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>JN Dec. 5, 2014, Vol. 22, No. 236

U.S. Anti-Semites Attend Syrian 'Counterterrorism' Conference


The Anti-Defamation League (ADL) has revealed that the Syrian government's Counterterrorism and Religious Extremism Conference is the latest conference organized by a foreign government that has attracted American anti-Semites. The conference in Syria, held on November 30 and December 1, brought together representatives from 25 countries with Syrian government officials who reportedly harshly criticized the U.S. led anti-ISIS coalition and suggested that an "International Counterterrorism Forum" be established in Damascus instead to deal with this issue.

Syria's Justice Minister, Najm al-Ahmad, reportedly stated at the conference that the U.S. is "interfering in other states' affairs and breaching their sovereignty under the pretexts of humanitarianism and counterterrorism." Four of the eight Americans who participated in the conference were from Veterans Today, a website that presents anti-Semitic conspiracy theories as news, notes ADL.

Jim Dean, a managing editor for Veterans Today who has made claims of Israeli control of America, attended the conference and told an Arabic-language newspaper that Veterans Today has "unconfirmed reports that a secret U.S. organization supported by the CIA and the Israeli Mossad carried out assassinations of Iranian nuclear scientists" and that "the same organization has links to the Islamic State (ISIS) and it supervises, through a specialized department, the television filming of beheadings." He further claimed that this secret American-Israeli-supported organization supposedly "oversaw the filming of the beheading of American journalist James Foley in August."

The delegation from Veterans Today also included Gordon Duff, Colonel Jim Hanke, and Mike Harris, who has ties to mem­bers of the neo-Nazi National Socialist Movement (NSM) and has claimed that "Zionists" are responsible for a number of mass shootings in America. Among the Americans was also Richard Hines, described by the Syrian media as a former South Carolina politician who previously served in the Ronald Reagan administration.

Coverage of the conference by Press TV, Iran's government-run English-language satellite news network which provides a platform to well-known American anti-Semites and Holocaust deniers, was consistent with the conference's messaging, discussing the West's supposed "unprecedented support for terrorism in Syria" which aims "to create sectarian tensions and destroy Syria."

Press TV also claimed that even "U.S. experts slammed Washington for interference in Syria's internal affairs," and then presented Gordon Duff, senior editor at Veterans Today, as an expert. Duff told Press TV that "thinking that ISIS…the intelligence support they're getting, that it doesn't involve multiple intelligence agencies, that it doesn't involve a number of governments, is unrealistic. We have to accept that we're dealing with something that involves a broad conspiracy."

PA Mufti Demands Bodies of Synagogue Massacre Terrorists


Palestinian Authority Mufti Sheikh Muhammad Hussein demanded that Israel transfer to the PA the bodies of the two "martyr" Arab terrorists Ghassan and Uday Abu Jamal, who murdered five in an attack with hatchets, knives and guns on a Jerusalem synagogue in Har Nof two weeks ago.

Hussein, who in the past said Muslims are in a religious war against the Jews - calling them the "descendants of apes and pigs" - made the demand at a press conference at the home of the terrorists in Jerusalem's Jabel Mukabar last Sunday, which was translated by Palestinian Media Watch . "It is the martyrs' right for us to pray for them, and this is a right according to sharia (Muslim law). Their relatives, friends and loved ones also have the right to see them one last time, and no one gains anything from keeping the martyrs' bodies," Hussein said.

Giving a glimpse of what could be expected if Israel were to give in to the demand, the PA lavishly lauded 91 terrorists in 2012 when their bodies were returned, with Hussein extending to them "great honor" in a speech. Hussein's request comes on the heels of the PA media's distortion of the two terrorists as "victims," with PA and Hamas officials justifying the murder of "terrorist" rabbis.

