This "intifada" is simply a further phase in a larger plan to destroy Israel. When the plan began officially, with the establishment of the PLO in 1964, there were no "settlements" -- not until after the June 1967 War -- so what exactly were the Palestinians planning to "liberate"?
The current conflict is not about "defending" any mosque from being contaminated by the "filthy feet" of Jews: it is about seeing Israel forced to its knees. Abbas and others seek to reap delicious political fruits from this "intifada."
Here is a novel idea: Kerry could put pressure on the Palestinian and Jordanian leadership to cease anti-Israeli incitement and indoctrination. Now that would be pressure well applied.
Abbas is expected to become a partner in the fight against ISIS and radical Islamist groups. All well and good. Why then is he not expected to stop cheering on and glorifying young Palestinians who attack Jewish Israelis?
For those not involved in political newspeak, here is a translation:
"Ongoing security issues" = the Islamic State terror group (ISIS).
"Tensions between Israel and the Palestinians" = the ongoing wave of Palestinian stabbing, car-ramming and shooting attacks that began in October 2015.
Jordan and the Palestinian Authority (PA) fighting ISIS? Now that's an idea! Jordanian King Abdullah and PA President Mahmoud Abbas ending "tensions" between Israel and the Palestinians? Let's think about that.
Kerry comes back, but never calls a spade a spade. The "tensions" to which he deceptively alludes are knifings and car-rammings. And what is the biggest spade that Kerry avoids calling by its name? The new generation of Palestinians brainwashed to believe that Israel can be defeated with knives and car-attacks.
This "intifada" is simply a further phase in a larger plan to humiliate and destroy Israel. This plan began officially, with the establishment of the Palestine Liberation Organization (PLO), in May 1964. At that time there were no "settlements" -- not until after the June 1967 War -- so what exactly were the Palestinians planning to "liberate"?
The plan continued in 1974, at the twelfth session of the Palestinian National Council in Cairo, with the 10-point "Phased Plan" (see Appendix below for full text of the Phased Plan). Article 2 called for "armed struggle" (terrorism) to establish "an independent combatant national authority" that is "liberated" from Israeli rule.
Contrary to Palestinian leaders' pap, the current conflict is not about "defending" any mosque from being contaminated by the "filthy feet" of Jews: it is about seeing Israel forced to its knees. Abbas and others seek to reap delicious political fruits from this "intifada."
That is why, in his meeting with Kerry, Abbas made it clear that he intends to pursue unilateral moves to impose a solution on Israel, with the help of the international community.
Abbas also told Kerry that he intends to continue with his efforts to seek a UN Security Council resolution condemning Israel over "settlement construction."
Never mind that on Palestinian maps, all of Israel is regarded as one big "settlement."
He may be 90-years-old, but Dick Van Dyke still has the moves! The Emmy-winning actor brought the house down during last night's tribute to Disney on ABC! http://abc.tv/1QPhztQ
The Arab lawmakers arrived at the site to protest Sunday's visit by Jewish Agriculture Minister and MK Uriel Ariel, who ascended to the Mount in observance of Tisha B'Av.
"The Temple Mount movement strongly condemns the ascent to the site on Tuesday by Arab Knesset members," the statement said. "It is inconceivable that Arab Mks were able to enter the Temple Mount without coordinating their visit with police ahead of time, while an Arab MK orders police to throw out a Jewish group that was present on the Mount at the time.
"All this takes place as Jewish Knesset members are forced to coordinate their ascent to the Mount ahead of time and with police escorts lest they dare violate the draconian police regulations for visitation on the Mount.
"In addition, it has also been reported by the Temple Movement that 'police ignored an Arab mob on the Temple Mount, including their representatives in the Israeli Knesset, as they incited the crowd and endangered the citizens of Jerusalem. It is the obligation of the police to impose their thuggish rules on the Arabs, or alternatively, to allow a free hand to Jews as they do to Arab rioters."
More than half of the total number of currently serving Israeli Knesset members ascended to the Mount, including List chairman MK Ayman Odeh and MKs Masoud Ganaim, Jamal Zahalka, Ahmed Tibi, Hanin Zoabi, Abd al-Hakim Hajj Yahya, Osama Sa'adi and Yousef Jabareen.
According to the Hebrew-language NRG news site, members of the Joint Arab List also met with members of the Waqf Islamic Authority along with the Grand Mufti of Jerusalem, Muhammed Hussein.
The delegation told the media they were protesting "police brutality" at the Mount – this, following Sunday's vicious attack on Israeli and Waqf security personnel by rioting Arab "worshipers" from inside the Al Aqsa mosque.
