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REVUE DE PRESSE N°490
Par Gilberte JACARET

ISRAEL

Un Palestinien ouvre le feu et tue deux personnes à Jérusalem-Est
Par Cyrille Louis

Publié le 09/10/2016 à 12:15

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La police sur les lieux de l'attaque à Jérusalem-Est, dimanche. Crédits photo : MENAHEM KAHANA/AFP

Une femme de soixante ans et un policier israélien ont été tués dimanche matin par un Palestinien qui a ouvert le feu à un arrêt du tramway situé près du quartier général de la police à Jérusalem-Est. Le tireur, présenté par les médias israéliens comme un résident du quartier de Silwan âgé de 39 ans, a été abattu par les forces de l'ordre lancées à sa poursuite près de la colonie juive de Shimon HaTsadik. Six autres blessés ont été pris en charge dans les hôpitaux Hadassah et Shaare Tsedek. Le mouvement islamiste du Hamas, qui figure sur la liste européenne des organisations terroristes et contrôle la bande de Gaza, a salué cet attentat comme «une réponse naturelle aux crimes de l'occupation» sans pour autant en revendiquer la paternité.

«Le tireur, posté au volant d'une voiture blanche, a soudain ouvert le feu avec un fusil d'assaut en direction des passagers qui attendaient le tramway, témoigne Alix, une expatriée qui a assisté à la fusillade. C'était vraiment étrange car personne ne criait. Il n'y avait pas un bruit à part celui, assourdissant, des coups de feu. Des gens étaient couchés par terre. J'ai vu une femme qui essayait de se cacher avec sa poussette derrière une poubelle, mais celle-ci était trop petite pour l'abriter. Puis l'homme a redémarré en direction du centre et nous avons entendu de nombreux tirs retentir dans le quartier de Sheikh Jarrah.»

Crainte d'un regain de violences

Cette attaque survient après plusieurs semaines d'une calme relatif à Jérusalem et en Cisjordanie. L'«intifada des couteaux», qui a débuté à l'automne 2015, avait jusqu'à présent coûté la vie à 34 Israéliens, deux Américains, un Erythréen et un Soudanais, ainsi qu'à 230 Palestiniens qui, pour la plupart, étaient eux-mêmes des assaillants. La majorité des attaques, perpétrées à l'armée blanche, à la voiture-bélier et plus rarement à l'arme à feu, ont visé les forces de sécurité et se sont déroulées dans les territoires occupés de Cisjordanie et de Jérusalem-Est. Mais d'autres, tel l'attentat qui a fait quatre morts dans un centre commercial à Tel Aviv en juin dernier, ont frappé au cœur d'Israël. Les services sécurité intérieure (Shabak) ont récemment exprimé la crainte que la période des fêtes juives, traditionnellement marquée par un regain des tensions politico-religieuses autour de l'Esplanade des mosquées, donne lieu à un regain des violences.


Une flambée de violences redoutée
Le Monde.fr avec AFP | 09.10.2016 à 09h45 • Mis à jour le 09.10.2016 à 10h45


Puis il s'est dirigé vers le quartier palestinien de Sheikh Jarrah où il a garé son véhicule. Il a ensuite repéré des policiers à moto qui se dirigeaient vers lui et a ouvert le feu sur eux. L'un d'eux a été grièvement blessé tandis qu'un second était plus légèrement atteint. Lors des échanges de tirs, l'auteur de l'attaque, un Palestinien âgé de 39 ans et originaire de Silwan à Jérusalem-est, a été abattu, a ajouté la police sans préciser son identité.

Le chef du gouvernement Benjamin Netanyahu a félicité les « policiers qui ont agi rapidement et de façon très ferme contre le terroriste qui a été éliminé ». Ses propos, retransmis par la radio publique, ont été tenus durant le conseil des ministres.

Les autorités israéliennes redoutent une nouvelle flambée de violences en octobre à l'occasion des fêtes juives de Yom Kippour (mercredi) et de Souccot (la semaine prochaine), qui avaient été une période de vives tensions en 2015.

