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Period: December 2014
 

ISRAEL, THE MIDDLE EAST & ASIA


 
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WHO ARE JEWS?
Who are the Jewish people of today related to? What does DNA science reveal about who are the ancestors of the Jews?
The answer to these questions about the history of the Jewish Ashkenazi or Khazar Jews empire will shock you, and will no doubt cause you to question everything you know about modern day Jews and the state of Israel.
We’re going to cover some ground-breaking information that is based on factual science; not someone’s opinion, not what the news reports, and not what Christian teachers say.
The title may cause you to think that this study will be “antisemitic” but as you will soon learn, that is not possible.
We need to pray for the true Jews to accept Jesus as their Messiah, but we also need to discern the truth about the leaders of Israel, the Ashkenazi Jews.
Here’s the list of Jewish witnesses that testify about the Ashkenazi people:
DNA research science from Dr. Eran Elhaik (a Jew) and associates at the McKusick-Nathans Institute of Genetic Medicine, Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine, have confirmed that, “97% of the 17 million of the world’s Jews ARE NOT descendants of Abraham.”
Dr. Dan Graur, a world-famous Jewish geneticist who served on the faculty of Tel Aviv University for 22 years and is now at the University of Houston, smiles at the distress of the Zionists. Dr. Elhaik’s research is, he said, “very honest.” Graur is the recipient of the prestigious Humboldt Award, given to the world’s top biological scientist. Continued: http://christianitybeliefs.org/end-times-deceptions/who-are-jews/

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FOR ISRAEL, TWO-STATE IS NO SOLUTION
By NAFTALI BENNETTNOV. 5, 2014 - NYT - JERUSALEM — Recent events in the Middle East are a reminder of how the old models of peace between Israel and the Palestinians are no longer relevant. The time has come to rethink the two-state solution. This past summer, Hamas and its allies fired over 4,500 rockets and mortars at Israel, demonstrating once again what happens when we evacuate territory to the so-called 1967 lines and hand it over to our adversaries. Peace is not obtained. Rather, we are met by war and bloodshed.
The rise of the Islamic State, also known as ISIS, and other extreme elements in Iraq, Syria and Lebanon, make the risks just as clear. Israel cannot afford to gamble with its security. There are no second chances in the volatile Middle East.
That is why, for its security, Israel cannot withdraw from more territory
and cannot allow for the establishment of a Palestinian state in the West Bank. If we were to pull out of the West Bank, the entire country would become a target for terrorists who would be able to set up rocket launchers adjacent to the Old City of Jerusalem and on the hills above the runways of Ben-Gurion International Airport and the Tel Aviv Stock Exchange. Continued: http://www.nytimes.com/2014/11/06/opinion/naftali-bennett-for-israel-two-state-is-no-
solution.html?emc=edit_th_20141107&nl=todaysheadlines&nlid=32269733&_r=0

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ISRAEL SURRENDERS THE TEMPLE MOUNT
November 5, 2014 - Since Israel declared independence on May 14, 1948, ending nearly two thousand years of Jewish exile and dispersion, only one other moment has rivaled its stunning historical significance. Nineteen years later, on June 7, 1967, Israeli paratroopers poured into the Old City of Jerusalem. Within minutes Lt. General Motta Gur ecstatically proclaimed: “The Temple Mount is in our hands!” On its southeastern corner, above the Western Wall, soldiers raised the Israeli flag. Upon reaching the sacred Wall Defense Minister Moshe Dayan declared: “We have returned to all that is holy in our land. We have returned never to be parted from it again.” Dayan promised Christians and Muslims that “their full freedom and all their religious rights will be preserved.” But he made no such promise to Jews. Instead he ordered the Israeli flag removed and quickly ceded internal administrative authority over the Temple Mount to the Jordanian Waqf. Jews could visit the Temple Mount, he announced, but they could not pray there. Freedom of worship for Jews at their holiest site, where the ancient Temples once stood, was sacrificed to the fantasy of amicable relations with Muslims. Recently the preferential status quo for the Temple Mount has been vehemently challenged. There were too many Jewish visitors, some even daring to move their lips in prayer, to please Muslim sensibilities. Enraged young hoodlums threw stones and a Muslim authority declared pointedly: “We reject these religious visits.” Palestinian officials warned of rising friction and conflict if the Temple Mount did not remain Judenrein.
http://www.algemeiner.com/2014/11/05/israel-surrenders-the-temple-mount/

