>IDF files complaint with UN forces after Syrian tanks enter buffer zone to take part in battles with rebels; army also raises alert level in area
yfw it’s not happening afterall
Catholics call for Israeli hate-crime crackdown
A spate of hate crimes against Christian places of worship in Israel has prompted usually reticent Roman Catholic officials to speak out, hoping that intervention by authorities might bring an end to the vandalism.
In the early hours of September 4, vandals set fire to the door of a renowned Trappist monastery in Latrun (outside Jerusalem) and defaced it with anti-Christian graffiti, stating “Jesus is a monkey”.
In the two weeks which have elapsed since the act of desecration, no arrests have been made, despite police vows that the culprits would be brought to justice. Similar incidences of vandalism also occurred in the months preceding this attack.
The Rev. Pierbattista Pizzaballa, one of the church’s top officials in the Holy Land, expressed deep concern over the state of relations between Jews and Christians.
In an interview with the Associated Press, Pizzaballa pointed out that because the local Christian population is miniscule, they aren’t taken into consideration by “the majority”. Approximately 155,000 of Israel’s citizens are Christian, which equates to less than 2 per cent of the population.
He stated that “the main atmosphere is ignorance.”
However, he also told AP that the minority Christian population may not have invested “enough energy and initiatives” in reaching out to Israeli Jews.
The “custos” (custodians) of Catholic holy sites, including Pizzaballa, have issued a declaration, calling on leaders to act. Although he recognizes that the arson and vandalism that Christians have been victims of are not demonstrative of wider attitudes, he is firm that Israel must do more.
In February this year, a Jerusalem monastery was tagged with the phrase “death to Christians,” painted in Hebrew, as part of what is now known as the “price tag campaign”. In July, an Israeli lawmaker ripped the New Testament out of a Bible and threw it into the garbage, later claiming that “millions of Jews were murdered in the name of the New Testament,” and calling the book “revolting.”
Shortly after the September attack, a statement signed by the Latin Patriarch for Jerusalem, Fouad Twal, and Giorgio Lingua, Apostolic Nuncio for Jordan, the Assembly of Catholics Ordinaries of the Holy Land asked, “what kind of ‘teaching of contempt’ for Christians is being communicated in their schools and in their homes?”
Pizzaballa echoed their concerns, asking AP, “What is going on in Israeli society today that permits Christians to be scapegoated [sic] and targeted by these acts of violence?”
"There was a significant German presence in Palestine (specifically Haifa) dating back to the mid 19th century. The NSDAP had members wherever there were Germans."
Nazis in Israel.
As of 11 minutes ago, the Tal Law has expired and is now in the history books. Tomorrow morning, draft notices will be sent to Ultra Pacifist Haredim and more are expected in the coming weeks.
Israel could be split in two because of this. Shit is gonna get bad unless the Haredim get their way.
Okay everyone, back the fuck up. I got this shit.
The Haredim are the Orthodox and Ultra-Orthodox wings of Judaism. In a peculiar inversion compared with other religions, these orthodox and ultra-orthodox jews are extreme pacifists, follow the Torah to the word, and subsequently believe that the State of israel should not exist until the Messiah has arrived, and that Palestinian rule should be restored to the holy land.
Hold up.. So the “Ultra Mormons” of Israel, who are incredibly pacifistic unless provoked are now suddenly subject to immediate drafting by the state they are somewhat worrisome of. I think either some LAST MINUTE DEAL will be crafted or they may uh, take to the streets Arab Spring style. Mite b crazy.
Obama will do million and hundred thousand dollar spending cuts to American social programs for the sake of austerity but will apparently throw $70,000,000 to Israel’s military to continue bulldozing Palestinian homesteads.
Israel to put thousands of Africans in detention camp
JERUSALEM — Israel’s interior minister said on Friday he hoped to soon start moving tens of thousands of illegal African migrants from Tel Aviv and elsewhere to a detention camp being built and a planned “tent city.”
