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Sunday, June 25, 2017

TOI reports:

The United Nations on Friday rejected Israeli claims the Lebanese terrorist group Hezbollah has been erecting observation posts along the border under the cover of an environmental NGO.

Israel’s military intelligence chief on Thursday published photographs and film showing what he said were Hezbollah observation posts near the Israeli-Lebanese border set up purportedly on behalf an organization called “Green Without Borders.”

But the UN Interim Force in Lebanon (UNIFIL) said that while “Green Without Borders” members have planted trees in the area, it “has not observed any unauthorized armed persons at the locations or found any basis to report a violation of resolution 1701.”
The IDF provided video of these observation posts.

I only found one website for "Green Without Borders," a Blogspot blog that hasn't been updated since 2015.

There are at least two articles in the blog detailing how the organization cooperated with Hezbollah on certain "green" initiatives.

At least according to the webpage, nothing has been happening lately.

Hezbollah websites also talk about cooperation with the NGO. And this site discusses the aims of Green Without Borders to partially be "resistance" to Israel.

Given the organization's obvious ties with Hezbollah and the fact that it hasn't been doing anything lately, it seems very likely that Hezbollah just resurrected the NGO for the purposes of surveillance of Israel under the noses of the UN.

Like everything else Hezbollah does.

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From Ian:

Seth Frantzman: 5 reasons why Nasrallah’s threat to use Iraq and Iran fighters against Israel is alarming
In a startling revelation on Friday, Hezbollah leader Hassan Nasrallah said the next war with Israel could see thousands of Shi’ite militia fighters join forces with Hezbollah to fight Israel.
“This could open the way for thousands, even hundreds of thousands of fighters from all over the Arab and Islamic world to participate – from Iraq, Yemen, Iran, Afghanistan and Pakistan,” he said in a television speech.
This threat marks a major development and turning point in Hezbollah’s threats against Israel. The following are five reasons that Hezbollah’s latest statement has ramifications for Israel and the region.
1. The threat confirms what security experts and commentators have predicted.
2. Hezbollah’s threat builds on the model used in Syria.
3. Nasrallah wants to drag Israel into a regional war with multiple states and provoke Russia and the US.
4. Nasrallah is engaged in a war of words with Israel.
5. A silver lining? Will the US wake up to the Shi’ite militia threat in Iraq and will Nasrallah’s comments bring Israel closer to Saudi Arabia?
IDF strikes Syrian targets in response to second day of Golan spillover
Several projectiles fired from Syria landed in open territory in Israel's Golan Heights on Sunday afternoon, the IDF confirmed. No injuries were reported in the incident.
The military added that the errant projectiles were the result of internal fighting in Syria.
The IDF struck targets belonging to forces loyal to Syrian President Bashar Assad's regime in response to the errant fire that hit northern Israel earlier in the day, the military confirmed on Sunday evening.
Among the targets struck were two canons and one truck loaded with ammunition.
The IDF has also instructed residents of the area as well as farmers working along the border not to remain in the area as long as the fire exchange continues.
The United Nations Disengagement Observer Force was notified by Israel about the hits it suffered from Syria.
Netanyahu warns Iran over Syria involvement after Golan exchange
Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu warned Iran on Sunday that Israel “views gravely” its attempts to set up a military presence in Syria and to arm Hezbollah with advanced weaponry via Syria and Lebanon.
His comments at the weekly cabinet meeting came a day after the IDF responded to mortar fire from Syria by attacking Syrian army targets across the border.
“Our policy is clear,” he said. “We will not accept any kind of 'drizzle, not of mortars, rockets, or spillover fire [from the Syrian Civil War]. We respond with force to every attack on our territory and against our citizens.”
Netanyahu has said repeatedly that Israel will act to prevent game-changing weapons from reaching Hezbollah through Syria, to prevent the establishment of a permanent Iranian military presence on its border, and to keep rockets from being fired from Syria into Israel.

Al-Quds Day: 'Jews, get out of Palestine!'
Thousands of Arabs marked Al-Quds Day by participating in mass parades in Gaza.
Al-Quds day is an international "holiday" started in 1979 by Iranian revolutionary leader Ruhollah Khomeini and intended to emphasize the Muslim world's responsibility to "free Palestine."
In the Gaza events, Hamas Parliament member and Al-Quds International Chief Ahmad Abu Hilbiyya said that Jerusalem and Al-Aqsa Mosque are being "viciously attacked" by Israel, and "several victims have already died."
Hilbiyya called on Palestinian Authority Chairman Mahmoud Abbas not to expel "fighters" and jihadists from Judea and Samaria, but to allow them to fight with the "occupation" and support the Al-Quds intifada in any way possible.
The Arab newspaper Palestin quoted Hilbiyya as telling Israel, "Get out of our land and our holy places, out of our Al-Aqsa Mosque, because we are coming and with us are all of the organizations which support our fight. We will continue to fight with force all efforts against Jerusalem and the other Palestinian lands."
In a call similar to that of Nazi Europe, Arabs call for a Judenrein Israel.
Israeli party chair slams Berlin mayor for allowing Hezbollah rally
Yair Lapid, the chairman of Yesh Atid, sent a hard-hitting letter on Saturday to Berlin's mayor Michael Müller for permitting Hezbollah -- an organization proscribed as a terrorist entity by many countries -- to march in Berlin on Friday.
The Jerusalem Post obtained a copy of the letter.
Lapid wrote: "This past week a lecture by a Knesset Member from Yesh Atid [Aliza Lavie] was violently disrupted by radical anti-Israel activists at a university in Berlin. A few days later demonstrators marched through your city proudly displaying photographs of the leader of an anti-Semitic terrorist organization."
"As the son of a Holocaust survivor I was deeply disturbed that in the same week that a group of Jews are targeted, antisemites are given the freedom of the city. We have stood in solidarity with Germany when you were hit by brutal terror attacks. We did that because we identified deeply with the pain caused by terrorism and we wanted to express our support for the people of you city."
Will Iran's Israel doomsday clock join history's list of failed predictions?
Tehran spared no expense in entertaining the masses during this year's Al-Quds Day festivities. Israeli and US flags were burned, inflammatory speeches were given, and a new digital clock was unveiled in the Iranian capital's aptly-named Palestine Square. But this new clock doesn't tell the time -- instead it counts down to the destruction of Israel set for 2040. The date prediction comes from a speech Iran's supreme leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei gave on September 9, 2015, in which he stated that the "Zionist regime will cease to exist in the next 25 years."
Israel will be celebrating its 92nd -- and supposedly last -- birthday in 2040. Our day of destruction will also festively be shared with the 100th anniversary of the first remote operation of a computer; the 105th birthday of Israeli actor Chaim Topol of Fiddler on the Roof fame; and, oddly enough, the 47th anniversary of the Palestine Liberation Organization officially recognizing Israel as a legitimate state. Which one of these events will be worthy of a Google Doodle on September 9, 2040?
While we shake in our boots for the next 25 years, let's take a look some of at history's failed predictions.
Al Quds Day In Toronto- So Pitiful The 12th Imam Vowed To Stay Hidden Out Of Shame
The Khomeinist turnout was low, certainly the lowest I have witnessed, perhaps topping 1500 Twelvers and assorted useful idiots like the Communist party of Canada.
I suspect Islam’s civil war has dampened Sunni enthusiasm for the Ayatollah’s annual shindig, I suspect also that a rift exists within the Shia community further lowering the turnout.
Oh and Kevin Barret did make an appearance, Barret is no worse than the local speakers of recent years, certifiably 100% Jew Hatey. The Khomeinists will likely post a vid of his ramblings on YouTube, they’re pretty brazen that way. I’ll keep my eyes open for it.
This year the police kept everyone well separated until the end of the march at the US Consulate. Reader Chris D. Sent along this pic from Ayatollah Alley, note the heavy police presence as they speak to some Pro-Israel interlopers.
The Ayatollah Idolizers had their women march at the back of the parade. This just goes to show how diversity enriches us all. I’m sure glad to have been enlightened by Justin Trudeau as to the wonders of our shared values with Islam.
Daphne Anson: Israel-Demonising Priest Addresses Al Quds Day Crowd Down Under (videos)
Pro-Iran Sydney-based Anglican priest Father Dave Smith is an antipodean member of the International Board of Reference of pro-Iran Stephen Sizer's new Israel-demonising vehicle Peacemaker Moderators.
Last year Smith described the Iranian-sponsored Hate Fest that is Al Quds Day as "a day when God brings us together ... an intrinsically religious event" and regretted that he could not attend Melbourne's Al Quds Day rally in person.
This year Smith was star speaker at the Al Quds Day rally in Melbourne, ranting and raving against the Zionist Entity before a crowd of appreciative Israel-haters gathered outside the usual venue for anti-Israel love-ins of this kind, the State Library of Victoria.
His speech was temporarily interrupted by raucous cries of "Down Down Israel!!!" (a cry replicated on placards held by Israel-haters on hand) and followed by equally raucuous cries of "From the River to the Sea ..."
Another Israel-hater inveighing against "Zionists" in Melbourne including "an IDF training centre" on Collins Street; note the chants:

