A7News: Ahmadinejad Threatens – or Bluffs – To Halt Oil Exports

 

Av 12, 5772 / Tuesday, Jul. 31 ’12

 

 

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Headlines

  1. 1.      Ahmadinejad Threatens – or Bluffs – To Halt Oil Exports
  2. 2.      85% of Hesder Recruits – in Combat Units
  3. 3.      ‘Gaza Hackers’ Breach MK Yuli Edelstein’s Website
  4. 4.      School District Calls Teacher’s Nazi Comments ‘Free Speech’
  5. 5.      Netanyahu’s Men No-Shows at Pollard Session
  6. 6.      IDF’s New Cellphones: Smarter and Safer
  7. 7.      Clinton Denies Aide’s Links to Muslim Brotherhood
  8. 8.      Jewish Gymnast Makes Olympic Finals Performing ‘Hava Nagila’

 

1. Ahmadinejad Threatens – or Bluffs – To Halt Oil Exports

by Tzvi Ben Gedalyahu

Whether bluff or bluster, Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad has called for a total halt to cure oil exports, a move that could be economic suicide but also could cause a worldwide depression. Iran relies on oil for approximately 80 percent of its foreign income, which Ahmadinejad needs to continue his race for nuclear capability.

Iranian media, controlled by the government, reported Tuesday that he accused world powers of manipulating the oil industry and that halting exports of crude oil would put pressure on oil producers. ”The real price of oil should have been very much higher in the market than what it is presently,” he said.

Ahmadinejad made his remarks at a dedication of two large projects at Tehran’s Shahid Tondgoyan oil refinery. He added that the Shahid Tondgoyan oil refinery was the first refinery being fully completed by Iranian experts and is an “indication of the complete nationalization of Iran’s oil industry.”

“Enemies of Iran could not tolerate the country has found access to the knowledge of producing and meeting all its demand,” he added.

For all of his threats, Ahmadinejad’s comments may reflect both a growing concern that the sanctions are working and the need to win over doubters at home, where the economy is suffering from sanctions despite his mocking the United States and its allies.

Iranian crude exports have fallen sharply because of U.S. and European Union sanctions aimed at starving Tehran of vital oil revenues for its disputed nuclear program by banning imports of both Iranian crude and refined products, Reuters reported.

Washington has prohibited U.S. companies from trading in all Iranian oil products for years, while the EU banned its companies from importing crude and refined products from July 1.

Until 2007, Iran’s inadequate refinery infrastructure and rising demand made it increasingly dependent on imported gasoline – a vulnerability Western powers have targeted by banning fuel sales to the country, the news agency added.

Ahmadinejad said at the refinery that the Western sanctions are “ridiculous,” bragging that Western countries “use oil as a political weapon against a country that is an oil producer itself.”

The U.S. Congress last week approved a new set of sanctions on Iran’s energy and shipping industry.

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2. 85% of Hesder Recruits – in Combat Units

by Gil Ronen

The IDF’s August recruitment cycle – the year’s largest – has begun. About 450 of the recruits are Hesder yeshiva students, who serve in the military in several stints, intermeshed with periods of Torah study.

Eighty five percent of the Hesder students are destined for combat units – a percentage much larger than in the general population. In addition, a disproportionate number of them reach command positions and become officers.

The Hesder students joined infantry brigades Golani, Givati, Kfir, Nahal, Paratroopers and Combat Intelligence, as well as the Armored Corps and Navy.

As their enlistment date approached, they attended study days in which they received explanations about religious soldiers’ special needs in the army, and how to deal with matters of kashrut, fast days, Shabbat eruv and other matters.

The August Hesder cycle is mostly made up of Hesder students who have completed two years of study and are over 20 years old. This year’s cycle has an unusually large number of married men.

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3. ‘Gaza Hackers’ Breach MK Yuli Edelstein’s Website

by Rachel Hirshfeld

The website of Public Diplomacy and Diaspora Affairs Minister Yuli Edelstein (Likud) was hacked today by a group dubbed “the hacker group of Gaza.”

MK Edelstein, who has come under fire from Arab extremists as the result of his steadfast and unwavering work on behalf of the State of Israel, responded by calling the hacking attack “an act of terrorism like any other.”

The hackers, wrote “Death to Israel” and “Free Al Aksa Mosque” on the site, as well as a number of other similar messages, and demanded that Israel stop building in Judea and Samaria, stop the “aggression in Gaza” and release all ‘Palestinian’ prisoners.

There were a number of Hebrew errors on the hacked site, which may indicate that the perpetrators are not native Hebrew speakers and that translation software may have been used.

“No one will succeed in stopping my work for Israeli public diplomacy and on behalf of the settlers of Judea and Samaria,” Edelstein said following the attack. “We defeat our enemies everyday on every front and we will continue to do so on the Internet and in the media as well.”

 

 

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4. School District Calls Teacher’s Nazi Comments ‘Free Speech’

by Rachel Hirshfeld

A Pennsylvania school district says a teacher was exercising his First Amendment rights during a speech in which he drew parallels between Nazi Germany and the United States under President Barack Obama.

Spring Cove School District officials say no disciplinary action will be taken against teacher Philip Waite for comments he made at a July 1 Tea Party rally in Blair County, The Huffington Post reported.

Democrats criticized Waite for the speech, in which he likened federal governmental power to Nazism.

Waite said Adolf Hitler was a “slick, quick talker” who told citizens, “You don’t need to worry about responsibility.”

Speaking after Waite, Republican U.S. Senate candidate Tom Smith said he spoke “eloquently” but later called his comments “divisive and beyond the bounds of acceptable discourse.”

Waite’s 45-minute speech on executive power, given at a July 1 Blair County Tea Party rally, led to criticism from state Democrats, attention from a national news website and a handful of “hate emails.”

However, despite allegations that Waite compared President Barack Obama to Adolf Hitler, Spring Cove School District officials have said it’s not a classroom concern.

“People do have freedom of speech in the public arena,” Superintendent Robert Vadella said. “That’s what we teach the kids.”

Waite maintained that the article oversimplified his words.

“I’m not saying President Obama agrees with what Adolf Hitler stood for,” Waite said. “It really makes it sound extremely hateful.”

Vadella said accusations of teaching bias are not taken lightly, but as long as Waite’s opinions do not cross the line into offensiveness and remain outside the classroom, there won’t be repercussions, a local paper reported.

“The public arena is a free arena,” he said. “At this point, what happened this summer is not an issue here.”

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5. Netanyahu’s Men No-Shows at Pollard Session

by Gil Ronen

MK Uri Ariel (National Union), who chairs the Knesset’s State Control Committee, accused two of the officials closest to Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu’s of deliberately stalling regarding a debate on the situation of Jonathan Pollard.

Ariel said at a session of the committee devoted to the subject of Pollard that he has been trying for months to get the two men – Cabinet Secretary Tzvi Hauser and Diplomatic Adviser Ron Dermer – to reach agreements on Pollard and set a date for a discussion. The two have refused these advances, he said.

The Control Committee finally convened its session without the presence of the two men, on Tuesday.

MK Ariel said that he would consider issuing a legally binding order that would force the two to show up for the discussion.

“It is not true that the state has done everything within its powers [to free Pollard],” he said. “It is a very grave matter that the Prime Minister’s advisers, who coordinate all of the official actions on the matter, avoid giving the public an account of their efforts.”

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6. IDF’s New Cellphones: Smarter and Safer

by Gil Ronen

The IDF will begin to implement a mammoth technological project Wednesday, as its entire cellphone network is migrated from the current provider, Mirs/Motorola, to Cellcom.

The process will take several months.

The IDF Website reports that IDF officers and other eligible soldiers will begin receiving their new phones at eight allocation centers located throughout Israel, from the Shimshon Base near Golani Junction in the north, to Natan Base in Be’er Sheva.

A security system will be embedded in the phones in order to protect the data stored upon them. In addition, it will not be possible to transfer the SIM card from one phone to another.

The IDF’s phones will all be smartphones with advanced technological abilities. Higher ranked officers will be eligible for more advanced models and further upgrades will require additional payment.

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7. Clinton Denies Aide’s Links to Muslim Brotherhood

by Rachel Hirshfeld

Secretary of State Hillary Clinton on Monday denied allegations that one of her top aides has links to the radical Islamist Muslim Brotherhood movement, saying there is “no place in our politics” for such “assaults.”

Clinton was marking the release of the State Department’s annual report on religious freedom around the world when she was asked to comment regarding the allegations against her deputy chief of staff, Huma Abedin.

Clinton responded by linking the Abedin controversy into the struggle of developing nations to respect minority religions.

“Leaders have to be active in stepping in and sending messages about protecting the diversity within their countries,” Clinton said at the Carnegie Endowment for International Peace. “We did see some of that in our own country. We saw Republicans stepping up and standing up against the kind of assaults that really have no place in our politics.”

