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Bannon: Mahmoud Abbas is a terrorist, I'd never meet with him Av 30, 5777, 8/22/2017
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2:14 AM U.S. Navy orders investigation after warship collision 1:43 AM 67-year-old dies in fire in Rosh Ha'ayin1:12 AM Deri explains remarks on religious Zionists 12:46 AM Six-year-old burned by boiling water near the Kinneret12:15 AM U.S. urges UN not to publish anti-Israel blacklist 11:44 PM Expert: `No surprise' that Spain was targeted 11:29 PM Israeli motorcyclist injured in fall in Uman11:02 PM America's confused priorities 11:01 PM 'Face the Islamic tsunami' 11:00 PM Fast and furious: The new police helicopters 10:52 PM Muslim Council: No non-Muslim connection to al-Aqsa

MainAll NewsForeign AffairsU.S. urges UN not to publish anti-Israel blacklist

U.S. urges UN not to publish anti-Israel blacklist

Trump administration urging UN not to publish "blacklist" of firms doing business in Israeli communities in Judea and Samaria. Contact Editor
Elad Benari, 22/08/17 00:06

United Nations Human Rights Council
United Nations Human Rights CouncilReuters

The Trump administration is urging the United Nations not to publish a "blacklist" of international firms that do business in Israeli communities in Judea and Samaria, diplomats and others said Monday, according to the Washington Post.

The UN Human Rights Council voted to approve the database of companies last year, despite objections from the United States and Israel.

American companies on the list drawn up by the Geneva-based council include Caterpillar, TripAdvisor,, Airbnb and others, people familiar with it told the Washington Post. It is not clear whether the list has been finalized.

Zeid Ra'ad Al Hussein, the UN high commissioner for human rights, has told U.S. officials he plans to publish the list by the end of the year and has asked for comments by September 1 from countries where affected firms are headquartered, diplomats said.

U.S. officials would not comment on which firms were included on a version of the list recently transmitted to U.S. diplomats.

When the announcement of the blacklist was first made public, Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu condemned it and said that "the UNHRC has become an anti-Israeli circus with their attacks on the only democracy in the Middle East and their disregard for the gross violations in Iran, Syria and North Korea."

The prime minister called on "responsible governments" not to respect the UN resolution that discriminates against Israel.

Earlier on Monday, Israel's ambassador to the UN, Danny Danon, blasted the blacklist.

"This shameful step is an expression of modern anti-Semitism and reminds us of dark periods in history. Instead of focusing on the terrible humanitarian problems plaguing the globe, the Human Rights Commissioner is seeking to harm Israel, and in doing so has become the world's most senior BDS activist. I call on the UN, and the international community as a whole, to halt this dangerous policy and put an end to this anti-Israel initiative," Danon said.

Zeid had agreed to one postponement in the publication of the list this year, partly in response to a U.S. request, according to the Washington Post. He has indicated he plans to move ahead now, arguing that the list is a resource for consumers and travelers, according to diplomats from several affected countries who requested anonymity to describe behind-the-scenes jockeying over the issue.

"The United States has been adamantly opposed to this resolution from the start" and has fought against it before several U.N. bodies, State Department spokeswoman Heather Nauert said Monday, adding, "These types of resolutions are counterproductive and do nothing to advance Israeli-Palestinian issues."

The United States joined Israel in unsuccessfully opposing U.N. funding for work related to the database, Nauert said.

"We have made clear our opposition regarding the creation of a database of businesses operating in Israeli settlements in the occupied territories, and we have not participated and will not participate in its creation or contribute to its content," she said.

The UN is known for its anti-Israel bias, and regularly approves anti-Israel resolutions.

The body's former Secretary-General, Ban Ki-moon, publicly admitted that the UN has an anti-Israel bias, but he chose to admit this in the final days of his term. |

Police foil stabbing attack in central Israel, suspect arrested

By Israel Hayom
Palestinian from Tulkarem admits to planning attack in central city of Netanya - Bedouin from Rahat arrested following a Facebook post threatening to murder Jews so as to "become a martyr" - Authorities say Facebook threats will meet zero tolerance. Gadi Golan and Nitzi Yakov

The knife found on the suspect
Photo credit: Courtesy of Israel Police

A 21-year-old Palestinian from the West Bank city of Tulkarem was indicted Monday for planning a terrorist attack in the central city of Netanya.

