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Sunday, December 10, 2017



Egypt's el Fagr reports that an Alexandria lawyer and coordinator of the Revolutionary Lawyers Movement, Sherif Jadallah, has filed a complaint with the Attar District Court demanding the banning of any Jew from entering the Great Synagogue in Alexandria and allowing Muslims to perform the five daily prayers inside the synagogue.

Jadallah says this has nothing to do with the US recognizing Jerusalem as Israel's capital. Instead, he claims it is a response to Israel banning Muslims from the Al aqsa Mosque for a few days earlier this year after three terrorists used it as a base to murder Jews.

"The Jewish religious intransigence and persecution of Muslims must be met with a clear popular legal response to the prohibition of Jewish religious rituals and to allow us to perform Islamic religious rites within their Jewish temples," Jadallah said, in accordance with what he laughably called a principle in international law called "reciprocity."

The lawyer is targeting December 29th to ban Jewish worship in the synagogue and allow Muslims to take it over.

Now that there are nearly no Jews in Egypt, the country has been spending money to restore their old synagogues - for tourists, but not for prayer.

I'm sure that Muslims who claim that they have nothing against Jews will write irate articles about this in the Arabic press.




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From Ian:

Eugene Kontorovich: Unsettled: A Global Study Of Settlements In Occupied Territories
Legal discussions of Article 49(6), however, are almost invariably centered on the Israeli case,1 and do not examine its potential applicability elsewhere.2 For example, the International Committee of the Red Cross’s (ICRC) (2016, VI–VII) influential Study on Customary International Humanitarian Law lists 107 instances of national and UN practice applying or interpreting the prohibition, and all but two relate to Israel.3

As a result, our understanding of Article 49(6) remains thin and lacking; the interpretation of it comes from a single case, rather than from systematic evidence of state practice. One can draw an infinite number of lines through a point. Studying all the available data however—i.e., all settlement practices elsewhere—can provide greater meaning and definition to the rule, or at least address some of the many questions about its meaning.

This article examines every occupation since the adoption of the Geneva Conventions that involve the movement of civilian population into belligerently occupied territory. Eight such situations were identified. No previous work has examined them together. Indeed, for several of the situations, there has been no prior academic work on the relevant settlement policy. Thus, one of the additional contributions of this article is the first scholarly examination of Russian and Armenian occupation practices in light of international law.

The state practice of the occupying powers in these other situations, as well as the international reaction to them, forms a remarkably consistent pattern. This pattern is contrary to, or at least in substantial tension with, hypotheses about Article 49(6) generated solely based on the Arab–Israeli situation. Thus, since the conventional understanding of Article 49(6) has been based almost entirely on the Israeli example,4 this article shows that it requires a fundamental reexamination.

While the study of state practice cannot precisely define the scope of Article 49(6) liability, it does show that standard discussions of the norm define the prohibited conduct far too broadly. In particular, there is no support in state practice for the notion that mere facilitation or accommodation of settlement activity violates the norm, or that there is any duty to prevent, obstruct, or discourage settlement activity.

Douglas Murray: Are racist chants now acceptable on the British left?
On Friday the Guardian columnist and Corbyn-supporter Owen Jones sent out this Tweet to his followers:
Owen Jones @OwenJones84
Palestinians urgently need our solidarity. Join me protesting Trump’s Jerusalem speech outside London’s US Embassy *tonight* >> 12:22 AM - Dec 9, 2017
As a video of the resulting demonstration shows, the crowd outside the embassy loudly chanted (among other things) ‘Khaybar Khaybar, ya yahud, Jaish Muhammad, sa yahud’. This is a famous Islamic battle-cry which might be translated, ‘Jews, remember Khaybar, the army of Muhammad is returning.’

The battle of Khaybar relates to a 7th century attack on a Jewish community by the armies of Mohammed.

Now two obvious questions arise. Why might this battle cry have been used on Friday night outside the American embassy in London? And are racist chants of this kind now acceptable on the British left?



Security guard seriously wounded in Jerusalem terror stabbing
A Palestinian terrorist stabbed a security guard in the chest, seriously wounding him, at the entrance to the Jerusalem Central Bus Station on Sunday, before being tackled by police and a passerby, officials said,

Graphic video footage from the scene showed the terrorist slowly handing his belongings to the security guard, who was checking travelers at the door to the station, before suddenly taking out a knife and plunging it into the guard’s chest.

The terrorist then tried to flee the scene, but a police officer and civilians chased after him and tackled him to the ground. Police denied media reports that the terrorist had been shot or killed. He was taken into custody for further questioning.

Medics from the Magen David Adom ambulance service said they tried to stop the bleeding and applied bandages during the five-minute ambulance ride to the hospital.

The victim, 46, was taken to the capital’s Shaare Zedek Medical Center for treatment where doctors were battling to stabilize his condition and save his life, said Dr. Ofer Merrin, the head of trauma center.

“The knife, unfortunately, hit his heart. His condition has stabilized, but I cannot say that there’s not threat to his life because, like I said, he’s in serious condition,” the doctor said, adding that he was unconscious and connected to a respirator.
Facebook posts show Jerusalem terrorist was angry over Trump declaration
A Palestinian who stabbed a security guard in the chest, seriously wounding him, at the entrance to the Jerusalem Central Bus Station on Sunday carried out the attack out of anger about the fate of Jerusalem, his Facebook posts show.

Doctors were fighting to save the victim’s life throughout Sunday afternoon and evening.

As of Sunday evening, Israeli security forces had not named the terrorist, who was tackled and arrested by police. However, Palestinian media identified him as 24-year-old Yasin Abu al-Qur’a from Talluza, near Nablus.

“In your path, O homeland, O Jerusalem, O Al Aqsa, our blood is cheap,” he wrote in his final Facebook post, some 16 hours before carrying out the terror attack.

The post started with a well-known chant used by Palestinians protesting events in Jerusalem.

“For the sake of Allah we have risen, our demand is to raise the flag, so our religion may once again be sublime, and the Al-Aqsa Mosque will again be glorious,” he wrote, referring to the Al Aqsa Mosque on the Temple Mount in Jerusalem.
Gaza rocket strikes kindergarten in southern Israel
A rocket fired by Gaza Strip-based terrorists hit a kindergarten in the southern city of Sderot on Friday. This was the first time in over 18 months that the city was hit by projectiles fired from the coastal enclave.

Three sirens rattled southern Israel on Friday evening, at 6:05 p.m., 7:09 p.m. and 9:55 p.m., alerting residents to incoming rocket fire.

The IDF said all three rockets appeared to have been aimed at Sderot. The first projectile was intercepted by the Iron Dome defense system deployed in the area. It is believed the second rocket hit an open area in the Shaar Hanegev Regional Council. The third rocket apparently hit the yard of the kindergarten and also caused some damage to the building.

Magen David Adom emergency services reported that one woman suffered shock over the sirens and needed medical attention.

Security forces canvassing the city on Saturday morning recovered the rocket that hit the kindergarten.

An IDF official said that while the military believes it was rogue terrorist organizations that carried out the attack, Israel still holds Hamas, the organization that rules Gaza, responsible for the incident.

"This was a very serious incident. We hold Hamas solely responsible for what transpires in Gaza," the official said.
IDF Blog: IDF Discovers and Demolishes Hamas Terror Tunnel
Earlier today, the IDF discovered, exposed, and demolished a terror tunnel that crossed into Israeli territory from central Gaza. Based on the amount of detail within the tunnel, including electricity, it was clear that this specific tunnel was substantial for the Hamas terrorist organization.

The IDF used a new system in order to discover and demolish the tunnel. The system was developed as part of a long-term plan and a joint effort among combat, logistics, intelligence, and research units within the IDF.

“We see this as a severe violation of Israeli sovereignty and we hold the Hamas terror organization responsible,” said Lt. Col. Jonathan Conricus. The IDF will continue to discover and destroy the tunnels in order to defend and protect Israeli civilians and has no interest in escalating the situation.

IDF general warns Hamas: ‘Tunnels are a death trap for you’
Southern Command chief's warning comes after army destroys terror group's tunnel, using new technology the military says might end the subterranean threat

The head of the IDF Southern Command warned Hamas terrorists that border-crossing attack tunnels were “a death trap for you,” in a video released Sunday after the military said it destroyed one such tunnel.

“Any tunnel that is discovered will be destroyed. We won’t hesitate to act in order to defend Israeli civilians,” said Maj. Gen. Eyal Zamir.

Zamir accused Hamas of “serially violating Israeli sovereignty,” and warned that continuing to do so risked “escalation” and threatened the Gaza Strip’s civilian population.

Addressing Hamas operatives, the general added: “I’ve warned the enemy and I’ll warn them again: Anyone who goes into a tunnel, endangers himself. These terror tunnels are a death trap for you.”

The general said that Israeli soldiers had entered deep into the tunnel, which stretched more than a kilometer from the Gaza Strip into Israeli territory.
Newsflash: Jerusalem Not on Fire!
In the past few days, we have seen wild exaggeration in the media as to what is really happening in and around the Old City of Jerusalem. What is evident, however, is that the number of journalists and photographers covering the protests in the city has thus far exceeded the number of Palestinian protesters.

Let us start with Friday, December 8, the final day of the announced Palestinian "rage." The Palestinian Authority, Hamas and other Palestinian groups told us to expect mass rallies and protests after Friday prayers at the Al-Aqsa mosque compound. So did the reporters.

By early morning, at least six television production trucks were stationed in the small parking lot outside the Damascus Gate, the main entrance to the Old City of Jerusalem. The trucks belonged to various television stations were presumably brought there to film live broadcasts of the anticipated mass protests. Another 70-80 journalists and photographers were waiting, some impatiently, for the Muslim worshippers to finish their prayers and start their protests against President Trump's announcement.

What we got in the end was a small and peaceful protest of some 40 Palestinians, who chanted slogans against Israel, the US and Arab leaders -- including Palestinian Authority (PA) President Mahmoud Abbas, who was dubbed a "traitor" and "Israeli spy."

Björn Stritzel, an honest and brave German journalist, tweeted from the scene: "More journalists than protesters after Friday prayers."

