A7News: 2nd Phase of Ulpana Eviction: Force and Arrests

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Friday, Jun. 29 ’12, Tammuz 9, 5772

HEADLINES:

1. 2ND PHASE OF ULPANA EVICTION: FORCE AND ARRESTS 2. ARAB WORKERS SEAL BEIT EL HOMES 3. RIGHTS GROUP: STATE ENCOURAGES POLICE TO ATTACK ‘SETTLERS’

4. NETANYAHU TO ARAB MKS: LIEBERMAN IS RIGHT 5. MK: NO AFFIRMATIVE ACTION WITHOUT ARAB SERVICE 6. TIBI: RAMON IN TAIBE IN EXCHANGE FOR ARAFAT IN NETANYA 7. HAMAS CONCERNED OVER UNILATERAL ISRAELI DISENGAGEMENT 8. HERSHKOWITZ: TORAH DEMANDS THAT WE JOIN THE ARMY

1. 2ND PHASE OF ULPANA EVICTION: FORCE AND ARRESTS by Elad Benari

The eviction of the second group of families from the Ulpana neighborhood of Beit El was completed on Thursday evening, after Border Police forces removed from their home Yoel and Yiska Fattal, a couple who refused to leave willingly.

The officers arrived and told the Fattals they had to leave their home willing, in accordance with the agreement reached between the Beit El leadership and the government. After the couple refused, the police said they would be forced to remove them from their home in an unpleasant manner. At this point, the officers picked up Yoel and took him out of the house.

Meanwhile, police arrested at least eight right-wing extremists who barricaded themselves in one of the Ulpana homes.

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The second group which was evicted Thursday is mostly made up of older families, which have more children than the ones evicted Tuesday. Therefore they will be receiving “caravillas” with a floor area of 90 square meters, as opposed to the 60 sq. m. caravillas that the first group received.

Army Radio reported on Thursday that each of the buildings being moved from the Ulpana neighborhood will be “sawed” into 108 parts, which will be stored in a special storage site. They will then be reassembled at a new location inside Beit El.

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2. ARAB WORKERS SEAL BEIT EL HOMES

by Maayana Miskin

After the final families were evicted Thursday from their homes in Beit El, workers came to seal off the buildings to make sure nobody can reenter.

The work was done by Palestinian Authority residents employed by a company hired by the Defense Ministry.

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The ministry took pains to hire Israeli workers to perform other tasks related to the eviction, in an attempt to avoid causing evicted families additional pain. The families” belongings were packed, shipped across town and delivered by Jewish laborers.

The Tatzpit news organization filmed the work being done.

Most of the dozens of families evicted from the buildings are now living in a caravan site on the military base next to Beit El. Some of the families were sent to hotels in the north because their caravans were not ready for occupancy. Others planned, ahead of time, to go to other communities.

The mobile homes provided by the Defense Ministry were taken from families expelled from Gush Katif in 2005. The Gush Katif families had been promised the homes to allow them to make a long-awaited move to the Lachish region, away from the Gaza belt area where most currently reside.

The buildings in Beit El that were cleared out are to be broken into 108 pieces, then rebuilt elsewhere in the Binyamin region town. Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu told residents that in addition to rebuilding the homes, his government will build another 300 homes in Beit El.

3. RIGHTS GROUP: STATE ENCOURAGES POLICE TO ATTACK ‘SETTLERS’

by Maayana Miskin

The primary cause of police violence against protesters is Israeli policy, human rights activist Orit Strook charged, speaking to Arutz Sheva from outside a courtroom.

“The foremost reason [for violence] is the protection that the State Prosecution extends to the officers,” she said. Strook also noted the “great determination” with which state attorneys defend violent officers against lawsuits.

A current case demonstrates the problem, she said. The state is paying for three attorneys to represent officers accused of extreme violence against a young Jewish protester during the eviction from Amona.

“It hurts that six and a half years later, we”re still fighting in court over Amona,” she said. “The state is making every effort to protect the officers”

Some of those hurt by police brutality in Amona will never see their attackers charged in court due to a statute of limitations, she noted.

Despite the problems, Strook said, the Yesha Human Rights Group has seen police violence decrease over the past few years. “When we first established the Yesha Human Rights Group, police violence against settlers and the right was terrible… It was really a pogrom, not [just] violence,” she recalled.

Today, violence against right-wing protesters is less common, she said. Police violence against those in the hareidi-religious world, where there is no equivalent to the Yesha Human Rights group, remains more frequent, she charged.

Regarding allegations of police violence against left-wing protesters in Tel Aviv, Strook said, “What happened to the leftists… I don”t think it”s OK.  It”s serious, every violence in serious – but it”s small change compared to what happened to us in the past, or even today.”

4. NETANYAHU TO ARAB MKS: LIEBERMAN IS RIGHT by Gil Ronen

Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu spoke Thursday evening with Arab MKs Ahmed Tibi and Mohammed Barakeh about the Plesner Committee, in an apparent effort to make it possible to recruit young Arabs to national service.

Netanyahu told them that despite the Plesner Committee’s recommendation not to take action against Arab draft dodgers, he still believes in the idea of “enlistment for all.”

“The world has changed, the country has changed and the situation Is not what it was in the past,” Netanyahu told the two. “Everyone should share the burden.”

Netanyahu said that the Arab MKs should not “build up hopes” after the Committee’s decision, and that the possibility of a conscripting Arabs to do national service “is still being discussed.”

The Plesner Committee’s announcement that it would not recommend sanctions against Arabs who do not enlist caused Yisrael Beytenu and the Jewish Home to announce they were pulling out of the Plesner Committee. Netanyahu’s statement to the Arab MKs can be seen as evidence that he essentially agrees with the Jewish Home and Yisrael Beytenu’s disappointment with the Plesner Committee’s laxness regarding Arabs.

5. MK: NO AFFIRMATIVE ACTION WITHOUT ARAB SERVICE by Maayana Miskin

MK Michael Ben-Ari (Ichud Leumi) has called for an Arab Israeli affirmative action initiative to be put on hold over Arabs” refusal to perform military or national service.