Crimes contre l'humanité: condamnation de J.M. Le Pen validée
Figaro,7 octobre 2016
 Par Lefigaro.fr avec Reuters

La Cour européenne des droits de l'Homme a validé aujourd'hui la condamnation de Jean-Marie Le Pen pour "complicité d'apologie de crimes de guerre et contestation de crimes contre l'humanité" après des propos polémiques sur la Seconde guerre mondiale.

Une peine de trois mois de prison avec sursis et 10.000 euros d'amende avait été prononcée le 8 février 2008, puis confirmée en appel et en cassation, contre celui qui présidait alors le Front national, après une interview publiée le 7 janvier 2005 dans l'hebdomadaire d'extrême droite Rivarol.

Jean-Marie Le Pen estimait que l'occupation allemande de la France entre 1940 et 1944 n'avait "pas été particulièrement inhumaine, même s'il y eut des bavures, inévitables dans un pays de 550.000 kilomètres carrés".

Le tribunal correctionnel de Paris avait jugé que le fondateur du Front national « occult(ait) ou à tout le moins tent(ait) d'instiller un doute sur ce qui a(vait) pu être commis par les nazis sur le territoire français comme la déportation des juifs ou les persécutions contre les résistants ».

La Cour européenne des droits de l'Homme déclare irrecevable la contestation par Jean-Marie Le Pen de cette condamnation qu'elle juge « fondée sur des motifs pertinents et suffisants » tandis que la peine infligée ne lui apparaît pas « disproportionnée ».


Nobel de la paix : le très pro-israélien président colombien Juan Manuel Santos récompensé

Le président colombien est un grand ami d'Israël. Lorsqu'il était ministre de la Défense, Juan Manuel Santos a intensifié la coopération militaire entre son pays et l'État juif.Tsahal, l'armée israélienne, joue un rôle essentiel dans la formation des forces armées colombiennes.

Depuis 2005, Israël est le premier fournisseur d'armement de la Colombie, principalement d'équipement visant à lutter contre les FARC et une autre guérilla de gauche, l'ELN (Ejercito de Liberacion Nacional). Israel fournit des armes légères, des drones, des systèmes de surveillance et de communications ainsi que des bombes spéciales qui permettent de détruire des plantations de coca.

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Le prix Nobel de la Paix a été attribué vendredi au président colombien Juan Manuel Santos, pour sa tentative, avec le chef des Farc Timoleon Jiménez, de mettre fin à la guérilla qui dure depuis plus d'un demi-siècle.

Les Palestiniens avaient lancé mi-avril une intense campagne médiatique pour que le Comité Nobel attribue le Prix Nobel de la paix au terroriste Marwan Barghouti.
Faouzi Ahmed – © Le Monde Juif .info | Photo : DR


LA GUERRE EN SYRIE


Bataille de Mossoul : les Rafale réalisent leurs premières frappes
Des Rafale ont décollé ce vendredi du porte-avions Charles de Gaulle pour atteindre des cibles de l'EI en Irak. Objectif final : reprendre Mossoul.

Modifié le 30/09/2016 à 16:38 - Publié le 30/09/2016 à 07:49 | Le Point.fr


Le début des opérations vendredi du porte-avions français Charles de Gaulle en Méditerranée orientale ajoute une pierre à l'édifice international qui se construit en préparation de la bataille de Mossoul, dernière place forte du groupe État islamique (EI) en Irak.

À la faveur d'une offensive fulgurante en 2014, l'EI s'est emparé de plusieurs pans du territoire irakien au nord et à l'ouest de Bagdad et a fait de Mossoul, la deuxième ville d'Irak, son principal bastion.
Après avoir reconquis de vastes pans de territoire depuis deux ans, les forces irakiennes se préparent dorénavant à reconquérir cette ville du nord du pays avec l'appui de la coalition internationale. L'heure est donc à la mobilisation, avant de lancer cet assaut-clé.

