@SamsClub (a subsidiary of Walmart) donates $2,500 to Florida mosque named after Hamas 'military wing'
It was recently discovered that the popular American wholesaler Sam's Club, a subsidiary of Walmart, donated $2,500 to a Tampa, Florida mosque named after Hamas' al-Qassam Brigades
(Hat Tip: Ellen S
Florida Family Association supporter happened to look up at the wall
behind the checkout line at the Sam’s Club located at 2021 Brandon
Boulevard in Brandon, Florida. He saw a large photograph of a check
made out from Sam’s Club in the amount of $2,500 payable to the Islamic
Community of Tampa located in the top left prominent position on the
wall. Florida Family Association snapped a cellphone photograph. Photographs indicated that no other non-profit organization received more than $500.
Read the whole thing
- The Islamic Community of Tampa is also known as the Al-Qassam mosque. The Military Wing of the Palestinian Hamas is called the Al-Qassam Brigade. InvestigativeProject.org reports “The
mosque, according to Sami Al-Arian, was named after Izzedin al-Qassam.
Al-Qassam, a Syrian killed fighting the British mandate in 1935, ‘is
the main source of inspiration for the Islamic Jihad movement’
Palestinian scholar Ziad Abu Amr wrote in his book, Islamic
Fundamentalism in the West Bank and Gaza. ‘The Islamic Jihad’s
supporters have elevated him almost to a saintly status.’”
- Sami Al-Arian was indicted in February 2003 on 17 counts under the Patriot Act for allegedly being the leader of the Palestinian Islamic Jihad (PIJ). In 2006, Al-Arian pleaded guilty
to one count of conspiring to make or receive contributions of funds,
goods or services for the benefit of the Palestinian Islamic Jihad (PIJ)
and was sentenced to 57 months in prison.
- Sami Al-Arian refused to testify before a Federal Grand Jury regarding other Jihad activities. U.S. District Judge James Moody
ruled that Al-Arian must testify. A Virginia District Court held that
Sami Al-Arian had no legal basis to refuse to testify. The court held
him in civil contempt, and imprisoned him on November 16, 2006. Sami
Al-Arian was released from prison on June 27, 2014 after the United
States Department of Justice dropped charges.
Labels: al-Qassam Brigades, CAIR, Florida, Islam, ISNA, Izzadin Kassam Brigades, Palestinian Islamic Jihad, Sami al-Arian, Sharia law
Poll: 75% of Israeli Jews oppose 'Palestinian state' on '67 lines,' redivision of Jerusalem
A new poll indicates that 75% of Israeli Jews are opposed to a 'Palestinian state'
based on the 1949 armistice lines and to the redivision of Jerusalem.
to the latest poll conducted on October 12-14, 2014, by
Shivukim-Panorama for the Jerusalem Center, 75% of the Israeli Jewish
public continue to oppose Israel’s withdrawal from the Jordan Valley and
the division of Jerusalem.
the rise of the Islamic State in the Middle East has made the Israeli
public even less ready for territorial concessions in the West Bank.
While 70% report that the rise of the Islamic State (ISIS) has not
affected their position, 17% say it has made them less ready for
concessions, while 5% say they are more ready for concessions.
75% of Israeli Jews oppose the establishment of a Palestinian state if
it means an Israeli withdrawal from the Jordan Valley. A similar
percentage would oppose the replacement of the IDF with international
forces in the Jordan Valley. Notably, 52% of Israelis who identify with
“the left” oppose the replacement of the IDF with international forces
in the Jordan Valley.
74% of Israeli Jews oppose the establishment of a Palestinian state on
the 1967 lines, while 76% oppose a Palestinian state if it means the
division of Jerusalem.
Full poll numbers here
Labels: 1949 armistice lines, Israeli polls, Jerusalem, Jordan Valley, two-state solution
It figures: Klinghoffer creator a (former) Jewish anti-Semite
Alice Goodman - the creator of the terror-glorifying opera 'Death of Klinghoffer' - is a former Jew turned Anglican Priest
(Hat Tip: Dan F
). Going back to the prophet Isaiah, we have been warned that those who would destroy us will spring forth from among us. A quick review of Goodman's recent Twitter entries shows a visceral hatred for Jews, and for Israel and those who support it. Here are some examples.
