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Did Israeli Drone Strike Palestinian ISIS Fighter in Sinai?
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1. An Israeli drone strike is said to have killed a Palestinian Islamic State fighter in Sinai. The reported attack occurred after Islamic State in the Sinai took credit for firing two rockets at Israel earlier this week. Both landed in open areas, causing no damage. Arab media reports picked up by the Times of Israel identified the Palestinian man as Zaher Abu Sitta of Gaza.

It’s not the first time Islamic State in the Sinai claimed without proof that it was attacked by Israel. Allegations of Israeli intervention in the Sinai are intended to embarrass the Egyptian military, which is fighting jihadist insurgents in the Sinai peninsula. Israel hasn’t responded to the reports.

Sergey Shoygu
Russian Defense Minister Sergey Shoygu

2. Russia agreed to keep Iranian and Hezbollah and forces away from the Israeli-Syrian border.

The Jerusalem Post picked up on Arab reports that visiting Russian Defense Minister Sergey Shoygu told Israeli officials that Moscow was willing to extend a 10-15 km (6-9 miles) off-limits zone, but not to the full 40 km (about 25 miles) which Israel seeks.

3. The IDF raided eight Palestinian TV stations and production companies around the West Bank suspected of “distributing incitement materials.” One station was directly affiliated with Hamas, another with Palestinian Islamic Jihad. More at Haaretz and Ynet.

4. Balfour Declaration: Haters Declare War: Israel-bashers in the media associate the Balfour declaration with historical wrongs, slavery, apartheid, colonialism and more.

Balfour declaration

Israel and the Palestinians
• Israel expanded Gaza’s authorized fishing area from six to nine nautical miles.

• A Palestinian artists union is threatening to expel members if they engage in “normalization” with Israel — specifically by participating in a Jerusalem cultural festival.

• Overcoming opposition, Israel elected to UN space committee.

• Soldiers shot and wounded a Palestinian who charged them with a knife near the Gush Etziyon Junction today. Ynet coverage.

• Spanish newspaper regrets discussion of British soccer club’s ‘Jewish origin.’

Commentary/Analysis
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• Here’s what else I’m reading today . . .

– Prof. Eyal Zisser: Hamas sets sights on PLO
– Ron Ben-Yishai: Land of terror: ISIS alive and kicking in Sinai
– Shmuel Rosner: UNESCO Shmunesco
– Raphael Ahren: Israel’s planned withdrawal from UNESCO unlikely to improve anything
– Crystal Nix-Hines: Trump’s withdrawal from UNESCO a huge gift to the Palestinians
– Julie Nathan: Zionism, explained to a Muslim friend.
– Pinhas Inbari: How Palestinian “unity” talks put Iran in the mix
– Spengler: Why Europe’s new nationalists love Israel
– Jacob Rothschild: Britain can be proud of helping to create Israel

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Does Unity Deal Pave Way for Hamas to Take Over PA?
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1. Does Palestinian unity deal pave the way for ex-Hamas chief Khaled Mashaal to become president of the Palestinian Authority? Israel HaYom reports that the reconciliation agreement allows in principle for the possibility of Hamas joining the Palestine Liberation Organization (PLO), the umbrella organization of Palestinian factions of which Fatah is the currently the leading member.

The paper adds that A) Mashaal’s presidential ambitions are well known within both Hamas and Fatah, B) he could exploit Mahmoud Abbas’ refusal to appoint a successor, and C) neither Israel nor Jordan would tolerate Hamas taking over the PA.

Khaled Mashaal
Former Hamas chief Khaled Mashaal

2. The UN Human Rights Council was accused of “blackmailing” Bezeq, Israel’s largest telecomm company, to cut services to West Bank settlements “or face a potential designation as a human rights abuser.” Around 30 businesses around the world have reportedly received similar letters, according to the Jerusalem Post.

Bezeq CEO Stella Handler posted on Facebook the UN letter along with a withering response, then removed it at the request of Israeli government officials. The Tazpit News Agency fills in the details of what both said.

Last year, the UNHRC voted to create a database blacklist “of all business enterprises [both Israeli and international] involved in the activities in the settlements, that would be updated once a year.”

3. Russian Defense Minister Sergei Shoigu arrived in Israel yesterday for discussions with Israeli officials on Syria and the expanding profile of Iran and its proxies there. More at the Jerusalem Post and Times of Israel.

Shoigu arrived hours after Israeli jets destroyed a Syrian anti-aircraft battery (Russian-made) near Damascus which had fired on them during a reconnaissance mission over Lebanese airspace.

4. I’m seeing a spike in emails asking why I sometimes link to paywalled articles. That means it’s time to answer The 6 Questions About Paywalls You Were Afraid to Ask.

Israel and the Palestinians
• Israelis judokas are barred from competing under their flag at the Judo Grand Slam in Abu Dhabi.

The blue-and-white delegation to the final Grand Slam competition of the year is set to include 12 athletes, but Israel Judo Association chairman Moshe Ponte was informed by the organizers that they won’t be able to have the Israel flag on their judo uniform, as they do in every other event across the world. Instead of having ISR (Israel) by their names on the scoreboard and on their backs, they will have to take part in the contest as representatives of the IJF (International Judo Federation). The national anthem will also not be played, should an Israeli win a gold medal.
• Lebanon awarded gas and oil exploration licenses bordering Israeli waters, Globes reports.

Israel has not yet decided how to respond to this development, against the background of the border dispute between the two countries that has continued since Israel withdrew from its security zone in Lebanon in 2000.
More at Reuters.

• For first time in 15 years, Israel okays new homes for Hebron settlers. The 31 building permits issued are widely seen as a dig at UNESCO, which in July declared Hebron’s Old City to be an endangered Palestinian world heritage site.
• Intelligence Minister Israel Katz discussed the Trump administration’s new approach to the Iranian nuclear deal in a Washington Post Q+A.

• Worth reading: Daily Telegraph correspondent Raf Sanchez visits Syrians getting medical treatment in Israel.

Other Syrian women in the bright waiting room at Ziv hospital marveled that they were in Israel, a country they had always been told was an enemy of the Syrian people. “I never thought I would come here,” said one woman, whose daughter was in danger of losing her sight in one eye to an infection. “I was surprised that Israel wanted to help the Syrians. I never expected this in my life.”
• How many Palestinians die of embarrassment when this happens?

• Although Jerusalem and Havana don’t have diplomatic ties, an Israeli business delegation got tacit approval to visit Cuba to drum up trade:

Hayon also dismissed concerns over promoting business with a country whose leaders routinely and viciously attack Israel at every possible forum.

“Cuba is not listed as an enemy of Israel,” he said. “Business is the best bridge to diplomacy. Israeli firms can provide the Cuban people with many cost-effective solutions to improve the quality of life.”
Around the World
The Underground• Transport for London, the government body responsible for overseeing transportation in the London metropolitan area, is banning ads pushing Palestinian objections to the Balfour declaration. The Guardian reports:

TfL rejected the adverts because they “did not comply fully with our guidelines,” a spokesman said. Clause 2.3(h) refers to “images or messages which relate to matters of public controversy or sensitivity”. TfL also bans causes that are “party political” . . .

Organisers had hoped to see the adverts displayed at key underground stations and on buses in the run-up to the centenary of the first world war pledge on 2 November.
• After winning Austria’s elections, presumptive chancellor Sebastian Kurz told Israel HaYom that the far right Freedom Party would have to abide by a zero-tolerance policy on anti-Semitism before it can join his governing coalition.

• Germany’s Left Party withdraws anti-Israel initiative calling ‘to end occupation.’

• Halloween costume company removes Anne Frank outfit.

• Israelis are keeping an eye on two significant battles. US-backed forces ‘fully control’ Raqqa after liberating the capital city of Islamic State’s would-be caliphate.

Meanwhile, Iraqi government forces unexpectedly captured Kirkuk and major oil fields in a single day from Kurdish forces, who put up little resistance. Three weeks ago, the Iraqi Kurds voted to seek independence in a referendum opposed by Baghdad. Was Iran behind the Kurdish withdrawal?

Commentary/Analysis
IAF
F-15 takes off from Hatzerim Base in December, 2009.

• Plenty of commentary on yesterday’s Israel-Syria flare up:

– Anshel Pfeffer: Putin turning blind eye to Israeli attacks as long as Assad survives
– Ron Ben-Yishai: Neutralizing Syrian battery draws a new Israeli red line
– Prof. Eyal Zisser: Assad flexes his muscles
– Gili Cohen: Israel’s message to Russia sent in Syria, received in Tel Aviv
– Alex Fishman: Israel is done threatening Syria

• Here’s what else I’m reading today . . .

– Charles Bybelezer: Will Israel hold Abbas responsible for Hamas attacks?
– Dov Lieber: Veneer of positivity fades in Palestinian unity talks as tough issues surface
– Seth Frantzman: Israel and US should work with new UNESCO head, end opposition
– Colin Clarke: Taking stock of Hezbollah’s losses in Syria
– Ron Kampeas: What happens now with the Iran deal
– Dore Gold (video): There is a precedent for renegotiating flawed agreements

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Israel, Syria Clash Ahead of Russian Defense Minister Visit
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1. Israeli jets destroyed a Syrian anti-aircraft battery near Damascus after it fired on them while they were flying a reconnaissance mission in Lebanese air space. No Israeli jets were hit. The incident occurred this morning, hours before Russian Defense Minister Sergei Shoigu was due to arrive in Israel.

2. As expected, Austrian voters elected 31-year-old Sebastian Kurz as prime minister. But the bigger story is that far-right Freedom Party came in second place. Austrian Jews are calling on Kurz not to include the Freedom Party in his new coalition. More at the JTA.

Sebastian Kurz


3. The election of Audrey Azoulay, a French Jew of Moroccan descent, as director general of UNESCO isn’t enough to persuade Israel and the US to remain in the cultural organization. Israeli officials told Ynet they’re taking a wait and see approach.

4. When a New York Times Correction Needs a Correction: An editor’s note strikes the wrong note cheerleading for BDS.

5. Israeli Hospital, Syrian Victims: HR FieldTrip October 2017: An HonestReporting field trip visits Israel’s Ziv hospital where Syrian victims receive treatment, and goes on to explore the Druze of Israel’s north.

HR field trip
Tour guide Ihab Zaidan dicussing the relationship between Israeli Druze and the state at a memorial to the IDF’s fallen Druze soldiers in Daliyat al-Karmel during HonestReporting’s field trip to northern Israel. on October 15, 2017. Photo by Daniel Pomerantz


In the News
• AP: Israel to probe foreign funding of human rights groups.

• Islamic State in the Sinai claimed responsibility for two rockets fired at southern Israel yesterday. The rockets landed in open areas causing no damage.

• Members of an anti-BDS ‘dream team’ of Israeli minorities are gritting their teeth in the face of an intense incitement campaign. Ynet writes:

Reservists on Duty planned to send this team—comprised of two Muslim Israeli-Arabs, a Palestinian, a Druze, a Bedouin and a Christian Israeli-Arab—to elite American and European universities to speak, in fluent Arabic and English, against BDS, denouncing it and the delegitimization campaign it wages against Israel.

However, immediately after the unique delegation was made public, several of its members began suffering a spate of humiliations, threats and insults online.
• So the Saudi view of Trump’s new Iran approach matches Israel’s.

• Uruguayan Holocaust memorial vandalized with anti-Semitic slurs.

Commentary/Analysis
quill• Here’s what else I’m reading today . . .

– Amb. Alan Baker: Palestinian unification must honor Palestinian commitments
– Frida Ghitis: Proposed deal proves Hamas rule was a disaster for Palestinians
– Alan Dershowitz: President Trump did the right thing by walking away from UNESCO — for now
– Alex Fishman: Trump’s Iran deal speech: A recipe for a regional explosion
– Sarit Zehavi, Christina Hen: UNIFIL has become a fig leaf for Hezbollah’s military deployment in Southern Lebanon
– Asaf Romirowsky: How Palestine ‘occupies’ itself
– Adnan Oktar: Boycotts are not the answer
– Haisam Hassanein, Wesam Hassanein: How Obama nudged Arab leaders toward Israel (click via Twitter)
– Dr. Mordechai Kedar: What next, once ISIS falls?

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Trump Decertifies Iran Nuke Deal — Now What?
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1. US President Donald Trump decertified the Iran nuclear deal, kicking the issue to Congress to decide on sanctions or perhaps withdrawing from the accord. Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu praised the move. Iran’s clearly angered, but the Associated Press assesses that Tehran still needs the deal. See more commentary below.

Meanwhile, the US Treasury Dept. slapped sanctions on Iran’s Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps (IRGC) “for providing support to a number of terrorist groups, including Hizballah and Hamas, as well as to the Taliban.” However, the Treasury statement stopped short of specifically labeling the IRGC as a terror group.

You ask, What is Iran’s Revolutionary Guard?


2. Hamas and Fatah officials signed a national unity deal in Cairo due to take effect December 1. Several clauses were leaked on social media. Notably, Arab reports picked up by Ynet indicate that Hamas agreed to cease terror attacks in the West Bank, and that any decisions about war or signing a peace agreement with Israel be made jointly.

Israel set a series of additional conditions that must be met before it would recognize the agreement, including a halt in the digging of tunnels and manufacturing of missiles, an end to terror attacks against Israel, the immediate release of Israeli citizens Avera Mengistu and Hisham a-Said and the return of the remains of fallen IDF soldiers Oron Shaul and Hadar Goldin.
Signing for Hamas was the organization’s new Number 2 man, Saleh Arouri. A terrorist commander who was recently bounced out of Turkey and Qatar, Arouri is widely regarded as the mastermind of the 2014 kidnapping and murder of three Israeli teens, which sparked a war in Gaza.

3. Big changes at UNESCO. Shortly after the US and Israel withdrew from the the UN Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization, the organization unexpectedly elected Audrey Azoulay, a French Jewish woman as its new director general.

Curiously, the Trump administration’s decision to leave UNESCO was not coordinated with Jerusalem, according to Haaretz, taking Israeli officials by surprise. Per the Wall St. Journal, “The withdrawal will take effect at the end of next year,” and that the US will “maintain its connection with the organization as a nonmember, observer state.”

The Jerusalem Post takes a closer look at how Azoulay, a former minister of culture during the Francois Hollande presidency, became the unlikely new chief.

Audrey Azoulay
New UNESCO chief Audrey Azoulay

Israel and the Palestinians
• Belgium suspended PA construction projects after a Palestinian school was renamed for notorious terrorist.

• Hamas is using lasers to blind Israeli soldiers along the Gaza border. Can you imagine the outrage if Israel did that to Palestinians?

• Islamic State set up a training camp in the Syrian Golan near the Israeli border, Israeli media reports say.

• Worth reading: How the Balfour Declaration laid the roots of Israel.

Around the World
• CNN: Victims of Palestinian terror seek Supreme Court blessing to sue multinational corporations. The 6,000 victims are targeting the Jordanian-based Arab Bank arguing it “‘knowingly and willingly’ used its New York branch to transfer millions of US dollars that were used to finance terrorist attacks.”

The attacks occurred between 1995 and 2005 in Israel, the West Bank and Gaza.

The victims do not claim the bank was involved in the planning of the attacks, only the processing of financial transactions.
• BBC to air kibbutz volunteer reality show.

• Brazilian newspaper’s five-letter response to pro-Palestinian crossword clue: ‘Sorry’

crossword

• ACLU sues over Kansas law banning contracts with Israel boycotters

• Wisconsin is latest state to introduce anti-BDS legislation.

• Iran plans to re-block Waze due to its Israeli background. But Tehran traffic jams will still be Israel’s fault, right?

• Vandals destroy sukkah at Kansas State U.

• Jerusalem Post: One of Denmark’s largest pension funds, Sampension, is barring investment in four companies that operate in West Bank settlements. Its blacklist specifically mentions Bank Leumi, Bank HaPoalim, the Israeli telecomm company Bezeq, and the German- based Heidelberg Cement.

“In addition to these four companies, Sampension said that it was talking with six other multinational corporations about how their economic activity in settlements may violate “international principles.”
• A discomfiting number of Hezbollah goons entered Germany disguised as refugees.

It is unclear how many Hezbollah terrorists disguised themselves as asylum-seekers to enter Germany. But according to Germany’s federal intelligence agency, there are 950 active Hezbollah operatives in the Federal Republic.
Commentary/Analysis
Michael Danby
MP Michael Danby

• Australian columnist Greg Sheridan (or click via Twitter) fires a broadside at Australia’s ABC News for it’s dismissive response to lawmaker Michael Danby’s criticism of the network’s coverage of the Israel-Palestinian conflict.

To humanise an innocent Jewish Israeli grandfather or child brutally murdered in their home by a terrorist seems somehow or other to be supportive of Israel, so it is rarely done.

Danby in his ads was responding to this profound emotional truth. The ABC’s response to Danby’s criticisms is dismaying. It exhibits bullying, hubris and unchecked power.
• Over at the New York Times, MK Michael Oren got a soapbox to call on the US to “fix or nix” the Iran deal. The Gray Lady also gave a platform to Iranian Ambassador Gholamali Khoshroo and weighed in with its own staff-ed.

And at The Atlantic, Israeli lawmaker Yair Lapid squared off against Iranian Foreign Minister Javad Zarif.

Iranian flagPlenty more commentary about the Iran nuke deal:

– Raphael Ahren: With new Iran strategy, Trump rips page out of Netanyahu’s playbook
– Nahum Barnea: Trump’s Iran strategy presents new kind of challenge for Israel
– Amos Yadlin, Avner Golov: Preparing an alternative strategy before withdrawing from the nuclear agreement with Iran
– Jonathan Schanzer: Ending America’s paralyzed Iran policy
– David Harris: Revisiting the Iran deal
– Amb. Daniel Shapiro: No one’s got a clue what’s next on Iran
– Ben Lynfield: Iran to take wait-and-see approach
– Elliott Abrams: The coming confrontation between Israel and Iran
– Tzvi Kahn: (Mis)Reading the IAEA reports on Iran’s nuclear program

• I can’t decide whether to list this Daily Telegraph staff-ed with the nuclear deal or UNESCO commentaries below.


• Plenty of commentary on UNESCO . . .

– Sohrab Ahmari: Trump made the right move on UNESCO
– New York Post (staff-ed): Exiting UNESCO was the right thing to do
– Prof. Abraham Ben-Zvi: UNESCO: A Reagan redux
– A.J. Caschetta: Trump dumps UNESCO, aka the ‘UN Erasure, Slander, and Cover-up Organization’
– Wall St. Journal: America out of UNESCO (click via Twitter)
– Los Angeles Times (staff-ed) Withdrawing from UNESCO further isolates the U.S. and risks undercutting international influence

Palestinian puzzle• Plenty of commentary about the Palestinian unity puzzle:

– Avi Issacharoff: Fatah-Hamas unity: Rub your eyes in disbelief
– Ben-Dror Yemini: Israel should accept the Palestinian reconciliation deal
– Eli Lake: US sees opportunity in Palestinian reconciliation
– Prof. Eyal Zisser: Hamas’ step-by-step plan
– Khaled Abu Toameh: Hamas creates state within a state
– Herb Keinon: The Lebanonization of Gaza
– Yaakov Amidror: The real test for the Palestinian reconciliation is disarming Hamas
– Alex Fishman: A hopeless reconciliation agreement
– Bassam Tawil: What is really uniting the Palestinians?

