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UN Passes Six Israel-Bashing Resolutions in One Day
Israel Daily News Stream7 hours ago
Today’s Top Stories
1. It was busy day at Turtle Bay, where the UN General Assembly passed six resolutions bashing Israel. One called on Israel to return the Golan Heights to Syria, another ignored Jewish ties to Jerusalem’s holy sites. See the Jerusalem Post and UN Watch for more.

The Jerusalem resolution was one of six resolutions condemning Israel and supporting the Palestinians that the General Assembly approved on Wednesday, as part of its special annual session for the International Day of Solidarity with the Palestinian People, which began on Tuesday.
UN General Assembly
2. Plans for Holocaust Education Week events at Toronto’s Ryerson University are in limbo, according to the Toronto Sun. The student union was going to vote on a resolution advanced by the campus Hillel when Muslim and pro-Palestinian students sought an amendment recognizing “all forms of genocide.”

When it became apparent there wasn’t enough support for the amendment, they walked out, “causing the meeting to lose quorum and the vote to die.”

The Ryersonian adds that Jewish students attending the meeting faced anti-Semitic taunts.

President Barack Obama

3. According to AP, “President Barack Obama has nearly ruled out any major last-ditch effort to put pressure on Israel over stalled peace negotiations with the Palestinians, U.S. officials said, indicating Obama will likely avoid one last row with Israel’s government as he leaves office.”

Contrast that with Secretary of State John Kerry’s veiled suggestion that the US could still take unspecified steps. The JTA reported:

There’s no way to “force-feed” peace between Israel and the Palestinians, Kerry said in a lengthy speech delivered Tuesday at the Women’s Foreign Policy Group conference, but there are “other things we can do” to preserve a two-state solution.
Israel and the Palestinians
• Mahmoud Abbas addressed the Fatah congress in a three-hour speech.

• Sanity prevails in a tiny corner of the Mideast.

Jerusalem neighborhoods reach muezzin agreement without politicians

• In the latest sign of re-normalizing ties, Israeli Ambassador Eitan Naeh arrived in Turkey.

• Reuters visited Amona for a nice overview of the controversial “Regulation bill,” which would retroactively recognize it and other illegally built settlement outposts.

• The President of Honduras, Juan Orlando Hernandez, arrived in Israel to finalize a major security deal.

Around the World
• Kosovo‘s president bans sale, distribution of anti-Semitic books

• Anti-BDS bill passes Ohio House of Representatives, moves to Senate.

• NYU president slams anti-Israel boycott movement as ‘affront to academic freedom.’

• After AFP picked up on the end of a Jenin cinema, IsraellyCool unpacked the wire service’s coverage.

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

– Itamar Marcus: Will Mahmoud Abbas pay salaries to the arsonists?
– Salem Barahmeh: Now is the moment for us Palestinians to renew our national movement
– Aaron David Miller: Why Carter is wrong on state of Palestine
– Michael Oren: France should be ashamed of labeling products made by Jews
– Yoav Limor: Israel’s airstrike despite Russia’s eye in the sky
– Dennis Ross: How Trump could surprise the world on Israeli-Palestinian peacemaking
– Norman Bailey: Trump will end the pro-Palestinian bias of the Obama administration
– Ottawa Citizen (staff-ed): MPPs can support Israel by opposing the boycott movement
– Alan Gold: If I forget thee, Oh Jerusalem . . .

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Contentious Knesset Bills Delayed Amid Factional Friction
Israel Daily News Stream6 hours ago
Today’s Top Stories
1. Two controversial Knesset bills were postponed to next week amid coalition infighting.

We’re talking about the “Regulation bill,” which would retroactively legalize unrecognized settler outposts, and the “Muezzin bill,” which would bar mosques from using loudspeakers to call Muslims to prayer.

The clock’s ticking on the Regulation bill: the legislation is an attempt to bypass a Supreme Court ruling that ordered the Amona outpost to be demolished by December 25. The last time police demolished buildings in Amona under court order in 2006, the ensuing clash between settlers and security forces was ugly. Could the violence repeat itself?
The Knesset

2. Fatah’s congress kicked off in Ramallah. Yesterday’s main development: delegates unanimously re-elected Mahmoud Abbas as party leader. There has been talk that the confab will also choose a successor for the 81-year-old Abbas, who also serves as president of the Palestinian Authority and chairman of the Palestine Liberation Organization.

Because of the split with Hamas, it is not certain who would be next in line to lead the Palestinian Authority if Mr. Abbas were incapacitated.

Mr. Abbas planned to address the conference on Tuesday evening, and he sat onstage and appeared in good spirits. At the last minute, though, he postponed his speech until Wednesday. Some veteran observers doubted that he would use the occasion to identify a possible heir, if only because doing so might set up another power center in the West Bank that would inevitably undercut his authority.
Related tweet of the day from Gregg Carlstrom:

3. Jerusalem is neither confirming nor denying Arab media reports that the Israeli Air Force struck a Hezbollah convoy on the Damascus-Beirut highway and an arms cache in the Damascus area.

4. Unintended Irony Over French Settlement Labeling? An odd choice for an illustrative photo along with an inaccurate caption unintentionally highlights how damaging the singling out of settlement products would be for both Jews and Arabs.

5. Fact-Check Fail Fixed: Israel Never Bombed Morocco!: Nor is Israel’s at fault for one of Hollywood’s biggest flops.

6. Video: The UN Blames Israel…for Saving the World: The UN’s World Health Organization just gave Israel it’s highest honor. So why did they also single out Israel for condemnation, while ignoring the whole rest of the world?

Israel and the Palestinians
• The president of the UN General Assembly, Peter Thomson, donned a Palestinian scarf to mark an International Day of Solidarity with the Palestinian People at the UN.

• Two eastern Jerusalem hospitals — Al-Maqased and Augusta Victoria — warned that they face closure over an unpaid PA debt f $62.4 million.

The two hospitals said that they will be forced to start postponing surgeries from Tuesday unless they receive the outstanding money, which they need in order to purchase equipment and medicine.
• Hackers took over an Israeli Channel 2 news broadcast, posting ‘Allahu Akbar’ and other messages related to the wildfires and muezzin bill. Jerusalem Post coverage.

• Reuters: Muscle men ring up dollars with Gaza private security firms.

africa02• Palestinians are fuming over a delegation of African diplomats visiting Jerusalem’s Old City under Israeli auspices. The event, sponsored by the Federation of Israeli Chambers of Commerce, sought to drum up African business. The Times of Israel reports the envoys met with MKs and municipal officials, and toured various sites despite PA protests:

But on Monday morning, the ambassadors of Ethiopia and Zambia and diplomats from Cameroon, Ghana, Angola, South Sudan and the Democratic Republic of Congo did not hesitate to meet with Israeli government officials beyond the Green Line and tour Jewish sites there. (The ambassadors of South Africa and Ivory Coast had planned to attend as well, but canceled on short notice.)
• Whoda thought this?

There are many Arabs and Jews who believe all the calamities and wars that have beset the Arab world, including the Arab Spring, are part of Allah’s curse on those states over the discriminatory treatment toward the Jews. The leaders of those states didn’t want to or couldn’t defend the People of the Book, even though the Quran tells Muslims that they should treat non-Muslims, including Jews, with respect, if they accept Islamic rule.
• Here’s what else I’m reading today . . .

– Benny Avni: The Ohio State attack was honed by Palestinians
– Prof. William Jacobson: Palestinian car ramming tactic comes to Ohio State
– Moshe Arens: Israelis’ hopes and expectations for Donald Trump
– Jonathan Tobin: An Obama post-presidency and Israel
– AJ Caschetta: The UN’s Palestine language
– Elliott Abrams: Jimmy Carter blames Israel one more time
– Yves Mamou: French labeling guidelines ignore 200 other territorial conflicts
– David Harris: In honor of Jewish refugees from Arab lands: Letter from a forgotten Jew

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The UN's World Health Organization just gave Israel its highest honor. So why did they also single out Israel for condemnation, while ignoring the whole rest of the world?

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Palestinians File War Crimes Suit Against Israeli Judges
Israel Daily News Stream8 hours ago

Today’s Top Stories
1. A group of Palestinians living in Chile filed a war crimes suit against three Israeli Supreme Court justices who in 2015 authorized construction of the security barrier in Beit Jala, near Bethlehem. Chilean law buys into the concept of universal jurisdiction. (What’s universal jurisdiction?). According to Haaretz:

The claimants are six landowners from the Beit Jala in the West Bank, whose lands will be separated from the village as a result of the barrier’s construction. Five of the plaintiffs are Chilean nationals residing in the country and the sixth is a Palestinian that lives in Beit Jala . . .

The decision to prosecute judges was based on the precedent set by the Nuremberg trials, which permitted judges to be convicted for their role in cooperating with crimes against humanity and war crimes, a member of the legal team that prepared the suit told Haaretz.
2. The Palestinian commander of the pro-Assad Jerusalem Brigade was killed in fighting in Aleppo. NOW Lebanaon reports that Mohammad Mahmoud Rafeh received a Russian medal three months ago “for strengthening military cooperation.”

Strengthening military cooperation with who exactly? Russians and Palestinians?

3. Times of Israel: A soldier was lightly wounded after mistakenly entering Palestinian town on Monday afternoon. The IDF’s investigating how the mishap happened. No indication yet if Waze was the culprit, like another incident earlier this year.

The four soldiers, some of them reservists, were escorted out of the city by Palestinian police and in collaboration with the Defense Ministry’s Civil Administration.

4. Giving Tuesday, today, is a global day dedicated to supporting worthy causes. Please support our fight for Israel’s fair media coverage.

Israel and the Palestinians
• The PA says it will present another settlement-bashing resolution to the UN Security Council in the coming days. According to the Jerusalem Post, Palestinian leaders are betting that President Barack Obama will allow the vote to pass with a US abstention.

• The Fatah party congress kicks off in Ramallah today. The Los Angeles Times previews what’s in store, what’s at stake, and the who’s who.

• A gunman fired shots at an IDF base in the West Bank last night. No casualties were reported and the army is searching for the suspects near Silwad, a Palestinian village near Beit El.

• Tweet of the day goes to Amb. Paul Hirschson:

• The Israeli government recognized several recent fires as acts of terror.

• Guatemala‘s president is visiting Israel.

• How is Jewish-Arab coexistence faring after the wildfires? The Times of Israel and New York Times take closer looks.

Around the World
• Inside Higher Ed takes a closer look at recent anti-Semitic incidents against Jewish professors.

• London cafe apologizes for swastika-branded smoothie drink (!?)

• Chelsea fans filmed chanting anti-Semitic songs on Underground following win over Tottenham.

• A landmark rock outside a Boston-area school was defaced with swastikas and racist messages during the Thanksgiving break. Bromfield School students have already painted over the graffiti.

• Worth reading: Dr. Manfred Gerstenfeld’s book on anti-Semitism and the delegitimization of Israel is available for free at the JCPA. The War of a Million Cuts lays out why anti-Semitism and anti-Israelism have the same core motifs, who the main inciters are, how hate messages are transmitted to the public, and how you can fight back.

Jimmy Carter
Former president Jimmy Carter

• In a New York Times op-ed, ex-president Jimmy Carter calls on the White House to recognize a Palestinian state, and on the UN Security Council to set parameters for resolving the conflict. Maybe I’m missing something, but if you recognize a Palestinian state, what do you need parameters for?
This is the best — now, perhaps, the only — means of countering the one-state reality that Israel is imposing on itself and the Palestinian people. Recognition of Palestine and a new Security Council resolution are not radical new measures, but a natural outgrowth of America’s support for a two-state solution.
• Here’s what else I’m reading today . . .

– Ilan Evyatar: Is the Obama administration at a boiling point with Israel?
– Prof. Eyal Zisser: It’s not a cliche: Islamic State is at the gate
– Khaled Abu Toameh: A Palestinian refugee camp’s ‘wall of shame’
– Jonathan Marks: Is anti-Semitism a firing offense?
– The Australian (staff-ed): Time to scrutinise aid to the Palestinians

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Radioactive Material Disappears From Iranian Nuclear Facility
Israel Daily News Stream5 hours ago
Today’s Top Stories
1. Either the mullahs stashed the iridium-192 for their own nefarious reasons, or someone really stole enough radioactive material from the Bushehr nuclear facility to make a dirty bomb. Asharq al-Awsat reports the material disappeared during transportation. I hope the Mossad dunnit . . .

An F-35 fighter jet in 2009

2. Israel’s Security Cabinet approved the purchase of 17 more F-35 fighter jets, in addition to 33 it earlier agreed to buy. Israel’s first F-35 is due to arrive in three weeks, says the Associated Press.

The official, speaking on condition of anonymity under military briefing guidelines, said Israel would begin training with the new planes immediately, but that it would take “more than a few months” for the first planes to be operational.

He did not specify what missions Israel might make with the planes, but said the F-35s are expected to meet all of Israel’s needs. In recent years, Israel has reportedly carried out long-range airstrikes as far away as Sudan, and is believed to have struck Hezbollah-bound weapons shipments in neighboring Syria . . . .

Both Syria and Iran possess sophisticated Russian anti-aircraft systems. He said these systems will still present a challenge, but the F-35 will be “very helpful” against them.
And Globes discussed the purchase with Lockheed Martin Israel CE Brigadier General (ret.) Joshua Shani.

3. Deputy Minister for Diplomacy Michael Oren ruffled feathers in Europe, calling for a boycott of French products in response to just-published French guidelines for labeling settlement products. The Times of Israel picked up on Oren’s tweet, with the former ambassador telling the paper

that he was not calling for a boycott of French products but merely wanted Israeli consumers “to be aware that France is moving to label Jewish products from Judea, Samaria, and the Golan.”
4. Giving Tuesday, tomorrow, is a global day dedicated to supporting worthy causes. Please support our fight for Israel’s fair media coverage.

Israel and the Palestinians
• Following up on yesterday’s border clash with Islamic State jihadists, the Israeli Air Force blew up an IS outpost used for training and weapons storage. The outpost was formerly used by UN observers who evacuated the area in 2014 when the Syrian civil war became too dangerous.

• Israeli nature and park authorities estimate it will take forests and wildlife 30 years to recover from the wildfires, according to YNet.

• The Shin Bet busted a cell from an outlawed Islamic group over Temple Mount harassment.

