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Greens self-destruct with Israel bashing

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.

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Palestinian gunman kills Israeli man and injures his wife and two teens in West Bank ambush

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.

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France announces global summit on Israel-Palestinian peace process

France will host a meeting of ministers from 20 countries on May 30 to try and relaunch the Israel-Palestinian peace process, Foreign Minister Jean-Marc Ayrault announced on Thursday. He told the international press, however, that Israel and the Palestinian officials would not be invited to the meeting, which will take place in Paris.

Ayrault said the aim was to prepare an international summit in the second half of 2016, which would include the Israeli and Palestinian leaders.

"The two sides are further apart than ever," he admitted. But he said: "There is no other solution to the conflict than establishing two states, one Israeli and the other Palestinian, living side by side in peace and safety with Jerusalem as a shared capital.

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CUFI Responsible for GOP's Strong Pro-Israel Platform?

From the streets of Tehran to the halls of the United Nations to Hezbollah on Israel's northern border, the Jewish state is surrounded by enemies seeking to demonize or destroy it. But the number of Christians standing up for Israel is growing.

Christians United for Israel, or CUFI, has grown to more than 3 million members.

Eleven years ago, Pastor John Hagee founded CUFI to teach Christians about the biblical mandate to stand with Israel "because every evangelical has a biblical basis for supporting the State of Israel."

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'I was looking for my daughter, her whole body was burned'

Racheli Dadon was desperately looking for her daughter, 15-year-old Eden, after the bombing on bus number 12 in Jerusalem on Monday, "when I found her, I saw that he entire body was burned."

Police investigation found that an explosive device blew up at the back of the bus. Security forces are investigating the possibility that one of the wounded is a suicide bomber.

From her bed at the Hadassah Medical Center in Jerusalem's Ein Kerem, Racheli recounted in tears the terrifying experience.

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Toronto teacher calls a terrorist who killed a 4 year old Israeli girl a "hero"

Nadia Shoufani, a Toronto teacher, was one of the speakers at the annual pro Iranian Islamic Al-Quds Day Rally in Toronto which was held on Saturday, July 2, 2016 in solidarity with the Palestinian people and in support of the call of Iranian regime to oppose Zionism and Israel's right to exist.

A graduate of the American University of Beirut and a former employee at UNRWA, Shoufani is a teacher for Special Education, ESL, Literacy and Science at Dufferin-Peel District School Board. "Ms. Shoufani" is mentioned as a SERT/ESL teacher at St. Catherine of Siena Catholic School in Mississauga. Nadia Shoufani is also affiliated with the Palestine Solidarity Movement and Actions4Palestine and is a director at the Arab Canadian Cultural Association.

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IDF uncovers Hamas 'terror tunnel' in Israel

Security forces discovered a "terror tunnel" inside Israeli territory coming out of the southern Gaza Strip just over a week and a half ago, the Israel Defense Forces revealed on Monday morning.

The concrete-lined tunnel has since been "neutralized," an army spokesperson said, but would not elaborate on whether it was destroyed or merely sealed off.

Its exact location is still being under wraps by the military censor, though it does not appear that the tunnel led directly into Holit or Sufa, the Israeli communities closest to the southern Gaza Strip.

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PA textbooks support violence and demonization of Israel, Jews, report finds

Palestinian Authority school books continue to promote violence and demonization of Israel and Jews.

The study, carried out by Impact-SE, found encouraging signs relating to gender issues, civil society, the environment, respect for the "other" Muslim or Arab, and respect for people with disabilities and the elderly.

However, the curricula convey a message rejecting negotiations with Israel and promote a strategy combining violence and international pressure against Israel.

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Brussels bombers targeted Israelis says arrested suspect

Mohamed Abrini, the attacker known as the "man in hat", told interrogators that one of the terrorist's specific targets was the outgoing lounge for passengers travelling to Tel Aviv, French media network BFM reported Thursday.

Abrini, caught last weekend, said that one of his fellow attackers Ibrahim El Bakraoui was the one who picked the targets at the airport. He chose the waiting areas for flight to the United States, Russia and Tel Aviv.

