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  • Palestinian Authority tells Israel to stop "rogue behavior" as at least 20 rockets fired from Gaza

    08/21/2011 9:55:10 AM PDT · by Nachum · 6 replies
    Jihad Watch ^ | 8/20/11 | Marisol
    How about a word along those lines to Gaza? Of course not. All of the Palestinian factions know that if Israel cannot hold Hamas accountable as the entity that is, after all, putatively in control of Gaza, there will exist a perfect arrangement of plausible deniability among jihadist groups: everyone benefits, and no one can face consequences if no one can be held responsible. Pass the buck, and watch the rockets fly. "Barrage of rockets from Gaza strike Israel; sites in Gaza targeted," from CNN, August 21: Jerusalem (CNN) -- A barrage of rockets and mortars fired into southern Israel...
  • US Helps Pay (Palestinian) Terrorists Who Murdered Americans

    08/15/2011 6:44:22 AM PDT · by tpmintx · 6 replies
    Israel National News ^ | 8/15/11 | Gil Ronen
    Every single Palestinian Authority terrorist held in an Israeli jail receives a monthly salary from the PA. Terrorists who committed the most heinous crimes – and therefore received longer sentences – receive the most money, according to a report in Israeli paper Yisrael Hayom.
  • 'Preparing for peace': 'Palestinian Authority' Television 'Best Mothers' program visits suicide

    08/10/2011 9:39:11 PM PDT · by Nachum · 3 replies
    Israel Matzav ^ | 8/10/11 | Carl in Jerusalem
    In preparation for 'peaceful coexistence' with Israel, and in honor of Ramadamadan 'Palestinian Authority' Television's Best Mothers program visits the mother of a suicide terrorist. On occasion of the Ramadan, PA TV has launched a new program called The Best Mothers. Every day, the edited 10-minute program shows a different Palestinian mother in her home, talking about her children. Last week, PA TV chose to visit the mother of Darin Abu Aisheh, a suicide bomber who blew herself up at a roadblock in 2002, wounding three Israelis. Let's go to the videotape.
  • Fogel murders: Israeli court convicts Palestinian man

    08/03/2011 2:55:31 PM PDT · by LeoWindhorse · 17 replies
    BBC World News ^ | 3 August 2011 | BBC
    An Israeli military court has found an 18-year-old Palestinian man guilty of the murder of a settler family in the West Bank, an army spokesman has said. Hakim Awad had confessed to murdering Udi and Ruthie Fogel, and three of their children, as they slept in their home in the Itamar settlement in March. His brother, 19-year-old Amjad Awad, is also standing trial for the attack. The murders shocked Israelis and were also condemned by Palestinian leaders and the international community.
  • Fayyad Shoots for Beggar State

    Palestinian Authority Prime Minister Salam Fayyad said Wednesday that the PA's inability to pay its bills and its regular pleas for charitable cash infusions from the international community was not an acceptable argument against PA statehood. “The crisis does not undermine or cast doubt about our preparedness for the establishment of the state,” Fayyad insisted during his weekly radio address on Voice of Palestine radio. "All states face financial troubles and need the correct procedures and oversight to overcome such problems." “Civil servants will receive today half of their monthly salaries, and the other half will be paid when cash...
  • Barak stops transfer of Palestinian bodies to PA at last minute

    07/04/2011 8:39:41 PM PDT · by Nachum · 4 replies
    Haaretz ^ | 7/4/11 | Amos Harel and Chaim Levinson
    Defense Minister Ehud Barak ordered to stop the transfer of the bodies of 84 Palestinian terrorists to the Palestinian Authority at the last minute on Monday, despite earlier confirmation from the IDF Spokesperson's Office that the transfer would go through. Barak made his decision to hold off on the transfer after a Haaretz report revealed that two of the bodies to be returned to the PA were the Awadallah brothers, former leaders of the Hamas military wing, who were killed by Israeli soldiers near Hebron in September 1998. The defense minister explained his decision, saying it was important to weigh...
  • Assad’s Help Wanted Sign: $25,000 Reward For Being Killed by IDF

    06/06/2011 1:22:48 AM PDT · by LeoWindhorse · 3 replies
    Arutz Sheva ^ | 06/06/11, | Tzvi Ben Gedalyahu
    The Syrian regime paid poor farmers in the north $1,000 to travel to the border at the Golan Heights border and challenge the IDF and another $25,000 to their families if they were killed, according to the opposition Reform Party of Syria.
  • 'Spain will recognize Palestinian state on 1967 lines'