According to a statement by the Shin Bet, the defendants incited unrest at the Temple Mount in Jerusalem and four of them tried to keep up the activity of the Murabitun and Murabitat, two groups outlawed in Israel since last year for harassing Jewish visitors.

The Murabitun and Murabitat were declared illegal by the Defense Ministry in November 2015 after years of harassing Jewish visitors to the Temple Mount with the goal of eliminating Jewish visitation.

• Israel’s Ministry of Foreign Affairs is reportedly investigating Ambassador the UN Danny Danon over allegations he purchased positive media coverage of an anti-BDS conference at the UN he spearheaded. The “article” (call it a copy-and-pasted press release) in question was published in Walla, an Israeli news site.

Danon has denied the claims, but the ministry review of the incident is underway after inquiries by the Haaretz daily, which alleged the former Likud Knesset member bought a puff piece in violation of official regulations . . .

The November 17 article had no byline, and instead was initially attributed to “Walla News in cooperation with the embassy in New York.”

Following a Haaretz inquiry submitted to the Foreign Ministry and the Israeli UN mission, the byline was changed to read “Walla News in cooperation with organizations fighting BDS.”
Around the World
• Israeli envoy urges Swedes to protest screening of anti-Israel film by state TV. ‘The Occupation of the American Mind,’ narrated by former Pink Floyd frontman and BDS activist Roger Waters, was recently broadcast by Educational TV.

• Backing off in the face of popular protest, Lebanese authorities halted construction of a wall around the Ain al-Hilweh refugee camp. Palestinian leaders originally consented to the barrier following clashes between Fatah and Islamist factions. Jerusalem Post coverage.

• Jewish students accuse Cambridge University of hushing up a vile anti-Semitic attack.

• The wildfires are on my mind.

– Jonathan Tobin: Israel’s terror fires
– Yonah Jeremy Bob: Will the ICC view Israel’s fires as terrorism?
– Dr. Gabi Avital: Fire is stronger than ‘isolation’

Firefighting aircraft over Haifa

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

– Yossi Melman: IDF meets Islamic State
– Judah Ari Gross: First IDF-Islamic State clash sends Israeli message
– Ehud Eilam: Future confrontations with Hamas & Hezbollah
– Hussain Abdul-Hussain: Hezbollah’s army is good news for Israel
– Noah Klieger: The main reason for the new anti-Semitism

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First Major IDF-Islamic State Border Clash
Israel Daily News Stream57 mins ago
Today’s Top Stories
1. The IDF and Islamic State had their first ever major exchange of fire this morning. Israeli forces traded fire along the Syrian border this morning east of Moshav Avnei Eitan. Credit the Wall St. Journal (click via Google News) for the clearest summarizing snippet:

An Israeli unit was conducting an operation beyond a fence that separates the Israeli-controlled Golan Heights and Syria but within the border when it was shot at by Islamic State militants, the army said. The soldiers returned fire before an Israeli warplane struck a machine gun-mounted vehicle that was carrying the militants, said military spokesman Lt. Col. Peter Lerner.

The strike killed at least four militants, according to a visual assessment by the pilot. No Israeli soldiers were injured.

2. Israel’s wild fires are largely under control, though new fires broke out sporadically in Karmiel and Rishpon,. Here’s a by the numbers look at the damage based on the Times of Israel.

– 0: Fatalities
– 133: Individuals treated by Magen David Adom
– 527: Homes destroyed in Haifa
– 1,700: Haifa residents unable to return to homes by late Saturday
– 2,000: Firefighters battling blazes since Tuesday
– 41: Palestinian firefighters combating the flames
– 29: Israeli and foreign firefighting planes involved
– 480: Aerial sorties by the firefighting planes
– 1.5 million: Tons of fire retardent used as of Saturday night
– 32,000: Acres of natural forest and brush destroyed
– 35: People arrested on suspicion of arson or encouraging it

See below for more on what’s known, the aftermath, and commentary. And see also Politicizing Israeli Wildfires: Why are The Guardian and AFP more concerned about the location of fires near Jewish settlements than the fires themselves?

A firefighting airplane making a sortie over Haifa

3. France issued regulations requiring retailers to label goods from Israeli settlements. According to the AP, “It was not immediately clear whether the notice published in the French Official Journal is binding for retailers or a recommendation.” And according to Haaretz, which first broke the story, it’s not clear why Paris made this move now:

Under the new regulations, if a product comes from a settlement, French retailers and importers must make this clear on the packaging and not just name the geographical location where the product originated.

The regulations make it clear that this is intended to prevent a situation in which consumers are misled and think they are buying Palestinian goods from the West Bank or East Jerusalem.

Israeli Fires
• Damages from the wild fires are expected to cost the state at least 2 billion shekels.

If the fires are indeed recognized as acts of terrorism, the state would have to carry the onus of compensating citizens for damages incurred, rather than the insurance companies . . .

Those expected to lose out are citizens who had their properties insured, as the compensation the state would provide them with would be lower than what the insurance company would be required to pay and would not cover many of the valuables that perished in the fires, such as jewelry, art, and the like.
• Israelis are grateful for the international assistance, “included planes from Cyprus, Greece, Italy, Russia, Turkey, Croatia, France, Spain, Azerbaijan, Ukraine, the US and Egypt. Other countries that offered help include the Netherlands, Belarus, Great Britain, Portugal, Switzerland, Georgia, Bulgaria, Romania, The Czech Republic, Slovakia, Jordan and Austria.”

And Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu called Mahmoud Abbas to thank him for sending 40 Palestinian firefighters and eight trucks to help battle the flames. Tweet of the day from Israeli police superintendent Micky Rosenfeld:

• Israel has arrested more than 30 people suspected of deliberately setting fires or encouraging others to do so. Security footage caught perpetrators on video in the Etziyon and Ariel areas.

• Firefighter Yair Cohen recounted to The Algemeiner the experience of battling the flames in Haifa.

• What will the fires mean for Haifa’s Jewish-Arab coexistence? The Los Angeles Times takes a closer look.

In the Haifa Arab neighborhood of Kbabir, located just few minutes’ drive from the fires and home to a community of Ahmadiyya Muslims, Sheikh Muhammad Sharif Odeh opened up the local auditorium center to host 150 soldiers from Israel’s Home Front Command while the fires raged.

“We have to put out the physical fires and we also have to put out the fire of hate,’’ Odeh said. “Allah is the one sovereign and we have to look after everyone. The ethnic mosaic [in Haifa] is strong, and politicians can’t change the relations here.’’
Participants in HonestReporting’s November, 2015 mission met with Sheikh Odeh to learn more about coexistence in Israel’s third largest city.

Israel and the Palestinians
• The long-overdue Fatah party congress, which is expected to pick successor to Mahmoud Abbas, kicked off today. AFP coverage.

• A Palestinian was shot while trying to stab a security guard at the Shuafat crossing on Friday afternoon.

• The Washington Post examines what I’ll call “the battle of the bodies.” Hamas holds the bodies of IDF soldiers Hadar Goldin and Oron Shaul, as well as two Israeli civilians who wandered into Gaza. Meanwhile, Israel holds the bodies of several Palestinians killed in clashes.

Around the World
• This can’t be good news. According to Arab media reports, Russian military leaders in Syria held their first meeting with Hezbollah:

The Lebanese daily said that the gathering “came at the request of the Russians” who were impressed by Hezbollah’s military performance during the “Battle of Martyr Abu Omar Saraqeb,” a failed rebel offensive launched in late October against regime positions in western Aleppo.
• The municipality of Trondheim, Norway’s third-largest city, approved a boycott of all goods and services from Israeli settlements. According to The Local, the resolution also asked city residents to do the same.

• Plot to bomb Amsterdam synagogue revealed.

• A German bank is shutting down the account of the pro-BDS organization, Jewish Voice for a Just Peace in the Middle East.

• A campus watchdog organization reports a spike in anti-Semitism at US universities. Tammi Rossman-Benjamin of the AMCHA Initiative discussed the issue with The Algemeiner.

• ‘Death to Jews’ sprayed on Ukrainian synagogue.

• Police investigating after anti-Semitic graffiti scrawled on San Diego home.

• This is bizarre on so many levels: Wife of Putin’s spokesman draws ire for Holocaust themed ice dance show.

• Here’s what else I’m reading:

– Avi Issacharoff: Terrorism, at home, by fire
– Eyal Zisser: Arson as a weapon
– Seth Frantzman: Arabic social media support for fires and arson in Israel
– Yoni Ben Menachem: Abbas in a race against time to choose successor

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Thousands Evacuated as Israel Battles Expanding Wildfires
Today’s Top Stories
1. Wildfires continued to spread around Israel as flames threatened homes and national infrastructure. Some 60,000 people were forced to evacuate in Haifa alone.

The Jerusalem Post, i24 News and Haaretz report new fires broke out in the areas of Modiin, Nazareth, the Hebron Hills, and Rishon LeTzion (suspiciously across from a police station), and other locations.

The Times of Israel sums up the scope:

In all there have been some 220 fires throughout the country in the past two days, beginning with a blaze near Neve Shalom outside Jerusalem that forced the community to evacuate in the pre-dawn hours of Tuesday.
Early assessments from police and fire officials is that 80 percent of the fires were caused by arson, with the rest resulting from negiligence. Israeli media reported that Haifa’s fires began in five different spots simultaneously.

Greece, Cyprus, Croatia, Russia, Italy and Turkey sent firefighting equipment at Israel’s request. More on the story below.

2. Jordan’s King Abdullah to Australian media: We can’t defeat Islamic State “without the help of Christians and Jews and other religions . . .”

3. While a World Bank report suggests Gaza could run out of usable drinking water by 2020, the Palestinians are politicizing the problem rather than work with Israel to find solutions for the Strip. The Media Line explains . . .

Most Palestinians in Gaza, he said, do not trust the water quality from their taps and so buy water from tankers, a solution that is expensive and has its own health risks . . .

Part of the problem is political. Under the 1993 Oslo accords, Israel agreed to supply a certain quantity of water to Gaza.

But the population in Gaza has grown significantly, and the Israeli-Palestinian Joint Water Committee has not met in years. Israeli officials say the Palestinians are not interested in meeting, while Palestinian officials say they will not approve more water for Jewish communities inside the West Bank, which already receive large allocations.

Israel and the Palestinians
• Politically motivated arson? Is Haaretz suggesting that Naftali Bennett, Isaac Herzog or Yair Lapid are playing with matches?


I don’t believe journalist Michelle Chabin was specifically responding to that headline, but draw your own conclusions.

• YNet reports that “Israel is burning” quickly became a trending hashtag on rejoicing Arab social media. Mark Halawa called out one popular Arab singer for an especially disgusting tweet.

• IDF Maj. Gen. Yoav Mordechai went on Facebook to answer live questions from Palestinians. How did it go?

• Reuters previews what’s in store at the upcoming Fatah party congress. It’s believed that a successor for Mahmoud Abbas will be chosen at next week’s party powwow.

• Israelis and Palestinians are scrambling to learn more about Donald Trump’s son-in-law, Jared Kushner, after the President-elect mentioned his name for an undefined role in Mideast peace efforts. The New York Times looks at what’s known about Kushner’s ties to Israel.

• In France, a fundraiser for pets ended up unleashing rabid anti-Semitism.

Maj. Dan Josephberg

• Worth reading: Netanya firefighter Maj. Dan Josephberg describes the call of duty over the last difficult days.
But being a firefighter, more than anything, is knowing that people’s lives depend only on you, that there is no one else who will do the job.

My firefighter friends have spent the last three days at a wide range of fires and other incidents. We fought to save lives. We fought to save property, and we are still fighting to save the nature and beauty of the land of Israel. For three days in a row, with almost no rest, we have been going from fire to fire, answering every call, even when we are tired, even when we have already finished our shifts, even when it seems near impossible to stop the fire due to strong winds. We do not give up. And despite the force and the danger of the fire, we win battle after battle, because we know that our loss would mean lives cut short and property burned.
• Here’s what else I’m reading today . . .

– Herb Keinon: Unwittingly pushing anti-settlement moves at UN
– Nadav Eyal: As US Jews suffer, silence falls on Jerusalem
– Miriam Elman: Anti-Israel boycott prevents peace, assaults Jewish identity
– Gregg Roman: The myth of Israel’s demographic doomsday
– Asaf Romirowsky and Alexander Joffe: The UN’s Palestinian refugee industry
– Efraim Inbar: Australia and Israel: Good guys should stick together
– Ira Rifkin: Getting upset while doing errands and listening to NPR stories about Israel

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Swedish Editor Apologizes for Anti-Semitic Cartoon
Israel Daily News Stream2 hours ago
1. The Local picks up on a spat in which the editor in chief of one of Sweden’s most widely read papers apologized for his paper publishing an anti-Semitic cartoon. The image, by Dagens Nyheter cartoonist Magnus Bard, depicted Donald Trump and Benjamin Netanyahu in a litter carried by Orthodox Jews, Zionists wearing Israeli flags, and hooded Ku Klux Klansmen as Netanyahu exclaims, “Finally.”

When Swedish writer Weidmo Uvell demanded an explanation, the DN tweeted back, “Netanyahu has celebrated Trump’s victory despite Trump’s rhetoric and the enthusiastic support he has received in the USA from the white power movement”.

Israeli Ambassador Isaac Bachman denounced the cartoon, and later in the day, the DN’s editor in chief, Peter Wolodarsky tweeted an apology. The cartoon was apparently removed from Bard’s page at the DN.

2. CNN apologized for a banner questioning ‘if Jews are people’ that appeared during a broadcast of The Lead With Jake Tapper. Tapper, who was on vacation, tweeted his anger with the banner.

3. Firefighters battled brushfires exacerbated by dry weather and windy conditions around the country. The biggest fire, near Zichron Yaakov, forced the evacuation of 3,000 people from their homes. See Israel HaYom, YNet, Times of Israel and Haaretz coverage.

The fires were spread out to places including Neve Shalom and Nataf (both near Jerusalem), Nahariya (along the northern coast), Kfar Vradim (Galilee), Hadera (south of Haifa), the Yoav Regional Council (between Bet Shemesh and Kiryat Gat), Rosh Tzurim (in Gush Etziyon, south of Jerusalem) the West Bank settlement of Dolev, and other locations.