Apparently, the plan went awry when Abrini hesitated, and fled the scene after the two other attackers exploded. "I couldn't hurt a fly," he said during questioning. "I haven't become an extremist and never visited Syria."

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Abbas tells humanitarian summit that it is time to erase Israel

Mahmoud Abbas spoke at the World Humanitarian Summit in Istanbul on Tursday, where he did what he does best - trying to hijack the summit to become yet another anti-Israel vehicle, and lying on a grand scale.

Here is the beginning of his speech:

We emphasize our support and our commitment to the responsibilities set out in the agenda of the Secretary-General for this humanitarian summit. In Palestine, our people and leadership seek with all our will and determination to end the suffering of our people, through peaceful means, since the question of Palestine and its people has been here for nearly seventy years. More than half of our people have been wrongfully displaced from our homeland, and are still waiting for a solution, Our people will not accept to remain under occupation, nor consistently in the current situation, which humiliate our freedom and humanity and dignity and basic rights.

We need to ensure the presence of collective international political will to implement the resolutions of international legitimacy, which calls for a comprehensive and just political solution to the Palestinian issue, as the basis for putting an end to the tragedy of the Palestinian people of all its aspects, which was implemented beginning in 1917, and has lasted until the present day.

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The scourge of anti-Semitic Jews

A poster from the Daily Stormer, a neo-Nazi website, made the rounds on U.S. campuses recently. It reads: "White man: are you sick and tired of the Jews destroying your country through mass immigration and degeneracy? Join us in the struggle for global white supremacy at the Daily Stormer."

If I had seen that poster in my youth, it would have felt like a punch to the gut. Objectively, I should still be sickened. But the world has changed a lot since I was young and naively swaddled in the belief that anti-Semitism had finally been vanquished.

It's back and it's back with a vengeance. Hitler only wanted to rid Europe of its Jews. When he died, his dream died, too. The new genocidal dreams are global and today's would-be Hitlers are plentiful. When one dies, 100 more are recruited. This time around, a sizable number of our Jewish intelligentsia think the way that hate is framed in modern times - as Israel cleansing, rather than racial cleansing - is kind of cool. And it is my youthful naivete that has been vanquished.

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Arabs from Saudi Arabia to Iraq Voice Support for Israel

Saudi Arabia, Iraq, Yemen... These may not be countries you would expect to feature in a pro-Israel campaign.

Even in Egypt and Jordan, which have treaties with Israel, you're not likely to find much pro-Israel sentiment among the general public - at least not in public.

However, a recent poll of the Arab world, released last month, revealed something surprising: unlike their elders, young Arabs are increasingly abandoning the paradigm of Israel as the root of all evil. The Arab Youth Survey showed that faith in that doctrine, which has long-dominated the Arab discourse, is being eroded, as a new generation with access to information beyond the "official" channels which dominated life before the social media age takes stock of the challenges it faces - from ISIS to dictatorships to unemployment - none of which have anything to do with Israel.

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French Jews removing their children from public schools for fear of anti-Semitism

In a recent video by VICE News, Robert Ejness, the head of the French Jewish community's umbrella organisation said that Jews "are very worried and they are questioning the future of their children in this country."

He explained that in 1970 only 7,000 French children attended Jewish schools. Today, there are 35,000 Jewish children in Jewish schools in France. On top of that, another 35,000 Jewish children attend private Christian schools, showing that the Christian school environment is safe and welcoming for Jewish children.

"One of the issues," Ejness explains "is the integration of the Muslim population, essentially the Muslim population that has arrived in France in the last 20 or 30 years, which has not been integrated, which has refused also to be integrated in the French system."

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ISIS Reportedly Planning to Attack Israel From Sinai

The Israeli military is concerned that the Islamic State terror group is planning a large-scale attack against Israel from Egypt's Sinai Peninsula, Germany's Bild newspaper reported on Sunday, citing an Israel Defense Forces officer.

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Anti-Semitic protest in north London branded 'sad and pathetic'

An antisemitic protest attended by just 12 far-right supporters in north London has been branded "pathetic" and "sad" by leading Jewish groups.

