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U.S. taxpayer money subsidizing Jewish terrorism against Arabs: Zio-Watch, August 24, 2015


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From the Jewish Telegraphic Agency

Is U.S. taxpayer money subsidizing Jewish terrorism against Arabs?


NEW YORK (JTA) – Taxpayer dollars in the United States and Israel are subsidizing Jewish terrorism against Arabs, a complaint filed with the New York state Attorney General’s Office alleges.

The accusations follow a recent expose by Israel’s Channel 10 about the work of the 13-year-old Israeli nonprofit Honenu, which provides financial support to Jews convicted of or on trial for violence against Palestinians, including so-called price tag attacks in the West Bank. The television program aired earlier this month in the aftermath of the July 31 firebombing of a Palestinian home in the West Bank village of Duma that killed an 18-month-old boy and his father. No suspects were arrested in the attack, but Jewish extremists are suspected. The attackers scrawled the Hebrew work for “revenge” at the site of the arson.

Since 2003, Honenu has operated a New York-based U.S. fundraising arm. In 2010, the last year for which data is listed, the tax-exempt organization has raised $233,700 in the United States, according to tax filings.

Critics say Honenu’s activities are no different from those of Palestinian groups that provide material support to Palestinian terrorists.
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From the Jewish Telegraphic Agency

Israel’s president: Nation’s right to West Bank not debatable

JERUSALEM (JTA) – Israel’s right to the West Bank “is not a matter of political debate,” President Reuven Rivlin said.

Meeting Monday with West Bank leaders, Rivlin also said that “settlement of the land of Israel” is an expression of that right.

Rivlin called the settlers “pioneers,” saying that they “pay along with the soldiers of the Israel Defense Forces, the heaviest price.”

“The settlements are at the forefront of the struggle, and the price paid by the settlers is a painful price indeed,” he said at the meeting at his residence in Jerusalem with nearly 20 heads of regional and municipal councils, including Yesha Council chairman Avi Roeh. “We must, and are able to, deal with the current wave of terrorism, to fight it, and not allow anyone to disrupt our daily lives.”
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From the Jewish Telegraphic Agency

Tel Aviv brothel ordered shut after employee’s suicide

JERUSALEM (JTA) — Israel Police ordered a Tel Aviv brothel closed more than a week after one of its employees hanged herself.

The brothel, which is located in a residential neighborhood, was ordered closed on Sunday. Police told the Israeli media that the closure order came after complaints by neighbors.

The woman, 36, hanged herself in an apartment located above the brothel, where she lived with several other workers. One of her colleagues said that the woman, identified as J, had been depressed in recent weeks and turned to drugs and alcohol. She had been working as a prostitute for 15 years, the Hebrew-language news website Walla reported.

While prostitution is legal in Israel, running a brothel is not.

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From Russia Today

‘Unacceptable’: Lavrov blasts Biden idea on splitting Iraq into parts

Russia's Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov © Maxim Shemetov
The idea of partition for Iraq would never be agreed by Moscow, Russian FM Sergey Lavrov said, stressing that this kind of ‘state structure manipulation’ is obsolete and Iraqis should define the future of their country themselves

“We would never adopt a position voiced without any constraint by US Vice President Joe Biden, who said directly that Iraq should be split into Shia and Sunni parts and that the Kurds should be given what they want,” Lavrov told the participants of the youth forum ‘Territory of meanings’ near Moscow.

Lavrov labeled Biden’s position as “highly irresponsible and what’s more important – unacceptable,” because someone from overseas is lecturing Iraqi people on what to do with their country.

“We won’t commit to such things, telling Sunnis to get out today and urging Shia to move on next time. This is ‘social engineering,’ state structure manipulation from far outside,” Lavrov said, stressing that the destructiveness of such a plan is obvious.

“We believe that Iraqis – Shia, Sunnis and Kurds – should decide for themselves how to live together,” said the head of the Russian Foreign Ministry.

Lavrov’s remarks come following reports that Vice President Joe Biden is “seriously deciding whether to jump into the Democratic presidential race.”

The idea of decentralizing Iraq was voiced by Biden as early as 2006, in his ‘Unity Through Autonomy in Iraq’ article for the New York Times.