    05/30/2011 11:16:02 AM PDT · by Nachum · 73 replies
    jpost ^ | 5/30/11 | KHALED ABU TOAMEH
    Shaath says Spain wants Palestine recognized in UN; announcement comes as Abbas meets with Islamic Jihad officials, Gen. Tantawi in Cairo to discuss Hamas-Fatah reconciliation, Mideast peace process. Talkbacks (13) The Palestinian Authority announced on Thursday that Spain has decided to recognize a Palestinian state along the 1967 lines before September. A spanish diplomat told Palestinian negotiator Nabil Shaath that Spain would support making the state of Palestine a UN member. The announcement came as Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas met in Cairo on Monday, under the auspices of Egyptian authorities, with Ramadan Shallah, Secretary-General of the Islamic Jihad organization,...
  • A Japanese View of the Palestinians

    05/25/2011 9:12:01 PM PDT · by Snuph · 14 replies ^ | 05/25/2011 | Yashiko Sagamori
    An interesting questionnaire for Palestinian Advocates By Yashiko Sagamori If you are so sure that ” Palestine , the country, goes back through most of recorded history,” I expect you to be able to answer a few basic questions about that country of Palestine : take the quiz at :
  • Painful Honesty About the Holy Land, and a New Path to Peace

    05/25/2011 8:29:35 PM PDT · by jfd1776 · 9 replies
    Illinois Review ^ | May 25, 2011 A.D. | John F. Di Leo
    On Wednesday, May 19, 2011 A.D., President Barack Obama, the head of state of one of Israel’s greatest allies, called for a massive shrinkage in the geographical size of her tiny friend. He will spend the rest of his life trying to explain away this attempted sellout. The United States is a huge country. Running from the Pacific to the Atlantic, from the Rio Grande north to Canada, it contains some 3.8 million square miles. By contrast, Israel is measured in the thousands of square miles, well under ten, in fact. Even that gives little indication to the true size...
  • Why Obama Hates Israel

    05/22/2011 1:44:46 PM PDT · by Texas Peartree · 25 replies
    The Voice of Reason ^ | May 22, 2011 | Texas Peartree
    Growing up, it was always amusing to hear liberals sputter their hatred about President Reagan. They would inconsistently argue both that Reagan was a mad genius who was trying to starve the welfare state by overspending on the military, and at the same time Reagan was said to be a doddering old fool who was completely disconnected from reality. It has been exceedingly difficult for conservatives to correctly define the pathology of President Obama. He is neither an evil genius, nor a doddering old fool. Instead, he is an odd bird: an African-American President who has presided over the greatest...
  • Palestinians to proceed with UN recognition bid

    05/21/2011 10:14:08 AM PDT · by Qbert · 21 replies · 1+ views
    AP via MSNBC ^ | 5/21/2011 | KARIN LAUB
    RAMALLAH, West Bank — Senior Palestinian officials say that negotiations with Israel have become pointless after Israel's prime minister rejected President Barack Obama's call to base Mideast border talks on the pre-1967 war lines. [Snip] ...A bid to become a U.N. member requires approval not just from the General Assembly, where the Palestinians might win the needed majority, but also from the U.N. Security Council, where the U.S. might veto such a step. [Snip] Shaath noted that Obama didn't threaten a veto.
  • Fatah Agrees With Hamas: Palestinian State Will Be At War With Israel

    05/17/2011 3:32:25 PM PDT · by Nachum · 6 replies
    Commentary Mag. ^ | 5/17/11 | Noah Pollak
    If anyone doubted whether there was real substance to the Hamas-Fatah “unity government,” Mahmoud Abbas’s New York Times op-ed provides the proverbial teachable moment. Don’t be distracted by Abbas’s fable of expulsion from Safed or his lies about the history of the conflict. The key passage is this one: Palestine’s admission to the United Nations would pave the way for the internationalization of the conflict as a legal matter, not only a political one. It would also pave the way for us to pursue claims against Israel at the United Nations, human rights treaty bodies and the International Court of...
  • Nakbacide