Ben-Ari sent a letter to Knesset Speaker Reuven Rivlin asking him to shut down the Committee on the Integration of Arab Employees in the Public Sector. The committee is headed by MK Ahmed Tibi.

“Those who ask for equal rights need to understand that they have equal obligations,” he argued. “Someone like Ahmed Tibi, who yells whenever he gets the chance about how much discrimination there is, and how Arabs are not part of the state – cannot be unready to also take part in the obligations.”

Tibi “vigorously opposes national service for the Arab public,” Ben-Ari noted.

“Tibi”s behavior, besides being two-faced and immoral, is also illegal,” he continued. “Tibi has become someone who encourages an entire sector of society to be parasitic.”

If the committee on Arab integration is to continue operating, Tibi should be replaced with “a citizen who recognizes the fact that the Arab community has obligations and not just rights,” Ben-Ari suggested.

Tibi has also faced opposition from Foreign Minister Avigdor Lieberman, who has accused him of intentionally impeding Arab integration and has called on MKs not to cooperate with the committee he heads.

6. TIBI: RAMON IN TAIBE IN EXCHANGE FOR ARAFAT IN NETANYA by Elad Benari

MK Ahmed Tibi said on Thursday that he would agree to name a new aerospace center in the Israeli-Arab city of Taibe after Israeli astronaut Ilan Ramon, if the city of Netanya agrees to name its city hall after former Palestinian Authority Chairman Yasser Arafat.

Speaking in an interview with the Ma’ariv newspaper”s local edition for the Sharon area, Tibi said, “The final chapter in Ramon”s life was great and his death is tragic. I have great empathy towards the family and I understand their pain. However, I was surprised to receive an invitation to the inauguration of the aerospace center which dictates that it will be named after Ramon.”

“To tell the truth, even the aerospace center in Taibe was surprised and did not like the idea,” added Tibi, who repeated his reasoning for not naming the center after Ramon. “When you commemorate someone you commemorate his entire life, and for most of his life Ramon was a fighter pilot who participated in the Lebanon war and bombed there. His shelling killed civilians. This a sore point for us, and we asked that our feelings be considered.”

Asked whether the Israeli government, which allocated some funds for the aerospace center, has a right to determine in whose name it will be called, Tibi replied, “No. I stand by the principle that we should never accept that it be dictated who will be perpetuated in exchange for the transfer of funds by the Israeli government. It is our privilege. Why stop there? Maybe the Ministry of Education will say: We”ll pay you six million shekels, and maybe you can name a school after [Menachem] Begin.”

“Some will say: Begin signed an agreement with Egypt. So I say, even Arafat has a Nobel Prize, and Israelis called him a terrorist until they signed an agreement with him, and then rubbed elbows with him after he won the Nobel Prize. How about naming Netanya”s city hall after Arafat in exchange for 150 thousand shekels?”

The Netanya municipality said in response, “We have clear procedures regarding municipal commemoration, and any person who is interested can contact the names committee and his application will be reviewed. As for what was said in the article, we see no need to respond.”

7. HAMAS CONCERNED OVER UNILATERAL ISRAELI DISENGAGEMENT by Elad Benari

Hamas said on Thursday that it is concerned over the possibility that Israel would unilaterally withdraw from Judea and Samaria (Yehuda and Shomron), as it did in Gaza in 2005.

Speaking to the Egyptian-based Al-Ahram newspaper, deputy Hamas leader Moussa Abu Marzouk called on Palestinian Authority Chairman Mahmoud Abbas to abandon negotiations with Israel, and expressed concern that if Abbas continues with his current policy, Israel would withdraw from Judea and Samaria.

Such a move by Israel, explained Abu Marzouk, would leave two separate “Palestinian” areas that are completely detached from one another and would also isolate Jerusalem.

“This is a dangerous scenario,” Abu Marzouk said, noting that “the Arab preoccupation with internal matters gives Israel a chance to establish facts on the ground as it wishes.”

Defense Minister Ehud Barak suggested last month that Israel consider a unilateral disengagement from Judea and Samaria.

“If it is impossible to reach an agreement with the Palestinian [Authority Arabs], we should consider an interim arrangement, or even a unilateral disengagement,” Barak said in a speech to the annual conference of the Institute for National Security Studies.

The PA rejected Barak”s suggestion, saying such a proposal would not lead to lasting peace agreement, but would only harm the two-state solution.

Abu Marzouk also told Al-Ahram that the Hamas leadership does not see Israel as a military threat to its rule in Gaza, and also rejected the possibility that Israel may launch a ground operation in Gaza or conduct military operations in the Sinai Peninsula to remove the threat of the terrorist groups operating there.

“Israel will not dare to violate Egyptian sovereignty in any way, particularly under the present circumstances,” he said, adding, “Israel will think a thousand times before taking action against Egypt.”

Referring to Gaza, Abu Marzouk said he believed the current situation – where Israel periodically strikes in Gaza in retaliation for rocket attacks – may go on for years.

He tried to shake off responsibility for Hamas” role in allowing Gaza-based organizations to carry out terror attacks against Israel from the Sinai Peninsula, saying, “Hamas policy supports maintaining Egyptian security and non-infringement of Egyptian sovereignty in any way. Agreements exists which are enough to settle this matter with Egypt and we are cooperating fully to achieve this. However, such incidents (terror attacks) make it difficult for both parties – Egypt and Gaza – to maintain security, since it is impossible to maintain security 100 percent. Such incidents happen from time to time, and they conflict with the interests of Hamas and Egypt.”

Abu Marzouk added, “Hamas’ position is clear, and that is that no exit from Gaza which is contrary to the agreements with Egypt should be permitted, and unfortunately this happens sometimes, and we are talking about incidents which take place far from the border and which are difficult to thwart by both sides.”

8. HERSHKOWITZ: TORAH DEMANDS THAT WE JOIN THE ARMY by Elad Benari & Yoni Kempinski

Science and Technology Minister Daniel Hershkowitz, chairman of the Jewish Home party, visited the “suckers tent” in Tel Aviv on Thursday. During his visit, Hershkowitz said that his party is committed to implementing equal service for all sectors of Israeli society.

