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The ultra-Orthodox group Eda Haredit does not believe in the State of Israel, Zionism or the Israeli army. One of its most prominent members, Rabbi Mordechai Mintzberg, says the group will never sell out, unlike the rest of the Haredi public

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Israeli forces ban Palestinian journalist from Jerusalem after hours of detention – Ma’an News Agency (press release)

Palestinian journalist Sabrin Diab

Diab, a resident of the northern Israeli city of Haifa, told Maan that Israeli forces had searched and kept her under the scorching sun for hours on Thursday, without providing a reason. She was then detained and transferred to interrogations at an Israeli police station in Jerusalem.

She was released on bail the following day under the condition that she not enter Jerusalem city for one month.

Diab told Maan that on Thursday when she had arrived at the entrance of the Old City at Damascus Gate Israeli soldiers surrounded me and demanded that I stand to the side.

They then took my bag and searched it and I was led toward a female soldier who searched me as well. They kept me standing under the sun for hours before transferring me for interrogations, Diab said.

Diab said that the interrogations lasted for seven consecutive hours.

She also noted that the interrogations were focused on her activities as a journalist and her writings for the Lebanese newspaper al-Binaa.

An Israeli police spokesperson was not immediately available for comment.

Israeli authorities have often been the target of criticism for their longstanding crackdown on Palestinians freedoms of expression, which has led to the detention of scores of Palestinian journalists.

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Jerusalemite attempts to smuggle Palestinian from West Bank into Jerusalem – Ma’an News Agency (press release)

BETHLEHEM (Ma’an) — Two Palestinians were detained on Thursday night at al-Zaim checkpoint east of Jerusalem after a Palestinian from occupied East Jerusalem attempted to smuggle a Palestinian from the occupied West Bank into Israeli-controlled Jerusalem.

Israeli spokesperson Luba al-Samri said that the Palestinian Jerusalemite was hiding a Palestinian in his twenties from the West Bank district of Hebron in the trunk of his car, in an attempt to smuggle the Palestinian into East Jerusalem without an Israeli-issued permit.

Al-Samri said that the driver was a 35-year-old Palestinian from the East Jerusalem neighborhood of Issawiya.

Both Palestinians were detained and transferred to interrogations with Israeli authorities, she said.

While the international community recognizes East Jerusalem as an integral part of Palestinian territory, Israel officially annexed East Jerusalem — the future capital of any independent Palestinian state — in 1980.

Israels annexation, checkpoints, and illegal separation wall has forced Palestinians from the West Bank and Gaza to obtain Israeli-issued permits to enter East Jerusalem and Israel.

Meanwhile, Palestinian residents of East Jerusalem, who hold blue identification cards, are allowed to pass Israeli checkpoints without permits and are permitted to drive Israeli cars — marked with a yellow license plate, whereas Palestinians with West Bank IDs would be detained by both Israel and the Palestinian Authority (PA) should they be found driving an Israeli car.

However, Palestinians in East Jerusalem are not considered Israeli citizens, and instead hold temporary residency status, which can be revoked by Israeli authorities for various reasons. Thousands of Palestinians have had their Jerusalem IDs rescinded over the years.

Analysts have pointed out that Israels permit system has cemented a regime of separation in Israel and the occupied Palestinian territory, as the color of a Palestinians ID dictates where they can live, where they are allowed to travel, and even which roads they are permitted to drive on.

Others have noted that the system is focused on splitting up the Palestinian population, in a divide and conquer tactic, in order to erode the Palestinian identity and prevent future unification or popular movements against Israeli policies.

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US Court Deports PLFP Jerusalem Supermarket Terrorist for Lying on her Applications – The Jewish Press – JewishPress.com

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Rasmea Odeh, 70, from Chicago, on Thursday was ordered by the District Court for the Eastern District of Michigan in Detroit to be deported for lying on her US citizenship application. Odeh, who was born in the Arab village of Lifta, on the outskirts of Jerusalem, neglected to tell immigration authorities she was a member of the Popular Front for the Liberation of Palestine, and had spent 10 years in Israeli security prison for her involvement in the 1969 PFLP bombings in Jerusalem in which two people were killed.

She spent 10 years in prison out of her life sentence, before being released in a prisoner exchange with the PFLP in 1980 (Thank you, Mr. Begin).

She then went to America, got her US immigrant visa in 1994 and became a citizen in 2004, lying both times about her criminal past. In 2014, Odeh pleaded guilty to falsifying her immigration applications and admitted that she lied about her criminal history.

US District Judge Gershwin A. Drain ruled that Odeh be deported to her home country of Jordan and will be barred for life from re-entering the US.

She told the court, in her defense: Dreams were turned into a nightmare and Zionists killed women and children without consideration and turned us into strangers in our own country, adding that the Israeli occupation of Palestine is a crime. The judge, for his part, interrupted her three times to tell her that the case is about false statements only.

Which was unfair, really, since all she did was make false statements.

The judge also fined Odeh $1,000, to show, as he put it, that there are consequences for lying on immigration paperwork making it a bizarre trajectory where the criminal goes downhill from murdering innocent civilians in a supermarket to lying on applications.

According to the Chicago Tribune, in Chicago, Odeh is widely respected for her work with Arab immigrants.

Was she preparing them for filling out their immigration applications?

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Barcelona attack hits near kosher restaurant, keeping Jerusalem on edge – The Jerusalem Post

With thousands of Israelis currently on vacation in Barcelona at the height of the summer tourism season, Jerusalem carefully monitored the situation there following Thursdays terrorist attack, trying to track down all Israelis believed to be in the area.

As of 9:30 p.m. Israeli time, the Foreign Ministry put the number of Israelis who had not yet made contact with relatives in Israel at 31, and said there was no immediate indication that any Israelis were injured in the attack, which took place in the vicinity of the Maccabi kosher restaurant.

Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, who is also the countrys foreign minister, went to the ministrys situation room soon after the attack to monitor developments and speak by video conference with Israels ambassador in Madrid, Daniel Kutner.

