Time: Watch U.S. Marines Drift Tanks in the Snow

A group of Marines got fast and furious with some help from their Norwegian friends, drifting tanks through the snow.

The U.S. Marine Forces of Europe and Africa posted a video to Facebook showing soldiers performing the famous auto stunt in an M1A1 Abrams and an Amphibious Assault Vehicles on in ice in Rena, Norway.

Drifting, made especially famous by the Fast and Furious film franchise, is a driving technique where a driver intentionally oversteers the vehicle when approaching a corner, causing the car to slide while still maintaining control. The Marines learned the skill from their friends in the Norwegian Army, according to the post on Facebook.

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WNU Editor: The video below shows U.S. Marines and the Norwegian Army conducting a live-fire training exercise using M1A1 tanks and Light Armored Vehicles at Rena, Norway.



An Air Force Security Forces member stands guard next to an F-22 Raptor fighter aircraft following a flyover by four Raptors, four South Korean F-15 Slam Eagles and four U.S. Air Force F-16 Fighting Falcons near Osan Air Base, South Korea, Feb. 17, 2016. Air Force photo by Tech. Sgt. Travis Edwards


Yeoman 1st Class Margaret Royal from Quincy, Ill., participates in a command swim call aboard the Arleigh Burke-class guided-missile destroyer USS Halsey (DDG 97). Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialists 3rd Class Bradley J. Gee

Sarah Sicard, Task & Purpose: The Military Has Some Pretty Absurd Laws And Regulations

Though military laws and regulations are necessary, some are just ridiculous.

The U.S. military has its own set of laws called the Uniform Code of Military Justice, and its branches too have their own regulations. Though many of these laws and regulations are necessary, useful, or practical, others are outdated or just plain absurd.

Still, a number of these law and regulations are still on the books and enforceable.

Here are seven ridiculous military laws and regulations.

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WNU Editor:
Indecent language is prohibited ... $#%@^&$%$!


Marine Times: Marine who led WWII charge up Mount Suribachi on Iwo Jima dies

The Marine who led the charge to place the first American flag above Iwo Jima has died.

First Lt. John Wells, 94, died Feb. 11 at the Arvada Care Rehabilitation Center in Arvada, Colorado.

Wells received the Navy Cross, Bronze Star and Purple Heart after leading his Marines in a frontal assault up the slopes of Mount Suribachi during the Battle of Iwo Jima in World War II.

He didn’t make it to the top after taking multiple enemy rounds, but continued to command, leading his men to victory. His platoon raised the first flag atop the mountain, hours before the iconic photo of the second flag raising was captured.

“He was a very warm, sensitive, spiritual man, all the way to age 94,” Connie Schultz, Well’s daughter, told ABC affiliate Denver 7. “He honored and loved the Marine Corps with all his heart and soul. He loved his family, and his last words were, ‘My family.’ ”

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Update: Marine Who Led Charge to Place American Flag Over Iwo Jima Dies (Washington Free Beacon).

WNU Editor: His last words were .... "my family".



Eli Lake & Josh Rogin, Bloomberg: U.S. Scrambles to Hold Anti-Islamic State Coalition Together

After Wednesday's deadly bombing in the Turkish capital of Ankara, the U.S. is now scrambling to keep two key allies in its coalition against the Islamic State from going to war with each other.

For several months, the U.S. government has struggled to manage the competing interests of Turkey, a NATO ally bent on removing the Bashar al-Assad regime, and Syrian Kurdish rebels, whose priority is to expand their territory and autonomy within Syria. The American plan is for both to focus their efforts on destroying the Islamic State, but as Turkey has started attacking the Syrian Kurds, the U.S. effort to balance between them is proving untenable.

The first problem for President Barack Obama's administration is how to deal with the Turkish government, which is increasingly upset about the U.S. program to provide Kurdish fighters with light weapons and ammunition. Within hours of the deadly bombing, Turkey's Prime Minister Ahmet Davutoglu said one of the attackers was a Syrian member of the U.S.-supported Kurdish fighting group known as the YPG.

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WNU Editor: Usually the old saying "the enemy of my enemy is my friend" would hold .... but in today's Middle East .... it looks like everyone is the enemy, and the U.S. does not have the clout to change anyone's point of view.

Saudi Foreign Minister Adel al-Jubeir delivers a statement after a meeting with U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry at the State Department in Washington, February 8, 2016. REUTERS/CARLOS BARRIA

Reuters: Saudi minister says Syrian rebels should get surface-to-air missiles

Moderate Syrian rebels should be supplied with surface-to-air missiles to defend against air strikes, Germany weekly Der Spiegel quoted Saudi Foreign Minister Adel al-Jubeir as saying.

The rebels are under attack from both the Syrian air force and Russian strikes. Jubeir said providing them with the rockets would "enable the moderate opposition to neutralize the regime's helicopters and planes".

Al-Jubeir repeated his calls for Syrian president Bashar al-Assad to step down in order to enable a political solution to the five-year-long war.

"The other option is that the war goes on and Assad is being defeated," al-Jubeir said.

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Update #1: Saudi FM says Syrian rebels should receive anti-aircraft missiles (AFP)
Update #2: Saudi ground forces would target only Daesh in Syria (AFP)

WNU editor: There are already many anti-aircraft missiles in Syria .... my guess is that the Saudi government now wants to send even more advanced versions of these missiles. As to what is my take on such a development .... the possibility that some of Syria's radical groups may get their hands on these weapons should make all of us shudder.



From Wikipedia: Craig Benson (Audie Murphy) is a civilian working for the Navy helping supply guerrilla insurgents in the Philippines. His main purpose, however, is to find his wife Ruth (Dolores Michaels), from whom he was separated by the Japanese invasion of the Philippines. When he does find her, he learns that she believed him killed and is romantically involved with a Filipino resistance leader, Julio Fontana (Alejandro Rey).



Robert Ellis, The Independent: Turkey's sabre-rattling at the Syrian border means the prospect of peace is more distant than ever

If Erdogan intervenes in this complex conflict, he'll take his country down with him

Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov’s assessment of the situation in Syria as “complicated” must be the understatement of the year: it is three-dimensional chess with nine players and no rules, as one US strategic analyst said.

The latest ray of light - the accord reached by the International Syria Support Group (ISSG) last week in Munich, looks to be extinguished by Russia’s bombing of hospitals and schools in northern Syria, causing dozens of civilian casualties. The cornerstone of the accord is UN Security Council Resolution 2254 of 18 December 2015, which also demands that all parties immediately cease attacks against all civilian objects, including medical facilities and personnel.

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Commentaries, Analysis, And Editorials -- February 19, 2016

Kurds Warn Turkey of ‘Big War’ With Russia If Troops Enter Syria -- Henry Meyer and Stepan Kravchenko, Bloomberg

When it comes to Russia, it’s Munich all over again – again -- Lucian Kim, Reuters

Why the managed transition after Yemen’s uprising led to war -- Stacey Philbrick Yadav, Washington Post

Iran's economic puppeteers -- Thomas Kohlmann, DW

Ode to Autocracy: Viral Poem Highlights Cult of China’s Leader -- Hannah Beech, Time

China's true economic growth rate -- Salvatore Babones, Al Jazeera

4 Trends That Will Define the South China Sea -- Andrew Poulin, Real Clear Defense

New Players, Old Tensions Reconfigure Spain’s Politics -- Omar G. Encarnación, WPR

The Pope's Other Bombshell -- Bloomberg editorial

Obama and Asia's Autocrats (Video) -- Real Clear World

An American President in Cuba -- New York Times editorial

The Great Republican Stalemate -- Molly Ball, The Atlantic

I don’t like fighting with the pope, said Donald Trump. And we believe him -- Marina Hyde, The Guardian

Analysis Timing is everything -- and Hillary Clinton's timing is awful -- Cathleen Decker, L.A. Times

Despite Stillborn Deal, Saudi-Russian Petrodiplomacy Could Reshape The Future Of Oil -- David A. Weinberg, Forbes



Reuters: U.S. strikes Islamic State in Libya, killing 40 people

U.S. warplanes carried out air strikes against Islamic State-linked militants in western Libya on Friday, killing as many as 40 people in an operation targeting a suspect linked to two deadly attacks last year in neighboring Tunisia.

It was the second U.S. air strike in three months against Islamic State in Libya, where the hardline Islamist militants have exploited years of chaos following Muammar Gaddafi's 2011 overthrow to build up a presence on the southern shores of the Mediterranean Sea.

The Pentagon said it had targeted an Islamic State training camp and killed a Tunisian militant linked to major attacks on tourists in Tunisia.

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MIDDLE EAST

Obama calls Turkey's Erdogan as allies row over Syrian Kurds.

Kurdish splinter group claims responsibility for Ankara bombing.

U.S. and Russia hold talks on Syria ceasefire ahead of U.N. meeting.

UN envoy: Syrian peace talks will not resume next week.

MSF admits withholding Syria hospital coordinates from Damascus & Moscow.

Putin, Saudi Arabia king discuss Syria crisis — Kremlin.

UN Chief warns military 'escalation' threatens Syrian truce effort.

Turkey says US arms used by Syria Kurds, blamed for Ankara blast.

UN aid official decries lack of attention given to Yemen war.

Israeli forces shoot dead three Palestinian assailants.

ASIA

New Zealand offers to take Australia's unwanted refugees.

Defiant North Korea plans more rocket launches.

Vietnam protests China missile deployment, Australia, NZ urge restraint. Vietnam protests at "serious violation" of sovereignty by China.

Nepal PM seeks to strengthen India ties with visit.

India caste violence in Rohtak leads to tightened security.

Kidnapped Red Cross staff released in Afghanistan.

Japan's Shinzo Abe rebukes MPs after Obama 'slave' remark.

China's Xi urges state media to boost global influence.

AFRICA

Morocco, citing Arab disunity, says won't host summit.

Uganda opposition leader held again as votes counted. Uganda polls: Museveni's main rival, Besigye, arrested.

Islamic State camp in Libya attacked by US planes. Officials: US warplanes strike IS facility in Libya.

Al-Shabab denies Kenya has killed its spy chief.

Deaths as suicide bomber hits market in Cameroon.

Sudanese flee militiamen they say are razing villages in Darfur.

South Sudan unity government on hold as VP stays away.

UN reports nearly 26,000 flee after ethnic clashes in South Sudan camp.

