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German Jews Fear Rising Anti-Semitism

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With the influx of Middle-Eastern refugees Europe is facing, anti-Semitism across the continent is also on the rise. Yediot Achronot reports that nowhere is concern higher than in Germany:

Jews across Germany are hiding their identity when volunteering at refugee shelters for fear of reprisals, adding another layer of complexity to a social, economic and logistical challenge that is stretching the fabric of German society.

“Among the refugees, there are a great many people who grew up with hostility toward Israel and conflate these prejudices with hatred toward Jews in general,” Josef Schuster, president of the Central Council of Jews, told Reuters in an interview conducted in October.

Chancellor Angela Merkel stressed last week that anti-Semitic attitudes among some young people arriving from countries where “hatred toward Israel and Jews is commonplace” needed to be dealt with.

 

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Tuesday, February 2nd, 2016 at 7:57 AM  | Stand For Israel

“Kill 500 Israelis,” Demand Mourners at PA Gunman’s Funeral

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(Photo: flickr/palestineproject)

This weekend, we reported on the shooting attack that left three IDF soldiers wounded. The shooter was a Palestinian Authority police officer. The Times of Israel reports on the anti-Israel incitement at the terrorist’s funeral:

Throngs of marching Palestinians called out “Death to Israel” and demanded that hundreds of Israelis be gunned down, at the funeral Monday of a Palestinian Authority security officer who died carrying out a shooting attack on Israeli troops. Amjad Sakari was shot dead as he fired on Israeli soldiers at a West Bank checkpoint, injuring two of them seriously, on Sunday.

“It is time for the machine gun, to shoot 500 people,” the man leading Sakari’s funeral procession shouted over a megaphone, his words raucously repeated by the mourners, in footage screened by Israel’s Channel 2. “Muhammad’s army will return,” he vowed.

The mourners gathered in the northern West Bank city of Nablus and celebrated Sakari as a “martyr,” with many chanting slogans calling for intensified terror attacks against Jews and Israelis…

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Tuesday, February 2nd, 2016 at 7:38 AM  | Stand For Israel

US Busts Hezbollah Drug, Money-Laundering Scheme

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(Photo: flickr/peaceworker46)

While Iran is the major backer of the Lebanon-based Hezbollah terrorist organization – and will be able to back them even further now that sanctions have been eased – the terror group has its own sources of income, as well. However, Israel Hayom reports that one of these sources – a drug-trafficking and money-laundering scheme – has been busted by U.S. DEA:

The U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration announced on Monday that an international operation had led to the arrests of members of a Hezbollah cell in Europe involved in drug trafficking and money laundering.

According to the DEA, the Lebanese terrorist group uses the money it makes from the sale of cocaine in the U.S. and Europe to fund the purchase of weapons for use in Syria, where Hezbollah is fighting to preserve the regime of Syrian President Bashar Assad.

A DEA statement said the “ongoing investigation spans the globe and involves numerous international law enforcement agencies in seven countries, and once again highlights the dangerous global nexus between drug trafficking and terrorism.”

 

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Tuesday, February 2nd, 2016 at 7:22 AM  | Stand For Israel

Persecution of Iranian Christians Rages On

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(Photo: flickr/polandmfa)

One of the American prisoners recently released by Iran was an evangelical pastor who had been imprisoned for starting home churches. While Pastor Saeed Abedini’s freedom is something to rejoice, JNS’ Shalle’ McDonald reports that Iran’s persecution of Christians continues:

“While Iranian officials allowed Pastor Abedini to board the plane and put this horrible ordeal behind him, they continue to hold dozens of Iranian Christians on vague and overly broad national security charges like ‘propaganda against the system.’ These detentions clearly violate not only Iran’s obligations under international law, but their own constitution,” Heiner Bielefeldt, the United Nations special rapporteur on freedom of religion or belief, said in a statement.

Christians in Iran have been persecuted on various fronts since the 1979 rise of the country’s theocratic Shi’a Muslim government, whose primary goal is to root out all Western influences that threaten Islamic identity. When Mahmoud Ahmadinejad was elected president in 2005, the threat of death, lashing, and torture intensified for Christians. Under Rouhani’s leadership, the U.N. has reported that religious oppression is even greater than it was under Ahmadinejad. Iranian Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei said in 2010 that Iran’s underground house churches “threaten the Islamic faith and deceive young Muslims…”

The Iranian regime will sometimes levy criminal charges against Christians relating to the very factors that have aided the church’s growth, such as the use of “religious propaganda” and forming house churches that exceed the maximum allowance of 12 people. But usually, a typical conviction in Iran will imprison Christians on crimes against national security, espionage, or trying to overthrow the government. It is widely known that these charges are euphemisms for committing the apostasy of leaving Islam to become a Christian.

“Iran has been escalating its internal persecution of Christians in recent months. The growing numbers of Iranians rejecting Islam and turning to Christianity is considered a serious political threat by the state. This is a symptom of the widespread disillusionment and sense of hopelessness felt by many Iranians after 37 years of the Iranian…

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Monday, February 1st, 2016 at 8:18 AM  | Stand For Israel

IDF Responds to Shooting Attack with Blockade of Ramallah

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(Photo: flickr/IDF)

This weekend, we reported on the shooting attack by a Palestinian Authority police officer that wounded three IDF soldiers. In response to the shooting, as well as the ongoing terror, The Jerusalem Post’s Yaakov Lappin writes that the IDF has instated a partial blockade around Ramallah:

The IDF has placed a partial blockade around Ramallah on Monday morning, allowing only residents of the Palestinian city to enter and leave it.