Netanyahu strongly condemned the attack, saying that tonight we saw again that terrorism strikes everywhere, and the civilized world must fight it together to defeat it.

The Israeli Embassy dispatched a delegation of three diplomats to Barcelona in case any of the Israelis there were in need of assistance.

Chief Rabbi of Barcelona Meir Bar-Hen said that all community events would be canceled, and that he was headed to the scene of the attack to offer his services. Bar- Hen said that it did not appear that Jews were targeted.

Our hearts are with the victims and we wish them a full and speedy recovery, Bar-Hen said, adding that the Jewish community has faith in the Spanish security forces, which are doing all they can to secure the communitys institutions.

Victor Sorenssen, the spokesperson for the Jewish community of Barcelona, told The Jerusalem Post that the Jewish institutions in the city were following the recommendations of the authorities to close for the next 24 hours as a precautionary measure. He expected that the synagogues would reopen by Shabbat.

Theres a lot of confusion beyond the sadness and the shock, he said, noting that this is the first terrorist attack Barcelona has seen in many years, the last one carried out by Basque terrorist group ETA.

So people are pretty scared… people arent used to it, Sorenssen said, noting the similarity of Thursdays attack with attacks that have struck other European cities in recent months.

Sorenssen echoed Bar-Hens remark that the kosher restaurant did not appear to have been a target of the attack.

I think it was not a target of the attack because in Las Ramblas there are all kinds of restaurants in the area… at least from what we know there is no relation.

He said that he did not expect that the Jewish institutions would increase their security measures as they are already guarded by police and private security.

Avigayil Heimowitz, an Israeli tourist, was close to the scene of the attack when it happened. I just saw people begin to run and so I ran too, without knowing what was happening, she told the Post.

She described a scene of hysteria, and a high presence of police and helicopters.

Her friend, Avital Stein, had been shopping at a store nearby, when the shop suddenly closed.

I saw people running and didnt understand [what was happening] until the store I was in just decided to close, she told the Post. I asked what was going on and he [store employee] said there was an attack.

A Chabad representative told the Post that his institute is located close to the scene of the attack, and that members of the Chabad staff were trying to reach the area to see if they were any Jewish casualties but that the police would not let them enter.

If there are Jews there, we will try to find them and help them however we can, he said. We are waiting for the incident to be over.

He confirmed that all Jewish institutes had closed until they received further instruction.

Rabbi Dovid Libersohn, director of Chabad Lubavitch de Barcelona, which provides kosher certification to Maccabi, called it a terrible situation, and said we pray for the injured and for the families of those who were killed, and we are grateful, thank God, that nobody at the restaurant was harmed.

Magen David Adom spokesman Zaki Heller said that from the moment we received reports of the terrorist attack in Barcelona, Magen David Adom has been in contact with the Foreign Affairs Ministry, the Red Cross and the security wing of Chabad. At this moment, it is not known whether Israelis or Jews were wounded in the attack, but that MDA was prepared to swiftly dispatch any medical response that may be required, as it has done in similar incidents.

Shaul Hemo, CEO and owner of ART Tourism, spoke with The Israel Project about his experience at the Starbucks on the open pedestrian mall Las Ramblas, where the attack occurred.

We have 600 Israeli clients all over the city, Hemo said.

He himself was among the scores of Israelis who were in Las Ramblas at the time of the attack, many of whom ran into nearby stores for safety and were then locked in for over an hour by the police.

It was about 5 p.m. lunch time and it was crowded, Hemo said. I was in Starbucks. I saw a lot of people running, hysterical, panicking. A car just smashed the people on the street. We are not used to it; it is the first time there was a terrorist attack in Barcelona.

Limor Hasson told Channel 2 that she was in the Maccabi restaurant at the time of the attack.

We had gone in to eat, she said. A woman came in and started yelling that there had been a terrorist attack. I understood it was a vehicular attack and they locked us in.

Deputy Foreign Minister Tzipi Hotovely quickly condemned the attack in Barcelona, posting on Twitter: I condemn this deplorable act of terror and senseless death, and stand with Spain with prayers for the fast recovery of the victims.

Diaspora Affairs Minister Naftali Bennett spoke to the head of the Spanish Jewish community.

I conveyed to him my condolences and prayers for the wounded, and made it clear that the Ministry of Diaspora Affairs would aid the community in any way possible, Bennett said. At times like this, it is important to understand Islamic terror is attacking the values of freedom and democracy, in Barcelona, London, Paris and Jerusalem. The West must stand strong in the face of terror and defeat it wherever needed.

The European Jewish Congress released a statement strongly condemning the attack.

We are yet again witness to another terrorist attack in Europe perpetrated against innocent civilians, said congress president Dr. Moshe Kantor. They are choosing to strike again at our zest for life and our basic freedoms with their cult of death. It is becoming increasingly difficult to prevent this abuse of regular vehicles as their chosen instrument of murder. We stand with the Spanish people, and urge the authorities to bring to justice those who perpetrated this savage attack, including those who inspired it and those whose incitement encouraged it.

Speaking on behalf of the Jewish communities of Europe, the organization said it extends its deepest condolences to the families of the victims and wishes a speedy and full recovery to those injured.

World Jewish Congress president Ronald S. Lauder said: Our thoughts and prayers are with the victims of this attack and their families, and with all the people of Barcelona.

“We are monitoring the events as they unfold with care and concern, and are in touch with the local Jewish community and its security groups. We pray that there will be no more victims.

The Board of Deputies of British Jews released a statement, with senior vice president Richard Verber saying: We utterly condemn this brutal attack by terrorists intent on murdering and maiming innocent pedestrians in Barcelona. People of all faiths and none must come together to defeat this evil.

The Simon Wiesenthal Center condemned the attack as well as its apparent anti-Jewish component, despite other indications that the kosher restaurant was not the target.

It is still unclear if this was a cell of lone wolves or terrorists trained by ISIS, but the brutal targeting of tourists and Jewish institutions follow a pattern of attacks that include Pariss Hyperkasher Supermarket and the Brussels Jewish Museum, center officials said.