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'BIBI FATIGUE' COULD FACTOR INTO ISRAELI ELECTION MARCH 17 2015 [1.12.2015 HE IS STILL THE FAVORITE]
By ARON HELLER From Associated Press December 12, 2014 2:03 AM EST
[...] But in just a few days, the "anyone but Bibi" campaign — referring to his popular nickname — has gained traction and his maneuver is looking increasingly risky. The election is set for March 17.
There are many reasons for the sentiment. On Israel's dovish left, Netanyahu is seen as a hardline ideologue who has aligned himself with allies who oppose peace with the Palestinians and favor a greater role for religion in daily life. They also lament the deterioration in relations with the U.S., Israel's closest and most important ally.
Even among more conservative voters, many fear that Netanyahu has veered too far to the religious-nationalist right, while hardliners ironically think Netanyahu is too soft on security issues and are turning to other parties. Meanwhile, an economy that is increasingly divided between haves and have-nots has alienated many Israelis. Across the board, many just feel it's time for some fresh blood.
"Read my lips: Prime Benjamin Netanyahu will lose the election," columnist Uri Misgav wrote Tuesday in the liberal Haaretz daily. "Netanyahu's stock is at an all-time low, and he has nothing left to sell ... Netanyahu will lose because the rising revulsion for him crosses party lines and overflows its banks." Whole article:
http://abcnews.go.com/International/wireStory/bibi-fatigue-factor-israeli-election-27549046

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NEWS BRIEF: REPUBLISHED FOR SOME REASON NOW:
RUSSIAN JEWS HAVE A HISTORIC RIGHT ON WHICH TO BASE THEIR LAND SETTLING ACTIVITY IN THE CRIMERIA
December 30, 1926 - Vienna (Dec. 29) - Russian Jews have a historic right on which to base their land settling activity in the Crimea. This was the opinion expressed by Dr. Simon Dubnow, well known Russian Jewish historian, in an interview with the representative of the “Menorah.”
If the question of Jewish right to colonize Crimea is raised it must be remembered that the Jews have a right to claim to be autochthons of all the northern coast of the Black Sea. As early as the ancient Bosphorean empire, before the Christian era, colonies of Hellenized Jews have flourished on the Black Sea coast. Inscriptions which have been found there dating back to the first cenutry prove the existence of organized Jewish communities in this region. These Hellenized Jews were followed by the Byzantine Jews in the fifth century of the Christian era. The Khazar empire, the leading classes of which adopted Judaism, existed between the eighth and eleventh centuries. Then, settlements of Jews and Karaites existed in this region between the thirteenth and eighteenth centuries. Finally, the Jewish colonies have existed there since the nineteenth century. The historic rights of the Jews to colonize Crimea and the entire Black Sea coast from Odessa to the Caucasus cannot be doubted and it is certainly desirable in a region where for two thousand years our ancestors have, under the Greeks and the Scythians, engaged in agriculture, that the Jews should again cultivate the land. However, the modern Scythians are more dangerous than the ancient-“Time# Danaos et dona ferentes” (I fear the Danaos even if they bring me gifts) he declared. Continued:
http://www.jta.org/1926/12/30/archive/russian-jews-have-a-historic-right-on-which#ixzz3LtYXDm46

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ISRAEL SEEKS U.S. BLOCK OF PALESTINIAN STATEHOOD DRIVE
Reuters - by Lesley Wroughton - December 15, 2014 - ROME (Reuters) - Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu on Monday sought assurances from U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry that Washington would block efforts by Palestinians and Europeans on Palestinian statehood.
"Our expectation is that the United States will stand by its position for the past 47 years that a solution to the conflict will be achieved through negotiations, and I do not see a reason for this policy to change," Netanyahu told reporters after a meeting in Rome that lasted some three hours.
Before the meeting, Israel put the United States on notice that it expected Washington to exercise its U.N. Security Council veto against any resolutions setting a time frame. Netanyahu declined to comment on whether he was given an assurance by Kerry that the United States would exercise its veto. A source with knowledge of the talks who spoke on condition of anonymity said the Israeli leader had indeed asked for such an assurance.
A senior State Department official said Washington had made clear in discussions that it would oppose certain moves.
"We've made clear throughout these discussions with all of our interlocutors that there are certain things we could never support. (I'm) not going to outline those publicly," the official said.
Continued: http://www.reuters.com/article/2014/12/15/us-israel-palestinians-kerry-idUSKBN0JT1A020141215

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PALESTINIANS SEEK UN RESOLUTION TO END ISRAELI OCCUPATION [TURNED OUT TO BE A 'NO' VOTE]
By Carole Landry 12.17.2014 United Nations (United States) (AFP) - The Palestinians are to push on Wednesday with a draft UN resolution demanding an end to Israeli occupation despite what they call warnings the United States is ready to veto the measure. An Arab-backed text setting November 2016 as the deadline for an Israeli withdrawal was to be formally submitted to the UN Security Council. The 15-member council will vote at a later date. "We will submit our project to the UN Security Council tomorrow," Nimr Hammad, an adviser to Palestinian president Mahmud Abbas, told AFP on Tuesday.
The decision follows the latest series of meetings between US Secretary of State John Kerry, Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, Palestinian negotiators and European ministers.
Kerry suggested a UN resolution could play into the hands of Israeli hardliners as the country heads toward elections in March.
"Many of us share a deep sense of urgency about this," he insisted. "But we're also very mindful that we have to carefully calibrate any steps that are taken for this difficult moment in the region." The Palestinians say Kerry has threatened a veto from the United States.
Asked what kind of resolution the US might be able to support at the UN, Kerry insisted Monday the US administration has "made no determinations... about language, approaches, specific resolutions, any of that." And a US official traveling with Kerry in London Tuesday said that this language still stands.
The Palestinians began circulating a draft at the end of September, after President Mahmud Abbas told the UN General Assembly that it was time to fast-track Palestinian statehood. [The United States is expected to veto the resolution.]
Continued: http://www.jpost.com/Arab-Israeli-Conflict/Palestinians-to-seek-end-of-occupation-later-this-month-at-UN-380776

