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  • Trump cancels Israel trip

    12/10/2015 7:41:40 AM PST · by Cincinatus' Wife · 66 replies
    The Hill ^ | December 10, 2015 | Mark Hensch
    GOP presidential front-runner Donald Trump said Thursday that he is canceling his trip to Israel, one day after Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu criticized his proposed ban on Muslims entering the U.S. "I have decided to postpone my trip to Israel and to schedule my meeting with @Netanyahu at a later date after I become president of the U.S.," he tweeted. On Wednesday, Netanyahu joined international condemnation of Trump's plan to halt Muslim travel to America. "The state of Israel respects all religion and adheres to the rights of all citizens," Netanyahu said in a statement. "At the same time, Israel...
  • Trump 'postpones' Israel trip after Netanyahu criticism

    12/10/2015 6:16:32 AM PST · by PROCON · 49 replies
    CNN ^ | Dec. 10, 2015 | Tom LoBianco
    Washington (CNN)—Donald Trump said Thursday that he is postponing his trip to Israel, just a day after Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu condemned his proposal to ban U.S. travel for all Muslims. "I have decided to postpone my trip to Israel and to schedule my meeting with @Netanyahu at a later date after I become President of the U.S.," Trump tweeted.
  • Trump Postpones Israel Trip

    12/10/2015 4:15:43 AM PST · by mac_truck · 65 replies
    Twitter ^ | 12/10/2015 | Donald J Trump
    I have decided to postpone my trip to Israel and to schedule my meeting with @Netanyahu at a later date after I become President of the U.S.
  • Israel's Netanyahu Rejects Trump Comments on Muslims

    12/09/2015 6:28:59 PM PST · by ScottWalkerForPresident2016 · 106 replies
    ABC News ^ | 12/09/2015 | Ian Deitch
    The State of Israel respects all religions and strictly guarantees the rights of all its citizens, Mr Netanyahu said Benjamin Netanyahu has joined a long list of international leaders to reject Donald Trump’s comments about Muslims, while championing Israel's "respect" for all religions and citizens' rights. The Israeli Prime Minister released a statement saying he will still meet with the Republican Presidential candidate for previously scheduled talks later this month but does not “endorse his views”. “Prime Minister Netanyahu rejects Donald Trump's recent remarks about Muslims,” the statement said. The State of Israel respects all religions and strictly guarantees the...
  • Netanyahu Says He Rejects Donald Trump's Remarks Against Muslims

    12/09/2015 10:16:32 AM PST · by conservativejoy · 65 replies
    Hot Air ^ | 12/9/2015 | Barak Ravid
    ‏@BarakRavid BREAKING: Netanyahu says he rejects Donald Trump's remarks against Muslims.
  • Trump Is Dangerous for Israel

    12/04/2015 7:57:31 AM PST · by conservativejoy · 53 replies
    Conservative Papers ^ | 12/4/2015 | Kalel
    Trump"s Plan for Israeli Peace Talks Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump revealed in an interview Thursday that forcing peace talks on Israel will head his priorities if elected , and that the responsibility for the lack of peace lies on the Jewish state, not the Palestinian Authority. Donald TrumpAhead of his trip to Israel this month, Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump revealed in an interview Thursday that forcing peace talks on Israel will head his priorities if elected , and that the onus for the lack of peace lies on the Jewish state, not the Palestinian Authority (PA). "I have...
  • Trump says soon off to Israel to meet Netanyahu

    12/03/2015 4:01:52 PM PST · by Red Steel · 38 replies
    Daily Mail ^ | Updated: 18:14 EST, 3 December 2015 | afp
    The billionaire Republican frontrunner for president, Donald Trump, attempted to woo Jewish voters Thursday by saying he planned soon to meet Israel's prime minister in the holy land. "I'm leaving for Israel in a very short period of time," he told the Jewish Republican Coalition in Washington DC during a campaign stop in which he sought to burnish his Jewish ties. His daughter Ivanka converted to Judaism upon her marriage, as a result is no longer reachable on Shabbat, the Jewish sabbath which is observed from Friday night to Saturday, he said.
  • Trumps needs to call Bibi and do a tour of Israel in the very near future. (vanity)

    09/04/2015 3:59:59 PM PDT · by RoosterRedux · 52 replies
    What Trump needs to do to burnish or, at a minimum, lay the foundation of his foreign affairs credentials is to go to Israel and get a tour by Bibi of its borders and get an indepth discussion of Israel's fear of attack by Iran and Israel's take take on the muslim threat.This would give him an angle of authority with which to push back against interviewers like Hugh Hewitt.Trump can say "I've been there...have you?""Have you had a one on one meeting with Bibi about the middle east. I may not be an expert, but I do know the...
  • Trump records YouTube endorsement of Netanyahu (Bibi seeking "birther" backing to annoy Obama?)

