Tuesday, December 20, 2016
A DOZEN SOLDIERS ABANDON POSTS IN PROTEST OVER AMONA EVACUATIONS FROM THEIR GOD GIVIN LAND.
28 And when these things begin to come to pass,(ALL THE PROPHECY SIGNS FROM THE BIBLE) then look up, and lift up your heads; for your redemption (RAPTURE) draweth nigh.
29 And he spake to them a parable; Behold the fig tree,(ISRAEL) and all the trees;(ALL INDEPENDENT COUNTRIES)
30 When they now shoot forth, ye see and know of your own selves that summer is now nigh at hand.(ISRAEL LITERALLY BECAME AND INDEPENDENT COUNTRY JUST BEFORE SUMMER IN MAY 14,1948.)
3 A fire devoureth (ATOMIC BOMB) before them;(RUSSIAN-ARAB-MUSLIM ARMIES AGAINST ISRAEL) and behind them a flame burneth: the land is as the garden of Eden before them, and behind them a desolate wilderness; yea, and nothing shall escape them.
30 And I will shew wonders in the heavens and in the earth, blood, and fire, and pillars of smoke.(ATOMIC BOMB AFFECT)
12 And this shall be the plague wherewith the LORD will smite all the people that have fought against Jerusalem; Their flesh shall consume away while they stand upon their feet,(DISOLVED FROM ATOMIC BOMB) and their eyes shall consume away in their holes,(DISOLVED FROM ATOMIC BOMB) and their tongue shall consume away in their mouth.(DISOLVED FROM ATOMIC BOMB)(BECAUSE NUKES HAVE BEEN USED ON ISRAELS ENEMIES)(GOD PROTECTS ISRAEL AND ALWAYS WILL)
13 And it shall come to pass in that day, that a great tumult from the LORD shall be among them; and they shall lay hold every one on the hand of his neighbour, and his hand shall rise up against the hand of his neighbour.(1/2-3 BILLION DIE IN WW3)(THIS IS AN ATOMIC BOMB EFFECT)
47 And say to the forest of the south, Hear the word of the LORD; Thus saith the Lord GOD; Behold, I will kindle a fire in thee, and it shall devour every green tree in thee, and every dry tree: the flaming flame shall not be quenched, and all faces from the south to the north shall be burned therein.
18 Neither their silver nor their gold shall be able to deliver them in the day of the LORD'S wrath; but the whole land shall be devoured by the fire of his jealousy: for he shall make even a speedy riddance of all them that dwell in the land.
1 For, behold, the day cometh, that shall burn as an oven;(FROM ATOMIC BOMBS) and all the proud, yea, and all that do wickedly, shall be stubble: and the day that cometh shall burn them up, saith the LORD of hosts, that it shall leave them neither root nor branch.
And here are the bounderies of the land that Israel will inherit either through war or peace or God in the future. God says its Israels land and only Israels land. They will have every inch God promised them of this land in the future.