Not really. In fact, most American Jews support a 'two-state solution.' If the protest were taking place in Israel, Goodman might have a point. Unless, of course, she supports the extirpation of Israel's existence (maybe she does).
It's apparently inconceivable to Ms. Goodman that anyone could feel revulsion at the use of dead Jews as 'art,' and at the glorification of terrorism that her 'opera' aims to accomplish.
It should also be clear to all of you that Ms.Goodman's motivations have nothing to do with art and everything to do with hatred of Jews and Israel. There is indeed no anti-Semite like a Jewish anti-Semite.
For those who can make it this evening to protest in New York:
Labels: Achille Lauro, Jewish anti-Semitism, Leon Klinghoffer, Metropolitan Opera, New York City
Call your Representatives!
Something all Americans should think about in light of the explosion at Parchin earlier this month.
Labels: Barack Hussein Obama, Binyamin Netanyahu, intercontinental ballistic missiles, Iranian nuclear threat, Parchin
Rudy Giuliani will be there, will you?
Former Republican Presidential candidate, New York City Mayor and US Attorney Rudolph Giuliani will be holding a press conference on Monday in connection with the protest against the opening of the Death of Leon Klinghoffer at the Metropolitan Opera in New York. (Received by email).
There will be a press conference at Lincoln Center on Monday evening, October 20th at 5:00 PM, across the street from the Lincoln Center Plaza at Broadway & 65th Street to protest the first evening that “The Death of Klinghoffer” will be shown at the Metropolitan Opera.
Former New York Mayor Rudy Giuliani will be the keynote speaker at the press conference, which will be followed by a protest.
Additional confirmed participants include Congressman Peter King, Former NY Governor David Paterson, Criminal Defense Attorney Ben Brafman, Queens Borough President Melinda Katz, and Rabbi Joseph Potasnik.
Giuliani famously expelled Yasir Arafat from a concert for world leaders at Lincoln Center in 1995, explaining he could never forgive Arafat’s acts of terror. As the Mayor famously said, "I would not invite Yasir Arafat to anything, anywhere, anytime, anyplace. He has never been held to answer for the murders that he was implicated in." The Mayor said at the time, "The U.N. is one thing, the peace process is another thing. When we're having a party and a celebration, I would rather not have someone who has been implicated in the murders of Americans there, if I have the discretion not to have him there."
Rabbi Avi Weiss and a group of Rabbinical leaders will hold a prayer vigil commencing at Noon at Lincoln Center Plaza at Broadway & 65th Street in memory of Leon Klinghoffer's soul, being desecrated by the opera.
This is the continuation of a series of efforts opposing Lincoln Center’s decision to air this play.
If you're in the New York area tomorrow, you should be there.
Labels: Achille Lauro, anti-Semitism, Leon Klinghoffer, Metropolitan Opera, Palestinian terrorism, Rudy Giuliani
'Babes of Hamas' pinup calendar not selling very well
A pinup calendar that Hamas is trying to use to raise funds doesn't appear to be selling very well
The “Babes of Hamas” pinup calendar was intended to support the
cash-strapped organization in its efforts to rebuild its arsenal,
tunnels, and logistical operations in the wake of a punishing war this
past summer with Israel. However, the publication has sold anemically,
forcing the organization to absorb tens thousands of dollars in expenses
and to dispose of the hundreds of thousands of copies it had ordered
several weeks ago.
The calendar features twelve wives and daughters of Hamas operatives,
including those of senior Hamas officials, clad only in a full-body
chador, hijab, and niqab, completely revealing their eyes. The
photographs were taken at various romantic or scenic locations in the
Gaza Strip early last month, such as the beach at sunset with a boatload
of weapons being smuggled in the background, or in the cleaning
products aisle of a well-stocked supermarket, to emphasize the privation
caused by the Israeli blockade. As a bonus feature, the calendar also
includes a life-size, fold-out poster of a well-oiled Kalashnikov
automatic rifle completely uncovered, positioned such that its magazine
intake socket is showing.
