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  • Jimmy Carter: Free Jonathan Pollard for peace deal

    04/05/2014 9:33:14 AM PDT · by PaulCruz2016 · 34 replies
    Politico ^ | 04-04-2014 | Patrick Gavin
    Jimmy Carter weighed in on Friday on whether Jonathan Pollard should be released from prison as part of current Middle East peace talks, saying he would support freedom for the spy if the Israelis were to fully accept the deal from Secretary of State John Kerry. Carter said in an interview that he would agree to the release of Pollard, the U.S. naval intelligence analyst currently serving a life prison sentence after a 1987 conviction for providing classified information to Israel, only if certain conditions were met. “If the Israelis would agree to accept John Kerry’s proposal, if Pollard was...
  • Desmond Tutu challenges Maryland legislature's attempt to outlaw boycotts of Israel

    04/03/2014 11:44:11 PM PDT · by Berlin_Freeper · 20 replies
    imemc.org ^ | April 04, 2014 | Saed Bannoura
    Desmond Tutu is a winner of the Nobel Peace Prize for his work to end apartheid in South Africa, and has long been a supporter of the Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions (BDS) movement, which uses nonviolent means to challenge the Israeli occupation of Palestine and is the initiative being attacked by these bills. Tutu notes that these legislative initiatives are aimed “at punishing and intimidating those who speak their conscience and challenge the human rights violations endured by the Palestinian people.”
  • Obama Wants to Pay 33% More to U.N. and Other Int’l Groups

    04/02/2014 5:02:41 PM PDT · by Olog-hai · 35 replies
    Cybercast News Service ^ | April 2, 2014 - 4:48 AM | Patrick Goodenough
    When U.S. Ambassador to the United Nations Samantha Power testifies before a House Appropriations subcommittee on Wednesday, the panel will consider a budget request for international organizations that is 33 percent bigger than last year’s, including a 43 percent hike in U.S. contributions to peacekeeping missions. […] As it has done for the past two years, the administration is asking Congress to waive legislative provisions making it unlawful for the U.S. to fund U.N. agencies that admit “Palestine.” …
  • Palestinian heroes, the "peace process" and the continuing Iran scam

    03/20/2014 12:08:34 PM PDT · by DanMiller
    Dan Miller's Blog ^ | March 20, 2014 | Dan Miller
    The Obama Administration continues to push the "peace process" between Israel and "Palestine" and the P5+1 "deal" with Iran. Both are pernicious. The "peace process" An understanding of recent history should suggest why pressures being applied to force Israel to pursue the "peace process" with Palestinian heroes are no less pernicious than the Obama - Kerry "peace process" itself. As an opinion writer at Israel Hayom argued today (March 20, 2014), There can never be peace with a society whose national heroes are murderers. The welcome the killers received in Ramallah expresses the Palestinian essence, not the hugs and smiles...
  • Israel Ranked as Best Country for Women in Middle East

    03/14/2014 11:45:01 AM PDT · by Olog-hai · 54 replies
    INN ^ | 3/14/2014, 12:04 PM | Tova Dvorin
    Israel is the best country in the Middle East for women’s rights and freedoms, the World Economic Forum’s Global Gender Gap survey concluded this week. The survey, which has been conducted since 2006, ranks 110 countries in terms of gender equality and inequality, using a variety of factors including demographic data, socioeconomic figures, and a close look at women in the legal system. […] Thomson-Reuters noted recently that several Middle Eastern countries—Egypt, Iraq, Saudi Arabia, and others— have a poor track record for violence against women, reproductive rights, as well as the treatment and role of women. Egypt bottomed out...
  • Obama in Blunderland

    03/14/2014 11:09:37 AM PDT · by DanMiller · 3 replies
    Dan Miller's Blog ^ | March 14, 2014 | Dan Miller
    During her visit to Wonderland, Alice had odd reactions to the weird things she experienced. Is President Obama trying to best her?The critters Alice met and spoke with in Wonderland made no sense at all. Neither did her responses. For example, having invited herself to a tea party with the Mad Hatter, the March Hare and the Door Mouse, The Hatter [asked], `Why is a raven like a writing-desk?' `Come, we shall have some fun now!' thought Alice. `I'm glad they've begun asking riddles.--I believe I can guess that,' she added aloud. `Do you mean that you think you can...
  • Israeli minister calls for Gaza takeover as militants launch missile barrage