Report: Trump Considering Camp David-Style Summit to Bring Arab States Together Against Terrorism
President Trump is considering calling a Camp David-style summit to address growing tensions among long-established U.S. allies in the Arab world and renew his call for those nations to confront the “crisis of Islamic extremism,” Fox News has learned.
The gathering would follow Saudi Arabia, Egypt and five other Muslim countries severing diplomatic and commercial relations with Qatar. The regional powers had accused the tiny Gulf state of funding terrorism – blasting Qatar for allegedly boosting groups like ISIS, Hamas and the Muslim Brotherhood and working with Iran to destabilize the region.
Fox News has learned that the White House is discussing several options for overcoming the dispute including a broad summit modeled on the 1978 Camp David peace accords that led to the 1979 peace treaty between Israel and Egypt.
“It’s a Camp David moment. We’ve seen nothing like this in 40 years, and now the president wants to follow through,” a senior White House official told Fox News.
In what might be seen as a warning for many countries in the region, the senior White House official told Fox News that the president is interested in behavior modification, and “not just Qatar’s.”
US Official Denies Reports of Trump Withdrawal From Israel-Palestinian Peace Talks
A US official has categorically denied rumors suggesting that President Donald Trump is contemplating giving up on launching fresh peace talks between Israel and the Palestinians. “Reports that President Trump is considering pulling out of peace talks are nonsense," the official said.
The reports came on the heels of separate meetings last week between Jared Kushner, the special adviser and son-in-law of Trump, with Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and with Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas, on how the two warring sides could advance peace.
A senior Palestinian official told Al-Hayat newspaper that Kushner was tasked with writing a report on his meetings which would determine whether or not Trump would proceed in his pursuit of what he has often described as “the ultimate deal.”
According to the same Palestinian official, Kushner asked Abbas to present his vision for a political solution during the meeting, adding that he had asked Netanyahu to do the same.
Sources in the Palestinian Authority expressed disappointment with the meeting between Abbas and the American delegation, describing the meeting in Ramallah as unsuccessful and claiming that Kushner and his entourage simply presented a list of Israeli demands.
Israel bars UNESCO team from Hebron field visit
Israel has refused to allow a UNESCO investigatory team to make a field visit to Hebron in advance of pending July vote to register its Old City on the list of World Heritage in Danger under the “State of Palestine.”
This is a “principled and strategic” stand, Israel’s Ambassador to UNESCO in Paris Carmel Shama HaCohen said on Saturday.
Hebron’s Old City, including the Tomb of the Patriarchs, is one of the 35 sites the World Heritage Committee plans to consider for inscription on the World Heritage List when it meets in Krakow, Poland from July 2-12.
The Palestinian Authority has fast tracked the inscription process by claiming that the site is endangered.
Since UNESCO recognized Palestine as a member state in 2011, the Palestinian Authority has similarly fast tracked inscription of two other sites on the list of World Heritage in Danger. This includes the Church of the Nativity and the Pilgrimage Route in Bethlehem in 2012 and the ancient terraces of Battir (2014).
Danon: Time for UNIFL to fulfill its mandate
On Thursday, Danon presented new information to the Security Council revealing that the Hezbollah terrorist group had established a series of outposts along the border with Israel under the guise of the agricultural NGO “Green Without Borders”.
Danon explained how in April a UNIFIL patrol was denied access by a group of locals to an observation post flying the organization's flag. He also presented photographs of the outposts and their locations.
UNIFIL rejected that proof on Friday, saying that “Green Without Borders” members have planted trees in the area, but it "has not observed any unauthorized armed persons at the locations or found any basis to report a violation of resolution 1701".
On Saturday, Danon said, “It is unfortunate that UNIFIL has chosen to turn the other way as Hezbollah continues to operate in the region. This NGO is not protecting the environment, but is conducting reconnaissance activity along our border.”
“It is time for UNIFIL to fulfill its mandate and ensure that UN Security Council resolutions are implanted,” he added.
As Islamic State wanes, Iran and Hezbollah could turn on Israel
Recent developments in the war between the Syrian regime and rebel forces show that the relative comfort zone that Israel has long enjoyed along its northern border is narrowing. The recent pummeling of the notorious Islamic State group makes an escalation in hostilities between Israel and the forces of President Bashar Assad along with his staunch ally, the Iranian-backed Hezbollah terror group, increasingly likely.
The terrible civil war ravaging Syria has for several years forced Hezbollah, deployed to the battlefield on Assad’s behalf, to limit the resources and energy it expends on confronting Israel. Some 2,000 Hezbollah fighters have been killed and 6,000 injured fighting in Syria — about a third of the organization’s fighting force. The same has been true for Syria’s standing army, which looked exhausted, almost defeated, until Russia swooped in to turn the tide.
In recent weeks, the cumulative effect of Russian President Vladimir Putin’s efforts has helped swing the pendulum in favor of Assad, Hezbollah, and other Shiite militias active in the arena on behalf of Iran. The battle against the Islamic State group in Mosul, Iraq, is drawing to a close, and it is clear that next in line to fall will be Raqqa, the group’s stronghold in Syria.
In other fronts, too, the Syrian army is scoring major victories, including in the Deir Ezzor region in the country’s northeast, where Assad’s forces, aided by Shiite militiamen, have broken through to the area of Abu Kamal, on the Iraqi border. It is a region where Kurdish and other forces that receive US support have been very active. Hence the recent rise in friction between the US army and Syrian forces that led to the downing of a Syrian jet last week.
Report: Israel Warns Iran Against Establishment of Hezbollah Weapons Factories in Lebanon
Israel has been sending messages to Iran via diplomats from European countries, warning that the establishment of Hezbollah weapons factories in Lebanon will not be tolerated, Haaretz reported on Sunday.
An Israeli official told the newspaper that Israel had emphasized that Iranian support for Hezbollah must become a core issue in the world's dealings with Iran.
“The Lebanese government cannot address this issue and thus the address for dealing with it is found with other forces that have influence over the issue,” said the senior Israeli official, according to Haaretz.
On Thursday, Major General Herzl Halevi, director of Israeli Military Intelligence, told the Herzliya Conference that Hezbollah was establishing a military industry in Lebanon with Iranian support.
Le chef de renseignements militaires israéliens, le général Herzl Halevi
He confirmed a report in Kuwait's Al-Jarida newspaper which claimed that Iran's Revolutionary Guards Corps had established a number of weapons factories for Hezbollah on Lebanese soil. The report, cited by Haaretz, says that the factories have the capability to produce long-range missiles, land-to-sea missiles, anti-tank weapons and drones which can carry explosives. Some of these weapons have reportedly already been tested in the Syrian civil war.
"In the past year, Iran has been working to establish an infrastructure for the production of precise weapons in both Lebanon and in Yemen," said Halevi. "We can not remain indifferent to this, and we do not."
20 arrested for trying to visit Joseph’s Tomb in West Bank
Around 20 Jewish pilgrims, including some minors, were arrested early Sunday morning as they tried to reach Joseph’s Tomb in the West Bank town of Nablus, the IDF said in a statement.
Nablus, a Palestinian city, is in Area A of the West Bank, putting it under full Palestinian Authority control and entry into the area is forbidden for Israelis without prior authorization with Israeli officials.
According to right-wing legal action group Honenu, which is representing the suspects, four them managed to reach the tomb where they were arrested by Palestinian security forces before being handed over to the IDF.
The rest of the group was intercepted on an approach road to Nablus by Israeli security forces. All of the suspects were taken to an Israeli police station in the settlement of Ariel.
“Early in the morning, IDF received reports of 20 young Jews who entered Joseph’s Tomb in Nablus without first coordinating with the security forces,” the army said in a statement.
IDF commander refutes Breaking the Silence testimony
The IDF commander of a spokesman for the Israeli left-wing NGO Breaking the Silence, who claimed to have assaulted a Palestinian during his IDF service, has accused him of inventing an incident that “never happened.”
Dean Issacharoff is currently under investigation in light of testimony he provided for the group claiming he assaulted a Palestinian during his military service in Hebron. His commander Omri Seiner has refuted the claims, which he says contradict the values of the IDF.
Breaking the Silence is made up of former IDF soldiers and officers who seek to "expose the Israeli public to the reality of everyday life" in the West Bank and provide lectures and information around the world on alleged IDF misconduct.
Speaking in an interview with Ynet, Seiner, who served as Issacharoff's company commander at the time of the alleged assault, said the incident he described in his recorded testimony “never happened. All the soldiers under Dean's command also said so (that it didn’t happen).”
Haaretz writer slammed for attacks on bereaved IDF parents
The friends and comrades of Hadar Gold and Oron Shaul, whose bodies have been held in Gaza for the past three years by the Hamas terrorist organization, responded angrily to the latest article by radical left-wing columnist Gideon Levy in the Haaretz newspaper this morning, in which Levy accused the bereaved parents of Goldin of incitement against the population of Gaza.
Levy wrote: "The Goldins want their dead son's body returned by Hamas at any price, and they want to extract that price from the Gaza Strip’s two million cursed inhabitants."
He went on to accuse the Goldins of wanting to force all Gazans to live through a humanitarian crisis without electricity and of wanting terrorists in Israeli prisons to be tortured.
Hadar and Oron's friends wrote an open letter in response to his attack on the families who have not been able to bury their sons, in which they accused Levy of ignoring the true humanitarian concerns.
"We who put ourselves danger while defending the nation, including those who are cut off from reality like you, who put ourselves in harm's way so that innocent people would not be killed on the other side [in Gaza]. Hadar, together with his friends Benya and Liel Gidoni, were murdered during a humanitarian ceasefire initiated by the United States, which was violated for the eighth time by Hamas. They were killed because they did not open fire on innocent people. They were killed because of the overriding humanitarian concern.
Video provides details of attack that killed border policewoman
Ramallah has refused to condemn the Jerusalem terror attack that killed Border Police Staff Sgt. Hadas Malka earlier this month. The Palestinian Authority has accused Israel of murdering three innocent civilians, saying Israel has no proof the attackers were trying to harm Israelis. The accusation from Ramallah comes despite the fact that Hamas has claimed responsibility for the deadly attack.
Despite the PA denials, Israel Hayom has learned that police are in possession of surveillance video that captured the attack on police officers and soldiers at Damascus Gate in the Old City in its entirety.
The footage shows the first attacker hiding behind a car and trying to operate a makeshift submachine gun, which then jams. After clearing the jam, he raises the gun, places it on his shoulder and fires two shots.
Seconds after the shots are fired, police open fire on the attacker, neutralizing him. Then a second terrorist armed with a knife is seen trying to attack the officers. Within seconds, he too is neutralized. A third terrorist is then seen attacking Malka. Although it is unclear from the footage whether he had a knife in his hand, the terrorist can be clearly seen attacking her and throwing her to the ground. After security forces shoot the third attacker, emergency rescue personnel rush to treat Malka, who lies sprawled on the floor.
Hamas is behind Gaza's suffering, not Israel
Gaza's sole power plant shut down on last week for lack of funds, leaving the nearly two million residents of the coastal enclave with only three hours of electricity a day.
The Palestinian Authority in the West Bank and Hamas in Gaza blame each other for the energy shortage. After multiple failed reconciliation attempts between the two parties, the Palestinian Authority is now flexing its muscles in an aggressive push to reassert some control over Gaza, which Hamas seized a decade ago in a violent takeover.
The standoff has left Israel in a tough spot, having to choose between giving tactical support to Hamas by keeping the fuel running or risking a humanitarian crisis that could trigger an upsurge in violence. Last time Palestinian reconciliation collapsed, Hamas members kidnapped and murdered three Israeli teenagers in the West Bank in June 2014.
All of this is a tragedy. But it is a tragedy deliberately manufactured by Hamas that easily could have been avoided. Hamas is doing again what it has done a hundred times before: sacrificing the well-being of Gaza's civilian population on the altar of cynical political ambitions.
Hamas could, if it wanted to, pay for the lack of electricity and ease the suffering immediately. According to data from the Hamas Finance Ministry, the group collects at least $15m (£11m) a month in taxation. But instead of paying for education, medical services and electricity, Hamas invests millions of dollars a year in its military infrastructure and preparations for war, including smuggling tunnels and rockets.
PMW: PMW report leads to removal of terrorist monument in Jenin - but monument later restored
Last week Palestinian Media Watch exposed that the PA had named a square in Jenin after terrorist Khaled Nazzal who planned the attack that led to the murder of 22 children and 4 adults in the Ma'alot Massacre on May 15, 1974. A monument with an inscription had also been erected in his honor at the square.
Following PMW’s report on the terror glorifying square, Israeli Prime Minister Netanyahu tweeted his outrage and the mayor of Ma’alot Shlomo Bohbot wrote a letter to PA Chairman Abbas urging him to dismantle the monument.
Jenin Mayor Dr. Muhammad Abu Ghali claimed that Israel threatened to “destroy the entire square” in case the monument was not removed. An op-ed in the official PA daily went as far as claiming that Netanyahu had “threatened to invade Jenin”:
“One of the new examples of the persecution of the living (i.e., eternal) Martyrs as part of Israeli policy is the government of [Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin] Netanyahu’s threat to invade Jenin if the [Jenin] Municipality and [Jenin] District refuse to remove the Martyr Khaled Nazzal monument.” [Official PA daily Al-Hayat Al-Jadida, June 25, 2017]
The 'reward' of every Temple Mount rioter: 4,500 shekels a month
A Turkish organization funded partially by the Turkish government invested in a project intended to bring 500 thousand Israeli Arabs to the Al-Aqsa Mosque “to protect it against Israeli invasion and the threat of its destruction,” according to an investigation by Israel Hayom.
The journalist Nadav Shragai reported that an organization called “Mirasimiz” (“Our Heritage,” - ed.) organized mass transportation to the Old City of Jerusalem, allotting 11.5 million shekels for this purpose. The transportation project was to have continued for many months, and the organization obtained 11 buses and hired dozens of additional buses every week to execute the project.
Among those transported by the organization were the agressive men's group “Mourabitoun” and women's group "Murabitat,” under the auspices of the northern branch of the Islamic Movement in Israel, who later became illegal after they created riots on the Temple Mount, cursing and attempting to threaten and disrupt Jewish visits to the site.
The program included many schools from the Arab sector in Israel, and the organization also made sure to distribute water and food costing 7.5 million shekels to those it was transporting to the Temple Mount.
The Shin Bet discovered that, in exchange for their presence on the Temple Mount and their harassment of Jewish visitors to the site, each one of the Mourabitoun and Murabitat received a monthly salary of 4,500 shekels a month.
Egyptian police say they foiled church bombing
Egyptian police said on Saturday they foiled a church bombing by arresting a cell including the would-be attackers, two months after suicide bombers killed dozens of church goers in two attacks.
Six members of the cell including two “suicide bombers” planning the attack on an Alexandria church were arrested in the Mediterranean city, the interior ministry said in a statement.
It said one attacker had planned to detonate an explosive vest inside the church and the other to blow himself up when police arrived to the scene.
The Islamic State group had claimed responsibility for the two church bombings in April and one in December that killed more than seventy people.
"Muslims contributed nothing to the West except slaughter, massacres, terror attacks"
Egyptian TV Host Youssef Al-Husseini Following London Mosque Attack: The Muslims Have Contributed Nothing but Terror, So Why Do You Expect Them to Love You?
Following the vehicular attack outside a London mosque on June 19, Egyptian TV host Youssef Al-Husseini said: "Why do they hate us?! If they didn't, there would be something mentally wrong with them." Claiming that the Muslims have contributed nothing to the West except slaughter, massacres, and terror attacks, Al-Husseini said: "And you still expect them to love us?!" His address aired on ON TV on the day of the attack