Hamas spokesman Ashudda Nohn told reporters that slow demand and
difficulty in delivering the calendars in any significant quantities to
the West Bank were both to blame for the paltry sales. “We may have
overestimated the popularity of the genre in the Gaza Strip,” admitted
Nohn. “And that’s weird, because despite the morality patrols and
enforced separation of men and women in all sorts of venues, pornography
consumption here is on par with anywhere else in the world.”
Analysts say they are not surprised at the lack of revenue from sales
of the calendar. “The real action is in Syria and Iraq, where people
can get actual women for just a few dollars in the areas under control
of the Islamic State,” says Hugh Mantraffy-King, who studies societal
developments in the region. “Who’s going to plunk down forty shekels for
a few photos when you can get the real thing just a few hundred
kilometers to the north for a only slightly more?” Forty shekels equals
about 12 US dollars. Christian, Kurdish, and Yazidi women are available
for purchase as sex slaves in IS-controlled areas for as little as ten
dollars, but transportation and smuggling fees add to the total.
Labels: Hamas, humor, Islamic treatment of women, sex slaves
Because there's no 'Palestinian state': 'Israeli Arab' doctor killed fighting for Islamic State terror group
Barzilay Hospital in Ashkelon has confirmed that Othman Abdal Kian, a Bedouin doctor who was killed while fighting for the Islamic State terror organization, did his residency at the hospital
Arab media reported that a Beduin doctor from Israel had been killed while fighting with the terrorist group.
to the statement released by Barzilai, Othman Abdal-Kian finished his
medical degree in Jordan and began doing his residency at the hospital
in Ashkelon in February after passing tests qualifying him to
temporarily practice medicine in Israel.
He chose to do an elective month at Soroka Medical Center in Beersheba which he was supposed to have started in May.
Abdal-Kian failed to show up at the hospital on the prescribed date and all contact with him was lost.
authorities questioned the hospital administration at Barzilai about
Abdal-Kian's tenure at the facility, informing them that he had foregone
his medical career to join Islamic State forces.
I'm sure that if there were a 'Palestinian state,' Abdal Kian would never have done something like that. Just ask John FN Kerry.
Labels: Islamic State, Islamic terrorism, Israeli Arabs are a fifth column, John Kerry, Palestinian state, two-state solution
Breaking: 'Palestinian' suicide bomber caught near Jenin UPDATED
Lest you think they've given up on trying to murder us....
UPDATE 2:32 PM
The 'bomber' was unarmed
Labels: Palestinian terrorism, suicide bombers
LA hotel won't exclude Israelis in compliance with academic boycott
As you might recall, the American Studies Association has implemented an academic boycott of Israelis
. The group is holding its annual meeting at the Los Angeles Westin Bonaventure Hotel and the Washington Post reported last week that, in compliance with the group's wishes, the hotel planned to exclude Israelis from staying at the hotel
during the meeting.
In early November, the American Studies Association will be having
its annual meeting at the Westin Bonaventure Hotel in Los Angeles. Per
the ASA’s recently adopted policy, Israeli academics will be subject to
unique exclusionary restrictions based on their national origin.
The use of a public accommodation for such a discriminatory event has led a civil rights group to warn the hotel that hosting the conference could violate California’s civil rights laws.
The Unruh Civil Rights Act provides that “no business establishment of
any kind whatsoever shall discriminate against, boycott or blacklist, or
refuse to buy from, contract with, sell to, or trade with any person in
this state on account of” national origin and other characteristics. It
also extends liability to those who “aid or incite” a denial or rights
under the law.
I am not an expert on the application of
California’s anti-discrimination laws, but the notion that a public
accommodation cannot host an event that itself violates the law would at
least seem consistent with the text of the statute. I also happen to generally disfavor anti-discrimination laws
on, among other things, First Amendment (free association) grounds, but
unfortunately for the ASA, these arguments do not fare well in courts.