• Memo to Donald Macintyre: The Balfour Declaration didn’t leave the Palestinians stateless, Palestinian and Arab rejection of peace in 1947 and 1967 did. But acknowledging that reality would spoil the mood you create in the book you plug in your commentary in The Guardian.


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Israeli Expert Predicted Las Vegas Massacre 3 Years Ago
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1. One Israeli trauma expert predicted a Las Vegas attack three years ago. Dr. Avi Rivkind warned a local TV channel the city should be prepared for a big attack after he witnessed the ease of crowd flow between casinos, shops and streets, and noting how public spaces felt “exposed.”

Stephen Paddock opened fire on a music festival from the 32nd floor of the Mandalay Bay Hotel on Sunday night. Last I saw, the casualty count was 59 killed and 525 injured.

All Israelis in Vegas were accounted for and safe. Two Israelis in Vegas, Hagar Trippiedi and Revital Yakin Krakovsky described the horror, fear and uncertainty.


2. The Palestinian Authority cabinet convened in Gaza for the first time in three years. It’s a significant symbolic gesture but before straining your thumb posting warm, fuzzy emojis, the deal to cede control of Gaza sets up a collision over guns.

By leaving security issues for later, the two sides managed to agree last month on reviving a joint government that crumbled 10 years ago. But they also paved the way for a bitter showdown over international demands that Hamas surrender its weapons and recognize Israel’s right to exist as part of any peace agreement.

“Unless it’s real disarmament it’s not viable, it’s not sustainable and it won’t be acceptable to Israelis or Americans,” said Daniel Shapiro, the former U.S. ambassador to Israel.
Mahmoud Abbas rejected any reunification scenario in which Hamas remains armed. More on that at the Times of Israel and Jerusalem Post. And Ynet notes that the PA still hasn’t lifted its economic sanctions on the Strip.

3. Former UK prime minister Tony Blair spanked Roger Waters after the rock star and BDSnik compared Israel’s government to Nazi Germany.

‘I think the criticism [of Israel by Waters] is so ludicrous that it indicates a basic hostility to the notion of a homeland for the Jewish people… you’ve got to overcome the legacy of that ideological poison which has dripped into the system over many decades,’ he said.
4. Abbas Condemns a $203,000 Massacre: Headlines say that Mahmoud Abbas “condemned” the murder of Israelis at Har Adar. They left out that he’s also paying for it.



Israel and the Palestinians
• Ynet picked up on White House envoy Jason Greenblatt’s tweet calling on Palestinians to ‘recognize Israel.’

• CNN takes a closer look at why Israel supports Kurdish independence.

• Israeli Arab Facebook personality Nussier Yassin struck back at Kuwait Airlines for barring him from traveling on a New York-India flight. More at the Jerusalem Post.

• Cabinet minister Miri Regev departed for Cuba on Sunday for a “private family trip with no professional or official meetings” despite the fact that Israel has no diplomatic relations with the country. Haaretz coverage.

• Mavi Marmara postscript: One of the Turks injured aboard the Mavi Marmara in 2010 is suing Turkey for not disbursing Israeli compensation money. Hurriyet notes the irony of the deal that re-normalized ties between the two countries:

With the deal, Turkey became the only country that hundreds of victims, excluding the families of those killed, can file complaints against. Turkey thus became the legal adversary in the cases filed against Israel. . .

Karar reported that victims’ lawyers indicated that Turkey faces the paying of compensation worth more than Israel was due to pay as a result of the agreement making Turkey the addressee for hundreds of victims.

There are currently 36 cases demanding compensation, worth a total of 16 million liras, the lawyers stated.
Israel sent Turkey $20 million in 2016. Ynet reported earlier this year that the delay was due to a dispute between the Turkish Finance Ministry and the families of the Turkish nationals killed when Israel intercepted the flotilla.

• The BDS movement is uh, shaken by this:

Around the World
• Misleading descriptions of Israeli gun control laws find their way into US discourse after tragic massacres such as Newtown’s Sandy Hook Elementary School and Orlando’s Pulse night club. Wherever you are on the gun control debate, I’m dusting off Ben Hartman and Charles Waraday, who clear the misconceptions and lay out some points America might learn from Israel.

• The Pentagon gave a green light to install Israeli defense system on US tanks.

• Israeli reporter-turned-lawmaker Ksenia Svetlova, who served as an election observer dodged bullets during Catalonia’s chaotic independence referendum. 893 people were injured in clashes with Spanish police. Can you imagine the outrage if Israel had fired rubber bullets at people lined up to vote outside a school?

• Swiss lawmaker resigns after comparing pigs to Auschwitz victims.

• FIFA fines Germany for Nazi chants at World Cup qualifier.

Commentary/Analysis
• Over at The Forward, Professor Stephen Walt marks the 10th anniversary of the controversial book he co-authored, “The Israel Lobby.” What’s objectionable about Walt is that despite claiming not to be anti-Israel or anti-Semitic, he happily collaborated with some of the worst examples of both in order to promote himself and his book. See responses from Robert Satloff and Elder of Ziyon.
• Yaakov Lozowick responds to Dr. Devorah Baum on being “Jew-ish,” which was thoughtfully published in the New York Times on Yom Kippur when Jews couldn’t react.

• Here’s what else I’m reading today . . .

– Amos Harel: Palestinian reconciliation talks a sign of Hamas’ distress
– Ben Lynfield: Despite fanfare, Hamas and Fatah will be hard to reconcile
– Muhammad Shehada: Will Hamas really give up its armed ‘resistance’?
– Ruth Wisse: The functions of anti-Semitism
– Liel Liebovitz: Is it time to boycott and divest from Spain?
– Adam Milstein: Understanding the unlikely radical alliances spreading anti-Semitism today
– Zvi Hauser: Strengthen the Kurds in Syria
– Henry Meyer, Donna Abu-Nasr: Putin is filling the Mideast power vacuum
– Rick Richman: The 80th anniversary of the two-state solution

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Hamas Adopting Hezbollah Model for Gaza Role?
Israel Daily News Stream11 hours ago
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Today’s Top Stories
1. Dissing PA President Mahmoud Abbas’ mantra of “one authority, one law and one gun,” Hamas says it won’t even discuss giving up weapons if the PA takes over Gaza. According to Arab reports picked up by Haaretz:

The London-based, pan-Arab daily newspaper Al-Hayat reported over the weekend that Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas has stipulated three conditions for reconciliation. First, that Hamas dismantle its military wing; second, that there be no foreign involvement in the administration of the Gaza Strip; and third, that any money for restoration and development only be channeled through the Palestinian government.
See Avi Issacharoff and Prof. Eyal Zisser, who argue that Hamas appears to be tired of running Gaza and wants to adopt a Hezbollah-style role — something Israel must not allow to happen.

If you’re waiting for a Palestinian “Altalena moment,” it already happened in 2007.


The ship Altalena on fire after being shelled off the shore of Tel Aviv.

2. Israel wants the US to shut down the Palestinian diplomatic mission in Washington. According to Israeli media reports:

[The plan] is meant to punish the Palestinians for their recent diplomatic advances, including their successful bid to join Interpol, the world’s largest police organization, and their ongoing efforts to have Israeli leaders tried at the International Criminal Court . . .

Since the US does not recognize Palestinian statehood, there is not formal embassy in Washington. The PLO has a diplomatic mission on Wisconsin Avenue that serves as de facto embassy.
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3. Swedish police arrested 50 people during a neo-Nazi march in Goteborg on Yom Kippur. Associated Press coverage.

4. Tweet of the day from HonestReporting.


Israel and the Palestinians
• The latest talk of Hamas-Fatah reconciliation is re-opening decade-old wounds and blood feuds in Gaza, notes Reuters.

• Haaretz: A generation gap emerges among the Golan Druze.

“Young Druze are not as connected to their Syrian background,” he says. “Unlike their grandparents and even parents, they’ve never visited family in Syria; they speak Hebrew and know Israeli society well.”

The Syrian civil war has brought these divisions even more to the fore, since some members of the younger generation perceive their grandparents’ hero, Syrian President Bashar Assad, as a murderous dictator.
• Draw your own conclusions . . .
– US ambassador says ‘settlements are part of Israel’
– US distances itself from Trump’s ambassador to Israel over ‘2%’ remark

• Helluva video from UN Watch.


Around the World
• Jerusalem Post: New York state is probing Deutsche Bank for links to Palestinian terror group.

“As part of our policy, we are making inquiries of Deutsche Bank,” Matthew Sweeney, a spokesman for the Office of the New York State Comptroller, said after The Jerusalem Post revealed the four accounts the Marxist Leninist Party of Germany holds at Deutsche Bank and the party’s purported fund-raising for its partner in the recent German election – the pro- BDS entity the Popular Front for the Liberation of Palestine.
Jeremy Corbyn
Jeremy Corbyn

• According to the Daily Telegraph, activists from a Jeremy Corbyn-backed group ‘hounded’ a Glasgow Jew out of business for selling Israeli products.
Mr Corbyn is a patron and former chairman of the London-based Palestine Solidarity campaign and remains a prominent supporter.

The treatment of Mr Ayalon, who claims he has been hounded out of Glasgow by the Scottish group, will intensify the row over anti-Semitism that has engulfed the Labour party during Mr Corbyn’s stint as leader.
• A think tank report by the Henry Jackson Society found that British universities had events featured extremist speakers 110 times in the past academic year.

• Puerto Rico’s Jews turn to helping neighbors ravaged by Hurricane Maria. Meanwhile, Israeli technology will help Puerto Rico deal with post-hurricane water scarcity.

Most of Puerto Rico’s 3.4 million residents have been without electricity for 11 days and reports indicate the island’s aged electrical grid could be out of service for months. One early estimate says rebuilding could cost $40-$80 billion. Sixteen people were killed in Puerto Rico when Hurricane Maria slammed into the US territory days after Hurricane Irene.

Puerto Rico
Puerto Rico cleaning up after Hurricane Maria

• Denmark deployed deployed troops to guard Copenhagen’s main synagogue and Israeli embassy during Yom Kippur.

• UK university ‘censors’ Holocaust survivor’s talk over Israel-Nazi comparison.

• U. of Cape Town debates academic and cultural boycotts of Israel. One South African education activist says the proposed boycott would hit “poor black students disproportionately.”

• Jewish human rights group slams Massachusetts school district for disciplining a high school teacher who had the nerve to educate students about anti-Semitism (after a swastika was posted on a wall).

• Choices, choices, choices:
– Top-ranked Israeli tennis player Dudi Sela leaves match early for Yom Kippur
– With racial justice march set for Yom Kippur, these Jewish groups will participate in other ways
– Rescheduled concert clashes with Yom Kippur
– For Nebraska long snapper Jordan Ober, a Yom Kippur dilemma

• Actress Greta Gerwig, considered an Oscar front-runner for directing “Lady Bird,” told the New York Post she regrets signing a BDS letter which called on New York’s Lincoln Center to ban an Israeli performance in July.

“To the End of the Land,” which was produced by Israel’s Habima National Theater and the Cameri Theater of Tel Aviv, went on as scheduled.

Greta Gerwig
Greta Gerwig

Media Matters
• Welcome to the age of cheap overseas information:

Content farmers in the Philippines, Pakistan, Macedonia (of course), and beyond are launching websites and Facebook pages aimed at Americans in niches such as politics, mental health, marijuana, American muscle cars, and more.

Based on Facebook engagement and other metrics, some of these overseas publishers are now beating their American counterparts. In the process they’re building an industry centered on producing and exporting cheap (and sometimes false) information targeted at the US.
social media

• Whether you’re a citizen journalist, professional reporter, or editor, here are 10 questions to ask before covering mis- and dis-information

Commentary/Analysis
• Over at the Irish Times, Israeli Ambassador to Dublin Ze’ev Boker fisks Mark Murphy‘s take on Israeli security precautions.

• Here’s what else I’m reading today . . .

– Jonathan Spyer: Israel is going to war in Syria to fight Iran because nobody else will
– Amb. Ron Prosor: Israel must not let Arab states hijack UNESCO
– Charles Bybelezer: The peace process: The intersection of diplomatic and political folly, moral equivalency and terrorism
– Josh Mitnick: Not so fast on Fatah-Hamas unity
– New York Post (staff-ed): Interpol’s invitation to terrorism
– Eliora Katz: France may finally be getting serious about anti-Semitic violence (click via Twitter)



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Hamas Adopting Hezbollah Model for Gaza Role?
Israel Daily News Stream11 hours ago
http://honestreporting.com/idns-10012017-hamas-gaza/
Today’s Top Stories
1. Dissing PA President Mahmoud Abbas’ mantra of “one authority, one law and one gun,” Hamas says it won’t even discuss giving up weapons if the PA takes over Gaza. According to Arab reports picked up by Haaretz:

The London-based, pan-Arab daily newspaper Al-Hayat reported over the weekend that Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas has stipulated three conditions for reconciliation. First, that Hamas dismantle its military wing; second, that there be no foreign involvement in the administration of the Gaza Strip; and third, that any money for restoration and development only be channeled through the Palestinian government.
See Avi Issacharoff and Prof. Eyal Zisser, who argue that Hamas appears to be tired of running Gaza and wants to adopt a Hezbollah-style role — something Israel must not allow to happen.

If you’re waiting for a Palestinian “Altalena moment,” it already happened in 2007.


The ship Altalena on fire after being shelled off the shore of Tel Aviv.

2. Israel wants the US to shut down the Palestinian diplomatic mission in Washington. According to Israeli media reports:

[The plan] is meant to punish the Palestinians for their recent diplomatic advances, including their successful bid to join Interpol, the world’s largest police organization, and their ongoing efforts to have Israeli leaders tried at the International Criminal Court . . .

Since the US does not recognize Palestinian statehood, there is not formal embassy in Washington. The PLO has a diplomatic mission on Wisconsin Avenue that serves as de facto embassy.
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3. Swedish police arrested 50 people during a neo-Nazi march in Goteborg on Yom Kippur. Associated Press coverage.

4. Tweet of the day from HonestReporting.


Israel and the Palestinians
• The latest talk of Hamas-Fatah reconciliation is re-opening decade-old wounds and blood feuds in Gaza, notes Reuters.

• Haaretz: A generation gap emerges among the Golan Druze.

“Young Druze are not as connected to their Syrian background,” he says. “Unlike their grandparents and even parents, they’ve never visited family in Syria; they speak Hebrew and know Israeli society well.”

The Syrian civil war has brought these divisions even more to the fore, since some members of the younger generation perceive their grandparents’ hero, Syrian President Bashar Assad, as a murderous dictator.
• Draw your own conclusions . . .
– US ambassador says ‘settlements are part of Israel’
– US distances itself from Trump’s ambassador to Israel over ‘2%’ remark

• Helluva video from UN Watch.


Around the World
• Jerusalem Post: New York state is probing Deutsche Bank for links to Palestinian terror group.

“As part of our policy, we are making inquiries of Deutsche Bank,” Matthew Sweeney, a spokesman for the Office of the New York State Comptroller, said after The Jerusalem Post revealed the four accounts the Marxist Leninist Party of Germany holds at Deutsche Bank and the party’s purported fund-raising for its partner in the recent German election – the pro- BDS entity the Popular Front for the Liberation of Palestine.
Jeremy Corbyn
Jeremy Corbyn

• According to the Daily Telegraph, activists from a Jeremy Corbyn-backed group ‘hounded’ a Glasgow Jew out of business for selling Israeli products.
Mr Corbyn is a patron and former chairman of the London-based Palestine Solidarity campaign and remains a prominent supporter.

The treatment of Mr Ayalon, who claims he has been hounded out of Glasgow by the Scottish group, will intensify the row over anti-Semitism that has engulfed the Labour party during Mr Corbyn’s stint as leader.
• A think tank report by the Henry Jackson Society found that British universities had events featured extremist speakers 110 times in the past academic year.

• Puerto Rico’s Jews turn to helping neighbors ravaged by Hurricane Maria. Meanwhile, Israeli technology will help Puerto Rico deal with post-hurricane water scarcity.

Most of Puerto Rico’s 3.4 million residents have been without electricity for 11 days and reports indicate the island’s aged electrical grid could be out of service for months. One early estimate says rebuilding could cost $40-$80 billion. Sixteen people were killed in Puerto Rico when Hurricane Maria slammed into the US territory days after Hurricane Irene.

Puerto Rico
Puerto Rico cleaning up after Hurricane Maria

• Denmark deployed deployed troops to guard Copenhagen’s main synagogue and Israeli embassy during Yom Kippur.

• UK university ‘censors’ Holocaust survivor’s talk over Israel-Nazi comparison.

• U. of Cape Town debates academic and cultural boycotts of Israel. One South African education activist says the proposed boycott would hit “poor black students disproportionately.”

• Jewish human rights group slams Massachusetts school district for disciplining a high school teacher who had the nerve to educate students about anti-Semitism (after a swastika was posted on a wall).

• Choices, choices, choices:
– Top-ranked Israeli tennis player Dudi Sela leaves match early for Yom Kippur
– With racial justice march set for Yom Kippur, these Jewish groups will participate in other ways
– Rescheduled concert clashes with Yom Kippur
– For Nebraska long snapper Jordan Ober, a Yom Kippur dilemma

• Actress Greta Gerwig, considered an Oscar front-runner for directing “Lady Bird,” told the New York Post she regrets signing a BDS letter which called on New York’s Lincoln Center to ban an Israeli performance in July.

“To the End of the Land,” which was produced by Israel’s Habima National Theater and the Cameri Theater of Tel Aviv, went on as scheduled.

Greta Gerwig
Greta Gerwig

Media Matters
• Welcome to the age of cheap overseas information:

Content farmers in the Philippines, Pakistan, Macedonia (of course), and beyond are launching websites and Facebook pages aimed at Americans in niches such as politics, mental health, marijuana, American muscle cars, and more.

Based on Facebook engagement and other metrics, some of these overseas publishers are now beating their American counterparts. In the process they’re building an industry centered on producing and exporting cheap (and sometimes false) information targeted at the US.
social media

• Whether you’re a citizen journalist, professional reporter, or editor, here are 10 questions to ask before covering mis- and dis-information

Commentary/Analysis
• Over at the Irish Times, Israeli Ambassador to Dublin Ze’ev Boker fisks Mark Murphy‘s take on Israeli security precautions.

• Here’s what else I’m reading today . . .