The media frenzy was echoed by several other reporters. "Three days of 'rage' have passed since Trump's Jerusalem declaration and Armageddon hasn't arrived," remarked journalist Oren Kessler. "One is loath to make predictions of continued calm in the region, but thus far the doomsday prophecies have not materialized."
IDF accuses Palestinians of using ambulance as shield for rock throwing
The Israel Defense Forces accused Palestinian protesters of using an ambulance as a human shield during a violent demonstration in Ramallah on Saturday.

According to the military, the Palestinian rioters hid behind the ambulance as they believed it would prevent the soldiers from retaliating.

“The rioters knew that security forces in the field would not employ riot dispersal tactics against an ambulance, and they used it to harm the forces while shielding themselves,” the army said in a statement.

Photographs released by the military showed Palestinians on at least two occasions throwing rocks while standing behind an ambulance. The Times of Israel could not independently verify where and when the pictures were taken.

Trump's decision on Jerusalem shatters the Palestinian old guard
For more than 20 years, Saeb Erekat, the Palestinian’s chief peace negotiator, has chased the dream of a two-state solution and the hope of an independent Palestinian state.

He followed it to the White House under four different US presidents, haggled over it in secret and public negotiations with hard faced Israeli negotiators, and defended it against sceptical Palestinians on the streets of Jericho.

But in the minutes after Donald Trump’s announcement that the US was recognising Jerusalem as Israel’s capital, Mr Erekat stood in front of the television cameras and concluded that his dream of two decades was finally dead.

“Unfortunately, President Trump just destroyed any possibility of two states,” he said in a quivering voice.

The US decision on Jerusalem has shattered Mr Erekat and other members of the Palestinian leadership’s old guard, leaving them reeling and uncertain of where to try to lead their people next.

A generation of heavyset, elderly men in suits - led by their 82-year-old president Mahmoud Abbas - had for years set the idea of a two-state solution as their north star.

They ignored calls for violence from the street and rejected plans to promote a South Africa-style international boycott against Israel. They clung to the belief that if they cooperated with the US and stayed at the negotiating table then one day the Americans would pressure Israel into allowing a Palestinian state with east Jerusalem as its capital.

And then, in a speech of just 11 minutes, Donald Trump snatched that belief from them.

“Abbas is facing something like a day reckoning. He has got nothing to show for his 25 years of negotiation,” said Diana Buttu, a Palestinian lawyer who was once Mr Abbas’s legal advisor.
Truman, Kennedy and Trump
U.S. President Donald Trump's precedent-setting decision to recognize Jerusalem as the capital of Israel catapulted him onto the very short list of American presidents who made groundbreaking decisions on Israel, undeterred by the staunch objection of senior administration members and bureaucrats.

Former President Harry Truman, for example, ignored the position of his entire government, which was absolutely opposed to the U.S. supporting the establishment of Israel. Truman recognized Israel on a de facto basis as soon as it was founded, on May 14, 1948. He did so despite the fact that his famous secretary of state, George Marshall, and Director of Policy Planning George Kennan, one of the greatest American diplomats of the 20th century – not to mention Defense Secretary James Forrestal – comprised a powerful bloc of internal opposition to the move. The same was true when President John F. Kennedy decided to supply Israel with Hawk surface-to-air missiles in August 1962 despite Secretary of State Dean Rusk's valiant attempts to stop him from doing so.

The same can be said of Trump, who decided to go against the recommendation of Secretary of State Rex Tillerson and Defense Secretary James Mattis to keep the status quo on Jerusalem in place. In all of these cases, U.S. presidents proved their ability to throw off rigid, ingrained thinking and reshape reality despite the demands and obstacles at home and abroad.

Yisrael Medad: Eight Points on Jerusalem
Let's be concise:
1. No other people or nation has ever considered Jerusalem their capital city except the Jews.

2. The city is Jewish-connected for over 3000 years. In ancient history, all the foreign nations recognized that.

3. That Jewish connection is historical, religious, cultural and legal. There is a Biblical commandment to make a pilgrimage to the city.

4. The city was never divided - except under an illegal Jordanian occupation (which no one really complained about, oddly) and then for but 19 years. An "Arab East Jerusalem" is a fiction.

5. Despite a loss of political independence, Jews always either lived in the city whenever possible despite decrees banning such a presence or at least visited it.

6. By 1860, the city's majority population was Jewish.

7. Every facet of Jewish life, every central event is connected to Jerusalem, from weddings to Passover seders.

8. Even the infamous internationalization plan in the Partition recommendation of 1947 stipulated that after ten years, a referendum would take place so that the city's populace could decide to belong to the Arab or the Jewish state.
David Singer: Media Falsely Discredit Trump as He Confronts UN on Jerusalem
The media has discredited President Trump’s decision to recognize Jerusalem as Israel’s capital – falsely claiming the president has reversed nearly seven decades of American foreign policy. Trump’s decision has pitted America squarely against the United Nations.

The New York Times led the pack declaring:
“President Trump on Wednesday formally recognized Jerusalem as the capital of Israel, reversing nearly seven decades of American foreign policy …”

Australia’s publicly-funded national broadcaster – the ABC – followed suit with this headline:
“Donald Trump recognises Jerusalem as Israel's capital, in reversal of decades of policy”

News outlets including Reuters, Financial Times, Iraqinews, Gulfnews, and Today parroted this false claim.

America’s policy on Jerusalem is actually laid out in “The Jerusalem Embassy Act 1995 (Act)” passed by the Senate (93–5) and the House (374–37) on 24 October 1995 – specifically highlighted by Trump when announcing his decision:
Palestinians pushing for UNSC resolution on Jerusalem
The Palestinians are pushing for a UN Security Council resolution demanding that the US rescind its declaration that Jerusalem is Israel’s capital.

Fourteen of the council’s 15 members condemned the move in an emergency meeting in New York on Friday, which was also attended by Israeli Ambassador to the UN Danny Danon and PLO Ambassador to the UN Riyad Mansour.

“We will come back to the Security Council,” Mansour said.

Movement on a Jerusalem resolution will be taken after Saturday’s meeting of the Arab League in Cairo and Wednesday’s summit of the Organization of Islamic Cooperation in Turkey, he said.

The Palestinians plan to ask the Security Council to reaffirm past resolutions against Israeli sovereignty in Jerusalem and to demand that the US rescind its statement.

“We are satisfied that there are 14 countries in the Security Council that are defending international law, defending Security Council resolutions as they relate to Jerusalem and rejecting the unilateral, illegal decisions by President Trump two days ago,” Mansour said.

The matter is likely to return soon to the Security Council, Russia’s permanent representative to the UN Vasily Nebenzya told the Russian news agency TASS.

Passage of a resolution would be difficult, however, given that the US is one of five council members with veto power.

EU’s anti-Israel stance on Jerusalem is ‘cowardice,’ Czech president says
The European Union is afraid to stand with Israel, Czech Republic President Milos Zeman said, after EU policy chief Federica Mogherini condemned the US declaration recognizing Jerusalem as Israel’s capital.

“The European Union, cowards, are doing all they can so a pro-Palestinian terrorist movement can have supremacy over a pro-Israeli movement,” Zeman said, according to the AFP news agency.

He spoke Saturday at an event of the far-right Freedom and Direct Democracy Party.

Zeman and the Czech Republic are known for their strong support of Israel. Immediately after Trump’s speech on Wednesday, the Czech Foreign Ministry announced its recognition of west Jerusalem as the capital of Israel.

In September, Zeman also spoke of international cowardice regarding Israel and cited as an example the refusal by almost all the world’s nations to recognize Israel as a Jewish state or acknowledge Jerusalem as its capital.

He went even further during a speech in New York given at an event sponsored by the The Algemeiner newspaper, in which he called for all embassies in Tel Aviv to be moved to Jerusalem.
PM says Erdogan bombs villages and helps terrorists ‘kill innocent people’
Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu on Sunday said Turkey’s president was a brutal dictator who supports Palestinian terrorist groups in their efforts to “kill innocent people,” as a war of words heated up between Israel and Turkey over US President Donald Trump’s recognition of Jerusalem.

“I am not used to receiving lectures about morality from a leader who bombs Kurdish villagers in his native Turkey, who jails journalists, who helps Iran get around international sanctions, and who helps terrorists, including in Gaza, kill innocent people,” said Netanyahu.

“That is not the man who is going to lecture us,” Netanyahu said at a press conference with French President Emmanuel Macron in Paris.

Israel has long pressed Turkey to end its support for Hamas and not allow Hamas members to live in Turkey.

Netanyahu’s comments came after Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan vowed to use “all means to fight” against the US recognition of Jerusalem as the country’s capital.

“Palestine is an innocent victim… As for Israel, it is a terrorist state, yes, terrorist!” Erdogan said. “We will not abandon Jerusalem to the mercy of a state that kills children.”

The Turkish leader has employed sharp rhetoric against Israel almost daily in the wake of Trump officially recognizing Jerusalem as the capital of Israel.
Lebanon quells riot, arrests protesters at US embassy in Beirut
Lebanese security forces fired tear gas and water cannons on Sunday at demonstrators near the US embassy as they protested Washington’s decision to recognize Jerusalem as the capital of Israel.

An AFP correspondent in Awkar outside the capital Beirut said several hundred pro-Palestinian demonstrators had gathered near the US embassy, located in the area.

They were blocked from reaching the complex by a metal gate sealing the road leading to the embassy, and security forces fired tear gas and water cannons to repel demonstrators who tried to open the gate by force.

Several people were injured by rocks, tear gas, and rubber bullets, the correspondent said.

There was no immediate comment from security forces.
Firebombs hurled at synagogue in Sweden after protest march over Jerusalem
More than a dozen men hurled firebombs at a synagogue in Gothenburg in southern Sweden hours after locals marched in the city against the United States’ recognition of Jerusalem as Israel’s capital.

No one was injured in the attack Saturday night, which ended without injury, the online edition of the Expressen daily reported.

Dvir Maoz, the World Bnei Akiva youth movement’s emissary in Gothenburg, told JTA that the attack happened a little after 10 p.m. local time while youths from the Jewish community were attending a party inside the synagogue complex.