“When you have simultaneous fires raging you can’t rule out the possibility of arson. All leads are being pursued, but our first priority is to extinguish the fire. The extreme weather is making it difficult, and we are preparing for an intense couple of days,” he said.
Fire fighters try to extinguish a forest fire near Zichron Yaakov on November 22, 2016. Photo by Meir Vaaknin /Flash90

Israel and the Palestinians
• In a wide-ranging interview with the New York Times Donald Trump said could see his son-in-law, Jared Kushner, taking a stab at brokering an Israeli-Palestinian peace deal. (See Benjamin Mullin and Margaret Sullivan for the interview’s fascinating backstory.)

• Before leaving India, President Reuven Rivlin made time for a Q+A with columnist Sandeep Dikshit.

• As the eastern Mediterranean heats up with the presence of a Russian aircraft carrier, a British warship docked in Haifa following exercises with the Israeli Navy. AP notes:

Both countries described the visit by the HMS Bulwark as routine and a reflection of deepening security ties between the two nations. It is the first British warship to dock in Haifa since 2009.
• Hamas denounced an “apartheid wall” Lebanon is building around the Ain al-Hilweh Palestinian refugee camp. What’s more, it turns out the wall’s being built with Palestinian consent.

According to Lebanese media, the wall is being constructed as part of a deal between Palestinian factions and Lebanese authorities in order to enforce calmness after recent confrontations between Palestinians in the camp and the Lebanese army.
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Gov. Nikki Haley

• Charleston’s Post & Courier and the Washington Post report that President-elect Donald Trump selected South Carolina Governor Nikki Haley to serve as US ambassador to the UN.

Last year, Gov. Haley was the first governor to sign anti-BDS legislation into law.

• Revealed: New York student “suffering from nightmares” after 3rd grade anti-Israel event

• A Palestinian BDS group in the US is “rebranding” itself. The ‘US Campaign to End the Israeli Occupation’ can call itself the more pleasant-sounding ‘US Campaign for Palestinian Rights,’ but nothing’s really going to change. The organization’s leadership wants to destroy Israel more than it wants to do anything for the Palestinians. More at the Jerusalem Post.

“Any action that puts Israel in a normal light goes against everything the BDS movement is going for,” he said at the time.
Pinkwashing Israel• Hmmmm. An Italian gay advocacy group denounced BDS and pinkwashing. According to the Jerusalem Post, “The organization became the first European LGBTI group to denounce the practice.”

The resolution praised Israeli LGBTI activism for its “advancement of human rights” while condemning the pinkwashing movement for “silencing voices” who attempt to reveal the Arab world using a “social and political dialogue on LGBTI issues to pursue a hostile agenda to the Jewish state.”
• When Brussels Airport authorities wanted to boost security measures, they sought out the best in the business for tips and inspiration: their counterparts at Ben Gurion Airport. More at Reuters.

Jambon said he was impressed especially by how some of the measures were non-intrusive for passengers. “There, security measures are present but not visible all the time,” he said.

This month, the temporary tents outside Brussels airport that were used for passenger checks in the wake of the bomb attacks were removed and now police officers newly trained in behavioral detection stand guard at entranceways, looking for signs of suspicious conduct among arriving travelers.

“This is not profiling on the basis of age, skin color or gender, it’s about detecting behavior,” Jambon said at the ACI Europe airport security conference in Brussels.
Brussels Airport

• New York City sees surge of swastika vandalism since the election.

• Miniature model of Jerusalem to become a permanent tourist attraction in New York City‘s Times Square.

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

– David Gerstman: Did Obama’s “daylight” with Israel bring peace?
– Rami Simani: A letter to the Palestinian friends – I don’t have
– Dr. Reuven Berko: Abbas won’t hand over the wheel to a successor
– Khaled Abu Toameh: Iran, Hamas and the dance of death
– Salim Mansur: The atrocious scandal of the UNESCO Vote on Jerusalem

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Back Channel Contact Between Hamas and International Criminal Court?
Israel Daily News Stream7 hours ago
*** Breaking news *** After this roundup was published, YNet reported that the Israeli Navy intercepted a Palestinian smuggling boat en route to Gaza. After the Navy opened fire, the vessel was destroyed by secondary explosions caused by weapons on board. Developing . . .

1. Is the International Criminal Court maintaining back-channel contact with Hamas? And if so, why?

2. Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan popped a gasket on Israeli TV, accusing Israel of ‘barbarism.’ The interview was scheduled to coincide with Ankara and Jerusalem re-normalizing ties.

“I don’t agree with what Hitler did and I also don’t agree with what Israel did in Gaza. Therefore there’s no place for comparison in order to say what’s more barbaric,” Erdogan said when reminded of his 2014 comments.

The Turkish president dismissed categorizing Hamas as a terrorist organization, calling it a legitimate political party, and a “refugee movement born out nationalism” that must be part of any future peace deal. He called for Palestinian elections, saying Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas’s ruling Fatah party has been ineffective. He placed the onus for the failure of Israeli-Palestinian peace talks squarely on Israel, saying he would be willing to broker talks, but that Israel has refused such overtures.
Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan

3. “Switzerland’s Jews need to fund their own security costs even though doing so is really the government’s responsibility, a Swiss government agency said in a report on anti-Semitism.”

4. What Would It Take to Spark Media Introspection Over Mideast Coverage? The news industry’s post-Trump soul-searching is a welcome development, but for Israel, expect more of the same. Here’s why.


Israel and the Palestinians
• AP previews the upcoming long-overdue Fatah party congress. The political feud between Mahmoud Abbas and Mohammed Dahlan is fueling rising West Bank unrest. Call it an intrafada?

While the internal elections are being held to revive the flagging appeal of Fatah and the PLO, organizations seen as stale and ossified, the upcoming convention is whipping up the tensions that have sparked waves of internecine violence around the West Bank. Clashes have spread to Jenin, another city in the northern West Bank, and to the Amari refugee camp near Ramallah.

“The fighting in the streets is a sign of the fighting within the movement, and it’s a small scenario of what will happen if the succession battle takes place,” said Jihad Harb, a Palestinian analyst.
• Breaking with longstanding military doctrine, the IDF is drawing up plans to evacuate 78,000 people from northern communities in the event of a war with Hezbollah. Haaretz explains:

It relates to the communities in the range of up to four kilometers from the border with Lebanon, more or less congruent with the range of the heavy Burqan rockets, and to a number of additional locales that are considered relatively vulnerable. The plan covers about 50 communities, home to about 78,000 people. Twenty-two of the locales are within only one kilometer of the border . . .

A senior officer in Northern Command told Haaretz that evacuating the locales “could knock the ground out from under Hezbollah’s moves. Even if a Radwan unit manages to penetrate into a community, it will find the place empty of inhabitants and will have to deal with IDF fighters.

• A Palestinian trying to stab a guard at the Qalandiya crossing north of Jerusalem was shot and killed this monring.

• The Washington Post visited Amona, the illegally built settlement at the heart of the latest political storm.

• IDF general to engage Palestinians’ questions on Facebook

• Israeli President wrapped up his India tour with a visit to Mumbai, where he met with survivors of the 2008 terror attack and declared that Israel and India “stand shoulder to shoulder” in fighting terror.

• Worth reading: Assistant Professor Nikki Usher‘s critiques the media’s shallow election campaign infographics and interactive features. Same principles apply to our criticisms of the MSM’s infographics and interactive content during the 2014 Gaza war.

Visualizing data as if it represents certainty is a serious problem. People consume information more quickly and effectively if it is visualized, but poor presentation and lack of context can lead to misinformation . . .

You’re going to see more and more of this. It’s addicting to users, perfect for Internet news consumption and beneficial to news organizations’ bottom lines. But it can also be dangerously unrepresentative of the actual complexity of the world around us.

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

– Ruthie Blum: Why Abbas does not emulate Sadat
– Avi Issacharoff: Palestinian leadership may choose Abbas’s successor, and tear itself apart
– Elliott Abrams: Fatah fades away
– Smadar Perry: Half a Turkish delight
– Max Singer: Moving the US embassy to Jerusalem: Trump’s opportunity
– Gershom Gorenberg: Israel should be very worried about President Trump
– Andrew Bolt: The Jews’ wall is, of course, always worse
– Eran Lerman: How Israel works to keep old friends while reaching out to new ones

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Arab League Pressing Abbas for Successor
Israel Daily News Stream5 hours ago
1. Mahmoud Abbas is resisting significant pressure from the Arab League to appoint a successor. MEMRI picked up on Egyptian press reports.

On November 16, the independent Egyptian Islamic daily Al-Misriyyoun published a lengthy report on this matter, according to which Abu Al-Gheit presented ‘Abbas with the names of three possible successors: former PA foreign minister and Arafat nephew Nasser Al-Qidwa; senior Fatah member Marwan Al-Barghouti, who is serving five life sentences in Israel for orchestrating terrorist attacks during the second intifada; and Dahlan. The newspaper explained that the Arab countries, and particularly Egypt, were so insistent on lining up a successor to ‘Abbas because if ‘Abbas left the political scene without naming one, the post of PA president could go to PLC Speaker and Hamas official ‘Aziz Dweik, giving Hamas a foothold in the PA leadership.

2. French prosecutors are looking for legal avenues to change the name of a baby whose parents named their son after the terrorist responsible for the massacre at a Jewish school in Toulouse in 2012. The baby’s first name was registered as Mohammed Nizar Merah.

Estrosi said he would contest the registration of the baby’s name on several grounds, including regulations that prohibit names that are deemed “detrimental to the interests of the infant.” But the mayor also wrote that he would also fight the registration on grounds that [it] encourages violence and terrorism.
Rabbi Yonatan Sandler, his sons Gabriel and Aryeh, and Miriam Monsonego, killed by Mohammed Nizar Merah in the 2012 Toulouse massacre.

3. Foreign diplomats in Chile are rallying around the wife of Israel’s ambassador after she was snubbed from an annual charity event because it’s being held at a Palestinian venue this year. YNet explains:

“If we had been invited, we would’ve been happy to attend,” Michal Hayat told the organization’s head. “You are politicizing both the organization and the event, which is meant to raise money for the needy in Chile.”
The heads of the Chile Diplomatic Spouses Club did apologize, but stressed that it was too late to change the situation and that the event will go ahead as planned—without the Israeli ambassador’s wife.
The organization added that some of the other diplomatic spouses canceled their participation in the event because of Hayat’s exclusion.

4. The New Statesman’s Palestine Solidarity Campaign: Why is the British magazine literally rehashing Palestinian propaganda?

Israel and the Palestinians
• Trump’s election spurs plans for a Jerusalem building spree over the Green Line, say Israeli media reports.

Some 1,400 new apartments in the capital’s Ramat Shlomo neighborhood would be approved by the Jerusalem Municipality Planning and Construction Committee later in the day, city officials told Channel 2, hailing Trump’s victory as an opportunity to expand Jewish building in the eastern part of Jerusalem unhindered.
• French officials denied a recent report quoting President Francois Hollande saying Donald Trump’s election would deep-six an upcoming Paris peace conference. PLO officials insist the confab will take place by the end of 2016 “whether the Israeli government consents or not.”

• It’s only an outrage if Israel does this:

Lebanon begins building ‘security wall’ around Palestinian refugee camp

Around the World
• President-elect Donald Trump builds his cabinet and White House staff and there’s plenty of chatter about the appointees and their views on Israel and the Jews. Here’s a roundup of what they’re saying about Gen. Michael Flynn (National Security Advisor) and Rep. Mike Pompeo (CIA director).

• Swastikas, ‘Go Trump’ graffiti deface Brooklyn children’s playground.

• While visiting Tel Aviv with a delegation of city councillors, businessmen and educators, the mayors of Toronto and Montreal say “Canada is open for business.” They’re especially interested in Israeli advances in cybersecurity, life sciences, and transportation. Toronto Mayor John Tory told The Media Line:

“It is amazing the kind of innovation they have achieved here,” he said. “I have seen many ideas that we can use in our own cities, on how to run our city smarter and better.”

• The Jewish Agency notes a spike in aliya from Brazil.

• Portuguese eatery trashed during chef’s visit to Israeli food festival. BDS “activists” believed responsible.

• Why are Hezbollah militias involved in Peru’s violence?

• Although the Michigan U. student government recently voted down a BDS motion, pro-Palestinian students who supported the measure are sticking to a very strict policy of “non-normalization,” rejecting any and all overtures for dialogue, even refusing to shake hands with pro-Israel students.

“Central Student Government (CSG) has called on us to initiate cooperation and reach out to the other side,” she said. “But how can we follow up on a promise of dialogue and bettering the campus climate if they refuse to speak with us directly, and even call our attempts at communication disingenuous?”
• Satire alert (part 1):

Breitbart Traffic Down As Readers Now Getting Bulk Of News Analysis From Graffiti Scrawled Across Neighborhood

• Satire alert (part 2):

Turkey Begins Releasing Jailed ISIS Members to Make Room for Journalists

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

– Kanchan Gupta: How Israel surprised the world
– Nadav Shragai: The muezzin of Rachel’s Tomb
– Aliza Lavie, Dov Lipman: A message to Diaspora Jews
– Moshe Kantor: UNESCO has been used as a weapon to wage a cultural war
– Lior Akerman: Is the Palestinian Authority on its last legs?
– Elliott Abrams: Israel’s population bomb is disappearing
– Barbara Kay: Only Palestinians inherit “refugee” status
– Ziva Dahl: West accepts Palestinian kleptocracy, people suffer consequences
– Amos Harel: Israeli army digging in against possible Hezbollah incursion
– Sheree Roth: Were the Arabs indigenous to Mandatory Palestine?
– Lesley Klaff: Why all Labour members need to read parliament’s anti-Semitism report
– Yves Mamou: Council of Europe recommends British press NOT report when terrorists are Muslims
– Washington Post (staff-ed): Israel’s emboldened radical right wing pushes the boundaries in the West Bank
– Los Angeles Times (staff-ed): Israel’s ‘muezzin law’ would muffle the call to prayer

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New Congressional Bill Penalizes Compliance With BDS
Israel Daily News Stream8 hours ago
1. New Congressional legislation in the Capitol Hill pipeline would extend criminal penalties to compliance with BDS and settlement boycotts.

The House bill amends language in bills passed in the 1970s to combat the Arab League boycott of Israel to encompass the modern Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions movement – and to include efforts that would boycott settlement goods.
Whereas the original anti-boycott laws targeted companies cooperating with boycotts that were launched before Israel’s establishment as a means of squeezing its Jews, and then as a means of isolating the new Jewish state, the new bill appears to extend the definition to those who would use boycotts to pressure Israel into giving up territory.