    03/12/2014 8:41:21 PM PDT · by Errant · 8 replies
    The Telegraph ^ | 12 March 2014 | Robert Tait
    Palestinians militants in Gaza launched at least 50 rockets into Israel on Wednesday in a fusilade that prompted a senior Israeli minister to call for a full-scale military takeover of the coastal enclave. The missile salvo was aimed at neighbouring Israeli towns and villages, causing residents to flee for shelter, although there were no reports of casualties. Three of the rockets were said to have been shot down by Israel's Iron Dome missile defence, while another exploded near a library in the town of Sderot. The Israeli army responded by firing shells into Gaza, damaging two "terrorist infrastructures", Haaretz newspaper...
  • FDR to Stalin: “I Would Give Saudi King 6 Million Jews”

    03/11/2014 6:45:22 PM PDT · by lowbridge · 22 replies
    http://www.frontpagemag.com ^ | march 11, 2014 | daniel greenfield
    This isn’t really new, but some of the most interesting material comes from Rafael Medoff’s demonstration of how the material was buried and misreported by historians sympathetic to liberal presidents. When FDR endorsed quotas for Jews in the US and even North Africa, liberal historians claimed that he was being “practical” or actually trying to help Jews. And then there’s the story of the efforts to bury and lie about FDR’s exchange with Stalin about the Jews.
  • John Kerry’s policy of surrender: His failures are redefining American exceptionalism

    02/25/2014 12:09:55 AM PST · by Cincinatus' Wife · 24 replies
    Salon ^ | February 24, 2014 | Patrick L. Smith
    We have just marked a year since John Kerry launched himself, at 69, as America’s chief diplomat. And for most of the period since it has been difficult to find anything good to say about our 68th secretary of state. Events of late require that I confess to error and change my mind. Kerry could go down as the most important overseer of American foreign policy in the post–Cold War era. The record is very mixed, it is important to add immediately. The past year’s agenda is littered with failures — Syria (Kerry’s diplomacy just reached a dead end), the...
  • King Abdullah: Jordan is Jordan, and Palestine is Palestine

    02/23/2014 8:02:15 PM PST · by Olog-hai · 19 replies
    INN ^ | 2/24/2014, 3:13 AM | Elad Benari
    Jordan’s King Abdullah II rejected on Sunday the notion that his country was an “alternative homeland” for Palestinian Arabs, the state news agency Petra reports. “Jordan is Jordan and Palestine is Palestine and nothing but that, not the in the past or the future,” King Abdullah was quoted as having said in a meeting with the Prime Minister, the President of the Senate and the Speaker of the Lower House. “We know how this issue has been surfacing since 15 years, or even more, where things start in the spring by the same group, who tense the Jordanian society, and...
  • Is the Nation of Rabid Rats advising Palestinians and Iranians on diplomacy? [Attempted satire]

    02/15/2014 10:32:19 AM PST · by DanMiller
    Dan Miller's Blog ^ | February 15, 2014 | Dan Miller
    In 2012, grievously oppressed rabid rats convinced the Obama Administration to grant their demands. They may now be assisting Palestinians and Iranians. However, rumors to that effect have not yet been confirmed.An article about the successes of the Nation of Rabid Rats, posted here on September 12, 2012, may have been prescient. It is reprinted below with few modifications. Briefly, the Nation of Rabid Rats had persuaded the Obama Administration that its demands were fair and just. Taking into account geographical and other contextual differences, Palestinian demands resemble those earlier presented by the Nation of Rabid Rats and agreed to by the Obama...
  • Israel is an illegitimate, racist apartheid state! (Wrong)

    02/08/2014 9:11:31 AM PST · by DanMiller · 7 replies
    Dan Miller's Blog ^ | February 8, 2014 | Dan Miller
    Many Palestinian supporters claim that she is.A couple of videos I found both interesting and inspiring (tip of the hat to Israelycool) are embedded below. First, here is an explanation of why I found them so. The first video was supported and the second produced by the Israel Defense Force (IDF), apparently as public relations efforts. The IDF differs from most armed forces in the world in many ways. Differences include the conscription of women and its structure, which emphasizes close relations between the army, navy, and air force. Since its founding, the IDF has been specifically designed to match Israel's...
  • Allah Gave Israel to The Jews, There's No Palestine

    02/07/2014 11:09:23 AM PST · by Former Fetus · 18 replies
    Allah has promised Israel to the Jews -- so says Sheikh Ahmad Adwan, a Muslim scholar living in Jordan, who declared on his Facebook page recently that "Palestine" doesn't exist. Blogger Elder of Ziyon translated Arab news sources that this Saturday reported on Adwan's statements, in which he quotes the Koran saying Allah assigned Israel to the Jews until the Day of Judgement (Sura 5 Verse 21), and that Jews are the inheritors of Israel (Sura 26 Verse 59). "I say to those who distort...the Koran: from where did you bring the name Palestine, you liars, you accursed, when Allah...
  • ‘Allah Gave Israel to The Jews; There’s No Palestine’ (says Muslim scholar in Jordan)