Looking outside from inside the synagogue lobby area, he said he saw in the corner of his eye “a ball of fire” approaching the building. “The guards saw it in the security cameras and called police right away. The children were stressed, it was the first time they had ever experienced a terrorist attack near them.”

The children’s parents were called to take them home after police arrived at the scene and scanned the area to make sure it was safe to come out, Maoz said. The culprits had already left by the time police arrived. The building did not sustain any substantial damage that he could see, he added.
Swedish foreign minister condemns firebombing of synagogue
Swedish Foreign Minister Margot Wallstrom on Sunday condemned the firebombing of a synagogue in Gothenburg the day before, and calls in Malmo for violence against Jews, saying anti-Semitism had no place in Swedish society.

More than a dozen men hurled firebombs at the synagogue in the southern Sweden city, hours after locals marched there against the United States’ recognition of Jerusalem as Israel’s capital.

No one was injured and there was no major damage to property in the attack Saturday night, the online edition of the Expressen daily reported.

“The attack against the Synagogue in Gothenburg and calls for violence against Jews in Malmo are deplorable and totally unacceptable,” Wallstrom tweeted. “Anti-Semitism, threats and violence have no place in our society.”

Wallstrom has in the past had been snubbed by Israeli officials over various controversial comments she made, including a demand that Israelis be investigated for alleged extrajudicial killings of Palestinians.
3 arrested over attempted arson at Swedish synagogue
Police in Sweden on Sunday arrested three people over a failed arson attempt at a synagogue in the country’s second largest city, Gothenburg.

The three were detained on suspicion of attempted arson, police said in a statement, after a burning object was thrown at the building but did not catch fire late on Saturday night.

Jewish community members told local media the synagogue was attacked by a group of masked men who threw multiple burning objects.

Some 20 youngsters briefly took shelter in a cellar during the attack, they added, but no one was injured.

“Events over the last few days between Trump and Israel and the unrest between Israel and Palestine, those things always lead to heightened threats,” Jewish community leader Allan Stutzinsky told the daily GT newspaper.
Anti-Semitic chants heard at Malmö demonstration
Anti-Semitic slogans as well as angry protests against Arab leaders were heard as around 200 hundred people demonstrated in Malmö on Friday.

The demonstration took place in reaction to US president Donald Trump’s decision to move the American embassy from Tel Aviv to Jerusalem and recognise the latter city as the Israeli capital.

“We take this kind of thing seriously in general. It could be an incitement for people to commit crimes,” police communications officer Calle Persson told TT.

Demonstrators shouted “we want our freedom back and we’re going to shoot the Jews”, among other slogans, according to a report by Sveriges Radio.

Protests in Malmö began spontaneously on both Thursday and Friday evening, according to a number of people who spoke to the radio station.
French Antifa: 'Palestine is from the Jordan river to the sea'
The Paris branch of the radical left Antifa (Antifascist Action) organization called for Israel’s destruction and for violent protests in that city against the United States’ recognition of Jerusalem as Israel’s capital.

The call to arms by an organization which has resorted to violence in the past, came on Friday amid rioting in Israel in which at least six policemen were injured over US President Donald Trump’s declaration on Jerusalem Wednesday night.

Israel Defense Forces troops and Border Police officers confronted the rioters in multiple locales in the Judea and Samaria, using crowd dispersal means on them, the IDF Spokesperson Unit said.

Noting that CRIF, the umbrella group of French Jewish communities “is asking President Emmanuel Macron to also recognize Jerusalem as Israel’s capital, we can strike a blow against the imperialist West from within the belly of the beast,” the Paris Antifa group wrote in a call on Facebook inviting supporters to a demonstration at Republique square on Saturday “against the colonization of Jerusalem.”

The invitation ended with the words: “Al Quds belongs to the Palestinians, Palestine stretches from the sea to the Jordan River.”
North Korea condemns Trump announcement on Jerusalem
North Korea has lambasted US President Donald Trump for recognizing Jerusalem as Israel's capital, renewing its description of him as a "dotard" in a statement released Saturday on state media.

Trump and North Korea's leader Kim Jong-Un have traded threats of war and personal insults in recent months as tensions remain high over the North's missile and nuclear threats.

Now the hermit state has joined near-universal condemnation of the US president's decision on Jerusalem, calling it a "reckless, wicked act".

"Considering the fact that the mentally deranged dotard openly called for a total destruction of a sovereign state at the UN, this action is not so surprising", a foreign ministry spokesman was quoted as saying by the state-run KCNA news agency.

"But this move clearly shows to the whole world who is the destroyer of world peace and security, pariah and rogue in the international community", he said, using epithets usually reserved for the North.
Thousands of Indonesians rally at US embassy over Jerusalem
About 10,000 people rallied Sunday outside the US embassy in the Indonesian capital of Jakarta to denounce US President Donald Trump’s decision to recognize Jerusalem as Israel’s capital.

Similar protests, mostly organized by the Islamist Prosperous Justice Party, or PKS, also were held in many other cities in Indonesia, the world’s most populous Muslim country.

The protests were the third and biggest in Indonesia since Trump’s decision on Wednesday.

In the capital, protesters carried banners reading “US Embassy, Get Out from Al Quds,” “Free Jerusalem and Palestinians” and “We are with the Palestinians.” Al-Quds is the Arabic name for Jerusalem.

Wearing traditional Islamic white robes, the protesters also unfurled Indonesian and Palestinian flags.

A written statement from PKS described Trump’s decision as “a form of humiliation and provocation against Muslims all over the world.”

It said similar and simultaneous protests were held Sunday in at least 10 provincial capitals and cities across Indonesia.

Earlier in the day, another group, calling itself Indonesia’s Volunteers Society, held a similar rally in Jakarta, hundreds of meters from the embassy.

Indonesian President Joko “Jokowi” Widodo has strongly condemned Trump’s move, which he described as a violation of UN resolutions.

Indonesia has long been a strong supporter of Palestinians and has no diplomatic ties with Israel.
CAMERA Prompts Independent Correction on Legality of Occupation
After communication with CAMERA staff, the Independent amended an article that had wrongly claimed the international community views Israel's "occupation" of eastern Jerusalem as "illegal."

The Dec. 1 story, "Donald Trump expected to declare Jerusalem the capital of Israel on Wednesday," had claimed,
Israel’s annexation of East Jerusalem in 1967 and subsequent occupation of the area is still considered illegal by the United Nations.

The current version, revised as of Dec. 8, omits the charge about the occupation:
Israel’s annexation of East Jerusalem in 1967 and the subsequent establishment of settlements is still considered illegal by the United Nations.

The Independent did not alert readers to the revision, though most journalistic guidelines call for such a notification.
Israel to Move Its Embassy from Washington to Mar-A-Lago (satire)
In a reciprocal gesture following the US president’s decision to move its embassy in Israel to Jerusalem, Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu announced that his own country’s US embassy will be moved from Washington DC to Mar-a-Lago.

The move will bring Israeli diplomats closer to Donald Trump’s “Winter White House,” a Trump-owned Florida resort where the president enjoys meeting with foreign officials.

“Just as Jerusalem is the eternal home of the Jewish people, there is no place that more embodies the American spirit than Florida,” Netanyahu declared. “Our recognition of Palm Beach County as the US capital is long overdue.”

Israeli officials confirmed that the move was made mainly to thank Trump, who prefers the mansion over his residence in Washington DC, for recognizing Jerusalem as Israel’s capital. But other factors were at play, diplomats told The Mideast Beast.
PM due at EU headquarters for 1st visit by Israeli premier in 22 years
Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu departed Saturday night for a three-day visit to Europe. Netanyahu is slated to visit Paris and meet with French President Emmanuel Macron as well as the European Union headquarters in Brussels, Belgium.

Netanyahu will be the first Israeli prime minister to visit the EU headquarters in 22 years.

"In Paris I will meet with my friend, French President Emmanuel Macron. I will then hold an important meeting in Brussels with European foreign ministers," Netanyahu told reporters upon his departure.

Hundreds of protesters gathered in central Paris on Saturday to denounce Netanyahu's visit following U.S. President Donald Trump's speech last week recognizing Jerusalem as the capital of Israel.

Macron, who had criticized Trump's decision on Jerusalem, is set to host Netanyahu for a working lunch on Sunday.
Anti-Israel discourse in Germany a 'disgrace,' lawmaker says
European Parliament lawmaker Marcus Pretzell, 44, used to believe that anti-Semitism was a thing of the past. Like many German citizens, he would turn up his nose every time someone brought up the issue. Three years ago, when he began serving in the EU Parliament, he realized how wrong he had been.

Shortly after he was elected to the EU Parliament, Pretzell quickly identified an anti-Israel and even anti-Semitic atmosphere that prevailed in the corridors of EU institutions and in parliamentary meetings.

"The farther left you go among delegates to the parliament, the harder it is for those delegates to hide their anti-Semitic and anti-Israeli facades," Pretzell told Israel Hayom.

"Almost all the factions in parliament have adopted a unilateral position condemning [Israeli] settlements, and they completely neglect what is happening on the Palestinian side – the attacks on the law and on rights that are being carried out with European funding," he said.

According to Pretzell, the matter of the Israeli-Palestinian peace process is once again under discussion.

"Every time an attempt to revive the peace process fails, Israel is blamed. There is also an adherence to the idea of the two-state solution, even though it's completely clear that the second country [the Palestinian Authority] wants to make Israel disappear.
Germany presses Kuwait Airways for shunning Israeli passengers
A German government minister has suggested holding talks with Kuwait over its national airline's refusal to transport Israeli citizens, which he says is "fundamentally unacceptable."

German Transport Ministry spokesman Martin Susteck said Friday the acting transport minister, Christian Schmidt, criticized the practice in a letter to Kuwait Airways.

The letter follows a German court ruling last month, which asserted that the airline had the right to refuse to carry an Israeli passenger due to his nationality, a verdict that Jewish groups said condoned anti-Semitism.

The Kuwaiti airline had argued that it would face legal repercussions at home in Kuwait if it violated a ban on transporting Israeli citizens.

Several German politicians, including Schmidt, voiced their condemnation of the decision shortly after the ruling.

