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Secretary of State Kerry Declares ISIS Committing "Genocide Against... Christians" - More Must be Done

Today, Secretary of State John Kerry and the Obama Administration finally announced that ISIS - the Islamic State - is committing "genocide against... Christians" and other religious minorities in the Middle East.

This is a monumental step forward in the fight to defend Christians facing beheadings, torture, sexual enslavement, and other atrocities.

Worldwide, over 435,000 of you signed our petition and spoke out for our Christian brothers and sisters in the Middle East. And because you spoke out, the Obama Administration acted.

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Police Officer Stabbed By 15 Year Old Girl In ISIS Inspired Palestine-Style Kitchen Knife Attack

A 15-year-old Moroccan (pictured) was arrested on Friday after an Islamist attack at Hanover central station inspired by the Islamic State. The young girl who was wearing a headscarf was observed to fix officials in the office with her gaze - this much can be seen from surveillance videos from the station, reports Bild.

Approached by an officer, the young girl handed over her identity documents, but as he was distracted reading the paper, she struck. A spokesman said: "When the officer slightly turned away to check her identity, with lightning speed she stabbed him... The colleague had no chance to defend himself".

At that point, other officers piled in and detained the girl. The struck officer had to receive emergency surgery, the kitchen knife having entered his neck, with a colleague remarking "it's a miracle he survived".

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Finance Ministry up in arms over Netherlands cutting off some Holocaust benefits

Knesset Finance Committee chairman MK Moshe Gafni is up in arms after learning of a recent decision by the Dutch government to cease paying benefits to Holocaust survivors who have immigrated to Israel.

Speaking in the Knesset on Tuesday, Gafni said that in response to the decision, which was apparently taken because such survivors receive extra benefits, he will soon hold a special committee meeting in which he will summon representatives of the Prime Minister's Office and the Foreign Ministry to convince them to take the lead in dissuading The Hague from its intended course of action.

According to Gafni, the government's Holocaust Survivors Rights Authority has been aware of the issue but has not yet taken it up on a state level.

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York University accused of allowing anti-Semitism to spread

Shelley Yachaev has watched the anti-Israel propaganda at York University evolve over the four years she's been there from being very much in one's face to a well-crafted "strategic" effort that has infiltrated the entire system.

Yachaev, who moved to Canada from Israel at age 12 and is president of the Israeli Students Union at York, says "every little part" of the university has been infiltrated with anti-Semitism.

In fact, she says, some of her own professors have endorsed the Boycott, Divest and Sanctions (BDS) movement - an international Palestinian-led movement that seeks to demonize the Jewish state.

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Social Media Lights Up With Outrage Over Canadian PM's Holocaust Remembrance Statement With no Mention of Jews, Antisemitism

The official statement released by the Canadian prime minister on International Day of Commemoration in Memory of the Victims of the Holocaust on Wednesday is causing a storm on social media for its omission of Jews in reference to the Nazi genocide.

Posted on Facebook by such figures as London-based Middle East analyst Jonathan Sacerdoti, Christians United for Israel (Canada) CEO Frank Dimant and i24 News producer D'vora Charness - to point out what they see as a travesty - Justin Trudeau's statement is garnering hundreds of comments from furious followers.

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Bin Laden Letter: "Iran is our main artery for funds, personnel, and communication"

Osama bin Laden ordered his al-Qaeda deputies not to attack Iran, which he called a "main artery" for his terror organization's operations, recently-disclosed documents from his Pakistan compound reveal.

The order was part of a collection of 112 letters taken from bin Laden's compound by U.S. special ops forces after he was killed in 2011. The collection was made public Tuesday by the Office of the Director of National Intelligence.

In a 2007 letter, bin Laden criticized an operative for threatening to attack Iran. "We expect you would consult with us for these important matters, for as you are aware, Iran is our main artery for funds, personnel, and communication, as well as the matter of hostages," he wrote.

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Let's not be naive about Iran

Canada should proceed cautiously and skeptically in lifting economic sanctions against Iran in the wake of its international agreement not to develop nuclear weapons.

Foreign Affairs Minister Stephane Dion struck the right tone when he told the House of Common this week that while Canada will honour the United Nations request for countries to begin removing sanctions against Iran, it will do so with its eyes wide open.

"Canada will lift its sanctions," Dion said, "but will maintain a level of mistrust for a regime that must not have nuclear weapons, a regime that is a danger to human rights and is not a friend to our allies, including Israel."

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Christians United for Israel (CUFI) opposes restoring Canada's financial aid to UNRWA

The federal government is seriously considering to restore the funding to the United Nations Relief and Works Agency (UNRWA), in spite of reports about its close ties to the Palestinian terrorist organizations Hamas and the Islamic Jihad and the use of its facilities to store weapons and incite hatred towards Israeli Jews.

