Norway demands PA return funds for women’s center named after terrorist

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Times of Israel

    Palestinians hold posters showing Dalal Mughrabi, a Palestinian terrorist involved in the 1978 Coastal Road Massacre in which 38 Israelis were killed, in the West Bank city of Ramallah, on July 16, 2008

Norway’s foreign minister on Friday condemned the Palestinian Authority for naming a women’s center in the West Bank, funded in part by the Scandinavian country, after a female terrorist.

“The glorification of terrorist attacks is completely unacceptable, and I deplore this decision in the strongest possible terms. Norway will not allow itself to be associated with institutions that take the names of terrorists in this way. We will not accept the use of Norwegian aid funding for such purposes,” Norwegian Foreign Minister Borge Brende said in a statement.

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UN chief pulls support for Palestinian women’s center named after terrorist

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Times of Israel

    Palestinians inaugurate a square to commemorate Dalal Mughrabi, a Palestinian terrorist who killed dozens of Israeli civilians in a 1978 bus hijacking in Israel

The United Nations on Sunday said that it had withdrawn support for a Palestinian women’s center that was named for a notorious terrorist, saying the move was “offensive” and glorified terrorism.

“The United Nations disassociated itself from the Center once it learned the offensive name chosen for it and will take measures to ensure that such incidents do not take place in the future,” said a statement from Stéphane Dujarric, spokesman for Secretary-General Antonio Guterres.

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Christian Docudrama About Six-Day War Becomes U.S. Box Office Hit

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Haaretz


A Christian Broadcasting Network docudrama, which claims to “prove the prophecy of the return of the Jews to their homeland,” has become a box office hit, making over $1.6 million on its first day.

The CBN Documentaries docudrama “In Our Hands: The Battle for Jerusalem,” recounting Israel’s Six Day War and its conquest of East Jerusalem, debuted in the United States on Tuesday to sold-out audiences.
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Netanyahu thanks Czechs for pro-Israel resolutions

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Times of Israel

    Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu speaks at a ceremony marking the 50th anniversary of Jerusalem’s reunification

Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu on Wednesday thanked the Czech parliament for passing two pro-Israel resolutions that recognize the Jewish people’s ancient ties to Jerusalem.

Netanyahu praised the Czech Chamber of Deputies for its call on Tuesday to the nation’s government to recognize Jerusalem as Israel’s capital and to stop paying membership fees to UNESCO until the organization stops its anti-Israel bias.

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Simply by saying he loves it and stands with it, Trump wins over endlessly criticized Israel

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Times of Israel


Surely nobody but Donald J. Trump could get a warm laugh from an audience of Israeli notables within seconds of highlighting the Iranian regime’s desire to destroy our country. That’s what happened deep into the main speech of the president’s 28-hour Israel visit, at the Israel Museum in Jerusalem on Tuesday afternoon.

“Iran’s leaders routinely call for Israel’s destruction,” he said bleakly and bitterly, reading from the teleprompters. Then he departed from his prepared text, and added: “Not with Donald J Trump, believe me.”

The remark was met with cheers and a standing ovation. Netanyahu, on his feet, pumped a fist.

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Trump makes history as first serving US president to visit Western Wall

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Times of Israel

    US President Donald Trump visits the Western Wall

Fifty years after Israel captured the Western Wall, US President Donald Trump on Monday became the first sitting American leader to visit the holy site, in a historic visit that saw him accompanied by his Jewish relatives in Jerusalem’s ancient Old City.

Entering the Old City’s warren of alleyways on Monday — on lockdown by police for his visit — Trump and his wife Melania met the heads of various Christian denominations and began their tour at one of the holiest sites in Christianity, the Church of the Holy Sepulchre, believed by Christians to be the site of Jesus’ crucifixion, burial and resurrection.

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Trump says concerns about Iran driving Israel, Arab states closer

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Reuters

    U.S. President Donald Trump

U.S. President Donald Trump said on Monday that shared concern about Iran was driving Israel and many Arab states closer and demanded that Tehran immediately cease military and financial backing of “terrorists and militias”.

In stressing threats from Iran, Trump echoed a theme laid out during weekend meetings in Saudi Arabia with Muslim leaders from around the world, many wary of the Islamic Republic’s growing regional influence and financial muscle.

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Decisively re-elected, Rouhani defies hardliners, pledges to open Iran

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Reuters


President Hassan Rouhani pledged on Saturday to open Iran to the world and deliver freedoms its people have yearned for, throwing down a defiant challenge to his hardline opponents after securing a decisive re-election for a second term.

Rouhani, long known as a cautious and mild-mannered establishment insider, reinvented himself as a bold champion of reform during the election campaign, which culminated on Friday in victory with more than 57 percent of the vote. His main challenger, hardline judge Ebrahim Raisi, received 38 percent.

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Saudi FM: Trump can broker Israeli-Palestinian peace deal, and we’ll help

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    Saudi Minister of Foreign Affairs Adel al-Jubeir , right, and US Secretary of State Rex Tillerson

Saudi Arabia is confident in US President Donald Trump’s abilities to conclude a peace agreement between the Israelis and the Palestinians and Riyadh is prepared to help, Saudi Arabia’s Foreign Minister Adel al-Jubeir said on Saturday evening, during a press conference with US Secretary of State Rex Tillerson.

Jubeir spoke of the “kingdom’s optimism that President Trump, with a new approach and determination, can bring a conclusion to this long conflict. He certainly has the vision, and we believe he has the strength and the decisiveness. And the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia stands prepared to work with the United States in order to bring about peace between Israelis and Palestinians and Israelis and Arabs.”

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Settler opens fire on rock throwers, kills Palestinian, injures journalist

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Times of Israel

    Palestinian protesters throw stones at Israeli security forces

An Israeli man shot dead a Palestinian man and injured a photojournalist during a riot in the northern West Bank city of Hawara on Thursday, officials said.

According to initial reports, it appeared as though a group of Palestinians were throwing rocks at cars along a nearby highway when the Israeli civilian opened fire.

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