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Palestinians Reveal ‘True Intentions’ by Directly Funding Terrorists
https://unitedwithisrael.org/palestinians-reveal-true-intentions-by-directly-funding-terrorist-salaries-charges-israels-un-envoy/? “Abbas has once again revealed his true intentions as he directly pays hundreds of millions of dollars to terrorists with blood on their hands,” Danon charged.

By: United with Israel Staff

Israel’s Ambassador to the United Nations (UN) Danny Danon decried the decision by the Palestinian Authority (PA) to continue to fund payments to terrorist and their families from its official budget.

“[Palestinian leader] Mahmoud Abbas has once again revealed his true intentions as he directly pays hundreds of millions of dollars to terrorists with blood on their hands,” Danon charged on Wednesday.

“Once again, the Palestinians have responded to American initiatives aimed at reconciliation with support for terror and violence,” he added.

The PA has authorized its 2018 budget which includes payments of $355 million to convicted terrorists and the families of terrorists as part of their 2018 budget, according to a report published by Palestinian Media Watch (PMW).

The PA budget for the Commission of Prisoner Affairs, which pays the salaries of terrorist prisoners and released prisoners, is set at $166 million, of which $158 million will go to terrorists.

Additionally, the budget for the Families of the Martyrs and Wounded Institution is set at $200 million, of which $197 million will go to the families of terrorists.

As such, the total payment by the PA for 2018 is set at $355 million, which is 7.47 percent of its operation budget of $4.76 billion in 2018, and some 44 percent of the funding the PA hopes to receive in foreign aid this year.

“It is very significant that for the first time since 2014, the PA has stopped attempting to hide that it is the PA that pays salaries to all the terrorist prisoners. This year, the PA openly lists the budget for these salaries to the Commission of Prisoners as a direct PA budget expense [listed as “transfer payments”],” the PMW report said.

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Danon called on the international community and the UN to “join the US in their pledge to put an end to the funding of Palestinian terror.”

He was referring to a new US law, the Taylor Force Act, approved by the US Senate on Friday, which freezes US aid to the PA as long as it continues to incite and fund terror through “welfare” stipends for terrorists and their families

The bill, which received bipartisan support, is named for 28-year-old American tourist Taylor Force, who was stabbed to death by a Palestinian terrorist in Tel Aviv in March 2016.

Palestinian envoy to the UN Riyad Mansour slammed the Taylor Force Act as “a hostile act to withdraw the economic assistance to the Palestinian people.”

The bill, he charged, does not enable “a responsible government such as the Palestine government in dealing with their political prisoners and their families and those who lose their lives in the struggle for the independence of our state. All these methods are arm-twisting, blackmailing, and will not break the will of the Palestinian people.”

JNS contributed to this report.
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Several German government aid workers are spreading anti-Semitism and anti-Israel propaganda on social media, NGO Monitor reveals.
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An Israeli organization has exposed several German government aid workers as the disseminators of anti-Semitic and anti-Israel propaganda on social media.

NGO Monitor, an independent research institution, monitors non-governmental organizations claiming to fight for human rights but which, in fact, carry out an anti-Israel agenda. The watchdog has recently identified a number of virulently anti-Semitic statements made by officials of the German Society for International Cooperation (GIZ), a German government-owned agency that implements the country’s humanitarian and development aid around the world.

These statements include comparisons between Israel and the Nazis, blaming the downfall of Arab leaders in the Middle East on a “Hebrew spring” and depicting Israel as a two-headed monster.

GIZ members also posted messages to Facebook that justify Palestinian rocket attacks on Israeli civilians and endorse the anti-Israel BDS (Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions) movement.

Some of the anti-Semitic content was promoted by GIZ officials responsible for directing German funding to Palestinian NGOs, as well as by other colleagues at the agency.

Among these Palestinian groups receiving the German tax dollars are those that have glorified violence and terrorism against Israelis. According to its website, “GIZ currently employs a staff of 145 in the Palestinian Territories.”

“These revelations highlight how radical activists can promote extreme agendas under the guise of human rights and development work,” stated NGO Monitor Europe Desk Director Olga Deutsch. “This should serve as a wakeup call for GIZ and other government agencies in Europe as to the urgency of addressing this dangerous and unacceptable anti-Semitic discourse at the highest levels of government.”
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Britain criticizes Israel following teen terrorist's sentencing
British government "concerned" by Israel's jailing of Palestinian Arab children, following the sentencing of Ahed Tamimi.

Contact Editor Ben Ariel, Canada, 23/03/18 21:55
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The British government on Friday criticized Israel over its jailing of Palestinian Arab children, following the sentencing of a Palestinian Arab teenager Ahed Tamimi who was filmed slapping an Israeli soldier in the village of Nabi Saleh.

17-year-old Tamimi was sentenced earlier this week to eight months' imprisonment in practice and fined 5,000 shekels as part of a plea bargain.

Tamimi's trial is being conducted behind closed doors, and she is to be detained until the end of proceedings against her.

Her jail sentence was "emblematic of how the unresolved conflict is blighting the lives of a new generation", Britain's minister for the Middle East, Alistair Burt, said in a statement on Friday quoted by AFP.

He said London remained concerned by Israel's jailing of Palestinian children, adding that the Jewish state needed to "do much more to safeguard vulnerable people in its care."

"We will continue to call upon Israel to improve its practices in line with international law and obligations," added Burt.

Tamimi, 16 at the time of the incident, has been hailed as a hero by Palestinian Arabs who see her as bravely standing up to Israel's “occupation”.

She told reporters on Wednesday before the court accepted the plea bargain agreement that "there is no justice under occupation and this is an illegitimate court".

(Arutz Sheva’s North American desk is keeping you updated until the start of Shabbat in New York. The time posted automatically on all Arutz Sheva articles, however, is Israeli time.)

Official who OK'd Obama birth papers dies in crash
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The Hawaiian health official who verified the authenticity of President Obama's birth certificate died in a small plane crash.

The plane, carrying a pilot and eight passengers, went down Wednesday in the water a half mile off the Hawaiian island of Molokai, the Maui Fire Department said. The lone fatality was Loretta Fuddy, who has served as state health director since January 2011. Tom Matsuda, the interim executive director of Hawaii's health insurance exchange, confirmed Fuddy's death.


Hawaiian Health Department Director Loretta Fuddy was killed after a small plane with nine people aboard crashed into the water off Molokai on Dec. 11.
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Fuddy, 65, made national news in April 2011 when she verified the authenticity of certified copies of President Obama's birth certificate. Obama had requested the release to curb claims by so-called "birthers" that he was born in Kenya and not eligible to be president.

Makani Kai Air President Richard Schuman told Honolulu-based KITV that he spoke with the pilot of the single-engine turboprop Cessna Grand Caravan after the crash.

"What he reported is after takeoff ... there was catastrophic engine failure," Schuman said. "He did the best he can to bring the aircraft down safely and he got everybody out of the aircraft."

Schuman said the cause of the engine failure had not yet been determined. The National Transportation Safety Board was investigating the crash; NTSB spokesman Eric Weiss said that based on the location of the crash it was unlikely the plane will be recovered.

"Our hearts are broken," Gov. Neil Abercrombie said in a statement. "Loretta was deeply loved and respected. She was selfless, utterly dedicated and committed to her colleagues in the Department of Health and to the people of Hawaii. Her knowledge was vast; her counsel and advice always given from her heart as much as from her storehouse of experience."

Matsuda, who worked with Fuddy to set up the state's Obamacare website, Hawaii Health Connector, called her death "a terrible loss" for the state.

"I worked closely with Director Fuddy on the Affordable Care Act and came to know and respect her as a passionate advocate for public health and a warm, caring human being," Matsuda said.

The plane went down about a half-mile northwest of Kalaupapa peninsula, which was home to a leper colony until 1969. A handful of patients still live there. The state health director by law remains mayor of part of the peninsula, and Fuddy was visiting the peninsula in that capacity, state Health Department spokeswoman Janice Okubo said.

Okubo said the department's deputy director, Keith Yamamoto, also had been booked on the flight.

Coast Guard Petty Officer Melissa McKenzie said a Coast Guard helicopter got three passengers out of the water while Maui fire crews picked up five people. One person swam ashore.

Contributing: Associated Press
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Merkel's Iran Nuke Deal uber alles
Merkel messed up Europe with her immigration policies, and now it's on to the Middle East.
Contact Editor Jack Engelhard, 21/03/18 21:50
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Ever since she singlehandedly ruined Europe through her reckless immigration policy, Angela Merkel ought to be the last person to be handing out advice, now on Iran.
Seems that Merkel favors the Iran Nuke Deal that was hatched by Obama, Kerry and the ayatollahs.
She thinks it’s so splendid that, though nobody asked, she advised, no warned Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu to keep hands off…or else.
Apparently, she’s worried that since President Trump is on the verge of (wisely) nixing the arrangement, Netanyahu, through a whisper or two, could clinch it for him.  
Merkel, it’s being reported, told Netanyahu that if the United States withdraws from the plan, the Middle East will be plunged into a devastating new war.
“Do you want that to happen?” she asked…rhetorically, we imagine…when the two leaders met in Davos.
No, neither do Netanyahu or Trump want something else to happen – a nuclear empowered Iran hovering the skies of Israel and the United States. We’re not there yet. But the Deal as sneaked through by Obama/Kerry makes it possible, unless stopped. To spare you the 10,000 pages of the Nuke Deal, here it is in a nutshell –[-
Iran must stop, or pretend to pause whatever it’s doing with centrifuges and enriched uranium, until a certain date. After that, around 2030, the Deal expires, and it’s bombs away.
Is that clear? I hope not. Because we really do not know what secret handshakes were made after Kerry and the ayatollahs smiled for the cameras, though we do know $150 Billion mysteriously appeared, changed hands, from us to them, and Kerry, never a friend of the Jewish State, assured us that through this Deal Israel and the entire Middle East were safer than ever before.
That was the first sign that something fishy was up, and it was worse when Obama offered the same assurances at around the same time when he abandoned Israel at the UN…if you remember Security Council Resolution 2334, which named Jerusalem and other Jewish holy sites “Palestinian territory,” and which Obama let slip through by abstaining.
With friends like that, like John Kerry and Barrack Hussein Obama, who needs Angela Merkel?
European leaders outside Germany are gradually waking up to the damage she’s done by importing and introducing and implanting a strange culture throughout the continent.
The migration fiasco she started can’t be stopped and for some reason, the Germans still want her. The Germans, as we know, have a habit of getting it wrong when it comes to leadership.
But it was assumed that THIS chancellor has the Jewish State’s best interests at heart. She may have everything backwards, but she means well.
Not so says columnist Benny Avni in Tuesday’s New York Post, where he shows that because of a German “power play,” Israel is being elbowed out for a chance to sit, for the first time, at the UN Security Council. Avni writes: “Remember when the new Germany was keen to put its historical baggage behind it and be Israel’s best friend in Europe?
“That was then. Now Berlin is set to block a historic chance for raising the Jewish state’s international profile.”
Merkel does not sound like a friend in Europe, or as someone who can be trusted on Iran.
New York-based bestselling American novelist Jack Engelhard writes regularly for Arutz Sheva.


PA SLAMS 'AMBASSADOR OF SETTLEMENTS AND LAWYER OF EXTREMISM'
https://www.timesofisrael.com/palestinians-call-to-add-us-ambassador-friedman-to-global-terror-list/?utm_source=email
Palestinians call to put US ambassador Friedman on ‘global terror list’
Palestinian Authority steps up war of words with American envoy to Israel, days after Abbas calls him the 'son of a dog'
By KHALED ABU TOAMEH
22 March 2018, 11:09 pm  17
American Ambassador to Israel David Friedman attends a meeting of the lobby for Israel–United States relations at the Knesset, July 25, 2017. (Yonatan Sindel/Flash90)
The Palestinian Authority on Thursday called for US Ambassador to Israel David Friedman to be added to a “global terror list” as it stepped up its war of words with the American envoy, days after PA  President Mahmoud Abbas denounced him as a “son of a dog” and “settler.”

In a report titled “Friedman, the Ambassador of Settlements and Lawyer of Extremism,” the PA Ministry of Information in Ramallah called for placing the US envoy on the terrorism list “for violating international law, supporting terrorism, and promoting ethnic cleansing and black racism.”

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It was not immediately clear which terrorism list the PA had in mind. The US State Department maintains a register of foreign terrorist organizations, and Interpol keeps a data base of foreign terrorist fighters.

Last week Abbas launched a scathing attack against Friedman, hours after Friedman criticized the PA on Twitter for failing to condemn a pair of terror attacks over the weekend.

Mentioning US President Donald Trump’s recognition of Jerusalem as the capital of Israel and his plan to move the country’s embassy in Israel to the city, Abbas said Trump “views the settlements as legitimate.”

“More than one official has said that,” he added. “The ambassador, David Friedman, said they’re building on their own land. You son of a dog, building on their own land?! You are a settler and your family are settlers!”

“Son of a dog” is a mild pejorative in Arabic, somewhat analogous to “jerk.”

Reacting to the comment while at an anti-Semitism conference in Jerusalem, Friedman quoted the insult, using the term “son of a bitch,” and added “Anti-Semitism or political discourse? I leave this up to you.”

