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 B'nai B'rith Europe Mourns the Loss of Shimon Peres

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B'nai B'rith Europe Mourns the Loss of Shimon Peres


Shimon Peres and BBE

B’nai B’rith mourns the loss of Israeli elder statesman Shimon Peres, who died on Sept. 27 at the age of 93.

The history of the State of Israel cannot be written without including Peres and his myriad accomplishments during a nearly 70-year career in public service.

Though he retired as president in 2014, he continued to remain a vibrant face of the Jewish state, hosting conferences and meeting with world leaders.

From his early political days as Deputy Director General of the Ministry of Defense in 1952, to his time as the nation’s prime minister (a post he held three times), Peres was a central figure in Israel's political life over a period of nearly seven decades. He was widely respected and well received on the global stage.

His accomplishments include winning the 1994 Nobel Peace Prize when he was Foreign Minister for peace talks that resulted in the Oslo Accords.

In 2014, Shimon Peres received B'nai B'rith Europe Lifetime Achievment Award of Merit, conferred upon outstanding individuals who have dedicated at least 40 years of service to the wellbeing of the Jewish people and the State of Israel.

We join the people of Israel in mourning his loss. May his memory be a blessing.

Notice of passing-Barouh Dayan Haemet

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Dear Brothers and Sisters,

 

We are saddened to inform you the passing of Moïse Rahmani (Lodge Henry Jones, Brussels) and of Dr René Trau (Lodge Mala Zimetbaum, Antwerp)

 
MOISE RAHMANI

Moïse was born in Cairo, and in 1956, at the age of 12, he and his family left for the then Belgian Congo, where a Greek-Sephardic Jewish community already existed. His family emigrated during the Congo Crisis of 1960–1966.

A resident of Belgium since 1980, Rahmani worked as a diamond dealer. He was a BB member for over 30 years and president for many years.

In 1990, he founded the “Institut Sépharade Européen” and launched the quarterly review Los Muestros (“Our Kin”), which published news of Sephardic communities around the world. The review published in three languages–French, English, and Ladino–as testified by its three-language subtitle: "La voix des Séphardes," "The Sephardic Voice," and "La boz de los Sefardim."

Moïse Rahmani researched and wrote numerous publications on the Jewish community of the Belgian Congo. He wrote in three languages and published many books but for all those who knew him he was a friend, a source of wisdom and a mentor.

BBE sends their prayers and thoughts to his family and his lodge.


DR RENE TRAU

He is remembered as a very devoted former president, as a good friend and devoted family man. BBE is very saddened by the passing of former colleague on the Executive Committee of B'nai B'rith Europe, Dr Rene Trau. He served with great distinction as Vice-President from 2011 to 2014 and was always highly respected by his colleagues. BBE sends its sincere condolences to his family and to his lodge.


PRESS REVIEW N°486 by Gilberte Jacaret

PRESS REVIEW N°486
By Gilberte JACARET

Ben Gourion called the United Nations an "oom shmoon" meaning that it had no importance whatsoever and that one cannot rely on it.

-Germany's normalisation of relations with Iran are tied to Tehran's recognition of Israel, according to a letter released on Tuesday.

The letter, written in the name of German Chancellor Angela Merkel's administration said: "There cannot be normalised, complete relations with Iran so long as Iran does not recognize Israel's right to exist."

The comments, released on Tuesday, were submitted to the head of the German-Israeli Parliamentary Friendship Group, Volker Beck, in response to a July 6 parliamentary question.
The statement continued, "At the same time, the federal government has an interest in dialogue with Iran's government over critical topics."


ANTI-SEMITISM
Tuesday, August 30, 2016

Polish soccer fans torch 'Jewish' effigies, fly banner calling for burning of Jews

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Ahead of town rivalry game in Polish city of Łódź, ruffians reportedly held rally against team that is often derided as "Jewish."


Argentinian pupils in Nazi uniforms attack Jews

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Children from a German school in Buenos Aires wearing swastika armbands and fake Hitler moustaches attacked pupils from a Jewish school in a resort where several Nazi war criminals lived for decades...


UCLA campus leader leaves over 'hostile, unsafe' climate for pro-Israel students

Milan Chatterjee says school administration failed to address bullying from students and groups supportive of BDS

By JTASeptember 2, 2016, 4:06 am

The former president of the UCLA Graduate Students Association has left the university's law school over what he calls a "hostile and unsafe campus climate."
Milan Chatterjee will complete his third year of law school at New York University School of Law, the Los Angeles-based Jewish Journal reported.

ISRAEL

'It felt like an earthquake'

At least 2 killed, 7 missing as Tel Aviv parking garage collapses on workers

Multiple-story underground structure under construction caves in, reportedly after tractor drives across roof; 24 injured

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ANTI-CRIMINALS :

Troops raze home of Palestinian who took part in rabbi's slaying

IDF destroys Hebron-area house belonging to Mohammed Omaireh, who confessed to driving the car from which Miki Mark was shot dead in July
BY TIMES OF ISRAEL STAFF AND JUDAH ARI GROSS August 30, 2016,


Israeli soldiers destroyed the West Bank home of a Palestinian accused of taking part in a July shooting attack near Hebron that left a rabbi dead, the army said.

In an operation early Tuesday, troops razed the Hebron-area home of Mohammed Omaireh, accused of driving the car from which Muhammad al-Fakih shot at a passing vehicle, killing Rabbi Miki Mark and wounding his wife and two of his children.

Light clashes broke out outside the home in the West Bank town of Dura during the operation, the army said.

"During the [demolition], a number of violent riots erupted. Rioters rolled burning tires, and hurled Molotov cocktails and rocks at the forces," a military spokesperson said.

"In order to prevent the escalation of violence, forces responded with riot dispersal means, including stun grenades, 0.22 caliber rounds and rubber-coated bullets," the army said.

According to the Palestinian news agency Ma'an, some demonstrators were also detained, though this was not immediately confirmed by the IDF.

The army said IDF troops together with border police officers and Civil Administration personnel took part in the home demolition "in compliance with instructions from the political leadership."

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An Israeli car hit in a drive-by shooting near Hebron that killed Miki Mark on July 1, 2016 (IDF Spokesperson's Unit)

Israel's government has recently ramped up a program of home demolitions against Palestinian terrorists and terror suspects, touting the controversial measure as a key deterrent against future attacks.
Human rights groups and some Israeli security officials argue that it is a form of collective punishment, or that it is not an effective deterrent.

Omaireh was arrested on July 4, three days after the Hebron area attack that killed Mark, the director of the Otniel Yeshiva, as he was driving in the southern West Bank with his family.

Mark's wife Chava was seriously injured as her husband lost control of the vehicle and drove off the road, and two of his teen children were lightly and moderately hurt in the incident.

Omaireh — a member of the Palestinian Preventive Security Services — told Shin Bet officials during questioning that that it was he who drove the car on the night of the attack, but that it was Fakih who had actually fired the shots, according to the security agency.

Fakih was killed by anti-tank fire in a shootout with IDF troops in the West Bank village of Surif, north of Hebron, after a several-week manhunt. Two other members of the cell, all Hamas terrorists according to Israel, were also arrested: Fakih's brother, Sahir and their cousin Muaz Fakih.

After bulldozing the house where Fakih was hiding out, troops said they found a weapons belt with an improvised hand grenade, a Kalashnikov rifle, and magazines of bullets beside his body.

Forces also stormed adjacent buildings and arrested others suspected of helping to conceal Fakih.