The Petach Tikva Magistrates' Court granted the police's motion and remanded the suspect for four days.

According to available details, police noticed the suspect loitering in a Netanya street early Sunday. They searched him and found a knife. He was arrested and during his questioning admitted to planning a stabbing attack.

In a separate incident on Sunday, the Southern District Attorney's Office filed an indictment against Sami al-Huzail, 36, from the Negev Bedouin city of Rahat, for conspiracy to commit a terrorist attack.

Huzail was arrested following a July social media post in which he threatened to commit murder and expressed his desire to become a martyr by carrying out an attack against Jews.

"Maybe these are my last words on Facebook. I will do everything to make people about me as a hero, or as a war leader, who died protecting the honor of our land, the honor of Islam and the sanctities of Islam," he wrote.

In a private message he sent afterward to his cousin, Huzail clarified that the post refers to the "killing of Jews."

In the post, he also wrote, "I will do it soon," and added, "I thank Dad for his support. [I will be] a martyr, God willing."

The indictment said the claim of support was false, and was knowingly done to cause Huwail's father harm.

The Southern District Attorney's Office released a statement saying, "The indictment is a direct continuation of efforts to show zero tolerance for publishing Facebook posts that indicate an intention to commit terrorist attacks."
Bannon: Mahmoud Abbas is a terrorist, I'd never meet with him Av 30, 5777, 8/22/2017
News Briefs

2:14 AM U.S. Navy orders investigation after warship collision 1:43 AM 67-year-old dies in fire in Rosh Ha'ayin1:12 AM Deri explains remarks on religious Zionists 12:46 AM Six-year-old burned by boiling water near the Kinneret12:15 AM U.S. urges UN not to publish anti-Israel blacklist 11:44 PM Expert: `No surprise' that Spain was targeted 11:29 PM Israeli motorcyclist injured in fall in Uman11:02 PM America's confused priorities 11:01 PM 'Face the Islamic tsunami' 11:00 PM Fast and furious: The new police helicopters 10:52 PM Muslim Council: No non-Muslim connection to al-Aqsa

MainAll NewsDefense/Security'She stepped out of the taxi - and drew her knife'

'She stepped out of the taxi - and drew her knife'

Female terrorist who wounded two near Jerusalem's Old City is indicted by Jerusalem court. Contact Editor
Shlomo Pyutrikovsky, 21/08/17 13:23

The Jerusalem District prosecutor on Monday morning submitted an indictment against Fadawa Hamada to the Jerusalem District courts.

Hamada, 29, is a resident of Jerusalem's Sur Baher neighborhood. She is being charged with two counts of terror, each of which include attempted murder and wielding a knife.

The attacks, according to the indictment, were in order to allow Hamada to die as a "martyr."

On Saturday, August 12, at approximately 11:00 a.m., Hamada woke her husband up, told him she doesn't feel well, and said she wants to go to the doctor. Her husband called a taxi for her.

In her purse, Hamada hid a knife with a 12-centimeter (5 inches) blade. This was to aid her plan of murder, and she asked the taxi driver to drop her off at the Old City's Damascus Gate.

When she arrived at her destination, Hamada got off the taxi and began to walk to the bus stop. At the same time, a haredi man walked past, on his way home after praying at the Kotel (Western Wall). Hamada took her knife out of her purse, walked towards the man, and attacked him, waving her knife up and down a few times in his direction, intending to murder him. The man instinctively put his hand up and bent over, and the terrorist ended up wounding his left hand. He then began to run, with Hamada running after him with the knife in her hand.

After running a few meters, Hamada stopped and turned back, picked up her bag, and continued jogging.

When a second person passed, Hamada jogged towards him. When he passed her, she waved the knife at his head and upper body, intending to kill him. In response, the man protected his head and received two deep cuts to his left hand. This man was training to be a security guard for Jerusalem's light rail train, and he pulled out his weapon and ordered Hamada to stop. He then called the police.

A few civilians at the scene stopped Hamada, threw the knife from her hand, and yelled for a security guard, who did not shoot her.

As a result of Hamada's attack, one of the victims suffered a cut to his left hand, and the other suffered two deep cuts to his left hand and was transferred to a local hospital for medical treatment.