    05/16/2011 9:27:54 PM PDT · by ventanax5 · 8 replies
    Sultan Knish ^ | Daniel Greenfield
    Imagine if every year on the 7th of May, Germans held an annual commemoration of the defeat of the Nazi state, complete with Swastikas, anti-Jewish chants and slogans, and a historical narrative claiming that the Volksdeutsche expelled from Poland, Czechoslovakia and Hungary were the real victims of WW2. That disgusting spectacle is exactly what takes place on May 15th as Arab Muslims chant and riot to protest their unsuccessful genocide of a regional minority. It's hard to think of a more repulsive spectacle of historical obliviousness, than a regional majority responsible for multiple genocides dressing up as the victims because...
  • 92 Year-Old Palestinian Arab Woman Who Witnessed the 1929 Hebron Anti-Jewish Pogrom Urges Another

    05/16/2011 11:40:40 AM PDT · by Nachum · 22 replies
    American Thinker ^ | 5/16/11 | Andrew G. Bostom
    MEMRI has excerpted a pathognomonic interview of a 92-year-old Palestinian Arab woman who witnessed the murderous 1929 anti-Jewish ethnic cleansing pogrom in Hebron. She openly celebrates the slaughter of the Jews of Hebron as an appropriate paradigm for the present, while being interviewed during her participation in a recent so-called a "Right-of-Return Demonstration." The interview aired on Al Aqsa Palestinian TV and can be viewed here. Extracts are reproduced below: Interviewer: Please tell us who you are. Sara Jaber: I am from Hebron. The Jaber family. Interviewer: What is your name? Sara Jaber: Sara Muhammad 'Awwadh Jaber. Interviewer: How old...
  • A Palestinian star is born

    05/12/2011 2:24:25 PM PDT · by Nachum · 7 replies ^ | 5/12/11 | RUTH EGLASH
    The current season of ‘New Star,’ the Palestinian version of ‘American Idol,’ is proving to be a ratings hit. Behind the scenes is a rare mix of Palestinians, Israeli Arabs and Israeli Jews. KFAR AL-KHADAR, West Bank – It’s Thursday night, and the crowd files rapidly through the metal detectors at the entrance to the impressive auditorium. Dressed in glittery frocks and suits, the men and women chatter excitedly while holding on tightly to oversized banners with glossy portraits of the performers they are about to see. While the scene is reminiscent of the pre-show buzz at just about any...
  • Fatah and Hamas agree to historic Palestinian reconciliation deal

    04/27/2011 9:31:04 AM PDT · by Nachum · 5 replies
    Rival groups will form interim government and then move toward setting a date for a general election, four years after their government collapsed when Hamas overran the Gaza Strip. Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas's Fatah movement hammered an historic reconciliation deal with the rival Hamas group on Wednesday, agreeing to form an interim government and fix a date for general election within the year. The deal, which took many officials by surprise, was thrashed out in Egypt and followed a series of secret meetings. "The two sides signed initial letters on an agreement. All points of differences have been overcome," said...
  • Project to steer pilgrims to Palestinians

    04/19/2011 7:28:00 AM PDT · by Steve Peacock · 10 replies
    WorldNetDaily ^ | 04/18/2011 | Steve Peacock
    Just days after Hamas militants rained rockets on Israeli civilians, the Obama administration alerted contractors to a U.S.-financed endeavor whose aim is to have Christian pilgrims stay longer – and thereby spend more money – in Palestinian territory rather than in Israel.
  • How Supporters of Palestinian Terrorism Are Murdered and Raped by Their Palestinian Sponsors

    04/18/2011 7:27:41 AM PDT · by ventanax5 · 14 replies · 1+ views
    FrontPage Mag ^ | Steven Plaut
    The media and the cyber-world are all abuzz this week over the Palestinian-perpetrated murder of an Italian communist and cheerleader for terrorism. An accomplice to Islamist terrorism, the “victim” was one Vittorio Arrigoni. He evidently found himself in the middle of a turf war between Hamas and another genocidal Islamist organization. The rival terrorist group is being described by the media alternatively as an al-Qaeda branch or as “Salafists,” meaning Islamist fundamentalists led by Saudi Arabian Wahhabis. But I think it is more likely they are simply a front for the “Islamist Jihad” Palestinian terror group. Arrigoni was sent to...
  • WaPo vs WaPo on who created Palestinian refugee problem

