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Report: Trump to Introduce Mideast Peace Plan at ?UN General Assembly

By Israel Hayom
President Donald Trump plans to introduce his ?Middle East peace plan, dubbed the "deal of the ?century," during the U.N. General Assembly meeting ?in New York next month, the Palestinian daily Al-?Quds reported.? The 73rd General Assembly session will be held from ?Sept. 18 to Oct. 5 and will feature speeches from ?prominent world leaders, including Trump, who is set ?to address the assembly on Sept. 25. ? The United States has, in the past, warned that if ?Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas ?remains adamant in his refusal to engage the U.S. as ?a mediator in the Israeli-Palestinian peace process, ?Washington will introduce its regional peace plan ?regardless of his reservations. ? Abbas has been shunning the U.S.'s peace efforts ?since Trump's Dec. 6 recognition of Jerusalem as ?Israel's capital and the subsequent move of the U.S. ?Embassy in Israel from Tel Aviv to Jerusalem, and ?has accused the Trump administration of being ??"grossly biased" in Israel's favor. ? According to the report, U.S. Special Representative ?for International Negotiations Jason Greenblatt, ?senior White House adviser Jared Kushner, U.S. ?Ambassador to the United Nations Nikki Haley and ??U.S. Ambassador to Israel David Friedman, who have ?been working on the plan since early 2017, seek to ?introduce it under the "most optimal conditions" and ?the General Assembly is seen that the best venue to ?do so. ? Last week, the four envoys released a joint ?statement on Twitter acknowledging that "no one will ?be fully pleased" with the much-anticipated ?Israeli-Palestinian peace plan.? ?"No one will be fully pleased with our proposal, but ?that's the way it must be if real peace is to be ?achieved. Peace can only succeed if it is based on ?realities," the statement said.? Al-Quds quoted an unidentified American official as ?saying that Trump has been keeping the details of ?the plan close to the vest as he prefers to outline ?it in full at the world leaders' meeting.? The source said Trump believed that if his plan ?for Middle East peace were to fail, no other U.S. plan ?would be able to resolve the decades-long regional conflict.? The official stressed that it ?would be up to the Israelis and Palestinians to ?accept or reject the plan.?

Senior Turkish Official Claims 'Jewish Bankers' Run the World

A veteran Turkish politician has drawn criticism over the past few days after he accused "Zionist bankers" of conspiring to dominate the world and claimed a small cadre of Jews had destroyed the American monetary system. Burhan Kuzu, a founding member of President Recep Tayyip Erdogan's Justice and Development Party, had served as a member of the Turkish parliament until this June's election. He nevertheless remains an influential figure within the party and a confidant of Erdogan.

Last Wednesday, Kuzu claimed via Twitter that a group of some 300 "Zionist bankers of Jewish descent" had taken control of the printing of US currency, as part of a larger plot to `run the world'. "This is not a hoax!" Kuzu wrote. "The American people think that the dollar is US money. However, the paper bills are printed and controlled by just 12 families of Zionist bankers of Jewish descent, whose numbers do not exceed 300." This group of "Zionist bankers", Kuzu claimed, "runs the world." To back up his claims, Kuzu cited the end of America's use of the Gold Standard in monetary policy, claiming that the switch to fiat money was evidence of the plot by "Zionist bankers…Before 1972, the dollar was pressed for gold; now it's just blank paper." During the mid-20th century, the US moved away from the Gold Standard – which coupled the US dollar to a fixed quantity of gold – beginning in the Great Depression, when the Federal Reserve ended the convertibility of dollars to gold. From 1944 to 1971, the US instated a limited Gold Standard, sometimes referred to as a "gold window," in which foreign holders of a non-US currency pegged to the dollar could exchange currency for gold at a rate of $35 per ounce. This system, known as the "Bretton Woods System," was ended by President Richard Nixon in 1971, based in part on the advice of American Jewish economist Milton Friedman. Anti-Semitic hoaxes, including the famous "Protocols of the Elders of Zion," have relied on the canard of Jewish bankers conspiring to subvert economic and political systems in countries around the world. Since the elimination of the gold window, fringe groups including the Nation of Islam and Aryan Nations have accused the Federal Reserve System and the fiat monetary system of serving the interests of a group of a global conspiracy run by Jewish bankers.