We grieve for the families of the innocents, whatever faith or nationality, and urge Spanish authorities to secure Jewish institutions in their country, it added. It is also past due for the European Union and their member states to acknowledge and take action to curb burgeoning antisemitism in the mainstream of their societies and across the Internet.

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This is the story of a terrorist attack that didnt happen, thanks to an ethical Arab woman with a heart.

The woman, who lives in the northern Jerusalem Arab neighborhood of Shuafat, cherishes life, not death, and wants to live in peace with her Jewish neighbors. She quietly turned to Israeli police on Thursday to report that she had seen a young Arab man in the neighborhood get on the bus with a sharp object hidden in his backpack.

Israeli Police officers and Border Guard Police stationed at the Shuafat checkpoint located the bus in which the youth was traveling, and boarded.

During their search they checked the teens bag, which he had stashed under his seat. Within the backpack was a bag of regular commercial household cotton, in which he had carefully hidden a sharp, 12-inch kitchen knife.

The suspect, a resident of Shuafat, is around 20 years old. He was arrested and transferred to security personnel for further questioning.

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Here’s what made Palestinian protests in East Jerusalem last month so successful – Washington Post

By Dana El Kurd By Dana El Kurd August 17 at 8:00 AM

When two soldiers were killed in occupied East Jerusalem a few weeks ago, it set off a chain reaction ofIsraeli punitive measures, Palestinian protests and violence. The Israeli government ramped up its presence in the Old City, installing metal detectors and security cameras in the Al-Aqsa Mosque compound. Palestinians reacted with mass protest tactics such as boycotting Israeli security measures and collective prayer in the streets of East Jerusalem. And although the Israeli police responded with mass arrests and live fire, the protests grew. After weeks of sustained demonstrations, Israeli authorities reversed the measures, and Palestinians celebrated as trucks filled with security technology drove out of the Old City.

This was a rare unifying moment for Palestinians, who have been unable to sustain mass, coordinated protests since the second uprising in the early 2000s. What made this moment in Jerusalem a unique rallying point? My research illuminates the effects of repression on collective organizing and mobilization in the Palestinian territories.

Who controls the Palestinian territories?

Following the Oslo accords in 1993, the Palestinian territories were split into three main areas: Areas A, B and C, with varying layers of governance. In Area A, the Palestinian Authority (PA) is most free to operate as a quasi-state, Area B features limited PA control, and in Area C the PA is not allowed at all. Many Palestinians thus live in areas partially controlled by two regimes. While this was meant to be a temporary measure, with the PA slated to become the government of a future Palestinian state by 1999, the Israeli government never ceded this authority. Instead it utilized the PA to govern the territories while abdicating responsibility for its policies toward Palestinians.

As a result, the PA has become increasingly authoritarian. Some have characterized the PA as subcontracting repression for the occupation. Security coordination between the PA and Israel is a sore point for the Palestinian public, and many complain that the PA has begun operating as a police state. Not only is the police to citizen ratio incredibly high, but the PA has also expanded its purview over journalism, activism and academia. Moreover, human rights organizations have documented that those imprisoned by the PA are subject to beatings and other violent measures.

When activists are stuck between two regimes

Activist Basel al-Araj was arrested without charge by the PA for his nonviolent activism against Israels separation wall. He was tortured while imprisoned with other leftist organizers. Though a publicized hunger strike led to his release, the PA reportedly told Israeli forces when and where he would be released. After months on the run, Israeli soldiers killed Basel in Ramallah on March 6. While extreme, this case is not unique, and many activists have faced similar levels of repression from Palestinian and Israeli authorities alike.

Islamist organizers are also repressed and barred from participating in political life, often to a greater degree than their leftist counterparts. For instance, Islamist student activists have been repeatedly arrested, especially if they attempt to take part in student body elections. This has pushed many members into hiding and to increasingly rely on violent measures.

How dual repression fractured Palestinian activism

My recent research on activism in the Palestinian territories confirms that activists often deliberately work off the radar and publicize events only through word of mouth to trusted allies, to avoid possible PA involvement and/or crackdown.

Such inhibitions have an effect on group insularity, as well as the efficacy of their collective action efforts. My research also shows that the PAs repressive tactics have polarized Palestinians, making it difficult for groups to coordinate.

This contrasts with the first uprising that had a unified leadership, allowing the activists to unify tactics and objectives. Today there is no cohesive leadership or even agreement on basic preferences or strategies. My interviews with Palestinians within the PA show a clear divide in Palestinian society. Those who are pro-PA view opposition groups as terrorists, radical Islamists or foreign implants intended to sow dissension. Palestinians in the opposition, on the other hand, view PA supporters as traitors and collaborators. Moreover, recent polling shows that Palestinians are almost evenly split on their support for the Palestinian Authority as an institution.

More space for mobilization without the PA

Based on statistical analysis of protests in the territories since the second uprising, political mobilization has declined systematically in places where the Palestinian Authority has direct control (Area A). Attempts to protest Basel al-Arajs death in Ramallah were quickly and violently repressed. Protests in his home village of Al-Walaja, on the other hand, were large and unimpeded. Mobilizations in rural areas with limited or no PA control are now actually on the rise. Villages like Bilin, Nabi Salehand Kufr Qaddum are often in the news for their regular protests against the occupation, the separation wall and settlements.

Counterintuitively, although all three areas of the West Bank face Israeli repression, political mobilization today is actually less prevalent in areas where the PA operates. This finding suggests that the PA does, in fact, play a role in the decline of political mobilization and engagement.

During the July protests in Jerusalem, the PA and its leadership were always a step behind. They had nothing to do with the coordination of the protests and could do little to stop them. Local religious figures, particularly theIslamic Waqf, took the lead on calls for protest and formulating the Palestinian position.Christian leadershipfollowed suit. Jerusalemites responded with high levels of participation, developing their repertoires of protest by relying on preexisting norms, like prayer times.

My findings also help explain why the Jerusalem protests were effective: East Jerusalem, despite having been occupied in 1967 like the rest of the Palestinian territories, is unique in its lack of PAinstitutions. Palestinians there do not face an added layer of repression from an indigenous regime.