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From Russia Today

Global markets collapse on ‘Black Monday’ LIVE UPDATES

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    China stocks slumped about 4 percent on Tuesday, touching eight-month lows, as “Black Monday” contagion continued to sweep across global markets, forcing investors to dump shares.

    The Shanghai Composite Index opened 6.4 percent lower, but trimmed some losses ending the morning down 4.3 percent at 3,071.06 points.

    The blue-chip CSI300 index fell 3.9 percent, to 3,147.76 points.

    The Hang Seng index reversed early losses and was up 1.6 percent by lunchtime.

    The Hong Kong China Enterprises Index gained 0.5 percent, to 9,646.01

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From the Jewish Telegraphic Agency

Ehud Barak’s biographer leaked interview tapes about Iran strikes following rights dispute

(JTA) — A biographer of Ehud Barak said he leaked videotapes of the former Israeli prime minister talking about possible Israeli strikes on Iran’s nuclear facilities following a dispute over the book’s English-language rights.

Ilan Kfir, who co-wrote the biography with Danny Dor, gave over 100 hours of the interview footage to Israeli media outlets after he said Barak reneged on a promise to give the writers the English-language rights.

The tapes, which detail three allegedly planned strikes on Iran’s nuclear facilities, have made headlines in Israel since last Friday, when the first recording aired on Israel’s Channel 2. Throughout the recordings, which aired on Channel 2 on Sunday night and Monday, Barak placed blame on various Israeli officials — notably the army’s former chief of staff, Lt.-Gen. Gabi Ashkenazi, and then Minister of Strategic Affairs Moshe Yaalon — for Israel’s failure to bomb the nuclear facilities in 2010 and 2011.

In a section of the tapes released Monday, Barak said Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu had opposed the 2011 Palestinian prisoner release that freed Israeli soldier Gilad Shalit, who had been imprisoned by Hamas in Gaza. Barak described Netanyahu as “childish to an embarrassing degree” in exploiting Shalit’s release for the prime minister’s own publicity purposes, the Times of Israel reported.
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From the Jewish Telegraphic Agency

Illegal migrants released from detention barred from Tel Aviv, Eilat

JERUSALEM (JTA) —  Some 1,200 illegal migrants who will be released from a Negev detention facility will not be allowed to settle in Tel Aviv or Eilat.

The migrants, mostly asylum seekers from Eritrea and Sudan, will receive a temporary residence permit when they leave the Holot center that will prevent them from entering the two cities, where the majority of illegal migrants from Africa are living.

Public Security Minister Silvan Shalom proposed the plan, which the courts reportedly have approved.

The migrants are due to be released on Tuesday and Wednesday, according to reports. The releases come two weeks after Israel’s Supreme Court ruled that the provision in the current “anti-infiltration law” allowing the migrants to be held for up to 20 months at the Holot center is “disproportionate.” The court ordered that they can only be detained for up to 12 months while the law is revised.
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From the Jewish Telegraphic Agency

Israel bought $1 billion in oil from Iraqi Kurds

JERUSALEM (JTA) – Israel has purchased $1 billion worth of oil from Iraqi Kurdistan in recent months, the Financial Times reported.

The import of some 19 million barrels of oil took place over the last three months, the Financial Times report said, citing shipping data, trading sources and satellite tanker tracking. The amount represents about one-third of northern Iraqi exports and meets about 77 percent of Israeli oil needs, according to the report, which speculated that some of the oil was resold by Israel.

Kurdish oil is exported through the Turkish port of Ceyhan on the Mediterranean Sea.

The Kurdish government has denied selling oil to Israel. But a senior Kurdish government adviser in Erbil told the Financial Times, “We do not care where the oil goes once we have delivered it to the traders.”
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From the Jewish Telegraphic Agency

Obama pressed to reverse legal opinion on religious freedom

(Washington Jewish Week via JTA) — More than a dozen Jewish organizations signed on to a letter urging President Barack Obama to instruct the Justice Department to reverse a legal opinion that allows religious organizations to avoid religious nondiscrimination laws in hiring.

The Anti-Defamation League, the American Jewish Committee, Hadassah and B’nai B’rith International were among the 130 signatories of the letter sent Aug. 20 by civil rights, education and secular advocacy groups.