IsraellyCool: Exporting How To Kill To The UK
The Manchester suicide bomber watched videos from Gaza to learn bomb making. Israel is the canary. When the world stops us from dealing effectively with Islamic terror in Gaza, eventually the world suffers just as we do.
The Times:
A source with knowledge of the police investigation said that Abedi is believed to have accessed videos online containing information about how to construct various devices, including those using TATP. Abedi downloaded material from a range of online sources, including the dark web, and the YouTube information was one part of a wider online picture, it is understood.
After the Manchester attacks a 22-minute video on YouTube and Facebook emerged, called “Jihadi ideas for lone lions”. It provided instructions on how to make the type of explosive used by Abedi.
The video, produced by Ibn Taymiyyah, a Gaza-based group that supports Isis, showed a chemist making the explosive from scratch using items such as a funnel and coffee filter. “The filling can be used in closed places like restaurants and buses,” the video says. “After the explosion, it’s better to directly enter the place and eliminate those who are still alive, Inshallah.” It has been taken down.
Convicted terror backer of Islamist group linked to Manchester bombing 'works at Libyan embassy in London'
A man convicted of sending £20,000 a year to an Islamist group linked to the Manchester Arena bombing is working at the Libyan embassy in London.
Ismail Kamoka was jailed for three years and nine months in 2007 for sending cash to the Libyan Islamic Fighting Group (LIFG) as well as giving out false passports.
Salman Abedi, the 22-year-old terrorist who murdered 22 people in a suicide bombing at Manchester Arena last month, has been linked to the LIFG.
Kamoka, 51, moved to the UK in 1994 before claiming political asylum.
According to The Times, he now lives in a housing association property in Burnt Oak, London.
He is understood to work at the consular and cultural affairs arm of Libya's embassy in Kensington.

