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Obama signs act to protect LGBT federal contractors

Obama signs act to protect LGBT federal contractors

President Obama signed an executive order Monday protecting gay and transgender federal contractors from discrimination, the latest in his effort to act on Democratic-supported issues he says are being ignored by the Republican-led House. “It doesn’t make much sense, but today in America millions of our fellow citizens wake up and go to work with the awareness that they could… Read more →

Oren: Hamas media strategy relies on deaths of civilians

Oren: Hamas media strategy relies on deaths of civilians

Editor’s note: Michael B. Oren, a CNN Middle East analyst, is the Abba Eban chair in international diplomacy at the Interdisciplinary Center in Herzliya, Israel, and an ambassador-in-residence at the Atlantic Council. He was formerly Israel’s ambassador to the United States. The opinions expressed in this commentary are solely those of the author. (CNN) – The displacement, injury, and death of civilians… Read more →

‘Hamas doesn’t care about protecting Palestinians, only about destroying Israel’ – MFA spokesperson

With the Egypt-proposed truce out of the window following Hamas rejection, violence between Gaza and Israel reaches new highs with 200 dead Palestinians and one Israeli. Ilana Stein from Israel’s Foreign Affairs Ministry tells RT that the Israeli military tries to avoid civilian casualties among Palestinians, but Hamas uses people as a human shield

Jewish Groups Begin To Rise Up In The Face Of Increasing Antisemitism

TuthRevolt reported about Sunday’s anti-Semitic riot outside the Synagogue de la Roquette in Paris. Subsequently, a controversial video showing Jewish youths protecting the Synagogue and the people trapped inside has emerged.  Some are using the video to insist it was the pro-Israeli youths protecting their synagogue who were the aggressors, but a community member who witnessed the confrontation said the video was misleading, comparing it to selectively edited videos of IDF soldiers which show false evidence of Israeli “crimes” by excluding crucial context.

The witness told Israel National News:

“What you have to understand is the background to this,” said the witness, who asked to remain anonymous. “A synagogue in a different neighborhood of Paris was attacked the previous day at about 6 p.m., when it was still Shabbat, by a much smaller group a few dozen Muslims who hurled abuse and spat at worshippers. People are very afraid.”

She said that the clash on Sunday actually began when the anti-Israel group attempted to storm the Isaac Abravanel synagogue, which at the time was hosting a rabbinical conference. She claimed that police were called but were very slow in responding, and only arrived in sufficient numbers to push back the protesters after the President of the French rabbinate made a direct phone call to French Prime Minister Manuel Valls, who then contacted Paris’s Chief of the Police to dispatch sufficient forces to the synagogue.

On Monday, Serge Ben Haim, one of the leaders of the Jewish community in Paris, told IDF Radio that the incident was reminiscent of Kristallnacht, and said that it was time for French leaders to start tackling anti-Semitism more seriously.

Also on Monday, MSNBC’s Ronan Farrow ran a video report about the Jewish defense group in Paris named Betar. According to the Sunday reports, Betar’s members were part of the group defending the synagogue.  The video (below) also highlights the rising anti-Semitism in France.

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IDF resumes strikes in Gaza after Hamas rejects ceasefire, launches dozens of rockets

Netanyahu and Ya’alon authorize resumption of Operation Protective Edge after Israel briefly agreed to Egyptian ceasefire initiative; Gazans say they are receiving messages from IDF blaming Hamas for continued strikes.

Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu and Defense Minister Moshe Ya’alon ordered a restart of the attacks on the Gaza Strip Tuesday afternoon after Israel’s acceptance of anEgyptian-brokered ceasefire was met with a morning and afternoon of Hamas rockets fired at Israel.

Diplomatic officials said that the IDF actions, which came at 3:00 pm, six hours after Israel held its fire and responded positively to the Egyptian cease-fire proposal, were the result of Hamas and Islamic Jihad rejecting the cease fire.

IAF aircraft began striking targets on Tuesday afternoon following the decision. The IDF stated that it would strike all “elements that are behind terrorist attacks on Israel.”

Palestinians in the Gaza Strip claimed on Tuesday that they had been receiving text messages and pre-recorded phone calls from the IDF that blame Hamas for the renewal of Israeli strikes following Hamas’s rejection of the ceasefire.

Netanyahu had earlier warned that Israel would widen its offensive in Gaza if the rocket attacks continued.

Netanyahu, speaking at the beginning of a meeting in Tel Aviv with German Foreign Minister Frank-Walter Steinmeier, said that Israel “agreed to the Egyptian proposal in order to give an opportunity for the demilitarization of the Strip – from missiles, from rockets and from tunnels – through diplomatic means.”

The prime minister said that the purpose of Operation Protective Edge was and remains to return quiet to Israel’s citizens while delivering a severe blow to Hamas and other terrorist organizations. He said that Israel succeeded in hitting the terrorist organizations in Gaza very hard, and prevented their efforts to attack Israeli citizens.

US Secretary of State John Kerry blamed Hamas for powering through the ceasefire.

“I cannot condemn strongly enough the actions of Hamas in so brazenly firing rockets in multiple numbers in the face of a goodwill effort to offer a ceasefire, in which Egypt and Israel worked together, that the international community strongly supports,” Kerry told reporters in Vienna on Tuesday morning.

 

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Attack On Paris Synagogue: Death To The Jews!

Attack On Paris Synagogue: Death To The Jews!

With cries of “Death to the Jews,” a hundred anti-Israeli youths attacked the Synagogue de la Roquette, in Paris on Sunday. French news magazineLe Monde says preliminary reports are that four Jewish people were injured, one seriously. French news service AFP reported  the Muslim rioters surrounded the Synagogue and threw rocks into the house of worship. Large scale police forces were called to extricate the Jews. Jewish… Read more →

Israel military says it has shot down drone along southern coastline

Israel military says it has shot down drone along southern coastline

Israel’s military said Monday it downed a drone along its southern coastline, and fired two deadly airstrikes into the Gaza Strip, in its week-long campaign against Islamic militants. The drone came from Gaza and was shot down by a Patriot surface-to-air missile near the southern city of Ashdod, the military said. It did not say what the drone was carrying… Read more →

Lebanese rockets hit Israel as Palestinian death toll in conflict exceeds 100

Lebanese rockets hit Israel as Palestinian death toll in conflict exceeds 100

Rockets fired by militants in Gaza reached deeper into Israel Friday, and a strike from Lebanon hit the northern part of the country, leading Israeli officials to suspect Lebanese fighters may be joining the four-day conflict. The Lebanese military said three rockets were fired toward Israel around 6 a.m. and the Israelis retaliated by firing about 25 artillery shells on… Read more →

Australian judge says incest may no longer be a taboo

Australian judge says incest may no longer be a taboo

A judge in Australia has been criticised after saying incest may no longer be a taboo and that the community may now accept consensual sex between adult siblings. Judge Garry Neilson, from the district court in the state of New South Wales, likened incest to homosexuality, which was once regarded as criminal and “unnatural” but is now widely accepted. He… Read more →

Statement by PM Netanyahu Regarding Operation Protective Edge