    04/07/2011 10:14:26 AM PDT · by Nachum · 5 replies
    American Thinker ^ | 6/7/11 | Leo Rennert
    In the April 6 print edition of the Washington Post, Jerusalem correspondent Joel Greenberg blames Israel for creating the Palestinian refugee problem. Palestinian families, he writes, were "pushed out of what is now Israel when the Jewish state was created in 1948." Thus, it was Israel's establishment that was responsible for the Palestinian refugee problem. However, on the April 6 Washington Post website, Jerusalem correspondent Joel Greenberg offers a completely different explanation for the Palestinian refugee problem. Some Arab families, he writes, were "displaced in the war that followed the establishment of Israel in 1948. So, it wasn't Israel's cration...
  • Palestinian Authority torturing journalists

    04/06/2011 8:39:54 PM PDT · by Nachum · 15 replies
    Daily Caller ^ | 6/6/11 | Caroline May
    Human Rights Watch released a report Wednesday detailing the abuse of journalists in the West Bank and Gaza at the hands of the Palestinian Authority. The report, “No News is Good News: Abuses Against Journalists by Palestinian Security Forces,” accuses Palestinian Authority security forces of censoring, harassing and torturing reporters, resulting in a severe restriction of free speech. Documenting seven instances of journalist detention and abuse, Human Rights Watch concludes that the effect has not only been active censorship but also a “chilling effect” of self-censorship by journalists in the area. “Security forces of the Palestinian Authority have arbitrarily detained...
  • An open letter to Tamar Fogel ( must read )

    04/02/2011 11:40:32 PM PDT · by ventanax5 · 7 replies
    Israel Matzav ^ | Denis MacEoin
    Dear Tamar, We have never met, nor are we likely to. I am not a Jew nor an Israeli, though for many years I have defended both Jews and Israelis from the physical and political attacks that are made on them. I live in England, though I'm Irish. The Irish used to be great enemies of the English, who did bad things to us, but who gave us their language, something in which we excel. But many years ago, long before you were born, the enmity between the Irish and the English faded. We are not the same people, but...
  • Colombia: We will not recognize Palestinian state

    03/31/2011 10:02:09 AM PDT · by Nachum · 30 replies ^ | 3/31/11 | GIL SHEFLER
    Israel wins rare victory in Latin America with Colombian President Calderon announcement at World Jewish Congress meeting in Bogota. After suffering a series of diplomatic defeats to the Palestinians in Latin America, Israel won a rare victory on Wednesday when Colombia announced that it would not unilaterally recognize a Palestinian state. Colombian President Juan Manuel Santos told a delegation of the World Jewish Congress in a meeting in the Colombian capital of Bogota that his government would not recognize Palestinian statehood as “a matter of principle.”
  • Gaza Shall Be Forsaken...

    03/24/2011 3:25:22 PM PDT · by pastorbillrandles · 5 replies
    Gather yourselves together, yea, gather together, O nation not desired; Before the decree bring forth, before the day pass as the chaff, before the fierce anger of the LORD come upon you, before the day of the LORD’s anger come upon you. Seek ye the LORD, all ye meek of the earth, which have wrought his judgment; seek righteousness, seek meekness: it may be ye shall be hid in the day of the LORD’s anger. For Gaza shall be forsaken, and Ashkelon a desolation: they shall drive out Ashdod at the noon day, and Ekron shall be rooted up. Woe...
  • Interview with IDF medic who was first on scene of Itamar massacre

    03/22/2011 5:28:55 PM PDT · by ventanax5 · 3 replies
    Israel Matzav ^ | Carl in Jerusalem
    Here's a transcript of an interview with Sgt. Edi Itelman (pictured), who is an IDF medic, who was first on the scene at the home of Udi and Ruti Fogel HY"D (May God avenge their blood) on the night that they and three of their children were massacred in Itamar. The interview took place a few hours ago (I missed it) and the transcript was sent to me by one of the participants.
  • The Itamar Massacre: Why Is Such Savagery Surprising?