University Professor Who Cheered Student’s Death is a BDS Supporter
A University of Delaware professor who said that student Otto Warmbier, a victim of the North Korean regime, “got exactly what he deserved,” after he was held and possibly murdered by North Korea, is a supporter of the boycott, divestment and sanctions (BDS) effort which seeks to delegitimize Israel.
Kathy Dettwyler, an adjunct professor of anthropology at the University of Delaware, wrote on her personal Facebook page that Warmbier was “typical of the mindset of a lot of the young, white, rich, clueless males who come into my class.”
Dettwyler is also a BDS supporter, according to research by CAMERA that found that she was a signatory for the “Anthropologists for the Boycott of Israeli Academic Institutions.”
Given her support for BDS, Dettwyler’s decision to blame the victim of an autocratic, anti-Western regime, seemingly on the grounds of his racial/ethnic makeup, is perhaps unsurprising.
Amid calls for Dettwyler’s dismissal, the University of Delaware has stated that the professor’s “distressing” comments “do not reflect the values or position” of the school.
Maajid Nawaz Tells Bill Maher He’s Suing Southern Poverty Law Center for Defamation
Maajid Nawaz told Bill Maher tonight that he plans to sue the Southern Poverty Law Center for defamation for listing him as an “anti-Muslim extremist.”
Nawaz, who wrote a book called Radical: My Journey Out of Islamist Extremism, is featured on the SPLC’s page “A Journalist’s Manual: Field Guide to Anti-Muslim Extremists” and in addition to saying “the evidence suggests that Nawaz is far more interested in self-promotion and money than in any particular ideological dispute,” they feature a list of actions he’s taken that they say backs up this characterization.
Nawaz’s placement on the SPLC list (along with Ayaan Hirsi Ali) was actually the source of some controversy last fall, and he responded at the time in a piece for The Daily Beast:
In a naively dangerous form of neo-Orientalism, the SPLC just arrogated to itself the decision over which debates we Muslims may have about reforming our own religion, and which are to be deemed beyond the pale.
Let us call it “Islamsplaining.”
In a monumental failure of comprehension, the SPLC have conflated my challenge to Islamist theocracy among my fellow Muslims with somehow being “anti-Muslim.” The regressive left is now in the business of issuing fatwas against Muslim reformers.
Alternative Chicago Pride event 'inclusive' to all, except Jews
Participants of the 21st annual Chicago Dyke March, a parade geared towards members of the city's lesbian community, found themselves on Saturday at the center of controversy.
The Dyke March was founded by a collective that billed the event as more inclusive and social justice-oriented than the more well-known and mainstream Chicago Pride Parade.
However, three Jewish members of the collective were not to be included in Saturday's festivities.
Jewish Pride flags -- with a Star of David in the center of the rainbow flag -- are a common sight at Pride events around the world, so the members were likely not trying to cause a scene when they brought them to the march.
According to a report in The Windy City Times, the three members were told to leave the parade because the flags "made people feel unsafe" and that the Dyke March was a "anti-Zionist, pro-Palestinian" space.
The expelled Jewish members said that "there's nothing offensive about this flag. It's a statement of Jewish identity."
PreOccupiedTerritory: University To Eliminate Courses About Jews So As Not To Alienate Muslims (satire)
San Francisco State University has announced that in a bid to make the on-campus experience more welcoming for students of Muslim background, it will no longer offer courses that discuss the history, culture, practices, experiences, or presence of Jews.
A spokesman for the university told reporters today that as of the upcoming fall semester, SFSU has eliminated all classes that specifically examine Jewish material, sources, or matters, as part of the institution’s ongoing efforts to provide a safe space for students for whom exposure to such material would create a hostile environment.
“We are here to promote learning, and that requires an atmosphere conducive to learning,” declared Aiam Klulis, Assistant Dean of Undergraduate Students.”Muslims students and their supporters have expressed many times how challenged they feel when confronted with the open tolerance they see around them for Jewish survival, prosperity, safety, and peoplehood. Taking those feelings into account, and realizing that sustained exposure to those phenomena inhibits our Muslim students’ confidence in their ability to engage their course material, the administration has voted to cancel all courses that explicitly or specifically cite Jewish experience, history, texts, or personalities as such.”
Students already pursuing degrees for which such courses are a requirement will be given the opportunity to alter their degrees by taking courses on subjects such as Palestinian suffering, the hierarchy of intersectionality, and seminars with anti-Israel activist Bassem Tamimi. Several of those courses will also be designated prerequisites for all incoming freshmen, announced Klulis.
Hey Newsweek: Israelis Want Their Country Back
An article in Newsweek twists a quote by Israel’s Minister of Defense, Avigdor Lieberman, into an entire diatribe against Israel. In his fantasy driven tirade, journalist Tom O’Connor comes to the astounding conclusion that all of Israel…isn’t Israel.
The quote by Lieberman:
We will not agree to the return of a single refugee to within the ‘67 borders.
The statement is an apparent rejection of the Palestinian Authority’s negotiating demand: that even after a Palestinian state is formed, they would hold the right to settle Palestinians outside of their own state, and inside Israel instead. Though Minister Lieberman does not control government policy on this issue, his statement is nonetheless newsworthy as one, potentially influential, voice within Israel’s government.
Yet Newsweek’s Tom O’Connor was not content to simply report this news. He had to weave a tale of fiction instead.
O’Connor begins with the incorrect statement:
Israel’s defense minister has said that his government will not allow any Palestinians to return to the lands historically settled by them and currently claimed by Israel.
Claimed by Israel??
In fact, the lands referred to in Lieberman’s statement, that O’Connor calls “claimed by Israel,” are the areas inside the 1967 borders, specifically: Tel Aviv, Ben Gurion International Airport, the western parts of Jerusalem, the entire Negev Desert and more. Most of the world does not describe this a “occupied” or “captured” or even “disputed” but rather as, “Israel.” The only exceptions are those countries and terror organizations that wish to destroy Israel entirely.
The lands that O’Connor defines as “historically settled by Palestinians” have actually had an uninterrupted presence of Jews dating all the way back to the Kingdom of Israel some 2,800 years ago, and since the founding of modern Israel have never been considered contested in any way. (Again, this is aside from the numerous attempts by Israel’s neighbors to destroy the country entirely).
This Ongoing War: 25-Jun-17: A voice of lethal, bigoted hatred is silenced... for a while
We're pleased to see that Twitter last night (Saturday) shut down the hateful account of the FBI fugitive who masterminded the bombing of the Sbarro pizzeria in Jerusalem. Our daughter Malki, 15, was one of her many victims.
Our very sincere thanks to all the good people who helped us in publicizing the existence of the account and in bringing it to the attention of Twitter.
The background is here: "23-Jun-17: Murder by social media (is anyone at Twitter reading this?)"
The woman will certainly open up additional Twitter and other social media accounts (if she has not already) in this unpleasant cat-and-mouse game.
That's because, beyond being a confessed, proud and unrepentant murderer, she appears to be deeply committed ideologically to inciting others to emulate what she did and to kill Jews. She has been engaged in this since even before her unwarranted and deeply ill-conceived and regrettable release from an Israeli prison cell in October 2011 as part of the catastrophic Shalit Deal.
Powerful musical recounts Atlanta lynching of falsely accused Jewish man
Chicagoland theater goers have a must-see play in their midst. Even a century after the events that inspired it, the suburban Writers Theatre‘s new production of Alfred Uhry and Jason Robert Brown’s Tony Award winning show “Parade” is still a devastatingly relevant piece of drama.
This 1998 musical is based on the early 20th century trial and lynching of Leo Frank (Patrick Andrews), a dapper Jewish Brooklynite living in Atlanta. In 1913, Frank is falsely accused of murdering 13-year-old Mary Phagan (Caroline Heffernan), an employee at the National Pencil Factory, where he is her supervisor.
Frank is innocent, but makes for a convenient target. Governor John Slaton (Derek Hasenstab) and prosecutor Hugh Dorsey (Kevin Gudahl) salivate over the thought of convicting “the Jew.” Pandering to an anti-Semitic constituency, a conviction would be a feather in their political caps.
Slimy prosecutor Dorsey coaches witnesses to lie under oath, which they do in spades. Ultimately, the jury, the public, politicians and the media are all complicit in a brutal anti-Semitic character assassination, which leads to a guilty verdict and a death sentence for Frank. The court rejoices in glee amongst a chorus of “hang the Jew.”
IsraellyCool: WATCH: Merv Griffin Interviews Yitzhak Rabin in Israel, 1976
In 1976, American television host Merv Griffin came to Israel, where he interviewed Yitzhak Rabin, who was then Israel’s Prime Minister (he would of course be PM a second time from 1992 until his assassination in 1995).
It is a fascinating interview, done in a very relaxed way (after they played tennis!) Besides giving insight into Rabin’s beliefs about Israel and peace, it also shows a different side to the man who supposedly had no sense of humor – he comes up with a few zingers here, especially the one about the Shah of Iran.
It ends with Merv Griffin giving high praise for Israel and her people.
Yitzhak Rabin Interview- Israel, Jimmy Carter, Peace (Merv Griffin Show 1976)

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Back in 2011, I wrote about Mya Guarnieri, a far-left writer for +972 and elsewhere. She was on the Gaza flotilla (as a "reporter" but really as a cheerleader) and she made a sarcastic remark about how innocuous the little old ladies on the ships to Gaza are, and I responded with a cartoon:

When I tweeted this to Guarnieri, she responded back with two tweets changing the subject:

Meaning, of course, that I have no right to say anything about Israel as I don't live there.

I responded back to her asking if she was just as upset at J-Street, JVP, SJP or any other non-Israeli organization that criticizes Israel from without. She didn't answer.

But I'm sure that hers is a principled stand.

So it is very interesting to read that Guarnieri, now married to a Palestinian Arab, has moved back to the US  - and released an anti-Israel book (under a fringe left-wing Pluto Press, yet garnering a huge interview in Times of Israel).

I thought that we Americans don't have the right to opine on Israel from here, Mya.

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Rogel Alpher writes in Haaretz:

The 20th Maccabiah Games, which opens July 4, is a racist and ultranationalist event that violates the spirit of the Olympics. The Olympics are based on universal values of rising above differences of race and religion. But the condition for participation in the “Jewish Olympics” is racist. Only Jews take part in the Maccabiah

This is funny because four years ago Haaretz itself has reported on Arab athletes in the Maccabiah Games since the very first tournament in 1932 when Egyptian boxers  participated. The newspaper interviewed Husam Aruk, who was a gymnast in the previous three Maccabiahs:
“I have never felt the need to ask myself what I am. I have a long history with Jews, and I’ve been living and training with them from the day I chose the sport of gymnastics. All my friends are Jewish and they certainly know who I am.”
Aruk says that even though he did not encounter many Arab-Israeli athletes in the two Maccabiahs in which he competed (2005 and 2009), he was never made to feel like an outsider. Nor did he encounter offensive behavior on the part of rival athletes. The crowd always rooted for him even though he is “a non-Jew,” he says. “This is the first time I’ve even thought about this issue,” Aruk admits. His parents do not object to his participating in the Jewish Olympics and encourage him to carry on in his chosen path.
Some Arab athletes who participated wanted to keep a lower profile:

A Muslim athlete who competed in the past in the Maccabiah, and asked not to be named, theorized that the dearth of Arab-Israeli participants stems from, among other things, the objection of prominent figures in the Arab community to the “Jewish Zionist” concept of the Games. Despite repeated requests from Haaretz to Arab members of Knesset Ahmed Tibi and Hanin Zuabi for a comment on this matter, no response was ever received.
The MKs were not the only ones to keep mum. Many Arab-Israeli athletes declined being interviewed for this article, claiming that “nothing good for us is likely to come of it,” as one of them wrote in response to a request from Haaretz. 
Yes, Arabs in Israel are reluctant to compete because of - Arab racism. A topic that Alpher wouldn't dare think to be worth exploring.