Clinton has mostly kept silent about the allegations, although State Department spokesman Philippe Reines has previously denounced them as “nothing but vicious and disgusting lies,” adding that, “anyone who traffics in them should be ashamed of themselves.”

The House members who raised the issue, including Reps. Michele Bachmann (R-Minn.), Trent Franks (R-Ariz.), Tom Rooney (R-Fla.), Lynn Westmoreland (R-Ga.) and Louie Gohmert (R-Texas) have doubled down, accusing the media of focusing solely on Abedin rather than the broader risk of Islamist infiltration of government.

In her comments, Clinton called religious freedom a “bedrock priority” of the Obama administration’s foreign policy.

Clinton said the United States was ready to work with Egypt’s democratically elected leaders, but reaffirmed that “our engagement with those leaders will be based on their commitment to universal human rights and universal democratic principles.”

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8. Jewish Gymnast Makes Olympic Finals Performing ‘Hava Nagila’

by Rachel Hirshfeld

American Jewish gymnast Aly Raisman, known by her nickname Aly, reached the Olympics women’s artistic gymnastics finals, beating teammate and world champion Jordyn Wieber.

She not only stunned spectators by grabbing one of the two spots in the all-around individual finals for the U.S., but she did it while performing a floor exercise routine to the tune of “Hava Nagila.”

Raisman, 18, of Needham, Massachusetts, finished second overall in the qualifying round with a total of 60.391, including a 15.325 on the floor exercise that was the best among all the competitors at the London Games.

“I was really, really emotional, way more than I thought I would be,” said Raisman after being named to the Olympic squad. “I thought I would maybe tear up a little bit but I didn’t think I’d hyperventilate like that. I couldn’t even breathe. It was such a special moment and I’m so honored and so excited.”

Raisman’s parents have been getting a great deal of media attention, as they were caught on camera cheering on their daughter as their faces contorted in fear, anticipation and overwhelming excitement.

The young Olympian gymnast is the recipient of the Pearl D. Mazor Outstanding Female Jewish High School Scholar- Athlete of the Year Award, presented by the Jewish Sports Hall of Fame in New York, and has been under the guidance of former Israel Olympic team trainers, Mihai and Sylvia Brestyan.

Raisman also finished fourth in the vault, fifth on the balance beam and 23rd on the uneven bars in the qualifying, which ended Sunday.

She will compete in the all-around finals starting Tuesday along with fellow American Gabby Douglas.

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A7News: In Response to BBC’s Map: Olympic Team Salutes Jerusalem

Av 7, 5772 / Thursday, Jul. 26 ’12

 

 

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Headlines

  1. 1.      In Response to BBC’s Map: Olympic Team Salutes Jerusalem
  2. 2.      Dayan’s NYT Op-Ed: Settlements Are the Solution, Not Problem
  3. 3.      Egypt’s President Insulted Over Video: ‘The Children are Ready’
  4. 4.      Im Tirtzu’s Haredi Campaign Flops
  5. 5.      Former Supreme Court Judge Miriam Ben-Porat Dies, 94
  6. 6.      Smugglers Move 10 Million Eggs from PA to Israel
  7. 7.      Colorado Jewish Federation Launches Fund for Shooting Victims
  8. 8.      World’s Largest Tanach Study Event in Gush Etzion

 

1. In Response to BBC’s Map: Olympic Team Salutes Jerusalem

by Elad Benari

Israel’s Olympic team has decided to respond to the BBC’s assertion that Jerusalem is not Israel’s capital, by preparing a video in which Israeli athletes are seen saying they are proud to represent Israel “and its capital Jerusalem.”

The British broadcast authority, which has often been charged with bias against Israel, has come under fire for listing “East Jerusalem” as the capital for the “Palestinian Olympic team” while leaving Israel listed without a capital.

After Israel and Jews around the world complained, the BBC partly corrected its mistake and stated that Israel’s “seat of government is Jerusalem” while still omitting Jerusalem as the capital. Just to get its point across, it added, “Most foreign embassies reside in Tel Aviv.”

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Tel Aviv Mayor Ron Huldai has also come to the rescue in a YouTube video, in which he says that although his city is “one of the coolest cities in the world and Israel’s financial and cultural center, we are not Israel’s capital. Jerusalem is Israel’s capital.”

Huldai invited Britain’s Jews to visit Tel Aviv and enjoy its beaches and tourist sites. Putting aside the longtime contest  between Jerusalem and Tel Aviv residents over which is the better city, he stated categorically that after  tourists finish visiting all of the city’s attractions, “you are welcome to visit the historical and religious sites of the capital of Israel – Jerusalem.”

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2. Dayan’s NYT Op-Ed: Settlements Are the Solution, Not Problem

by Arutz Sheva Staff

 

Judea and Samaria Communities Council (Yesha Council) head Danny Dayan writes this week in a op-ed for the New York Times that a two-state “solution” is no solution at all.

Dayan, who has argued vehemently against the idea of an independent Palestinian Authority state from its very inception, said in the piece, which appeared Thursday, “The U.S. government and its allies in Europe should now abandon this failed formula once and for all, and accept that the Jewish presence in Judea and Samaria is a fait accompli. Instead of moaning that the status quo is unsustainable, the international community should work with the parties to improve it if possible.”

The article was published simultaneously in the European edition of the New York Times, the Herald Tribune and on the home page of the online edition of the New York Times.

In his piece, Dayan reminded readers that the region, where Jews had once lived, was captured by Israel in a defensive war against Arab nations who had attempted to annihilate the Jewish State entirely.

“A Palestinian state between Israel and Jordan is a recipe for disaster,” he warned. “The influx of hundreds of thousands of Palestinian refugees from Syria, Lebanon, Jordan and other places may make a new country a hotbed of extremism. Any peace agreement will collapse as soon as Hamas assumes power, either through the force of elections, or by force of arms. Israel will have to regain control of the area, and you’ll find an Arab population larger than that which lives there today,” he warned.

About ten percent of all Israeli citizens today live in Judea, Samaria and those parts of Jerusalem that were wrested from Jordanian occupation and restored to the capital in the Six Day War, Dayan noted.

Settlements in Judea and Samaria are not part of the problem, he concluded – they are part of the solution.

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3. Egypt’s President Insulted Over Video: ‘The Children are Ready’

by Hana Levi Julian

 

Arab media are expressing the view that an innocent video prepared to mark a holy Jewish fast day was actually secretly intended as an insult to newly-elected Egyptian President Mohamed Morsi.

The video produced by the Temple Institute in Jerusalem, was featured by Arutz Sheva in an article about the somber day of Tisha B’Av, the ninth day in the Hebrew month of Av, when both the First and Second Holy Temples in Jerusalem were destroyed. Although the day this year falls on Saturday, because it is the Sabbath, the fast is delayed and does not begin until sundown. It continues through the next day, Sunday.

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The dramatic video has gone viral in just a few days. It depicts children on the beach building a beautiful model of the still-to-come and hoped-for Third Holy Temple out of sand, and calling their father to come look. It concludes with a message to adults, “The children are ready.”

Morsi has allegedly complained over a brief segment in which the father, seeing the edifice his children have built, drops his newspaper in surprise. The paper falls and folds to show a blurred image of Morsi’s face, which the Egyptians obviously felt was intended to symbolize Jewish attempts to curb Islamist aspirations for complete dominance of the Temple Mount – a central theme of Morsi’s campaign. Morsi was backed by his Muslim Brotherhood party, which dominated both houses of the Egyptian parliament before it was dissolved by a constitutional order of the High Court.

The Temple Institute denies that the picture was intentional, saying that Morsi figured in many articles during the time the video was filmed and that the picture of his face on that page of the newspaper was entirely coincidental. The Institute added that neither Morsi nor Egypt is part of the story line of the video. The appearance of an article about him on the page that day was not by intent.

The video, released six days ago, has drawn almost 200,000 views, as well as the attention of several Arabic language news outlets.

The Islamic Waqf Authority, the Muslim organization to which authority over the Temple Mount was given by then-Defense Minister Moshe Dayan after the 1967 Six Day War, has been systematically attempting to destroy all vestiges of Jewish presence on the holy site.

Radical Islamists — and particularly those preaching from the Temple Mount in recent years — have claimed that a Jewish Holy Temple never existed on the Mount, the site of the Holy of Holies where by Torah Law Jewish High Priests are the only ones allowed to enter.

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4. Im Tirtzu’s Haredi Campaign Flops

by Arutz Sheva

 

In Tirtzu, a grassroots Zionist organization, attempted to put up pro-enlistment posters in the hard-line hareidi Me’ah She’arim neighborhood of Jerusalem Wednesday night but were thwarted.

The posters are designed in the style of the pashkvilim – posters that are commonly seen on the walls of Me’ah She’arim and other hard-line hareidi neighborhoods, and serve as a means of communicating announcements to the local populace.