Last month Schmidt told Germany's Bild that it was not acceptable to discriminate against airline passengers because of their nationality, and said the German government would address the matter with the Kuwaiti government.
Anti-Semitic Rutgers professor to be disciplined
Rutgers University's Professor Michael Chikindas will be disciplined for anti-Semitic remarks made earlier this year on social media, The Jewish Link reported.

In a letter to faculty members, Rutgers University's President Robert Barchi and Chancellor Deba Dutta wrote that Chikindas "was found to have posted extensive bigoted, discriminatory, and anti-Semitic material on social media."

"This material perpetuated toxic stereotypes and was deeply upsetting to Jewish students, faculty, and staff across our community. The fears and concerns they have expressed to us and many university leaders are both justified and understandable," they wrote.

"This has been a sad and deeply troubling situation for our students and our staff, and for our faculty, who stand for much nobler values than those expressed by this particular professor. While the university is and should always be a place that challenges students to grapple with complex and even controversial ideas, this situation has threatened the trust between professors and students that is a prerequisite to learning."
For the first time this year, BBC reports Gaza rocket attacks on Israeli civilians
The report did not clarify that the two people killed were Hamas operatives and readers saw no reporting from the town of Sderot other than the statement “[n]o casualties were reported” that appeared later in the article.

The rest of the report related to additional incidents of Palestinian violence and demonstrations further afield, with now standard BBC messaging on “settlements” in Jerusalem and “international law” promoted towards its end. Readers also found a recycled euphemistic statement according to which:
“The last round of talks between Israel and the Palestinians broke down in 2014”

Visitors to the BBC Arabic website also found a report on the Israeli response to Friday’s missile attacks.

Given that the BBC’s English language services elected to completely ignore numerous separate incidents of missile attacks from the Gaza Strip earlier in the year, the question that inevitably arises is why the attacks on December 8th were treated differently.

It is of course difficult to avoid the conclusion that the novel display of BBC interest in this particular round of attacks from Gaza is linked to the fact that it can be framed as being connected to – or indeed ‘fallout’ from – the US president’s announcement concerning Jerusalem. The fact that the BBC refrained from informing its English-speaking audiences of all previous attacks this year obviously reinforces that erroneous narrative.
Once Again, Antisemitic Comment Appears as "Times Pick"
For the second time in four months, a blatantly antisemitic comment appears as a "Times Pick" in The New York Times comments section.

The latest case involves a comment which appears in response to Mark Landler's Dec. 6, 2017 article entitled "Trump Recognizes Jerusalem as Israel's Capital and Orders U.S. Embassy to Move." "James" of DC wrote on Dec. 6:
This announcement is going to isolate the United States and place its citizens at risk of terrorism and violence, both at home and when traveling abroad. All for what? A couple of super-rich individuals of Jewish descent who buy our politicians?

Accusing "super-rich Jews" of controlling the government by buying off politicians is a classic antisemitic trope. According to the State Department's definition of antisemitism, contemporary examples of antisemitism include:
Making mendacious, dehumanizing, demonizing, or stereotypical allegations about Jews as such or the power of Jews as a collective—especially but not exclusively, the myth about a world Jewish conspiracy or of Jews controlling the media, economy, government or other societal institutions.

How did this antisemitic comment warrant a Times Pick as opposed to automatic deletion for perpetuating centuries-old hatred?
PreOccupiedTerritory: Arabs Threaten Violence If Westerners Don’t Stop Stereotyping Arabs As Violent (satire)
Arab threats of violence in response to possible American recognition of this city as Israel’s capital has Arab leaders voicing resentment that Western media portray them as violent, local sources reported Wednesday.

Specific legal details remain unresolved, but US President Donald Trump declined to sign the six-month waiver to postpone the move of US Embassy from Tel Aviv to Jerusalem as per a 1995 law, leading to speculation that the administration will recognize Israel’s claim to the holy city as its capital. Whereas most countries refuse to acknowledge Israel’s claim and all foreign embassies are currently in Tel Aviv, the prospect of American recognition of Israel’s connection to Jerusalem has Arab leaders in the region and beyond threatening an explosion of violence and the effective end of any American-brokered peace effort between Palestinians and Israel. At the same time, the leaders take offense that they are depicted in Western media and politics as violent and given to threats of violence merely because they threaten or commit violence in response to developments they dislike.

“If the US recognizes Israel’s claims to Jerusalem that will mean the end of an honest role for the US in negotiations,” declared Palestinian official Saeb Erekat. “The Arab street will not tolerate such an affront to its honor once the signal is given from Arab governments to riot and to target American facilities or interests in the region. One-sided acceptance of Israeli claims and policies is an affront to Arab honor, as is the expectation that Arabs resort to violence or the threat thereof as a political or diplomatic tool. What a horrible bit of prejudice.”



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Those on the left side of American politics who were aghast at the idea of a US President moving the American Embassy to Jerusalem might be surprised to know that the idea that the US has the absolute right to do so was enunciated under the Carter administration.

UNSC 478 (1980) , along with condemning Israel for annexing Jerusalem, called upon "Those States that have established diplomatic missions at Jerusalem to withdraw such missions from the Holy City." 

Even though the US shamefully abstained from vetoing that anti-Israel resolution, US Secretary of State Edmund Muskie forcefully rejected the dictate from the UN:

[T]he Council calls upon those States that have established  diplomatic missions in Jerusalem to withdraw them from the Holy City. In our judgement this provision is not binding. It is without force. And we reject it as a disruptive attempt to dictate to other nations. it does nothing to promote a resolution of the difficult problems facing Israel and its neighbours. It does nothing to advance the cause of peace. 
So the US maintained the right, if it should ever want, to establish the US embassy in Jerusalem.

One other thing. During the debate on Friday, a number of ambassadors stressed that all countries withdrew their embassies from Jerusalem after the 1980 UNSC resolution, emphasizing how the US would now be breaking an international consensus.

But the language of UNSC 478 was not about embassies, but about any diplomatic missions.


 Belgium, in East Jerusalem
 France in West Jerusalem
 Greece in West Jerusalem
 Holy See (Apostolic Delegation to Jerusalem and Palestine) in East Jerusalem
 Italy, with seats in both East and West Jerusalem
 Spain, in East Jerusalem
 Sweden in East Jerusalem
 Turkey in East Jerusalem. 
 United Kingdom in East Jerusalem
 United States, in West Jerusalem

Many of these provide services for Palestinians, but UNSC 478 doesn't have an exception for those cases. It calls on any nation with diplomatic missions in Jerusalem to withdraw them. Period.

So when France, Sweden, the UK and others spoke at the Security Council on Friday and invoked UNSC 478 as a UN resolution that the US was breaking....they are breaking it, too. Every day.



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The extraordinary UN debate over The US recognition of Jerusalem was indeed extraordinary. Never has this council been convened over the actions of one state recognizing the capital of another, something with is in every other example in history a pretty benign decision.

But some of the speeches made at the debate indicate that the UN is still schizophrenic as to the actual legal status of Jerusalem.

When it comes to the areas to the east of the Green Line, it is considered "occupied Palestinian territory."

But when it comes to the west of the same line, it is still not considered Israeli. In that case it is "corpus separatum" - a completely separate territory that was envisioned as an international city under UNGA 181, which was never implemented.

So we saw the representative from Uruguay say "Yesterday a communiqué was issued by my government affirming our support to resolution 181 establishing a Jewish state with Jerusalem as corpus separatum."

And Sweden, which was one of the countries behind the special session, said "We requested this meeting, along with 7 others due to the repurcussions of the statement made by US president. We clearly disagree with the capital of Israel as Jerusalem and the move of the embassy. It contradicts international law; Jerusalem is a final status issue. Already in 1947, the UN attributed to Jerusalem a special legal and political status as corpus separatum.."

The representative from France said "France recognizes no sovereignty over Jerusalem."

And Nickolay Mladenov, UN Special Coordinator for the Middle East Peace Process, invoked UNGA 181 in his speech as well.

However, the other UNSC resolutions invoked over Jerusalem durign the debate - especially 252, 478 and 2334 - do not refer to UNGA 181, and are more concerned over territories liberated by Israel in 1967. No one seems to be considering those territories to be part of the "corpus separatum" that appears to animate the UN's insistence that even the western part of the city not be under Israeli sovereignty.

If all of Jerusalem was a corpus separatum, then Bethlehem and many other towns considered "Palestinian" would no longer be considered Palestinian at all, but all part of the international city envisioned by UNGA 181.Yet no one claims that Bethlehem is anything but "Palestinian," which itself if a peculiar legal status given that no one can point to any date when the land was legally recognized to be transferred from Jordanian control to Palestinian control.

We see here that even within the context of a single debate, the hypocrisy and latent antisemitism of the world community is exposed. If "east Jerusalem" is Palestinian than "west Jerusalem"is Israeli; if "west Jerusalem"is an international city than so is all of the area up through Bethlehem. But the UN and its members use literal doubletalk to avoid these contradictions.

There is only a single thread of consistency within these two definitions. One is designed to wrest control of the western side of the city from Jews, and the other designed to wrest control of the eastern part of the city from Jews.

After all, otherwise why would an embassy on the west side of the Green Line be cause for an extraordinary debate to begin with?

And once you understand that, everything else makes sense. Legal definitions and UN resolutions are simply fig leaves for the UN's and its member states' antisemitism.





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Saturday, December 9, 2017

There was an anti-Trump rally in Kuwait on Saturday organized by the Palestinian embassy there.

The speeches all had a similar theme.

The "Ambassador of the State of Palestine," Rami Tahboub, said that Jerusalem will remain an "Arab Christian Islamic" city and the capital of the eternal state of Palestine, and it is a red line.

The Ambassador of the Hashemite Kingdom of Jordan Saqr Abu Shattal  expressed Jordanian-Palestinian unity and their common interest  in protecting Islamic and Christian holy sites in Jerusalem.

The Secretary General of the Kuwaiti Democratic Forum, Bandar Al-Khairan, stressed the support of the Kuwaiti people to Palestine, and that Jerusalem is an Islamic Christian Arab city.

Spokeswoman Lulwa Mulla condemned the American decision, considered it null and void, and stressed that Jerusalem will remain a Muslim Arab Christian city.

