PA libel: Israeli rabbis called to poison all Palestinian wells

editor 27 June 2016

By Itamar Marcus.. The anatomy of a Palestinian Authority libel. The Palestinian Authority has revived the medieval blood libel that Jews are poisoning the wells. The PA even named a nonexistent rabbi and rabbinical council as being responsible for this call to poison all Palestinian water sources. Official PA TV reporter: “An Israeli human rights organization has exposed a religious ruling issued by Rabbi Shlomo Melamed (sic), Chairman of the Council of Settlement Rabbis (sic), that gave the settlers permission to poison the drinking water and the natural wells in the [Palestinian] villages and towns throughout the West Bank.” [Official PA TV News, June 20, 2016]. Read more »

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Europe declares war on terrorism* (*Offer not valid in Israel)

editor 25 June 2016

By Rabbi Abraham Cooper (SWC).. Earlier this week, my Paris-based colleague, Dr. Shimon Samuels and I met with senior officials in Berlin that focused on the implications of 1 million Middle Eastern migrant/refugees coming to Germany. Social integration and the challenge of changing the problematic attitudes brought from their cultures about women, gays, and Jews was the focus of much our conversations. And there are new developments from the burgeoning threats of terrorism. Despite their best efforts, it is clear that Germans and other European countries cannot validate the true identity of hundreds of thousands of new arrivals. [Photo top right: Relatives and friends mourn during the funeral of Ido Ben Ari, one of four Israelis who was killed in the Tel Aviv terrorist attack. Photo by Ronen Zvulun/Reuters] Read more »

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The Independent Floods the Internet…with Lies

editor 25 June 2016

By Paula R. Stern.. Credibility, honor, truth. These are the cornerstones of journalism. Once our job as journalists was to report the news but with modern social media, there are very few instances where a newsworthy even is first reported by a reporter. Instead, ordinary people take to the internet – to Facebook, to Twitter, to Google+. It can take the reporters hours to arrive and often they simply allow the locals to continue to report what is happening.

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ECI launches petition calling upon the European Parliament for resolution against BDS and all forms of anti-Semitism

editor 24 June 2016
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ECI launches petition calling upon the European Parliament for resolution against BDS and all forms of anti-Semitism

Brussels 21 June, 2016 – The European Coalition for Israel has launched a petition,which can be found here, calling upon the European Parliament for a resolution against BDS and all other forms of anti-Semitism, following a recent ECI report to the European External Action Service (EEAS), EU’s diplomatic service, which highlights how EU funding is continuing to be used for payments to convicted terrorists and radicalisation within the Palestinian Authority territories.  The launch of the petition coincides with the first official state visit of Israeli President Reuven Rivlin to Brussels this week.

“The international campaign to isolate and demonise Israel by the BDS movement and the on-going Palestinian incitement of hatred against Jewish people are two expressions of anti-Semitism to which we cannot afford to turn a blind eye”, ECI Founding Director Tomas Sandell said in a statement in Brussels on Tuesday.

Last month, the International Holocaust Remembrance Alliance (IHRA) reached an agreement on a working definition of anti-Semitism, which gives governments and international institutions the political tool necessary to fight the rise of anti-Semitism. Although the definition does not specifically mention BDS by name, it defines anti-Semitism as “denying the Jewish people the right to self determination, by claiming that the existence of a State of Israel is a racist endeavour”, which is how BDS refers to Israel, as an “apartheid state”.

Several European governments have officially condemned the BDS movement for singling out Israel for boycotts as illegal under WTO regulations.  Furthermore, the French High Court has declared BDS activities to be discriminatory and to constitute incitement.  New studies confirm that BDS activities on college campuses are followed by an increase of anti-Semitic incidents.

ECI’s Petition is supported by a number of civil society organisations and MEPs from the four largest party groups. The Vice-Chair of the EU Delegation For Relations with Israel, MEP Bas Belder (ECR) from the Netherlands stated that several Member States of the EU nowadays take a strong stance against BDS and recognize its true discriminatory nature. In my capacity as an MEP, I will use all my political weight to ensure that in future EP resolutions concerning the conflict, a strong stance against against BDS will be taken. ”

MEP Lars Adaktusson from Sweden (EPP) stated that “BDS does not promote peace and reconciliation but rather confrontation and separation.  The European Parliament should promote closer cooperation between Israelis and Palestinians – not further separation and isolation”.  MEP Péter Niedermüller from Hungary (S&D) added that “the boycott and the unequal treatment of Israel do not bring peace to the Middle East, and do not help any of the parties. If we truly want to promote human rights and dignity to all people, not only there but here in Europe too, we need more dialogue, empathy and openness, instead of hate.”

