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If Pal. Arabs Attack Israel Because of Blockade, Why aren’t they Attacking Egypt?

This is about hating the Jews and seeking to destroy the Jewish state, not blockades, restrictions or any other bill of particulars.”

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The Zionist Organization of America

The Zionist Organization of America (ZOA) has rebutted the claims made since the recent war in Gaza that Palestinian Arabs are attacking Israel on account of the Israeli blockade of Gaza, noting that, were this the case, Palestinian Arabs would be also attacking Egypt, which is maintaining a very similar blockade on Gaza. The reason Palestinian Arabs are firing missiles at Israel, but not Egypt, is because they seek to kill Jews. The Palestinian Arab war on Israel is the result of on-going Palestinian Arab refusal to accept the permanence and legitimacy of the Jewish state of Israel, as repeated polls of Palestinian Arabs show.

“Moreover, the Israeli blockade is a legal, limited maritime blockade, designed to prevent weapons and war materiel reaching Hamas-run Gaza. There is no embargo on food, medicines or other supplies. Far from starving and depriving Gaza, Israel continues to provide it with electrical power, even during hostilities. Clearly, Palestinian Arab terrorism and aggression do not stem from Israel’s blockade.

Gaza could be the Singapore of the Middle East. It’s poverty and strife is due to it waging war and terrorism on Israel and devoting the vast resources of international aid it receives to terror tunnels, rockets and other weapons, not construction, commerce and trade.

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Cruelty is Simply a Part of Islam, Says Expert

“Nowhere is there such disregard for human life, like in Islam.”

By Shimon Cohen, Gil Ronen

Professor Rafi Israeli, an expert on Islam and the Arab world, told Arutz Sheva Sunday that while the world is appalled by Islamic State’s decapitation murders of western journalists, we must not forget that Islam kills hundreds of people daily in various hotspots throughout the globe.

“We ignore this cruelty which is an everyday occurrence,” said Israeli. In the genocide at Dafur, for instance, “Muslims killed other Muslims. They do it to their own people by the thousands. There is nothing new here.”

The Koran, he noted, calls on Muslims to spread terror among their enemies without specifying who they are. In effect, this statement commands a Muslim to kill and terrorize all those he perceives as enemies, including fellow Muslims. The Muslims who act upon this are fanatics who are convinced that only their beliefs are true, and everyone else is wrong – and can therefore be killed.

Prof. Israeli does not think that the problem lies only with extremist Muslims. While it is the extremists who carry out the murders, they enjoy the support of the general population. This, he added, is why the US is having such trouble cobbling together a coalition against the Islamic State. Muslims are not interested in fighting fellow Muslims and would prefer to leave the task for the West.

In this state of affairs, the expert said, there is no way to defeat Islamic State and the radical Islamic movements at present. Israel must make clear that whoever touches it will feel the great wrath of the IDF, and just as Hamas and Hezbollah understood this, so will Islamic State, he stated.

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JobKatif: Strength For Those in Need

JobKatif continues to bring relief to the unemployed and underemployed families From Gush Katif through vocational training, employment placement, counseling and coaching.

By Daniela Berkowitz

It has been nine years since Israel’s disengagement from the Jewish settlements of the Gaza Strip. About 500 people still remain without jobs and stability, a dire predicament exacerbated by the current turmoil in Southern Israel, where many of the evacuees went to rebuild their lives. JobKatif continues to bring relief to thousands of these unemployed and underemployed families through vocational training, employment placement, counseling and coaching.

Nine years ago, the Israeli Government decided to withdraw the Jewish settlements of Gush Katif in Gaza. These families lost everything: their homes, communities, businesses, synagogues and more.

A majority of these people relocated to towns and cities in the South of Israel, which for years has been targeted by rocket fire from Gaza. Today, Israel is in a state of emergency; at least 70 percent of Israeli residents are at risk of rocket fire from Gaza and have had to experience the horror of the Code Red Siren, which gives seconds notice before a rocket strikes.

