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Three Israelis stabbed in central Israeli city of Raanana

A Palestinian has stabbed three Israelis in the central city of Raanana, seriously wounding one of them, before being shot and arrested by Israeli forces.

According to JTA, the 20-year-old Palestinian, from the West Bank, who was illegally living in Israel, stabbed three people on a residential street on Saturday afternoon after unsuccessfully trying to enter a synagogue, and then entered at least one home before being captured by police.

One of those stabbed was seriously injured in the stomach and two were lightly injured, according to reports.

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Jewish cemetery in Poland desecrated with anti-Semitic and pro-ISIS graffiti

In a harrowing incident that harkened back to the days of the Nazis, a Jewish cemetery in Sochaczew, Poland was desecrated on Sunday with anti-Semitic slogans and symbols and pro-ISIS messages. The cemetery sits among other graves for Catholics, Protestants, Orthodox Christians and Muslims.

Hate-filled slogans such as "the Holocaust never happened" were scrawled across the Ohel HaTzadik memorial, next to threatening slogans such as "Islam will dominate" and "Islamic State was here." Another featured a Star of David hanging from a noose. The entire Jewish population of the town was wiped out by the Nazis in World War II.

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SJP HATE GROUP FIGHTS FOR RIGHT TO HARASS JEWS AT UCLA

The University of California has an anti-Semitism problem. Its name is Students for Justice in Palestine.

Co-founded by Hatem Bazian, a notorious bigot who was described by Rabbi Kahn of the San Francisco Jewish Community Relations Council as being, "more responsible than any other student on campus for trying to make life miserable for Jewish students," the SJP hate group has lived up to his hateful legacy.

As the University of California faces a debate over anti-Semitism between Jewish civil rights groups, concerned by the atmosphere of hate on campus, and Students for Justice in Palestine, which is responsible for much of the hate, one Jewish civil rights group reports that 70 testimonials have been collected from UC Jewish students describing intimidation by SJP and other BDS hate groups.

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"One Christian Slaughtered Every Five Minutes"

Throughout September, as more Christians were slaughtered and persecuted for their religion -- not just by the Islamic State but by "everyday" Muslims from all around the world -- increasing numbers of people and organizations called for action. Meanwhile, those best placed to respond -- chief among them U.S. President Barack Obama and Pope Francis -- did nothing.

"Why, we ask the western world, why not raise one's voice over so much ferocity and injustice?" asked Cardinal Angelo Bagnasco, the head of the Italian Bishops Conference.

Melkite Greek Catholic Patriarch Gregory III said: "I do not understand why the world does not raise its voice against such acts of brutality."

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Two killed in Tel Aviv synagogue attack

Two people have been killed and one other person was injured in a stabbing attack at a synagogue in south Tel Aviv.

The injured victim, a man in his 50s, is in moderate condition. He was treated at the scene by Magen David Adom paramedics before being evacuated to Ichilov hospital.

The Arab terrorist who carried out the attack was tackled and held by a civilian until police arrived to arrest him, and sustained light injuries in the course of being captured.

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Toronto Arab paper reposts an article calling Palestinian stabbers "heroes"

The Mississauga-based newspaper "Meshwar" has published (Issue 145, December 11, 2015, p. 33) an unsigned article entitled "Who are the Knife Heroes?"

The same article penned by Saeed Amury originally appeared on the Lebanese Assafir daily newspaper in November.

The article tells the story of three young Palestinians who carried out knife attacks aimed at Israelis during the al-Quds Intifada, also dubbed the Knife Intifada, trying to decipher what drove them to take a kitchen knife and go to stab Israelis in missions that have a slim chance of returning alive.

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An 'honest broker' would back Israel

Israeli authorities recently released security footage of a Palestinian woman, covered from head to toe in a black hijab, pulling out a large knife and lunging towards an Israeli border guard.

The young woman stabbed the Israeli guard as he was examining her passport at a border crossing between the West Bank and Israel.

Another attack occurred when a Palestinian man approached a 45-year-old Orthodox woman wearing traditional Jewish clothing.

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Car Attack in Jerusalem; 11 Wounded

11 People have been injured in a car-ramming attack in central Jerusalem, close to the capital's iconic Chords Bridge.

Six of the wounded victims were evacuated to Shaarei Tzedek hospital, two of them in moderate condition - a 65-year-old woman and a one-and-a-half-year-old toddler. The remainder were hospitalized with light injuries.

Five others were evacuated to Hadassah Ein Kerem hospital with light injuries.

