News Features Concerning the State of Israel, the Jewish People, as well as
Nations amongst whom we find a significant proportion of descendants from the Lost Ten Tribes.
New Jerusalem News.
2 June, 2011, 29 Iyar 5771
Moving HQ from Syria to Egypt, Warns Netanyahu
2. Israel Thanks Canada for Defense at G8 Summit.
3. Present-Day Moslem Clerical Authorities Permit Rape, Enslavement, and Selling
of Non-Muslim Women.
Raped and Ransacked in the Muslim World
by Raymond Ibrahim
4. Western European Nations Fund Anti-Israel NGOs!
NGOs vs. Israel by Ben-Dror
5. Solution for water shortage in works.
|Members of the Fogel Family from Itamar Murdered by Arab Terrorists.|
Moving HQ from Syria to Egypt, Warns Netanyahu
by Tzvi Ben Gedalyahu
Hamas is moving its headquarters from Damascus to Egypt, and the terror group is
strengthening itself in the Sinai, Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu told the
Knesset Foreign Affairs and Security Committee Monday.
He also noted that the Muslim Brotherhood, from which Hamas sprung, also has
become a more powerful force in Egypt since the ouster of Hosni Mubarak. The
Prime Minister stated his concern about the inability of the provisional
military regime in Egypt to exercise sovereignty in the Sinai, which borders
Israel and from where Bedouin and Hamas terrorists smuggle weapons from Iran,
Sudan, Syria and elsewhere into Gaza.
Al-Qaeda also has brought 400 terrorists into the area, according to an Egyptian
official quoted by an Arab news agency,
The vacuum of power in the Sinai has been illustrated by 'the two gas explosions
that occurred there' this year, Prime Minister Netanyahu told the Knesset
committee. 'Global terrorist organizations are interfering, there and their
presence is increasing because of the geographic connection between Sinai and
The Sharon government agreed to pull out of Gaza following the 2005 expulsion of
nearly 10,000 Jews in the area. Agreements with Egypt on security in the Sinai
began falling apart after Hamas ousted Fatah from Gaza four years ago.
Following the Operation Cast Lead counterterrorist campaign at the end of 2008
and the beginning of 2009, Israel relied on American and European guarantees to
monitor the transfer of goods and merchandise from the Sinai to Gaza, but these
also have eroded. The opening of the Rafiah crossing this past Saturday has
further harmed security.
The de facto dominance of Bedouin tribes and allied terrorists in the Sinai has
set the stage for further stockpiling of advanced arms by Hamas and for plotting
terrorist attacks at tourist and holy sites in Egypt.
2. Israel Thanks Canada for Defense at
by Chana Ya'ar
Foreign Minister Avigdor Lieberman made sure to pick up the phone and call his
counterpart in Ottawa this weekend to thank him for Canada's stance at the G8
summit last week.
[The Group of Eight (G8,
and formerly the G6 or Group of Six) is a forum for the governments of eight
major economies: France, Germany, Italy, Japan, the United Kingdom, and the
United States, Canada, Russia. ]
Lieberman told John Baird, who recently came into the post, that Canada is a
'true friend of Israel.'
Israel's foreign minister added that Prime Minister Stephen Harper had been
correct in his reading of the situation to know that the 1967-1949 Armistice
lines are incompatible with the demographic realities in the Jewish State ' and
are indefensible as borders.
Harper blocked the G8 from issuing statements with any mention of the
recommendation, stated by U.S. President Barack Obama in his Middle Eastern
policy speech a week prior.
As Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu pointed out in his speech to the U.S.
Congress last week, there are more than half a million Israelis, most of whom
are Jewish, living in the areas claimed by the PA.
3. Present-Day Moslem Clerical
Authorities Permit Rape, Enslavement, and Selling of Non-Muslim Women.