UN: Fighting at South Sudan IDP camp could be war crime.

Zimbabwe police fire water cannon to break-up war veteran protest.

Egypt says it will not protect policemen who break the law as tensions mount.

EUROPE

Kyiv's crisis continues its spiral.

Lithuanian President says EU has reached deal with U.K..

Le Pen party taps Russian banks to fund 2017 election campaign.

Migrant crisis: Austria asylum cap begins despite EU anger.

Greece may block EU summit conclusions, complicating Brexit, migrant talks.

Polish president Duda says Russia fomenting new Cold War.

Chechen separatist leader: Kadyrov is here to stay.

Ukraine political fight threatens economy.

Opposition disrupts Kosovo Parliament with tear gas.

Swiss investigating alleged secret 1970 PLO deal.

Italy sees fewest births ever in 2015, population drops.

AMERICAS

DOJ escalates battle with Apple over San Bernardino shooter's phone.

Presidential contests down to the wire in Nevada, South Carolina.

Donald Trump: "I don't like fighting with the pope".

AP-GfK Poll: Voters increasingly see Sanders as electable.

On Cuba, as politics advances, business leaders wait for their breakthrough.

Cuba's dissident crackdown peaks ahead of Obama's historic visit.

Fewer poor in Latin America but indigenous people still lag others: World Bank.

U.S., Brazil researchers join forces to battle Zika virus.

Colombia's ex-rebel fighters struggle to find jobs, rebuild lives.

Bolivia's Morales fighting for political survival.

TERRORISM/THE LONG WAR

Islamic State fighters bombed in Libya posed threat to U.S.: Pentagon.

European intelligence agencies to cooperate more closely in fight against terror.

IS increases use of child soldiers, says US report. How ISIS recruits children, then kills them.

With Islamic State under pressure, Iraqi forces hope to reclaim city of Hit.

Twitter crackdown is crippling ISIS.

ECONOMY/FINANCE/BUSINESS

Google accounts show 11 billion euros moved via low tax 'Dutch sandwich' in 2014.

South Korea raids Volkswagen office.

Uber car-hire app losing $1bn in China every year, says CEO.

Apple apologises for iPhone 'error 53' and issues fix.

Facebook and Twitter throw weight behind Apple.

The CIA seal is displayed in the lobby of CIA headquarters in Langley, Va. (File Photo)

Washington Free Beacon: CIA Has Dedicated Program to Recruit Transgender Individuals

Intelligence agency releases 3-year ‘diversity and inclusion strategy’

The Central Intelligence Agency three-year “Diversity and Inclusion Strategy” includes a dedicated program to recruit transgender individuals and agency-wide “unconscious bias” training.

The plan, released by the CIA’s Diversity and Inclusion Office last week, lays out several goals for “weaving diversity and inclusion throughout the talent cycle.”

One agency goal is “Becoming an Employer of Choice,” and includes “dedicated programs” to recruit every demographic imaginable.

“Cultivating an inclusive culture that encourages collaboration, flexibility, and fairness enables all officers to contribute to their full potential,” the CIA plan stated. “When employees feel included, have a voice, and are given opportunities to develop and maximize their potential, we create an organization of choice and become a model employer for the full diversity of America’s talent.”

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Update: CIA diversity program includes effort to recruit transgender candidates (FOX News)

WNU Editor: This is definitely not William Donovan's OSS/CIA.

From Ian:

Melanie Phillips: Two cheers for Britain’s BDS ban
The British government has done something in support of Israel, and the progressive intelligentsia is in shock. Prime Minister David Cameron is taking action against the Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions movement.
New government guidance will prevent any public body from imposing a boycott on a member of the World Trade Organization to which Israel belongs.
Local boycotts breach the WTO Government Procurement Agreement, which demands that all suppliers are treated equally.
The guidance aims at preventing publicly funded bodies such as municipal councils or National Health Service trusts from boycotting goods produced by what they believe to be “unethical companies,” such as firms involved in arms trading, fossil fuels or tobacco products as well as companies based in Israel.
Matthew Hancock, the British government’s Cabinet Office minister, revealed the development on a visit to Israel this week. Such boycotts, he said, were divisive, potentially damaging to the UK’s relationship with Israel and risked fueling anti-Semitism.
The enemies of Israel are beside themselves in fury.
BDS: censorship disguised as justice
Central to the demand that academic justice should dominate higher education is a critique of the principles that have shaped scholarship in general and academic freedom in particular. To engage in a meaningful power struggle, BDS-supporting academics argue it is necessary to have concerns that go beyond academic freedom and encompass political positions on a range of issues. Questions as to whose view of justice should prevail and which views are unacceptable are rarely raised.
Qualifying academic freedom with caveats of political judgement negates all that is universal and progressive about the demand. Abandoning objectivity and establishing a political position not only prevents academics from aspiring to contest truth claims — it also enforces a consensus and encourages political conformity in a way that curtails questioning and criticality from the outset. Academic work undertaken to pursue politics rather than knowledge is just propaganda.
Those who believe in scholarship and academic freedom need to call out BDS for what it is: an illiberal, censorious and sometimes anti-Semitic movement. Lecturers who are happy in some circumstances to preach the rhetoric of academic freedom must lead by example in showing students how to engage critically with ideas, policies and politics, rather than resorting to censorship.
Telegraph removes ‘Shylock’ references from article on Jewish hedge fund manager
Last Tuesday (9 February) the Daily Telegraph published an article about the role played by Elliott Management hedge fund, and its founder and President Paul Singer, in ongoing negotiations over debt relief for Argentina. The article was changed following a complaint by CST about its use of antisemitic cultural references from Shakespeare’s Merchant of Venice.
The article, written by Daily Telegraph assistant editor Jeremy Warner, was critical of Singer for refusing to join other creditors in accepting a deal on debt relief, arguing that “His case for more may be legally watertight, but it is also morally indefensible.”
In its original version, the article opened with this sentence:
“Latter day Shylocks at Elliott Management allowing, Argentina will soon have renewed access to international capital markets.”
Warner returned to this theme near the end of the article, writing:
“Debt restructuring provides a fourth option, yet as both Argentina and Greece have discovered, the trouble with borrowed money is that adjusting its value takes difficult negotiation, frequently obstructed by aggressively litigious hedgies such as Mr Singer demanding their pound of flesh.”
Paul Singer is widely known in Argentina and the United States to be Jewish. His philanthropic and political engagement includes public support for Jewish causes.



