Terrorist attempts to stab senior officer near Hevron


Armed terrorist tried to stab brigade commander near Hevron.

An armed terrorist tried to stab Colonel Itzik Cohen, in the western Hevron Hills.

The terrorist, who was armed with a knife, approached the soldiers who were standing near Negohot in the western Hevron Hills. He attempted to stab the brigade commander Colonel Itzik Cohen.

The soldiers who were present managed to stop him in time.

Initial investigations show that the soldier who was securing the area spotted the terrorist approaching the senior commander’s vehicle.

When the soldier stopped the terrorist for questioning, he found that the suspect was holding a knife behind his back.

Additional soldiers who were in the area gained control over the terrorist. No one was hurt.

Original Article: Arutz Sheva

Tenured Holocaust Denying Professor Asked by Canadian University to Resign, Following Outcry by Jewish Group


After years of complaints about his antisemitic rhetoric, a tenured professor at Canada’s University of Lethbridge is reportedly being asked to resign.

Professor Anthony Hall — who supports “open debate” on the Holocaust and has blamed Israel for the 9/11 terror attacks — told The American Herald Tribune, a website he helps run, that he was asked to step down after Jewish advocacy group B’nai Brith Canada urged the university to launch an investigation into his behavior.

“If the University of Lethbridge allows Hall to continue teaching, it would demonstrate complete disrespect for true scholarship and the values of the academy,” Amanda Hohmann, national director of B’nai Brith Canada’s League for Human Rights, told The Algemeiner on Thursday. “When a professor is allowed to abuse the academic stage in order to promote antisemitism and crackpot conspiracy theories, it brings the entire university and discipline into disrepute.”

Hall — a co-host of the YouTube program “False Flag Weekly News,” which promotes conspiracy theories about Zionists and Jews — has come under fire in the past for his spread of antisemitic and anti-Israel sentiment. In June, Lethbridge defended Hall’s right to do so, on academic freedom grounds.

According to anonymous reviews of his classes by students, Hall “basically abuses the stage he receives as a ‘teacher’” and “would rather spread his misguided views than actually teach a class.” One student said that “anyone who does not believe in the 9/11 conspiracy should not take this class.”

Hohmann told The Algemeiner that her organization “has been following Hall’s public statements for over a year, since he accompanied American 9/11 conspiracy theorist Kevin Barrett on his Canadian speaking tour.”

Hall further “appeared on our radar,” Hohmann said, for his “full-throated public defense of Nikolaos Balaskas,” a York University lab technologist who, as reported by The Algemeiner, was fired from his position for a slew of antisemitic and anti-Zionist social-media postings.

Responding to B’nai Brith Canada’s calls for an investigation, Michael Mahon, president and vice chancellor of Lethbridge, issued the following statement:

Recently there has been significant public commentary and media coverage regarding the online activities and some of the personal views held by Dr. Anthony Hall. The University has received numerous inquiries and expressions of concern regarding Dr. Hall’s activities, views and teachings in the classroom. As we are able, we have attempted to respond to those inquiries.

The University recognizes the serious nature of these concerns and can confirm that we are actively engaged with this issue. As an employer however, the University is bound by privacy obligations and cannot provide specific commentary or details on any human resource action undertaken with regards to any employee of the University.

We can say unequivocally that Dr. Hall does not speak on behalf of the University or its faculty, staff and students. The University of Lethbridge is an inclusive and welcoming place of research, learning, creative activity and engagement for all members of the community. As an community we condemn any communication that promotes hatred, discrimination or violence to any individual or group.

Original Article: Algemeiner

How Obama’s New Trade Deal Could Weaken Israel


The recent signing of the new 10-year memorandum of understanding (MOU) between the US and Israel on defense aid is less of an accomplishment than the fanfare around it might suggest.

In the MOU, which was signed on September 14, the US pledged $38 billion in military aid to Israel over the next ten years; Israel promised to no longer seek additional funds from Congress, and to reject any additional funding for the next two years. Finally, current provisions that allow Israel to spend one quarter of the aid by buying from companies in its own domestic defense industry — rather than having to spend all of it in the US — will be phased out.

Although this MOU will bring modest monetary gains to Israel, it sadly reflects a subtle diminution in the US-Israel relationship.