The terrorist was eliminated at the scene.

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Blood libel against Israel goes unchallenged on Canadian TV

TVO's prime time daily show The Agenda with Steve Paikin dealt on Friday, October 30, with the question whether the Palestinian wave of violence is in fact the beginning of a third intifada.

Two interviewees were invited to provide their point of view: Yoni Goldstein, Editor of the Canadian Jewish News, and Khaled Elgindy, a fellow in the Center for Middle East Policy at Brookings and a former advisor to the Palestinian leadership in Ramallah on permanent status negotiations with Israel from 2004 to 2009.

Presenting distorted facts, Khalid Elgindy put the entire blame for the Palestinian violence on Israel and at the same time argued that "a third intifada would be much better for everyone" as it would be orchestrated by "political" organizations and have "political" goals.

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Swedish PM: Stabbing attacks in Israel not terrorism

Swedish Prime Minister Stefan Lofven further strained his country's relationship with Israel Monday, saying he does not consider stabbing attacks in Israel to constitute terrorism.

"No, it is not classified as [terrorism]," Lofven said in an interview to the Swedish news agency TT. "There is an international classification regarding what constitutes or does not constitute [terror]. As far as I know, the [knife attacks in Israel] are not defined as terror."

Later in the day, Lofven contacted TT again to clarify his message, fearing what he called a "misunderstanding."

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Trudeau's spokeswoman: expect a shift in Canada's policy towards the Middle East

Israel's Prime Minister, Benjamin Netanyahu, called last Friday (October 23) Justin Trudeau to congratulate him on his victory in the federal elections, but both sides abstained at the time from issuing any official announcement about the conversation and its content.

Talking to the Canadian Press, Kate Purchase, Trudeau's spokeswoman, described the conversation between Trudeau and Netanyahu as a "very positive call" adding that Trudeau "explained there would be a shift in tone but Canada would continue to be a friend of Israel's." Rafael Barak, Israel's ambassador to Canada, said that Netanyahu invited Trudeau to visit Israel.

On the other side, Hamdi Abu Ali, the Palestinian charge d'affaires in Ottawa, wishes to see a turnabout in Canadian - Palestinian relations. "We hope this new government will join the international community and recognize the state of Palestine," Abu Ali said in an exclusive interview to the Ottawa Citizen. "We are confident that Canada will start to see us as a people who want to join other nations in having their own independence and their own sovereignty."

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'My son was obsessed with Israel,' says father of San Bernardino shooter

The father of one of the San Bernardino killers told an Italian newspaper on Sunday that his son, Sayed Rizan Farook, had an obsessive hatred of Israel that underscored his Islamic radicalism and allegiance to the ideals of Islamic State.

An anti-Semitic streak was also discovered within the family as the father, Sayed Farook said he tried to dissuade his son from violence by telling him that "Nobody wants the Jews... In two years. Israel will no longer exist."

The senior Farook, in an interview with Italian newspaper La Stampa, described his son as "an angel. Good, obedient studious. Maybe a little too shy, conservative and firmly against Israel."

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Israeli NGO sues Facebook over pages inciting terror

Thousands of Israelis have joined a lawsuit against Facebook in a New York court, alleging the social network allowed jihadists to openly recruit and train terrorists and plan terror attacks on its pages.

Some 20,000 Israelis, organized by the Israel-based non-profit Shurat HaDin-The Israel Law Center, joined a civil lawsuit filed Monday in the Supreme Court for the State of New York, seeking an injunction against Facebook, according to a Fox News report.

Shurat HaDin wants to force Facebook to not only remove the terrorists' pages, but also to better monitor and block users who post videos glorifying and encouraging terrorist attacks, and publish messages with instructions on how to carry out an attack.

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SPECIAL REPORT: Shul under siege in Paris' most anti-Semitic neighbourhood

Behind high steel walls in a part of Paris known as "Little Jerusalem" regular worshipers gather for the morning Shacharit service.

Armed police, complete with flak jackets, automatic weapons and body armour patrol outside. As the congregants put on tefillin and recite familiar prayers, they remain alert for signs of possible danger. This synagogue, Shaarei Rachamim, in Garges-Les-Gonesse, has been firebombed, burgled, targeted by rioters and its members attacked so many times it's become the new normality.

"We know we're a target," sighs Alain Bensimon, Shaarei Rachamim Synagogue president. "We now know the message of the Islamists and we know things cannot get any better."