Egypt east of the Nile River, Saudi Arabia, Israel, Jordan, Syria, Lebanon, The southern part of Turkey and the Western Half of Iraq west of the Euphrates. Gen 13:14-15, Psm 105:9,11, Gen 15:18, Exe 23:31, Num 34:1-12, Josh 1:4.ALL THIS LAND ISRAEL WILL DEFINATELY OWN IN THE FUTURE, ITS ISRAELS NOT ISHMAELS LAND.12 TRIBES INHERIT LAND IN THE FUTURE
Hundreds head to Amona outpost to oppose evacuation-Far-right activists plan to block roads, vandalize military vehicles; prisons brace for influx of detainees during removal of outpost-By Times of Israel staff December 18, 2016, 12:02 am
At least one thousand people gathered in Amona on Saturday night in a show of support for the illegal West Bank outpost as the court-ordered December 25 deadline for its evacuation neared.Among the supporters were dozens connected to the far-right “hilltop youth” movement, who turned up with tires and rocks to block the access road to the outpost, as well as spikes to slow down military vehicles, Channel 2 reported. The tires on a van belonging to Channel 1 television were slashed Saturday night, despite a vow by the majority of the outpost residents to use only non-violent resistance to the evacuation, which they termed “a passive struggle.”A more convivial atmosphere could be felt among the protesters themselves, as they distributed soup and hot drinks to one another on the cold winter night.Earlier, as the sun went down and Shabbat ended, large numbers of Israel Defense Forces soldiers gathered at a nearby outpost, preparing to handle any resistance to the evacuation.The Srugim website, affiliated with the nationalist-religious community to which Amona’s residents belong, reported that infantry soldiers from the Givati Brigade were bused to the nearby outpost of Giv’at Asaf. The website quoted Amona resident Rabbi Giora Brenner as saying that dozens of troops arrived in two buses and six or seven military vehicles. Brenner called it unprecedented in the 15 years he has lived in the outpost.Security forces have been training in recent weeks for the removal of the outpost, which is built on privately owned Palestinian land. Channel 2 television said Saturday that police are preparing for widespread arrests during the evacuation. The Israel Prisons Service was emptying entire wings in four jails in preparation for accepting the detainees.While a time has not been finalized for the evacuation, the state has said it will not take place during nighttime hours or without advance notice, due to the presence of women and children at the site, Channel 2 said.The Amona settlers this week rejected a compromise proposed by the state to relocate them to adjacent land on the same hill.Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu on Friday posted a video on his Facebook page in which he addressed the residents of Amona, calling on them not to fight the imminent evacuation. The settlers have threatened non-violent resistance, but some have warned that they will not able to control all who come to help them resist.He called on Amona residents to act responsibly, and “not to harm IDF soldiers and security forces under any circumstances. They are our sons, the apples of our eye, they are dear to all of us and keep all of us safe. There is no place for violence.”Opposition leader Isaac Herzog also called Saturday for the outpost residents and their supporters to refrain from attacking the security forces. But he also struck a less conciliatory note, saying that Zionism was not “a land grab.”Defense Minister Avigdor Liberman, meanwhile, warned earlier this week that there would be zero tolerance for any attacks on members of the security forces.
Dozen soldiers abandon posts in protest over Amona evacuation-Army, minister slam incident as hundreds of activists head to West Bank outpost to oppose its removal-By Times of Israel staff December 18, 2016, 2:16 am
A dozen IDF soldiers briefly abandoned their posts in the central West Bank Saturday to protest the looming evacuation and demolition of the Amona outpost near the settlement of Ofra northeast of Ramallah.The soldiers, belonging to the Givati infantry brigade, returned to their posts after their battalion commander spoke to them about the gravity of their actions.The Givati soldiers “returned to carry out their assignments,” an IDF statement said late Saturday.The incident came as at least 1,000 people gathered in Amona on Saturday night in a show of support for the illegal West Bank outpost as the court-ordered December 25 deadline for its evacuation neared.The army and political leaders supportive of the Amona settlers joined in lashing the soldiers’ actions.