And although the occupation is repressive, how people react to an externally imposed force differs from how they react to their own leadership. While the occupation can spur rebellion, the PAs direct repression in the areas it governs exacerbates polarization and affects the ability of different groups to coordinate. This is precisely why today we see increased mobilization in places we wouldnt expect: rural farming communities and East Jerusalem suburbs. Until we see a change in the Palestinian Authoritys role, the locus of mobilization will continue to shift in unexpected ways.

Dana El Kurd earned her PhD in government from the University of Texas at Austin, and beginning in September will be a researcher at the Arab Center for Research and Policy Studies and the Doha Institute for Graduate Studies.

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Court freezes law that retroactively legalized unauthorized settler homes – The Jerusalem Post

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The High Court of Justice has temporarily frozen the Settlements Law, which would retroactively legalize Jewish homes illegally built on private Palestinian property.

Right wing politicians immediately attacked the decision.

This is a dangerous intervention by the court against Knesset legislation, warned MK Bezalel Smotrich (Bayit Yehudi) who is a strong proponent of the legislation.

Time after time the judiciary tramples on the decision of one governmental authority or another. This story must stop, Smotrich said.

As someone who often warns against the erosion of the State of Israels Jewish character, I am also worried today about the future of the states democratic character, Smotrich said.

He took particular issue with the fact that the court had issued the injection at the request of Attorney General Avihai Mandelblit.

In an unusual move Mandelblit sided with the plaintiffs, a consortium of 13 left-wing non-governmental group who petitioned the High Court of Justice against the legislation in March on the grounds that it violated both Israeli and international law.

The left-wing NGO Yesh Din lauded the court’s decision. The court has justly halted the process of stealing and expropriating private Palestinian land right for the benefit of the settlers, Yesh Din said.

The next step is to enforce the law against illegal building on private Palestinian property. The injunction prevents additional damage but true justice will only occurs when the law is abolished, Yesh Din said.

Smotrich, however, alleged that the court had acquiesced to Mandelblits request for an injunction because he was the Attorney General and therefore had undue influence

The Attorney General has tramped on the separation of power and the rule of law with his scandalous decision to go against the government he is tasked with representing, Smotrich said.

He added that Mandelblit had improperly influenced the High Court of Justice including with his demand for an interim injunction against the laws implementation.

Motti Yogev argued that Israel cannot continue to be a judicial dictatorship. The courts decision, he said, is every reason that the Knesset must advance legislation in its next session that would prevent such legal interference in laws voted upon by elected officials.

The Settlements Law, which was approved in February retroactively legalizes 3,921 illegal settler homes built on private Palestinian property while offering the Palestinian landowners monetary compensation.

According to the Left-wing NGO Peace Now, 797 of those structures are located in outposts and the remaining 3,173 are in settlements.

The government, the Civil Administration and the NGOs had an oral agreement that the law would not be executed until completion of the judicial process.

This meant that no enforcement action would be taken against illegally built homes that fell within the laws purview. Similarly no steps would be taken to register Palestinian property to settlers.

But in July settlers asked the High Court of Justice to allow portions of the legislation to move forward, which they believed would not have an overall impact on land status should the judges strike down the legislation. In particular they want the Civil Administration to begin the bureaucratic work needed to prepare the lots for authorization.

Mandelblit asked for an injunction in response to that request.

Its presumed that the injunction will remain in place at least a hearing is held on the case. No date has been set for such a hearing but is expected to be held by the end of the year.

The NGOs have argued that the legislation was tantamount to land theft and constituted a de facto annexation of Area C, particularly since the Knesset does not have the purview to legislate for territory outside of sovereign Israel.

A judicial ruling upholding the legislation would overturn almost four decades of Israeli legal opinion. Left wing NGOs have argued that the legislation runs counter to international law.

Without the legislation, the settlers living on the property lots have no option of legalizing their homes because the HCJ has long held that structure on private Palestinian property cannot be authorized.

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NYC Mayor aims to remove Nazi collaborator plaque – The Jerusalem Post

The name of French Nazi collaborator Henri Philippe Ptain is engraved in New York City’s “Canyon of Heroes” on Broadway, alongside those of historical figures such as Churchill, De Gaulle and Ben Gurion. (photo credit:DANIELLE ZIRI)

NEW YORK New York Citys mayor said he would seek to remove the plaque honoring Nazi collaborator and marshal of France Philippe Ptain, whose existence in downtown Manhattan was exposed by The Jerusalem Post in a story published in May.

The plaque, installed in 2004, is embedded on a sidewalk as part of New Yorks Canyon of Heroes on Broadway, having been placed there to commemorate Ptains 1931 ticker-tape parade in the city, which he earned for defending his country during the WWI. But Petain went on in 1940 to head Frances Vichy government, which collaborated with Nazi Germany and was responsible for deporting more than 10,000 Jews to concentration camps under Hitlers regime.

Ptain also implemented his own discriminatory measures against the Jews, including property confiscation and exclusions from certain professions.

At the end of the war, he was tried for treason and sentenced to death, but his sentence was commuted to life in prison, where he died in 1951.

After the violent events in Charlottesville, New York City will conduct a 90-day review of all symbols of hate on city property, Mayor Bill De Blasio wrote in a tweet on Wednesday evening. The commemoration for Nazi collaborator Philippe Ptain in the Canyon of Heroes will be one of the first we remove.

Media attention had already been focused on the plaque since the Post reported on it three months ago.

Jewish leaders had called on City Hall to remove it. Among the protesters were Betty Ehrenberg, executive director of the World Jewish Congresss North America branch, and New York State Assemblyman Dov Hikind, who wrote a letter and met with De Blasio to discuss it.

Hikind has applauded the mayor for his plan to seek the plaques removal. New Yorkers have an obligation to say, Not in our city, Hikind said.

Its time to remove all of New York Citys monuments and markers that glorify bigotry and strengthen that which perpetuates these ignorant beliefs, he wrote in a statement.