Further, MEP Hannu Takkula (ALDE) from Finland has stated in support of the petition that “BDS is anti-Palestinian, anti-Israel and anti-peace. The European Parliament should condemn these activities and instead support efforts that promote peace and understanding between all parties involved”.

In May, in a conference inside the European Parliament, the Chair of the EU Delegation with Palestine applauded the efforts of the BDS movement and likened the presence of Israelis in the European Parliament to a “rash”.  MEP Martina Anderson went on to compare Israeli treatment of Palestinians in Gaza with the Nazi Holocaust, clearly violating the IHRA definition of anti-Semitism.

European Parliament President Martin Schulz has promised in the past to expel members who deny or trivialize the Holocaust. MEP Anderson’s justification of BDS, as well as her inappropriate remarks, are a clear example of the need for an anti-BDS resolution by the European Parliament, which makes clear that incitement and boycotts against a WTO member state are illegal.

“No continent understands what the singling out of Jewish businesses leads to better than Europe. This is why we urge the European Parliament to take the moral leadership in standing up against BDS and all other forms of anti-Semitism, in order to stay true to our commitment of Never Again”, concluded ECI Founding Director, Tomas Sandell.

To sign the Petition, please click here.

The Petition is also available in French, German, Dutch, Italian, Spanish, Portuguese,Bulgarian, Finnish, Hungarian, and Swedish.

For more information: www.ec4i.org – Follow us on Facebook and Twitter.

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Fatah- Hamas reconciliation talks set to take place in Egypt next week

editor 24 June 2016

By JPost.com Staff.. The two parties have remained in conflict for the past decade, after Hamas was elected into power in 2006, in Gaza. A Hamas delegation was expected to head to Cairo next week (June 20, 2016) for talks on reconciliation with Fatah, according to Palestinian news agency, Maan. The talks are a part of Egyptian President Abdel Fattah al-Sisi’s larger plan of renewing direct talks between Israeli and Palestinian parties, the agency reported. Fatah and Hamas have both expressed their support of Egypt’s initiative. Read more »

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Why the West needs brain surgery

editor 24 June 2016

A counterterrorism bill was passed by an overwhelming majority of the Knesset on Wednesday (June 15, 2016). Justice Minister Ayelet Shaked, who completed the push for the legislation initiated by her predecessor, Tzipi Livni, said, “There is no reason for terrorism; there are only excuses for it.” Given Israel’s repeated victimization at the hands of terrorists – a reality that has led to several wars and territorial withdrawals – what is most striking about the statute is how banal and obvious it seems. Read more »

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European leader to Rivlin: Lasting Mideast peace is a top priority for EU

editor 23 June 2016

By Greer Fay Cashman.. The meeting came amid growing speculation both in Israel and Europe as to whether Rivlin will meet in Brussels or Strasbourg with Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas while both visit the area. Lasting peace in the Middle East is one of the European Union’s top priorities, Donald Tusk, president of the Council of Europe, told President Reuven Rivlin on Tuesday (June 21, 2016). Read more »

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Israel slams EU backing of international peace conference

editor 23 June 2016

By Herb Keinon.. The foreign ministers of the 28-member EU threw their support Monday (June 20, 2016) behind the convening of an international peace conference at the end of the year, triggering an irritated response from Israel. “The EU is determined, alongside other international and regional partners, to bring a concrete and substantial contribution to a global set of incentives for the parties to make peace with a view to an international conference planned to be held before the end of the year,” read a statement issued at the end of the meeting held in Luxembourg which – among other issues – discussed the so-called French diplomatic initiative. Read more »

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Pro-Israel students use Internet to fight BDS

editor 23 June 2016

By Noga Tarnopolsky/The Media Line.. “We found out that there about 160,000 Google searches for the term ‘BDS’ [Boycott, Divestment, Sanctions] and about 8,500 more for the term ‘boycott Israel.’ It’s a crazy amount of searches.” Dr. Tal Azran, head  of the International Communication Program at the Interdisciplinary Center Herzliya, gave his master’s degree class on “State Branding” a patriotic assignment: Find some way to give Israel a good name around the world. Read more »

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Israel Coming Back to Africa, Africa Going Back to Israel

editor 23 June 2016

By Joe Nam, Media Specialist Christians for Israel Uganda.. In a way, Israel and Africa behave like estranged lovers, having sparked off a whirlwind romance in the 1950’s, culminating into a full-blown relationship in the 1960’s. And then, bang! A disagreement in the 1970’s leading to a bitter split that still lingers. But it’s time for a re-union. Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu recently said that Israel is coming back to Africa and will do so in “a big way”. [Photo top right:Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu meets with Kenyan President Uhuru Kenyatta] Read more »

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