Critics of the deal insist that Israel should have been given more money. To begin with, giving military aid to Israel is a very popular and strongly bipartisan cause in both Houses of Congress. For example, Senator Lindsey Graham (R-SC), a leading pro-Israel critic of this deal, points out that he is going to introduce a bill to provide an additional $1.5 billion to Israel for additional missile defense needs. Under this MOU, however, Israel is obligated to not accept the additional money; this will probably translate to fewer Iranian missiles intercepted if Israel has to defend against an attack by Hezbollah.

No one can know what the future holds, but in the absence of this MOU, Congress would almost certainly still give Israel US military assistance at levels equivalent to or higher than what President Obama just agreed to. Since an MOU has no formal status, future presidents are not actually bound by them. Recall the 2004 letter from President Bush to Israeli Prime Minister Sharon rejecting the 1949 Armistice lines as the basis for determining a future Palestinian Arab state — a letter that also recognized the “new realities on the ground,” including the major Israeli communities in Judea and Samaria. Barack Obama, who found this “understanding” inconvenient for his own policies, simply determined that it did not apply, and would be ignored. The more binding aspects of this current MOU, however, are the voluntary concessions Obama induced Israel to make. These will result in greatly reduced Israeli flexibility in working with Congressional allies to address rapidly emerging threats, or to seek additional funding.

While this MOU is an increase over the previous MOU, it is a relatively modest increase. Under the previous accord, the US gave Israel $3.1 billion annually in Foreign Military Financing (FMF) assistance — but all the missile defense funding was given separately and was never counted as part of the MOU total. So the current MOU deal of $3.8 billion in annual aid is actually just $3.3 billion in FMF plus $500 million in missile defense funding, which is now being included in the total MOU package.

Incorporating missile defense funding in the MOU is not merely an accounting trick to make the total look more generous. President Obama is also trying to limit the role of Congress in US-Israel policy, and he has potentially exacerbated the growing partisan divide over Israel. Since 2009, appropriating money for Iron Dome and related Israeli missile defense systems has become the primary bipartisan arena for Congressional pro-Israel activity, and the one area where Democrats could safely break with the Obama Administration. Taking this power away from Congress effectively removes the only remaining bipartisan center of support for Israel’s security in the Legislative Brnach. It is likely not a coincidence that this has been an explicit goal of J Street and other opponents of pro-Israel Congressional activity.

There are, of course, also some real benefits to Israel from finalizing this MOU. For example, it surely simplifies planning for the Israeli Ministry of Defense bureaucrats. Likewise the regional and domestic benefits to Israel of announcing further evidence of its ongoing close relationship to the US are undisputed — but the timing of the announcement is puzzling to nearly every observer. The deal could have been finalized anytime in the next year. It is almost certain that either Secretary Clinton or Mr. Trump would have embraced a similar deal, and probably without requiring serious concessions.

Once our presidential election takes place, however, there has been wide speculation that France is going to introduce a Security Council Resolution declaring all Israeli communities in Judea and Samaria illegal — which is not the current view in international law. In addition, they may propose a Security Council Resolution attempting to demarcate the borders of a proposed future Palestinian Arab state, in contravention of existing protocols and agreements between Israel and the PLO. The US has nearly always pledged to veto resolutions of this type, but the danger this November is that the US may abstain on such resolutions, thus allowing them to pass. If this happens, the White House will then use the supposed generosity of the MOU as a shield from criticism. This week, 88 Senators signed a letter asking the President to veto any “one-sided” anti-Israel UN resolutions. Speaking for the ZOA, there will be no excuse for the Obama Administration betraying Israel at the UN, and the generosity of the MOU will not figure in that debate.

According to President Obama, this new MOU “is just the most recent reflection” of his “steadfast commitment to the security of the State of Israel.” The President’s actual record on this commitment is atrocious, and it appears his parting act will be to slightly weaken the US-Israel relationship. By continuing the charade of conspicuously rewarding Israel while simultaneously diminishing the Jewish State’s position, this MOU well reflects Obama’s particularly troubling approach to Israel’s security.

Original Article: Algemeiner

Polish prosecutors absolve priest who called Jews ‘cancer’


Father Jacek Miedlar celebrates by tweeting ‘Zero tolerance for Jewish cowardice’.

WARSAW, Poland — The Prosecutor’s Office in Bialystok has ended an investigation of a Polish priest who spoke of Jews being a “cancer” during a sermon, determining that no hate crime had been committed.