ASA’s argument that it does not bar Israelis, but only Israelis who
attend as representatives of their academic institutions, will not
likely help them much, as the normal way for academics to attend
academic conferences is as representatives of their institutions. In any
case, this argument amounts to saying the ACA is not discriminating as
much as they could have, which is not an advisable defense in
But even the International Tennis Federation eventually got it
. And so did the ASA
. They've backed off.
Professor Kontorovich’s blog post apparently got under the skin of
the ASA, as it wrote to Prof. Kontorovich claiming that there was no
boycott of any individuals whatsoever, as Prof. Kontorovich describes in
a follow up post, ASA pretends to partially drop Israel boycott:
The ASA’s executive director, John Stephens, wrote to me
demanding a correction, claiming that my description of their policy was
entirely “false.” Stephens claims that despite the boycott
As Prof. Kontorovich further demonstrates, since the ACLJ letter, the ASA has added language to its policy (indicated by an asterisk):
Our conference is open to anyone, including Israeli
academics and non-academics. If someone were to register for the
conference as a representative of an Israeli institution, he or she
would not be turned away.
* * *
Stephens went on to write that:
[The ASA] does not bar Israelis, it does not bar Israeli institutions. Prime Minister Netanyahu can attend if he wants to.
But their very own policy makes clear that it excludes Israeli
institutions and their “representatives,” as well as those of the
“Israeli government,” of which Netanyahu would be a prime example.
Heh. Read the whole thing
Labels: American Studies Association, BDS, constitution, Los Angeles
'Israeli Arab' soccer team pays tribute to traitor Azmi Bishara
Many of you might recall former Balad MK Azmi Bishara who fled the country and resigned from the Knesset after it was discovered that he helped Hezbullah spot rockets
during the Second Lebanon War in 2006. On Saturday, the soccer team in the 'Israeli Arab' town of Bnei Sakhnin - which is part of Israel's national league and plays games against teams from all over the country - paid tribute to Bishara
, prompting calls to suspend the team from the league.
At the beginning of the Bnei Sakhnin vs. Hapoel Tel Aviv game, the team
held a ceremony thanking a wealthy man from Qatar for contributing $2
million to the team.
Balad party representatives accepted the award, mentioning Bishara’s name.
Bishara founded Balad and was an MK in the 14th, 15th, 16th and 17th Knessets.
fled Israel in 2007 while under investigation for passing information
to Hezbollah during the previous year’s Second Lebanon War. He
currently resides in Doha, where he is the director of a think tank and
is reportedly close to Qatar’s royal family, a major sponsor of Hamas.
in the stands Saturday night waved banners reading “Jerusalem is
ours,” with an illustration of the Temple Mount wrapped in a keffiyeh,
and “The police are whores.”
Earlier this week, there were violent clashes between Muslims and police on Temple Mount.
I'm wondering what HaPoel Tel Aviv did during the 'ceremony.' In any event, Israel's 'Football Association' is claiming they were tricked.
The Football Association said Bnei Sakhnin asked only to give
certificates of honor to the team’s sponsors and did not mention
Bishara, and the association will put the team’s management on
FIFA and UEFA rules do not allow soccer teams to mix politics and soccer.
Labels: Azmi Bishara, Balad, Israeli Arabs are a fifth column, soccer
#Caring: Lebanon slams the door on fleeing Syrians
Lebanon has slammed the door shut
on Syrians fleeing from civil war in their own country.
Lebanon has all but closed its borders to refugees fleeing Syria’s civil
war, overwhelmed by an influx of more than 1 million people displaced
by fighting, U.N. and Lebanese officials said Saturday.
by Lebanon’s Al-Akhbar newspaper, Social Affairs Minister Rashid Derbas
said Lebanon “no longer officially receives any displaced Syrians.”
He said exceptions were available for refugees for “humanitarian
reasons” to be judged by Lebanon’s social affairs and interior
“We informed [the U.N. refugee agency] UNHCR that we are no longer able to receive displaced people,” he added.
Ninette Kelley, UNHCR’s representative in Lebanon, confirmed increased restrictions at the border with Syria.