Parmi les moyens déployés, le bâtiment de guerre français, positionné en Méditerranée orientale. De son pont d'envol, huit premiers avions de chasse Rafale ont été catapultés vendredi matin. Aucune précision n'a été donnée sur la nature exacte de cette mission. Ces appareils peuvent mener des frappes ou faire de la reconnaissance, en Irak ou en Syrie.

"La suite des opérations de soutien"

"Ce n'est pas le début de la bataille de Mossoul, c'est la suite des opérations de soutien que nous apportons dans le cadre de la coalition, comme nous avons aussi renforcé nos capacités en artillerie dans la zone sud de Mossoul. Il va y avoir bientôt l'action majeure qui va être déclenchée, mais ce n'est pas aujourd'hui", a déclaré vendredi le ministre français de la Défense Jean-Yves Le Drian.

Il s'agit du troisième engagement du Charles de Gaulle au sein de la coalition internationale anti-EI dirigée par les États-Unis depuis février 2015. Ce sera le dernier déploiement de l'unique porte-avions français avant un arrêt technique majeur de 18 mois début 2017.
Avec 24 chasseurs Rafale Marine à bord, le porte-avions français triple la capacité de frappes aériennes françaises dans la région, où 12 Rafale sont déjà stationnés en Jordanie et aux Émirats arabes unis. Avec environ 5 % du total des frappes de la coalition (15 310) menées depuis l'été 2014, la France est un des principaux contributeurs aux opérations aériennes anti-EI, loin toutefois derrière les États-Unis (près de 80 % des frappes).

Le déploiement du Charles de Gaulle, programmé jusqu'à fin octobre, va également "renforcer nos capacités de renseignement" et "améliorer l'information des forces qui seront amenées à reprendre le territoire de Mossoul", expliquait cet été Jean-Yves Le Drian.

Reconquérir la ville d'ici la fin de l'année

Selon plusieurs responsables occidentaux, cette offensive-clé de la coalition anti-EI pourrait être lancée en octobre dans l'espoir de reconquérir la ville d'ici la fin de l'année. D'après les dernières estimations fournies par le Pentagone, entre 3 000 et 4 500 combattants de l'EI se trouvent actuellement à Mossoul.

Les États-Unis placent également leurs pions avant l'assaut final. Le président américain Barack Obama a donné son feu vert mercredi à l'envoi de quelque 600 soldats supplémentaires en Irak, en sus des 4 600 militaires déjà présents dans le pays. Outre le renseignement, ces renforts auront notamment pour mission de renforcer les capacités logistiques de l'armée irakienne, notamment sur la grande base aérienne d'Al-Asad, dans la grande province d'Al-Anbar, dans l'ouest.

Défi humanitaire

Côté français, près d'un demi-millier de soldats se trouvent déjà en Irak : ils apportent un appui d'artillerie, conseillent les peshmergas (combattants kurdes) au nord ou forment des unités d'élite irakiennes à Bagdad. L'armée française vient également de déployer quatre canons Caesar d'une portée de 40 kilomètres, sur la base aérienne de Qayyarah (65 kilomètres de Mossoul), reprise fin août aux djihadistes. Objectif : "Contribuer à la manœuvre d'encerclement de la ville", selon le ministre français de la Défense.

Au-delà des aspects militaires, la bataille de Mossoul pose un défi humanitaire sur lequel l'ONU travaille déjà. "Plus d'un million de personnes pourraient être déplacées lors de la prochaine offensive et nous prévoyons qu'au moins 700 000 auront besoin d'aide, d'abris, de nourriture, d'eau", déclarait jeudi le représentant du Haut-commissariat des Nations unies pour les réfugiés (HCR) en Irak, Bruno Geddo. Le HCR a déjà construit des camps en prévision de ce déplacement massif, mais il manque de terrains, de fonds et de temps pour en construire d'autres.