Supreme Court orders outpost demolished, Justice Minister tries to bypass it.


Supreme Court President Miriam Naor decreed Thursday that the structures in the Way of the Patriarchs outpost, set up on private Palestinian land, be torn down by March 2018; amid much criticism from the right, Justice Minister Ayelet Shaked promises to work with the Ministry of Defense to stop the houses' demolition.
Ynet, Telem Yahav, Moran Azulay and Tova Tzimuki|Published: 03.09.16 , 10:41

EU expresses 'serious concern' over Israel's decision to approve construction of 465 new housing units in the West Bank
Written by EJP Friday, 02 September 2016

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The Civil Administration's High Planning Committee has approved the construction of the new housing units in Elkana, Ofarim, Beit Aryeh, Givat Ze'ev and Har Gilo.

BRUSSELS (EJP)---The European Union has expressed 'serious concern' over Israel's decision to approve 465 new housing units in the West Bank and to retroactively approve 179 existing units.
The Civil Administration's High Planning Committee, Israel's governing body in the West Bank, which had been convened at the insistence of Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and Defense Minister Avigdor Liberman, approved the construction of the new housing units in Elkana, Ofarim, Beit Aryeh, Givat Ze'ev and Har Gilo.
The largest single bloc, in the settlement of Elkana, east of Tel Aviv, entails the construction of 234 housing units.
In a statement, an EU spokesperson reiterated the EU's ''strong opposition to Israel's settlement policy and all actions taken in this context.''
It said that ''since January 2016, Israeli authorities have promoted or retroactively legalised 2,706 units in West Bank settlements.''
The EU referred to the Quartet report published last July which, it said, ''identified such action as undermining the prospects for peace and steadily eroding the viability of the two-state solution.''
''The report recommended that any expansion of settlements be frozen,'' the EU added.
In Washington, White House spokesman Josh Earnest called the "significant expansion of the settlement activity" a "serious and growing threat to the viability of a two state solution."
He said the US was "particularly troubled by the policy of retroactively approving illegal outposts and unauthorized settlements."
"As the Quartet report highlights, we are concerned about a systematic process of land seizures, settlement expansions and legalizations," he said.
Last Updated on Friday, 02 September 2016 13:44

The "Other" Palestinians
by Khaled Abu Toameh • August 31, 2016 at 5:00 am

Nearly 3,500 Palestinians have been killed in Syria since 2011. But because these Palestinians were killed by Arabs, and not Israelis, this fact is not news in the mainstream media or of interest to "human rights" forums.
  • How many Western journalists have cared to inquire about the thirsty Palestinians of Yarmouk refugee camp, in Syria? Does anyone know that this camp has been without water supply for more than 720 days, and without electricity for the past three years? In June 2002, 112,000 Palestinians lived in Yarmouk. By the end of 2014, the population was down to less than 20,000.
  • Nor is the alarm bell struck concerning the more than 12,000 Palestinians languishing in Syrian prisons, including 765 children and 543 women. According to Palestinian sources, some 503 Palestinian prisoners have died under torture in recent years, and some female prisoners have been raped by interrogators and guards.
  • When Western journalists lavish time on Palestinians delayed at Israeli checkpoints, and ignore bombs dropped by the Syrian military on residential areas, one might start to wonder they are really about.

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Palestinians flee Yarmouk refugee camp, near Damascus, after fierce fighting in September 2015. (Image source: RT video screenshot)

It seems as though the international community has forgotten that Palestinians can be found far beyond the West Bank and the Gaza Strip. These "other" Palestinians live in Arab countries such as Syria, Jordan and Lebanon, and their many serious grievances are evidently of no interest to the international community. It is only Palestinians residing in the West Bank and Gaza Strip that garner international attention. Why? Because it is precisely these individuals that the international community wield as a weapon against Israel.


UN pays tens of millions to Assad regime under Syria aid programme

Exclusive: Guardian analysis shows series of contracts awarded to government and charities linked to president's family
The UN says it must work with the Syrian regime, led by Bashar al-Assad, to reach vulnerable civilians.

Nick Hopkins and Emma Beals Monday 29 August 2016 17.00 BST Last modified on Tuesday 30 August 2016 00.50

The UN has awarded contracts worth tens of millions of dollars to people closely associated with the Syrian president, Bashar al-Assad, as part of an aid programme that critics fear is increasingly at the whim of the government in Damascus, a Guardian investigation has found.

Businessmen whose companies are under US and EU sanctions have been paid substantial sums by the UN mission, as have government departments and charities – including one set up by the president's wife, Asma al-Assad, and another by his closest associate, Rami Makhlouf.

The UN says it can only work with a small number of partners approved by President Assad and that it does all it can to ensure the money is spent properly.

"Of paramount importance is reaching as many vulnerable civilians as possible," a spokesman said. "Our choices in Syria are limited by a highly insecure context where finding companies and partners who operate in besieged and hard to reach areas is extremely challenging."

Analysis How Assad regime controls UN aid intended for Syria's children

Guardian investigation identifies dozens of deals that raise new questions about the UN's role in Syria, and its impartiality
However, critics believe the UN mission is in danger of being compromised.
They believe aid is being prioritized in government-held areas and argue UN money is effectively helping to prop up a regime responsible for the deaths of hundreds of thousands of its own citizens.
UN insiders admit the relief mission in Syria is the most expensive, challenging and complex it has ever undertaken.
But the contentious decisions it has had to make are now exposed for the first time by a Guardian analysis of hundreds of contracts it has awarded since the operation began in 2011.
This shows that:
• The UN has paid more than $13m to the Syrian government to boost farming and agriculture, yet the EU has banned trade with the departments in question for fear of how the money will be used.
• The UN has paid at least $4m to the state-owned fuel supplier, which is also on the EU sanctions list.
• The World Health Organisation has spent more than $5m to support Syria's national blood bank – but this is being controlled by Assad's defence department. Documents seen by the Guardian show funds spent on blood supplies came directly from donors who have economic sanctions against the Syrian government, including the UK. They also show the WHO had "concrete concerns" about whether blood supplies would reach those in need, or be directed to the military first.
• Two UN agencies have partnered with the Syria Trust charity, an organisation started and chaired by President Assad's wife, Asma, spending a total of $8.5m. The first lady is under both US and EU sanctions.
• Unicef has paid $267,933 to the Al-Bustan Association, owned and run by Rami Makhlouf, Syria's wealthiest man. He is a friend and cousin of Assad, and his charity has been linked to several pro-regime militia groups.
• Makhlouf runs the mobile phone network Syriatel, which the UN has also paid at least $700,000 in recent years. Makhlouf is on the EU sanctions list and was described in US diplomatic cables as the country's "poster boy for corruption".
• Contracts have been awarded across UN departments with companies run by or linked to individuals under sanctions.
These contracts show how the United Nations operation has quietly secured deals with individuals and companies that have been designated off-limits by Europe and the US.
On top of this, analysis of the United Nations own procurement documents show its agencies have done business with at least another 258 Syrian companies, paying sums as high as $54m and £36m, down to $30,000. Many are likely to have links to Assad, or those close to him.
The UN says that its relief work has already saved millions of lives and argues it has to work with the regime if it wants to operate in Syria.
It highlights the money it has spent putting up staff at the Four Seasons hotel in Damascus as a case in point.
UN agencies paid $9,296,325.59 to the hotel in 2014-15 – which is understood to still be one-third owned by Syria's ministry of tourism, a department outlawed under EU sanctions.
The hotel is deemed the safest place for UN personnel to stay in the Syrian capital.
"Operating in Syria, with the conflict now entering its sixth year, forces humanitarians to make difficult choices," a UN spokesman said.
"When faced with having to decide whether to procure goods or services from businesses that may be affiliated with the government or let civilians go without life-saving assistance, the choice is clear: our duty is to the civilians in need."
The UN also points out it does not have to abide by EU or US sanctions. It only needs to abide by UN sanctions.
But one serving UN official told the Guardian there was unease within some of its agencies about the grip Assad's government has on the relief effort.
The official, who has worked extensively inside Syria, said that while operating inside the country was challenging, the UN's position was disappointing. Another said that all conflicts presented difficult working conditions but the "situation in Syria just doesn't happen anywhere else".
Another UN official who worked in Damascus early in the conflict told the Guardian: "The UN country team knew from the early days of the conflict that neither the government nor its authorised list of local associations for partnership with the UN could be considered as befitting the humanitarian principles of independence, neutrality and impartiality.
"This important consideration was stepped aside by the UN to satisfy the government's leadership demand for the humanitarian response. This set the tone for UN entanglement with entities closely associated with the government."
Sources also describe a worrying "culture of silence" about the internal workings of the UN's Damascus operation.
Dr Reinoud Leenders, an expert in war studies based at King's College in London, said the UN needed to rethink its strategy because it had become too close to the regime.
"UN officials argue that given the complex and often dangerous realities in which they are expected to provide aid, some concessions and accommodation of the government's demands are inevitable. Yet ... the UN's alleged pragmatism has long given way to troubling proximity to the regime."
Leenders said UN agencies had paid "lucrative procurement contracts to Syrian regime cronies who are known to bankroll the very repression and brutality that caused much of the country's humanitarian needs".


