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David Cameron Blasts 'Genuinely Shocking' Israeli 'Occupation'

By Reuters

British Prime Minister David Cameron used particularly harsh language against Israel's presence in eastern Jerusalem, Judea and Samaria which were liberated during the 1967 Six Day War. Speaking at Parliament, Cameron branded Israel's construction of new communities in these areas as "genuinely shocking", The Independent reported.

The Prime Minister said that though he was a strong supporter of Israel, he had been taken aback by what had seen first hands on visits to Jerusalem. "I am well-known as being a strong friend of Israel but I have to say the first time I visited Jerusalem and had a proper tour around that wonderful city and saw what has happened with the effective encirclement of East Jerusalem – occupied East Jerusalem – it is genuinely shocking," he was quoted by The Independent as having told MPs in the House of Commons.

"What this government has consistently done and gone on doing is saying yes, we are supporters of Israel, but we do not support illegal settlements, we do not support what is happening in East Jerusalem and it's very important that this capital city is maintained in the way that it was in the past," he added.

The Independent noted that in January, Foreign Office minister Tobias Ellwood condemned the Israeli Government's decision to commission 450 new homes in Judea, Samaria and eastern Jerusalem, at the height of the latest wave of violence. "We urge the Government of Israel to reverse this decision. It is important to focus on steps that are conducive to peace," he said in a statement at the time.

Cameron's comments come just one day after three British lawmakers from both Cameron's Conservatives as well as Labour stood up in Parliament and condemned Palestinian incitement, violence and terror tunnels.

Ellwood, who just last month condemned Israel, agreed with the three and condemned not only the incitement coming from within the Palestinian Authority, but also the anti-Semitic attacks in Europe as a result.

The issue of Israel's alleged "occupation" recently came up when UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon appeared to express sympathy for Palestinian terror attacks against Israelis, claiming the attacks were a result of "Palestinian frustration" over the "occupation".

Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu reacted angrily to Ban's statements, saying they "give encouragement to terror." A host of Israeli politicians blasted Ban's remarks as well, including Deputy Foreign Minister Tzipi Hotovely, Yesh Atid chairman Yair Lapid and Housing Minister Yoav Galant. But Ban remained unfazed by the criticism and a day later blasted what he called Israel's "stifling occupation" of Palestinians, making clear he would not retreat from his remarks directed at Israel.

He also subsequently published an op-ed in The New York Times in which he claimed his remarks were twisted "into a misguided justification for violence" but also argued that ignoring growing Palestinian "frustration and grievances" after a near 50-year "occupation" will not make them disappear.

Iran: $7,000 to Every Terror Family

By, Reuters &

Israel's Foreign Ministry has declared that "Israel condemns the Iranian ambassador to Lebanon's announcement that his country will financially support Palestinian terrorists and their families."

The official statement explained, "This is additional proof of Iran's deep involvement in supporting terror against Israel. After the agreement with the world powers, Iran is allowing itself to continue being a central player in international terror."

The Iranian ambassador to Lebanon, Mohammad Fateh Ali, recently announced that his country would pay $7,000 to the family of any terrorist killed in the recent wave of terror, and an additional $30,000 to any family whose house was destroyed in response.

"The decision firstly includes giving an amount worth $7,000 to every family of a martyr of the intifada in Jerusalem," the ambassador said at a Beirut news conference. Fateh Ali made his statement during a press conference in Beirut and further called on Lebanon too join the fight against Israel, promising. Iran will not abandon the Palestinian people, who are faced with killing, theft, and expulsion. The blood of the martyrs will bring the liberation of all Palestine from the sea to the river."

Wednesday, Defense Minister Moshe Ya'alon (Likud) accused the Islamic Republic of embedding "sleeper cells" in the US and Europe. He warned that these cells are gathering weapons and intelligence, and recruiting new members to carry out terror attacks.

"The Iranian regime through the Iranian Revolutionary Guard corps is building a complex terror infrastructure including sleeping cells that are stockpiling arms, intelligence and operatives and are ready to act on order including in Europe and America," Ya'alon said during an official visit to Cyprus.

Last summer a Cypriot court convicted a Lebanese-Canadian man of planning to carry out terror attacks against Israeli targets in Cyprus. The man belonged to the terror group Hizbullah, which Iran supports.

New University Degree Program for Jailed Terrorists


The Palestinian Authority ministry for prisoners affairs has signed an agreement with Al-Umma Open University, launching a new jointly run study program for Arab terrorists jailed in Israel.

Baha al-Madhoun, the PA's minister of prisoners' affairs, said at the signing that the study program will give an advantage to security prisoners who will be able to complete bachelor's degrees in four fields of study. He called the program a message of "defiance."

According to al-Madhoun, having jailed terrorists obtain higher education is an important achievement in turning Israeli prisons into "universities" producing the next generation of leaders and academics.

The figures published in the Hamas paper Palestine indicate that the PA's ministry of prisoners' affairs together with Al-Aqsa University has helped dozens of prisoners complete academic degrees from jail since 2008.

Israel's Prison Service had paid for the terrorists to receive a free college education from Israeli universities up until June 2011, when Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu announced in response to the PA's halting of diplomatic negotiations that the program would be stopped.

In late 2012, the Supreme Court upheld the decision, stating that the right to free university education does not apply to those convicted of terrorist offenses. At the same time, the judges called on prison authorities to be "considerate" regarding prisoners who had already started academic programs.

In December 2013, the state released a document noting the most popular course among jailed terrorists in 2011 was "Genocide." Arab terrorists have revealed they enjoyed a life of ease in Israeli prisons, with officials admitting that various perks are given to the terrorists in an attempt to prevent rioting.

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