– Jonathan Spyer: Israel is going to war in Syria to fight Iran because nobody else will
– Amb. Ron Prosor: Israel must not let Arab states hijack UNESCO
– Charles Bybelezer: The peace process: The intersection of diplomatic and political folly, moral equivalency and terrorism
– Josh Mitnick: Not so fast on Fatah-Hamas unity
– New York Post (staff-ed): Interpol’s invitation to terrorism
– Eliora Katz: France may finally be getting serious about anti-Semitic violence (click via Twitter)



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Hamas Adopting Hezbollah Model for Gaza Role?
Israel Daily News Stream11 hours ago
http://honestreporting.com/idns-10012017-hamas-gaza/
Today’s Top Stories
1. Dissing PA President Mahmoud Abbas’ mantra of “one authority, one law and one gun,” Hamas says it won’t even discuss giving up weapons if the PA takes over Gaza. According to Arab reports picked up by Haaretz:

The London-based, pan-Arab daily newspaper Al-Hayat reported over the weekend that Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas has stipulated three conditions for reconciliation. First, that Hamas dismantle its military wing; second, that there be no foreign involvement in the administration of the Gaza Strip; and third, that any money for restoration and development only be channeled through the Palestinian government.
See Avi Issacharoff and Prof. Eyal Zisser, who argue that Hamas appears to be tired of running Gaza and wants to adopt a Hezbollah-style role — something Israel must not allow to happen.

If you’re waiting for a Palestinian “Altalena moment,” it already happened in 2007.


The ship Altalena on fire after being shelled off the shore of Tel Aviv.

2. Israel wants the US to shut down the Palestinian diplomatic mission in Washington. According to Israeli media reports:

[The plan] is meant to punish the Palestinians for their recent diplomatic advances, including their successful bid to join Interpol, the world’s largest police organization, and their ongoing efforts to have Israeli leaders tried at the International Criminal Court . . .

Since the US does not recognize Palestinian statehood, there is not formal embassy in Washington. The PLO has a diplomatic mission on Wisconsin Avenue that serves as de facto embassy.
News breaks fast. Get HonestReporting alerts by e-mail
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3. Swedish police arrested 50 people during a neo-Nazi march in Goteborg on Yom Kippur. Associated Press coverage.

4. Tweet of the day from HonestReporting.


Israel and the Palestinians
• The latest talk of Hamas-Fatah reconciliation is re-opening decade-old wounds and blood feuds in Gaza, notes Reuters.

• Haaretz: A generation gap emerges among the Golan Druze.

“Young Druze are not as connected to their Syrian background,” he says. “Unlike their grandparents and even parents, they’ve never visited family in Syria; they speak Hebrew and know Israeli society well.”

The Syrian civil war has brought these divisions even more to the fore, since some members of the younger generation perceive their grandparents’ hero, Syrian President Bashar Assad, as a murderous dictator.
• Draw your own conclusions . . .
– US ambassador says ‘settlements are part of Israel’
– US distances itself from Trump’s ambassador to Israel over ‘2%’ remark

• Helluva video from UN Watch.


Around the World
• Jerusalem Post: New York state is probing Deutsche Bank for links to Palestinian terror group.

“As part of our policy, we are making inquiries of Deutsche Bank,” Matthew Sweeney, a spokesman for the Office of the New York State Comptroller, said after The Jerusalem Post revealed the four accounts the Marxist Leninist Party of Germany holds at Deutsche Bank and the party’s purported fund-raising for its partner in the recent German election – the pro- BDS entity the Popular Front for the Liberation of Palestine.
Jeremy Corbyn
Jeremy Corbyn

• According to the Daily Telegraph, activists from a Jeremy Corbyn-backed group ‘hounded’ a Glasgow Jew out of business for selling Israeli products.
Mr Corbyn is a patron and former chairman of the London-based Palestine Solidarity campaign and remains a prominent supporter.

The treatment of Mr Ayalon, who claims he has been hounded out of Glasgow by the Scottish group, will intensify the row over anti-Semitism that has engulfed the Labour party during Mr Corbyn’s stint as leader.
• A think tank report by the Henry Jackson Society found that British universities had events featured extremist speakers 110 times in the past academic year.

• Puerto Rico’s Jews turn to helping neighbors ravaged by Hurricane Maria. Meanwhile, Israeli technology will help Puerto Rico deal with post-hurricane water scarcity.

Most of Puerto Rico’s 3.4 million residents have been without electricity for 11 days and reports indicate the island’s aged electrical grid could be out of service for months. One early estimate says rebuilding could cost $40-$80 billion. Sixteen people were killed in Puerto Rico when Hurricane Maria slammed into the US territory days after Hurricane Irene.

Puerto Rico
Puerto Rico cleaning up after Hurricane Maria

• Denmark deployed deployed troops to guard Copenhagen’s main synagogue and Israeli embassy during Yom Kippur.

• UK university ‘censors’ Holocaust survivor’s talk over Israel-Nazi comparison.

• U. of Cape Town debates academic and cultural boycotts of Israel. One South African education activist says the proposed boycott would hit “poor black students disproportionately.”

• Jewish human rights group slams Massachusetts school district for disciplining a high school teacher who had the nerve to educate students about anti-Semitism (after a swastika was posted on a wall).

• Choices, choices, choices:
– Top-ranked Israeli tennis player Dudi Sela leaves match early for Yom Kippur
– With racial justice march set for Yom Kippur, these Jewish groups will participate in other ways
– Rescheduled concert clashes with Yom Kippur
– For Nebraska long snapper Jordan Ober, a Yom Kippur dilemma

• Actress Greta Gerwig, considered an Oscar front-runner for directing “Lady Bird,” told the New York Post she regrets signing a BDS letter which called on New York’s Lincoln Center to ban an Israeli performance in July.

“To the End of the Land,” which was produced by Israel’s Habima National Theater and the Cameri Theater of Tel Aviv, went on as scheduled.

Greta Gerwig
Greta Gerwig

Media Matters
• Welcome to the age of cheap overseas information:

Content farmers in the Philippines, Pakistan, Macedonia (of course), and beyond are launching websites and Facebook pages aimed at Americans in niches such as politics, mental health, marijuana, American muscle cars, and more.

Based on Facebook engagement and other metrics, some of these overseas publishers are now beating their American counterparts. In the process they’re building an industry centered on producing and exporting cheap (and sometimes false) information targeted at the US.
social media

• Whether you’re a citizen journalist, professional reporter, or editor, here are 10 questions to ask before covering mis- and dis-information

Commentary/Analysis
• Over at the Irish Times, Israeli Ambassador to Dublin Ze’ev Boker fisks Mark Murphy‘s take on Israeli security precautions.

• Here’s what else I’m reading today . . .

– Jonathan Spyer: Israel is going to war in Syria to fight Iran because nobody else will
– Amb. Ron Prosor: Israel must not let Arab states hijack UNESCO
– Charles Bybelezer: The peace process: The intersection of diplomatic and political folly, moral equivalency and terrorism
– Josh Mitnick: Not so fast on Fatah-Hamas unity
– New York Post (staff-ed): Interpol’s invitation to terrorism
– Eliora Katz: France may finally be getting serious about anti-Semitic violence (click via Twitter)

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Interpol Gives Palestinians Full Membership
Israel Daily News Stream5 hours ago

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Today’s Top Stories
1. Over Israeli and US objections, Interpol granted full membership to the Palestinians. The organization, which facilitates cooperation among international police in areas such as counter-terror, organized crime, and cyber-crime, easily approved Palestinian membership by a vote of 75-24 with 34 abstentions.

With Palestinian entry, Israel fears the PA use its new status to issue arrest warrants for top Israeli officials.

Moreover, Jerusalem has voiced another central concern that the Palestinian delegation will now be privy to sensitive classified information regarding terrorism and its financing, which may then leak to Hamas or Fatah.
Admitting "Palestine" (PLO/Hamas) to #INTERPOL is like admitting Al Capone to the Chicago Police Department.
— Emmanuel Navon (@emmanuelnavon) September 27, 2017
2. Israelis paid their respects as the three Israeli victims of yesterday’s attack were laid to rest. And the Times of Israel visited the mourning tent of Youssef Ottman’s family in the Israeli Arab town of Abu Ghosh.

Meanwhile, Har Adar residents are rethinking employing Palestinians, while an estimated 50,000 Palestinians overall who work in settlements — and their security vetting — are under scrutiny.

3. Palestinian terrorist Leila Khaled gave a keynote speech at a European Parliament event yesterday.

Khaled is still a member of the Marxist Popular Front for the Liberation of Palestine, which is a designated terror organization. She participated in airline hijackings in 1969 and 1970. More at the JTA and Israel HaYom.

4. What Shocks Israelis (About America) – Israel Insights: Israelis are used to seeing guards in shopping malls and bus stations, but armed police outside a synagogue? It just doesn’t make sense!
In the News
The Syrian war is far from over. But the endgame is already playing out and Bashar Assad’s future looks as secure as ever.

• Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan threateneds ties with Israel over Jerusalem’s support for Kurdish independence.

And we call this man an ally? We need better friends! https://t.co/b7ujsRVlbV
— Stephen Mansfield (@MansfieldWrites) September 26, 2017
• Ahead of the 2020 Olympics, Japan looks to Israel for counterterrorism expertise.

• A pro-Israel University of Maryland professor who was dismissed after complaining of religious discrimination is planning legal action.

• University of Illinois chancellor slams “anti-Semitic attacks hidden under the guise of anti-Zionist rhetoric.”

Commentary/Analysis
• Har Adar’s on my mind:

– Steve Leibowitz: My safe and peaceful Har Adar
– Ido Aharoni: Why the Har Adar attack was so dramatic for those of us who live here
– Ron Ben-Yishai: The lessons Israel should learn from the Har Adar terror attack
– Avi Issacharoff: A terror attack born of personal crisis
– Yoav Limor: Unusual attack, limited solutions
– Herb Keinon: Har Adar attack pours cold water on Greenblatt peace effort

Har Adar 3
Or Arish, Solomon Gabrieh and Or Othman, killed in today’s Palestinian terror attack at Har Adar.

• Here’s what else I’m reading today . . .

– Yoaz Hendel: Kurds and Palestinians? There’s no comparison
– Bassam Tawil: Palestinian ‘reconciliation’: Jihad is calling!
– Dennis Ross: Memories of an anti-Semitic State Department
– Ariel Bolstein: Russia’s tacit support for Kurdistan
– James Kirchick: Valerie Plame’s real blunder
– Times of London (staff-ed): Labour and anti-Semitism
– Richard Littlejohn: Once in the shadows, anti-Semitism is now entrenched at the poisoned heart of the Labour Party
– Karen Pollock: How many more times must we condemn anti-Semitism in Labour?
– Dore Gold: Inspections and monitoring: The weak link in the Iranian nuclear deal

• Last but not least, I wonder what this emerging spin means for Palestinian branding as the supposedly most oppressed people on the face of the Earth:

– The Rohingya are the new Palestinians
– Are the Rohingyas the Palestinians of Southeast Asia?
– Rohingya ethnic cleansing: A painful reminder of the Palestinian tragedy



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Today’s Top Stories
1. Over Israeli and US objections, Interpol granted full membership to the Palestinians. The organization, which facilitates cooperation among international police in areas such as counter-terror, organized crime, and cyber-crime, easily approved Palestinian membership by a vote of 75-24 with 34 abstentions.

With Palestinian entry, Israel fears the PA use its new status to issue arrest warrants for top Israeli officials.

Moreover, Jerusalem has voiced another central concern that the Palestinian delegation will now be privy to sensitive classified information regarding terrorism and its financing, which may then leak to Hamas or Fatah.
Admitting "Palestine" (PLO/Hamas) to #INTERPOL is like admitting Al Capone to the Chicago Police Department.
— Emmanuel Navon (@emmanuelnavon) September 27, 2017
2. Israelis paid their respects as the three Israeli victims of yesterday’s attack were laid to rest. And the Times of Israel visited the mourning tent of Youssef Ottman’s family in the Israeli Arab town of Abu Ghosh.

Meanwhile, Har Adar residents are rethinking employing Palestinians, while an estimated 50,000 Palestinians overall who work in settlements — and their security vetting — are under scrutiny.

3. Palestinian terrorist Leila Khaled gave a keynote speech at a European Parliament event yesterday.

Khaled is still a member of the Marxist Popular Front for the Liberation of Palestine, which is a designated terror organization. She participated in airline hijackings in 1969 and 1970. More at the JTA and Israel HaYom.

4. What Shocks Israelis (About America) – Israel Insights: Israelis are used to seeing guards in shopping malls and bus stations, but armed police outside a synagogue? It just doesn’t make sense!
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3 Israelis Killed in Palestinian Terror Attack
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Israeli security at the scene where a Palestinian terrorist opened fire on Israelis at Har Adar, near Jerusalem, killing three and seriously injuring one. September 26, 2017. Photo by Yonatan Sindel/Flash90
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1. A Palestinian terrorist shot and killed an Israeli Border Policeman and two civilian guards outside the Israeli community of Har Adar. A fourth Israeli was hospitalized and is now in moderate condition. The Palestinian was killed by responding security forces.

According to media reports, the 37-year-old Palestinian, Nimer Mahmoud Ahmad Jabbar, was a father of four from a nearby village and had a permit to work in Har Adar. After arousing the suspicion of the guards, Jabbar pulled out a pistol, hitting his victims at close range.

The dead were identified as 20-year-old Border Police Staff Sergeant Solomon Gabrieh of Be’er Yaakov, and civilian security guards Youssef Othman of Abu Ghosh and Or Arish of Har Adar. The injured Israeli, Amit Steinhart, 33, of Har Adar, is being treated in Hadassah En Kerem Hospital.

Har Adar, located about 15 km west of Jerusalem, lies on the edge of the Green Line.

More on the attack at the Jerusalem Post, Times of Israel, Ynet, Haaretz and Israel HaYom.

See also our assessment of Har Adar Terror Attack Headline Fails.

Har Adar 3
Or Arish, Solomon Gabrieh and Youssef Othman, killed in today’s Palestinian terror attack at Har Adar.

2. Sheikh Hassan Nasrallah’s bolstering Hezbollah’s ranks in Lebanon by importing Iraqi Shiite fighters. The Media Line picked up on an Arab report accusing Hezbollah of putting its interests above Lebanon’s.

The article charged that the Iraqis have been resettled in Hizbullah installations in the southern part of the country, apparently in areas where United Nations Security Council Resolution 1701 prohibits Hizbullah’s presence.

3. A Pakistani diplomat is catching flak after presenting an old photo of a Gaza girl as Kashmiri victim of India’s military. Fauxtography strikes the UN.

“The picture was taken on 22 July 2014 by an American photographer Heidi Levine. This photograph was published by New York Times on March 24, 2015 [in a slide show], under the caption ‘Conflict, Courage and Healing in Gaza,'” said Paulomi Tripathi, an Indian UN representative.

4. Failure to Correct: How AP Spreads an Error Far and Wide: AP reports arrive at news sites with a built-in kosher certificate. But without an official AP correction, media outlets don’t feel obliged to make changes or corrections.

Israel and the Palestinians
• As you might have expected funding issues threaten Fatah-Hamas reconciliation.

Hamas wants to include 43,000 military and civil employees within the government, however, Fatah refused this, claiming that it can’t encompass all the employees immediately.
• Props to Ben Lynfield for scratching my itch:

Why do state-seeking Palestinians oppose Kurdish independence vote?

Interpol• Rejecting Israeli pressure, Interpol’s executive committee will allow its general assembly to vote next week on whether or not to accept a PA request for membership. Ynet reports that Israel and the haven’t thrown in the towel on blocking the move.

The American side has not yet given up, however, and was still attempting to convince the Palestinians to withdraw their own candidacy.

Israel had hoped Interpol’s Executive Committee, which sets the general assembly’s agenda, would decide not to put the Palestinian request on the docket on the grounds that “Palestine” is not a state according to Interpol’s own parameters.
• An Arab-Israeli was killed in Syria while fighting for Islamic State, family members confirmed.

• As Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu instructs government ministers to keep mum on Kurdish independence, the Washington Post looks at Israeli-Kurdish relations.

• Haaretz: “In a scenario that the energy experts have long warned about, Israel’s supply of natural gas has been halted after a crack in the single pipeline linking the Tamar field to Israeli users was discovered on Thursday.”

Around the World
• Swedish court moves neo-Nazi march on Yom Kippur away from synagogue.

• UK Labor activists accuse Jeremy Corbyn of burying his head in the sand over anti-Semitism amid an effort to “purge” Jews from the party. More at the Jewish Chronicle and Daily Telegraph, which picked up on Guido Fawkes.

On Monday, party members again attacked Israel and compared its treatment of the Palestinian territories to the Nazis’ treatment of Jews.

At a fringe event titled Free Speech on Israel, speakers called for the Jewish Labour Movement (JLM) and Labour Friends of Israel (LFI) to be “kicked out” of the party and said Israel had committed “genocide” in Gaza.
Jeremy Corbyn
Jeremy Corbyn

• A survey of British attitudes on various Mideast issues uncovered a lot of ignorance behind the hot air. The Independent writes:

Despite giving opinions on wide-ranging subjects including the status of Israel and the Occupied Palestinian Territories, more than half of respondents admitted having “limited knowledge” of the Arab world and another 25 per cent said they “don’t know anything” about the region.
• Despite BDS protest, a number of Israeli films were shown at the Toronto Palestinian Film Festival. Three were award-winning films about Israeli Arabs, the Jerusalem Post reports.

Israeli Arab filmmakers, among them Maysaloun Hamoud, have drawn criticism from supporters of the BDS Movement for accepting Israeli funding.
Come to think of it, if the government didn’t provide funding for Israeli-Arab film makers, Israel opens itself to accusations of discrimination so either way, the BDS critics will complain anyway.

• Does this mean BDS will boycott Pope Francis?

Ynet

Commentary/Analysis
• Here’s what else I’m reading today . . .

– Dov Lieber: Bahrain-Israel ties not ready for prime time
– Ben-Dror Yemini: Mohammad Bakri, enemy of the Palestinians
– Charles Bybelezer: ‘Lebanon equals Hezbullah, Hezbullah equals Lebanon’
– Yaya Fanusie, Alex Entz: Hezbollah financial assessment
– Ray Takeyh: The nuclear deal is Iran’s legal path to the bomb
– Dr. Lawrence Franklin: A Jewish-Catholic partnership against Islamist violence?

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PA to Begin Taking Over Gaza Next Week?
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1. PA Prime Minister Rami Hamdallah will visit Gaza next week to begin taking control of the Strip’s governmental responsibilities.

However, the PA hasn’t cancelled any of its punitive financial measures against Gaza. And an eye-opening Saudi Gazette staff editorial points out that true reconciliation will be a pipe dream as long as basic security issues remain unresolved.