Julie Burchill: Reasons why Muslims are not 'the new Jews'
Muslims are not the new Jews - Jews are the new Jews and sadly Muslims now number greatly among their chief tormentors.
But there is a greater issue at stake here, far beyond the different standards of behaviour displayed by Jewish refugees in the past and Muslim refugees now. Wherever the Jews have gone, they have enriched and opened up the host culture far beyond the extent even to which they have enriched and opened up themselves.
Their gifts to us - Christianity, Marxism, Hollywood - are almost solely responsible for the freedom and dynamism of the Western world. Without these gifts, we would still be inarticulate semi-beasts who belonged to others and dreamed no dreams. (In parts of the Muslim world, this is still the lot of women.)
In my opinion, mass Muslim immigration - and specifically, pandering on the part of vote-hungry politicians - is not only not likely to help us progress further but, in the areas I have outlined, is likely to actually take us backwards.
But of all the issues that I have believed I was right about over the past four decades as a public commentator, there is none I wish more fervently to be wrong about.
In fact, I pray with all my heart that India Knight is right. And there's a sentence I never thought I'd write.
A Disaster called Obama’s Middle East Policy
With each passing day, it gets more and more difficult to ignore the monumental disaster that Obama’s foreign policy actually is. Nowhere is its utter failure more glaringly evident than in the Syrian Civil War.
But first, let us not underestimate the pathologies of the Middle East that have led to the present disaster in Syria, but Obama administration’s policies have created perils that we would be dealing with, in decades to come.
The geopolitical vacuum created by President Obama’s push to shrink America’s footprint in the Middle East has quickly been filled by Comrade Putin’s soviet-style jackboots. And President Obama-backed Nuclear Deal has single-handedly contributed billions of dollars to Islamic Republic of Iran’s war chest geared at funding global terrorism and regional adventures.
Five years into the conflict, Syrian Dictator Assad is only hanging on to his power thanks to the massive military and political backing from Moscow and Tehran. With the help of Russian military support, Assad is now redrawing the frontline to his own advantage. As Assad lays sigh of rebel stronghold Aleppo, the “moderate” rebels now look to be on their last legs. So far, Assad has been more inclined squeeze the “moderate” rebels, whom he considers as soft targets, than to go after the evil of Islamic State.
By betting on his stooge Assad, Russia’s Putin is looking more and more like a winner. Putin’s gains comes at a cost to the U.S. and its Western allies. The debacle is so great that even the mainstream media cannot afford to ignore it any longer.
Trump: What Obama has done to Israel is a disgrace
Republican presidential hopeful Donald Trump lambasted Barack Obama for his Middle East policies, telling Fox News that what the president has done to Israel is a “disgrace.”
Talking to Sean Hannity on Thursday night, Trump said that it was a wonder that the Jewish state would still even talk to the White House, given what he said was shoddy treatment at the hands of the Obama administration.
“Israel is so important,” Trump said in response to a question about the Middle East, before launching into fierce criticism of the president’s policies.
“What Obama has done to Israel is a disgrace. How they even talk to us is hard to believe. How do they talk to Obama? I have friends, they support Obama and I say, ‘How do you do it?’ It’s almost like they do it out of habit. They agree he’s been terrible,” he said.
“You look at what he’s done to Israel, with just this Iran deal, which is such a terrible deal. He has been the worst thing that’s ever happened to Israel,” Trump continued. “Now, a lot of my friends that are Jewish do not support him any longer. But I still have some that do. I say, ‘How can you do it?'”
FBI Confirms Act of Terror in Ohio: Muslim Machete Attacker on Terror Watchlist, Came to U.S. on Green Card
Police soon arrived on the scene, but the suspect lunged at them with a knife, at which point they fired their service weapons hitting him and killing him.
But the media quickly claimed that the motive for the attack was “unclear,” while the FBI compounded the confusion by initially refusing to characterize the attack as terrorism.
But this week, the reticence to properly characterize the attack dissipated, and authorities admitted that it was being investigated as an act of terror.
The FBI also announced that Barry was in the U.S. on a green card and had been on the terror watchlist.
Tragically, the owner of the restaurant, Hany Baransi, has announced he will permanently close his restaurant.
Some of the victims of the attack, all of whom are expected to make a successful recovery, recently returned to the restaurant for a celebration of life.
2 Muslim Women Enter Miami Beach Synagogue, Ask Questions, Scare Everyone
Here’s one thing ISIS has contributed to religious discourse: inquiries by strangers about one’s religion are no longer welcome. A case in point has to do with two Muslim women wearing hijabs, who entered a Miami Beach Orthodox synagogue this week and asked many questions, saying they were on a spiritual quest, and scared some members of the congregation who called police, as WSVN Miami Beach, Fla. Reported Wednesday.
The two women approached Shay Zamora, a member of the synagogue who was sitting outside the sanctuary and started to interrogate him. “The questions basically were, ‘What are the lecture times here and when do people come for lectures?'” said Zamora. “It was very odd. They actually, eventually, conveyed to me, that they were Muslim.”
Then one of the women took out a Koran. “I explained the similarities, that Arabic is also written from right to left,” Zamora said.
According to a police incident report, the women asked their Jewish host, “Did you have services already?” and “when are you saying Yizkor?”
Yizkor, a prayer commemorating the dead, is recited only on Torah holidays, usually on the last day of the holiday.
Denmark Institutes New Medal of Valor in Honor of Slain Israeli Security Guard
Denmark’s parliament announced a new medal of civil valor that will honor Israeli security guard Dan Uzan, who was killed last year while protecting the Great Synagogue of Copenhagen during a terrorist attack that took place during a bat mitzvah ceremony.
The medal is for “citizens who demonstrated unusual courage, while risking their lives in an attempt to save the lives of others, and those who lost their lives during this attempt,” and “refers to incidents related to terrorism, crime, and attacks on the open and democratic society of Denmark and the right to freedom,” the Danish Parliament said in a statement.
Uzan, who was a volunteer security guard at the synagogue, was shot and killed by the terrorist, Omar El-Hussein, but still prevented a massacre during the bat mitzvah. Film director Finn Nørgaard, who used his body to block the same terrorist from entering the Krudttønden Cultural Center hours earlier, will also receive the new Danish medal.
With bipartisan backing, Canada to reject Israel boycott
With broad bipartisan support, Canada stands poised to reject the Boycott, Sanctions and Divestment (BDS) campaign against Israel.
The Liberals, who comprise the majority of seats in the House of Commons, said the party will support an opposition motion introduced Thursday calling on the House to formally reject the goals of the BDS movement.
The motion was introduced by two Conservative lawmakers in parliament. Both the New Democratic Party and Green Party have indicated that they will oppose the motion. The vote is set to take place on Monday, the Canadian media reported.
“This is not a partisan issue,” said Tony Clement, the Conservative foreign affairs critic, in leading off the debate. He called BDS a form of discrimination, “just like boycotts that have targeted Jews throughout history.”
New Israel Fund Supports Website That Calls Netanyahu, IDF ‘Terrorists’
Over the past few months, Israel has come under pressure from places it should not have to worry about. We already know how the European Union has ramped up its efforts to boycott Israel with its labeling initiative of “settlement” products. The Obama administration remains a thorn, most recently sending hints that Israel will no longer be secure at the United Nations, and reinterpreting a 1995 proclamation to characterize Israeli products and services from Judea and Samaria as being from occupied territory.
It should come as no surprise that many of the groups targeting Israel receive backing from the New Israel Fund, which supports the boycott of Israel.
It can now be revealed that NIF money supports the alarming stories in the Local Call online magazine as well.
Let’s Stop Being Surprised by Antisemitism
The resignation of Oxford University Labour Club (OULC) Co-Chair, Alex Chalmers, this week has since shed light on what appears to be a culture of antisemitism within the club. Many were rightly shocked and appalled at the reports but something else has been bugging me. While I was angered to learn of this “problem with Jews” within one of the most prestigious Labour clubs in the country, I was sadly not surprised at all to hear a story like this on a UK campus.
The reactions to this incident have been very telling. The standard response to the allegations that have been made by someone unaware of the facts would usually be to acknowledge the severity of the claims and call for it to be properly investigated. This has not however been the case by all.
One common reaction is to assume that these allegations must be about Israel before even reading the allegation. Another is to acknowledge the list of allegations but deny that they are antisemitism and insist it is simply anti-Israel as demonstrated by Ken Livingstone this week. There are also others who acknowledged that this was antisemitism but then ask; what about all the other forms of hate? and say ‘well Jews are not a race, they’re part of a religion so it’s not really racism is it’? These ways of reacting are nothing new but the OULC case has certainly provided a good way for them all to occur at once.
The irony of the first response is clear considering that this is an example of what Chalmers stated in his resignation post. As he put it; many dismiss “most accusations of antisemitism [as] just the Zionists crying wolf” and this is too often the case. One clear example was when a member of the National Union of Students (NUS) National Executive Council (NEC) jumped to the assumption that this was about boycotts, divestments and sanctions (BDS) against Israel before it became clear that he had not even read the allegations. No one had even mentioned BDS in this case.
Dogan: The 'Unholy Alliance' Comes to Campus
Conservative author David Horowitz has long written about the “Unholy Alliance” that exists between Islamic extremists and the American Left. Now, a new series of photographs of campus propaganda posters reveals how this unholy alliance plays out on American campuses where students are incited to join the Islamic war against the Jews of Israel with appeals to their sense of “social justice” and desire to address historic wrongs such as racism, colonialism and the mistreatment of women.
Many naïve Jewish students are seduced into joining these anti-Israel coalitions out of a desire to help the oppressed but find themselves ensnared in a Hamas-directed campaign to commit genocide against the Jews themselves.
Campus leaders of the Hamas campaign are two groups: Students for Justice in Palestine (SJP), as well as its less outwardly political counterpart, the Muslim Students Association (MSA). Both were created by members of the Muslim Brotherhood, whose spiritual leader Yousef al-Qaradawi has called on Muslims to finish the job that Hitler started. The Brotherhood is godfather to the anti-Israel terror group Hamas, whose charter calls for the extermination of the Jews. SJP and MSA conduct annual anti-Israel hate-fests known as “Israeli Apartheid Weeks” during which they erect mock “apartheid walls” plastered with Hamas propaganda, including claims that Israel is an “apartheid” state which seeks to shed the blood of Palestinian children. A near-omnipresent image on these walls is a series of four false and genocidal maps purporting to show the Jewish infiltration and colonization of the Arab nation of “Palestine” from 1947 to the present.
The Jewish nation of Israel stands alone as a beacon of human rights and liberal democracy in the otherwise repressive and autocratic Middle East. There are over one million Arab citizens of Israel who enjoy the same rights and privileges as do Israel’s Jews, including the right to vote in elections, sit on Israeli courts, be represented in the Israeli legislature and hold tenured jobs in Israel’s esteemed universities. Unlike many Arab nations where they are treated as second class citizens, women in Israel are granted equal rights with men. And homosexuals—who face certain death in most Arab nations if their orientation becomes known—are also protected under Israeli law.
Chicago students turn tables on BDS with new tactic
Students at University of Illinois at Chicago have reframed the anti-Israel divestment debate so that a resolution passed by the student government no longer singles out Israel for criticism. Rather, it calls on UIC to divest from companies contributing to alleged human rights abuses in a wide spectrum of countries.
The modified resolution, passed by the student government Monday evening, which mentions the US, China, Syria, Brazil, India, the United Kingdom and others, still includes Israel, but only on a list with many other countries – successfully watering down the impact.
The tactic was an innovative strategy to try to redirect and water down BDS resolutions instead of fighting all-out against them in universities where anti-Israel elements outnumber pro-Israel elements (at UIC the Muslim population is estimated at 15%or 4,500 students and the Jewish population at 3% or under 1,000 students.) The Coalition for Peace did not endorse the final resolution, but did not oppose it with the changes.
A group of students opposed to the Boycott Divestment and Sanctions (BDS) campaign, organized under the moniker Coalition for Peace to blunt the anti-Semitic impact of UIC Divest, the BDS campaign of the school’s Students for Justice in Palestine chapter, which aligned with Jewish Voices for Peace and 20 other campus groups.
Chicago billboard: 'Boycott Israel, stop apartheid'
