Ateret Cohanim Wins Major Court Victory in Re-Establishing Jewish Presence in Jerusalem

Breaking Israel News - Tue, 06/11/2019 - 07:06

On Monday, the Jerusalem District Court ruled in favor of real-estate companies working with Ateret Cohanim concerning three large areas in Jerusalem.

In three separate transactions in 2004, foreign real-estate corporations negotiated with the Greek Patriarchate which owned the properties in the Old City of Jerusalem.

Berisford Investments Limited purchased a 99-year lease for the four-story Petra Hotel located at Omar Ibn al-Hatab Square, between the Jaffa Gate and the Arab market. The $500,000 agreement included an option for an additional 99 years.  In a separate transaction, Richards Marketing Corporation purchased the two-story Imperial Hotel adjacent to the Petra Hotel for $1.25 million. The purchase included the with the ground-floor stores.  Gallow Global Limited acquired the rights to Beit Azmiya, in the Bab a-Khuta neighborhood of the Old City for $55,000.

Ateret Cohanim was instrumental in locating the properties and facilitating their acquisitions.

When the acquisitions first became public, the then-Greek Patriarch Irenaios denied knowledge of the sale, claiming it was invalid. He later retracted that statement, claiming instead that the unauthorized transactions had been made by the church’s director of finance Nicholas Papadimas who was bribed to accept the offers. As a result of the sales, Irenaios was forced to resign and was replaced by the current Patriarch Theophilos III. Theophilos rejected the sales and petitioned the court.

Judge Gila Kanfi-Steinitz, deputy head of the Jerusalem district court, ruled that Irenaios had the authority to enter into agreements on behalf of the Church. He also ruled that the director of the church’s finance department who signed the agreements acted as his proxy.

Judge Knafi-Steinitz rejected the claim any representatives of the church received bribes, noting that “the defendants did not provide sufficient proof on the required level to their claims of bribery or corruption that underlie the transactions.”

Ateret Cohanim (Crown of Priests) is a non-profit organization actively strengthening Jewish roots centered around educational institutes in and around the Old City and working toward creating greater Jewish life in neighborhoods that today are devoid of such life.

Family of French fighter who had been in Syria is sent back to France

Jerusalem Post - Middle East News - Tue, 06/11/2019 - 06:23

The source said the family - comprised of the man, two wives and nine children - had been initially arrested in Turkey after traveling to that country from Syria.

Parachuting for the First Time

Breaking Israel News - Tue, 06/11/2019 - 05:14

After months of training, IDF Paratroopers share their experience from their first jump.

30 BDS Organizations Lose Fundraising Accounts Due to Ties With Terrorism

Breaking Israel News - Tue, 06/11/2019 - 05:06

Israel’s Strategic Affairs Ministry released a report on Monday revealing that a two-year ministry campaign to dry up the funds of pro-Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions (BDS) movement organizations with ties to terrorist organizations has resulted in the closure of 30 financial accounts in Western countries.

Gilad Erdan, Minister of Public Security, Strategic Affairs and Minister of Information. (Flash90)

“For years, boycott promoters have disguised themselves as ‘human rights activists,’ managing to raise tens of millions of euros from Western countries and citizens who thought they were contributing to causes supporting justice and equality,” said Strategic Affairs Minister Gilad Erdan in a statement. “Over time, however, we have revealed that the supposed ‘human rights’ NGOs are actually filled with anti-Semitic operatives with deep ties to terrorist groups fixated on destroying the State of Israel.”

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“Our efforts have drastically undermined the boycott campaign,” said Erdan, directly reducing the funding of pro-boycott NGOs and also “barr[ing them] from receiving financial services.”

Included in the 10 American and 20 European accounts were the PayPal, Donorbox and Plaid accounts of the Samidoun Palestinian Prisoner Solidarity Network, after it was divulged that Samidoun maintained close ties with the Popular Front for the Liberation of Palestine (PFLP) and utilizes terrorists as representatives in Europe. The credit card accounts of Al-Haq were also closed, after it was discovered that the director general of the organization was a senior PFLP terrorist who had spent several terms in Israeli jails.

Erdan spearheaded the 79-page report titled “Terrorists in Suits” published by the Strategic Affairs Ministry earlier this year, which revealed over 100 links between terrorists and organizations promoting BDS, and illustrated how terrorists hide under the guise of human rights activism.

