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Netanyahu: Israel 'Will Do Everything' to Prevent Iran Deal


Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu addressed the issue of Iran's nuclear program on Sunday, at the start of his weekly Cabinet meeting. "The major powers and Iran are galloping toward an agreement that will enable Iran to arm itself with nuclear weapons, which will endanger the existence of the State of Israel," Netanyahu stated.

"The American Secretary of State and the Iranian Foreign Minister held talks over the weekend," he added, referring to John Kerry and Iranian Foreign Minister Javad Zarif. "They announced that they intend to complete a framework agreement by the end of March."

"From this stems the urgency of our efforts to try and block this bad and dangerous agreement," he continued. "We will continue to take action and to lead the international effort against Iran's arming itself with nuclear weapons. We will do everything and will take any action to foil this bad and dangerous agreement that will place a heavy cloud over the future of the State of Israel and its security."

PA Cleric on TV Calls Jews 'Apes and Pigs, Slaves of Deities'


While the Palestinian Authority is commonly touted in international circles as a "moderate" alternative to its unity partner Hamas, a PA cleric's sermon broadcast on official PA TV last Friday put any doubts about the organization's virulent Islamic anti-Semitism to rest.

Palestinian Media Watch (PMW) exposed and translated the sermon made on the Muslim day of rest, in which the cleric demonized Jews as "apes and pigs" in classic Muslim anti-Semitic trope, and likewise called them the "slaves of deities." See

"Many Muslims are being harmed these days by a group whose hearts were sealed by Allah. 'He made of them (Jews) apes and pigs and slaves of deities,'" the cleric can be seen saying, quoting the Koran (5:60). He added "they are harming the livelihood of the believers (Muslims)...they withhold their (Palestinian Arabs') money and collect interest on it."

PMW points out that in no less than three places (Suras 2:65, 5:60 and 7:166) the Koran says Allah turned Jews into apes and/or pigs. In the first instance, the text reads "and you had already known about those who transgressed among you concerning the Sabbath, and We said to them, 'be apes, despised.'"

The cleric also claimed that Jews' "hearts were sealed by Allah," an anti-Semitic slur likewise taken from the Koran (Surah 2:7). That verse does not specifically refer to Jews but rather to non-believers, notes PMW, and says they cannot improve because their "evil nature" has been "sealed."

"Indeed, those who disbelieve - it is all the same for them whether you warn them or do not warn them - they will not believe. Allah has set a seal upon their hearts and upon their hearing, and over their vision is a veil. And for them is a great punishment," reads the verse (2:6- 2:7). In short, by applying the verse to Jews the PA cleric said Jews have a "sealed evil nature" and cannot improve, and are destined for "great punishment" as explained in the Koran.

It may come as no surprise that the PA has frequently employed similar Muslim anti-Semitic invective, with a poem read on PA TV last September calling Jews the "most evil among creations," "barbaric monkeys" and "wretched pigs." Likewise the PA Mufti Sheikh Muhammad Hussein has said Muslims are in a religious war against the Jews - calling them the "descendants of apes and pigs."

Muslim Radicalization from 'Crazy Stuff' Alarms Prince Charles


Britain's Prince Charles said the numbers of vulnerable young Muslims being radicalized by "crazy stuff" on the Internet was "frightening", in an interview broadcast Sunday. The heir to the throne also voiced concern about Christians fleeing the Middle East in droves, saying the situation might end with very few left in the cradle of the religion.

In the BBC radio interview, excerpts of which were quoted by AFP, Prince Charles said radicalization was "one of the greatest worries" and the issue could not be simply "swept under the carpet. "It's the extent which this is happening is the alarming part," the 66-year-old said.

Speaking of "the values we hold dear", Charles added, "You'd think that the people who have come here, born here, go to school here would abide by those values and outlooks. "But, the frightening part is that people can be so radicalized either through contact with somebody else or through the Internet and the extraordinary amount of crazy stuff which is on the Internet," he added."Some aspect of this radicalization is a search for adventure and excitement at a particular age," he said.