A storm is brewing in the Windy City, as a massive anti-Israeli Chicago billboard has sparked a massive campaign calling for it to be taken down - but the advertising company adamantly refuses to apologize for the discriminatory sign.
The billboard, posted on the major highway I-294 by the Lamar Advertising agency, directs motorists to visit stopfundingapartheid.org, a rabid anti-Israeli organization.
In massive letters it calls to: "Boycott Israel Until Palestinians Have Equal Rights."
In response to the blaring anti-Israeli sentiment a massive campaign has been launched, with many Jews and Israelis in particular posting one-star reviews of the Lamar Advertising agency's Facebook page.
One Facebook user Uri Pilichowski on Thursday called on locals to call the company and protest, writing, "how do we get this taken down? Simple. If the billboard company, Lamar Advertising gets enough phone calls that it isn't worth it for them to keep it up, they'll take it down."
When enemies fight
Schadenfreude is a magnificent German word that I am fairly confident ninety-nine percent of Germans have never used in a conversation. It means taking pleasure in your enemy’s discomfort. When two of Israel’s loudest and richest enemies, Iran and Iraq, are at loggerheads, is it good for the Jews?
Should we echo Henry Kissinger and hope they both lose? What does that say about us?
Iran’s hardline Shiites and Saudi Arabia’s hardline (Is there any other kind?) Sunnis, Islam’s two major divisions have been slaughtering each other on and off since the seventh century.
At present they are fighting by proxy. When the Saudis executed Shiite cleric Nimr al-Nimr they were sending a harsh message to both their own Shiite minority and to Teheran. The war in Yemen, against the Shiite Houthi; the war in Syria – Saudi money to the ‘opposition’ and Iranian fighters AND money to the ‘Shiite’† Assad regime; the war against Daesh – Sunni competitors to the House of Saud and enemies to Muslim heretics, a category in which they without hesitation place Iran and other conflicts fall to greater or lesser degree into the same Sunni-Shiite model.
Iran Training Children for War With United States, Israel
Iranian officials have organized the “Sixth National Children’s Memorial,” an event to train children for possible war against the United States and Israel.
Around 1,200 children, as young as six years old, in military apparel run around the fields with weapons. They participate in obstacle courses and gather around bonfires.
This camp aims for the “conquering of Tel Aviv to Jerusalem.” One picture shows a boy before burning the Israeli flag.
“According to the teachings of the Quran and Islamic tradition, whatever is planted within a child’s heart will be manifested,” explained one officer.
Iran has a history of using child soldiers in their wars. They used many child soldiers during the long Iran-Iraq War in the 1980s. The Iraqi government established a prisoner camp specifically for the Iranian child soldiers they captured. The Christian Science Monitor wrote about the camp as early as 1987.
White House: Sale of Russian Fighter Jets to Iran Would Violate Security Council Resolution
The Obama administration said that the proposed sale of Russian fighter jets to Iran would violate the United Nations Security Council resolution that supported the nuclear deal, the Associated Press reported on Thursday.
State Department Spokesman Mark Toner said that the purchase of the aircraft as part of an $8 billion Russian arms package would constitute a breach of U.N. Security Council resolution 2231, which stipulates that transfer of “combat aircraft” to Iran is prohibited unless it is approved by the council “in advance on a case by case” basis. Russia’s Su-30SM jets, which Iran seeks to buy, are similar to American F-15E fighter bombers.
Iran’s Defense Minister Gen. Hossein Dehghan said last week that the Islamic Republic intends to upgrade its air force and purchase an as of yet undetermined number of Russian jets. There was no specified timeline mentioned for the delivery of the planes, which Dehghan indicated Iran would be involved in manufacturing.
Video that Iranian state TV claimed showed a sniper shooting six ISIS soldiers dead is in fact game play from Medal of Honor
A short video that was circulated on Iranian state TV allegedly showing a sniper shooting six ISIS soldiers is in fact footage from the game 'Medal of Honor'.
Iranian and Saudi Arabian TV stations have been playing the clips, claiming the sniper is a member of Hezbollah and the enemies are ISIS soldiers.
It has been published with outlandish headlines such as 'six Daesh combatants are killed in 2 minutes by a Hezbollah sniper'.
One Iranian news outlet even went so far as to claim the gun used was the Iranian-made 'Arash' weapon.
In fact, the footage is virtually identical to the game play footage uploaded to YouTube in 2012.
In addition, the video briefly shows an icon at the bottom of the screen that signifies a successful head shot.
Holocaust-denying WWII vet buried in Arlington National Cemetery
A US soldier wounded in World War II who later became an outspoken Nazi sympathizer and Holocaust denier was buried at Arlington National Cemetery.
Willis Carto, who died at 89 in October, was interred at the military cemetery in Arlington, Virginia, on Wednesday, The Huffington Post reported. He founded the Liberty Lobby, a white supremacist group, and the Institute for Historical Review, a group that promotes Holocaust denial.
Rabbi Marvin Hier, founder of the Simon Wiesenthal Center, a Holocaust research and awareness organization, told the Post that Carto’s burial in the cemetery was a “national disgrace.
“For a person who supported a man responsible for the greatest mass murder in the history of mankind to be buried in the sacred ground where service members who fought to do everything to defeat this man, it profanes the cemetery,” Hier said.
Nazi hunter Beate Klarsfeld, 77, gets Israeli citizenship
German Nazi hunter Beate Klarsfeld, 77, has been granted Israeli citizenship.
Interior Minister Aryeh Deri presented Klarsfeld, who is not Jewish, with the citizenship in a ceremony Monday at the Interior Ministry in in Jerusalem.
“It is an honor for me to confer upon you Israeli citizenship,” Deri said at the ceremony, according to the French daily Le Monde. “You are a hero who has dedicated her life to the Jewish people.”
“As a German who is not a Jew, it is an honor for me to receive this citizenship,” Klarsfeld said.
A German journalist, Klarsfeld is the daughter of a Wehrmacht soldier, while her husband Serge, 79, is the son of French Jews deported from France during the Holocaust.
Israeli Study Shows that Early Detection of Alzheimer’s Possible with Blood Test
Alzheimer’s disease affects some 35 million people worldwide and is expected to affect 115 million by 2050, yet it is not currently possible to detect the disease before it has caused loss of memory and function. Even then, the tests available are invasive and/or expensive.
The quest to develop a simple blood test for Alzheimer’s is therefore a top priority. The Israeli company NeuroQuest is working with the University of California-San Diego on clinical trials of its blood test for very early diagnosis of Alzheimer’s, based on award-winning research led by Prof. Michal Schwartz of the Weizmann Institute of Science in Rehovot.
Now, researchers from Harvard and three Israeli institutions—Tel Aviv University, the Technion and Rambam Medical Center— have published a study in the Journal of Alzheimer’s Disease that proposes testing a novel biomarker in the blood for Alzheimer’s. The marker, called activity-dependent neuroprotective protein (ADNP), is essential for brain formation and cognitive function.
‘World-class’ cyber-detective Cynet raises $7 million
Israeli cyber-security firm Cynet, which in recent weeks uncovered and publicized not two major security flaws in products used by millions of people, has gotten the attention not just of cellphone and router manufacturers but of investors as well. On Wednesday, the company announced that it had received a $7 million investment from Lazarus, a US-based hedge fund.
Two weeks ago, a team led by researchers Liran Segal and Shachar Korot of Cynet announced that it had discovered a hardware breach in LG G3 devices. Called the SNAP vulnerability, the breach allows hackers to use a flaw in the device’s built-in to inject unauthenticated malicious code into apps. Because the vulnerability is in the built-in Smart Notice application, any app that uses it – and almost every app that gets messages does – is a potential vehicle for hackers to use to reach an individual’s device, stealing data, sending revealing photos stored on the device to social media, and grabbing saved credit card information and other sensitive data, said Idan Cohen, CTO of BugSec, an affiliate of Cynet.
The vulnerability allows hackers to use a JavaScript routine to run server-side code, allowing them to extend the reach of code to take control of a device. In a blog post, the researchers detail and demonstrate how they were able to grab phone numbers and ID information out of a phone’s memory, access a phishing site with a device’s browser to download malware, and even run a denial of service hack attack against a website directly from the device, without its owner even being aware of what was going on.
150 Israeli Companies to Be Featured in Barcelona Telecom Expo
Some 150 Israeli companies will be featured in the GSMA Mobile World Congress in Barcelona next week, one of the world’s top telecommunications exhibitions. The Israeli companies make up the conference’s fourth-largest delegation, after the US, the UK, and France.
Scheduled for Feb. 22-25, the Mobile World Congress will feature more than 2,200 exhibitors. Organizers expect some 100,000 visitors, including global mobile industry leaders, high-tech companies, and cellular service operators and providers, as well as the general public.
The Israel Export and International Cooperation Institute’s pavilion will feature 140 of the companies, and overall, one of every 13 booths will be hosted by an Israeli telecom company.
Israeli Startups Raise $9 Million in Microsoft Accelerator Program
Graduates of the Microsoft Ventures Israel Accelerator, which operates as part of Microsoft’s R&D center, raised nearly $9 million in funds or investment offers during the mentoring program. The startups are in fields as varied as e-commerce, tourism, advertising, medicine, and agricultural technology.
The Accelerator program is designed to take startups to the next stage in their development and prepare them for the global market. For example, OwnBackup, a cloud backup and recovery vendor, announced the close of a $3.5 million Series A financing round led by Google chairman Eric Schmidt’s Innovation Endeavors on February 4. “We were excited to work with the OwnBackup team over the past four months to help them achieve their vision and connect them with enterprises around the globe,” said Navot Volk, managing director, Microsoft Ventures Israel.
The ratios of capital raised by Microsoft Ventures Israel Accelerator are among the highest in the world, according to a press statement. 58 companies that previously participated in the accelerator raised a total of $136 million—an average of $2.1 million per company. More than 350 companies from Israel and 27 other countries applied for the latest round of the Microsoft Ventures Israel Accelerator, including companies from the U.S., the UK, Singapore, Spain, India, Pakistan, Germany, Switzerland, Denmark, Mexico, France, Turkey and China.
Israeli start-up presents: The optometrist in your iPhone
Seven of the most innovative Israeli start-ups working in the mobile health space – which “reduces” medical technology to fit into a smartphone or wearable device – were chosen to participate in a start-up contest held Thursday at the 5th annual mHealth Israel Conference in Tel Aviv Thursday.
The start-up contest is always the highlight, said Shapiro. This year’s winner, 6over6, was “a great example of the innovation at work in the Israel mobile health ecosystem.”
The company has developed a technology to enable anyone to figure out whether they need glasses, enabling them to “self-prescribe” a pair via a smartphone app. Using a combination of math, physics, vision technology, and advanced algorithms, said 6over6 CEO Ofer Limon, “we offer a full range of services for consumers, just as good, if not better – more accurate – as they can get at an optician or optometrist.”
Merck, Weizmann Institute sign strategic deal on cancer research
With more than 300 employees at four sites throughout Israel, Merck KgaA, a multifaceted chemical and technology company, has quietly emerged as one of the major multinational firms with a significant presence in Israel.
The company announced this week that it was furthering its stake in Israeli tech by signing a new framework agreement with the Weizmann Institute to research new solutions in the area of biotechnology and cancer research.
“We have focused our healthcare research activities on the highly promising fields of immuno-oncology, immunology and oncology, as we’re striving to deliver new solutions to respond to unmet medical needs,” said Stefan Oschmann, deputy CEO and vice chairman of the executive board of Merck. “We’re excited that the new framework agreement will cover the first two of these three areas, and we are already looking forward to the proposals of the distinguished Weizmann scientists.”
As part of the new framework agreement, Merck will fund each of the two research areas with up to € 1 million per year over the initial three-year period.
Jewish ‘American Idol’ star is in the army now — the IDF
Three years after falling in love with the Jewish state on a Birthright trip, former “American Idol” contestant Brett Loewenstern immigrated to Israel on Wednesday. True to musical form, the exuberant red head plans to join an IDF military band when he enlists in the army this summer.
Loewenstern has already received the Israeli star treatment, when reporters and a TV crew waited to meet him right off his Nefesh B’Nefesh flight with other new immigrants. A snippet about his arrival appeared on the cover of newspaper Yediot Aharonot, with the words, “he’s a star.”
“I came off the plane holding a giant teddy bear in my hand, which I use as a pillow,” said Loewenstern in a phone interview with The Times of Israel from his Tel Aviv apartment. “All of a sudden a TV crew runs up asking to interview me, and my phone rings from a reporter with the IDF magazine,” he said with a laugh.
Currently in search of part-time work, Loewenstern was “shocked” that media wanted to record his arrival. Calling the experience “humbling,” he especially relished being called “the ginger Jew from ‘Idol’” on the Guy Pines entertainment show.