“Our understanding is that people who are coming to claim refugee
status are not being permitted to enter in the way that they were
previously,” she told AFP.
“What we’ve seen over the last two
to three weeks is that there are greater restrictions ... We’ve seen
that there are fewer people approaching us for registration which is
also indicative of tightening of the border.”
Kelley said there were no precise figures on the number of refugees allowed to enter.
Labels: Lebanon, Syria, Syrian refugees
'Peace partner' calls Jews a 'herd of cattle'
Mahmoud Abbas Abu Mazen
has stepped up his attack
on Jews ascending the Temple Mount, calling them a 'herd of cattle
"The Palestinian leadership will be taking the necessary legal measures, at the international level, regarding the aggression of settlers on the Al-Aqsa mosque," Abbas said in a speech to the Revolutionary Council of his Fatah party.
"We will not allow settlers to attack the mosque," he added, referring to Jews visiting the site as a "herd of cattle."
On Saturday, Abbas called all Israelis "settlers" for visiting the
site, which is besieged by Arab rioters who have forced Israel's police
to close the Mount to Jews over the past several weeks on multiple
"It is not enough to say the settlers came, but they must be barred
from entering the compound by any means. This is our Aqsa... and they
have no right to enter it and desecrate it," Abbas said.
I think someone needs to ask the State Department on Monday how Abu Bluff's comments advance the cause of peace.
Labels: Abu Mazen, Middle East peace process, Temple Mount
'Screening airline passengers for Ebola with infrared cameras a no-brainer...US is lagging behind'
An American-Israeli expert in infectious diseases has attacked the United States' failure to screen airline passengers by taking their temperatures using infrared cameras
as a means of preventing passengers with Ebola from boarding planes.
Labels: Ebola, Guinea, Liberia, Sierra Leone, TSA, United Nations, United States, World Health Organization
'Most pro-Israel administration evah' refused to assist Israel in locating body of missing IDF soldier
I'm sure that many of you recall the incident from this past summer in which the body of IDF soldier Oron Shaul was snatched
from a burnt out APC in Gaza City's Shujaiyya neighborhood. It now turns out that the IDF requested assistance from the FBI in finding Oron's body and was turned down. Why the FBI? Because Hammas hacked into Shaul's Facebook page and Facebook's servers are located in the United States. The IDF hoped that it could find out where Hamas was located using the IP address from which Hamas was posting to the Facebook page. Walla.com (via Israel Hayom) explains.
On July 22, as international
news reports carried Hamas' claim of Shaul's capture, the IDF really had
no idea whatsoever what happened to the Israeli soldier. The only
statement made by the IDF at that point was that Shaul was missing in
action. Even two days later, the IDF still did not know if Shaul had
been kidnapped by Hamas or whether he was dead.
Kidnapping an Israeli soldier is one of the
highest priorities for Hamas, since Israel has in the past proven
willing to trade large numbers of imprisoned terrorists to get back just
one soldier, as happened in the case of Gilad Schalit. The news of
Hamas' alleged kidnapping triggered wild celebrations in Gaza.
The IDF and Israeli intelligence agencies
initiated a massive man hunt for Shaul, but to no avail. "We simply did
not know whether he was alive or not," an Israeli military official told
me, "or whether Hamas had killed him or whether Hamas had simply
kidnapped his body. But we had immediately set up a dragnet around the
entire area to encircle the terrorists and prevent them from leaving the
general area. We knew we did not have much time."
The dragnet proved porous, as Hamas terrorists
had many ways of escaping especially through the network of underground
tunnels they had built.
But in hacking Shaul's Facebook page, Hamas
may have inadvertently given away the location of the terrorists who had
Shaul or his body. That's because whenever a Facebook account is
accessed, Facebook's servers would automatically keep a record of the
Internet Protocol address where the account was accessed. IP addresses
are leased, which then can provide a geographic location of the IP
address where the Facebook account was hacked. In addition, there was
also a remote possibility that Shaul had been carrying his cell phone
although Israeli soldiers are not supposed to take their cell phones
into battle. But if he had done so, then it was also theoretically be
possible that Hamas had hacked into the mobile Facebook application on
Shaul's phone. If the Israelis could obtain the Facebook server data as
soon as possible, they thought they might have had a chance to find the
whereabouts of the Hamas terrorists who took Shaul.
