, film screenings, cultural performances, and BDS actions, to postering in metro stations, setting up apartheid walls on campuses, and many more. These actions took place in more than 200 cities across the world.” (http://apartheidweek.org/)

Many students and faculty, ignorant of the true situation in the Middle East, are taken in by these bombastic campus events. University administrators have failed miserably to confront prejudice and violence on their campuses – when Jewish students are the targets. There are pro-Zionist counter-events, but they don’t compare to the fanfare surrounding these “Apartheid Week” events.

I don’t want to give the impression that Jews and Israel are on the ropes. Though American Jews have low birth rates and high levels of assimilation, Jews still enjoy high standing. Israel, despite BDS, has never had so much respect or clout among the nations of the world, with Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu able to meet frequently with world leaders on an equal footing. Jerusalem is the home of the US Embassy, now joined by two other countries with more to follow. The “Palestinian cause” has been discredited by many Arab countries, including Saudi Arabia and the Gulf emirates, and partially, Egypt.

Anshel Pfeffer, an analyst for the far left-wing newspaper, >Haaretz, recently wrote: “Sure, this [the cancellation of an appearance in Israel by the Argentinian soccer team] is unquestionably a victory for the BDS movement. But it also highlights how rare these victories are and how ineffectual BDS actually is – despite all the hype around it. In the 13 years since the campaign was launched, Israel’s global trade has skyrocketed… [Israel] is also enjoying unprecedented relations with more countries around the world than ever before.”

So, let’s be wary of antisemitism. We must fight against it and the BDS movement, especially on college campuses, while continuing to hold our heads high for liberal causes (except misguided ones such as BDS). Jews are among the world’s oldest and most accomplished peoples. For all the right reasons, we are a proud people who must promote ourselves and our homeland of Israel.

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Arab Media: For First Time, Iran Admits Connection to 9/11

Mon, 06/11/2018 - 10:34

An Iranian official recently admitted on state television that his government helped the majority Saudi terrorists on their way to commit the 9/11 terrorist attacks in 2001. This Iranian role in helping Sunni al-Qaeda commit the most heinous terrorist attack in US history was long-suspected by the American government but, until now, was never confirmed.

On Friday, Al Arabiya, a Saudi-owned pan-Arab news site based in Dubai, published an article covering an interview with Mohammad-Javad Larijani, the international affairs assistant in the Iranian judiciary. In the interview, broadcast via Iranian state TV on May 30, Larijani discussed the role his government played in the 9/11 attacks.

US investigators who compiled the 2004 9/11 Commission Report wrote their suspicions that the Iranian government knowingly facilitated the passage of al-Qaeda members who later carried out the terrorist attacks, allowing the would-be terrorists to conceal their origins to US immigration officials.

“We believe this topic requires further investigation by the US government,” the commission stated.

Their suspicions were confirmed two weeks ago when Larijani admitted that Iranian immigration officials had done precisely that.

“The lengthy report of the 9/11 commission which was headed by figures like Lee Hamilton and others mentioned in pages 240 and 241, i.e. in two or three pages, queries Iran’s role in the issue [and said that] a group of reports stated that al-Qaeda members who wanted to go to Saudi Arabia and other countries like Afghanistan or others and who entered Iranian territories by land or by air asked the Iranian authorities not to stamp their passports [and told them] that if the Saudi government knows they’ve come to Iran, it will prosecute them,” Larijani said in the interview.

“Our government agreed not to stamp the passports of some of them because they were on transit flights for two hours, and they were resuming their flights without having their passports stamped. However their movements were under the complete supervision of the Iranian intelligence,” he added.

Footage of a hijacked plane hitting the second Twin Tower on September 11, 2001. (NBC News Screenshot)

This complicity in 9/11 went even deeper and included Hezbollah.

“The Americans took this as evidence of Iran’s cooperation with al-Qaeda and viewed the passage of an airplane through Iran’s airspace, which had one of the pilots who carried out the attacks and a Hezbollah military leader sitting (next to) him on board, as evidence of direct cooperation with al-Qaeda through the Lebanese Hezbollah,” he said.

The US State Department has classified Iran as a state sponsor of terrorism for helping al-Qaeda and other terrorist groups. Earlier this year, a federal US judge ordered Iran to pay $6 billion to families of the victims of 9/11 based on US government assertions that various Iranian government entities were accountable for the attacks.

This al Qaeda-Iran connection goes far deeper than the one attack. Larijani’s confession confirms a strong Iran-al Qaeda connection that was outlined in documents seized from al-Qaeda leader Osama bin Laden’s hideout when he was killed in Abbottabad, Pakistan, in 2011. The CIA published these documents in November last year. Among the 470,000 documents seized, 19 pages were specifically on the prominent ties with Iran.

The US State Department acknowledged this confession in an Arab-language Twitter post but did not comment.

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