    02/06/2014 11:50:21 PM PST · by Olog-hai · 28 replies
    INN ^ | 2/6/2014, 11:00 PM | Ari Yashar
    Allah has promised Israel to the Jews—so says Sheikh Ahmad Adwan, a Muslim scholar living in Jordan, who declared on his Facebook page recently that “Palestine” doesn’t exist. Blogger Elder of Ziyon translated Arab news sources that this Saturday reported on Adwan’s statements, in which he quotes the Koran saying Allah assigned Israel to the Jews until the Day of Judgment (Sura 5 Verse 21), and that Jews are the inheritors of Israel (Sura 26 Verse 59). …
  • Century of Violence: What World War I Did to the Middle East

    02/03/2014 11:48:30 AM PST · by sukhoi-30mki · 16 replies
    Spiegel Online International ^ | January 31, 2014 | Bernhard Zand
    World War I may have ended in 1918, but the violence it triggered in the Middle East still hasn't come to an end. Arbitrary borders drawn by self-interested imperial powers have left a legacy that the region has not been able to overcome. Damascus, year three of the civil war: The 4th Division of the Syrian army has entrenched itself on Kassioun Mountain, the place where Cain is said to have slain his brother Abel. United Nations ballistics experts say the poison gas projectiles that landed in the Damascus suburbs of Muadamiya and Ain Tarma in the morning hours of...
  • Abbas Suggests NATO Presence in Palestinian State

    02/02/2014 9:06:49 PM PST · by Olog-hai · 13 replies
    INN ^ | 2/3/2014, 4:12 AM | Elad Benari
    Palestinian Authority (PA) Chairman Mahmoud Abbas has suggested that NATO would be left in charge of the future Palestinian state instead of an army. Speaking to The New York Times from Ramallah, Abbas said that he would agree to let Israeli troops remain in the Palestinian state for a transitional period of five years to work with Palestinian and Jordanian security forces and reassure the Israeli public that it is not going to get hit with thousands of rockets, as was the case after the “Disengagement” from Gaza. …
  • Why Kerry Is Scary (Trying to Force a Middle East "Peace")

    01/30/2014 2:20:03 PM PST · by tom h · 21 replies
    New York Times ^ | January 28, 2014 | Thomas Friedman
    TEL AVIV — It is pretty clear now that Secretary of State John Kerry will either be Israel’s diplomatic salvation or the most dangerous diplomatic fanatic Israel has ever encountered. But there isn’t much room anymore for anything in between. This is one of those rare pay-per-view foreign policy moments. Pull up a chair. You don’t see this every day. In essence what Kerry is daring to test is a question everyone has wanted to avoid: Is the situation between Israelis and Palestinians at five minutes to midnight or five minutes after midnight, or even 1 a.m. (beyond diplomacy)?
  • A Palestinian Explains Why He Worked As An Israeli Informant

    01/29/2014 5:48:54 PM PST · by nickcarraway · 8 replies
    NPR ^ | January 29, 2014 | EMILY HARRIS
    Abdel Hamid el-Rajoub, a Palestinian, became an informant for Israel while serving time in an Israeli prison. Palestinian informants play a key role in the Israeli-Palestinian conflict, though both sides can be reluctant to speak about it. Rajoub, who now lives in Israel, says he is no longer an informant. Abdel Hamid el-Rajoub, a Palestinian, became an informant for Israel while serving time in an Israeli prison. Palestinian informants play a key role in the Israeli-Palestinian conflict, though both sides can be reluctant to speak about it. Rajoub, who now lives in Israel, says he is no longer an informant....
  • Reality Check

    01/28/2014 8:47:20 PM PST · by Ari Bussel · 3 replies
    Israel Monitor ^ | January 25, 2014 | ari busssel
    “I have often wondered what Jews or decent people could have done to push back against the anti-Semitic propaganda of 1930s Germany,” says my friend, Dr. Roberta Seid, the historian and scientific advisor of Stand With Us. Seid was describing an event at my alma-mater, UCLA, where the speaker, Omar Barghouti, co-founder of the Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions (BDS) movement, was “on the road again with his anti-Israel show and its pack of bigotry and lies.” I wholeheartedly recommend Seid’s opinion piece, “A Speaker who Brings Hate.” It is a must reading for anyone who has never attended an anti-Israel...
  • Iranian Regime Accuses Saudi Arabia of Plan to Replace al-Aqsa Mosque With Jewish Temple