UN's $4bn aid effort in Syria is morally bankrupt Reinoud Leenders

It is perverse that agencies intent on helping the most vulnerable in the civil war can throw a lifeline to such a brutal regime.

The academic has interviewed many independent aid workers for a study on Syria. They told him some UN officials were displaying signs of "clear-cut Stockholm syndrome".

A senior member of the humanitarian community who leaked information to the Guardian said: "There are obviously questions over some of these UN procurements."

But at least the UN publishes the names of their suppliers. Many of the international NGOs won't even do that. Very limited transparency is a problem that affects the whole aid effort in Syria. Given that the aid industry has been talking [about] the need for more transparency for decades, it's high time we had proper independent scrutiny of where this money is going and how it is being spent."

In June, the Syria Campaign accused the UN of breaching its principles in the conflict by effectively letting the government control aid deliveries.

More than 50 humanitarian, human rights and civil society groups back a report which said the UN had given in to demands not to help rebel-held areas, contributing to the death of thousands of civilians.
The report said the Assad government controlled aid by threatening to remove the UN's permission to operate within Syria.

"The Syrian government has used this threat consistently since then to manipulate where, how and to whom the UN has been able to deliver humanitarian aid," it adds.


Israeli scientists are reportedly participating with colleagues from Pakistan, Iran, Egypt and Jordan on a $100 million project to develop the Middle East's new particle accelerator — the Synchrotron-Light for Experimental Science and Applications, or Sesame.

Construction of the site, which is due to be formally inaugurated next spring in the hillside town of al-Balqa, northwest of Amman, is underway and the first experiments are expected to take place this autumn, The Guardian reported.

Sesame's members are Iran, Pakistan, Israel, Turkey, Cyprus, Egypt, the Palestinian Authority, Jordan and Bahrain — a group among which diplomatic discomfort is rife: Iran and Pakistan don't recognize Israel, for example, nor does Turkey recognize Cyprus.

Iran's participation continued even after two of its scientists, who were involved in the project, quantum physicist Masoud Alimohammadi and nuclear scientist Majid Shahriari, were assassinated in operations blamed on Israel's Mossad, The Guardian said.

"We're cooperating very well together," said Giorgio Paolucci, the scientific director of Sesame told The Guardian. "That's the dream."

"I don't know how many places there are where all these governments have representatives who have the opportunity to come and talk to each other," he added.

Progress on the accelerator is made through government officials meeting, discussing technicalities and coming to agreements, unaffected by the enmity they may feel outside the conference halls, the report said.

The aim of Sesame is to "foster scientific and technological excellence in the Middle East and neighboring countries" and prevent or reverse regional brain drain "by enabling world-class scientific research in subjects ranging from biology, archaeology and medical sciences through basic properties of materials science, physics, chemistry, and life sciences," Sesame says on its website.

It also aims to build "scientific and cultural bridges between diverse societies, and contribute to a culture of peace through international cooperation in science."

At 130 meters in diameter, Sesame's particle accelerator is smaller than the Large Hadron Collider, the structure in Switzerland that last year detected the "God particle" also known as the Higgs boson, an elementary particle that gives other fundamental particles their mass, the Guardian said.
Even so, the project is sophisticated enough to have many applications and offer research opportunities, the report said.
Sesame is a synchrotron — a large device that accelerates electrons around a circular tube, guided by magnets and other equipment, close to the speed of light. This creates radiation that is filtered and flows down long pipes in which instruments are placed, to gather the radiation and undertake experiments.


Technion (Israel) : Water From Thin Air, The New Way Israel Is Harvesting Water

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An innovative atmospheric moisture harvesting system is proposed, where water vapor is separated from the air prior to cooling and condensation. The system was studied using a model that simulates its three interconnected cycles (air, desiccant, and water) over a range of ambient conditions, and optimal configurations are reported for different operation conditions. Model results were compared to specifications of commercial atmospheric moisture harvesting systems and found to represent saving of 5–65% of the electrical energy requirements due to the vapor separation process. We show that the liquid desiccant separation stage that is integrated into atmospheric moisture harvesting systems can work under a wide range of environmental conditions using low grade or solar heating as a supplementary energy source, and that the performance of the combined system is superior.

On September, 04 2016 by Israël Science Info desk

Scientists at Technion have proposed an innovative system for harvesting safe drinking water from air. Capturing atmospheric moisture is not a new invention in itself because atmospheric water generators for commercial and domestic use already exist. But the new device requires less energy to produce high-quality water from air compared to existing systems.

Atmosphere contains water vapour in amounts comparable to all the surface and underground water on the planet. But current machines that collect water from the atmospheric reservoir have major limitations. They use electrical refrigeration to cool the air and condense the vapour and that consumes a lot of energy.

The new system designed by Israeli scientists uses a liquid desiccant to first separate the water vapour from air and then cool only the vapour. Their calculations show that this approach would result in 20 to 65 per cent energy savings over the standard system.

"We show that the liquid desiccant separation (LDS) stage that is integrated into atmospheric moisture harvesting (AMH) systems can work under a wide range of environmental conditions using low grade or solar heating as a supplementary energy source, and that the performance of the combined system is superior," the report says.

Desalination of seawater by reverse osmosis is also a potential source of fresh water, but it is not applicable in countries that do not have access to the sea. Besides, desalination requires large capital investments in piping and pumping infrastructure and in its operation and maintenance. "Atmospheric moisture is accessible essentially everywhere," says the report.

The atmosphere contains about 13,000 cubic kilometres of freshwater, 98 per cent of it in the form of water vapour, says the report. The vapour must be condensed to liquid water. The existing atmospheric moisture harvesting (AMH) systems, where standard electrical compression-expansion refrigeration unit is used, can save significant energy by first separating the vapour from the bulk air before it enters the condenser, such that only the vapour is cooled rather than the entire air bulk.