Im Tirtzu’s posters feature Moses’ admonition to the sons of Reuven and Gad, who asked to be exempted from liberating the Land of Canaan: “Shall your brothers go to war while you yourselves sit here?” (Numbers 32).

However, the operation went sour. A few minutes after Im Tirtzu activists arrived in the neighborhood and began to put up posters, they discovered that someone had broken into their car and stole most of the posters they had printed. They left, mission unaccomplished.

A resident of the neighborhood later explained to Arutz Sheva why he saw the operation as misguided. “It is unacceptable that Im Tirtzu activists who wish to influence the enlistment of hareidim would deliberately come to the most extremist place, Me’ah She’arim – a location whose residents traditionally do not take funds from the state, and are considered much more extreme than the rest of the city’s neighborhoods.”

“If they want to have influence, let them go to Har Nof, to Bayit Vagan and the other mixed neighborhoods. Why here, of all places? It must be a wish to create a provocation.”

The project did not receive much coverage in the news media either, possibly because Im Tirtzu is perceived as being a nationalist group, whereas Israel’s journalists are usually liberal-leftist.

Im Tirtzu Chairman Ronen Shoval said: “We approach the hareidi sector in a positive manner and out of a sincere wish to create a dialogue that will lead to cooperation. We implore the hareidi populace to show responsibility toward the general population and to be a full partner in the physical existence of the Nation of Israel, besides its spiritual existence.”

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5. Former Supreme Court Judge Miriam Ben-Porat Dies, 94

by Chana Ya’ar

 

Former Supreme Court Judge and State Comptroller, Professor Miriam Ben-Porat, passed away Thursday at age 94. She is survived by a daughter and three grandchildren.

Born in Vitebsk, Russia, Ben-Porat grew up in Lithuania and made aliyah to then-British Mandate Palestine in 1936.

Her life was one of “firsts” – she was among the first women to study law at the Hebrew University of Jerusalem and to be admitted to Israel’s Bar Association.

She was the first woman ever to be appointed as a justice on the Supreme Court bench, and the first woman in Israeli history to become the nation’s State Comptroller.

In 1991, Ben-Porat was awarded the country’s highest honor – the Israel Prize – for her contribution to society and the state.

Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu issued a statement Thursday on the passing of the former justice.

“Judge Porat was a trailblazer, an esteemed Supreme Court judge, a State Comptroller who sanctified the values of integrity and transparency, and an Israel Prize laureate,”  Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu said in a statement Thursday morning. “Her modesty, her upholding of principles and her dedication to the State are a model for equal opportunity and the supremacy of the rule of law in Israel. May her memory be blessed.”

Defense Minister Ehud Barak likewise praised the justice as “an esteemed judge, and an important State Comptroller. She stuck to her principles in all of her positions,” he noted.

The funeral for Prof. Ben-Porat will be held Thursday in Jerusalem, at 7:00 p.m. in the Givat Shaul cemetery.

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6. Smugglers Move 10 Million Eggs from PA to Israel

by David Lev

Fourteen Israelis were indicted Thursday for mass illegal importation of agricultural products from the Palestinian Authority. The two had a specific penchant for eggs, apparently – because they transported some 10 million eggs from farms in the PA to Israeli stores. Importing eggs from the PA to Israel is llegal becasue the eggs are not inspected, and are generally considered unsafe and unsanitary.

Those indicted were part of a large network of agricultural product smugglers, seeking to take advantage of the far lower prices on fruits, vegetables, and especially eggs in the PA. In addition, a PA resident was named in one of the indictments as the agent for PA farmers, who made the arrangements with the Israeli smugglers.

According to two indictments handed down in the case, the smugglers would line up dozens of trucks at checkpoints in Samaria, where farmers would drop off their merchandise. The indictments charge the group with a series of felonies, including giving bribes, intimidation, forging documents, money laundering, tax fraud, and endangering the public health. The indictment says that the group owed as much as NIS 7 million to the tax authorities.

The group was able to get away with their activities for so long because they apparently had an agent who worked at one of the Samaria crossings from the PA into Israel. During the time it was active, the group managed to transfer 72 truckloads of goods into Israel – including the aforementioned 10 million eggs.

One of those charged is a top official in the Israel Egg Production Council. He has been charged with fraud and suppressing evidence. He is accused of receiving bribes from the smugglers and allowing the eggs to be sold in several markets, including the Carmel Market in Tel Aviv, where he intimidated merchants not to reveal that illegal eggs were being sold. The official is also accused of demanding bribes from merchants who were selling the eggs, which they were permitted to do; once they stopped paying, however, he sent public safety officers to seize and destroy the eggs as “PA contraband.”

Three of those charged are wives of the leaders of the group, and are accused of conspiring to prevent an investigation and destroying evidence.

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7. Colorado Jewish Federation Launches Fund for Shooting Victims

by Rachel Hirshfeld

 

The Allied Jewish Federation of Colorado set up a fund to aid the victims and families affected by the recent shooting that killed 12 people and injured 58 at a movie theater in the city of Aurora.

“No other community in this country understands terrorism more than the Jewish community,” the federation’s CEO, Doug Seserman, said in a statement.

“While the gunman in Aurora is a terrorist of a different kind than we’ve experience in Israel, don’t be mistaken. This guy is a heinous terrorist who gunned down innocent Coloradans to make some kind of psychotic point,” said Seserman. “As Jews, we are guided by the principle of Tikkun Olam, repairing the world. And that’s not just the Jewish world. We are obligated to help in every way we can.”

Suspect James Holmes, who allegedly shot innocent moviegoers at the premiere of “The Dark Knight Rises” on July 20, was reported to be a former counselor at Camp Max Strus, which is run by Jewish Big Brothers Big Sisters in Los Angeles County.

As the community umbrella organization, the Federation mobilizes resources to respond quickly to crisis situations. In response to the tragedy, Mayor Shmulik Rifman of Ramat HaNegev, Federation’s Partnership region, issued a statement saying, “We are all stunned by the news of the brutal attack and the terrible tragedy of killing innocent people in Aurora. Needless to say we share the grief of all Coloradans.”

“We mourn the lives of those who were killed and pray that those who were wounded will be healed speedily,” the statement added.

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8. World’s Largest Tanach Study Event in Gush Etzion

by David Lev

The world’s largest Tanach (Hebrew Bible) study program is taking place in Gush Etzion this week. The event, which runs from Monday through Thursday this week, will see over 100 speakers and lecturers lead over 175 lectures on everything and anything Tanach-related.

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The event, called “Days of the Tanach,” is taking place at Herzog College-Gush Etzion. Rami Yanai, director of the event, told Arutz Sheva that “this is the only event in Israel that deals with the Tanach to such a deep extent. We discuss many topics on the different books of the Tanach, from wide-ranging points of view, all accompanied by a Torah-oriented perspective. We also take into account the results of research on Biblical topics, dealing with them and the challenges they present from a faith point of view,” he said.

This year’s event presents Tanach topics in the light of the research done in recent years in a number of disciplines, including art, cinema, poetry, literature, prose, history, philosophy, geography, fashion, archaeology, and education.

Among the speakers at the event is Rabbi Ya’akov Ariel, Rabbi of Ramat Gan, Rabbi Chaim Druckman, Rabbi of the Bnei Akiva organization, and Rabbi Hananel Etrog, head of the Shavei Hevron Yeshiva. A wide range of rabbis and Tanach experts are participating. “There has been a lot of excitement surrounding this event,” Yanai said. “We hope to keep expanding the event in the coming years.”

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The Israel lobby for journalistsA nasty, very mean-spirited opinion article by Rupert Cornwell in today’s (Sunday’s) Independent managed to hit all the “correct” antisemitic tropes while not even making an attempt to hide its snide attitude towards US-Israel relations.

Cornwell starts off with a disingenuously innocent paragraph about the “old friendship” between Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney and Israeli PM Binyamin Netanyahu from their early working days, with the unwritten words between the lines that this innocuous relationship is somehow a Bad Thing.

Life offers few greater pleasures than catching up with old friends. Take Mitt Romney and Benjamin Netanyahu. The pair were in their late twenties, rising stars at the pioneering management company, the Boston Consulting Group when their paths first crossed in the mid-1970s.

I wonder if Cornwell would write such an innuendo-laden passage about the relationship between, oh, I don’t know; let’s say between President Obama and the antisemitic preacher Jeremiah…

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A7News: Terrorists Fire on IDF Bus from Egypt; No Injuries

Sunday, Jul. 22 ’12, Av 3, 5772

 

 

 

HEADLINES:

1. TERRORISTS FIRE ON IDF BUS FROM EGYPT; NO INJURIES 2. COURT PERMITS ‘SUPPORT ISRAEL/DEFEAT JIHAD’ NY BUS ADS 3. BULGARIA: IRAN-FINANCED HIZBULLAH BEHIND TERROR ATTACK 4. HAMAS OFFICIAL DENIES GAZA ‘DECLARATION OF INDEPENDENCE’

5.  SYRIAN CAPITAL, ALEPPO TEETERING BETWEEN LOYALISTS, REBELS 6. KNESSET SPEAKER URGES HIRING HAREIDI ACCOUNTANTS AND LAWYERS 7. US F-16 FIGHTER JET CRASHES OFF JAPANESE COAST 8. 2ND MAN SELF-IMMOLATES NEAR TEL AVIV

 

 

1. TERRORISTS FIRE ON IDF BUS FROM EGYPT; NO INJURIES by Tzvi Ben Gedalyahu

 

Terrorists hiding behind sand dunes fired on a bus filled with soldiers at the border near Eilat Sunday afternoon. The bus was damaged.