    01/28/2014 4:53:08 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 5 replies
    Gateway Pundit ^ | January 28, 2014 | Jim Hoft
    The Iranian regime’s Press TV accused Saudi Arabia and Israel of planning to replace the al-Aqsa mosque on the Temple Mount with a Jewish temple.(VIDEO-AT-LINK)Press TV reported, via Religion of Peace: Saudi Arabia is supporting the Israeli regime in its plan to replace the holy al-Aqsa Mosque with a temple, an analyst tells Press TV in an interview. Saab Shaath was talking to Press TV on Saturday, one day after Israeli Minister of Housing and Construction Uri Ariel called for the construction of what he called “the Third Temple” to replace the holy site. “Al-Aqsa Mosque is currently in place...
  • Bennett: Jews in ‘Palestine’ would be killed

    01/28/2014 10:28:56 AM PST · by Former Fetus · 34 replies
    The Times of Israel ^ | 1/28/2014 | SPENCER HO
    Palestinians would kill Jewish Israelis left under their rule, Economy and Trade Minister Naftali Bennett said on Tuesday, continuing a campaign against Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu’s ostensible willingness to leave Israeli settlers under Palestinian rule under a future peace agreement. Bennett also outlined his own plan for the West Bank — which he has largely been mum about since joining Netanyahu’s government — under which Israel would annex most of the territories. “Do you know why? Why Jews cannot live under Palestinian rule? Do you know why? Why Palestinians can’t rule over Jews?” Bennett said in an address at the...
  • Erekat: There Will be No 'Settlers' in 'Palestine'

    01/26/2014 10:30:47 PM PST · by Nachum · 8 replies
    inn ^ | 1/26/14 | Elad Benari
    As expected, the Palestinian Authority (PA) reacted with outrage on Sunday to Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu’s idea that if a Palestinian state is established in Judea and Samaria, Jews who wish to remain in that state should be allowed to do so. While Netanyahu did not publicly make this statement, a source in the Prime Minister's Office told reporters that Netanyahu believes there is no reason for the Palestinian state, if it is created, to be “mono-ethnic.” The source explained that the idea is a continuation of Netanyahu's statement in his speech at Davos, Switzerland, on Friday, in which he...
  • The Kerry - Obama "peace process," Palestinian Authority salami tactics and Jihad in Jerusalem

    01/22/2014 11:39:05 AM PST · by DanMiller
    Dan Miller's Blog ^ | January 22, 2014 | Dan Miller
    Based on Palestinian Authority statements, it is becoming increasingly unlikely that the Obama - Kerry "peace process" will succeed. If it does, Israel is screwed. First, an article from The Gatestone Institute The article is titled Middle East Peace Process: America's Wishful Thinkers and notes, [I]f there is one cause that Secretary Kerry is devoting even more of his time to than the matter of Iran's nuclear project, it is his attempt to be the person who solves the Israel-Palestinian dispute. Not for nothing has he been clocking up all those air-miles. No, Kerry has been managing to fly to the Middle...
  • “Palestinian Messengers”: How Christ and Christians Are Used for the Palestinian Cause

    01/21/2014 7:50:06 AM PST · by juliosevero · 1 replies
    Last Days Watchman ^ | Julio Severo
    “Palestinian Messengers”: How Christ and Christians Are Used for the Palestinian Cause By Julio Severo Last Christmas, Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas said Jesus was a “Palestinian” messenger. Even though Jesus was never a Palestinian or an advocate of a Palestinian cause, Abbas and his Muslim colleagues want to use Him to “ecumenically” unify Christians and Muslims to secure their cause. Christ has never been a Palestinian messenger, but there has been a number of Christian individuals and groups associating themselves with a Palestinian message. Knowingly or not, they have been used as Palestinian messengers. WCC and Liberation Theology The...
  • Jordan’s King Abdullah and Benjamin Netanyahu in talks about how to ‘neutralize’ John Kerry

    01/17/2014 7:20:28 PM PST · by Viennacon · 19 replies
    BareNakedIslam ^ | 1/17/2014 | BNI
    Secretary of State John Kerry’s effusive optimism regarding the ‘peace’ talks have been a source of concern not only to Netanyahu, but also to King Abdulla II of Jordan. The two leaders’ ‘secret’ meeting yesterday in Amman— made public almost immediately by the Jordanians—was devoted to one issue: Jordan is very unhappy about the possibility that Israel would take the IDF out of the Jordan Valley. Jewish Press According to Makor Rishon, the Jordanians don’t care if the plan is to remove the IDF now, or in 10 or even in 50 years. They don’t want Israel out of that...
  • MLA Israeli Boycott Falls