2. French president Francois Hollande acknowledged Donald Trump will likely sink chances for Paris peace conference.

3. A new International Criminal Court report takes Palestinians’ side “despite Israeli optimism.” According to the Jerusalem Post, we’re talking about two big questions. Regarding accusations of IDF war crimes during the 2014 Operation Protective Edge, does Israel “occupy” Gaza? And regarding whether settlement activity is also an international crime, what exactly is the status of Jerusalem?

Though the document had many similarities with the 2015 report, it notably went out of its way to confirm that ICC Prosecutor Fatou Bensouda views Gaza as legally still “occupied” by Israel for the purposes of her review of the 2014 Gaza war.
That determination could have a massive impact on whether Bensouda takes Israel’s or the Palestinians’ side on borderline laws of war issues as it frames the Palestinians more as the victims. It also makes it more likely that she will view even war-related issues more from the perspective of human rights law than from that of the law of armed conflict . . . .
While it is unclear what impact her statement about Jerusalem’s status will have on the war crimes examinations, it may show her leaning toward viewing Israel’s settlement enterprise as illegal as much of the world does, and perhaps even as war crimes.
4. Trump, Israel and the Media’s Epic Fail: Journalists admit presidential campaign coverage wasn’t based on reality. But the underlying problems go beyond the elections.

Israel and the Palestinians
• No international conference can be complete without Palestinians trying to politicize the matter at hand. At world climate talks in Morocco, PA Prime Minister Rami Hamdallah claimed Israeli factories in the West Bank are polluting the environment and water supply, and called for an international investigation.

• Canada restored funding to the UNRWA, which oversees humanitarian relief for Palestinian refugees.

The United Nations Relief and Works Agency for Palestine Refugees, also known as UNRWA, lost federal funding in 2010 amid allegations it was tied too closely to Hamas, considered a terrorist organization by Canada and others.
• Obama mulling support of UN resolution against Israeli settlements.

• Per Herb Keinon, Donald Trump is concerned with the Israeli right’s enthusiasm with his election. Hmmmmm.

• According to YNet, Donald Trump donated money to help Israel absorb and resettle Jews evacuated from the Sinai and Gaza back in the 1980s and in 2005.

• Worth reading: The Wall St. Journal (click via Google News) takes a closer look at how Israel is financially aiding the cash-strapped Palestinian Authority. International aid to the PA is declining, Palestinian banks no longer loan money to the PA, and Washington’s own political transition now fuels even more uncertainty, which is why Israel is forced to step in:

Israeli authorities say the prospect of the Authority’s economic breakdown and even more tumult in Gaza is worse than the risk of indirectly sustaining Hamas, the Islamist military and political movement that has vowed for Israel’s destruction and fought Israel in three wars in the past eight years.
• Reuters: Hamas clamps down on Gaza’s ‘insecure’ Israeli SIM cards.

• President Reuven Rivlin’s visit to India continued with talk of an Israel-India free trade agreement. Rivlin also saw the Taj Mahal with his wife, Nechama.

Around the World
• Hezbollah denied recent comments by its number two man who said the terror group “had become an army” that “does not need to rely on guerrilla tactics.” Meanwhile, the Washington Post wonders how Hezbollah got US armored personnel carriers it flaunted in a recent military parade.

• A top Parisian chef is fighting back at BDS activists over his attendance at an upcoming Tel Aviv culinary festival. Chef Stephane Jego accuses his critics — some of whom have picketed outside his bistro — of dishonesty and discrimination.

Visiting Great Britain, MK Yair Lapid didn’t mince words about European anti-Semitism and UK Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn. The Express picked up on his full BBC Newsnight interview.

• The French embassy in Tunisia reinstated a worker accused of posting anti-Semitic messages on Facebook. Selim Dakhlaoui, a consulting agent for the embassy, insists his Facebook account was hacked.

Dakhlaoui was suspended for three days in August following the surfacing online of messages made over the past year under his name, including one reading “Hitler didn’t finish the job” in a discussion about Israel’s alleged involvement in Islamist terrorism.
• Turkish Jews are increasingly planning to emigrate, prompted by anti-Semitic government rhetoric and authoritarian post-coup measures, the JTA reports.

• FYI, analysis by BuzzFeed found viral fake election news outperformed real news on Facebook during the final three months of the US election. But Jack Shafer says don’t fret.

nytthumb• How typical of the New York Times. A staff-ed on Israeli settlements and the Trump election doesn’t give the full picture on a proposal put forward by Defense Minister Avigdor Liberman. He urges that Israel reach an understanding with the President-elect to freeze activity outside settlement blocs while allowing for building inside the settlement blocs. Feel free to agree or disagree with the trial balloon, but here’s what the Times wrote:

On Wednesday, Israel’s defense minister, Avigdor Lieberman, said that the government should strike a deal with the Trump administration to authorize expanded construction in the major West Bank settlements. Any move in that direction would be misguided and dangerous for the United States.
• Here’s what else I’m reading today . . .

– Ira Rifkin: It’s Trump’s turn to deal with Middle East. Let the guesswork begin in earnest
– Raphael Ahren: What would Trump have to do to bring the US embassy to Jerusalem? Nothing at all
– Julian Ku: President Trump could unilaterally recognize Jerusalem as Israel’s capital
– Denis MacShane: Will Brexit open door to new BDS campaigns?
– Eylon Aslan-Levy: Britain’s parliament debates Balfour Declaration, revealing divides over Israel
– Ephraim Asculai, Emily Landau: Repairing the Iran nuclear deal’s damage

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Oberlin Fires Professor Over Anti-Semitic Social Media Posts
Israel Daily News Stream9 hours ago
Today’s Top Stories
1. Oberlin College’s board of trustees fired Professor Joy Karega over a series of social media posts linking Israel and Islamic State, blaming the Mossad for the Charlie Hebdo and 9/11 attacks, and more.

The college initially affirmed Karega’s right to academic freedom when her inflammatory statements surfaced earlier this year, but placed her on leave in August, pending an investigation into her conduct. Beyond concerns about anti-Semitism, which fit into larger complaints about escalating anti-Jewish rhetoric on campus, Karega’s case has raised questions about whether academic freedom covers statements that have no basis in fact.
Oberlin’s Board of Trustees ultimately voted to dismiss Karega for “failing to meet the academic standards that Oberlin requires of its faculty and failing to demonstrate intellectual honesty,” the college said in a statement released late Tuesday.

2. The German organizers of a Kristallnacht memorial event tried to ban participants from marching with Israeli flags, even though other participants were allowed to wear Palestinian keffiyehs. More on the sordid story at the Jerusalem Post:

A teacher confronted Behrens and said the flag has nothing to do with the memory of dead Jews.
3. Marking a formal re-establishment of diplomatic ties, Israel appointed a new ambassador to Turkey. Eitan Na’eh is a career diplomat who has previously served in different capacities at Israeli missions in London, Azerbaijan and even Ankara. Na’eh’s appointment requires the formality of cabinet approval.

Ankara in turn, announced the appointment Turkey’s ambassador to Israel, Kemal Okem.

Israeli-Turkish ties unraveled in 2010 after the Mavi Marmara flotilla affair.



4. Jewish Ties to Eastern Jerusalem Didn’t Begin in 1967: The only reason eastern Jerusalem was “entirely Arab” when Israel reunified the city was because the Jordanians expelled the Jews from its jurisdiction.

5. The Globe & Mail Makes Up News: With no basis in fact, a Canadian newspaper invents and falsifies Benjamin Netanyahu’s positions, emotions and thoughts on Donald Trump’s election.
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Israel and the Palestinians
• Regarding the Knesset’s controversial “muezzin bill” that seeks to bar mosques from using loudspeakers to amplify Muslim calls to prayer, Orthodox parties are now blocking the legislation. The bill’s wording “could potentially put the kibosh on religious Jewish communities using a siren to announce the commencement of the Sabbath on Friday evening.” Times of Israel coverage.

• Israel okays Palestinian village master plan in Area C.

Ti’anik, population around 1,000, will be able to obtain building permits for existing houses and new ones, and avoid having to face Israeli demolitions for illegal construction.
Indian palm• Not many details, but Israel and India agreed to step up their counter-terror cooperation and defense ties. President Reuven Rivlin and his counterparts also signed agreements on agriculture and water resource management.

By the way, the Pakistani media is warily watching Rivlin’s trip:

India, Israel unite against Pakistan

Around the World
• A delegation of British Labour MPs — not including party chief Jeremy Corbyn — arrived in Israel for talks with their Israeli Labor counterparts, lay a wreath at Yad Vashem, meet with hi-tech entrepreneurs and visit the Palestinian Authority. As the British party became embroiled in a string of anti-Semitic controversies, Israeli party leader Isaac Herzog invited Corbyn to visit. More at The Guardian and Jewish Chronicle.

• The student government of Michigan U. shot down a non-binding resolution calling on the school to divest itself of businesses “profiting from the Israeli occupation of Palestine.”

• Just who is Walid Phares, Trump’s Mideast adviser?

• Reporters at Politico are spooked by a spike in anti-Semitic correspondence. It’s gotten to the point (per Erik Wemple) that the magazine’s top figures sent a memo to reassuring the staff about security. Wemple also noted an October Anti-Defamation League study (pdf) which found, among other things:

At least 800 journalists received anti-Semitic tweets with an estimated reach of 45 million impressions. The top 10 most targeted journalists (all of whom are Jewish) received 83 percent of these anti-Semitic tweets.
Politico has to reassure staff after another spate of anti-Semitic threats https://t.co/5oUhHiauwv @ErikWemple Sorry my prediction came true
— Jane Eisner (@Jane_Eisner) November 16, 2016
• A Montana synagogue requested extra police protection after American Nazi flyers denouncing Jews were distributed around the town of Missoula.

• The FBI reports a spike in anti-Semitic and anti-Muslim incidents.

• Anti-Semitic graffiti, including swastikas were found scrawled on the home of an Ottawa Jewish woman who hosts a prayer service, and on a van belonging to a Stamford Hill Jewish girls school.

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

– Elliott Abrams: Just how much should we boycott Israel?
– Khaled Abu Toameh: Palestinians: The message remains no and no
– Bas Belder, Elise Coolegem: EU-Israeli relations: A new year, a new era?
– Amos Yadlin: A window of opportunity for Israel-US relations
– Giora Eiland: Trump era must not be wasted on ‘two-state’ solution
– Clifford May: Islam, UNESCO and the war against history
– Ottawa Citizen: No place for anti-semitism in Ottawa

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Why Is Hezbollah Parading US Military Equipment?
Israel Daily News Stream4 hours ago
Today’s Top Stories
1. Not good: Hezbollah paraded American military equipment in a Syria.

Significantly, the parade also featured American-manufactured M113 armored personnel carriers (APCs), of the type provided by the United States to the Lebanese army (LAF), prompting concerns among security analysts that Hezbollah may potentially have procured them from the LAF, which continues to receive American military aid.
2. UN peacekeeping forces returned to the Syrian side of the Golan Heights for the first time in two years.
The United Nations Disengagement Observer Force (UNDOF) was forced to evacuate its positions when fighting between the Syrian army and Islamists became too hot in 2014. The Al-Qaida-allied Nusra Front captured 45 Fijian monitors while the IDF rescued the Irish contingent from a similar fate.
3. Israel’s Antiquities Authority is launching a three-year search for more Dead Sea scrolls. Archaeologists are already surveying hundreds of caves in the Judean Desert. The Associated Press got the scoop ahead of the official announcement. And yes, expect Palestinian objections.

In a move that is bound to stir controversy, the researchers may also excavate Dead Sea-area caves in the West Bank, Ganor said. Israel captured the West Bank in the 1967 Mideast War, and the Palestinians want the territory to establish an independent state . . . .
According to Ganor, archaeologists also hope to find other antiquities dating back to as early as 5,000 years ago, as well as from the 1st-century Jewish-Roman war and the 2nd-century Bar Kochba revolt, when Jewish fighters battling the Roman army sought refuge in the desert.
Israel and the Palestinians
• President Reuven Rivlin’s state visit to India continued. He met with Prime Minister Narendra Modi, wrote an op-ed in the Economic Times.

For a sense of what the Indian media’s saying, columnists Swaran Singh and Jayanth Jacob weighed in.
• Worth reading: French journalist Yves Mamou unpacks AFP’s “war” on Israel.
• Despite the wave of Palestinian stabbings, shootings and car-ramming attacks, Israeli police calculated that terror in Jerusalem actually declined 40 percent in 2016 from the previous year.
• You can do that?
Abbas cuts salaries to dozens backing rival Dahlan
According to those close to the Palestinian president, he intends to continue to work against his rival and will ultimately block the salaries of almost 500 Dahlan allies.
• Worth reading: The Washington Post takes a closer look at the advancing Knesset legislation which would retroactively legalize unauthorized settlement outposts and the legal and political minefield the bill is creating.

bdsii• It faces more legislative hurdles, but Knesset lawmakers advanced a bill barring Boycott Divestment and Sanctions activists from entering Israel.
The proposed legislation would allow Israeli authorities to bar individuals or representatives of NGO’s calling for a boycott on Israel from entering the country, and would apply to all non-Israeli citizens or permanent residents.
• As ISIS stirs up the Sinai, Israel’s keeping the Route 10 border road empty. The IDF doesn’t have the resources to keep the 113-mile-long road safe from Sinai jihadists. More at the Washington Post.

• If calls to prayer by Israeli Arab muezzin are audible in Australia, the problem’s much worse than we thought. Either that, or some EuroNews copy editor is about to get a nastygram about this bizarre slip-up.
• Jewish students at Texas U. cancel lecture by author Caroline Glick for fear of ‘alienating’ anti-Zionists on campus.
• National Public Radio caught up with Efraim Halevy to pick the ex-Mossad chief’s brains about what Donald Trump’s election means for Israel.

• Here’s what else I’m reading today . . .
– Bethany Mandel: Only because of Trump did the media suddenly care about anti-Semitism
– David Collier: The science of hating Zionists, why most anti-Zionism is antisemitic
– Brig.-Gen. (res.) Yossi Kuperwasser: West must insist Palestinians change their narrative
– Mordechai Ben-Dat: The West must stop enabling Palestinian lies and hate
– Robert Satloff: Everyone loves Israel — until they don’t

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Palestinian Anger as Contentious Knesset Bills Advance
Israel Daily News Stream6 hours ago
Today’s Top Stories
1. More legislative hurdles remain before anything becomes law, but Knesset committees advanced two controversial bills.