    03/20/2011 9:37:13 AM PDT · by ventanax5 · 14 replies
    Big Peace ^ | Andrew Bostom
    Friday night 3/11/11 in Itamar, Samaria, parents, Udi, 36, and Ruth Fogel, 35, as well as three of their six children, Yoav, 11, Elad, 4, and the 3-month old infant Hadas, were all brutally stabbed to death. The infant Hadas was in fact decapitated. Al Aqsa Martyrs Brigade, terrorist wing of the Fatah faction headed by Palestinian Authority Chairman Mahmoud Abbas, claimed responsibility for the savage attack, characterizing it as a “heroic operation.” Saturday evening (3/12/11) Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu addressed the Itamar massacre. Netanyahu’s eloquent remarks included a demand … that the Palestinian Authority stop the incitement that...
  • Time for Israel to Retake the Philadelphia Corridor

    03/19/2011 1:35:42 PM PDT · by bsaunders · 2 replies
    Beyond the Cusp ^ | March 19, 2011 | B. Saunders
    This morning Israel came under a barrage of fifty Mortars fired in a massive attack from the Gaza Strip. Hamas proudly took full credit for this escalation. Apparently Hamas does not have any apprehensions about being speedily restocked and fully supplied with the tools used in the continued terror campaign against Israel. They are fully confident that the necessary armaments will flow freely from Egypt with the new management (read Muslim Brotherhood and fellow sympathizers) since the overthrow of Mubarak. I would hope that those in power and commanding the intelligence networks had figured this would be the case just...
  • Helen Thomas Defends Palestinian Suicide Bombers in Playboy Magazine

    03/18/2011 8:39:33 AM PDT · by Nachum · 38 replies
    Commentary Magazine ^ | 3/18/11 | Alana Goodman
    Veteran reporter Helen Thomas turned up in Playboy magazine this month (fully clothed, don’t worry) as part of her ongoing anti-Semitic publicity tour. The former “dean” of the White House Press Corps sat down for an interview (link is to the Sun Herald’s summary) about her recent controversy. First she weighed in on the aftermath of her remarks about Israel last May (“I went into self-imposed house arrest”) and her views on the situation in the Palestinian territories (“the Palestinians have been shortchanged in every way”). But then the interview took an uglier turn.
  • Helen Thomas: 'Israelis Want to Take Palestinian Homes and Land and Water and Kill Their Children'

    03/18/2011 8:08:23 AM PDT · by Nachum · 24 replies
    Newsbusters ^ | Noel Sheppard
    Noel Sheppard's picture If you thought Helen Thomas telling Jews to get the hell out of Palestine was anti-Semitic, you ain't seen nothing yet. The disgraced former White House correspondent is Playboy magazine's interviewee in April, and some of the hate-filled nonsense she spewed to her Jewish interviewer should shame those responsible for ever putting this woman in such a powerful press position: I knew I’d hit the third rail. You cannot say anything about Israel in this country. But I’ve lived with this cause for many years. Everybody knows my feelings that the Palestinians have been shortchanged in every...
  • Time to Listen to the Palestinian on the Other Side

    03/15/2011 8:14:32 AM PDT · by bsaunders · 3 replies
    Beyond the Cusp ^ | March 15, 2011 | B. Saunders
    This past week had sufficient tragic and deadly news. Between the earthquakes and tsunamis striking Japan, destroying homes and lives with a still mounting death toll and damage assessments yet to be completed, and the horrific terror attack in the Israeli town of Itamar that brutally murdered both parents and three of their children using butchery beyond imagination and contrary to all things humanely civilized. What struck Japan with such ferocity and total devastation was an act of nature and thus unstoppable. What struck Israel was the act of human beings filled with a vile and violent hatred that was...
  • After the Itamar Massacre

    03/14/2011 6:16:32 PM PDT · by ventanax5 · 4 replies · 1+ views
    Washington Institute ^ | Robert Satloff
    In the heyday of the Oslo peacemaking era, it would be the work of American diplomats to prevent Israeli outrage over the horrific murders Friday evening of five civilians -- including three children -- in the West Bank settlement of Itamar from undermining the "peace process." But today there is little peace process to protect. With the exception of three weeks in September 2010, there have been no negotiations between the government of Israel and the Palestinian Authority during the entire Obama administration. Indeed, there has been less peace diplomacy between Arabs and Israelis in the current administration than during...
  • ‘Palestinian Authority Sings for Terror’