Raped and Ransacked in the Muslim World
by Raymond Ibrahim
May 31, 2011
4. Western European Nations Fund
NGOs vs. Israel
by Ben-Dror Yemini
Middle East Quarterly
On January 5, 2011, after months of heated public debate, the Israeli Knesset
established a parliamentary committee of inquiry to probe foreign funding of
Israeli nongovernmental organizations (NGOs) involved in the international
Israel delegitimization campaign. Was this a draconian, McCarthyist
encroachment on the freedom of press as claimed by left-wing groups and
politicians, or a legitimate attempt by a besieged democracy to fend off hostile
intervention in its internal affairs as argued by the legislation's proponents'
The Israeli-Palestinian conflict has historically attracted extraordinary, and
largely disproportionate, international attention. Not because of its ferocity:
The number of Palestinians killed by Israelis (and vice versa) over the past six
decades is probably smaller than the 9,000 Muslim Bosnians massacred in
Srebrenica in July 1995 by their Serb and Croatian compatriots and decidedly
smaller than the death toll from other conflicts throughout the globe that range
in the hundreds of thousands if not millions.
Nor has this obsession been driven by humanitarian considerations. Not only is
the Gaza Strip not in the throes of a deep crisis, but the humanitarian
situation there is better than in some of the countries whose ships have been
sent on occasion to break "the siege" of Gaza. Infant mortality in the Gaza
Strip, for example, is 17.71 per thousand births compared to Turkey's 24.84 or
the global average of 44; life expectancy in Turkey is 72.23 years whereas in
Gaza it is 73.68, much higher than the global average of 66.12, not to mention
such Arab or Islamic countries as Yemen (63.36), Sudan (52.52), or Somalia
(50). Even by more advanced indicators, such as personal computer use or
Internet access, Gazans are in a much better position than many of the world's
inhabitants. In the words of the Slovenian philosopher Slavoj i ek, no
Israel-lover by any streetch of imagination, "an average Congolese citizen would
probably have sold his mother into slavery to be able to move to the West
But whatever its underlying causes, the intense international meddling in the
Palestinian-Israeli conflict, whether by governments or by NGOs, has become a
major obstacle to the peaceful resolution of this century-long feud.
Rights Defenders or Peace Averters'
More specifically, the European Union as a whole and the European states
individually finance a long list of associations dealing with the
Palestinian-Israeli conflict that are part of a wider conglomerate seeking to
perpetuate the conflict. The political discourse has fundamentally changed,
and this is no longer the era of peace organizations but rather that of human
rights organizations, many of which are deeply involved in protecting
These groups are part of a new empire an emmpire comprised of official,
international bodies such as the Human Rights Council of the United Nations in
Geneva, the U.N. General Assembly, and the many "human rights" groups that voice
a similar position. The automatic majority bloc of nondemocratic states in
international bodies is a sad testament to the state of the world community; the
identification of human rights organizations with this dark majority is a
tragedy for world human rights. There is little discussion of the lack of human
rights in such brutal dictatorships as Syria or Libya; but there is a
disproportionate focus on Israel by these bodies, which in turn creates the
false impression that Israel, and not such states as Sudan or Iran (or North
Korea for that matter), is the foremost threat to world peace.
How has this come to pass' The West finances an extensive network of NGOs with
funding often going to projects feigning defense of human rights. In reality,
the absolute majority of these groups has a radical, political agenda, which at
times is not only anti-Israel or anti-Zionist but also anti-West. There are
many in the West who hope that a solution to the Arab-Israeli conflict will help
resolve the wider conflict between East and West. This is an illusion. The
Afghan and Pakistani Taliban or al-Qaeda terrorists would have difficulty
finding Israel on the map.
The EU supports dozens of Israeli groups dealing with the conflict, but only a
handful of these deal with the conflict's political dimension, notably the
Israeli group Peace Now and the Israeli-Palestinian Geneva Initiative, both of
which support the two-state solution. By contrast, there are numerous groups
that, while paying lip service to the two-state solution, reject Israel's right
Consider the Israeli-Arab groups Adalah and Mossawa both of which are
openly opposed to Israel's existtence as a Jewish state that is to its very
existence 'and support the "right of return." Or consider the Israeli Committee
against House Demolitions, headed by Jeff Halper, who roams the world lambasting
not only Israel but also "global capitalism."...