    01/18/2013 5:35:19 PM PST · by Seizethecarp · 7 replies
    Townhall from AP ^ | January 18, 2013 | Unattributed
    Donald Trump says he recorded a YouTube endorsement of Benjamin Netanyahu for re-election because the Israeli prime minister asked him to. Trump tells Shalom TV that Netanyahu called and asked if he would "do an ad or a statement" to support his campaign in next week's Israeli parliamentary election.
  • Netanyahu: US Vice President Biden may visit Israel

    02/14/2016 7:17:39 AM PST · by Olog-hai · 12 replies
    Associated Press ^ | Feb 14, 2016 9:22 AM EST
    Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu says staffers for U.S. Vice President Joe Biden are arriving in Israel ahead of a possible Biden visit. [...] Biden's last visit to Israel sparked a diplomatic spat with Washington in 2010, when Israel announced settlement construction plans during Biden's visit. ...
  • The brutal BDS tactics that harmed hundreds of Palestinians

    02/12/2016 3:56:05 AM PST · by Eleutheria5 · 9 replies
    Arutz Sheva ^ | 12/2/16
    For over eight years the Israeli company SodaStream has been dealing with ongoing attacks by the BDS movement, calling to boycott it over its factory in Mishor Adumim to the east of Jerusalem that eventually it was forced to move to the Negev in late 2014. Large economic losses inflicted by the BDS boycott movement forced the company to make the move - but the big losers in the story are the hundreds of Palestinian Arab employees of SodaStream who lost their jobs and income. SodaStream CEO Daniel Birnbaum spoke to Yedioth Aharonoth about the hardships which came to the...
  • Obama to reluctantly sign trade bill that lumps together Israel and settlements

    02/11/2016 5:54:55 PM PST · by Nachum · 6 replies
    The Times of Israel ^ | 2/11/16 | Eric Cortellessa
    WASHINGTON — The White House announced Thursday that President Barack Obama will sign a trade bill despite it containing a provision that lumps together Israel and “Israeli-controlled territories.” Such language, meaning that the bill is applicable to Israel and the settlements, “contravenes longstanding U.S. policy towards Israel and the occupied territories, including with regard to Israeli settlement activity,” White House Press Secretary Josh Earnest said in a statement, hours after the measure was approved in the Senate by a vote of 75-20. Nonetheless, while the president objects to that particular facet of the legislation, Earnest suggested his accepting it, and...
  • Israel’s Apartheid Libel: South African Students Weigh In

    02/11/2016 3:35:02 PM PST · by nickcarraway · 8 replies
    The Jewish Star ^ | 2/11 | Eitan Arom
    About two-dozen people filed into Dodd 175 at the University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA) campus last Thursday night, scouting out seats and picking at the kosher pizza in the back of the lecture hall. Miyelani Pinini knows the drill. A former student president of the University of Cape Town in South Africa, she's attended and even organized her share of free-pizza events. But now she and a fellow South African student leader -- both non-Jewish black people -- were the stars of this one, brought to campus by StandWithUs, a pro-Israel education and advocacy organization, and Students Supporting Israel,...
  • Watch: How do Europeans respond to 'settlement' chocolate?

    02/09/2016 3:29:50 PM PST · by Eleutheria5 · 27 replies
    Arutz Sheva ^ | 9/2/16 | Eliran Aharon
    What does the average European think about the recent EU decision to label Jewish goods from Judea-Samaria? The Lev HaOlam organization set up shop in a central Amsterdam square to find out. Equipped with a tray of chocolates produced in Hevron, they group offered the chocolates to passersby and asked if they'd heard about the EU's controversial decision. Surprisingly, many of the tasters said they had not heard about the decision to label so-called "settlement" products. "If we chanced upon those who'd heard about the decision, we were embraced with a hug and passionate support," said Lev HaOlam chairman Nati...
  • Palestinian Scholar: The Jews Have a Criminal, Satanic Nature and Are the Enemies of Mankind