A handful of people turned up for Saturday's protest at the war memorial in Golders Green, an area with a large Jewish population, and held up a banner with the slogan "This is London not Tel Aviv".

Another banner labelled the Shomrim, a north London Jewish neighbourhood watch group, "police impersonators".

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Iran test-fires ballistic missile, latest after nuclear deal

Iran test-fired another ballistic missile, the latest in a spate of tests following the implementation of the nuclear deal with world powers earlier this year, according to a report Monday by the country's semi-official Tasnim news agency.

The test-firing of the missile was carried out two weeks ago, the agency quoted Gen. Ali Abdollahi, deputy chief of the armed forces' headquarters, as saying. Tasnim is close to the country's powerful Revolutionary Guard, which is in charge of Iranian ballistic missiles program.

The agency said the missile has a range of 2,000 kilometres, or 1,250 miles -- enough to reach much of the Middle East. Iranian military commanders have described them as a strategic asset and a strong deterrent, capable of hitting U.S. bases or Israel in the event of a strike on Iran.

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Egyptian hijacker's ex-wife says he was "fanatical" supporter of PLO who bragged about killing Israeli soldiers

Marina Paraschou rejected media reports that 59-year-old Seif Eddin Mustafa hijacked the Airbus A320 with 72 passengers and crew on board out of love for her.

She said he used drugs, terrorised his family and beat her and their children.

In an interview published on Wednesday in leading daily Phileleftheros, Ms Paraschou said Mustafa never asked to speak to her and police only asked her to identify his voice.

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PA's billion dollar terror funding scam revealed

A shocking report on Wednesday reveals that the Palestinian Authority (PA) has fooled Western governments, raking in over a billion dollars in aid from them annually despite breaching their demands that it stop paying salaries to terrorist prisoners.

The report by Palestinian Media Watch (PMW), which can be read in full here, exposes how the PA has coped since August 2014, when - in the face of demands by the US and European donor countries that it stop paying salaries to jailed terrorists - it announced it would stop the terror funding.

At the time, the PA claimed that it would not pay the jailed terrorists their salaries and instead the payment would be made by the Palestine Liberation Organization (PLO), the body behind the PA that had its terror status removed in the 1994 Oslo Accords when the PA was created.

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White House: Assad role in unity government a 'non-starter'

Ronald Lauder, the head of the World Jewish Congress, spoke out against BDS at the Ynet conference on Tuesday. "There is a real threat, and it's called BDS," he began.

"What was [BDS leader Omar Barghouti's] goal?" he asked. "To destroy the Jewish homeland. And BDS is the international campaign to incite hostility against Israel and the Jewish people."

As proof, Lauder pointed out that those who push for boycotts often discount the damage they do to the very Palestinians they claim to be helping. "BDS has no interest in peace and no interest in improving the daily lives of the Palestinian people."

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Jordan warns of "dangerous consequences" if Jews keep visiting Temple Mount

Jordan on Sunday warned Israel against violating the status quo on Jerusalem's Temple Mount, after several hundred Jews and tourists visited the contested holy site on the first intermediate day of the Passover holiday.

The Hashemite Kingdom acts as custodian of the flashpoint religious site, which is the holiest site in Judaism and third holiest to Muslims.

Israel's "violations against worshipers" on the holy site "are a violation of international laws and conventions" and could have "dangerous consequences," government spokesman Muhammad Al-Momani said in a statement to the Petra state news agency.

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Purim cancelled in Brussels amid security concerns

According to YNetNews, over a thousand members of the Jewish community were supposed to attend the megillah reading (reading of the Book of Esther) at the Great Synagogue of Europe followed by a performance by the Gat Brothers who arrived from Israel for the occasion. Instead, the community will hold smaller gatherings.

Rabbi Menachem Margolin, Head of the European Jewish Association, told Ynet that the decision to cancel the events was done at the request of the police due to the police's fear of additional terrorists in the area.

"The police said that they are unable to protect the event while the city is in a state of war," he said.

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