One would retroactively legalize settlement outposts built on private Palestinian land. A ministerial committee unanimously gave the legislation a thumbs up despite objections from the Prime Minister and Attorney General, who argue that the bill is legally indefensible and politically unwise. The bill is an attempt to bypass a 2014 Supreme Court decision ordering the government to dismantle Amona, an unauthorized settlement outpost, by December 25. This afternoon, the High Court rejected a state petition to delay the evacuation.

The second, known as the “muezzin bill” would ban mosques from using sound systems to amplify calls to prayer, with the legislation’s supporters calling the excessive noise a public nuisance.

The PA threatened to go to the UN if either bill becomes law.

A minaret rises above the Tomb of Lazarus in Bethany (al-Eizariya)

2. Egypt’s easing its blockade of Gaza, reports the Times of Israel:

In the past month, Egypt has allowed the Rafah border crossing to remain open longer than usual, and permitted a larger number of Gaza’s residents to cross the border. Now it is considering a series of economic initiatives to improve the economic situation in both Hamas-run Gaza and in the adjacent Sinai peninsula. Over the past two weeks, a delegation of economists from Gaza traveled to Egypt to discuss these projects.
Most dramatically, Cairo is reportedly considering establishing a free trade zone in the city of Rafah, which straddles the Sinai-Gaza border, that would allow Gazan traders to purchase goods directly from the Egyptian side of the city.

3. The leader of the Arab Joint List party, MK Ayman Odeh, was interviewed by the Hezbollah-affiliated news channel, Al Mayadeen. Odeh shared his thoughts on the Mideast conflict, Donald Trump, as well as comparisons between Shimon Peres and Yasser Arafat. It’s illegal for Israelis to be in contact with foreign terror organizations like Hezbollah.

Israel and the Palestinians
• According to the Times of Israel, Hamas recently appointed Imad al Alami, a “shadowy” figure with close ties to Iran and Syria, to run the Gaza Strip. Gaza’s outgoing strongman, Ismail Haniyeh, is preparing to replace the retiring Khaled Mashaal as the terror organization’s supreme leader.

[Alami] lived for some time in Tehran, then moved to Damascus in 2008. He returned to Gaza after being the last Hamas leader to leave the Syrian capital;
Red Fort
New Delhi’s Red Fort

• Shortly after arriving in India for a state visit, President Reuven Rivlin discussed Israel-India ties, fighting terror, the peace process, and more with Press Trust India, the nation’s largest news service.
Meanwhile, DNA India elaborates on how the visit will strengthen academic ties while columnist Moinuddin Ahmad weighs in on “why India can’t hide its love for Israel anymore.”

• Syrian refugees regret move to Gaza. No kidding. What were they thinking?

About two dozen Syrian families also chose to migrate to Gaza after initially fleeing to Egypt. As the situation in Egypt deteriorated, they entered neighboring Gaza through smuggling tunnels. Some managed to leave before the Egyptian army shut most of the tunnels in 2013. But half still remain . . .
While UNRWA serves Palestinian refugees, the main international body assisting displaced Syrians is the U.N. refugee agency, which has no offices in Gaza. The Palestinian territories also have no official Syrian diplomatic mission, so the families can’t renew passports or register their newborns. And because they entered Gaza illegally through the tunnels, they have no way of exiting. With no legal status, work or aid, the Syrians can do little but wait for a miracle to leave.
• The World Health Organization ranked the IDF’s emergency medical team as ‘number one in the world.’

In 2013, the United Nation’s WHO created a set of criteria to classify foreign medical teams in sudden onset disasters, on a scale from one to three. Israel is now the only country to receive the top mark.
IDF field hospital
Israeli medics wrapping a baby born in the IDF field hospital after a massive earthquake decimated Nepal in 2015

• Iran exporting missile technology to Israel’s enemies.

• A Wall St. Journal staff-ed (click via Google News) calls on Congress and President-elect Trump to approve the Taylor Force Act. The act would condition US aid to the Palestinians on the PA ending its stipends to terrorists and their families.

The truth is these payments are blood-soaked gifts from a Palestinian leadership still devoted more to destroying Israel than to building a Palestinian state. This has always been the chief impediment to peace. Mr. Obama is unlikely to act in his final days, but the Trump Administration and new Congress could send a powerful message by passing the Taylor Force Act.
The act is named after Taylor Force, A 28-year-old US army veteran and Vanderbilt U. graduate student killed in a Palestinian stabbing rampage in Jaffa this past March.

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

– Barak Ravid: Bill legalizing settlements will push Obama to the Security Council
– Tovah Lazaroff: Settlements bill puts Israel on collision course with Obama, UNSC
– Zalman Shoval: A diplomatic opportunity
– Jonathan Tobin: What Israel dsoesn’t need from Trump
– Benjamin Weinthal: What to do about Europe’s listless pursuit of Hezbollah terrorists?
– Douglas Murray: The party of left-wing anti-Semitism

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PLO Envoy Threatens Trump Over Moving US Embassy
Israel Daily News Stream3 hours ago
Today’s Top Stories
1. Haaretz: The Palestinian ambassador to the US, Riyad Mansour, vowed the Palestinians “would ‘make life miserable’ for the United States” if Donald Trump moves the US embassy in Israel from Tel Aviv to Jerusalem.

2. Aides to President-elect Donald Trump reportedly warned outgoing President Barack Obama against 11th hour ‘new adventures’ on Palestinian issue or other major foreign policy moves. The Times of Israel picked up on Politico‘s scoop.

Trump, for one, has made it very clear he will support Israel and its preferences. A post-election statement by Trump’s advisers on Israel said, “A two-state solution between Israel and the Palestinians appears impossible as long as the Palestinians are unwilling to renounce violence against Israel or recognize Israel’s right to exist as a Jewish state.”
3. Russian Prime Minister Dmitry Medvedev visited Israel to push for direct Israeli-Palestinian talks hosted in Moscow. Medvedev also signed agreements on agriculture, customs, high-tech and more. His visit kicked off with a politically incorrect visit to the Western Wall.

4. Why US Election Coverage Is a Wake Up Call for Israel’s Supporters: What to make of the media’s post-election mea-culpas?

5. False Claims of Biblical Proportions: Do Jews really want to pray inside the Al Aqsa Mosque?

6. Vote for the Dishonest Reporter of 2016: Our annual recognition of the year’s most skewed and biased coverage of Israel and the Mideast conflict. Make your voice heard and we’ll announce the ignoble winners by the end of the year.


Israel and the Palestinians
• Iranian general: We set up missile factory in Syria to supply Hezbollah during the 2006 war.

During the 34 days of fighting, Hezbollah launched over 4,000 rockets at Israel, an average of over 100 a day.
Israel believes that Hezbollah currently has as many as 100,000 rockets pointed at Israel, in violation of the UN resolution that ended to 2006 conflict.
• Hundreds protested and burned an Israeli flag at UN climate talks in Morocco. They were demonstrating against an Israeli flag flying alongside 195 others outside the Marrakech venue.

• Jerusalem Post: Hamas considers Moroccan journalists’ visit to Israel a ‘crime.’

Around the World
• For the second time since February, Iran has exceeded the limits of allowed heavy water, according to a UN report.

• German police are investigating a neo-Nazi group which published on Facebook the addresses of Berlin Jewish institutions on the anniversary of Kristallnacht.

• Visiting the University of Maryland during her US tour.
Yityish Aynaw, the first black Miss Israel shared her story of immigrating from Ethiopia, becoming an IDF commander, and then her country’s beauty queen.

(Related reading: The Hypocrisy of a Black Miss Israel)

Former Miss Israel Yityish Aynaw

• ‘Anxious’ Jewish students at U. of New Mexico are ‘intimidated’ into keeping a low profile on campus.

• Cyprus unveiled a memorial to the detention camps where Britain interred Holocaust survivors trying to reach Mandatory Palestine 70 years ago.

• Israel and Donald Trump are on my mind this weekend.

– Pinhas Inbari: Trump’s election upsets PA’s diplomatic campaign against Israel
– Barak Ravid: For Netanyahu, Donald Trump’s victory is a trip into the unknown
– Herb Keinon: Trump and Israel, now what?
– Raphael Ahren: Trump and Netanyahu — a match made in heaven?
– Aaron David Miller: Beyond the Trump-Netanyahu honeymoon (click via Google News)
– Eli Lake: Making the Iran nuclear deal great again
– Amos Harel: Impossible to second-guess Trump on Israel, Russia and Iran
– Avi Issacharoff: Arabs surprisingly pleased with Trump win
– Prof. Eyal Zisser: Trump’s Arab world challenge
– Shmuel Rosner: How Donald Trump will divide American and Israeli Jews

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

– Henry: Kissinger: To prevent regional explosion, US must thwart Iranian expansionism
– Eran Lerman: Peace can’t be forced on Israel, or the Palestinians, from the outside
– MP John Howell: Celebrating 100 years of the Balfour Declaration

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Trump Victory Stuns Mideast
Israel Daily News Stream3 hours ago
Today’s Top Stories
1. Stunning the world, Donald Trump was elected president of the United States. In the aftermath, the world began pondering the ramifications while internationals leaders, including Israeli officials, congratulated Trump. Regional reactions weren’t long in coming:

– Abbas congratulates Trump, urges him to pursue peace deal
– Hamas urges Trump to re-evaluate US policy that ‘favors Israel’
– Iran urges Donald Trump to honor terms of nuclear deal
– Turkey urges Trump to extradite Gulen

Donald Trump
Donald Trump’s victory speech

2. Yesterday at Turtle Bay, the UN General Assembly passed 10 (!?) resolutions bashing Israel yesterday. UN Watch linked to each of the resolutions, with Hillel Neuer commenting:

“While there will be a total of 20 resolutions against Israel this session, not a single U.N. General Assembly resolution is planned today for gross human rights abusers such as Saudi Arabia, Turkey, Venezuela, China, or Cuba.”

3. In historic first, a senior British royal is said to be planning official trip to Israel, the Times of Israel reports. The British embassy would neither confirm nor deny the report.

While the visit would coincide with the 100th anniversary of the Balfour Declaration, issued by foreign secretary Lord Arthur Balfour in 1917, it is unclear whether the trip would officially mark the document’s centenary. Instead, the visit may be formally billed as a commemoration of the 100th anniversary of the Battle of Jerusalem in which General Allenby lead the British Army to a victory over the Ottomon Empire.
British royal family
British royal family, 2012


4. SUCCESS: HR Gets Leaky Water Story Fixed: Following correspondence with HR, the Thomson Reuters Foundation admitted to several factual errors and amended its story.

5. How a Conflict-Driven Israel Dialogue Warps ‘Israelity’ and How Wild and Wacky Odd News Stories about Israel Can Balance the Picture: In a special guest post, journalist Daniella Ashkenazy asks when was the last time you LAUGHED about Israel?

Israel and the Palestinians
• Reporters got a sneak peek look at the new Yasser Arafat museum in Ramallah. While the Washington Post gave a full picture of the former Palestinian leader’s life, you wouldn’t know from The Guardian that Arafat was tied to terror, accused of skimming Palestinian money for himself and masterminded the Second Intifada. (For the record, the latter charge was confirmed by Arafat’s wife.)

• Wow. The BBC did a nice story about Israeli Arabs who serve in the IDF.


• A Palestinian trying to stab a soldier was shot this morning. The attack took place in Huwara, a Palestinian village near Nablus.

• A mortar shell presumed to be stray fire from Syria landed in the Israeli Golan this morning causing no injuries or damage. YNet coverage.

• Israeli logo may appear on Liverpool soccer kits.

• The Mideast isn’t waiting for Washington’s transition of power:

• The Israeli embassy in Britain is furious after an anti-Semitic hate speaker ranted for an hour to students at one of London’s top universities about the evils of Israel. The Daily Mail describes the scene at London University’s School of Oriental and African Studies (SOAS). David Collier was also on hand.

Thomas Suarez described the creation of Israel as a ‘racist’, ‘fascist’ endeavour, and linked the ‘cult’ of Zionism to the Nazis.
• Is the Paris peace initiative the first casualty of the Trump presidency?

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

– David Brinn: Why Israelis care so much about this US presidential election
– Judith Miller: US elections: Netanyahu’s fears and wise judgment
– Jonathan Tobin: Obama: The hope of the Palestinians
– Barbara Opall-Rome: Russian influence on Hezbollah raises red flag in Israel
– Ephraim Sneh: What recent Houthi moves in Red Sea mean for Israel
– Ariel Bolstein: The ICC sham was exposed again


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http://honestreporting.com/idns-11082016-american-elections/Americans Vote as World Awaits Outcome
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Today’s Top Stories
1. Americans began voting today to choose the next US president. I’m not a fan of staying up all night waiting for election results, but if that’s your plan, the Columbia Journalism Review offers a useful guide of what to expect and when. And Politico lays out the game plans for the major news outlets so you can follow your favorite media personalities.

And in a notable break with tradition, Slate and Vice News are partnering up with Votecastr to offer real-time projections in each state throughout the day. The controversy in a nutshell is that till now, news services concerned about influencing the outcome refrained from making projections till all the polls closed.


2. Albanian authorities foiled an ISIS terror attack against the Israeli national soccer team during an upcoming game against Albania. Because of security concerns, the Saturday match is being moved to a different stadium. Jerusalem Post coverage.

3. Israel successfully blocked a Palestinian bid to join Interpol. According to the Times of Israel:

The Palestinians wanted their request to join Interpol to come to a vote during the organization’s annual general assembly, which is taking place this week in Bali, but Jerusalem worked behind the scenes to prevent the vote . . .
Israel fears that sensitive information could be leaked to terrorists if the Palestinians join the organization, an official in Jerusalem said last week, without giving further details.

Israel and the Palestinians
• Israel is warning of a looming West Bank water crisis as the Palestinians “refuse to sit with the Israelis to talk about a long term water management program.”

• The Palestinian Constitutional Court ruled that Mahmoud Abbas has the authority to unilaterally revoke the immunity of parliamentarians. Not a great sign for democracy, but to put it in perspective, the Palestinian Legislative Council hasn’t met since 2007 anyway.