    02/07/2016 9:59:27 AM PST · by DeoVindiceSicSemperTyrannis · 76 replies
    MEMRI TV ^ | 1/22/16 | Al-Majd TV (Saudi Arabia)
    In a January 22 Al-Majd TV interview, Palestinian scholar Samir Said talked about what he called the "criminal and Satanic nature" of the Jews and said that they were "the enemies of Mankind," who had "killed 70 prophets in a single day." Said is a member of the Jerusalem Committee of the International Union of Muslim Scholars (IUMS). Following are excerpts: Interviewer: Let's talk about the well-known history of Jewish crimes, since the days of the Israelites, and their crimes against the most noble people of those times – the prophets and messengers, against whom they committed grave crimes, including...
  • Presidential candidate John Kasich vows to reunite Pink Floyd

    02/04/2016 2:50:27 PM PST · by wtd · 68 replies
    The Scottish Sun ^ | February 3, 2016 | By RACHEL GUY
    Presidential candidate John Kasich vows to reunite Pink FloydUS PRESIDENTIAL candidate John Kasich has a new campaign pledge up his sleeve - to reunite Pink Floyd if he is elected to the Oval Office. Republican Kasich, who is the governor of Ohio, faces competition for the spot in his party from Donald Trump and Ted Cruz. However, he is hoping that a plan to get Pink Floyd back together might give him the edge. Kasich said that seeing Pink Floyd's The Wall tour in Pittsburgh was his favourite gig of all time and praised Roger Waters as an "incredible...
  • Presidential Candidate John Kasich Wants to Reunite Pink Floyd

    02/03/2016 12:10:51 PM PST · by SoFloFreeper · 72 replies
    Ultimate Classic Rock ^ | 2/3/16 | Jeff Giles
    Is the power of the White House enough to get Pink Floyd back together for one more concert? The obvious answer to that question is "almost definitely not," but that isn't going to stop Republican presidential hopeful John Kasich from doing his level best to reunite the dormant group if he ends up winning the 2016 election. Kasich made his unexpected campaign pledge during a Feb. 1 interview with CNN... "...if I'm president," he decreed, "I am going to...try to reunite Pink Floyd..." First on Kasich's wish list for the reunion set: "Money," from 1973's Dark Side of the Moon.
  • College walkout after lecturer says soldiers rape Arab women

    02/01/2016 2:44:37 PM PST · by Eleutheria5 · 18 replies
    Arutz Sheva ^ | 1/2/16 | Gil Ronen
    About 30 students walked out of a class Monday at Oranim College, near Haifa, after lecturer Naila Awad claimed that IDF soldiers sexually harass and rape Arab women in Judea and Samaria. According to news site NRG, after Awad showed a film on the status of Bedouin women, a student remarked that in Biblical times, Jewish men could take wives from populations they had defeated. Awad reportedly replied: "True. Today, too, many studies prove that IDF soldiers sexually abuse and rape Palestinian women in the Territories." The discussion grew very heated from that point onward, and students demanded to see...
  • Danon: I experience anti-Semitism daily in the UN

    01/31/2016 3:05:27 PM PST · by Eleutheria5 · 15 replies
    Arutz Sheva ^ | 31/1/16
    srael's United Nations (UN) Ambassador Danny Danon participated Sunday evening at the "Modern Anti-Semitism: BDS" conference, hosted by the Department for Combating Anti-Semitism of the World Zionist Organization (WZO). Danon spoke to the dozens of attendees at the Begin Heritage Center in Jerusalem, revealing to them that "unfortunately I experienced anti-Semitism and BDS every day, every hour.” "My family and I represent Israel at the United Nations in New York, a strong Jewish city. We cross one street to the UN building and it is a different world." Danon said that ''it is a source of great pride to represent...
  • BDS vs Israel: you must choose. Choose wisely

    01/29/2016 9:14:22 AM PST · by Lera · 8 replies
    Arutz Sheva ^ | 1/28/16 | Tuvia Brodie
    Life is made up of choices. Our choices determine what happens to us. Generally, speaking, good choices lead to good results. Bad choices lead to bad results. Sometimes, nations have to choose. Other times, individuals must choose. One choice you as an individual are being asked to make involves the BDS (Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions) movement. Will you make the right choice? BDS wants you to fight Israel. It wants you to stop doing business with Israel. It wants you to boycott all things 'Israel'. BDS doesn't tell you outright that it wants to destroy Israel. It knows you might...
  • Iran: European airlines set to resume flights to Tehran