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HERE GOES OBAMA'S ETERNAL US-ISRAEL ALLIANCE
["20 March 2013 Barack Obama hails 'eternal' US-Israel alliance at start of Middle East visit
Obama says his first visit to Israel as US president is chance to 'reaffirm the unbreakable bond between our nations'"]
DEBKAfile Exclusive Report December 14, 2014, 7:46 PM (IDT) [...] 3. debkafile’s Washington and Moscow sources report that the Syrian issue was destined to figure large in the Rome talks between US Secretary of State John Kerry and Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov Sunday, Dec. 14.
The Kremlin is making US acceptance of its plan for ending the Syrian conflict the condition for joining the US-European line on the Palestinian demand that next week’s UN Security Council session set a two-year deadline for Palestinian statehood within 1967 border. The text calls for Israeli “occupation of Palestinian territory captured in the 1967 war” to end by November 2016.
France, Britain and Germany are in efforts to draft a resolution of their own.
So any deal Kerry and Lavrov are able to finalize for a tradeoff between the Palestinian and Syria issues will be put before Israeli Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu when he meets the US secretary in Rome Monday, Dec. 15.. Netanyahu will ask Washington to exercise its veto against the Palestinian motion. But the Obama administration would rather not, since it supports the Palestinians in principle.
Israel may therefore find itself this time ranged against a united US-Russian front on the Palestinian issue, Moscow's reward for Washington liniing up behind its plan for Syria. Even the American threat to station medium-range nuclear missiles in Europe following Moscow’s refusal to endorse the Intermediate-Range Nuclear Forces Treaty failed to cast a cloud over the Kerry-Lavrov encounter. The two top diplomats have a solid history of progress in forging diplomatic accords on thorny international issues (e.g. Iran’s nuclear program and Syria’s chemical weapons).
If they fail this time, Netanyahu’s talks with Kerry will be lighter and smoother. But if a Syria-Palestinian tradeoff is forged between the two powers, Israel may for the first time find itself on a collision course with a joint US-Russian front on the Palestinian issue.
Netanyahu told a cabinet meeting in Jerusalem Sunday, Dec. 14, that Israel would “rebuff any UN moves to set a timetable for withdrawal from territory.” He said Israel now faced a possible diplomatic offensive "to force upon us" such a withdrawal within two years.
Therefore, the Israeli air strikes against a shipment of Russian missiles for Syria for Hizballah last Monday, Dec. 8, may be seen as an act of defiance against this nascent big-power partnership. Our sources reveal that Moscow was not alone in demanding “explanations” for Israel’s “aggressive” – so too did Washington. (Bold emphasis by editor) http://www.debka.com/article/24296/Is-Obama-ready-for-an-about-face-to-recognize-
Assad-Will-Syria-provide-the-strike-force-against-ISIS

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MAJOR ISRAEL-US RIFT OVER WASHINGTON PLAN TO LET TEHRAN CONTINUE ENRICHING URANIUM WITH SANCTIONS RELIEF
Thursday, November 7, 2013 - (Debka) - Israel announced early Thursday, Nov. 7, that it is utterly opposed to the new proposal for Iran’s nuclear program which the United States plans to put before the two-day Geneva conference beginning later today. Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu, when he met US Secretary of State John Kerry in Jerusalem Wednesday night, bitterly accused the Obama administration of yielding to the Russian-backed Iranian position. Should Tehran renege on the deal, the US proposal leaves it with the capacity for enriching enough weapons-grade uranium in 10 days to build several nuclear weapons. This US proposal calls for Iran to halt enrichment of uranium up to 20-percent grade (a short jump to weapons-grade) and slow construction on the Arak heavy water plant for plutonium production. In return, the US offers a start on selective sanctions relief. This proposal is likely to be approved by the six powers at the Geneva conference.
Continued: http://www.worldeventsandthebible.com/2013/11/major-israel-us-rift-over-washington.html