When speaking in English, the Arab critics of Trump's move are careful to talk about the importance of Jerusalem to all three major monotheistic religions, and how Muslims and Jews lived in harmony in Palestine for centuries before Zionism, and other soothing liberal-sounding phrases.

But listen to them in Arabic and the idea that Jews have any connection or right to live in Jerusalem is simply not acceptable. It is an Islamic and Christian, and always Arab, city. 





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From Ian:

David Collier: Islamic war cries heard, as antisemitism runs free on the streets of London
The anti-Trump bandwagon
Everyone is also up in arms because the POTUS, Trump, was the one who made the declaration. Which creates a problem for the media outlets who see Trump as the devil incarnate. These people, who are convinced that everything Trump does is wrong, and about to cause World War 3, cannot support Trump even when he is right or tells the truth. An anti-Trump reflex came into play. Israel didn’t just suffer from those people who always hate Israel, it suffered because the only thing more hated by many European media outlets than Israel, is Donald Trump.

In effect, it left little motive in the media to try to act responsibly, or diffuse any anger, because a ‘spontaneous’ violent outburst would help ‘prove’ that Trump is a danger to world peace. Rather than run articles explaining that in effect, Trump had only pointed out that because everyone already acts as if Jerusalem is the capital, and because Israel has the right to name its own capital, surely it is better to recognise the reality, they chose to focus on and amplify the angry voices. Even some staunch Zionist outlets, failed to support the move, because it originated with Donald Trump.

The London demonstration
Across the world, over the last two days we have witnessed the usual mob gathering in cities to attack the ‘blatant provocation’. Absurdly pushing the idea that pointing out reality can somehow damage a peace process, that the Palestinians have been blowing up for decades. Last night, 8th December, there was one in London. It was called by groups like the Palestine Solidarity Campaign and Stop the War Coalition, and friends of Al Aqsa. It was also supported by organisations such as War on Want, Socialist Worker, and Jewish Voice for Labour.
Religious incitement and hate

The event itself was full of religious incitement and anti-Jewish hatred. The crowds were chanting anti-Jewish (not anti-Zionist) statements in Arabic. Calling for a war to free Al Aqsa, and reciting the phrase ”Khaybar Khaybar, ya yahud, Jaish Muhammad, sa yahud’ ( Khaybar, Khaybar, O Jews, The Army of Muhammad Will Return ) – in reference to the attack by Muslim soldiers on native Jews in Khaybar in 628ad. There were also cries of death to America and Israel. You can see a short clip of the footage here:


Melanie Phillips: The British and European perfidy
Twenty-four hours after President Trump’s watershed speech recognising Jerusalem as Israel’s capital, there has been predictable Palestinian violence and equally predictable, almost unanimous condemnation from Western European leaders and the western left.

What needs to be understood is that the former is symbiotically connected to the latter. As I said in my blog post yesterday, the Palestinians use violence in order to get a reaction that advances their agenda.

Until now, the west has duly obliged. For a variety of reasons including fear, ideology and bigotry the west has bought into the lie that the “Palestinians” have a historic and religious right to the land. It therefore sees them (to a greater or lesser extent, depending on whether it thinks of itself as a “friend” to Israel) as a legitimate resistance movement being crushed by the Israelis. The more violence the Palestinians commit against Israel, the more they entrap it into responding with greater force. Then they can rely on the west putting pressure on Israel to make suicidal concessions to them.

This western response is crucial to their strategy. They know they alone can’t defeat Israel. So they need to get the west to do their dirty work for them: forcing Israel into concessions which will enable them to mount their final attempt to exterminate it from the IDF-vacated “West Bank” just down the road.

To get the west to do so, it’s vital that it believes and endorses the Palestinians’ mendacious claims about their own history and religion. Which the west has duly done for decades.
Jonah Goldberg: Trump Puts Fact Ahead of Fiction in Israel
The only reason recognizing Jerusalem as the Jewish State’s capital is controversial is that the world has been pretending it’s not for decades.

The most exhausting thing about the Middle East — except for the bloodshed, poverty, tyranny, etc. — is that it refuses to conform to how it’s described in the West.

It’s like journalists, diplomats, and politicians want to announce a football game, but the players keep insisting on playing rugby. The field looks similar. The scoring isn’t all that different. It’s just a different game. But don’t tell the gang in the booth. They get furious when you point out that the facts don’t line up with the commentary.

Consider President Trump’s momentous (though for now mostly symbolic) announcement that the United States will recognize Jerusalem as the capital of Israel. Before you can debate whether this was a good move, you must acknowledge one glaring fact that the chatterers want to ignore or downplay: It’s true. Jerusalem is the capital of Israel. The Knesset, Israel’s parliament, convenes there. Israelis call it their capital for the same reason they claim two plus two equals four. It’s just true.

What makes the decision controversial is that everyone had agreed to pretend it wasn’t the capital in order to protect “the peace process.”

That’s another term that doesn’t quite correspond with reality. There is no peace process. Mahmoud Abbas, the Palestinian president finishing the twelfth year of his four-year term, has refused to meet with the Israelis to discuss anything since early in the Obama administration.



Alan M. Dershowitz: Violence Should Not Determine Policy
Violence should be responded to by police and military action, not by giving in to the unreasonable demands of those who use violence as a tactic.

The reason violence — whether rock-throwing or more lethal forms of terrorism — is used is because it works... as a way to extort concessions from the world. And it works because policy makers often make or refrain from making controversial decisions based on the fear of violent reactions.

Now just imagine what will happen if peace negotiations are commenced and both sides have to compromise. Israel's comprises will be met with law suits, political pushback and possibly resistance from some settlers who will have to be uprooted....

Palestinian compromises will be met with street violence, terrorism and assassinations. That has long been the modus operandi of Palestinian leaders and dissidents.

A clear message must be sent now to these leaders and dissenters: violence will not be rewarded or tolerated. It will be responded to not with policy changes but with police and military action.
Bret Stephens: Jerusalem Denial Complex
It belatedly aligns American words with deeds. It aligns word as well as deed with reality. And it aligns the United States with the country toward which we are constantly professing friendship even as we have spent seven decades stinting it of the most basic form of recognition.

Recognition also tells the Palestinians that they can no longer hold other parties hostage to their demands. East Jerusalem could have been the capital of a sovereign Palestinian state 17 years ago, if Arafat had simply accepted the terms at Camp David. He didn’t because he thought he could dictate terms to stronger powers. Nations pay a price for the foolhardiness of their leaders, as the Kurds recently found out.

Peace and a Palestinian state will come when Palestinians aspire to create a Middle Eastern Costa Rica — pacifist, progressive, neighborly and democratic — rather than another Yemen: by turns autocratic, anarchic, fanatical and tragic.

For the international community, that means helping Palestinians take steps to dismantle their current klepto-theocracy, rather than fueling a culture of perpetual grievance against Israel. Mahmoud Abbas is now approaching the 13th anniversary of his elected four-year term. Someone should point this out.

Hamas has run Gaza for a decade, during which it has spent more time building rockets and terror tunnels than hotels or hospitals. Someone should point this out, too. It is indicative of the disastrous political choices that help explain 70 years of Palestinian failure.

Meantime, Jerusalem is the capital of Israel. For those who have lived in denial, it must be some sort of shock. (h/t Elder of Lobby)
JPost Editorial: Jerusalem and Trump
The international community’s failure to recognize and appreciate the transformation of Jerusalem under Israeli control and to honor Israel’s choice of capital was a long-standing injustice finally righted by US President Donald Trump.

Trump’s many detractors say that the decision was a bad one because it will spark unrest and discord among radical Muslims who have provided ample proof of their propensity to use violence to register complaints and get what they want.

We sympathize with those who seek peace and wish to avoid unnecessary confrontations. But we also believe Americans should not compromise their own beliefs and values out of a desire to appease those who have a long history of using terrorism to further their interests.

Appeasing extremists never works for a number of reasons. First, because it only leads to more extremism by proving that bullying tactics work and providing an incentive for more violence. Also, it tends to distract attention from the real issue: that there are many Muslim extremists who refuse to reconcile themselves to the existence of a Jewish state in the Middle East within any borders no matter what its capital. Why else would Palestinians and other Muslims be opposed to international recognition of parts of Jerusalem that will remain part of Israel in any conceivable peace deal?

Though the Jewish people does not need international recognition for proof of its historic ties to the city of Jerusalem, we are nevertheless grateful to the US president for having the courage to stand up for what is right.
Second Temple coin at the UN Security Council
Israel’s Ambassador to the United Nations Danny Danon addressed a special session of the Security Council convened to discuss US President Donald Trump’s announcement on Jerusalem.

Israel Ambassador to the UN Danny Danon thanked President Trump, Vice President Mike Pence and US Ambassador to the UN Nikki Haley by saying that "we are grateful to the United States for its courageous decision."

Addressing to the Council members, Danon held up a replica of a first-century coin.

"I have here a replica of an ancient coin found on the Temple Mount in Jerusalem. It is dated from the year 67 A.D. during the time of the second Jewish Temple. The words 'Jerusalem the Holy' are written on it," Danon said.

"Only three years later, in the year 70 A.D., would our holy temple be destroyed and the Jewish people sent into exile for 2,000 years."

Ambassador Danon concluded his remarks by reminding the Council of the Jewish prayer "next year in Jerusalem."

"Seventy years ago, the Jewish people came home to Jerusalem," he said, calling on "all the nations of the world to join us this year in Jerusalem, the capital of the State of Israel."
Einat Wilf: Finally, a President Who Looks at Jerusalem Logically
As the fiction of the “Corpus Separatum” faded from memory, Israel’s annexation of the areas east of the 1967 line became the new reason for not recognizing any part of Jerusalem as Israel’s capital. In this way, the U.S. has been punishing Israel twice: It has been denying any legitimate claims Israel had in Jerusalem east of the armistice line, including with respect to the Jewish holy sites in the Old City and the Jewish Quarter, and, until Trump’s announcement, would not acknowledge that at the very least, west of that line, Jerusalem is legitimately Israel’s capital.