Now it is true that the Maccabiah Games is primarily for Jews worldwide, but it is up to individual countries' Maccabiah committees to decide who is eligible. So Argentina will allow non-Jews with Jewish spouses to participate, for example.

But does Alpher object to the Gay Games? To the Deaflympics or Paralympics or Special Olympics? To the Asian Games that exclude Israel? All of which have criteria that do not allow everyone to participate?

Alpher doesn't explore these questions. Instead, he says "The Maccabiah Games is a racist event that makes the 1936 Berlin Olympics seem liberal."

It is a waste of time to be offended by such stupidity. Alpher, like other Haaretz columnists, long ago stopped trying to make cogent arguments and instead now compete in their own games - to see how much they can outdo each other in insulting Israel.

Alpher tries very hard to be a gold medalist in the Haaretz Games, but he is always up against stiff competition from Gideon Levy and Amira Hass and others. I guess they get paid by how many howls of outrage they elicit as they try to one-up the other with more lies and insane accusations.

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On the eve of the International Day in Support of Victims of Torture 2017, the Palestinian Prisoner Affairs Ministry issued a report where they claim that over a million Palestinians have suffered torture by Israel.

Since they also falsely claim that over one million Palestinians have been imprisoned or arrested by Israel, that is an impressive 100% torture rate.

It's funny that not one of the demands of the hunger striking prisoners last month mentioned "please stop torturing us." Instead, they demanded kitchen privileges and more satellite TV channels.

Come to think of it, the lack of TV channels is probably exactly what they mean by "torture."

(By the way, the article I linked to in Ma'an is identical to ones in other media, meaning that these Palestinian "independent media" are simply publishing press releases without the slightest bit of checking. In this case the original press release must have been a PDF or something because the text is corrupted - in exactly the same way in all of the media!)

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Matti Friedman in the Washington Post has a blistering takedown of the recent book about how awful Israel is by Michael Chabon and Ayelet Waldman called " “Kingdom of Olives and Ash: Writers Confront the Occupation."

Last year, the American novelists Michael Chabon, Ayelet Waldman and Dave Eggers led a group of writers to “bear witness” to the crisis in Iraq, confronting the fate of that country during and since the American occupation — the hundreds of thousands of dead, the vanished minorities, the chaos spreading across the region. The resulting anthology adds up to a piercing, introspective look at what it means to be American in the 21st century.

I’m kidding! Reporting on Iraq is bothersome, and so is introspection. Instead, they came to “bear witness” to the crisis in the West Bank and Gaza, where thousands of reporters, nongovernmental organization staffers, activists and diplomats hover around a conflict with a death toll last year that was about a third of the homicide number in Baltimore. It’s the kind of Mideast conflagration where writers can sally forth in an air-conditioned bus, safely observe the natives for a few hours and make it back to a nice hotel for drinks.

The resulting anthology, “Kingdom of Olives and Ash: Writers Confront the Occupation,” includes essays by American and international authors such as Eggers, Mario Vargas Llosa, Colum McCann and Colm Toibin — an impressive list — with a few locals thrown in. The visitors were shown around by anti-occupation activists and wrote up their experiences. Edited by Chabon and Waldman, the 26 essays here constitute a chorus of condemnation of Israel.

Chabon and Waldman tell us on the very first page of a visit to Israel in 1992, which they remember vividly as a time of optimism, when the “Oslo accords were fresh and untested.” But their memory must be playing tricks, because the Oslo accords happened in the fall of 1993. ...

The essays vary in tone and quality, but experienced journalists covering the Israel/Palestine story will recognize the usual impressions of reporters fresh from the airport. Cute Palestinian kids touched my hair! Beautiful tea glasses! I saw a gun! I lost my luggage, and that seems symbolic! Arabs do hip-hop! The soldiers are so young and rude! The writers interview the same people who are always interviewed in the West Bank, thinking it’s all new, and believe what they’re told. Chabon, for example, waxes sarcastic that in the West Bank you can spend months in administrative detention if you forget your ID card at home. But that isn’t true.

.... The hosts’ choreography becomes evident the more you read, because the writers keep going back to the same street in Hebron, the same village near the same settlement, the same checkpoint activist. They avoid Palestinian extremists and average Israelis, so it looks like all Palestinians are reasonable and all Israelis aren’t.

I know space in these projects is limited, especially with all the love that needs to fit, but the Syrian catastrophe unfolding a 90-minute drive from the West Bank could have used a few more words — half a million people are dead, and millions of others have been displaced. Does this affect the thinking of the Israelis and Palestinians next door? Are Israeli decisions influenced by the bloody outcomes of power vacuums in Sinai, Iraq and Libya? What will replace the occupation? In Gaza, it was Hamas — will it be Hamas in the West Bank? If Israel’s police leave East Jerusalem, could the city become Aleppo? These are some of the big questions of 2017.

But the writers here aren’t addressing them, which raises another question: What is this book about?

What it’s really about is the writers. Most of the essays aren’t journalism but a kind of selfie in which the author poses in front of the symbolic moral issue of the time: Here I am at an Israeli checkpoint! Here I am with a shepherd! That’s why the very first page of the book finds Chabon and Waldman talking not about the occupation, but about Chabon and Waldman. After a while I felt trapped in a wordy kind of Kardashian Instagram feed, without the self-awareness.

Whatever this anthology set out to be, “Kingdom of Olives and Ash” is an unintentional group portrait of a certain set of intellectuals. Would they like a curated trip to a foreign country? Sign them up! Do they think a few days is enough to pass judgment on the participants in a century-old conflict? They do! These people are taken somewhere, and they go. Someone points, and they look. They can be trusted not to ask who’s pointing, who’s with them on the bus or who’s paying for the gas.

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Saturday, June 24, 2017

From Ian:

David Collier: Fighting through law, fighting in the streets. Both may fail the Jews
From songs that ridicule the Holocaust to blaming Jews for the Grenfell fire on Al Quds Day. From a battle in law to a wider societal struggle. It would be foolish to understate or ignore the signals we are receiving from the current UK landscape.
23rd June 2017. I have just left the Marylebone Magistrates Court, where the Alison Chabloz case has just had another sitting. For background, Chabloz produced and uploaded some truly vile videos, poking fun, belittling and denying the Holocaust. Arguing her actions were against the law, a private prosecution was brought. The CPS eventually picked up the case. She has now become a ‘darling’ of hate groups. Chabloz was recently a guest of such a group in Canada. Chabloz was also the ‘entertainment’ at a gathering at a secret meeting of the “neo-Nazi, white supremacist” London Forum. David Irving was also there.
The case itself is laden with cumbersome legal arguments. An original charge was dropped earlier this year, because Chabloz had uploaded the video to YouTube whilst in Switzerland, rendering the action ‘outside of UK jurisdiction’. Today, as the ‘banter’ went on between defence and prosecution, it became apparent how archaic the law remains when discussing online communications. As with most of English law, precedent is key, and the argument centered around case law examples about posting letters. Using the delivery of a letter through the Royal Mail system to argue a point over a hyperlink. As truly awe-inspiring as our legal system is at times, it can also be frustratingly stupid.
Chabloz arrived with a few supporters. It wasn’t a pleasant feeling. Sitting in a court room in central London in 2017, only to be outnumbered by Holocaust deniers and neo-Nazis. This as legal minds, clearly challenged by the concepts of virtual exchanges, argue procedural legalities over a song ridiculing a genocide of Jews.
Conrad Black: Palestinian terror and Israel boycotts aren't a form of 'dissent.' They're just evil and stupid
Up to this point, this is a pretty good book, but here William Kaplan grafts onto his narrative a wildly Israelophobic and unrigorously bowdlerized version of the Israel-Palestine conflict. The terrorists and Jew-hating leaders of the ostensible Palestinians are incongruously dusted off as dissenters in the same pristine virtuosity as the enemies of thalidomide and ecological pollution and unjust conviction of the innocent and hair-trigger war-making. It is a set-up; the narrative has built up a solid bank of appreciation of the positive role of those who dissent by nature (apart from the light-hearted apologia for the Occupy Wall Street foolishness). But suddenly the tenor and tempo change, and the horribly complicated problem of Jews and Arabs in Israel is rendered as apartheid, oppression, and the whitewashing of Palestinian terrorism and of their claim to a right to swamp the Jews demographically and reduce them, once again, to a minority, sure to be oppressed yet again, and this time in the country the world gave them as a Jewish homeland. It need hardly be emphasized that it is a complicated issue. The British sold the same real estate to both sides in 1917; the United Nations made Israel a Jewish state, and the Israelis have successfully defended and expanded it after Arab-initiated wars in 1948, 1967 and 1973.
The answer is not to give knee-jerk adherence to a campaign of boycott and disinvestment against Israel in favour of an Arab population that will not leave because it is better treated and more prosperous than in Arab countries, and that shelters suicide bombers, knife-assailants of the innocent, and other terrorists. The Palestinians could have their state next week if they acknowledged Israel’s right to exist as a Jewish state. The one good result of the escalated Islamist terror attacks against the West and the less fervent Islamists is that they have disabused almost everyone except Kaplan from extending any more moral or tangible support to the blood-stained charlatans of Palestinian terrorism. An economic boycott of Israel is an evil and stupid enterprise, and those otherwise respectable people who promote it, such as the United Church of Canada and Kaplan, should be ashamed of themselves, and eventually will be.
Joel B Pollak: The Palestinians Are Missing Another Opportunity
Abbas apparently fails to understand that he can no longer encourage and reward the murder of innocent people as a form of “social aid” or political patronage. Perhaps he is taking advice from the U.S. media, who suggest daily that President Trump may not be around for long. Abbas may hope that by stalling on this issue, he may find a more pliable U.S. administration, as the Obama administration was.
He is mistaken. The Trump administration is not going to disappear, and it is not going to drop the issue of stopping payments to terrorists. Trump’s own supporters, and the sponsors of the Taylor Force Act, are holding him accountable on that issue.
If the Palestinians persist in their refusal, the entire peace process will fall apart — and it should, to be replaced by steps that allow Israel to act unilaterally, with U.S. backing, to secure its citizens and its interests.
The Palestinian leadership does not seem to understand that risk — or the opportunity Trump has given them. When he took office, they panicked: they did not even know anyone in the incoming administration. They were given a reprieve when the president committed himself to reaching a peace agreement between Israel and the PA. It was, frankly, an opportunity the Palestinians did not deserve.
Trump is earnest about wanting to make “one of the toughest deals of all.” But the Palestinian leadership is wasting that chance for the sake of paying terrorists, proving the truth of Abba Eban’s observation that the Palestinians “never miss an opportunity to miss an opportunity.”
With President Trump in office, it may be the last opportunity the Palestinians ever have to miss.
UN Watch: Why Democracies Snubbed U.N. Anti-Israel Debate