 

The attack occurred several hours after another explosion on the Egyptian-Israeli gas pipeline. The two incidents are not necessarily connected but underscore the ability of Muslim terrorists to operate freely in the Sinai Peninsula.

 

The shooting attack occurred in the area of Ein Netafim, adjacent to the Egyptian-Israeli border.

 

A high alert was raised by the IDF, which immediately deployed other soldiers to comb the area for other terrorists.

 

 

 

It was the third security incident in five weeks at the increasingly volatile border.

 

Israeli security forces less than two weeks ago shot and killed one suspected terrorist and wounded another who had crossed the border fence from Sinai into Israel.

 

Last month, terrorists attacked an Israeli construction team working on the fence, killing one man. Last year, nine Israelis died in a multi-pronged terrorist attack on a bus traveling on the highway 10, between Eilat and the Ovdat air base and terminal in the western Negev. The IDF has alternately closed and opened the road.

 

 

2. COURT PERMITS ‘SUPPORT ISRAEL/DEFEAT JIHAD’ NY BUS ADS by Tzvi Ben Gedalyahu

 

“Support Israel/Defeat Jihad” ads that label jihadists “savages” can remain on New York City buses, despite Muslim objections, a U.S. judge ruled Friday.

 

U.S. District Judge Paul Engelmayer in Manhattan said a 1997 rule by the Metropolitan Transportation Authority that barred demeaning language in advertisements was a violation of free speech, Reuters reported.

 

Judge Engelmayer said the MTA rule was well intentioned but discriminates against certain advertisers based on the content of their proposed message.

 

The advocacy group American Freedom Defense Initiative, one of the most vocal opponents to the planned construction of a mosque and Islamic center near Ground Zero, sued the MTA in September 2011 after the transit agency denied its proposed ad.

 

The ad said: “In any war between the civilized man and the savage, support the civilized man. Support Israel/Defeat Jihad.” The ad would have been posted on 318 city buses for four weeks, at a cost of about $25,000, the opinion said.

 

“Disallowing a pro-Israel ad was clearly a politically correct, politically motivated denial of free speech,” said Pamela Geller, the group’s executive director.

 

The judge said the advertising space on public buses should be considered a public forum. The judge also ruled that because the ad in question was political speech, it was entitled to the “highest level of protection under the First Amendment.”

 

“By differentiating between which people or groups can and cannot be demeaned on the exterior of a city bus, MTA’s no-demeaning standard … discriminates based on content,” the opinion said.

 

The judge said his preliminary injunction would take effect in 30 days, at which time the MTA would be prevented from enforcing the standard.

 

The standard bars any ads that “contain … information that demean(s) an individual or group of individuals on account of race, color, religion, national origin, ancestry, gender, age, disability or sexual orientation.”

 

While MTA officials had been correct to regard the ad as “demeaning a group of people based on religion (Islam),” the standard itself does allow for demeaning statements on a host of other topics, such as where they live, their job or their political affiliation, the judge said.

 

Some Muslims were furious over the ruling. Pakistani-American CUNY student Omar Makram Radwan told Bikyamasr.com, “If we decided to put ask for ads saying Israel and Jews were savages, we would be protested and the court would agree with them that they are hate speech so I don”t see the difference here.

 

“This sort of hate speech is now being tolerated by judges and as Ramadan hits it is very unfortunate. People are angry.” The Muslim holy month of Ramadan began last Friday.

 

 

3. BULGARIA: IRAN-FINANCED HIZBULLAH BEHIND TERROR ATTACK by Chana Ya’ar

 

Bulgaria has denied claims of responsibility for the suicide attack on an Israeli tour bus parked outside Bulgaria’s international airport in Burgas last week by a small Muslim terrorist group. The group, which calls itself Qa’adat el-Jihad, claims to be linked to the international Al-Qaeda terrorist organization.

 

But investigators from the Bulgarian government have reached the same conclusion as Israel and the United States: On Saturday, the Bulgarian Foreign Ministry told reporters that government officials believe the lethal bombing was carried out by the Iranian-financed Hizbullah terrorist organization, despite the group’s denial of involvement in the attack.

 

Officials are now seeking a second suspected terrorist as well, believed to be the bomber’s accomplice.

 

Bulgarian media reported on Sunday that it is believed the suicide bomber received assistance from a man who was seen in the resort city of Varna in the country.

 

Many Israeli tourists regularly visit Varna, which is about 150 kilometers from Burgas.

 

Five Israelis, including a pregnant woman, and one Bulgarian national, the driver of the tour bus in which the tourists were to depart from the airport, were killed in the conflagration. In addition, 35 others were wounded, including three who were critically injured.

 

On Friday, Israel laid its victims to rest after their bodies were recovered through the efforts of the ZAKA organization, which accompanied them home on an IAF Hercules military aircraft.

 

Most of the wounded had arrived earlier in the day, also via military transport, accompanied by IDF and Magen David Adom paramedics. The three critically wounded victims, hospitalized in Sofia, were to arrive later on a separate transport.

 

 

4. HAMAS OFFICIAL DENIES GAZA ‘DECLARATION OF INDEPENDENCE’

by Tzvi Ben Gedalyahu

 

Senior Hamas official Mahmoud Zahar vehemently denied a report in the London-based Al Hayat newspaper that the terrorist organization plans to declare itself an independent state.

 

“Such news is being disseminated by the enemies of Hamas seeking to maintain the siege on Gaza,” Zahar told the Bethlehem-based Ma’an news agency. “This issue hasn”t been addressed officially within Hamas, but some people posed it privately on their own,” he added.

 

Zahar explained that the planned meetings this week are to explore developing trade with Egypt and connected Gaza to Egypt”s power grid and natural gas pipeline.

 

Al Hayat reported that de facto Gaza Prime Minister Ismail Haniyeh will talk with Egypt”s Muslim Brotherhood president Mohammed Morsi this Thursday to promote the idea. Hamas officials allegedly said that Egypt”s support of establishing Gaza as an independent state would allow Hamas to close the crossings with Israel and to develop the trade route with Egypt through Rafiah. In return, Hamas supposedly would help secure the border with Egypt.

 

The idea of declaring Gaza as an independent country has been tossed within Hamas around for at least two year, but Egypt previously has blocked the move.

 

Al Hayat quoted unnamed Hamas officials as saying the new Muslim Brotherhood government in Egypt has paved the way for putting the option back on the table. However, doing so would likely cause difficulties in relations between Egypt and the United States, which has declared Hamas to be an illegal terrorist organization.

 

In addition, independence for Gaza would throw the Ramallah-based Palestinian Authority into turmoil. PA Chairman Mahmoud Abbas, head of Hamas”s rival Fatah faction, has failed to win unilateral recognition by the international community as a new Arab country within Israel”s current borders.

 

 

5.  SYRIAN CAPITAL, ALEPPO TEETERING BETWEEN LOYALISTS, REBELS by Chana Ya’ar

 

Fighting is raging in Damascus and Aleppo as Syrian opposition forces battle troops loyal to President Bashar al-Assad.

 

There were clashes near the main intelligence base in the northern city of Aleppo on Sunday. Battles also raged in other parts of Syrian’s main commercial and industrial hub as well.

 

Syrian Intelligence Chief Hisham Bekhtyar died Friday from wounds suffered Wednesday in an attack on Damascus by rebel forces, according to Al-Manar TV, associated with Hizbullah terrorists in Lebanon. Three high-ranking Syrian officials were killed on the spot.

 

Helicopter gunships bombarded a number of districts Sunday in Damascus, meanwhile, trying to drive out opposition forces from the capital. Assad’s forces appeared to regain some ground as they drove rebel fighters from the Mezze district, residents and opposition activists reported.

 

Elite Fourth Division troops besieged the northern Damascus neighborhood of Barzeh in an effort to overcome opposition fighters.

 

Elsewhere in the country, government forces hammered the major eastern city of Deir al-Zor with artillery and mortar fire. Helicopters fired rockets in the residential districts in an attempt to prevent opposition forces from taking over the city, witnesses said.

 

A former artillery officer told the Reuters news agency by telephone that he counted around 200 shells hitting the Ordi and Old Airport districts of the city, located some 270 miles (430 kilometers) northeast of Damascus.