Aside from the obvious distress that this situation brings, income is down by nearly 90% for businesses in the South. Many people are unable to go to work; children are staying home from school and camps. Much is left unknown.

In 2009, Itzik was contacted by the staff of JobKatif, an organization established for the sole purpose of assisting Gush Katif families left bereft of their livelihood to become financially independent. With some funding and advice from professionals, Itzik and his wife purchased a restaurant.

“JobKatif was a true and faithful ‘shaliach,’” he admits. “They helped us and thanks to all their support, we are where we are today. They believed in us.”

Eight-three percent of former Gush Katif residents are now employed.

Some 500 individuals from Gush Katif still remain out of work. Because of the security situation in the South, even JobKatif needed to temporarily shut its training centers and counseling programs because people were just unable to attend. This year, the Israeli government renewed their commitment to these important endeavors and has promised to match up to 75% of the programming costs to help Gush Katif families find meaningful employment. But these funds are returned retroactively and dependent on JobKatif raising money from donors.

Over the past nine years, 2,500 people have found employment because of JobKatif. Among these people, 570 participated in vocational retraining courses. At least 200 small businesses are operating because of JobKatif’s start-up funding and guidance. Another 202 students now are studying in colleges and universities across the country, thanks to scholarships provided by Amutat Yedidut Toronto. To assist those remaining without work, JobKatif developed customized programs tailored for specific populations. These groups include: Bnei Menashe (Jews from India), small business owners on the threshold of success, people over 55 years, individuals with challenges, students and employed individuals who are dissatisfied with their jobs. The organization has over one year left to accomplish its goals.

As it moves towards completing what it set out to do, JobKatif is seeking partners from across Jewish communities worldwide to join in relieving the struggles of unemployment in this difficult time.

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Cops Reopen Case Against Disengagement Protester – 9 Years Later

Miriam Schlissel was arrested 9 years ago for protesting the Disengagement. Now they are bringing her to court.

By Yaakov Levi

Nine years after being arrested for violating the law during a rally protesting the disengagement, Kiryat Arba resident and mother of four Miriam Schlissel got a knock on the door several week ago. Turns out she had been indicted for rioting, and no one told her about it.

Now, the Israeli justice system wants its due. Schlissel has been ordered to appear in court to face trial on the charges. Rights organization Honenu, which is representing her, called the incident “a ridiculous waste of time and resources.”

Schlissel, who was an 18-year-old single student at the time, said that the strangest thing was that the summons came at the height of Operation Protective Edge, which, she said, demonstrated just how right the protests against the disengagement were. “Now a lot of people are complaining that we did not protest enough, given the situation in Gaza,” she said. “It’s odd that they would pick that specific time to reopen the case.”

Schlissel is being represented by Honenu. In a statement, the organization expressed shock at the proceedings in Schlissel’s case, adding that she is far from the only one dealing with this kind of situation. Other disengagement detainees are also only now finding out about the cases against them, the group said.

According to Honenu, the cases are going to be thrown out of court immediately for numerous reasons, not the least of which is the expiration of statutes of limitations on theses cases.

In a statement, Judea and Samaria police said that the officers who delivered the summons “did their job on behalf of Jerusalem police, who are handling this case.” The Jerusalem Police have not commented on the matter yet.

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Call to Cut Jerusalem Arab Housing Plan that ‘Rewards Criminals’

The committee’s approval of 2,200 new housing units for Arab residents of eastern Jerusalem is being opposed by Councilman Moshe Leon.

By Ido Ben-Porat, Ari Yashar

Jerusalem Councilman and former mayoral candidate Moshe Leon has demanded a repeat committee discussion on the recent approval of 2,200 new housing units for Arab residents of eastern Jerusalem.

Leon said this is the first time Arab construction in the capital is being approved on such a large scale. He warned that the decision would encourage rampant illegal Arab building and create an unbroken chain of Arab neighborhoods from the north to the south on the eastern side of Jerusalem.