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FOX News: Mexican cartels patrol border with drones – and U.S. has no response

There are legions of unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs) patrolling the U.S.-Mexico border, and they do not belong to the United States. They are owned and operated by Mexican drug cartels, and there’s nothing we can currently do to stop them.

The proliferation of small, cheap UAVs (aka drones) has raised a litany of security concerns, from interference with commercial aviation to possible delivery systems for weapons. Along the U.S. southern border, the Mexican cartels are operating drones as intelligence gathering tools. Cartels traditionally have employed falcones (Spanish for falcons)—people who perch on points along the border to monitor border patrol movements, collecting information that smugglers could exploit to outmaneuver America’s border security efforts.

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WNU Editor: These Mexican cartel drones first started a few years ago (see above video) .... but I suspect that they are now far more sophisticated today.



Voice Of America: UN: Yemen on Brink of Humanitarian Catastrophe

GENEVA — The United Nations warns conflict-ridden Yemen is on the brink of a humanitarian catastrophe. It is urging donors to give generously to the $1.8 billion appeal it launched Thursday to provide critical and life-saving assistance to 13.6 million people, more than half the country’s population.

The U.N. reports more than 6,000 civilians have been killed and well over 3,000 wounded since the Saudi-led coalition began its bombing campaign against the Houthi rebels at the end of March of last year.

The U.N. says more than 2.5 million people have been forced to flee their homes and are internally displaced because of the conflict and that 21 million need humanitarian support.

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WNU Editor: This is truly frustrating .... UN aid official decries lack of attention given to Yemen war (AP) .... and it is now getting worse .... Yemen central bank stops guarantees for rice, sugar imports - sources (Reuters).

The Lebanon-based militant group is fighting in Syria in support of Bashar al-Assad (AFP)

Reuters: Saudi Arabia says halts $3 billion package to Lebanese army, aid to security service

Saudi Arabia has suspended a $3 billion aid package for the Lebanese army to buy French arms, its state news agency said on Friday, in what an official described as a response to Beirut's failure to condemn attacks on the kingdom's missions in Iran.

The SPA agency also quoted an official source as saying in a statement that Saudi Arabia has also canceled the remainder of $1 billion in aid it had earmarked for Lebanon's internal security service.

Saudi Arabia pledged the aid package for the Lebanese army in 2013 in what then-Lebanese President Michel Suleiman called the largest grant ever to the country's armed forces.

The first shipment of French weapons and military equipment had already been delivered to Lebanon in April last year under the Saudi-funded deal to bolster the Lebanese army's fight against Islamist militants encroaching from neighboring Syria.

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More News On Saudi Arabia Halting Military Assistance To Lebanon

Saudi Arabia halts $4B in Lebanon security grants -- Daily Star
Saudi halts $3 bn in aid to Lebanon army -- Al Arabiya
In protest against Hezbollah’s stance Saudi Arabia halts $4 billion arms deal for Lebanon -- Ya Liban
Saudi Arabia Stops Aid to Lebanese Army and Internal Security Forces- Official Source -- Asharq Al-Awsat
Saudi Arabia halts $3B Lebanese arms deal amid Iran dispute -- AP
Saudi Arabia halts $3bn package to Lebanese army -- BBC
Saudi Arabia halts $4b aid to Lebanon -- Gulf news/AP/AFP
Saudi Arabia Cancels $3B Aid to Lebanon; French Weapons Deal Held -- Defense News
Saudi Arabia Scraps $3 Billion Funding to Lebanon for Arms -- Bloomberg
Saudi Arabia halts billions in aid to Lebanese security forces -- DW

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Nancy A. Youssef, Daily Beast: Did U.S. Airstrikes Kill These Syrians?

Experts on the ground report large numbers have been killed at the same time the coalition has stepped up airstrikes.

Two Syrian watch groups charged on Thursday that U.S.-led coalition strikes against the so-called Islamic State had killed as many as 38 civilians over a three-day period, the highest reported death toll in months. The reports come as some Obama administration officials have pushed for looser rules of engagement that may help kill more Islamist fighters, but that put civilians in greater jeopardy.

The allegations center on a series of strikes the coalition has conducted over the past few days around the eastern city of Hasakah and its surrounding province, also called Hasakah, where the Islamic State, widely known as ISIS, is largely in control and is attacking the U.S.-backed Syrian Democratic Forces.

ISIS has repeatedly attacked the forces at their headquarters building and checkpoints, launching explosives or using bombs. In recent weeks, the Syrian Democratic Forces have also been attacking ISIS, backed by U.S. air support, in a bid to reclaim the province.

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WNU Editor: The bloodshed in the Syrian war is now reaching levels that are unprecedented .... and in this chaos civilians are caught in the middle. Did U.S. air-strikes kill dozens of civilians in the past few days .... I do not know the answer to that question. But I do know that thousands of civilians are dying each month, and with the U.S. now passing  the mark of dropping over 10,000 bombs in their war against ISIS .... I am sure there are a lot of civilian casualties in that mix ... whether the Pentagon denies it or not.

Martin Chulov, The Guardian: Post-war Iraq: 'Everybody is corrupt, from top to bottom. Including me'

A corrupt political class has led a 13-year pillage on public money in the pursuit of power. As oil prices fall, further jeopardising the country’s revenues, there is little hope that governance will improve.

Iraq’s anti-corruption chief sat in his office, waving his hands in exasperation. “There is no solution,” he said. “Everybody is corrupt, from the top of society to the bottom. Everyone. Including me.”

Coming at the start of a conversation about Iraq’s ailing governance, and what was being done to turn things around, Mishan al-Jabouri’s admission was jarring. “At least I am honest about it,” he shrugged. “I was offered $5m by someone to stop investigating him. I took it, and continued prosecuting him anyway.”

Jabouri heads one of two anti-graft agencies tasked with protecting public monies in post-war Iraq. Both have more work than they can ever hope to deal with – even if they wanted to.

Now, with plunging oil prices leaving Iraq’s revenues in more jeopardy than at any time since the US invasion, attention is shifting to what the custodians of public funds have done over more than a decade with tens of billions of dollars that could otherwise be a buffer from such a budget shock.

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WNU Editor: The Iraqi government .... and one can say Iraq society itself .... are completely dependent on oil revenues. With prices now at a fraction of what it use to be .... I can easily see a free-for-all occurring ..... and soon. My hat goes off to Ayatollah Ali al-Sistani who understands how dangerous this is .... but when it comes to money and/or listening to the senior cleric saying not to do it .... money wins most of the time.



Katie Zavadski, Daily Beast: At Least 89 Child Soldiers Were Killed Fighting for ISIS Last Year

Far more children are fighting and dying—on the battlefield and in suicide attacks—for the terror group than was previously thought, according to a new report.

ISIS is deploying children as fighters and on suicide missions at far greater rates than previously estimated, according to a new report published in the Combatting Terrorism Center at West Point’s CTC Sentinel.

At least 89 boys died fighting in the name of ISIS from January 2015 to January 2016, according to the report’s authors, three terrorism researchers from Georgia State University. The researchers analyzed photographs published alongside eulogies and found that some of the children were younger than 12 years old.

The terrorism researchers cataloged the images, obtained largely from Twitter obituaries and ISIS’s official Telegram channel, based on 24 variables including nationality, location of death, and the facial expression in the photos used to publicize the child soldiers’ missions. The researchers then went through each photo and determined which pre-set age category—eight to 12, 12 to 16, or 16 to 18—the child fell into.

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Update #1: Isis sending children to die at unprecedented rate, report warn -- Guardian
Update #2: “Brazen” use of child soldiers by ISIS: study -- Rudaw

WNU Editor: This is how the islamic State uses child soldiers .... How ISIS recruits children, then kills them (CNN).


Hebrew site 0404 points out that it has been two weeks since holy books at a makeshift synagogue were piled up and burned by Palestinian Arabs. In a bitter article, it says "if the security establishment would have invested one percent of what they invested after arson at the bilingual school in Jerusalem, the case would already be solved."

Shamefully, this is probably true. Israel doesn't care about antisemitic attacks nearly as much as it cares about attacks that can be blamed on Jews. I saw this firsthand when I visited the tomb of Shumel HaNavi, a major shrine, right outside Jerusalem in 2007 - hours after it had been vandalized and at least one Torah stolen.

The incident was roundly ignored in the media.

If the purpose of Zionism is to create a safe place for Jews to live, one would expect that the leaders of the Zionist state would act decisively against those who try to take away that safety by attacking Jewish sites.




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Writer Houellebecq: Palestinians have lost legitimacy
Famed French writer Michel Houellebecq defended Israel in an interview he gave to the popular magazine Le Point, which devoted a journalistic project to the Jews of France.
According to news site Walla, Houellebecq – who is not Jewish – has identified as pro-Israeli for several years. He reconfirmed this position in the interview, and explained: "Israel is more moral than the Palestinians. At first I was neutral, but the Palestinian suicide bombings shocked me. Unlike the Israelis, who strike at pre-marked targets, the Palestinian attacks are blind, and that is much less moral. The end does not justify the means, and that is why the Palestinians have lost legitimacy in my eyes."
Houellebecq blamed the French Left for turning Israel into an enemy and inciting French Muslims against it. Intellectuals, journalists and radical leftist politicians, he said, are the ones responsible for the tension between the Muslim and Jewish communities in France.
"What connection is there between Muslims in France and the Palestinians?" he asked. "Why do the Muslims in France not raise a hue and cry about what is happening to their brothers in Africa and Asia, but only (do so) about their Palestinian brothers? It is only the fault of the radical Left's anti-Israeliness and its connection to Islam."
Caroline Glick: Israel’s dangerous consensus
Recently I found myself in a chance conversation with a former head of the Mossad’s Directorate of Operations. The former master spy, whom I had never met before, knew that I am a journalist.
He was aware of my political views.
Directing his remarks at a friend of mine, he declared that 99 percent of Mossad and Shin Bet officers are leftists. He then added triumphantly that according to a former commander of the air force whose name he cited, 99% of the air force’s pilots are similarly leftists.
Initially, I dismissed his comments as obnoxious chest-beating by a man who felt like irritating a group of right-wingers.
But given the source, it is impossible to simply brush off what he said. And to be clear, far more troubling than the prospect that Israel’s security establishment is uniformly leftist is the notion that there is any intellectual or ideological uniformity of any kind in the ranks of our defense community.
But given our defense community’s record in recent years, there is ample reason to believe that there is more than a grain of salt in the spy chief’s boast.
Consider Israel’s handling of Gaza.
21-Year-Old Israeli Killed in Palestinian Stabbing Spree in West Bank Supermarket
Two Palestinian teenage terrorists on Thursday stabbed two Israelis at a supermarket north of Jerusalem.
The Israeli victims, ages 21 and 35, were evacuated to a Jerusalem hospital. The 21-year-old later died from his wounds. The attackers, Bassem Subach and Omar Salim, both 14, were also taken to the hospital after being shot by armed civilians at the scene of the attack—the Rami Levy supermarket in the Sha’ar Binyamin area.
The civilians who stopped the attackers, Ben Hamo and Hanamel Even Chen, recounted the attack in interviews with Israel National News.
“I came to shop at Rami Levy, I was in the aisle of aluminum foil and the like, Shabbat candles, and suddenly I heard shouts and immediately I understood that an attack was happening,” Hamo said.
“I ran in the direction of the shouts, I saw a terrorist in front of me with a knife in hand approaching me,” he said. “I told him, ‘Stop, throw away the knife.’ He took another step, I shot him with a precise bullet to bring him down.”