The Prince of Wales said much of his own work with young people in deprived areas had been aimed at finding "constructive paths" for people to channel their energies. "There are some really interesting examples of how people can be de-radicalized once they become radicalized because I think sometimes they find they are horrified by what it leads to," he told BBC radio. He said more people now realized they had to address prevention, adding, "You can't just sweep it under the carpet."

Charles said the numbers of Christians in the Middle East was going "dramatically down", with people "intimidated to a degree you can't believe" where the Islamic State jihadist group has taken control in northern Iraq.

"There is a danger that there is going to be very, very few left," he warned. "Christians have been in the Middle East for 2,000 years. Before Islam came in the 8th century. And have contributed an enormous amount, as many Muslims and others would agree. "So that makes it an even greater tragedy," said Prince Charles, who is visiting Jordan, Kuwait, Saudi Arabia, Qatar and the United Arab Emirates from Saturday to Thursday.

Holocaust Survivor Adopts Grandson of Auschwitz Commander


At the age of 80, Holocaust survivor Eva Mozes agreed to adopt Rainer Höss, the grandson of the SS commander of Auschwitz during the time Mozes was imprisoned there. The call is part of Mozes' mission to forgive those who wronged her during the dark days when she was a victim of cruel experiments by Nazi doctors, including the infamous Dr. Joseph Mengele.

Mozes' difficult story and ultimate path to forgiveness was featured in a report on VICE news in which Mozes described the unimaginable experimentation she endured and how, to this day, she does not know where she found the will to survive.

Eva Mozes and her sister Miriam were part of a group of more than 1,000 twins used for experiments in Auschwitz at the hands of Mengele – widely known as the SS "Angel of Death."

Eva received an email from Höss last year which stated that he sought to meet her in person and give her a hug, according to VICE. Eva first thought that the man must be an imposter. She could not apprehend that a Nazi's grandson would be capable of speaking out against his own grandfather. However, Höss sent a second email requesting Eva to become his adoptive grandmother.

They met last July at Auschwitz and, according to VICE, Eva was immediately fascinated by the man's intelligence and bravery. She was impressed that despite Höss growing up surrounded by evil, he'd managed to turn out a decent human being, Eva told VICE. Eva decided to accept Höss' offer, and adopted him as her own grandson. "I admire and love him. He had the need of love from a family he never had."

Höss severed relations with his family in 1985 and is especially angry with his grandfather for the crimes he committed during the Holocaust. Yet, just as Eva forgave those who acted cruelly against her, she urged Höss to forgive his father and grandfather.

"I do argue with him, as I don't always agree with everything he does. But I definitely love him," she said. "There is a real camaraderie and emotional understanding. People from different places who call each other grandma and grandson can give a sign of hope," Eva said to VICE.

Born in Romania in 1934 to a family of Jewish farmers, Mozes came to know the pain of discrimination at a very early age. When she was just six-years-old her village was occupied by Hungarian Nazis. According to the VICE report, young kids in the village were encouraged to call Mozes and her sister "dirty Jews."

In 1944, the Mozes family was taken to a Jewish ghetto and in May of that year they were taken to Auschwitz in a cattle car, stuffed like sardines and malnourished during the long journey. Mozes described to VICE the first moments when she arrived at the notorious Nazi concentration camp.

"When we arrived at Auschwitz we asked for water, but instead we got Germans yelling orders. I looked around and, just like that, my father and two older sisters (Edit and Aliz) disappeared in the crowd. I held onto my mother for dear life. I thought she could protect us," said Mozes to VICE.

A German officer then approached Mozes' mother Jaffa and asked if her daughters were twins. When she confirmed that they were, the two young girls were taken away by the officer. This was the last time Eva saw her mother. "We were both crying, and mother's hands were spread in despair," said Eva to VICE. "We never got to say goodbye. I had the best mother on the face of this Earth."

This was just beginning of a series of traumatic experience Eva endured. After being separated from her mother, Eva and her sister Miriam were taken to a room where they were stripped, had their heads shaved, and tattooed. Eva fought the guards so passionately that it took four of them to hold her down while her flesh was permanently inscribed with the number A-7063.