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The Last Jewish Community Holding Out Against Zionism The ultra-Orthodox group Eda Haredit does not believe in the State of Israel, Zionism or the Israeli army. One of its most prominent members, Rabbi Mordechai Mintzberg, says the group will never sell out, unlike the rest of the Haredi public

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Israeli forces ban Palestinian journalist from Jerusalem after hours of detention – Ma’an News Agency (press release)

Palestinian journalist Sabrin Diab Diab, a resident of the northern Israeli city of Haifa, told Maan that Israeli forces had searched and kept her under the scorching sun for hours on Thursday, without providing a reason. She was then detained and transferred to interrogations at an Israeli police station in Jerusalem. She was released on bail the following day under the condition that she not enter Jerusalem city for one month. Diab told Maan that on Thursday when she had arrived at the entrance of the Old City at Damascus Gate Israeli soldiers surrounded me and demanded that I stand to the side. They then took my bag and searched it and I was led toward a female soldier who searched me as well. They kept me standing under the sun for hours before transferring me for interrogations, Diab said. Diab said that the interrogations lasted for seven consecutive hours. She also noted that the interrogations were focused on her activities as a journalist and her writings for the Lebanese newspaper al-Binaa. An Israeli police spokesperson was not immediately available for comment. Israeli authorities have often been the target of criticism for their longstanding crackdown on Palestinians freedoms of expression, which has led to the detention of scores of Palestinian journalists.

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Jerusalemite attempts to smuggle Palestinian from West Bank into Jerusalem – Ma’an News Agency (press release)

BETHLEHEM (Ma’an) — Two Palestinians were detained on Thursday night at al-Zaim checkpoint east of Jerusalem after a Palestinian from occupied East Jerusalem attempted to smuggle a Palestinian from the occupied West Bank into Israeli-controlled Jerusalem. Israeli spokesperson Luba al-Samri said that the Palestinian Jerusalemite was hiding a Palestinian in his twenties from the West Bank district of Hebron in the trunk of his car, in an attempt to smuggle the Palestinian into East Jerusalem without an Israeli-issued permit. Al-Samri said that the driver was a 35-year-old Palestinian from the East Jerusalem neighborhood of Issawiya. Both Palestinians were detained and transferred to interrogations with Israeli authorities, she said. While the international community recognizes East Jerusalem as an integral part of Palestinian territory, Israel officially annexed East Jerusalem — the future capital of any independent Palestinian state — in 1980. Israels annexation, checkpoints, and illegal separation wall has forced Palestinians from the West Bank and Gaza to obtain Israeli-issued permits to enter East Jerusalem and Israel. Meanwhile, Palestinian residents of East Jerusalem, who hold blue identification cards, are allowed to pass Israeli checkpoints without permits and are permitted to drive Israeli cars — marked with a yellow license plate, whereas Palestinians with West Bank IDs would be detained by both Israel and the Palestinian Authority (PA) should they be found driving an Israeli car. However, Palestinians in East Jerusalem are not considered Israeli citizens, and instead hold temporary residency status, which can be revoked by Israeli authorities for various reasons. Thousands of Palestinians have had their Jerusalem IDs rescinded over the years. Analysts have pointed out that Israels permit system has cemented a regime of separation in Israel and the occupied Palestinian territory, as the color of a Palestinians ID dictates where they can live, where they are allowed to travel, and even which roads they are permitted to drive on. Others have noted that the system is focused on splitting up the Palestinian population, in a divide and conquer tactic, in order to erode the Palestinian identity and prevent future unification or popular movements against Israeli policies.

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US Court Deports PLFP Jerusalem Supermarket Terrorist for Lying on her Applications – The Jewish Press – JewishPress.com

Photo Credit: Screenshot Rasmea Odeh, 70, from Chicago, on Thursday was ordered by the District Court for the Eastern District of Michigan in Detroit to be deported for lying on her US citizenship application. Odeh, who was born in the Arab village of Lifta, on the outskirts of Jerusalem, neglected to tell immigration authorities she was a member of the Popular Front for the Liberation of Palestine, and had spent 10 years in Israeli security prison for her involvement in the 1969 PFLP bombings in Jerusalem in which two people were killed. She spent 10 years in prison out of her life sentence, before being released in a prisoner exchange with the PFLP in 1980 (Thank you, Mr. Begin). She then went to America, got her US immigrant visa in 1994 and became a citizen in 2004, lying both times about her criminal past. In 2014, Odeh pleaded guilty to falsifying her immigration applications and admitted that she lied about her criminal history. US District Judge Gershwin A. Drain ruled that Odeh be deported to her home country of Jordan and will be barred for life from re-entering the US. She told the court, in her defense: Dreams were turned into a nightmare and Zionists killed women and children without consideration and turned us into strangers in our own country, adding that the Israeli occupation of Palestine is a crime. The judge, for his part, interrupted her three times to tell her that the case is about false statements only. Which was unfair, really, since all she did was make false statements. The judge also fined Odeh $1,000, to show, as he put it, that there are consequences for lying on immigration paperwork making it a bizarre trajectory where the criminal goes downhill from murdering innocent civilians in a supermarket to lying on applications. According to the Chicago Tribune, in Chicago, Odeh is widely respected for her work with Arab immigrants. Was she preparing them for filling out their immigration applications?

