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Shin Bet: 73% of Stabbers in Latest Terror Wave have Israeli IDs

By Israel Hayom

Thirty of the terrorists who attacked Israelis during the wave of stabbings in late 2015 and early 2016 -- 73% of all the terrorists in that time span -- possess Israeli identification cards, the Shin Bet security agency told the Knesset Foreign Affairs and Defense Committee.

The security agency presented the figures within the framework of a government request to extend the Citizenship and Entry Into Israel Law by one year, which curbs family unification, preventing Arabs in the Palestinian territories or beyond from marrying Arab Israelis for the purpose of receiving Israeli residency.

The figures also revealed that between 2001 and 2106, 104 people involved in terrorist activity had received official residency status in Israel due to family unification. Among them, 17 received their status through marriage to Israelis, while 87 were relatives of those who received residency status.

The Shin Bet representative told the committee that in light of these numbers, the agency believes the population of family unification seekers represents a risk, particularly after residency status is received, because they can be used by external forces to support terrorist and espionage activity.

During the meeting, attorney Noam Kahan of the Population, Immigration and Border Authority PIBA, along with Col. Sharon Biton of the IDF's Coordinator of Government Activities in the Territories unit, told the committee that some 12,500 people are currently in various stages of the family unification process. The law, which was first passed in 2003 during the Second Intifada, was vehemently protested at the time by left-wing parties, and especially by Knesset members from the Arab parties.


Sinai Peacekeepers on the Move

By J-Wire

Peacekeepers in Sinai are being moved from the north to south due to escalating violence by Islamic State terrorists. The Americans have moved their soldiers and there are plans in place to bring all 338 Fijian troops home following their move from north to south. The soldiers are part of a Multinational Force and Observers [MFO] whose mission is to supervise the implementation of the security provisions of the Egyptian-Israel Treaty of Peace.

An Australian defiance spokesman told J-Wire: "Twenty-five Australian Defense Force (ADF) members working under Operation Mazurka are assisting the Multinational Force and Observers in the Sinai, Egypt. The security situation and force protection of ADF personnel are monitored on a daily basis in response to the specific tasks and conditions faced in each operational location.

The ADF will not discuss force protection measures in detail for operational security reasons." New Zealand's Minister for Defense Gerry Brownlee told J-Wire: "We have concerns of the heightening activities of ISIS in the area. We are reconfiguring MFO and are using electronic surveillance. The Egyptians are taking the situation very seriously and I have spoken recently to both my Egyptian and Israeli counterparts.

"The peace treaty between Israel and Egypt must be maintained. Most of our contingent have been moved to the south camps and we will review the situation in late July/August." Saying that the situation is being constantly monitored, Brownlee added: "We will see how successful the configurations are and have no other immediate plans."


Palestinian Rape Suspects Released

By YnetNews.com

Two Palestinian suspects who were arrested two weeks ago on suspicion of committing a nationalistically-motivated rape against a mentally disabled Jewish young woman were released on Wednesday after the alleged victim backtracked on her version of events and admitted that, in fact, "the sex was consensual."

The case began a little over two weeks ago when the woman filed a complaint with the Tel Aviv police in which she claimed to have been the victim of a violent rape and humiliation based on the fact that she was Jewish. As a result of the woman's complaint, two Palestinian suspects, Omar Aldin Draghmah (42) from Nablus, and a 17-year-old boy from the territories, were arrested.

During the investigation, the police discovered on the woman's cell phone that she and the Palestinians had had sexual relationships prior to the complaint. On Wednesday however, 15 days after the commencement of the investigation, during which the police did not succeed in finding evidence supporting the young woman's version of events, she confessed that "my auntie told me to say it.

"According to the rape complaint, the suspects also humiliated the girl while making racist and nationalistic remarks," said the Tel Aviv local police on Wednesday. "The police opened up an investigation immediately and one day after the complaint had been filed two suspects were arrested. They denied the charges leveled against them. Already by the first stage of the investigation it became clear that the investigation was sensitive and complicated and required a...special investigator from the Ministry of Social Affairs to collect evidence.