According to Israel’s Channel 13, several NGOs, U.S., and French Jewish groups, as well as foreign journalists, took part in the effort to shutter the terror-related accounts.

Israeli Intel Led to 2015 Discovery of Hezbollah Bomb Factory in London

Breaking Israel News - Tue, 06/11/2019 - 04:48

It was intel provided by Israel’s Mossad intelligence agency that led to the 2015 discovery of a secret Hezbollah bomb factory in North West London, a senior Israeli official said on Monday.

The remarks, made to Israel’s Kan public broadcaster, came after TheDaily Telegraph revealed on Sunday that U.K. intelligence agency MI5 and the Metropolitan Police, acting on a tip from a foreign intelligence agency, found some three tons of ammonium nitrate in a raid on four London properties in 2015—but did not publicize the incident. The ammonium nitrate, a common ingredient in homemade explosives, was stored in thousands of disposable ice packs.

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The Telegraph said the raid was hidden for years, and advanced the theory that the discovery was kept secret because it came just months after the U.K. signed on to the Iran nuclear deal vetted by then-U.S. president Barack Obama. It took almost four more years for Iran-backed Hezbollah to be officially banned in the U.K.

So serious was the 2015 discovery that then-U.K. Prime Minister David Cameron and Home Secretary Theresa May were personally alerted.

The Telegraph report further stated that the London factory was seen as part of a greater international plot, and that similar Hezbollah operations had been discovered in New York, Cyprus and Thailand. Thousands of ice packs full of ammonium nitrate were also found in some of those locations.

The plots are all believed to have been centered around Israeli targets.

IDF and PA Security Forces Exchange Fire in Shechem By Mistake

Breaking Israel News - Tue, 06/11/2019 - 04:25

Israeli and Palestinian Authority forces exchanged fire in the northern Samaria city of Shechem (Nablus) early Tuesday morning in what the Israel Defense Forces is reporting to be a case of mistaken identification.

“During operations to arrest terrorist operatives in the city of Nablus, a firefight broke out between IDF soldiers and people who were identified by the troops as suspects. After the fact, it was determined that it was Palestinian security services personnel,” the IDF said in a statement, adding that the incident would be investigated.

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According to P.A. media, the IDF entered Shechem/Nablus without providing customary notification to the P.A., and opened fired on a security services building, where one member of the P.A. security forces was lightly wounded. No Israeli soldiers were wounded in the incident.

Overnight, IDF troops arrested 18 P.A. terrorism suspects throughout Judea and Samaria.

Better Than Staples and Pins – Medical Hot-Glue Gun

Breaking Israel News - Tue, 06/11/2019 - 04:10

According to the nursery rhyme that scared British children since the 19th century, egg-shaped Humpty-Dumpty sat on a wall, Humpty Dumpty had a great fall; All the King’s horses and all the King’s men couldn’t put Humpty together again. But researchers at the Technion-Israel Institute of Technology in Haifa could have helped Humpty out.

They have developed a non-toxic hot-glue gun to adhere human tissues that have been seriously injured. Hot-glue guns can be used for more than putting together cardboard, furniture, home decorations, and toys.

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Most serious injuries are currently treated with pins and stitches that have many drawbacks. For the patient, they are very painful, leave scars, require high skill from the doctor, and sometimes have to be removed after the tissues heal. Medical glue, on the other hand, can produce improved medical and cosmetic results.

Such tissue bio-adhesives are widely used in dermatology, surgical theaters, and in the field. But even though they have advantages over sutures and staples, currently available tissue glues are limited by their mechanical properties and toxicity. Because they are very toxic, they can be utilized only on the surface of the skin. In addition, hardening of the glue may make the organ less flexible or the adhesion may not be sufficiently strong.

With these limitations in mind, researchers have long been trying to develop a glue that is suitable for different tissues, non-toxic, and flexible after hardening. Such a glue would also need to decompose in the body after the tissue is fused together.

Prof. Boaz Mizrahi (Photos courtesy of Technion)

In an article published recently in the journal Advanced Functional Materials, Biomaterials Laboratory head Prof. Boaz Mizrahi and doctoral student Alona Shagan

Doctoral student Alona Shagan (Photos courtesy of Technion

introduce a very strong, non-toxic tissue adhesive that remains flexible even after solidification.