Israel made an urgent appeal to the FBI for
help in trying to determine the remote source or information that would
be stored on Facebook servers indicating the location where Shaul's page
had been hacked. Upon receiving the request from Israel in Washington
on July 21, the FBI immediately issued a "preservation letter" to
Facebook ordering them to preserve all data saved on their server
pertaining to the Shaul's account.
At 4:25 p.m. on July 21, the FBI contacted a
United States Attorney's Office in a nearby district to initiate the
legal process to get a court order to serve Facebook for server
information on the account belonging to Israeli soldier Oron Shaul.
"Due to HAMAS status as a Designated Terrorist
Organization (DTO), there is a great effort to locate those who
kidnapped and/or killed ORON," read an FBI email to the U.S. Attorney's
Office, "HAMAS is already using the kidnapping as propaganda, which is
material support to a DTO."
In the email, the FBI noted there was unusual
activity on Shaul's Facebook account after the time of his kidnapping
and said it needed more information from Facebook that it could only
obtain with a court order to be able to fully determine what "HAMAS was
doing with Oron's Facebook account and possibly his phone." Was the U.S.
Attorney's Office in a position, the FBI wanted to know, to immediately
obtain a court order for the FBI to deliver to Facebook?
Shortly thereafter, the U.S. Attorney's Office
thought it was near ready to be able to immediately obtain a court
order. But before it could obtain such an order, it needed specific
information on Shaul's Facebook account that it could present to the
But the next day, July 22, the
U.S. Attorney's Office received a startling response from the FBI:
"Thank You for your effort, input and assistance. I regret to inform you
we have been denied approval to move forward with legal process. We
were told by our management we need a MLAT [Mutual Legal Assistance
Treaty] in order to continue to assist our partner with the request in
question." Those words put an immediate halt to the Israeli request.
An MLAT is a standardized legal agreement
between the United States and other countries that spells out the legal
and diplomatic protocols in processing requests for legal information
pertaining to court cases in either the United States or in another
country. MLATs go through various bureaucratic channels, usually take
weeks to process and would generally be used for non-pressing legal
matters in which the United States or another country was carrying out a
legal process such as a prosecution involving a citizen of another
Prosecutors familiar with their use say that
an MLAT would definitely not be used in an urgent life-or-death
intelligence or counter-terrorist incident, especially with a close ally
such as Israel. "In a pressing court matter, there is no way the USG
would invoke an MLAT with a close ally," said a veteran prosecutor who
has worked on international counter-terrorism cases.
Law enforcement officials knowledgeable about
this incident say both prosecutors and FBI were shocked at the sudden
turn of events. "This sudden reversal was devastating," said one law
enforcement official who was intimately familiar with this incident.
"For those working this case, they felt this decision was tantamount to a
death sentence. Nothing less."
And thus, the FBI was never able to supply
Israel with any information on Shaul's Facebook account that might have
led to the location of the soldier or his remains that had been seized
Most pro-Israel administration evah?
Labels: Arab celebrations, Barack Hussein Obama, FBI, Gaza, Hamas, IDF, kidnapping, Operation Protective Edge, Shejaiya, US-Israel relationship
Abu Bluff calls on 'Palestinians' to resist Jewish presence on Temple Mount 'by all means'
Shavua tov, a good week to everyone.
Mahmoud Abbas Abu Mazen
is calling for 'Palestinians' to resist any Jewish presence on the Temple Mount (including visitors) 'by any means
.' That's a code for terrorism.
Palestinian Authority leader Mahmoud Abbas on Friday encouraged
Islamists to continue efforts aimed at preventing Jews from visiting the
Temple Mount in Jerusalem, calling on Palestinian Arabs to prevent
"settlers" from entering the site using "all means" necessary.