London’s Muslim Mayor Refuses to Stand Up for Jews
In a heated exchange broadcast on UK’s ITV News, Conservative London Assembly member Andrew Boff confronted London Mayor Sadiq Khan over allowing flags of terrorist organizations to fly in his city.
According to reports, Boff “was asking the mayor for clarification over what constitutes a banned terror organization after Hezbollah flags were seen at a march in the capital earlier this month.” Khan approved an annual Al-Quds march where Islamic terrorist flags were flown and anti-Semitic sentiments were shouted.
Khan, remaining smug and defiant, dodged each question Boff threw at him.
Frustrated, Boff asked again, “Will you, Mr. Mayor, look after the interests of the Jewish population of London and write to the home secretary to ask for the clarification of the rules on what is a banned [terror] organization?”
Again, Mayor Khan wouldn’t answer simply “yes” or “no,” only that he would take it into consideration.
This led to an incredibly tense moment between the two men, as the annoyed mayor asked Boff to “calm down.” The chairwoman tried to maintain order, but Khan continued talking over her.
In another video, below, the mayor is asked again by another assemblyman about his plans on allowing terrorist flags to fly.
Calgary's Al Quds Day Fake News
Sheila Gunn Reid of reports on the fake news surrounding Calgary's Al Quds Day protest, while Jews are being attacked and threatened with genocide the media acts like it's the Muslims who are in danger.