About the Author:Hana Levi Julian is a Middle East news analyst with a degree in Mass Communication and Journalism from Southern Connecticut State University. A past columnist with The Jewish Press and senior editor at Arutz 7, Ms. Julian has written for Babble.com, Chabad.org and other media outlets, in addition to her years working in broadcast journalism.
A new study says a glass of red wine is the equivalent to an hour at the gym
Love a good glass of vino but hate hitting the gym to work it off? This news will make your day.
Research conducted by the University of Alberta in Canada has found that health benefits in resveratrol, a compound found in red wine, are similar to those we get from exercise.
Red wine over a heavy session on the cross-trainer? Now that's something we can definitely get onboard with.
According to lead researcher, Jason Dyck, these findingswill particularly help those who are unable to exercise. Resveratrol was seen to improve physical performance, heart function and muscle strength in the same way as they're improved after a gym session.
"I think resveratrol could help patient populations who want to exercise but are physically incapable," he says. "Resveratrol could mimic exercise for them or improve the benefits of the modest amount of exercise that they can do."
Discussion over the health benefits of red wine have been well documented. Studies have revealed that those who drink a glass of red wine a day are less likely to develop dementia or cancer, that it's good for your heart, anti-ageing and can regulate blood sugar.
And now there's research backing that fact that it boosts heart rate? This is literally the best thing ever.
Though, let's be straight here - this is all in moderation, it only applies to red wine and the university's study was carried out on rats, not humans.
Still, if you want to up your intake of resveratrol? Try blueberries, peanut butter, red grapes and dark chocolate. Remember, a balanced diet is everything.
All about a healthy diet? Check out these 10 foods that will have your skin looking gorgeous and glowy in no time.
Drinking Half A Bottle Of Red Wine Before Bed Can Help You Lose Weight
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Sounds too good to be true doesn't it?
Well, new research shows that drinking one-half a bottle of wine in the evening can help you lose weight faster!
Women who drank 1-2 glasses were more likely to lose weight than women who didn't in the study.
Red wine contains a chemical called Ellagic acid which can slow the growth of fat cells and stop formation of new ones, so your body burns more fat. This chemical also boosts metabolism of fatty acids in liver cells.
A glass or two of red wine has been shown to cut cravings, appetite, and help to make you feel more relaxed, which means less eating and an earlier bedtime, it can also lower your blood pressure.
Also - red wine can be considered as a cancer treatment.
The active antioxidant in red wine known as quercetin can kill cancer cells, it helps induce natural cell death in certain types of cancers, most often colon cancer.
According to researchers and data obtained, it also helps lower risk of heart disease and stroke.
Japanese Whaling Crew Eaten Alive By Killer Whales, 16 dead (I guess it depends on who eats who first)
By Bob Flanagan
Japanese Whaling Crew Eaten Alive By Killer Whales, 16 dead
Japanese whaling crew has fallen victim to a dramatic full on assault by a school of killer whales, killing no less then 16 crew members and injuring 12, has reported the Japanese Government this morning.
The crew of the MV Nisshin Maru (日新丸), Japan's primary whaling vessel and the world's only whaler factory ship, was forced to leave the deck temporarily as a gas leak was detected within the ship's processing factory that resulted in the ship being temporarily disabled all while continuing to carry approximately 1,000 tons of oil.
The resulting panic lead members of the ship to jump off the boat before proper emergency procedures were taken and lifeboats had been set to sea. The swimming crew members were then ferociously attacked by a school of killer whales, that decimated a large number of the crew within moments. "It was horrific" claims Asuka Kumara, a mechanical engineer who witnessed the gruesome scene. "The water was red with blood, there were bodies everywhere" he recalls in tears.
Within 30 minutes of the incident, 16 crew members had disappeared into the ocean.
The incident occurred in the Southern Ocean Whale Sanctuary, near the South Eastern Coast of South Africa, a controversial area to be whaling as a recent international court ruling has ordered the country to ends its whale hunt in the Antarctic. The East Asian nation halted its annual Antarctic whaling mission after the U.N.'s International Court of Justice (ICJ) ruled last march the hunt violated an international moratorium on commercial whaling.