Off-duty soldier killed Thursday in supermarket terror attack laid to rest
The funeral of an off-duty IDF soldier who was killed in a terror attack near Ramallah Thursday was held Friday at the Mount Herzl military cemetery. A thousand people gathered to pay their respects to a young husband and father who was eulogized as a natural leader.
Tuvia Yanai Weissman, 21, a resident of the West Bank settlement of Ma’ale Mikhmas, died of wounds sustained during a stabbing terror attack at a supermarket in the Sha’ar Binyamin Industrial Zone, located southeast of Ramallah in the West Bank. He was stabbed and critically injured while shopping with his wife and four-month-old daughter.
Rabbi Shmuel Natanzon, head of the premilitary academy Weissman attended at the Kfar Eldad settlement southeast of Jerusalem, eulogized Weissman as a natural leader with a “giant, contagious smile.”
“How much light you gave! You were considering going to a commander’s course or staying in your combat deployment. You knew you had it in you to be an example and a symbol. You couldn’t stand on the sidelines,” the rabbi said.
Terror victim's wife at funeral: 'You didn’t have a gun but you ran toward the attackers'
Tuvia Yanai Weissman, 21, was killed trying to stop two Palestinian teenage terrorists from stabbing shoppers at a Rami Levy supermarket in the Binyamin region of the West Bank on Thursday.
At his funeral in Jerusalem early Friday morning, his wife Yael, described how they had been in another part of the store with their infant daughter Netta when the teenagers pulled out knives.
“You are a true hero. You didn’t have a gun, but still you ran [toward the attackers] without thinking twice,” said Yael in a tear filled voice, as she stood by her husband’s freshly filled grave in the Mt. Herzl Military Cemetery.
“I always knew that if something happened you would be the first person to respond,” Yael said.
Her husband of almost two years, who she called by his middle name of “Yanai” had been a combat sergeant in the IDF’s Nahal Brigade. He was only able to be with his family on weekends.
Off-duty soldier killed in Thursday terror attack was American citizen
The United States said Friday that Tuvya Weissman, an off-duty Israeli solder who was stabbed to death in a Palestinian terror attack on Thursday, was an American citizen.
Weissman, 21, who was married with a 4-month-old daughter, was laid to rest in Jerusalem on Friday morning.
State Department spokesman Mark Toner said that Weissman was also a US citizen. Toner condemned the attack and said terrorism has no justification.
He said the attack underscores the need for Israelis and Palestinians to reject violence, reduce tensions and restore calm.
Weissman, a resident of the West Bank settlement of Ma’ale Mikhmas, died of wounds sustained during a stabbing terror attack at a supermarket in the Sha’ar Binyamin Industrial Zone, located southeast of Ramallah in the West Bank. He was stabbed and critically injured while shopping with wife Yael and their baby girl.
Weissman was on a week-long leave from the army when he was attacked, and so was without a firearm.
Police say security flaws enabled fatal supermarket attack
Police said lax security was partly to blame for a terror attack in a West Bank supermarket Thursday, and appeared intent to make an example of the store in order to pressure other businesses to increase their vigilance.
Investigators found that the two Palestinian teens who stabbed off-duty Israeli soldier Tuvia Yanai Weissman, 21, to death and seriously wounded another man earlier in the day were able to bring knives into the store without being inspected by the security guard at the entrance.
Officials said the store — a branch of the Rami Levy chain — would be shuttered until serious security flaws were remedied. The chain may also face a forced closure of all its West Bank stores unless security is boosted across the board.
A senior police official told Channel 2 news the move was mainly a deterrent to other businesses.
“Security guards are not posted at the entrance for decoration,” the unnamed official was quoted as saying. “Their job is just that — to prevent an attack.”
Three hurt in Damascus Gate stabbing attack
Two Border Police officers and a bystander were injured in a stabbing attack at Jerusalem’s Damascus Gate Friday morning.
One officer was stabbed in the upper body and moderately hurt. The other was stabbed in the arm and was in light condition.
According to the Magen David Adom ambulance service, the bystander, identified as a 50-year-old Palestinian woman from East Jerusalem, was hit in the leg by fragments or ricochets from the shots fired at the assailant by security forces. She was very lightly hurt. After being treated on the scene by medics, she was taken to an East Jerusalem hospital.
Both officers are in their early 20s, according to police, and were taken to Jerusalem’s Shaare Zedek Medical Center.
MDA medics who treated the victims said, “We saw two young men in their 20s. They were fully conscious and walking around. One of them suffered an arm wound. His friends had bandaged him on the scene. The second suffered from multiple stab wounds to the upper body.”
Watch: Damascus Gate stabbing - raw footage Border Police shooting Arab terrorist
In the attack one officer was lightly wounded and another lightly to moderately wounded, after the terrorist snuck up on them from behind and launched his attack.
A 50-year-old Arab woman was also lightly wounded as shrapnel sent flying by the gunfire hit her leg.
"A terrorist attacked a squad of officers from behind, stabbed and wounded them lightly, the squad responded with fire and neutralized the terrorist," police said in a statement, identifying the dead terrorist as a 20-year-old from Kafr Aqab, located to the north of Jerusalem.
Reportedly the terrorist held a blue teudat zehut ID card, indicating permanent Israeli residency. The wounded officers were evacuated to Shaare Tzedek Hospital in Jerusalem.
Damascus Gate has become a central hot spot for attacks during the current wave of Arab terror that began last September, with Friday's attack marking at least the fourth attack or attack attempt at the site this week alone.
Palestinian shot dead after aborted car-ramming attack in West Bank
A Palestinian assailant was shot and killed after he allegedly tried to ram a car into Israeli security forces during rioting in the West Bank village of Silwad on Friday.
No Israelis were injured in the incident, according to the army.
Earlier on Friday, two Border Police officers were wounded in a stabbing attack at the Damascus Gate in Jerusalem's Old City on Friday morning.
According to initial reports, a Palestinian woman at the scene was wounded by shrapnel from gunshots fired in an attempt to neutralize the terrorist.
The suspected terrorist was shot dead. Security forces identified the assailant as a 20-year-old Arab Israeli.
Arabs arrested carrying explosives on bus
Police reported on Thursday evening that two Arab suspects were arrested during a routine security check of a bus driving through a checkpoint, after it was discovered they were carrying explosives.
The arrest came as Border Police officers were checking a bus passing through Al-Zaim Checkpoint near Ma'ale Adumim to the east of Jerusalem, as it headed towards the capital.
The officers stationed at the checkpoint had their suspicions aroused by two Arab passengers, who they proceeded to check more thoroughly.
During the inspection, the officers found two suspected pipe bombs among their personal belongings.
Both of the suspects were arrested, and a bomb-squad member was dispatched to the scene to deactivate the explosives.
Al-Zaim Checkpoint was the scene on Saturday evening of an attempted smuggling attempt in which two Arabs from Judea and Samaria breached the security fence and were picked up by an Israeli Arab waiting for them in a car.
Police furious at army chief's 'excessive force' statement
"Senior Jerusalem police officers" are angry over IDF Chief of Staff Gadi Eizenkot's remarks today (Wednesday), Channel 10 reports.
While talking to high school students in Bat Yam, General Eizenkot casually dismissed concerns that the army's new rules of engagement endanger the lives of security forces.
In particular, the officers who were involved in the attack by Jerusalem's Mahane Yehuda market took Eizenkot's claim that terrorists using scissors to attack don't need to be killed as a personal rebuke. One officer has been widely accused of using excessive force on the terrorists after they stabbed a 70-year-old Arab man.
Abbas condemns terrorism...in Turkey
Palestinian Authority (PA) chairman Mahmoud Abbas on Thursday issued an official statement strongly condemning Wednesday’s terrorist attack in Ankara.
The car bomb explosion in the Turkish capital killed at least 28 people and wounded 61 others.
In his statement, Abbas called the attack "a terrorist attack" and stressed that the “Palestinian people” stand beside the Turkish people and the families of the victims of the terrorist attack.
While Abbas was quick to condemn the Ankara attack, he has consistently refused to condemn the terrorist attacks carried out by his own people against Israelis.
Not only has Abbas refused to condemn the Palestinian attacks, he has justified them by saying the murder of dozens of Israelis and the wounding of hundreds others is part of a "peaceful uprising."
BBC World Service erases Israeli victims from news report on terror attacks
Not only does that portrayal fail to clarify to listeners around the world that the so-called “sharp increase in recent violence” has been going on for more than four months and that its cause is hundreds of violent attacks perpetrated by Palestinians, it also refrains from telling audiences that the vast majority of the Palestinians who have been killed were in the process of carrying out terror attacks or engaged in violent rioting. Significantly too, that portrayal completely erases from audience view the victims – both Israelis and foreign nationals – of those attacks by Palestinians.
The BBC World Service’s 23:00 GMT news bulletin on the same day – also read by Nunes and also later repeated – included coverage of the attack at Damascus Gate which took place on the evening of February 14th. Listeners were told (from 04:07 here) that: [emphasis added]
“Five Palestinians have been shot dead by Israeli security forces after allegedly attempting to carry out a series of attacks on them. A police spokesman said two Palestinians were killed after opening fire in Jerusalem. Earlier in the city, police shot dead a youth they said had tried to stab them. The other two deaths occurred at Jenin in the West Bank where the Israeli army said it killed two fifteen year-old boys who were shooting at troops.”
By the time this news bulletin was broadcast the circumstances of all the incidents were perfectly clear, meaning that the BBC World Service was able to report them without the insertion of qualifying terminology. The fact that it elected not to do so, together with the fact that its portrayal of the wave of terrorism of which these specific attacks are part is so gravely lacking, once again prompts concerns about the corporation’s impartiality.
IDF preps demolition for Weissman's murderers
IDF forces on late Thursday night mapped out the homes of the two 14-year-old Arab terrorists who murdered 21-year-old Staff Sergeant Tuvia Yanai Weissman earlier in the day at a Rami Levy supermarket in Sha'ar Binyamin.
Weissman, who was shopping with his wife and four-month-old baby daughter at the time, was stabbed as he tried to stop the terrorists from attacking others. Another victim, 36-year-old Avi Avital, was moderately wounded but is to be released from the hospital on Friday after making a miraculously rapid recovery.
In the IDF operation together with the Civil Administration just hours after the stabbing, the homes of Omar Samir Rimawi and Iyab Bassam Ibrahim Tzabah in Bitunia near Ramallah in Samaria were mapped out by the soldiers.
Avital, who was moderately wounded in the attack, is a resident of Tel Tzion in the Binyamin region of Samaria.
He is to be released on Friday in a surprisingly quick turnaround, after being evacuated to Hadassah Mount Scopus Hospital in Jerusalem the day before.
Template BBC News report on Sha’ar Binyamin terror attack
In the first version of the report the location of the attack was described as follows:
“An Israeli man has been stabbed to death by two Palestinian teenagers in the occupied West Bank, officials say. […]
The attack happened at a supermarket at an Israeli-controlled industrial zone near Ramallah frequented by settlers.”
In fact the Rami Levy supermarket is also frequented by Palestinian shoppers and – like many other businesses in the Sha’ar Binyamin industrial zone and additional similar locations in Area C – has a mixed Palestinian and Israeli work force. Whilst BBC audiences were not provided with any insight into the daily coexistence which is the rule at the location of the attack, the later version of the report was amended to acknowledge the fact that not only “settlers” shop there.
“It happened at an Israeli-controlled industrial zone market near Ramallah used by settlers and Palestinians.”
Over the last five months the BBC News website has settled into a method of reporting terror attacks against Israelis which is now entirely predictable. Articles invariably include the template inserts noted above and descriptions of the locations of attacks frequently include politicised terminology. Some reports – though by no means all – include the names of the Israeli victims but the absence of personalising and humanising details is glaringly apparent – especially when compared to BBC reporting on the victims of terror in other locations around the world.
JCPA: The Arab Attitude toward Israel’s 2005 Unilateral Disengagement:
A First-Hand Account from an Israeli Insider