Iran’s president rushed away from anti-Israel rally amid taunts
A week after being heavily criticized by Iranian Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei, President Hassan Rouhani was heckled Friday during an annual pro-Palestinian rally in Tehran, with protesters comparing him to a former state head who was impeached and later exiled.
According to the Guardian, Rouhani was rushed to his vehicle following the incident. The Iranian president had been participating in the Quds rally, which is held every year on the last Friday of Ramadan.
“Rouhani, Banisadr, happy marriage,” protesters chanted, referring to exiled president Abolhassan Banisadr, the Guardian reported. “Death to liar, death to American mullah,” others cried.
Iran held major anti-Israel rallies across the country Friday, with protesters chanting “Death to Israel” and declaring that destroying the Jewish state is “the Muslim world’s top priority.”
Rouhani, in remarks carried by the official IRNA news agency, said Israel supports “terrorists in the region.”
As Austrian Capital Readies for ‘Al-Quds Day’ March, Anti-Fascist Activists Pledge to Confront ‘Antisemitic Agitation’
As pro-Iranian and Hezbollah demonstrators prepare for the annual “Al-Quds Day” march in Vienna on Saturday, anti-fascist activists in the Austrian capital are demanding that the government ban the event.
In a statement announcing a counter-demonstration at Saturday’s rally, a wide range of individuals and organizations slammed march participants for their consistent “antisemitic agitation” against “Jews and Israel.” In striking contrast to the rest of western Europe, most of the statements’ signatories came from socialist and Green political circles.
Noting that antisemitism was not the sole preserve of the extreme right, and that previous Al-Quds Day marches have been occasions for antisemitic placards and slogans, the statement called “upon all anti-Fascist politicians from the parliament and the municipal council as well as civil society to join our alliance and to position themselves clearly and unambiguously against the Al-Quds march!”
Among the signatories of the statement were Austrian parliamentarians Sigi Maurer and Albert Steinhauser of the Green Party and Petra Bayr of the SPO Socialist Party. The head of the Socialist Party’s section for the LGBT community, Peter Traschkowitsch, also signed. Several Jewish and pro-Israel groups added their names, including the Austria-Israel Friendship Society, the Labor Zionist Hashomer Hatzair and the Austrian branch of the women’s Zionist organization, WIZO. Other left-wing groups that endorsed the statement included the Communist Student Union of the Left.
Berlin mayor allows Hezbollah to march in 'Zionists out of Israel' rally
Berlin Mayor Michael Müller permitted nearly 600 Hezbollah supporters and members – and pro-Iranian regime activists – to march on Friday in the heart of the German capital at the al-Quds Day rally calling for the destruction of the Jewish state.
Writing in Israel's embassy newsletter, Rogel Rachman, the head of Israel's public diplomacy at the embassy in Berlin, said the Social Democratic mayor's decision was "not to be tolerated and wrong as only wrong can be." He said the "al-Quds march creates a climate of aggression and of hate, in which hundreds of antisemites come together" and "strengthens the antisemites."
"For antisemites, the step from hate to violence is a logical consequence to the pure existence of Jews and Israel, and thus the march should be unacceptable for security reasons alone, without even speaking first about moral reasons," Rachman continued.
Hezbollah is classified by the US, the Netherlands and Canada as a terrorist organization. Germany and the EU proscribed Hezbollah's so-called military wing a terrorist entity. Posters blanketed Berlin's bustling shopping district with slogans "Zionists out of Israel," a crossed out Star of David on an Israeli flag with the words "Free Palestine, Boycott Israel," and "Resistance against Zionism."
US President Donald Trump is reportedly weighing whether to pull out of Israeli-Palestinian peace negotiations following a "tense" meeting with White House senior staff and officials in Ramallah, according to London-based Arabic daily al-Hayat on Saturday.
The report claimed that Trump is to determine the future of reigniting Mideast peace talks in the near future, including the possibility of withdrawing completely from the process.
In response, a senior administration official called the report "nonsense."
The al-Hayat report came just days after a meeting between the administration's senior adviser Jared Kushner and Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas, which was described as "tense" by an Abbas advisor present at the talks.
Abbas was supposedly furious with the president's son-in-law after Kushner relayed Israeli demands to the 81-year-old Palestinian leader which included the immediate halt of payments to terrorists and their families.
Abbas angrily accused Kushner and Trump's lead international negotiator, Jason Greenblatt, of taking Israel's side and refused to commit to the request.
No Peace Possible While Palestinian Authority ‘Sanctifies’ Terror, Israeli Victim Families Caution Top Trump Aides
Relatives of victims of Palestinian terror attacks on Friday warned Jared Kushner and Jason Greenblatt — the two emissaries of US President Donald Trump charged with reviving direct Israeli-Palestinian negotiations — that a peace agreement with the Palestinian Authority (PA) will be impossible until it definitively ends both funding for the families of imprisoned terrorists and wider incitement against the Jewish state.
“This is madness,” Arnold Roth — whose 15-year-old daughter, Malki, was murdered along with 14 other people when a suicide bomber struck the Sbarro pizza restaurant in downtown Jerusalem on August 9, 2001 — told The Algemeiner.
“No progress towards peace will ever come if we tolerate the ongoing sanctification of terrorism by the Palestinian Arabs,” Roth said.
Roth was speaking following reports from Palestinian sources that PA President Mahmoud Abbas was said to have been “fuming” following a meeting with Kushner on Thursday during which American objections to the practice of “martyr payments” to terrorists and their families — to tune of $183 million annually — were raised.
In recent weeks, the Trump administration has sent out mixed signals regarding its policy on the payments. But after Thursday’s meeting with Kushner, one PA official complained to Haaretz that Kushner and his team “sounded like (Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin) Netanyahu’s advisers and not as honest mediators.”
Palestinians say US is not demanding end to terrorist stipends as a precondition to talks
Palestinian officials have reportedly said that while the US is pressing Ramallah to end payments to terrorists, the demand is not a precondition to restarting peace talks with Israel.
Even though the Palestinians have bitterly rejected the US demand, it should not stand in the way of moving ahead with the anticipated negotiations, the unnamed officials told Israel Radio on Saturday.
The reports came amid reports of growing tensions between US administration officials and the Palestinian leadership, and unconfirmed Palestinian claims that Trump envoy Jared Kushner warned the Palestinians that the US president might forego a US-led peace effort if he deems the Palestinians not to be serious about seeking progress. Kushner hinted to Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas that the US president might not pursue a peace bid in such circumstances, the London-based pan-Arabic daily al-Hayat reported.
According to Arabic media reports widely quoted in Hebrew media on Friday and Saturday, Wednesday’s meeting between Abbas and senior White House official Kushner reportedly left the Palestinian leader fuming — because the Americans were deemed to have taken Israel’s side on numerous issues — and refusing to agree to a watered-down US demand that Ramallah cut off payments for 600 convicted terrorists serving life-terms and their families.
Israeli Official Denies Report Deal Was Reached With US to Freeze Settlement Construction Until End of 2017
An Israeli government official denied on Friday a report that an agreement had been reached with the Trump administration to refrain from issuing any tenders for new construction projects in the West Bank until the end of this year.
“There is no restriction,” the Hebrew news site nrg quoted the official as saying. “The fact is 300 housing units were approved in Beit El (a settlement north of Ramallah)…and there will be more.”
Israeli rightists had reacted with anger to an earlier nrg report of the implementation of a settlement-building freeze. The chairmen of the Knesset Land of Israel Caucus — Likud MK Yoav Kisch and HaBayit HaYehudi MK Bezalel Smotrich — said in a statement that construction in the West Bank was Israel’s “insurance policy against the danger of a Palestinian state.”
As part of its effort to renew Israeli-Palestinian peace negotiations, the Trump administration has urged Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu to restrain settlement construction. At a joint White House press conference in February, President Donald Trump told Netanyahu, “I’d like to see you hold back on settlements for a little bit. We’ll work something out.”
Opposition leader warns of fascist trends in Israeli politics
Opposition leader Isaac Herzog on Saturday warned of what he called the “fascisization” of Israeli politics.
Herzog, speaking at a cultural event, said there were growing fascist tendencies in the current government. “A serious word, but true,” he said.
“Composers, artists, actors and playwrights are threatened, journalists are fired and threatened, media personalities and outlets are warned of closure at the pleasure of the government, and now academics are threatened and can’t say anything,” said Herzog.
“Anyone who is worried about the fate of the country has to support a large moderate political bloc,” said Herzog who is in the middle of a campaign to retain his place as the head of the Labor Party, which forms the main component of the opposition Zionist Union.
His comments come following suggestions from Education Minister Naftali Bennett that the country needed a code of ethics for university lecturers that would limit them from talking about politics.
Egypt’s Sissi ratifies handover of islands to Saudi Arabia
Egyptian President Abdel Fattah el-Sissi ratified a treaty that hands over two Red Sea islands to Saudi Arabia in a deal that has sparked protests and a police crackdown, the cabinet said Saturday.
Sissi ratified the maritime border treaty days after parliament approved the deal, which has been the subject of a confusing legal battle with one court annulling the treaty and another upholding it.
The treaty, first announced in April 2016, had fuelled rare protests and police have arrested dozens of activists over the past week after calls for more demonstrations.
It had also been challenged in courts, but the country’s highest tribunal had suspended the contradictory rulings this week until a final decision determined which court has jurisdiction.
Parliament’s vote on June 14 came after days of heated debate, with opponents even interrupting one committee session with chanting.
Syrian shells land in Golan Heights, sparking IDF strikes
Several mortar shells exploded in an open area in the Golan Heights near the border with Syria Saturday afternoon, the army said, leading to retaliatory air strikes.
The Hezbollah-affiliated al-Mayadeen TV station claimed two Syrian soldiers were killed in the strikes. Syrian officials confirmed “several” deaths, without giving details.
The army said the mortars appeared to be errant fire from Syrian factions fighting each other across the border. Around 10 impacts were identified in Israeli territory, around the Quneitra area.
There was no damage and no injuries were reported in the mortar attack.
With Israelis flocking to the Golan in the summer for hikes and fruit picking, the military said it had taken the precautionary step of asking civilians to avoid gathering near the border with Syria following the attack.
Liberman: Assad regime will continue to suffer consequences of attacks
Defense Minister Avigdor Liberman warned Saturday that the regime of Syrian President Bashar Assad would continue to “suffer the consequences” of any attack on Israel emanating from its territory.
Liberman’s comments came after around 10 mortar shells hit the Israeli Golan Heights in the afternoon, leading to retaliatory Israeli air strikes. The army said the mortar shells appeared to be errant fire from Syrian factions fighting each other across the border.
The Syrian Observatory for Human Rights, a Britain-based monitor which has been reporting on Syria’s six-year-war, said two Syrian soldiers were killed in the Israeli strikes.
It also reported fierce fighting between Syrian government forces and rebels in Quneitra.
IDF releases footage of strikes on Syrian military targets
The Israeli military released footage Saturday evening of several air strikes carried out against Syrian military targets after numerous mortar shells hit the Golan Heights from Syria.
The black-and-white video showed strikes against two Syrian tanks as well as a heavy machine gun.
The Syrian Observatory for Human Rights, a Britain-based monitor which has been reporting on Syria’s six-year war, said two Syrian soldiers were killed in the Israeli strikes. Syrian officials confirmed several deaths, though they did not provide details.
The air raids came after some 10 mortar shells hit Israeli territory around the Quneitra area on Saturday afternoon. There was no damage and no injuries were reported in the mortar attack.
The Israeli army said the mortars appeared to be errant fire from Syrian factions fighting each other across the border. Still, it held the Syrian regime responsible for attacks coming from within its territory.