• Worth reading from AP: Killings spark reckoning over status of Arab women in Israel

• Fiji’s prime minister Frank Bainimarama visited Israel. According to the Fiji Sun and Radio New Zealand, issues on the agenda included regional peacekeeping forces which Fiji contributes personnel to, as well as climate change, and agriculture.

Bainimarama also thanked Israel for sending assistance after after Cyclone Winston devastated the South Pacific nation in February.

• Did Prime Minister Netanyahu go overboard in response to an unflattering TV report? The Times of Israel explains:

The profile story by Ilana Dayan of Channel 2’s long-running “Uvda” program included exclusive interviews with various officials who have been in Netanyahu’s inner circle, and inside information on the internal operation of his office . . .
However, it was not the “Uvda” story itself that earned headlines in Hebrew media on Monday evening, but rather the prime minister’s response to the program: a three-page, 680-word tirade which was read out by Dayan in full, in a 6-minute segment toward the end of the program.
• No, I didn’t get a day off, but this is nice all the same.


• The rugby team of Goldsmiths University, in London, added a Palestinian flag to its uniform “in support of the Palestinian people” and BDS. The Student Union and rugby team issued a statement, which the Times of London, Daily Mail, and the Jewish News picked up on.

Sport should be unifying and played without borders by all, and this is exactly the point of the campaign. We believe that the privilege we have in the UK to play sport without borders is not one available to the Palestinian people, and this action is a reminder.
• Reuters’ Jerusalem bureau chief Luke Baker is back to his old snarky self.

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

– Zvi Bar’el: Mideast leaders await US election results with bated breath
– Ted Bromund: Why allowing Palestinians into Interpol would be a serious mistake
– Khaled Abu Toameh: Palestinians: When Fatah becomes the problem
– Norman Bailey: Israel holds out against prevailing entropy
– Jerusalem Post (staff-ed): Obama’s last hurrah – A move on the Mideast?

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German Prosecutors Investigating Facebook
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Today’s Top Stories
1. German prosecutors are investigating Facebook and its top executives, including Mark Zuckerberg, over racist and Holocaust-denying posts, as well as others deemed inciting violence on the social media platform. According to the complaint, Facebook failed to remove more than 400 such posts despite repeated requests from readers. UPI adds:

Justice Minister Heiko Maas said he would take legal measures if the company doesn’t comply by March by its demand to deal with hate speech.
Holocaust denial is considered criminal hate speech in Germany. More on the story at Reuters.

Mark Zuckerberg

2. British university ordered to compensate Jewish student for rejecting his complaints against campus group’s anti-Semitic activity.

The Office of the Independent Adjudicator for Higher Education (OIA) ruled that Sheffield Hallam University in South Yorkshire must pay the student — who is disabled — a sum of £3,000 ($3,750) for taking nine months to respond to a formal complaint he lodged against the antisemitic and anti-Zionist activity of certain groups at the school — and then for rejecting it.
The OIA strongly condemned Sheffield and, in what is being called a precedent-setting move, called on the school to formally adopt the International Definition of Antisemitism — which includes certain forms of anti-Zionism — as it is “of particular relevance.”

eu-israel3. The European Union seeks repayment for demolished West Bank structures it illegally funded. Haaretz got the scoop.

Israel has no intention of making any reimbursement. Earlier this year, the Daily Mail reported that EU funding for illegal Palestinian structures under Israeli jurisdiction violates international law — specifically the Oslo accords, of which the EU is a signatory. The Times of Israel fills in the numbers.

In July, EU Ambassador to Israeli Lars Faaborg-Andersen said that since 2009 approximately 170 EU-funded structures of a value of €300,000 ($330,000, NIS 1.25 million) have been demolished or confiscated and approximately 600 structures, worth over €2.3 million ($2.5 million, NIS 9.7 million), have been served with demolition, stop-work or eviction orders and are therefore under threat of demolition.
During the first six months of 2016, Israel razed 91 houses built with the “support of the European Union,” up from 70 in all of 2015, he said. The EU has invested €21 million ($23.2 million, NIS 88 million) in the last two years for development and humanitarian aid for Palestinians, he added.
Faaborg-Andersen said the EU would continue to provide aid to the Palestinians in Area C, despite the tension it generates with Jerusalem.
Israel and the Palestinians
Pierre Vimont
Pierre Vimont

• Despite Israeli objections, France intends to move forward with an international conference on Mideast peace by the end of the year, as part of Paris’ peace initiative.

Pierre Vimont, who is France’s special envoy for the Israeli-Palestinian peace process and a former senior official of the EU’s foreign affairs service, told a conference in Tel Aviv that the current status quo was distancing the two-state solution and necessitating an intervention: “We want to revive the two-state solution in this window of opportunity and return it to the international agenda.”
Jerusalem responded by asking France to cancel the confab and called for direct Israeli-Palestinian talks.

• Haaretz: The Palestinians continue to hope that President Barack Obama will make a game-changing move in the Mideast peace process before leaving the White House.

• An Israeli court indicted a Gaza fisherman for smuggling to Hamas. Mahmoud ibn Said al-Saidi was charged with delivering from Egypt diving suits, binoculars, oxygen balloons, and cigarettes. He also tried and failed to smuggle unspecified weapons.

• Despite intimidation and prevailing Arab groupthink, a delegation of seven prominent Moroccan journalists are visiting Israel as guests of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs. Participants were happy to talk to YNet — so long as they were identified.

“I didn’t tell most of my friends that I am coming here so that they wouldn’t ostracize me. As a country, Morocco has no problem with me coming to Israel. As a delegation we flew as usual from Casablanca. No one prevented us from doing so.” However, she noted that “my friends recommended that I don’t share anything on social media. ‘You will regret it for the rest of your life. They will incite against you and you will possibly even get death threats,’” they warned her.
• A changing wind blows through Israel-Norway relations.

• In a rare visit to Gaza’s tiny Christian community, British Cardinal Vincent Nichols led services and gave encouragement. I’m glad the Associated Press drew attention to Gaza Christians living under Hamas, but I wish the wire service had dug a little deeper.

• The Palestinian experiment with democracy is not going well.

• MKs advance bill to bar BDS activists from entering Israel.

• Worth reading: YNet profiles prominent Israeli-Arab news anchor Lucy Aharish.

• Washington Post: Israel’s ruling party used Facebook to track ‘antigovernment’ journalists hired recently to set up a new public broadcasting service.

Around the World
• Pennsylvania governor signed anti-BDS legislation into law.

• A Nuremburg city council meeting devolved into chaos after a group of artists were prohibited from setting up an anti-Israel exhibit at the Nuremberg Left Literature Fair.

The fair takes place each year in the city-owned Künstlerhaus cultural center and Mayor of Nuremberg Ulrich Maly (Social Democratic Party) had prohibited the building’s use for a well-known anti-Semitic program.
Two cardboard posts on the 2011 “Cologne Wailing Wall for Peace.” Left side: “Hitler is a thing of the past BUT Israel is present. Not once again”. Right side: “This here is a totally one-sided representation of the middle east situation. Pro Palestine. Israel’s side is completely disregarded. That is not democracy!! I’m just shocked about this ‘wailing wall’. It’s completely wrong.”

• Canadian Jewish organization decries appearance of neo-Nazi newspaper on York U. campus in Toronto.

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

– Col. Richard Kemp: Arab hatred of Jews predates Balfour Declaration
– Yossi Melman: Hamas operating from Turkey as usual despite Ankara’s promises
– Elliott Abrams: Understanding the human rights assaults on Israel
– Nir Boms, Asaf Romirowsky: Are Palestinians ready for #peace?
– Amb. Arthur Koll: Israel’s unique position in the horns of the European dilemma

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Palestinians Lay Claim to Dead Sea Scrolls
Israel Daily News Stream5 hours ago
Today’s Top Stories
1. Over at UNESCO, the Palestinians are now laying claim to the Dead Sea Scrolls.

Qumran is on the list of preservation areas which the PA wants to see registered under the “state of Palestine” on the World Heritage List.
Dead Sea Scrolls

2. PA foils large-scale attack against IDF forces in Hebron.

3. Israel’s Ambassador to the UN, Danny Danon, made a secret trip to Dubai, attending a conference under UN auspices in his capacity as chairman of the UN Legal Committee. Jerusalem Post coverage:

The trip was conducted secretly and under tight security measures so as not arouse criticism of the government by local citizens.
4. Does The Daily Beast Think Jewish Artifacts Are a Hoax? Without any evidence whatsoever, The Daily Beast refers to the Israeli discovery of an ancient artifact relating to Jerusalem as a “hoax.”

Israel and the Palestinians
• Jerusalem mayor wants police to enforce regulations on noise levels of Muslim calls to prayer.

KGB emblem• Israeli journalist Ronen Bergman takes a closer look at what’s known about recent revelations of Palestinians working for the KGB.

As we delved deeper into the secrets Mitrokhin left behind, we discerned another Soviet strategy taking shape: Not content with merely infiltrating centers of power in Israel and gathering intelligence on the Jewish state, the KGB also forged extensive ties with Palestinian terror organizations, greatly abetting their activities. In fact, the Mitrokhin documents show that the Soviet Union waged a kind of “shadow war” with Israel (and the US) for years, using those terror groups as their proxies.
For many years, Israel’s intelligence services suspected that the KGB was aiding at least some of the Palestinian terror organizations, but these were normally general suspicions, which were not necessarily based on quality or reliable intelligence. The Mitrokhin archives prove just how deep the cooperation between the USSR and the Palestinian terror organizations was, and what a bloody cost it exacted from the world in general—and especially from Israelis.
• Canadian Governor-General David Johnston wrapped up his round of state visits to Israel, the PA, and Jordan. More at CTV.

• Israel’s dealing with issues of press freedom as the Knesset debates funding for a public broadcasting authority, but to keep it in perspective, compare that with the latest from Sudan:

Sudanese security agents seized all copies of three newspapers Sunday, a journalists’ association said, just days after they covered a fuel price hike in reports seen as critical of the government.
Around the World
• Here’s how Palestinian media views the US elections.

• Cologne art exhibit compares swastika with star of David.

• Congressman warns U. of California: Failure to prevent anti-Semitism on campuses violates federal law.

• Students at Kent State demand removal of a Golda Meir display, claiming the late Israeli leader engaged in ‘ethnic cleansing of Palestinians.’

• Chicago Jews’ attempt to boycott an Israeli film festival falls flat.


• This is one raison d’etre of Israel:

Fleeing anti-Semitism in France, an African Jewish family makes aliyah

• Worth reading: Ira Rifkin asks: Has the United Nations become a tool for advancing Muslim nations’ religious agenda? And what does this mean for Israel?

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

– Nadav Shragai: 10 centuries of Islamic sources confirm Jewish ties to Temple Mount
– Ilan Ben-Zion: How archaeology became an Israeli-Palestinian battleground (click via Google News)
– Hen Mazzig: Campus farhud
– Adam Rubinstein: SJP brings extremism to campus
– Jonathan Schanzer and Kate Havard: BDS attracting groups with terrorist ties
– Haisam Hassanein: Egypt and Israel’s growing economic cooperation
– Evelyn Gordon: After 20 years of PA rule, why is UNRWA still in West Bank?
– Jonathan Tobin: Palestinians vs. mass transit?

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Hamas Weighs Joining PLO
Israel Daily News Stream3 hours ago
Today’s Top Stories
*** Breaking news *** Just before this roundup was published, the IDF confirmed that a Palestinian trying to stab a soldier near the settlement of Ofra was shot this afternoon.

1. The Knesset is mulling a bill that would cut off EU support for illegal Palestinian building. The Jerusalem Post explains:

If passed by the Knesset, it would strip diplomats of immunity in activities relating to terror, human trafficking and illegal construction, and would make European Union diplomats legally liable for helping Palestinians build illegally in Area C of the West Bank.
Earlier this year, the Daily Mail reported that the EU had built more than 1,000 structures, roads and other infrastructure without permission — all while claiming diplomatic immunity.


2. Hamas is renewing talk of joining the PLO. But the inherent contradictions are too glaring.

While Abbas has said he is committed to a nonviolent and diplomatic strategy to establish a Palestinian state, Mashaal has made it clear that Hamas will not give up employing violence to force Israel’s hand.
3. For Jewish university students in the UK, the atmosphere of BDS bullying has come to this:


4. Reuters’ Leaky Water Story: Reuters maintains that a Palestinian village is going thirsty. Guess who is to blame?

Israel and the Palestinians
• Fatah’s long-overdue party congress is now scheduled for November 29. According to the Jerusalem Post:

Some 1,300 delegates to the congress will elect Fatah’s two top leadership bodies, the Central Committee and Revolutionary Council . . .
However, many analysts see the congress as an opportunity for PA President Mahmoud Abbas to consolidate his authority, isolating competitors in the Fatah leadership.
• Israel’s Transportation Ministry wants to build additional light rail lines connecting Jerusalem to nearby settlements including Maale Adumim. The Palestinians are outraged.

• Copy editors asleep at the wheel? Spell check bugaboos? Every time the word “Jews” is mentioned in this story in The Independent, the word appears in lower case. Headline and article.


• Israeli concert promoter Shuki Weiss denounced Roger Waters on Facebook after the former Pink Floyd frontman’s called on the Chemical Brothers to cancel an upcoming Tel Aviv gig.

• British police are investigating anti-Semitic tweets posted by the ringleader of last week’s violent anti-Israel protest at the University College London.

• ‘Kill a Jew’ spray-painted on wall of South African university building two weeks after kippah-wearing student verbally assaulted on campus.

• FYI, Benjamin Netanyahu reportedly wants to appoint former UN ambassador Ron Prosor as ambassador to Turkey.

• Long-suffering Cubs fan and Jerusalem Post columnist Gil Hoffman hopes Chicago’s World Series victory inspires peace.

No matter where you are on the political map and the religious spectrum, the Cubs can give you hope that your dreams can be achieved and that you should not give up faith. If the Cubs can win the World Series, any challenge can be overcome – on a personal or national level.
Achieving peace in the Middle East and solving Israel’s internal problems is extremely difficult, but nothing is impossible. That may sound pie in the sky coming from “the most optimistic man in Israel.” But I am not among a small group of Cub fans waking up at odd hours around the world anymore.
Chicago Cubs
The Chicago Cubs celebrate winning baseball’s World Series.