“As the army of a democratic state, the IDF will continue to carry out its assignments according to the instructions of the political echelon,” the IDF said, and promised “zero tolerance” toward politically motivated refusal to obey orders.Agriculture Minister Uri Ariel (Jewish Home), a supporter of Israeli annexation of the West Bank who has backed legislation that would have prevented the Amona evacuation, also criticized the soldiers’ actions.“IDF soldiers must not refuse orders. Refusal is beyond the pale. Even now, efforts are underway to settle the Amona crisis in a satisfactory way that will strengthen the settlement [enterprise] and ensure the unity of Israel,” Ariel said in a late Saturday statement.Earlier, the Srugim website, affiliated with the nationalist-religious community to which Amona’s residents belong, reported that infantry soldiers from the Givati Brigade were bused to the nearby outpost of Giv’at Asaf. The website quoted Amona resident Rabbi Giora Brenner as saying that dozens of troops arrived in two buses and six or seven military vehicles. Brenner called it unprecedented in the 15 years he has lived in the outpost.Some 1,300 members of the security forces have been training at the Tze’elim base in southern Israel, as well as at least one other base, for the removal of the outpost, which the High Court of Justice ruled in December 2014 was built on land owned by Palestinians living in nearby villages.According to officials, the IDF will have overall responsibility for the operation, but will not carry out the evacuation itself. Soldiers will form an outer periphery around the hilltop outpost, ensuring that additional protesters are kept out and securing the operation against possible Palestinian terror attacks. Inside that cordon, Border Police troops will provide backup and assistance to the evacuating force.The inner circle that will be physically carrying out the forced evacuation of the residents, including many families with young children, will be made up entirely of professional police forces.That deployment structure is intended to ensure that soldiers and Border Police officers, most of whom are young draftees from diverse political and social camps, including nationalist-religious and settler communities, will not be the ones manhandling the residents.On Sunday, the cabinet is expected to formally order the establishment of a temporary alternative site for the roughly 40 families who now live in Amona, as well funds for helping the families in their relocation.As troops gathered nearby and supporters joined residents in preparing to resist the evacuation, tensions ran high around the outpost.Channel 2 television said Saturday that police were preparing for widespread arrests. The Israel Prisons Service was emptying entire wings in as many as four jails in preparation for accepting detainees.While a time has not been finalized for the evacuation, the state has said it will not take place during nighttime hours or without advance notice, due to the presence of women and children at the site.Most of the supporters gathered at the site are committed to non-violent resistance of the evacuation, according to residents. But the many hundreds who spent the weekend with the residents included dozens of activists connected to the far-right “hilltop youth” movement, who turned up with tires and rocks to block the access road to the outpost, as well as spikes to slow down military vehicles, Channel 2 reported. The tires on a van belonging to Channel 1 television were slashed Saturday night.A dozen or so youths protested outside the nearby Ofra settlements late Saturday. During the protest one minor was arrested for assaulting a Border Police officer, according to officials.A more convivial atmosphere could be felt among the protesters themselves, as they distributed soup and hot drinks to one another on the cold winter night.Amona’s residents this week rejected a compromise proposed by the state to relocate them to adjacent land on the same hill.Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu on Friday posted a video on his Facebook page in which he addressed the residents of Amona, calling on them not to fight the imminent evacuation. The settlers have threatened non-violent resistance, but some have warned that they will not able to control all who come to help them resist.He called on Amona residents to act responsibly, and “not to harm IDF soldiers and security forces under any circumstances. They are our sons, the apples of our eye, they are dear to all of us and keep all of us safe. There is no place for violence.”Opposition leader Isaac Herzog also called Saturday for the outpost residents and their supporters to refrain from attacking the security forces. But he also struck a less conciliatory note, saying that Zionism was not “a land grab.”Defense Minister Avigdor Liberman, meanwhile, warned earlier this week that there would be zero tolerance for any attacks on members of the security forces.