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'Islamic site'? Thousands of Jews pray at Rachel's Tomb

Early vatikin prayers held at dawn on Friday morning saw thousands of Jews visit Rachel's Tomb in Bethlehem, Judea, where the Jewish matriarch is buried.

The special visit comes a day ahead of the day of Rachel's passing, Marcheshvan 11 in the Jewish calendar, which falls this Saturday.

Giving a special poignancy to the prayers is the fact that UNESCO just this Wednesday passed a Palestinian Authority (PA) resolution, listing Rachel's Tomb and the Cave of Machpelah in Hevron - where the rest of the Jewish patriarchs and matriarchs are buried - as "Muslim sites."

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John Kerry Spins a Fantasy About the Palestinians

Secretary of State John Kerry's assertion that the Palestinian Arabs are in a "very dire situation" is not only absurd, but also very revealing - about the fantasies that guide the Obama Administration's Middle East policy.

After emerging from a meeting with Palestinian Authority chairman Mahmoud Abbas on November 24, Kerry declared: "I know that the situation for Palestinians in the West Bank, in Jerusalem, in Gaza is, at this moment, very dire, that there are extraordinary concerns, obviously, about the violence."

"Dire"? Is he kidding or just ill-informed? When was the last time Secretary Kerry read his briefings on even the most basic information about conditions among the Palestinians?

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CUFI Canada Calls on Trudeau to Treat Israel As An Ally

Dr. Charles McVety, National Chair, and Dr. Frank Dimant, CEO of CUFI Canada (Christians United for Israel) issued the following statement:

CUFI Canada congratulates Justin Trudeau and the Liberal Party on their electoral success and looks forward to working with the new government towards the same goals that all three major political parties have always expressed, namely, security and peace in the Mideast for Israel and all its neighbours. We appreciated the Harper Government's moral stand in defence of Israel and we are hopeful that this Government will continue to view Israel as an ally and not seek a position of neutrality.

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Holocaust Survivor George Weidenfeld Bankrolls Rescue of 2,000 ISIS Victims

A British Jew who fled Nazi-ruled Austria as a child is funding the rescue of up to 2,000 Middle East Christians.

George Weidenfeld, a publisher who is also a member of Britain's House of Lords, says he has "a debt to repay" to Christians fleeing ISIS, because the Quakers and the Plymouth Brethren fed and clothed him and helped him to reach Britain in 1938, The Independent reported Thursday.

Weidenfeld is spearheading Weidenfeld Safe Havens Fund, which last week supported the flight of 150 Syrian Christians to Poland on a privately chartered plane to allow them to seek refuge, making them the first beneficiaries of the resettlement project.

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Disappointed in 'Failure' of Stabbings, Hamas Calls on Palestinians to Drop Knives, Commit Car-Rammings for Higher Jewish Casualties

Following a string of stabbing attacks on Saturday that resulted in more harm to the terrorists than to their Jewish-Israeli targets, Hamas called on Palestinians to stop the stabbing attacks and aim for a far greater numbers of casualties, Israel's Channel 2 reported on Sunday.

Six stabbing and attempted stabbing attacks committed by Palestinian residents of Hebron took place over the weekend - four of them in the West Bank city itself, and one at the Damascus Gate in the Old City of Jerusalem - which ended unsuccessfully where the perpetrators were concerned.

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'With a knife in his heart, my son shot the terrorist'

In the last moments before his death, Ziv Mizrahi fired at the Palestinian assailant who stabbed him in the heart, just as his uncle Allon had tried to stop a suicide bomber in Jerusalem 12 years earlier.

"With a knife in his heart, my son shot at the terrorist," Doron said on Tuesday afternoon, as he eulogized his son.

Ziv, 18, was killed the day before in an attack at the Dor Allon gas station on Route 443, just a short distance away from his family home in the West Bank town of Givat Ze'ev.

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Palestinians firebomb Joseph's Tomb as Israel restricts worship at Al-Aqsa Mosque

A Palestinian man wearing a yellow "press" vest stabbed and wounded an Israeli soldier in the West Bank city of Hebron on Friday before being shot dead by troops, the latest in a monthlong spate of attacks.

In Nablus, another West Bank city, Palestinians firebombed a site revered by some Jews as the tomb of the biblical figure Joseph. Flames blackened exterior walls of the small stone structure, a frequent site of Israeli-Palestinian clashes in the past.

In the past month, eight Israelis were killed in Palestinian attacks, most of them stabbings. During the same period, 33 Palestinians were killed by Israeli fire - 15 labelled by Israel as attackers, and the others in clashes between stone-throwers and Israeli troops.

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