Following the woman's contradictory accounts, the police is currently contemplating how to deal with her and her aunt who, according to the former's claims, told her to fabricate the story.

Donald Trump's Anti-Semitism Controversies: A Timeline

By JTA

Presumptive Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump is facing growing accusations that his campaign is countenancing anti-Semitism – if not encouraging it outright.

Trump's foreign policy slogan, "America First," echoes the World War II-era noninterventionist movement championed by a notorious anti-Semite. During the height of the primary campaign, Trump delayed disavowing the support of white supremacist David Duke. And the candidate has failed to condemn the recent anti-Semitic vitriol directed by supporters against journalists who have written critically of Trump, including New York Times reporter Jonathan Weisman and GQ writer Julia Ioffe.

In his defense, Trump and his supporters cite the fact that his daughter, son-in-law and three grandchildren are Jewish (Ivanka Trump underwent an Orthodox conversion before she married Jared Kushner in 2009), that Trump was the grand marshal of the 2004 Salute to Israel Parade and that he has many Jewish friends. "He's not Hitler," Melania Trump said of her husband in an interview last month after being told the comedian Louis C.K. compared the candidate to the Nazi leader.

Many, however, remain unconvinced of the defense. Let's take a closer look at the anti-Semitism controversies surrounding Donald Trump. Is he enabling anti-Semitism? You be the judge. Slurring Jon Stewart, Trump accentuates the comedian's original Jewish name.

On April 24, 2013, Trump seems to go out of his way to highlight the "Daily Show" host's Jewish background, tweeting: "I promise you that I'm much smarter than Jonathan Leibowitz -- I mean Jon Stewart @TheDailyShow. Who, by the way, is totally overrated."

In a speech in Washington to the Republican Jewish Coalition last December, Trump appears to traffic in stereotypes about Jews. "You're not going to support me because I don't want your money," he told the Jewish audience. He also says, "Is there anyone in this room who doesn't negotiate deals? Probably more than any room I've ever spoken."

After David Duke, the white supremacist and former grand wizard of the Ku Klux Klan, says he supports Trump, CNN's Jake Tapper asks Trump on Feb. 28 if he would disavow Duke's support. Though Trump in the past had condemned Duke -- and two days earlier at a news conference said, "David Duke endorsed me? OK, all right. I disavow, OK?" -- this time Trump demurs.

"Just so you understand, I don't know anything about David Duke. OK? I don't know anything about what you're even talking about with white supremacy or white supremacists," he tells Tapper. "So, I don't know. I don't know, did he endorse me or what's going on, because, you know, I know nothing about David Duke. I know nothing about white supremacists."

Pressed on whether he unequivocally disavows the support of the Klan, Trump dodges the question. A day later Trump blames a "bad earpiece" for failing to disavow Duke during the exchange with CNN and notes that he had disavowed Duke previously.

After the Anti-Defamation League releases a statement saying, "The onus is now on Donald Trump to make unequivocally clear he rejects those sentiments and that there is no room for Duke and anti-Semitism in his campaign and in society," Trump responds with a statement saying, "Anti-Semitism has no place our society, which needs to be united, not divided."

After Melania Trump criticizes Ioffe's April 27 profile of her in GQ as "another example of the dishonest media and their disingenuous reporting," the neo-Nazi website Daily Stormer urges followers to "go ahead and send her [Ioffe] a tweet and let her know what you think of her dirty kike trickery." Ioffe, who is Jewish, then is inundated with a deluge of anti-Semitic online wrath, including a doctored photo of her wearing a Holocaust-era Jewish star, a cartoon of a Jew getting his brains blown out and threats that she would be sent "back to the oven."

The online anti-Semitism directed at Ioffe is similar to online attacks directed at other Jewish commentators who denounced Donald Trump, such as Forward columnist Bethany Mandel.