In a sermon on April 16 in Bialystok, Father Jacek Miedlar spoke of the “cancer which swept Poland,” apparently meaning Jews. He stressed that political correctness and tolerance enslave Poles.

According to the prosecutor, Miedlar “referred to the historical content and the Bible, pointing to examples of negative behavior of the representatives of the Jewish community from the time of slavery in Egypt, and generally referring to modern times.” The speech did not stigmatize a particular nationality, the prosecutor said Tuesday.

On the same day Miedlar, a known nationalist, wrote in response to the decision on Twitter: “Bialystok investigation discontinued! Zero tolerance for ‘Jewish cowardice’. Salut!”

He attached a picture showing Poles performing a Nazi salute taken on the night of June 23, 1936, when a group of Polish nationalists seized the city of Myślenice for several hours. During the siege, the nationalists beat Jewish residents and destroyed Jewish shops.

After a few hours Miedlar removed the post.

Miedlar also withdrew from the Congregation of the Missionaries, a religious order founded in 1625.

“The persecution of gay, liberal and Jewish groups led me to the fact that I can’t do my pastoral work,” he said, according to the Onet.pl website.

Original Article: The Times Of Israel

GAZA: Hamas Says Happy About Shimon Peres’ Death


‘Shimon Peres was the last remaining Israeli official who founded the occupation,’ militant group ruling Gaza says following his death.

The Palestinian militant group Hamas expressed happiness at the death of former Israeli President Shimon Peres.

A spokesman for the group, Sami Abu Zuhri, tells The Associated Press Wednesday, “the Palestinian people are very happy at the passing of this criminal who caused their blood to shed.”
He adds, “Shimon Peres was the last remaining Israeli official who founded the occupation, and his death is the end of a phase in the history of this occupation and the beginning of a new phase of weakness.”

Hamas is sworn to the destruction of Israel. In 2007, it routed forces loyal to President Mahmoud Abbas and took over the Gaza Strip.

Original Article: HAARETZ

Watchdog group calls out LA Times for misinforming readers on Israel terror wave


The Los Angeles Times is being called out by a media watchdog group for obscuring Palestinian responsibility for a series of recent terror attacks.

LA Times writer Joshua Mitnick’s Sept. 20 article depicts Palestinian attackers as victims rather than being responsible for terror attacks against Israelis in Jerusalem and Judea and Samaria. In particular, six Palestinians and one Jordanian were killed in recent attacks, but Mitnick’s article fails to report they perpetrated the violence.

The Committee for Accuracy in Middle East Reporting in America (CAMERA) called it “a gross neglect of journalistic responsibility.”

Mitnick also notes specific attacks during the recent wave of violence including the Sept. 20 stabbing attempt in Hebron, but he never says Palestinians are responsible for the continuous attacks in the last year.

CAMERA identified various media outlets, not known for being pro-Israel, that have held to a higher journalism standard than the LA Times. The Guardian, Al Jazeera, The New York Times and Reuters all reported that the majority of the attackers killed in the terror wave that began last year were Palestinians.

With the LA Times piece, “readers are left on their own to deduce that it is Palestinians who are responsible for the ongoing attacks of the last year, or not,” CAMERA said.

Original Article: JNS.ORG

Palestinians say ‘two states’ but not ‘for two peoples’


Palestinian Authority officials have been using a deceptive version of the “two states for two peoples” motto when they speak to different audiences, according to a leading Israeli scholar.

Eytan Gilboa, professor of international communications at Bar-Ilan University and former consultant to Israel Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, made the charge in his remarks at the 2016 National Israeli-American Conference held in Washington, D.C. this weekend.

More than 2,000 Israeli-Americans from around the country attended the conference. Gilboa’s panel, which attracted a standing-room only audience of about 150, also included Ron Prossor, Israel’s former ambassador to the United Nations, Dennis Ross, a former U.S. Mideast envoy, Koby Huberman, co-founder of Israel Peace Initiative, and Dana Weiss of Israel’s Channel 2 news network.

Gilboa said that PA officials who speak of “two states for two peoples” when addressing Western audiences, leave out the words “for two peoples” when speaking in Arabic to a different audience. “That’s because they do not accept the idea that the Jews are a national people with a right to national self-determination,” Gilboa said. “They still do not recognize the right of Israel to exist as a permanent Jewish state.”