Rabbinical court declares conversion of US couple invalid

By Israel Hayom
Netanya court tells petitioner seeking to have her conversion certificate accepted that her parents provided no documentation of their conversion 30 years ago, leading to suspicion that it was not done in line with Israeli law - Woman cannot marry as Jew. Yehuda Shlezinger

The rabbinate has declared the conversion of an Israeli-born woman's parents invalid [Illustrative] |
Photo credit: Uri Lenz

The Netanya Rabbinical Court has ruled that an American couple who claimed to have converted to Judaism 30 years ago and even made aliyah, and their Israeli-born daughter, cannot be considered Jewish.

The court ruled after the daughter petitioned it to have her certificate of conversion accepted. The petitioner said her parents, both born Christians and Baptist ministers, had converted to Judaism in a rabbinical court in Tampa, Florida, in 1984, and that upon converting, they were married in a Jewish ceremony and moved to Israel, where she was born.

The woman presented the court with an English-language document titled "Certificate of Acceptance into the Jewish Faith" that bore three signatures. The certificate of conversion had previously been submitted, as per procedure, to the Chief Rabbinate. After it was examined, the woman was informed that then-Chief Rabbi Shlomo Amar did not recognize its validity and would not confirm the woman's Jewish status.

The Netanya Rabbinical Court found that the woman's father is the founder and leader of a group called Netzarim, and that he believes Jesus was the messiah and that the Netzarim are his followers. The father published a book in which he outlined his view that Jesus was an Orthodox Jew and that Christians had perverted his path. As a believer in Judaism, he converted. His daughter translated the book from English to Hebrew.

The court ruled that a review of the parents' file from the Interior Ministry (which oversees immigration) showed that the couple had declared themselves to be Jewish and had been permitted to make aliyah, but the file contained neither evidence of Jewish birth nor any document proving that they had converted, which raised the court's suspicion that they had not declared their status as converts because their conversion had not been conducted in accordance with Interior Ministry standards.

The court declared that neither the woman nor her parents could be recognized as Jews under civil law, which stipulates the conditions for recognizing a convert as eligible to make aliyah under the Law of Return, and were therefore not entitled to hold Israeli citizenship.

The court ruled that the woman "is not a Jew, and her name must be added to the list of people barred from marrying as Jews." Back to home page

Petition declaring Antifa a terror group gets 100,000 signatures

Petition reaches minimum signatures for White House to give an official response. Contact Editor
Tzvi Lev, 21/08/17 16:04

Antifa activists in Boston
Antifa activists in BostonReuters

A petition calling on President Trump to recognize the radical far-left group 'Antifa' as a terrorist organization has hit the 100,000 signature threshold it needs to receive an official response from the White House.

The petition said: "Terrorism is, in its broadest sense, the use of intentionally indiscriminate violence as a means to create terror or fear, in order to achieve a political, religious, or ideological aim. Antifa has demonstrated time and time again that they're more than willing and able to fill these criteria."

"We're asking that the president formally declare Antifa a domestic terror organization.

The Obama administration had obligated itself to respond to any petition that received more than 100,000 signatures on its 'We the People' website, and sent out an official response to 321 out of 323 petitions that reached the threshold. The Trump administration has been more reticent, and has reportedly been considering shutting the website down, citing high maintenance costs.

Antifa, short for 'anti-fascist', is a group of loosely affiliated anarchists and extreme leftists who contend that they are waging violent warfare against right wing extremists, but promote violence against others as well. Antifa has in the past rioted against conservative speakers on college campuses, and fought against policemen at Black Lives Matter protests.

Experts say the movement has boomed since Trump's election. Mark Bray, a lecturer on human rights and politics at Dartmouth College, told JTA that he estimates there are several hundred Antifa chapters of varying sizes and levels of activity across the country.

"The threat posed by the `alt-right' in the context of empowerment through Trump made a lot of people concerned about fascist, neo-Nazi, white supremacist violence," said Bray, author of the forthcoming book Antifa: The Anti-Fascist Handbook. "They turned to the Antifa model as one option to resist it. The option of physically confronting these groups has spread among the left and been normalized."