Over the past few years, whenever security was broached, Hamas demanded the simultaneous exchange of security arrangements. While the two movements understand the importance of security for any system to be effective, a security partnership seems almost impossible within the near term. Due to the complexities and sensitivities involved, Hamas elements cannot work in the West Bank security services while Fatah members cannot work in Hamas-run security services in Gaza. For reconciliation to work, either the PA will give up its security collaboration or Hamas its armed resistance. Neither seems to be likely at the moment.

2. Argentine investigators submitted a report concluding that top prosecutor Alberto Nisman was indeed murdered in 2015, reversing controversial assessments that he had killed himself. The Wall St. Journal (click via Twitter) explains:

Mr. Nisman died shortly before he was set to present his case in Congress alleging that Mrs. Kirchner had conspired with Iran to sabotage his investigation into the bombing of a Jewish community center in 1994. His body was found in his apartment bathroom on Jan. 18, 2015 after a bullet was fired into his head. . .

According to people familiar with the Gendarmerie report, investigators assert that Mr. Nisman was sedated with the anesthetic Ketamine and then killed by two assailants in his Buenos Aires apartment.

Mr. Nisman had sustained blows to his head, kidney, nose and leg, indicating that he had been struck before dying, investigators said, according to a forensic expert familiar with the findings. Such bruises are inconsistent with a self-inflicted suicide wound, the expert said.
See also the JTA which delves into who the main suspect would be if the investigation continues as a murder.
Alberto Nisman

3. German voters re-elected Angela Merkel to her fourth term as Chancellor. But the success of the far-right Alternative for Germany party (AfD) has raised concerns in the country’s Jewish community, which has labeled the party as anti-Semitic. See the European Jewish Press for more.

Meanwhile, the Times of Israel notes that AfD party members show a surprisingly high degree of support for Israel in response to questions about the peace process, BDS, Israel’s security and settlements, among other things.

With 13 percent of the vote, AfD becomes the Bundestag’s third largest faction.

4. Pedaling a BDS Narrative: The Giro d’Italia cycling tournament is coming to Israel, but critics say it distracts attention from alleged Israeli crimes. Sport-washing?

Israel and the Palestinians
• Ynet: Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu told the cabinet he is postponing by a week or two a meeting of the West Bank Civil Administration’s planning committee at the request of US President Donald Trump.

Justifying his decision to hold off on the meeting by a week or two, which is likely to startle the pro-settlement elements in his coalition, the prime minister told the ministers present he had no intention of humiliating the pro-Israel Trump administration by making decisions relating to settlements, particularly in light of the upcoming visit to the Middle East by Trump’s special advisor Jason Greenblatt.
• The Media Line takes a closer look at how Israel enforces its red lines in Syria.

• Iraqi Kurds went to the polls today for a referendum on breaking away from Iraq and declaring independence. According to Reuters, “final results should be announced within 72 hours.”

The referendum is non-binding, but is intended to give Kurdish leaders a clear mandate to negotiate secession.

Israel is the only country that has publicly voiced support for Kurdish independence. Iran launched war games near the border while Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan also threatened military action.
Around the World
• Worth reading: Obama tried to give Zuckerberg a wake-up call over fake news on Facebook.

• The FBI is investigating threats against Jewish students and a Latino student group at California State University, Long Beach, the Long Beach Press-Telegram reports. Flyers were found on doors and windows in the campus multi-cultural center featuring swastikas and picture of Adolf Hitler, along with the words, “Finish what he started.”

A death threat was also posted on the Facebook group of the Latino student group. More on the story at the student paper, the Daily 49er.

• Ex-CIA agent Valerie Plame Wilson resigned from a prominent fund after sharing an article blaming Jews for US wars.

• Vermont elementary school teacher fired for teaching kids Nazi salute.

• Vandals damaged gravestones in the Jewish cemetery of Sofia, Bulgaria.

Commentary/Analysis
• Sweden’s neo-Nazi Nordic Resistance Movement is planning a march near Gothenburg’s main synagogue on Yom Kippur: Is scant advance coverage a good thing?

The journalist part of me believes unequivocally that threatening episodes such as this march cannot be ignored; that they’re legitimate news that demand coverage. My non-journalist side, however, keeps whispering that we all might be better served by denying neo-Nazis the public platform they seek.

It’s an increasingly intriguing choice. Though we know that given journalism’s inbred competitiveness, coverage – even excessive coverage – will just about always win out.

Which is why I expected that by now the march would have received more coverage.
Nordic Resistance Movement
Members of Sweden’s neo-Nazi Nordic Resistance Movement

• Here’s what else I’m reading today . . .

– Saudi Gazette (staff-ed): Fatah, Hamas and a grain of salt
– Alex Fishman: Iran missile test: Nuclear deal’s rotten fruit
– Amb. Ron Prosor: Trump should bet on Kurdish independence
– Lt. Col. (ret.) Michael Segall: Iran and Hamas reconnect
– Alan Dershowitz: Plame knew what she was tweeting
– New York Post (staff-ed): Valerie Plame’s new, anti-Semitic game
– Giora Eiland: Despite Israeli airstrikes, Hezbollah will keep building its arsenal
– Dennis Ross: How Trump can get Mideast peace talks back on track

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Iran Defiantly Tests New Ballistic Missile
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Today’s Top Stories
1. Defying US warnings, Iran tested a new missile capable of reaching Israel.

Revolutionary Guards aerospace chief General Amir Ali Hajizadeh was quoted by the official IRNA news agency as saying on Friday, when the missile was unveiled, that “the Khoramshahr missile has a range of 2,000 kilometers (1,250 miles) and can carry multiple warheads.”

Iran says all of its missiles are designed to carry conventional warheads only and has limited their range to a maximum of 2,000 kilometers, although commanders say they have the technology to go further.

That makes them only medium-range but still sufficient to reach Israel or US bases in the Gulf.
Israel denounced the missile test.


2. Israel reportedly struck a Hezbollah arms depot near Damascus International Airport on Friday morning.


3. The Palestinian Authority is pushing for membership in Interpol when the International Police Organization holds its annual meeting in Beijing next week. As Israel tries to foil the PA bid, the Jerusalem Post explains what’s at stake:

In addition, regarding Interpol specifically, Israel is concerned that if the Palestinians join they would push for arrest warrants against Israeli citizens.

Jerusalem also is concerned that sensitive information it shares with the organization could – if the Palestinians were members – be compromised.
Tweet of the day goes to Arsen Ostrovsky:

Israel and the Palestinians
• Among the more notable developments at the UN was Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu publicly meeting with Egyptian President Abdel Fattah el-Sisi — they were even photographed together. In his speech to the General Assembly, Sisi called on Palestinians to set aside their domestic differences and coexist with Israel.

• According to a Middle East Eye report picked up by the Times of Israel, Israel and Bahrain may announce the establishment of relations as soon as next year.

• A Palestinian involved with several Gaza flotillas admitted that their efforts were propaganda and never humanitarian. Zaher Birawi, who is affiliated with Hamas and the Muslim Brotherhood is certainly in a position to know. The Jerusalem Post describes him as the chairman of the International Committee for Breaking the Siege on Gaza, an umbrella organization established to send flotillas to Gaza.

More on the story at the Meir Amit Intelligence and Terrorism Information Center which caught wind of Birawi’s comments.

Mideast Matters
• Russia’s defense minister will make a rare visit to Israel for talks on Syria and security coordination sometime in “mid-October.”

• US military cedes territory in Syria to Iranian proxies.

• Ahead of tomorrow’s Kurdish referendum on independence, the New York Times takes a closer look at the long history of Jewish-Kurdish relations.

Around the World
• JTA: French prosecutors finally acknowledged that the murder of Sarah Halimi — a Paris Jew brutally killed by a Muslim neighbor — was indeed an anti-Semitic hate crime.

• As Germans go to the polls in national elections, the Jerusalem Post examines what the vote means for Israel.

• “The German Cabinet announced Wednesday that it unanimously adopted the working definition promoted by the International Alliance for Holocaust Remembrance, a body with 31 member states.”

HR supports the working definition as well and is glad to see its growing acceptance (notwithstanding some councillors in the London Borough of Brent).

• The legal saga of former PFLP terrorist Rasmea Odeh came to an end when she was deported to Jordan. Odeh was stripped of her US citizenship after US immigration authorities learned she had lied about her conviction and prison time for her role in a 1969 bombing of a Jerusalem supermarket in which two Israelis were killed. The deportation was a local story for the Chicago Sun Times and Detroit Free Press.


• Former CIA operative Valerie Plame Wilson is catching flak for tweeting an article from a fringe right wing web site titled ‘America’s Jews Are Driving America’s Wars.’ The tweet was subsequently removed and Plame apologized. But see Molly Roberts‘ response.

• Anti-Semitic graffiti was found on the eve of Rosh HaShanah at Oakland‘s Temple Sinai and Washington’s Georgetown University are being investigated as hate crimes.

• A Belgian judge sentenced a Holocaust denier to visit 5 ex-Nazi camps, and write about it.

• Israel sent a delegation of 70 people to assist search and rescue efforts in earthquake-stricken Mexico. The team includes IDF Homefront Command engineers, and personnel from ZAKA, IsrAID and iAID. More on their efforts at Haaretz, Jerusalem Post and Israel HaYom.

So far, 305 people have been confirmed dead from Tuesday’s quake. Among them was the body of a rabbi pulled from the rubble.

Commentary/Analysis
• Here’s what else I’m reading today . . .

– Bernard-Henri Levy: American Jews should care about and support the independence of Kurdistan
– Ofra Bengio: Kurdistan, the new Israel?
– Herb Keinon: Netanyahu and Sisi: Lights, camera and a new era of public diplomacy?
– Jerusalem Post (staff-ed): Bibi and Sisi
– Alex Fishman: The Egyptian maestro and his Palestinian marionettes
– David Horovitz: With US president in his corner, Netanyahu brings new swagger to his UN address
– Ron Ben-Yishai: Iran shows its defiance of the US, carefully


– Col. (res.) Eldad Shavit: Trump’s Mideast policy: No motivation, no courage
– Bassam Tawil: The true enemies of the Palestinians
– Diana Buttu: Issa Amro is merely the latest casualty of Palestine’s war on free speech
– Dr. Reuven Berko: Qatar explains away terrorism
– James Jeffrey, Dennis Ross: The US needs a Mideast strategy
– Andrew Exum: The hubris of Hezbollah

• In today’s Lead Screed, British free-lance writer and cyclist Richard Abraham introduces us to a new word. Sportwashing. Israel will be hosting the opening stages of the Giro d’Italia bicycle race in May to distract the world from “Israel’s occupation and apartheid.” It inappropriately “rewards Israel for its decades-long human rights abuses against the Palestinian people.”

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Today’s Top Stories
1. Hamas has agreed to dissolve its governing body in Gaza and has made overtures to reconcile with long time rival Fatah, Mahmoud Abass’s ruling party in the Palestinian Authority government. However, it is unclear whether this is actual policy or merely political rhetoric. Hamas and Fatah have spoken about reconciliation numerous times in the past, to little effect. Analyst Oded Granot reflected the opinion of many experts:

…the deal…still hasn’t come together and is far from it. Hamas is sure that [Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud] Abbas is an illegitimate leader, who won’t run for re-election [while] Fatah understands that Hamas [is] committed to taking over the West Bank and deposing Abbas in favor of [Hamas head] Ismail Haniyeh.
This article in The Atlantic analyzes in further detail, concluding not only that the chatter is political maneuvering, but also that it will ultimately create harmful consequences for Palestinian people.

2. The Lebanese terror group Hezbollah has been seen making aggressive movements near Israel’s border, while engaging in a propaganda campaign presumably designed to intimidate Israelis, though it appears to be having little effect. While Hezbollah is spread thin in Syria and likely not in a strong position to attack Israel at present, some in Israel’s security establishment are taking the saber rattling seriously. Perhaps that is the reason for a recent IDF exercise designed to practice responding to a potential Hezbollah attack. It may also be the reason for the emptying of Haifa’s ammonia plant, which Hezbollah had previously announced as a target for rocket-fire.

3. President Trump spoke at the opening session of the UN’s four-day conference. Significant points included the following: criticism of UN’s inefficient management and bureaucracy, as well as concerns about North Korea, Syria and Iran. Despite harsh rhetoric on the UN in the past, Trump described the body as having “tremendous potential.” Earlier Israeli Prime Minister Netanyahu and US President Donald Trump met privately. In prepared statements the American President expressed his hopes for peace between Israel and the Palestinians while Netanyahu said that Israel’s alliance with the US, “has never been stronger, never been deeper…in ways people see, and in ways they don’t see.” Referring to the JCPOA (the “Iran deal”) Netanyahu said, “The Americans have a desire to fix the agreement, and I offered a plan on how to do it,” while Trump somewhat cryptically said that the US position would become clear, “very soon.”

Israel and the Palestinians
• The Washington Institute is compiling a web site tracking every Israeli settlement in the West Bank, including satellite imagery and population statistics. While the information is not yet completely posted, some interesting details have already come to light:

Of the some 600,000 settlers who live outside Israel’s internationally recognized borders (including in parts of Jerusalem), just 94,000 are outside Israel’s border-like security fence;
Of the settlers above, just 20,000 of those moved in since 2009, when Netanyahu returned to office. This is in the context of an area populated by 2.9 million Palestinians;
Last year, 43 percent of the settler population growth was in just two towns that sit astride the Israeli border — and that Abbas himself has proposed for Israeli annexation.
In short, it appears that Israeli settlements have not undermined the possibility of a two-state peace agreement, and are, in fact, not even close to doing so.

• Rasmea Odeh a Palestinian convicted terrorist with a decades-old record of bombings in Jerusalem will be deported from Chicago to Jordan on Tuesday. The story of deportation proceedings against Odeh has been continuing for some time, but it appears to be finally coming to its conclusion. The technical reason for her deportation is that she lied on her immigration forms when she did not disclose her arrest and conviction for terror activities in Israel. Odeh’s case is particularly noteworthy as she has developed a somewhat high profile as an activist with the Arab American Action Network, working with immigrants and women’s issues in the United States.

Around the World
• BREAKING: IDF fires Patriot missile at drone flying over Golan Heights. Army says unmanned aircraft apparently downed as it attempted to enter Israeli airspace from Syria. Details still emerging.

• Egyptian President Abdel-Fattah el-Sissi met Monday night with Israeli Prime Minister Netanyahu, a highly visible act of public engagement that most Arab leaders tend to avoid. The two leaders made public statements regarding a Palestinian peace process, which has the counter-intuitive effect of sidelining Mahmoud Abbas who was also in town for the UN conference but was not party to the meeting. Analysts believe that the 90 minute talk likely included discussion of much more, including security cooperation in the Sinai, and how to address the feud/reconciliation dynamic between Hamas and Fatah.


• A stunning turn of events in the evolving connections between Israel and the Arab world: Bahrain’s King Hamad bin Isa al Khalifa has denounced the Arab boycott of Israel and said his subjects are free to visit the Jewish state.

• A Kurdish referendum set for September 25 will call for independence. Though the vote has no legal or military effect in international circles, it has Iran worried as the country’s Vice-President stated, “We will not allow the creation of a second Israel in the north of Iraq,” Indeed, a recent rally in support of independence included Israeli flags, a sign of the warm feelings by Kurdish people toward Israel. The Kurdish people live primarily in an area of northern Iraq, close to Turkey and Iran. The US has long opposed Kurdish independence, to a great extend due to Turkish opposition, and America’s desire to maintain Turkey as a strategic ally. Lately, however, this puts the US in the ironic, and perhaps unexpected, position of being on the same side of the issue as Iran.

• As President Trump’s plans for a border wall with Mexico progress, journalists have gotten into the habit of referencing Israel’s “wall” along areas of the West Bank, usually in a critical manner. Indeed, some Israeli hi-tech contractors are bidding to work on security aspects of the US-Mexico wall, and Trump has in the past referenced Israel on this topic, but the similarities for the most part end there. Israel’s “wall” which is actually 95% wire fence, was built to end a massive terror campaign called the “Second Intifada.” Even today, the security fence stops attempted attacks every month, and deters even more. Why do journalists almost universally fail to include this context? For that matter, given that almost every border in the world contains some kind of security fence, why single out Israel at all?

Commentary/Analysis
• The problems the Islamic Republic of Iran poses go far beyond the nuclear program: including support for terrorism and criminal enterprises, threats to strategic waterways, and ballistic missile development. President Trump has expressed his desire to “tear up” the JCPOA (the “Iran deal”) or to “de-certify” Iran’s compliance with the deal’s milestones. So what will happen? The Weekly Standard analyzes some of Trump’s options, and likely outcomes.

• Iran signed a contract last week to provide five gas-fired power plants to the Syrian city of Aleppo. In January, the two countries signed deals that gave Iran a mobile telephony license and right to build a new network. After years of military engagement in defense of Syrian ruler Bashar Assad, Iran is doing big commercial business in Syria: is this kind of Iranian integration a foreshadowing of how the post-civil war Syria is going to look?

• Here’s what else I’m reading today . . .

– Last Surviving U.S. Pilot Who Brought Yemenite Jews to Israel Honored – Itamar Eichner
–Former U.S. Mideast Envoy Dennis Ross: Saudis Could Lead Delegation to Israel – Tovah Lazaroff

The IDNS will be back next week. In the meantime, from all of the staff of HonestReporting, we wish all of our Jewish readers a happy and healthy new year – Shana Tova!

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Did Bahraini King Denounce Boycott of Israel?
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1. Bahrain’s king denounced the Arab boycott of Israel and said his countrymen may visit the Jewish state, according to Rabbi Abraham Cooper of the Simon Wiesenthal Center in Los Angeles. He told the Jerusalem Post the king said this earlier this year during a visit to the Gulf state.

The comments are in the news now because King Hamad’s son, Prince Nasser, visited the center’s Museum of Tolerance in Los Angeles last week. The Post notes:

Like all others present, the Arab officials stood in respect as the colorful Bahrain National Orchestra, conducted by Field Marshal Mubarak Najem, played “Hatikva” preceded by the Bahraini and US national anthems, sung by Sumaya Meer and Cantor Arik Wolheim.
And the Los Angeles Times added:

That the prince would come to the Museum of Tolerance — an unabashedly pro-Israel institution — highlights the shifting sands of Middle Eastern politics in an era in which common enemies and concerns can create strange bedfellows.
I haven’t heard the king publicly confirm this, but I wouldn’t be surprised if Bahraini individuals are already making discreet visits. Could this have anything to do with Qatar’s rival charm offensive targeting US Jews?

2. All the Israeli papers picked up on Hamas’s offer to disband its Gaza administration, hold new elections and begin unity talks with Fatah. I’m too jaded by previous false starts over the years to elaborate (see my 5 Myths of Palestinian Unity). So take your pick of Times of Israel, Haaretz, Ynet, Jerusalem Post and Israel HaYom coverage, or the Wall St. Journal (click via Twitter) and draw your own conclusions.