This Palestinian rejectionism, Gilboa said, is reinforced by “the PA’s official maps, which still do not show Israel, and the textbooks they use in their schools, which do not recognize Israel’s right to exist.”

Prossor was only slightly more optimistic than Gilboa about the chances for peace. Prossor said that while Saudi Arabian, Jordanian, or Moroccan officials sometimes seem to take a more positive attitude towards Israel than in the past, “the problem I discovered during my years at the U.N. was that the officials who were willing to go on the record with such comments were the ones who had the least influence within their governments.”

What’s unclear is whether unofficial expressions by moderate Arabs could turn into practical steps to advance a comprehensive regional peace with Israel, Prossor said. While doing a spot-on imitation of the voice of former Israeli president Shimon Peres, Prossor said that Peres “probably would say something like, ‘We need solutions, not resolutions.’”

The cautious perspective offered by Gilboa and Prossor at the conference contrasted sharply with Ross, who said he believes there is “a new reality, a new landscape” in the Middle East. He urged the next U.S. president to undertake a behind-the-scenes diplomatic initiative there.

Ross said that Israel should announce that “there won’t be any Israeli sovereignty east of the security barrier,” a position which went further than his recent calls for Israel to halt all housing construction east of the barrier. Ross’s new position would mean that Israel would retreat to approximately the pre-1967 armistice lines.

While Ross cited Egypt’s current cooperation with Israel as evidence that a regional peace might be possible, Prossor and Gilboa sounded a cautionary note regarding Israel’s relations with Egypt. “We have had peace with Egypt since 1979, and no territorial conflict with them, yet Egypt’s media and school textbooks are still very anti-Israel and even anti-Jewish,” said Prossor, who is also the former director-general of Israel’s Foreign Ministry. “This shows what a big challenge we still face–there may be a chance for broader peace, but we have a long way to go.”

Gilboa said between Israel and Egypt there “is a peace only at the leadership level–it is not a warm peace, a peace between ordinary people.” Gilboa pointed out that the Egyptian government “has for so many years been educating the Egyptian people to hate Israel, it will take many, many years to reverse that problem.”

Orgininal Article: JNS.ORG

California to Fight BDS


California Governor Jerry Brown signed a bill Saturday preventing companies from engaging in discriminatory boycotts from countries doing business with the State of California.

Bill AB2844 was introduced by Assemblyman Richard Bloom (D-Santa Monica) and co-authored by Assemblyman Travis Allen (R-Huntington Beach). By August 24th, the State’s Senate had approved the bill by a 34-1 vote, and by the end of the month, the California State Assembly passed it by a 69-1 vote.

The bill was signed into law Saturday afternoon, hours before the opening plenary at the Israeli American Council for Action (IAC) National Conference in Washington, D.C.

“We are proud to have the author of AB2844 with us this evening, Assemblymember Richard Bloom, as we celebrate this major victory against BDS in the State of California,” IAC Chairman Adam Milstein announced Saturday night. The defeat of the Boycott, Divestments, and Sanctions (BDS) movement in California signifies a victory for the State of Israel, a regular target of the Hamas-backed discriminatory measure.

Also present on stage that night was Milan Chatterjee, a former University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA) law student who began his last year of law school at New York University (NYU) after experiencing a year of bullying and harassment from UCLA’s anti-Israel coalition.

Dillon Hosier, IAC’s National Director for State Government Affairs who was largely responsible for the anti-BDS bill’s approval, told the Daily Wire he thinks the bill would be a “great tool” for California’s pro-Israel community.

“It highlights the fact that BDS was becoming some kind of First Amendment-type activity and to blatant discrimination and I think we’ve seen it on campuses, and it’s kind of starting to bleed over into other sectors like labor and even in the corporate sectors as well,” Hosier said, pointing out the Golden State, home to the fifth largest economy in the world, experiences a higher level of BDS activity than any other state.

“With this legislation, we’ve kind of really struck a serious blow to the anti-Semitic movement,” he said.

To UCLA student and activist Liat Menna, the bill provides a sense of reassurement because it takes a stronger stance against discriminatory actions that foster political divides at her college campus.