Also responding to Abbas, US Middle East envoy Jason Greenblatt said: “The time has come for President Abbas to choose between hateful rhetoric and concrete and practical efforts to improve the quality of life of his people and lead them to peace and prosperity.”

The State Department, for its part, described Abbas’s comments as “outrageous and unhelpful.”


L-R: Israeli Ambassador to the US Ron Dermer, US President Donald Trump’s Middle East envoy Jason Greenblatt, White House Senior Adviser Jared Kushner, Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, US Deputy National Security Adviser for Strategy Dina Powell, and US Ambassador to Israel David Friedman meet in Tel Aviv on August 24, 2017. (Amos Ben Gershom/GPO)
The PA foreign ministry then said that “it was hard to understand the American response to President Abbas’s recent speech.”

The ministry noted that Abbas was referring in his speech to Friedman’s “support for Israeli settlements in occupied Palestine and his disregard for settler crimes.”

The PA ministry also took Friedman to task for allegedly opposing the two-state solution and “inciting” against the Palestinians.

“We believe that principles can’t be fragmented, and they do reflect the personality of the one who holds them and impact his demeanor,” the ministry said in its report about the US ambassador. “Friedman’s conduct as a supporter of the internationally criminalized settler project is clearly visible.”

Friedman is known for making comments aligning himself with the Israeli right-wing, as well as for supporting projects in settlements.

In a recent interview Friedman said that West Bank settlements “are part of Israel” and that the two-state solution “is not a helpful term” and “has largely lost its meaning.”

Friedman was a controversial pick for ambassador, largely due to his views on the settlements and derogatory comments he made about left-wing Jewish groups, for which he subsequently apologized. Friedman was a major donor to the settlement of Beit El and had said that Israel can annex the West Bank and retain its Jewish character.

Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas sits in front of a picture of the Dome of the Rock mosque in Jerusalem’s Old City during a meeting of the Palestinian leadership in the West Bank city of Ramallah, on March 19, 2018. (FLASH90)
Abbas has made a series of bitter speeches since Trump recognized Jerusalem, and is now boycotting the US administration. In an address in January, Abbas called Israel a “colonial project” unrelated to Judaism, implied that European Jews chose to die in the Holocaust rather than go to pre-state Palestine, and claimed that first prime minister David Ben-Gurion forced Mideast Jews to come to Israel.
The comments came amid roiling Palestinian anger at the US over the Jerusalem decision, with Ramallah rejecting Washington’s role in attempting to broker peace talks.


Supreme Court shields terrorist's home from demolition
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Court rejects petition from relatives of three Jews murdered in terror attack, rules that terrorist's home won't be fully demolished.
Contact Editor David Rosenberg, 22/03/18 22:14
Supreme Court chief justice Esther HayutSupreme Court chief justice Esther HayutFLASH90
Israel’s Supreme Court has rejected a petition to demolish the home of a terrorist responsible for the slaughter of three Israelis in a July, 2017 terror attack.
On Thursday, the high court rejected the petition filed by members of the Salomon family, appealing a ruling by the court in August 2017 that only the interior of the first floor of the home where terrorist Omar al-Abed lived be destroyed, leaving the second floor of the building intact.
In July 2017, al-Abed broke into the Salomon family home in the town of Halamish (Neve Tzuf) in Samaria, and stabbed three members of the family to death.
An off-duty soldier later shot and wounded al-Abed, who was captured and taken into custody.
While the IDF had initially planned to demolish the entire home where al-Abed lived, petitions brought by several left-wing NGOs on behalf of al-Abed’s family called on the Supreme Court to intervene and limit the demolition.
The court accepted the request, and barred the IDF from demolishing the entire building, arguing that al-Abed had primarily used the bottom floor, while his relatives lived on the top floor.
Later in August 2017, the Salomon family filed an appeal, arguing that the entire building was liable for demolition, since al-Abed’s relatives living on the second floor had been convicted of aiding and abetting the terrorist.
The petition also cited a law authorizing the IDF to demolish a house and confiscate the land on which it was built, when one of its residents was an accomplice, or accomplice after-the-fact, in offenses of violence and terrorism.
Nevertheless, on Thursday, the court ruled against the appeal, maintaining its prior decision protecting the home from full demolition.
Partially demolished home of the terroristREUTERS


MOMENTOUS FLIGHT
Air India flight AI 139 from Delhi to Tel Aviv made history yesterday by becoming the first commercial flight to fly to Israel over Saudi Arabia. The flight via the airspace of Oman, Saudi Arabia and Jordan took seven and a half hours, two hours less than if it had been required to circumvent Saudi Arabia.
On hand to greet the historic flight was Minister of Transport Yisrael Katz and Minister of Tourism Yariv Levin. Katz told reporters, "This is an historic moment. For the first time, there has been an official connection between the State of Israel and Saudi Arabia.”
El Al has not been granted rights to fly over Saudi Arabia on its Tel Aviv - Mumbai route and the Israeli carrier's CEO Gonen Usishkin is protesting unfair competition. He told Yediot Ahronot, "The government is not acting for our benefit. We expect equal opportunity and it's a shame that the government and the prime minister do not take that into account."
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VISA REGULATIONS
The US Embassy in Israel announced yesterday that it was easing the entry visa requirements for Israelis. Under the new regulations, Israelis who are renewing a valid tourist visa or whose visa expired during the past 12 months will not need to present themselves for a personal interview with an official at the US Consulate. Applicants can request a visa renewal online and if their application is accepted they can send their passport to the consulate by mail or take it personally for the visa to be stamped on.

Israel has still not been placed on the visa waiver program, like 38 other countries, which would allow Israelis to visit the US for up to 90 days without a visa.
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U.K. Upset With Israel's Russia-free Condemnation of Chemical Attack on Ex-spy
After Israel condemned the nerve agent attack without mentioning Russia, Britain says 'we expect strong statements' from all of their 'close partners, Israel included'

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Father of four stabbed in Jerusalem terror attack succumbs to wounds
After hours of attempts to stabilize the victim's condition, who was said to be in life-threatening danger after being stabbed multiple times in the Old City by a terrorist, victim, identified as Adiel Coleman—father of 4—dies in hospital; terrorist, 28, from village near Nablus, was a Palestinian who was granted permit to look for work in Israel.
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A 32-year-old Israeli who was stabbed in Jerusalem's Old City multiple times in a terror attack succumbed to his wounds Sunday evening.
The victim was evacuated to Shaare Zedek Medical Center in Jerusalem where he was said to be fighting for his life. Doctors battled for hours to stabilize what was described as an "extremely seriously" condition and despite being operated on, the hospital had no choice but to pronounce his death.

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The victim was identified as Adiel Coleman, a father of four from the settlement of Kokhav HaShahar in the West Bank, who was born in the Keshet community in the Golan Heights.
Adiel Coleman (Photo: Courtesy of the family)
The 28-year-old terrorist, Abd al-Rahman Bani Fadel, who was later confirmed to be a Palestinian from the village of Aqraba near Nablus, was was shot dead by a police officer at the scene on HaGai Street, where he carried out his attack.
IDF forces raiding the terrorist's home   (Video: IDF Spokesman's Office)
Fadel, a father of two, had a temporary permit for a week that allowed him to enter Israel to search for employment. He had already received such permits in the past, as there was no indication of his terrorist intentions.
HaGai Street in the Old City
“He was fully conscious and didn’t answer any questions when we got to him. He had suffered from serious wounds to his chest and stomach,” said one MDA paramedic.
Commander of the area, David Shmueli later said that security forces were still trying to figure out how the terrorist managed to carry out the attack. “We are still looking into how he got here and where he entered from. We are assessing all the possibilities in order to understand what happened here after a long period of comparative quiet in Jerusalem,” he said.
Abd al-Rahman Bani Fadel
Shmueli also added that in light of a number of warnings of future attacks, police were preparing for a beefed-up deployment ahead of, and during, the upcoming festival of Passover.
“We are taking everything into account. There are multiple alerts unfortunately and we are obviously augmenting the forces accordingly.”
Knife used by the terrorists (Photo: Police)
Jerusalem Mayor Nir Barkat issued a statement shortly after the attack, wishing the victim a speedy recovery, and blaming the stabbing on incitement by the Palestinian Authority.
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Soldiers murdered in car-ramming terror attack laid to rest
'Shema Yisrael! Why? What did we do?' cries out grandfather of Lieutenant Ziv Daus as thousands accompany him on his final journey; 'I've loved you very much, and lost you in a second,' says father of Sergeant Netanel Kahalani.
Itay Blumenthal, Roi Rubinstein|Published:  03.18.18 , 12:51
Thousands accompanied Lieutenant Ziv Daus, 21, who was murdered in the car-ramming terror attack over the weekend, on his final journey on Sunday as he was laid to rest at the military plot of the Holon cemetery.
"Why do we deserve this? You are etched into our soul," Ziv's father, Ronen, said weeping.
"Shema Yisrael! Why? What did we do?" his grandfather Shalom Daus cried out.
Lieutenant Ziv Daus laid to rest (Photo: Motti Kimchi)
Among the many attendees were Ministers Yoav Galant (Kulanu) and Ofir Akunis (Likud), MK Moti Yogev (Bayit Yehudi) and Daus's friends from the Home Front Command's search and rescue unit.
Lieutenant Ziv Daus laid to rest (Photo: Motti Kimchi)
"A two-legged animal murdered Lieutenant Ziv Daus and Sergeant Netanel Kahalani in the spring of their live. Whoever takes another's life should know his life will be taken in return—it is time to give the death punishment to terrorists," said Minister Akunis.
Lieutenant Ziv Daus laid to rest (Photo: Motti Kimchi)
Ziv's father Ronen lamented the fact he had to say the Jewish prayer of mourning for his son. "I have to say Kaddish for him? He needs to say Kaddish for me. This is against nature," he said.
"God will protect you from above. He took an angel from me. God takes all of the angels and all of the good ones. God preserve us," Ronen continued.
Lieutenant Ziv Daus laid to rest (Photo: Motti Kimchi)
The IDF's representative, the Commander of Kedem Battalion, Lt. Col. Sharon Itach, said the battalion "is a family first and foremost... on this day, we're one big family. You are part of the Kerem Battalion forever."
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IDF floods terror tunnel Hamas tried to rebuild
Tunnel running from Rafah to Eshkol was originally destroyed during Protective Edge; another tunnel was bombed in the central Gaza Strip overnight; Lieberman: 'Hamas should invest the money in welfare of the Gaza residents, because by the end of the year its tunnel project will be eliminated.'
Matan Tzuri|Last update:  03.18.18 , 10:38
The IDF destroyed for the second time on Sunday a terror tunnel initially demolished during Operation Protective Edge, which Hamas has tried to put back into operations.
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The tunnel, which runs from Rafah in the southern Gaza Strip to the Eshkol Regional Council inside Israel, was flooded with materials rendering the whole network unusable.
"We did not use explosives. It (the tunnel) was filled with a certain material, with a certain compound," said the IDF's English-language spokesperson Lt.-Col. Jonathan Conricus, who added troops did not enter Gaza to destroy the tunnel, which reached several meters from the Israeli border but did not cross it.
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Security forces operating near Eshkol
IDF floods terror tunnel Hamas tried to rebuild
Tunnel running from Rafah to Eshkol was originally destroyed during Protective Edge; another tunnel was bombed in the central Gaza Strip overnight; Lieberman: 'Hamas should invest the money in welfare of the Gaza residents, because by the end of the year its tunnel project will be eliminated.'
Matan Tzuri|Last update:  03.18.18 , 10:38
The IDF destroyed for the second time on Sunday a terror tunnel initially demolished during Operation Protective Edge, which Hamas has tried to put back into operations.
The tunnel, which runs from Rafah in the southern Gaza Strip to the Eshkol Regional Council inside Israel, was flooded with materials rendering the whole network unusable.
"We did not use explosives. It (the tunnel) was filled with a certain material, with a certain compound," said the IDF's English-language spokesperson Lt.-Col. Jonathan Conricus, who added troops did not enter Gaza to destroy the tunnel, which reached several meters from the Israeli border but did not cross it.
IDF floods tunnel Hamas tried to rebuild   (Video: IDF Spokesman's Office)
 