Attorney Raed Bashir, who represents the families of the two terrorists, was quoted by PMW as turning the attack on its head and saying Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu should be indicted, blaming Israel for the Arab terrorist attack. "Given that the occupation forces are responsible for the deaths of eight people in the operation (synagogue massacre - ed.) - six settlers and the martyrs Ghassan and Uday Abu Jamal - an indictment must be submitted against Prime Minister of the occupation Netanyahu, as he is responsible for the events in Jerusalem," said Bashir.

Likewise an article in a paper distributed with the official PA daily Al-Hayat Al-Jadida called the terrorists "martyrs" and said they killed "extremist western occupied Jerusalem," indicating how PA designs are not merely for the eastern part of the capital.

Hamas Shoots Seven Test Rockets in Two Days


In the past month, Hamas, the terror organization that controls the Gaza Strip, has increased its rocket launching from Gaza into the sea, as part of test experiments for its rocket system. In just the past two days, there have been seven such launches. Two of them occurred Thursday morning, Walla! News reported. The threatening show of force indicates the group's preparations for yet another terror war against Israel.

Late last month Hamas held four rocket tests in two days, with the IDF estimating that the terrorist organization is "experimenting in order to increase rocket launching capabilities." Likewise the terrorist organization has started rebuilding its terror tunnels to attack Israeli citizens, after roughly 30 of them were destroyed in the last operation.

According to an Israeli security source, Hamas leaders see that Israel has held back and not issued an official response or action to the test rockets. Consequently, Hamas terrorists have stepped up the pace of their launches. "Hamas is trying to signal to Israel that they have been able to produce rockets and grow stronger, despite the closure of tunnels along the Philadelphi Route [a narrow strip of land situated along the border of Gaza and Egypt], where they used to smuggle weapons into different areas of the Gaza Strip," the security official said.

At the end of Operation Protective Edge, Israeli Defense Forces officials claimed that Hamas retained only a third of its volume of fire, thanks to multiple launches into Israel, as well as military activity performed by air and ground forces.

Moreover, they claimed, the Egyptian army's destruction of tunnels along the Philadelphi Route severely affected Hamas' ability to smuggle weapons into Gaza. Now, however, Hamas is trying to regain its strength and renew its rocket and weapons arsenal by smuggling material and weapons in through the coast of Egypt. In recent months, several smuggling attempts have been foiled by both the Egyptian and Israeli navies.

Khamenei: America's Problems Caused by Israel's 'Domination'


In a series of tweets on Wednesday, Ayatollah Ali Khamenei claimed that the Americans' problems are due to Israel's "domination" of the United States' government. "Brutal treatment of black ppl isn't indeed the only anti-human rights act by US govt; look at US's green light to #Israel's crimes.#Ferguson," read one tweet.

"The day when American nation realize their socioeconomic problems stem from domination of #Israel over their govt, what'll happen? #Ferguson," Khamenei wrote in another one. "The US govt has subjugated a great nation w massive resources to a criminal regime like #Israel," a third tweet read.

Khamenei has called for Israel's destruction several times in the past. Recently, the Iranian leader accused Israel of having "no limit or boundaries regarding viciousness, cruelty, and trampling underfoot all human standards and ethnics. Crimes, genocide, mass destruction, the killing of children, women and the homeless...they take pride in." He previously said on Twitter that the Israel government was "the most wicked terrorist" in the world.

Khamenei has also called Israel an "illegitimate and bastard regime," and further called the United States a "smiling enemy" that is not to be trusted. His last Twitter tirade against Israel came last month, when he referred to Israel as "barbaric" and called to arm Palestinian Arabs in Judea and Samaria.

Oil Spill Said to be Worst in Israel's History


Israel's Environmental Protection Ministry called the oil spill from the Tran-Israel pipeline in southern Israel one of the worst pollution events in the history of Israel on Thursday and said the clean up will cause landscape damage and could take many months.

Millions of liters of crude oil spilled out over 6-7 kilometers near Route 90 and into the Evrona Nature Reserve near Eilat after the Tran-Israel oil pipeline burst on Wednesday night. The spill had led to 80 people being hospitalized for respiratory issues in the neighboring city of Aqaba in Jordan, according to Israeli media.