US Deports Former Nazi Prison Guard Back to Germany

By Israel Hayom
The United States on Tuesday implemented a 2004 order of deportation to Germany of Jakiw Palij, a former Nazi SS labor camp guard in German-occupied Poland, the White House said in a press release. After the war, Palij had moved to Queens, New York. President Donald Trump commended the Immigration and Customs Enforcement agency's "comprehensive actions in removing this war criminal from United States soil." Despite a court ruling ordering his deportation in 2004, past administrations were unsuccessful in removing Palij. "To protect the promise of freedom for Holocaust survivors and their families," the White House statement continued, Trump "prioritized the removal of Palij." Palij had lied about his Nazi past and remained in the U.S. for decades, according to the White House. His "deportation sends a strong message" that the U.S. "will not tolerate those who facilitated Nazi crimes and other human rights violations, and they will not find a safe haven on American soil," the press statement said. Palij was born in what was then Poland and is now Ukraine. He immigrated to the U.S. in 1949 and became a citizen in 1957. During the immigration and naturalization process, he concealed his Nazi service and his participation in human rights abuses. Palij lied to immigration officials, claiming he had spent World War II working on a farm and in a factory. In 2001, Palij admitted to Department of Justice officials that he had trained in 1943 at the Nazi SS Training Camp in Trawniki, in German-occupied Poland. Court documents demonstrated that men who trained at Trawniki participated in "Operation Reinhard" – a code name for the Nazi regime's plan to murder Jews in Poland. Palij also served as an armed guard at the adjacent Trawniki Labor Camp. On November 3, 1943, approximately 6,000 Jewish children, women, and men who were incarcerated at the Trawniki labor camp were shot to death in one of the single largest massacres of the Holocaust. In August 2003, a federal judge revoked Palij's U.S. citizenship based on his wartime activities, human rights abuses, and postwar immigration fraud. He was ordered deported in 2004, and his administrative appeal was denied in 2005. In November of 2017, teens from an Orthodox Jewish school demonstrated outside Palij's New York City home. He did not come out as they shouted: "Your neighbor is a Nazi."

Two Iranians Indicted for Spying on Chabad House in Chicago

By DEBKAfile, & VOA News The US Justice Department Monday reported the indictment of two Iranian men for illegally spying on the Rohr Chabad House in Chicago in July 2017 and photographing the security features. They were arrested on August 9. Ahmadreza Mohammad-Doostdar, 38, is a dual US-Iranian citizen and Majid Ghorbani, 59, an Iranian citizen resident of California. The two men could each face as much as 35 years in prison if convicted. They were charged with conducting surveillance on the Jewish facility on behalf of Tehran. The men were indicted for gathering information on an Iran exile group and "conducting covert surveillance" of Jewish institutions in the U.S., the Justice Department said in a statement. U.S. attorneys said the two were acting on behalf of the Iranian government and their activities may put Americans at risk. Ghorbani and Doostdar allegedly staked out and photographed Hillel House and Rohr Chabad House, Jewish centers near the University of Chicago, an MEK rally in New York City, and an MEK-affiliated convention in Washington on human rights in Iran. Ghorbani appeared to have taken pictures of audience members and speakers at the convention, according to the Justice Department statement. The photos, many with handwritten notes about the participants, were found in Ghorbani's luggage at a U.S. airport as he was returning to Iran in December 2017, the Justice Department said, according to Reuters. Last year, a Pakistani man was convicted in Germany for spying for Iran. He was accused of gathering intelligence on Reinhold Robbe, the former head of the German-Israel Friendship Society, and an Israeli-French economics professor in Paris, for Iran's elite Revolutionary Guards.