Eva and her sister were experimented on six days a week, according to the VICE report. The twins were placed in an observation lab every Monday, Wednesday and Friday – they were undressed and had their body parts examined for up to eight hours. "They would spend three hours on my ear lobe – it was unbelievably demeaning. They treated me like I was nothing, like I was a piece of meat," Eva told VICE.

On Tuesdays, Thursdays, and Saturdays Eva and the other twins were further tortured during "blood labs" where, according to VICE, doctors injected her with five large needles in her right arm while simultaneously taking blood from the other arm.

Eva did not know what she was being injected with. The tests eventually landed Eva in the hospital for a couple of weeks. Eva told VICE that it was during her time in the hospital, where she suffered a dangerously high fever that she decided she would overcome the illness no matter what and reunite with her sister.

Eva's will to live also saved her sister Miriam's life. The Nazi doctors had planned to kill Miriam after Eva died so that Mengele would be able to cross examine their bodies.

Eva and Miriam escaped that dreadful fate and managed to pull through until January 18th, 1945 when the Nazis ordered all the prisoners to march away from the camps with those who were unable to shot and killed.

After the Holocaust, Eva and Miriam returned to Romania to live with their aunt. The girls eventually moved to Israel in 1950 where Eva said she "slept for the first time without the fear of persecution because I was Jewish," she told VICE.

After studying at an agricultural school and joining the IDF's engineering corps, she married fellow Holocaust survivor Michael Kor in 1960 and they moved to the United States where they had two children, Alex and Rina. After settling into their new country of residence, Eva began a long process of forgiveness 1978 so that she could be set free from her feeling of victimization.

Eva and her sister found 80 other pairs of twins within a week and later on they found 42 others, according to VICE. In 1984, the Mozes sister founded the CANDLES (Children of Auschwitz Nazi Deadly Lab Experiments Survivors) foundation to spread the message that there is always hope after despair.

After meeting Dr. Hans Munch, a former Nazi doctor, and reading his witness statement over 50 years after the liberation from Auschwitz, Eva decided to write a later in which she personally forgave all the Nazis for their crimes.

It took Eva four months to work through the pain, according to VICE, but she said: "When I finished, I realized that the guinea pig had the power to forgive the God of Auschwitz." "I had the power to forgive. No one could give me the power, or take it away from me. I refused to be a victim, and now I am free," Eva said to VICE.

Tel Aviv Thieves' Big 'Take': Outdated 40-Year-Old 'Liras'


Two Tel Aviv thieves thought they hit the jackpot when they broke into an apartment and absconded with wads of cash – and they would have hit the jackpot, if this was still 1979.

Unfortunately for them, the wad of cash they stole had no shekels – but consisted of liras, the Israeli pound currency that was retired and replaced in 1980. Even though the "cash" they stole was worthless, the two thieves, ages 23 and 61, were arrested by police for breaking and entering.

The incident occurred Saturday afternoon, as the thieves combed through a Tel Aviv apartment building looking for empty apartments. Finding one, they managed to get its door open, and rifled through closets, drawers, and other typical hiding places. They didn't find gold or jewels as they had hoped, but a moment before leaving the apartment they noticed a bag of what looked like money.

Grabbing it, they ran out – and ran into the apartment's owner, who immediately called police. Fortunately for him, two cops were just a block away, and they rushed over after getting the call – just in time to catch the thieves red-handed, as they tried to hide their booty in a garbage can next to the building.

Police arrested them and dug out the wad of bills from its hiding place – with the two showing considerable embarrassment that all they could show for their efforts was a stash of currency that has not been in use for more than 40 years. The pair claimed that they had nothing to do with the theft, and that even if they had, what they stole had zero value – but police arrested them anyway.

The lira, Israel's official currency in since the establishment of the state in 1948, was replaced by the shekel in 1980 by then Prime Minister Menachem Begin as part of the country's economic reforms, at a rate of 10 lira: one shekel. The shekel did not do well, falling victim to hyper-inflation in Israel in the early 1980s, and was replaced by the New Israeli Shekel (NIS) on January 1, 1986, at a rate of 1000 shekels: 1 NIS.


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