The “suckers tent” is made up of individuals who were opposed to extending the Tal Law, which regulated the exemption of hareidi soldiers from enlisting in the IDF, and attempted a gradual increase of hareidi army service.

The Tal Law was annulled by the Supreme Court after the judges, under former Court President Dorit Beinisch, struck it down as unconstitutional. A committee, headed by MK Yohanan Plesner (Kadima), has been charged with coming up with a new formula for conscripting hareidim into the military.

The Plesner Committee clarified Thursday that while it favors the principle of “service for all,” it will not recommend slapping any sanctions on Arabs who refuse to enlist, but will recommend punishing hareidim who evade service. In response, Hershkowitz”s party said it will leave the committee. Foreign Minister Avigdor Lieberman”s Yisrael Beytenu party said it would do the same and advance its own bill stipulating equal service for all citizens.

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Hershkowitz emphasized in a conversation with Arutz Sheva that studying Torah is important for hareidim, but that serving the country is equally important.

“My message here is very clear: There is no contradiction whatsoever between studying Torah, which is the most important value in Jewish life, and serving the army and building the country,” he said. “In fact, the Torah commands that once you enter the land, you have to start working. You have to start planting, you have to fight.”

He reiterated that “fighting for the very existence of the Jewish people in the land of Israel – is a mitzvah. It”s not an optional thing. So there is no contradiction whatsoever and that”s why my great-grandfather, as a rabbi, asked to be drafted to the army at the age of 80 when the State of Israel was established. That”s why my father and my mother fought during the War of Independence. That”s why I served in the army, as did all my sons. My youngest one was just drafted yesterday.”

Hershkowitz told the occupants of the “suckers tent” that the Jewish Home party “will not let the Plesner Committee do a sloppy job on the issue of hareidi enlistment. The Jewish Home will not take part in sweeping the issue under the table. I demand equal burden for everyone. ”

He added, “I’m speaking here on behalf of the public which carries the major burden. The percentage of people from the national-religious sector who serve in combat units is the highest. The national-religious public is proof that you can combine the Torah world with serving the army and the State, and what we demand of ourselves we demand from others.”

A7News: Fatah to Israel: Do What We Want, or Face Intifada

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Thursday, Jun. 28 ’12, Tammuz 8, 5772

 

 

 

HEADLINES:

1. FATAH TO ISRAEL: DO WHAT WE WANT, OR FACE INTIFADA 2. AFTER THREE DECADES, IDF PREPARES FOR A HOSTILE SOUTHERN BORDER 3. EVICTED ULPANA CHILDREN SUFFERING TRAUMA, SAYS EXPERT 4. YISHAI ORDERS IVORY COAST ILLEGALS DEPORTED 5. HAMAS TERROR MASTERMIND CONVICTED OF 46 MURDERS 6. TWO ARAB ARSONISTS ARRESTED IN JERUSALEM BLAZES 7. OLDEST NADVORNA REBBE PASSES AWAY 8. LIEBERMAN BLASTS IRANIAN REGIME FOLLOWING TALMUD REMARKS

 

 

1. FATAH TO ISRAEL: DO WHAT WE WANT, OR FACE INTIFADA by David Lev

 

If Israel does not surrender all the lands liberated in the Six Day War of 1967, set up an Arab state with Jerusalem as its capital, and make significant concessions in accepting as citizens descendants of Arabs who fled Israel in 1948, a third intifada should, and must, be conducted. The call for a new “uprising of the people” against Israel was part of a the summation statement issued at the end of the two day Palestinian Revolutionary Council (PRC) general meeting held this week. The meeting was led by Palestinian Authority chief and Fatah party head Mahmoud Abbas.

 

The statement declares its support for Abbas’ ongoing refusal to back down from positions that have proven unacceptable to Israel in the past, including demands that Israel agree in principle to accept as citizens descendants of Arabs who fled their homes in 1948. Abbas has also declared that he will refuse to discuss anything with Israel until all settlement activity is ended. That precondition has also been unacceptable to Israel, but in its statement, the PRC said that it supported Abbas on that as well.

 

The PA will also make another attempt to be recognized as a state by the United Nations this year. Last year, the PA statehood bid was thwarted after many months of intense diplomatic activity by Israel, but analysts said that the PA was less likely to back down this time, and would insist that the matter be brought before the Security Council.

 

The statement also expresses ongoing support for attempts to reunite Fatah and Hamas in the PA government.It also praised the election of Mohammed Morsi as President of Egypt, saying that it “indicates that Egypt is on the way to resume its major role in the Arab world.”

 

 

2. AFTER THREE DECADES, IDF PREPARES FOR A HOSTILE SOUTHERN BORDER by David Lev

 

The IDF is preparing for a “new era” on Israel’s southern border, which actually is a rewind of history back to the days before the Camp David Accords. With the rise of what appears to be a hostile regime in Egypt, the IDF will be beefing up forces all along the Sinai border, and is asking the government for NIS 15 billion ($3.8 billion) for the construction of bases, installation of security equipment, and establishment of new training areas.

 

Analysts said that the new situation in Egypt necessitates the opening of a “fourth front” for the IDF. For decades, security along the southern border has been more relaxed, because of the peace treaty between Israel and Egypt, and the IDF was able to concentrate on trouble spots like Gaza and the northern border, as well as “distance missions.” Egypt’s new President, Mohammed Morsi, who is identified with the Muslim Brotherhood, has said several times that he wishes to “reexamine” the Camp David Accords. Given his party’s open hostility to Israel and its strong support for Hamas, Israel has decided that it can no longer regard the Egyptian border as a “normal” one.

 

A senior IDF official told the Israeli daily Ma’ariv that while no one expects Egypt to abrogate the Camp David Accords, the new situation requires extreme caution. And thanks to three decades of American military aid and support, the Egyptian army today is extremely sophisticated, and is equipped with the latest equipment, making it, for all purposes, a Western-type army, the official said. Egypt also has the largest army in Africa; it has about 470,000 regular troops and some 480,000 reserve troops. The IDF, by way of comparison, has 180,000 active duty soldiers, and about 560,000 reserve troops.