    01/28/2016 8:48:34 PM PST · by Olog-hai · 3 replies
    Associated Press ^ | Jan 28, 2016 2:47 PM EST | Nasser Karimi
    Several European airlines aim to resume their flights to Iran following a landmark nuclear deal between Tehran and world powers, the state-owned IRAN daily reported on Thursday. The newspaper quoted Mohammad Khodakarami, deputy head of Iran's civil aviation authority, as saying British Airways officials visited Tehran on Tuesday to discuss resumption of flights. He did not elaborate. Khodakarami also said both Air France and Dutch flagship KLM have already expressed their readiness to resume flights to Tehran. ...
  • Leftists deny it, but Arabs who sell land to Jews are murdered

    01/12/2016 3:20:04 PM PST · by Eleutheria5 · 13 replies
    Arutz Sheva ^ | 12/1/16 | Gil Ronen
    Following the explosive revelation on Channel 2 TV, that central Jewish and Arab leftist activists have a policy of handing over to the Palestinian Authority (PA) Arabs who approach them and wish to sell land to Jews, leftists have been claiming that the PA does not execute such people. The denials are meant to refute claims made by the central figure in the televised investigative piece, Ta'ayush's Ezra Nawi, who boasted on hidden camera that the men he handed over to the PA were tortured and then executed. Leftist journalist Haggai Matar published an article that claimed that Nawi was...
  • US tongue-lashes Israel for its strategic 'new settlement'

    01/09/2016 1:22:27 PM PST · by Eleutheria5 · 11 replies
    Arutz Sheva ^ | 9/1/16 | Ari Yashar
    In response to Defense Minister Moshe Ya'alon's (Likud) announcement last Wednesday that a strategic 40 dunam compound is being officially added to the Gush Etzion region in Judea, the US lost little time in condemning the move. The land that is being added was purchased by American millionaire Irving Moskowitz and his wife, and is referred to as "Beit Bracha." Jerusalem Councilman and Israel Land Fund (ILF) Director Arieh King covertly obtained the abandoned church complex adjacent to Highway 60 three years ago according to reports, and worked to renovate the compound. On Friday, US State Department spokesperson John Kirby...
  • Watch: Hundreds of armed Hamas terrorists march in Jerusalem

    01/07/2016 4:02:37 PM PST · by Eleutheria5 · 15 replies
    Arutz Sheva ^ | 7/1/16 | Ari Yashar
    Hundreds of masked and armed terrorists from Hamas's Al-Qassam Brigades "military wing" took part in a terrorist funeral attended by thousands in Jerusalem earlier this week, in an alarming show of force. The multitude of terrorists fired in the air with automatic assault rifles, and waved knives and machetes in a spectacle common in Gaza, but as rare as it is shocking in the capital. Video from the incident - which took place in the northeastern Shuafat neighborhood just roughly 100 meters from the French Hill neighborhood and near Hebrew University - was exposed by Channel 10 on Thursday night,...
  • After Abbas: The coming Palestinian bloodbath

    01/28/2016 4:20:57 PM PST · by SaveFerris · 24 replies
    NYPost.com ^ | January 27, 2016 | 8:36pm | By Benny Avni
    snip In other words, no one in the West Bank knows how the next leader will emerge — “and Israeli intelligence officials, whose entire job is to predict such things, have no idea either,” says Gal Berger, Israel Radio’s indispensable Palestinian affairs correspondent. When the time comes, the Fatah men who in the last few weeks started jockeying for position will duke it out for real. Such chaotic political fighting often leads to violence. Once that violence ebbs, a new strongman will emerge. But not a peaceful, democratic state of Palestine. This week, the UN’s Ban Ki-moon said Palestinian terrorism...
  • Trump: '100 percent' in favor of moving embassy to Jerusalem

