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Covert Watchdog Group: Muslim Students at University of Houston Praise Hitler, Plot to Hurt Jews

January 27, 2017

Covert Watchdog Group: Muslim Students at University of Houston Praise Hitler, Plot to Hurt Jews

By – on January 26, 2017

Source: Covert Watchdog Group: Muslim Students at University of Houston Praise Hitler, Plot to Hurt Jews – The Geller Report

Everywhere the Muslim population increases, so does vicious Jew-hatred. These Muslim groups on campus should be banned. These groups, Students for Justice in Palestine (SJP) and Muslim Student Association (MSA) chapters, as well as with the Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions (BDS) movement, torment, harass and assault Jewish students on college campuses nationwide.

Covert Campus Watchdog Discovers University of Houston Students Praising Hitler, Expressing Desire to Hurt Jews on Social Media

A group of students from the University of Houston (UH) have been routinely expressing the desire to hurt or harass Jews in posts on social media, a covert campus watchdog group revealed on Thursday.

Canary Mission — which anonymously monitors anti-American, anti-Israel and antisemitic activities on college campuses — told The Algemeiner that it has uncovered a “disturbing degree of hatred” among 12 current and recently graduated UH students who have posted dozens of violent, racist messages directed at Jews and Israel. A number of these students, the group said, are affiliated with UH’s Students for Justice in Palestine (SJP) and Muslim Student Association (MSA) chapters, as well as with the Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions (BDS) movement.

According to a Canary Mission representative, the group found a number of “antisemitic and threatening catch phrases repeated over and over again in various forms, such as ‘Jews are dogs’ and ‘Jews should be cursed,’ as well as regular praise for Adolf Hitler.”

UH sophomore Noor Radwan was named by the watchdog group as one of the more extreme message-posters, regularly praising Hitler and expressing contempt for Jews. In March 2014, for example, Radwan tweeted “Hitler mah n**ga,” and later that year in June, “Hitler said he left some Jews alive so the world would know why he killed em.”

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In July 2016, Radwan wrote, “Allah yil3an el yahood [May Allah curse the Jews].” In November that same year, she tweeted, “Ya’ll don’t understand I wanna beat a zionist b***h up so bad.”

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In October 2015, Radwan asked her Twitter followers via a survey, “If you could press one button to kill all zionists, but it would also kill every Jew out there, would you press it?” Forty percent answered yes and 60% answered no. Radwan followed up her tweet with, “I ain’t know I got some Jew followers.”

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UH junior Yousef AlYassir — affiliated with the MSA — was also named by Canary Mission for years’-worth of posts “cheering Hitler for killing Jews and bragging about trolling Jews online in order to harass them.”

In February 2016, AlYassir posted a screenshot on Twitter of his account being blocked by a user on the live video-sharing platform Periscope, after he wrote, “Yeah f**k you Jewish b***h.” The message accompanying the tweet said, “My new favorite thing to do is to find Jewish people on periscope and do this.”

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In May 2012, AlYassin called for the murder of Jews, writing in a tweet, “F**K THE JEWS F**K EM ALL KILL ALL THE JEWS ATTA BOY HITLER [sic].”

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Mamoon Hindi, a UH junior associated with the school’s SJP and MSA chapters, has also spread hatred of Jews and Israel on his personal social media accounts. Tweets spanning from 2015 to 2016 repeatedly show Hindi using phrases like “Zionist f**k face douchebag,” “Zionist scum,” “f**king Zionist Jew faggot” and “f**king Zionist c**t.”

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According to Canary Mission, it came as “no surprise” that many of the 12 UH students found engaging in hateful online rhetoric are affiliated with SJP, MSA and BDS.

“These groups have a clear raison d’etre — to deny the right of the Jewish people to every inch of their homeland — which is, in its very essence, antisemitic. These groups are magnets for the worst kinds of antisemitism, hate speech and bigotry,” Canary Mission told The Algemeiner. “Unfortunately, we are still scraping the surface of rampant antisemitism, racism and bigotry on North American campuses. There is more to come.”

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Responding to Canary Mission’s findings, Executive Director of Houston Hillel Rabbi Kenny Weiss told The Algemeiner that his organization “takes very seriously any inflammatory comments directed at Jews, whether from current students, faculty or alumni.”