 

The IDF will ask for the NIS 15 billion increase to be funded over a five year period. Without this money, officials said, it will be impossible to upgrade the IDF’s souther flank, making the country dependent on the graces of Morsi and the Muslim Brotherhood. In a statement, an IDF official would not comment directly on the funding issue, saying that “as a matter of course the IDF is studying the changes in the region, and specifically in Egypt.”

 

 

 

 

3. EVICTED ULPANA CHILDREN SUFFERING TRAUMA, SAYS EXPERT by Elad Benari

 

The director of the Welfare Department in Beit El, Hedva Ariel, said on Wednesday that the children who were evicted from their homes in the Ulpana neighborhood are suffering from trauma. She said that the trauma has created many problems within the families who were evicted.

 

“These are families who have been under a threat of eviction for a long time, be it voluntarily or involuntarily,” Ariel told Arutz Sheva. “The families who were evacuated this week underwent situations of uncertainty and difficulty, wondering whether they will be evicted or not, how and when.”

 

She added, “We have been in touch with these families since the beginning of the year. We provided assistance to the children, who have experienced a lot of fears and nightmares as a result of the anticipated eviction. We held for them some workshops with psychologists, and provided parents with training on how to help their children with fears. We also provided them with some joyful activities, in order to facilitate the difficult and traumatic experience.”

 

The first 15 families moved out of their homes in the Ulpana neighborhood without any resistance on Tuesday, following an agreement between the Beit El leadership and the government, which has promised to build 300 new homes in Beit El. Another 15 will leave their homes and move to a nearby neighborhood of temporary caravans on Thursday.

 

Ariel said that the fact that the residents left their homes without any resistance caused even greater problems for the children.

 

“The word voluntary is a very difficult and inappropriate word in this case,” she said. “To the children it was not a voluntary eviction but a forced one. They wanted to continue living in their house and saw no reason why they had to leave.”

 

She added, “The fact that there was no resistance made it harder for them to express their protest and the feeling that it was not voluntary. The media presented it as though it was voluntary and that also increased their anger, because they wanted to stay there. The fact that they did it voluntarily because they were forced to do so, is causing them to now turn inward because they did not get to express their pain.”

 

Ariel noted that the best experts who helped treat the expellees from Gush Katif are now trying to minimize the damage caused to the evicted families in Beit El.

 

“We have professionals to help them express their pain,” she said. “We”ve had some success but we still have a lot of work. Children are most vulnerable because they do not have the tools that adults do, and even for an adult it takes a while before he can process the loss.”

 

“We must also pay attention to see how each child responds, because everyone reacts differently,” added Ariel. “Some children experience fears and nightmares. We saw some children in Gush Katif and Migron who could not attend school. They had difficulty concentrating in school because they were emotionally overwhelmed by pain and anger. They found it difficult to collect themselves and needed much investment to help them psychologically. We hope that everyone in Beit El will rehabilitated quickly.”

 

 

4. YISHAI ORDERS IVORY COAST ILLEGALS DEPORTED by Gabe Kahn

 

 

 

Interior Minister Eli Yishai on Thursday instructed the Department of Immigration and Population to begin repatriating illegal aliens infiltrators from the Ivory Coast.

 

Yishai announced that those who leave Israel the next two weeks will receive a grant of USD 500 per adult and USD 100 per child.

 

However, those who refuse to identify themselves and voluntarily return to their country of origin will be arrested and deported without financial assistance.

 

A previous offer of an assistance basket for illegal immigrants in Israel who agreed to return to their countries of origin met little success.

 

Yishai said exceptions can be made for refugees, but pointed out that only a small number of illegal aliens came to Israel to escape death or imprisonment.

 

Tens of thousands of Africans have illegally entered Israel in recent years, yet the government largely ignored the problem until the recent movement of the Africans from southern cities to metropolitan Tel Aviv.

 

Yiahi noted that Sudnaese and other Africans have flooded Eilat, Arad and most recently the southern area of Tel Aviv.

 

Officials in Tel Aviv said they estimate some 100,000 illegal African immigrants live in the city.

 

 

5. HAMAS TERROR MASTERMIND CONVICTED OF 46 MURDERS by Elad Benari

 

An Israeli military court ruled on Wednesday that Ibrahim Hamad, the former commander of Hamas” military wing in the Palestinian Authority-controlled areas of Judea and Samaria, is guilty of the murder of 46 Israelis.

 

According to a report on Channel 2 News, Hamad was convicted of involvement in a series of suicide terror attacks. These include an attack at the Sheffield Club in Rishon Letzion which killed six Israelis, a suicide attack at Café Moment in Jerusalem which killed 12 people, an attack at the Ben Yehuda pedestrian mall in Jerusalem and an attack at the cafeteria of the Hebrew University in Jerusalem.

 

The report noted that Hamad was acquitted of involvement in an attempt to carry out an attack on the Tzavta Club in Tel Aviv in 2002. In its decision, the Court ruled that no evidence supporting Hamad”s involvement in the attempted attack was presented.

 

Hamad reportedly renounced the military tribunal”s ruling in his case, but was convicted anyway. His sentence will be handed out early next month, and he is expected to be sentenced to a series of life sentences.

 

Hamad, a 47-year-old member of Hamas, joined the terror group in the 1980s. He was imprisoned by the PA in the 1990s and was released in 2001. After his release, he ordered a series of lethal terror attacks.

 

Since 2006, Hamad has been detained in a military prison in Israel. He was captured after a lengthy manhunt.

 

 

6. TWO ARAB ARSONISTS ARRESTED IN JERUSALEM BLAZES by David Lev

 

Two Arab youths from the village of Issawiya in eastern Jerusalem were arrested Thursday and charged with arson, for setting several fires in the area of their village. One of the fires was set next to an IDF base on Mount Scopus, and the other was set next to Hadassah Hospital on Mount Scopus. One of the youths confessed, incriminating his partner in crime.