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OFFICIAL: RUSSIA PLOTTING TO START WAR ON ISRAEL
Plan includes shipping missiles to terrorist groups .
Aaron Klein - 12.20.2014 - TEL AVIV – Russia is preparing a contingency plan to prompt Hezbollah and possibly the regime of Syrian President Bashar al-Assad into a direct military conflict with Israel, according to a French official who has been apprised of the situation. The official, who spoke on condition of anonymity, said the contingency was meant to be used as a card against the West, particularly the U.S. and European Union, which has been engaged in efforts to isolate Moscow. This past week, the U.S. and E.U. adapted tighter sanctions on the Russian economy, including restrictions on investments in the Crimea, with emphasis on Russian Black Sea oil and gas exploration and tourism. The official said there is information Russia in recent weeks successfully shipped to Hezbollah a large convoy of Iskandar ballistic missiles and surface-to-air missiles. The missiles were received, despite Israel’s alleged airstrikes in Syria targeting Russian-shipped weapons earlier this month, the official said. The official said Russia has not made any decision about agitating a Hezbollah attack on Israel, but views a possible conflict in the Mideast as a card it can play in its confrontation with the West, particularly in Ukraine.
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Continued: http://www.wnd.com/2014/12/official-russia-plotting-to-start-war-on-israel

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ABBA'S FATAH MOVEMENT MARKS FIFTIETH ANNIVERSARY WITH IMAGE INCITING GENOCIDE AGAINST ISRAELIS
January 1, 2015 12:47 pm Ben Cohen - Fatah published [an] image inciting genocide against Israelis hours after the PA joined the International Criminal Court. Barely 24 hours after the Palestinian Authority submitted its application to join the International Criminal Court (ICC,) the Fatah movement of PA President Mahmoud Abbas has published a gruesome image on its Facebook page inciting genocide against Israeli Jews.
The image, by Arab artist Ali Faour, was published to coincide with the fiftieth anniversary of Fatah’s founding on the terrorist organization’s Facebook page. The anniversary was celebrated at a ceremony in Ramallah on Wednesday morning, the Palestinian Ma’an news agency reported.
Faour’s image shows a Fatah flag attached to a gun emerging from a pile of skulls, several of which are marked with a Star of David. The image conjures up memories of the corpses which Nazi execution squads dumped into mass graves during the Holocaust. http://www.algemeiner.com/2015/01/01/abbass-fatah-movement-marks-fiftieth-
anniversary-with-image-inciting-genocide-against-israelis/

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RETHINKING THE KHAZAR THEORY
Now for the surprising variation in critiquing the Rethinking the Khazar Theory! This section is written by no other, than David Duke, himself. Review the original article, for a long list of DNA studies that seem to reject and conflict with Eran Elhaik research. Nevertheless, Dr. Duke argues that the claim of special rights for the “Chosen” which resides in the Talmud culture is entirely part of the tribalism no matter the particular genetics of the Zionist.
“I have come to believe that the Khazar theory is one more piece of controlled opposition as illustrated in Orwell’s 1984 where Emmanuel Goldstein is supposedly Big Brother’s opposition, but in fact he is part of the Big Brother apparatus. How convenient it is to suggest that Jews are not a race, not a related people that gives them a unity and strength in conflict with other peoples. One cannot explain the power of Zionism unless one understands Jewish tribalism.
Jewish tribalism (racism) and favoritism and preference for fellow Jews combined with discrimination against non-Jews ultimately enables them to take over almost any institution. Without Jewish racism, Zionism could not flourish, for that is what gives the Jewish extremists its enormous economic, media and political influence.
Christians who propagate the “Khazar theory” should not forget that the Talmud is perhaps the most anti-Christ tome ever written. The Talmud portrays Jesus being boiled in human excrement—“forever”! The Talmud as well the gospel recounting of the Jewish persecution behind the crucifixion of Christ all took place hundreds of years before any supposed Khazar conversion”
Let’s pull all this information together to sort out a rational understanding of the political considerations that threaten the stability and well being of the planet. Historically it is undeniable that large number of Jews from Eastern Europe and Russia migrated out of that area. Many resettled in Israel. Most adopted pro-Zionist politics. Since the former Khazar empire region was the departing homeland of so many inhabitants who profess to be Jews, it is preposterous to contend that any tribal group can maintain a pure racial identity.
When a Jew resides in Israel are they not called an Israeli? What do you call a Jew living in the Ukraine - a Jew or a Ukrainian? Likewise, when a Jewish migrate from Khazarian descendant moves to Israel and becomes a citizen, do they lose their roots from their own lineage? Whether they purport to be from a bloodline of a racial tribe or simply a convert to a particular religion their association with their country of origin remains.
Could it be that this astounding disclosure of a hidden past is nothing more than a ploy to recapture influence if not actual territory in a former land of settlement? If this is the case, the issue is one of political power and not one of religious inevitability.
- full story at: http://www.batr.org/terror/122314.html

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https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9y2DzHphAJg


