Muslim leaders declare East Jerusalem capital of “Palestine” — Behold Israel

OIC meets in Turkey on Jerusalem, USA and Trump; Summit collectively denounces Jerusalem’s recognition and calls on international community to recognize East Jerusalem as capital of “Palestine”; Netanyahu: All these statements fail to impress us. Dec 14, 2017. The Organization of Islamic Cooperation met in Instanbul on Wednesday, heads of state and representatives from Muslim […]

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#majorbsalert “Writers” detail Israeli occupation of West Bank in new book

Writers detail Israeli occupation of West Bank in new book

by The Associated Press

JERUSALEM — A group of “renowned” authors has published a collection of essays about Israel’s occupation of the West Bank, hoping their grim firsthand perspectives will draw attention to what they say is an unsustainable situation that is harmful to Israelis and Palestinians alike.

Through the eyes of novelists and nonfiction writers, “Kingdom of Olives and Ash” highlights the day-to-day struggles of Palestinians living under Israeli control and the collective trauma inflicted upon both peoples.

The 26 authors involved in the project include Pulitzer Prize-winners Michael Chabon and Geraldine Brooks, celebrated Irish writer Colm Toibin and Peruvian Nobel Prize laureate Mario Vargas Llosa. Chabon and his wife, American-Israeli author Ayelet Waldman, also edited the volume.

The writers visited the West Bank and the Gaza Strip last year to bear witness “in vivid and clear language” to the reality for Palestinians after 50 years of Israeli occupation. Gaza, from where Israel withdrew its settlers and troops in 2005, is now controlled by Hamas militants.

The essays describe the segregated city of Hebron, the vibrant nightlife in Gaza City, the hardships of businessmen in Ramallah, and the frustration of young Palestinians who carried out a stabbing attack that wounded two Israelis in 2015.

“They came with relatively few preconceptions,” Chabon said. “They saw for themselves and they got to talk to people on the ground.”

The project was organized by Breaking the Silence, an Israeli organization of former soldiers who speak out against the military’s policy in the Palestinian territories. The group has come under heavy fire from Israeli leaders, who say it should air its criticisms locally instead of taking its message to foreign audiences.

Chabon said the book is aimed both at international and Israeli readers, though its affiliation with Breaking the Silence and reliance on foreign critics may limit its impact with the local audience. Education Minister Naftali Bennett, one of the most outspoken critics of the organization, declined to comment, as did Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu’s office.

The book was launched on Sunday to commemorate this month’s anniversary of the 1967 Mideast War, in which Israel took control of the West Bank, east Jerusalem and Gaza Strip. Hebrew and Arabic versions are to hit bookshelves in Israel and the Palestinian territories later this week.

Speaking to reporters at Jerusalem’s American Colony hotel, Chabon said the project seeks “to draw attention to the occupation, and especially to draw the attention of people who aren’t paying attention.”

Chabon, in his essay “Giant in a Cage,” describes travelling from Ramallah to the northern West Bank city of Nablus with a Palestinian-American businessman. He talks of witnessing firsthand the seemingly arbitrary nature of Israel’s military control over Palestinian lives — from checkpoints and permits to resource allocation and settlement construction.

“I was embarrassed and ashamed, both by my ignorance before seeing it and also that such things are being done with my money as an American taxpayer and in my name as a Jew,” he said.

Waldman, who was born in Israel and grew up in the United States and Canada, worked as a public defender in California before turning to a career in writing. An outspoken liberal, she campaigned for Barack Obama, a former classmate at Harvard Law School, during his 2008 presidential campaign.

Her essay, “Justice, justice you shall pursue,” reads like a legal argument against Israel’s military court system through the case of two Palestinian teens. One was arrested and roughly handled, then held without bail for allegedly possessing a knife. The other was arrested in the middle of the night, imprisoned and confessed to setting a field on fire in exchange for a fine and lighter sentence.

“Whether those accused in fact committed the offences is less important than the creation of a general climate of fear, anger, and distrust that quashes rebellion,” she wrote.

While Israeli settlers in the West Bank are subject to Israeli civilian law, Palestinians are subject to military law. The military court system is frequently criticized for its near 100 per cent conviction rate and for meting out stiff penalties.