In the new design, separation of water vapour from the air is achieved by using a liquid desiccant. The water vapour absorbed by the desiccant can be liberated using low-grade or solar heat. The liquid-desiccant vapour separation (LDS) subsystem was designed to operate continuously in a closed-cycle, says the report. "The product of this subsystem is pure water vapour, which is then condensed by a standard refrigeration system without the burden of cooling the air."

In general, the combined LDS-AMH system is expected to save up to 65 per cent of the energy expenses of water production relative to off-the-shelf direct-cooling AMH systems, the scientists claim. "Scaling up the LDS system to produce larger amounts of freshwater is possible simply by installing additional absorbing units around a single desorber-condenser core."
Another important advantage, according to the report, is that the water coming out of the LDS-AMH system will be free of airborne bacteria since "the coil of the condenser does not come into contact with the ambient air but only with pure vapour that has been liberated from the desiccant solution."

Publication in Environmental Science & Technology, July 20th 2016.

PRESS REVIEW N°484 BY Gilberte Jacaret

PRESS REVIEW N°484 By Gilberte JACARET

Russia's military made a fresh effort to crush Daesh and other terrorist groups by launching its first airstrikes against them from an airbase in Iran, in a move which reinforced the two powers' collaboration in Syria and was met with strong reservations from Washington.

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Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan suggested the Daesh terror group could be behind the overnight bombing of a wedding in Gaziantep, in a statement published Sunday.
MOSCOW (Sputnik) — The president wished a speedy recovery to 94 people who were wounded in the bombing that shocked the mostly-Kurdish populated city in southeastern Turkey. The blast killed at least 30 people, according to the province governor.


Russian use of Iranian air base shows Moscow's renewed military might
Russia's use of an Iranian air base to bomb rebel targets across Syria for the first time this week has allowed Moscow to show off sophisticated weaponry as it seeks to cement ties with Tehran and expand its influence in the Middle East. While the tactical effect was unclear, Russian President...
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Isis child suicide bomber kills 51 at Kurdish wedding
Hannah Lucinda Smith, Istanbul
August 22 2016, 12:01am, The Times

At least 51 people have been killed and 69 injured after a suicide bomber aged between 12 and 14 targeted a Kurdish wedding party in southern Turkey.
The child bomber, believed to be an Islamic State follower, detonated his device on Saturday evening as crowds of revellers danced in the streets of Gaziantep, a city close to the border with Syria. It is the deadliest attack in Turkey this year.
The bride and groom, who have been named as Besna and Nurettin Akdogan, were injured but are in a stable condition in hospital. The death toll looks set to rise...

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Mourning families gathered outside a medical centre in Gaziantep yesterday. The suicide attack was the deadliest in Turkey this year and the death toll may riseSEDAT SUNA/EPA


UN Watch Briefing
Latest from the United Nations Vol. 603 | August 18, 2016

The op-ed below by UN Watch executive director Hillel Neuer appears in the latest edition of The Jerusalem Report by By Hillel C. Neuer.


The aid workers aiding Hamas

The UN and NGOs that have been infiltrated by terror organizations must mend their ways or have their funding frozen

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Accused Hamas agent Mohammed El-Halabi, the Gaza director of the giant Christian aid group World Vision, appears in court, August 4.
The UN featured him on its website as a "humanitaran hero."

The arrest of Palestinian humanitarian officials in Gaza from two separate international organizations - charged with siphoning aid resources to support Hamas terrorism - along with allegations about at least two other entities raises troubling questions about the culture within the United Nations and non-governmental agencies that allowed such crimes to take place.

First there was the announcement by Israel's Shin Bet (Israel Security Agency) on August 4 that Mohammed El-Halabi, director of the Gaza branch of World Vision — a billion-dollar Christian aid agency — was indicted for systematically diverting tens of millions of dollars in aid money to Hamas.

According to the Shin Bet, El-Halabi admitted to being a lifetime Hamas member who was dispatched in 2005 to infiltrate World Vision.

El-Halabi had a good chance of being accepted because he had already worked for UNDP, the UN Development Agency — where he also helped Hamas — and because his father, Khalil al-Halabi, holds a senior post at UNRWA in Gaza which he, too, uses to support Hamas.

Once in World Vision, El-Halabi employed a sophisticated apparatus for transferring funds and resources to Hamas. Over several years, El-Halabi helped Hamas construct terror tunnels, pay their salaries, and build military bases.

In addition, according to the charge sheet, in 2014 Halabi recruited a Palestinian aid worker from Save the Children, a major NGO based in the UK, to join Hamas' military wing.

After the revelations, Australia and Germany froze their funding to World Vision, and the organization suspended its Gaza operations. Save the Children, for its part, is "making inquiries into this matter."

The 30-page document failed to mention Hamas once. Discussion of damage to Gaza buildings omitted that Hamas used them for rocket launching against Israeli civilians, deliberately jeopardizing Palestinian civilians.

How can we expect UNDP to remedy internal "processes" when its leaders openly broadcast a see-no-evil approach to Hamas terror?

The latest arrests ought to be a wake-up call. Palestinians deserve to be helped, but Hamas — an organization that exults in murdering Jewish children — is the opposite of humanitarianism.

If the UN and NGOs fail to correct their ways, taxpayers in the US, Canada and Europe should do it for them, by demanding a permanent freeze to the funding of terror.

Hillel C. Neuer is the executive director of UN Watch in Geneva.

Palestinians: The "Country" Where Crime Is an Official Job
by Yves Mamou
August 7, 2016 at 5:30 am

  • "[W]hoever was imprisoned for five years or more is entitled to a job in a PA [Palestinian Authority] institution. Thus, the PA gives priority in job placement to people who were involved in terrorist activity." – Yigal Carmon, president of the Middle East Media Research Institute (MEMRI), in testimony to the US House Committee on Foreign Affairs, July 6, 2016.
  •  In 2016, not less than $300 million (between 7% and 10% of the budget) was allocated to prisoners, their families, and to "martyrs' families."
  • In June, an independent report commissioned by the Britain's Department for International Development concluded that by enabling the PA to pay salaries to terrorists, British aid to the PA had made anti-Israel terror "more likely." DFID dismissed the report.
  •  Palestinian society is totally built and organized on the basis of "resistance". It is a society where jobs, fame and money go to people who are in, or who have spent years in, Israeli jails. There, legitimacy goes to people who are considered "martyrs."
Crime is not supposed to pay in any country, but for Palestinians in the West Bank, crime helps you become a public officer.

In this small piece of land, headed by Mahmoud Abbas and the Palestinian Authority (PA), every killer of a Jewish Israeli citizen is called "martyr." This word "martyr" means that each time a Palestinian stabs a Jew, he accomplishes an act of pious virtue. And because the killer is a good Palestinian Muslim, his family becomes eligible for regular payments from the Palestinian Authority's "martyr's fund." This fund is used financially to compensate Palestinian prisoners and the families of "martyrs."

After a 17-year-old Palestinian, Mohammed Tarayra, stabbed to death a sleeping 13-year-old Israeli girl, Hallel Yaffa Ariel, in her bed in the town of Kiryat Arba, the terrorist's house was decorated with Fatah and PLO flags. No doubt the family will be soon on the list of payments from the Palestinian "martyr's fund."

According to an analysis by Bloomberg's Eli Lake:

"The origins of these payments goes back a long way. Before the Palestinian Authority was established in the 1990s through the Oslo peace process, the Palestine Liberation Organization paid the families of 'martyrs' and prisoners detained by Israel. That practice became standardized during the Second Intifadah of 2000 to 2005. The Israelis even found documents in the late Yasser Arafat's compound that showed payments to families of suicide bombers."

