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Take a tour of Nazareth’s extraordinary street food.

Take a tour of Nazareth’s extraordinary street food

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In the Galilean city, best known for its Christian significance, a long-established and lively food culture is tempting an increasing number of culinary tourists.


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VALERIE PLAME TWEETED ANTISEMITIC CONSPIRACY..

VALERIE PLAME TWEETED ANTISEMITIC CONSPIRACY, NOW CLAIMS “JEWISH” ANCESTRY

SETH J. FRANTZMAN


Plame is running for Congress in New Mexico and in the past was seen as a victim of the Bush administration. But in 2017 she tweeted an article titled “America’s Jews are driving America’s Wars”.

Former CIA operative Valerie Plame Wilson poses during a photocall for the film Fair Game at the 36th American film festival in Deauville September 9, 2010. . (photo credit: VINCENT KESSLER/ REUTERS)

US congressional candidate Valerie Plame, who once tweeted antisemitic conspiracy theories blaming American Jews for causing America’s wars, now claims to be of Ukrainian Jewish descent in a new campaign video. The snazzy new spot shows someone driving backwards in a sports car, while the candidate recalls that she was once an “undercover CIA operative,” whose identity was leaked.

Plame is running for Congress in New Mexico and in the past was seen as a victim of the Bush administration. But in 2017 she tweeted an article titled “America’s Jews are driving America’s Wars” which showed a photo of Bill Kristol. Challenged on the offensive headline and antisemitic tweet, she told people to “calm down, re-tweets don’t imply endorsements. Yes, very provocative, but thoughtful. Many neocon hawks ARE Jewish.” She walked back that claim later and said she had “skimmed” the piece. However she has consistently been contradictory about the tweet, first claiming that the article was provocative and thoughtful, and then claiming that she had just skimmed it. The headline, “America’s Jews are driving America’s wars” is antisemitic. There is no “thoughtfulness” in it. And it doesn’t say “neocons,” a term that has been repackaged too often to mean “Jews.”

Later, on CNN in May 2019 when her candidacy became known she was asked about the tweet. Her story changed again, claiming she hadn’t liked the article and that the “only thing that I focused on in the article was that I thought it was a bad idea to get out of the Iran nuclear deal.” There are tens of thousands of articles arguing why it might have been bad to leave the Iran Deal, why did Plame tweet the one claiming “America’s Jews are driving America’s wars” from an antisemitic site that spreads conspiracies? Asked by CNN she then claimed that she “stupidly did not read the rest of the article.” Which is it? She read the offensive headline and tweeted it anyway? Or she skimmed it? Or just read the part about the “Iran deal” and tweeted the headline anyway? Or she focused on the “neocons.”

She told CNN she was “embarrassed” by the whole episode, as if it was just mistake. But most people don’t make mistakes and tweet that America’s Jews control America and cause America’s wars, unless they hate Jews. No one in recent memory has run for Congress so prominently and claimed Jews cause America’s wars. Plame’s contradictory statements raise questions about her judgement and underlying antisemitism or predilection for believing conspiracies. During the original scandal she had told people “read the entire article, just for a moment, to put aside your biases and think clearly.” So she told people shocked by the antisemitism that they were biased. Then she claimed that she had “missed gross undercurrents to this article.” Undercurrents? The article’s headline said Jews drive America’s wars.

Now Plame is trying to whitewash the issue again with her video claiming to be related to Jews. “I come from Ukrainian Jewish immigrants,” her new campaign video claims. It’s unclear why someone who now takes pride in their Ukrainian Jewish background would ever tweet an article headlined “America’s Jews are driving America’s wars.” Like Plame’s claim, some of my ancestors came from Ukraine. If your ancestors came from Ukraine then wouldn’t you be particularly sensitive to conspiracies like the Elders of Zion that claim Jews cause wars? Plame doesn’t seem to have internalized how horrid her tweet was, blaming a small American minority group, rather than the majority, for America’s wars. Plame has never explained it. She’s never really apologized or even shown an interest in listening to Jews concerned about it. She’s tried at every juncture to add a new excuse, from pretending it was a re-tweet, which it wasn’t, to asking people to put aside the headline and read it, to telling people to “calm down,” as if being offended is the problem.

