Category Archives: Israel/Palestine

Is Israel Turning a Blind Eye as Israeli Scammers Swindle Victims in France, US, Elsewhere?

French and Israeli media report that a group largely made up of Israelis scammed 3,000 French citizens out of approximately $20 million. Most of the stolen money is in Israel, but Israeli authorities are reportedly failing to cooperate with France in prosecuting the scammers and retrieving the money.

This is the latest of numerous examples of Israeli officials stone-walling international efforts against the perpetrators of massive financial swindles around the world, according to Israeli investigative journalists and others. These scams have brought estimated billions into the Israeli economy, propping up a regime widely condemned for human rights abuses and ethnic cleansing against indigenous Palestinians. Together, the stories paint a picture of a government that seems to be turning a blind eye to – and even protecting – scammers.

A Finance Magnates analysis reports that one of the swindles alone has brought in over a billion dollars and employs 5,000 people. And a new scam, described below, may help what is predicted to be “the next major driver of the Israeli economy.”

A former IRS expert on international crime notes that “fraudulent industries are often major economic drivers, and that can translate into political clout.”

Some Israeli journalists have been working to expose the situation in Israeli newspapers, publishing exposés like “As Israel turns blind eye to vast binary options fraud, French investigators step in” and “Are French Jewish criminals using Israel as a get-out-of-jail card?” (Short answer: yes.)
Victimizing French business owners & churches

The victims of the recent scam against French citizens included churches and the owners of small businesses – delicatessens, car repair shops, hair salons, plumbers, etc. Some lost their life savings and describe being threatened and intimidated by the scammers.

http://www.unz.com/article/is-israel-turning-a-blind-eye-as-israeli-scammers-swindle-victims-in-france-us-elsewhere/

Jerusalem churches denounce Israel’s land appropriation bill

Three major Holy Land churches implored Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu on Monday to prevent the advancement of a draft bill they said was aimed at expropriating their lands.

Heads of the Armenian, Greek Orthodox and Catholic churches in Jerusalem also accused the Israeli authorities of failing to keep a commitment made just a few months ago that brought an end to a major crisis between the sides.

In February, the Jerusalem municipality began enforcing tax collection on church property, while separately lawmakers in the parliament worked on advancing a law that would allow expropriation of church property.

The church leaders in protest closed the Church of the Holy Sepulchre, the site in Jerusalem where Jesus is believed to have been crucified and buried, following which Israeli authorities froze both the tax measures and the legislation, committing to a dialogue with the Christians over the issues.

https://www.dailysabah.com/mideast/2018/06/18/jerusalem-churches-denounce-israels-land-appropriation-bill

WATCH: Israeli Authorities Demolish Graves at Historic Palestinian Cemetery

Israeli authorities were caught on video excavating portions of the historic Bab al-Rahma cemetery next to Al-Aqsa mosque in occupied East Jerusalem. The cemetery is believed to contain the final resting places of two companions of Islam’s Prophet Muhammad.

Video from June 5 shows about a dozen men, presumably members of Israel’s Nature and Parks Authority, at a work site in the Bab al-Rahma cemetery, through which Israel is planning to build a national park trail.

https://sputniknews.com/middleeast/201806111065315720-Israeli-Demolish-Graves-Historic-Cemetery/

Israel taxing, pressuring Church of Holy Sepulchre in Jerusalem, then backtracks

Church of Holy Sepulchre Crisis: Israel Burns Its Bridges With the Christian World

https://www.haaretz.com/israel-news/.premium-church-of-holy-sepulchre-crisis-israel-burns-its-bridges-with-the-christian-world-1.5848160

Sacred Jerusalem church to reopen after Israel backtracks on taxing properties

https://www.washingtonpost.com/amphtml/world/israel-backtracks-on-plan-to-tax-church-properties/2018/02/27/3c2ccdaa-1bce-11e8-98f5-ceecfa8741b6_story.html

The World Is Betraying the Jews by Failing to Set Boundaries for Israel

This Haaretz headline pretty much restates the thesis that Jews are like women — bad at self control and requiring others to set boundaries for them.

As told, history consistently denies that Jews have any agency.

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The World Is Betraying the Jews by Failing to Set Boundaries for Israel

While the world once ignored the Jews’ suffering, today the world, especially the most powerful part, gives Israel carte blanche in the occupied territories
read more: https://www.haaretz.com/opinion/.premium-1.834908

‘He’s a Goy From Kenya’: Israeli Officials Defend Deportation of Jewish Convert From Africa

Responding to accusations of racism, senior Interior Ministry official asks lawmakers, ‘Do you want half of Africa coming here?’

Opposition lawmakers on Wednesday accused the Interior Ministry of outright racism and discrimination against black Jews, citing the recent case of an African convert who was deported hours after landing in Israel, even though he had a valid visa.

http://www.vdare.com/posts/israeli-official-do-you-want-half-of-africa-coming-here

Likud top body votes to annex parts of the West Bank

Resolution passed by Likud Central Committee is not binding, but carries political force, as lawmakers need support of 3,000-member body to succeed in party primaries . . .

The resolution reads: “Fifty years after the liberation of Judea and Samaria, and with them Jerusalem, our eternal capital, the Likud Central Committee calls on Likud’s elected leaders to work to allow unhindered construction and to extend Israeli law and sovereignty in all the areas of liberated settlement in Judea and Samaria.” . . .

https://www.timesofisrael.com/likud-top-body-votes-to-annex-parts-of-the-west-bank/