On the Palestinian side, the Dutch government funds the militant website The
Electronic Intifada, whose cofounder Ali Abunimah considers PA president
Abbas a "collaborator." Not surprisingly, Abunimah is fiercely opposed to the
peace process, subscribing instead to the "one state solution" the
replacement of Israel by an Arab and Muslim state in which Jews would be reduced
to a permanent minority as dhimmis, historically accorded a legally and socially
inferior existence in Islam.
Likewise, the Ramallah-based Palestinian group al-Haq receives support from the
Swedish, Dutch, and Canadian governments, presumably to bolster its formal
human rights agenda. Yet this organization is openly committed to the "right of
return," as is the Ramallah-based, Palestinian-run NGO Development Center.
Funded by the World Bank and a string of European states, including France,
Sweden, Denmark, Switzerland, and the Netherlands, it disburses millions of
dollars to Israeli and Palestinian associations, supposedly for the protection
of human rights. But a glance at the list of the supported groups or their
leaders readily reveals that most of them are also involved in political
activism including promotion of the "right of returnn" and many of them
support the anti-Israel boycott, divestment, and sanctions (BDS) movement.
This hydra-like BDS is supported by dozens of different organizations. The EU or
individual Western states do not directly finance the movement, yet they fund
numerous groups that subsidize and support it. What makes this matter
particularly galling is that the ultimate goal of the BDS movement is not just
the end of the Israeli "occupation" of the West Bank and Gaza, but rather
Israel's demise. The leaders and members of the BDS movement travel around
the world and speak on human rights, democracy, and equality. But behind this
lip service to universal values underlie the same extremist objectives preached
by al-Qaeda, the Iranian ayatollahs, or Hamas: rejection of the two-state
solution and castigation of any Israeli-Palestinian cooperation or Palestinian
concessions for the sake of peace, as collaboration with one of the world's
worst ever regimes. As one of the movement's leaders, Omar Barghouti, candidly
admitted: "The end of the occupation is not the end of our struggle."
Paradoxically, Barghouti is a student at Tel Aviv University, the same
university he wishes to have boycotted.
A vast and intricate network of NGOs, funded by the European Union and
individual European states, is busy fanning Palestinian and Arab rejectionism,
whether through the promotion of "the right of return," support for the BDS
campaign, or discouragement of acceptance of Israel. Not all members of this
network are in contact with one another, nor do they necessarily share the same
specific goals. Yet they are unified by principled and ideological opposition to
the two-state solution, and by implication to Israell's very existence. Should
Israeli lawmakers be faulted for trying to resist this trend'
..last year, the European Court of Human Rights ruled against a Greek demand for
a "right to return" to the Turkish part of Cyprus stating that there is no such
absolute right. But this does not prevent many groups from cultivating this
5. Solution for water shortage in works
The answer to Israel's age-old problem of a lack of water appears one step
closer to being solved with the announcement that financing has been secured for
a $400 million desalination plant in Sorek in the center of the country.
The plant, which will be built by SDL, slated for completion in 2013, will be
one the world's second largest plant of its kind, expected to produce 150
million cubic meters of water a year.
The European Investment Bank and Israel's two largest banks, Leumi and Hapoalim,
provided funding for the project, which, through desalination, will account for
more than 65% of the water needs of Israeli households.
A press release said the expansion of desalination technology would have a
direct impact on people's daily lives: The blending of desalinated water with
fresh drinking water from the national water carrier system will improve the
quality of water delivered to consumers by reducing hardness and concentrations
of salts, nitrates and boron. It will ultimately result in markedly reduced
water abstraction and thus the prevention of saline water intrusion into
The financing of this project forms part of the EIB's support for improving
wastewater treatment facilities and drinking water supply in the regions.
In Israel, in 2007 and 2009 the Bank supported the construction and extension of
the Hadera desalination plant with loans totalling '130 million. In the
Mediterranean region as a whole, it has devoted more than '1.05 billion to the
FEMIP, the Bank's financial arm in the Mediterranean, is also working to reduce
pollution in the Mediterranean Sea under the Horizon 2020 initiative, in line
with one of the six priorities of the Union for the Mediterranean.
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