“It is reassuring to know that the government is not turning its back on its Jewish citizens recognizing the anti-Semitic nature of the boycott movement against America’s greatest ally, Israel,” she added.

Menna is the student leader of the Students Supporting Israel, a pro-Israel activist group at UCLA.

Speakers on the IAC stage that weekend included former New York City mayor Rudy Giuliani, New York Senator Chuck Schumer, former Fox News anchor Greta van Susteren, and Las Vegas casino magnate Sheldon Adelson, among others.

IAC, an intercommunity nonprofit organization headquartered in Los Angeles, has worked closely with the pro-Israel lobbying group AIPAC since its inception in 2007.

Earlier this month, AIPAC released a letter signed by 88 out of 100 U.S. senators calling on President Obama to reject one-sided U.N. intervention in the Israeli-Palestinian conflict, as reported by Tablet Magazine’s Yair Rosenberg. Three pro-Israel U.S. senators including Ted Cruz (R-TX), Marco Rubio (R-FL), and Ben Sasse (R-NE) did not sign the letter, claiming it leaves room for skepticism of Israel alongside its Palestinian perpetrators, underestimating Palestinian terrorism in the region. Rosenberg pointed out the number would have been four, if Senator Tom Cotton (R-AR) had been counted.

“Unfortunately, the language in the opening paragraph declaring the ‘two-state solution’ as the ‘only’ resolution to the conflict between Israel and the Palestinians undermines this well-intentioned effort, and makes it impossible for me to sign,” Cruz had written in a statement. “This matter is an internal one for Israel to decide, and it is not the place of the United States—or the United Nations—to impose a solution on a sovereign nation.”

IAC CEO Shoham Nicolet told the Daily Wire he publicly supported the letter and is “proud” to collaborate with the pro-Israel lobby.

“We’re definitely not trying to replace AIPAC, compete with AIPAC,” Nicolet said, adding he tries to encourage hosting a variety of left- and right-leaning speakers at his conference.

One of those guests included Marc Schneier, a far-left rabbi who made headlines this past summer for partnering with the Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR).

CAIR was investigated by the United States government for working with terrorist organizations and engaging in other anti-Israel activities over the years, according to an Anti-Defamation League (ADL) report. In an April 2009, the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) sent a letter to the Subcommittee on Terrorism, Technology, and Homeland Security citing evidence that CAIR and its founders had been working with the Muslim Brotherhood to support Hamas. The letter was sent during a trial that found all charges guilty against the anti-Israel Holy Land Foundation (HLF), including a sentence of 65 years for the founder of CAIR’s Dallas chapter. In 2014, the United Arab Emirates classified CAIR as a terrorist organization.

Schneier’s Foundation for Ethnic Understanding (FFEU) works to portray Islam as a “religion of peace” with a campaign called “Muslims are Speaking out.” On Sunday at the IAC stage, Schneier announced that his foundation had co-authored a letter with ten other Muslim leaders asking Hamas to return the bodies of the Israeli soldiers it had massacred.

Schneier did not address his involvement with CAIR at the IAC conference. Nicolet said he did not think the panelist’s CAIR involvement was relevant to the event.

“It’s his business, to be honest with you,” Nicolet told the Daily Wire.

Originial Article: The Daily Wire

Posters Demonizing Jews Crop Up on UC Berkeley Campus, as Controversial Anti-Zionism Course Reinstated


Antisemitic posters have been appearing around the University of California, Berkeley campus ever since a course exploring how Israel might be destroyed was first suspended and then reinstated early last week, The Algemeiner has learned.

The syllabus, titled “Palestine: A Settler Colonial Analysis,” was decried by a campus watchdog group as “a classic example of antisemitic anti-Zionism.”

One of the offending posters referred to the coalition of 43 Jewish, civil rights and educational organizations that had written an open letter expressing concern about the course and disappointment in UC Berkeley’s vetting process, calling the groups “advocates for a foreign state” who “seek to control our freedom of speech and academic expression.”

It also claimed that the Israeli government was directly involved in the initial suspension of the course.

Another poster derided the large US military-aid deal recently signed with Israel, snidely telling “non-Jews” that they had better “pay up and shut up” in the face of “Jewish bullies.”

In an email to the university community on Thursday, the UC Berkeley administration responded to the anti-Jewish rhetoric in the posters, saying, “The language used violates our Principles of Community, as well as the Regents’ Principles Against Intolerance,” and assuring that the school had “instructed that the posters be removed.”