Such a move threatens the demographic balance in eastern Jerusalem, where roughly 200,000 Jews live alongside 230,000 Arab residents.

“At a time when thousands of young families can’t find a place to live in Jerusalem, or can’t hold up under the cost of housing – the mayor chooses to give a prize to criminals that took over land and built illegally, and he approves this project,” said Leon.

The talk of rewarding criminals comes at a time when several Arab-majority neighborhoods have been the source of massive violent rioting in addition to illegal construction, and after a report on Monday revealed that in the past few months terror attacks in Jerusalem have been growing exponentially.

King argued the plan “was put forward by the leftists to establish their own demographic balance in the city, and link Area B (of Judea and Samaria) to the downtown area – all of this without discussing the issue with the city council.”

After Barkat decided to dismiss him from his post, King said the mayor had revealed his hand as a “member of the leftist camp,” adding that members of the right-wing have been duped by him. He also pointed out that Economics Minister Naftali Bennett (Jewish Home) reportedly pressed Jerusalem Deputy Mayor Dov Kalmanovitz (Jewish Home) to vote for the new Arab building project.

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Tunnel Reconstruction is No Surprise

The tunnels are being rebuilt in Gaza, Netanyahu is refusing to acknowledge it.

By Shimon Shiffer

It was expected. Two weeks into the ceasefire, a “state official” informed us on Sunday that Hamas is already busy digging new terror tunnels, which will reach the Gaza vicinity communities.

It was also expected that the defense establishment would express its amazement, to the point of denial, over the information disclosed by the “state official.” After all, Defense Minister Moshe Ya’alon has linked his fate with Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu’s future in the Likud party and in the public opinion, and the result is the cooperation in the response of the system under his authority. In simpler words, the response says: “Missiles? What missiles? Where?”

Avigdor Lieberman basically told Netanyahu: Hamas disregards you. One can only imagine what the foreign minister will say about the prime minister in the next election campaign.

Netanyahu fired Deputy Defense Minister Danny Danon for less than what Lieberman did. But if he dares to touch the foreign minister, the prime minister will be cutting down the tree he has been sitting on for nearly six years now. Sitting and making sure to avoid any diplomatic initiative.

Lieberman is saying that if we fail to act on the threats the Israeli leadership made against Hamas, we will pay dearly against the Strip. And unfortunately, not just against the Strip, but mainly in the face of more than 100,000 missiles Hezbollah has stocked up on in southern Lebanon.

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The Dilemma of the Jewish Leftist

Over the past 15 years, the international Left has consistently expanded its political alliance with Islamists in the West, making it very difficult to be a Leftist and a Zionist.

By Caroline Glick

Much has been written since Islamic State released the video of its British executioner chopping off James Foley’s head last month. We have been told by leaders and commentators alike that with this singular crime, Islamic State awakened the sleeping lion of the West. That act of barbarism, we have been assured, will now force the US to lead a global coalition against this Islamic army of butchers.

By releasing the films gradually, Islamic State is apparently trying to routinize beheadings. Its leaders are probably betting that by the seventh or eighth beheading video, we will greet the violence with a shrug of our shoulders.

In this, Islamic State is channeling Iran, the PLO, Hamas, Hezbollah and the Taliban.

No, it isn’t that all these terror-supporting regimes and terror groups have engaged in beheading. It is simply that when they began engaging in terrorism, their actions shocked the civilized world until their actions didn’t shock the civilized world anymore.

Once the shock wore off, these terror states and enterprises began enjoying the stature of legitimate parties to a political dispute. As Islamic State sees it, it is only a matter of time before it too is accepted as a legitimate force in world affairs.

In late July, Islamic State forces in Mosul, Iraq, decreed that all girls and women between the ages of 12 and 42 must have their genitals mutilated.

The order was an act of pure evil. Yet it was not particularly controversial within the Islamist context Islamic State operates.

As Soeren Kern wrote for the Gatestone Institute last July, throughout the world, some 140 million women and girls, the overwhelming majority of whom are Muslims, have been subjected to the barbaric practice. Three million girls under the age of 15 are forced to undergo clitoridectomies each year.