An army spokeswoman said the partial closure placed around the major city – the first since the wave of terrorism began four months ago – came following “concrete alerts regarding future acts of terrorism originating in the city,” as well as a spate of recent attacks, including the shooting attack by a PA policeman on IDF soldiers on Sunday…

Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu held the Palestinian Authority accountable for the day’s two attacks, particularly the one near Beit El, since he said the terrorist was a member of the PA’s security apparatus and received a salary from the PA.

It is the same PA that “stands behind the incitement that stokes the terrorist attacks,” Netanyahu said, adding that PA President Mahmoud Abbas did not even condemn the attack carried out by one of his men.

“I demand that the international community stop the hypocrisy and do everything it its power to pressure the Palestinian Authority to cease its incitement against Israel,” Netanyahu said.

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Monday, February 1st, 2016 at 7:35 AM  | Stand For Israel

Iran Awards Medals to Generals Who Detained US Sailors

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(Photo: screenshot)

Immediately after Iran captured American sailors a couple weeks ago, the Islamic Republic began using the incident for propaganda, even though the U.S. naval crews were released. Now, CNN’s Mariano Castillo reports that Iran has awarded medals to the generals in charge of the capture:

Iran’s supreme leader, Ayatollah Seyyed Ali Khamenei, on Sunday awarded Fath medals to five commanders of the Islamic Revolution Guards Corps naval forces for the detention of 10 American sailors who trespassed into Iranian waters, according the official state news agency Press TV…

The Fath (Victory) medal is among the highest honors that Iran’s supreme leader can bestow on a military leader. It is rarely awarded.

Khamenei praised the generals as “brave” and commended them for bringing the Americans ashore.

The capture of the U.S. sailors “was in fact an act of God, who brought the Americans into our waters so they would be arrested with their hands on their heads through your timely measure,” Khamenei said, according to Press TV.

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Monday, February 1st, 2016 at 7:22 AM  | Stand For Israel

ISIS: More Carnage in Syria

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A triple bombing in Syria’s capital, Damascus, has killed 45:

Hours after an ISIS-claimed triple bombing killed at least 45 in Damascus, Secretary of State John Kerry on Sunday addressed the ongoing Syrian conflict, speaking starkly about a humanitarian crisis in which starving villagers have been forced to eat grass and leaves, but also hopefully of creating a “peaceful, pluralistic Syria.”

That optimistic note, however, was overshadowed by the deadly blasts in the Syrian capital, which Kerry mentioned near the end of his speech.

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Sunday, January 31st, 2016 at 2:57 PM  | Stand For Israel

Elderly Galilee Man Dies of Hypothermia

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(Photo: flickr/yairar)

As we reported this week, an IFCJ survey shows the dire circumstances faced by so many of Israel’s elderly – especially during the winter. Today, this point was driven home as The Times of Israel reports that a 101-year-old Galilee man has died because of the cold:

A 101-year-old Israeli man died from hypothermia on Saturday, medical personnel reported, after he was found freezing in his home on a kibbutz in the Western Galilee…

According to the radio, the man was discovered in critical condition, suffering from severe hypothermia, and had a body temperature of 30.7°C…

Since last week, there have been four other incidents of hypothermia, as temperatures in many parts of the country dropped to freezing.

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Saturday, January 30th, 2016 at 2:19 PM  | Stand For Israel

Songs in Praise of Stabbings Are Huge Hits on Palestinian Streets

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(Photo: ISRANET)

How Palestinian popular culture supports and fuels the current wave of terror against Israelis:

January 5, East Jerusalem’s Shuafat refugee camp. Mohammed Ali al-Miqdad, who was shot dead as he stabbed and injured three members of the Israeli security forces at Jerusalem’s Damascus Gate in October, is being laid to rest, his corpse having finally been returned to his family by the Israeli authorities. As the mourners, waving machetes and Hamas banners, carry his body, wrapped in a Hamas flag, through the winding streets of the camp, they sing one of the most popular songs among Palestinians these days.

“Lovers of Stabbing,” by Gaza based band “Al-Gorbaa, was written after the October attack, and contains a shout-out to Miqdad among a long list of “martyrs” — Palestinians killed in the act of killing or attempting to kill Israelis.

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Saturday, January 30th, 2016 at 11:08 AM  | Stand for Israel

Photo Friday: Happy 60th, IDF Paratroopers!

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(Photo: flickr/IDF)

Yesterday, the IDF Paratroopers Brigade celebrated its 60th birthday. This elite infantry force has a long history of carrying out the most difficult missions the nation of Israel assigns. During the Six-Day War in 1967, the Paratroopers captured the Western Wall and Temple Mount, the most sacred parts of the Holy City of Jerusalem. We salute these brave warriors of Israel, past and present. Shabbat shalom, friends.

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Friday, January 29th, 2016 at 10:22 AM  | Stand For Israel