“Hillel professionals and student leaders work with the University of Houston community to ensure a safe environment for Jewish students and the Jewish community,” he said.

Responding to The Algemeiner’s request for comment, a UH spokesman stated, “The University of Houston stands firm on the values of diversity and inclusion. As the second most diverse public research institution in the country, we strongly condemn statements of hate and encourage constructive and respectful dialogue, cultural awareness and a spirit of unity. UH remains committed to the principles of free and open expression and the Constitutional rights of students.”

Watch Canary Mission’s video, “Houston, We Have An Antisemitism Problem,” below:

https://youtu.be/l_aFAhun1lM

EU Funding to NGOs Active in Anti-Israel BDS Campaigns

January 23, 2017

EU Funding to NGOs Active in Anti-Israel BDS Campaigns

January 23, 2017

Source: EU Funding to NGOs Active in Anti-Israel BDS Campaigns » NGO Monitor

Executive Summary

  • Twenty-nine out of 100 EU grants administered through EU regional funding programs designated for Israel, the West Bank, and Gaza funnel funds to organizations that actively promote BDS (boycott, divestment and sanctions) – totaling €16.7 million out of €67.1 million (roughly 25%).
  • Forty-two out of 180 EU grantees in total support BDS – through participation in activities and events, signing of petitions and initiatives, and/or membership in explicit BDS platforms.
  • A number of organizations were funded through more than one EU grant, sometimes as part of the same program (“Double Dipping”).
  • The EU expressly opposes BDS. When confronted by evidence of funding for NGOs with agendas or values that contradict EU policy, the EU’s recurring response is that it “funds projects submitted by NGOs, in line with [the] EU’s fundamental principles and values, but not NGOs themselves.”
  • A grant titled “Performing Arts: A Pathway Towards Self Expression and Democracy” amply demonstrates this flawed logic. In 2014, during their participation in the EU’s Cultural Programme, all twelve beneficiaries of this grant initiated a group statement calling for a cultural and academic boycott of Israel.
  • Nine BDS-supporting organizations were the recipients of the EU’s Partnership for Peace Program- a program designated for joint projects involving Israeli as well as Palestinian organizations, meant to “build trust and understanding between societies in the region.”

Introduction

The European Union (EU) is the single largest donor to non-governmental organizations (NGOs) active in the Arab-Israeli conflict, accounting for NIS 28.1 million in 2012-2014 to politicized Israeli NGOs alone.

Indeed, NGO funding is a central component of EU foreign policy, claiming to promote peace, cooperation, and human rights. In contrast to the stated objectives, the EU funds a number of highly biased and politicized NGOs that exploit the rhetoric of human rights to promote anti-Israel BDS (boycotts, divestment, and sanctions) and lawfare campaigns, inflammatory rhetoric, and activities that oppose a two-state framework.

Due to the highly complex and poorly coordinated nature of EU aid and to the lack of a consolidated database differentiating between NGOs and other types of organizations, it is impossible to determine the exact amount or proportions of EU funding to organizations that promote anti-Israel BDS.

However, NGO Monitor reviewed a number of EU regional funding programs designated for Israel, the West Bank, and Gaza, and found that 29 out of 100 EU grants administered through the frameworks reviewed funnel funds to BDS organizations (€16.7 million out of €67.1 million – roughly 25%). 42 out of 180 EU grantees in total support BDS – either through participation in activities and events, signing of petitions and initiatives, and/or membership in explicit BDS platforms. Several organizations were the recipients of more than one grant. See below for an explanation of the methodology, numeral analysis of the findings, and list of relevant grants along with BDS activities of respective beneficiaries.