    01/13/2014 11:47:08 AM PST · by Academiadotorg · 15 replies
    Accuracy in Academia ^ | January 13, 2014 | Spencer Irvine
    At the Modern Language Association (MLA) 2014 convention in Chicago, delegates defeated a resolution to boycott Israel akin to one proposed by the American Studies Association (ASA), which had put forward an academic boycott this past year with the public support of Stephen Hawking. At the MLA, though, the delegate convention failed to pass a resolution to support an academic boycott in a fairly close vote, as reported by Inside Higher Ed. Instead, the MLA delegates passed a resolution to ask the U.S. State Department to consider a boycott of Israel for occupying Palestinian territories. This was a far cry...
  • Obama/Kerry using limitless leverage to emasculate Israel

    01/09/2014 1:38:21 AM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 17 replies
    Jewish World Review ^ | January 8, 2014 | Caroline B. Glick
    Jewish state must walk away from phony 'peace' negotiations now. On Sunday, Issa Karaka, the Palestinian Authority's minister for jailed terrorists, announced that in the next round of terrorist releases, Israel will release not only Palestinian terrorist murderers, but Israeli Arabs who murdered Israeli Jews in terrorist attacks. As late as last week, Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu was said to have completely rejected the Palestinian demand. But in response to Karaka's statement, Netanyahu's spokesman said only that the release of Israeli Arab terrorists would be subject to the approval of the government. In other words, Karaka was probably telling the...
  • Bishop Pates Embarks on Fact-Finding Mission to Middle East

    01/05/2014 3:40:10 PM PST · by NYer · 5 replies
    Kresta in the afternoon ^ | January 5, 2014 | Al Kresta
    Bishop Richard E. Pates Bishop Richard E. Pates of Des Moines, Iowa will depart January 6, 2014 on a two-week fact-finding mission in the Middle East.  Bishop Pates, who serves as chairman of the U.S. bishops’ Committee on International Justice and Peace, has a special concern for Syria and the Holy Land, and plans to show support for the local Church and the relief work of Catholic agencies in the region.  He echoed the words of Pope Francis in his Urbi et Orbi message, particularly addressing the violence faced in Syria, the Central African Republic, South Sudan and the Holy...
  • Jesus of Palestine?

    01/03/2014 8:19:10 AM PST · by SeekAndFind · 4 replies
    Town ^ | 01/03/2013 | Clifford May
    The members of the American Studies Association care deeply about historical truth, which is why they protested so strenuously when, over Christmas, Palestinian Authority president Mahmoud Abbas called Jesus “a Palestinian messenger.” Actually, they didn’t. Why not? Perhaps the 5,000 members of the ASA — an old if not venerable “academic organization” — are so busy boycotting Israeli educational institutions that they have no time to object to propagandistic falsifications of history — in this case, the denial of the Jewish past in the Middle East as a not-so-subtle way of threatening the Jewish future in the region. As war...
  • Walled Nativity Scene Borders On Anti-Semitism, Jewish Leaders Say

    12/14/2007 7:25:59 AM PST · by Between the Lines · 100 replies · 2,226+ views
    Crosswalk ^ | Julie Stahl
    Jerusalem (CNSNews.com) - The sale of Nativity scenes with a wall running through the middle to symbolize Israel's security barrier borders on anti-Semitism, Jewish groups are saying. The Amos Trust, a British Christian charity that works with needy communities around the world, is selling the traditional Nativity sets with a political twist, noting that the wise men won't reach the stable because of the wall. The Amos Trust says its Nativity sets are made by Palestinian carpenters from olive wood from Bethlehem. Israel started building its security barrier -- a series of walls and fences -- in response to an...
  • I Want to Make Heaven My Home: what an ancient Biblical event can teach us about life today

    09/25/2013 3:13:34 PM PDT · by NYer · 8 replies
    Archdiocese of Washington ^ | September 24, 2013 | Msgr. Charles Pope
    In daily Mass for the past number of days we’ve been reading from the books of Nehemiah and Ezra. These books deal with the return of the Jewish people from the Babylonian captivity.Most modern-day Christians have only a passing knowledge of these aspects of ancient Jewish history and these events may seem to have little to say to us. But in fact, they speak quite powerfully of very important human struggles today. Thus, a review of these historical events seems in order, as well as an application of them to our life and struggles today.To begin, the Jewish people, as...
  • The Israeli - Palestinian peace process is a deadly, not funny, farce.