La défiance s'accroît entre les Etats-Unis et la Russie

Washington met en cause Moscou dans une série de piratages liés à la campagne présidentielle américaine et durcit le ton face à la poursuite des bombardements sur Alep en Syrie.

LE MONDE | 08.10.2016 à 07h41 • Mis à jour le 08.10.2016 à 09h53 | Par Gilles Paris (Washington, correspondant)

La semaine avait débuté avec la rupture du dialogue entre Moscou et Washington à propos de la Syrie, lundi 3 octobre. Elle s'est poursuivie vendredi 7 octobre avec de nouveaux gestes de défiance, de part et d'autre, qui ont porté la tension entre les deux puissances à un niveau rarement atteint au cours des derniers mois.

Aux Etats-Unis, l'administration américaine a décidé de sauter le pas en mettant en cause directement la Russie pour des piratages liés à la campagne présidentielle américaine constatés au cours des derniers mois. Le Democratic National Committee (DNC), la plus haute instance du Parti démocrate, en a été la cible tout comme les services chargés des listes électorales dans plusieurs Etats, dont l'Arizona et l'Illinois.

« Ces vols et ces piratages ont pour but d'interférer dans le processus électoral américain, a indiqué le directeur du renseignement américain, James Clapper, dans un communiqué commun avec le département de la sécurité intérieure. Nous pensons, compte tenu de l'étendue et du caractère sensible de ces initiatives, que seuls de hauts responsables russes ont pu autoriser ces activités. »

Le produit de ces piratages a été publié sur les sites WikiLeaks, Guccifer 2.0 et DCLeaks. Les autorités américaines sont affirmatives pour le piratage du DNC. Elles se contentent de mentionner que les intrusions dans les bases de données électorales des Etats ont été perpétrées « dans la plupart des cas à partir de serveurs opérés par une société russe ».


Lutte contre le terrorisme palestinien : le Royaume-Uni suspend son aide financière à l'Autorité palestinienne

Le Royaume-Uni a suspendu temporairement son aide financière à l'Autorité palestinienne, accusée de détourner l'aide financière internationale à des fins terroristes, rapporte vendredi la presse britannique.
La nouvelle ministre britannique en charge du Développement international, Priti Patel, a ordonné l'ouverture d'une enquête sur l'utilisation exacte par les Palestiniens de l'aide financière britannique.
Plusieurs audits internes à l'Union européenne (UE) indiquent un détournement de l'aide financière à l'Autorité palestinienne (AP) à des fins terroristes.
Selon l'ONG Palestinian Media Watch (PMW), l'AP continue de détourner l'argent du contribuable européen pour payer les primes versées aux terroristes et à leurs familles, grâce à un système opaque institutionnalisé au sein de ses divers ministères.
L'UE verse 335 000 000 dollars d'aide annuelle à l'Autorité palestinienne, en plus des dons individuels des États membres. Depuis 1994, 7,7 milliards de dollars de l'UE ont été transférés à Ramallah.
La France a versé directement courant mai huit millions d'euros à l'Autorité palestinienne (AP) en dépit que les dirigeants palestiniens reversent l'argent aux terroristes palestiniens détenus en Israël ou à leurs familles.
En septembre 2015, la maire de Paris Anne Hidalgo avait remis à Mahmoud Abbas la médaille Grand Vermeil, la plus haute distinction de la capitale française.
Faouzi Ahmed – © Le Monde Juif .info | Photo : DR


Syrie: regain de tension entre Washington et Moscou

Les États-Unis ont annoncé lundi qu'ils interrompaient leurs pourparlers avec la Russie à propos du cessez-le-feu en Syrie, après la destruction du plus grand hôpital d'Alep-Est. En guise de «signal», Moscou a suspendu un accord datant de 2000 sur le recyclage du plutonium militaire.
La Russie suspend un accord avec les Etats-Unis sur le recyclage du plutonium
Vladimir Poutine a justifié sa décision « en raison des actions inamicales des Etats-Unis à l'égard de la Russie »
AFP 3 octobre 2016, 17:53

Bataille de Mossoul : les Rafale réalisent leurs premières frappes

Des Rafale ont décollé ce vendredi du porte-avions Charles de Gaulle pour atteindre des cibles de l'EI en Irak. Objectif final : reprendre Mossoul.