The tunnel, which was partially destroyed in the summer of 2014, appears to be the first case of Hamas trying to "recycle" part of its devastated network by digging a new tunnel to connect with what was left of the old one, Conricus said.
"Overnight, IDF forces operated against underground infrastructure in the Rafah area," a statement by the IDF Spokesman's Office said.
"For several weeks now, we've been identifying Hamas activity, as they have been trying to rebuild underground infrastructure that was active during Protective Edge. We've been following this activity and decided to take this action to thwart it before Hamas could reconnect the tunnel to the old infrastructure and before the tunnel crossed into our territory. It did not pose a threat," the IDF continued. 
A spokesman for Hamas said the IDF was "marketing fake achievements" to boost the morale of soldiers and Israelis living near the enclave.
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WATCH: US repeats warning to Syria against chemical attacks
 March 16, 2018
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Diplomatic pressure builds as reports of Syrian Army chemical weapons attacks against rebels and civilians in Eastern Ghouta continue to reach the west.
The US issued a warning to Assad reminiscent of what was issued before the US launched 52 Tomahawk missiles destroying a Syrian airbase where those weapons were believed to be held.
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IDF identifies Palestinian terror victims Ziv Daos, 21, and Netanel Kahalani, 20
 March 17, 2018
Terror victims Ziv Deos (L) and Netanel Kahalani (IDF)
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Ziv Daos and Netanel Kahalani were identified as the murdered victims of a Palestinian car-ramming attack Friday afternoon. Another victim is fighting for his life.
By: World Israel News Staff
The IDF has identified Ziv Daos and Netanel Kahalani as the murdered victims of a car-ramming Palestinian terror attack late Friday afternoon.
Ala Qabha, 26, from the Palestinian village of Barta’a, rammed his vehicle into security forces before fleeing the scene. He was later found and arrested.
Under questioning, he admitted that he wanted to kill Israelis.
Kahalani, 20, an army driver from the community of Elyakim in northern Israel, was posthumously given the rank of sergeant. He is survived by his parents and four brothers, one of whom is currently serving in the IDF’s elite Golani Brigade.
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Fascinating Dead Sea Scrolls appear in public for first time
 March 16, 2018
Fascinating Dead Sea Scrolls appear in public for first timeConserving the Scrolls at the Israel Antiquities Authority laboratories in Jerusalem. (Shai Halevi, Israel Antiquities Authority)
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Two Dead Sea Scrolls will be presented to the public for the first time ever in a major Israel Antiquities Authority exhibition, opening in Denver, Colorado.
Two fascinating manuscripts from the Dead Sea Scrolls collection will appear in public for the first time as part of the new Israel Antiquities Authority exhibition opening at the Denver Museum of Science and Nature in Denver, Colorado. The huge exhibition features some 600 artifacts, including a stone from the Western Wall weighing 3 tons, the largest and most impressive lintel ever discovered in Israel from a First Temple era royal estate, and the stars of the show – 20 Dead Sea Scrolls. To properly preserve these delicate documents, they will be displayed in two separate rounds of 10 each.
In the first round, a scroll dealing with matters of ritual purity and impurity will be shown, and in the second round, part of the scroll known as Musar leMevin (Instruction to the One who Understands), containing apocalyptic messages.
Although the exhibition is to be open for six months, the first 10 scrolls on display, under strictly monitored conditions, will be sent back to Israel in three months, to be replaced by 10 other scrolls. The scrolls returned from the exhibition will be kept for at least five years in the Israel Antiquities Authority scroll climate-controlled vault, in conditions simulating those of the Judean Desert caves in which they were found.
Scrolls written in Hebrew at end of 1st century BCE
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WATCH: UN turns a blind eye to Iran’s human rights atrocities
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Gabriel Rosenberg, coordinator for the World Jewish Congress’ Diplomatic Corps, took a stand before the UN Human Rights Council to condemn Iran’s human rights abuses both inside and outside the country.
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Comptroller report gives passing grade to IDF conduct in 2014 Gaza war
 March 15, 2018
Comptroller report gives passing grade to IDF conduct in 2014 Gaza warFriends and relatives seen mourning during at funeral
The long-awaited state comptroller report on the IDF’s conduct during the 2014 Gaza war was mostly positive, but makes recommendations.
By Batya Jerenberg, World Israel News
State comptroller Yosef Shapira presented Wednesday his extensive report on Operation Protective Edge, the war fought between Israel and Hamas in the summer of 2014 following the kidnapping and murder of three Jewish teenagers by Hamas operatives in the Gush Etzion region.
The IDF launched Operation Protective Edge with an end to continuous rocket attacks against Israeli civilians and the destruction of Hamas terror tunnels as the main objective.
The comptroller placed great emphasis on how well Israel adhered to international law that pertained to armed conflicts and human rights. In expressing general satisfaction with the performance of the IDF in this regard, the report noted the tremendous difficulty the army faced in protecting civilians on the enemy side when Hamas used them as human shields and fired missiles and mortar shells from areas such as schools and hospitals. Yet the report details the extensive efforts made to limit such casualties on the operational end, as well as the numerous times the issue was discussed in the security cabinet.
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2 Israeli soldiers dead; car-ramming terrorist admits he wanted to kill
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2 Israeli soldiers dead; car-ramming terrorist admits he wanted to killScene of deadly car-ramming attack in northern Samaria, March 16, 2018. (Youtube/Screenshot)
The Palestinian terrorist who committed a deadly car-ramming Friday, a former security prisoner, admits he wanted to kill Israelis.
By: Adina Katz, World Israel News
Two IDF soldiers were killed in a terror attack in northern Samaria Friday afternoon, near the Israeli community of Mevo Dotan, when 26-year-old Ala Qabha rammed his vehicle into security forces before fleeing the scene. He was later found and arrested.
The victims were named Saturday night as Ziv Daos, 21, and Netanel Kalahani, 20.
Three others, also in their 20s, were injured. Two seriously wounded victims underwent a series of operations overnight. One remains in critical condition.
Qabha was reportedly released from prison last year after serving a 17-month sentence for terror-related activities.
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2 Israeli soldiers dead; car-ramming terrorist admits he wanted to killScene of deadly car-ramming attack in northern Samaria, March 16, 2018. (Youtube/Screenshot)
The Palestinian terrorist who committed a deadly car-ramming Friday, a former security prisoner, admits he wanted to kill Israelis.

By: Adina Katz, World Israel News

Two IDF soldiers were killed in a terror attack in northern Samaria Friday afternoon, near the Israeli community of Mevo Dotan, when 26-year-old Ala Qabha rammed his vehicle into security forces before fleeing the scene. He was later found and arrested.

The victims were named Saturday night as Ziv Daos, 21, and Netanel Kalahani, 20.

Three others, also in their 20s, were injured. Two seriously wounded victims underwent a series of operations overnight. One remains in critical condition.

Qabha was reportedly released from prison last year after serving a 17-month sentence for terror-related activities.

Security forces carried out operations throughout the night in the village of Barta’a, Qabha’s hometown, where they arrested his brother and uncle, whom they suspect of having been accomplices in the attack.

The terrorist originally claimed the incident was a car accident. Under questioning, he admitted that he purposely carried out the attack with the intention to kill Israelis, the Shin Bet (Israel Security Agency) said.

Qabha’s family continues to deny the motive. “It was a car accident, like any accident you hear every day,” he told Walla News. “This is not the first and not the last accident, and it happens every day.”

“I know my son very well,” he said. “It’s a guy who works, he has ambitions to get married and to build a home, he has no such thoughts, and I share the sorrow of the families of those killed.”

He also rejected the Hamas terror group’s statement of praise for the attack. Hamas spokesman Hazem Qassem noted the significance of the timing, which was “one hundred days after Trump’s decision to transfer the embassy to Jerusalem, and proves the readiness of our people to continue the course of the course of the intifada until full freedom is achieved.”

IDF: ‘No doubt attack was deliberate’
IDF spokesman Jonathan Conricus confirmed that the attack was “indeed deliberate.”

Following the attack, Yoav Mordechai, head of Coordination of Government Activities in the Territories (COGAT), announced an immediate freeze of permits for the terrorist’s family to enter Israel, including 67 work permits, 26 commercial and four employment licenses.

“From the depths of my heart, I send condolences to the families of the IDF officer and soldier who were murdered yesterday by a reprehensible terrorist and my best wishes for a quick recovery to the wounded, Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu stated Saturday night. “We will work to demolish the home of the terrorist and will deal with him to the fullest extent of the law.”

“Throughout Shabbat, our prayers and thoughts were with the families of the victims of the terrible terror attack that took place as the Sabbath began on Friday afternoon. I send a warm embrace of comfort and strength to the families of those killed and we pray for the speedy recovery of the wounded. May all the security forces be strengthened, operating in all arenas – in the field and in intelligence – to investigate those who perpetrated and assisted in the attack. We will not rest until we bring all those who cooperate with terror to justice, we will not allow terror to become an accepted norm,” President Reuven Rivlin stated.

Liberman blames PA, calls for death penalty
“We will act to sentence the terrorist to death, demolish his home and punish anyone who participated in the attack. There is no such thing as a ‘lone terrorist.’ It is a terrorist supported by Mahmoud Abbas and the Palestinian Authority (PA) paying money to the terrorists’ families,” Defense Minister Avigdor Liberman tweeted. “We’re going to stop them,” he vowed.

Israeli Ambasssador to the UN Danny Danon said that “as long as the Palestinian Authority continues to pay hundreds of millions of dollars to terrorists who kill Israelis, we will continue to see such heinous attacks. The international community must condemn this hateful act of terror and demand that the Palestinian leadership finally put an end to the despicable practice of ‘pay to slay.’”
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DF destroys two Gaza tunnels amid rising border tensions
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One was an 'old tunnel' being revived by Hamas that crossed into Israeli territory from southern Gaza, second was located only inside the coastal enclave
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The Israeli military on Sunday announced that it had destroyed two attack tunnels, one that entered Israeli territory and another inside the central Gaza Strip. Several such underground structures have been demolished by Israel in recent months.

The border-crossing tunnel destroyed early Sunday morning was located in the southern Gaza city of Rafah, IDF spokesperson Lt. Col. Jonathan Conricus told reporters.

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According to Conricus, it was an “old tunnel” that was built before the 2014 Gaza war and partially destroyed during the conflict, which the Hamas terrorist group was trying to “revive” by connecting the intact portion that penetrated Israeli territory to a new passage.

The other target, which was destroyed by Israeli fighter jets around midnight on Saturday, was a “subterranean complex” in the central Gaza Strip, according to Conricus.

Defense Minister Avigdor Liberman credited the army’s destruction of the tunnels to “high quality intelligence and breakthrough technology.”

“Whoever thought they could attack us from underground has come up against an iron wall,” he said. “Hamas invested billions in its tunnel project and now they’re drowning in the sand. I recommend that Hamas invest its money in the welfare of the citizens of Gaza because by the end of the year its tunnel project will be destroyed.”

Palestinian media published photographs from inside Gaza, apparently showing the damage from the Israeli strikes.

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Since October 30, Israel has destroyed four border-crossing tunnels that entered Israeli territory from Gaza, three of them belonging to Hamas and the fourth to the Iran-backed Palestinian Islamic Jihad terrorist group. In addition, several tunnels were located inside the coastal enclave have also been targeted using a newly developed system that allows Israel to hit them from the air.

Last year, Israel began construction of a new above- and below-ground barrier around the Gaza Strip, which the army says will end the threat of attack tunnels from the coastal enclave.

I recommend that Hamas invests its money in the welfare of the citizens of Gaza because by the end of the year its tunnel project will be destroyed

Army officials have said that they expect to find and destroy more tunnels as construction of the barrier continues.

Sunday’s border-crossing tunnel was first discovered by the Israel Defense Forces in July 2014 and was partially destroyed during the war, Conricus told reporters.

However, since the 2014 campaign, known in Israel as Operation Protective Edge, Hamas has been trying to reconnect what remained of the tunnel to a new passage being dug in southern Gaza, he said.
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Conricus said the army had been monitoring the group’s attempts to rebuild the tunnel for several weeks, but that Hamas had likely been working on the site for far longer.

He said the connection point between the old and new tunnels was located some 200 meters from the border.

The spokesperson added that the army used a new technique to destroy the tunnel that would prevent Hamas from being able to use it again, but would not elaborate on its nature.

Conricus said he could not describe the underground infrastructure destroyed in central Gaza, beyond saying that it was used by the Hamas terrorist group for “military purposes.”

According to the spokesperson, the destruction of this “subterranean complex” was in response to the bombing that took place on the border fence that was meant to injure Israeli soldiers, but failed to do so.

Earlier on Sunday, the army had erected roadblocks in the area around the Eshkol Region, which abuts the Gaza border border.

Conricus said there was no risk to civilians, and the roadblocks were later removed.

The local council sent a message to residents, telling them that despite the increased army presence in the area, the roads were open.

“There is movement of security vehicles in the southern portion of the region, but the roads are open and there are no blocks to traffic. The council is in constant contact with military officials. There are no special instructions to residents,” the council said.


View of Gaza as seen from the southern Israeli border, January 23, 2018 (Yaakov Lederman/FLASH90)
On Saturday, after the bomb planted near the Israel-Gaza border exploded, causing no casualties, Israeli tanks also destroyed a Hamas post in the area in response to the bombing.

The IDF said there were no troops near the bomb when it detonated, the latest in a series of attempted bomb attacks on Israeli troops.

On Friday, some 150 Palestinians were said to have taken part in riots along the Gaza border, with the Palestinian Authority’s official Wafa news agency reporting seven demonstrators were wounded by Israeli fire during the clashes.


A Palestinian protesters jumps over a field of cacti during clashes with Israeli forces near Khan Yunis by the border between Israel and the southern Gaza strip on March 9, 2018. (AFP PHOTO / SAID KHATIB)
The protests were part of a “day of rage” marking 100 days since US President Donald Trump recognized Jerusalem as Israel’s capital. Hundreds of Palestinians also clashed with Israeli soldiers in the West Bank.

Michael Bachner contributed to this report.