Melting the glue and smearing it on the damaged tissue is performed with a hot-glue gun. Unlike the glue guns with which we are familiar, this gun warms the glue to a moderate temperature – just above that of body temperature – so as not to cause a burn. After the glue is applied, it quickly hardens and decomposes within a few weeks. The adhesive is also suitable for the adhesion of tissue inside the body, and it is four times as strong as existing adhesives used for this purpose. Tested on cells and laboratory animals, it was effective and nontoxic.

The new approach is based on a biocompatible, low-melting-point, four‐armed N‐hydroxy succinimide‐modified polycaprolactone (star‐PCL‐NHS). Star‐PCL‐NHS is inserted into a hot-melt glue gun and melts upon minimal pressure, the team wrote. It is squeezed directly onto the wound, where it solidifies, bonding strongly with both edges of the wound.

Illustration of the innovative concept: Apply glue on the incision using a hot glue gun (Photos courtesy of Technion)

Changes in molecular weight allow control of adhesive strength, melting point, and elasticity properties. In-vitro and in-vivo evaluations confirm the biocompatibility of this system. The straightforward synthetic scheme and the simple delivery method – combined with the desirable mechanical properties, tenability and tissue compatibility – are desirable traits in wound management.

The researchers believe the new concept will lead to the development of devices that will reduce the use of stitches, staples, and pins, speed up the healing process and reduce scarring.

Old Demons Resurface

Breaking Israel News - Tue, 06/11/2019 - 02:00

It’s no secret that anti-Semitism is on the rise worldwide. Even here in America, horrifying realities are in play.

But in France, the problem is multiplied by the growing Muslim stranglehold on an ancient European country. One writer has suggested that the “old demons” are coming out again.

It is with this in mind that I want to write this week about the role of Jewish resistance fighters in France during World War 2. We are celebrating today the 75th anniversary of the D-Day landings. Ahead of the invasion, much work was done to undermine the Nazi regime, along with the puppet Vichy regime.

The Jewish Resistance was called Organisation Juive de Combat, OJC, and played a big part in disrupting the Nazi agenda. Of course, they were literally fighting for their lives.

The Germans, upon conquering France in 1940, set up two zones: the northern section was Nazi-ruled, while the southern (headquartered in Vichy) was under the puppet government. According to an article from the Jerusalem Center for Public Affairs:

“The persecutions of the Jews, in which the Vichy regime played a dominant role in its collaboration with the Nazis, started shortly afterward and followed a similar pattern to the persecutions in other occupied countries. First came ‘Aryanization’ measures, then the creation of detention camps, and finally massive deportations of Jews to the concentration camps in Eastern Europe. Out of a community of about three hundred thousand Jews in France on the eve of the war, 75,721, including 10,147 children, were deported. Most perished in the camps. Only about 3 percent returned. The consequences could have been even worse if not for the Jewish Resistance.”

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(One could see in this story the beginnings of the move to Palestine, as one of the nine Jewish resistance groups was called the “Movement of the Zionist Youth,” MJS.)

The work of the resistance groups involved forging papers and organizing convoys to Spain and Switzerland; organizing guerrilla groups in the mountains and cities; and funneling money for the Resistance.

The 2,000 Jewish resistance fighters also helped provide intelligence that aided the Allies in the lead-up to D-Day. Of course, Israel continues this practice today, providing us with literally invaluable intelligence from their neck of the woods.

Let us celebrate the 75th anniversary of the greatest invasion in history, led by the Greatest Generation. That celebration also includes a deserved nod to the Jewish Resistance in France.

Reprinted with author’s permission from Rapture Ready

The Jihad on the Christian Cross

Breaking Israel News - Tue, 06/11/2019 - 01:00

A 37-year-old Muslim migrant in Rome was recently arrested for homicide after he stabbed a Christian man in the throat for wearing a crucifix around his neck.  “Religious hate” is cited as an “aggravating factor” in the crime.

This is hardly the first “religious hate” crime to occur in the context of the cross in Italy.  Among others,

A Muslim boy of African origin picked on, insulted, and eventually beat a 12-year-old girl during school because she too was wearing a crucifix.