In 2010, the former Conservative government cut its funding UNRWA. The decision relied in part by a report commissioned by the European parliament, which documented that Hamas terrorists have been chosen by the UNRWA labor union to administer UNRWA facilities.

When recently asked by Rona Ambrose, the Official Opposition Leader and the interim leader of the Conservative Party, to clarify his position in this issue, Prime Minister, Justin Trudeau said:

"I was happy to welcome the UN Secretary General to Ottawa last week to highlight that in fact Canada is willing and open to to reengaging with the world with a positive constructive way. Just quite frankly, Canadians expect us to be helpful in the world, and as we look at different ways of engaging, ways of supporting the United Nations in the good work that it does, we will of course look at all various things that the past government cancelled for political reasons."

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Kerry admits: Iran likely to give money to terrorists

US Secretary of State John Kerry said Thursday it is likely that some of the billions of dollars in sanctions relief granted to Iran under a landmark nuclear deal will go to groups deemed terrorists.

Kerry said on the sidelines of the World Economic Forum that there is little the United States or others could do to prevent the now-unfrozen assets from getting into the hands of the Iran Revolutionary Guard Corps or "other entities" that Iran has supported in the past. But since nuclear-related sanctions were lifted on Iran last weekend, Kerry said there was no evidence yet to suggest such transfers had occurred.

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Are the Jews of Today Really Descendants of Abraham Who Should Inherit the Land?

There are those who claim that present day Jews are not the descendants of the original Hebrews and therefore have no claim to the land. This claim also discredits the idea that the modern State of Israel could be part of the Messianic return, the ingathering of the exiles predicted by the prophets. For those willing to listen to scientific proof, this claim has been entirely discredited by recent studies in genetics.

Perhaps the strongest voice claiming the present day Jews settling in Israel are not descended from the original Hebrews is Tel Aviv University historian Shlomo Sand. In his international best-seller, The Invention of the Jewish People (2008), he asserts that the Jews of today did not originate in the Mediterranean and that a "nation-race" of Jews never existed.

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"Fool Me Twice, Shame on Me", as Iran Announces Two New Nuclear Plants

Immediately following the implementation of an international nuclear deal aimed at limiting Iran's nuclear abilities, the Atomic Energy Organization of Iran (AEOI) announced Tuesday in Tehran that it plans to build two new nuclear power plants.

Ali Akbar Salehi, head of AEOI, told Fars, an Iranian news agency, "Construction of two 1000-MW power plants will start soon." He added, "We will build two other small power plants too in cooperation with China."

However, it should come as no surprise. As recently as late December - shortly before the anticipated implementation of the deal - AEOI Spokesman Behrouz Kamalvandi announced Tehran would also be teaming up with Moscow to create small power plants, saying, "We are in talks with the Russians to start the job as soon as possible after the New Year holidays."

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Canadian Parliament passes a motion condemning BDS by a vote of 229-51

By a vote of 229 for and 51 against, the Canadian Parliament passed a historic motion this afternoon which formally condemned the boycott, divestment and sanctions (BDS) anti-Israel movement.

The Conservatives (including former Prime Minister Stephen Harper who attended the session to cast his vote against BDS), as well as the Liberals voted for the motion. Tom Muclair, leader of the NDP, opposed it as well as Bloc Quebecois and three MPs of the Liberal Party (Rene Arseneault, Larry Bagnell and Nick Whalen).

The motion, which was brought on November 18 by Conservative MP's Tony Clement and Michelle Rempel, called on Canada to reject BDS.

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Iran's Leaders welcome sanctions lift while showing disdain for Israel, US

On Monday, Iran's Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei welcomed the lifting of international sanctions against Iran, but warned that Tehran should remain wary of the United States.

State television reported that Khamenei wrote to President Hassan Rouhani to congratulate him on implementing the nuclear deal, which resulted in US, European Union and United Nations sanctions being lifted over the weekend.

In his first comments since the deal took effect, Iran's highest authority made clear that Washington should still be treated with suspicion, saying, "I reaffirm again that deceit and lack of commitment of arrogant states particularly U.S. in this issue and other issues must not be ignored."

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Canada poised to reject the Boycott campaign against Israel

The Liberals, who comprise the majority of seats in the House of Commons, said the party will support an opposition motion introduced Thursday calling on the House to formally reject the goals of the BDS movement.

The motion was introduced by two Conservative lawmakers in parliament. Both the New Democratic Party and Green Party have indicated that they will oppose the motion.