    12/30/2013 8:20:50 AM PST · by DanMiller · 1 replies
    Dan Miller's Blog ^ | December 30, 2013 | Dan Miller
    President Obama' promise to Israel and Prime Minister Netanyahu: "If you like your hateful little country you can keep it. Period." Obama's perceptions of "peace process" talks are comparable. The two articles quoted extensively below arrived in my inbox yesterday and are excellent. Both deal with the Israeli - Palestinian "peace process." President Obama and Secretary Kerry apparently see that process as the path to peace throughout the Middle East. It is instead a road to the death of Israel as the only reasonably free and democratic nation in the region and.to additional strife and more failure there. Israel does not...
  • Report: Obama to Hand Over Christian Holy Sites to Palestinian Thugs

    12/30/2013 1:02:47 AM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 61 replies
    Gateway Pundit ^ | December 29, 2013 | Jim Hoft
    Once again Barack Obama is going to push Israel to hand over half of Jerusalem, the Wailing Wall, The Temple Mount, Old Jerusalem, and the tomb of Jesus Christ to the Hamas-Fatah terrorists. Barack Obama believes giving the terrorists more land will result in peace. It’s as if the Gaza transfer and disaster never happened. The Times of Israel reported: US Secretary of State John Kerry will offer Israeli and Palestinian negotiators a political trade-off: Israeli recognition of the 1967 lines as a basis for the future Palestinian state, in return for Palestinian recognition of Israel as the state of...
  • Castro requests funds to pay World Heritage dues

    12/26/2013 7:21:00 PM PST · by Tailgunner Joe · 12 replies
    mysanantonio.com ^ | December 26, 2013 | Scott Huddleston
    SAN ANTONIO — U.S. Rep. Joaquin Castro is seeking support of an appropriation by mid-January to resume payment of dues to a United Nations agency, in order to protect a World Heritage Site nomination for San Antonio's five Spanish colonial missions. In a letter last week to leaders of the House Committee on Foreign Affairs, Castro said he fears that nonpayment of dues since 2011 to the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization, or UNESCO, could harm the nomination of the missions and other proposed U.S. sites. The United States lost its vote last month on the 21-member World...
  • Israel can have peace by merely relinquishing her land and security

    12/26/2013 12:18:50 PM PST · by DanMiller · 17 replies
    Dan Miller's Blog ^ | December 26, 2013 | Dan Miller
    What could go wrong with that? This is a re-post of an article written last December when Palestinians exercised their universal human right to send missiles and freedom fighters (messengers of peace and love) to hateful Israeli settlements and elsewhere in Palestine. Three Cheers for President Obama and his peace makers, whomever they may happen to be!With recent increases in Palestinian peace efforts and Obama Administration support for peace everlasting in the entire nation of Palestine (wherever and whatever that may turn out to be), this seemed an appropriate time to revisit the situation. Mahmoud Abbas has created a tiger with his...
  • Obama sees Israeli-Palestinian deal within months

    12/07/2013 2:18:48 PM PST · by Cincinatus' Wife · 26 replies
    The Hill ^ | December 7, 2013 | Erik Wasson
    President Obama has an ambitious timetable for wrapping up a Middle East peace deal between Israel and the Palestinians. Obama said that an outline of a deal could be agreed to the 60-year standoff early next year. "I think it is possible over the next several months to arrive at a framework," he said at a Brooking Institution event. "We are now at a place where we can achieve a two-state solution." Obama said that retired U.S. General John Allen has conducted a security study and concluded that Israel can live securely alongside a new Palestine. He noted that Allen...
  • Anti-Israel Activist Speaks at Open Doors Brazil

    12/02/2013 8:26:23 AM PST · by juliosevero
    Last Days Watchman ^ | Julio Severo
    Anti-Israel Activist Speaks at Open Doors Brazil “Bishara Awad is interestingly silent about Muslim persecution of Christians in Palestine. There were large numbers of Christians in Palestine just a few decades ago, but they are disappearing. Will Awad say that the culprit is ‘Israeli occupation’?” By Julio Severo In early May 2013, Palestinian Christian author Walid Shoebat warned that “Jesus at the Check Point” would soon be speaking at a church near you. “Jesus at the Check Point,” which is a “Christian” organization with a socialist twist, is touring the United States to muster support to alleviate “Christian Persecution.”...
  • A Pro-Terror Rally on a Palestinian Campus