The money the Palestinian killers make is not small change. Evelyn Gordon reported in Commentary:

"The PA has for years paid above-market salaries to the perpetrators of anti-Israel terror attacks. The salaries range from 2,400 to 12,000 shekels a month ($600 USD to $3,000 USD) and are paid for the duration of the perpetrator's jail sentence in Israel (people killed while committing attacks get other benefits). The lower figure is roughly equivalent to the average – not minimum – wage for people who actually hold jobs in the West Bank, and about 40 percent higher than the average wage in Gaza; figures at the higher end of the range are the kind of salaries most Palestinians can't even dream of. In short, the PA has made terror far more lucrative than productive work."

Yigal Carmon, president and founder of the Middle East Media Research Institute (MEMRI), submitted testimony to the US House Committee on Foreign Affairs on July 6, 2016. He gave interesting details.

First: the payments are highly structured by law. "This financial support for prisoners is anchored in a series of laws and government decrees, chiefly Laws No. 14 and No. 19 of 2004, and Law No. 1 of 2013..." According to these laws, the PA must provide prisoners with a monthly allowance during their incarceration, and salaries or jobs upon their release. They are also entitled to exemptions from payments for education, health care, and professional training. Their years of imprisonment are calculated as years of seniority of service in PA institutions. It should be noted that whoever was imprisoned for five years or more is entitled to a job in a PA institution. Thus, the PA gives priority in job placement to people who were involved in terrorist activity."

Technically, the PA transfers the funds through two PLO organizations:
  •  The National Palestinian Fund, which transfers moneys for the prisoners and released prisoners (further to be disbursed by the Commission for Detainees and Ex-Detainees Affairs).
  •  The Institute for Care for the Families of Martyrs, which transfers moneys for the families of martyrs. What are the amounts?
Prisoners and families: "[T]he PA invests significant sums in underwriting the expenses of the prisoners and their families - $137.8 million according to the PA's 2016 budget (about 7% of which is for officials' salaries and operating expenses).

Families of "martyrs": The PLO's Institute for Care for the Families of Martyrs... allocated just under $173 million for families of martyrs and the wounded within the homeland and outside it. The Institute's operating expenses comes [sic] to about $1.5 million. ... The budget also states that the Institute provides allowances "without discrimination" -- in other words, also from Hamas, Islamic Jihad, and so on.
In 2016, not less than $300 million (between 7 and 10% of the budget) are going to be allocated to prisoners and families and to "martyrs' families."

The United States and the European Union, which finance the Palestinian institutions year after year, deliberately close their eyes to the "martyr's fund" to which they contribute.

PA Minister of Prisoners' Affairs Issa Karake, speaking at a rally in November 2013, defends the use of EU aid money to pay "salaries" to imprisoned terrorists, saying "The Europeans want their money that comes to us to remain clean -- not to go to families of those they claim to be terrorists. [They] need to renounce this occupation mentality."


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(Image source: Palestinian Media Watch)

But things might begin to change. Warning signs are in the air.

1) The recent Report of the Middle East Quartet (European Union, United States, Russia and the UN) does not talk money but "incitement to terror" -- which is exactly the same thing.
"Continuing violence, terrorist attacks against civilians, and incitement to violence are greatly exacerbating mistrust and are fundamentally incompatible with a peaceful resolution."
The Quartet added:
"Palestinians who commit terrorist attacks are often glorified publicly as "heroic martyrs." Many widely circulated images depict individuals committing terrorist acts with slogans encouraging violence."

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High-rise construction leaps in Israel‏

IDF continues pounding Hamas targets into night Ynet|Last update: 22.08.16 , 00:08

As tensions mount in wake of rocket fired from Gaza into Israel, IDF continued a combined artillery and air assault on Hamas targets into the night; IDF: 'Hamas is the sovereign power in the Gaza Strip and it is therefore responsible.'


Israel strikes 50 times in Gaza after rocket attack

Israeli official urges calm as Hamas blames Jewish state for escalating violence; 2-5 people lightly injured in raids

BY JUDAH ARI GROSS AND TAMAR PILEGGI August 22, 2016, 9:53 am

The Israel Air Force conducted 50 airstrikes against Hamas targets in the Gaza Strip late Sunday night, following a rocket fired into Israel by Palestinian terrorists earlier that day, but was not seeking an escalation in hostilities, an Israeli official said on Monday.

"There were approximately 50 airstrikes within two hours. There is no intention to escalate the situation further, and that is basically where the situation falls at this time," a senior military official told The Times of Israel.

Palestinian security sources in Gaza said several targets in the northern Strip were struck by Israeli fire, and that a reservoir in Beit Hanoun was damaged. Israel also hit a base belonging to Hamas's military wing, the Izz ad-Din al-Qassam Brigades, in nearby Beit Lahiya, witnesses said. Palestinian health and security sources said between two and five people were lightly wounded by Israel's retaliatory fire.


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Palestinians look at a water tower that was first damaged during the 2014 Gaza war and appears to have again been struck by Israeli fire on August 21, 2016 in Beit Hanun in the northern Gaza Strip.
(AFP PHOTO / MOHAMMED ABED)

This was the second Israeli bombardment of the day. Immediately following the rocket attack from the Gaza Strip on Sunday afternoon, Israeli aircraft and tanks also targeted Hamas installations in the northern Gaza Strip.
After the late-night airstrikes, the Islamist Hamas rulers of the Gaza Strip blamed Israel for escalating tensions in the Palestinian enclave.

"The escalation shows Israel's desire to change the status quo in the Gaza Strip," Hamas spokesman Sami Abu Zuhri said Sunday night.

"We hold Israel responsible for the escalation in the Gaza Strip and we stress that its aggression will not succeed in breaking the will of our people or dictate the terms of resistance," Zuhri said. The Hamas spokesman was speaking hours after the terror group paraded missiles through the streets and threatened renewed violence against Israel.

On Monday, Tourism Minister Yariv Levin told Israel Radio that Israel was not interested in an escalation of violence with Hamas, but said the army would "respond appropriately if necessary."

The response marks the most intense Israeli reprisal attack on Gaza since the sides fought a bloody war in 2014, and could signal a shift in policy by newly installed Defense Minister Avigdor Liberman.

The rocket fire was claimed by the Popular Front for the Liberation of Palestine (PFLP) and other small Islamic State-linked Salafist groups, but Israel says it holds Hamas — the Strip's de facto rulers — responsible for any attacks emanating from Gaza and routinely responds to such launches with strikes against the terror organization.

The rocket launch on Sderot on Sunday struck inside the border town, but caused no casualties or damage. It landed between two homes on Hanehalim Street, near Sapir College and the city's train station. Locals said it was "a miracle" that nobody was injured.

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Palestinian members of the al-Qassam Brigades, the armed wing of the Hamas movement, display Qassam home-made rockets during an anti-Israel military parade on August 21, 2016 in Rafah in the southern Gaza Strip. (AFP / SAID KHATIB)

The attack was the second serious rocket strike from Gaza since Liberman took office in May, following a strike that hit an empty preschool in July.

The IDF said it was the 14th rocket launched from Gaza into Israel in 2016.

On Sunday night, a Hamas official told Israel Radio the group was not interested in a renewal of violence. But earlier, Hamas held a large rally in the southern Gaza town of Rafah, parading rockets through the streets and threatening to renew fighting if Israel did not lift a decade-old blockade on the enclave.