    Republican presidential front-runner Donald Trump says he's "100 percent" on board with the remaining field of candidates in support of moving the U.S. Embassy from Tel Aviv to Jerusalem if elected president in the fall of 2016. In an interview with The Brody File, published on Tuesday, Trump said "I am for that one hundred percent. We are for that one- hundred percent" when told by host David Brody that pledging to move the embassy to Jerusalem is a "tier-A issue for Evangelicals as it relates to support for Israel." Trump is currently tied for first place with Senator Ted...
  • Canada's PM forgets Jews in statement on Holocaust

    01/28/2016 4:18:45 PM PST · by Olog-hai · 32 replies
    INN ^ | 1/28/2016, 9:14 AM | Dalit Halevi
    The statement Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau issued Wednesday in honor of International Holocaust Remembrance Day suffered from one very glaring omission. The Holocaust is defined as the genocide of six million Jews at the hands of the Nazi regime and its collaborators, but in his statement, Trudeau did not mention the words "Jew" or "anti-Semitism" once. Instead, the Liberal leader offered "tribute to the memory of the millions of victims murdered during the Holocaust," adding that Canada honors "those who survived atrocities at the hands of the Nazi regime, and welcome their courageous stories of hope and perseverance." ...
  • US requires Judea-Samaria goods to be labeled

    01/28/2016 1:12:27 PM PST · by Eleutheria5 · 45 replies
    Arutz Sheva ^ | 28/1/16 | Ariel Soffer
    A mail from the Cargo Systems Messaging Service of the US Customs and Border Protection dated to this Saturday, and revealed by Channel 1's "Mabat" show on Thursday, shows the US is now required products from Judea and Samaria to be labeled differently. In new instructions on marking requirements sent out to American importers, goods from Judea and Samaria are not to be marked "Israel." Those who do not comply are to be sanctioned. "West Bank Country of Origin Marking Requirements," reads the title of the mail, which begins by clarifying that "the purpose of this message is to provide...
  • US requires Judea-Samaria goods to be labeled Mail from US Customs reveals products from Judea

    01/28/2016 11:38:41 AM PST · by Nachum · 17 replies
    inn ^ | 1/27/16 | Ari Yashar
    A mail from the Cargo Systems Messaging Service of the US Customs and Border Protection dated to this Saturday, and revealed by Channel 1's "Mabat" show on Thursday, shows the US is now required products from Judea and Samaria to be labeled differently. In new instructions on marking requirements sent out to American importers, goods from Judea and Samaria are not to be marked "Israel." Those who do not comply are to be sanctioned. "West Bank Country of Origin Marking Requirements," reads the title of the mail, which begins by clarifying that "the purpose of this message is to provide...
  • Obama Becomes First U.S. President Ever to Speak at Israeli Embassy

    01/28/2016 8:59:42 AM PST · by chajin · 18 replies
    Virtual Jerusalem ^ | 01/28/2016 | unlisted
    Anti-Semitism is on the rise worldwide, and the United States must lead the fight against it, President Barack Obama said in remarks at the Israeli embassy. "Here, tonight, we must confront the reality that around the world, anti-Semitism is on the rise," Obama said Wednesday at a ceremony marking International Holocaust Remembrance Day. "We cannot deny it," he said. "When we see some Jews leaving major European cities--where their families have lived for generations--because they no longer feel safe; when Jewish centers are targeted from Mumbai to Overland Park, Kansas; when swastikas appear on college campuses--when we see all that...
  • UN chief blasts Israel's 'stifling occupation' of Palestinians

    01/27/2016 7:04:28 PM PST · by Nachum · 15 replies
    inn ^ | 1/27/16 | Elad Benari
    UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon on Wednesday once again criticized what he called Israel's "stifling occupation" of Palestinians, just one day after appearing to express sympathy for Palestinian Arab terrorists. The UN chief made clear that he would not retreat from his remarks directed at Israel a day earlier, AFP reported. UN diplomats said privately that Ban had upped the pressure on Prime MInister Binyamin Netanyahu in a final bid to revive hopes for peace before he steps down as secretary-general at the end of the year. "After nearly 50 years of occupation -- after decades of waiting for the fulfilment...
  • On Holocaust Memorial Day, Ayatollah Website Posts Video Questioning Holocaust

