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Palestinian Authority to Give British Student Killer Salary as Light Shown on Payments

April 23, 2017 Peace and Conflict

The Palestinians aren’t just praising militants—they’re paying them too. Illustrative banner of terrorists and Dome of the Rock. By Joshua Spurlock

The terrorist who murdered British student Hannah Bladon on the light rail in Jerusalem on Good Friday is slated to receive $1000 per month from the Palestinian Authority (P.A.), reported the Daily Mail Online’s Mail on Sunday. The Daily Mail article quoted Itamar Marcus, the Director of watchdog group Palestinian Media Watch, as saying that Jamil Tamimi’s arrest and designation as a terrorist by Israel puts Tamimi or his family on the Palestinian government’s list to receive a monthly salary from the P.A.

Marcus said this is due to a P.A. law that provides for such payments to those who are put into prison for “resisting the occupation”—a phrase used by Palestinians that includes acts of terrorism. Israeli Prime Minister ‘s Office spokesman Ofir Gendelman had previously highlighted this tragic reality shortly after the attack in a Twitter post, noting that the P.A. will “REWARD the Palestinian attacker who did it w/ a monthly salary.” Over the weekend, Gendelman tweeted a graph showing the increase in payments corresponding to the amount of Israeli prison time—which actually ends up paying more for the worst of the terrorists. “The P.A. pays to terrorists who serve sentences in Israeli jails $350 to $3000+ a month. The more Israelis they’ve killed, the more they get,” Gendelman posted to Twitter. … Continue Reading

Refocus from Palestinian Conflict—US Says Iran ‘Chief Culprit’ in Middle East Turmoil

April 20, 2017 Peace and Conflict

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

Israeli activities get a disproportionate amount of attention at the United Nations, being called out for crimes they did not commit even as the brutality of ISIS, Syria’s war crimes, and the ever-present threat of Iran cloud the region. The United States, currently the President of the U.N.’s powerful Security Council, on Thursday said in a quarterly meeting on the Middle East that the real problem isn’t Israel—it’s the Islamic Republic.

“If we are speaking honestly about conflict in the Middle East, we need to start with the chief culprit: Iran and its partner militia, Hezbollah,” said U.S. Ambassador to the U.N. Nikki Haley in comments published by her office. “…The incredibly destructive nature of Iranian and Hezbollah activities throughout the Middle East demands much more of our attention. It should become this Council’s priority in the region.” … Continue Reading

Jerusalem Light Rail Terrorist Was Suicidal; British Victim Was Student

April 16, 2017 Peace and Conflict

Terrorists are obviously troubled individuals, but specific details have come to light regarding the Palestinian terrorist that launched a stabbing attack last Friday (April 14) on the Jerusalem light rail. According to an Israel Security Agency press release, Jamil Tamimi, recently attempted suicide by swallowing a razor blade and had been convicted of abusing his own daughter in 2011. Noted the ISA, “This is not the first time that a Palestinian suffering from personal, mental or moral distress has chosen to commit a terrorist attack in order to escape his problems.” Tamimi was arrested by the Israelis after the attack, according to Police spokesman Micky Rosenfeld’s Twitter feed.

Meanwhile, Tamimi’s victim on Friday was Hannah Bladon, a British exchange student learning at Hebrew University. Expressing “deep sorrow” over Bladon’s murder, a University press release noted the school extends “our deepest condolences to her family and we share in their sorrow. The university condemns such acts of terror that harm innocent people​, and especially a student​ who came to Jerusalem to study and ​widen her academic horizons.” … Continue Reading

US Appreciates Israeli Support for Syrian Strike

April 9, 2017 Peace and Conflict

Israel and the U.S. on the same page on Syrian strike. U.S. Presidential Candidate Donald Trump (left) and Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu (right). Illustrative. Photo courtesy of Kobi Gideon (GPO)

The Israelis believe that using chemical weapons should have consequences, so they expressed public support for the American cruise missile strike last week on a Syrian military base, which was in response to a chemical attack by the regime. The United States leadership noticed. On Friday, and on behalf of U.S. President Donald Trump , Vice President Mike Pence personally called Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu to thank him for Israel’s “strong support.”

A press release from Netanyahu’s office said that as part of the call, the Israeli leader “reiterated the need to prevent the spread and use of chemical weapons.” Together, Pence and Netanyahu “emphasized the strength of the alliance between Israel and the U.S.” And on Sunday, Netanyahu continued to praise the American action. “Israel fully supports the American attack on Syria,” said Netanyahu in Sunday’s press release. “They did this for moral reasons in light of the harsh scenes from [the chemical attack in] Idlib and also to make it clear that there is a price for using chemical weapons.” … Continue Reading

Arrested Terrorist Shows Hamas Leaders Operating ‘Unhindered’ in Turkey

April 5, 2017 Peace and Conflict

Hamas militant Malik Nazar Yusef Kazmar. Photo Courtesy of ISA

Israel levied a subtle but incriminating charge against the lack of enforcement on Palestinian terrorism in Turkey on Wednesday, after a Hamas member was caught by the Israelis after plotting in Turkey with Hamas handlers. Malik Nazar Yusef Kazmar—who previously lived in Turkish Cyprus—met in Turkey’s capital city of Istanbul in January with Hamas militants who instructed him to form a terror cell in Judea and Samaria, according to a press release from the Israel Security Agency. He was arrested by Israeli security forces in February after he returned from Turkey.

Prior to his meeting in Turkey, he had been recruited in Jordan and gone to Syria for training on firearms and guidance on building explosive devices. The incident shows Hamas’ continued interest in building a terror network in the Biblical heartland of Judea and Samaria, also known as the West Bank, while also raising concerns about Turkey. “The Hamas leadership continues to make use of militants returning to Judea and Samaria in order to perpetrate acts of terrorism, even as its senior figures operate unhindered in various countries,” said the ISA press release. … Continue Reading

IDF Shuts Down Hamas Bomb-making Bookstore Planning Attacks

April 2, 2017 Peace and Conflict

The IDF continues to prevent terror. Israeli Soldiers. Illustrative. By Joshua Spurlock

In a disturbing twist to the old adage “the pen is mightier than the sword,” the Hamas terrorist group was using a bookstore as a bomb lab, but it won’t be building explosives there any more. During the weekend, Israel’s military sealed down the facility, which was located in the Judea and Samaria region (also known as the West Bank) in the city of Nablus.

IDF Spokesman Lt. Col. Peter Lerner posted to his Twitter account a video of the IDF team sealing the bookstore door, noting that the Palestinian terror cell involved there had “planned attacks in Jerusalem & Haifa.” Not only is the facility further evidence that terrorists continue to plan deadly attacks on Israelis, but it also serves as a reminder that the Hamas group—headquartered in the Gaza Strip—continues to seek to build a presence in the Biblical heartland of Israel, posing a potential threat to the Israel and the West Bank Palestinian leadership. … Continue Reading

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