• The International Business Times gave an op-ed soapbox to Hen Mazzig, the Israeli writer and former IDF humanitarian officer whose appearance at the University College London was violently disrupted last week.

That night strengthened my resolve more than ever. The hateful mob reaffirmed my conviction that anti-Semitism remains alive – in Europe, North American and beyond.
In twenty-first century Britain, Jews leaving a room to screams of ‘Shame! Shame! Shame!’ is utterly horrifying.
I couldn’t sleep all night – I kept on thinking, how do we fight such hate speech? The answer: with good speech. You fight bigotry and fanaticism by standing tall, even when you’re afraid. We will continue spreading a message of hope – just as Israel does within the darkness of the Middle East.
• Professor Eugene Kontorovich discussed the Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions campaign against Israel and the legal efforts at the state level pushing back at BDS with Chicago’s WBEZ radio.

• Worth watching: Former Israeli national security advisor Yaakov Amidror discussed the peace process and Russia’s rising profile in the Mideast with ABC News.


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

– Alona Ferber: Peace in Palestine: Balfor apology is a distraction
– Azriel Genack and Fred Naider: BDS is a blow to academic freedom
– Yaakov Amidror: Lessons of the UNESCO vote
– Elior Levy: The day after Abbas: All possible scenarios
– Dr. Jacques Neriah: Lebanon under Gen. Michel Aoun – A preliminary assessment

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Arabs Pushing PA Power-Sharing Deal?
Israel Daily News Stream3 hours ago

Today’s Top Stories
1. Although Muhammad Dahlan is ruling out a run for the PA presidency, the former Gaza strongman and rival to Mahmoud Abbas told the New York Times he’s open to a power-sharing agreement. And it looks like he has leverage:

Realizing that Mr. Dahlan’s reputation and Gaza roots may make it difficult for him to win popular support in the West Bank, Arab leaders have been quietly advancing a power-sharing arrangement. Another figure, like Nasser al-Kidwa, a nephew of Yasir Arafat, would be the next president, with Mr. Dahlan and others as part of his leadership team.
2. Yes, there’s a disconnect between Israeli and Diaspora Jews on egalitarian prayer at the Western Wall.

But you can still take your pick of Jerusalem Post, Haaretz, Times of Israel, YNet and Israel HaYom coverage of this morning’s ruckus at the holy site, where Women of the Wall protested the government’s refusal to implement a January compromise between the orthodox and liberal Jewish players — which the Palestinians denounced at the time.
3. The JTA picked up on a Brandeis University study linking BDS to anti-Semitism on US campuses. Talking about naming and shaming:
The study also found that one of the strongest predictors of a perceived hostile environment toward Jews and Israel on campus, according to the Brandeis study, “is the presence of an active Students for Justice in Palestine (SJP) group.”
4. Is Israeli Media Under Attack? As the Knesset mulls funding for a new public broadcasting authority, HR’s Daniel Pomerantz discusses the politicization of the Israeli news industry with Arab-Israeli journalist Ali Waked and i24 News’ Jordana Miller. Watch the spirited debate.

FaceOff – 11/01/2016 by i24news-en

Israel and the Palestinians
• Israel’s cautious about Lebanon’s new president. You’ll better understand after you see how Hussain Abdul-Hussain decoded Michel Aoun’s inaugural speech.

• Worth reading: AP provides an in-depth look at Palestinian womens’ rights through the eyes of a female divorce lawyer in Ramallah.
• Egypt’s Football Association is ramping up security for Avram Grant, an Israeli national who coaches Ghana’s national soccer team, after learning of a plot by Egyptian fans to harass him when his team arrives for a World Cup qualifier match next month.
• Today’s the 99th anniversary of the Balfour Declaration — the first time a foreign government acknowledged Jewish national aspirations. British Jewish groups put together a handy resource website about it. Check out Balfour100.
Lord Arthur Balfour
• The Jerusalem Post discussed Israeli-Canadian ties with Canada’s visiting Governor General (“a post akin to the Israeli presidency”).
• Daily Mail: A gang of London teens launched a firework at a group of Jewish children, hitting an eight-year-old girl. The Halloween night attack was caught on CCTV footage.
• British anti-Semitism directly hurts Israeli efforts for Mideast peace. MK Yair Lapid explains why in a must-read Daily Telegraph op-ed:

The blatant anti-Semitism on display at Jenny Tonge’s event doesn’t bother me. Lord Balfour supported the creation of a home for the Jewish people because he understood that there would always be people like that. The creation of the State of Israel doesn’t prevent modern anti-Semitism, it just allows us to tell the anti-Semites that they can shove it.
What does bother me though is that meetings like the one in the House of Lords strengthen the conviction of the Palestinians, time and again, that they have no reason to try and reach a reasonable compromise. If that’s the way Jews are talked about in the House of Lords, then even the Palestinian Authority can drop the façade of being moderate and start to lock up anyone who dares talk about peace and coexistence.

• Here’s what else I’m reading today . . .
– Pinchas Inbari: Have some of the PA security forces gone rogue?
– Isi Leibler: Will betraying Israel be Obama’s farewell gesture?
– Robbie Friedmann, Asaf Romirowsky: BDS: A modern blood libel
– Boston Globe (staff-ed) : UNESCO decision on Temple Mount distorts history
– Moshe Arens: Peace is approaching slowly
– Wall St. Journal (staff-ed): Tehran’s man in Beirut (click via Google News)

• For a sense of what the other side’s saying, see Saeb Erekat in Newsweek, who argues that Britain “cannot continue to avoid its responsibility” for the Balfour Declaration.
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EU: Israel Boycott is Protected Free Speech
Israel Daily News Stream3 hours ago
Today’s Top Stories
1. European Union foreign policy chief Federica Mogherini: Boycotting Israel is protected free speech:

“The EU stands firm in protecting freedom of expression and freedom of association in line with the Charter of Fundamental Rights of the European Union, which is applicable on EU Member States’ territory, including with regard to BDS actions carried out on this territory,” Mogherini said in a written reply to a query by an Irish member of the European Parliament last month.
“Freedom of expression, as underlined by the case law of the European Court of Human Rights, is also applicable to information or ideas ‘that offend, shock or disturb the State or any sector of the population,’” Mogherini said.
The #EU says boycotting #Israel is free speech.
Is this also free speech?
Just wondering.#BDS pic.twitter.com/ljT7WRunU2
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2. Israel’s trying to block the PA from joining Interpol.

Israel fears that sensitive information could be leaked to terrorists if the Palestinians join the organization, an official in Jerusalem told The Times of Israel, without giving further details . . .
Israel is hoping that the combination of the Palestinian Authority with Kosovo, which, along with the Solomon Islands, is also requesting Interpol membership, will bring Russia and other countries to side with Israel. Russia does not recognize Kosovo, which declared independence in 2008.

3. Mohammad Dahlan, an exiled political rival of Mahmoud Abbas, said he’s not interested in running for president of the Palestinian Authority. The former Gaza strongman said he would support the candidacy of Marwan Barghouti, a terrorist currently imprisoned in Israel. The Times of Israel and picked up on Dahlan’s interview with Maan News.

4. Israel Blamed For Palestinian Oppression of Women: Julie Bindel’s take on Israeli and Palestinian women’s rights politicizes the issue as a way to bash Israel.

5. Mosul, CNN, ISIS and Israel: Contrasting CNN coverage of the West’s fight against ISIS and Israel’s battle against Hamas raises questions of double standards.

Israel and the Palestinians
• A Palestinian policeman wounded 3 IDF soldiers in a shooting attack near Ramallah yesterday. According to Palestinian reports, PA security forces tried to prevent the attack which is now being praised by a local Fatah chapter. This afternoon, police thwarted a stabbing attack outside Hebron’s Cave of the Patriarchs.

• There’s a growing problem of Christian IDF soldiers being ostracized or even violently attacked by Muslim neighbors. This Jerusalem Post snippet was particularly chilling:

One of the people who was supposed to be interviewed for this article is a senior Christian officer in the IDF who promised to talk about the soldiers’ distress and his struggle for them. When he awoke on the morning that the interview was scheduled, he found a Palestinian flag on the door of his home together with a harsh warning. After making sure that an explosive device was not planted in his car, the officer called and asked not to be interviewed. “I’m going to the base for two weeks and am leaving behind a family under threat. I’ll forgo the exposure if you don’t mind,” he said.

• Critics raise fuss as Scottish parliament gives nod to new pro-Israel lobby group. More at the Herald Scotland.

• The Washington Post looks at the significance of Michel Aoun’s election as Lebanon’s new head of state.

• Israel’s Ambassador to Sweden, Isaac Bachman posted on Facebook an English translation of an op-ed he wrote in the Goteborgs-Posten about Palestinian terror, UNESCO, and Sweden’s response to it all.

To say that Israel has no connection to the Temple Mount is like saying that Sweden has no connection to IKEA . . .
• The problem of partisan pundits isn’t limited to the US elections, just more pronounced. CNN dumping Donna Brazile is a teachable moment and Jack Shafer nails it.

President Barack Obama
President Barack Obama

• President Obama’s “legacy thing” is on my mind today . . .

– Wall St. Journal (staff-ed): Obama’s Israel surprise? (click via Google News)
– Alan Dershowitz: Obama: Don’t destroy peace process by turning it over to the UN
– Jonathan Tobin: Obama and Palestinian unity
– Aaron David Miller and Richard Sokolsky: Memo to the next president: Avoid the ‘vision thing’ in the Mideast

• Here’s what else I’m reading today:

– Khaled Abu Toameh: Palestinians: Back in bed with Hamas
– Ben-Dror Yemini: World is silent, except when it comes to Israel
– Tsega Melaku: To UNESCO: ‘Yerusalem is home
– Daniel Johnson: Anti-Semitism goes to parliament (click via Google News)
– Robert Jones: Jews die, Turks celebrate
– Firas Maksad: Lebanon’s new Hezbollah-led political order

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Hezbollah Ally Elected Lebanese President
Israel Daily News Stream10 hours ago
Today’s Top Stories
1. Following two years of stalemate, Lebanon’s parliament elected Gen. Michel Aoun as president. Aoun, an 81-year-old Maronite Christian, aligned his Free Patriotic Party with Hezbollah back in 2006, which is why analysts say his victory is good news for Hezbollah and Iran (or maybe not that much).

Lebanon has been without a president since 2014, when lawmakers deadlocked on a successor to Michel Suleiman. According to wire reports, Saad Hariri, who is backed by Saudi Arabia, is expected to be appointed prime minister as part of Beirut’s wheeling and dealing.

Today’s vote included moments of exasperation as MPs needed four rounds of balloting for Aoun to get the required two-thirds majority. And twice, the ballot box was found to have 128 envelopes even though 127 lawmakers were present, drawing scorn on Twitter.

Michel Aoun

2. Iran’s only Jewish parliamentarian, Siamak Moreh Sedgh denied speaking to Israeli media after Israel Radio aired a recording of him telling reporter Gideon Kotz that he didn’t expect a war between Israel and Iran.

“Iran does not want to start a war against Israel, because they know that everyone who starts a war in the Middle East is doing suicide,” Siamak Moreh Sedgh told Israel Radio in an English-language interview aired Sunday morning . . .
“Relations between Iran and Israel [are] more stable than ever before since the signing of the nuclear agreement last year,” he said.

3. The Knesset kicked off its winter session today. The Jerusalem Post and Haaretz preview what’s expected to be a stormy parliamentary period.

4. HR North American Executive Director to Retire: A salute to Gary Kenzer and his decade of tireless efforts for HonestReporting.

Israel and the Palestinians
gmu02• Legislators and pro-Israel groups concerned about anti-Semitism are trying to block Students for Justice in Palestine from holding its national conference at George Mason University, in Virginia next month. The Israel activists argue that the SJP confab runs afoul of anti-BDS legislation passed by the Virginia General Assembly earlier this year.

• 3 Border Police lightly hurt in a Palestinian car-ramming attack north of Hebron late Sunday afternoon.

• UN cafeterias finally added kosher food.

• See Harry’s Place for a first-hand description of Palestinian hatred unleashed at University College London.

• Italian President Sergio Mattarella began a four-day visit in Israel.

• Here’s Danielle Berrin’s post script on Ari Shavit’s resignation from Haaretz:

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

– Herb Keinon: Incoming UNHRC less stacked against Israel than outgoing one
– Yossi Beilin: Obama’s last chance to rectify Israeli-Palestinian peacemaking failures
– Gabe Friedman: Why Ari Shavit’s fall from grace stings for so many American Jews
– Pittsburgh Tribune-Review (staff-ed): UNESCO’s insult

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Haaretz Columnist Quits Over Sexual Harassment Scandal
Israel Daily News Stream3 hours ago
Today’s Top Stories
1. After outing himself as the Israeli journalist who sexually harassed Danielle Berrin, veteran journalist Ari Shavit resigned from Haaretz and from Channel 10 where he offered commentary and analysis. Meanwhile, a second woman is accusing Shavit of similar harassment.

Last week, Berrin, a Jewish American journalist created a stir by describing in the Jewish Journal an account of harassment by a reporter she didn’t name. Shavit then acknowledged that it was him. In a new article, Berrin dismissed Shavit’s response as insufficient:

Yesterday, Ari Shavit offered an apology — to no one in particular — for “misconstruing the interaction between us,” which he says he understood as “flirtation.”
His claim is absurd. The only thing I wanted from Ari Shavit was an interview about his book. No person of sound judgment would have interpreted his advances on me as anything other than unwanted, aggressive sexual contact.
Ari Shavit and Danielle Berrin

2. Fed up with his over-the-top BDS shenanigans, American Express pulled out of a $4 million sponsorship of Roger Waters’ latest concert tour. The New York Post got the scoop:

An AmEx source told us: “Roger is putting on a huge show. The company was asked to sponsor his tour for $4 million, but pulled out because it did not want to be part of his anti-Israel rhetoric.”

3. Baroness Jenny Tonge quit the Liberal Democrats after the party suspended her for hosting a noxious event organized by the Palestinian Return Center in which speakers said Jews provoked the Holocaust and compared Israel to Islamic State.

Meanwhile, the Daily Mail reports that UK Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn accepted a free trip to visit Bashar Assad in 2009, paid for by the same Palestinian Return Center. Corbyn was one of several back-benchers in a delegation of MPs from several parties “which thanked Assad for his country’s housing of half a million Palestinian refugees.”