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Analysis Destroyed Tunnels and Border Bombs: Hamas and Israel Dangerously Close to Another Gaza War
It would take only one mass-casualty incident – either a Palestinian terror attack or an Israeli operation – to spark a broader military clash
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Radical Islam, the Islamic State and its threats are very real. America faces this threat, as do other counties. Yet the solution to Radical Islam may come from a surprising source – a reformed Islam.
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Reformed Islam can counter theocratic radical Islam
This man is the son of Syrian immigrants and served in the US Navy for eleven years. After 9/11, he formed a group that wants to stop radical Islam. He knows that in modern times, we finally have a president that will name the enemy. And the enemy is radical Islam. This man has an interesting suggestion to solve the problem. And his solution is an ideological solution. It may be much more powerful that bullets. Because ideologies can literally change how an entire generation or group of people thinks. He hopes for a reformed Islam. An Islam that is not radicalized. An Islam that is not a theocracy. He want there to be a separation between mosque and state.
Can Reformed Islam actually happen?
Yes. There are some places where Muslims actually want to stop political Islam and stop radicalization. One example is the large amount of Iranian people. Another are the millions of Egyptians who protest in the streets against radical Islam. They reject Islamism. And so we see that reformation is important, however it will take time. Perhaps even a generation or two – until the ideas permeate to all of society and they decide to reject radical Islam. We need to get the imams out of power. The Muslim governments should believe in human rights for all people. This will be better for that society, and help reduce radical Islamic ideology. Separating mosque and state will be good for everyone. It will be especially good for non-Muslims who would otherwise have to suffer under radical Islamic rule.


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The basic truth is that the United Nations, leftists, and Muslims want to wipe out Israel
Three thousand years ago, King David ruled in Jerusalem. He was Jewish. The people living there were Jews. The Torah records this. Islam didn’t come to exist until two thousand years after King David. In fact, the Koran also states that Israel belongs to the Jews! Additionally, there is clear archaeological evidence that Jews have been living in Israel for thousands of years. This proof, “set in stone” so to say, is what Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu is showing the United Nations. Will they blind themselves from this proof also?

The United Nations wants to wipe out the basic truth of Israel’s existence
The United United Nations repeatedly denies the fundamental connection between the Jewish people and the Land of Israel. They flat out lie by distorting the Jewish connection to the Jerusalem and the Temple Mount. They fabricate a fake history for the city of Hebron. Yet anyone with a basic Biblical knowledge knows that Hebron was the city where Abraham lived and where the Jewish ancestors are buried. Abraham and Sarah, Isaac and Rebecca, Jacob and Leah are buried there.

Despite the den of lies, Prime Minister Netanyahu was fearless and spoke the truth. He showed them the historical evidence. It proves that Israel belongs to the Jews. It demonstrates that Jews have an unbreakable bond with Israel. The Jewish people have survived thousands of years. We survived pogroms and Nazis. We survived wars and Muslim terrorism. We will survive the United Nations lies also.

The United Nations is waking up to the basic truth. It will take time, but eventually they will acknowledge that Israel belongs to the Jewish people.



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Israel News for March 14, 2018
GAZA CONFERENCE
Representatives of nearly two dozen countries and international organizations gathered yesterday at the White House for a meeting to discuss aid for Gaza. The meeting was led by top U.S. Middle East negotiator Jason Greenblatt.

Greenblatt highlighted the poverty in Gaza and said, “We asked you here because we believe we can do much better – we must do much better.” Jared Kushner presented concrete ideas to assist the people of Gaza.

The Palestinian Authority boycotted the meeting, in protest of President Trump’s recognition of Jerusalem as Israel’s capital. UNRWA, the UN relief organization that provides most of the relief in Gaza, was not invited.

The full list of participants includes: Bahrain, Canada, Cyprus, Egypt, the European Union, France, Ireland, Israel, Italy, Japan, Jordan, Saudi Arabia, the Netherlands, Norway, Oman, the Middle East Quartet, Qatar, Sweden, Switzerland, the United Arab Emirates, the United Kingdom and the United Nations.

The White House called the 6 hour meeting a success.

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COMPROMISE REACHED
The Ministerial Committee for Legislation last night unanimously approved a compromise deal to avert a government collapse and new elections. The deal allows for the passage of the Draft Bill, which exempts yeshiva students from military service, while permitting coalition MKs to vote against it if they so choose. That means that Defense Minister Avigdor Lieberman and members of his party will be able to vote against the Draft Bill without being fired.

To read details of the compromise deal click here.

ASSASSINATION ATTEMPT
A bomb was detonated near Palestinian Authority Prime Minister Rami Hamdallah’s convoy, just minutes after he crossed into Gaza from Israel at the Erez crossing. Hamdallah was visiting the area to inaugurate a desalination plant established within the framework of reconciliation with Hamas. Hamdallah was not harmed, but several of his guards were injured.

PA President Abbas condemned the assassination attempt and said, “this crime was planned and its targets and perpetrators are well-known. It is consistent with the attempts to avoid allowing the Palestinian government to operate in Gaza, undermine the reconciliation and to destroy the national enterprise by separating Gaza from the West Bank in order to establish a questionable state in the Gaza Strip.”

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BIRTH RATE
According to Central Bureau of Statistics data on birth and fertility published Tuesday, Israel’s overall fertility rate was 3.14 children per mother in 2016. That’s the highest fertility rate among nations who are members of the Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development (OECD). The average OECD rate averages around 2.1 children.

Communities with highest overall fertility rates were Haredi cities and Bedouin communities in the south. Those with the lowest rate, on the other hand, were mostly Druze, or communities housing either the upper socioeconomic echelons of Israel’s population or a relatively high percentage of olim.

A total of 191,405 babies were born in Israel in 2016. By religion, 73.9% of babies born in 2016 were born to Jewish women, 20.7% to Muslims, 1.4% to Christians, 1.3% to Druze, and 2.6% to women whose religion was not classified in the census.

The average age of women giving birth for the first time was 27.6. The proportion of babies born to women 30 years or older rose from 40.2% in 2000 to 51.5% in 2016.

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SPOTIFY LAUNCHES
Spotify, the world’s largest music, podcast, and video streaming service officially launched in Israel on Monday. Spotify will charge 20 shekels a month for a premium subscription, in addition to its free service with ads.

THE WINNER IS
We are happy to announce that the winner of the IsraelAM book giveaway is Amee Sherer, the Executive Director of the Hillel at the University of Washington. Upon hearing that she won, Amee said, “I will be thrilled to add these books to our Hillel UW library!” And we’re thrilled that the books will be put to good use in strengthening college students’ connection with Israel.
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Analysis: The coming war
There is a feeling of calm before the storm here in Israel.
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Iran’s Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei has changed his time schedule for the destruction of Israel and at the beginning of March promised a Sunni Syrian religious scholar he would lead prayers in Jerusalem fairly soon.

His words are not merely rhetoric since the Iranians are making rapid progress in preparations for a concerted effort to destroy the Jewish state via its proxies in Lebanon, Syria and the territories controlled by the PA and Hamas.

During a meeting with Muhammad Abdul-Sattar al-Sayyid, the Syrian Minister of religious affairs and Syrian religious scholars, Khamenei promised al-Sayyid he would see the day that he would be able “to lead prayers in al-Quds” (Jerusalem).

“I hope that you and we will see the day when you are conducting public prayers in Quds, God willing. We believe that that day will come. It is possible that this humble person and people like us will not be living on that day, but it will come eventually and it will not come late,” according to Khamenei

Severeal years ago, the Iranian dictator said Israel would be erased from the face of earth within 25 years.

During the meeting with the Syrian scholars Khamenei elevated the status of Syrian dictator Bashar al-Assad whom he praised for being "a great example of resistance and a fighting image.”

Calling al-Assad an “example” for the resistance movement – the loose coalition of terrorist movements and rogue regimes fighting Israel- is another indication Iran and its allies in Syria are shifting their focus toward Israel now that the Russian-supported Iranian axis is on the verge of victory in the seven-year-old Syrian war.

The pro-Assad coalition of Shiite militias who make up the bulk of the Syrian army today is currently eliminating the last hubs of Islamist rebels in eastern Ghouta near Damascus and in the northern province Idlib in Syria.

At the same time Iran is continuing to build the military infrastructure which will be needed in the coming confrontation with the IDF.

A recent New York Times report indicated the Islamic Republic is building missile facilities and military bases in Syria while bringing its proxies closer to the Israeli border.

In addition, Fox News reported last week Iran is building big missile silos on a military base near Damascus.

Fox News obtained images of the base from ImageSat International which showed the Quds force of the Iranian Revolutionary Guards Corps (IRGC) had built two hangars for missiles which can hit Israel anywhere.

A similar base was destroyed by Israel during the first direct confrontation between the IAF and the IRGC on February 10, 2018.

This week Amir Ali Hajizadeh, the commander of the Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps Aerospace Force, said Iran has tripled its missile production despite international efforts to curb the program.

Hajizadeh scoffed at Israel and other Western powers such as France for their “hypocrisy” in trying to stop further expansion of the Iranian missile program.

France is leading the effort to reduce the threat from Iranian missiles, however, French Foreign Minister Jean-Yves Le Drian failed to book progress while visiting Iran at the beginning of this week.

Another indication both Israel and Iran are preparing for war is detectable in Lebanon.

Last week, Joseph Aoun, the commander of the Lebanese Armed Forces (LAF), told reporters the Lebanese army is ready for a new conflict with Israel if the IDF encroaches further on the border of Lebanon.

Aoun’s threat was related to mounting tensions between Lebanon and Israel over additional security measures the IDF is currently undertaking near the Lebanese border and a dispute over a gas field which straddles the maritime border between the two countries.

There’s more.

A former Syrian general who headed the chemical weapons program of Assad’s army this week disclosed Iran and Syria have supplied chemical weapons to Hezbollah.

Suhair al-Saqit told the Hebreeuw paper Maariv the chemical warheads in Hezbollah’s possession are produced in Syria.

He also said Assad had transferred a large part of his chemical weapons stockpile to Hezbollah ahead of international inspections which took place after Assad gassed thousands of Syrian civilians during the first period of the Syrian civil war.

Fox News furthermore, reported a new UN investigation revealed North Korea has delivered new chemical weapons to Syria and that satellite images showed North Korean engineers are working on chemical weapons facilities in Syria.

Republican senator Lindsey Graham who visited Israel last week said he had become increasingly worried about the Iranian threat to Israel after he visited the borders between Israel, Lebanon and Syria.

“It’s far worse than I thought it would be,” Graham said before reporting he had seen Hezbollah and Syrian army flags very close to the Israeli border on the Golan Heights.

“Southern Lebanon is a nightmare, it makes Gaza looking stable” Graham said before adding “Israel is in a no-win situation.”

He was referring to the approx. 130,000 missiles pointing at Israel from Lebanon.

Graham could have added that the Lebanese army has been turned into an ally of Hezbollah with U.S. support as columnist Caroline Glick reported this week.

Glick also wrote the presence of UNIFIL in southern Lebanon has been rendered useless against Hezbollah’s growing threat against Israel because the LAF is blocking UNIFIL from carrying out its mandate as a peace keeping force.

Israel on the other hand, is increasingly carrying out reconnaissance missions in Lebanon.

The Lebanese army almost daily reports violations of Lebanese airspace by IAF warplanes and drones while the Israeli navy briefly entered Lebanese territorial waters this week.

“There is a feeling of calm before the storm here in Israel,” blogger Vic Rosenthal wrote this week adding that the “coming war” will probably be the “toughest in Israel’s history.”

Iran and its proxies are expected to lob more than 1,000 missiles a day at Israel from at least three fronts in this ‘coming war’ as many observers, politicians and IDF officers in Israel call it.

These three fronts are Lebanon, Gaza and Syria and it is expected Israel’s various anti-missile shields will be unable to cope with this amount of missiles.

This is why some observers now think the time has come to take preemptive action against the Iranian threat on the lines of what happened in 1967 at the outset of the Six-Day-War when the IAF destroyed almost all Egyptian and Syrian warplanes before the war actually began.

“Israel is exceptionally vulnerable to attack by precision weapons, as on the one hand it is an advanced Western country dependent on sophisticated technologies, and on the other it is small, with very concentrated infrastructures and very little redundancy,” two IAF veterans wrote in a study last year.

They could have added that the bulk of Israel’s population is living in areas in the center of country and the Iranians have already warned they would flatten Tel Aviv and its suburbs in the Gush Dan area.

All the above are the reasons Prime Minister Benyamin Netanyahu spoke in apocalyptic terms regarding the increasing Iranian threat to Israel when he held a speech at the annual American Israel Public Affairs Committee (AIPAC) conference in the U.S.

“We must stop Iran. We will stop Iran,” Netanyahu vowed.
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Israel’s political scene in turmoil as Netanyahu warns of early elections
https://worldisraelnews.com/israels-political-scene-turmoil-netanyahu-warns-early-elections/? March 8, 2018
Israel’s political scene in turmoil as Netanyahu warns of early electionsPM Netanyahu speaks at the Economic Club, March 7, 2018. (AP/Jose Luis Magana)
Is Israel heading to early elections? Netanyahu has presented a political ultimatum.
By: AP and World Israel News Staff

Israel may face early elections due to a coalition crisis, Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu warned during a visit to the US on Wednesday as coalition members conducted a tug-of-war back home.

The prime minister reportedly told his coalition members that he wants his government to complete its full term in November 2019, and if not, elections should be held immediately.

Speaking at the Economic Club in Washington, he said, “If all parties in this coalition … agree that’s what we do, and if not, then we will go to elections now.”

Finance Minister Moshe Kahlon has said his Kulanu party will bolt the coalition if the budget does not pass in the next few weeks.