In Europe, at least 180,000 Muslim females have undergone this defilement. According to British authorities, in England alone, at least 20,000 girls are at risk of “being cut” each year.
Yet, despite the cruelty and degradation inherent to female genital mutilation, and despite the fact that under British law, anyone found guilty of carrying out this practice is supposed to face criminal charges and up to 14 years in prison, so far no one has been convicted and only a five or six offenders have even been charged for the crime.

Non-Islamic British authorities, including welfare workers and teachers, who are in a position to protect the children, are unwilling to stick their necks out. This unwillingness has two causes.

First, they fear for their lives. The murder of Theo van Gogh and the repeated attempts by Muslim fanatics to execute the Danish cartoonists who drew the caricatures of Muhammad are central components of the cost-benefit analysis most Westerners carry out when considering whether or not to get involved with human rights abuses carried out by Muslims.

Second, they fear excommunication from and defamation at the hands of the Left. Over the past 15 years, the international Left has consistently expanded its political alliance with Islamists in the West.

And so we have a situation where, both at home and abroad, the West has become habituated to Islamic barbarism and passive in the face of its expanding threat to their lives and their way of life both abroad and at home. Observing this behavior, clearly Islamic State’s terror masters are betting that once habituated to the beheading of Westerners, the West will yawn and go to sleep as Islamic State expands its conquests to additional countries.

It isn’t that the Westerners, led by the leftist elite, lack the ability to feel or express moral outrage. It is just that they refuse to direct it against Islamic jihadists.

In this state of affairs, the only outlet that leftists have for their moral outrage is Israel. Because while they fear being called racist, they know that being anti-Semitic will not expose them to charges of racism.

And they know Jews won’t assault them for attacking Israel and its supporters. So they project all the crimes perpetrated by Islamic fanatics on Israel.

The growing prevalence of anti-Semitism in leftist circles has placed Jewish leftists in a vulnerable position.

Their ideological movement is denying Jews the right to self-defense and self-determination and siding with Islamists who seek to annihilate them. For a growing number of leftist Jews, their new status as members of a hated group has made them feel it necessary to publicly side with Israel’s enemies against it.

What is becoming more and more difficult is being a Zionist while being a leftist. As the Left becomes more and more tied to Islamic fanatics, anti-Semitism is going to become more and more of a staple of leftist dogma. And that anti-Semitism will express itself first and foremost as a virulent rejection of Israel and of Jews who refuse to disavow and condemn the Jewish state.

Sotloff reportedly maintained faith with his Judaism in secret while in captivity. He refused food on Yom Kippur and secretly prayed toward Jerusalem.

In so doing, he showed that the evil that controlled him physically, could not penetrate his soul. For this he died a Jewish hero.

Leftist Jews must take a lesson from Sotloff, who was reportedly a product of a Jewish-leftist worldview.

They should understand that the decision they are being required to make is not a choice between liberalism and Zionism, but between liberalism and a reactionary dogma that sits comfortably with genocidal Jew-haters and misogynist oppressors.

It shouldn’t be a particularly difficult choice.

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Hamas Rebuilding Attack Tunnels, Says Jerusalem

Hamas is smuggling arms into Gaza again, preparing for the next round.

By Hezki Ezra, Gil Ronen

Two weeks after the IDF’s counter-terror operation Protective Edge in Gaza was halted by a ceasefire, a senior diplomatic source says that Hamas has renewed its production of rockets and the smuggling from Egypt, and is rebuilding its attack tunnels.

Disarming Gaza is very unlikely, Foreign Minister Avigdor Liberman said Sunday. Speaking to Voice of Israel public radio, Liberman said that demanding Gaza demilitarize was “unrealistic at this time, although the issue will remain on the table.” Liberman added that Israel must not give up in its efforts to dislodge Hamas from running Gaza and must work to remove the terror group from its control of the territory, even though polls show that Hamas has become much more popular among Gazans after Operation Protective Edge’s conclusion.