"This is not a partisan issue," said Tony Clement, the Conservative foreign affairs critic, in leading off the debate. He called BDS a form of discrimination, "just like boycotts that have targeted Jews throughout history."

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Terrorist Kills Mother of Six in Hebron Hills

Israeli security forces were searching the area around the town of Otniel in the Hebron Hills after a local worker stabbed to death a mother of six in her home.

The victim, 39-year-old Dafna Meir, who worked as a nurse and a premarital counselor, confronted her attacker at the entrance to her home soon after sundown on Sunday. According to Channel 2 news in Israel, her husband Natan was not at home at the time of the attack; in his stead, three of her four children tried to help her fight off the attacker.

After the terrorist fled, Meir's 15-year-old daughter notified police and gave them his description. First responders from the Magen Dovid Adom emergency medical service found Meir unconscious and without a pulse; she was soon pronounced dead at the scene.

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Jewish group attacks York University over 'anti-Semitic' move to divest from weapons manufacturers

In the latest caustic outbreak in an ongoing cultural war, a prominent Jewish organization Wednesday urged Jewish Canadian high school students to think twice about applying to York University.

In a blistering statement, the Friends of the Simon Wiesenthal Centre for Holocaust Studies (FSWC) accused the university's faculty association of endorsing "a campaign of censorship against Israel and the Jewish People."

In the statement, FSWC president and CEO Avi Benlolo said his group is concerned "for the safety and security" of York's Jewish students and faculty. "What I'm asking for Jewish students, who are considering going to York or putting in their application for the... 2016-17 year, is to know what's going on at York (and) to maybe take a pause until the final vote is in," he said in an interview.

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Israel Demolishes East Jerusalem Homes of 2 Murdering Palestinian Terrorists

In the neighborhood of Jabel Mukaber, the home of Palestinian Alaa Abu Jamal was filled with concrete and sealed off, an AFP reporter at the scene said.

Abu Jamal had on October 13 rammed his car into people at a Jerusalem bus stop and jumped out with a knife, stabbing a rabbi to death before being shot dead.

Abu Jamal was also a cousin of two Palestinians who in November stormed a synagogue in Jerusalem's Har Nof neighborhood with meat cleavers and a pistol, killing five Jewish worshippers and a policeman before being shot dead.

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Toronto Star & CP24 Turn Palestinian Terrorists into Victims

In Jerusalem and in areas of the west bank today, five Palestinian terrorists carried out brazen shooting and knife attacks with the intent of murdering Israeli security forces and presumably, the civilian population at large.

Averting a potential massacre and acting in self defense, Israeli forces shot dead the five Palestinian assailants. In some cases, returning fire after being shot at by Palestinian gunmen.

How did Canada's media cover these attacks?

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ZOA Criticizes US Denying Security Clearance of Jewish Dentist Because He Has Relatives In Israel

The Zionist Organization of America (ZOA) is appalled that the U.S. Office of Personnel Management decided that Jewish-American dentist Dr. Gershon Pincus has "divided loyalties" and denied the dentist's security clearance for the sole reason that Dr. Pincus has an elderly mother, brother and sister living in Israel. The security clearance denial means that Dr. Pincus will lose his dream job serving our American troops as a dentist at an off-base U.S. Navy clinic.

Dr. Pincus is not alone. A Wall Street Journal Op Ed by Bret Stephens also reported the shocking fact that during the the Obama administration, there have been 58 cases in which Israeli ties were a significant factor - and in 36 cases, the applicant's security clearance was denied.

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Netanyahu promises to encircle Israel with security fences to keep out 'beasts of prey'

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, under mounting criticism of his government's handling of security threats, promised to encircle the country in an uninterrupted strip of barriers.

The multiyear project will cost billions of shekels and "surround the entire State of Israel with security fences to protect ourselves in the current and projected Middle East," Netanyahu said Tuesday while touring a fence being built on the border with Jordan.

"In the surroundings in which we live, we have to defend ourselves against beasts of prey," he said.

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Actress Mayim Bialik: Don't be afraid to voice support for Israel

Actress Mayim Bialik has urged Israel-backers not to be apologetic in voicing their support for the Jewish state, The Canadian Jewish News reported on Wednesday.

"I think what's important about speaking out is that I don't even think of it as 'speaking out,'" the Jewish Big Bang Theory star, 40, told the publication. "I don't think you should be ashamed to talk about your support for a country where Jews can have an autonomous existence."

The mother-of-two lamented that "Israel" has become a "dirty word" to use. She explained that "although there are very, very difficult politics surrounding Israel, and I don't agree with everything the Israeli government or the people in the State of Israel do, it's not a dirty word to talk about a country amidst dozens of Arab countries in that region of the world."

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