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Radical Antifa Could Be Declared Terrorist Organization Admin

(LifeZette) A petition requesting that the federal government formerly recognizes Antifa as a terrorist organization has reached the number of signatures necessary to require a response.

Antifa Berkeley photo
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The petition, which passed the 100,000 signature mark on Sunday evening around 8 p.m., was launched on Thursday, August 17 and had a month to reach the necessary threshold for a White House response — it did so in less than four days and now has over 150,000 signatures.

"Terrorism is defined as `the use of violence and intimidation in pursuit of political aims,'" the petition begins. "This definition is the same definition used to declare ISIS and other groups, as terrorist organizations. AntiFa has earned this title due to its violent actions in multiple cities and their influence in the killings of multiple police officers throughout the United States," the petition continues.

"It is time for the pentagon [sic] to be consistent in its actions – and just as they rightfully declared ISIS a terror group, they must declare AntiFa a terror group – on the grounds of principle, integrity, morality, and safety," it said. The petition's central assertion that Antifa fits the terror group definition of engaging in "the use of violence and intimidation in pursuit of political aims" is demonstrably true.

On at least three separate occasions so far this year Antifa militants instigated violent confrontations on the campus of Berkley College. The first episode occurred on February 1, when Antifa thugs rioted in response to a scheduled talk by conservative provocateur Milo Yiannopoulos. Rallies at Berkley organized by supporters of President Donald Trump held on March 4 and April 15 were met with similar scenes of violence. Footage from the April incident shows Antifa militants throwing bricks and attacking people with metal poles and chains.

Self-identified Antifa militants also engaged in violence at the white nationalist "Unite the Right" rally in Charlottesville on Saturday, August 12. Reports indicate that Antifa "protesters" threw bags or bottles of urine, feces, and unknown chemical agents at rally attendees. One attendee, a controversial Alt-Right figure known by the online pseudonym "Baked Alaska" was nearly blinded by a chemical agent. Videos and photographs from that day also show Antifa thugs carrying a variety of blunt instruments and home-made weapons, including at least one flamethrower MacGyvered out of an aerosol can

Some Antifa activists have declared that violence is not a byproduct of the organization's mission — it is its very purpose.

"During the 80s, neo-nazis would roam the streets terrorizing the population. The anti-racist group Dumb Skater Boys (DSB) would fight them in the streets," reads a post on the Antifa Dallas blog, "their direct-action confrontational style is embodied in the current anti-racist struggles in Dallas."

Torch Antifa, a U.S.-wide network of Antifa groups, makes no efforts to mask its violent intentions.

"The Torch Network is a network of Militant antifascists across (but not limited to) the united states [sic]," the group declares in the "about us" section of its website.

"We are dedicated to confronting fascism and other element of oppression. We believe in direct action," it says.

Scenes of mayhem in cities across America make it clear just what Antifa means by direct action.

Last Wednesday, a Colorado man named Joshua Witt was stabbed repeatedly by a seemingly Antifa-inspired assailant because of his haircut — the undercut style popular with some on the far-right.

Witt had just pulled in to the parking lot of the Steak `n Shake restaurant in Sheridan, Colo., and was confronted upon opening his car door.

"All I hear is, `Are you one of them neo-Nazis?' as this dude is swinging a knife up over my car door at me," he told the New York Post. "I threw my hands up and once the knife kind of hit, I dived back into my car and shut the door and watched him run off," said Witt. "The dude was actually aiming for my head," he continued. "I was more in shock because I was just getting a milkshake."

Witt was not a white nationalist but reports indicate he is serving in the U.S. Navy.

The administration would have some precedent for designating Antifa a terrorist organization. Antifa is already listed as an anarchist extremist group and tagged under "counterterrorism," by the New Jersey Office of Homeland Security and Preparedness.

Republished with permission from LifeZette via iCopyright license.


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Jerusalem must not abandon Jews in America with silence Op-ed: Anti-Semitism is manifesting itself both on the far Left and Right in the US. A clear condemnation issued by Netanyahu is exactly what is required if American Jewry is expected to believe that the Jewish state remains its last guardian. Yossi Shain|Last update: 18.08.17 , 15:59 When renowned Jewish-American jurist and attorney Alan Dershowitz published his bestseller `Chutzpah' 25 years ago, he described American Jewry as having reached the all-time zenith of their success. They were making exceptional achievements in American society. They had no reason to fear anti-Semitism, Dershowitz contended.