Modifié le 30/09/2016 à 16:38 - Publié le 30/09/2016 à 07:49 | Le Point.fr

Le début des opérations vendredi du porte-avions français Charles de Gaulle en Méditerranée orientale ajoute une pierre à l'édifice international qui se construit en préparation de la bataille de Mossoul, dernière place forte du groupe État islamique (EI) en Irak.

À la faveur d'une offensive fulgurante en 2014, l'EI s'est emparé de plusieurs pans du territoire irakien au nord et à l'ouest de Bagdad et a fait de Mossoul, la deuxième ville d'Irak, son principal bastion.

Après avoir reconquis de vastes pans de territoire depuis deux ans, les forces irakiennes se préparent dorénavant à reconquérir cette ville du nord du pays avec l'appui de la coalition internationale. L'heure est donc à la mobilisation, avant de lancer cet assaut-clé.

Parmi les moyens déployés, le bâtiment de guerre français, positionné en Méditerranée orientale. De son pont d'envol, huit premiers avions de chasse Rafale ont été catapultés vendredi matin. Aucune précision n'a été donnée sur la nature exacte de cette mission. Ces appareils peuvent mener des frappes ou faire de la reconnaissance, en Irak ou en Syrie.

"La suite des opérations de soutien"

"Ce n'est pas le début de la bataille de Mossoul, c'est la suite des opérations de soutien que nous apportons dans le cadre de la coalition, comme nous avons aussi renforcé nos capacités en artillerie dans la zone sud de Mossoul. Il va y avoir bientôt l'action majeure qui va être déclenchée, mais ce n'est pas aujourd'hui", a déclaré vendredi le ministre français de la Défense Jean-Yves Le Drian.
Il s'agit du troisième engagement du Charles de Gaulle au sein de la coalition internationale anti-EI dirigée par les États-Unis depuis février 2015. Ce sera le dernier déploiement de l'unique porte-avions français avant un arrêt technique majeur de 18 mois début 2017.

Avec 24 chasseurs Rafale Marine à bord, le porte-avions français triple la capacité de frappes aériennes françaises dans la région, où 12 Rafale sont déjà stationnés en Jordanie et aux Émirats arabes unis. Avec environ 5 % du total des frappes de la coalition (15 310) menées depuis l'été 2014, la France est un des principaux contributeurs aux opérations aériennes anti-EI, loin toutefois derrière les États-Unis (près de 80 % des frappes).

Le déploiement du Charles de Gaulle, programmé jusqu'à fin octobre, va également "renforcer nos capacités de renseignement" et "améliorer l'information des forces qui seront amenées à reprendre le territoire de Mossoul", expliquait cet été Jean-Yves Le Drian.

Reconquérir la ville d'ici la fin de l'année

Selon plusieurs responsables occidentaux, cette offensive-clé de la coalition anti-EI pourrait être lancée en octobre dans l'espoir de reconquérir la ville d'ici la fin de l'année. D'après les dernières estimations fournies par le Pentagone, entre 3 000 et 4 500 combattants de l'EI se trouvent actuellement à Mossoul.

Les États-Unis placent également leurs pions avant l'assaut final. Le président américain Barack Obama a donné son feu vert mercredi à l'envoi de quelque 600 soldats supplémentaires en Irak, en sus des 4 600 militaires déjà présents dans le pays. Outre le renseignement, ces renforts auront notamment pour mission de renforcer les capacités logistiques de l'armée irakienne, notamment sur la grande base aérienne d'Al-Asad, dans la grande province d'Al-Anbar, dans l'ouest.