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WILD CHEERS FOR PROPOSED INVASION OF ISRAEL
NATO ally encouraged to 'liberate' Jerusalem
Published: 12.30.14 - Leo Hohmann - Photo: President Obama and Turkish President Erdogan just about cheek to cheek? Turkish and Palestinian flags fluttered like angry birds in a crowd of thousands of people chanting "Allahu Akbar!" and "Down with Israel!"
The chants grew more exuberant as the hulking, bearded man on the speaker’s platform assured them that "God willing, we will liberate Jerusalem together." The speaker was Hamas leader Khaled Meshaal and his audience was Turkey’s ruling Justice and Development Party, gathered for its annual meeting Dec. 27 at a convention hall in Konya, the hometown of Turkish Prime Minister Ahmet Davutoglu.
The Turkish prime minister introduced the Hamas leader and then took a seat in the front row, cheering and clapping for the radical Islamist statements being made by Meshaal. "As Turkey for centuries was the main defender of Jerusalem and Al-Aqsa Mosque, likewise with you are the center of the Muslim Umma (Muslim nation) which will carry on the mission of liberating Jerusalem and al-Aqsa Mosque," Meshaal told the crowd in an address that received almost no major media coverage. "Know this, that strong Turkey is the strength of Palestine and of Jerusalem. Turkey is the strength that represents all Muslims."
Continued: http://www.wnd.com/2014/12/nato-ally-encouraged-to-liberate-jerusalem

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AMERICA'S PALESTINE REFUGEE POLICY IS LUDICROUS
December 22, 2014 7:42 am Author: avatar Asaf Romirowsky and Alexander H. Joffe
Alexander Joffe Asaf Romirowsky Obama Palestinians Palestinian refugee crisis Palestinian refugees U.S. Aid Palestinians UNRWA UNRWA Palestinians
One definition of insanity is doing the same thing over and over and expecting different results. By any measurement, Western policy towards United Nations Relief and Works Agency for Palestine Refugees in the Near East (UNRWA), the internationally funded agency for Palestinian “refugees,” meets that definition. One example is the newly released 2015 State Department Framework for Cooperation Between UNRWA and the U.S.
This exercise in repetition occurred in the wake of a war that again exposed UNRWA’s unsavory and illegal activities, from being “shocked” that its schools were used to store Hamas’ rockets and rote condemnations of Israel, to its employees cheering the murder of Israelis. The framework nevertheless represents the American commitment to prolong the existence of UNRWA, established almost exactly 65 years ago.
http://www.algemeiner.com/2014/12/22/americas-palestine-refugee-policy-is-ludicrous

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PALESTINIAN MEMBERSHIP OF INTERNATIONAL CRIMINAL COURT WOULD BE DANGEROUS ‘GAME-CHANGER’ FOR ISRAEL, LEGAL EXPERT SAYS
Palestinian membership of the International Criminal Court (ICC) would be a “game-changer” with profoundly negative consequences for the State of Israel, a senior Israeli lawyer has warned. “If the Palestinians file war crimes charges against Israel, Israel will lose because the court is biased,” Nitsana Darshan-Leitner, Director of Shurat HaDin – the Israel Law Center, told The Algemeiner. Following yesterday’s failed vote on Palestinian statehood at the UN Security Council, the Palestinian focus has now shifted to joining international treaties and organizations, foremost among them the ICC. A 2009 bid to sign up to the court’s Rome Statute was unsuccessful, as “Palestine” was at the time only an “observer entity” at the United Nations. However, with “Palestine’s” upgrade in 2012 to “non-member observer state,” membership of the ICC is now a serious possibility.
http://www.algemeiner.com/2014/12/31/palestinian-membership-of-international-criminal-court-
would-be-dangerous-game-changer-for-israel-legal-expert-says

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PALESTINIANS JOIN INTERNATIONAL CRIMINAL COURT
Mohammed Daraghmeh and Josef Federman, Associated Press 2:44 p.m. EST December 31, 2014
RAMALLAH, West Bank (AP) - Stung by a resounding defeat in the U.N. Security Council, the Palestinians announced Wednesday that they joined the International Criminal Court to pursue war crimes charges against Israel. The move by Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas set the stage for a diplomatic showdown with the United States and drew an angry response from Israel. "The one who needs to fear the International Criminal Court in the Hague is the Palestinian Authority, which has a unity government with Hamas, a terror organization like (the Islamic State group) which commits war crimes," Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu said in a statement.
Netanyahu called Israel's soldiers "the most moral army in the world" and said the country would take unspecified "retaliatory steps."
U.S. State Department spokesman Edgar Vasquez said America strongly opposed the move and warned it would be "counter-productive and do nothing to further the aspirations of the Palestinian people for a sovereign and independent state."
"It will badly damage the atmosphere with the very people with whom they ultimately need to make peace," Vasquez said in a statement.
Abbas has been under heavy domestic pressure to take action against Israel following months of tensions fueled by the collapse of U.S.-brokered peace talks, a 50-day war between Israel and Palestinian militants in Gaza, a spate of deadly Palestinian attacks on Israeli targets and Israeli restrictions on Palestinian access to a key Muslim holy site in Jerusalem. Tuesday's defeat in the U.N. Security Council further raised pressure on Abbas to act.
http://www.usatoday.com/story/news/world/2014/12/31/palestinian-resolution-rejected/21093077