The more disturbing question remains. Why did Plame ever share a tweet from a conspiracy-laden website? Did she read the website often? Does she still read it? If she shared it because someone sent it to her, who sent it to her and why is she linked to people who share antisemitic articles? Will she end those connections to conspiracy theorists and antisemites now that she is running for Congress? How can someone who wants to be in Congress and reads the headline “America’s Jews are driving America’s Wars” and doesn’t notice the racism, convince people of anything else? In a period of rising antisemitism in America Plame has never taken seriously how offensive the article was, claiming in 2017 it was a mistake and a “doozy” to share the “problematic” article. She said she will read “thoroughly” next time. Plame still hasn’t explained how she can both take pride in her Jewish immigrant ancestors and have shared an article headlined “America’s Jews are driving America’s wars.” It’s not a question of reading thoroughly or being a “doozy,” it’s pure, obvious, racist antisemitism. And she tweeted it.


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Annexing the Jordan Valley threatens regional security

Annexing the Jordan Valley threatens regional security

GIDON BROMBERG and YANA ABU TALEB


The strip along the Jordan River’s west bank has little military value, but it does offer opportunities to cooperate toward peace (Op-Ed)

A Bedouin shepherd walks with his herd of sheep in the Jordan Valley in the West Bank on September 11, 2019 (AHMAD GHARABLI / AFP)

Announcements made by Israeli politicians during these last weeks of the Israeli election campaign to annex the Jordan Valley on the grounds of protecting Israeli national security are not grounded in reality. Independent experts from military, diplomatic and development perspectives draw a common conclusion that annexation of the Jordan Valley would more likely lead to increased instability, not only in Israel and Palestine but also in Jordan.

At the military level, a 2011 report by the Israeli Peace and Security Association dismissed claims Israel needs the Valley for strategic depth. The report, representing hundreds of Israel security experts including Brig. Gen. (Res.) Shlomo Brom, former chief of the Strategic Planning Division of the Israeli army; former military intelligence head Maj. Gen. (Res.) Shlomo Gazit; former air force commander Maj. Gen. (Res.) Amos Lapidot; and Maj. Gen. (Res.) Nati Sharoni, former head of the army’s Planning Division; concluded that “with or without the Jordan Valley, Israel does not have strategic depth; it is only about 40 kilometers [25 miles] across, including that valley” therefore, “guided missiles and rockets of various ranges … can reach any target in the State of Israel regardless of control of the valley.”

A prosperous Palestinian state is dependent on the Jordan Valley and a prosperous independent Palestinian state is the key to long term Israeli-Palestinian peace.

On the contrary both Israeli military experts and former Israeli diplomats with deep knowledge of regional relations, such as Ambassador Oded Eran, have argued that it is the peace treaty between Israel and Jordan that is strategic to Israel’s security on its eastern border. Annexation by any future Israeli government of the Jordan Valley would only weaken an already bleeding Israeli-Jordanian relationship and, from a broader development perspective, would lead to increased instability on both the western and eastern banks of the River Jordan.

For example, a 2013 report of the World Bank on development in Area C, which is largely the Palestinian areas of the Jordan Valley, puts into question the economic viability of any future Palestinian state without access to the land resources of the Jordan Valley. More positively expressed, the report estimates that if Palestinian “businesses and farms were permitted to develop in Area C, this would add as much as 35 percent to the Palestinian GDP.” A prosperous Palestinian state is dependent on the Jordan Valley and a prosperous independent Palestinian state is the key to long term Israeli-Palestinian peace.

A 2015 regional development plan produced by Dutch development expert, Royal HaskoningDHV, for EcoPeace Middle East, describes the current state of the Jordan Valley as both environmentally and economically “demised,” resulting in social unrest, much due to high youth unemployment, that already threatens security region wide. The report highlights that only through regional cooperation can the fate of the Jordan Valley be reversed and shared prosperity from the Sea of Galilee to the Dead Sea be achieved for Palestinians, Jordanians and Israelis together. The regional plan details how attracting private sector investments, especially to the Jordanian and Palestinian areas of the Jordan Valley, could increase the annual GDP of the Valley from its present poverty level of under US$4 billion annually to US$73 billion.