 

Twelve soldiers were injured in the fire at the base, requiring treatment for smoke inhalation. But the two fires were among the smaller of dozens of blazes that hit Jerusalem and other parts of Israel this week, with the largest being two major fires in the hills west of Jerusalem Tuesday. Some 300 homes were evacuated, and hundreds of dunams of natural forest growth were destroyed or damaged in the fire. Highway One, the main road into Jerusalem, was closed for hours while dozens of firefighters fought the blazes.

 

Although the weather in Israel has been hot and humid in recent weeks, many Israelis believe that the fires Jerusalem has experienced this month – one estimate said that some 300 small and large fires were reported in Jerusalem and vicinity – were the work of Arab terrorists. Minister of Internal Security Yitzchak Aharonovitch said Wednesday that the massive fire Tuesday was probably the result of arson motivated by Arab nationalism. Police have already arrested suspects, he said, “some for their nationalism, some for their criminal background.” Police term such arson attacks “spontaneous terrorism,” he continued. “You don”t need an organization to set a forest on fire.”

 

On Monday, three other fires broke out in Jerusalem, with at least one of them likely a case of arson. Three firefighting crews were needed to put out a blaze in an open area in the Gilo neighborhood, while a second fire raged in an open area in the Bayit Vegan neighborhood. The third fire, in the Talpiot industrial zone, was deemed suspicious after several individuals were seen fleeing the scene of the fire. Several vehicles were damaged in that fire.

 

Meanwhile, witnesses said Monday that Arabs invaded a house in Havat Gilad, in the Binyamin region of Israel, and set fire to a house in the neighborhood. The house was badly damaged, the report said. Large numbers of firefighters were able to bring the fire under control, and put the blaze out.

 

Initial investigations indicated that arson was the cause, most likely a fire set by local Arabs. Evidence at the scene showed that several individuals broke into the house, breaking a window. Furniture was broken, as were mirrors and other items in the house. A spokesperson for the fire department told Arutz Sheva that four firefighting crews were needed to douse the blaze. “There was fear that the roof was going to fall in,” the spokesperson said. “We were able to bring the fire under control quickly and prevented the spread of the blaze to other homes. The house was badly damaged,” he said.

 

 

 

 

7. OLDEST NADVORNA REBBE PASSES AWAY

by Gabe Kahn

 

The oldest Rebbe of the Nadvorna hassidic dynasty, Rabbi Asher Yeshaya Liefer, passed away last night at Columbia Hospital in Manhattan.

 

Rabbi Kiefer, who was 98, left behind hundreds of grandchildren and great grandchildren in Israel and abroad.

 

The rebbe lived in Bnei Brak where he founded a Beit Midrash on Uziel Street, which became reputed as a magnet for Torah and God-fearing Jews.

 

A few years ago, Rabbi Liefer went to the US to participate in a celebration for one of his children, but because of his advanced age the trip greatly weakened him and he was forced to stay in America to live with one of his relatives.

 

Earlier this week, a serious decline in the rabbi’s condition caused him to be quickly rushed by relatives to the hospital.

 

His funeral procession will depart at 09:00 am (PST) from the Beit Midrash “Salka Muncie” to the airport, from where he will be flown to Israel.

 

Upon arriving, his coffin will be brought to to the school he founded on Uziel Street in Bnei-Barak. From there, the funeral procession will head to the Mount of Olives in Jerusalem.

 

Rabbi Liefer was called the Rebbe of Nadvorna-Hadera as the hassidic dynasty he hails from maintains more than one court.

 

In March, his relative Rabbi Yaakov Yisachar Ber Rosenbaum, called the Rebbe of Nadvorna, died at Beilinson Hospital in Petah Tikva. He was 82.

 

 

8. LIEBERMAN BLASTS IRANIAN REGIME FOLLOWING TALMUD REMARKS by Rachel Hirshfeld

 

Israeli Foreign Minister Avigdor Lieberman blasted the Iranian regime, saying it is composed of “anti-Semitic fanatics”, following the hateful remarks of Vice President Mohammad Reza, who claimed that the teachings of the Talmud incite global drug trade.

 

Addressing a ceremony for the International Day Against Drug Abuse and Illicit Trafficking held in Tehran on Tuesday, Rahimi alleged that the “spread of narcotics in the world emanates from the teachings of the Talmud… whose objective is the destruction of the world.”  

 

“The Talmud teaches that it is lawful to acquire wealth through legal and illegal means… which gives (the Jews) the right to destroy humanity,” he said.

 

“If one seeks what lies behind all forms of corruption, there is the repugnant face of Zionists. This is the same case for the narcotics trade … whose primary operator is the Zionist regime,” he said

 

“The Zionists spread destruction not only by drugs, but also by (attacking) cultures.” 

 

Lieberman asserted that, “the international community has not yet internalized the great danger that this regime represents for world peace.”

 

The Minister warned that the presence of international representatives at the conference “gives legitimacy to the regime of the ayatollahs, which poses a real threat to world peace.”  

 

“Hitler said foolish things and succeeded in executing his plans. Today, the situation is different and the sovereign state of Israel will not allow a single Jew to be harmed,” he said.

NY Times Op-ed: Blame Israel for Third Intifada

NY Times Op-ed: Blame Israel for Third Intifada

 

A new Intifada will be Israel’s fault, according to a NY Times op-ed by an analyst of a think tank partly funded by George Soros.

 

By Tzvi Ben Gedalyahu

First Publish: 6/24/2012, 1:45 PM

 

Abbas honors dead terrorists

Reuters

 

A Third Intifada will erupt and it will be Israel’s fault, according to an op-ed in Friday’s New York Times by Nathan Thrall, an analyst of The International Crisis Group which is partly funded by George Soros, who also is benefactor of the left-wing J Street lobby.

 

Thrall is the same analyst who last month warned in the same newspaper that if Israel continues to oppose Palestinian Authority unity between terrorist Hamas and Fatah, it might face Al Qaeda instead of Hamas.