    11/25/2013 3:53:06 AM PST · by Kaslin · 2 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | November 24, 2013 | Jeff Jacoby
    THEY WEREN'T wearing swastika armbands or chanting "Sieg Heil!" during the Islamic Jihad rally this month on the campus of Al-Quds University. They didn't need to. Everything about the event reeked of fascism and anti-Semitic bloodlust. Demonstrators at the Palestinian school paraded in paramilitary gear, with massed black flags, mock assault weapons, and arms extended in Nazi-style salutes. There were banners lionizing suicide bombers, and hand-drawn Israeli flags on which students trod. Islamic Jihad — long identified as a terrorist organization by the United States and the European Union — posted photos of the rally on its website. In one,...
  • Israeli PM orders rethink on settlement construction plans

    11/13/2013 7:36:18 AM PST · by haffast · 7 replies
    BBC ^ | 13 November 2013 Last updated at 07:15 ET | BBC
    Israeli PM Benjamin Netanyahu has ordered his housing minister to reconsider construction plans for more than 20,000 homes in the West Bank. He said the plans, announced by Housing Minister Uri Ariel earlier on Tuesday, would create unnecessary friction with the international community. The US had earlier said it was "deeply concerned" over the Israeli plans. The Palestinians had said they would appeal to the UN, warning that Israel's move would kill off peace talks. In a statement, Mr Netanyahu said he had asked Housing Minister Uri Ariel "to reconsider" plans for potential construction of new homes for Jewish settlers...
  • China, Russia, Saudi Arabia, Vietnam in line for seats on UN Human Rights Council

    11/12/2013 9:07:31 AM PST · by haffast · 20 replies
    AP ^ | November 12, 2013 | AP
    UNITED NATIONS – China, Russia, Saudi Arabia and Vietnam are among the nations running unopposed for seats on the Human Rights Council, the U.N.'s highest rights watchdog body, a prospect that has upset independent human rights groups. The General Assembly on Tuesday will elect 14 new members to the 47-seat, Geneva-based council, which can shine a spotlight of publicity and censure on rights abuses by adopting resolutions — when it chooses to do so. It also has dozens of special monitors watching problem countries and major issues ranging from executions to drone strikes. New York-based Human Rights Watch pointed out...
  • The UnChristian Behavior of the World Council of Churches

    11/08/2013 12:39:40 AM PST · by Cincinatus' Wife · 4 replies
    American Thinker ^ | November 8, 2013 | Michael Curtis
    The World Council of Churches (WCC), the inter-Christian organization of mainstream Protestant churches, is at it again in its continuing campaign against Israel. In 2013, one of its units, the Palestine Israel Ecumenical Forum (PIEF), invited WCC member churches, faith-based communities, and civil society organizations working for justice, to join together for a week in a proclaimed World Week for Peace in Palestine Israel (WWPPI). The purpose was advocacy and action in support of an "end to the illegal occupation of Palestine and a just peace for all in Palestine and in Israel." Everyone with stakes in the Middle East,...
  • US to lose vote at UNESCO, incurs debts

    11/07/2013 2:43:54 PM PST · by Olog-hai · 11 replies
    Associated Press ^ | Nov 7, 2013 5:29 PM EST
    American influence in culture, science and education around the world is facing a high-profile blow Friday as the U.S. is stripped of its voting rights at the world's cultural agency, UNESCO. And it would cost the U.S. hundreds of millions of dollars to win this voice back. The U.S. hasn’t paid its dues to the Paris-based U.N. Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization in three years, in protest over the decision by world governments to make Palestine a UNESCO member in 2011. … The UNESCO tension has prompted new criticism of U.S. laws that force an automatic funding cutoff for any...
  • US Gives $75M in aid to Palestine

    11/06/2013 4:04:24 AM PST · by Netz · 18 replies
    Belfast Telegraph ^ | November 6, 2013 | Belfast Telegraph
    US Secretary of State John Kerry says the United States will provide an additional $75 million (Ł46 million) in aid to create Palestinian jobs and help them improve roads, schools and other infrastructure. US officials say the aid is designed to boost Palestinian public support for faltering peace talks with Israel by showing them tangible benefits from the process. Kerry announced the aid in Bethlehem, where he is meeting Palestinian leader Mahmoud Abbas. Kerry earlier met with Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu in Jerusalem. The new aid brings the US contribution to a Palestinian infrastructure programme to $100 million (Ł62...
  • Israel to free next 26 Palestinian prisoners under deal

    10/28/2013 6:39:13 AM PDT · by haffast · 2 replies
    BBC ^ | 27 October 2013 Last updated at 20:26 ET | BBC
    The Israeli government has approved the release of another 26 Palestinian prisoners as part of a US-brokered deal for the resumption of peace talks. They will be the second round of prisoners to be freed since August. A statement from the Israeli prime minister's office said the inmates had all been jailed for violence committed before the 1993 Oslo accords. Israeli and Palestinian representatives began direct talks in Jerusalem in August after a three-year hiatus. As part of the process, Israel has agreed to release 104 long-serving Palestinian prisoners. Behind bars The names of the latest group of detainees set...
  • MBTA restores ads critical of Israel