Palestinians reportedly reinstall monument to Maalot terrorist
Palestinians in the West Bank city of Jenin have reportedly reinstalled a monument to a terrorist who masterminded a notorious 1974 massacre of Israeli school children, despite intense pressure from Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu.
Israel Radio reported Saturday that the monument went back up overnight as part of an agreement between Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas’s Fatah party and the mayor of Jenin.
Last week the Jenin municipality named a square and put up the stone memorial in honor of “martyr” Khaled Nazzal, who planned the 1974 Maalot massacre in which Palestinian terrorists murdered 22 school children and 4 adults.
The move prompted a Twitter outburst from Netanyahu who accused Abbas of lying that he wants peace and “poisoning” the minds of young Palestinians.
“Palestinian President Abbas tells the world that he educates Palestinian children for peace. That’s a lie,” Netanyahu tweeted.
UN denies Israeli claims Hezbollah posing as green NGO
The United Nations on Friday rejected Israeli claims the Lebanese terrorist group Hezbollah has been erecting observation posts along the border under the cover of an environmental NGO.
Israel’s military intelligence chief on Thursday published photographs and film showing what he said were Hezbollah observation posts near the Israeli-Lebanese border set up purportedly on behalf an organization called “Green Without Borders.”
But the UN Interim Force in Lebanon (UNIFIL) said that while “Green Without Borders” members have planted trees in the area, it “has not observed any unauthorized armed persons at the locations or found any basis to report a violation of resolution 1701.”
UN spokeswoman Eri Kaneko said UNIFIL remains in contact with Lebanese armed forces on monitoring the border to ensure there are no violations “and to avoid any misunderstandings or tensions that could endanger the cessation of hostilities.”
She said “UNIFIL remains vigilant and continues to monitor the Blue Line,” the UN-drawn boundary between Lebanon and Israel.
Hezbollah says future Israel war could draw fighters from Iran, Iraq
Hezbollah leader Sayyed Hassan Nasrallah said on Friday that a future war waged by Israel against Syria or Lebanon could draw thousands of fighters from countries including Iran, Iraq and Yemen.
His comments indicated that the same array of Iranian-backed Shi'ite militias - but not countries - currently fighting in Syria in support of President Bashar Assad could take part in any future conflict with Israel.
"The Israeli enemy must know that if an Israeli war is launched against Syria or Lebanon, it is not known that the fighting will remain Lebanese-Israeli, or Syrian-Israeli," Nasrallah said in a televised speech.
"This doesn't mean there are states that might intervene directly. But this could open the way for thousands, even hundreds of thousands of fighters from all over the Arab and Islamic world to participate," he said.
Suicide bomber targeting Mecca injures 6 pilgrims, police say
Six foreign pilgrims were hurt on Friday in Saudi Arabia when a suicide bomber targeting Islam’s holiest site of Mecca blew himself up, the Interior Ministry said.
The incident happened around the Grand Mosque, where hundreds of thousands of worshipers gathered for early afternoon prayers on the last Friday of this year’s Ramadan, the Muslim fasting month.
Ministry spokesman General Mansour al-Turki told Saudi television that police “foiled the terrorist plan that targeted the security of the Grand Mosque, pilgrims and worshipers.”
In dawn raids on Mecca and the Red Sea city of Jeddah officers arrested five suspects, including a woman, before surrounding the bomber’s location around the Grand Mosque.
Leading Researcher on Campus Jewish Life Rejects Report of ‘Devastating Loss’ of Support for Israel Among Young Jews
A leading social scientist and researcher of campus Jewish life told The Algemeiner on Thursday that a new report claiming there has been a “devastating loss” of support for Israel among US Jewish students did not match his findings from nearly 20 years of systematic study of the topic.
Leonard Saxe — the director of Brandeis University’s Steinhardt Social Research Institute and the Cohen Center for Modern Jewish Studies — took issue with the results and the presentation of the Brand Israel Group’s (BIG) survey, according to which Jewish students have a plummeting understanding of and connection to Israel.
Saxe, who was lead researcher on a report last year titled, “Hotspots of Antisemitism and Anti-Israel Sentiment on US Campuses,” said that in contrast to BIG, his research showed that Jewish young adults today are “much more” connected with Israel than even their parents’ were at their age.
Saxe also criticized the way BIG has released its findings, noting that the publicly-available information includes nothing about how the sample was chosen, the questions written or the data analyzed.
“Without knowing how the study was conducted, it is not possible to know what to make of the findings,” said Saxe. “Providing such information is required for professional survey researchers.”
Radiohead withstands pro-Palestinian jeers at Glastonbury Festival
Rock legends Radiohead were harassed by pro-Palestinian hecklers during their set at Glastonbury Music festival on Saturday, photos from the Facebook group "Radiohead fans for Palestine" depict.
The protestors were pressing for Radiohead to cancel their upcoming performance in Tel Aviv, slated for July 19.
"We're at Glastonbury Festival's Pyramid State getting ready to tell Radiohead to respect the boycott and #CancelTelAviv," one photo caption read.
Another image showed protestors holding Palestinian flags and a banner that read, "Good times had by all just swallow your guilt and your conscience" followed by the dates 1948-2017, the length of the existence of the modern State of Israel, and "Israel is an apartheid state. Radiohead, don't play there."
It would seem that the protest was small, as The Guardian's review of the performance mentions their rendition of their hit "Creep," but doesn't mention any public unrest.
Jewish group slams US stadiums for failing to boycott Roger Waters
Attempting to turn the tables on the Israel-boycotting musician Roger Waters, the Zionist Organization of America on Friday condemned a number of leading American companies that own major stadiums across North America for hosting the former Pink Floyd singer’s current concert tour and urged them instead to dissociate themselves from him.
In allowing Waters to play at their venues, the hawkish Jewish group said, the corporations that own the various stadiums “are tarnishing their reputations by allowing their names to be associated with a vicious anti-Semite who promotes lies about Israel and the Jewish people.”
In a statement Friday, the American-Jewish organization slammed corporations including AT&T, Wells Fargo, Staples, American Airlines, Verizon and Prudential for giving a platform to Rogers, and urged them to “reject and condemn Waters and his hateful attacks against Jews and the Jewish State of Israel.”
Rogers is currently on tour in the US and Canada and is expected to stop in 46 cities for 61 concerts over the next several months to promote his latest album “Is This the Life We Really Want?”
The group also criticized radio stations across North America for promoting the concerts and giving away free tickets in various promotions.
PreOccupiedTerritory: BDS Slams Palestinian Entrepreneurs For Doing Business In Occupied Territory (satire)
Demonstrators protested today outside the United Nations Human Rights Council, calling for Palestinians to stop running their businesses in areas under Israeli occupation, and to demand the Council condemn Palestinians who make a living there, as conducting business in occupied territory violates international law, they allege.
A group of two dozen demonstrators gathered in a square opposite the Council building to decry what they called a war crime, and to accuse Palestinian entrepreneurs of facilitating continued Israeli occupation by engaging in or operating groceries, banks, law practices, health care, day care centers, transportation enterprises, home decor businesses, tailoring, barbershops, appliance repair, textile production and sales, restaurants, music instruction, babysitting, gardening, construction, maintenance, farming, moving, storage, retail sales, printing, mining, auto repair, and other for-profit pursuits in areas under Israeli occupation.
“Conducting business in occupied areas legitimizes and cements occupation,” charged Raul Panim, a BDS activist in Switzerland. “We are all under the same obligation to refrain from providing even a shred of support for Israeli occupation. For those of us abroad, that means no exports to the territory, no providing services in the territory, no imports from the territory, and no financing projects in the territory. How can these Palestinians in good conscience claim to be fighting Israeli occupation when their everyday routine involves working in occupied territory, engaging in commerce in occupied territory, and otherwise profiting from business conducted in occupied territory?”
BBC News promotes more of its unvarying narrative on Israeli construction
The link in that second paragraph leads to the ‘Peace Now’ website and the article includes partisan and inaccurate maps produced by the foreign-funded NGO B’tselem (which engages in lawfare against Israel and is a member of a coalition of NGOs supporting BDS) that have appeared many times previously in BBC content.
The BBC News website’s coverage of the topic of construction in the neighbourhoods and communities it terms ‘settlements‘ has for years followed a standard pattern which contributes nothing new to reader understanding of the issue. Audiences inevitably find the standard BBC insert on ‘international law’ – which makes no attempt to inform them of legal views on the topic that fall outside the corporation’s chosen political narrative – and interested parties in the form of campaigning NGOs are repeatedly given uncritical amplification.
The BBC’s editorial guidelines on ‘controversial subjects’ state:
“When dealing with ‘controversial subjects’, we must ensure a wide range of significant views and perspectives are given due weight and prominence, particularly when the controversy is active. Opinion should be clearly distinguished from fact.”
Visitors to the BBC News website are clearly not being presented with the “wide range of significant views and perspectives” which would broaden their understanding of this issue.
Texas kayak company loses contract for slurring Jews, Mexicans
The city of Fort Worth, Texas, ended ties with a kayak rental company that posted Facebook messages ridiculing white women, Jews and Mexico.
Fort Worth Kayak Adventures, which rents kayaks at the Fort Worth Nature Center, wrote the offensive Facebook post while trying to explain why it recently had to double its rates, NBC 5 reported.
One Facebook post read: “To all you broke-ass hateful know-it-all white women and Facebook trolls that think they are going to J** us down …” After readers complained, the owners deleted the most offensive parts but added this: “The price is set in stone so stop wasting your time. This is NOT Mexico.”
The owners apologized in a June 16 interview with NBC 5.
Boston event commends Nazi-era citizens’ acts of virtue, even as their judges abetted genocide
The role of judges in facilitating the Nazi regime’s march toward genocide was probed during a presentation hosted by justices of the Massachusetts Supreme Judicial Court last week.
The gathering was tied to an exhibit currently on display in Boston’s John Adams Courthouse, called “Reflections on Law, Justice and the Holocaust.” Created by the United States Holocaust Memorial Museum (USHMM), the installation is part of the museum’s outreach to legal professionals around the country.
“Indeed, law was part of the Holocaust,” said Martha Minow, dean of Harvard University’s Law School, during the June 12 gathering attended by 50 legal professionals, including the court’s chief justice, Ralph Gants.
Illustrating the power of judges to erode or — conversely — green-light a genocidal regime’s policies, Minow referenced the courts in Nazi-occupied France. To please the Nazis, Vichy legal authorities implemented racial laws with unprecedented speed. As Minow put it, “judges raced to create even more onerous laws” than were practiced in Germany.
An expert on military justice, Minow spoke about serving on the Kosovo post-conflict peace commission 18 years ago. Time and again, said Minow, people in the region told her that “independent courts” were needed if the former Yugoslavia was to heal. In addition to restoring public confidence, courts can punish the perpetrators of atrocities, set up “truth commissions,” and ensure victims receive reparations, said Minow.
Amazon Buys Rights to Israeli TV Series, Will Stream It in 200 Global Locations
Amazon Studios has purchased the global rights for the Israeli comedic TV series “Lehiyot Ita” (Being with Her), which goes by the name “Beauty and the Baker” in English.
Amazon purchased the rights for the series from Keshet International for an undisclosed sum. Created by Israeli TV personality Assi Azar, the show details the life of a Yemenite-Israeli family that owns a bakery in the Israeli city of Bat Yam.
The series is currently broadcasting its second season in Israel, but will soon be streamed by Amazon in more than 200 global locations in its original format, with subtitles for each region’s language.
Amazon is not the first company to offer the Israeli series to an international audience. Last year, the UK’s Channel 4 aired the show’s first season, and a version of the series adapted for a Dutch audience aired in the Netherlands.
Gal Gadot’s ‘Wonder Woman’ hitting new record, among top-grossing films of 2017
Gal Gadot’s “Wonder Woman” is set to earn over $650 million in box office sales by the end of this weekend, and is positioned to become the highest-earning live-action film of all time by a female director.
The superhero movie, directed by Patty Jenkins, is on track to finish the weekend with as much as $655 million and to possibly become one of the top-grossing film of 2017.
“Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2” will likely remain up top with over $846 million. Other expected top earners include “Transformers: The Last Knight,” “Despicable Me 3” and’ “Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Men Tell No Tales.”
By Wednesday, “Wonder Woman” had raked in $601.6 million, including $289.2 million domestically and $312.4 million internationally, and it is set to surpass the $665.7 million garnered by 2011’s animated sequel “Kung Fu Panda 2” by female director Jennifer Yuh Nelson.
The super-heroine movie’s phenomenal showing and good reviews have topped all expectations.
Times of Israel Film Review: ‘Wonder Woman’ showcases Israel’s best export since Waze.
Starring Israeli Gadot as the Amazonian warrior princess, “Wonder Woman” is the rare female-led film in an overwhelmingly male superhero landscape.

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