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PALESTINIANS PRESS WAR-CRIMES CASE AGAINST ISRAEL, GAZA TRUCE STARTS
By JOSEF FEDERMAN and MOHAMMED DARAGHMEH - From Associated Press - December 31, 2014 5:03 PM EST
RAMALLAH, West Bank (AP) - Turning up the pressure on Israel, the Palestinians announced Wednesday that they are joining the International Criminal Court to pursue war-crimes charges against the Jewish state - a risky, high-stakes move that brought threats of retaliation from Israel and criticism from the U.S. Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas acted a day after suffering a defeat in the U.N. Security Council, which voted down a resolution setting a three-year deadline for the establishment of a Palestinian state on lands occupied by Israel. "We want to complain. There's aggression against us, against our land. The Security Council disappointed us," Abbas said. Turning to the international court at The Hague marks a major policy shift, transforming Abbas' relations with Israel from tense to openly hostile. The ultimate goal is to pressure Israel into withdrawing from the territories and agreeing to Palestinian statehood. (Associated Press)

Palestinian Foreign Minister Riad al-Malki, meanwhile, said there was “clear evidence” of war crimes by Israel during its offensive in Gaza as he met International Criminal Court prosecutors to push for an investigation. Malki visited The Hague shortly after Israel and Hamas that rules Gaza entered a 72-hour truce mediated by Egypt in an effort to pave the way for an extended cease-fire.
Israeli armor and infantry withdrew from the Gaza Strip ahead of the truce, with a military spokesman saying their main goal of destroying cross-border infiltration tunnels had been completed. “Mission accomplished,” the military tweeted.
http://www.todayszaman.com/world_palestinians-press-war-crimes-case-against-israel-gaza-truce-starts_354651.html


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PALESTINIAN WAR CRIMES CASE AGAINST ISRAEL WOULD FACE MANY OBSTACLES
Published December 04, 2012 - Associated Press - JERUSALEM – Just days after winning upgraded status at the United Nations, the Palestinians are already threatening to join the world's first permanent war crimes court and pursue charges against the Israelis. Although the Palestinians say that any decision is still a long ways off, the mere threat has unnerved Israel. But pressing a case may not be so simple and could potentially leave the Palestinians themselves vulnerable to prosecution. Since winning recognition as a nonmember observer state in the United Nations General Assembly last week, the Palestinians believe they now qualify for membership in the International Criminal Court. In opposing the Palestinian bid at the U.N., Israel repeatedly cited Palestinian threats to turn to the ICC to prosecute Israeli officials for a variety of alleged crimes, ranging from actions by the Israeli military to Israel's construction of Jewish settlements on occupied land. While Israel does not recognize the court's jurisdiction and believes its actions do not violate international law, officials are concerned legal action that could embarrass Israel, make it difficult for Israeli officials to travel overseas or portray the country as a pariah state. A war crimes conviction can include fines and maximum penalties of life in prison.
http://www.foxnews.com/world/2012/12/04/palestinian-war-crimes-case-against-israel-would-face-many-obstacles

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PALESTINIAN FM SEEKS ICC WAR CRIMES CASE AGAINST ISRAEL
By TOBY STERLING - AP - 08/05/2014 8:15 am EDT Updated: 10/05/2014 5:59 am ED
THE HAGUE, Netherlands (AP) — The Palestinian foreign minister said Tuesday that his government intends to apply for membership at the International Criminal Court this year in hopes of holding Israel responsible for alleged violations of war crimes law in Israeli-occupied territories.
"Israel has left us with no other option," Riad Malki told reporters after meeting with court officials in The Hague.
But he stopped short of guaranteeing that his nation will actually apply.
"This is just one step short of becoming members," he said at the headquarters of the Palestinian mission in The Hague. Joining is now "a question of procedural matters."
http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2014/08/05/israel-icc-war-crimes_n_5650473.html

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LIVNI REVEALS PIVOTAL ROLE OF ABBAS IN SABOTAGING US-SPONSORED PEACE TALKS
December 24, 2014 Tzipi Livni, the former Israeli Justice Minister and lead negotiator with the Palestinians who is now running as a Prime Ministerial candidate in Israel’s forthcoming March elections, has revealed that the Palestinian leadership “caused the failure” of American-sponsored peace talks “at a critical moment.” Livni’s centrist Hatnua party is running in alliance with the the Labor Party for the elections. In the event that the bloc wins the ballot, Livni will rotate the prime minister’s post with Labor leader Isaac Herzog every two years.
Speaking to New York Times reporter Roger Cohen, Livni said that Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas had been presented with an American-authored framework agreement at a meeting in Washington, DC on March 17. The framework – which has not been made public – set out the administration’s views on major issues, including borders, security, settlements, Palestinian refugees and Jerusalem.
“Livni considered it a fair framework, and [Prime Minister Benjamin] Netanyahu had indicated willingness to proceed on the basis of it while saying he had reservations,” Cohen wrote. “But Abbas declined to give an answer in what his senior negotiator, Saeb Erekat, later described as a ‘difficult’ meeting with Obama. Abbas remained evasive on the framework.”
http://www.algemeiner.com/2014/12/24/livni-reveals-pivotal-role-of-abbas-in-sabotaging-us-sponsored-peace-talks