    03/12/2011 11:31:53 PM PST · by Nachum · 3 replies
    INN ^ | 3/12/11 | Tzvi Ben Gedalyahu
    The Palestinian Authority “sings for terror,” IDF Brigadier General Yossi Kuperwasser, director general of the Strategic Affairs Ministry, said Saturday night, 24 hours after PA terrorists slaughtered five members of the Fogel family in the Jewish community of Itamar in Samaria. He also contradicted American claims that the Palestinian Authority is making an honest attempt to combat terror. He revealed that PA Chairman Mahmoud Abbas, hours after the massacre at Itamar, met with a member of a song group that contributes to an “atmosphere of terror.” “The foundation of Fatah still is the use of terror -- which it calls...
  • Britain upgrades status of Palestinian diplomats

    03/07/2011 2:36:51 PM PST · by Nachum
    ynet ^ | 3/7/11 | ap
    Ahead of talks with Abbas, Foreign Secretary Hague tells lawmakers Palestinian representation to be recognized as full diplomatic mission rather than delegation. Israel embassy: Real upgrade that's missing is in Palestinian willingness to talk peace Britain's Foreign Secretary William Hague announced Monday the UK will upgrade the status of Palestinian representatives in London, ahead of talks with Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas. Hague is scheduled to meet with Abbas in London on Tuesday and said he would also raise his concern over the lack of progress on resuming talks on the Middle East peace process.
  • Time on the J Street Ward

    03/04/2011 10:38:16 AM PST · by JOHN ADAMS · 3 replies
    American Thinker ^ | March 4, 2011 | Lori Lowenthal Marcus
    While attending the J Street conference I wondered whether I had entered some alternative dimension, where facts known by the rest of the world, and basic principles of reasoning, just didn't operate in quite the same way as they do on the rest of planet Earth. I think I know what's operating. Psychologists teach that an obsession is "a persistent disturbing preoccupation with an often unreasonable idea or feeling." There is a persistent theme on J Street: a Palestinian State must be created RIGHT NOW ("PSRN"), and it's almost as if there is a complete memory block about the refusals...
  • A Likely Scenario for the Palestinian State

    03/03/2011 5:38:47 AM PST · by bsaunders
    Beyond the Cusp ^ | March 3, 2011 | B. Saunders
    The world certainly seems overly determined to form a Palestinian State with at least part of Jerusalem as the Capital and borders as close as possible to the 1949 Armistice line, also known as the Green Line. One of the major problems with this concept is that when the Green Line was established, it was stated that it was not to be construed or used as an actual boundary which was to be decided through negotiations. By comparison, all of the other problems other than the claimed Arab “Right of Return” are dwarfed by the tactical vulnerability using the Green...
  • The Palestinians Come to Latin America

    02/22/2011 7:31:38 AM PST · by Ooh-Ah · 7 replies
    Weekly Standard ^ | February 21, 2011 | Jaime Daremblum
    The Washington Post recently reported on the successful Palestinian drive to achieve statehood recognition from South American countries. Over the past few months, several countries—including Argentina, Bolivia, Brazil, Chile, Ecuador, Guyana, Paraguay, Peru, and Uruguay—have endorsed the existence of an independent Palestinian country. (In years past, Palestine had garnered official recognition from Costa Rica, Cuba, Nicaragua, and Venezuela.) To a casual observer, the wave of recognition may seem like a spontaneous outburst. In fact, there was nothing spontaneous about it. The flurry of diplomatic activity represents the culmination of a robust Palestinian lobbying push that was blessed and encouraged by former...
  • Israel faces emboldened Palestinian delegation in the UN

    02/15/2011 5:18:54 PM PST · by Nachum
    Haaretz ^ | 2/15/11 | Shlomo Shamir
    Israel's new UN ambassador, Ron Prosor, will face an atmosphere of support for Palestinian causes in the UN and an uphill battle in generating sympathy for Israeli causes. Palestinians are vigorously working to get the United Nations Security Council resolution condemning Israeli settlement building passed. They are working quickly to get support from the organization's general assembly before Israel's new UN ambassador Ron Prosor, takes up his position. Israel will appoint their new UN ambassador after half a year spent with a temporary representative. Prosor, who has been serving as the ambassador in London will soon send his credentials to...
  • Bedouin tribes accuse Jordan's Queen Rania of corruption

    02/15/2011 3:51:45 PM PST · by Pan_Yan · 34 replies · 1+ views
    Guardian (UK) ^ | Tuesday 15 February 2011 14.03 GMT | Laurent Zecchini
    In an unprecedented move the leaders of Jordan's main Bedouin tribes have published an open letter addressed to King Abdullah II accusing his wife, Queen Rania, of corruption. The text, released on 5 February, is signed by 36 representatives of the main Bedouin tribes. It comes at a particularly difficult time for the king, whose authority has been sapped by the growing discontent voiced by demonstrators. ... The letter makes no direct reference to the issue of the country's fragile ethnic balance, but claims that the queen, of Palestinian parentage, has created centres of power serving her own interests. This...
  • Is Queen Rania the Next Target of Middle Eastern Violence?