 

It was the heaviest reported bombardment since the army stormed Deir al-Zor one year ago, to crush street protests against President Bashar al-Assad, who disappeared last week and whose whereabouts are currently unknown.

 

 

6. KNESSET SPEAKER URGES HIRING HAREIDI ACCOUNTANTS AND LAWYERS by Tzvi Ben Gedalyahu

 

Knesset Speaker Reuven Rivlin has urged major accounting and legal firms to hire hareidi-religious men and maximize their skills, Globes reported Sunday.

 

The business newspaper quoted sources as saying that Rivlin sent a letter to leading companies and to several government officials, including the Office of the State Prosecutor.

 

His letter reportedly was in answer to the chairman of the student union of a metropolitan Tel Aviv college, who complained that hareidi religious graduates with outstanding grades are not able to find employment.

 

“We are all familiar with slogan that the integration of hareidim in the jobs market is a national mission, but I approach you with this request because we must all contribute to give real content to the words,” the Knesset Speaker wrote.

 

He noted that the hareidi religious community comprises approximately 10 percent of Israel”s population, and that it is important o integrate them into the economy.

 

“I am sure that from among the hundreds of hareidi students who have not yet found an internship, a way to maximize the use of their skills and intellectual talents can be found,” Rivlin added.

 

 

7. US F-16 FIGHTER JET CRASHES OFF JAPANESE COAST by Chana Ya’ar and Reuters

 

After nearly five hours, rescuers have not yet located a U.S. Air Force fighter pilot whose F-16 jet crashed into the Pacific Ocean at around 11:30 Japan time Sunday morning.

 

The jet went down approximately 200 miles northeast of Hokkaido, Japan’s northernmost island, according to a spokeswoman at the Misawa Air Base in Aomori Prefecture, Reuters reported. The jet, produced by Lockheed Martin Corp., had taken off from the Misawa base.

 

“One person, the pilot, was on board. Efforts are currently underway to retrieve the pilot,” she said, reading from a statement. “The aircraft was enroute to North America when the incident occurred. The cause of the incident is unknown at this time.”

 

There were conflicting reports about the whereabouts and condition of the pilot, with some news agencies reporting his location unknown.

 

By 4:00 p.m. local time, the unidentified pilot had still not been located, said Misawa spokesman Tech. Sig. Phillip Butterfield. “All efforts are focused toward that right now,” Butterfield said. Details about the pilot’s condition and circumstances of the crash were unavailable, he added.

 

However, a spokesman at the Japan Coast Guard allegedly told reporters the pilot ejected from the aircraft and was known to be awaiting rescue at sea.

 

 

8. 2ND MAN SELF-IMMOLATES NEAR TEL AVIV

by Chana Ya’ar

 

A second man has set himself on fire in central Israel.

 

Passersby tried to extinguish the flames with water and other materials, until first responders arrived on the scene and finally managed to put the fire out. Medics from the Magen David Adom emergency medical service treated him on the scene and then rushed him to a nearby hospital in serious condition. The man’s motives were not immediately made clear.

 

Less than 24 hours earlier, approximately 1,000 social justice protesters marched in Tel Aviv to Kaplan Street, where 57-year-old social justice protester Moshe Silman self-immolated last week, and then to the National Insurance Institute (NII, Bituach Leumi).

 

One demonstrator was arrested. Several hundred protesters broke through police lines and tried to block a police van from driving away with the protester in custody. The demonstrators marched towards the Ayalon Highway, which police closed to traffic.

 

Prior to igniting himself, Silman had distributed a letter explaining that he felt he had no choice, as he was left with no more options and refused to live homeless.

 

Beginning with a small debt to the NII, his difficulties grew until he lost everything he had, and then suffered a stroke that left him completely disabled. The modest monthly disability stipend he received from NII left him unable to pay for little more than medication.

 

Silman’s life ended Friday with burns over 90 percent of his body at Sheba Medical Center in Tel HaShomer Hospital.

 

Israel is monster that eats children, in Palestinian art on PA TV

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Israel is monster that eats
Palestinian children,
in Palestinian art on PA TV  

http://palwatch.org/main.aspx?fi=157&doc_id=7174

 

by Itamar Marcus and Nan Jacques Zilberdik

 

A Palestinian Authority TV host asked an artist to discuss one of his paintings “dealing with the Palestinian nation’s problems such as the Gaza massacres.”

This is the painting:

 

 

The Palestinian artist said this painting “is about the Gaza massacre… and the Zionist enemy’s cruelty and savagery.”

Click to view

 

The painting shows an ogre impaling children on his bayonet and eating them one by one. On the lower right, dead children are piled up to be eaten and two baby ogres are also shown eating children. The three monsters wear skull caps with a Star of David. The scene is taking place in the ogre’s underground lair under cactuses that are growing on the surface. A Star of David is also painted on the lock of the lair.

 

Click to view other PA cartoons that demonize Israelis and depict them as animals or of sub-human nature.

 

The following is the transcript of the Palestinian artist describing his picture:

 

PA TV host: “Artist Abd Al-Hai Msallam has been dealing with the Palestinian nation’s problems such as the Gaza massacres.”

PA TV host: “What have you been working on lately?”

Artist Abd Al-Hai Msallam: “This painting is about the Gaza massacre. Here I show the people, the kids, and the Zionist enemy’s cruelty and savagery.”

[PA TV (Fatah), July 13, 2012]

 

A7News: Terrorists Fire on IDF Bus from Egypt; No Injuries

 

Av 3, 5772 / Sunday, Jul. 22 ’12

 

 

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  1. 1.      Terrorists Fire on IDF Bus from Egypt; No Injuries
  2. 2.      Court Permits ‘Support Israel/Defeat Jihad’ NY Bus Ads
  3. 3.      Bulgaria: Iran-Financed Hizbullah Behind Terror Attack
  4. 4.      Hamas Official Denies Gaza ‘Declaration of Independence’
  5. 5.      Syrian Capital, Aleppo Teetering Between Loyalists, Rebels
  6. 6.      Knesset Speaker Urges Hiring Hareidi Accountants and Lawyers
  7. 7.      US F-16 Fighter Jet Crashes Off Japanese Coast
  8. 8.      2nd Man Self-Immolates near Tel Aviv

 

1. Terrorists Fire on IDF Bus from Egypt; No Injuries

by Tzvi Ben Gedalyahu

Terrorists hiding behind sand dunes fired on a bus filled with soldiers at the border near Eilat Sunday afternoon. The bus was damaged.

The attack occurred several hours after another explosion on the Egyptian-Israeli gas pipeline. The two incidents are not necessarily connected but underscore the ability of Muslim terrorists to operate freely in the Sinai Peninsula.

The shooting attack occurred in the area of Ein Netafim, adjacent to the Egyptian-Israeli border.

A high alert was raised by the IDF, which immediately deployed other soldiers to comb the area for other terrorists.

 

It was the third security incident in five weeks at the increasingly volatile border.

Israeli security forces less than two weeks ago shot and killed one suspected terrorist and wounded another who had crossed the border fence from Sinai into Israel.

Last month, terrorists attacked an Israeli construction team working on the fence, killing one man. Last year, nine Israelis died in a multi-pronged terrorist attack on a bus traveling on the highway 10, between Eilat and the Ovdat air base and terminal in the western Negev. The IDF has alternately closed and opened the road.

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2. Court Permits ‘Support Israel/Defeat Jihad’ NY Bus Ads

by Tzvi Ben Gedalyahu

“Support Israel/Defeat Jihad” ads that label jihadists “savages” can remain on New York City buses, despite Muslim objections, a U.S. judge ruled Friday.

U.S. District Judge Paul Engelmayer in Manhattan said a 1997 rule by the Metropolitan Transportation Authority that barred demeaning language in advertisements was a violation of free speech, Reuters reported.

Judge Engelmayer said the MTA rule was well intentioned but discriminates against certain advertisers based on the content of their proposed message.

The advocacy group American Freedom Defense Initiative, one of the most vocal opponents to the planned construction of a mosque and Islamic center near Ground Zero, sued the MTA in September 2011 after the transit agency denied its proposed ad.

The ad said: “In any war between the civilized man and the savage, support the civilized man. Support Israel/Defeat Jihad.” The ad would have been posted on 318 city buses for four weeks, at a cost of about $25,000, the opinion said.

“Disallowing a pro-Israel ad was clearly a politically correct, politically motivated denial of free speech,” said Pamela Geller, the group’s executive director.

The judge said the advertising space on public buses should be considered a public forum. The judge also ruled that because the ad in question was political speech, it was entitled to the “highest level of protection under the First Amendment.”

“By differentiating between which people or groups can and cannot be demeaned on the exterior of a city bus, MTA’s no-demeaning standard … discriminates based on content,” the opinion said.

The judge said his preliminary injunction would take effect in 30 days, at which time the MTA would be prevented from enforcing the standard.