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‘SLAUGHTER THE JEWS' AMULET STOLEN FROM CONTROVERSIAL COLLEGE ART EXHIBITION
December 30, 2014 - Dave Bender - Algemeiner.com - Gaza Strip hamas Israel Palestinian Conflict Israeli Art Israeli politics Palestinian Terrorism. Officials at Sapir College in Sderot are investigating the possible theft of an amulet from a provocative art display, Israel’s NRG News said Tuesday.
“The Power of the Word,” which opened Tuesday at Sapir College, is seen by some as encouraging incitement, though its defenders insist that the exhibit is important because it showcases opinions on both sides.
The exhibition includes three hamsas (palm-shaped amulets popular throughout the Middle East) created by artist Gad Wellnitz and decorated with the words “ISIS,” “Slaughter the Jews,” and “In blood and fire we will redeem Palestine.”
“There is no place in an academic institution for an exhibition which calls for the massacre of a people,” one irate student told NRG.
http://www.algemeiner.com/2014/12/30/slaughter-the-jews-amulet-stolen-from-controversial-college-art-exhibition

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IRAN THREATENS TO FLOOD GAZA WITH 'MILLION' OF IRANIAN FIGHTERS
Head of Iranian government's Basij paramilitary force claims 'millions' of volunteers have applied to fight in Gaza and Syria.
By Mark Langfan - First Publish: 11/19/2014, 2:14 PM The head of Iran's Basij paramilitary force has claimed it is raising an army of "millions" to flood Gaza and Syria to support Tehran's allies. Fars, Iran’s semi-official newspaper, reported that that Brigadier General Mohammad Reza Naqdi, Commander the Basij paramilitary force, as saying: "Millions of Basijis (volunteer forces) are ready in Iran to be dispatched to Syria and Gaza and they have come to us (for registration)." Iran’s Basij forces are much feared inside the country and known for their brutality in quashing anti-government dissent. They were highly utilized during Iran’s violent repression of the student protests in the wake of the Iranian elections of 2009.
Thousands of Iranian volunteers - mostly tied with Iran's Revolutionary Guards force - are already reportedly fighting alongside pro-regime forces in Syria, where Iran is attempting to forge a Syrian Hezbollah composed of Shia Islamist foot-soldiers.
http://www.israelnationalnews.com/News/News.aspx/187646

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JESUS KEPT KOSHER (TURNING THE GOSPEL OF MARK UPSIDE DOWN, SAYS THE PROFESSOR)
By Prof. Daniel Boyarin, The University of California at Berkeley.
In his talk “Jesus Kept Kosher” Prof. Daniel Boyarin argues that Mark 7:19 passage “Thus He (Jesus) declared all foods clean” has been misunderstood.
Daniel Boyarin is a professor of Talmudic Culture at University of California at Berkeley. There is a saying that goes something like this: “Religion exists to comfort the disturbed, and to disturb the comforted.” When I think of this saying I think of Daniel Boyarin.
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=bIYN3iMsUI0

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EGYPT CATCHES ISLAMIC STATE INFILTRATING SINAI WORRIES IT COULD BE NEXT ON JIHADIST GROUP'S HIT LIST
Aaron Klein - WND - Published: 12.27.2014 - TEL AVIV – Egypt in recent weeks arrested dozens of foreign jihadists in the Sinai Peninsula, stoking fears Islamic State militants are seeking to open a new front in the land of Moses, an Egyptian security official told WND. The official said the Egyptian military brass were alarmed by the number of foreign jihadists who had infiltrated the Sinai, with those jihadists arrested in recent raids originating from such countries as Pakistan, Yemen, Iraq, Afghanistan and beyond. The first raids took place earlier this month. More were reported arrested in Egyptian military raids of the Sinai last Wednesday and Thursday. A statement from the Egyptian military spokesperson’s office reported 297 were arrested during last week’s raids, including illegal immigrants, criminal and terrorist suspects and one jihadist described by the military as “extremely dangerous.”
That terrorist was named as Tawfik Awad Soliman from the State of Sinai terror group.
Continued: http://www.wnd.com/2014/12/egypt-catches-islamic-state-infiltrating-sinai