    02/11/2011 12:53:11 PM PST · by robowombat · 29 replies · 3+ views
    The Stir Blog ^ | February 9, 2011 | Sasha Brown-Worsham
    Is Queen Rania the Next Target of Middle Eastern Violence? Posted by Sasha Brown-Worsham on February 9, 2011 at 1:25 PM Comments (4)| Likes (5) Share 18 Queen Rania of Jordan is undoubtedly an international celebrity. Most of this is due to her marked beauty and taste for fine things. But her lavish lifestyle may soon come to end as Jordan is showing some signs that it could be the next Egypt or Tunisia. Recent revolts, like the ones that took out Tunisia's Zine El Abidine Ben Ali and currently threaten Egypt's President Hosni Mubarak, have been played out on...
  • Hamas: Palestinian prisoners escaped Egyptian jail

    01/29/2011 11:52:59 AM PST · by OldDeckHand · 3 replies ^ | 01/29/2010 | Elior Levy
    Hamas sources have reported that a few Palestinian detainees have escaped Egyptian prisons as result of the unrest, and are making their way to the Gaza Strip. Egypt has arrested Hamas operatives that have infiltrated the Rafah border in the past. The most senior of the arrestees is the commander of the Izzedin al-Qassam brigade, who was arrested in 2008 and accused of planning a terrorist attack on Egypt.
  • Erekat: ‘Obama has no credibility in the Middle East'

    01/26/2011 9:08:47 PM PST · by fso301 · 43 replies
    The Jerusalem Post ^ | 1/27/2011 | Herb Keinon
    US President Barack Obama has lost all credibility in the Middle East, PA negotiator Saeb Erekat told US envoy George Mitchell in October 2009, according to leaked Palestinian documents released by Al-Jazeera and the Guardian Wednesday night.
  • Al Jazeera's Palestinian document leaks point up Obama's clueless Mideast peace strategy

    01/25/2011 5:14:05 PM PST · by Nachum · 1 replies
    American Thinker ^ | 1/25/11 | Leo Rennert
    For three days running, Al-Jazeera has been pounding the Palestinian Authority with release of hundreds of PA negotiating documents, which show Mahmoud Abbas as a two-faced leader -- publicly insisting on getting all of East Jerusalem, including the entire Old City, while privately agreeing to Israel's retention of virtually all Jewish neighborhoods in the eastern sector of Israel's capital. Or as Palestinian negotiator Saeb Erekat put it to an Israeli interlocutor: "We're giving you the largest Jewish Yerushalaim ever." With the Palestinians being that flexible and pragmatic about Jerusalem, the question
  • Will leaks end Mideast peace process?

    01/25/2011 9:07:02 AM PST · by ventanax5 · 6 replies
    CNN ^ | David Frum
    The Palestinian leaks show the Palestinian Authority leadership trying to work their way to the answer that "everybody knows." But the secrecy surrounding the documents -- and the reaction to the leak -- confirms the Israelis' worst fear: The Palestinian population does not, in fact, "know" what "everybody knows." And a Palestinian leadership that did "know" what "everybody knows" is now being reviled by its own population as traitors and sell-outs. What, after all, are the big, shameful concessions contained in the documents? Where are the wounds to Palestinian national pride? • The documents as reported demand Palestinian sovereignty over...
  • Two Decades Of Secret Israeli-Palestinian Accords Leaked To Media Worldwide

    01/23/2011 5:24:16 PM PST · by edpc · 23 replies
    Haaretz ^ | 23 Jan 2011 | Jack Khoury and Haaretz
    Al-Jazeera TV and The Guardian revealed Sunday the details of 1,600 confidential documents on negotiations between Israel and the Palestinians over the last two decades. The documents leaked so far mostly reveal secret concessions offered by Palestinian negotiators on the issues of the right of return of Palestinian refugees, territorial concessions, and the recognition of Israel.
  • Toppled Palestinian ‘Landmark’ Symbolized Hate

