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Israeli defense says Jewish Home party provoked violence against Palestinians: Zio-Watch, October 7, 2015


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From The Times of Israel

With settler attacks on the rise, Ya’alon said to blame Jewish Home

Defense minister reportedly says comments by party’s lawmakers have provoked violence against Palestinians and the IDF

October 7, 2015, 10:06 am

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu speaks with Minister of Defense Moshe Ya'alon and IDF Chief of Staff Gadi Eizenkott during a visit to the West Bank following recent terror attacks, October 6, 2015. (Photo by Amos Ben Gershom/GPO)

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu speaks with Minister of Defense Moshe Ya’alon and IDF Chief of Staff Gadi Eizenkott during a visit to the West Bank following recent terror attacks, October 6, 2015. (Photo by Amos Ben Gershom/GPO)


Defense Minister Moshe Ya’alon reportedly accused ministers from the pro-settlement Jewish Home party of instigating violence, and claimed that they they bore responsibility for a rise in the number of incidents of settlers attacking Palestinians, as well as IDF soldiers, in the West Bank.

During a security cabinet meeting on Monday, Ya’alon said that inflammatory comments by Education Minister Naftali Bennett, the leader of Jewish Home, and other members of his party, were behind a spate of retaliatory settler attacks, Army Radio reported.

Sources in the security establishment, the report said, have seen a significant rise in the number of settler attacks against Palestinians and IDF soldiers in the West Bank, amid a spate of violent attacks against Jews.

“The statements that the hands of the IDF are tied and that military activity is not [forceful] enough to stop the wave of terror attacks – these fuel the people who take the law into their own hands,” Ya’alon reportedly said, in an apparent reference to media comments by Bennett and members of his party.

Ministers and lawmakers from Jewish Home have also sought to wrest a pledge from Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu to expand construction in the settlements in response to the attacks. Netanyahu has refused.
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From PressTV

An Israeli guard aims his weapon at Palestinian protesters during clashes at the main entrance of the West Bank town of Bethlehem on October 6, 2015. (AFP photo)

An Israeli man has shot and seriously injured a Palestinian woman in al-Quds (Jerusalem), claiming she had attacked and stabbed him.

Israeli police spokeswoman, Luba Samri, said the Palestinian woman was shot on Wednesday by an armed Israeli man in the occupied al-Quds’ Old City, without identifying her.

The female victim was transferred to a hospital and is said to be in critical condition.

The attack came a few days after Israeli forces shot dead another Palestinian in al-Quds after purporting that he had attacked and killed two Israelis while injuring two others.

Meanwhile, reports said that Israeli forces have shot a cameraman working for the Lebanon-based Arabic-language al-Manar satellite television network during clashes in in the West Bank city of al-Khalil (Hebron).

Israeli forces arrest a Palestinian during clashes in the Palestinian neighborhood of Shuafat in East al-Quds (Jerusalem) on October 5, 2015. (AFP photo)

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From PressTV

New Yorkers hold an anti-Israeli demonstration on October 6, 2015.

A group of people have held a rally in New York to protest the recent escalation of violence by Israeli forces and settlers against Palestinians, Press TV reports.

The demonstrators representing many communities, including a number of university campuses, gathered near the Israeli mission to the United Nations in New York City on Tuesday.

Waving Palestinian flags and carrying anti-Israel banners, the crowd denounced Tel Aviv’s wave of aggression across the occupied Palestinian territories and expressed support for the Palestinian resistance front.

Lina from Students for Justice in Palestine slammed the horrific nature of the recent killing by Israelis of 19-year old Palestinian Fadi Samir Mustafa Alloun in the occupied West Bank.

“His body was literally abused and kicked by illegal Israeli settlers, who laughed and shouted ” anti-Arab slogans, she said.
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From PressTV

In this file photo, Israeli soldiers arrest a Palestinian during clashes with Israeli troops at a protest against the illegal settlement of Ofra in the occupied West Bank village of Silwad, near Ramallah. (© Reuters)

At least two Palestinians have sustained gunshot wounds after an unspecified number of Israeli settlers opened fire on them in the central part of the occupied West Bank.

Palestinian sources, speaking on condition of anonymity, said the settlers stormed the Dar Salah village, located six kilometers (3.7 miles) east of Bethlehem, on Wednesday morning, and then fired indiscriminately at the local residents, the Arabic-language al-Aqsa satellite television network reported.

The report added that two Palestinians suffered wounds as a result, who were transported to hospital to receive medical treatment. One of the injured Palestinians is reportedly in critical condition.

Separately, Israeli military vehicles rolled into the Halahoul neighborhood in northern al-Khalil (Hebron) in the early hours of Wednesday and arrested 17 Palestinians.