Trump’s declaration finally puts an end to this nonsensical policy. By dismissing the fiction of the “Corpus Separatum” at last, the U.S. can stop denying Israel, alone among the nations, a basic national sovereign right to establish its capital in undisputed territory.

Trump used only the ambiguous term “Jerusalem” in his speech, saying, “We are not taking a position on any final status issues, including the specific boundaries of the Israeli sovereignty in Jerusalem or the resolution of contested borders. Those questions are up to the parties involved.” It would have been better if Trump had specified that the U.S. is only recognizing Israel’s capital in Jerusalem west of 1967 line—in other words, that the U.S. is simply ending the illogical policy that holds the undisputed status of Jerusalem west of the armistice line hostage to the ongoing dispute over Jerusalem east of that line.

Nevertheless, if the U.S. continues to declare that Jerusalem’s final borders should be negotiated (meaning that it leaves open the possibility of a Palestinian capital in the eastern part of Jerusalem), and if the U.S. refrains from describing Israel’s capital as “united” or “undivided” Jerusalem, and if the U.S. continues to refrain from taking any steps that recognize Israel’s annexation of the territories east of the 1967 line, and assuming that the new embassy will be located in Jerusalem west of that line—then Palestinian, Arab, and Muslim leaders who are not itching for violence should be able to legitimately say that Trump’s declaration effectively changes nothing.
Michael J. Totten: Jerusalem is Israel’s Capital and Always Will Be
Enough with the pearl-clutching already. Donald Trump’s statement on Wednesday that Jerusalem is the capital of Israel is more bipartisan than anything he has ever said and likely ever will say as president.

In 1995, the United States Congress, with an overwhelming bipartisan majority, passed a law declaring that “Jerusalem should be recognized as the capital of the State of Israel; and the United States Embassy in Israel should be established in Jerusalem no later than May 31, 1999.” This law, passed by a whopping 93-5 when Bill Clinton was president, had no effect whatsoever on the Camp David Peace Process which would have given East Jerusalem to the Palestinians as the capital of their sovereign state had Palestinian Authority Chairman Yasser Arafat said yes instead of no and chose peace rather than war.

That law was reaffirmed in the United States Senate just six months ago by a unanimous vote. Chuck Schumer, the Democratic Senate minority leader, co-sponsored the bill. And just two months ago, Schumer slammed Donald Trump for not keeping his campaign promise to recognize reality. “This year,” Schumer said, “is the fiftieth anniversary of the reunification of Jerusalem, yet with 2018 fast approaching, the U.S. still hasn't moved the embassy or made clear its commitment to Israel's capital…President Trump's recent comments suggest his indecisiveness on the embassy's relocation. As someone who strongly believes that Jerusalem is the undivided capital of Israel, I am calling for the U.S. Embassy in Israel to be relocated to Jerusalem. Moving the embassy as soon as possible would appropriately commemorate the fiftieth anniversary of Jerusalem's reunification and show the world that the U.S. definitively acknowledges Jerusalem as Israel's capital.”
Five reasons why Trump recognising Jerusalem as the capital of Israel won't destroy peace in the Middle East
It may force Palestinians to engage in serious peace talks

A lot of Palestinian discourse denies not only Jews’ rights and history in the land of Israel, but erases the 3,000-year Jewish connection to Jerusalem.

Yasser Arafat, during peace talks in 2000, even reportedly denied that there was ever a Jewish temple in the city. Such deeply offensive and ahistorical claims sow serious doubts for Israelis that the Palestinians are genuinely committed to a peace that can only really be achieved through recognition of Jews’ inextricable connection to the land.

US affirmation of Jewish claims to their holiest city may help convince Palestinians that a campaign to rhetorically wipe Jerusalem off the Israeli map will not succeed, and that only by acknowledging Jews’ legitimate claims will they receive reciprocal Israeli recognition of their claims.

It may give Israelis more confidence about the peace process
Israelis have long viewed the denial of the right granted to every other nation to name their capital as not only a historic injustice, but an illustration of the international community’s systemic bias against the Jewish state.

Israelis soured on the peace process (though not on peace itself) in large part because of the Second Intifada, as well as the disastrous impact of territorial withdrawals, but also due to concerns that they’re always held to higher standards than the Palestinians.
Protests erupt after Trump recognises Jerusalem as Israel's capital

Whereas every new home built across the green line prompts outrage by the US, EU and UN, Israelis believe that Palestinians are granted a kind of moral impunity which allows them to escape rebuke for even the most egregiously irresponsible actions and rhetoric.

Contrary to oft-repeated media narratives, Israelis have not “moved right”; they have merely grown sceptical that peace can be achieved without a commitment by the West to impute moral agency to the Palestinians and demand that their leaders cease inculcating their people with propaganda denying Jewish history and Israel’s unreserved rights to the land.

Whatever one’s views of the intentions of the 45th president, the message sent yesterday from the White House represented hope for Israelis, much needed tough love for the Palestinians and a clean break from the conventional “wisdom” which has governed, and arguably doomed, the peace process for decades.
How The GOP Became A ‘Pro-Israel’ Party
Propelled by evangelicals, the GOP has in many cases become more hawkish than most U.S. Jews. While the Republican Party has notably turned away from traditional U.S. support for a two-state solution, which would establish a Palestinian nation alongside Israel (only 23 percent of evangelicals polled in 2017 agreed that Israel should agree to the creation of a Palestinian state), the majority of U.S. Jews believe that Israel and an independent Palestine can coexist peacefully. Although members of the Trump administration — most notably, perhaps, Mideast negotiator and Trump son-in-law Jared Kushner — support Israeli construction in the disputed West Bank, only 17 percent of U.S. Jews believe that Jewish settlements in the area help Israel’s security. An election-night poll of Jewish voters in 2016 by the dovish J Street suggested that Israel isn’t even really the primary voting issue for many Jews: Only 9 percent listed it as one of their top two voting priorities.

In fact, it is the pro-Israel evangelical community — and particularly Pastor John Hagee’s Christians United for Israel — that has mobilized alongside hawkish pro-Israel Jews to push for a change of U.S. policy on Jerusalem. Hagee, whose organization boasts over three million members, has been pushing Trump to move the embassy since the 2016 campaign season, to prove the president’s commitment to evangelical values.

The evangelical community is unusual in their support for moving the embassy to Jerusalem. A November poll indicated that 63 percent of Americans oppose the move, but 53 percent of evangelical voters support it.

Whatever GOP constituency pressed for the move the most, what matters in the end is that they succeeded. Though Democratic and Republican presidential candidates alike have long promised to recognize Jerusalem as Israel’s capital and move the U.S. Embassy there, none who won the office ever did so — until Trump.

But the president is not widely embraced by Jews as a whole (while some 50 percent of Orthodox Jews voted for Trump, the two larger streams of U.S. Judaism — Reform and Conservative — opposed Trump), so it remains to be seen whether his recognition of Jerusalem increases Jewish affinity for the Republican Party. That outcome will surely be influenced by what happens next. (h/t Zvi)
Israel: Frustrated, disappointed by Reform rejection of Trump's statement
Israel’s consul in New York, Dani Dayan, called “deeply frustrating and disappointing” the Union for Reform Judaism’s negative reaction to President Donald Trump’s recognition of Jerusalem as Israel’s capital.

Dayan said this on Wednesday, according to the Makor Rishon daily, following a statement by Rabbi Rick Jacobs, who head the Reform Union, on behalf of the organizations of the movement.

Jacobs wrote that Trump’s declaration Wednesday “affirms what the Reform Jewish movement has long held: that Jerusalem is the eternal capital of the Jewish people and the State of Israel. Yet while we share the President’s belief that the US Embassy should, at the right time, be moved from Tel Aviv to Jerusalem, we cannot support his decision to begin preparing that move now, absent a comprehensive plan for a peace process.”

Dayan said the statement was “deeply frustrating and disappointing because Jerusalem is the uniting force of the Jewish People.”

Jacobs also said that the White House should not undermine efforts toward making peace between Israel and the Palestinians by “making unilateral decisions that are all but certain to exacerbate the conflict.”
US Arab Groups, Far Left Attack US on Jerusalem Decision
Anti-Zionist groups were quick to pounce on President Trump’s proclamation acknowledgment of Jerusalem as Israel’s capital.

In a statement, Jewish Voice for Peace (JVP), a virulently anti-Israel organization, “unequivocally condemn[ed] President Trump’s announcement that he will begin the process of moving the U.S. embassy to Jerusalem as part of recognizing Jerusalem as Israel’s capital, a move that would make the U.S. the only country in the world to do so.”

For those who reject Israel’s very existence, Wednesday was a difficult day.

“#Jerusalem is not the capital of Israel no matter how many times Trump says it,” wrote political activist Linda Sarsour, who has argued that Zionists can’t be feminists and that “nothing is creepier than Zionism. “He doesn’t speak for me.”

Good thing she cleared that up.

Trump’s proclamation “effectively hands Israel a blank political check for its illegal annexation of Jerusalem and legitimizes Israel’s ongoing displacement and disenfranchisement of the city’s Palestinian residents,” said that the US Campaign for Palestinian Rights (USCPR), an organization that is leading the push for an economic boycott of Israel.

This statement, along with Sarsour’s, ignores the reality that Jerusalem has been Israel’s capital since 1949. It is home to Israel’s parliament, the Knesset, as well as the prime minister’s residence. These statements also deliberately ignore Trump’s specific caveat that the United States is “not taking a position of any final status issues, including the specific boundaries of the Israeli sovereignty in Jerusalem, or the resolution of contested borders. Those questions are up to the parties involved.”

The relocation of the American embassy affects peace talks only if the Palestinians choose to make that so.
Trump’s Jerusalem move reflects ‘best path for peace,’ says ambassador
US President Donald Trump’s recognition of Jerusalem as the capital of Israel reflects the “best path for peace,” and those demonstrating against it failed to listen properly to his speech, the US Ambassador to Israel, David Friedman, said Thursday.

The president had not sought to prejudge any final-status issues in his address on Wednesday, which provoked widespread anger among Arabs and violent Palestinian protests, Friedman told Fox News.

Trump’s aim had been to “foreclose the fantasy that somehow Jerusalem could be disconnected from the State of Israel,” he said. “The president didn’t want the Israelis to show up at the bargaining table and be forced to negotiate for something that they already had.