Israel says the blockade, also imposed by Egypt, is necessary to keep Hamas and other terror groups from re-arming or rebuilding military infrastructures used in previous wars with Israel.

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A Palestinian member of the al-Qassam Brigades, the armed wing of the Hamas movement, takes part in a anti-Israel military parade on August 21, 2016 in Rafah in the southern Gaza Strip. (AFP PHOTO / SAID KHATIB)

Launches from Gaza are infrequent and usually carried out by small fringe groups, at times without the approval of Gaza's Hamas rulers and even at times as a means for pressuring the group by raising tensions between it and Israel.


Sweden: The Silence of the Jews
Part IV of a Series: The Islamization of Sweden

by Ingrid Carlqvist • August 16, 2016 at 5:00 am

  • "It pains me to have to admit this but anti-Semitism is not just tolerated in some sections of the British Muslim community; it is routine and commonplace. Any Muslims reading this article – if they are honest with themselves – will know instantly what I am referring to. It is our dirty little secret. You could call it the banality of Muslim anti-Semitism." — Mehdi Hasan, The New Statesman.
  • "There isn't much of a desire to do anything about it [the problem of anti-Semitism]. It should also be said that the so-called interfaith outreach work... achieves almost nothing. A couple of old bearded men get together and agree on some dietary thing they've got in common, but it doesn't solve the fact that anti-Semitism mainly comes from Muslim communities these days. ... that that's taught in many mosques and many Muslim schools..." — Douglas Murray, British commentator.
  • The question that arises is, are the elites of Sweden in general suffering from a case of Stockholm syndrome? Are we encouraging our adversaries to Islamize Sweden, which in the long run, might result in the abolition of freedom of religion, forcing Jews and Christians to live as dhimmis [subjugated citizens] in humiliation?
  •  If by allowing hundreds of thousands of Muslims to settle here -- people much more hateful of Jews than the average German during the Nazi era -- are we not in fact paving the way for another Holocaust?

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In January 2009, an Arab mob in Malmö pelted a peaceful Jewish demonstration with bottles, eggs and smoke bombs. The police pushed the Jews, who had a permit for their gathering, into an alley.

One of the most visible effects of Muslim mass immigration into Sweden is that anti-Semitism is very much on the rise in the country. Swedish Jews are being harassed and threatened, mainly in the Muslim-dense city of Malmö, where in January 2009, the friction deepened during a peaceful pro-Israel demonstration. Demonstrators were attacked by pro-Palestinian counter demonstrators, who threw eggs and bottles at the supporters of Israel. The mayor of Malmö at the time, Ilmar Reepalu, failed to take a clear stance against the violence, and was accused of preferring the approval of the city's large Muslim population to protecting Jews. He remarked, among other things, that "of course the conflict in Gaza has spilled over into Malmö."


Germany to tell people to stockpile food and water in case of attacks
Reuters|Published: 21.08.16 , 19:08

Following two attacks last month, Germany has instructed its citizens to prepare emergency supplies of food and water in case of a major, wide scale attack or catastrophe; this is the first time such an order has been issued since the Cold War.


BERLIN - For the first time since the end of the Cold War, the German government plans to tell citizens to stockpile food and water in case of an attack or catastrophe, the Frankfurter Allgemeine Sonntagszeitung newspaper reported on Sunday.

Germany is currently on high alert after two Islamist attacks and a shooting rampage by a mentally unstable teenager last month. Berlin announced measures earlier this month to spend considerably more on its police and security forces and to create a special unit to counter cyber crime and terrorism.

"The population will be obliged to hold an individual supply of food for ten days," the newspaper quoted the government's "Concept for Civil Defense" - which has been prepared by the Interior Ministry - as saying.

The paper said a parliamentary committee had originally commissioned the civil defense strategy in 2012.

A spokesman for the Interior Ministry said the plan would be discussed by the cabinet on Wednesday and presented by the minister that afternoon. He declined to give any details on the content.
People will be required to stockpile enough drinking water to last for five days, according to the plan, the paper said.

The 69-page report does not see an attack on Germany's territory, which would require a conventional style of national defense, as likely.

However, the precautionary measures demand that people "prepare appropriately for a development that could threaten our existence and cannot be categorically ruled out in the future," the paper cited the report as saying.

It also mentions the necessity of a reliable alarm system, better structural protection of buildings and more capacity in the health system, the paper said.

A further priority should be more support of the armed forces by civilians, it added.

Germany's Defense Minister said earlier this month the country lay in the "crosshairs of terrorism" and pressed for plans for the military to train more closely with police in preparing for potential large-scale militant attacks.

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PRESS REVIEW N°482 By Gilberte JACARET



Israeli judoka Yarden Gerbi wins bronze at Rio Olympics

Athlete is first Israeli medalist since 2008 games, second female winner in history; Netanyahu, Rivlin congratulate her: 'Today you are our hero'
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The "Anti-Normalization" Campaign and Israel's Right to Exist
by Khaled Abu Toameh • August 8, 2016 at 5:00 am

  • For many Arabs and Muslims, the conflict with Israel is not about a withdrawal to the pre-1967 lines. These opponents have no intention of recognizing Israel's right to exist, even if it allows for the creation of an independent and sovereign Palestinian state in the West Bank, Gaza Strip and East Jerusalem. A leading cleric, Dr. Ali Daghi, Secretary-General of the International Muslim Scholars, wrote: "There is a consensus among Muslims, in the past and present, that if an Islamic land is occupied, then its inhabitants must declare jihad until it is liberated from the occupiers."
  • "Anyone who calls for peace with the Zionists should be brought to trial for high treason. Normalization is treason." — Ramzi Al-Harbi, Saudi writer.
  • Let us be clear: these are not fringe voices. This is mainstream Arab and Islamic society. What bothers them is not the "normalization" with the "Zionist entity," but the fact that Israel exists. For the masses, jihad against Israel is the solution, not another peace initiative endorsed by unelected Arab dictatorships.

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Retired Saudi general Dr. Anwar Eshki (center, in striped tie) and members of his delegation, meeting with Knesset members and others during a visit to Israel, on July 22, 2016. (Image source: Twitter)

Arabs and Muslims are up in arms over a controversial visit to Israel by a retired Saudi general, Dr. Anwar Eshki, who is being accused of promoting "normalization with the Jews and the Zionist entity." If "normalization" with Israel is being denounced as a major crime and sin, one can only imagine what "peace" with Israelis would be considered in the Arab and Islamic countries.

General Eshki and a delegation of Saudi academics and businessmen met with Israeli Foreign Ministry Director-General Dore Gold, the Coordinator of Government Activities in the Territories (COGAT), Maj.-Gen. Yoav Moderchai and several Knesset members from the opposition. The Saudi delegation also travelled to Ramallah, where its members met with Palestinian Authority (PA) President Mahmoud Abbas and other Palestinian officials........


UK: A Tale of Two Inquiries
by Soeren Kern, August 2, 2016 at 6:30 am

Turkey Sets Ultimatum for EU Migrant Deal
"Erdoğan is openly pursuing the Islamization of Europe"

  • Turkey has threatened to back out of an agreement to stem the flow of migrants to the European Union if Turkish nationals are not granted visa-free travel to the bloc by October.
  • Europe is trapped in a no-win situation. European officials say that although Turkey has fulfilled most of their conditions, it has failed to relax its stringent anti-terrorism laws, which are being used to silence critics of President Erdoğan, especially since Turkey's failed coup on July 15.
  • The German newspaper Bild recently reported a confidential plan to house all migrants arriving from Turkey on Greek islands. Public transportation between those islands and the Greek mainland would be cut off to prevent migrants from moving into other parts of the EU.
  • "No matter how uncouth, how merciless, how unscrupulous Western countries act, they have no chance of keeping the migration flows under control." — Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan, quoted by German journalist Wolfram Weimer.