In the letter, the groups ask the president to instruct the Justice Department’s Office of Legal Counsel to “review and reconsider” a 2007 memorandum that has been used to promote “taxpayer-funded discrimination plain and simple,” as the American Civil Liberties Union put it.

The memorandum concludes that under the Religious Freedom Restoration Act of 1993, religious organizations seeking federal grants could not be compelled to follow religious nondiscrimination laws pertaining to hiring.
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From the Jewish Telegraphic Agency

Rupert Murdoch tweets support for Bloomberg 2016 candidacy

(JTA) — Media mogul Rupert Murdoch has called on former New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg to become a candidate for president in 2016.

Murdoch tweeted the suggestion on Sunday night.

With Trump becoming very serious candidate, it’s time for next billionaire candidate, Mike Bloomberg to step into ring. Greatest mayor.

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From PressTV

The photo shows Islamic Jihad resistance fighters standing next to a watch-tower east of Khan Yunis in the southern Gaza Strip, July 8, 2015. (© AFP)

The Islamic Jihad Movement in Palestine has rejected Israel’s claims that the resistance movement fired rockets from the Syrian territory against the regime’s positions near the occupied Golan Heights.

On Friday, Muhammad al-Hind, a senior leader of the resistance movement, dismissed the Israeli allegations that the Islamic Jihad had used the Syrian territory to launch rocket attacks against Tel Aviv, saying the movement “resists on Palestinian lands.”

Hind also warned the Israeli regime against targeting the Islamic Jihad resistance fighters, saying that “the movement knows how to defend its sons.”

The remarks came a day after Tel Aviv’s warplanes bombed an area in the southwestern Syrian province of Quneitra, in retaliation for rocket attacks allegedly launched from the Syrian soil against northern Israel. The assault left one person dead and seven others wounded.

The file photo shows an Israeli F-15 fighter jet.


In a similar act of violence before midnight Thursday, at least five civilians were killed when Israel carried out an airstrike on an area in Syria’s Quneitra close to the Israeli-occupied side of Golan Heights.
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From the Jewish Telegraphic Agency

Spanish broadcaster pulls item on ‘Jewish promotion of Satanism’

(JTA) — The Spanish public broadcaster that aired a program accusing Jews of promoting Satanism has pulled the program offline amid protests by Jewish groups.

The RTVE broadcaster removed the program, titled “From the Inferno-The Jewish People: Propagator of the Satan Cult” from its website sometime after Thursday, when JTA quoted Jewish Agency spokesman Yigal Palmor as calling it “crude, lowly and disgusting racism.”

On Monday, the Anti-Defamation League called on Spain’s government to condemn what the ADL called “more than a half-hour of unadulterated anti-Jewish conspiracy theories” that were read on air during the show.

RTVE did not immediately reply to a query by JTA as to the reasons for the item’s removal from its website and on how the broadcaster viewed the content.
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From the Jewish Telegraphic Agency

Gay pride parade stabber indicted for murder


Yishai Schlissel is escorted by police after his hearing at the Jerusalem Magistrates Court on August 11, 2015. (Miriam Alster/Flash90)

JERUSALEM (JTA) — The haredi Orthodox man who stabbed six marchers at the Jerusalem gay pride parade, leaving a 16-year-old girldead, was charged with murder.

Yishai Schlissel, 39, was indicted Monday in Jerusalem District Court on one count of premeditated murder in the death of Shira Banki, six counts of attempted murder and aggravated assault.
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From PressTV

An Israeli municipality bulldozer demolishes a football ground in Silwan village in East al-Quds (Jerusalem) (Ma'an Photo)

An Israeli court has reportedly ordered the demolition of a Palestinian football field in the occupied East al-Quds (Jerusalem) as the regime continues its expansionist policies.

According to a report by Ma’an news agency, the Wadi Hilweh Information Center, a local Palestinian group, said Thursday that the owners of the property, located in the Silwan neighborhood, received the demolition order in the mail 70 days after it was issued.

The court had issued the verdict in early June, the committee said, adding that the order gives the recipient 30 days to lodge an appeal, which in this case has already expired.

The order includes the demolition of a football field, a nearby warehouse and an animal shed adjacent to it.