An Israeli court cleared the way on Thursday for the deportation of an estimated 1,500 South Sudanese, after ruling that their lives were no longer threatened in their homeland.
Interior Minister Eli Yishai told public radio 40,000 Sudanese and Eritreans were next in his sights.
"There are still about 15,000 from north Sudan and some 35,000 from Eritrea," he said. "I am not allowed to get them out at the moment."
He said he expected legal obstacles would be removed and that the government was also offering a grant to those prepared to leave voluntarily.
"They are close to being expelled either willingly or against their will," he said. "This is a number that threatens the Jewish identity."
As a first step, he said, illegals would be rounded up and moved to a detention centre being built in southern Israel at a projected cost of 250 million shekels ($6.7 million, 5.4 million euros).
"As soon as the facility is completed, which could be in a few months — and alongside it we plan to put up a tent city with all the accepted conditions — then we shall start moving migrants from south Tel Aviv, from (the Red Sea town of) Eilat … wherever they are."
The rising number of Africans in Israel has hit the headlines in recent weeks, after a spike in racial tensions led to a riot in southern Tel Aviv, where tens of thousands of migrants live.
Interior ministry statistics show that approximately 60,000 African immigrants have entered Israel illegally, the vast majority of them from Sudan and Eritrea.
Some are refugees fleeing persecution in their home nations, but others are economic migrants.
Yishai said he estimated a further 6,000 may have sneaked across the border from Egypt undetected.
"I hope that in the coming months we shall be able to move all the infiltrators to detention facilities and allow Israeli citizens in south Tel Aviv and others to live in a proper way … in quiet and security," he added.
Israel is building a giant, hi-tech security barrier along its 240-kilometre (150-mile) border with the Egyptian Sinai.
So far 170 kilometres have been erected and the project is due to be completed later this year.
Congratulations, Israel, you are now quickly adopting 1930s Germany foreign policy.
A Jerusalem Post reporter was beaten by ‘a gang of unknown assailants’ in Athens on Tuesday as he tried to film a mob attack outside one of the city’s main tourist attractions, reports the Jerusalem Post.
Gil Shefler went to Greece to cover the rise of the Golden Dawn — the extreme Right-wing party with neo-Nazi overtones that recently won 21 seats in Greece parliament.
Shefler saw a group of about 20 masked men wielding batons and sticks beating refugees, migrants and homeless people in the middle of the street outside the National Archaeological Museum, so he instinctively took out his camera and was subsequently assaulted.
He was taken to a hospital and treated for head and chest wounds, and was later released.
BBC Poll: Israel’s global image plummets
>Israel is ranked third among nations perceived as having a negative influence on the world, the BBC’s annual poll shows, indicating further decline in the Jewish state’s global image. Only Iran and Pakistan did worse than Israel in the survey.
>The poll, undertaken between December 2011 and February 2012, encompassed 24,090 respondents worldwide. Iran took the unflattering top spot, again, with 55% of respondents saying is has a negative influence on the world. Pakistan ranked second (51%), with Israel and North Korea tied for third place (50%).
>According to the latest survey, only 21% of respondents view Israel’s influence as mostly positive, the same figure as last year. A favorable change in the West was only recorded in the United States, with 50% of Americans saying they view Israel in a positive light, compared to 35% who said they view the Jewish state in a negative light.
>The US figures constitute the highest approval rating for Israel by Americans since the poll’s initiation, in 2005. Two more nations with favorable attitudes towards Israel are Nigeria (54%) and Kenya (46%).
>In post-revolution Egypt, 85% of respondents said they view Israel in a negative light, a 7% rise from last year. The Jewish state’s situation is particularly grim in Europe, with 74% of Spaniards viewing Israel negatively. Negative attitudes were also recorded in France (65%), Germany (69%), Britain (68%), Australia (65%) and Canada (59%). Support for Israel also declined in China, India and Russia. According to the survey, the most beloved states in the world are Japan, Germany, Canada, Britain and China.