Grants in € to BDS supporting organizations

(based on reviewed grants with an end date after November 2015 in Israel, West Bank and Gaza)

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Number of grants to BDS supporting organizations

(based on reviewed grants with an end date after November 2015 in Israel, West Bank and Gaza)

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When confronted by evidence of funding for NGOs with agendas or values that contradict EU policy, the EU’s recurring response is that it “funds projects submitted by NGOs, in line with [the] EU’s fundamental principles and values, but not NGOs themselves.” This distinction is irrelevant, as project funding inevitably is used for overall organization and activity expenses. Because money is fungible, EU funding ostensibly allocated to specific projects also supports the NGO’s infrastructure including funding for staff, equipment, office space, publicity for the organization and its campaigns, and the significant costs of writing more grant applications, as well as allowing officials of these NGOs to travel and promote their agendas around the world. In several cases, EU funding comprises 50%, 60%, or even 75% of an NGO recipient’s entire budget. Moreover, many recipients feature the EU symbol on their publications and websites, bolstering their legitimacy and linking the EU with the broader political activities and campaigns of the NGOs – such as boycotts and the rejection of normalization.

A grant titled “Performing Arts: A Pathway Towards Self Expression and Democracy” (# 16 in the list of grants below) amply demonstrates this flawed logic. In 2014, during their participation in the EU’s Cultural Programme, all twelve beneficiaries of this grant initiated a group statement calling for a cultural and academic boycott of Israel. The group officially registered as the Palestinian Performing Arts Network in the Palestinian Ministry of Interior in February 2015, also during the members’ participation in the EU program. According to their website, which features their BDS statement, the EU and the Swedish consulate in Jerusalem are their sole donors.

Methodology

The following is a list of 29 EU grants, whose beneficiaries include NGOs that participate in BDS campaigns against Israel. All grants have an end date after November 2015.

The grants were administered through a number of EU country-based programs: European Instrument for Democracy and Human Rights (EIDHR), European Partnership for Peace (PfP), Non-State Actors (NSA) program, East Jerusalem Programme, and Cultural Programme; for one additional grant (#7 in the list below), the funding program remains unclear (see Additional Information at the end of this document). The list does not include global thematic funding programs; humanitarian funding; country-specific funding to regions other than Israel, the West Bank and Gaza; or any form of indirect funding (for example, EU funds to a church or humanitarian aid group, that are then transferred to a political NGO). A full accounting of the proportion and extent of EU-funding to BDS-supporting beneficiaries is therefore not available.

Because many of the BDS-supporting organizations listed here are grant co-beneficiaries, and due to the absence of transparency, it is not possible to determine the exact amount of funding received by each organization. A number of organizations were funded through more than one EU grant, sometimes as part of the same program (see Double Dipping below).

Only beneficiaries whose support of BDS could be adequately demonstrated were included. Regardless of whether the NGOs openly declare or deny their support for BDS, all provide material support for BDS initiatives and efforts – either through participation in activities and events, signing of petitions and initiatives, and/or membership in explicit BDS platforms. NGOs whose materials are used to promote BDS but which do not explicitly endorse or participate in these activities are not included.

Analysis

To view the complete list of grants in table form, click here.

Minister Katz Presents: The Israeli Initiative

January 22, 2017

Minister Katz Presents: The Israeli InitiativeTransport and Intelligence Minister to present program to cabinet including Ma’aleh Adumim sovereignty and Gaza solution.

Shlomo Pyotrovsky, 22/01/17 12:49

Source: Minister Katz Presents: The Israeli Initiative – Defense/Security – News –

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Minister Israel Katz, of both the Transport and Intelligence Ministries, will today (Sunday) present a political program at a security cabinet meeting – the “Israeli Initiative”.

“I spoke recently with the Prime Minister about an initiative plan, and we agreed that I bring it up for discussion in the cabinet. With the background of the complex global and regional reality, one must present a comprehensive Israeli diplomatic initiative (of which Ma’aleh Adumim is a part) and of course coordinate with the new US administration, which could support and lead in this initiative,” said Minister Katz.

Among the initiatives included in the Katz plan:

-“Gaza Island” – Building an island with an harbor and water desalination and energy plants, to be connected by bridge to Gaza, allowing the Palestinians an outlet to the world while preserving the security of the State of Israel.

-“Eastbound Rail” – A railway network connecting Jordan as a land port with the Sunni Arab states in the East and the Mediterranean ports of Haifa, via the valley railroad, connecting the Palestinians with the network as a reality-changing political/economic process in the region.