    01/27/2016 5:52:38 PM PST · by Olog-hai · 4 replies
    Cybercast News Service ^ | January 27, 2016 | 6:13 PM EST | Patrick Goodenough
    As the world on Wednesday marked the Nazis' systematic killing of six million Jews during World War II an official Iranian website linked to Ayatollah Ali Khamenei posted a video quoting the supreme leader's questioning of the Holocaust. "No-one in European countries dares to speak about holocaust [sic] while it is not clear whether the core of this matter is a reality or not," read the English subtitles accompanying audio from an excerpt of a speech by Khamenei, over images of the entrance to Auschwitz and piles of Jewish corpses. "Even if it is a reality, it is not clear...
  • UN: Ban stands by every word of Israeli settlement comments

    01/27/2016 4:30:14 PM PST · by Olog-hai · 11 replies
    Associated Press ^ | Jan 27, 2016 6:48 PM EST
    The United Nations says Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon stands by every word of his criticism of Israeli settlement-building this week and rejects Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu's comment that the remarks justify terrorism. The U.N. chief on Tuesday told the Security Council that settlement activities are "an affront to the Palestinian people," and he called for Israel to freeze them. He also said "it is human nature to react to occupation." ...
  • Obama: Anti-Semitism is on the rise, we can't deny it (Watch: Obama speaks at Righteous Among the Na

    01/27/2016 3:57:38 PM PST · by Eleutheria5 · 13 replies
    Arutz Sheva ^ | 28/1/16
    President Barack Obama speaks at the Israeli embassy in Washington... Video https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=HXHzHVTURs4
  • In speech, Ban Ki-Moon exhibits contempt for Syrian agony

    01/27/2016 2:38:54 AM PST · by Eleutheria5
    Arutz Sheva ^ | 27/1/16 | Mark Langfan
    Israeli Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu strongly condemned remarks made by UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-Moon, in which the UN chief expressed sympathy for Palestinian terrorist attacks. "The UN Secretary-General's words give encouragement to terror," Netanyahu fired in response. Another aspect of the speech, which was held at a Tuesday UN Security Council Session devoted to "the Situation in the Middle East," is the proportion devoted to the Israeli-Palestinian issue, as opposed to other conflicts that are ongoing – most markedly, the one in Syria. Over 55,000 people were killed in the Syrian civil war in 2015 alone, according to the Syrian...
  • NPR apologizes for map that erased Israel

    01/26/2016 9:29:48 PM PST · by Nachum · 31 replies
    The Times of Israel ^ | 1/26/16 | Eric Cortellessa
    WASHINGTON — National Public Radio’s (NPR) ombudsman Elizabeth Jensen released an explanation and apology Monday for a map published on the news organization’s website that erased Israel from the Middle East. On January 24, NPR’s blog Goats and Soda, which covers health and culture issues around the world, ran a piece titled, “What Are You Afraid Of In 2016? Globetrotters Share Their Fears.” The post focused on travelers’ anxieties for the coming year, and included an illustration of the Middle East and North Africa, the region of the world that travelers most perceive as being at risk. “The map portion...
  • Why India Is Getting Serious About Its Relationship With Israel

    01/26/2016 12:54:34 PM PST · by nickcarraway · 5 replies
    The Diplomat ^ | January 26, 2016 | Harsh V. Pant
    India’s relationship with Israel is slowly but surely changing for the better.In recent days, India has reached out to its Middle Eastern partners in a major way. Last week, External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj went to Bahrain to attend the first ministerial meeting of the India-Arab League Cooperation Forum. This was an opportunity to engage with the 22 member countries of the Arab League at a time when the region is going through a major crisis and sectarian divisions are rearing their heads like never before. Further cementing the goodwill generated by the visit of Indian President Pranab Mukherjee...
  • Canada to send 'tough message' on violence to ally Israel

    01/25/2016 11:34:59 AM PST · by Nachum · 17 replies
    jpost.com ^ | 1/25/16 | AL Reeuters
    OTTAWA - Canada's new Liberal government said on Monday it was delivering a "tough message" to Israel as a good friend after expressing concern about Israeli-Palestinian violence, Israeli settlements and unilateral Palestinian moves. The statement came a day after Foreign Minister Stephane Dion was criticized for saying Palestinian initiatives toward statehood in international forums and continued Israeli settlements were unhelpful. "We're steadfast allies and good friends, and good friends can occasionally deliver tough messages, but it's by no means to suggest that we're somehow retreating from any kind of support of Israel," said Joe Pickerill, Dion's spokesman. Dion on Sunday...
  • NPR illustrative photo wipes Israel off the map [Numbers 23]