A Muslim migrant invaded an old church in Venice and attacked its large, 300-year-old cross, breaking off one of its arms, while shouting, “All that is in a church is false!”

After a crucifix was destroyed in close proximity to a populated mosque, the area’s mayor said concerning the identity of the culprit(s): “Before we put a show of unity with Muslims, let’s have them begin by respecting our civilization and our culture.”

The fact is, Islamic hostility to the cross is an unwavering phenomenon—one that crosses continents and centuries; one that is very much indicative of Islam’s innate hostility to Christianity.

For starters, not only is the cross the quintessential symbol of Christianity—for all denominations, including most forms of otherwise iconoclastic Protestantism—but it symbolizes the fundamental disagreement between Christians and Muslims.   As Professor Sidney Griffith explains, “The cross and the icons publicly declared those very points of Christian faith which the Koran, in the Muslim view, explicitly denied: that Christ was the Son of God and that he died on the cross.”  Accordingly, “the Christian practice of venerating the cross … often aroused the disdain of Muslims,” so that from the start of the Muslim conquests of Christian lands there was an ongoing “campaign to erase the public symbols of Christianity, especially the previously ubiquitous sign of the cross.”

This “campaign” traces back to the Muslim prophet Muhammad. He reportedly “had such a repugnance to the form of the cross that he broke everything brought into his house with its figure upon it,” wrote one historian (Sword and Scimitar, p. 10).  Muhammad also claimed that at the end times Jesus (the Muslim ‘Isa) himself would make it a point to “break the cross.”

Modern day Muslim clerics confirm this.  When asked about Islam’s ruling on whether any person—in this case, Christians—is permitted to wear or pray before the cross, Sheikh Abdul Aziz al-Tarifi, a Saudi expert on Islamic law, said, “Under no circumstances is a human permitted to wear the cross” nor “is anyone permitted to pray to the cross.”  Why?  “Because the prophet—peace and blessings on him—commanded the breaking of it [the cross].”

Islamic history is a reflection of these sentiments.  For instance, the aforementioned Sheikh al-Tarifi also explained that if it is too difficult to break the cross—for instance, a large concrete statue—Muslims should at least try to disfigure one of its four arms “so that it no longer resembles a cross.”  Historic and numismatic evidence confirms that, after the Umayyad caliphate seized the Byzantine treasury in the late seventh century, it ordered that one or two arms of the cross on the coins be effaced so that the image no longer resembled a crucifix (Sword and Scimitar, p. 54).

Testimonies from the very earliest invasions into Christian Syria and Egypt of Muslims systematically breaking every crucifix they encountered abound.  According to Anastasius of Sinai, who lived during the seventh century Arab conquests, “the demons name the Saracens [Arabs/Muslims] as their companions.  And it is with reason.  The latter are perhaps even worse than the demons,” for  whereas “the demons are frequently much afraid of the mysteries of Christ,” among which he mentions the cross, “these demons of flesh trample all that under their feet, mock it, set fire to it, destroy it” (Sword and Scimitar, p. 27).

Reminiscent of the recent drawing of a cross in fecal matter on a French church, in 1147 in Portugal, Muslims displayed “with much derision the symbol of the cross. They spat upon it and wiped the feces from their posteriors with it.” Decades earlier in Jerusalem, Muslims “spat on them [crucifixes] and did not even refrain from urinating on them in the sight of all.” Even that supposedly “magnanimous” sultan, Saladin, commanded “whoever saw that the outside of a church was white, to cover it with black dirt,” and ordered “the removal of every cross from atop the dome of every church in the provinces of Egypt” (Sword and Scimitar, pp. 171, 145, 162).

Lest Muslim hostility to the cross still seem aberrant—limited to some obscure saying of Muhammad or “ancient history”—below is a very partial list of examples of how the crucifix continues to throw even “everyday” Muslims into paroxysms:

Egypt: A young Coptic Christian woman named Mary was mauled to death when her cross identified her as a Christian to Muslim Brotherhood rioters.  Similarly, 17-year-old Ayman, a Coptic student, was strangled and beaten to death by his Muslim teacher and fellow students for refusing to obey the teacher’s orders to cover his cross.