His comments came days after Israeli police once again clashed with
Muslim extremists protesters violently demonstrating against Jews
visiting the Temple Mount, which is Judaism's holiest site and also the
location of the Islamic Al Aqsa complex.
"It is not enough to say the settlers came, but they must be barred
from entering the compound by any means. This is our Aqsa... and they
have no right to enter it and desecrate it," Abbas said.
The PA president was speaking at a conference in Ramallah after a
spate of clashes this week since a Monday confrontation between
Palestinian youths and Israeli police.
Abbas insisted that "defending Al-Aqsa" was tantamount to defending
Jerusalem, which the Palestinians are demanding as the capital of a
"Jerusalem is the jewel in the crown and it is the eternal capital of
the Palestinian state. Without it, there will not be a state," he said.
"It is important for the Palestinians to be united in order to protect Jerusalem," he added.
Funny. Abu Mazen himself is afraid to visit the Temple Mount and has not done so in years.
Labels: Abu Mazen, Temple Mount
US embargo of Israel during Protective Edge was total
I only have this story in Hebrew (link here
) (Hat Tip: David K
). Maariv is reporting that the US arms embargo on Israel was worse than previously reported, and the result is that Israel will transfer the manufacture of sensitive weapons to Israel rather than having them manufactured in the US, despite the fact that this will cost Israel more money because it cannot use American aid money for items manufactured in Israel.
You might recall that the US stopped shipments of hellfire missiles
to Israel during Operation Protective Edge. Maariv now reports that for 'days' the US totally cut off all communications with the Israeli Defense Ministry purchasing agent in the US.
The cutoff started ten days after the war began(!) when the Obama administration decided that too many civilians were being killed in Gaza.
Maariv reports that the order to cut off supplies came from the White House itself and that similar cutoffs happened in 1982 (First Lebanon War) and 1973 (Yom Kippur War).
However, the US continued its strategic cooperation with Israel, and did allow Israel to use weapons that were stored in Israel.
For those who read Hebrew, read the whole thing
. I don't have time now to translate.
UPDATE SUNDAY 11:44 AM
I have now been told that this was not from Maariv, that the NRG website is now owned by Israel HaYom and that it acts de facto as the front page of Makor Rishon.
Labels: arms embargo, Barack Hussein Obama, Gaza, Hamas, Hellfire missiles, IDF, Operation Protective Edge, US-Israel relationship
Bashar al-Assad has been murdering Syrians for three years. Islamic State is overrunning parts of Syria and Iraq. Turkey is going Islamist and destroying Kurdistan. Iran is developing ballistic missiles to deliver its nuclear weapons. So what should be the biggest priority for the Middle East? If you're US Secretary of State John Kerry, it's the holy grail of 'peace
' between Israel and the 'Palestinians.'
"I think that it is more critical than ever that we be fighting for peace, and I think it is more necessary than ever... As I went around and met with people in the course of our discussions about the ISIL (Islamic State) coalition, the truth is we – there wasn’t a leader I met with in the region who didn’t raise with me spontaneously the need to try to get peace between Israel and the Palestinians, because it was a cause of recruitment and of street anger and agitation that they felt," Kerry said.
The US leader added that in order to achieve peace, both sides must make compromises.
"So what we need to do is recognize that we need to build peace through specific partnerships. One partnership is specifically the effort to try to drive towards this peace, to have a compromise, to find a way to create two states that can live together side by side, two peoples, with both of their aspirations being respected. I still believe that’s possible, and I still believe we need to work towards it," he said.
What could go wrong?
Labels: John Kerry, Middle East peace process, Obama's obsession with Palestinians, State Department obsession with Israel
#Caring: Red Cross delivers medical supplies to 'Palestinian refugee camp' in Syria for first time in over a year
For the first time in over a year, the Red Cross has succeeded in delivering medical supplies
to the 'Palestinian refugee camp' in Yarmouk, Syria.