 

This time around, he theorized that the reason for a Third Intifada might be “price tag” vandalism “by Jewish settlers” or “the construction of new settlement housing…”

 

He added that whatever the cause, it will be Israel’s fault for allowing Israelis to “have come to believe they can eat their cake and have it, too.”

 

Thrall focused solely on what he called PA Chairman Mahmoud Abbas’

ostensible efforts for security cooperation between the Palestinian Authority and the Israeli government [that] would make Israel feel safer and remove its primary justification for continuing to occupy the West Bank.

 

He based his thesis that a new Intifada will break out on the claim that there have been “years of peace and quiet in Tel Aviv,” without mentioning the daily attacks on Jewish motorists and more than a few terrorist attacks in the Palestinian Authority, including the savage murders of six members of the Fogel family in Samaria last year.

 

Thrall praised Abbas as “one of the key architects of the Oslo peace process’” and “perhaps its last remaining believer.”

 

Abbas “has been forced to pay lip service to the demands of those who advocate confrontation by issuing repeated pledges to confront Israel

– by dismantling the Palestinian Authority or refusing to negotiate unless Israel freezes settlement construction – only to renege on each one,” according to Thrall.

 

The journalist then suggested that Abbas may become the next Antoine Lahad, the leader of Lebanese forces who allied with Israel in the 1980s against Hizbullah terrorists.

 

By painting the recalcitrant Abbas as a “peace partner” who has allegedly been patient with Israel, Thrall reasoned the lack of creation of the Palestinian Authority as new country has created distrust among Palestinian Authority Arabs and the PA security forces.

 

Following the Palestinian Authority’s failures to be recognized as a state despite anti-Israel boycotts and a unilateral push for recognition from the United Nations, Thrall opined that PA Arabs have no options other than “popular protest and armed resistance.”

 

“The first option faces enormous obstacles because of political divisions between Hamas in Gaza and Mr. Abbas’s Fatah in the West Bank,” he wrote.

 

“If mass demonstrations erupted in the West Bank, Israel would ask Palestinian security forces to stop any protests near soldiers or settlers, forcing them to choose between potentially firing on Palestinian demonstrators or ending security cooperation with Israel, which Mr. Abbas refuses to do”.

 

“The second option is armed confrontation”

 

Acknowledging “widespread apathy” among PA Arabs, he wrote, “A substantial number would welcome the prospect of an escalation”.

 

“They believe that rocks, Molotov cocktails and mass protests pushed Israel to sign the Oslo Accords in 1993; that deadly strikes against Israeli troops in Lebanon led Israel to withdraw in 2000; that the bloodshed of the second intifada pressured George W. Bush to declare his support for Palestinian statehood and prodded the international community to produce the Arab Peace Initiative, the Geneva Initiative, and the Road Map for Middle East Peace.”

 

In a new twist on history, Thrall also wrote that the expulsion of Jews from Gaza and the withdrawal of the IDF from the area in 2005 “had the effect of freezing the peace process, supplying ‘the amount of formaldehyde that is necessary,’ as a Sharon adviser put it, ‘so there will not be a political process with the Palestinians.'”

 

Thrall’s conclusion, which dovetails with the Times’ editorial policy, is that history will credit Abbas but that “he has likely laid the groundwork” for a new Intifada, which is Israel’s fault because Israel supposed missed “a golden opportunity to sign an agreement with Abbas”

 

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  1. 1.      Bodyguards Separate Lieberman and ‘Terrorist’ MK
  2. 2.      MK Tells French Envoy: You Are Responsible for Anti-Semitism
  3. 3.      Mofaz to Meet Abbas in Ramallah
  4. 4.      Lieberman: UN Presence at Iran Hate Speech Aids Anti-Semitism
  5. 5.      Car Crash Kills Two IDF Officers
  6. 6.      Anti-Israel Candidate Demands Recount after Huge Loss
  7. 7.      Anti-Israel Billboards Taken Down in LA
  8. 8.      Russia Has No Problem Recognizing Palestine, Declares Putin

 

1. Bodyguards Separate Lieberman and ‘Terrorist’ MK

by Tzvi Ben Gedalyahu

Bodyguards stepped between Foreign Minister Avigdor Lieberman and Arab MK Talab Al-Sana, who Lieberman called a terrorist during a tour of an illegal Bedouin village in the Negev on Wednesday.

During a visit to the “unrecognized” Bedouin village of Al-Zarnog near Be’er Sheva, MK Al-Sana appeared and accused the Foreign Minister of acting like the head of “a gang” instead of a government official. He charged that Lieberman’s objective is to take the spotlight off 12-year-long criminal investigations against him that have not produced an indictment.

“You already have caused worldwide damage to Israel, and now you have come here to inflame the land from within?” he asked the Foreign Minister.

Lieberman replied sharply with a thinly veiled threat. “I will take care of you. You are a terrorist,” he asserted.

MK El-Sana retorted, “What do you mean you ‘will take care of me’? By using the methods of the mafia?”

At that point, security forces and bodyguards took over and separated the two before the verbal confrontation escalated further.

Unlike a couple of dozen settlements in Judea and Samaria that are determined to be illegal, the official term for hundreds of Bedouin villages is “unrecognized.” The government also has authorized a regional council of “unrecognized” Bedouin outposts that have unilaterally taken over vast regions of the Negev, claiming ancestral rights.

The nationalist Regavim organization, which argues in the courts for Jewish land rights and for equal application of the law against illegal Arab and Bedouin homes, hosted Lieberman’s visit.

“The Al-Zarnog village is an illegal village that was built on private Jewish land, but the Bedouin residents refuse to leave even though the government has offered them to relocate elsewhere,” Regavim explained.

Regavim appealed to the courts two weeks ago to order their expulsion based on the precedent that High Court established against the residents of the Jewish community of Migron in Samaria.

Foreign Minister Lieberman agreed that “it is not reasonable to destroy houses in the Ulpana neighborhood [of Beit El in Samaria] and ignore 100,000 illegal residential structures in the Arab [and Bedouin] sectors in the Galilee in the north and in the Negev.”

Hundreds of Bedouin protestors demonstrated against Lieberman at the village and waved Hamas flags.