-The establishment of a “Greater Jerusalem Metropolitan Area” while expanding the boundaries of Jerusalem and strengthening the Jewish majority. Application of Israeli law to the communities of Greater Jerusalem: Ma’aleh Adumim, Givat Ze’ev, Gush Etzion, and Beitar Illit (which are contained in the Israeli consensus ahead of any agreement) and connecting them to the Greater Jerusalem Metropolitan Area while maintaining their municipal independence like Paris and greater London. At the same time one can establish a municipal authority similar to the Jerusalem Arab neighborhoods outside the fence, which are cut off today from urban municipal services. We must decide and clarify Israel’s policy to the U.S. in the fields of construction and settlement, which will allow free construction in Jerusalem to all parts of the population and the building within the blue line of the Jewish communities in Judea and Samaria.

Minister Katz added, “This program strengthens Israel’s position, improves the situation in the region, and also does not preclude the possibility of negotiations and diplomatic agreements in the future. I would like to clarify that I strongly disagree with suggested programs raised recently that include granting Israeli citizenship to 150 thousand Palestinians living in Area C (who within a short period would receive a blue Israeli identity card and Social Security, and would become hundreds of thousands).”

Hamas: We’ll fire on Israel, start another war

January 15, 2017

Hamas: We’ll fire on Israel, start another war Hamas official says they ‘won’t be like Assad,’ and will show Israel the full force of their military power.

Arutz Sheva Staff, 15/01/17 07:38

Source: Hamas: We’ll fire on Israel, start another war – Defense/Security – News –

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In the wake of Gaza’s electricity crisis, Gazan civilians organized demonstrations protesting against the serious lack of electricity and gas, and protesting Hamas’ rule of terror.

In response, Hamas has arrested over 280 protesters, using any means available, including live weapons. They also arrested a comedian who made a video about the electricity crisis.

At the same time, Hamas threatened to begin firing rockets against Israel, whom they blame for the crisis and their civilians’ anger.

Hamas leaders enjoy 24/7 electricity, but give Gazan civilians only three hours of electricity a day. It is worth noting Hamas gets part of their electricity from the Palestinian Authority and part from Israel. The Israeli electricity is also funneled through the PA. The Palestinian Authority has refused to pay their 153 million dollar debt, forcing Israeli citizens to foot the bill instead.

Meanwhile, Hamas leader Ismail Haniyeh announced Turkey has agreed to help Gaza by sending large amounts of electricity to Gaza.

“If we feel our leadership is being questioned, we will begin firing at Israel. We will not become like Bashar al-Assad, who threatens Israel but never follows through,” a Hamas spokesman said.

French Foreign Minister calls Trump’s Jerusalem embassy promise ‘provocation’

January 15, 2017

French Foreign Minister says there will be ‘serious consequences’ if Trump moves embassy to JerusalemFrench Foreign Minister Jean-Marc Ayrault condemned US President-elect Donald Trump’s promise to move the US embassy to Jerusalem, calling it a “provocation, which will have serious consequences.” Ayrault said that a US president needs to “create the conditions for peace.”

Jan 15, 2017, 3:10PM

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Source: French Foreign Minister calls Trump’s Jerusalem embassy promise ‘provocation’ | JerusalemOnline

French Preisdent François Hollande and Abbas Photo Credit: Reuters/Channel 2 News

France’s peace summit began today (Sunday) in Paris without Israeli or Palestinian representatives. The representatives who came from about 70 countries are expected to call on Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas to commit to a two-state solution and distance themselves from officials who reject this type of agreement.

French Foreign Minister Jean-Marc Ayrault told reporters that Donald Trump’s promise to move the US embassy to Jerusalem is a “provocation, which will have serious consequences.” Ayrault said during an interview with the France 3 television network: “Of course [it’s a provocation]. I think he wouldn’t be able to do it.” Ayrault added that “this isn’t the first time that it has been on the agenda of a U.S. president but none of them let themselves make that decision.”

“One cannot have such a clear-cut, unilateral position,” continued Ayrault. “You have to create the conditions for peace.” Earlier today, Ayrault opened the summit by commenting on the UN Security Council resolution against Israeli settlements in the West Bank: “Now is the time to advance the two-state solution. This isn’t the time to stop.”

He added that the peace summit will establish the momentum for peace. Meanwhile, the Israeli Foreign Affairs Ministry continued this morning to criticize the summit: “The participants in the Paris summit must call on the head of the Palestinian Authority to put an end to the discourse of hate and praise for terrorists and return to direct negotiations with Israel without any preconditions.”