“What he did yesterday was to simply speak the truth, and to develop for the first time a foreign policy based upon reality rather than fantasy.”
9 out of 11 former US envoys to Israel oppose Trump’s Jerusalem declaration
Several ambassadors were in favor of recognizing West Jerusalem as Israel’s capital, but said it should come as part of a peace process or as a way of getting concessions from Israel within that process.

“Jerusalem is Israel’s capital, and it’s appropriate that we recognize it as such,” said Daniel Shapiro who was ambassador under President Barack Obama between 2011 and 2017. “In that sense, the president’s recognition of reality is fine,” he told The New York Times.

“The missed opportunity here, though, is the failure to frame this decision in the context of achieving our broader strategic objective, which is a two-state solution. That would have required better prior consultation with Arab states, and that would have required more clarity for what the Palestinians could expect as part of their aspirations for Jerusalem,” he said.

Other ambassadors who were opposed to the decision were Martin Indyk, who served under President Bill Clinton, William Andreas Brown, who was the ambassador from 1988 to 1992, William Caldwell Harrop, who was the ambassador from 1992 to 1993, Edward Djerejian, who was the ambassador from 1993 to 1994, Thomas Pickering, who was ambassador to Israel during the Reagan administration, and James Cunningham, who was ambassador under Bush and Obama.

Two of the former ambassadors supported Trump’s declaration. Edward Walker Jr., who was ambassador from 1997 to 1999, under President Bill Clinton and Ogden R. Reid, who was the ambassador from 1959 to 1961, at the end of the Eisenhower administration.

“I think it’s about time,” said Walker. “We’ve been remiss in not recognizing realities as they are. We all know Israel has a capital, it’s called Jerusalem, and over my 35 years of service in the Middle East no one ever questioned that.”
Sen. Warren critical of Trump decision on Jerusalem
US Sen. Elizabeth Warren said Friday she worries that President Donald Trump’s decision to recognize Jerusalem as Israel’s capital will make it more difficult to achieve peace in the Middle East.

The Massachusetts Democrat spoke to several thousand attendees Friday at The Union For Reform Judaism convention in Boston.

Warren said she believes a two-state solution is the best hope for peace and that diplomacy between Israel and the Palestinians should determine the final status of Jerusalem.

She called on Trump to deliver a “comprehensive strategy” for negotiations.

The Union For Reform Judaism said this week that while Trump was affirming “an age-old dream of the Jewish people,” it also had serious concerns about the timing of the announcement and that it could undercut peace efforts.
Canadian, Australian Leaders Say No to Relocating Embassies to Jerusalem
The leaders of two of Israel’s closest allies, Canada and Australia, shot down the possibility that they would follow the US and move their embassies from Tel Aviv to Jerusalem.

“We will not be moving Canada’s embassy from Tel Aviv,” Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau said during a visit to China, AFP reported.

Following President Donald Trump’s announcement on Wednesday that he would recognize Jerusalem as Israel’s capital and initiate plans to eventually relocate the US embassy there from Tel Aviv, Canadian Foreign Affairs Minister Chrystia Freeland reaffirmed Canada’s position that “the status of Jerusalem can be resolved only as part of a general settlement of the Palestinian-Israeli dispute.”

“We are strongly committed to the goal of a comprehensive, just and lasting peace in the Middle East, including the creation of a Palestinian state living side-by-side in peace and security with Israel,” she said.

Similarly, despite burgeoning ties between Australia and Israel during the past year, including reciprocal visits by Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and Australian Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull, Canberra’s Foreign Minister Julia Bishop rejected the notion of an embassy move.
Abbas will not meet with VP Pence, senior PA official confirms
Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas will not meet with US Vice President Mike Pence later this month, a senior adviser to the PA leader confirmed on Saturday, less than three days after President Donald Trump announced major changes to American policy on Jerusalem.

As a part of a Middle East tour, Pence was slated to meet with Abbas in Bethlehem in the latter half of December.

“There will not be a meeting with Pence. The matter is bigger than a mere meeting because the United States, in its decisions on Jerusalem, crossed red lines,” Majdi al-Khalidi, Abbas’s diplomatic affairs adviser, told official PA radio.

Palestinian Authority Foreign Minister Riyad al-Maliki echoed al-Khalidi's comments on Saturday in Cairo.

"We will seek a new mediator from our Arab brothers and the international community, a mediator who can help with reaching a two-state solution," al-Maliki told reporters.
Erdogan and Macron to urge US to reverse Jerusalem decision
Turkey's Tayyip Erdogan and France's Emmanuel Macron will work together to try to persuade the United States to reconsider its decision to recognize Jerusalem as the capital of Israel, a Turkish presidential source said on Saturday.

The two leaders agreed during a phone call that the move is worrisome for the region, the source said, adding that Turkey and France would make a joint effort to try to reverse the US decision.

Erdogan also spoke on the phone to the presidents of Kazakhstan, Lebanon and Azerbaijan on Saturday regarding the issue, the source said. On Wednesday, he called an urgent meeting of the Organization of Islamic Cooperation in Turkey next week.
While Abbas seeks strategy to channel Jerusalem protests, Hamas aims to step in
In the wake of US President Donald Trump’s decision to recognize Jerusalem as the capital of Israel, the Palestinians will on Saturday start a process of charting a new course for their national movement.

The leaders of Fatah, the party that controls the Palestinian Authority, will meet, and then the Palestine Liberation Organization’s Central Council will convene to discuss where it’s all heading.

It was this PLO body that gave first Yasser Arafat, and then his successor Mahmoud Abbas, the formal authority to negotiate a settlement with Israel. It gave legitimacy to the Oslo peace process.

Now, according to senior Fatah official and former Palestinian negotiator Mohammed Shtayyeh, this body will review whether to remain within the political framework set by Oslo.
Stand With Us: Who's to Blame? Only the Perpetrators of Violence
Fact: No one, and nothing forces any Palestinians to violently riot, to stab soldiers, or to murder Jews. Palestinians must be held accountable for their actions, and the world must stop victim blaming when some Palestinians choose the path of violence instead of peace. No matter what the motivation is. There is never a justification for terrorism. If you wouldn't blame the victim for other crimes, why would you blame Israel for the actions of some Palestinians?


Protesters rally in Paris over Jerusalem, a day ahead of Netanyahu visit
Hundreds of pro-Palestinian protesters gathered in Paris on Saturday to protest the decision by US President Donald Trump to recognize Jerusalem as the capital of Israel last week, reversing years of US government policy. The protest came a day ahead of a visit to the French capital by Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, who is set to meet French President Emmanuel Macron.

There were also demonstrations in Istanbul and Rome.

The demonstrators, holding Palestinian flags and placards urging a boycott of Israel, gathered at the Place de la République in central Paris, where they were met with a smaller group of pro-Israel protesters.

The demonstrators and counter-demonstrators shouted slogans at each other but were kept far apart.
A gendarme looks on as a man waves an Israeli flag and another waves a US flag as they look at unseen demonstrators taking part in a pro-Palestinian protest in Paris on December 9, 2017, against US President Donald Trump’s recognition of Jerusalem as Israel’s capital. (AFP/ Zakaria Abdelkafi)

Amid the posters at the pro-Palestinian protest was a sign that said Trump and Netanyahu marked “the return of the Nazis,” and another calling them “war mongers.” The protest was organized by the groups EuroPalestine and France Palestine Solidarité. Several hundred protesters also gathered in Lyon, AFP reported.
Iraqi cleric al-Sadr vows to be 'the first soldier' to defend Jerusalem
Iraqis are invited to volunteer to a new brigade that will attempt to defend Jerusalem after the recent US decision to recognize the city as the Israeli capital sparked rage across the Arab and Muslim world, reported the Kurdish media network Rudaw.

The spokesperson for Saraya al-Salam, Safa Tamimi, claimed that “we will arm, train, and categorize the volunteers according to their specialty" during an interview on Rudaw TV.

Saraya al-Salam is the armed wing of the Sadrist Movement, a political party led by the Shiite cleric al-Sadar that was created in 2003 and enjoys wide support across Iraqi society.

While the future brigade will not be a part of the Saraya al-Salam, Sadar warned in a speech delivered on Thursday that: “We can reach Israel through Syria,” and said he was ready to be the first soldier in such an attack.

The Iranian-backed Iraqi militia Harakat Hezbollah al-Nujaba said the recent US decision justifies targeting US forces, of which there are thousands in Iraq.
Not exactly a model protester: Bella Hadid spends just THREE MINUTES at Trump Israel demonstration in chilly London before being whisked away in her chauffeur-driven car after glamorous party
Supermodel Bella Hadid joined a London protest against Donald Trump's controversial decision to recognise Jerusalem as the capital of Israel - for three minutes before being whisked away in her chauffeur-driven car.

The 21-year-old, who is of Palestinian descent, had been partying five minutes away on Oxford Street at an event staged by luxury watchmaker Tag Heuer.

As she was driven away at around 7.30pm today, Hadid's car got stuck behind the protesters who had gathered outside the US Embassy near to Hyde Park.

After videoing the demonstration on her phone, Hadid - still dressed in a glamorous red dress and white coat - got out and joined the march for a few minutes before jumping back into her car and driving off.

She appeared to be enjoying her brief stint as a protester and was pictured smiling and raising her fist into the air as she put her arm around a young fan.

The demonstrations are a part of a Day of Rage which has seen trouble flare around the world in the wake of President Trump's controversial move.
Erin Burnett’s Hostility on Display
In her first question to Dermer, Burnett begins:
Look I know this is a day you have wanted for a very long time and I know it matters a lot to you. That is important. But, of course, the situation that we’re seeing now is crucial, the State Department warning of violence because of the move, leaders of countries throughout the region, across Europe, warning of violence, Palestinians calling for three days of rage. A crucial question for you tonight, Ambassador: are you willing to accept violence and the possible death of Israelis in exchange for getting what you have so long desired?