One way Hamas could be brought down several pegs, said Liberman, was by a refusal by Palestinian Authority chief Mahmoud Abbas to continue his partnership with the Gaza terror group. Hamas, he said, was no less dangerous than ISIS, the Islamist terror group that controls wide areas of Iraq and Syria. Hamas was also dangerous to Abbas, whom the Gaza terrorists planned on replacing. For his own good, if not for Israel’s, Abbas should immediately break off his coalition with Hamas, Liberman said.

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The Islamic State Thinks ‘Big': Next Target – Jordan and Israel?

The Islamic State is on the move, and it’s getting closer to Israel.

By Elizabeth Blade

The Middle East has a serious problem, and it isn’t the Israel-Palestinian conflict. Though one wouldn’t know it by the skewed focus of international media and diplomatic attention, the crisis of the Islamic State dwarfs even the most serious bouts of Israeli-Arab violence.

Over the past several months, the Islamic State (formerly known as ISIS), a Sunni Muslim group rejected by Al Qaeda as being too extreme, has not only managed to gain control over much of Iraq and Syria, but has fulfilled the long-held dream of many Sunnis by establishing a “caliphate” that demands the allegiance of all faithful Muslims.

But the Islamic State’s notorious leader, Abu Baker Al-Baghdadi, is not content with the territory he already rules. Al-Baghdadi is thinking big, and has vowed to forcibly spread Islam to the four corners of the world. Iraq was only the first target among many, and the swift defeat of the US-trained and equipped Iraqi military provided the Islamists a major morale boost.

And while Alhassan and others remain optimistic that Iraq still has a fighting chance, the Islamic State is already moving on to new targets in its assaults on Jordanian border towns. The goal is clear: topple Jordan’s monarch and annex the territory of the Hashemite Kingdom in a march that inevitably leads to Israel.

In a face-to-face showdown, Jordan’s well-trained military and substantial regional and international backing should be too much for the Islamic State to overcome. The real threat is the Islamic State gaining supporters within Jordan. “Mass demonstrations in support of the Islamic State have already taken place in the Jordanian city of Maan,” notes Dr. Mordechai Kedar, an expert on Islam at Israel’s Bar-Ilan University.

Kedar stresses that many Palestinian and Syrian refugees residing in the Kingdom are angry over the way Jordanian authorities handle their miserable living conditions, “forcing thousands to pledge allegiance to the Islamic State, which they view as a solution to their problems.”

According to the pundit, it might be in Israel’s interests to tackle this threat militarily before it has a chance to gain a foothold West of the Jordan River. While such a decision hasn’t been taken yet, rumors are that Israel, Jordan, Saudi Arabia and the US have established an operations center in Amman with the aim of developing plans to defeat the Islamic State.

The Islamic State has asserted that its present focus is dealing with apostate Muslim countries, but there is no doubt the jihadist horde is inching ever closer to the Jewish state.

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Study: Rocket Stress Results in More Baby Girls

An unusual result of the war in the South – more baby girls born than baby boys.

By Israel Today Staff

In the rocket-battered southern Israel town of Sderot, an abnormally large percentage of all births are girls. That according to a new study aimed at measuring the effect of stress on pregnancies.

The study compared statistics from both Sderot and the southern town of Kiryat Gat between 2001 and 2008. During this period, only Sderot was subjected to nearly daily rocket attacks from Gaza, while both towns are an equal distance from Barzilai Medical Center in Ashkelon.

Female fetuses are less susceptible to stress in general,” said Eyal Anteby, head of obstetrics and gynecology at Barzilai, suggesting that this could be the reason more natural births in Sderot are girls during such times.

But that doesn’t mean even the girls born in Sderot don’t enter the world under greater trauma.

The study found that 44 percent of the girls born in Sderot had a lower birth weight than those from Kiryat Gat. Additionally, the probability of premature birth in Sderot was twice as high as elsewhere in the country.

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