3. ProPublica blew the lid on how Facebook enabled advertisers to reach ‘Jew Haters.’

Until this week, when we asked Facebook about it, the world’s largest social network enabled advertisers to direct their pitches to the news feeds of almost 2,300 people who expressed interest in the topics of “Jew hater,” “How to burn jews,” or, “History of ‘why jews ruin the world.'”

To test if these ad categories were real, we paid $30 to target those groups with three “promoted posts” — in which a ProPublica article or post was displayed in their news feeds. Facebook approved all three ads within 15 minutes.
More at BuzzFeed.

Facebook keywords

4. Who Works Out At a ‘Pro-Zionist’ Gym? Gyms are for exercising the muscles. In this case, it looks like one journalist needed some exercise for the brain.

5. European Arrogance Costs Lives: HonestReporting attended a counter-terror conference in Herzliya. Daniel Pomerantz offers some takeaways.

Israel and the Palestinians
• Times of Israel: Israel says it’ll charge PA for Gaza power to avert humanitarian crisis.

“I hereby inform you that if an internal Palestinian solution is not found, we will restore the previous situation and deduct the funds from the tax transfers in the near future,” Mordechai wrote and noted that he had warned Sheikh in the past that such a measure could be adopted.

“There are humanitarian red lines that, if crossed, pose the potential to harm, among others, the health and sanitation sectors [in Gaza] and ultimately the population at large.”
• Palestinian parents in eastern Jerusalem increasingly want their children learning Israeli curriculum over PA curriculum. Here’s a by the numbers look based on a municipal survey picked up by Israel HaYom.

48% — parents of kids enrolled in eastern Jerusalem schools wanting Israeli curriculum
22 — years eastern Jerusalem schools have been using PA curriculum
20% — increase in students opting for Israeli curriculum in past year
300 — students learning Israeli curriculum seven years ago
5,800 — students currently learning Israeli curriculum

school
Young Palestinian school girls play after school in their small playground in the eastern Jerusalem neighborhood of Shuafat, on March 30, 2016. Photo by Hadas Parush/Flash90

• Jerusalem Post: No longer financially hemmed in by international sanctions, Iran is now paying $830 million to Hezbollah, a “dramatic increase” from the $200 million it gave the Shiite terror group last year. And Hamas?

Tehran, which froze its financial support to Hamas in the Gaza Strip after the group refused to support the Assad regime in 2012, is now reported to be providing the Gazan terrorist group some $60m.-70m.
• The last Facebook post of Palestinian stabbing attacker Qatiba Zahran reveals he set out to die as a “martyr,” but the PA claims he was executed by Israel in cold blood. The Jerusalem Post picked up on the latest from Memri:

The claim that Israel had “executed” Zahran had already been made the day after attack, August 19, when the Palestinian Foreign Ministry accused the “occupation authorities” of executing him in cold blood. This was in disregard of the fact that before setting out to perpetrate out the attack, Zahran had posted, on his Facebook page, his last will and testament, announcing his intention to die as a “martyr” in order to “avenge the blood of the martyrs in Palestine.”
• 2 Hamasniks killed in separate Gaza tunnel collapses over the weekend.

• Hebron area hit by rash of stabbing attempts by Palestinian teens.

• As we approach the Jewish New Year, OneFamily pauses to remember the Israelis killed in terror attacks this past year. May their memories be for a blessing.

We Remember from OneFamily

• AP reports the Association of International Marathons and Distances Races is giving Israel a nasty run for its money:

Israel on Thursday said the international marathon body was injecting politics into sports by excluding an Israeli race because it passes through West Bank territory the Palestinians and most of the world considers to be occupied.”
Mideast Matters
• According to Israeli media reports, Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu will present President Donald Trump with a specific formula detailing how to “fix or nix” the Iranian nuclear accords. The two leaders are due to meet in New York on the sidelines of the UN General Assembly’s opening session tomorrow. But see Ron Ben-Yishai‘s take.

• Turkish media conspiracy theories claim Israel is sending Jewish Kurds back to Kurdistan. The Israeli embassy in Ankara was briefly evacuated when Turkish ultra-nationalists demonstrated outside on Friday, calling the Kurdish bid for independence a Zionist plot.

Meanwhile, journalists like NPR’s Jane Arraf and the Jerusalem Post‘s Seth Frantzman are taking notice of Kurds waving Israeli flags after Netanyahu endorsed Kurdish independence last week. Iraqi Kurds are expected to vote for independence in a September 25 referendum.

The only non-Kurdish flag at rally going on now in #Erbil. Israel the sole country to support independence referendum pic.twitter.com/kGf2jKxhfi
— jane arraf (@janearraf) September 16, 2017
• Under the radar, Belarus seen quietly helping Assad boost missile program. Belarus?

Around the World
• As Netanyahu continued his Latin American tour, Mexico and Israeli agreed to deepen business ties, update a free trade agreement and pursue plans to develop Central America. Netanyahu and Colombian President Juan Manuel Santos also signed a tourism cooperation agreement and discussed how Israel can help rebuild Colombia after a half-century of civil war.

From Mexico, Netanyahu will fly to New York for the opening session of the UN General Assembly. Meanwhile, the Israeli consulate in New York had its own scare when it received an envelope containing suspicious powder and a threat Netanyahu. The consulate was forced into lockdown.

• Convicted terrorist and immigration fraudster Rasmea Odeh to be deported September 19.

• The U. Maryland is investigating the termination of a pro-Israel professor. Details at The Diamondback and Washington Free Beacon. Landa’s students are speaking up for their former professor.

Maryland

• Montreal imam who asked Allah to ‘destroy the Jews’ will not be prosecuted

• NY City Council candidate who called out ‘greedy Jewish landlords’ loses primary.

• At the urging of Jewish and other activists, French mayors barred controversial comedian Dieudonne from performing in Marseilles and Grenoble.

Dieudonné, whose full name is Dieudonné M’bala M’bala, has a long list of convictions for antisemitism, inciting racial hatred, condoning terrorism and tax evasion in both French and Belgian courts. His shows often draw large, animated protests . . .

“A multicultural city such as Marseille cannot permit a show which is based on divisive and factious humor… and which is likely to lead to public disorder,” said Gaudin in a statement.
Dieudonne
Dieudonne

• Attacks on German synagogue ‘may have been anti-Semitic,’ police say.

• Pope Francis snubs group fighting anti-Semitism.

• Canadian officials blasted over taxpayer-funded talk demonizing Israel at Edmonton’s MacEwan U.

Commentary/Analysis
• Worth reading: Peter Lerner‘s take on the terror attack in London’s Parson Green Underground station — especially his point about how the media handled it.



• This weekend’s burning question:

Will BDS supporters refrain from buying the iPhone X?

• Jesus was a Palestinian and similar claims that often cloud Middle East reporting.

• Here’s what else I’m reading today . . .

– Robert Fulford: Obama blinked, Israel bombed: history will show who got Syria right
– Prof. Eyal Zisser: Hezbollah: The aggressor becomes the deterred
– Washington Post (staff-ed): Israel’s strike in Syria should be a wake-up call for Trump
– Avi Issacharoff: Hamas’s sudden pragmatism is a mixed blessing for Abbas
– Rhys Dubin: Netanyahu finally supports a two-state solution — Kurdistan and Iraq
– Zoe Strimpel: Why, for the hard Left, Israel remains the source of all evil
– Stephen Pollard: Anti-Zionism often masks Jew-hating, whatever the hard Left may argue
– Shmuel Rosner: What anti-Semitism in America looks like from Israel
– Michael Singh: Trump can make the most of a bad Iran deal

• Talk about cheeky hypocrisy. Robert Fisk, the British columnist who dreamed up the debunked charges of Israeli uranium shells accuses Israel of lying. (Still no retraction after more than a decade.)

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Did Bahraini King Denounce Boycott of Israel?
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1. Bahrain’s king denounced the Arab boycott of Israel and said his countrymen may visit the Jewish state, according to Rabbi Abraham Cooper of the Simon Wiesenthal Center in Los Angeles. He told the Jerusalem Post the king said this earlier this year during a visit to the Gulf state.

The comments are in the news now because King Hamad’s son, Prince Nasser, visited the center’s Museum of Tolerance in Los Angeles last week. The Post notes:

Like all others present, the Arab officials stood in respect as the colorful Bahrain National Orchestra, conducted by Field Marshal Mubarak Najem, played “Hatikva” preceded by the Bahraini and US national anthems, sung by Sumaya Meer and Cantor Arik Wolheim.
And the Los Angeles Times added:

That the prince would come to the Museum of Tolerance — an unabashedly pro-Israel institution — highlights the shifting sands of Middle Eastern politics in an era in which common enemies and concerns can create strange bedfellows.
I haven’t heard the king publicly confirm this, but I wouldn’t be surprised if Bahraini individuals are already making discreet visits. Could this have anything to do with Qatar’s rival charm offensive targeting US Jews?

2. All the Israeli papers picked up on Hamas’s offer to disband its Gaza administration, hold new elections and begin unity talks with Fatah. I’m too jaded by previous false starts over the years to elaborate (see my 5 Myths of Palestinian Unity). So take your pick of Times of Israel, Haaretz, Ynet, Jerusalem Post and Israel HaYom coverage, or the Wall St. Journal (click via Twitter) and draw your own conclusions.

3. ProPublica blew the lid on how Facebook enabled advertisers to reach ‘Jew Haters.’

Until this week, when we asked Facebook about it, the world’s largest social network enabled advertisers to direct their pitches to the news feeds of almost 2,300 people who expressed interest in the topics of “Jew hater,” “How to burn jews,” or, “History of ‘why jews ruin the world.'”

To test if these ad categories were real, we paid $30 to target those groups with three “promoted posts” — in which a ProPublica article or post was displayed in their news feeds. Facebook approved all three ads within 15 minutes.
More at BuzzFeed.

Facebook keywords

4. Who Works Out At a ‘Pro-Zionist’ Gym? Gyms are for exercising the muscles. In this case, it looks like one journalist needed some exercise for the brain.

5. European Arrogance Costs Lives: HonestReporting attended a counter-terror conference in Herzliya. Daniel Pomerantz offers some takeaways.

Israel and the Palestinians
• Times of Israel: Israel says it’ll charge PA for Gaza power to avert humanitarian crisis.

“I hereby inform you that if an internal Palestinian solution is not found, we will restore the previous situation and deduct the funds from the tax transfers in the near future,” Mordechai wrote and noted that he had warned Sheikh in the past that such a measure could be adopted.

“There are humanitarian red lines that, if crossed, pose the potential to harm, among others, the health and sanitation sectors [in Gaza] and ultimately the population at large.”
• Palestinian parents in eastern Jerusalem increasingly want their children learning Israeli curriculum over PA curriculum. Here’s a by the numbers look based on a municipal survey picked up by Israel HaYom.

48% — parents of kids enrolled in eastern Jerusalem schools wanting Israeli curriculum
22 — years eastern Jerusalem schools have been using PA curriculum
20% — increase in students opting for Israeli curriculum in past year
300 — students learning Israeli curriculum seven years ago
5,800 — students currently learning Israeli curriculum

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Young Palestinian school girls play after school in their small playground in the eastern Jerusalem neighborhood of Shuafat, on March 30, 2016. Photo by Hadas Parush/Flash90

• Jerusalem Post: No longer financially hemmed in by international sanctions, Iran is now paying $830 million to Hezbollah, a “dramatic increase” from the $200 million it gave the Shiite terror group last year. And Hamas?

Tehran, which froze its financial support to Hamas in the Gaza Strip after the group refused to support the Assad regime in 2012, is now reported to be providing the Gazan terrorist group some $60m.-70m.
• The last Facebook post of Palestinian stabbing attacker Qatiba Zahran reveals he set out to die as a “martyr,” but the PA claims he was executed by Israel in cold blood. The Jerusalem Post picked up on the latest from Memri:

The claim that Israel had “executed” Zahran had already been made the day after attack, August 19, when the Palestinian Foreign Ministry accused the “occupation authorities” of executing him in cold blood. This was in disregard of the fact that before setting out to perpetrate out the attack, Zahran had posted, on his Facebook page, his last will and testament, announcing his intention to die as a “martyr” in order to “avenge the blood of the martyrs in Palestine.”
• 2 Hamasniks killed in separate Gaza tunnel collapses over the weekend.

• Hebron area hit by rash of stabbing attempts by Palestinian teens.

• As we approach the Jewish New Year, OneFamily pauses to remember the Israelis killed in terror attacks this past year. May their memories be for a blessing.

We Remember from OneFamily

• AP reports the Association of International Marathons and Distances Races is giving Israel a nasty run for its money:

Israel on Thursday said the international marathon body was injecting politics into sports by excluding an Israeli race because it passes through West Bank territory the Palestinians and most of the world considers to be occupied.”
Mideast Matters
• According to Israeli media reports, Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu will present President Donald Trump with a specific formula detailing how to “fix or nix” the Iranian nuclear accords. The two leaders are due to meet in New York on the sidelines of the UN General Assembly’s opening session tomorrow. But see Ron Ben-Yishai‘s take.

• Turkish media conspiracy theories claim Israel is sending Jewish Kurds back to Kurdistan. The Israeli embassy in Ankara was briefly evacuated when Turkish ultra-nationalists demonstrated outside on Friday, calling the Kurdish bid for independence a Zionist plot.

Meanwhile, journalists like NPR’s Jane Arraf and the Jerusalem Post‘s Seth Frantzman are taking notice of Kurds waving Israeli flags after Netanyahu endorsed Kurdish independence last week. Iraqi Kurds are expected to vote for independence in a September 25 referendum.

The only non-Kurdish flag at rally going on now in #Erbil. Israel the sole country to support independence referendum pic.twitter.com/kGf2jKxhfi
— jane arraf (@janearraf) September 16, 2017
• Under the radar, Belarus seen quietly helping Assad boost missile program. Belarus?

Around the World
• As Netanyahu continued his Latin American tour, Mexico and Israeli agreed to deepen business ties, update a free trade agreement and pursue plans to develop Central America. Netanyahu and Colombian President Juan Manuel Santos also signed a tourism cooperation agreement and discussed how Israel can help rebuild Colombia after a half-century of civil war.

From Mexico, Netanyahu will fly to New York for the opening session of the UN General Assembly. Meanwhile, the Israeli consulate in New York had its own scare when it received an envelope containing suspicious powder and a threat Netanyahu. The consulate was forced into lockdown.

• Convicted terrorist and immigration fraudster Rasmea Odeh to be deported September 19.

• The U. Maryland is investigating the termination of a pro-Israel professor. Details at The Diamondback and Washington Free Beacon. Landa’s students are speaking up for their former professor.

Maryland

• Montreal imam who asked Allah to ‘destroy the Jews’ will not be prosecuted

• NY City Council candidate who called out ‘greedy Jewish landlords’ loses primary.

• At the urging of Jewish and other activists, French mayors barred controversial comedian Dieudonne from performing in Marseilles and Grenoble.

Dieudonné, whose full name is Dieudonné M’bala M’bala, has a long list of convictions for antisemitism, inciting racial hatred, condoning terrorism and tax evasion in both French and Belgian courts. His shows often draw large, animated protests . . .

“A multicultural city such as Marseille cannot permit a show which is based on divisive and factious humor… and which is likely to lead to public disorder,” said Gaudin in a statement.
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Dieudonne

• Attacks on German synagogue ‘may have been anti-Semitic,’ police say.

• Pope Francis snubs group fighting anti-Semitism.

• Canadian officials blasted over taxpayer-funded talk demonizing Israel at Edmonton’s MacEwan U.

Commentary/Analysis
• Worth reading: Peter Lerner‘s take on the terror attack in London’s Parson Green Underground station — especially his point about how the media handled it.



• This weekend’s burning question:

Will BDS supporters refrain from buying the iPhone X?

• Jesus was a Palestinian and similar claims that often cloud Middle East reporting.

• Here’s what else I’m reading today . . .

– Robert Fulford: Obama blinked, Israel bombed: history will show who got Syria right
– Prof. Eyal Zisser: Hezbollah: The aggressor becomes the deterred
– Washington Post (staff-ed): Israel’s strike in Syria should be a wake-up call for Trump
– Avi Issacharoff: Hamas’s sudden pragmatism is a mixed blessing for Abbas
– Rhys Dubin: Netanyahu finally supports a two-state solution — Kurdistan and Iraq
– Zoe Strimpel: Why, for the hard Left, Israel remains the source of all evil
– Stephen Pollard: Anti-Zionism often masks Jew-hating, whatever the hard Left may argue
– Shmuel Rosner: What anti-Semitism in America looks like from Israel
– Michael Singh: Trump can make the most of a bad Iran deal

• Talk about cheeky hypocrisy. Robert Fisk, the British columnist who dreamed up the debunked charges of Israeli uranium shells accuses Israel of lying. (Still no retraction after more than a decade.)

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Israel To Penalize Amnesty International
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Today’s Top Stories
1. In response to an Amnesty International campaign calling for governments and businesses to sever their trade ties with Israeli settlements, the Israeli Finance Ministry is moving to deny tax benefits to Israelis who donate to the human rights organization. More at Haaretz:

It is the first time the government will apply the so-called anti-boycott law, which penalizes organizations and individuals calling for a boycott of Israel or the settlements. The controversial law was passed in 2011 . . .

Although many human rights organizations support a settlements boycott, none that fundraise in Israel have thus far made such an explicit boycott call . . .

Amnesty International’s Israel office only became eligible for the tax benefit last October. Most Israeli human rights organizations do not qualify for this status.
Amnesty International

2. The Trump administration is okay with Israel keeping $75 million military aid boost from Congress. Earlier reports said officials in Washington were weighing asking Israel to return the money.

3. Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu arrived in Argentina. His first day in Buenos Aires included visits to the site of the former Israeli embassy and the rebuilt Jewish community headquarters — both of which were destroyed in terror attacks linked to Iran in the 90s. More at the Jerusalem Post.

Also, Argentine President Mauricio Macri is expected to announce that his government will transfer to Israel thousands of classified documents detailing the South American country’s ties to Nazis during and after World War II. Details at Ynet.



4. Prof. Who Posted Anti-Semitic Tweets To Lecture On Free Speech: The Irish Times touts conference where free speech evidently doesn’t apply to pro-Israel academics.

5. Bias by the Numbers – June-July 2017: HR crunches the numbers to compare Israel-related media cultures in Britain and the US.

6. Join HonestReporting’s upcoming field tour for an exclusive opportunity to meet the medical team treating and saving the lives of Syrians injured in their country’s civil war.

In the past four years over 2,000 seriously wounded Syrian citizens have been treated at Ziv Hospital in Safed. Who are these Syrians, what traumas have they been through to reach Israel, what complex treatments do they need, and what’s it like to seek help from an “enemy state?” Meet the incredible medical professionals saving Syrian lives to find out the answers.