Pakistan: When a Muslim man saw Julie Aftab, a Christian woman, wearing a cross around her neck, he attacked her, forced battery acid down her throat, and splashed it on her face—permanently damaging her esophagus, blinding her in one eye, and causing her to lose both eyelids and most of her teeth.

Turkey: A 12-year-old boy in Turkey wearing a silver cross necklace in class was spit on and beaten regularly by Muslim classmates and teachers.

Malaysia: A Christian cemetery was attacked and desecrated in the middle of the night by unknown persons in the Muslim-majority nation.  Several crosses were destroyed, including by the use of “a heavy tool to do the damage.”  Separately, a Muslim mob rioted against a small Protestant church due to the visible cross atop the building of worship.  It was quickly removed.

Maldives: Authorities had to rescue a female Christian teacher after Muslim “parents threatened to tie and drag her off of the island” for “preaching Christianity.”  Her crime was to draw a compass—which was mistakenly taken for a cross—as part of a geography lesson in class.

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As Islam’s presence continues to grow in Europe, it should come as no surprise that attacks on crosses are also on the rise.  Aside from the aforementioned attacks in Italy, the following occurred either in France and Germany, where attacks on churches and crosses have become endemic:

A Muslim man committed major acts of vandalism at two churches, including by twisting a massive bronze cross.  (Click for images.)

Christian crosses and gravestones in a cemetery were damaged and desecrated by a Muslim (see his handiwork).

A Muslim man who checked himself into a hospital for treatment went into a sudden frenzy because there were “too many crosses on the wall.”  He called the nurse a “bitch” and “fascist” and became physically aggressive.

After Muslims were granted their own section at a cemetery, and after being allowed to conduct distinctly Islamic ceremonies, these same Muslims began demanding that Christian symbols and crosses in the cemetery be removed or covered up during Islamic funerals.

A German language report from notes that in the Alps and in Bavaria alone, some 200 churches have been attacked and many crosses broken: “The perpetrators are often youthful rioters with a migration background.”

In light of the above, it should come as no surprise that groups such as the Islamic State also make hostile references to the cross in their communiqués to the West: “We will conquer your Rome, break your crosses, and enslave your women, by the permission of Allah[.] … [We will cast] fear into the hearts of the cross-worshipers[.]”  The Islamic State even once disseminated a video showing its members smashing crosses in and atop several churches in territories under its sway (since taken down by YouTube); it beheaded and stabbed a man with his own crucifix; and it published pictures of its members destroying Christian crosses and tombstones in cemeteries under its jurisdiction.

Similarly, in post “Arab Spring” Libya, a video of a Muslim mob attacking a commonwealth cemetery near Benghazi appeared on the internet.  As the Muslims kicked down and destroyed headstones with crosses on them, the man videotaping them urged them to “break the cross of the dogs!” while he and others cried “Allahu akbar!”  Toward the end of the video, the mob congregated around the huge Cross of Sacrifice, the cemetery’s cenotaph monument, and started to hammer at it, to more cries of “Allahu akbar.”  Other Christian cemeteries in Libya have suffered similarly.

In Iraq, pictures emerged from a Christian cemetery that was vandalized by the Islamic State.  Broken and scattered crosses appear.  In one picture, the jihadis broke into a coffin, snapped off the head of the withered corpse, and threw the crucifixes surrounding it on the ground.

Such is the history and continuity of Islamic hate for the cross—that symbol which represents the heart of the Christian faith, namely the death and resurrection of Christ, two events Islam vehemently denies.

The jihad on the cross began with Muhammad, was carried out by early caliphs, and continues to this day by the jihadis of the world, not to mention the occasional “everyday” Muslim.

Reprinted with author’s permission from Raymond Ibrahim

The Priorities of Palestinian Leaders

Breaking Israel News - Tue, 06/11/2019 - 00:00

Let us consider some of those “other priorities….” Last week, Palestinian sources revealed that the ministers of the Palestinian Authority government have given themselves a $2,000 raise in their monthly salary… at a time when the Palestinian leadership is claiming that it is suffering from a financial crisis.

Hardly a day passes without another Palestinian reported killed in Syria. The latest victim died under torture in a Syrian prison last week. The victim’s family has requested that his name not be published out of concern for their lives… His death brings to 606 the number of Palestinians who died under torture in Syrian prisons in the past eight years.