    01/25/2016 11:08:00 AM PST · by Jan_Sobieski · 31 replies
    Jerusalem Post ^ | 1/25/2016 | Staff
    In an article published on National Public Radio's (NPR) website Monday, a map of the Middle East failed to include Israel, labeling Palestine in its place. The map was an illustration accompanying the article "What Are You Afraid Of In 2016? Globetrotters Share Their Fears." The article referenced travelers' fears of Islamic radicalization and extremism in the region. Immediately following the publication, the website's comment section was flooded with criticism from readers and journalists who questioned the online publication's decision to use an illustration of this nature. As a result of the abundance of complaints, NPR removed the photo and...
  • US envoy regrets timing of Israel criticism

    01/25/2016 7:48:33 AM PST · by Nachum · 13 replies
    Israel Hayom ^ | 1/15/16 | staff
    U.S. Ambassador to Israel Dan Shapiro told Army Radio on Monday that he regretted the timing of remarks he made last week that were critical of Israeli policies in Judea and Samaria. Shapiro made the controversial remarks at the Institute for National Security Studies conference in Tel Aviv last Monday. Earlier the same day, Israeli terror victim Dafna Meir had been laid to rest in Jerusalem after being stabbed to death by a Palestinian assailant in Otniel the previous day and another Israeli woman, Michal Froman, was wounded in a stabbing in Tekoa. In his speech, Shapiro said, "Too many...
  • Doctors Without Borders President: Jews Wearing Kippas are Fair Game for Muslims

    01/24/2016 11:56:30 AM PST · by Slings and Arrows · 66 replies
    Frontpage ^ | January 23, 2016 | Daniel Greenfield
    Can we start calling the Hate Israel crowd anti-Semitic yet? Because between the boycotts of Jewish businesses, anti-Semitic conspiracy theories and overt justification for anti-Jewish violence, whatever distinction may have existed in the past is gone. Case in point, Rony Brauman, the former president of Doctors Without Borders suggesting that Jews wearing Kippahs, a Jewish religious garment, are bringing violence on themselves by pledging allegiance to Israel.
  • How many Arab refugees were there in 1948? Maybe 300,000 - or less

    01/21/2016 2:19:44 PM PST · by Olog-hai · 8 replies
    INN ^ | Wednesday, January 20, 2016 5:33 AM | Richard Mather
    It is a common misconception that around 650,000 Palestinian refugees were created because of fighting that took place in 1948. But a closer look at both the population data and statements made by UN officials at the time suggest that the true figure is much lower, possibly as low as 270,000. The conventional figure of 650,000 cannot be true for more than one reason. Firstly, there were fewer than 660,000 Arabs living in the part of Palestine that eventually became Israel; and secondly, UNRWA (the United Nations Relief and Works Agency), either through incompetence or deliberate manipulation, handed out multiple...
  • Senior PA official: Palestinian state in West Bank just a phase [Zephaniah 2]

    01/21/2016 11:33:04 AM PST · by Jan_Sobieski · 2 replies
    Israel National News ^ | 1/21/2016 | Ari Soffer
    A senior member of Palestinian Authority leader Mahmoud Abbas's inner circle has insisted that any "two-state solution" with Israel would merely be a "phase" in the ultimate dismantlement of the State of Israel. Fatah Central Committee member Tawfiq Tirawi made the comments in a recent interview with Ma'an TV - the same interview in which he made widely-publicized comments defending Nazi leader Adolf Hitler as "not corrupt" and calling him "daring." Tirawi began by expressing satisfaction with the ongoing "intifada" - referring to the wave of terrorist attacks against Israelis - which he said had succeeded in "uniting the Palestinian...
  • 'US doesn't view EU product labeling as boycott against Israel'

    01/19/2016 3:26:50 PM PST · by Nachum · 11 replies
    ynet ^ | 1/19/16 | Itamar Eichner
    The US does not oppose the European Union's decision to label products as coming from Jewish West Bank settlements, the State Department said Tuesday. "We do not view labeling the origin of products as being from the settlements a boycott of Israel. We also do not believe that labeling the origin of products is equivalent to a boycott," State Department Spokesman John Kirby said at a press briefing. Kirby was also asked about the timing of US Ambassador to Israel Dan Shapiro's harsh criticism against Israel on Monday.
  • British MP compares anti-Israel university riot to Kristallnacht