Israeli annexation of the Palestinian areas of the Jordan Valley would be incompatible with international law, could place a nail in the coffin of a two-state solution to the Israeli Palestinian conflict, kill any prospects for attracting needed international investment to reverse the current demise of the Valley, and lead most likely to increased violence and region wide insecurity. Hence any claim that Jordan Valley annexation is essential for Israel’s security is not supported by the evidence. On the contrary, such action will threaten regional security and stability.


Gidon Bromberg, Israeli Director, Yana Abu Taleb, Jordanian Director, EcoPeace Middle East.


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VIOLENT BDS ACTIVISTS ASSAULT ISRAELI FILM FESTIVAL ATTENDEES IN BERLIN

VIOLENT BDS ACTIVISTS ASSAULT ISRAELI FILM FESTIVAL ATTENDEES IN BERLIN

BENJAMIN WEINTHAL


According to the police notice reviewed by The Jerusalem Post, the BDS activists punched two women, who filed criminal complaints against them.

Anti-Israel demonstrators march behind a banner of the BDS organization in Marseille, June 13.. (photo credit: GEORGES ROBERT / AFP)

The German police said that a group of BDS activists violently assaulted visitors at the Israeli Seret International film festival on Sunday in Berlin, causing injuries and disrupting a podium discussion. An estimated 10-12 BDS activists participated in the disruption and attacks.

According to the police notice reviewed by The Jerusalem Post, the BDS activists punched two women, who filed criminal complaints against the BDS supporters. BDS is the abbreviation for the Boycott, Divestment, Sanctions campaign targeting the Jewish state. The German parliament classified BDS as antisemitic in May.

The police report said after the screening of the documentary film “King Bibi,” a question and answer discussion was planned with the director and a 42-year-old started to scream. At the same time, a second 42-year-old man and a third unknown person held a poster in front of the film screen. It is unclear what was written on the poster. The discussion could not continue after the disruption.

A 62-year-old man, who organized the evening film presentation, called on the three men to leave the event. The BDS activists refused to leave the cinema. A 54-year-old manager of the cinema attempted to force the activists out of the building.

The police said all participants were released after showing identification. The Green Party politician, Volker Beck, wrote on Twitter on Sunday: “When BDS violently attacks everything that is Israeli, it is time the rule of law shows where the borders are. That’s not criticism, that’s violence.” Beck urged Berlin’s police to take a more aggressive posture toward BDS.

Last year, two BDS activists disrupted the presentation of an Israeli Holocaust film in Berlin, prompting Israeli security officials to evict the protesters as the audience booed the stoppage caused by the BDS people. Ronnie Barkan, whose conduct Berlin’s intelligence agency classified as antisemitic, was one of the activists who disrupted the Holocaust flm festival at the time.

Barkan, who rejects the existence Israel, stormed an Israel event at Humboldt University in 2017. At least three highly aggressive pro-BDS activists lashed out at Israeli survivor of the Holocaust Deborah Weinstein and MK Aliza Lavie (Yesh Atid) at the Humboldt University event. The event had been titled, “Life in Israel – Terror, Bias and the Chances for Peace.”

In 2017, Barkan and Majed Abusalama, two of the activists who disrupted the Humboldt event, were barred from speaking at BDS events in the city of Oldenburg due to antisemitism.

Stavit Sinai, a third BDS activist at the Humboldt event, was removed from the lecture hall as she “swung [her fists] wildly around her and [at the] attendees,” according to a statement from the pro-Israel German-Israel Friendship Society. She “continuously attempted to reenter the lecture hall and pounded on the door,” said the group. Criminal complaints were filed against the BDS activists for disrupting the Humboldt University event. It is unclear if Sinai, Barken and Abusalama were involved in the violent assault on Saturday. The activists tour Germany to disrupt pro-Israel events and spread BDS.


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Netanyahu: wide-scale war with Gaza is inevitable – 13.9.19 TV7 Israel News

Netanyahu: wide-scale war with Gaza is inevitable – 13.9.19 TV7 Israel News

  TV7 Israel News



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