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Barcelona attack hits near kosher restaurant, keeping Jerusalem on edge – The Jerusalem Post

With thousands of Israelis currently on vacation in Barcelona at the height of the summer tourism season, Jerusalem carefully monitored the situation there following Thursdays terrorist attack, trying to track down all Israelis believed to be in the area. As of 9:30 p.m. Israeli time, the Foreign Ministry put the number of Israelis who had not yet made contact with relatives in Israel at 31, and said there was no immediate indication that any Israelis were injured in the attack, which took place in the vicinity of the Maccabi kosher restaurant. Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, who is also the countrys foreign minister, went to the ministrys situation room soon after the attack to monitor developments and speak by video conference with Israels ambassador in Madrid, Daniel Kutner. Netanyahu strongly condemned the attack, saying that tonight we saw again that terrorism strikes everywhere, and the civilized world must fight it together to defeat it. The Israeli Embassy dispatched a delegation of three diplomats to Barcelona in case any of the Israelis there were in need of assistance. Chief Rabbi of Barcelona Meir Bar-Hen said that all community events would be canceled, and that he was headed to the scene of the attack to offer his services. Bar- Hen said that it did not appear that Jews were targeted. Our hearts are with the victims and we wish them a full and speedy recovery, Bar-Hen said, adding that the Jewish community has faith in the Spanish security forces, which are doing all they can to secure the communitys institutions. Victor Sorenssen, the spokesperson for the Jewish community of Barcelona, told The Jerusalem Post that the Jewish institutions in the city were following the recommendations of the authorities to close for the next 24 hours as a precautionary measure. He expected that the synagogues would reopen by Shabbat. Theres a lot of confusion beyond the sadness and the shock, he said, noting that this is the first terrorist attack Barcelona has seen in many years, the last one carried out by Basque terrorist group ETA. So people are pretty scared… people arent used to it, Sorenssen said, noting the similarity of Thursdays attack with attacks that have struck other European cities in recent months. Sorenssen echoed Bar-Hens remark that the kosher restaurant did not appear to have been a target of the attack. I think it was not a target of the attack because in Las Ramblas there are all kinds of restaurants in the area… at least from what we know there is no relation. He said that he did not expect that the Jewish institutions would increase their security measures as they are already guarded by police and private security. Avigayil Heimowitz, an Israeli tourist, was close to the scene of the attack when it happened. I just saw people begin to run and so I ran too, without knowing what was happening, she told the Post. She described a scene of hysteria, and a high presence of police and helicopters. Her friend, Avital Stein, had been shopping at a store nearby, when the shop suddenly closed. I saw people running and didnt understand [what was happening] until the store I was in just decided to close, she told the Post. I asked what was going on and he [store employee] said there was an attack. A Chabad representative told the Post that his institute is located close to the scene of the attack, and that members of the Chabad staff were trying to reach the area to see if they were any Jewish casualties but that the police would not let them enter. If there are Jews there, we will try to find them and help them however we can, he said. We are waiting for the incident to be over. He confirmed that all Jewish institutes had closed until they received further instruction. Rabbi Dovid Libersohn, director of Chabad Lubavitch de Barcelona, which provides kosher certification to Maccabi, called it a terrible situation, and said we pray for the injured and for the families of those who were killed, and we are grateful, thank God, that nobody at the restaurant was harmed. Magen David Adom spokesman Zaki Heller said that from the moment we received reports of the terrorist attack in Barcelona, Magen David Adom has been in contact with the Foreign Affairs Ministry, the Red Cross and the security wing of Chabad. At this moment, it is not known whether Israelis or Jews were wounded in the attack, but that MDA was prepared to swiftly dispatch any medical response that may be required, as it has done in similar incidents. Shaul Hemo, CEO and owner of ART Tourism, spoke with The Israel Project about his experience at the Starbucks on the open pedestrian mall Las Ramblas, where the attack occurred. We have 600 Israeli clients all over the city, Hemo said. He himself was among the scores of Israelis who were in Las Ramblas at the time of the attack, many of whom ran into nearby stores for safety and were then locked in for over an hour by the police. It was about 5 p.m. lunch time and it was crowded, Hemo said. I was in Starbucks. I saw a lot of people running, hysterical, panicking. A car just smashed the people on the street. We are not used to it; it is the first time there was a terrorist attack in Barcelona. Limor Hasson told Channel 2 that she was in the Maccabi restaurant at the time of the attack. We had gone in to eat, she said. A woman came in and started yelling that there had been a terrorist attack. I understood it was a vehicular attack and they locked us in. Deputy Foreign Minister Tzipi Hotovely quickly condemned the attack in Barcelona, posting on Twitter: I condemn this deplorable act of terror and senseless death, and stand with Spain with prayers for the fast recovery of the victims. Diaspora Affairs Minister Naftali Bennett spoke to the head of the Spanish Jewish community. I conveyed to him my condolences and prayers for the wounded, and made it clear that the Ministry of Diaspora Affairs would aid the community in any way possible, Bennett said. At times like this, it is important to understand Islamic terror is attacking the values of freedom and democracy, in Barcelona, London, Paris and Jerusalem. The West must stand strong in the face of terror and defeat it wherever needed. The European Jewish Congress released a statement strongly condemning the attack. We are yet again witness to another terrorist attack in Europe perpetrated against innocent civilians, said congress president Dr. Moshe Kantor. They are choosing to strike again at our zest for life and our basic freedoms with their cult of death. It is becoming increasingly difficult to prevent this abuse of regular vehicles as their chosen instrument of murder. We stand with the Spanish people, and urge the authorities to bring to justice those who perpetrated this savage attack, including those who inspired it and those whose incitement encouraged it. Speaking on behalf of the Jewish communities of Europe, the organization said it extends its deepest condolences to the families of the victims and wishes a speedy and full recovery to those injured. World Jewish Congress president Ronald S. Lauder said: Our thoughts and prayers are with the victims of this attack and their families, and with all the people of Barcelona. “We are monitoring the events as they unfold with care and concern, and are in touch with the local Jewish community and its security groups. We pray that there will be no more victims. The Board of Deputies of British Jews released a statement, with senior vice president Richard Verber saying: We utterly condemn this brutal attack by terrorists intent on murdering and maiming innocent pedestrians in Barcelona. People of all faiths and none must come together to defeat this evil. The Simon Wiesenthal Center condemned the attack as well as its apparent anti-Jewish component, despite other indications that the kosher restaurant was not the target. It is still unclear if this was a cell of lone wolves or terrorists trained by ISIS, but the brutal targeting of tourists and Jewish institutions follow a pattern of attacks that include Pariss Hyperkasher Supermarket and the Brussels Jewish Museum, center officials said. We grieve for the families of the innocents, whatever faith or nationality, and urge Spanish authorities to secure Jewish institutions in their country, it added. It is also past due for the European Union and their member states to acknowledge and take action to curb burgeoning antisemitism in the mainstream of their societies and across the Internet. Share on facebook