The Israeli forces broke into dozens of homes and violently searched them, causing excessive property damage before taking the Palestinians away with them.

Soldiers guard Israeli settlers as they visit the holy site of the tomb of Atnaeil Ben Kinaz in the occupied West Bank city of al-Khalil (Hebron) during the Jewish Sukkot (Feast of the Tabernacles) holiday on September 30, 2015. (© AFP)

On Wednesday morning, a large number of Israeli settlers stormed the Sheikh Jarrah neighborhood in East al-Quds (Jerusalem), situated two kilometers (1.24 miles) north of the occupied Old City, damaging several Palestinian cars. There were no immediate reports of casualties.
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From PressTV

Israeli forces stormed the homes of Muhammad Jaabis and Ghassan Abu Jamal and demolished them with explosives On October 6, 2015. (Maan Images)

Israeli forces have razed to the ground homes belonging to Palestinians in the East al-Quds (Jerusalem) after Israel’s Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu ordered the intensification of attacks against Palestinians.

Israeli troops demolished two houses belonging to Ghassan Abu Jamal and Mohammed Jaabis in the Jabel Mukaber district of East al-Quds in the early hours of Tuesday. The two Palestinians had been killed by Israeli forces in November 2014.

The pre-dawn demolitions gutted the houses. Some neighboring structures were also damaged.

Israeli forces condoned off a third home in the Silwan neighborhood of East al-Quds and filled a room with concrete.

The demolitions came after Netanyahu instructed his cabinet ministers to speed up the demolition of Palestinian homes. Netanyahu also called for the deployment of more troops in East al-Quds and ordered harsh crackdown on Palestinians active on social media.
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From PressTV

Israeli security forces fire tear gas toward Palestinians during clashes near the West Bank settlement of Beit El, north of Ramallah on October 5, 2015. (AFP photo)

Israeli forces have once again attacked Palestinian demonstrators protesting Tel Aviv’s wave of aggression across the occupied West Bank.

On Tuesday, clashes erupted near the city of Nablus after Israeli forces stormed several houses there and arrested a number of Palestinians.

Palestinian health officials reported that at least five people were wounded in the clashes.

The Tel Aviv regime forces also stormed villages on the outskirts of the city of Jenin on Tuesday morning. A Palestinian teenager, identified as Muhammad Ahmad Jaradat, was inured in the village of Zububa north of Jenin.

He was transferred to hospital after excessive tear gas inhalation.
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From the Jewish Telegraphic Agency

Netanyahu cancels summit in Germany over Israel’s security situation

JERUSALEM (JTA) — Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu reportedly canceled an official visit to Germany to celebrate 50 years of diplomatic ties over the security situation in Israel.

The summit was scheduled for Thursday in Berlin.

Earlier this week, Netanyahu had shortened the visit from 36 hours over Wednesday and Thursday to just a few hours on Thursday. A new date has not been set for the visit.

Several Israeli government ministers were scheduled to travel to Germany with Netanyahu.
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From the Jewish Telegraphic Agency

Howard Stern rips Roger Waters over BDS support

(JTA) — Radio personality Howard Stern ripped Roger Waters, the founding member of the rock band Pink Floyd, for his support of the boycott Israel movement.

“What is with Roger Waters and the Jews?” Stern asked Tuesday at the beginning of a seven-minute rant on Sirius XM Radio during which he implied that Waters is an anti-Semite.

The rant was motivated by an open letter that Waters published in Salon criticizing rocker Jon Bon Jovi for performing in Tel Aviv on Oct. 3.
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From the Jewish Telegraphic Agency

The Mets-Dodgers series is so Jewish, congressmen are betting bagels on it

Baseball doesn’t get much more Jewish than this year’s MLB National League Division Series, which starts Friday between the New York Mets and the Los Angeles Dodgers.

Both teams feature notable Jews: Joc Pederson in the outfield for the Dodgers and Joe Wilpon in the owner’s box for the Mets. Plus, you’ve got the famously Jewy fanbases of New York and L.A.

But what really makes this series Jewish is the bet on the outcome between two Jewish Democratic congressmen.

Rep. Adam Schiff, D-Calif., is betting on the Dodgers, and Rep. Steve Israel, D-N.Y. is betting on the Mets. If the Mets win, Schiff pays up in popcorn from Pauline’s Premier Sweets in Burbank, California. If the Dodgers win, Israel is on the hook for bagels.
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From the Jewish Telegraphic Agency

Ben Bernanke memoir: Classmates thought I had Jew horns

Ben Bernanke dealt with prejudice as a Jew crowing up in South Carolina — including being asked if he had horns — according to his new memoir.

