US Ambassador to UN Nikki Haley: Palestinians Must Stop Incitement, Engage in Direct Peace Talks With Israel
The Palestinian Authority must "stop its incitement to violence" and engage with Israel in "direct peace negotiations, rather than looking to the UN," a top American diplomatic official said on Tuesday.
US Ambassador to the UN Nikki Haley made the statement after meeting with her Palestinian counterpart, Riyad Mansour - an encounter she described as "productive."
"The US is committed to supporting a true peace process between Israel and the Palestinian Authority," she said.
An imam at a Toronto mosque who prayed for the purification of Jews and slaying of "infidels and polytheists" is no longer employed by Ryerson University.
B'nai Brith Canada made the announcement late Tuesday, citing Ryerson president Mohamed Lachemi. "Ayman Elkasrawy, a teaching assistant at Ryerson University, who in a sermon preached 'purify the al-Aqsa Mosque from the filth of the Jews,' has been dismissed by the university," B'nai Brith said in a news release.
Toronto Police are investigating the 2016 comments, as is Masjid Toronto mosque and the Muslim Association of Canada, which has apologized and suspended Elkasrawy, who they called a "junior employee" who preached an "unauthorized" service. Elkasrawy has also apologized on social media.
6 UN resolutions on Israel; texts ignore Jewish ties to Temple Mount, urge transfer of Golan to Syria
One resolution calls on Israel to transfer control of the Golan Heights to Syria, oblivious to the mass killings now being perpetrated by the regime of President Bashar al-Assad. Another resolution condemns Israel for actions in Jerusalem, and uses only the Islamic term for the Temple Mount, ignoring the site's biblical role in Judaism and Christianity.
"The UN's assault on Israel today with a torrent of one-sided resolutions is surreal," said Hillel Neuer, executive director of UN Watch, a Geneva-based non-governmental watchdog organization.
"On a day when forces loyal to President Bashar al-Assad are attacking Syrian civilians in Aleppo, causing thousands to flee, it is obscene for the UN to adopt a resolution mentioning Syrian territory and invoking the Geneva Convention and the 'protection of civilians' - yet only to condemn Israel," said Neuer.
Toronto's Jewish Defence League says it will file a "hate crimes" complaint with Toronto Police alleging there were "troubling" words in sermons at a downtown mosque, including inciting the "killing of Jews."
"We are going to speak with the police," said JDL National Co-ordinator Meir Weinstein, who alleged Monday that "these are anti-Semitic hate crimes."
But first the JDL is to hold an emergency meeting to decide how to proceed after bringing to light several videos taken from within the downtown mosque Masjid Toronto, part of the Muslim Association of Canada.
Parts of the port city of Haifa in northern Israel were ablaze on Thursday as wildfires raged through the country for a third day, devouring forests, damaging homes and prompting the evacuation of tens of thousands of people.
Asked how long Haifa was likely to be battling the blazes, Mayor Yona Yahav told reporters, "This is a question that has to be referred to God."
Israeli officials said the fires had been fanned by unusually strong winds and made worse by a dry atmosphere, but they also said they suspected that many of them had been caused by arson and negligence. Dozens of people have been slightly affected by smoke inhalation, but no serious injuries or fatalities have been reported.
The Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. was ahead of his time in many ways. He was a pioneer of the civil rights movement of the mid-20th century in America, giving voice and moral weight to the struggle of black Americans for an equal status in American society.
He was also a pioneer in speaking out for the defense of Zionism and the State of Israel at a time that some African-Americans were joining cause with anti-Israel elements. By equating those anti-Israel positions with anti-Semitism, King was in a sense an early voice of opposition to those who in our own day call for boycott, divestment and sanctions again Israel. King was unafraid of calling to task those, even among his own supporters, who would question Israel's rightful position in world society. He was indeed an unabashed, outspoken advocate on behalf of Israel's security.
The federal Liberals are providing $25 million to a UN relief agency for Palestinian refugees that was cut off by the previous Conservative government for alleged ties to Hamas.
International Development Minister Marie-Claude Bibeau made the announcement at a news conference and also during question period in the House of Commons - news that was greeted by cries of "shame" from the opposition benches.
Officials say the Obama administration in its waning hours defied Republican opposition and quietly released US $221 million to the Palestinian Authority that GOP members of Congress had been blocking.
A State Department official and several congressional aides said the outgoing administration formally notified Congress it would spend the money Friday morning. The official said former Secretary of State John Kerry had informed some lawmakers of the move shortly before he left the State Department for the last time Thursday. The aides said written notification dated Jan. 20 was sent to Congress just hours before Donald Trump took the oath of office.
Anti-Israel activists are seeking to co-opt the left-wing protests that have erupted across the US following Donald Trump's victory over Hillary Clinton in last Tuesday's presidential election to further their cause, a prominent conservative US legal expert said on Monday.
"None of this is solidarity," Cornell Law School Professor William A. Jacobson wrote on his Legal Insurrection blog. "It's conquest of other peoples and movements to redirect them to and focus attention on the BDS anti-Israel agenda."
