Israel eases restrictions on southern residents as ceasefire appears to hold

Though schools remained closed, security officials authorized the return to roads, trains and offices following a ceasefire between Israel and Palestinian Islamic Jihad. Israeli authorities reopened roads and reinstated train service in southern Israel on Tuesday, as a ceasefire agreement between Israel and Gaza-based terrorist group Palestinian Islamic Jihad seemed to hold following two days of rocket attacks and Israeli reprisals. Train service between Ashkelon and Sderot stations resumed on Tuesday morning, and the military allowed public travel on roads adjacent to Gaza. Schools remained closed in Ashkelon, Netivot, Sderot and the surrounding regional councils as a precaution, leaving 55

Israeli Embassy Rips ‘Vile’ Spanish Parade Show for ‘Banalizing’ Holocaust

The Israeli Embassy in Spain condemned on Tuesday a display at a recent parade in the town of Campo de Criptana for “banalizing the Holocaust.” For the performance, some members of the Asociacion Cultural El Chaparral de Las Mesas’ carnival troupe portrayed marching Nazi soldiers, while others dressed up as Jewish concentration camp inmates, who danced to contemporary disco music while waving Israeli flags. While the troupe said the show — titled “Holocausto” — was meant to honor the victims of the Nazis, it largely aroused shock and disapproval. “We condemn the vile and repugnant representation banalizing the Holocaust at the Carnival of Campo de Criptana, making fun of the six million Jews

After Antisemitic Carnival in Aalst, Belgian PM, Top EU Body Hint at Legal Action Against Organizers

Belgium’s prime minister and the European Union’s executive branch led the chorus of condemnation of Sunday’s annual carnival in the Belgian city of Aalst — which once again featured brazenly antisemitic caricatures — hinting that legal action could yet be taken against the carnival organizers for violating European and national laws against hate speech and incitement. After 2019’s carnival showcased puppets of crudely-stereotyped Orthodox Jews sitting on bags of money to international condemnation, the 2020 event went even further. One group mocked Jews by wearing huge fur hats, long fake noses and ant costumes — bringing to mind the Nazi association of Jews with “vermin.” Other revelers wo

The Fortunate Arabs in the Middle East

Meanwhile, there are other Arabs in the region who are more fortunate than the Palestinians of the West Bank and Gaza Strip: the Arab citizens of Israel. These citizens are lucky that they do not live under the rule of the corrupt and incompetent leaders of the Palestinian Authority and Hamas. These Arab citizens are fortunate because they live in Israel. Here is more unwelcome good news regarding the Arab citizens of Israel: The Israeli government announced in 2018 that in the last two years, it has invested 4.5 billion shekels ($1.3 billion) in the Arab regions. The government also announced that it would invest 20 million shekels ($5.6 million) in the Arab high-tech market. Overall, the g

Palestinians Condemn US for Offering to Help

Palestinians, in short, are saying that they refuse to accept funding by any party that does not accept their conditions and demands. It is as if someone applies for a loan from a bank but demands that the bank accept his or her demands, and not the other way around. Usually, those who offer the money have the right to set the conditions. For the Palestinians, it seems, the opposite is true. They seem to believe that they are the ones entitled to set conditions to those who are offering to improve their living needs and help them march towards prosperity and a better future for their children. Palestinian leaders know that their society is floundering in every possible way. Yet, rather than

An analysis of the United Nation’s BDS blacklist

After multiple delays over legal, due process and methodological concerns, which do not seem to have been addressed, on Wednesday the U.N. Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights (OHCHR) published its “database of all business enterprises” that it claims contribute to “human-rights concerns.” This U.N. blacklist, ordered by the U.N. Human Rights Council, is meant to bolster BDS campaigns, singling out Israel. This singular treatment of Israel in this exercise, as with many other HRC initiatives, violates the International Holocaust Remembrance Alliance (IHRA) definition of anti-Semitism. The database is aimed at economically damaging Israel and companies owned by Jews or that do bus

In Echo of 2018 Incident, Swastikas Found Painted on Columbia University Property

Echoing a similar event two years ago, swastikas were found painted on Columbia University property on Friday. According to The Columbia Spectator, the swastikas were discovered on the 16th floor of the university’s East Campus, the same place the nametags of two Chinese students were burned last month. The vandalism recalls an eerily similar event from November 2018, in which swastikas and the antisemitic curse “Yid” were painted on the office of a Jewish Columbia professor. An email sent to students by Columbia’s Residential Life office stated, “This morning we were notified that swastikas had been drawn on the walls of the 16th floor between two suites. This antisemitic symbol is in direc

Report: Egypt builds new border wall with Gaza

QUESTION: Why is Israel the only country condemned for doing the same thing other countries are forced to do in the interest of national security?? No country should be condemned for protecting its people against terrorism!! Egypt is doing the same thing Israel has had to do as it takes necessary measures to insure the safety of its citizens by beginning construction of a new border wall along the Gaza Strip. The construction began in late January as Egypt began a series of new projects to boost security on the Gaza border and prevent infiltration by terrorist and extremist elements from Gaza. Egypt has begun construction of a new border wall along the Gaza Strip, according to a report b

Grand Mufti bans Palestinians from supporting peace plan

Just one more example of why there is no peace between Israel and the Palestinians: The grand mufti of the Palestinian Authority has decreed that any Palestinian who cooperates with US President Donald Trump's peace plan for the Middle East is "betraying Allah," and that they "deserve to be cursed by Allah, his angels and all people." Just to be clear: The Palestinian rejection of Trump's peace plan has nothing to do with Trump or the particulars of the plan. The Arabs have rejected every plan for peace since 1947. The grand mufti of the Palestinian Authority has decreed that any Palestinian who cooperates with US President Donald Trump's peace plan for the Middle East is "betraying Allah,"

Al Jazeera host calls Israel most successful project in 120 years; drama ensues

Faisal al-Qassem’s Arabic tweet garners critical responses, but huge majority responding to poll on his Twitter feed then seem to agree; IDF spokesmen and Netanyahu hail him A firebrand Arab television host called Israel the most successful project of the 20th and 21st centuries in an Arabic tweet on Saturday, stirring up intense debate about the Jewish state on social media. “For most Arabs, if they want to curse you, they will describe you as a ‘Zionist,’ even though they know that the most successful project in the current and last century is the Zionist project,” tweeted Faisal al-Qassem, the host of Al Jazeera’s The Opposite Direction, a well-known debate show. “All of the Arabs’ projec

The ‘Deal of the Century’ Shouldn’t Fail — but It Will

US President Donald Trump addresses US mayors in the East Room of the White House in Washington, US, January 24, 2020. Photo: REUTERS/Jonathan Ernst. – The Trump administration has just released the long-anticipated “deal of the century,” designed to resolve the seemingly intractable Arab-Israeli conflict. Before commenting on the plan, everyone should actually read it. It is a remarkably comprehensive document spelling out the concrete steps necessary to bring to reality the long sought-after two-state solution to the conflict. We shall not see another such prospect for peace and prosperity in the region in our lifetime. Unfortunately, this creative proposal is dead on arrival. Alth

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