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BELGIAN DOCTOR'S REFUSAL TO TREAT ELDERLY JEWISH PATIENT HEADS WIESENTHAL CENTER LIST OF ANTI-SEMITIC OUTRAGES IN 2014
December 29, 2014 2014 was a “year of unprecedented explosions of anti-Semitic and anti-Israel hatred,” Jewish advocacy group The Simon Wiesenthal Center declared, as it announced its list of the ten worst anti-Semitic and anti-Israel incidents over the last twelve months. In a telling sign of the degree to which anti-Semitism presents a threat in Europe, the majority of the incidents described took place in European countries ranging from Belgium to Hungary.
At the top of the list is the shocking story of a doctor in the Belgian city of Antwerp who refused to treat a 90 year-old Jewish woman who’d broken a rib. “Send her to Gaza for a few hours, then she will not feel pain anymore,” the doctor told the lady’s grandson, Hershy Taffel, who later filed a discrimination complaint with the police, when he sought assistance for his grandmother on August 1. “It reminds me of what happened in Europe 70 years ago,” Taffel told the Joods Actueel newspaper. “I never thought those days would once again be repeated.”
The Wiesenthal Center also noted that Belgium was the site of the deadliest attack on a Jewish target this year, when a terrorist murdered four people during a gun attack at the Jewish Museum in Brussels in May.
Continued: http://www.algemeiner.com/2014/12/29/belgian-doctors-refusal-to-treat-elderly-jewish-patient-heads-
wiesenthal-center-list-of-anti-semitic-outrages-in-2014/

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VIDEO: NOW ISIS SETS SIGHT ON ISRAEL 'WE WILL NOT GIVE UP ONE SPAN OF PALESTINE, 'ALLAH WILLING'
Published: 12.29.2014 - WND - A new video issued by ISIS contradicts the oft-repeated claim that the Islamic movement now controlling large portions of Iraq and Syria has no interest in the Palestinian jihad against Israel. ISIS, which now calls itself the Islamic State after declaring the creation of a new caliphate, vows in the video: “Allah willing, we will continue to fight against the Israelis and their allies.”
Islam researcher Robert Spencer, editor of Jihad Watch, notes, for example, Jay Michaelson claimed in the Jewish Daily Forward that “the Islamic State is a Salafist jihadist/fundamentalist movement that regards Hamas as impure and the Israel/Palestinian conflict as largely irrelevant.”
In the video, however, Spencer writes, ISIS “makes it abundantly clear” that it regards the Palestinian-Israeli conflict as extremely important. “And as always, the jihadis ground and justify their actions in Islam, boasting that they will destroy kufr (unbelief) and the unbelievers (kuffar),” Spencer writes.
Continued: http://www.wnd.com/2014/12/video-now-isis-sets-sights-on-israel

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POLL SHOWS NUMBER OF JEWISH YOUTHS WANTING TO LEAVE TURKEY ANTI-SEMITISM HAS DOUBLED
December 26, 2014 11:29 am The warning from a leading figure in Turkey’s Jewish community that anti-Semitism is driving the community’s youth to seek a new life outside the country has been provisionally confirmed in statistics gathered by a leading Middle East politics website.
“According to statistics of a community high school we were asked not to name, compared with previous years, the number of Jewish youths wanting to leave Turkey has doubled. In 2012 of 99 students at the community school, 23 wanted to go abroad; in 2013, 18 out of 96; and in 2014, 40 out of 108,” Al-Monitor reported. As The Algemeiner reported on December 16, Moise Gabay, a leading Jewish businessman, asserted, in an article published in the Istanbul-based Jewish newspaper S,alom, that “We face threats, attacks and harassment every day. Hope is fading.”
http://www.algemeiner.com/2014/12/26/high-school-poll-shows-number-of-jewish-youths-
wanting-to-leave-turkey-due-to-anti-semitism-has-doubled/

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CHRISTMAS SURPRISE: JESUS DECLARED A PALESTINIAN ARAB OFFICIALS EVEN CLAIM CHRIST AS THEIR '1ST MARTYR'
Published: 12.24.2014 WND - TEL AVIV – Palestinian leaders this Christmas season are bent on claiming Jesus Christ and the celebration of His birth as their own. Despite the fact that Jesus’ birthplace of Judea wasn’t renamed “Palestine” until at least 100 years after his death, despite the fact that modern-day Palestinians didn’t adopt that name until the 20th century, Palestinian Authority officials have repeatedly claimed recently that Jesus was a “Palestinian.”
Some PA officials went so far as to claim Jesus was the first Palestinian “martyr.”
Last week, for example, PA President Mahmoud Abbas stated, “We celebrate the birth of Jesus, a Palestinian messenger of love, justice and peace.” Palestinian Media Watch notes that Abbas’ Advisor on Religious and Islamic Affairs Mahmoud Al-Habbash announced, “Christmas is also a Palestinian holiday, because Jesus, peace be upon him, was Palestinian. He was born in Palestine; lived and was sent [as prophet] to Palestine. Therefore, Christmas has a special Palestinian flavor.’”
Ramallah’s District Governor Laila Ghannam further expressed her hope for “victory, far off as it may be” and encouraged Palestinians to “be merry” and celebrate Christmas as, “Jesus the Messiah is Palestinian,” documented PMW. On his Facebook page, Adnan Al-Damiri, the official spokesman of the PA Security Forces, wrote last week that at Christmas we celebrate “the anniversary of love and peace, the birth day of Jesus the Palestinian.”
Continued: http://www.wnd.com/2014/12/christmas-declared-a-palestinian-holiday