    10/26/2013 12:57:38 PM PDT · by ConservativeStatement · 14 replies
    Boston Globe ^ | October 26, 2013 | By Lisa Wangsness and Martine Powers
    The Massachusetts Bay Transportation Authority said Friday it would restore advertisements criticizing Israel that had been removed after a rash of complaints from the public. The ads, which appeared throughout the transit system, depict four maps that purport to show “the Palestinian loss of land” to Israel between 1946 and 2010. Text alongside the maps says: “4.7 million Palestinians are Classified by the UN as Refugees.”
  • Statue of Christ Installed on Top of Mountain in Syria

    10/18/2013 5:53:12 AM PDT · by marshmallow · 11 replies
    Interfax ^ | 10/17/13
    Moscow, October 17, Interfax - A sculpture ensemble depicting Jesus Christ called 'I have come to save the world' has been erected on top of a 2,000-meter high mountain in Syria. The statue has been placed on a historic pilgrim route from Constantinople to Jerusalem, at the Cherubim Monastery in the community of Saidnaya at an altitude of 2,100 meters above sea level, the Moscow Spiritual Academy, which supported this peacekeeping project, said in a statement. "The ensemble with the blessing Christ in its center, seen from Lebanon, Jordan, Palestine and Israel, is designed to bring peace, mutual understanding, and...
  • Palestinian President to Pope: I hope to sign a peace agreement with Israel

    10/17/2013 1:47:23 PM PDT · by NYer · 23 replies
    Rome Reports ^ | October 17, 2013
    Pope Francis shakes hands with Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas (L) during a private audience in the pontiff library at the Vatican, October 17, 2013. Abbas on Thursday invited Pope Francis to visit the Holy Land, matching an invitation from Israel. REUTERS/Osservatore Romano October 17, 2013. (Romereports.com) Surrounded by Swiss Guards, the president of the State of Palestine, walked inside the Vatican's Apostolic Palace. The cameras started flickering away when Mahmoud Abbas walked in. With the help of a translator, he introduced himself to Pope Francis.   MAHMOUD ABBASPresident, State of Palestine“I'm very happy to meet you for the very first time...
  • PM headed to Rome for meetings with pope, John Kerry (Netanyahu - Israel)

    10/16/2013 7:27:43 PM PDT · by haffast · 5 replies
    Times of Israel ^ | October 16, 2013, 9:45 pm | Raphael Ahren
    Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu is set to meet Pope Francis and US Secretary of State John Kerry in Italy next week. Netanyahu will meet Francis in the Vatican Wednesday, ahead of the pontiff’s expected visit to Israel next year. In Rome, the prime minister will meet with Kerry to discuss the current nuclear negotiations between six world powers on Iran, and the peace process with the Palestinians, according to a statement from the Prime Minister’s Office. The first round of renewed nuclear negotiations between the so-called P5+1 powers and the Islamic Republic concluded Wednesday with cautious optimism from both sides....
  • 90 years ago today, 78% of 'Palestine' was given to the Hashemites

    09/28/2013 11:56:28 PM PDT · by Nachum · 5 replies
    Israel Matzav ^ | 9/29/13
    90 years ago today, the League of Nations approved the British Mandate for 'Palestine.' As part of that approval, 78% of the country's territory was turned over to Britain's ally, the Hashemite family of Jordan. The British Mandate for Palestine, or simply the Mandate for Palestine, was a legal commission for the administration of the territory that had formerly constituted the Ottoman Sanjaks of Nablus, Acre, the Southern portion of the Beirut Vilayet, and the Mutasarrifate of Jerusalem, prior to the Armistice of Mudros. The draft of the Mandate was formally confirmed by the Council of the League of...
  • Joint statement on latest talks between Holy See and Palestine

    09/26/2013 7:40:02 PM PDT · by haffast · 1 replies
    Vatican Radio ^ | 2013-09-26 17:05:24 | Vatican Radio
    (Vatican Radio) The following is a joint statement of the Bilateral Commission of the Holy See and the State of Palestine at the conclusion of their plenary meeting on 26th September 2013. "On 26 September 2013, the Bilateral Commission of the Holy See and the State of Palestine, which is working on a Global Agreement following on the Basic Agreement, which was signed on 15 February 2000, held a Plenary Session in the Vatican to acknowledge the work done at an informal level by the joint technical group following the last official meeting held in Ramallah at the Ministry of...