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In accordance with this conclusion, he demanded from American Jews, two generations after the Holocaust, to stop viewing themselves as second-class citizens and to stop being anxious. Make your Judaism stand out, he implored them, and do not be ashamed to promote your success.

Well, now of all times, in light of the increased strength of anti-Semitic streams in the US from both sides of the political spectrum, Dershowitz's exhortations and conclusions are now being put to the test.

Neo-Nazi rally in Virginia
Neo-Nazi rally in Virginia

The heyday of American Jewry did not survive for too long. Today, the US is embroiled in an ongoing and dangerous cultural war while those at the center of the political realm are shuffling in their response.

On the periphery, an anarchist spirit blows in the wind, setting the climate for hatred of Jews among progressives and people on the Left, as well as among neo-Nazis and white supremacists. The former camps recoils at words such as "populism" or "white supremacy" and believe President Trump to be their sworn enemy.

Jews are viewed by the Left as people who prop up Trump through their supposed control of Wall Street and through their support for the `"chauvinistic" Israel, which is the US's ally. Jewish Senator Bernie Sanders, who denounced Israel in his bid to snatch the Democratic party leadership from Hillary Clinton, will have to put hard work into cleaning out the weeds that have sprouted up in his camp.

Unlike the Left, the American far-Right, which perceives Trump as the savior against the "hostile control" by his predecessor Barack Obama and his entourage, has been relatively quiet in the last few months. White racism came to undermine the days of "universalism" so eloquently enunciated by the first black president, which was perceived as a hostile takeover of America.

The language adopted for Jew hatred, which was frequently heard at the end of last week during the violence that erupted in Charlottesville, Virginia were intended to send a clear signal that the extreme Right will not allow "Jews" to wrap their perceived tentacles around their adored white president, too.

In the riots that led to the terror attack in Virginia, which claimed the life of a left-wing activist, right-wing activists proudly paraded with Swastikas on display for all to see chanting with unbridled enthusiasm as they chanted esoteric language clearly intended to mean: "Kushner and Ivanka will not replace us."

The internal woes of American fighting seems to be far away from Jerusalem. But in fact, it really isn't all that distant. The hostility demonstrated by Israel toward Obama, and particularly against his numerous, highly publicized confrontations with Prime MInister Benjamin Netanyahu, turned the Palestinian issue into a central theme for the radical Left, enabling them to constantly regurgitate new anti-Semitic rhetoric under the guise of human rights.

Netanyahu's support for Trump is also perceived among left-wing Jewish elements as a betrayal against liberal values. In the wave of anti-Semitism that has swept across the US in the months since Trump entered the White House, Jerusalem has been in no rush to condemn the American president or his senior advisors Steve Bannon, who is strongly affiliated with America's far-right streams.

President Trump and PM Netanyahu (Photo: Alex Kolomoisky)
President Trump and PM Netanyahu (Photo: Alex Kolomoisky)

Many liberal Jews condemned Israel as a country abandoning its universal values and instead forging an alliance with anti-Semitism. Israel's policy when it came to Jewish conversions and the exclusion of liberal Jews from the Kotel only lent further credence to the notion that Israel was shaking hands with the devils of the US who are ultimately out to get its people.

The hatred against Jews harbored by American neo-Nazis, just like the hostility directed against Jews by progressives on the Left, must be a cause for concern in Jerusalem. The status of Jews in America is critical for Israel and for the Western world and we absolutely cannot hesitate when Jews and Judaism are attacked, regardless of the side from which the attacks emanate.

Israel must speak out unambiguously, whether it is attacked by the `New anti-Semitism' whose exponents tend to go on the offensive against Israel, or the more traditional type of anti-Semitism propounded by the neo-Nazis.

Make no mistake: for the neo-Nazis in the US, the Jews have crept into the white race and have now managed to infiltrate the White House itself. In such a situation where old-fashioned forms of anti-Semitism are once again rearing their ugly heads, Jerusalem's voice is more necessary than ever, and explicit condemnations voiced by its leaders are an absolute necessity.

Now is the opportunity to embark on a reconciliation campaign and a broad rapprochement between Israel and American Jewry.

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