The standard bars any ads that “contain … information that demean(s) an individual or group of individuals on account of race, color, religion, national origin, ancestry, gender, age, disability or sexual orientation.”

While MTA officials had been correct to regard the ad as “demeaning a group of people based on religion (Islam),” the standard itself does allow for demeaning statements on a host of other topics, such as where they live, their job or their political affiliation, the judge said. 

Some Muslims were furious over the ruling. Pakistani-American CUNY student Omar Makram Radwan told Bikyamasr.com, “If we decided to put ask for ads saying Israel and Jews were savages, we would be protested and the court would agree with them that they are hate speech so I don’t see the difference here.

“This sort of hate speech is now being tolerated by judges and as Ramadan hits it is very unfortunate. People are angry.” The Muslim holy month of Ramadan began last Friday.

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3. Bulgaria: Iran-Financed Hizbullah Behind Terror Attack

by Chana Ya’ar

Bulgaria has denied claims of responsibility for the suicide attack on an Israeli tour bus parked outside Bulgaria’s international airport in Burgas last week by a small Muslim terrorist group. The group, which calls itself Qa’adat el-Jihad, claims to be linked to the international Al-Qaeda terrorist organization.

But investigators from the Bulgarian government have reached the same conclusion as Israel and the United States: On Saturday, the Bulgarian Foreign Ministry told reporters that government officials believe the lethal bombing was carried out by the Iranian-financed Hizbullah terrorist organization, despite the group’s denial of involvement in the attack.

Officials are now seeking a second suspected terrorist as well, believed to be the bomber’s accomplice.

Bulgarian media reported on Sunday that it is believed the suicide bomber received assistance from a man who was seen in the resort city of Varna in the country.

Many Israeli tourists regularly visit Varna, which is about 150 kilometers from Burgas.

Five Israelis, including a pregnant woman, and one Bulgarian national, the driver of the tour bus in which the tourists were to depart from the airport, were killed in the conflagration. In addition, 35 others were wounded, including three who were critically injured.

On Friday, Israel laid its victims to rest after their bodies were recovered through the efforts of the ZAKA organization, which accompanied them home on an IAF Hercules military aircraft.

Most of the wounded had arrived earlier in the day, also via military transport, accompanied by IDF and Magen David Adom paramedics. The three critically wounded victims, hospitalized in Sofia, were to arrive later on a separate transport.

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4. Hamas Official Denies Gaza ‘Declaration of Independence’

by Tzvi Ben Gedalyahu

Senior Hamas official Mahmoud Zahar vehemently denied a report in the London-based Al Hayat newspaper that the terrorist organization plans to declare itself an independent state.

“Such news is being disseminated by the enemies of Hamas seeking to maintain the siege on Gaza,” Zahar told the Bethlehem-based Ma’an news agency. “This issue hasn’t been addressed officially within Hamas, but some people posed it privately on their own,” he added.

Zahar explained that the planned meetings this week are to explore developing trade with Egypt and connected Gaza to Egypt’s power grid and natural gas pipeline.

Al Hayat reported that de facto Gaza Prime Minister Ismail Haniyeh will talk with Egypt’s Muslim Brotherhood president Mohammed Morsi this Thursday to promote the idea. Hamas officials allegedly said that Egypt’s support of establishing Gaza as an independent state would allow Hamas to close the crossings with Israel and to develop the trade route with Egypt through Rafiah. In return, Hamas supposedly would help secure the border with Egypt.

The idea of declaring Gaza as an independent country has been tossed within Hamas around for at least two year, but Egypt previously has blocked the move.

Al Hayat quoted unnamed Hamas officials as saying the new Muslim Brotherhood government in Egypt has paved the way for putting the option back on the table. However, doing so would likely cause difficulties in relations between Egypt and the United States, which has declared Hamas to be an illegal terrorist organization.

In addition, independence for Gaza would throw the Ramallah-based Palestinian Authority into turmoil. PA Chairman Mahmoud Abbas, head of Hamas’s rival Fatah faction, has failed to win unilateral recognition by the international community as a new Arab country within Israel’s current borders.

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5. Syrian Capital, Aleppo Teetering Between Loyalists, Rebels

by Chana Ya’ar

Fighting is raging in Damascus and Aleppo as Syrian opposition forces battle troops loyal to President Bashar al-Assad.

There were clashes near the main intelligence base in the northern city of Aleppo on Sunday. Battles also raged in other parts of Syrian’s main commercial and industrial hub as well.

Syrian Intelligence Chief Hisham Bekhtyar died Friday from wounds suffered Wednesday in an attack on Damascus by rebel forces, according to Al-Manar TV, associated with Hizbullah terrorists in Lebanon. Three high-ranking Syrian officials were killed on the spot.

Helicopter gunships bombarded a number of districts Sunday in Damascus, meanwhile, trying to drive out opposition forces from the capital. Assad’s forces appeared to regain some ground as they drove rebel fighters from the Mezze district, residents and opposition activists reported.

Elite Fourth Division troops besieged the northern Damascus neighborhood of Barzeh in an effort to overcome opposition fighters.

Elsewhere in the country, government forces hammered the major eastern city of Deir al-Zor with artillery and mortar fire. Helicopters fired rockets in the residential districts in an attempt to prevent opposition forces from taking over the city, witnesses said.

A former artillery officer told the Reuters news agency by telephone that he counted around 200 shells hitting the Ordi and Old Airport districts of the city, located some 270 miles (430 kilometers) northeast of Damascus.

It was the heaviest reported bombardment since the army stormed Deir al-Zor one year ago, to crush street protests against President Bashar al-Assad, who disappeared last week and whose whereabouts are currently unknown.

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6. Knesset Speaker Urges Hiring Hareidi Accountants and Lawyers

by Tzvi Ben Gedalyahu

Knesset Speaker Reuven Rivlin has urged major accounting and legal firms to hire hareidi-religious men and maximize their skills, Globes reported Sunday.

The business newspaper quoted sources as saying that Rivlin sent a letter to leading companies and to several government officials, including the Office of the State Prosecutor.

His letter reportedly was in answer to the chairman of the student union of a metropolitan Tel Aviv college, who complained that hareidi religious graduates with outstanding grades are not able to find employment.

“We are all familiar with slogan that the integration of hareidim in the jobs market is a national mission, but I approach you with this request because we must all contribute to give real content to the words,” the Knesset Speaker wrote.

He noted that the hareidi religious community comprises approximately 10 percent of Israel’s population, and that it is important o integrate them into the economy.

“I am sure that from among the hundreds of hareidi students who have not yet found an internship, a way to maximize the use of their skills and intellectual talents can be found,” Rivlin added.

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7. US F-16 Fighter Jet Crashes Off Japanese Coast

by Chana Ya’ar and Reuters

After nearly five hours, rescuers have not yet located a U.S. Air Force fighter pilot whose F-16 jet crashed into the Pacific Ocean at around 11:30 Japan time Sunday morning.

The jet went down approximately 200 miles northeast of Hokkaido, Japan’s northernmost island, according to a spokeswoman at the Misawa Air Base in Aomori Prefecture, Reuters reported. The jet, produced by Lockheed Martin Corp., had taken off from the Misawa base.

“One person, the pilot, was on board. Efforts are currently underway to retrieve the pilot,” she said, reading from a statement. “The aircraft was enroute to North America when the incident occurred. The cause of the incident is unknown at this time.”

There were conflicting reports about the whereabouts and condition of the pilot, with some news agencies reporting his location unknown.

By 4:00 p.m. local time, the unidentified pilot had still not been located, said Misawa spokesman Tech. Sig. Phillip Butterfield. “All efforts are focused toward that right now,” Butterfield said. Details about the pilot’s condition and circumstances of the crash were unavailable, he added.

However, a spokesman at the Japan Coast Guard allegedly told reporters the pilot ejected from the aircraft and was known to be awaiting rescue at sea.

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8. 2nd Man Self-Immolates near Tel Aviv

by Chana Ya’ar

A second man has set himself on fire in central Israel.

Passersby tried to extinguish the flames with water and other materials, until first responders arrived on the scene and finally managed to put the fire out. Medics from the Magen David Adom emergency medical service treated him on the scene and then rushed him to a nearby hospital in serious condition. The man’s motives were not immediately made clear.

Less than 24 hours earlier, approximately 1,000 social justice protesters marched in Tel Aviv to Kaplan Street, where 57-year-old social justice protester Moshe Silman self-immolated last week, and then to the National Insurance Institute (NII, Bituach Leumi).

One demonstrator was arrested. Several hundred protesters broke through police lines and tried to block a police van from driving away with the protester in custody. The demonstrators marched towards the Ayalon Highway, which police closed to traffic.

Prior to igniting himself, Silman had distributed a letter explaining that he felt he had no choice, as he was left with no more options and refused to live homeless.

Beginning with a small debt to the NII, his difficulties grew until he lost everything he had, and then suffered a stroke that left him completely disabled. The modest monthly disability stipend he received from NII left him unable to pay for little more than medication.