Israel is the legal occupant of the West Bank, says the Court of Appeal of Versailles

January 13, 2017

Israel is the legal occupant of the West Bank, says the Court of Appeal of Versailles

By Pamela Geller – on January 12, 2017

Source: Israel is the legal occupant of the West Bank, says the Court of Appeal of Versailles – The Geller Report

Much thanks to Jean-Patrick for reporting on this monumental but ignored court ruling.

Also see San Remo mandate: Israel’s Magna Carta (and here).

Israel is the legal occupant of the West Bank, says the Court of Appeal of Versailles, France

Publie par Jean-Patrick Grumberg, Le 12 Janvier 2017

In a historical trial carefully « forgotten » by the media, the 3rd Chamber of the Court of Appeal of Versailles declares that Israel is the legal occupier of the West Bank*.

When I first learned that the Court of Appeal of Versailles ruled that West bank settlements and occupation of Judea Samaria by Israel is unequivocally legal under international law, in a suit brought by the Palestinian Authority against Jerusalem’s light rail built by French companies Alstom and Veolia, that received no media coverage, I decided to put to work my years of Law Studies in France, and I meticulously analyzed the Court ruling.

To my astonishment, pro-Israeli media did not cover it either. The few who mentioned the case did not have any legal background in French law to understand the mega-importance of the ruling, and, as a few lefty English speaking Israeli websites reported it, they thought that it was a decision strictly pertinent to the Jerusalem light rail. It’s not.

To make sure I did not overestimate my legal abilities and that I wasn’t over optimistic – as usual-, I submitted my analysis and the Court papers to one of the most prominent French lawyer, Gilles-William Goldnadel, President of Lawyer without borders, to receive his legal opinion. He indeed validated my finding. Then I decided to translate it to English, and it will soon be submitted to Benjamin Netanyahu thru a mutual friend.

 

First and foremost, the Versailles Court of Appeals had to determine the legal rights of Palestinians and Israelis in West Bank. Their conclusion: Palestinians have no right – in the international legal sense – to the region, unlike Israel, who is legitimately entitled to occupy all land pass the 67 line.

The context :

In the 90s, Israel bid for the construction of the Jerusalem light rail. The tender was won by French companies Veolia and Alstom. The light rail was completed in 2011, and it cross Jerusalem all the way to the east side and the « occupied territories » (more about this term later).

Following this, the PLO filed a complaint with the High Court (Tribunal de Grande Instance) of Versailles France, against Alstom and Veolia, because according to PLO, « the construction of the tram is illegal since the UN, the EU, many NGOs and governments consider that « Israel illegally occupy Palestinian territories ».

The quest for the International Legislation to establish the rights of each party.

In order to rule whether the light rail construction was legal or not, the court had to to seek the texts of international law, to examine international treaties, in order to establish the respective rights of the Palestinians and the Israelis.

And to my knowledge, this is the first time that a non-Israeli court has been led to rule on the status of the West Bank.

Why is this an historical ruling: it is the first international case since the declaration of the State of Israel in 1948

It is the first time since the establishment of the State of Israel in 1948 that an independent, non-Israeli court has been called upon to examine the legal status of West bank territories under international law, beyond the political claims of the parties.

Keep in mind though, that the Court’s findings have no effect in international law. What they do, and it’s of the utmost importance, they are clarify the legal reality.

The Versailles Court of Appeal conclusions are as resounding as the silence in which they were received in the media: Israel has real rights in the territories, its decision to build a light rail in the West Bank or anything else in the area is legal, and the judges have rejected all the arguments presented by the Palestinians.

The Palestinian arguments

  • The PLO denounces the deportation of the Palestinian population, and the destruction of properties in violation of international regulations. Relying on the Geneva and Hague Conventions and the UN resolutions, it considers that the State of Israel is illegally occupying Palestinian territory and is pursuing illegal Jewish colonization. Thus, construction of the light rail is itself illegal (1).
  • The PLO adds that the light rail construction has resulted in the destruction of Palestinian buildings and houses, the almost total destruction of Highway 60, which is vital for Palestinians and their goods, and has conducted many illegal dispossessions. Therefore, several clauses from the annexed Regulations to the October 18, 1907 Fourth Hague Convention were violated (2).
  • Finally, the PLO alleges that Israel violates the provisions relating to the « protection of cultural property » provided for in Article 4 of the Hague Convention of 14 May 1954, Article 27 of the Hague Regulations of 1907, Article 5 of the Hague Convention IX of 1907, and Article 53 of Additional Protocol No. 1 to the Geneva Conventions.