The authors say their work is not meant to be against Israel, only Israeli policies. Waldman and Yehuda Shaul, a founder of Breaking the Silence, consider themselves Israeli patriots.

“What we’ve come to see and believe is that the existence of Israel, which we feel very invested in, depends on ending the occupation,” Chabon said.

Though sympathetic to the Palestinians living under Israeli rule, the authors are not blind to the violence inflicted upon Israelis, whether in the latest wave of stabbings and shootings that erupted in late 2015 or in the past, during the second Palestinian uprising in the early 2000s and the massacre of Hebron’s Jews in 1929, decades before Israel was established in 1948.

Israel captured the West Bank, Gaza and east Jerusalem in the 1967 Mideast war. The Palestinians seek all three territories for a future state — a position that has wide international support. Netanyahu has rejected any return to the 1967 frontiers.

Over the past five decades, Israel, citing security needs, has established a military bureaucracy in the West Bank that enforces movement restrictions on Palestinians through a complex permit system. Some 600,000 Israelis now live in settlements in the West Bank and east Jerusalem.

Israel says it has been willing to negotiate an end to occupation, but that Palestinians rejected or responded with violence to generous Israeli offers in 2000 and 2008. Netanyahu says he is open to talks, but negotiations have been frozen for over three years and most members of Netanyahu’s government oppose Palestinian statehood.

Waldman said the essays do not address all the aspects of the Israeli-Palestinian conflict but focus on the impact of the occupation on ordinary lives.

“This book is not going to end the occupation,” Waldman said. “The occupation is a vast edifice, and everybody’s obligation is to pry loose their brick. And if enough bricks get pried loose, the wall will crumble.”

The Associated Press | June 21, 2017 at 12:18 pm | Tags: AP | Categories: NewsWorld | URL: http://wp.me/p2zm7z-591Gg

Woolworth’s store scraps Christmas decorations telling customers the shop is now Muslim???

Woolworth’s store scraps Christmas decorations telling customers the shop is now Muslim

Source: Woolworth’s store scraps Christmas decorations telling customers the shop is now Muslim

Shocked shoppers were told the news after they discovered the Yultide selection had been put on display, and then taken down just days later

A MASSIVE row has erupted after staff at a Woolworth’s branch boasted that they would not have any Christmas decorations this year because it’s now a Muslim store.

Shocked locals in the German town of Dortmund were told the news after they discovered that the Yultide selection including tree decorations and chocolate Santas had been put on display, and then taken down just days later.

When they enquired about the reason, a staff member at the store said: “We are a Muslim business now. We do not want to sell Christmas articles.”

The branch manager Seda Capakcur, 25, told local media no Christmas articles would be sold anymore.

She said: “The Christmas articles are hardly in demand here. Already last year, everything remained unsold.”

Spokeswoman Diana Preisert said: “Woolworth is, of course, not a Muslim company. Christmas merchandise is available from September onwards and should be sold out by the end of December.

“In this branch, however, demand was too low. Therefore the goods were distributed to other branches.”

She said the reason for not selling the decorations was that there were simply no customers left in the area as Muslims had replaced most of the Christians.

The company spokeswoman added that this had created specific “local conditions” that meant low interest in Christmas items from the small number of Christians remaining in the area of Dortmund who were interested in celebrating the festival.

According to city officials, the share of Christians in the total population of Northern Dortmund where the store is located is 29.2 percent.

Over 70 percent belong to other religions or have no allegiance.



Mass immigration in the name of multiculturalism only wipes out the host culture. Coming to America soon. They are already here.

Coca-Cola pimps for Islam in new Ramadan ad (video)

 

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UNHRC decision should be rejected by decent people everywhere

UNHRC decision should be rejected by decent people everywhere

Rather than investigate Hamas, which is committing a double war crime by firing rockets at Israeli civilians while hiding behind Palestinian civilians, the UNHRC calls for an investigation of Israel.

(Communicated by the Prime Minister’s Media Adviser)


Ambassador Eviatar Manor addresses the UN Human Rights Council
Copyright: Israel Mission to the UN, Geneva

The decision today by the United Nations Human Rights Council is a travesty and should be rejected by decent people everywhere.