When was the last time a senior Palestinian official talked about the torture and arrest of Palestinians in an Arab country? They really don’t have the time: they are too busy condemning Israel and the US administration to take note of the fact that thousands of their people are being killed, displaced and tortured in Arab countries.

Palestinian ministers take yet more money for themselves from the pockets of their own people. Hamas leaders are obsessed with gagging anyone who dares to call them out for their violent and despotic behavior…. This is the Palestinian leadership in action. When, one might ask, might we see some reaction on the part of the international community and media?

Some 18 Palestinian journalists, political and social activists, and academics have been killed in Syria in recent years, while dozens of others have been arrested. This figure was recently revealed by the Action Group For Palestinians of Syria, a London-based human rights watchdog organization that monitors the situation of Palestinian refugees in war-torn Syria.

This revelation, however, did not make it onto the radar of the international community or “pro-Palestinian” groups in the US, Canada, Britain and other Western countries. The most probable reason: Israel had nothing to do with the deaths of the Palestinian journalists, political activists and academics. They died in an Arab country (Syria). They were killed by their own Arab brothers, not by Israelis.

Had the Palestinians been killed or injured or arrested by Israel, their plight would have been immediately criticized by the international community, foreign journalists and media outlets. Yet, why should major media organizations report on these Arabs when they are victims of Arab brutality and repression?

The human rights group said that the Palestinians were killed in several parts of Syria while they were covering the civil war that erupted there in 2011. Nine were killed in shelling, five under torture in Syrian prisons, and four were fatally shot by snipers, according to the group.

It named the victims as: Fadi Abu Ajjaj (photographer), Jamal Khalifeh (photographer), Ahmed al-Sahli (media activist), Bassam Hamidi (media activist and photographer), Ahmed Taha (photographer), Bilal Saeed (media activist and photographer), Jihad Shehabi (photographer), Yamen Thaher (media activist), Tareq Ziad Khader (journalist), Niraz Saeed (photojournalist), Khaled Bakrawi (photographer), Hassan Hassan (artist), Ala’al-Naji (political activist), Bilal Ahmed (journalist), Eyas Farhat (journalist), Ghassan Shehabi (media activist and academic), Ahmed Kusa (media activist), and Muneer al-Khatib (media activist).

The whereabouts of scores of Palestinian journalists, also according to the human rights group, writers and media personalities who were arrested by the Syrian authorities in the past few years remain unknown. Among the missing Palestinians, who are presumed to be dead, are the following journalists and writers: Muhanad Omar, Ali al-Shehabi, Rami Hejjo, Ali Musleh, and Ahmed Jaleel.

“It’s worth noting that the killings of the Palestinian journalists have not drawn an official Palestinian reaction,” the human rights group pointed out. It also noted that Palestinian leaders have failed to call for “bringing the perpetrators to justice on charges of murder and torture of civilians who carried cameras or mobile phones as part of their work.”

By wondering why Palestinian leaders were not paying attention to the plight of their people in Syria, the human rights group is either being naïve or has yet to realize that these leaders have other priorities than caring for their own people.

Let us consider some of those “other priorities.” Palestinian Authority leaders in the West Bank, for example, are more concerned about their salaries than the suffering of their people. Last week, Palestinian sources revealed that the ministers of the Palestinian Authority government have given themselves a $2,000 raise in their monthly salary. The decision has triggered a wave of protests among Palestinians, who say it came at a time when the Palestinian leadership is claiming that it is suffering from a financial crisis.

The Hamas leaders in the Gaza Strip, on the other hand, have no time to think about their people in Syria. These leaders are too busy worrying about how to silence and intimidate critics of Hamas.

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Recently, Hamas decided to ban the distribution of the Palestinian newspaper Al-Hayat Al-Jadida in the Gaza Strip on charges of “incitement and fomenting discord” among Palestinians. The newspaper, which belongs to Hamas’s rivals in the Palestinian Authority, has long been critical of the rulers of the Gaza Strip.

Hamas sources said the ban came after the newspaper allegedly “incited” Palestinians during last March’s widespread protests over economic hardship in the Gaza Strip. Hamas, they added, is also considering banning the Palestinian Authority’s Palestine TV from operating in the Gaza Strip. Hamas is apparently furious because Palestine TV reported that tons of meat donated by Saudi Arabia to the Palestinians in the Gaza Strip were stolen by Hamas officials.