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2. MK Tells French Envoy: You Are Responsible for Anti-Semitism

by Tzvi Ben Gedalyahu

Knesset Member Danny Danon confronted the French ambassador to Israel Wednesday, telling him that France is responsible for the growing anti-Semitism in the country.

MK Danon, speaking at a meeting of the Knesset Aliyah Committee that he chairs, revealed that violent anti-Semitic incidents in France soared by 53 percent in the period of January to May of this year compared with the same period in 2011. He added that Jews are afraid to walk in the streets with a kippa.

French Ambassador to Israel Christophe Bigot was invited to the session, and MK Danon told him, “You are responsible for anti-Semitism in your country. Do not let the violence against Jews raise its head – stop the anti-Semitism before it is too late.”

Bigot replied that most of the rise in anti-Semitism occurred following the brutal point-blank murders of a rabbi and three children at a Jewish school in Toulouse March 19. Danon confirmed that instead of a fall in violent anti-Semtiic attacks after the murders, sixty percent of the anti-Semitic attacks in the January-May period were carried out in the 20 days following the Toulouse murders.

He said that France must fight anti-Semitism and that it has invested half a million Euro for security.

Danon said there were 274 recorded incidents of anti-Semitism in the five-month period, and more than half of them involved murder, attempted murder or other attempts to physically harm Jews.

 

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3. Mofaz to Meet Abbas in Ramallah

by Elad Benari

Palestinian Authority Chairman Mahmoud Abbas will meet Deputy Prime Minister Shaul Mofaz next week, Channel 2 News reported on Tuesday.

It will be Abbas’ first meeting in months with an Israeli cabinet minister. The report said that Mofaz will arrive in Ramallah on Sunday for the meeting.

The meeting comes after many attempts by Mofaz to bring Abbas to meet with him. He recently indicated that he means to meet with Abbas in order to get the peace process going, which is one of the four major issues to be addressed as part of the recent coalition agreement between Likud and Kadima.

Channel 2 News reported that the upcoming meeting between the two was organized by Kadima MK Yisrael Hasson and attorney Yitzhak Molcho, who is Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu’s chief negotiator.

The report added that the message Mofaz intends to convey to Abbas is that he should take advantage of the broad coalition consisting of 94 Knesset members and use it as an opportunity to advance the peace process.

Mofaz recently publicly called on Abbas to take advantage of the large coalition and begin peace negotiations.

Speaking at a meeting of the Kadima council, Mofaz addressed Abbas, saying, “Forget the letters, forget the preconditions – Let’s talk peace now. The coalition today is the widest ever, and this allows for a political breakthrough.”

Channel 2 noted that Netanyahu is allowing Mofaz to try to bring Abbas to the negotiating table because of his desire to keep Kadima in his coalition.

Abbas, despite having described Netanyahu as ‘a partner for peace’, has repeatedly continued to demand that Israel accept the indefensible pre-1967 lines as final borders, release all Arab terrorists from its jails, and halt construction in Judea, Samaria and east Jerusalem for a second time before talks begin.

He recently warned that he may seek non-member status for a Palestinian state at the United Nations if peace talks with Israel do not resume.

Abbas’ chief negotiator, Saeb Erekat, recently said Abbas will demand the release of 123 long-term prisoners before agreeing to meet Netanyahu.

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4. Lieberman: UN Presence at Iran Hate Speech Aids Anti-Semitism

by Tzvi Ben Gedalyahu

Foreign Minister Avigdor Lieberman Wednesday condemned the United Nations and European nations for making anti-Semitism look legitimate by sitting at meetings where Iran spreads hate of Jews.

Iran’s deputy vice president Mohammad Reza Rahimi charged at a UN conference in Tehran Tuesday that the Talmud teaches to “destroy everyone who opposes the Jews” and that Jews control the international drug trade.

“The fact that United Nations and European Union representatives still participate in conferences in Iran, where anti-Semitism is rampant, makes the Ayatollahs’ regime look legitimate while it endangers the entire world,” the Foreign Minister said.

He added that the Iranian regime is not made up of crazy people but rather is composed of “fanatics” who are anti-Semites and “openly display their plan, which includes destroying the State of Israel.”

“Hitler said the same crazy things, and he succeeded in carrying out his program,” Lieberman added, charging that the international community does not understand that the Iranian regime is a “recipe for danger.”

 

 

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5. Car Crash Kills Two IDF Officers

by Tzvi Ben Gedalyahu

The naval soldiers were on their way back to their base in the port city of Ashdod when their van struck a truck and then went out of control and hit a barrier before overturning near Rishon LeTzion on Highway 4, which connects Ashdod with metropolitan Tel Aviv and Netanya.

One of the injured was rescued from inside the vehicle after crying out for help. He is in serious condition at Tel HaShomer Hospital in Tel Aviv. The second injured passenger was found standing outside in shock and also was rushed to the hospital.

Two dead officers were 25 and 22 years old. Their families have been notified.

The truck driver said he saw the soldiers’ vehicle in his rear view mirror before his vehicle was hit.

He called the police after he saw the vehicle behind him hit a traffic barrier and flip over. Police are investigating.

 

Photo: Yossi Zeliger/Flash90

 

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6. Anti-Israel Candidate Demands Recount after Huge Loss

by Tzvi Ben Gedalyahu

New York City councilman Charles Barron, who has called Israel a “terrorist state,” was clobbered in his bid for a Congressional seat but blamed the media and demanded a recount.

Barron lost out to state Assemblyman Hakeen Jeffries in the race to succeed retiring 24-year incumbent Congressman Edolphus Towns. The redrawn district is highly Democratic and Jeffries can expect to coast to a victory in the November elections against the Republican party nominee.

Jeffries won the primaries Tuesday night by a whopping 72-28 percent margin. Democratic party leaders went all out to prevent an upset victory by Barron, which would have seriously embarrassed the party and President Barack Obama because of the ex-Black Panther’s stated hostility towards Jews and Israel.

His severe loss did nothing to gag his venom. He denounced the media as “really lowlife scum” and he refused to concede defeat.

