March 27, 2018

Police authorize Passover sacrifice next to Temple Mount

Religious Jewish factions say they are moving ever closer to the realization of the Third Temple in Jerusalem.

The latest evidence of this is police authorization, granted on Sunday (25th), for a Passover sacrificial ceremony to be held just tens of meters from where the Second Temple once stood.

Religious groups have been holding public Passover sacrifices, in accordance with the biblical outline, for years,  But never before have they been permitted to conduct the ceremony so close to the Temple Mount.

This year it will take place at the Davidson Center, an archeological park situated at the southern foot of the sacred plateau, just below the Al Aqsa Mosque.



Netanyahu expresses solidarity with France

Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu expressed solidarity with France after the death of a police officer in an Islamic extremist attack last week.

Speaking during the visit to Jerusalem of French Foreign Minister Jean-Yves Le Drian, Netanyahu said, “We grieve with you over the loss of innocent French lives and of a true hero, the officer Amaud Beltrame, a hero of humanity, not only a hero of France, and we understand this very well.”

Beltrame died after exchanging places with a hostage during the attack Friday (23rd) in southern France.

Le Drian thanked Netanyahu for his kind words, and said, “We have this fight in common – the basis of everything is security.”



IDF destroys Hamas targets in response to gunfire

IDF tanks shelled and destroyed two Hamas observation posts on the Gaza border on Sunday night (25th) in response to heavy machine gun fire discharged by Hamas during military maneuvers in the Strip.

The IDF stated that it viewed the Hamas terror organization, which rules the Gaza Strip, as responsible for all incidents emanating from the Strip, and that it “takes seriously all types of fire aimed at Israeli territory.”



Missile defense aid to Israel – Anna Ahronheim

The U.S. Congress has approved a record $705 million to support Israeli missile defense programs in 2018, an increase of $148 million for Iron Dome and Arrow 3 development.  “I thank our great friend the United States, which has invested $6.5 billion to defend the skies of the State of Israel,” Israeli Defense Minister Avigdor Lieberman said Monday (26th).  “We are grateful for the assistance and uncompromising commitment of the administration and Congress to Israel’s security.”



UK condemns UN Human Rights Council’s dedicated Israel agenda – Ben Weich

The UK government has attacked the UN Human Rights Council’s agenda on Israel’s actions in the West Bank, saying, “The disproportionate number of resolutions against Israel and the existence of a dedicated agenda item (item 7) that singles out Israel does little to advance dialogue, stability or mutual understanding.”  The UK delegation voted against two of five resolutions on Israel, but supported two others. The U.S. and Australia were the only nations to oppose each of the five motions.



The UN hates Israel – Editorial

Syria bombs civilians with chlorine gas, China tortures dissidents, Venezuela restricts access to food for its people and Burma is engaged in ethnic cleansing of a Muslim minority.  So naturally the UN Human Rights Council trains the bulk of its outrage on …Israel.



Netanyahu praises passage of the Taylor Force Act slashing aid to PA over terror payments

Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu told the Israeli Cabinet on Sunday (25th): “The American Congress has passed the Taylor Force Act, which is named after an American student who was murdered in Jaffa, Taylor Force, from a wonderful family.  It is designed to deny the Palestinian Authority hundreds of millions of dollars that they invest in encouraging terrorism and lavish on terrorist families and the murderers themselves. I think that this is a very powerful signal from the U.S which is changing the rules.”



Dublin students vote to support anti-Israel BDS Campaign – Ciaran Molloy

64.5% of 1,995 students have voted to support a Boycott, Divest and Sanction campaign against Israel in a Trinity College Dublin Students’ Union (TCDSU) referendum.  Students for Justice in Palestine have pushed the issue to the center of campus politics over the last year.



Slain Paris Holocaust survivor was targeted because she was Jewish, French police say

Prosecutors investigating the slaying of a Holocaust survivor in Paris said the two suspects in custody targeted her because she was Jewish.

The development in the investigation of the March 23 slaying of Mirelle Kanol came with the arrest of the two men on Monday (26th), local news media reported.

According to the National Bureau for Vigilance against Anti-Semitism, the 85-year-old woman’s body was set on fire Friday night (23rd).  Her charred body also had 11 stab wounds.



Holocaust memorial again defaced with anti-Semitic graffiti

LAKEWOOD – A Holocaust memorial at a New Jersey synagogue has been vandalized for the second time in less than a year.

Lakewood police said someone spray-painted several anti-Semitic words and phrases – some misspelled – on the memorial at Congregation Sons of Israel.  Similar graffiti was also found on the synagogue, while a swastika was spray-painted on a pickup truck parked outside the building.

No one has claimed responsibility for the vandalism which apparently happened on Friday (23rd).

A similar act occurred at the site last July, when vandals posted a banner containing an anti-Jewish slur on the Holocaust memorial.