Silman’s life ended Friday with burns over 90 percent of his body at Sheba Medical Center in Tel HaShomer Hospital. 

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This is another in my Good News Friday series, even though the news this week has not been good at all.  However I don’t like to leave you with a bad feeling before Shabbat, so here are some heartening items.

In a flying pig moment, an Israeli lawyer has been appointed to a top position in the UN as legal coordinator for the executive directorate of the U.N. Security Council’s Counter Terrorism Committee.

Dr. David Scharia, 43, a former senior official in the attorney-general’s office, has been appointed legal coordinator for the executive directorate of the U.N. Security Council’s Counter Terrorism Committee, making him the only Israeli in a senior security position within the U.N. Secretariat.

According to The Washington Post, the appointment is newsworthy because it is rare for Israelis to rise through the ranks of the U.N. “The organization helped give birth to Israel, but the recent…

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A7News: ‘The Heart Breaks Seeing the Five Coffins’

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1. ‘THE HEART BREAKS SEEING THE FIVE COFFINS’

2. SENIOR CITIZENS REFORM PROGRAM LAUNCHED IN GUSH ETZION 3. IRAN STILL USING FOREIGN FLAGS TO BYPASS SANCTIONS, U.S. WARNS 4. AL-AQSA SHEIKH: JERUSALEM WILL BE MUSLIM FOREVER 5. GERMAN PARLIAMENT PASSES RESOLUTION PROTECTING CIRCUMCISION 6. NETANYAHU: WE’LL CONTINUE TO FIGHT THE TERRORISTS 7. UN SECURITY COUNCIL CONDEMNS BULGARIA ATTACK 8. FOUR YOUNG WOMEN ARRESTED NEAR BEIT EL

 

 

1. ‘THE HEART BREAKS SEEING THE FIVE COFFINS’

by Elad Benari

 

Tourism Minister Stas Misezhnikov told the families of the victims of the terror attack in Bulgaria on Thursday night that he hoped the attack would be “yours and our last disaster.”

 

Misezhnikov spoke on behalf of the government in a state ceremony at the Ben Gurion Airport, after the coffins of the five victims landed in Israel. The coffins were brought to Israel on a plane belonging to the Israeli Air Force. Before the minister spoke, IDF Chief Rabbi Rafi Peretz read Psalms and recited the Kadish prayer.

 

“We stand here in front of the coffins and the heart breaks – five coffins and one giant hole in the heart,” said Misezhnikov.

 

“They were in the prime of their lives when the heaven they went to turned into a hell. The sin for which they were killed was one and only – that they were Israelis and Jews. These miscreants went all the way to the Black Sea to hurt them intentionally.”

 

Misezhnikov noted that the Hizbullah terror group has gone to great lengths to hurt Israelis and Jews worldwide, noting that, “The Hizbullah group, sent by Iran, managed to kill six people, including five Israelis and the bus driver, and wounded dozens of innocent people. This time Iran succeeded in its despicable task.”

 

“The purpose of the murder is to put fear in our hearts and break our spirit,” he added, “but we will rise up again and not allow them to intimidate us. International terrorism has unfortunately become a reality with which we must deal everywhere. The murderous terror knows no bounds and does not distinguish between blood and blood. But despite the pain and grief and sorrow, will not be deterred and we will not break. Terrorism must not disrupt our way of life. We must continue to create and live and travel the world – that’s what we will do.”

 

Earlier on Thursday, the names of the five Israelis who were killed in the terror attack were cleared for publication.

 

The dead are Yitzchak Kolangi, 28, of Petach Tikva; Amir Menashe, 28, of Petach Tikva; Maor Harush, 25, of Akko; Elior Preis, 26, of Akko; and Kochava Shriki, 44, of Rishon LeTzion.

 

Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu directly fingered Iran and Hizbullah as being responsible for the attack, saying, “This attack was part of a global campaign of terror carried out by Iran and Hizbullah. This terror campaign has reached a dozen countries on five continents. The world’s leading powers should make it clear that Iran is the country that stands behind this terror campaign.”

 

He added, “Iran must be exposed by the international community as the premier terrorist-supporting state that it is. And everything should be done to prevent Iran, the world’s most dangerous regime, from developing the world’s most dangerous weapons.”

 

 

2. SENIOR CITIZENS REFORM PROGRAM LAUNCHED IN GUSH ETZION by Elad Benari

 

The biggest strategic plan for improving the quality of life of senior citizens in Israel was launched this week in Gush Etzion. The official launch of the senior citizens reform program was attended by Deputy Minister of Pensioner Affairs Dr. Leah Nass (Likud), the Director-General of the Pensioner Affairs Ministry Aharon Azoulay and the head of the Gush Etzion Regional Council, Davidi Perl.

 

The senior citizens reform program will fundamentally change local authorities” perception of the country’s senior citizens. Until now, senior citizens were seen as a burden on the budget, on the health system and on the country”s social services. The reform will see senior citizens being recognized as human capital that can make a significant contribution to Israeli society.

 

During 2012, the reform program will be implemented in 100 local authorities throughout Israel, and will be implemented in all of Israel by 2014. In the first stage, each municipality will build a profile which maps the situation of its senior citizens in all walks of life. The second stage involves formulating a strategic plan by a round table of experts. The full plan will be presented at the conclusion of the first year of the project and will immediately be implemented for a period of 15 years.

 

Speaking during the launch of the reform in Gush Etzion, Nass said, “Thanks to developments in medicine and in technologies, life expectancy in Israel rose by almost nine years during the last 30 years. The expectation is that the number of senior citizens will double by 2030. The purpose of the reform is to give local authorities the tools to prepare for the anticipated growth, improve the quality of life and, most importantly, maximize the potential of this population, so that they can lead an active and vital life, while making a significant contribution to the community in which they live.”

 

During her visit, Deputy Minister Nass also referred to the Levy Report, which concluded that from a historical and legal prospective, and considering agreements with the Palestinian Authority, the international law against “occupation” does not apply to Judea and Samaria (Yehuda and Shomron), meaning that Israel does not “occupy” the region.

 

“We welcome the conclusions of the report authored by Judge Edmond Levy and which offer a solution to the issue of construction in Judea and Samaria,” said Nass. “I hope that his conclusions will be brought up for a serious discussion at the Ministerial Committee on Settlement Affairs, and that they will be adopted as official policy of the Israeli government.”

 

The head of the Gush Etzion Regional Council, Davidi Perl, who also spoke at the launch, said, “We are pleased to welcome Dr. Leah Nass and take part in the new program. As the head of the Gush Etzion Regional Council I work and promote any activity that would integrate our senior citizens in various fields. It is thanks to them that we are here in Gush Etzion and in the entire settlement enterprise. The senior citizens are unique and we need to leverage and encourage their integration. We are currently working to promote a unique initiative known as ‘housing support’, which is designed to allow the senior citizen to live in his home and remain in surroundings that are familiar to him and, if necessary, receive support and assistance.”

 

There are some 450 senior citizens over the age of 65 residing in the Gush Etzion Regional Council, comprising 2.9 percent of the population. 350 residents are entitled to old age pension, and 70 residents are entitled to old age pension with income support.

 

 

3. IRAN STILL USING FOREIGN FLAGS TO BYPASS SANCTIONS, U.S. WARNS by Elad Benari

 

The United States warned the maritime industry on Thursday that Iranian ships were still using other countries” flags in an attempt to evade Western sanctions against the country.

 

Reuters reported that Sierra Leone is the latest country to revoke its flag for a vessel controlled by the Islamic Republic of Iran Shipping Lines (IRISL), which is on the U.S. blacklist for its involvement in Iran’s weapons program.

 

The United States and the European Union have implemented tough sanctions against Iran in an attempt to stop the country from acquiring nuclear weapons.

 

The U.S. penalties forced Iran’s major trading partners to reduce their Iranian crude imports. The EU enacted a ban from July 1 on insuring ships carrying Iranian oil that has also crimped Tehran’s oil exports.

 

The United States said port authorities should be on the lookout for fabricated vessel registration and phony flags, according to the Reuters report.

 

Iran has been forced to shut off wells in its expansive oil fields, as Western sanctions reduce Tehran’s vital crude oil exports by as much as 30%.

 

Tehran’s current production levels to lows not seen in more than two decades, which has cost Iran billions in lost revenues.

 

In an attempt to sidestep the EU sanctions, Iran has offered to insure any foreign ships that enter its waters.

 

 

4. AL-AQSA SHEIKH: JERUSALEM WILL BE MUSLIM FOREVER by Elad Benari

 

Sheikh Yusuf Salameh, a preacher at the Al-Aqsa Mosque, denounced on Thursday a statement by Israel’s Attorney General that Israeli law must be applied to the Al-Aqsa Mosque complex in Jerusalem.