Coalition partners are feuding over whether to include military draft exemptions for ultra-Orthodox Jews. The ultra-Orthodox MKs have threatened not to vote in favor of budget if draft exemptions for their constituencies are not met to their satisfaction.

At the conference, Netanyahu also made light of the slew of corruption investigations against him back home. When asked what the pleasure of his job is, he jokingly replied, “investigations.”

Netanyahu later took to Facebook to lash out at the “state witness industry.”

“They take people whom they claim committed some crime,” Netanyahu said. “They place them under detention, terrify them, tell them ‘your life is over, your family’s lives are over, we will take everything from you including your freedom. You want to get out of this? There is one way only, smear Netanyahu. It’s not important if you tell delusional lies as long as you smear Netanyahu,'” he said.

This week another former Netanyahu aide, Nir Hefetz, agreed to turn state’s witness in a burgeoning corruption case engulfing the prime minister.

The longtime Netanyahu family spokesman was arrested two weeks ago as part of the Case 4000 investigation. He allegedly helped promote regulation worth hundreds of millions of dollars to Israel’s Bezeq telecom company in return for favorable coverage of the prime minister and his family by the company’s popular news website, Walla.

Netanyahu has denied any wrongdoing and has not yet been named a suspect in the case, but he was questioned by police on Friday ahead of his trip to Washington.

Israeli police have already recommended indicting Netanyahu for bribery, fraud and breach of trust in two separate cases, known as Case 1000 and Case 2000. Netanyahu is suspected of accepting lavish gifts from billionaire friends and promising to promote legislation to help a major Israeli newspaper against its free rival in exchange for favorable coverage.

Netanyahu has denied wrongdoing in all of the cases, saying he is the victim of a politically motivated witch hunt aimed at toppling him. He has repeatedly said that nothing will come out of the investigations.

Netanyahu said in his Facebook clip that the “obsessive chase” after state witnesses “is the best proof that there is nothing here.”

Political tensions in the country are expected to remain high until the prime minister returns from Washington, as all coalition members have stated that he holds the key to solving the apparent political impasse.

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https://www.haaretz.com/world-news/europe/israeli-stand-at-berlin-fair-stormed-by-arab-security-guards-1.5888390?utm_source=Push_Notification&utm_medium=web_push&utm_campaign=General

Israeli Stand at Berlin Fair Stormed by 'Arab Security Guards Shouting Free Palestine'
German police alerted to defend Israeli stand at tourism expo after three security guards storm it

Israeli Stand at Berlin Fair Stormed by 'Arab Security Guards Shouting Free Palestine'
German police alerted to defend Israeli stand at tourism expo after three security guards storm it

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A view of the Palestine stand is pictured at the International Tourism Trade Fair (ITB, Internationale Tourismusboerse) in Berlin during the fair's opening day on March 7, 2018.
A view of the Israeli stand is pictured at the International Tourism Trade Fair (ITB, Internationale Tourismusboerse) in Berlin during the fair's opening day on March 7, 2018.JOHN MACDOUGALL/AFP
Police were called to the ITB tourism trade fair in Berlin to protect the Israel stand from a group of security firm employees who had stormed it.

The incident occurred on Thursday and was initially reported by the Tagesspiegel newspaper and was confirmed to dpa by police on Friday morning.

Three men from a security firm employed by the fair organizers mobbed the Israel stand shouting "Free Palestine," police said.

Police have been alerted to protect the stand from further possible attacks.
Police identified the three men and expelled them from the fair grounds.

Tagesspiegel reported that witnesses said that the men were had an Arab background, but the police did not immediately confirm this on Friday.

A view of the Palestine stand is pictured at the International Tourism Trade Fair (ITB, Internationale Tourismusboerse) in Berlin during the fair's opening day on March 7, 2018.
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TERROR IN ACRE
A 51 year old Israeli-Arab ran over an IDF soldier near the Acre (Akko) city market yesterday morning. He then proceeded to ram his vehicle into 3 other people including a Border Policeman and another soldier. The terrorist was shot, possibly by one of his victims, and taken into custody. The terror victims were either lightly or moderately injured. 
The terrorist’s family expressed their shock, saying, “It is hard for me to believe that this was a nationalistically-motivated incident. Maybe he was angry over receiving a ticket and that’s why he did it. He never thought about hurting people. He doesn’t have those types of thoughts.” 
The terrorist’s defense attorney insists that he is not a terrorist and committed his crime out of anger after receiving a 1000 shekel traffic ticket. 
The police and shin bet are still investigating the incident. 
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HAMAS BUSTED
Footage shows Hamas siphoning Gaza power
Coordinator of Government Activities in the Territories (COGAT) Maj.-Gen. Yoav Mordechai uploaded footage to his Facebook page showing Hamas operatives hooking up illicitly to a Gaza power line Saturday in order to siphon electricity. He wrote, "The Hamas terror group continues stealing from the people of Gaza," and that, "This power was intended for hospitals and schools, but Hamas is uninterested in the populace and even exploits it. Watch the daylight robbery." 

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Three Confidants, Three State Witnesses: Who Are They and What Do They Know About the Netanyahus
Everything you need to know about the three men who could bring down Netanyahu
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Nir Hefetz, Shlomo Filber, and Ari Harow.Marc Israel Sellem, Moti Milrod
In dramatic development, third Netanyahu confidant likely to turn against him
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Nir Hefetz, Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu's "spin doctor" and confidant, is in talks with police to turn state's evidence in the bribery case involving the Bezeq telecom giant and the Walla news site.

If the deal is signed, Hefetz will become the third Netanyahu confidant to turn against the prime minister in the ongoing corruption cases.

Hefetz, who as a journalist was known for his aggressive demeanor towards peers, began his career with Netanyahu in 2009, when he was appointed chief spokesman for the prime minister, and again in 2014, this time as a media advisor for his family.

>> A belligerent ex-journalist with lots of secrets to tell: Read the full profile of Nir Hefetz

Two former Netanyahu confidants have already turned against him. One is former Chief of Staff Ari Harow who testified in cases 2000 and 1000 - which, respectively, relate to discussions of a quid-pro-quo deal with newspaper publisher Arnon Mozes and lavish gifts received from businessmen Arnon Milchan and James Packer.

>> The dyed-in-the-wool Likudnik: Read the full profile of Ari Harow

The other is Sholmo Filber, former director general of the Communications Ministry under Netanyahu, who is suspected of granting financial benefits to Shaul Elovitch, the controlling shareholder of Bezeq, Israel's largest telecom company, on behalf of the prime minister.

>> A ministry director with zero experience: Read the full profile of Shlomo Filber
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In Dramatic Development, Third Netanyahu Confidant Likely to Turn Against Him
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Nir Hefetz, Netanyahu's 'spin doctor', may become a witness for the state ■ Hefetz is suspected of bribery and obstruction of justice in the telecom corruption affair
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Nir Hefetz, Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu's "spin doctor" and confidant, is in talks with police to turn state's evidence in the bribery case involving the Bezeq telecom giant and the Walla news site. Hefetz is suspected of receiving bribes and obstructing justice as part of what is called Case 4000.

>> Bibi bombshells explained: Your updated guide to all the Netanyahu cases <<

If the deal is signed, Hefetz will become the third Netanyahu confidant to turn against the prime minister in the ongoing corruption cases. One of Hefetz's attorneys, Ilan Sofer, told Haaretz Monday he is "optimistic" a deal will be signed.

>>Who Is Nir Hefetz, the Netanyahus’ Spin Doctor Suspected of Offering a Bribe to a Judge?<<
Nir Hefetz sits in the Magistrate Court during his remand hearing in Tel Aviv, Israel, February 22, 2018. \ AMIR COHEN/ REUTERS
At the heart of Case 4000 is the suspicion that Netanyahu acted to provide Bezeq and its former chairman, Shaul Elovitch, with financial breaks worth hundreds of millions of shekels in exchange for positive coverage in the telecommunications company’s popular Walla website. The prime minister has rejected the accusations and insisted that all his decisions “were made in businesslike fashion and based on professional factors, professional testimonies and legal counsel.”

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Hefetz testified in the case in December. Since his arrest two weeks ago, he has been questioned under caution not only in the telecom case but also for a suspected bribery offer to a former judge. So far he had refused to answer the investigator's questions.

Two former Netanyahu confidants have already turned against him. One is former Chief of Staff Ari Harow who testified in cases 2000 and 1000 - which, respectively, relate to discussions of a quid-pro-quo deal with newspaper publisher Arnon Mozes and lavish gifts received from businessmen Arnon Milchan and James Packer.

The other is Sholmo Filber, former director general of the Communications Ministry under Netanyahu, who is suspected of granting financial benefits to Shaul Elovitch, the controlling shareholder of Bezeq, Israel's largest telecom company, on behalf of the prime minister.
 
Hefetz’s association with Netanyahu began in 2009, when he was appointed chief spokesman for the prime minister, then beginning his second stint in office. Hefetz left in 2011 but returned to work for  Netanyahu in 2014, this time as a media advisor for his family. During the 2015 Knesset election, Hefetz also worked as a campaign strategist for Netanyahu’s Likud party.

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Police detain US congressmen on Temple Mount
https://worldisraelnews.com/police-question-us-congressmen-on-temple-mount/? February 22, 2018
Police detain US congressmen on Temple MountIsraeli police keep watch over Congressmen Scott Tipton (R) and David McKinley, as well as Temple Institute director Rabbi Chaim Richman, on the Temple Mount, Feb. 22, 2018. (Courtesy)
Following complaints from the Islamic trust, two American congressmen were taken for questioning at the Temple Mount compound, allegedly for removing an olive branch. 

By: Atara Beck, World Israel News

US Congressmen Scott Tipton (R-CO) and David McKinley (R-WV), in Israel this week on a fact-finding mission organized by Proclaiming Justice to the Nations and Jaffe Strategies, were reportedly detained by police while visiting the Temple Mount Thursday morning, seemingly for picking up a fallen olive branch.

“Ostensibly, that might have something to do with it,” Rabbi Chaim Richman, international director of the Temple Institute, told World Israel News (WIN), adding that they were mistreated.

Eyewitnesses told WIN he saw the congressmen being taken away for questioning.

Israel Police National Spokesman Micky Rosenfeld denies the congressmen were detained. “They weren’t arrested and they weren’t detained,” he told WIN. “Towards the end of the visit, police asked them a number of questions to clarify an issue.”

Asked what the problem was, Rosenfeld said that removing anything from the site is prohibited, and they were questioned in that regard.

The police became involved following a complaint from the Jordanian Waqf (Islamic Trust). Although the IDF liberated the Old City of Jerusalem in the 1967 Six Day War, the Waqf has maintained control over the Temple Mount.

The situation on the Temple Mount has reached a new low,” said Alon Schvartzer, director of policy for Zionist group Im Tirtzu. “This is a disgraceful reality that has long crossed the point of absurdity, and we cannot allow it to continue.” “Israel must remember that it has sovereignty over the Temple Mount, and not the Waqf. The time has come to provide freedom of worship to Jews, Christians and all those who wish to worship peacefully on the Temple Mount.”

The congressmen are on a fact-finding mission to Israel this week, meeting with Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, cabinet ministers and lawmakers. Both are staunch supporters of the Jewish state and the Israel-US alliance as well as being on record for opposing the Iran nuclear deal.
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Sheldon Adelson offers to help pay for Jerusalem embassy — report
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State Department lawyers investigating legality of private donation to cover costs said to be over $500 million
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In this September 26, 2016, photo, Chief Executive of Las Vegas Sands Corporation Sheldon Adelson sits with his wife Miriam waits for the presidential debate between Democratic presidential nominee Hillary Clinton and then-Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump at Hofstra University in Hempstead, NY. (AP Photo/Patrick Semansky)
WASHINGTON (AP) — The Trump administration is considering an offer from Republican mega-donor Sheldon Adelson to pay for at least part of a new US embassy in Jerusalem, four US officials told The Associated Press.


Lawyers at the State Department are looking into the legality of accepting private donations to cover some or all of the embassy costs, the administration officials said. The discussions are occurring as the new embassy clears its final bureaucratic hurdles. On Thursday, Secretary of State Rex Tillerson ended weeks of delay by signing off on a security plan for moving the embassy from Tel Aviv to the holy city, according to the officials, who weren’t authorized to discuss the issue publicly and demanded anonymity.


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In one possible scenario, the administration would solicit contributions not only from Adelson but potentially from other donors in the evangelical and American Jewish communities, too. One official said Adelson, a Las Vegas casino magnate and staunch supporter of Israel, had offered to pay the difference between the total cost — expected to run into the hundreds of millions of dollars — and what the administration is able to raise.


Under any circumstance, letting private citizens cover the costs of an official government building would mark a significant departure from historical US practice. In the Jerusalem case, it would add yet another layer of controversy to Trump’s politically charged decision to move the embassy, given Adelson’s longstanding affiliation with right-wing Israeli politics.




In this May 23, 2017, photo, Sheldon Adelson, right, talks with Secretary of State, Rex Tillerson, before a speech by US President Donald Trump at the Israel Museum in Jerusalem. (AP Photo/Evan Vucci)
It’s not clear if there are any precedents, nor whether government lawyers would give the green light to accept Adelson’s or anyone else’s donations for the embassy.