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Arab Woman Prevents Jerusalem Terror Attack – The Jewish Press – JewishPress.com

Photo Credit: Israel Police This is the story of a terrorist attack that didnt happen, thanks to an ethical Arab woman with a heart. The woman, who lives in the northern Jerusalem Arab neighborhood of Shuafat, cherishes life, not death, and wants to live in peace with her Jewish neighbors. She quietly turned to Israeli police on Thursday to report that she had seen a young Arab man in the neighborhood get on the bus with a sharp object hidden in his backpack. Israeli Police officers and Border Guard Police stationed at the Shuafat checkpoint located the bus in which the youth was traveling, and boarded. During their search they checked the teens bag, which he had stashed under his seat. Within the backpack was a bag of regular commercial household cotton, in which he had carefully hidden a sharp, 12-inch kitchen knife. The suspect, a resident of Shuafat, is around 20 years old. He was arrested and transferred to security personnel for further questioning.

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Here’s what made Palestinian protests in East Jerusalem last month so successful – Washington Post

By Dana El Kurd By Dana El Kurd August 17 at 8:00 AM When two soldiers were killed in occupied East Jerusalem a few weeks ago, it set off a chain reaction ofIsraeli punitive measures, Palestinian protests and violence. The Israeli government ramped up its presence in the Old City, installing metal detectors and security cameras in the Al-Aqsa Mosque compound. Palestinians reacted with mass protest tactics such as boycotting Israeli security measures and collective prayer in the streets of East Jerusalem. And although the Israeli police responded with mass arrests and live fire, the protests grew. After weeks of sustained demonstrations, Israeli authorities reversed the measures, and Palestinians celebrated as trucks filled with security technology drove out of the Old City. This was a rare unifying moment for Palestinians, who have been unable to sustain mass, coordinated protests since the second uprising in the early 2000s. What made this moment in Jerusalem a unique rallying point? My research illuminates the effects of repression on collective organizing and mobilization in the Palestinian territories. Who controls the Palestinian territories? Following the Oslo accords in 1993, the Palestinian territories were split into three main areas: Areas A, B and C, with varying layers of governance. In Area A, the Palestinian Authority (PA) is most free to operate as a quasi-state, Area B features limited PA control, and in Area C the PA is not allowed at all. Many Palestinians thus live in areas partially controlled by two regimes. While this was meant to be a temporary measure, with the PA slated to become the government of a future Palestinian state by 1999, the Israeli government never ceded this authority. Instead it utilized the PA to govern the territories while abdicating responsibility for its policies toward Palestinians. As a result, the PA has become increasingly authoritarian. Some have characterized the PA as subcontracting repression for the occupation. Security coordination between the PA and Israel is a sore point for the Palestinian public, and many complain that the PA has begun operating as a police state. Not only is the police to citizen ratio incredibly high, but the PA has also expanded its purview over journalism, activism and academia. Moreover, human rights organizations have documented that those imprisoned by the PA are subject to beatings and other violent measures. When activists are stuck between two regimes Activist Basel al-Araj was arrested without charge by the PA for his nonviolent activism against Israels separation wall. He was tortured while imprisoned with other leftist organizers. Though a publicized hunger strike led to his release, the PA reportedly told Israeli forces when and where he would be released. After months on the run, Israeli soldiers killed Basel in Ramallah on March 6. While extreme, this case is not unique, and many activists have faced similar levels of repression from Palestinian and Israeli authorities alike. Islamist organizers are also repressed and barred from participating in political life, often to a greater degree than their leftist counterparts. For instance, Islamist student activists have been repeatedly arrested, especially if they attempt to take part in student body elections. This has pushed many members into hiding and to increasingly rely on violent measures. How dual repression fractured Palestinian activism My recent research on activism in the Palestinian territories confirms that activists often deliberately work off the radar and publicize events only through word of mouth to trusted allies, to avoid possible PA involvement and/or crackdown. Such inhibitions have an effect on group insularity, as well as the efficacy of their collective action efforts. My research also shows that the PAs repressive tactics have polarized Palestinians, making it difficult for groups to coordinate. This contrasts with the first uprising that had a unified leadership, allowing the activists to unify tactics and objectives. Today there is no cohesive leadership or even agreement on basic preferences or strategies. My interviews with Palestinians within the PA show a clear divide in Palestinian society. Those who are pro-PA view opposition groups as terrorists, radical Islamists or foreign implants intended to sow dissension. Palestinians in the opposition, on the other hand, view PA supporters as traitors and collaborators. Moreover, recent polling shows that Palestinians are almost evenly split on their support for the Palestinian Authority as an institution. More space for mobilization without the PA Based on statistical analysis of protests in the territories since the second uprising, political mobilization has declined systematically in places where the Palestinian Authority has direct control (Area A). Attempts to protest Basel al-Arajs death in Ramallah were quickly and violently repressed. Protests in his home village of Al-Walaja, on the other hand, were large and unimpeded. Mobilizations in rural areas with limited or no PA control are now actually on the rise. Villages like Bilin, Nabi Salehand Kufr Qaddum are often in the news for their regular protests against the occupation, the separation wall and settlements. Counterintuitively, although all three areas of the West Bank face Israeli repression, political mobilization today is actually less prevalent in areas where the PA operates. This finding suggests that the PA does, in fact, play a role in the decline of political mobilization and engagement. During the July protests in Jerusalem, the PA and its leadership were always a step behind. They had nothing to do with the coordination of the protests and could do little to stop them. Local religious figures, particularly theIslamic Waqf, took the lead on calls for protest and formulating the Palestinian position.Christian leadershipfollowed suit. Jerusalemites responded with high levels of participation, developing their repertoires of protest by relying on preexisting norms, like prayer times. My findings also help explain why the Jerusalem protests were effective: East Jerusalem, despite having been occupied in 1967 like the rest of the Palestinian territories, is unique in its lack of PAinstitutions. Palestinians there do not face an added layer of repression from an indigenous regime. And although the occupation is repressive, how people react to an externally imposed force differs from how they react to their own leadership. While the occupation can spur rebellion, the PAs direct repression in the areas it governs exacerbates polarization and affects the ability of different groups to coordinate. This is precisely why today we see increased mobilization in places we wouldnt expect: rural farming communities and East Jerusalem suburbs. Until we see a change in the Palestinian Authoritys role, the locus of mobilization will continue to shift in unexpected ways. Dana El Kurd earned her PhD in government from the University of Texas at Austin, and beginning in September will be a researcher at the Arab Center for Research and Policy Studies and the Doha Institute for Graduate Studies.