“We will continue to do everything in our power to ensure we have a campus climate that is safe, welcoming and respectful for all,” the statement read.


As reported by The Algemeiner, UC Berkeley said it rescinded the suspension of the course last week after its syllabus was purportedly changed. However, a close examination of the new syllabus by The Algemeiner revealed only minor changes, and found that the same anti-Zionist literature will be studied as previously listed.

The language of the course description was also modified to remove the admission that the course would be “exploring the possibility of decolonization,” as originally stated. It now says that the program will involve researching “a range of political alternatives” to “achieve justice for all.”

Paul Hadweh, the course facilitator, admitted to anti-Israel website Electronic Intifada that revisions to the syllabus were mere “cosmetic changes” and no adjustments had been made to the course material.

“The changes are just clarifications to the course description, its objectives and the final project,” he said.

In a recent interview with The Algemeiner, the international campus coordinator of the Committee for Accuracy in Middle East Reporting in America (CAMERA) said, “By condoning a class that is so explicit in undermining the Jews’ historical ties to the land of Israel and Israel’s right to continue to exist, the school is perpetuating an antisemitic atmosphere on campus.”

According to a 2016 report by campus watchdog group the AMCHA Initiative, opposition to Israel’s right to exist saw a dramatic rise across college campuses in the first half of 2016, with “an almost three-fold increase” compared to the same time period in 2015.

Another finding described “the incidence of language and imagery opposing Israel’s right to exist” as being “highly correlated with the targeting of Jewish students” on campus.

Original Article: Algemeiner

Top US official: Rise of antisemitism creates ‘acute’ need for security grants for Jews


The FBI reported last year that 57 percent of reported anti-religious hate crimes had an anti-Jewish bias.

Painting a grim picture of Jewish vulnerability in the United States, a top US security official said that the vast majority of funds earmarked to secure non-profits goes to Jewish institutions because their need is most acute.

Alejandro Mayorkas, the deputy homeland security secretary, speaking Wednesday to the Orthodox Union’s annual leadership mission to Washington, said rising extremism in the United States and its threat to the Jewish community helped keep him awake nights.

He said the threat had shifted in the last year from the relatively small number of Americans who were radicalized overseas, to homegrown extremists whom the Islamic State terrorist group had reached through the Internet. The FBI was tracking more than one thousand suspected extremists across the United States, and they were to be found in all 50 states, he said.

“They find great access to a radicalizing Islam” on the web, Mayorkas said of the homegrown extremists. “They find what they believe is purpose and meaning in their life.”

“The nonprofit security grants approved by Congress — $20 million this year — ‘preeminently’ go to the Jewish community,” Mayorkas said.

“The need is most acute in the Jewish community because of the ascension of antisemitism and hate crimes we see,” Mayorkas said.

In past years, more than 90 percent of the funds have gone to Jewish groups. The FBI reported last year that 57 percent of reported anti-religious hate crimes had an anti-Jewish bias.

Mayorkas challenged Jewish leaders to raise awareness about potential threats, to hire better-trained security staff, to add protections at Jewish institutions, to train the community in how to respond to an active shooter, to establish relationships with local police and to increase cyber security. He said hackers could access personal information about Jewish children who are affiliated to Jewish organizations and use it to target them.

“This is real,” he said. “This is real. We must treat the imminence” – of an act of terrorism – “as real.”

He said his trepidation was in part formed by his upbringing. Mayorkas’ mother is a Romanian Jew who survived the Holocaust and who moved to Cuba after marrying a Cuban Jew. They moved to the United States after the Cuban revolution.

Among the things that “keep me up at night,” he said, was the threat to “my community,” the Jewish community, he said.

“I come from a tradition of a lack of security instilled in me as a very young person,” he said.

He said extremism was rising across the world.

“We live in a time of increasing concern, not diminishing concern,” Mayorkas said. “If one takes a look at some of the political leaders gaining ascension across the globe, it does not give me comfort with respect to the Jewish community,” he said, stressing that he was referring to foreign leaders and not domestic politicians.

Mayorkas also urged leaders to contact Paul Goldenberg, who heads the Secure Community Network, the security arm of the Jewish Federations of North America, to learn more about how to secure their institutions.