Rather than investigate Hamas, which is committing a double war crime by firing rockets at Israeli civilians while hiding behind Palestinian civilians, the UNHRC calls for an investigation of Israel, which has gone to unprecedented lengths to keep Palestinian civilians out of harm’s way, including by dropping leaflets, making phone calls and sending text messages.

The UNHRC should be launching an investigation into Hamas’s decision to turn hospitals into military command centers, use schools as weapons depots and place missile batteries next to playgrounds, private homes and mosques.

By failing to condemn Hamas’s systematic use of human shields and by blaming Israel for the deaths that are caused by this grotesque human shields policy, the UNHRC is sending a  message to Hamas and terror organizations everywhere that using civilians as human shields is an effective strategy.

Like the investigation that led to the infamous Goldstone report, a report  which was ultimately renounced by its own author, this investigation by a kangaroo court is a foregone conclusion.

The predictable result will be the libeling of Israel and even greater use of human shields in the future by Hamas. Those who will pay the price will be not only Israelis but also Palestinians who Hamas will redouble its efforts to use as human shields in the future.

 

http://embassies.gov.il/UnGeneva/NewsAndEvents/Pages/Amb-Manor-addresses-the-Human-Rights-Council-23-July-2014.aspx

It’s all so simple I don’t know if I should cry or laugh ….

BH

 

It’s all so simple I don’t know if I should cry or laugh – we can either put our mind as the arbiter to truth – which of course our ego desires, or we can realize our minds are capable of rationalizing ANY EVIL (as all evil, including Hitler and the Nazis, current Arab terrorists etc. etc. did/do) and hence learn to use Judaism’s wisdom, of accepting that we have a virus, and only through listening to God’s absolute objective standards of morality, can we truly, not imaginarily, be!

 

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The children of Manmasseh are still alive | The Canadian Jewish News

The children of Manmasseh are still alive | The Canadian Jewish News.

 

The children of Manmasseh are still alive

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Stephen Epstein with his wife Alison and their daughters.

On the first night of the attacks from Gaza, we heard our first siren in Rehovot. There was a surreal split second when I wondered, is this really happening? Could it be an ambulance or fire truck? Or the TV?

The blaring wail brought me back, and my mind and body switched to automatic: Put shoes on – is anyone in the shower? Is the stove turned off? Grab a phone. Lock the door. Switch the staircase lights on. Ring neighbours’ doorbells on the way down the five flights of stairs.

The siren seemed louder by the time we reached the bomb shelter on the ground floor of our building. The shelter started to fill with other residents. We soon heard the telltale sign of the Iron Dome – a loud boom, then silence. The Iron Dome had successfully intercepted the rocket.

Relieved to be OK, I took a “selfie” photo to let friends and family know that we were safe and sound. In subsequent rocket attacks since that first one, I kept taking pictures and sharing them.

There is a curious custom among the Bnei Menashe (known as Manmasseh), one of the 10 lost tribes that are now returning to Israel. After the conquest of the Kingdom of Israel, they were exiled and moved eastward, and found themselves in the hills of northeast India. After a life-threatening event such as an earthquake, they would run from their homes and shout at the top of their lungs, “The children of Manmasseh are still alive!” It was a declaration of survival, of resilience and of faith that despite what was thrown at them, the tribe lived on.

And from this universal need to say, “We are still alive,” my wife Alison started a Facebook group on the night of that first rocket to Rehovot. It’s called “Bomb Shelter Selfies,” (https://www.facebook.com/groups/bombshelterselfies). The group invites Israelis to “send us your selfies taken in the bomb shelter. Make the best of a bad situation. Upload your photos to show the world that we’re strong and hanging in.”

To date, more than 1,600 people have joined the group, with hundreds of comments and images posted.

The pictures offer a glimpse into the lives of Israelis who try and carry on living while a storm of rockets rains down on the country. The parks are empty as parents keep children close to home. Some restaurant and bars are nearing bankruptcy as patrons avoid public places and hover closer to bomb shelters and protected rooms.