The day includes a visit to Dalyat El-Carmel to learn more about Israel’s Druze community, accompanied by Ihab Zeidan, licensed tour guide, ex-IDF officer and expert on Druze culture in Israel.

– When: Sunday, October 15th, 2017
– Where: Meet at HR’s Jerusalem offices in Hechal Shlomo, 58 King George Street (next door to Great Synagogue)
– Time: Bus leaves 8:00 a.m. sharp.
– Details: Advance registration and payment required – limited places available. Click here for more info and to register.

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Doctors at Ziv Hospital treating an injured Syrian in 2013

Israel and the Palestinians
• In next conflict with Hezbollah, the IDF intends to occupy parts of Southern Lebanon, the Jerusalem Post reports. The goal? To force a UN resolution more favorable for Israeli security along the northern border.

• Speaking at a counter-terror conference in Herzliya, Facebook’s chief policy maker on counter-terror issues shed light on the social media giant’s methods and challenges of quickly finding and removing terror-related content.

• The Washington Post takes a closer look at Israeli medical treatment for Syrians.

Around the World
• North Korea is suspected of chemical and missile cooperation with Syria.

• Jewish groups in Germany are pushing for dismissal of a Social Democratic Party official over comments claiming supporters of Israel were an “organized, good networked ‘fifth column’ in the interests of Israel’s policies.”

Sputnik News• The FBI is investigating the Russian news agency, Sputnik. First reported by Yahoo News, the feds want to know if Sputnik “is acting as an undeclared propaganda arm of the Kremlin in violation of the Foreign Agents Registration Act (FARA).” Sounds a bit parallel to Israel’s battle with Al Jazeera, the news service owned by the Qatari royal family.

The emails were turned over by Andrew Feinberg, the news agency’s former White House correspondent, who had downloaded the material onto his laptop before he was fired in May. He confirmed to Yahoo News that he was questioned for more than two hours on Sept. 1 by an FBI agent and a Justice Department national security lawyer at the bureau’s Washington field office.

Feinberg said the interview was focused on Sputnik’s “internal structure, editorial processes and funding.”

“They wanted to know where did my orders come from and if I ever got any direction from Moscow,” Feinberg told Yahoo News. “They were interested in examples of how I was steered towards covering certain issues.”
• One Israeli aid group is saving lives in the Caribbean island of St. Martin hit by Hurricane Irma. And a delegation of Israeli search and rescue volunteers en route to Miami were able to lend a helping hand at a Savannah, Ga. nursing home “replacing the local staff who were stuck in the storm and could not reach the home.”

Commentary/Analysis
• What’s to be done about Israel’s woeful public diplomacy? Norman Bailey offers seven suggestions.

• Here’s what else I’m reading today . . .

– Yosef Abramowitz: Why was the landmark Africa-Israel summit shelved?
– Sohrab Ahmari: Israel rescues the Middle East, again
– Jonathan Schanzer, Grant Rumley: How do Palestinians define ‘terrorism’? (click via Twitter)
– Amos Harel: Distress of Gaza’s civilians forces Hamas to become more flexible
– Elior Levy: New Hamas leadership cozying up to Iran
– Emanuele Ottolenghi, Michaela Frai: Netanyahu’s Latin America trip: Another chance to talk about Iran
– Seth Frantzman: Calling Israel ‘white supremacist’ perpetuates Western anti-Semitism
– Ariel Bolstein: The art of public diplomacy
– Dr. Mordechai Kedar: Europe’s refugee problem will worsen as Syrian conflict ebbs

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Did Saudi Crown Prince Visit Israel?
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1. According to Mideast media reports, Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman secretly visited Israel last week.

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Saudi Crown Prince Mohammad bin Salman

2. The first Africa-Israel Summit has been called off over boycott threats, the Jerusalem Post reports. Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu was scheduled to meet other African heads of state in Togo in October to discuss issues such as counter-terrorism, renewable energy, agricultural technology, business ties, and more.

3. The PA arrested a Hebron man for hosting Likud MK Yehuda Glick for the Eid al-Adha holiday. Glick, who lives in the settlement of Otniel, near Hebron, is a prominent activist for Jewish prayer on the Temple Mount.

Glick tweeted photos of his visit on September 3 at the home of Muhammad Sabir Jabir, with a caption saying he was at “the home of my friend” and calling for “us all to live here in peace. Happy Eid.”

The Palestinian news agency Ma’an said Sunday, “it remained unclear what Jabir was being charged with.” But it confirmed from sources in the PA’s General Intelligence agency that it was due to Jabir’s hosting of Glick.

Israel and the Palestinians
• A prominent Palestinian activist arrested for criticizing the PA on Facebook was ordered released by a PA court.

• Haaretz previews what’s on the agenda for Prime Minister Netanyahu’s visit to Latin America. With stops in Argentina, Colombia and Mexico, Netanyahu is the first sitting PM to visit Latin America. Netanyahu was due to land in in Buenos Aires today. After wrapping up talks in Mexico City, the PM continues to New York for the opening session of the UN.

• The Arab League is forming a committee to thwart Israel’s push for a seat on the UN Security Council. The Palestinians fear new African support for Israel will be a game-changer. Elections for the Security Council’s 2019-2020 seats are scheduled for the summer of 2018.

• Azerbaijan pardons imprisoned Israeli blogger.

Around the World
• Israeli rescue teams depart for South Florida. “Delegation organized by the Israel Rescue Coalition would administer first aid and assist Jewish communities in the aftermath of Hurricane Irma.” Irma — downgraded to a tropical storm — is bearing down on Georgia.

• Jewish family beaten, robbed in ‘anti-Semitic’ home invasion near Paris.
Commentary/Analysis
• The 9/11 anniversary’s on my mind.

– Charles Bybelezer: 9/11 and the changing face of Islamic terrorism
– Seth Frantzman: 5,844 days later: Reflections on 9/11
– Dr. Gadi Hitman: Global terrorism before and since 9/11

• Here’s what else I’m reading today . . .

– Yossi Yehoshua: An attack on axis of evil’s ‘missile accuracy project’
– Bassam Tawil: The Palestinians’ war on art

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Hamas Now Spending Own Money For Gaza Fuel
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1. The Times of Israel reports that Hamas is now spending its own money for the first time to purchase diesel fuel for Gaza.

The purchase of some 30 million liters of diesel from Egypt, at a cost of NIS 90 million ($25 million), indicates a change in attitude on the part of Gaza’s rulers, likely indicating a bid to stave off a repeat of street protests that roiled the enclave last winter . . .

The cost of the fuel oil Hamas purchased from Egypt amounts to six times the amount the PA cut, and marked a move by the Gaza authorities to divert funds into improving the local infrastructure problems.

Until now, Hamas had refused to pay for the fuel, insisting it was the responsibility of the PA, while spending millions of dollars of military infrastructure.
2. The Trump administration is considering demanding Israel give back key US military aid. At stake: $75 million and what would become a yuge fight with Congress, according to the Washington Free Beacon.

3. Qatar — which supports Hamas and whose emir owns Al Jazeera — hired a New York City-based public relations firm to bolster US-Qatari ties and boost its image among American Jewry. So reports the O’Dwyer Report, a journal which covers the p.r. industry.

Israel and the Palestinians
• Congressional efforts to cut US financial aid to the PA over its terror stipends moved another step forward:

The Taylor Force Act was attached to the 2018 Foreign Operations budget in the Senate on Thursday, meaning the legislation is almost certainly assured of being enforced in the United States from next year.
• Freedom House released its report on international press freedom. Israel was the highest ranked country in the Mideast and 64th overall while the West Bank and Gaza Strip was ranked “not free” and tied with Vietnam. More background at Israel HaYom.

• I wonder why the Russians didn’t fire. I’m sure Assad, Hezbollah and Iran are wondering too.

• Israel is trying block Palestinian efforts to join the UN’s World Tourism Organization as a full member state. The Jerusalem Post explains:

The Palestinian Authority’s Ministry of Tourism applied for membership for “Palestine” into the organization last year, and it is on the agenda at the meeting of the UNWTO General Assembly in Chengdu, China, which begins on Monday and runs through Saturday.

In order to be accepted as a state in the WTO, the Palestinians will need two-thirds of the votes cast — abstentions are not counted. They are expected to garner the necessary majority, especially since countries who could be counted on to support Israel and vote against the move – such as the US, Canada and Australia – are not members of the WTO. The United Kingdom is also not a member.
Theophilos III
Greek Orthodox Patriarch Theophilos III

• Palestinians are demanding the ouster of Greek Orthodox Patriarch Theophilos III over alleged sales of church land to anonymous Israelis.
It’s a complicated story: The mystery Israeli buyers were denounced by Israeli officials last week.

• Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu departs for Argentina, Colombia, Mexico, and the US tonight. It’ll be the first visit to Latin America by a sitting Israeli prime minister. Ahead of the PM’s departure, Israel is also sending humanitarian aid to Mexico, which was hit by an earthquake.

Around the World
• Illinois gubernatorial candidate dumps running mate over BDS.

• A former principal in France says he warned Jews not to attend his school because they’d be harassed.

• U. of Wisconsin student leader apologizes for Passover vote on anti-Israel resolution. More at the JTA and the Badger-Herald.

• Left-wing activists at Tufts University in Massachusetts created an uproar by publishing a “disorientation guide” which called Israel a “white supremacist state.”

The Tufts version does not receive university funding, according to Tufts’ executive director of public relations, Patrick Collins, and is not part of the university’s official orientation program.
• US Army to test Iron Dome for use in Europe.

• Chelsea condemns anti-Semitic song about player by own fans.

• Jews fleeing Hurricane Irma are taking refuge in Atlanta’s synagogues. Last I looked, Irma strengthened itself into a Category 4 storm and hit the Florida Keys this morning. It left a wake of destruction across the Caribbean, killing 24 people. Tampa Bay is bracing for a wallop.

Commentary/Analysis
• Plenty of broken quills and burnt pixels on last week’s alleged Israeli airstrike on an alleged chemical weapons facility in the alleged state of Syria.

– Amos Yadlin: How to understand Israel’s strike on Syria
– Amos Harel: Why Syria hasn’t retaliated to the alleged Israeli strike
– Elliott Abrams: Israel’s bombing of a weapons factory in Syria: What comes next?
– Maj. Gen. (ret.) Yaakov Amidror: Sending a signal to major players in Syria
– Alex Fishman: Syrian regime caught in catch-22 with ‘Israeli’ strike
– Avi Issacharoff: Why Russia may not respond to the alleged Israeli airstrike in Syria
– Benny Avni: Israel just showed what a ‘red line’ is really supposed to mean
– Herb Keinon: Critical that Russia not be surprised
– Tom Rogan: Israel’s airstrike message to Syria, Iran, and the US
– Wall St. Journal (staff-ed): The next Middle East war (click via Twitter)

• Weekend’s best tweet goes to Sohrab Ahmari.


• Here’s what else I’m reading/watching today . . .

– Bruce Bawer: PFLP terrorists in Germany’s parliament?
– Gil Troy: ‘The-games-will-go-onism’ inflamed Palestinian Nazism
– Dore Gold (video): The struggle for Jerusalem in international diplomacy
– Allan Ripp: A rabbi walks into a campus protest . . . (click via Twitter)
– Liel Leibovitz: UCI teaches students a lesson in protecting free speech, disciplines anti-Israel goons

• For a sense of what the critics are saying, see Roger Waters, who got a New York Times soapbox, and Gray Lady columnist Roger Cohen.

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Russia Gives Hezbollah Diplomatic Cover in UN
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1. Haaretz: Russia threatened to veto US and Israeli moves against Hezbollah last week as the UN weighed extending and expanding UNIFIL’s mandate:

However, during the negotiations over the wording of the resolution, significant portions endorsed sought by the United States and Israel were removed, chiefly the direct reference to Hezbollah as conducting prohibited military activity in southern Lebanon that is in violation of Resolution 1701. It was Russia that ensured all mention of Hezbollah was omitted . . .

One Israeli official said the Russians’ conduct attests to the closeness between Russia and Hezbollah as a result of the coalition they formed with Iran to help Bashar Assad’s regime survive in Syria. The official also said that because of Russian interests in Syria and its joint military activity with Hezbollah against ISIS and Syrian rebels, the Russians gave Hezbollah diplomatic cover in the UN.
2. Knesset members outraged at UN funding legal aid for terrorists.

3. International Committee of the Red Cross head Peter Maurer visited Gaza, where he asked the Strip’s top Hamas chief, Yahya Sinwar to let him visit the Israelis being held in Gaza. Ynet coverage.

4. Video: Why Did Israel Build a Security Barrier? HR In a Minute: Some call it a fence, a wall or a barrier. It’s been the subject of heated argument and countless news stories. So why did Israel build it? HonestReporting explores the issue.


Israel and the Palestinians
• The Palestinian Authority arrested the chairman of a Hebron-based radio station. Ayman Qawasmeh had called on PA President Mahmoud Abbas and PA PM Rami Hamdallah to resign on the air.

In a fit of frustration, Qawasmeh on Thursday called on Abbas and Hamdallah to resign after the IDF raided his radio station in Hebron and confiscated equipment, accusing them of failing to protect PA -controlled areas in the West Bank. An IDF spokeswoman said security services raided the radio station because it was inciting violence, a charge that Qawasmeh has denied.
Meanwhile, Abbas’ crackdown on free speech in the West Bank has gotten so bad, even The Guardian picked up on it.

• The Popular Front for the Liberation of Palestine, which is running for seats in the German parliament (!?), lashed out at the Israeli media, as well as Israeli and German politicians who are seeking to ban the PFLP in Germany. More at the Jerusalem Post.

• Judge Esther Hayut was approved as Israel’s next Supreme Court chief justice. She replaces Chief Justice Miriam Naor who is due to step down later this year. In this photo, the two judges posed with Justice Minister Ayelet Shaked.

#JustWondering what @lsarsour has to say about #women in top #Israel justice positions https://t.co/Jg2ThprgwE pic.twitter.com/44IvEoB2qH
— Pesach Benson (@PesachBenson) September 5, 2017
• According to IDF assessments, Hezbollah is spread too thin in Syria and is too economically strapped to start a war with Israel right now.

Around the World
• Germany is marking the 45 anniversary of the Palestinian terror attack on the 1972 Munich Olympics with a permanent memorial to the 11 Israeli athletes and German police officer killed. In an interview with Deutsche Welle, Ankie Spitzer, whose fencing coach husband was among the murdered Israelis, shared her memories of the attack and the fight the Israeli families put up to get the memorial.

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• Ryerson U. students are looking for answers over a professor’s ‘anti-Semitic’ tweets.

• Canada’s largest private sector union adopted a pro-BDS motion “to support the use of BDS tactics to target ‘sectors of Israel’s economy and society which profit from the ongoing occupation of the OPT (occupied Palestinian territories).'” Unifor represents 310,000 workers in a wide of array job sectors from media, manufacturing, education and more.

• Israel plans to send $1 million in aid to the Houston Jewish community. “The money would be transferred through Israel’s consulate in Houston and would go toward repairing and rebuilding local schools, synagogues and Jewish community centers damaged by tropical storm Harvey.”

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A flooded Houston residential neighborhood.

Commentary/Analysis
• Here’s what else I’m reading today . . .

– Rear Adm. Oded Gour-Lavie (Res.): Israel as a regional, maritime superpower, part II
– Tovah Lazaroff: Has North Korea emboldened Iran?
– Amb. Alan Baker: Hijacking the laws of occupation
– Moshe Arens: Lessons learned from Hezbollah
– Yoram Ettinger: Unmasking the UN
– Smadar Perry: When Nasrallah strikes a deal with Syria
– Hani Nasira: ISIS, ‘Hezbollah’ deal reveals hidden agendas

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US to Accept Iran, Hezbollah in Syria Within 10 Km of Israel?
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1. The US will reportedly allow Iranian-backed militias within 10 km of the Israeli Golan Heights.

The report appeared to back up Russian media claims that Moscow has ignored pleas from Israel to prevent Iran from exploiting Syria’s ongoing civil war to expand its military influence into Syrian territory . . .

The report said the US agreed that Iranian-backed militias could be positioned as close as 8-16 kilometers (five to ten miles) from the Jordanian border and the Golan Heights, less than half the originally sought 32 kilometers (20 miles) distance.
Meanwhile, Asharq al-Awsat reports that Russia is now in full control of Syrian airspace.

This includes advanced early warning and control aircrafts that could “paralyze” the capacity of Israel and the US Marines to launch airstrikes against Syrian territories with “cruise” missiles, which Washington used last April when it attacked the Shayrat Air Base in the Homs governorate.
Hezbollah2. Israel says a Lebanese officer on the Israeli border is a Hezbollah ‘plant,’ and is urging UNIFIL to have him removed. Ynet explains:

According to the Israeli claims made to UNIFIL (United Nations Interim Force in Lebanon), Hezbollah deliberately planted Major Yahya Husseini in the Lebanese army as part of a broader effort to boost its influence within the military.

Husseini, the Israelis said, acts as Hezbollah’s “liaison officer” and is in continuous contact with the organization’s militants. Moreover, UNIFIL was told that he receives instructions from the organization and consistently provides it with information.

It is the first time that a well-known source with the military’s ranks has been exposed as a Hezbollah agent.

3. The Washington Free Beacon reports that Congress may have found a way to restrict US aid from being used by the PA to support terror without passing the Taylor Force Act.

A small amendment in Congress’s yearly appropriations bill would stop the U.S. government from giving aid to the Palestinian Authority if it uses these funds to honor terrorists and pay salaries to those militants imprisoned in Israel for carrying out past attacks . . .

The appropriations amendment, while similar to the Taylor Force Act, provides a quick fix to the problem by banning all payments by the Palestinians to terrorists as a precondition for continued American aid.

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Israel and the Palestinians
• Ynet takes an in-depth look at Rasmea Odeh, who is due to be deported from the US for lying to immigration officials about her conviction more than 30 years ago for her role in a Palestinian terror attack.

• A group of Israeli mayors and local council heads near Gaza warned the US and Jerusalem that the Strip’s electricity crisis will cause dire environmental damage if left unchecked. “More than 100 million liters of untreated sewage are being discharged into the sea every day,” threatening to spread disease to Israelis, Palestinians and Egyptians.

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Palestinian children playing on a Gaza beach.

• In an interview with the Jerusalem Post, US Ambassador David Friedman referred to an “alleged occupation” of the West Bank, prompting PA officials to ask the US for a clarification.

• The Palestine Museum has been open for more than a year and it finally has its first exhibition, which focuses on Jerusalem. The museum was widely panned for opening without any exhibits.

Around the World
• Pro-Palestinian U. of California-Irvine students are appealing sanctions over their protest last May against visiting Israeli speakers, the Los Angeles Times reports.

• Guam Jews identify with Israeli resilience amid North Korea’s hydrogen bomb and missile threats.