Turkey has threatened to back out of an agreement to stem the flow of migrants to the European Union if Turkish nationals are not granted visa-free travel to the bloc by October.
Although Turkish officials have repeatedly threatened to renege on the March 18 EU-Turkey deal, this is the first time they have set a deadline.

If the EU approves the visa waiver, tens of millions of Turks will gain immediate and unimpeded access to 26 European countries. If the EU rejects the visa waiver, and Turkey retaliates by reopening the migration floodgates, potentially millions of migrants from Africa, Asia and the Middle East could begin flowing into Greece this fall. Europe is trapped in a no-win situation.

The migration deal, which entered into force on June 1, was hastily negotiated by European leaders desperate to gain control over a crisis in which more than one million migrants poured into Europe in 2015.
Under the agreement, the EU pledged to pay Turkey €3 billion ($3.4 billion), grant visa-free travel to Europe for Turkey's 78 million citizens, and restart accession talks for Turkey to join the bloc. In exchange, Turkey agreed to take back all migrants and refugees who reach Greece via Turkey.

Turkish officials have repeatedly accused the EU of failing to keep its end of the bargain.

In a July 25 interview with the German television broadcaster ARD, Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan said that Turkey had so far received only €2 million of the promised €3 billion: "European leaders are dishonest," he said. "We have stood by our promise. But have the Europeans kept theirs?"

The EU insists that the €3 billion must be transferred through the United Nations and other international aid agencies in accordance with strict rules on how the money can be spent: "Funding under the Facility for Refugees in Turkey supports refugees in the country," the EU said in a statement. "It is funding for refugees and not funding for Turkey."

In a July 31 interview with the Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung, Turkish Foreign Minister Mevlüt Cavusoglu stressed that the Turkish government wants the EU to set a "specific deadline" for lifting the visa requirements: "It can be early or mid-October but we are waiting for an exact date," he said.

Cavusoglu said that his words are "not a threat," but added that "if there is no lifting of the visa restrictions, we will be forced to abandon the agreement struck on March 18."
Under the agreement, European officials promised to fast-track visa-free access for Turkish nationals to the Schengen (open-bordered) passport-free zone by June 30, and to restart Turkey's stalled EU membership talks by the end of July 2016.

To qualify for the visa waiver, Turkey had until April 30 to meet 72 conditions. These include: bringing the security features of Turkish passports up to EU standards; sharing information on forged and fraudulent documents used to travel to the EU and granting work permits to non-Syrian migrants in Turkey.

European officials say that although Turkey has fulfilled most of their conditions, it has failed to comply with the most important one: relaxing its stringent anti-terrorism laws, which are being used to silence critics of Erdoğan, especially since Turkey's failed coup on July 15.

European Commissioner Günther Oettinger recently said he did not believe the European Union would grant visa-free travel for Turkish citizens this year due to Erdoğan's post-coup crackdown.
Turkish authorities have arrested more than 15,000 people in connection with the coup attempt, and at least 60,000 civil servants, teachers, journalists, police officers and soldiers have been fired or suspended from various state-run institutions.

Turkey's EU accession talks also have run aground after Erdoğan threatened to reinstate the death penalty in Turkey. Oettinger said: "The death penalty is irreconcilable with our order of values and our treaties. No country can become a member state of the EU if it introduces the death penalty."

Erdoğan has indicated he is no longer interested in EU membership: "We'll go our way, you go yours," he said.

Meanwhile, Greek officials report a significant increase in the number of migrants arriving in Greece from Turkey since the coup attempt. Observers say Erdoğan is using the migrant flows to pressure Greece to extradite eight Turkish officers who participated in the coup and fled across the border to Greece. Athens has refused to hand them back.

As the migrant deal unravels, European officials are discussing a "Plan B." The German newspaper Bild recently reported a confidential plan to house all migrants arriving from Turkey on Greek islands in the Aegean Sea. Public transportation between those islands and the Greek mainland would be cut off to prevent migrants from moving into other parts of the European Union.

The plan, which Bild says is being discussed at the highest echelons of European power, would effectively turn parts of Greece into massive refugee camps for many years to come. It remains unclear whether Greek leaders will have any say in the matter.

The European Union now finds itself in a Catch-22 situation. Large numbers of Muslim migrants will flow to Europe regardless of whether or not the EU approves the visa waiver.


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Thousands of newly arrived migrants, the vast majority of whom are men, crowd the platforms at Vienna West Railway Station on August 15, 2015 -- a common scene in the summer and fall of 2015. (Image source: Bwag/Wikimedia Commons)

Critics of visa liberalization fear that millions of Turkish nationals may end up migrating to Europe. The Austrian newsmagazine, Wochenblick, recently reported that 11 million Turks are living in poverty and "many of them are dreaming of moving to central Europe."

Other analysts believe Erdoğan views the visa waiver as an opportunity to "export" Turkey's "Kurdish Problem" to Germany. According to Bavarian Finance Minister Markus Söder, millions of Kurds are poised to take advantage of the visa waiver to flee to Germany to escape persecution at the hands of Erdoğan: "We are importing an internal Turkish conflict," he warned. "In the end, fewer migrants may arrive by boat, but more will arrive by airplane."

In a refreshingly perceptive essay, Wolfram Weimer, a well-known German journalist, wrote that Erdoğan is exploiting Europe's strategic weaknesses to advance Turkish imperialism and his goal of Islamizing the continent:
"A few days ago Erdoğan said: 'No matter how uncouth, how merciless, how unscrupulous Western countries act, they have no chance of keeping the migration flows under control.' In short, he sees mass migration as a political weapon to put Europe under pressure. In diplomatic and military circles, the word that has been circulating for months is 'migration weapon' because the Turkish secret service has been deliberately and massively promoting the migration of Muslims to Europe.
"Turkey now earns tremendous amounts of money on all sorts of migration services and has allowed the refugee industry to blossom. At the same time Erdoğan is openly pursuing the Islamization of Europe. With its religious authority Diyanet [a branch of the Turkish government's Directorate for Religious Affairs that runs hundreds of mosques in Europe], Europe (and especially Germany) are being Islamized in a planned manner; the refugees play a key role, as do mosques, to give a 'home' to the faithful in a foreign land.
"Erdoğan's favorite quote comes from a poem by Ziya Gökalp [1876-1924, a father of Turkish nationalism]: 'The mosques are our barracks, the minarets are our bayonets.' Erdoğan sees himself both domestically and internationally as a religious cultural warrior — as the patron saint of Islamist expansion."
Soeren Kern is a Senior Fellow at the New York-based Gatestone Institute. He is also Senior Fellow for European Politics at the Madrid-based Grupo de Estudios Estratégicos / Strategic Studies Group. Follow him on Facebook and on Twitter. His first book, Global Fire, will be out in 2016.

Coup-Weary Turkey: Directionless and Insecure
by Burak Bekdil • August 8, 2016 at 4:00 am
 The more Ankara feels distant to Washington, the more it will want to feel closer to Moscow.
As Western leaders call on President Erdogan to respect civil liberties and democracy, Erdogan insists he will consider reinstating the death penalty: "The people have the opinion that these terrorists [coup-plotters] should be killed. Why should I keep them and feed them in prisons for years to come?"