Ahmad Qaraeen, a member of the committee, said the judiciary order stated that if the property owners choose to object to the ruling, they would be fined and forced to pay demolition and debris removal fees.
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From Ynet News

Barak: Netanyahu resisted Shalit deal

Former defense minister Ehud Barak heard in recording saying that PM agreed to deal under pressure and was only interested in a photo op with the released prisoner.

A tape released Monday revealed former defense minister Ehud Barak’s criticism of Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu’s handling of the Gilad Shalit case. In the recording, which was aired by Israel’s Channel 2 News, Barak was heard saying that the prime minister consistently opposed the deal that could bring Shalit home from captivity.
According to Barak, once Shalit had been released in 2012, the most important thing to the prime minister was getting the first photo with the formerly imprisoned soldier.

Netanyahu embraces Shalit in the photo Barak discussed (Photo: GPO)
Netanyahu embraces Shalit in the photo Barak discussed (Photo: GPO)

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From The Times of Israel

BDS gains campus cred in US, but pro-Israel efforts improving, report says

As the new academic year gets underway, Israel on Campus Coalition says ‘disheartening media reports’ have been exaggerated

August 24, 2015, 9:53 pm

Illustrative photo of signs calling for the boycott of Israel at an anti-Israel protest in San Francisco, April 2011. (CC BY-dignidadrebelde, Flickr)

Illustrative photo of signs calling for the boycott of Israel at an anti-Israel protest in San Francisco, April 2011. (CC BY-dignidadrebelde, Flickr)

WASHINGTON, DC — Advocates of the Boycott, Divestment, and Sanctions movement on campus in the US are becoming more strategically adept at advancing their cause, but pro-Israel mobilization has stepped up to face the challenge, a report compiling data from the 2014-2015 academic year revealed Thursday.

With a new academic year ripe with fresh challenges poised to begin, the Israel on Campus Coalition’s campus trends report demonstrated that in the previous year, campus advocacy on issues concerning Israel increased on both sides of the binary.

The ICC emphasized, however, that “despite disheartening media reports claiming that the BDS movement has taken over college campuses,” pro-Israel events outnumbered detractor events on campuses by a 2:1 ratio. The ICC is at the front lines of the campus battle, describing itself as a “national network of students, faculty, and professionals dedicated to strengthening the pro-Israel movement on campus.”

“Pro-Israel students and campus leaders are rising to the growing threat of anti-Israel activity,” said ICC Executive Director Jacob Baime. “With the right support, pro-Israel students make a strong and compelling case that the US-Israel alliance is based on shared values and serves both nations well.”

The organization, which monitors pro- and anti-Israel activity on campuses, noted in its report that “new tactics of BDS proponents and anti-Israel groups such as Students for Justice (SJP) in Palestine pose concern.”
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From The Times of Israel

Islamic State claims to have killed 30 for sodomy

UN Security Council holds first meeting spotlighting ‘barbaric treatment’ of gays under jihadists’ rule

August 24, 2015, 9:13 pm

A man accused of homosexuality is led to the edge of a tall building by Islamic State fighters before being hurled down to his death (screenshot)

A man accused of homosexuality is led to the edge of a tall building by Islamic State fighters before being hurled down to his death (screenshot)

UNITED NATIONS (AP) — The Islamic State extremist group has claimed responsibility for executing at least 30 people for sodomy, the head of an international gay rights organization said Monday at the first-ever UN Security Council meeting spotlighting what organizers called the “barbaric treatment.”

“It’s about time, 70 years after the creation of the UN, that the fate of LGBT persons who fear for their lives around the world is taking center stage,” said US Ambassador Samantha Power, who organized the meeting on violence and discrimination against lesbians, gays, bisexuals and transgender people with Chile’s UN envoy.

Jessica Stern, executive director of the International Gay and Lesbian Human Rights Commission, told the council that courts established by the militant group in Iraq and Syria claim to have punished sodomy with stoning, firing squads and beheadings and by pushing men from tall buildings.

Fear of the Islamic State group has fueled violence by other militias and “private actors” against LGBT individuals, she told the closed-door meeting.

Stern, whose remarks were released publicly, stressed that persecution of LGBT people in Iraq and Syria began long before the emergence of Islamic State militants, and “murder is only the most extreme form of violence.”
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