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US and Japanese Air Force planes in a 2011 exercise at Andersen Air Force Base in Guam.

Commentary/Analysis
• British theater bias against Israel is becoming an issue again thanks to the debut of Oslo and the revival of My Name Is Rachel Corrie. David Herman takes note of what he calls “Thespian Agitprop.”

The other contrast is with television drama. In recent years there have been acclaimed drama series about the Middle East, above all, Homeland and Hugo Blick’s The Honourable Woman, where the emphasis has been on complexity and ambiguity, with unforgettable Israeli and Arab characters. Why have even-handed TV dramas on Israel been possible, when British theatre can only produce shrill agitprop? The answer, sadly, is that British theatres think it is better to be self-righteous than carefully to explore both sides of complex conflicts.
• Worth reading: Noa Amouyal on why Conan O’Brien is the worst nightmare of Roger Waters and the BDS movement:

The most interesting aspect of the his visit, though, is that he defiantly ignored his critics and treated Israel like it’s an attractive (and normal) tourist destination.

And that’s because it is.

• Here’s what else I’m reading today . . .

– Prof. Eyal Zisser: What if Israel hadn’t destroyed Assad’s reactor 10 years ago?
– Bassam Tawil: UN Chief Guterres, the media and Palestinian fake news
– Yaakov Lappin: The low-profile war between Israel and Hezbollah
– Jerusalem Post (staff-ed): PFLP in Germany
– Benjamin Gladstone: Young anti-Zionist Jews claim to speak for my generation. They don’t. It’s time we called them on it.
– Avi Issacharoff: Iranians at the gates
– Abdulrahman Al-Rashed: Who killed Naji al-Ali?
– S.L. Wisenberg: After Harvey, a requiem for Jewish Houston
– Sally Abrams: Israel is the friend who shows up

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UNIFIL Mandate Beefed Up — Now What?
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1. The UN Security Council agreed to beef up the mandate of international peacekeepers in Southern Lebanon. According to the New York Times, the US threatened not to renew the mandate for the UN Interim Force in Lebanon (UNIFIL) unless it was significantly altered to address Hezbollah’s arms build up. More at the Times of Israel.

2. According to the Jerusalem Post, the Popular Front for the Liberation of Palestine, a designated terror group, will be allowed to run as a political party in German parliamentary elections (!?).

The PFLP carried out a number of airline hijackings in the 1970s as well as a number of shootings and suicide bombings during the Second Intifada — including the 2001 assassination of Israeli cabinet minister Rehavam Zeevi. Its most recent terror of note was in 2014 when it claimed responsibility for an attack on a Jerusalem synagogue in which two gunmen killed four rabbis and a responding police officer. A fifth worshipper died in a coma months later.

For observers of terrorism in Germany, it is unclear why the ministry is reluctant to outlaw the Palestinian organization, which is widely recognized as a terrorist group.
3. Saudi Arabia is sponsoring 500 families of Palestinian “martyrs” to make their pilgrimage to Mecca. The Media Line reports the Saudis have been doing this for nine years.
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Muslim pilgrims in Mecca, 2010

Israel and the Palestinians
• A US federal court threw out a $1 billion Palestinian lawsuit against dozens of American supporters of Israel:

The lawsuit, filed by a group of Palestinians and Palestinian-Americans, including Bassem al-Tamimi from the village of Nabi Salah, claimed that organizations that supported Israel and donors to Israeli organizations were committing war crimes and crimes against humanity and even working to expel all non-Jewish residents of east Jerusalem, Judea and Samaria.
• Israeli police arrested a Palestinian singer for glorifying terrorism. The Jerusalem Post explains:

The singer, Mohammed al-Barghouti, from the West Bank village of Beit Rima, ran a recording studio where he produced the song that glorified the murders of Chaya, Elad and Yosef Salamon. As part of the operation that lead to his arrest, the studio was raided and equipment used to run it was confiscated. In addition, the singer’s collaborators on the song, as well as the producer of the accompanying music video, were also arrested.
• Jordan is refusing to accept Israeli Ambassador Einat Shlain’s return to Amman over her appearance in a photograph with Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and Ziv Moyal, the security guard who shot and killed two people Jordanians in what Israeli officials insist was self-defense. Ynet explains why the standoff leaves relations “in a state of freeze.”

Sources estimated that in light of Jordan’s outright refusal, Israel will have no choice but to appoint a new ambassador, if it intends to restore normal relations with Jordan.

In the meantime, the Israel Police’s investigation of Moyal’s actions has not yet ended, although all the signs show that Moyal’s claim of self defense holds up.

• Russia reportedly stationed S-400 batteries near an Iranian arms factory in Syria.

Around the World
• Houston Jewish community ‘could take years’ to recover from Harvey. And props to the Houston Jewish Herald-Voice for keeping the paper going (web and print) in such unimaginable circumstances. The JTA explains how publisher Vicki Samuels Levy and her family pulled it off.

Latest reports I saw put the death toll at 38. For a sense of Harvey’s destructiveness, see the Houston Chronicle and USA Today.

• Africa’s top university risks endangering its US partnerships over a proposed boycott of Israel.

The governing bodies of the University of Cape Town (UCT) — which is regularly ranked as Africa’s number one university as well as among the world’s top 200 universities — will be debating the adoption of an academic boycott resolution on September 15 . . .

Bernstein said that UCT would also find it impossible to defend itself from retaliatory moves that a boycott would likely produce. “Once you endorse an academic boycott yourself, you don’t have any standing when it comes to opposing people who then engage in a boycott of your institution,” he remarked.
• Chants about killing Jews shouted at BDS rally in the Netherlands.

• Polish tourism chief fired after saying he removed Auschwitz from journalists’ itineraries.

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• Police are searching for a man who allegedly threatened to shoot up a Miami area synagogue.

• Swastikas, anti-Semitic graffiti painted on Connecticut public school.

Commentary/Analysis
• Here’s what else I’m reading today . . .

– Benjamin Weinthal, Asaf Romirowsky: Follow the money: The Israel-boycott movement and its accomplices
– Jonathan Tobin: Obama’s Mideast legacy: Iran’s puppets all around Israel with war on the way
– Jeffrey Lewis: Trump’s next self-inflicted crisis is a nuclear Iran
– Diliman Abdulkader: My experience in Israel: It is not what you see on TV

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Nikki Haley Spars With UNIFIL Chief Over Hezbollah Arms
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Today’s Top Stories
1. US Ambassador to the UN Nikki Haley got into a war of words with UNIFIL’s commander over the mandate of the peacekeepers working in Southern Lebanon. The US and Israel want the UN Interim Force in Lebanon to prevent the spread of Hezbollah’s illegal weapons.

Haley accused UNIFIL’s commander, Maj.-Gen. Michael Beary, of turning a blind eye to Hezbollah’s rearming after he said there was no proof of illegal weapon transfers:

The Irish general told The Associated Press that his force has no evidence of weapons being illegally transferred and stockpiled in the area, and that “if there was a large cache of weapons, we would know about it.”

But Haley said there’s plenty of evidence including Hezbollah’s own boasts and Beary displayed “an embarrassing lack of understanding of what’s going on.”
“He seems to be the only person in south Lebanon who is blind to what Hezbollah is doing,” she said, adding that his view of the situation “shows that we need to have changes” in the mission.
Meanwhile, France said there’s no need to change UNIFIL’s mandate.

And former Israeli ambassador Ron Prosor weighed in on UNIFIL and other issues ahead of UN Secretary General Antonio Guterres’ visit to Israel. As this roundup was published, Guterres was due to land. More on his visit at Ynet and the Times of Israel.

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US Ambassador Nikki Haley and Irish Maj. Gen. Michael Beary, Head of Mission and Force Commander of (UNIFI


2. The Trump administration will continue full-funding for the UN relief agency responsible for Palestinian refugees despite Israeli calls for its dismantling, Foreign Policy reports.

Nikki Haley, the U.S. ambassador to the United Nations, has privately assured the U.N. Relief and Works Agency, or UNRWA, that the United States, which provides more than $300 million to the agency each year, will maintain its current levels of funding to the organization . . .

The moves run contrary to the administration’s push to rein in spending on U.N. relief programs elsewhere. It reflects growing concern that the imposition of sharp cuts to Palestinian relief programs could thwart the White House campaign to restart Middle East peace talks, and inject further political instability in a region that stands permanently perched on the brink of political upheaval.
Canada announced it will provide $25 million.


3. Frankfurt became the first German city to ban the ‘anti-Semitic’ BDS movement. The Jerusalem Post explains:

Uwe Becker, the deputy mayor and city treasurer for Frankfurt, who initiated and is steering the legislation to passage, told The Jerusalem Post: “The BDS movement does not only strongly resemble the ‘Don’t Buy from Jews’ argumentation of former times of the National Socialists, but the movement is built on the same toxic ground and it is poisoning the social climate in the same dangerous way.
“BDS strongly attacks the fundamental basis of the legitimacy of the Jewish state and takes a detour via anti-Zionism to spread antisemitism,” Beck added. “That’s why we decided to ban any municipal funding or the renting of rooms for any activities of groups or individuals who support the antisemitic BDS movement. We also instructed our city-owned companies and called upon private landlords to act in the same way.”
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Frankfurt

4. Washington Post: Israel ‘Suppressing Its Majority Population?’ What’s behind David Rothkopf’s grossly inaccurate slur of a throwaway line?

5. Demolition Job: Balance and Relevant Facts Go Missing: As Israel demolishes illegally built Palestinian buildings, The Independent’s Bethan McKernan is narrowly fixated on an anti-Israel narrative at the cost of balanced reporting and the inclusion of relevant facts.

Israel and the Palestinians
• Top incremental news of the weekend:

At the end of their meetings in Jerusalem and Ramallah, the best Mr. Trump’s senior adviser, Jared Kushner, and his special envoy, Jason D. Greenblatt, could manage was a two-line statement saying that the Palestinians had agreed not to bolt from the American-led process.
• It’s not clear to me how significant this is, but Australian Foreign Minister Julie Bishop told a group of Jewish community leaders that she’s open to the idea of an Aussie diplomatic presence in Jerusalem. The Australian picked up on the Australian Jewish News‘ scoop.

She said that the biggest stumbling blocks to Australia moving the embassy to Jerusalem are financial and security.

But, Bishop said, if she could overcome the cost and security issues to open some sort of diplomatic presence, she would consider it.
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Around the World
• Reuters: Iran dropped national team captain Masoud Shojaei from qualifiers after playing against an Israeli team. Last week, Iran denied Western reports that Shojaei and Ehsan Haji Safi were banned for playing for their Greek team, Panionios, against Maccabi Tel Aviv.

• Reykjavik once voted to boycott Israel. Now it’s getting food delivered by Israeli drones.

• If you’re not up to speed on the murder of Sarah Halimi, the Jewish community’s outrage over the way French police, prosecutors and judges have handled the case, and the political ramifications, you must see the Jewish Chronicle.

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Ex-Iranian president Mahmoud Ahmadinejad

• A peer-reviewed journal published Mahmoud Ahmadinejad. Then they realized who he was and retracted. The former Iranian president — and notorious anti-Semite and homophobe — was published in the Institute of Transportation Engineers Journal’s August issue. Details at Tablet.

• Students in an Atlanta private school were suspended or expelled for playing ‘Jews vs. Nazis’ beer pong.

• A synagogue sharing premises with a New York City church was vandalized with a swastika and white supremacist symbols.

Commentary/Analysis
• Iran’s on my mind:

– Ben-Dror Yemini: Obama chose dishonor, and Israel will have war
– Giora Eiland: Iran, not so far away
– Dore Gold: Thwarting a new Iranian empire
– Jonathan Spyer: And the winner in Syria is . . . Ira

• Here’s what else I’m reading today . . .

– Prof. Abraham Ben-Zvi: On Kremlin friendship
– Yaakov Katz: Why Israel has nothing to learn from Europe in fighting terror
– Jonathan Tobin: Beware the illusion of momentum
– David Ignatius: Could this be a game-changer for Middle East peace?
– Bruce Bawer: Anti-Semitism in Europe: New official report
– Dr. Gideon Elazar: China projects its power in the Red Sea
– Maajid Nawaz: We Muslims are totally self-unaware cry-bullies in the school playground
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Lebanese Beauty Queen Loses Title Over Israel Visit
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1. A Lebanese beauty queen was stripped of title amid revelations she once visited Israel as a student.

Swedish-Lebanese Amanda Hanna won Miss Lebanon Emigrant 2017 earlier this month but was told she was no longer allowed to hold the position after organisers discovered she had previously visited neighbouring Israel using her Swedish passport on an academic trip in 2016.
At the 2015 Miss Universe pageant, a selfie posted by Miss Israel Doron Matalon on Instagram sparked an uproar in Lebanon because Miss Lebanon Saly Greige appeared in the picture along with two other contestants.

Amanda Hanna

2. The PA spends far more on terrorists’ stipends than on real welfare benefits, according to a report by MEMRI picked up by Israel HaYom.

A review of the figures showed that the terrorist stipends are sometimes 20 times higher than the welfare benefits provided to needy families.

Most welfare benefits, paid out by the Palestinian Social Development Ministry, reach some NIS 600 ($170) per family, while the maximum monthly stipend paid to prisoners and terrorists’ families exceeds NIS 12,000 ($3,300).
MEMRI uncovered that the PA budget classifies the payments prisoners as a “monthly salary,” not social welfare. It also found that the prisoners’ salaries are based on the length of their incarceration and seriousness of the crime, not the prisoner’s economic needs or socioeconomic situation. But this particular finding floored me:

The PA also pays a monthly NIS 500 supplement to Israeli Arab prisoners. The Palestinian authorities are under no obligation to care for prisoners who are citizens of Israel. Thus, PA support for Israeli Arab prisoners is incentivizing Israel’s own citizens to carry out crimes that will land them in prison.
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3. Huh: Amnesty International denounced Hamas and the PA for cracking down on free expression and the media.

4. Headline Fail: ‘The Jews Fighting For ISIS’: An inflammatory International Business Times headline falsely states that Israeli Jews are fighting for ISIS, even though most of those Israelis were Arabs and converts to Islam. HR gets the correction.

Israel and the Palestinians
• State Department: Endorsing a two state solution would make us biased.

“We are not going to state what the outcome has to be,” State Department spokeswoman Heather Nauert said. “It has to be workable to both sides. That’s the best view as to not really bias one side over the other, to make sure that they can work through it.”
• An Israeli-Arab was indicted as an accomplice in the murder of two policemen at the Temple Mount, which triggered weeks of Palestinian violence. Jerusalem Post coverage.

• Mohamed Fahmy, Al Jazeera English’s former Cairo bureau chief who was imprisoned in Egypt, told the Jerusalem Post that governments like Israel rightfully take a tough stance against Qatari network over its unethical methods:

“The Arabic channel and Qatar using this platform as a weapon against its neighbors left us English reporters as targets, and that is what Al Jazeera does, unfortunately, according to the research I conducted for the past two years.”

The network “continues to endanger lives of journalists because of dealings with Hamas, the Muslim Brotherhood” and other groups, he says.
Mohamed Fahmy

• UN peacekeeping force in Lebanon pushes back after US, Israeli criticism. AP updates the latest on Israeli and US efforts in the UN to beef up UNIFIL’s mandate.
• The New York Times, Washington Post and Wall St. Journal (click via Twitter) update the latest on White House adviser Jared Kushner’s efforts to jump-start Mideast peace efforts.

• Hamas denounces Sudanese minister’s call for normalizing ties with Israel.

• Qatar’s diplomatic standoff with Saudi Arabia took a new twist when the Gulf state restored full diplomatic ties with Iran.

Commentary/Analysis
• A month from now, Iraqi Kurds will vote in a referendum on whether to break away from Iraq and become independent. The Kurds’ immediate neighbors — Iraq, Turkey, Syria and Iran — all oppose Kurdish independence, as do the US and Russia. Anshel Pfeffer examines the pros and cons of Israeli support.

There are a number of advantages for Israel in an independent Kurdistan. Its location astride Iran’s route to Syria and Lebanon is just the most obvious one. Kurdistan would be a headache not just for Iran, but for other potential rivals including Iraq, Turkey and Syria. Israeli businessmen are already welcome in Erbil, and the development needs of a new emerging and potentially pro-western nation would be worth billions. But Israel is loath at this point to do anything without coordination with the Americans . . .

In the short-term, the Kurds can create a lot of problems for Israel’s rivals in the region but for any long-term prospect of a regional alliance which will keep Iran out, Israel needs Turkey and Kurdistan to come to an understanding. The referendum won’t help that happen and the Kurdish expectations that Israel will swiftly recognize their independence are probably unfounded for now.

• Here’s what else I’m reading today . . .

– Noam Tibon: Can envoy Jason Greenblatt succeed where his predecessors failed?
– Aaron David Miller: Jared Kushner won’t find his job in Israel easy
– Ruthie Blum: Terrorists and tiaras
– Melanie Phillips: The Canaan falsehood
– Udi Dekel and Carmit Valensi: The Iranian threat in Syria: As bad as it seems?
– Alexandra Lukash and Nir Cohen: New Iranian threat ‘exposes the weakness of the nuclear agreement’
– Wall St. Journal (staff-ed): Did Iran poison Argentine prosecutor Alberto Nisman? (click via Twitter)

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Putin, Netanyahu Discuss Iranian Entrenchment in Syria
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1. Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu met with Russian President Vladimir Putin in Sochi to discuss Iranian entrenchment in Syria. Although the two were still meeting as this roundup was published, Herb Keinon summed up what the coverage will look like:

For reporters who cover Netanyahu, the drill is well known.

Following the premier’s meeting with Putin, either he or one of his spokesmen will say that during the meeting he stressed Israel’s red lines in Syria: that Jerusalem will not tolerate an Iranian or Hezbollah presence on the Golan border; that Israel will not accept a permanent Iranian presence in Syria; and that Israel will act to ensure that game-changing weapons or capabilities are not transferred from Iran through Syria to Hezbollah in Lebanon.

Netanyahu will be careful to praise the Russian-Israeli bilateral relations, and say that the deconfliction mechanism to prevent any accidental engagements between the Russian and Israeli air forces in Syrian skies – which he set up with Moscow immediately after Russia became militarily involved in Syria in 2015 – has proven itself very effective.

He will be careful not to say what the Russian leader’s response to any of this was, beyond saying that the Israeli messages were “understood.”

But these meetings are by no means a Netanyahu monologue. The Russians also have their position regarding Syria and overall Iranian intentions, and – based on a number of conversations with senior Russian diplomats – it goes like this: Russia has genuine interest in Syria. Raqqa, the one-time Islamic State stronghold in northern Syria, is only 1,000 kilometers, or 620 miles, from Grozny, Chechnya, in southern Russia, the distance from New York to Knoxville, Tennessee.
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Russian President Vladimir Putin greeting Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu in Sochi on August 23, 2017.