Burnett announces that Palestinians have called for “three days of rage” as though national leaders calling for violence is the most natural thing in the world. She doesn’t seem bothered by it, nor does she ask whether they should call for peaceful protests instead of “rage.” Instead, both her language and the accusatory tone directed at Ambassador Dermer imply that any violence that occurs is the fault of the government that the Ambassador represents. Similarly, her facial expressions during his response betrays her skepticism of anything he said.

After Dermer responds, Burnett continues with her second question:
Two senior US White House officials are telling CNN that this decision has temporarily derailed the peace process. And as you know, Ambassador, the Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas saying Trump’s announcement means the United States has completely withdrawn – completely withdrawn – its role in mediating the Middle East peace process.

Once again, Burnett’s accusatory tone suggests that the Palestinian reaction to the US President complying with US law is the fault of Ambassador Dermer and the government he represents.


Edgar Davidson: It's started again
After the Palestinians of Gaza fired rockets into Israel today (one hitting the town of Sderot and one intercepted by the Iron Dome) this was the headline in the Independent:

CAMERA Op-Ed: 'Days of Rage' and Bad Reporting
On Dec. 6, 2017, U.S. President Donald Trump announced that he would be implementing the Jerusalem Embassy Act of 1995 and recognizing Jerusalem as Israel's capital. The announcement that the President would be enacting a law passed by an “overwhelming bipartisan majority” two decades ago and “reaffirmed by a unanimous vote of the Senate only six months ago,” met with predictable outrage by the leadership of the Palestinian Authority (PA), Hamas and others. It also met with predictably poor reporting by many major U.S. news outlets.

As The Times of Israel noted in an editorial published shortly after the President's remarks, Trump highlighted the absurdity of the U.S. previously declining to “acknowledge any capital at all” and pointed to the Jewish people's historical and religious connection to Jerusalem.

Importantly, The Times also pointed out that the speech “included a call to maintain the status quo at Jerusalem's holy sites.” Further, the President explicitly stated that his announcement did not commit the US to a position “on any final status issues, including the specific boundaries of the Israeli sovereignty in Jerusalem, or the resolution of the contested borders.”

Yet, these facts failed to mollify Palestinian leadership. And many major U.S. news outlets, including The Washington Post, USA Today, The Hill, and others, omitted these details in their reporting.

Hamas, the U.S.-designated terror group that rules the Gaza Strip, called for three “days of rage.” Fatah, the movement that dominates the PA, claimed that by complying with U.S. law and “recognizing Jerusalem as the capital of Israel,” the U.S. was “pushing the region…into the furnace of violence, chaos, extremism, and bloodshed.” Fatah's official Facebook page warned: “Millions of Martyrs are marching to Jerusalem.”
IDF warns further Gaza rockets will be met with ‘severe response’
A top Israel Defense Forces general warned Saturday that further rocket fire from the Gaza Strip towards Israel would be met with a “severe and painful response,” a day after a number of rockets were launched at southern Israel from the enclave amid tensions over US President Donald Trump’s recognition of Jerusalem as Israel’s capital.

Maj. Gen Yoav Mordechai, the military liaison to the Palestinians, wrote on his Facebook page on Saturday in Arabic that “irresponsible” terror groups are seeking an “escalation” with Israel, and warned Gazans that they will be the ones who end up paying the price.

“The continuation of the instances of [rocket] fire will lead to a severe and painful response by the IDF. Don’t try to test our strength,” wrote Mordechai.

He reiterated that Israel holds Hamas, the terror group that runs Gaza, responsible for any attacks coming out of the enclave.

Mordechai’s comments came after a number of rockets were fired at Israel on Friday from Gaza for a second consecutive day. At least one was intercepted by the Iron Dome system, but one landed in a residential area of the town of Sderot, without causing injuries.
Israeli planes hit Hamas targets in Gaza in response to rockets
The Israeli Air Force attacked four Hamas targets in the Gaza Strip overnight Friday-Saturday, including two weapons production sites, a weapons depot, and another training compound, in retaliation for rocket fire at Israel from the Hamas-controlled enclave.

On Saturday, the Hamas-run health ministry said two people were killed in one of the strikes, on a Hamas facility in Nusseirat in the central Gaza Strip.

The attack was carried out in response to rocket fire from the Gaza Strip on Friday. One of the rockets exploded in the Israeli town of Sderot Friday night, causing damage to several parked cars.

There were no casualties, though two people were treated for anxiety.

“The IDF views the shooting at Israeli communities severely,” the IDF said in a statement. “Hamas is solely responsible for what happens in the Gaza Strip.”

“There was a huge explosion. I heard glass shatter and car alarms. The house’s walls shook,” a resident told the Ynet news website.

The rocket was the third launch of the evening, and came shortly after Israel struck Hamas targets in Gaza in response to the previous projectile-fire.
After urging intifada, Hamas blames Israel for any escalation as 2 killed
Hamas on Thursday had called for a new intifada against Israel, and on Friday urged Palestinians to confront soldiers and settlers. Its leader Ismail Haniyeh on Friday praised the “blessed intifada,” urged the liberation of Jerusalem, and made plain the group was seeking to intensify violence against Israel.

Israel launched a series of air strikes after terror groups in Gaza fired several rockets into Israel on Thursday and Friday. At least one was intercepted by the Iron Dome system, but one landed in a residential area of the town of Sderot, without causing injuries.

In one of the IAF strikes late Friday on a Hamas base in Nusseirat, located in the central Gaza Strip, two Palestinians were killed. The Hamas-run health ministry in Gaza named the men as Mahmud al-Atal, 28 and Mohammed al-Safdi, 30.
Palestinians look at the damage at a Hamas military facility early on December 9, 2017, in the aftermath of an Israeli air strike in Beit Lahia, in the northern Gaza Strip. (AFP PHOTO / MAHMUD HAMS)

It said that their bodies were only recovered several hours after the pre-dawn strike. The terror group later confirmed the dead men were members of it’s military wing.

The strike followed three rocket attacks Friday night from Gaza into southern Israel.

“Today… in response to the rockets fired at southern Israeli communities throughout yesterday, Israel air force aircraft targeted four facilities belonging to the Hamas terror organisation in the Gaza Strip,” an English-language army statement said on Saturday.

It said the targets were “two weapons manufacturing sites, a weapons warehouse, and a military compound.”

“In each target, several components were hit,” it added.

Israeli strikes on Hamas facilities on Friday night wounded 14 people, among them women and children, the Hamas medical services said.
MYSTERY SOLVED: Here’s what former Dem Rep. Cynthia McKinney has been up to
Cynthia McKinney (D-Crazy Town) may no longer be in Congress …

But she’s still got plenty to say to the American people:


It’s pretty clear what she means: The Jooz are going to use your DNA to exterminate you.

Thank goodness Cynthia McKinney brought this to our attention.
Global tour of Auschwitz relics begins seven-year, 14-city journey
An unprecedented world tour of artifacts from Auschwitz-Birkenau premiered in Madrid on December 1, the first stop in a “roving exhibition” about the Nazi death camp where one million Jews were murdered during the Holocaust.

With the tagline, “Not long ago. Not far away,” the tour will appear in 14 cities during the next seven years, primarily in Europe and North America. It is organized by Poland’s Auschwitz-Birkenau State Museum and Spain’s Musealia group, which calls itself “an artistic and documentary research project.” The exhibition includes more than 600 artifacts on loan from the museum, as well as from Israel’s Yad Vashem, the US Holocaust Memorial Museum, and private collections.

From a segment of the camp’s electrified fence, to a German children’s board game called “Jews Out,” organizers seek to portray the “dual nature” of Auschwitz as both a site of genocide and enduring symbol of evil.

“Today, the world is moving in uncertain directions. That is why we need to rely more and more on the strong foundations of our memory,” said Piotr M. A. Cywiński, director of the Auschwitz-Birkenau Museum. “Nothing can replace a visit to the authentic site of the biggest crime of the 20th century, but this exhibition, which people in many countries will have the opportunity to see, can become a great warning cry for us all,” said Cywiński.
Titled ‘Not long ago. Not far away,’ an exhibition of artifacts from Auschwitz-Birkenau opened in Madrid, Spain, December 2017 (Musealia)

At 2,500-square meters, the collection space is vast, comparable to the world tour of objects salvaged from the Titanic wreck, also put on by Musealia. Visitors are advised to allot 90 minutes to pass through the maze of relics, many of them juxtaposed with historical photographs for context. There are half a dozen large, detailed models to view, including of the gas chamber-crematorium complexes where, in addition to Jews, thousands of Poles, Roma, and other victims were murdered.

Although the tour just opened in Spain, there are already signs of a welcome reception, according to Musealia.
Israel Government Steers Drive to Bring in Bollywood Shoots
Bollywood actors Jacqueline Fernandez and Sushant Singh Rajput touched down in Tel Aviv last month, accompanied by an 80-strong crew, to shoot scenes for “Drive,” the first Hindi film to be set in Israel. The film, an Indian-style spin on “Fast and the Furious,” was partly funded by a number of Israeli government arms, including the Tourism Ministry and the Prime Minister’s Office. When “Drive” premieres on the subcontinent in 2018, Israel’s leaders hope it will provide a priceless advertising opportunity for tens of millions of potential Israeli tourists from India.

“We’ve done research and we know there is film tourism around the world. I taught for a year at Georgetown and everyone wanted to see where ‘The Exorcist’ was filmed,” says Michael Oren, former Israeli ambassador to the U.S. “There’s a diplomatic benefit to just having their film stars here.”

“We had a terrific experience shooting in Israel,” says Apoorva Mehta, CEO of Dharma Productions, the producers of “Drive.” “We had tremendous support from the tourism office there, especially from Hassan Madah, India director at the Israel Ministry of Tourism. He was very helpful in ensuring that everything we required was accessible very easily. The line production company we dealt with, Tifferet Films, was very apt because they have done some big films.”

The India-Israel film collaboration is not a one-off project. Its model is almost identical to a similar multi-pronged outreach model that Israel honed with China following the 2014 Gaza War, which had temporarily laid waste to tourism. The war also struck a devastating blow to Israel’s efforts to lure American television productions: FX’s “Tyrant” and USA’s “Dig” both had to frantically relocate in the midst of that crisis, which was both humiliating and expensive for Israeli showrunners. (h/t Zvi)



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