Adelson’s unconventional offer was made around the time Trump announced in December he would move the embassy to the disputed city of Jerusalem. It would address the president’s stated distaste for shelling out eye-popping sums for overseas diplomatic facilities. Although Trump has promoted the Jerusalem move as fulfilling a key campaign promise, he also was outspoken last month in blasting the $1 billion price tag for a new embassy in London.


Since Trump’s announcement, his administration has been sifting through options for fast-tracking the Israel embassy’s relocation. Last month, Vice President Mike Pence announced during a visit to Israel that the embassy would move by the end of 2019 — possibly earlier. Ambassador David Friedman, who lobbied for Trump’s decision to recognize Jerusalem as Israel’s capital, has advocated moving the embassy as soon as possible.


The US has looked at several possible sites. The most likely plan involves a phased approach to opening the embassy in Jerusalem’s Arnona neighborhood at an existing US facility that handles consular affairs like passports and visas. The US could initially retrofit a small suite of offices in that facility to accommodate Friedman and one or two top aides such as his chief of staff.


That would allow the administration to hang an “embassy” sign over the door and formally open it, perhaps in the next few months. The ribbon could be cut in time for Israel’s Independence Day, Yom Ha’atzmaut, which takes place in April.




The US Consulate in Jerusalem’s Arnona neighborhood, adjoining a possible site for the US Embassy (Raphael Ahren/Times of Israel)
The rest of the embassy staff would remain at first in America’s current facility in Tel Aviv. Over time, the Arnona facility would be expanded to accommodate more embassy personnel. The expansion could ultimately involve an adjacent property that currently houses a home for senior citizens. It will come under US control in the next few years under a previous arrangement, officials said.


Retrofitting just a few offices could be accomplished at minimal cost. But expanding the new embassy into a full-fledged complex that houses the bulk of America’s diplomatic staff in Israel would easily cost more than $500 million dollars, officials familiar with the process said. Particularly pricey are the strict security requirements for embassies that are written into US law.


It’s unclear how much of the cost Adelson might be willing to cover.


The White House declined to comment. An Adelson spokesman didn’t respond to multiple requests for comment.


Consulate General of the United States in Jerusalem (photo credit: CC BY James Emery/Flickr)
Consulate General of the United States in Jerusalem, Israel (photo credit: CC BY-James Emery/Flickr)
The State Department said it had “nothing to announce” about the Jerusalem embassy move and would not “get ahead of any decisions by the secretary.”


“We have no confirmation or details about this hypothetical proposal,” the State Department said.


Kathy Bethany, the former cost management director for the State Department’s Bureau of Overseas Building Operations, said she couldn’t recall any instances of the US government accepting donations to build embassies during her tenure, which ended in 2014.


“I don’t know how well that would work,” Bethany said. “Would we be beholden to putting their name on the building? I’ve never heard of that.”


The State Department’s Foreign Affairs Manual lays out a process for accepting gifts from private citizens, including real estate. The process says gifts must be evaluated case-by-case through a process that includes ensuring the gift “would not give the appearance of a conflict of interest.”




In this May 23, 2017, photo, Sheldon Adelson arrives for President Donald Trump’s speech at the Israel museum in Jerusalem. (AP Photo/Sebastian Scheiner)
Adelson, who donated $5 million to Trump’s inaugural committee, is one of the Republican Party’s biggest donors and a major supporter of Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu. Adelson also finances Israel Hayom, a pro-Netanyahu newspaper that is distributed free throughout Israel.


If lawyers decide to allow donations for the Jerusalem embassy, it wouldn’t be without significant political risk for Trump. The president already faces major criticism from Palestinians and others who say his decision to move the embassy to Jerusalem — also claimed by the Palestinians for the capital of their future state — tipped the scales unfairly in Israel’s favor.


Mort Klein, president of the pro-Israel group Zionist Organization of America and a close associate of Adelson, said accepting donations would be ill-advised. Klein said he knew Adelson was “deeply interested” in seeing the embassy relocate to Jerusalem but was unaware that the casino mogul had offered to help pay for it himself.


“This is a government project. It’s a government-run embassy,” Klein said. “I don’t want people to be able to say it was Jewish money.”
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DEPORTATION DEMONSTRATIONS
A giant rally is scheduled to take place in south Tel Aviv Saturday in solidarity with illegal African migrants and asylum seekers, who are soon to be deported to Uganda or Rwanda or face imprisonment in Israel. 

The movement orchestrating the rally, known as “South Tel Aviv Against Deportation”, is expecting thousands to flock to the area to attend from across Israel in a bid to display widespread opposition to the Knesset’s approval of the deportation plan two months ago. 

In an effort to counter the demonstration, crowds are planning to assemble from the other side of the camp, led by “The Front for the Liberation of South Tel Aviv” under the campaign banner of “Remember Esther Galili,” a victim whose murder came to symbolize anger over the migrants’ presence and galvanize protesters into action. 

In January, Israel began notifying thousands of Africans who entered the country illegally that they have three months to leave or face incarceration. 

The Population and Immigration Authority called on migrants from Sudan and Eritrea to leave "to their country or to a third country," meaning Rwanda or Uganda. Those who leave by the end of March will be given $3,500, along with airfare and other incentives. 

Rwanda announced Friday that it would only absorb Eritrean and Sudanese asylum seeker being deported from Israel if the measures were in accordance with international law. 

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Settlers Caught on Film Throwing Stones at Left-wing Activists in West Bank
Two activists hurt by the stones, and the group left the area due to the incident
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Some six settlers were caught on film Saturday throwing stones at left-wing activists in the southern West Bank. Two activists were hurt and were treated on the scene.

Videos taken by the activists show the settlers, some masked, throwing stones at them from a few meters away. At least four people are seen in the video thowing stones, with four of them hurling them more than 20 times.
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The activists left the place, near the outpost of Havat Maon in the southern Hebron Hills, due to the stone-throwing.
About 10 Israelis, members of the left-wing anti-occupation group Ta’ayush, along with international activists, were touring the area when they were assaulted.
“The area there is very violent," Guy Batavia, who took part in the tour, said. "In recent months there have been a number of assaults on activists and on [Palestinian] farmers and shepherds. Yesterday there were two more assaults. We had gone to one of the villages where [settlers] had gone in during the week and made a mess – and a few teens came out toward us, three of them masked, and threw really big stones at us. It was really dangerous.”
The activists did not file a police complaint, saying the police “don’t really want to do anything.” Thus, no arrests are known to have been made following the incident, in which the teens whose faces were exposed could clearly be seen in the high quality film.
On Friday, Israeli citizens were filmed throwing stones at houses in the Palestinian town of Burin in the Nablus area in the northern central West Bank. In the footage, which was taken by members of the Yesh Din human rights organization, a group of about 20 Israelis are seen approaching the houses and throwing rocks from a few meters away. No damage or injuries were reported. In one video, it appears that one of the perpetrators is carrying a pistol and in another, one is shown carrying a rifle. No reports of gunfire were filed, but only stone-throwing. Israeli soldiers were shown entering the town near the man carrying the weapon.
Last year a Haaretz investigative report revealed that although the police were aware of at least nine instances of assault by settlers against Palestinians, left-wing activists and soldiers over a period of two and a half months, all of which were filmed or witnessed by soldiers, no one was indicted, even though the unmasked faces could clearly be seen. In other cases, soldiers were very close to the stone-throwers, but did nothing to stop them.

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Holocaust Denier, anti-Semite Set to Clinch GOP Congressional Primary in Chicago
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Arthur Jones, 70, calls the Holocaust 'the biggest lie in history,' but will run unopposed in the upcoming GOP primary in 3rd Congressional District, a Democratic stronghold

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An avowed anti-Semite, Holocaust denier and former leader of the American Nazi Party is set to become the Republican nominee for a congressional seat in Illinois, the Chicago Sun-Times reported Sunday.

Arthur Jones, 70, is running unopposed in the GOP primary for Illinois' 3rd Congressional District on March 20, making him a shoo-in to face the Democratic incumbent in the November election. Jones has stood for public office many times since the 1970s, always unsuccessfully.

The Anti-Defamation League responded by calling Jones "by every definition an anti-Semite and unrepentant bigot."

The congressional seat, which encompasses parts of Chicago, is a Democratic stronghold, which is why the Republican Party didn’t bother to field an official candidate. Jones had run in the district primary seven times before this year but never came close to securing the nomination.

On his campaign website, called Art Jones for Congressman – which features a logo of the GOP elephant with a Confederate flag atop it – Jones has a special section called "Holocaust?" The section features seven scanned articles or documents, the first one called "The Holocaust Racket."

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"This idea that 'SIX MILLION JEWS,' were killed by the National Socialist government of Germany, in World War II, is the biggest, blackest, lie in history," declares the document, which is signed by the "Veterans of Jewish Wars."

The document further states that "Jewish International Communism and Jewish International Zionism are directly responsible for the murder of at least 300 million people and these blood-thirsty criminal vampires may yet ignite a THIRD WORLD WAR, if we don't stop them."

Other documents in the section include "The Kosher Food Scam," "Holocaust 'Survivors' in U.S. Given Preference by S.S. [Social Security]" and a 1993 newspaper cutting saying "34% Doubt Holocaust."

Jones is a retired insurance broker and says on his campaign website that he was "raised in a highly patriotic family. The blood of the Southern Confederate and the Northern Yankee are both in me."

He told the Chicago Sun-Times about his former leadership of the American Nazi Party and that he now heads a group called the American First Committee.

"Membership in this organization is open to any white American citizen of European, non-Jewish descent," he told the daily.

He told the Chicago Tribune he had dressed in full Nazi regalia during a march in Skokie, Illinois, in the 1970s, and billed himself as "the White People's Candidate" during his failed bid to become mayor of Milwaukee in 1976.

The Anti-Defamation League told the Sun-Times Jones had been on its radar for some time.

"Arthur Jones, who proudly displays Holocaust denial, xenophobia and racism on his blog and website, has a long history of hateful, extremist and anti-Semitic views," the ADL's regional director in Chicago, Lonnie Nasatir was quoted as saying.

"For example," Nasatir continued, in 2009 "he protested the opening of the Illinois Holocaust Museum and Education Center, and continues to espouse absurd conspiracy theories questioning the deaths of millions of Jews."

Jones almost landed the 3rd Congressional District nomination in 2016, but was removed from the ballot when Illinois Republican Party members highlighted irregularities in his application. He told the Chicago Tribune that this primary represents "absolutely the best opportunity in my entire political career.

"Every time I've run, it's been against a Republican who follows this politically correct nonsense. This time they screwed up," he told the paper.

The Republican Party is now seemingly powerless to stop Jones running in the general election, but its Illinois chairman, Tim Schneider, distanced the party from Jones. He told the Chicago Sun-Times the GOP "and our country have no place for Nazis like Arthur Jones. We strongly oppose his racist views and his candidacy for any public office, including the 3rd Congressional District."

Jones told the Chicago Tribune he doesn't support interracial marriage or integration in schools, telling the paper: I don't believe in equality – period."

Looking ahead to the November 6 election against either the Democratic incumbent Rep. Dan Lipinski or challenger Marie Newman, Jones told the Tribune, "I'll have nine months to campaign. I think I have a good chance."

He will not, however, be reaching out to the Republican president for support. Newsweek quotes Jones as saying he regretted voting for Donald Trump in the 2016 presidential election, because Trump has "surrounded himself with hordes of Jews."
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Israel carrying out secret airstrike campaign in Sinai to help Egypt — report
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Unmarked IAF drones, fighter jets, and gunships are conducting attacks against jihadist insurgents at the behest of Sissi, The New York Times reports
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Israeli drones, fighter jets, and helicopter gunships have carried out more than 100 airstrikes against Islamist terrorists in the Sinai, in a bid to help Egypt deal with the jihadist insurgency in the peninsula, the New York Times reported Saturday.

Israel was forced to take action, with the blessing of Egyptian President Abdel-Fattah el-Sissi, as Egypt struggled to deal with the violent uprising that has killed hundreds of Egyptian security forces and civilians, the report said.

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While security coordination between Jerusalem and Cairo is known to be close, the ties are still unpopular in Egypt, despite nearly three decades of peace. In order to keep the cooperation quiet, the Israeli aircraft are often unmarked and sometimes use indirect routes in a bid to cover up the origin of the strikes, the report said.

The report said Sissi had kept the Israeli strikes secret, only letting a small group of military and intelligence officials in on the cooperation, and has kept northern Sinai a closed military area, barring reporters from the region.

Israeli and Egyptian officials refused to confirm or comment on the report, which the paper said was based on interviews with seven current or former British and American officials involved in Middle East policy, all speaking on the condition of anonymity to discuss classified information.

The report quoted American officials as saying that Israel’s air campaign has played a decisive role in enabling the Egyptian armed forces to gain an upper hand against the jihadists.

According to the US sources, Israel began its airstrikes following the capture of a north Sinai town by the Islamists and the downing of a Russian charter jet over Sinai in October 2014 that killed 224 people. They said Israel has had a string of successes in killing the terrorist leaders.

In the wake of the Israeli strikes, the Islamists slowed their advance and switched their attention to softer targets like attacking mosques and churches, the report said.

However, Israel has complained to the US that Egypt is not upholding its end of the agreement and was supposed to follow up on the airstrikes by pushing ground forces into the region.