According to the human rights group, 3,987 Palestinians have died in Syria since the beginning of the civil war in that country in 2011. The 18 journalists, activists and academics were among the victims. It is probably safe to assume that the total figure of those killed will reach 4,000 very soon.

Hardly a day passes without another Palestinian reported killed in Syria.

The latest victim died under torture in a Syrian prison last week. The victim’s family has requested that his name not be published out of concern for their lives. Their son, they say, was held in prison for five years before he died under torture. The Syrian authorities gave the family a death certificate, but the body has yet to be delivered to them. His death brings to 606 the number of Palestinians who died under torture in Syrian prisons in the past eight years.

One doubts whether Palestinian leaders in the West Bank and Gaza Strip are even aware of these disturbing figures. When was the last time a senior Palestinian official talked about the torture and arrest of Palestinians in an Arab country? They really don’t have the time: they are too busy condemning Israel and the US administration to take note of the fact that thousands of their people are being killed, displaced and tortured in Arab countries.

Palestinian ministers take yet more money for themselves from the pockets of their own people. Hamas leaders are obsessed with gagging anyone who dares to call them out for their violent and despotic behavior — even when it has to do with the meat that they stole from the plates of their own people. This is the Palestinian leadership in action. When, one might ask, might we see some reaction on the part of the international community and media?

Reprinted with author’s permission from Gatestone Institute

Japan PM Abe to meet Iran's Khamenei, Rouhani during visit this week

Jerusalem Post - Middle East News - Mon, 06/10/2019 - 21:48

Chief Cabinet Secretary Yoshihide Suga also saidthat Abe and U.S. President Donald Trump had spoken on the telephone earlier on Tuesday to discuss Iran, among other topics.

Turkish F-35 pilots no longer flying at U.S. base

Jerusalem Post - Middle East News - Mon, 06/10/2019 - 19:33

The United States says Turkey's acquisition of Russia's S-400 air defenses poses a threat to the Lockheed Martin Corp's F-35 stealthy fighters, which Turkey also plans to buy.

NYT Iranian reporter Thomas Erdbrink barred from reporting

Jerusalem Post - Middle East News - Mon, 06/10/2019 - 17:29

The New York Times reported their journalist in Tehran is unable to report from the Islamic Republic after his press pass was revoked.

Russian jets kill at least 25 in north-western Syria

Jerusalem Post - Middle East News - Mon, 06/10/2019 - 17:05

Aerial strikes on Monday killed at least 25 people, mostly civilians, in northwestern Syria in the sixth week of a Russian-led military offensive that has so far killed hundreds of civilians.

Friedman's ‘controversial’ comments do not diverge from traditional U.S. policy

Jerusalem Post - Middle East News - Mon, 06/10/2019 - 15:08

Why? Because in an interview with the New York Times, Friedman said, “Under certain circumstances, I think Israel has the right to retain some, but unlikely all, of the West Bank.”

Bahrain threatens legal action against citizens who follow opposition social media

Jerusalem Post - Middle East News - Mon, 06/10/2019 - 12:09

Nakhleh explained that the government curb of social media was due to the Mirror’s series titled “Two Decades of Darkness,” which was critical of the king’s 20 years of rule.

Trump’s Iran-China trade war gamble surprises, paying off in short-term - Analysis

Jerusalem Post - Middle East News - Mon, 06/10/2019 - 11:29

According to this quiet logical argument, Trump would have to pick which trade war he could succeed in winning: China or Iran.

UK’s Hezbollah revelations part of worrying trend of Iran appeasement

Jerusalem Post - Middle East News - Mon, 06/10/2019 - 11:25

Thirty US and foreign security agencies were involved.

Ex-top IAEA official warns of clandestine Iranian nuke sites

Jerusalem Post - Middle East News - Mon, 06/10/2019 - 11:19

Last week, Heinonen made waves when he warned KAN radio that Iran could make enough material for a nuclear weapon in six to eight months.

Iran's FM affirms right to execute gays and blasts U.S. and Israel

Jerusalem Post - Middle East News - Mon, 06/10/2019 - 11:09

Ronzheimer wrote that Zarif answered: "The problem is the aggressive policies of Israel and the USA."