When CNN's Wolf Blitzer, a Jew and former reporter for The Jerusalem Post, asks Trump if he has a "message" for supporters who were flooding Ioffe with "anti-Semitic death threats," Trump says, "I know nothing about it. You'll have to talk to them about that." He then went on to echo his wife's criticism of Ioffe's article. Pressed, Trump says, "I don't have a message to the fans," and added, "There is nothing more dishonest than the media."

In a major speech designed to unveil his prospective foreign policy agenda, Trump declares, "'America First' will be the overriding theme of my administration." The theme carries echoes of the America First Committee, which lobbied hard against America's entry into World War II and whose most prominent spokesman was aviator Charles Lindbergh, an avowed anti-Semite.

After tweeting a link to an essay about emerging fascism in the United States, New York Times editor Jonathan Weisman is attacked by anti-Semitic online trolls identifying themselves as Trump supporters.

"Trump God Emperor sent me the Nazi iconography of the shiftless, hooknosed Jew," Weisman writes in a Times essay about the responses to his tweet. "I was served an image of the gates of Auschwitz, the famous words `Arbeit Macht Frei' replaced without irony with `Machen Amerika Great.' Holocaust taunts, like a path of dollar bills leading into an oven, were followed by Holocaust denial."

William Johnson, leader of the white supremacist American Freedom Party, is among the list of delegates the Trump campaign submitted in California ahead of the state's May 9 deadline. After news organizations begin reporting about the controversial delegate, the Trump campaign blames Johnson's inclusion on its list as a "database error." Johnson then says he is resigning as a delegate and will not attend the convention.

Following Trump's refusal to condemn the anti-Semitic vitriol against Ioffe, Daily Stormer founder Andrew Anglin tells the Huffington Post, "We interpret that as an endorsement."

Trump adviser and lawyer Jason Greenblatt, who is an Orthodox Jew, says, "I do not think Mr. Trump can be responsible for people who are anti-Semitic who support him."

Ari Fleischer, a former spokesman for President George W. Bush and current board member of the Republican Jewish Coalition, shares Greenblatt's view. "The fact that the Black Panthers came out for Barack Obama doesn't make Barack Obama a Black Panther sympathizer," Fleischer tells the Huffington Post. "You cannot ascribe to a candidate the views of the worst radical fringes that may support them. ... These arguments about how Donald Trump shouldn't be supported because fringe radical groups have said good things about him — I reject entirely."

But others note that candidates historically disavow bigots who act in their name -- without taking responsibility for their views. In February, the conservative American Spectator urges Trump to take a page from President Ronald Reagan, who forcefully repudiated an endorsement from the Ku Klux Klan.

In a letter to the U.S. Commission on Civil Rights in 1984, Reagan wrote, "Those of us in public life can only resent the use of our names by those who seek political recognition for the repugnant doctrines of hate they espouse. The politics of racial hatred and religious bigotry practiced by the Klan and others have no place in this country, and are destructive of the values for which America has always stood."

Shortly after the Ioffe episode, Sheldon Adelson, the hawkishly pro-Israel, super-rich Jewish casino magnate, announces he will back Trump for president.

Haredi Rabbi: 5-Year-Old Girls 'Shouldn't Ride Bicycles'

By IstraelNationalNews.com

Recent years have seen some haredi rabbis competing over who can levy the most stringencies on their followers. But the rabbi of the Jerusalem neighborhood of Nahlaot has raised eyebrows among much of the haredi public after issuing a ban on girls aged 5 and up riding bicycles - because it's "immodest."

The rabbi stated, according to Ynet, that young girls riding bikes "cause serious damage to their modesty." In his ruling, which was distributed in synagogues throughout the neighborhood, he claimed that bicycle seats caused young girls to sit in a way which could be "provocative" to men. "We inform parents that they are obligated to forbid their daughters from age five and up from acting in this illegitimate way," it read.

Talkbackers on the Kikar Shabbat haredi news site were less than impressed with the "ruling," with one retorting that men should "guard their own eyes" instead of issuing bizarre edicts, and others accusing those behind the ruling of being perverse. "People see what they want to see," one remarked.






























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