Lessons from the Disengagement
From the perspective of a decade, we may learn six lessons from the disengagement, as follows:
First, the Palestinian Authority is not capable of controlling a territory on its own. It cannot overcome radical groups that challenge its authority because of its corruption and because of the conflict between its seemingly pragmatic approach and its commitment to an extremist ideology that claims that there is no such thing as the Jewish people and there is no history of Jewish sovereignty in the Land of Israel. Therefore, there is no justification for the existence of the Jewish nation-state in the land. In fact, the land really is Palestine and, hence, Israel’s disappearance is inevitable. Furthermore, it is incumbent upon the Palestinians to expedite the process of Israel’s disappearance. All means justify the ends, and the choice between approaches must be based upon their effectiveness at a particular time. The Jews are dreadful and appalling creatures that the Europeans removed from their midst. There is no reason for the Palestinians to tolerate them. The Palestinians are victims of the West and of Israel and cannot be held accountable or expected to accept responsibility for their actions. The weakness of the PA, however, makes it dependent on Israel in order to prevent its collapse.
Second, a territory that Israel completely evacuates without retaining a capacity to operate in it, or at least to implement containment of it, undergoes a change. It is impossible to return it to the previous status quo. Just as Hamas exploited the disengagement in order to strengthen its forces and improve its military capabilities in Gaza, as Hizbullah did in southern Lebanon, there will be a similar result in Judea and Samaria, if they are transferred to the Palestinians, particularly if Israel does not retain control of the Jordan Valley.
Third, unilateral concessions are perceived in the region as signs of weakness, and hence invite additional pressure. Conversely, demonstrating resolve discourages pressure. The unilateral withdrawal from Lebanon encouraged the Palestinians to choose confrontation and launch the Second Intifada. The Disengagement convinced the extremist elements among the Palestinians, along with Hizbullah, to continue the armed struggle, including a focus on kidnappings.
UN special envoy admits to 'Post': Israel not always treated fairly
Anybody who thinks it is possible to get Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and PA President Mahmoud Abbas in a room to negotiate a comprehensive deal is “daydreaming,” Nickolay Mladenov, the UN’s special envoy to the Middle East, said Thursday.
As a result, Mladenov said in an interview with The Jerusalem Post, the goal now is much more narrow: to create the conditions that will enable negotiations in the future.
To this end the Middle East Quartet, of which the UN is a member, along with the US, Russia and the EU, is working on an “extensive report on the situation on the ground.”
Mladenov, who carries the title of special coordinator for the Middle East peace process and personal representative of the UN secretary-general to the PLO and the PA, said this document will spell out the impediments to two-state solution and how to move forward.
The goal, he said, is “trying to rebuild some trust between the two sides so that they can inevitably come back to a full process, and also to keep the international community engaged in a constructive way on how we can support such a process when the parties come together.”
UN envoy: Israeli 'settlements' are an impediment to peace
The UN envoy for the Middle East peace process on Thursday blasted Israeli “settlements” as being an obstacle to peace.
The envoy, Nickolay Mladenov, made the comments in an address to the Security Council today in which he urged both Israel and the PA to end the long-standing conflict.
According to a UN statement, Mladenov painted a troubling picture of the situation in the region and said that the conflict has now arrived at “a pivotal point.”
Israelis and Palestinians must now actively shape their future – with the dedicated support of the international community – “before the opponents of peace decide their fate for them,” he said.
Mladenov called on leaders on both sides to “show a political will to their people and stand up to incitement and the radicals among their own constituents.”
“Only genuine progress towards just peace that allows the people of Israel and the people of Palestine to live side by side in safe and secure borders will end the bloodshed and counter the rise of extremism,” he said.
UN Official Says Law Doesn't Apply to Palestinians Building Illegal Homes
In a press release issued on February 17, 2016, the UN's Humanitarian Coordinator for "Occupied Palestinian Territory," Robert Piper, criticized Israel for demolishing Palestinian homes constructed without legal building permits and claimed that Palestinians did not have to follow Israel's housing laws. In the words of the press release:
"Most of the demolitions in the West Bank take place on the spurious legal grounds that Palestinians do not possess building permits," said Mr. Piper, "but, in Area C, official Israeli figures indicate only 1.5 per cent of Palestinian permit applications are approved in any case. So what legal options are left for a law-abiding Palestinian?"
A New Geopolitical Bloc is Born in the Eastern Mediterranean: Israel, Greece and Cyprus
EXECUTIVE SUMMARY: From an Israeli perspective, the recent strengthening of alliance ties with Greece and Cyprus constitutes a win-win situation. A new geopolitical bloc is emerging that has military and political significance, and stands as a counterweight to Turkish ambitions. Stronger Israeli relations with Greece and Cyprus may also serve to encourage Turkey to show more flexibility in negotiations regarding normalization of ties between Ankara and Jerusalem.
The past month has been characterized by an unprecedented and noteworthy flurry of diplomatic activity between Jerusalem, Athens and Nicosia that suggests the emergence of a new geopolitical bloc in the region.
In late January, the Israeli Minister of Defense Moshe (Bogie) Yaalon paid an official visit to Athens, hosted by his Greek counterpart, Panos Kammenos. (This was the second official visit of an Israeli Minister of Defense to Greece. In late 2012, Ehud Barak visited Athens.)
The same week, a government-to-government conference was held in Jerusalem between the cabinet of Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and the Greek government of Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras. Tsipras arrived with a large delegation of ten ministers. This was the second government-to-government meeting of the two countries (the first was held in October 2013 with conservative Prime Minister Antonis Samaras), and the second visit of Tsipras to Israel within two months.
The following day, a trilateral summit was held in Nicosia with Netanyahu, Tsipras, and President of Cyprus Nicos Anastasiades. The summit was followed by a significant joint declaration.
This sharp uptick of diplomatic activity is not taking place in a vacuum. Each participant has his own aims and calculations in mind, and in the background loom their countries' respective relationships with Turkey.
Greek defense minister: Turkey won’t be Israel’s friend
There is little chance that Israel will be able to rehabilitate its ties with Turkey, Greece’s defense minister told Israeli journalists on Thursday.
“The fact the Turkey trades with Daesh [Islamic State], as Israel’s Defense Minister Moshe Ya’alon has described, funds Daesh, and allows its fighters to enter and leave Syria raises questions in both Israel and Greece,” Panos Kammenos told Israel Radio in an interview while on a visit to Israel.
“A state that behaves this way,” he added, “I don’t believe you have much chance to rehabilitate your ties with Turkey. Turkey’s isolation is growing, and its stance toward Israel remains as hostile as in the past.”
Kammenos noted that Turkish Prime Minister Ahmet Davutoglu last year said he longed to see the Palestinian flag flying over Jerusalem.
“Turkey’s behavior as an Islamist state that seeks to lead the Muslim world doesn’t fit its alleged desire to restore relations with Israel,” he added.
Pope Says Those Who Build Walls 'Aren't Christian,' Lives Behind Massive Wall
Pope Francis made an indirect but biting criticism at Donald Trump Thursday, suggesting those who build walls “aren’t Christian.” Ironically, the pope’s home of Vatican City is surrounded by enormous medieval walls.
“A person who thinks only about building walls, wherever they may be, and not building bridges, is not Christian,” Francis told reporters while flying home from his six-day visit to Mexico, which included mass at the U.S. border.
Those hypothetical non-Christians may include many of Francis’s papal predecessors, though. Vatican City, the microstate where the popes reside, is surrounded by a big medieval wall.
Catholic Church in Israel blames Jewish state for current Palestinian violence
A group of the most senior Catholic clerics in Israel, headed by the Latin Patriarch of Jerusalem Fouad Twal, accused Israel on Thursday of responsibility for the recent wave of Palestinian violence, saying Israeli policy has created despair and frustration among Palestinians, leading them to carry out acts of terrorism.
The Catholic clergy spelled out their position in a statement of the “Commission for Justice and Peace” of the Assembly of Catholic Ordinaries, a panel of archbishops and other senior clerics of the various Catholic rites in Israel, the Palestinian Authority, Jordan and Cyprus.
Twal is the president of the Assembly of Catholic Ordinaries and is the most senior Catholic cleric in Israel.
Thursday’s statement asserted that the current situation for Palestinians was “inhuman,” and said that settlements, the “siege of Gaza,” the “siege of the rest of Palestine,” military checkpoints, house demolitions “and the arbitrary behavior of Israeli soldiers humiliating the Palestinians” have led to the last five months of Palestinian terror attacks against Israeli civilians and security personnel.
Canadian Government Says Terrorists Can Receive Aid Funds
Members of Canada’s government have acknowledged that the country’s humanitarian aid can end up in the hands of terrorists, including the Islamic State (also known as ISIS) and Hamas.
According to the Investigative Project on Terrorism (IPT), Canada’s International Development Minister Marie-Claude Bibeau said the country’s aid goes to “whoever needs help” and could help both sides in a conflict, potentially including terrorists.
Minister Bibeau’s parliamentary secretary, Karina Gould, said that the policy of dispersing aid in a “neutral, impartial fashion” is in line with the Geneva Convention and previous Canadian policy.
IPT reports that on Feb. 16, 2016, the ruling Canadian government was asked about plans to give $15 million in new funds to the United Nations Relief and Works Agency (UNRWA).
Rona Ambrose, the interim Conservative party leader, asserted that Hamas, designated a terrorist group by Canada, the United States, European Union and Israel, among others, has ties with UNRWA.
Ambrose stated that UNRWA hospitals and schools in the Gaza Strip have been used by Hamas as shields to launch indiscriminate missile attacks at Israelis. Such attacks are war crimes under international law.
Justin Trudeau wants to help Palestinian terrorist group Hamas. Say NO!
UNRWA, the United Nations Relief and Works Agency is a UN body created in 1948 to deal with Palestinian refugees.
UNRWA may have done good work in the past, but over the past decades they have unfortunately become very close to, and some even say controlled by, the Islamist Palestinian terrorist group Hamas.
Hamas is the fascist Islamist terrorist organization that rules Gaza. They are the Palestinian version of ISIS.
In 2010, Stephen Harper and the Conservatives stopped funding UNRWA and directed Canada's aid money elsewhere.
The Conservatives didn't stop funding projects in Gaza or the West Bank -- they funded other projects that were not linked to Hamas, projects that actually helped Palestinians.
Brian Lilley calls on Trudeau to "Stop Helping Hamas"