As highlighted by Jacobson, the New York City branch of Students for Justice in Palestine (NYC-SJP) has been calling on its members to join the anti-Trump demonstrations.
Hamas and Fatah have agreed to establish a Palestinian unity government, the two factions said in a statement from Moscow, where they were holding unity talks since Sunday.
According to the deal reached in Moscow, the Palestinian factions - including the Islamic Jihad - will join the PLO institutions and form a new Palestinian National Council. The new council will select the PLO Executive Committee, the top political and diplomatic Palestinian body.
Christians United for Israel Canada led it's first Night to Honour Israel in Brampton this past weekend on September 25, 2016. Approximately 500 people came to support Israel's right to exist as a nation in a world that is growing more hostile towards the Jewish state.
Republican Senators Ted Cruz (Texas) and Lindsay Graham (South Carolina) have introduced legislation to withdraw US funding to the United Nations until it repeals the December 23 UN Security Council Resolution that condemned all Israeli presence in territories won by Israel from Jordan during the Six-Day War in 1967.
"We need to act to defend, not only our friend and ally, the nation of Israel, but also US interests," said Cruz on Thursday to MSNBC's Morning Joe program. "So Lindsay and I today are joining in filing legislation that would end all US taxpayer funding for the UN unless and until they reverse this resolution."
A Dutch parliament member and pro-migrant activist refused to shake hands with Israeli Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu Wednesday morning, during the latter's visit to the Dutch parliament.
Kuzu, a former member of the Dutch Labor Party, is aligned with the DENK immigrant advocacy movement.
When Netanyahu offered his hand to the Turkish-born Kuzu, the MP refused, leading the Prime Minister to make an about-face, turning his back on Kuzu.
Hamas lauded as "heroic" the deadly truck-ramming attack in Jerusalem on Sunday that left four Israelis killed and more than a dozen others wounded.
"The truck operation in Jerusalem affirms that all attempts to encircle the [Palestinian] intifada will fail," the Palestinian terrorist group said on Twitter.
One of Britain's most notorious Islamic extremists, Anjem Choudary, has been found guilty of inciting support for Islamic State in a verdict released this week.
Choudary made a mockery of the British justice system for two decades, avoiding any serious criminal charges whilst being given regular airtime and other platforms to continually incite his anti-Semitic, anti-British and anti-West ideology.
His conviction in July, which can only now be reported after legal restrictions were lifted, came after Choudary, 49, and a follower, Mohammed Rahman, 32, were arrested September last year after they urged support for Islamic State and pledged allegiance to the group.
An Israeli investigation into school books used by United Nations-run schools in the West Bank were found to consistently delegitimize and demonize the State of Israel.
These textbooks-written by the Palestinian Ministry of Education-are used in schools run by the United Nations Relief and Works Agency (UNRWA) in both Gaza and the West Bank.
However, the most shocking discovery is that the UN schools don't teach Palestinian children to recognize Israel as a country-not within the 1947 borders, nor any borders at all.
An Egyptian judoka has reportedly been sent home by his team after refusing to shake his Israeli opponent's hand following their bout last week.
Islam El Shehaby was also given a "severe reprimand" by the International Olympic Committee.
"The Disciplinary Commission (DC) considered that his behavior at the end of the competition was contrary to the rules of fair play and against the spirit of friendship embodied in the Olympic Values," the IOC said in a statement.
The Christian Democratic Union party (CDU) announced on Wednesday that it passed a resolution opposing the Boycott, Divestment, Sanctions (BDS) movement targeting the Jewish state at its party conference in Essen because the anti-Israel action is antisemitic.
"Who today under the flag of the BDS movement calls to boycott Israeli goods and services speaks the same language in which people were called to not buy from Jews. That is nothing other than coarse antisemitism," said the CDU statement.
It's unfortunate the Green Party of Canada has chosen to hurl itself into irrelevancy by taking up the cause of Israel bashing.
Leader Elizabeth May understands how much political damage the Greens have done to themselves in a very short period of time. It's because of this she's now suggesting she may resign over the issue.
Party members voted earlier this month at their convention to support the so-called Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions (BDS) movement, which seeks to demonize and delegitimize the Jewish state.
On December 3, 2016, the one-seat Green Party of Canada passed its most anti-Israel resolution to date.
The new resolution replaced the one passed at the Greens' annual convention in August, which at that time accorded the party the dubious distinction of being the first and only Canadian party to formally endorse the boycott, divestment and sanctions (BDS) campaign against Israel, whose explicit aim is to strangle the Jewish State by means of economic, academic and cultural boycott.
Ironically, the resolution was adopted just two days after the Ontario Legislature passed a private member's bill to reject BDS and other bigoted campaigns against Israel and six months after a similar motion was adopted by the House of Commons.
A Palestinian gunman ambushed an Israeli family travelling in a car in the West Bank Friday, killing a man and wounding his wife and two teenage children in an assault that prompted the military to send hundreds of troops to the area, the largest operation in the territory in two years.
The army also imposed a closure on the Hebron district, a flashpoint area where many of the recent attacks have stemmed from.
Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu also said Israel will reduce the amount of tax revenues it collects for the Palestinians each month, saying that some of the money was being given to families of attackers.