Separately, Goldenberg was reappointed Wednesday to the Department of Homeland Security’s advisory council, which consults with Mayorkas and Homeland Security Secretary Jeh Johnson. Goldenberg was first appointed to the council in 2013.

Orginal Article: The Jerusalem Post

Rouhani: Zionists pressuring US to violate Iran nuclear deal


Speaking at UN General Assembly debate, Iranian president indirectly attacks Israel as “a web of apartheid, an usurping regime.”

Iranian President Hassan Rouhani addressed the 71st session of the General Assembly of the United Nations on Thursday, and did not miss an opportunity to disparage Israel on the global stage.

Rouhani blamed “Zionist pressure groups” for continued sanctions and the seizure of Iranian assets, threatening that if the Washington does not follow through with its commitments under the nuclear agreement, it will lead to the discrediting of the US.

Accusing the US Supreme Court ruling which ordered the seizure of Iranian assets of “breaking the norms of international law,” Rouhani continued to claim that Iran was growing stronger in the aftermath of the deal signed last year.

Rouhani, whose Islamic Republic sponsors Shi’ite militias accused of atrocities in Iraq and Syria, along with terror organization Hezbollah and the Assad regime, began his speech by invoking the 2001 September 11 attack in New York, before condemning the actions of various actors in the Middle East.

“Nobody imagined that this (September 11) would lead to a larger disaster leading to a devastating war in the Middle East and the spread of instability… sowing the seeds of borderless terrorism everywhere on earth,” he said.

Singling out Israel, he indirectly criticized the Jewish state as “a web of apartheid, an usurping regime”

Original Article: The Jerusalem Post

EUROPEAN UNION: lawyer says Hamas should be dropped from terror list


Advocate general says decision to blacklist Palestinian Islamist group shouldn’t have been made based on ‘media reports and the internet’.

A top EU lawyer on Thursday said Islamist movement Hamas and Sri Lankan rebel group LTTE should be taken off the bloc’s terror list because procedural mistakes invalidated the decision to put them on it.

Advocate General Eleanor Sharpston of the European Court of Justice said Thursday that a European judicial body was correct to remove Hamas and the Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam from the list in 2014.

The European Union imposed travel bans and asset freezes against Hamas and the LTTE under 2001 rules. The groups subsequently contested being kept on the bloc’s terrorist black list.

The General Court, second to the ECJ, found in their favor in 2014 on the grounds the EU had based its decision on publicly available information, not on a finding by a competent authority.

In a statement at the time, the court explained the EU’s blacklisting of Hamas had been based on “factual imputations derived from the press and the internet” instead of “on acts examined and confirmed in decisions of competent authorities.”

Stating that the European Council, which placed Hamas on the terrorism list in 2001, “did not produce the obligatory judicial effects for the designation,” the court scrapped it but kept sanctions in place for another three months pending appeal.

The European Council of the 28 member states in turn appealed that finding.

Sharpston said Thursday that the EU “cannot rely on facts and evidence found in press articles and information from the internet, rather than in decisions of competent authorities, to support a decision to maintain a listing.”

Given that “some of the reasons advanced could not justify the decision to maintain the listing of LTTE and Hamas,” the General Court was correct to dismiss the EU appeal when it could find no other sufficient reasons for their listing.

Accordingly, the ECJ “should annul the measures maintaining Hamas and LTTE on the EU list of terrorist organizations on procedural grounds.”

Washington, which already defines the Hamas organization as a “foreign terrorist organization,” added Hamas politburo member Fathi Hamad to its terror blacklist last week, meaning that US citizens and companies are banned from doing business with him and any assets he holds in areas under US jurisdiction will be frozen.

According to the US State Department, which issued the designation, during his time as Hamas interior minister in Gaza Hamad used his position to “coordinate terrorist cells.”

The State Department said that Hamad had founded Al-Aqsa TV, “with programs designed to recruit children to become Hamas armed fighters and suicide bombers upon reaching adulthood.”

Advocates general of the ECJ are regularly called on to give their view on a case before a final ruling and in most instances their opinions are followed.

Officials said they could not comment on Sharpston’s opinion and would wait until the final ruling in the case.

For the moment, nothing has changed and Hamas and LTTE remain listed.

The ECJ is expected to deliver a final ruling in the coming months.

Original Article: The Times Of Israel