The Court of Appeal does not deny the occupation, but it destroys one after another all the Palestinian arguments

Referring to the texts on which the PLO claim is based, the Court of Appeal considers that Israel is entitled to ensure order and public life in the West Bank, therefore Israel has the right to build a light rail, infrastructure and dwellings.

Article 43 of the Fourth Hague Convention of 1907 stipulates that « The authority of the legitimate power having in fact passed into the hands of the occupant, the latter shall take all the measures in his power to restore, and ensure, as far as possible, public order and safety ».

Israeli occupation does not violate any international law

« The Palestinian Authority misread the documents, they do not apply to the occupation »

The Court explains that the Palestinian Authority misinterprets the texts and they do not apply to the occupation:

  • First of all, all the international instruments put forward by the PLO are acts signed between States, and the obligations or prohibitions contained therein are relevant to States. Neither the Palestinian Authority nor the PLO are States, therefore, none of these legal documents apply.
  • Secondly, said the Court, these texts are binding only on those who signed them, namely the « contracting parties ». But neither the PLO nor the Palestinian Authority have ever signed these texts.

Propaganda is not international law

The Court, quite irritated by the presented arguments, boldly asserted that the law « can not be based solely on the PLO’s assessment of a political or social situation.« 

Humanitarian law was not violated

The PLO mistakenly refers to the wrong legal document because the Hague Convention applies in case of bombing. And … « Jerusalem is not bombed. »

The PLO invokes the violation of humanitarian law contained in the Geneva and Hague Conventions.

  • But on the one hand, says the judges of the Court of Appeal, international conventions apply between States and the PLO is not a State: « the International Court of Justice has indicated that [the Conventions] only contain obligations for the States, and that individual have no rights to claim the benefit of those obligation for themselves ».
  • Then the Court says that only the contracting parties are bound by international conventions, and neither the PLO nor the Palestinian Authority have ever signed any of them.
  • The Court draw the conclusion that the PLO is mistakenly referring to the wrong legal document because the Hague Convention applies in case of bombing. And … « Jerusalem is not bombed« 

The PLO and the Palestinians were dismissed

The PLO cannot invoke any of these international conventions, said the Court.

« These international norms and treaties » does not give the « Palestinian people that the PLO says he represents, the right to invoke them before a court.« 

The Court of Appeal therefore sentenced the PLO (and Association France Palestine Solidarité AFPS who was co-defendant) to pay 30,000 euros ($32,000) to Alstom, 30,000 euros to Alstom Transport and 30,000 euros to Veolia Transport.

Neither the PLO nor the Palestinian Authority nor the AFPS appealed to the Supreme Court, therefore the judgment has become final.

This is the first time that a Court has legally destroyed all Palestinian legal claim that Israeli’s occupation is illegal.

Reprint or redistribution of this copyrighted material is permitted with the following attribution and link: © Jean-Patrick Grumberg for www.Dreuz.info

  • (1) The PLO relies on article 49 of the Fourth Geneva Convention of August 12, 1949, which states that « the occupant power may not deport or transfer part of its own civilian population in the Territory he occupies », and article 53, which states that « the occupant Power is prohibited from destroying movable or immovable properties belonging individually or collectively to private people, to the State or to public authorities or social or cooperative organizations, except in cases where such destruction is rendered absolutely necessary for military operations ».
  • (2) The PLO refers to the Fourth Geneva Convention of August 12, 1949:
    • Article 23 (g), which prohibits « the destruction or seizure of enemy properties except in cases where such destruction or seizure are imperatively ordered for the necessities of war. »
    • Article 27 according to which « in the sieges and bombardments, all necessary measures must be taken to spare as much as possible the buildings devoted to worship, the arts, sciences, charitable institutions, historical monuments, and hospitals … »
    • Article 46 which states that « private property can not be confiscated ».