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Court freezes law that retroactively legalized unauthorized settler homes – The Jerusalem Post

West Bank outpost.. (photo credit:PEACE NOW) The High Court of Justice has temporarily frozen the Settlements Law, which would retroactively legalize Jewish homes illegally built on private Palestinian property. Right wing politicians immediately attacked the decision. This is a dangerous intervention by the court against Knesset legislation, warned MK Bezalel Smotrich (Bayit Yehudi) who is a strong proponent of the legislation. Time after time the judiciary tramples on the decision of one governmental authority or another. This story must stop, Smotrich said. As someone who often warns against the erosion of the State of Israels Jewish character, I am also worried today about the future of the states democratic character, Smotrich said. He took particular issue with the fact that the court had issued the injection at the request of Attorney General Avihai Mandelblit. In an unusual move Mandelblit sided with the plaintiffs, a consortium of 13 left-wing non-governmental group who petitioned the High Court of Justice against the legislation in March on the grounds that it violated both Israeli and international law. The left-wing NGO Yesh Din lauded the court’s decision. The court has justly halted the process of stealing and expropriating private Palestinian land right for the benefit of the settlers, Yesh Din said. The next step is to enforce the law against illegal building on private Palestinian property. The injunction prevents additional damage but true justice will only occurs when the law is abolished, Yesh Din said. Smotrich, however, alleged that the court had acquiesced to Mandelblits request for an injunction because he was the Attorney General and therefore had undue influence The Attorney General has tramped on the separation of power and the rule of law with his scandalous decision to go against the government he is tasked with representing, Smotrich said. He added that Mandelblit had improperly influenced the High Court of Justice including with his demand for an interim injunction against the laws implementation. Motti Yogev argued that Israel cannot continue to be a judicial dictatorship. The courts decision, he said, is every reason that the Knesset must advance legislation in its next session that would prevent such legal interference in laws voted upon by elected officials. The Settlements Law, which was approved in February retroactively legalizes 3,921 illegal settler homes built on private Palestinian property while offering the Palestinian landowners monetary compensation. According to the Left-wing NGO Peace Now, 797 of those structures are located in outposts and the remaining 3,173 are in settlements. The government, the Civil Administration and the NGOs had an oral agreement that the law would not be executed until completion of the judicial process. This meant that no enforcement action would be taken against illegally built homes that fell within the laws purview. Similarly no steps would be taken to register Palestinian property to settlers. But in July settlers asked the High Court of Justice to allow portions of the legislation to move forward, which they believed would not have an overall impact on land status should the judges strike down the legislation. In particular they want the Civil Administration to begin the bureaucratic work needed to prepare the lots for authorization. Mandelblit asked for an injunction in response to that request. Its presumed that the injunction will remain in place at least a hearing is held on the case. No date has been set for such a hearing but is expected to be held by the end of the year. The NGOs have argued that the legislation was tantamount to land theft and constituted a de facto annexation of Area C, particularly since the Knesset does not have the purview to legislate for territory outside of sovereign Israel. A judicial ruling upholding the legislation would overturn almost four decades of Israeli legal opinion. Left wing NGOs have argued that the legislation runs counter to international law. Without the legislation, the settlers living on the property lots have no option of legalizing their homes because the HCJ has long held that structure on private Palestinian property cannot be authorized. Share on facebook

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NYC Mayor aims to remove Nazi collaborator plaque – The Jerusalem Post

The name of French Nazi collaborator Henri Philippe Ptain is engraved in New York City’s “Canyon of Heroes” on Broadway, alongside those of historical figures such as Churchill, De Gaulle and Ben Gurion. (photo credit:DANIELLE ZIRI) NEW YORK New York Citys mayor said he would seek to remove the plaque honoring Nazi collaborator and marshal of France Philippe Ptain, whose existence in downtown Manhattan was exposed by The Jerusalem Post in a story published in May. The plaque, installed in 2004, is embedded on a sidewalk as part of New Yorks Canyon of Heroes on Broadway, having been placed there to commemorate Ptains 1931 ticker-tape parade in the city, which he earned for defending his country during the WWI. But Petain went on in 1940 to head Frances Vichy government, which collaborated with Nazi Germany and was responsible for deporting more than 10,000 Jews to concentration camps under Hitlers regime. Ptain also implemented his own discriminatory measures against the Jews, including property confiscation and exclusions from certain professions. At the end of the war, he was tried for treason and sentenced to death, but his sentence was commuted to life in prison, where he died in 1951. After the violent events in Charlottesville, New York City will conduct a 90-day review of all symbols of hate on city property, Mayor Bill De Blasio wrote in a tweet on Wednesday evening. The commemoration for Nazi collaborator Philippe Ptain in the Canyon of Heroes will be one of the first we remove. Media attention had already been focused on the plaque since the Post reported on it three months ago. Jewish leaders had called on City Hall to remove it. Among the protesters were Betty Ehrenberg, executive director of the World Jewish Congresss North America branch, and New York State Assemblyman Dov Hikind, who wrote a letter and met with De Blasio to discuss it. Hikind has applauded the mayor for his plan to seek the plaques removal. New Yorkers have an obligation to say, Not in our city, Hikind said. Its time to remove all of New York Citys monuments and markers that glorify bigotry and strengthen that which perpetuates these ignorant beliefs, he wrote in a statement. Share on facebook

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