Israeli Right-wing Lawmaker to Meet Leader of Austrian Party With Nazi Roots
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The meeting will be the first meeting between an elected Israeli official and far-right Heinz-Christian Strache since the latter was appointed as Austria's vice-chancellor
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MK Yehuda Glick (Likud) is planning to meet Heinz-Christian Strache, the head of Austria’s Freedom Party who was appointed as Austria’s vice-chancellor a month and a half ago.

Glick told Haaretz that he was invited by Strache and by Austria’s new foreign minister Karin Kneissl, who was appointed to her post by Strache’s party, as a professional appointment. The meeting, which will take place in two weeks, will be the first meeting between an Israeli elected official and Strache since the latter assumed his new post.

Glick refused to elaborate on the upcoming meeting. He said on Twitter that he was happy to meet one of Israel’s most senior friends in Europe. Jerusalem has not yet adopted a clear stand regarding meetings between senior Israeli officials and the new vice-chancellor, who heads a party with Nazi roots. Foreign ministry officials clarified that the government would continue to maintain professional working relations with the Austrian government despite the inclusion of the extreme right-wing party in the coalition.

MK Ksenia Svetlova (Zionist Union) sharply criticized the proposed meeting. “Meetings with leaders of anti-Semitic and neo-Nazi parties lend legitimacy to activists who wink to Israel with one eye while nodding at Israel-haters,” she said.

"Such meetings are insulting and dismissive towards the victims and survivors, as well as to people who fought the Nazis," Svetlova added

Svetlova has drafted a bill which would deny entry into Israel to people who deny the Holocaust or who have uttered anti-Semitic expressions. She says that no Knesset member on the right whom she’s approached has agreed to support her.

The last time the Freedom Party joined the ruling coalition in Austria, in 2000, Israel responded vigorously: it returned home its ambassador in Vienna and reduced the level of its relations with Austria. Nowadays things are different, since Strache has managed in recent years to make some powerful friends among Israel’s right-wing settlers, partly based on his promise to move Austria’s embassy to Jerusalem and on his support for construction in the settlements.

Strache has visited Israel on at least three occasions in recent years, meeting senior Likud officials and touring the Yad Vashem Holocaust Museum. On his last visit, in 2016, former president Shimon Peres refused to meet him, based on a foreign ministry recommendation.
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https://www.haaretz.com/israel-news/asylum-seekers-who-left-israel-for-rwanda-warn-those-remaining-don-t-1.5785996?utm_source=Push_Notification&utm_medium=web_push&utm_campaign=General
Asylum Seekers Who Left Israel for Rwanda Warn Those Remaining: ‘Don’t Come Here’
'I thought maybe it would be better for me in Rwanda than in prison, but it has become like a prison for me here,' says an asylum seeker who left Israel

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African migrants demonstrate against the Israeli government outside the Rwanda embassy on January 22, 2018 in the Israeli city of Herzliya.
African migrants demonstrate against the Israeli government outside the Rwanda embassy on January 22, 2018 in the Israeli city of Herzliya. JACK GUEZ/AFP
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It’s been four years since the life of Goitom, 28, from Eritrea changed dramatically. When he came to renew his residency visa in Israel, an immigration official told him he had to report to the Holot detention facility. At that time, people were being kept there indefinitely. Goitom did not agree to give up his freedom and preferred to accept the offer from the Population, Immigration and Border Authority to become one of the first African asylum seekers to leave for Rwanda.

“I didn’t want to go to the prison. I thought maybe it would be better for me in Rwanda than in prison, but it has become like a prison for me here,” he said this week in a video interview with Haaretz from Kigali, Rwanda’s capital. The despair is evident on his face.

For more than two months now he has been living in the street. “Things are so bad. I am living very badly. I have no home, there is no work,” he says. “Before, there were a few people who helped me. The United Nations also helped – they gave me money for lodging and food. But they stopped.”

He describes a daily fight for survival.’”Sometimes I eat with friends, sometimes I ask for help from people who have a restaurant, sometimes I go to sleep without eating.” In the four years he has been living in Rwanda he has not been employed for a single day, though he says he has invested a lot of effort in looking for work. He opened a small shop for selling basic items but it failed and had to shut down within a few months. “When I opened the business I didn’t know the language and therefore I lost money,” he explains.

He had crossed the Egyptian border into Israel in 2008. He says he left Eritrea because of “political problems.” After six years in Israel he boarded the flight to Rwanda together with two other asylum seekers. At first he received a visa that allowed him to stay for three months but then it was denied him

“For more than a year I lived without any documentation,” Goitom says. Then the authorities in Rwanda gave him a visa that he was required to renew every three months. After a year, they refused to renew it again and sent him to the local office of the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees. There he received a UNHCR document stating that he is an asylum seeker. Last year he left the document at the place where he was living, was stopped and arrested and sent to prison for two days.

Like the other asylum seekers who left Israel, he received a grant of $3,500. He says the money lasted for two years. At first he says he was cheated and charged exorbitant amount rent, but later he learned the market rates. When the money ran out he found himself in the street. He wants to leave Rwanda but doesn’t see any practical possibility of doing this.

“It’s very hard to cross the border without documents,” he says. Going back to Eritrea is out of the question. “How can I go back?” he says. “If I go back there now they will put me in prison for 10 to 20 years. It’s impossible.”

Only nine former sojourners in Israel left in Rwanda

His story reflects the situation of the few asylum seekers who left Israel for Rwanda and have remained there. The UNHCR office in Kigali knows about only nine them. All the rest have left; most have been smuggled into Uganda. Six of those who remain in Rwanda agreed to share their stories with Haaretz. The interviews with four of them were conducted in English and the other two in Arabic, with the help of an interpreter. All six live a meager existence in Kigali, struggling to survive. Some have lost all hope. The luckier ones have a roof over their heads and money for food. Others depend on the generosity and kindness of friends and local people and the limited help from the UN.

The authorities in Rwanda do not recognize their right to be there and refuse to grant them residency permits. Lacking official documents, they have frequently been arrested and jailed. They are not fluent in the local language, the culture is foreign to them and finding work is nearly impossible. Though they arrived in Rwanda at different times, they all tell a similar story that raises concern for the fate of those who will be deported from Israel in the near future. All the people interviewed regret their decision to leave for Rwanda and urge the asylum seekers in Israel not to follow their example.

“The prison in Israel is preferable,” they declare.

‘I hope Israel won’t send my children to Rwanda’

The confiscation of their documents recurs in all the testimonies. “When I arrived here they took my documents. They said to me that if you want to, you can go to Uganda, if want to, you can stay in Rwanda. I told them that my country is at war and I want to remain in Rwanda,” recounts “Jacob,” (not his real name), 42, from South Sudan, who left a wife and four children behind in Israel. His wife, a citizen of Sudan, was permitted to remain in Israel with the children while he was required to leave after his country declared its independence.

At first he refused to leave Israel and was held in Saharonim Prison in the Negev. The population authority offered him the option of leaving for Rwanda or Uganda. After a year in Saharonim he gave up and chose Rwanda. “The situation here is very bad. I am suffering. I have no work and I have no home. I have nothing. The UN gives us hospital [care], clothing and shoes, not food,” he says.

Shortly after he arrived in Rwanda, Jacob opened a small business but could not maintain it. “I didn’t have food, I didn’t receive any support. The UN ... did not give us food or housing.” Currently he is living with friends. “I don’t pay them,” he clarifies. “Sometimes I live with friends, sometimes I sleep outside.”

Jacob, too, has only a UN document, after the authorities in Rwanda granted him a visa for a limited time and refused to renew it. “They didn’t explain to me why they stopped. They said they don’t want people who came from Israel to come for immigration,” he says, noting that he was referred to the UN.

He says the police arrested him three times and that he filed an application for asylum but has not received a reply. “They didn’t reject me but they said you have to wait. We are still waiting. He asked the UN office for absorption in a refugee camp but was refused. “A refugee camp is better for me. If they would take me I would get food and housing but they refused.

“I am sorry I came to Rwanda,” Jacob concludes. “I have received nothing. There is no work. Life is very hard here. I hope that Israel will not send my children to Rwanda,” he repeats. His message to asylum seekers in Israel is clear and unambiguous:

“I am telling you that there is no work here, no help. We are suffering. How can you bring people here? We have no food, we have no home. If people come, they will suffer like I am. It is better to say there in prison than to come here.”

'Why do I need to go to prison?'

Teklesambat, 38, from Eritrea, spent five years in Israel. When in 2014 he was ordered to report to Holot, he decided to leave the country. “If you have a problem with your own country, go to Rwanda,” the population authority people told him. “I was a soldier for eight years in Eritrea. I can’t go back there,” he says, adding that he knew nothing abut Rwanda but decided to go there in order to avoid imprisonment in Israel. “I didn’t make any mistake in Israel so why do I need to go to prison? I left Israel and I came to Rwanda.”

At the airport in Kigali he received a one-month tourist visa. He says immigration officials confiscated all his documents, Along with two other asylum seekers who came with him from Israel, he rented an apartment for $200 a month, far more than the market price. One of the men who made the journey with him is still in Rwanda. The other left for Uganda and contact with him has been cut off.

“When we came, we didn’t have anything, not a single document. I stayed here in Rwanda for a year without any documents,” says Teklesambat. “The UNHCR office sent us to immigration. We didn’t get anything.” He too says he never managed to find work. “Even the locals don’t have work, so how am I going to find work as a foreigner?”

The $3,500 he received from Israel, he says, did not last him a year. Then the UNHCR office funded an apartment and food for him and his roommates. “After that maybe they got tired and they told us: ‘You have to find work.’ Where are we going to find work? We slept outside the UNHCR office for two months. That was in 2016. After that, what can we do? We have nothing, we have no work, we are suffering. We asked to go to a refugee camp and they didn’t let us,” he says, noting that he applied in writing several times to the Rwandan government office responsible for dealing with refugees, and never received a reply.

“I live in the street. People help me. People here are generous but they don’t even have enough for themselves,” he says. “It is better to stay in Israel, even in prison – you have food, you have a place to stay. You know what our situation is here. It is better to stay there and struggle.”

Works at a farm for no pay

John, 28, from South Sudan has been arrested three times for lack of a visa since he arrived in Rwanda. He says the first time he was held for five days, the second time for a week and the third time for nearly two weeks. The first two times he was released by immigration authorities and the third time was helped by the UNHCR office. John, like the others, spent many months with no official documents. For a year he had a visa from the government of Rwanda and now he has a document from the UN refugee office.

He came to Israel in 2007 and left for Rwanda after seven years. “When I arrived at the airport in Rwanda they did not take away my documents. They took me to a hotel. At the hotel they took away my documents. Because I could not afford to stay there, they advised me to rent an apartment in Kigali. I rented with three other people and together we paid $200 a month.” An immigration official came to him and proposed that he leave for Uganda. “He advised me to be in touch with a person who could smuggle me into Uganda. I refused because I didn’t want to go to Uganda that way.

“I asked the immigration authority for a document so that I could open a business,” he continues. “I also asked for a travel document so I could go to Uganda in an official way, not through smuggling. I waited for a year and then they sent to me to the UNHCR office, where they made it clear to me that they could not issue me any such document. I am still waiting.” For five months now he has been living on a friend’s farm in a rural area outside Kigali. “I tend animals at the farm. He does not pay me but in exchange I can live there and eat.”

No work, no food

For seven years Mussie, 32, from Eritrea lived in Israel. In 2015 he was sent to Holot and decided to leave for Rwanda. Fifteen people from Israel came with him. One, whose Facebook posts he saw, went on to Libya in an attempt to get to Europe. Then Mussie heard from friends that the man had been murdered by Islamic State fighters. Mussie has no connection anymore with the rest of the group and does not know what has become of them.

At the airport in Rwanda officials confiscated his documents. He says that from there the immigration people took him straight to a hotel, where he stayed three nights for free. After that he was asked to pay and left for an apartment, for which he paid exorbitant rent.

The grant he received in Israel lasted him two years. His situation is better than that of the others. He is now living alone in a small apartment in Kigali and paying about $20 a month for it. He owns a small shop for basic items but says he will close it soon. “I’m not making any profit, I am losing money. I don’t have customers. It is my own business, but very small. I sell soap, sugar. I want to close,” he says. “We don’t have any work in Rwanda, we don’t have food, we don’t have anything. This is just a life of survival. From the government of Rwanda you can’t get any papers or any help.”

‘I advise people not to come to Rwanda’

Aman, 39, from Eritrea served in the army for nine years until he deserted to Ethiopia in 2008. He stayed in a refugee camp for awhile and from there he continued to Israel via Sudan and Egypt. After six years in Israel, during the summer of 2015, he was told he had to report to Holot or go back to his country. “I told them I had a political problem in my country and I can’t go back there, so they suggested that I go to Rwanda,” he says.

Aman also says the immigration officials in Rwanda confiscated his documents as soon as he landed at the airport. “I traveled with 11 other people – nine men and two women. They took our documents and sent everyone to sleep for three nights at a hotel.” After one night at the hotel, the group decided to continue on to Uganda. Each of them was asked to pay $250 to be smuggled across the border into that country.

“I’m not sure whether the man was from immigration or from the hotel. He was called John,” he says of a man who is mentioned many times by the asylum seekers interviewed.