Baroness Jenny Tonge

4. Muddling the Mayhem of a Palestinian Protest: No, pro-Israel students were not equally to blame for “violent clashes” with the pro-Palestinian protesters at a campus event.

Israel and the Palestinians
• UN Watch is trying to get Michael Lynk suspended from his job as UN rapporteur on human rights in the Palestinian territories. It seems that Lynk, a Canadian expert on international law, failed to disclose when he applied for the post that he was

a member of the board of directors of the National Council on Canada-Arab Relations and claims that he was on the advisory board of the “Canadian- Palestinian Education Exchange,” which promotes events such as the “4th Annual Israeli Apartheid Week.”
UN Watch concluded by noting that Lynk was also “on the advisory board of Friends of Sabeel North America, another pro-Palestinian organization.”
In his first report as rapporteur, Lynk said he plans to probe Israel’s treatment of human rights groups.

• Mahmoud Abbas met in Qatar with Hamas leaders Khaled Mashaal and Ismail Haniyeh. According to the New York Times, the PA and Hamas leaders agreed that they need to mend fences, but nothing else. Abbas was in Qatar to attend the funeral of Qatar’s former emir, Sheikh Khalifa bin Hamad al-Thani. Tweet of the day from Aaron David Miller:

• While barrel bombs rain on Aleppo, what keeps Bashar Assad awake at night?

Syria to UNESCO: Stop Israeli dig in Syrian Golan

• Last night, an Israeli driving near Karnei Tzur, in the West Bank came under gunfire. No injuries were reported and the IDF is searching the area. On Friday night, a Palestinian man was shot trying to run over, then stab Israeli soldiers manning a checkpoint near Ofra, a settlement north of Jerusalem.

• Whoda thought? The family of Saher Habash, a former aid to Yasser Arafat, has disowned a niece who advocates for Israel, converted to Christianity and even has the word “Israel” tattooed across her shoulder blades in Hebrew. The woman, who now goes by the name Sandra Solomon, shared her story with the Israeli media.

“I grew up in a home that hated the Jews, heiled Hitler and praised the Holocaust,” she told Channel 2.
Sandra Solomon

• Prime Minister Netanyahu’s going to earn frequent flyer miles over the next three months. He announced visits to Australia, Singapore, Kazakhstan and Azerbaijan. Bibi also announced that President Reuven Rivlin will traveling to India in two weeks. More on the story at the Jerusalem Post.

• NPR takes note of an Israeli push to get more Arabs into business management positions.

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• A Stanford Daily poll found “undergraduates would oppose a hypothetical ASSU ballot initiative urging the university to divest from companies supplying the Israeli Defense Forces.”

• A French court convicted a Kuwaiti student of hate crime over an anti-Semitic Facebook post. JTA coverage.

• Scotland Yard: Muslims who lifted Hezbollah flags during the recent Ashura holiday violated UK anti-terrorism laws. More at Asharq al-Awsat.

• Jonathan Schanzer discussed with the Wall St. Journal the possibilities of President Barack Obama recognizing a Palestinian state or taking other game-changing measures regarding the Mideast conflict in his final weeks in office.

See related commentary by Charles Krauthammer and Michael Doran.

• Memo to Roger Cohen: You write that the ball’s in Israel’s court to ease up on the “humiliation and hardship” of checkpoints, as if they just mushroomed overnight on their own, and you urge President Obama to present US principles to the UN Security Council simply because “Israel is strongly opposed. That is the best reason for doing it.”

It’s easy, Roger, to demand Israel take all the risks for peace from the comfort of your New York-area home, isn’t it?

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

– Marc Goldberg: Forgetting Palestine
– Avi Issacharoff: Abbas-Dahlan rivalry is a Palestinian soap opera with immense implications
– National Post (staff-ed): The anti-Israel virus that pervades the UN
– Melanie Phillips: Palestinians step up the jihad of the lie
– Yaakov Katz: Do UNESCO and ISIS seek the same – deletion of Jewish history?
– Herb Keinon: The changing anti-Israel UN voting patterns
– Ruthie Blum: The PA’s war on the Balfour Declaration
– Smadar Perry: Lebanese General Michel Aoun is bad news for Israel
– Dore Feith: When bashing Israel trumps helping gays (click via Google News)
– David Aaronvitch: Tonge’s obnoxious ideas on Jews set a terrible example

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8-Year-Old Palestinians Sent to Attack Israelis
Israel Daily News Stream4 hours ago
Today’s Top Stories
1. Two Palestinian boys — both eight-years-old — were caught with knives outside Migdal Oz, a settlement just south of Jerusalem. The kids told police they were sent to carry out a terror attack. Times of Israel coverage.

2. While UNESCO thumbed its nose at Jewish ties to Jerusalem, Israel came up with some timely, ancient evidence. The New York Times picks up on a papyrus fragment from the seventh century BCE which is now “the earliest known nonbiblical source to mention Jerusalem in the Hebrew language.”
Eitan Klein, deputy director of the authority’s Antiquities Robbery Prevention Unit, said the document provided evidence of an organized administration in the Kingdom of Judah and of the centrality of Jerusalem as the kingdom’s economic capital.
3. The Palestinians are seeking to upgrade their diplomatic status in Ottawa. The Hill Times reports that in exchange for the upgrade, the Palestinians “will gladly call up Arab and Muslim countries and ask them to support Canada’s campaign for a seat on the UN Security Council.” But Canadian officials aren’t enthusiastic to the idea.
Ottawa’s Parliament Hill

Meanwhile, Canadian Governor General David Johnston is due to visit Israel, the PA and Jordan. According to the Globe & Mail, the trip could be a precursor for a visit by Prime Minister Justin Trudeau.
4. HR’s Security Field Trip with IDF Colonel: When Israelis and Palestinians coordinate, we see real improvements in daily life for everyone.
Israel and the Palestinians
• The Shin Bet arrested an Israeli resident of eastern Jerusalem planning multiple terror attacks. Muhammad Mussa Muhammad Awasi was planning a shooting attack, was previously involved in several rock-throwing and firebombing incidents, and supported Hamas in Facebook posts. More at YNet.

• In a statement widely interpreted as a dig against UNESCO, Pope Francis said the land of Israel was promised by God to the Jewish people. The papal remarks came shortly before he met with Israeli MK Ayoub Kara. The Jerusalem Post reports Israeli officials have reached out to the Vatican for help battling recent UNESCO resolutions ignoring Jewish and Christian ties to Jerusalem.
“The people of Israel, who from Egypt, where they were enslaved, walked through the desert for forty years until they reached the land promised by God,” he said.
• PA governor defends naming school in Tulkarem after Black September chief Salah Khalaf. Black September is best known for murdering 11 Israeli athletes at the 1972 Munich Olympics — which Khalaf masterminded — and for the 1973 assassination of US ambassador Cleo Noel Jr. Khalaf was himself assassinated in 1991 by the Abu Nidal organization. More at the Times of Israel and Palestinian Media Watch.

• According to Israeli media reports, Israeli security forces discovered a disturbingly detailed “how-to manual” describing how to abduct Israeli civilians and soldiers — everything from selecting victims and the most opportune times, avoiding capture, getting media attention, and the pros and cons of concealing, imprisoning and killing captives.

The instruction book was found on the computer of an eastern Jerusalem Palestinian arrested for having ties to terror groups.
According to the report, the document was not penned by Islamic State, but has apparently been circulating among the Gaza Strip-based terrorist organizations.
• National Geographic got the scoop as workers doing renovations at Jerusalem’s Church of the Holy Sepulchre removed a covering from what Christians consider the traditional tomb of Jesus.

“The marble covering of the tomb has been pulled back, and we were surprised by the amount of fill material beneath it,” said Fredrik Hiebert, archaeologist-in-residence at the National Geographic Society, a partner in the restoration project. “It will be a long scientific analysis, but we will finally be able to see the original rock surface on which, according to tradition, the body of Christ was laid.”
Church of the Holy Sepulchre
Pilgrims visiting Jerusalem’s Church of the Holy Sepulchre in 2010

Around the World
• Will South Korea rent an Israeli spy satellite to keep tabs on the North Korean military? YNet and Yonhap News explain why the Ofek 11 might be the eye n the sky that Seoul needs.

• Portland State University student senate passes pro-BDS resolution
• Jews blamed for Holocaust at ‘shameful’ House of Lords event hosted by Baroness Jenny Tonge. The Times of London and Jewish Chronicle report that the gathering was to launch a campaign for Britain to apologize for the 1907 Balfour declaration. David Collier was on hand and Yiftah Curiel tweeted some bizarre footage from the event.

• Worth reading: Ex-Irish prime minister (and Nobel laureate) Lord David Trimble and Robert Quick (former Assistant Commissioner responsible for counter-terrorism at the Metropolitan Police), co-authored a thoughtful Daily Telegraph commentary Britain to work with Israel to defeat the security threat from Islamic State. They elaborate particularly on Israel’s intelligence prowess, the legal governance of Israel’s fight against Islamic terror, Israeli social resilience, and Israeli understanding of the shared challenges democracies face.

Israel is on the frontline of the West’s confrontation with Islamist terrorism and a crucial ally. One thing is clear: its expertise will help save European lives and act as a welcome guide in navigating the difficult moral, legal and tactical terrain ahead. Britain’s spirit in previous conflicts bodes well for this great country matching Israel in resolve to overcome the murderous hatred we now face.
Mounted police in London, 2013

• Who needs negotiations when President Obama can practically give the Palestinians statehood after the US elections? That’s what Fatah cadre Muhammad Shtayyeh urges in a New York Times op-ed. It’s simply a legacy thing.
In order to deliver a clear and unequivocal statement regarding the United States’ opposition to settlement construction and to preserve the two-state solution, Mr. Obama should, as 138 other countries have done, recognize Palestine as a country with the borders as they existed before Israel began its military occupation in 1967. That one act would irreversibly put Israelis and Palestinians back on track toward an end of conflict and lasting peace.
See also Ari Shavit‘s take on Obama’s “70-day dilemma.”

• The Israeli media is buzzing over Jewish Journal reporter Danielle Berrin‘s account of being assaulted by a prominent Israeli journalist she refrains from identifying.
• Here’s what else I’m reading today . . .
– Ron Ben-Yishai: What IDF should learn from battle for Mosul
– Tovah Lazaroff: What brought on the dramatic UNESCO upset?
– Dror Eydar: UNESCO’s disgrace actually strengthens us
– Khaled Abu Toameh: Palestinians: Jihadi-style child abuse

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UNESCO Passes 2nd Resolution Denying Jewish, Christian Ties to Jerusalem
Israel Daily News Stream4 hours ago
Today’s Top Stories
1. Once again, the UN Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization passed a resolution ignoring Jewish and Christian links to Jerusalem. Today’s resolution passed without the majority of UNESCO’s 21 board members. The Jerusalem Post explains:

Instead, Tanzania and Croatia had asked for a secret ballot. When the votes were counted, only 10 countries had voted for the motion, two opposed it, eight abstained and one nation, Jamaica, was absent from the room.
Related tweet of the day goes to Raphael Ahren:

2. An Israeli civilian was shot and killed doing maintenance work on Egyptian border fence on Tuesday. The death of Bedouin Nimer Bassem Abu Amar raises tough questions for the Defense Ministry and the subcontractor that hired him because Abu Amar was 15 years-old. The IDF doesn’t believe the inicident was a terror attack:

Egyptian security sources told Sky News Arabia the shots were fired during a clash between smugglers and Egyptian border guards.
And then, this afternoon, an IDF soldier doing maintenance work along the on the Israeli-Lebanese border fence near Metulla was shot and lightly injured by cross-border fire.

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3. In apparent rift with Ramallah, Saudi Arabia halted financial assistance to the PA.

Senior Palestinian officials say around $120 million of financial aid withheld over last six months without explanation.
Might the money cut-off have something to do with frustration from neighboring Arab states over Abbas’s lack of any clear process of succession, as described by Reuters?


4. Professor Wants Safe Space to Bash Israel: UCLA’s Saree Makdisi doesn’t understand the difference between criticism of Israel and hatred of Jews.

Israel and the Palestinians
• Palestinian youths angry at Mahmoud Abbas erupted, clashing with PA security forces near refugee camps near Ramallah, Nablus and Jenin. According to the Times of Israel, the clashes were sparked “after a protest over the recent expulsion from the Fatah party of a Palestinian lawmaker was suppressed.”

• The PA freed several Palestinians who had been arrested last for visiting the sukkah of the mayor of the Efrat settlement last week.

• A Palestinian newspaper is taking flak for interviewing Israeli Defense Minister Avigdor Liberman. The PA weighed in against the Jerusalem-based Al-Quds, and Hamas may ban it from Gaza. But what kind of news values drove the Palestinian Journalists’ Syndicate to pile on too?

“The Journalists’ Syndicate not only considers the interview unacceptable normalization with the occupation, but also coordination with it.”
Liberman too was criticized by the parents of Lt. Hadar Goldin for failing to raise the fate of their son and Sgt. Oren Shaul — both of whom were killed during the 2014 Gaza war and whose bodies are now held by Hamas.

• Second Hamas man dies in tunnel ‘accident’ since Saturday.

• Palestinians announce year-long campaign against ‘crime’ of Balfour Declaration.

• Relatives baffled and shamed as Israel’s ‘ISIS family’ returns home.

Around the World
• Sometimes, sanity prevails in Europe.


• Egyptian general who oversaw destruction of Gaza tunnels assassinated.

• German teachers union apologizes for BDS activity.

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

– David Horovitz: Palestinian campaign vs Balfour shows hostility to Jewish state undimmed after 100 years
– Amos Harel: Russia restricts Israeli Air Force
– Howard Jacobson: Let’s be clear: Anti-Semitism is a hate apart
– Avi Issacharoff: Will Abbas’ successor be more moderate?
– Elior Levy: The new king of Gaza
– Emmanuel Navon: A reply to Hagai El-Ad
– Josh Seitler: NUS president should act over antisemitism or step down
– Alan M. Dershowitz: Obama shouldn’t tie his successor’s hands on Israel-Palestine
– New York Post (staff-ed): Why Palestinians can’t make peace

• Last but not least, for a sense of what the other side’s saying, see Saeb Erekat in the Washington Post.

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