Attack on New Israel Fund Charges It Brainwashes Orthodox Jews in Plot to Undermine Israel's Jewish Character

By Haaretz
The New Israel Fund has long been demonized by Israel's political right for supporting groups like Breaking the Silence and B'Tselem, which oppose the occupation. Now the NIF's embattled image is being weaponized in another conflict – the ongoing battle by the right wing of the national-religious camp against groups that promote tolerance and pluralism in Orthodox Judaism. A new campaign entitled "Religious Zionism in the Crosshairs," launched by the NGO Chotam this week, portrays pluralism activists and those who advocate for women in the Orthodox community as "infiltrators" – and part of a greater NIF conspiracy aimed at "erasing the State of Israel of any Jewish character and turning it into a state of all its citizens." The campaign aims to declare any individual or organization from the national-religious camp that receives NIF support as being unwelcome in the community, and says the Orthodox world should "break ties" with them. At the centerpiece of the campaign is a provocative, two-minute animated video with the message: "Don't Let Talia's Workers Get Near Your Head: Orthodox Judaism Must Break Ties with the New Israel Fund." The video is set in "Talia's Beauty Shop," which features a sign, "We Will Make Over Your Head!" The proprietor: Talia Sasson, NIF president. It opens with a bride walking in. Sasson directs her to two of the shop's stylists – identified as Dr. Hannah Kehat, founder of the Orthodox feminist group Kolech, and Batya Kahane-Dror, who heads the Mavoi Satum nonprofit, which assists agunot (women who have been refused a Jewish divorce). Tending to the bride, they lecture her against an Orthodox wedding based on halakha (traditional Jewish law), and shove a civil partnership agreement in her hand. When they finish, she is transformed: no longer wearing a wedding gown, and with a veil, that's been replaced by sunglasses. The next customer: a bat-mitzvah girl, who is sent to "stylist" Tehila Friedman, former head of Ne'emani Torah V'Avoda – a group that "promotes the values of tolerance, equality, and justice in religious society" Friedman forces a kippah on the girl's head and a tallit on her shoulders, and encourages her to read from the Torah and wear tefillin at her ceremony. A bar-mitzvah boy then walks into the salon and is sent to Rabbi Shai Piron, who served as Israel's education minister and whose former NGO received support from the NIF. Piron assures the boy that he can "have it all" ideologically: "You can learn about both the Nakba and the Israeli narrative, you can support same-sex marriage and say it's not a family." The boy leaves with a confused hairdo that is part punk-rock, part curls, partly shaved head. The Talia Sasson figure looks over approvingly, and says: "Those religious people know how to do good work." The video closes with a fusion of the political and the religious: An Israel Defense Forces soldier walks into the shop. Sasson sneers and the staff argue over what to do with him. Avner Gvaryahu, executive director of Breaking the Silence, intervenes. "I'll take care of him and do exactly what you are doing," he says, boasting, "I have a lot of experience with soldiers."

Chotam, the advocacy organization behind the campaign, is headed by a group of rabbis and leaders from the right-wing Orthodox community – and appears to have strong ties to Habayit Hayehudi, the political party headed by Education Minister Naftali Bennett – and the sources of its funding are not published on its website. The group's last high-profile public campaign was aimed at discouraging Orthodox girls from enlisting in the IDF, and also included an animated video. The new campaign features imagery implying that religious Zionism is under violent attack from hostile forces. Its logo is a rifle's target trained on a soldier praying with tefillin, religious politicians, bearded rabbis and youth marching with Israeli flags. The NIF's plan, according to Chotam, is to undermine the Jewish character of Israel by "weakening" Jewish institutions, to transform it into a "state of all of its citizens." Chotam claims that its campaign is "exposing" the liberal Orthodox groups' "whitewashing" of the fact that they receive grants from the NIF. Even though none of the targeted organizations seems to have concealed the fact that they receive NIF support, Chotam charges that the "religious public is unaware that these groups are promoting a foreign agenda, and innocently identify them as coming out of their own religious community." The NIF, which channels funds donated by its supporters to over 800 progressive causes in Israel, has repeatedly been characterized by politicians and advocacy groups on the right as actively seeking to undermine Israel's security, and attacks against it have intensified in recent years.

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