Bomb Threats at Jewish Community Centers in London and America’s East Coast Cities

January 9, 2017

Jewish community centers in American East Coast cities and Jewish schools in London, England were evacuated due to called-in warnings of explosives in the buildings.

By: Hana Levi Julian

Published: January 9th, 2017

Source: Bomb Threats at Jewish Community Centers in London and America’s East Coast Cities | Hana Levi Julian | Monday, January 9, 2017 | JewishPress.com

Evacuation of the Alper JCC – Jan. 9, 2017
Photo Credit: Courtesy: Twitter: @Jgram__

Jewish community centers in a widespread number of American states were evacuated due to bomb threats on Monday morning, while across the ocean, the same phenomenon was taking place in London, England as well.

Jewish schools across the United Kingdom were placed on alert after bomb threats were called into metro London Jewish schools in Roehampton, Ilford and Brent on Monday morning. The schools were “warned” that explosive devices had been planted on the premises. Thorough searches were conducted at all three sites and other schools were placed on precautionary lock-downs until the “all clear” was received.

Bomb threats were also called in to a few non-Jewish schools as well, according to the British Jewish Chronicle news site.

“Police were alerted at around 10:30am hrs on Monday, 9 January, to phone calls made to schools in Roehampton, Ilford and Brent in which bomb threats were made. Police officers attended the schools. All three incidents were stood down a short time later. An investigation into the threat will be conducted,” Metropolitan Police said in a statement.

Meanwhile, in the United States, bomb threats were called into Jewish Community Centers (JCC)s in Delaware, Tenafly, New Jersey; Miami Beach and Jacksonville, Florida; in Rockville, Maryland; in West Nashville, Tennessee, and Columbia, South Carolina.

In Delaware, police were called to search the Siegel Jewish Community Center north of Wilmington on Monday, after a bomb threat was called into the facility at around 11:45 am. The caller reportedly said there was a bomb inside the complex, according to Seth J. Katzen, CEO of the Jewish Federation of Delaware, who spoke with Delaware Online, The News Journal.

The building was alerted, Katzen said, and everyone was evacuated from the four facilities at the site, including the JCC, the Jewish Federation of Delaware, the Albert Einstein Academy (K-5) and Jewish Family Services of Delaware. Although police arrived quickly, they told Katzen it would be “a few hours” before they could declare an “all clear.”

Meanwhile, in New Jersey, the Jewish Community Center on Palisades in Tenafly sent out a text to its membership warning it had received a bomb threat shortly after 12 noon. As a precaution, officials evacuated the building, which contains a preschool, a senior center and an adult daycare facility for people with disabilities. Parents of preschoolers were asked to pick up their children and all JCC programs were canceled for the day. The “all clear” was received a short time later from the bomb squad that swept the building.

About 450 students and 70 teachers and staff members were evacuated from the Alper JCC School at SW 112th Avenue in southwest Miami-Dade as a precaution, Miami-Dade Fire Rescue officials said. Miami Beach police also were called to the Jewish Community Center on Pine Tree, where only a handful of people were in the building at the time. A thorough search that included K-9 units turned up nothing and the “all-clear” was given. Both threats were called in at around 10:45 am. Both JCCs have been given the “all clear” in Florida.

A bomb threat was also called into the Bender Jewish Community Center of Greater Washington in Rockville, Maryland, prompting officials there to evacuate the building, Executive Director Michael Feinstein said.

In West Nashville, Tennessee, metro police responded to a report at about 10:30 am of a bomb threat at the Gordon Jewish Community Center, in the 800 block on Percy Warner Boulevard. Officials quickly evacuated the 80 people who were in the building, which functions as a childcare center during the week, according to The Tennessean, part of the USA Today network. Special Agent Michael P. Knight of the Nashville field office of the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives told media the ATF is standing by to provide “technical assistance” as needed.

In South Carolina, the Columbia Fire Department and the Richland County bomb squad were also called in just before 11:30 am Monday to scan the Katie and Irwin Kahn Jewish Community Center on Flora Drive in Columbia, WBTV reported. After a thorough scan of the building, nothing was found and the “all clear” was given.

This is a developing story.