2. Picking up on Arab media, the Times of Israel reports that Mahmoud Abbas is considering dissolving the Palestinian Authority and pushing all out for unilateral statehood through the UN.

Abbas has already declared the Palestinians are no longer bound by the Oslo accords and I’ve lost track of all the times he threatened to dismantle the PA and hand responsibility for the West Bank over to Israel. But if Abbas follows through on this threat this time, it’s not clear to me what would actually change on a day-to-day basis. Here’s why:

Should Abbas dissolve the PA, according to the Al Hayat report, he would transfer governing power back to the Palestine Liberation Organization, the historic umbrella group for Palestinians. Abbas is head of the PLO.
Meanwhile, PA Foreign Minister Riyad al-Malki says 24 years of peace talks have achieved nothing and urged the world to unilaterally create a Palestinian state.

Swiss cow3. As Swiss parliament deliberates banning kosher meat imports, Jewish leaders say the move would be a ‘massive limitation on religious freedom.’

The bill, which was introduced to the Swiss parliament in June, would make it illegal to bring in any meat slaughtered in what the law would deem to be an inhumane fashion. This would include both kosher and halal meat, where the animal is still conscious at the point of slaughter. A date for the vote has not yet been scheduled.
Around 18,000 Jews currently live in the Alpine country. Jewish ritual slaughter has been banned in Switzerland since 1893.

Israel and the Palestinians
• Egypt cancelled a meeting this afternoon between visiting White House adviser Jared Kushner and its foreign minister in response to the US withholding foreign aid. Reuters adds that President Abdel Fattah al-Sisi will still meet with Kushner and his delegation.

Two U.S. sources familiar with the matter told Reuters on Tuesday that Washington had decided to deny Egypt $95.7 million in aid and to delay a further $195 million because of its failure to make progress on respecting human rights and democratic norms.
• Bloomberg News: Royal Dutch Shell is mulling buying gas from Israel and Cyprus gas for an Egypt plant.

• Ahead of the Netanyahu-Putin meeting, AP picked up on the latest developments in Tehran’s efforts to create a land bridge linking Iran to Syria, Lebanon and the Mediterranean.

A corridor would be a boost for Israel’s powerful enemy Hezbollah, which has an arsenal of tens of thousands of rockets and missiles. Iran currently ships weapons to Hezbollah mostly by flying them to Syria to be shipped on the ground to Lebanon.

The land route is by no means a fait accompli. Any road link will likely be a frequent target by Sunni insurgent groups.


Commentary/Analysis
• Here’s what else I’m reading today . . .

– Prof. Eyal Zisser: Objective: Make Putin stop Iran
– Ben Dror Yemini: Turning a blind eye to extreme Right or Left anti-Semitism
– Seth Frantzman: Is Israel a model for Europe confronting terror? Yes and no
– Shimon Shiffer: With friends like Putin and Trump, Israel doesn’t need enemies
– Khaled Abu Toameh: Palestinians: Taking journalists hostage
– Dr. Shaul Shay: The Lebanese army’s alarming alliance with Hezbollah
– Elder of Ziyon: NYT says Kurds aren’t ready for independence – but Palestinians are
– Charles Bybelezer: The peace process merry-go-round



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UN Pushing Blacklist of Firms Doing Business in Settlements
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1. Despite US and Israeli opposition, the UN Human Rights Council is pushing forward with a blacklist of international companies that do business in Israeli settlements. The Washington Post writes:

American companies on the list drawn up by the Geneva-based council include Caterpillar, TripAdvisor, Priceline.com, Airbnb and others, according to people familiar with it. It is not clear whether the list has been finalized.

Zeid Ra’ad Al Hussein, the U.N. high commissioner for human rights, has told U.S. officials he plans to publish the list by the end of the year and has asked for comments by Sept. 1 from countries where affected firms are headquartered, diplomats said.
2. For the first time, Hezbollah confirmed it used drones to bomb Islamic State positions near the Syrian-Lebanese border. Here’s the footage Hezbollah released. More at Reuters.



3. According to a confidential UN report seen by Reuters, “two North Korean shipments to a Syrian government agency responsible for the country’s chemical weapons program were intercepted in the past six months.”

4. ‘Resistance Journalism’ Doesn’t Deserve Press Credentials: Al Jazeera Jerusalem bureau chief says it’s legitimate for a reporter to “resist Israel” through his work because it’s non-violent.

Israel and the Palestinians
• Switzerland stopped funds to a Palestinian non-governmental organization which failed to sever ties with terror groups. The Jerusalem Post picked up on a Swiss report.

• Haaretz: Egypt’s becoming an unexpected player in Syria, to Israeli delight and Iranian ire.
• PA threatens to cut all funds to Gaza.

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Sudanese Minister of Investment Mubarak al Fadil al Mahdi

• A high level Sudanese government minister expressed hope for normalizing ties with Israel. In an interview with Sudania 24 TV picked up by Haaretz, Minister of Investment Mubarak al Fadil al Mahdi said:
“There is no problem normalizing relations with Israel; the Palestinians normalized relations with Israel even Hamas is talking to Israel. The Palestinians receive tax money from Israel and electricity from Israel. The Palestinians sit with Israel and talk to Israel. They have disputes but they sit with them,” he said . . .

Fadil told the interviewer that the Palestinians bear a significant measure of responsibility for what happened to them.
Around the World
• 57 years after Israel spirited Nazi fugitive Adolf Eichmann out of Argentina on an El Al flight, the two countries announced the resumption of Tel Aviv-Buenos Aires flights on their respective national airlines.

• Europe adopts Israel-style security measures as terror becomes the new normal.

Indeed, commentaries by Richard Kemp, David Patrikarakos and Ariel Bolstein elaborate, while the INSS (Institute for National Security Studies) examines what Europe’s security challenges mean for the Israeli arms industry.

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• Australia’s ABC News explained to the JTA why it left Israel off the map:

“The story was about the repealing of a law in Lebanon that allowed rapists to escape punishment if they married their victims,” a senior executive for the Australian Broadcasting Corp. told JTA. “The map showed other countries where this law had already been repealed (in the blue) and countries where campaigners are actively trying to have it repealed (in the yellow).”

Israel, the executive explained, never had the law to begin with, so it was not included. Had it been included, the spokesman suggested, the criticism might have been even more intense.
• Vandals scrawl anti-Israel graffiti on Bulgarian Jewish monument

Commentary/Analysis
UNIFIL forces

• Israeli Ambassador to the UN Danny Danon took to the Wall St. Journal (click via Twitter) to urge the UN Security Council to beef up the mandate for the UNIFIL peackeepers in Southern Lebanon.
Over the past year alone, we have shared with the Security Council new information detailing how border towns have become Hezbollah strongholds. One out of three buildings in the village of Shaqra is now being used to store arms or launch attacks on Israel. We also shared with the council intelligence revealing how the Iranians use civilian airlines to smuggle dangerous arms into southern Lebanon. When the Second Lebanon War ended, Hezbollah had around 7,000 rockets. Today, they have more than 100,000.
• Ahead of tomorrow’s meeting between Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and Russian President Vladimir Putin in Sochi, Prof. Eyal Zisser and Jerusalem Post assess what’s in store.

• Here’s what else I’m reading today . . .

– Zoe Strimpel: Anti-Semitism 2.0: Why everything always comes back to the Jews
– Khaled Abu Toameh: Palestinians: When suicide attacks are bad
– Brig.-Gen. (res.) Yossi Kuperwasser: The Temple Mount affair: What has changed?
– Maj. Gen. (ret.) Yaakov Amidror: Beware media fearmongering
– Amb. Arye Mekel: The new US “peace team”: A test of will
– Col. (ret.) Dr. Jacques Neriah: The future partition of Syria
– Moshe Arens: North Korea and Iran: Two different approaches for two dangerous nuclear projects


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Barcelona Attack: The Aftermath
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Today’s Top Stories
1. Three telling reactions to the Barcelona attack in which a van plowed through people in the Las Ramblas pedestrian mall, killing 13. First, the city’s chief rabbi says his community is doomed. Rabbi Meir Bar-Hen told the JTA he has encouraged Jews to leave and accused Spanish officials of not understanding the threat of Islamic terror.

Second, Catalonia’s BDS branch says European governments are responsible for last week’s terror attack in Barcelona.

Third, Hezbollah’s response suggests it’s only jihad when Israelis are targeted, right?

2. Rasmea Odeh lost her US citizenship and will be deported for lying about her 1970 conviction for her role in a pair of Jerusalem bombings.

Rasmea Odeh was interrupted three times by a judge as she used her court appearance in Detroit to criticize Israel and the United States and deny that she’s a terrorist.

“This is not a political forum for you to fan the flames of Israeli-Palestinian disputes. … It’s about the application you filled out,” said U.S. District Judge Gershwin Drain, who threatened to find her in contempt and send her to jail.

3. There’s good reason to be concerned about the relationship between BDS and the rising Antifa movement. (Antifa is a collection of far-left-leaning militant groups that resist neo-Nazis and white supremacists at demonstrations and other events. The name is portmanteau of “anti-fascist.) According to Inside Higher Ed and Legal Insurrection, BDS professors are helping organize an Antifa campus network.

Antifa will give BDS even more muscle to intimidate and threaten those who oppose the BDS agenda.
More on background on the Antifa at the JTA. Last word for now goes to Canadian columnist Lorrie Goldstein.

Anyone who compares Antifa 2 Allied soldiers fighting Nazis overlooks fact that the only Jews Antifa tolerates are the ones who hate Israel.
— Lorrie Goldstein (@sunlorrie) August 20, 2017
Israel and the Palestinians
• Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu will visit Russian President Vladimir Putin this week to discuss Israeli concerns about Iranian entrenchment in Syria. More at the Jerusalem Post and Times of Israel.

• A 17-year-old Palestinian was shot and killed while trying to stab a Border Policeman at a checkpoint at the Tapuah Junction on Saturday night.

Mideast Matters
chemical weapons• In a special report, Reuters examines how Syria managed to continue gassing its own people while the world looked on. Among the key points:

– “Syria’s declarations about the types and quantities of chemicals it possessed do not match evidence on the ground uncovered by inspectors.”

– Inspectors don’t accept as credible Syrian claims about the amounts of certain key chemicals the regime said were only used for research.

– At least 2,000 chemical bomb shells declared by Syria remain unaccounted for.

– “In Damascus, witnesses with knowledge of the chemical weapons program were instructed by Syrian military officials to alter their statements midway through interviews with inspectors, three sources with direct knowledge of the matter told Reuters.”

• Clashes kill two in Palestinian Ain el-Hilweh refugee camp in Lebanon.

Around the World
• Charlottesville says it provided protection to synagogue, refuting an initial account.

• A Berlin university has filed a criminal complaint against BDS activists who disrupted speeches by an Israeli MK and and a Holocaust survivor.

• Arab bands boycott Berlin pop festival because of Israel.

• The Australian ABC News aired a map of the Mideast that didn’t include Israel. The Daily Mail picked up after Aussie activist Avi Yemini called out the network.

• Winnipeg mayor denounces anti-Semitic graffiti scrawled on on benches and sidewalks.

• Police in Alameda Calif. are investigating synagogue vandalism as a hate crime. Oakland’s KTVU notes:

Whether the vandalism was inspired by recent events in Charlottesville, VA, no one can say. But the current surge in intolerance seems unmistakable.
• London’s Sunday Times gauged reactions to the Dublin city council decision to fly a Palestinian flag over city hall for a full month — against the advice of the Department of Foreign Affairs.

Many Irish people took issue with a foreign flag being raised, particularly given the country’s neutrality.
• These two UK surveys are polls apart.
– 1 in 3 British Jews have considered emigrating due to anti-Semitism
– 88 percent of British Jews have not considered leaving UK

Commentary/Analysis
• Mohamed Fahmy, one of three Al Jazeera reporters previously jailed by Egypt, explains how the network supported the Muslim Brotherhood — in breach of a secret Saudi-Qatari agreement:

In Egypt’s prisons I interviewed Brotherhood members and non-journalists of the opposition who told me Al Jazeera had supplied them with transmission equipment, cameras and money, a technique I later learned the network applied in conflict zones such as Syria, Libya and Iraq . . .

“This gave Al Jazeera an advantage over their competitors as they were essentially recruiting protesters and fighters to become journalists and information gatherers for their news programming. And since the Syrian opposition (particularly those aligned with the Muslim Brotherhood and similar groups) was ideologically harmonized with the Qatari policy in the Levantine country, the coverage often went straight to air without verification, clarification, or corroboration.
Mohamed Fahmy
Mohamed Fahmy

• Over at the Washington Post, Dana El Kurd, who is clearly no friend of Israel, examines what made Palestinian protests in East Jerusalem last month so successful. Spoiler alert: It’s because Israel allows Palestinians to demonstrate against Israel, unlike the PA, which doesn’t let Palestinians demonstrate against the PA.

My findings also help explain why the Jerusalem protests were effective: East Jerusalem, despite having been occupied in 1967 like the rest of the Palestinian territories, is unique in its lack of PA institutions. Palestinians there do not face an added layer of repression from an indigenous regime.

And although the occupation is repressive, how people react to an externally imposed force differs from how they react to their own leadership. While the occupation can spur rebellion, the PA’s direct repression in the areas it governs exacerbates polarization and affects the ability of different groups to coordinate.
• Plenty of spilled ink and burnt pixels weighing on Charlottesville:

– Mirah Curzer: Does your progressivism include Jews?
– Micah Lakin Avni: Mark Zuckerberg: Hamas are ok, neo-Nazis are not
– Daniel Gordis: Watching Charlottesville from Jerusalem
– Marc Goldberg: Stop blaming Israel for Nazis in Charlottesville!

• Here’s what else I’m reading today . . .

– Dr. Reuven Berko: Raed Salah exploiting Islam
– Lt. Col. (ret.) Jonathan D. Halevi: Hamas is restoring its alliance with Iran
– Charles Bybelezer: The next war with Hamas: If not now, when?
– Herb Keinon: Unraveling Cape Verde’s flip-flop on Israel
– Hen Mazzig and Emily Schrader: Well-intentioned anti-Semitism
– Dore Gold: A warning on Iran-North Korea missile cooperation

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New York Museum Reinstates Israel Event
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Today’s Top Stories
1. The Queens Museum reversed its decision to cancel an Israeli event. The risk to the museum’s finances was heavy, and President and Executive Director Laura Raicovich’s ties to the BDS movement through a book she co-edited couldn’t be ignored.
New York State Assemblyman Dov Hikind called to stop funding the Queens Museum following the report of the events cancellation. “The State of New York has made it clear that the BDS movement is unacceptable,” said Hikind. “I am calling on members of the NYC Council who have funded the Queens Museum . . . to pull their support of this museum until this blatant anti-Semite Ms. Raicovich is removed.”
Withering staff editorials in the New York Post and New York Daily News called for Raicovich’s dismissal.
Laura Raicovich

2. Israel’s High Court froze a contentious law which retroactively legalized unauthorized settler homes built on privately owned Palestinian land. The Knesset passed “the Regulation Bill” in February.

3. Israel’s Government Press Office revoked the press credentials of Al Jazeera reporter Elias Karram pending a hearing. The GPO took the step after learning of a interview last year in which Karram, an Israeli-Arab, made some comments calling into question his personal objectivity:

Karam said in an interview to the Muslim Brotherhood television channel Dar Al-Iman in May 2016 that “as a Palestinian journalist who is in an occupied area or a conflict area, journalistic work is an integral part of the resistance and of political and educational action.

“A journalist fulfills his role in the resistance through his pen, voice or camera, because he is part of this nation and is resisting in his unique way,” he added.
Karram, who lives in Nazareth, has held press credentials since 2011. In recent days, Israeli officials vowed to shut down Al Jazeera, accusing the Qatari-based network of bias and incitement. Egypt, Saudi Arabia and several Gulf states took similar moves and have demanded Qatar shut down the news station as one condition for ending their diplomatic crisis. Haaretz adds that Israel’s Foreign Ministry recently warned that imposing sanctions on Al Jazeera would harm the country’s public relations.

More on the story at Haaretz and the Times of Israel.

Elias Karram
Al Jazeera correspondent Elias Karram

Israel and the Palestinians
• Over the past week, Israeli police have arrested 72 Palestinians accused of violence during last month’s Temple Mount tensions.

• PA officials are weighing further punitive measures against Hamas. The Jerusalem Post explains:

The Palestinian leadership in Ramallah is considering either forcing another group of Palestinian Authority employees working in the health and education sectors in the Gaza Strip into early retirement or slashing social-welfare payments allocated to the territory as a continuation of its measures to pressure Hamas to cede control of the Strip, Ahmad Majdalani, a close confidante of PA President Mahmoud Abbas, said on Wednesday.
• Maj. Gen. Amir Eshel, the outgoing commander of the Israel Air Force, confirmed to Haaretz that the IAF has hit nearly 100 Syrian and Hezbollah arms convoys since 2012. Although Israeli officials have made some coy confirmations, this is the first time a high level military officer has shed light on the scope of the air strikes.

• Who gets the 72 virgins when this happens?

Ynet

• Worth reading: Bloomberg News gauges Israel’s efforts to secure a seat on the UN Security Council. “History suggests Israel, one of 66 countries never elected to the council, faces an uphill struggle to secure at least 128 votes, or two-thirds of the 193 member states, in a secret ballot,” however:

“They’ve done their campaign with a level of sophistication which is remarkable, doing it systemically, arranging fact-finding missions and bilateral agreements,” said Syed Akbaruddin, India’s ambassador to the UN. “They start with a disadvantage in that there are countries that are not disposed to vote for them, but they have cultivated certain countries to shore up constituencies.” . . .

With the balloting conducted in secret, Saudi Arabia and its Sunni neighbors might cast their ballots for Israel on the bet it would take a tough stand against their common archenemy Iran.

UN Security Council

Around the World
• Australian Nazi group plasters Melbourne schools with violently racist and anti-Semitic posters.

The posters — the work of a Nazi youth organization that styles itself the “Antipodean Resistance” — used ugly racist pejoratives to denigrate black and Asian people and call for the extermination of Jews. One poster depicted the classic Nazi image of a grasping, hook-nosed Jew alongside the words “Multiculturalism,” “Degeneracy” and “Reject Jewish Poison.”
• Booking.com dropped from its website the Swiss hotel that featured signs singling out Jews.

Commentary/Analysis
• Here’s what else I’m reading today . . .

– Amb. Alan Baker: Jordan’s refusal to permit return of Israel’s ambassador breaks international law and peace treaty
– Gideon Biger: Israeli enclaves in Palestine?
– Charles Bybelezer: Home demolitions: Terror deterrent or rights violation?
– Annika Hernroth-Rothstein: Just say no to peace talks
– Amb. Daniel Shapiro: Is Trump’s Mideast peace effort dead in the water?
– Gary Rosenblatt: Are the college years too late for Israel education?

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