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US Slams ‘Outrageous’ UN Human Rights Council Anti-Israel Agenda Item

March 20, 2017 News

U.S. Ambassador the U.N. Nikki Haley. Photo courtesy of the U.S. Mission to the UN

It’s time once again for the United Nations Human Rights Council to hold their scheduled discussion of Israel’s imagined abuses, to which the United States has one response. “The United States will not participate… other than to vote against the outrageous, one-sided, anti-Israel resolutions that so diminish what the Human Rights Council should be,” said U.S. Ambassador to the UN Nikki Haley in a statement. “And we encourage other Council members who purport to be defenders of human rights to do the same.”

Haley, who has already spoken out against the anti-Israel bias at the U.N., noted in the statement from her office that “some progress” is being made on reversing that bias. And yet, she said that “regrettably” the U.N. Human Rights Council has resumed debate regarding the only nation that sits permanently on the discussion calendar. She pointed out that it’s not one of many human rights abusers, but Israel, “the only democracy in the Middle East.” … Continue Reading

Israel Busts Multiple Hamas Terror Cells in Judea and Samaria

March 12, 2017 News

Israeli security forces working hard to keep Israel safe. Illustrative security vehicle. By Joshua Spurlock

Hamas has long sought to move out of Gaza and establish a footing in the Biblical heartland of Judea and Samaria, also known as the West Bank, where they could both increase their attacks on Israel and move towards re-establishing their power in the region controlled by their Palestinian political rivals, the Fatah group. That effort has taken several blows lately, however, as Israel has arrested multiple Hamas terror cells in Judea and Samaria—including one group that already launched attacks.

A press release from the Israel Security Agency (ISA) said the most active cell had been involved in a terror shooting in 2015, planted explosives and had thrown firebombs at IDF units. Members in the cell had planned additional shooting attacks, according to the ISA. And that wasn’t the only shooting plot foiled by the arrests. Another terror cell had set up an elaborate plan to attack civilian and IDF vehicles by using balls on the roads to make the vehicles slow down and “become more vulnerable to attack.” A weapon was also seized in the investigation. … Continue Reading

Israel Stops Terror Plot by Palestinian Recruited by Hezbollah via Facebook

March 12, 2017 News

Israeli security forces working hard to keep Israel safe. Illustrative security vehicle. By Joshua Spurlock

Social media has long been about more than connecting with old friends or making new ones—terror groups have been using it for recruiting as well, with Hezbollah reaching multiple Palestinians via Facebook. The latest to join the Lebanese terrorist organization, however, was arrested by Israeli security forces before he could carry out any of his planned terror attacks, which reportedly included orders for another terror kidnapping.

Jerusalem was on the list of sites for terror reconnaissance for terrorist Yusef Yasser Sweilam, according to a press release by the Israel Security Agency (ISA). “His handlers directed Sweilam to carry out various tasks, including photographing—and gathering information on—IDF bases and checkpoints as well as sites in the Old City of Jerusalem,” said the ISA press statement. “He was also directed to set up a terrorist cell in order to carry out an abduction and pass the abductee into Lebanon.” The IDF Spokesman’s Twitter feed noted that “this isn’t the first time Hezbollah has recruited Palestinians over Facebook.” … Continue Reading

US Leaders Speak Against Anti-Semitism after Wave of Attacks

March 5, 2017 News

Israeli Pres. Rivlin & NY Gov. Cuomo at Yad Vashem. Photo courtesy of Mark Neiman (GPO)

Anti-Semitic attacks happen many places around the world, including the United States, but a new wave of incidents in America has caught the attention of some the nation’s most powerful leaders—from President Donald Trump to New York Governor Andrew Cuomo. The top state official from New York was visiting Israeli President Reuven Rivlin in Jerusalem on Sunday at Israeli Holocaust museum Yad Vashem and took the opportunity to decry the latest attacks against Jews in his nation.

“In the United States now we have had a rash of anti-Semitism, over 100 acts of anti-Semitism, and I am sad to say also in my state, the state of New York. It is disgusting, it is reprehensible, it violates every tenet of the New York State tradition,” said Cuomo in comments published by Rivlin’s office. The strong words come just days after President Trump spoke against attacks in his first official speech to Congress. … Continue Reading

Germany to Grant Highest Honor to President of Hebrew University

February 27, 2017 News

Another Israeli to receive Germany’s highest honor. Israeli flags. Illustrative. By Joshua Spurlock

More than 70 years after the Holocaust, Germany has sought to heal their relationship with the Jewish people, including Israel. The President of The Hebrew University of Jerusalem, Professor Menahem Ben-Sasson, has also sought to deepen cooperation with Germany, and Berlin is planning a grand expression of gratitude. On Wednesday, Germany’s highest honor—the Order of Merit—will be conferred upon Prof. Ben Sasson by German Ambassador to Israel, Dr. Clemens von Goetze.

According to a press release from Hebrew University, the Commander’s Cross of the Order of Merit of the Federal Republic of Germany will be granted Prof. Ben Sasson for his “commitment to German-Israeli relations in the field of science, and thus to the cooperation between the two nations.” The German President’s website says that the Order of Merit “is the highest tribute the Federal Republic of Germany can pay to individuals for services to the nation.” … Continue Reading

US Pushes UN Sanctions of Syria for Chemical Attacks, Russian Threatens Veto

February 26, 2017 News

U.S. Ambassador the U.N. Nikki Haley. Photo courtesy of the U.S. Mission to the UN

With multiple chemical weapons attacks in Syria over the last few years in that nation’s catastrophic civil war, the United States and European allies are intent on sanctioning the Syrian regime at the United Nations, whether the Russians like it or not. And the Russians definitely do not. Foreign Policy reported late last week that the U.S., Britain and France want to limit Syria’s ability to import helicopters, which the article said have been used to launch chemical attacks, and certain legal chemicals such as chlorine that can be used as weapons.

The proposed move at the U.N. would also sanction nearly two dozen Syrian entities, military, and intelligence leaders because of their links to the use of chemical weapons. The report noted that Russia’s deputy U.N. envoy, Vladimir Safronkov, told reporters his nation would veto the action, after the American ambassador to the U.N. called for action and openly slammed the Russian “excuses for the Syrian regime.” … Continue Reading

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