The Evrona Nature reserve, which is home to a rare population of Doum palm trees, Acacia trees, and Dorcas gazelles, was hit hard by the spill and the clean up is presumed to take months.

The Tran-Israel Pipeline Company said they still do not know the reason for the pipe bursting, though some media have reported it was due to maintenance work. At this stage, crews have begun funneling the spilled oil and are expected to finish the preliminary clean up by the end of the weekend. However, the Environmental Protection Ministry said the rehabilitation of the nature preserve and surrounding area could take months. "We may have to plough some of the land and the landscape will probably be damaged as several tractors will have to enter a delicate nature preserve," said the Environmental Protection Ministry.

The Evrona Nature Preserve includes a large population of rare Middle-Eastern trees, rodents and reptiles, and birds. The chief scientist of the Israel Nature and Parks Authority, Yehoshua Shakedi, predicts that the spill spans 1,000 or more acres in the Evrona Nature Reserve. "This is a flat area, and so the oil spread out over a large area and in several flowing channels," explained Shakedi.

The Environmental Protection Ministry noted that the rare Doum palm trees in the reserve were not in danger and that the spill did not reach the border with Jordan, however the preserve still suffered heavy damages. One of the main concerns is that the flooding of the oil, if not cleaned up swiftly, could spread further out into the preserve.

The Trans-Israel pipeline was built in 1957 to transfer oil from Iran to Europe, but today is used to transfer oil between Ashkelon and Eilat. The Eilat Ashkelon Pipeline Company (EAPC) operates the pipeline as well as several other oil pipelines in Israel.

Religious School Shut for Refusing to Admit Sephardi Students

By Israel Hayom

Zichron Yaakov Regional Council Head Eli Abutbul and the Education Ministry ordered the closure of the Ashkenazi religious school Zichron Gavriel after parents objected to allowing two children of Sephardic descent into the school.

Two students, brothers aged 5 and 6, were not accepted to study at the school, despite having been with the same group of students in kindergarten. Their parents went to the Education Ministry's appeals committee six months ago to complain that the refusal was based on their ethnic background.

The Education Ministry, which funds about 60% of the religious school's activities, ordered the school to accept the students, but when the two young boys arrived for their first day, they were met by the parents of the other children, who were protesting their acceptance to the Ashkenazi school. "It is obvious that these children are not wanted in a class where Ashkenazi children are studying -- we must stop the abuse towards these little children," Abutbul said.

The Education Ministry threatened to cut funding to the school. When the situation was not resolved, the ministry decided to shut the school down. Meanwhile, the conflict between the brothers' parents and the ultra-Orthodox community in the area has worsened. The boys' parents say that members of the community protest outside their home and have thrown stones causing property damage. They were even offered large sums of money to move to another city and to enroll their children in a school there.

On Wednesday, the school sent an angry letter to the Education Ministry, holding it responsible for keeping children out of class. "This irresponsible collective punishment leaves 200 students in the street without any supervision, risking their safety." Attorney Ori Keidar, who is representing the religious school, said, "We mixed [Ashkenazi and Sephardi] students, but these children do not come from a conservative haredi background."

Abutbul said he would make every effort to get classes running again, with the two Sephardi brothers enrolled. "It is obvious that they are trying to get them to leave," he said. "The haredi community is saying that it is because one of the parents uses a smart phone [forbidden in certain ultra-Orthodox circles], but that is just a terrible excuse."

Tzion Ratzon, a community member whose children once attended the school, said the issue is racism against Sephardi Jews. "This is not the first time it has happened," he said. "The Lithuanians are racist, they hate pure Sephardi people. It is absolutely racism." Another school parent said he is not concerned about the school's closure, which he thinks will not last. "Despite all the threats -- everything will go back to what it was," he said.

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