Défi humanitaire

Côté français, près d'un demi-millier de soldats se trouvent déjà en Irak : ils apportent un appui d'artillerie, conseillent les peshmergas (combattants kurdes) au nord ou forment des unités d'élite irakiennes à Bagdad. L'armée française vient également de déployer quatre canons Caesar d'une portée de 40 kilomètres, sur la base aérienne de Qayyarah (65 kilomètres de Mossoul), reprise fin août aux djihadistes. Objectif : "Contribuer à la manœuvre d'encerclement de la ville", selon le ministre français de la Défense.

Au-delà des aspects militaires, la bataille de Mossoul pose un défi humanitaire sur lequel l'ONU travaille déjà. "Plus d'un million de personnes pourraient être déplacées lors de la prochaine offensive et nous prévoyons qu'au moins 700 000 auront besoin d'aide, d'abris, de nourriture, d'eau", déclarait jeudi le représentant du Haut-Commissariat des Nations unies pour les réfugiés (HCR) en Irak, Bruno Geddo. Le HCR a déjà construit des camps en prévision de ce déplacement massif, mais il manque de terrains, de fonds et de temps pour en construire d'autres.


LA GUERRE


Le Pentagone renforce son dispositif militaire avant la bataille de Mossoul

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La coalition internationale, menée par les États-Unis, espère reconquérir le fief de Daech d'ici à la fin de l'année, en concertation avec les forces irakiennes qui se préparent à intervenir au sol.

le 30/09/2016 à 19:59 le 30/09/2016 à 19:15


L'ONU enquête sur le bombardement d'un convoi humanitaire

L'Organisation des Nations unies (ONU) a annoncé vendredi le lancement d'une commission d'enquête chargée de faire la lumière sur l'attaque, le 19 septembre, contre un convoi humanitaire en Syrie. Un bombardement contre un convoi du Croissant-Rouge peu avant la fin du cessez-le-feu avait fait au moins 18 morts à Orum Al-Koubra, dans l'ouest de la province d'Alep.
Washington en avait attribué la responsabilité à Moscou, qui avait nié toute implication. Le secrétaire général des Nations unies, Ban Ki-moon, « exhorte toutes les parties concernées à coopérer pleinement avec la commission ».

Moscou et Washington au bord de la rupture

Le vendredi 30 septembre marque le premier anniversaire du début de l'intervention russe en Syrie. « Ni l'Etat islamique, ni Al-Qaida, ni le front Al-Nosra ne sont aujourd'hui installés à Damas », a déclaré le porte-parole de la présidence, Dmitri Peskov, assurant que l'intervention russe a empêché les islamistes de prendre le contrôle du pays.

Selon un bilan de l'OSDH, plus de 3 800 civils ont été tués et 20 000 blessés par l'aviation russe en un an d'intervention syrienne. Des accusations rejetées par le Kremlin, qui a réclamé des preuves.
Washington et le Kremlin sont au bord de la rupture, moins de deux semaines après l'échec du cessez-le-feu prévu dans l'accord américano-russe du 9 septembre. Le ministre des affaires étrangères russe, Sergueï Lavrov, a estimé que cet accord tenait toujours, et ajouté qu'il s'entretiendrait dans la journée par téléphone avec son homologue américain, le secrétaire d'Etat John Kerry.
Jeudi, ce dernier avait menacé d'arrêter toute coopération sur la Syrie si Moscou ne mettait pas fin à ses bombardements à Alep. Le Kremlin avait immédiatement assuré qu'il poursuivrait ses frappes.


L'Ukraine marque les 75 ans du massacre de 34 000 juifs à Babi Yar

Les 29 et 30 septembre 1941, plus de 34 000 Juifs ont été tués par balles par les nazis, aidés par des miliciens ukrainiens au ravin de Babi Yar
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L'Affaire Dreyfus : son musée chez Zola

Mis à jour le 05/10/2016 à 13:33

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Un espace dédié doit ouvrir ses portes en 2018 dans la Maison de l'écrivain, à Médan. À l'origine du projet, Pierre Bergé a souhaité rendre hommage à son engagement contre l'antisémitisme.
Shimon Peres and BBE

Le B'nai B'rith pleure aujourd'hui la perte du plus ancien chef d'état Israélien, Shimon Peres décédé à l'âge de 93 ans le 27 septembre.

