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Gaza cleric calls on Palestinians to stab Jews, 'cut them into body parts'

A Gaza-based cleric gave a sermon at a Rafah mosque this past Friday encouraging Palestinians to stab Jews amid a surging wave of terror that has seen near-daily stabbing attacks against Israelis since the beginning of this month.

Brandishing a knife of his own during the speech at the Al-Abrar Mosque, Sheikh Muhammad Sallah called on Palestinians in East Jerusalem and the West Bank to "attack in threes and fours" and "cut them into body parts."

"My brother in the West Bank: Stab! My brother is the West Bank: Stab the myths of the Talmud in their minds! My brother in the West Bank: Stab the myths about the temple in their hearts!" Sallah cries out while wielding the knife and making stabbing motions, according to a translation made available by the Middle East Media Research Institute which also provided a video of the sermon.

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Israel Riled at European Union Plans to Label West Bank Products

Indications that the European Union will soon adopt a recommendation to label Israeli products originating in the West Bank has spurred pro-Israel groups into action. One advocacy group fighting the EU's intended initiative, The Israel Allies Foundation (IAF), hosted a gathering of parliamentarians from Europe, South America and Africa at the City of David archaeological site this week in an effort to fight the decision to label West Bank goods and to bolster opposition the anti-Israel Boycott Divestment and Sanctions (BDS) movement, which it believes is behind the EU proposal.

Some politicians and activists have gone as far as condemning the EU act, suggesting a comparison to anti-Semitic acts from the World War II era.

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Vienna Jews accuse city prosecutor of ignoring anti-Semitic incitement by Muslims

The Jewish Community of Vienna accused the city's prosecutor's office of ignoring anti-Semitic incitement by pro-Palestinian activists.

The incitement took the form of a caricature published last month on the Facebook page of organizers of the Vienna march of International Quds Day - an annual event held in cities across the world since it was initiated in Iran as an expression of solidarity with Palestinians and rejection of Zionism and Israel.

The caricature showed men wearing Middle Eastern garb and one child pouring water into a hole, at the bottom of which stands a worried-looking, drowning Orthodox Jew holding an Israeli flag. The caricature contained a Turkish-language quote attributed to Ruhollah Khomeini, the late spiritual leader of the Islamic Revolution in Iran: "If every Muslim poured a glass of water on Israel, it would drown."

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Palestinian Authority Slams 'Killing' of Two Terrorists

After blasting the temporary ban imposed on Palestinians from entering the Old City of Jerusalem, the Palestinian Authority (PA) released another statement on Sunday slamming the deaths of two terrorists in the capital.

The PA, however, neglected to mention anything about the fatal stabbing attacks perpetrated by those same terrorists.

"The Authority condemns Israeli escalation in Jerusalem and the West Bank, including the killing of two young men in occupied Jerusalem and demands international protection for Palestinians," read the communique issued by PA headquarters.

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Retired generals and admirals urge Congress to reject Iran nuclear deal

A group of nearly 200 retired generals and admirals sent a letter to Congress on Wednesday urging lawmakers to reject the Iran nuclear agreement, which they say threatens national security.

The letter is the latest in a blizzard of missives petitioning Congress either to support or oppose the agreement with Iran, which would lift sanctions if Iran pared back its nuclear program. Letters have come from ad hoc groupings of rabbis, nuclear scientists, arms-control and nonproliferation experts - and now, retired senior military officers, many of whom have worked in the White House during various administrations dating to the 1980s.

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Day After Stabbing Attacks, Palestinians Barred From Jerusalem's Old City for Two Days

The day after a pair of Jerusalem stabbing attacks left two dead and three wounded, Israel Police decided Sunday to bar Palestinians from entering Jerusalem's Old City for 48 hours.

In an unprecedented move, entry into the Old City will be permitted only for "Israeli citizens, Old City residents, tourists, Old City business owners and pupils learning there," according to a police statement.

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Thomas Friedman's Career Is Built on a Lie

Israeli Army officials are reportedly furious that New York Times columnist Thomas Friedman has accused the IDF of massacring Arab civilians. But what else is new? After all, Friedman's entire career has been built on lying about Israel - including rewriting his own biography in order to smear the Jewish State.

In his August 12 column, Friedman wrote: "Israel plays, when it has to, by what I've called 'Hama rules' - war without mercy…it will not be deterred by the threat of civilian Arab casualties..."

The Times of Israel notes that, "While the term ['Hama Rules'] itself comes from Friedman's book, From Beirut to Jerusalem, in his new article he offered no history of the event or explanation for the comparison, apparently assuming the reader would understand the context."