The tension is palpable and the rockets and the Iron Dome are the subject of conversation when people meet. One of the ways people have of communicating and expressing what’s going on is through social media and the images they share.

The attacks come without warning and without a pattern. One day we had three attacks, none the next and three within an hour the next day.

Everything becomes a calculation: I know how long it takes to get to the shelter. Can I take a shower? Is there enough time to rinse out the shampoo, put on clothes or just a robe or towel, and get down five flights of stairs? Even walking down the street to the grocery store involves calculations. I scan the street for possible buildings to run to should an attack happen.

Every area of the country is divided into zones, and each zone has a time for a rocket to reach from Gaza. We’re lucky. We have 90 seconds to take cover. Residents of southern communities have 30 seconds or less, barely enough time to rouse children or turn off the oven. They just run.

All these moments have been shared on Facebook since the IDF’s Operation Protective Edge started. The group is a way for Israelis to capture and share what happened when the siren started and how everyday life is interrupted while we all dive for safety.

A quick scan of the group shows posts and pictures describing everyday events that have been interrupted by the rocket attacks:

• While shopping at IKEA, shoppers quickly learned the location of the closest shelter.

• An attack occurred during a college final exam. Ironically, the essay question was about tensions between Gaza and Israel.

• A family paying a shivah call and having to run to the shelter shows that even the mourning still have to worry about the living.

• A young man, calling on his date at her home for the first time, forced to share moments together in a safe room in a way that was not planned.

• Driving on the highway and hearing that there is an attack forces drivers to the curb, abandoning their cars, while diving for cover and assuming the well-known position of lying on the ground with hands covering the head to protect against shrapnel.

• A woman who decided to pamper herself with a facial mask was caught in a raid and had to face the lens of an amused family member.

• Families that thought they could escape the tension of the conflict by attending a movie had to flee the theatre to find shelter. (The theatre operators rewound part of the movie after they were given the all-clear.)

• A mother and her son running to a shelter at the swimming pool. They were there for his first swimming lesson.

The pictures show children – lots of children in pajamas, smiling, and ones who had to be woken from their peaceful sleep to be carried to safety by their parents.

Each rocket attack is like an earthquake, and we run to our bomb shelters, safe rooms and stairwells. When it’s all over, we take our pictures and post them for the world to see, our declaration of survival, resilience and faith that despite what’s being thrown at us, our tribe lives on and we declare: “The Children of Israel are still alive!”

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Why Denying Montréal Students the Right to Vote Has No Basis in Law

Emily Anywhere

I moved to Quebec in March 2012, six months before the last provincial election. Falling right within the 6-month residency requirement, I registered and voted without any problem. Last election I lived and voted in the district of Sainte-Marie Saint-Jacques, I now live in Westmount St-Louis.

Amid massive media hysteria around out-of-province voters, I went to the Quebec electoral offices this morning to change my address and riding. Arriving at the offices, everyone was friendly and kind. As soon as I sat down, I was asked to provide a Quebec driver’s licence or health card. I have neither. I have Hydro-Quebec bills, T4s, letters from Revenue Quebec (I pay Quebec taxes) and a Montreal lease. I am currently trying to find an articling position in Montreal so that I can join the Quebec bar in 2016.

I was not asked to provide any of that evidence or asked if I…

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Three Seconds to Shoot Down a Missile and Save Hundreds of Lives

Three Seconds to Shoot Down a Missile and Save Hundreds of Lives

Published on: October 27, 2013

In the face of the constant threat of rockets and missiles, the IDF has been at the forefront of developing and operating air defense systems. What does it take to be an officer in this crucial field?

Imagine what an attack against Israel might look like in the not-too-distant future. In the opening salvo, a missile hits the heart of Tel Aviv, followed by precise rocket strikes on Israel from the Galilee to Eilat. Think this is an impossibility? Think again. Hezbollah alone has thousands of missiles aimed at major Israeli population centers. Their missiles can reach every single part of the country.
2013/10/27/three-seconds-shoot-missile-save-hundreds-lives/#.Um1LR50VSWM.wordpress’>Three Seconds to Shoot Down a Missile and Save Hundreds of Lives.

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