"It seems Japan just doesn't give a damn about international law" explains environmental activist and spokesman for Greenpeace Canada, James Ben Shahali, based in Vancouver. "The waste of life is always a shame, but the whales are not to blame here, they were only doing what they are born to do: kill for food" he adds. Some Greenpeace supporters have even celebrated the incident as a victory for the cause
Some Greenpeace supporters have even celebrated the incident as a victory for the fight against whale hunting worldwide
Japan has slaughtered over 6,000 whales since commercial whaling was made illegal by the International Whaling Commission (IWC) moratorium passed in 1986.
in Great Lakes February 18th, 2016
>>> >>> VIC ALHADEFF >>> >>> WEEKEND AUSTRALIAN, FEBRUARY 6, 2016 >>> >>> ZAKYNTHOS IS A MAGNIFICENT SPECK IN THE OCEAN OFF THE WEST COAST OF > GREECE. ONE OF 1400 GREEK ISLANDS, IT IS SAID THAT THE GREEK GODDESS OF > HUNTING, ARTEMIS, HUNTED IN THE WOODS OF ZAKYNTHOS. >>> >>> The island was the scene of an extraordinary act of courage which saved > an entire community from annihilation. That story was not widely known until > recently, however, and it will be honoured in Sydney tomorrow evening. >>> >>> FOR FIVE CENTURIES ZAKYNTHOS WAS HOME TO A TINY JEWISH COMMUNITY. MAINLY > TRADESMEN, ARTISANS AND GLAZIERS, THE COMMUNITY NUMBERED 275 AND BLENDED > SEAMLESSLY WITH THE REST OF THE ISLAND POPULATION. >>> >>> In October 1943 German forces arrived on Zakynthos with orders to round > up the Jews and deport them to Nazi camps in mainland Europe - to their > deaths. They made three stark announcements: an overnight curfew was imposed > on Jews from 5pm to 7am; Jews were ordered to place a sign on their > apartment doors indicating how many people lived there; and anyone helping > Jews to hide or escape would be shot. >>> >>> The commander of the German garrison, Paul Berenz, summoned the mayor, > Loukas Karrer, and Bishop Chrysostomos Demetriou, and informed him the Jews > would eventually be deported. Bishop Chrysostomos, who spoke fluent German, > declared he would follow the example of Archbishop Demaskinos of Athens, who > had publicly stated: "I spoke to the Lord and made up my mind to save as > many Jewish souls as possible." >>> >>> He argued that the Jews were indigent and a small community and there was > no reason to target them. >>> >>> Mayor Karrer warned the island's Jews that danger was imminent and all >>> 275 were given refuge in Christian homes in the various villages. The > people of Zakynthos considered the Jews part of their society and had seen > Jews elsewhere in Greece transported to the death camps. They refused to > hand them over. >>> >>> In October 1944, Commander Berenz again summons Mayor Karrer, but this > time demands a list of Jews, including addresses and professions. If Karrer > fails to return the next day with the requested list, Karrer will pay with > his life. >>> >>> Karrer rushes to Bishop Chrysostomos, who declares they will give them a > list. The next day, he and the bishop meet German officer Alfred Lit and > hand him two sheets of paper. One is a letter from Bishop Chrysostomos to > the German High Command, insisting that the Jews of Zakynthos fall under his > protection and will not be handed over. Furthermore, he and the mayor are > prepared to follow them to the gas chambers, if necessary. >>> >>> >>> And then, in a monumental act of courage, they tell the officer that the > second sheet of paper contains the names of the island's 275 Jews. >>> "Here are your Jews," says the bishop. "If you choose to deport the Jews > of Zakynthos, you must also take me and I will share their fate." >>> >>> Yet that sheet of paper contains just two names - Chrysostomos Demetriou, > bishop of Zakynthos, and Loukas Karrer, mayor of Zakynthos. >>> Perplexed, the German commander sends both documents to the German High > Command in Berlin, requesting instructions. The order to round up the Jews > of Zakynthos is revoked and the German forces depart. Not one of the 275 > Jews perished. >>> >>> In 1948, in recognition of the heroism of the people of Zakynthos, its > Jewish community donated stained glass for the windows of the Church of > Saint Dionysios on the island. >>> >>> In 1953 an earthquake rocked the island and the first ship to arrive with > aid, food and medical supplies was from Israel with a message that >>> read: "The Jews of Zakynthos have never forgotten their mayor or their > beloved bishop and what they did for us". Israel's Holocaust Museum duly > honoured Bishop Chrysostomos and Mayor Karrer with the title "Righteous > Among The Nations" and Greece's Jewish community erected marble monuments of > the courageous pair on the site where the island's synagogue had stood > before the earthquake. >>> >>> Tomorrow night I have the honour of addressing Australian descendants of > Zakynthos, including Zakynthos Association president Jim Gouskos, and > saluting them for the inspirational courage and humanity of their people. In > a world with so much prejudice and bigotry, it is people such as Loukas > Karrer and Chrysostomos Demetriou who enable us to keep our faith in > humanity alive.