SodaStream CEO threatens to close plant if Palestinian work permits rescinded
The CEO of SodaStream is threatening to shut down its main plant in Lehavim at the end of the month if the government does not renew entry permits for 74 longtime Jerusalem- area Palestinian employees.
The 74 employees, ranging from assembly line workers to shift managers, received the permits to make the three-hour daily round trip to the new factory near Beersheba last fall when the company closed its main plant in the West Bank industrial zone of Mishor Adumim near Ma’aleh Adumim. Another 500 Palestinian employees of SodaStream lost their jobs due to the plant’s closing. The work permits were restricted to those Palestinian employees who are married with children. The current permits expire at the end of the month.
“Most of these employees have been with us for six years, and I’ve been begging the government to let me keep them,” said SodaStream’s CEO Daniel Birnbaum on Wednesday inside one of the company’s four factories on its expansive campus at the Idan Hanegev industrial area, a joint work zone for the Beduin town of Rahat, the Jewish community of Lehavim and the Bnei Shimon region. “These are ambassadors of peace, whom we bus in every day, and it’s been a long, terrible fight with the government to get them to keep their work permits, even though there are more than 100,000 Palestinians working inside Israel every day. But they won’t let my 74 continue to work. It’s just unbelievable.”
Hamas says it found sensors, cameras in Gaza terror tunnels
A top Hamas official said on Friday that the Islamist movement’s military wing discovered sensors, cameras, and other surveillance equipment in one of its tunnels underneath the Gaza Strip.
Ismail Haniyeh, the former head of the Hamas-run government in Gaza and the current deputy political bureau chief, said that the gadgets found by the Izzadin al-Kassam brigades were planted there in an effort to discover more tunnels.
Earlier this month, a Hamas operative was killed in a tunnel collapse in southern Gaza's Khan Younis region, according to Palestinian sources.
A Gaza health ministry spokesman confirmed the reports, saying Marwan Marouf, 27, a fighter in Hamas' Izzadin al-Kassam Brigades, was killed in the tunnel collapse.
There were no immediate reports of additional casualties in the collapse.
PreOccupiedTerritory: Hamas Stockpiling Syria Atrocities To Label ‘Gaza’ In Next War (satire)
While the militant Islamist organization that runs this coastal territory has not engaged in large-scale hostilities with Israel since the summer of 2014, it remains busy repairing its tunnels, replenishing its arsenal of rockets, and building up its inventory of images of the carnage in Syria to be relabeled as Gaza in case open conflict erupts again.
Hamas’s cyber division has recruited or drafted hundreds of people to sift through video clips, photographs, and other files coming from the five-year-old Syrian Civil War and other hotbeds of unrest around the world to find especially heartbreaking or brutal specimens. That bank of images and clips will then undergo individual recaptioning to remove each one’s Syrian, Libyan, Iraqi, Yemeni, or other pedigree to be reattributed to Israeli strikes on Gaza over the course of the next war.
Such repurposing of images has occurred in previous rounds of Hamas-Israel warfare, whether in 2014 or the two previous iterations in 2012 and 2009. It augments the efforts of Hamas and its allies elsewhere to doctor images for the same purpose. Experts note that the conduct of the image-gathering in an organized, prepared fashion represents a significant enhancement in the organization’s combat readiness.
“Hezbollah and Hamas have long relied on doctoring or staging poignant images, or ones that showcase the enemy’s brutality against the backdrop of its own population’s childhood innocence,” explained analyst Foat O’Shop. “And of course as the conflict rages, partisans of those groups look for whatever images they can to slander Israel, regardless of the actual image source. We saw that again and again, with the ruins of a mosque in West Africa labeled as the aftermath of an Israeli strike. What makes the new development different is the level of preparation that goes into that effort. The next Hamas salvo in the arena of public opinion is going to be much more than some ad hoc effort.”
Egypt Sentences 3 Year Old To Life In Prison For Rampage When He Was 1
A 3-year-old Egyptian boy was sentenced to life in prison Tuesday, for a number of crimes he committed when he was just a year old, including four murders.
Ahmed Mansour Karni has been listed as “wanted” by Egyptian authorities for a number of crimes that took place during riots and demonstrations Jan. 3 2014. The court in western Cairo found Karni guilty of four murders, eight attempted murders, vandalization of property and threatening soldiers and police officers. The court claims that Karni managed to do all this, and get away, when he was just one year old.
Karni was part of a group of 115 defendants that were handed life sentences Tuesday. One attorney said Karni ended up on the list by mistake, and that the court refused to look at his birth certificate. The birth certificate showed that Karni was born in September 2012.
Saudi halts $3b aid to Lebanon, blames Hezbollah
Saudi Arabia’s state-run news agency said Friday that the kingdom is halting $3 billion arms deal with Lebanon over the Mediterranean country’s recent diplomatic positions.
Saudi Arabia said the decision was in protest over Hezbollah, the Lebanon-based terror group allied to Iran that is fighting in support of the Syrian regime.
In light of positions taken by Hezbollah, the kingdom had conducted “a total evaluation of its relations with the Lebanese republic,” an unnamed official told the Saudi Press Agency.
The $3 billion program financed military equipment provided by France.
It added that the remainder of a $1 billion financing package for Lebanese security forces had been suspended, in a separate decision.
Did someone cross Israel's red line?
The Syrian Observatory for Human Rights, which reported Wednesday night on an alleged Israeli strike south of Damascus, is usually a reliable source of information on the subject of Syria. Although the organization is based in London, it has people on the ground all over Syria who are skilled at collecting information, and have been reporting on military and humanitarian activities throughout the five years of the civil war. Therefore, there has been a rush in the international media to highlight the attack which the organization attributes to Israel.
It is well known that Israel has a set policy regarding the northern front, and with it, three red lines.
- Israel will not allow an attack on or within its sovereign territory.
- Israel will not allow the transfer of weapons which will give Hezbollah and Syria a strategic advantage over the IDF.
- Israel will not allow the transfer of chemical weapons to Hezbollah.
Since there was no attack on or within the sovereign territory of Israel, and since Syria's chemical weapons stockpiles have mostly been destroyed, it is safe to assume that if Israel indeed carried out the strike, it was done in order to stop the transfer of advanced strategic weapons systems from Syria to Hezbollah, or from Iran, through Syria, to Hezbollah.
13-year old Mohammed from Gaza gets a new lease on life
Thanks to voluntary work of Israeli-based organization Save a Child's Heart, doctors at Wolfson Medical Center in Holon implant pulmonary valve that would improve Mohammed Abu Jazer's quality of life and help him avoid open-heart surgeries.
Thirteen-years-old Mohammed Abu Jazer from Gaza got a new lease on life last month thanks the voluntary work of Israeli-based humanitarian organization Save a Child's Heart.
Mohammed, one of seven siblings, goes to the 7th grade, but finds it hard to keep pace with his peers due to his health condition. He is a fan of Real Madrid and would have loved to play soccer himself, but he ties easily. Meanwhile he plays computer games and dreams of going to university like his older siblings.
Last month he took a major step on the way to fulfil his dreams when he underwent a successful pulmonary valve transcatheter implantation at the Wolfson Medical Center in Holon. The procedure is expected to improve the functioning of his heart and allow him to turn a new leaf in his life.


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