    01/24/2016 11:28:18 AM PST · by Olog-hai · 20 replies
    INN ^ | 1/24/2016, 2:10 PM | Ari Soffer
    A senior British MP has compared a violent anti-Israel riot at a London university last week to kristallnacht, as condemnation of the violence carried out by pro-Palestinian activists continues to mount. In an interview with Sky News on Sunday morning, Sir Eric Pickles - a former minister who now serves as the United Kingdom's Special Envoy for post-Holocaust issues - likened the incident, in which windows were smashed and at least one Jewish student was physically assaulted, to the Nazi pogrom in which anti-Semitic thugs ransacked Jewish-owned synagogues, shops and other establishments in Germany. ...
  • Outrage in Israel over EU's resolution

    01/18/2016 2:35:37 PM PST · by Eleutheria5 · 17 replies
    Arutz Sheva ^ | 19/1/16 | Nitzan Keidar
    Officials in Israel expressed outrage on Monday evening after the European Union (EU) passed a resolution stipulating that agreements with Israel will no longer apply to any areas over the 1949 Armistice borders. Deputy Foreign Minister Tzipi Hotovely responded to the decision and said, "The Europeans continue to act unilaterally with regards to the Israeli-Palestinian conflict". "This resolution achieves the opposite from what they sought to achieve. These types of declarations only push actual dialogue further away and give a boost to the Palestinians to continue their efforts to condemn Israel in the international arena and to continue the relentless...
  • Netanyahu, US envoy trade jabs over ‘two-standards’ of law in West Bank

    01/18/2016 10:22:15 AM PST · by Nachum · 12 replies
    jpost.com ^ | 1/18/16 | HERB KEINON
    The Prime Minister’s Office dismissed as “unacceptable and wrong” uncharacteristically sharp public criticism of Israel’s legal standards leveled Monday by US envoy Dan Shapiro, who said at times there seemed to be one standard of law in the West Bank for Israelis, and another for Palestinians. “As Israel's devoted friend, and its most stalwart partner, we believe that Israel must develop stronger and more credible responses to questions about the rule of law in the West Bank,” Shapiro said during an address at the annual Institute for Strategic Studies (INSS) Conference in Tel Aviv. Noting that the recent indictments in...
  • $20B United Methodist Church Pension Fund Blacklists Israel's 5 Largest Banks

    01/14/2016 8:30:08 AM PST · by SeekAndFind · 16 replies
    Christian Post ^ | 01/14/2016 | Leonardo Blair
    It further notes: "There are specific times, however, when we must recognize that a company is very unlikely -- or unable to -- discontinue activities in certain parts of the world that we have classified as 'high-risk.' When activities in high-risk countries and areas represent a significant part of a company's business, we will avoid investing until the company has changed its business practices. Avoiding such investments supports our commitment to sustainable investing, which we believe ultimately improves the performance of our investment funds." Israel-Palestine, North Korea and several African and Middle Eastern countries round out a list of 14...
  • United Methodist Church Displays Intolerance by Banning Intelligent Design from General Conference

    The slogan of the United Methodist Church (UMC) is "Open Hearts, Open Minds, Open Doors." But UMC officials are now under fire for being closed-minded and intolerant after they banned Discovery Institute, from sponsoring an information table at the denomination's upcoming General Conference in May. Intelligent design is the idea that life and the universe show evidence of being the result of purposeful design rather than unguided processes. "Preventing United Methodist leaders from even hearing about intelligent design isn't open-minded. It's intolerant and exclusionary," said Dr. John West, Vice President of Discovery Institute. "Maybe United Methodist officials should change their...
  • U.S. Church Puts 5 Banks From Israel on a Blacklist [United Methodist]

    01/13/2016 4:09:14 AM PST · by SJackson · 43 replies
    NY Times ^ | JAN 12, 2016 | RICK GLADSTONE
    The pension board of the United Methodist Church -- one of the largest Protestant denominations in the United States, with more than seven million members -- has placed five Israeli banks on a list of companies that it will not invest in for human rights reasons, the board said in a statement on Tuesday. It appeared to be the first time that a pension fund of a large American church had taken such a step regarding the Israeli banks, which help finance settlement construction in what most of the world considers illegally occupied Palestinian territories. Wine being prepared for export...