“The whole group left for Uganda except for me. I came to stay in Rwanda. John said to me, ‘Why are you staying here? This is not a good country to live in. You’d be better off in Uganda.’ I insisted on staying in Rwanda. For three days I stayed at the hotel that was paid for by the government. After the three days, that same person took me into Kigali in his car. He left me by myself to look for a place to stay.”

He rented an apartment and tried again and again to apply to the Rwandan immigration authority but was refused. “At the immigration office I was told, ‘You can open a business. You can work. There’s no problem.’” At the end of 2015, he says, he received a visa like the others. Then he opened a restaurant but lost money and closed it after two months and sold the equipment. From the remaining money he bought a motorcycle and drove passengers for pay. After three months of that, he opened a small shop where he sold basic household items but after a month he had to close it because of a criminal entanglement.

Aman says a women with whom he had a romantic relationship accused him of harassment. “The police arrested me and I stayed in jail for 45 days.” During that time, he says, the woman stole all his savings and disappeared. “When I was in jail a friend advised me to sell the shop and the motorcycle to pay for a lawyer. After 45 days a judge ruled that I was innocent and I didn’t need to stay in jail after I had already lost everything. I complained to every government office, and to the immigration office and to the UNHCR office. At the moment I have nothing, I am hopeless, I have no work and sometimes I sleep at night at people’s’ homes and sometimes I sleep in the street.”

He regrets his decision to come to Rwanda and says the government of Israel forced him to do it, against his will. “I urge people not to come to Rwanda because they will not get any aid. This is not the life I had hoped for when I arrived here.”

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https://www.haaretz.com/israel-news/outraged-over-polish-holocaust-bill-israeli-mk-calls-to-recall-envoy-1.5784599?utm_source=Push_Notification&utm_medium=web_push&utm_campaign=General
'Poland Spitting in Israel's Face': Israeli Politicians, Yad Vashem Voice Outrage After Holocaust Bill Passes Vote
Minister demands Netanyahu recall ambassador ■ Yad Vashem criticizes bill that criminalizes accusing the Polish people of complicity in Nazi crimes

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Israeli Ambassador to Poland, Anna Azari, speaks during a ceremony marking the 13th International Day of Commemoration in Memory of the victims of the Holocaust in Warsaw, Poland, January 29, 2018.
Israeli Ambassador to Poland, Anna Azari, speaks during a ceremony marking the 13th International Day of Commemoration in Memory of the victims of the Holocaust in Warsaw, Poland, January 29, 2018. Czarek Sokolowski/AP
Despite promise to Israel, Polish Senate passes bill criminalizing mention of nation's complicity in Holocaust
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Likud Minister Yisrael Katz demanded on Thursday that Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu recall Israel's ambassador to Poland over controversial legislation that was backed by Polish lawmakers, which would criminalize accusing the Polish nation of complicity in Nazi crimes.

The bill, now pending the approval of the polish president, passed a Senate vote overnight despite assurances that dialogue on the legislation would be held with Israel before a vote takes place.

>> The Polish were once victims of historical whitewashing. Now they are doing the same | Analysis

"The [draft] law passed by the Poles is serious and constitutes a denial of responsibility and of Poland's role in the Jewish Holocaust," Katz said after Polish lawmakers backed the bill. "In the balance between political and moral considerations, a clear decision must be taken – commemorating the victims of the Holocaust over any other consideration."

Construction and Housing Minister Yoav Galant tweeted against the bill, saying "The bill that passed tonight by the Senate in Poland is Holocaust denial. The memory of six million is stronger than any law. We will internalize their memory and remember the lesson- that we must defend ourselves by our own strength."

MK Zipi Livni (Zionist Union), a former foreign minister, said the approval of the law is “unacceptable and spitting in the face of Israel twice, both as the nation of the Jewish people and also against the prime minister who announced he had reached agreements with the Poles – if there were such [understandings].

"Israel needs to respond firmly, to immediately and openly put on the agenda the documentation of the crimes by Poles during the Holocaust and to send a clear message: We won't allow them to cause the past to be forgotten.”

>> Death camps weren’t 'Polish' - but Poles were bad enough to Jews without them, Holocaust historian says

The Yad Vashem Holocaust memorial center in Jerusalem harshly criticized the bill. “It is very disappointing that Poland chose, despite the difficulties with the present wording [of the law] and the harsh protests, to approve the problematic law that could well cause a distortion of the historical truth because of the limitations it places on various expressions concerning the cooperation of parts of the Polish population – directly and indirectly – with the crimes committed on their land during the period of the Holocaust.”

Yad Vashem says it differentiates between the ban on using phrases such as “Polish death camps” – which it also agrees is incorrect – and “other elements” of the law, which include sections that ban speaking about the part of the “Polish people” in the Nazi crimes or crimes against humanity.

These sections of the law “endanger the free and candid discussion of the part of members of the Polish people in the persecution of Jews during the [Holocaust] period,” said Yad Vashem.

“Yad Vashem will continue to support research that endeavors to uncover the complex truth about the relationship of the Polish population to the Jews during the period of the Holocaust and will promote activities for education and commemoration in this spirit.”


The Senate voted on the draft bill in the early hours on Thursday and it will now be sent to President Andrzej Duda for a final signature.

Poland's PAP news agency reported 57 senators voted for the draft bill, with 23 against and two abstentions.

"We have to send a clear signal to the world that we won't allow for Poland to continue being insulted," Patryk Jaki, a deputy justice minister, told reporters in parliament.

The Senate's approval of the bill came despite Polish assurances that a dialogue on the legislation would be held with Israel before a vote on it in the Senate. It had previously been approved by the lower house of parliament.

The legislation, which bans any claims that the Polish people or Polish state were responsible or complicit in the Nazis' crimes, also bans minimizing the responsibility of "the real perpetrators" for these crimes.

Media reports of the lower house's passage of the bill last Friday created a political, public and media storm in Israel. Israeli officials took several steps in response, including a telephone call between Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and his Polish counterpart, Mateusz Morawiecki.

The contacts resulted in the two countries agreeing to set up a joint task force to discuss the matter, but before the sides began their work, the Polish Senate approved the bill.
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Why Diaspora Jews Care So Much About the Fate of Asylum Seekers in Israel
Even loyal advocates of Israel like Alan Dershowitz have criticized Israel for its plan to forcibly deport Eritreans and Sudanese. Their story has touched a nerve with Jews abroad, who see deporting refugees as a violation of Jewish values and their own history
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When Elliot Vaisrub Glassenberg was growing up in suburban Chicago in the 1990s, his Jewish day school taught him that being Jewish meant standing up for the oppressed and being compassionate to others. The biblical injunction to love the stranger because you were once strangers in the land of Egypt was not a suggestion but a code of ethics, he says.

But Glassenberg says that when he immigrated to Israel in 2011, he was shocked by the disdain for the “stranger” he saw in the general Israeli attitude toward African asylum seekers – most of them from Sudan and Eritrea – who had made the difficult and often perilous journey overland to the Jewish state from Egypt.

It was not just the government’s policy of detaining the Africans and not recognizing them as refugees that took him aback. It was also the attitude of many of the Israelis he encountered, who seemed, he thought, content to accept the government’s labeling of the asylum seekers as “infiltrators” and possible demographic threats to the Jewish state.

Glassenberg, 34, attributes this to Israelis growing up with existential fears and a succession of wars that reinforced a fear of the “other.”

In contrast, he says, he and many of his Diaspora counterparts were “taught that diversity and pluralism is a good thing.” They also know what it means to be a minority and the feeling of vulnerability, but also the perspective that this can bring, he says. “But many of my Israeli peers – they were brought up not knowing people of color and not knowing people who are not Jewish,” adds Glassenberg, who now works as an envoy (shaliah) for the Jewish Agency in Chicago.

From his Illinois office, he has become involved in the growing organized efforts by North America’s Jewish community to lobby the Israeli government to reconsider its approach to the asylum seekers, who today number an estimated 38,000.

Those efforts have taken on a new urgency in the last month, since the government decided to forcibly deport the majority of the asylum seekers to “third party” African countries (widely reported to be the sub-Saharan states of Rwanda and Uganda) or their homelands or otherwise to jail them for an indefinite period.

Many U.S. Jews are urging Israel to provide the asylum seekers with an opportunity to file applications for their status as refugees, so their backgrounds can be checked fairly and transparently – instead of being labeled en masse as economic migrants, as Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu called them in a cabinet meeting on Sunday.

Approximately 60,000 African asylum seekers have come through Israel over the last decade or so, and some have subsequently accepted the government’s offer of a one-off payment of $3,500 to voluntarily be deported to those “third countries” or their homelands. But deportations have been followed by testimonies alleging they have been moved on or been robbed of their payments. There have also been stories that some faced human trafficking or even death as they sought to move on from Africa to Europe.

After the Israeli government stepped up its efforts to deport the asylum seekers in December, a letter from the heads of several major U.S. Jewish organizations was among the first calling for it to reverse its position. That has snowballed into petitions and letters by rabbis, Jewish professionals, the Reform movement and other concerned Jews overseas.

Most recently, a campaign was launched by Diaspora Jews called Let Us Help. Its social media-minded message is “Join Us. Tell Israel: #DontDeport #LetUsHelp.”

A petition signed by more than 850 rabbis, cantors, and rabbinical and cantorial students from Orthodox, Conservative Reconstructionist and Reform streams around the world implored Israel to reverse course, saying: “As a country founded by refugees, and whose early leaders helped to craft the 1951 International Convention on the Status of Refugees, Israel must not deport those seeking asylum within its borders. We Jews know far too well what happens when the world closes its doors to those forced to flee their homes.

“Our own experience of slavery and liberation, and our own experience as refugees, compel us to act with mercy and justice toward those seeking refuge among us. Please affirm these Jewish values, as well as Israel’s international commitments, by stopping the deportations,” the letter stated.

Among the growing number of Israelis on the ground mobilizing against the deportation – including prominent authors, filmmakers and doctors – are a significant number of Diaspora-born immigrants. Some of them were previously involved in the social activism of earlier eras, first for Soviet Jewry and, later, on behalf of Ethiopian Jews seeking immigration to Israel.

Rabbi Rick Jacobs, president of the Union for Reform Judaism, told Haaretz via email that the Israeli government position on African asylum seekers is “simply put, at odd odds with Jewish values.”

Israel at Heart founder Joey Low, who has become an advocate for African asylum seekers in Israel. "I cannot sit by and do nothing," he says.
Israel at Heart founder Joey Low, fourth from left, who has become an advocate for African asylum seekers in Israel. "I cannot sit by and do nothing," he says.courtesy of Joey Low
And in a statement last Friday, the Reform movement said: “We recognize that there are many in the world in need of assistance, and it is unreasonable to expect Israel to accept an indefinite number of newcomers. Still, Israel has the ability to assist and absorb the 37,885 asylum seekers already in the country,” it said, citing Population, Immigration and Border Authority data. “The real threat to its Jewish character is the refusal to provide shelter to the persecuted.”

For American Jews in particular, the issue of race is also impossible to ignore.

Even a prominent pro-Israel supporter like Alan Dershowitz is taking the Israeli government to task. “The whiff of racism can’t be avoided when you have a situation where 40,000 people of color are the ones who are being deported en masse, without being individualized and every single case considered on its merits,” the Harvard law professor told ILTV Daily recently. He said that Israel’s Law of Return, which grants citizenship to any person officially recognized as Jewish, “shouldn’t be a law that excludes others from being valuable citizens.”

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Dershowitz added that, in terms of presenting Israel to the world in a positive light – given that “many now consider Israel an apartheid” state – “doing the right thing with regard to these 40,000 people is a test, a true test of Israel’s soul.” He then recounted the story of how 29 members of his own family came to the United States illegally in 1939.

Like many of his Diaspora counterparts, the stories of the African refugees felt personal and relatable to those of their own families fleeing persecution, whether from Nazi Germany, Czarist Russia or elsewhere.

The other ‘other’

But while many Diaspora Jews and Jewish organizations have come out strongly against Israel’s treatment of the African asylum seekers, some of these same people – Dershowitz arguably the most prominent among them – have historically been reluctant to speak out about Palestinian human rights.

Rabbi Ayelet S. Cohen, senior director in the New York/Tri-State Region at the New Israel Fund – an organization that has been outspoken on both Palestinian human rights and the asylum seekers (it helped organize the Jewish clergy letter) – suggests this is because the planned deportations are “so egregious that even people not accustomed to criticizing Israel feel compelled to speak out right now.”

Jacobs, meanwhile, notes that “this is a less complicated issue. There appears to be a ready solution to this situation of the asylum seekers – albeit one the government has decided against, but one around which those of us who seek a different outcome can coalesce. The Israeli-Palestinian conflict is a complex situation, regardless of the concern that we have, as do others, for the character of the Jewish state,” he wrote.

Joey Low is a New York-based investor and pro-Israel activist who spends several months a year in Israel. He founded and donated millions of dollars to the nonprofit Israel at Heart (which sends young Israelis abroad as ambassadors to help promote Israel’s image), but says he’s heartsick over the looming deportations.

A son of refugees who fled Nazi Europe, he says his latest mission is to exert pressure on Netanyahu’s government. “I was always raised knowing my dad was angry at the world for not doing more to help him. He was so vulnerable and no one helped,” Low says. “So now I cannot sit by and do nothing.”

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