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NDP candidate Andrew Cash: anti-Israel boycott is a "viable and peaceful form of protest to Israel's actions"

On September 18, 2015, New Canadian Media published coverage of a debate organized by Canadian Muslim Youth titled "Young, Canadian and Muslim: Making Our Ballots Count!", held at the Aga Khan Museum in Toronto and featuring representatives of the Conservative, Liberal NDP and Green Parties.

The Conservatives were represented by Karim Jivraj, candidate from the University-Rosedale riding, the Liberals were represented by John McCallum, critic for multiculturalism, NDP were represented by Andrew Cash, critic for multiculturalism, and Green Party was represented by Adnan Shahbaz, candidate from the Oakville North-Burlington riding.

The issues raised were job opportunities for young people, Canada's growing income inequality, restrictions on Canadian civil liberties, changes to immigration legislation and perceived increase in anti-Muslim sentiment in Canada.

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Israel to West: Your Partner Iran Attacked Us - Now What?

By direct order of Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu, Israel's Foreign Ministry has dispatched an official letter of protest to the Western countries that signed the nuclear agreement with Iran - regarding the Iran-ordered attack on Israel on Thursday.

Four rockets were fired from Syrian Thursday evening, hitting areas in the northern Galilee and the Golan Heights. Fortunately no one was hurt, but "this was an indiscriminate terrorist attack, planned in advance, with no prior Israeli provocation," the letter stated.

Israel informed the Western powers that it has "reliable information that this attack was carried out by the Palestinian Islamic Jihad, ordered directly by the Iranian terrorist Said Izadhi of the Iranian Revolutionary Guards."

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NDP candidate sorry for Auschwitz joke; didn't know it was a death camp

A Hamilton school trustee running in the federal election for the New Democrats has apologized for making a crude reference related to Auschwitz, reportedly saying she had no idea that it was a notorious Nazi death camp.

In a Facebook note, Alex Johnstone conceded she should not have made her remarks.

"Attention was recently drawn to a comment I posted on social media seven years ago," Johnstone said. "While never intending any malice, this comment was clearly inappropriate. I would like to offer my unreserved apology."

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The latest Iran revelation is utterly humiliating

The day after a devastating take-down of the Iran deal from Sen. Bob Menendez (D-N.J.), the Associated Press reports:

Iran, in an unusual arrangement, will be allowed to use its own experts to inspect a site it allegedly used to develop nuclear arms under a secret agreement with the U.N. agency that normally carries out such work, according to a document seen by The Associated Press.

The revelation is sure to roil American and Israeli critics of the main Iran deal signed by the U.S., Iran and five world powers in July. Those critics have complained that the deal is built on trust of the Iranians, a claim the U.S. has denied.

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Netanyahu, Putin to discuss continued Israeli air force freedom of action over Syria

Kremlin spokesman Dmitry Peskov confirmed Wednesday, Sept. 16,  that Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu would pay a "short working visit and hold talks with President Vladimir Putin in Moscow on Monday, Sept. 21." The announcement from the Prime Minister's Bureau in Jerusalem was somewhat more informative: "The Prime Minister will express his views on the threat to Israel as a result of the deliveries of modern weaponry to Syria due to the possibility that they could end up in the hands of Hizballah or other terrorist organizations."

If that is to be the sole topic of their talks, DEBKAfile's military and intelligence sources doubt the prime minister will accomplish anything much, outside of a polite exchange of views.

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The Problem With Disinviting Jewish Rapper Matisyahu From a Concert in Spain

In his monumental work The Origins of the Inquisition in Fifteenth Century Spain, Benzion Netanyahu, the father of the current Israeli prime minister, argued that anti-Semitism changed during the Spanish Inquisition. Jews were not targeted because they had different beliefs - those who adopted Christianity were targeted, too. The hatred against them was racial. Just being Jewish made you different. In that malevolent way, Spain anticipated Nazi Germany.

How far we have not come. The Jewish-American rapper Matisyahu was recently disinvited from a concert in Spain because he would not sign a statement endorsing a Palestinian state. Matisyahu is not a citizen of Israel. He does not vote in its elections or create its policy. This was not a statement of belief but an unfairness based on the fact that Matisyahu is a Jew.

Matisyahu responded on Facebook: "Honestly it was appalling and offensive, that as the one publicly Jewish-American artist scheduled for the festival they were trying to coerce me into political statements."

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PM: EU vote to label Israel settlement products echoes Nazi era

Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu on Thursday slammed a resolution passed by the European Parliament that advocated a distinction between Israel and its West Bank settlements, and the labeling of settlement produce.

The PM called the move "unjust," and intimated that it echoed decisions taken during the Nazi era.

"It is simply a distortion of justice and of logic and I think that it also hurts peace; it does not advance peace," he said in a statement. "The root of the conflict is not the territories, and the root of the conflict is not the settlements. We have historical memory of what happened when Europe labelled Jewish products."

