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Palestinian Youth Killed Throwing Firebombs at Jerusalem Police
In a fresh surge of Palestinian rock and firebomb attacks in Jerusalem, a 17-year old
Palestinian youth was shot dead as he prepared to hurl a burning firebomb at a border
police force early Monday at the Ras al-Amud district of Jerusalem. He was later
identified as a member of Young Fatah.
Sunday night, the windscreens of several Israeli cars were smashed by flying rocks and
bottle bombs as they drove out of northern Jerusalem onto the 443 highway. There were no
casualties. However, when the motorists reached the highway, they faced dazzling laser
rays beamed from Palestinian villages. The murder of Cpl Ziv Mordecai at the Dor gas
station last week has marked a sharp escalation of dangerous Palestinian attacks on this
main route out of Jerusalem to Modi'in and Tel Aviv.
Israel Convicts 2 in 2014 Killing of Palestinian Teen
A Jerusalem court convicted two Israeli youths Monday for last year's killing of a
16-year-old Palestinian teen who was burned to death in East Jerusalem. The court
postponed its verdict for a third defendant in the case, 31-year-old Yosef Haim Ben David,
after his lawyer submitted a last-minute insanity defense. The two youths are due to be
sentenced in January.
Abu Khdeir was abducted and then burned to death in retaliation for the kidnapping and
killing of three Israeli teens. His father denounced Monday's verdict. The killings were
part of back-and-forth attacks that led to a 50-day war in the Gaza Strip that killed more
than 2,200 people, most of them Palestinian civilians.
Abbas Blames Israel for All the PA's Ecological Problems
Hours after he shook hands with Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu for the first time in
five years, Palestinian Authority chairman Mahmoud Abbas on Monday used his speech at the
UN climate conference in Paris to attack Israel.
"The Israeli occupation continues to violate international laws related to the
preservation of the environment, which is the main challenge for our operations in this
matter," he charged. "[The occupation] takes control of natural resources, destroys crops,
uproots our trees, does not allow us to complete the development of infrastructure
essential to our country, throws garbage of various types on our soil, contaminates our
water, and all this as part of a regime of racial discrimination which contradicts
international law," claimed Abbas.
The PA chairman called on the countries that support the two-state solution to
recognize the "state of Palestine", and went on to claim that the PA wants peace. "Our
hands are extended for peace with our neighbors - a just peace based on our right and in
accordance with international law," Abbas said, warning that "our people will not agree to
continue the status quo and live in the shadow of occupation and settlement."
Abbas' comments with respect to his desire for peace are puzzling, given his
"diplomatic offensive" against Israel which started last year, when the PA applied to join
international institutions in breach of the conditions of the talks that were taking place
at the time. Since that time, the PA has attempted to prosecute Israel at the
International Criminal Court, having several times submitted to the court "evidence" of
alleged Israeli "war crimes" against Palestinian Arabs.
At the same time, Abbas has refused to resume talks with Israel and has continuously
imposed new preconditions on talks, even after Netanyahu declared he was willing to meet
with him. He has also personally incited to violence against Israelis. Furthermore, Abbas
himself recently admitted to Israeli television that he rejected "out of hand" an offer
from former Prime Minister Ehud Olmert for a PA state on nearly 95% of Judea and
Israel Sees Dramatic Increase in Citizenship Applications from Golan Druze
Israel is experiencing a dramatic increase in citizenship applications from members of
the Druze community that live on its side of the Golan Heights, The Times of Israel
reported. The spike in requests, which grew from two in 2010 to 80 thus far in 2015, is
seen as a consequence of the ongoing civil war in Syria.
Government sources indicate that over 150 Druze residents of the Golan became Israeli
citizens since 2011, when the Syrian civil war began. The majority of the applicants have
been youths. According to the Times, "some Golan Heights Druze are embracing Israeli
citizenship out of a fear of widespread persecution in Syria if Assad's regime a
government that protected the minority group falls, or is forced out of power."
In June, Israel asked the United States to send more aid to the Druze community in
Syria after the terrorist group al-Nusra Front, an affiliate of al-Qaeda, massacred some
20 of its members. Israel offered citizenship to the approximately 20,000 Druze residents
of the Golan after it initially extended its jurisdiction to the territory in 1981,
although only less than 10% accepted.
The Druze community in Israel numbers close to 130,000, a majority of whom are citizens
of the state. According to the Israeli Defense Forces, over 80% of Druze men serve in the
military, where many have reached senior positions.
Amid the din of religions, ethnic groups, sects, and clans that make up the Middle
EastAshkenazi and Sephardi Jews, Shiites, Sunnis, Catholics, Orthodox Christians,
Alawites, Hashemites (and the list goes on)one group, the Druze, remains
tantalizingly quiet. A community with roots in Islam that is Arab by ethnicity, the Druze
exist as both a distinct nationality and a religion that worships according to the tenets
of a sect shrouded in secrecy.