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Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan is attempting to repair badly damaged relations with Russia, even as he slams his NATO ally, the United States, almost daily, and accuses the U.S. military of supporting the coup attempt against him. Pictured: Russian President Vladimir Putin (left) with Erdogan (then Prime Minister), meeting in Istanbul on December 3, 2012. (Image source: kremlin.ru)
Turkey once boasted of having NATO's second biggest army, equipped with state-of-the-art weapons systems. That powerful army now lacks command: After the failed coup of July 15, more than 8,500 officers and soldiers, including 157 of the 358 generals and admirals in the Turkish military's ranks, were discharged. The top commanders who were purged had made up 44% of the entire command structure. Prime Minister Binali Yildirim said that the military's shipyards and weapons factories will be transferred to civilian authority; military high schools and war academies have been shut; military hospitals will be transferred to health ministry; and the gendarmerie, a key force in anti-terror operations, and the coast guard will be tied to the interior ministry.


Germany's Migrant Rape Crisis Spirals out of Control

Suppression of data about migrant rapes is "Germany-wide phenomenon."
by Soeren Kern August 9, 2016 at 5:00 am

  • Germany's migrant rape crisis has now spread to cities and towns in all 16 of Germany's federal states. Germany now finds itself in a vicious circle: most of the perpetrators are never found, and the few who are frequently receive lenient sentences. Only one in 10 rapes in Germany is reported and just 8% of rape trials result in convictions, according to Minister of Justice Heiko Maas.
  • Up to 90% of the sex crimes committed in Germany in 2014 do not appear in the official statistics, according to André Schulz, the head of the Association of Criminal Police.
  • "There are strict instructions from the top not to report offenses committed by refugees. It is extraordinary that certain offenders are deliberately NOT being reported about and the information is being classified as confidential." -- High-ranking police official in Frankfurt, quoted in Bild.

Olympics-Israeli victims of 1972 Games honored 44 years on

After years of refusing requests by 1972 Munich Olympic Israeli athletes' widows to mark a moment's silence for their murdered husbands, IOC inaugurates Place of Mourning for every Olympics and observe moment's silence in Rio de Janeiro ; Wife: 'This gives us closure.'

Source Ynet

Widows of two of the 11 Israelis killed by Palestinian gunmen at the 1972 Munich Olympics got the recognition that they had so long sought with a ceremony and minute's silence at the Olympic village in Rio de Janeiro on Wednesday.


Ankie Spitzer's husband Andre, a fencing coach, was killed along with weightlifter Joseph Romano, whose wife Ilana Romano was also at the ceremony led by International Olympic Committee (IOC) President Thomas Bach.

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Ilana Romano, center, and Ankie Spitzer, right, widows of Israeli Olympic athletes killed at the 1972 Munich Olympics, attend a memorial in their husbands' honor, ahead of the Summer Olympics in Rio de Janeiro (Photo: AP)

"This is closure for us. This is incredibly important. We waited 44 years to have this remembrance and recognition for our loved ones who were so brutally killed in Munich," Spitzer told reporters at the newly established Place of Mourning. "That they would be really accepted as members of the Olympic family. It is what we wanted because they were members of the Olympic family."

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A tree filled with ribbons stands as part of a memorial in honor of Israeli Olympic athletes killed by Palestinian gunmen at the 1972 Munich Olympics (Photo: AP)

On September 5, 1972, members of the Israeli Olympic team were taken hostage at the poorly secured athletes' village by Palestinian gunmen from the Black September terror organization.

Within 24 hours, 11 Israelis, five Palestinians and a German policeman were dead after a standoff and subsequent rescue effort erupted into gunfire.

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A memorial in honor of Israeli Olympic athletes killed by Palestinian gunmen at the 1972 Munich Olympics stands in the Olympic Village ahead of the Summer Olympics in Rio de Janeiro (Photo: AP)

Relatives of those killed have long demanded a minute's silence at the opening ceremonies of Olympics Games, only to be turned down by the IOC.

Instead, Bach inaugurated the Place of Mourning, which will now be a feature at every Olympics, with two stones from ancient Olympia encased in glass in a leafy part of the athletes' village.


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IOC President Thomas Bach inaugurates the memorial (Photo: AP)

"Today, the inauguration of the Place of Mourning give us the opportunity to remember those that have passed away at the Olympic Games," Bach told a small crowd that included IOC officials, Israeli team officials, athletes and Spitzer and Romano.

"We chose the Olympic village as the location...because it symbolizes the unity of the Olympic family."

He then read out the 11 names of the Israeli victims, the German policeman as well as the name of Nodar Kumaritashvili, who was killed on the eve of the Vancouver 2010 Olympics in an accident in the sliding centre.

Romano said: "I never believed it was going to come. After 44 years I am happy for this moment of history."

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IOC President Thomas Bach, back to camera, embraces Ilana Romano, right, and Ankie Spitzer (Photo: AP)


Bach, in tears, embraced Romano and Spitzer, who praised the IOC's decision.

"I cannot explain to you how emotional I am and how much this means for us," Spitzer said. "We went through a lot. We always got a No (from the IOC) and this time we not only got a Yes but a big Yes."

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Between the Private and Public Domains in Bauhaus and International Style Buildings in Tel Aviv

Book edited by Micha Gross
Photographs by Michael Craig Palmer and Ingrid Botschen

A photographer and architect cross thresholds to photograph the intermediate spaces between the public and private domains, between the exterior and interior of International Style and Bauhaus buildings in Tel Aviv.

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Exhibitions

The center includes a gallery that hosts changing exhibitions about Bauhaus architecture and design, the city of Tel Aviv and contemporary art, design and architecture. The exhibitions travel, and they have been shown in Berlin, Frankfurt, Delft (NL) and London.

Permanent exhibition

We also hold a permanent exhibition called "Revival Of The Bauhaus In Tel Aviv", exposing 25 of Tel Aviv's Bauhaus buildings in various media including archive photography, architectural plans and drawings. This is a great place to get a first concept of the main ideas of "The International Style" and to begin to grasp its impact on Tel Aviv.

Showcase of exhibitions

The complete history of exhibitions that have taken place at the Center is displayed on the website, year by year. It includes architectural exhibitions as well as poster design, photography, drawings and paintings by various Israeli and international artists.

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BAUHAUS

FRAGMENTS OF A STYLE exhibition International Style Architecture in Tel Aviv

Yigal Gawze's photographs capture the abstraction, the simplicity and the optimism of early modernism in Tel Aviv.
He distils the essence of the Bauhaus to bring it alive in a modern city and concentrates on the subtle effects of natural light upon architecture, a technique that the masters of the modern movement themselves applauded.

Nonie Niesewand author and design editor was the architectural correspondent for The Independent newspaper.

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Fragments is a personal inquiry into the aesthetics of an architectural style which has largely defined the urban fabric of Tel Aviv.

The abstract geometry created by the white facades protruding into space against the backdrop of the blue sky was the point of departure for the project. It was counterbalanced and enriched by the focus on past craftsmanship, present in the fine detailing of the banisters, stairs and windows.

"I chose to focus on the fragment - an essential part of the structure, which carries within it the genetic code of the whole.

It was also an attempt to convey something of the utopia of the years which saw the building of the "White City". Only in the last part of the work, did I step back to deal with the whole building and its relationship to the street as part of the city."

Yigal Gawze, photographer