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Iran says the nuke deal will help it target Israel

President Obama says his nuclear deal with Iran is good not just for America, but also for US ally Israel. Iran's foreign minister disagrees.

Mohammad Javad Zarif was in Lebanon this week, meeting with the head Hezbollah terrorist, Hassan Nasrallah.

Hezbollah's TV station al-Manar reported, "Zarif said from Beirut that the nuclear agreement between Tehran and the world powers created a historic opportunity for regional cooperation to fight extremism and face threats posed by the Zionist entity."

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Netanyahu : We’ll not allow Israel ‘to be submerged by a wave of illegal migrants, terrorist activists’

Syrian refugees need not look to Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu for help as he seems to be the only world leader with an actual perspective on what’s happening.

At a weekly cabinet meeting Sunday, Netanyahu said he wouldn’t allow Israel "to be submerged by a wave of illegal migrants and terrorist activists."

The Israeli prime minister said he felt for the true migrants fleeing violence and death but his country simply cannot and won't allow the migrants within its borders, Yahoo News reported.

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ISIS uses rape as form of worship: Report

A horrifying story in The New York Times reveals details of how ISIS has turned the rape of captured women into a recruiting tool, and worse, a form of worship.

Stories of ISIS abductions and sex slaves aren't new, but detailed accounts from survivors are rare. In interviewing 21 escaped girls and women, The Times was able to piece together how the terror group not only encourages the rape of "unbelievers," but uses it as a powerful way to recruit Muslim fighters and made it part of its warped sense of religious devotion.

The trade in captured women -- stolen, then put up for auction, raped and resold -- has become such an industry, there's an entire network of warehouses, complete with viewing rooms, as well as bus fleets and detailed price lists and contracts to keep up with the supply and demand, The Times reports.

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Abbas is flexing his muscles

All of a sudden, Iran is a "neighbor" and "sister" to the Palestinian Authority president. It's unclear what possessed Abbas to take advantage of a group of journalists from Poland, with whom he met two days ago in Ramallah to announce that he was going to visit the "sister" in Tehran "soon".

All of this is quite strange, because Abbas could not provide a date for his visit, and it turns out that Tehran was also surprised to learn he was coming. So far, they have neither confirmed nor denied the visit.

What is certain is that amid reports of a deal being in the works between Israel and Hamas, Abbas decided to flex his muscles. If Hamas is working with Iran, so will he. If Hamas is getting aid from Iran, Abbas wants some too. Hamas is in conflict with Saudi Arabia and Egypt, and Abbas will be too if he really does go to Tehran, especially with the Saudis.

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Iranian military official: 'We laugh' when US threatens to attack

The west's frequent use of military threats and citing of their ability to  attack Iran at will has become a joke among Iranian commanders in the military, according to a high ranking military official in the Islamic Republic's Revolutionary Guard Corps, Iran's semi-official Fars news agency reported on Wednesday.

Brigadier General Mohammad Ali Asoudi alluded to the West's hesitancy to use military force and mocked its resolve while speaking to troops in the North. 

"We should thank Obama for refreshing us by referring to his 'options on the table', including the military one; we just relax and laugh at such ridiculous words," Asoudi said.

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South African MP: 'Nothing in Israel that Looks Like Apartheid'

"There are many Christians that support Israel, but they don't come out... Those who know what real apartheid is, as I know, know that there is nothing in Israel that looks like apartheid," Meshoe, who is the president of the African Christian Democratic Party, told Israel's Channel 10. He added that those who support Israel in South Africa frequently encounter "intimidation."

The view that Israel is an apartheid state, he said, "is an empty political statement that does not hold truth. You see people of different colors, backgrounds, and religions [coexist in the country]."

"The BDS movement is a real pain... to us in South Africa who love the truth. [The] BDS movement is not a democratic movement; they are a movement of intimidation, a movement that performs hatred. People who don't believe in hatred should not allow the BDS movement to stop them from doing the right thing," added Meshoe, the Jerusalem Post reported.

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Major Jewish Groups Slam White House, Allies for Use of Antisemitic Language in Debate Over Iran Nuclear Deal

Major Jewish groups condemned the use of offensive, and possibly antisemitic language used by the White House, its allies and even the President in the heated ongoing debate over the nuclear deal with Iran.

The issue was first highlighted in an editorial by Jewish-interest magazine Tablet in which staff editors railed against deal supporters over their "use of Jew-baiting and other blatant and retrograde forms of racial and ethnic prejudice as tools to sell a political deal, or to smear those who oppose it."

The authors warned, "Murmuring about 'money' and 'lobbying' and 'foreign interests' who seek to drag America into war is a direct attempt to play the dual-loyalty card," an age-old antisemitic canard that Jews are more loyal to Israel than their own countries of citizenship.

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