“At the risk of sounding like a sore loser, honesty compels me to say there will be no congratulatory statement to the opposition tonight, only because of the way the campaign was run,” Barron was quoted as saying by the New York Daily News.

“We had them scared from the very beginning,” Barron claimed. “There’s something bigger than politics and that’s a movement. A movement of the people. We have that here tonight. When we launched this campaign, we knew we were going up against…the entire New York Democratic political leadership.”

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7. Anti-Israel Billboards Taken Down in LA

by Fern Sidman, INN US Correspondent

 

Several weeks ago, a conglomerate of anti-Israel activists known as the “Coalition to Stop $30 Billion to Israel” claimed to be  “thrilled” when 23 Los Angeles area billboards featuring their message of “Tell Congress: Spend our Money at Home, Not on the Israeli Military” pictured over the image of an American flag were erected.

 

One week later, the billboard operator, CBS Outdoor, (a subsidiary of the CBS Corporation) removed the billboards on the grounds that the Stop $30 Billion to Israel organization had used the CBS name without permission in their organizational e-mails and in their petition thanking CBS for putting up the billboards.

 

According to their web site’s mission statement, the Coalition to Stop $30 Billion to Israel, “advocates an end to the ten year commitment of $30 billion in U.S. taxpayer-funded military aid pledged to Israel in 2007 by the Bush administration. We also oppose Israel’s ongoing occupation and control over Palestinian Territories – East Jerusalem, the West Bank and Gaza Strip.”

 

Among those political offshoots that lend their name and support to the Coalition to Stop $30 Billiion to Israel are Amnesty International Chapter 101, Albuquerque, Another Jewish Voice (Albuquerque), Another Jewish Voice – Santa Fe (AJVSF), Irish Freedom Committee, Middle East Peace and Justice Alliance, Muslim Women Outreach, The Social Concerns Committee of the Albuquerque Unitarian Universalist Fellowship, the New Mexico People’s Weekly Forum, the Pax Christi Saint Bernadette (Albuquerque), Stop The War Machine, the United Nations Association, Albuquerque Chapter, and Veterans For Peace in Santa Fe and Albuquerque (VFPA).

 

Having orchestrated billboard campaigns of this nature in several other American cities to spread its vehemently anti-Israel message, the “Coalition to Stop $30 Billion to Israel” entered the Los Angeles market on June 11th, with billboards scheduled to run for four weeks, and more to follow.

 

Through its literature and fundraising appeals the “Coalition” overtly implied that CBS Outdoor supported its anti-Israel cause. In their online petition, the “Coalition” stated, “By contracting with the grassroots, nonprofit Coalition to Stop $30 Billion to Israel, this billboard company is demonstrating its support for the basic American tradition of free speech.”

 

Responding almost immediately, CBS Outdoor, removed the billboards only a week after they were put up, while informing the Coalition to Stop $30 Billion to Israel in a curt note that their money would be refunded, as they had used the CBS Outdoor name without permission.

 

The Coalition asserts that the billboards were dropped because of pressure from pro-Israel groups; not because it crossed red lines by implying that CBS Outdoor supports its cause. It has embarked on a campaign calling for its supporters to deluge CBS Outdoor with phone calls and e-mails demanding that the billboards go back up.

 

“These kinds of factual distortions characterize the anti-Israel campaigners”, said Roz Rothstein, CEO of StandWithUs, a pro-Israel advocacy organization based in Los Angeles. “They misrepresent facts about Israel and mislead the public about who supports their movement, as they did with CBS Outdoor.

 

“Why? Probably because they hope to persuade well-meaning people that their cause is respectable and mainstream, when in fact it is a fringe, extremist movement that seeks to harm the U.S. and one of our most valuable allies, Israel. They can’t make that case without distorting the facts,” she added.

 

Countering the anti-Israel billboard campaign over the last several years with use of their own ads, Stand With Us has responded to the inflammatory, anti-Israel canards of the Coalition to Stop $30 Billion to Israel in such cities as Washington, DC, Albuquerque, Houston, Chicago, New York, Seattle and San Francisco.

 

In the coming months, Stand With Us will be erecting 23 of their own pro-Israel billboards throughout the Los Angeles area.

 

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8. Russia Has No Problem Recognizing Palestine, Declares Putin

by Elad Benari

Russian President Vladimir Putin met on Tuesday with Palestinian Authority Chairman Mahmoud Abbas in Bethlehem.

In a joint press conference the two held after their meeting, Putin declared that Russia has no problem recognizing an independent Palestinian state, saying, “We did it 25 years ago and our position has not changed.”

Abbas called to convene a peace conference in Moscow to try to restart the Middle East peace process, nothing that a decision on such a conference was made several years ago but has yet to be implemented.

In an interview with the Russian Interfax news agency ahead of his meeting with Putin, Abbas said that Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu gave messages that were “too general” in a recent exchange of letters and that he did not address points Abbas had raised.

Abbas said the diplomatic deadlock between Israel and the PA is due to continued construction in Jewish communities in Judea and Samaria and called for “a freeze on Jewish construction in the territories which is spreading like crawfish.”

Abbas has repeatedly continued to demand that Israel accept the indefensible pre-1967 lines as final borders, release all Arab terrorists from its jails, and halt construction in Judea, Samaria and east Jerusalem for a second time before talks begin.

He recently warned that he may seek non-member status for a Palestinian state at the United Nations if peace talks with Israel do not resume.

Abbas’ chief negotiator, Saeb Erekat, recently said Abbas will demand the release of 123 long-term prisoners before agreeing to meet Netanyahu.

Putin’s meeting with Abbas came after his visit to Israel on Monday, during which he met with both Netanyahu and President Shimon Peres. During his meeting with Peres, Putin said that serious negotiations for peace cannot be promoted without trust between the parties, adding that it is important to quickly restore trust and return to the negotiating table.

He also said that he places an importance on maintaining Israel’s security and noted that “it is the Russian national interest to ensure peace and tranquility for Israel.”

Putin also warned Peres that attacking Iran could backfire and advised the world to keep its nose out of affairs in Syria, where Russia has a vested interest.

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