L'histoire de l'Israël n'aurait pu être écrite sans Shimon Peres et son immense contribution durant 70 ans de carrière.

Même lors de son départ de la présidence en 2014, il continua de représenter l'état d'Israël à l'occasion de conférences et de rencontres avec les dirigeants du monde entier.

De ses premiers jours en politique en tant que directeur général adjoint du Ministère de la Défense en 1952, jusqu'à ses trois mandats de premier ministre, Peres a été un acteur essentiel de la vie poilitique israélienne, pendant près de sept decennies. Il était unanimement respecté et très bien acceuilli sur la scène internationale.

Il obtient le Prix Nobel de la Paix en 1994 alors qu'il est ministre des Affaires étrangères, pous sa contribution aux accords d'Oslo.

Il sera Président de l'Etat d'Israël de 2007 à 2014.

En 2014 Shimon Peres reçoit le premier Prix du Mérite à Vie du B'nai B'rith Europe, decerné à des personnes exceptionnelles qui ont dédié au moins 40 ans de leur existence au bien-être du Peuple Juif et de l'Etat d'Israël.

Nous nous joignons au peuple d'Israël dans son deuil. Que le souvenir de Shimon Peres puisse toujours être une bénédiction.


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Chers Frères et Sœurs,

Nous avons le regret de vous informer des décès de Moïse Rahmani (Loge Henry Jones, Bruxelles) et du Dr René Trau (Loge Mala Zimetbaum, Anvers)

MOISE RAHMANI

Moïse est né au Caire et en 1956 à l'âge de 12 ans, sa famille et lui émigrent vers le Congo Belge, et intègrent la communauté grecque sépharade. La famille quittera le Congo lors de la crise du Congo, au début des années 60.

Il a vécu en Belgique depuis 1980, et a travaillé dans le secteur du diamant. Il a été membre du B'nai B'rith pendant plus de 30 ans et a présidé de nombreuses années.

Dans les années 1990, il a lancé la revue trimestrielle Los Muestros que l'on retrouve sur le site wwww.sefarad.org (sous les publications de Institut Sépharade Européen] qui publie, entre autres, des nouvelles des communautés séfarades du monde entier. Moïse Rahmani a fait des recherches et écrit de nombreuses publications dont deux sur la communauté juive du Congo ex belge, foyer de beaucoup de ceux qui, comme une partie de sa famille, ont quitté leur maison ancestrale de l'île Rhodes pour l'ancienne colonie belge du Congo.

Auteur de nombreux ouvrages, et polyglotte, il reste pour ceux qui l'ont connu un ami, un érudit et un mentor.

Le BBE adresse à sa famille et sa loge toutes ses condoléances.


DR RENE TRAU

Ceux qui l'ont côtoyé gardent de lui le souvenir d'un ami, d'un homme dévoué à sa famille, d'un grand président très dévoué à la cause du B'nai B'rith. Le BBE est attristé par la perte d'un ancien membre du Comité Exécutif du B'nai B'rith Europe. Dr René Trau a servi avec distinction en tant que Vice-Président de 2011 à 2014, et a toujours suscité le respect de ses collègues. Le BBE adresse ses sincères condoléances à sa famille et à sa loge.
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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.
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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."

ISRAEL

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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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On Sunday 3rd July, on the occasion of a reunion of the BBE Executive Committee and a visit from BBI executive, BBE unveiled a plaque for our late and beloved President Erika Van Gelder.

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David and Sarah Van Gelder, Erika's family, attended too.

Daniel Citone, BBE president, Garry Saltzman, BBI President, and Dan Mariaschin made moving speeches  followed by another inspiring speech by David Van Gelder. 


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