 

Attorney General Yehuda Weinstein has said that the Temple Mount in Jerusalem is part of Israeli territory so Israeli law applies there, including antiquities laws and laws regarding building and planning.

 

At the same time, he said, the law had to be applied with extra sensitivity and pragmatism, due to its unique nature.

 

In response, Sheikh Salemeh said that “Al-Quds” (the Arabic name for Jerusalem) is an Islamic city, as determined by the creator of the world and as indicated in the Koran.

 

He said that no decision by one person or another will be able to change this reality, stressing that “Al-Quds” will remain Islamic until the end of time. “Al-Quds threw up its occupiers in the past and it will throw up this occupier, too,” he said.

 

Sheikh Salameh added that the Al-Aqsa Mosque is spread over 144 dunams of land and includes the entire area within the walls, buildings, roads, terraces, and domes of the mosque. He said the mosque is land belonging to the Waqf both above the ground and below it. Salameh called on UNESCO to bear the responsibility and preserve the historic Islamic sites in the holy city.

 

This week, Abdul Rahman Abbad, the head of the Muslims” scholars council in Jerusalem, said that “Muslims are the only ones who own this mosque.”

 

He insisted that religious authorities are not bound by Israeli decisions, and warned of Israel’s intentions in issuing such a statement ahead of the holy month of Ramadan, when Muslims flock to the compound.

 

The Temple Mount was left in the hands of the Waqf following Jerusalem”s reunification in 1967, a decision of then-Defense Minister Moshe Dayan. The Waqf has taken advantage of this and removed every sign of ancient Jewish presence at the Jewish holy site. At the entrance, a Waqf sign says, “The Al-Aqsa Mosque courtyard and everything in it is Islamic property.”

 

Police, in an attempt to appease the Waqf, discriminate against Jews. They limit the number of Jewish worshippers allowed on the Temple Mount at one time in order to prevent conflict with Muslim worshippers. They often close the Mount to Jews in response to Muslim riots – despite evidence that Muslim riots have been planned in advance for the specific purpose of forcing Jews out.

 

Waqf officials recently told a young Jewish man to remove his kippah on the Temple Mount. The young man was visiting the Mount, Judaism”s holiest site, as part of a tour group from Europe. When Waqf officials saw his kippah, they ordered him to remove it, saying, “This is a holy place.”

 

 

5. GERMAN PARLIAMENT PASSES RESOLUTION PROTECTING CIRCUMCISION by Elad Benari

 

Germany’s lower house of parliament passed a resolution on Thursday to protect the religious circumcision of infant boys, after a district court ban on the practice outraged Muslims and Jews and sparked an emotional debate in the country.

 

Reuters reported that the resolution, jointly filed by Merkel’s conservatives, their liberal coalition ally (FDP) and the opposition Social Democrats (SPD), demanded that “the government present a draft law in the autumn … that guarantees that the circumcision of boys, carried out with medical expertise and without unnecessary pain, is permitted.”

 

The new law would overrule the Cologne court decision, the report noted.

 

Lawmakers noted in the resolution that the court ruling had deeply unsettled Muslims and Jews in Germany, as they feared the practice would now be outlawed, while doctors were alarmed at the threat of prosecution if they performed operations.

 

“Jewish and Muslim religious life must continue to be possible in Germany. Circumcision has a central religious significance for Jews and Muslims,” the resolution stated.

 

An overwhelming majority of lawmakers voted in favor of the resolution, according to the Reuters report, although the small opposition Left party opposed it, suggesting that infant boys could have a “symbolic circumcision” then undergo the actual operation when older.

 

The court in Cologne ruled that non-medical circumcision, practiced by most Jews and Muslims, causes bodily harm and therefore is a crime.

 

The practice is a “serious and irreversible interference in the integrity of the human body,” the court decided.

 

Muslims and Jews banded together last week to ask the German parliament to overrule the court ban on circumcision. There are approximately four million Muslims and 150,000 Jews living in Germany.

 

On Tuesday, German chancellor Angela Merkel told her party that Germany risked becoming a “laughing stock” over the court ruling.

 

Merkel warned the board of her conservative Christian Democratic Union (CDU) that Germany must restore legal protection for circumcision.

 

“I do not want Germany to be the only country in the world in which Jews cannot practice their rites,” Merkel said. “Otherwise we would make ourselves a laughing stock among nations.”

 

Merkel’s spokesman Steffen Seibert said last week the German government would take quick action to protect the right of Jews and Muslims to circumcise baby boys on religious grounds. Israel’s ambassador to Germany welcomed the plans to pass the resolution.

 

 

6. NETANYAHU: WE’LL CONTINUE TO FIGHT THE TERRORISTS by Elad Benari

 

Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu addressed the media on Thursday, condemning Wednesday”s terror attack against Israelis in Bulgaria, and once again blaming Hizbullah and Iran for the attack.

 

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“Yesterday’s attack in Bulgaria was perpetrated by Hizbullah, Iran’s leading terrorist proxy,” said Netanyahu. “This attack was part of a global campaign of terror carried out by Iran and Hizbullah. This terror campaign has reached a dozen countries on five continents. The world’s leading powers should make it clear that Iran is the country that stands behind this terror campaign.”

 

He added, “Iran must be exposed by the international community as the premier terrorist-supporting state that it is. And everything should be done to prevent Iran, the world’s most dangerous regime, from developing the world’s most dangerous weapons.”

 

“Israel is a strong country and the people of Israel are a strong people,” said Netanyahu. “We’ll continue to fight against the terrorists and to exact a heavy price from those who support them.”

 

Iran denied responsibility for the terrorist attack earlier on Thursday, claiming that “the unfounded statements by different statement of the Zionist regime in connection with the accusations against Iran about its possible participation in the incident with the blown-up bus with Israeli tourists in Burgas is a familiar method of the Zionist regime, with a political aim, and is a sign of the weakness … of the accusers.”

 

Hizbullah chief Hassan Nasrallah did not mention the attack in a speech he gave on Wednesday evening, but Channel 10 News quoted an official with Hizbullah as having denied any involvement in the attack.

 

“The claim that we hit tourists is ridiculous,” said the official.

 

 

7. UN SECURITY COUNCIL CONDEMNS BULGARIA ATTACK by Elad Benari

 

Members of the United Nations Security Council unanimously condemned on Thursday the deadly terrorist attack on a bus carrying Israeli tourists in Bulgaria.

 

“Terrorism in all its forms and manifestations is one of the most serious threats to international peace and security. All acts of terrorism are criminal and unjustifiable, no matter the motives for them, where, when and by whom they are carried out,” a statement by the Security Council said.

 

“The perpetrators and organizers, as well as those who finance such reprehensible acts of terrorism must be brought to justice,” added the statement.

 

The Middle East Quartet – the UN, the European Union, Russia and the United States – also condemned the attack, saying it “is an act of cowardice against innocent people, including children.”

 

“The members of the Quartet look forward to the apprehension of the perpetrators and their being brought to justice,” the statement posted on the UN”s website said, adding that the Quartet supports all international efforts to assist the Bulgarian authorities and others in this effort.

 

The Quartet also offered its condolences and sympathies to the families and friends of the Israelis and others killed or injured in the attack, as well as to the people of Bulgaria.

 

“This attack provides a reminder of the need for the members of the international community to stand side-by-side in the effort to prevent terrorism wherever it may be practiced,” the group”s members said. “The Quartet will continue its effort to reach comprehensive, just and lasting settlement in the Middle East, where all the people will live in peace and security.”

 

Earlier on Thursday, the names of the five Israelis who were killed in the terror attack were cleared for publication.

 

The dead are Yitzchak Kolangi, 28, of Petach Tikva; Amir Menashe, 28, of Petach Tikva; Maor Harush, 25, of Akko; Elior Preis, 26, of Akko; and Kochava Shriki, 44, of Rishon LeTzion.

 

UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon issued a condemnation through his spokesperson of Wednesday’s suicide terrorist attack, though he only referred to the “deadly bombing of Israelis” and did not use the word “terrorism.”

 

U.S. President Barack Obama also strongly condemned the terror attack, saying, “The United States will stand with our allies, and provide whatever assistance is necessary to identify and bring to justice the perpetrators of this attack.”

 

 

8. FOUR YOUNG WOMEN ARRESTED NEAR BEIT EL by Gil Ronen

 

 

 

Security forces arrested four young Jewish women Thursday at Oz Tzion, an “outpost” community near Beit El, north of Jerusalem.

 

The security forces showed up at the outpost and demanded that the women leave the location because it was declared a closed military zone. The young women told them that they are residents of the community and therefore the military order does not apply to them.

 

They said that they have been residing at the outpost for 10 months.

 

After negotiating for about an hour, the policemen arrested the young women and took them to be questioned at the Shaar Binyamin police station.

 

Honenu, the NGO that assists Jews who face prosecution for nationalist activities, said that the young women are the “founding nucleus” of the outpost. The community was established last Sukkot, and the young women have been there ever since then.