"This is the first time in over a year that we
have been able to deliver aid to the people in the camp, we hope to do
more," Daphnée Maret, the deputy head of the ICRC delegation in Syria,
who oversaw the operation, said in a statement.
remain extremely concerned about the hardships being endured by the
people living there, in particular the limited access to food, water and
to the U.N. in Geneva, Hussam Eddin Aala, said that the ICRC delivery
was "the result of continued cooperation" with authorities and the
Palestinian Red Crescent.
been sending humanitarian assistance in cooperation with UNRWA to the
camp on a daily basis whenever the security situation allows since
January 30," Aala told Reuters, referring to food parcels delivered to
Yarmouk by the U.N. agency taking care of Palestinian refugees
throughout the Middle East.
"We have been exerting continuous efforts to send assistance and evacuate those civilians who need evacuation," he added.
You didn't hear about this, did you? You can bet that if this were a 'refugee camp' in the 'West Bank,' the UN Security Council would have condemned us six times already.
Labels: International Committee of the Red Cross, Palestinian refugees, refugee camp, Syria, United Nations Security Council
War? What war? Israeli high tech near a new record
Some of you may have heard that there was a war in Israel this summer. Well, that didn't stop our high tech industry which broke financing records
in the third quarter of this year.
Investments in Israeli startups climbed to near record highs in the
third quarter, even as the country was in the throes of the worst
violence it has seen in years.
Venture investments in Israel-based companies have not only increased
in number of deals – with a near 40% rise this quarter over last- but
more than tripled the total amount invested in Q1 of 2014. And this
doesn’t account for the hundreds of venture-backed Israeli startups headquartered in New York or the Silicon Valley.
“Basically it did not create any disruption,” says Chemi Peres, managing partner at Pitango Venture Capital,
of the recent violence. “The high-tech industry continued to be
vibrant, and we never delayed a product or missed a milestone,” Peres
attests, adding that the single time he has feared for the safety of a
team was in 2001, when one of Pitango’s New York-based companies
survived the World Trade Center attacks.
While it seems plausible that regional instability would hinder deals
or deter investors, “the bottom line is that it comes with the turf,”
says Hillel Fuld,
Israeli entrepreneur and startup mentor. “Even when it’s quote-unquote
peaceful here there’s always violence – we’re surrounded by enemies –
but there are more entrepreneurs per capita in Israel than in any other
country, and the innovation is really off the charts.”
Much of the rest of the article complains about why the 'Palestinians' don't benefit from Israeli high tech (because much of it comes from the army). But no one is stopping them from setting up their own high tech industry like we set up ours. Oh wait... that would mean spending money on anti-terrorism inventions instead of terrorism.
Labels: Israeli high tech, Operation Protective Edge
Israel puts measures in place to stop entry of visitors with Ebola
Shana tova, a good year to all of you. And a reminder: The holiday of Simchat Torah is only one day here in Israel and therefore I'm allowed to be online tonight.
I just went through about an hour's worth of Twitter feed this evening and much of it is about Ebola and the Obama administration's ineffectual response
to it (Hat Tip: Memeorandum
). Here in Israel, the government is taking steps to ensure that people with the disease are not allowed to enter our country
As the Ebola scare spreads worldwide, Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu
issued instructions Thursday evening for more stringent preventive
measures at the entry points into Israel, including taking the body
temperatures of visitors coming from areas badly hit by the disease.
A drill will be held at Ben-Gurion Friday morning, simulating the
arrival of a passenger afflicted with the disease. The drill will deal
with the the entire process, from questioning the visitor coming off the
plane, to evacuation and hospital treatment.
Earlier this week,
the prime minister convened a special meeting to discuss the spread of
the deadly virus which has killed more than 4,490 people across the
globe. The discussion concluded that Israel should focus on monitoring
travelers arriving from the most heavily-affected areas: Liberia ,Guinea
and Sierra Leone.
Nearly 9,000 cases of Ebola have been reported
across West African nations as of October 12, according to the World
As for the situation outside of Africa -
Spain and the United States have seen a handful of cases in their
And we don't have 150 passengers per day
arriving from Liberia. Let's hope the US and Spain don't join that list.
Labels: Barack Hussein Obama, Ben Gurion Airport, Ebola