The Druze are known for their loyalty to the countries they call home, including
Israel, where they have distinguished themselves in business and on the battlefield, as
well at the dining table and political forums. With their communities tucked into the
hills of the Galilee, where some of the most cherished shrines, including the Tomb of
Jethro, still exist, the Druze are a part of Israel and yet separate from it, deeply
embedded in national life and yet able to maintain a distinct identity that has endured
Google Denies Deal with Israel to Monitor Palestinian Incitement
Internet giant Google on Monday denied a report from Israel's foreign ministry that it
has reached an agreement with the government to jointly monitor YouTube videos inciting
attacks. The ministry last week said that Google, which owns YouTube, had agreed a joint
mechanism to monitor online materials - including videos encouraging attacks on Israelis -
after a meeting between Google executives and the Israeli Deputy Foreign Minister Tzipi
But the firm said no such agreement had been struck. A Google spokesman told AFP the
meeting, in which Hotovely met Google's senior counsel for public policy, Juniper Downs,
and YouTube chief executive Susan Wojcicki, was just "one of many that we have with
policymakers from different countries to explain our policies on controversial content,
flagging and removals."
The Israeli ministry for foreign affairs has corrected its original announcement which,
in error, suggested there had been an agreement with Google to establish a mechanism to
monitor online materials," Hotovely said.
Foreign ministry spokesperson Emmanuel Nahshon confirmed a statement on their website
had been changed but said Israel was still "extremely grateful for the good relations with
Google. Our common objective is to remove dangerous incitement to violence on social
media. We have full confidence in the Google teams dealing with this removal."
Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu has called on Google, Facebook and Twitter to do more
to monitor and remove Palestinian incitement against Israelis and Jews, in light of the
recent terror wave. The Internet firms have defended their policies, saying they have
sufficient protection against online incitement and rejecting perceptions of political
"We rely on the YouTube Community to flag videos that they think violate our Community
Guidelines," the spokesperson for Google said. "Video flagged on YouTube is reviewed 24
hours a day and, if material violates our policies, it is removed quickly."
The foreign ministry has also announced a new office to monitor and flag inflammatory
media online. The body, which will begin operation early next year, seeks to highlight
provocative materials in real time. Last month, an Israeli NGO launched a lawsuit against
Facebook over allegedly failing to remove pages that encouraged the killing of Jews.
Songs on PA Radio Encourage Suicide Bombings
The IDF and Israel Security Agency (ISA or Shin Bet) shuttered the Palestinian Arab
Radio Hebron last week for incitement against Israelis and Jews. Palestinian Media Watch
revealed some of the exact songs and announcements the station broadcasted on Monday,
which included violent language encouraging suicide bombings.
"Blow up the executor's [Israel's] innards / Bring back the period of Martyrdom-seeking
(i.e., suicide bombing) / Rise and strap yourself with bombs," one song broadcasted by the
radio station declared.
Another song declared: "Load your machine gun and advance, son of proud Jerusalem.
Gird yourself with flames and capture the soldiers. Load your machine gun and advance, son
of proud Jerusalem. Gird yourself with flames and capture the soldiers. Open fire, have no
mercy, shoot the Zionists! Advance with your men, O keffiyeh-masked one!"
Israel is cracking down on incitement in the PA media, specifically via the radio; the
IDF and ISA have shut down three separate PA radio stations this month. Incitement against
Jews and Israelis has become a prime theme of the Palestinian Arab music industry, both
from local artists and popular singers.
Kim Jong-Un Gets Crazier Haircut, Orders Citizens to Copy
North Korean dictator Kim Jong-Un ordered all of his citizens to have his "Dear Leader"
haircut as early as March 2014, but now, as his strange coiffure undergoes bizarre new
evolutions, he is redoubling his efforts to make those under his power look like him.
Photographs show that Kim has recently gotten even heavier in the jowls, has had his
eyebrows plucked down to fine little lines, and has grown out his hair that sits on a
shaved sides and back to all new levels.
On Friday, the South Korean paper Chosun Ilbo reported that a source in Pyongyang
divulged a week ago that authorities have issued new grooming orders to all citizens,
mandating that men keep their hair under two centimeters (0.78 inches), and that women
keep their hair dutifully bobbed. But it isn't just short that the authorities are going
for - it's a short echo of Kim's hallmark hairdo.
Kim's newly evolved haircut is being called the "ambitious" style in North Korea
according to the paper, and now all North Korean men must copy his style. However, while
the "ambitious" style used to be allowed with longer lengths on top, as Kim himself
appears to be working on, the source said now the mat of hair up top has to be under two
centimeters as well.
And for those who resist? "University student monitors are walking around with scissors
and cutting off the hair of offenders," revealed the source.
Kim showed a level of equality in mandating haircuts, dictating that young women have
to wear their hair in a bobbed cut like his wife Ri Sol-Ju. The report indicated that only
performers can grow their hair.
Another source living under the repressive regime revealed that barber shops in
Pyongyang are being stampeded by crowds of people rushing to get their dictator's haircut,
and many are now becoming barbers because the profession is viewed as "lucrative."
"Since last year, North Koreans have been ordered to crack down on capitalist ideology
and culture," said a South Korean think-tank researcher quoted by the paper. "The
crackdown on long hair seems aimed at getting young people in shape for the seventh
general assembly of the Workers Party."
Kim isn't just trying to control hair follicles - this August he tried to control time
as well, arbitrarily issuing North Korea's very own time zone. He also has been stepping
up new nuclear tests, and China recently warned the US in April that American estimates
are wrong and North Korea actually has 20 nuclear weapons, with that arsenal to double
Regarding Kim's cruel treatment of his citizens, a UN report in February 2014 revealed
"Nazi-like" abuses of human rights in North Korea, and in 2013 Kim reportedly gave his top
officials copies of Adolf Hitler's Mein Kampf.
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