    01/10/2011 5:10:49 PM PST · by Nachum · 5 replies
    commentary ^ | 1/10/11 | Jonathan S. Tobin
    It says something about the way much of the world views the rights of Jews to live in Jerusalem that the erection of new homes in parts of that city is considered such a terrible provocation. Thus, the new housing project in the Sheikh Jarrah neighborhood of the city is generally reported as an outrageous provocation, even though the only reason this area is usually described as “predominantly Arab” or, more outrageously, “traditionally Arab” is because from 1949 to 1967, when this location was illegally occupied by Jordan, Jews were prohibited from living there. As to whether it is wise...
  • A Glimpse Behind the Plot Against the American Embassy in Paris

    10/27/2001 5:40:41 PM PDT · by Pokey78 · 28 replies · 448+ views
    The New York Times ^ | 10/28/2001 | CHRIS HEDGES
    The chemicals were stored in vats in the basement of an Egyptian restaurant in downtown Brussels. The suicide bomber, a former soccer player who had fallen into drug use and petty crime, had been selected. The target, the American Embassy in Paris, had been scouted. All that remained was the signal from Osama bin Laden's operatives in Afghanistan to strike. The nod was to come from a Frenchman of Algerian origin who was on his way back from training in Afghanistan. But he was arrested in transit, and he talked, spilling to French interrogators details of what could have been ...
  • When Israeli leftists turn against their country...

    01/08/2011 1:33:55 AM PST · by Sharondownunderinnz · 11 replies
    Jewish World Review ^ | Jan. 7, 2011 / 2 | Caroline B. Glick
    A recap of recent claims by "human rights" groups and exposing of their proven lies | On Sunday December 19, the self-proclaimed "Israeli human rights" group B'tselem disseminated a shocking story to the local and international media. B'tselem claimed that the previous day Palestinian shepherd Samir Bani Fadel was peacefully herding his sheep when he was set upon by a mob of Israeli settlers. He alleged that these kippah-clad Israelis drove up in a car and chased him away. Then they torched the pasture and burned 12 pregnant ewes alive and badly burned five others. B'tselem furnished reporters with...
  • International Peacekeeping Troops? Stop the Joking Please!

    01/01/2011 12:10:49 PM PST · by bsaunders · 6 replies
    Beyond the Cusp ^ | January 1, 2011 | B. Saunders
    The idea that United Nations or NATO troops be placed in the West Bank and Gaza to keep the peace, stop terrorist attacks, and enforce an Israeli-Palestinian Peace Agreement would be a hysterical joke if the results of such a ridiculous plan would produce such tragic ends. It is not like this half-baked idea has not been tried and proven to be worse than useless because such is the case currently with the UNIFIL troops farcical ineffectiveness at reigning in Hezballah from rebuilding and rearming without even a single reported action impeding their efforts. We saw exactly how effective international...
  • Abbas to Lay Cornerstone for Palestinian Embassy in Brazil

    12/28/2010 9:23:47 PM PST · by Nachum · 3 replies
    inn ^ | 12/29/10 | Elad Benari
    Palestinian Authority president Mahmoud Abbas will lay the cornerstone for an embassy in Brazil this week, PA representative Ibrahim al-Zeben told AFP on Tuesday. According to al-Zeben, Abbas will head the stone-laying ceremony on Friday. On Saturday he is expected to attend the inauguration ceremony for Brazil's new president, Dilma Rousseff. Brazil’s recognition earlier this month of a Palestinian state was met with criticism by both Israel and the United States. The Israeli government expressed its “regret and disappointment” with the decision and pointed out that “recognition of a Palestinian state is a violation of the Interim Agreement signed between...
  • questionnaire for Palestinian Advocates

    12/28/2010 6:39:23 PM PST · by renewableenergy2 · 5 replies
    Jay Draiman
    An interesting questionnaire for Palestinian Advocates If you are so sure "Palestine, the country, goes back through most of recorded history," I expect you to be able to answer a basic questions about that country of Palestine: 1. When was it founded and by whom? 2. What were its borders? 3. What was its capital? 4. What were its major cities? 5. What constituted the basis of its economy? 6. What was its form of government? 7. Can you name at least one Palestinian leader before Arafat? 8. Was Palestine ever recognized by a country whose existence, at that time...