Several times, the former chairman of the Federal Reserve writes, elementary school classmates asked “quite innocently, I believe” whether he had horns.

“Growing up in Dillon [in South Carolina], the son of the town’s druggist, Bernanke describes himself as “bookish and shy and often on my own.” As a Jew, Bernanke says he was something of an outsider.

But the real prejudice in town, he says, was directed at African-Americans.
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From the Jewish Telegraphic Agency

James Franco has bar mitzvah at 37

The Oct. 3 ceremony included the actor wearing a tallit, or prayer shawl, and chanting from the Torah. Franco, whose mother is Jewish, posted a photo on Instagram with a message: “I am now a MAN! Got Bar Mitzvahed tonight!!! Finally!”

A Jewish boy typically has his bar mitzvah at 13.
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From Ynet News

Council of Europe drops anti-circumcision measure

Following a two-year campaign led by Jewish and Muslim Knesset members, the European policy forum decides to support the observance of the circumcision ritual as part of freedom of religion in the continent.

The Parliamentary Assembly of the Council of Europe (PACE) has ruled that the circumcision ritual complies with the European Convention of Human Rights, overturning a resolution it adopted in October 2013, which called male ritual circumcision a “violation of the physical integrity of children according to human rights standards.”
Following two years of intense lobbying by the leaders of Europe’s Jewish community, the amendment was approved last week after members of all the factions of the Knesset persuaded a large number of European Parliament members to support the submission of a counter resolution.

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From The Times of Israel

For Netanyahu, the word is mightier than the deed

Rabin and Sharon also addressed the UN, but who remembers that? They were less talented speakers than the current PM, but they knew how to take action

October 7, 2015, 6:12 am

Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu addresses the United Nations General Assembly in New York, September 30, 2015. (Avi Ohayon/GPO)

Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu addresses the United Nations General Assembly in New York, September 30, 2015. (Avi Ohayon/GPO)


Does anybody remember former prime minister Yitzhak Rabin’s 1995 speech to the United Nations, in which, less than two months before he was assassinated, he called terrorism “the world’s cancer”? Or that of Ariel Sharon a decade later, days after he withdrew the last Israeli soldier from Gaza, when he told the General Assembly that he viewed “peace and understanding” with the Palestinians as his “calling and primary mission for the coming years”?

Significant as they were at the time, few people recall these speeches today, mostly because they were just that: speeches. Ehud Olmert never actually bothered to fly to New York for the annual UN circus during his three years as prime minister.

Benjamin Netanyahu, on the other hand, has only missed one UN General Assembly in his last six years in office. His speeches — which almost always contain visual aids designed to help make them memorable — have become media events, getting prime time treatment, and not only in the Israeli media. His 2012 cartoon bomb was featured above the fold in The New York Times.

Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu holds up a photo of a purported Hamas rocket as he addresses the 69th Session of the UN General Assembly, September 29, 2014, in New York. (photo credit: AFP/Timothy A. Clary)

It’s no coincidence that the current prime minister has turned the spectacularly boring General Assembly into a spectacle. One aspect of this phenomenon is Netanyahu’s rhetorical talent. Not everyone likes the props and the wordplay — remember 2013’s “have your yellowcake and eat it too”? — but few deny that he is a gifted speaker.
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From The Times of Israel

Oregon gunman was army dropout who studied mass shooters

Online profiles indicate Chris Harper Mercer, who killed 9 people, was interested in Nazism and IRA

October 3, 2015, 6:47 am

Chris Harper Mercer, 26, was identified as the gunman in an Oregon shooting rampage at a community college, on October 1, 2015. (MySpace)

Chris Harper Mercer, 26, was identified as the gunman in an Oregon shooting rampage at a community college, on October 1, 2015. (MySpace)


ROSEBURG, Oregon — The 26-year-old gunman who opened fire on fellow students in his community college English class, killing nine people, was an Army boot camp dropout who studied mass shooters before becoming one himself.

Christopher Sean Harper-Mercer’s online profiles also indicated possible interest in Nazi history and symbolism. His nickname on a dating website was Ironcross45, the iron cross being a high military honor in Nazi Germany.

A day after the rampage in this Oregon timber town, authorities said Harper-Mercer wore a flak jacket and brought at least six guns and five ammunition magazines to the school. Investigators found another seven guns at the apartment he shared with his mother.

Officials on Friday also released the names of the dead, who ranged in age from 18 to 67 and included several freshmen and a teacher. They were sons and daughters, spouses and parents.

One of the students was active in the Future Farmers of America and loved to play soccer. Another was on only his fourth day of college. One was a 59-year-old student whose daughter was enrolled in the same school but not injured in the shooting. Grieving families began sharing details of their loved ones.
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