In last-ditch bid, government offers new compromise for Amona relocation-Under revised deal, state will provide immediate temporary housing on an adjacent plot for 24 families instead of 12; outpost residents to vote on agreement Sunday morning-By Judah Ari Gross and Raoul Wootliff December 18, 2016, 8:29 am-THE TIMES OF ISRAEL
In a last-ditch effort to prevent a forced evacuation of the West Bank outpost of Amona, the government on Saturday night presented residents with a revised agreement that would see twice as many families stay on the hilltop, as compared to a previous proposal rejected by the settlers last week.Under the agreement, presented by Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, Education Minister Naftali Bennett and Yossi Dagan, head of the Shomron Regional Council, 24 families would receive mobile homes on a plot meters from the outpost — as opposed to the 12 in last week’s offer — while the remaining families would be given temporary residences in the nearby settlement of Ofra.The deal came as at least 1,000 people gathered in Amona in a show of support for the illegal outpost as the court-ordered December 25 deadline for its evacuation loomed.As with the earlier deal, the government promised to work towards a more permanent solution with the possibility of creating a settlement in the area, in exchange for a pledge by the residents that they would leave their homes peacefully, in compliance with the court order.Residents were to begin debating the proposal at 8:00 a.m. Sunday morning and were set to cast a vote on whether to accept the plan at 10:00 a.m, a spokesman for the settlement said. They reportedly have until noon to provide the government with their response.-“Everyone just needs to sit and be patient now,” the spokesman said.If accepted, the government would again request a one-month postponement for the evacuation from the High Court of Justice. The court has denied the request before, but with the residents agreeing to the terms of the new proposal, “all the lawyers think the court will accept it,” Likud MK Yehudah Glick told The Times of Israel.Although the final date for the evacuation was set just seven days from Sunday, the High Court it is obligated to rule on an extension as long as it is presented before the December 25 deadline, according to a spokesperson for the court.Netanyahu and Bennett did not meet directly with the Amona residents to present the deal. Instead, Netanyahu’s aide, Yoav Rabinovitch, acted as a go-between with the settlers, Glick said.“And then at about 12:30-1:00 [Saturday night], there was a meeting between Netanyahu, Bennett and Dagan, where they put together the whole thing in writing,” he said.Following marathon talks last Tuesday, residents voted 59-20 against a similar deal that enabled just 12 of the some 40 families living in Amona to receive housing on an adjacent plot. Residents said they rejected that deal because “the government didn’t really commit to anything” and would only agree to a plan that ensured every family could move to a home immediately.On Sunday morning, Avichai Boaron, the head of the campaign for the Amona residents, said the current deal was “much better” than the one previously presented-But “this deal also has risks and we will have to ask ourselves if we are willing to take that risk in order to move forward,” he told Army Radio.Glick was optimistic about the prospects of the deal being accepted by the Amona residents, but the Likud lawmaker had also been upbeat about the previous deal, which the outpost voted down by a wide majority.The original agreement outlined a five-week timeline for residents to move to the alternate plots but also included a clause saying that the state will provide temporary accommodation in the nearby Ofra settlement in the event that “there is a delay in the implementation.”On their part, the residents would have to sign a declaration, which Jewish Home party sources said was legally binding, that they would leave their homes peacefully, avoiding a repeat of the violence that followed the destruction of several permanent buildings in the outpost in 2006.“We the people of Amona accept — and we will let the court know — that this plan is acceptable for us and that we will leave the area of the settlement peacefully and without violence and we will not oppose the fulfillment of the court order, on the date the political leadership will decide,” the document that had been rejected by the residents last week read.
IDF troops said gathering near Amona as evacuation deadline looms-Security forces reportedly will not remove residents during nighttime hours; police bracing for large number of arrests-By Times of Israel staff December 17, 2016, 7:40 pm
Large numbers of Israel Defense Forces soldiers gathered Saturday night near the illegal West Bank outpost of Amona, which the High Court has ruled must be emptied by December 25 and which is expected to be evacuated in the next few days.Security forces have been training in recent weeks for the evacuation of the outpost, which is built on privately owned Palestinian land, and whose residents have vowed to resist removal. The settlers this week rejected a compromise proposed by the state to relocate them to adjacent land on the same hill.Channel 2 television said Saturday that police are preparing for widespread arrests during the evacuation. According to the television report, the Israel Prison Service has emptied entire wings in four jails ready to absorb any detainees from the evacuation.While a time has not been finalized for the evacuation, it will not take place during nighttime hours or without advance notice, due to the presence of women and children at the site, Channel 2 said.The Srugim website reported that infantry soldiers from the Givati Brigade were bused into the nearby outpost of Giv’at Asaf as Shabbat ended.The website quoted a resident of Amona, Rabbi Giora Brenner, as saying that dozens of troops arrived in two buses and six or seven military vehicles. Brenner said the incident was unprecedented in the 15 years he has lived in the outpost.Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu on Friday posted a video on his Facebook page in which addressed the residents of Amona, calling on them not to fight the imminent evacuation. The settlers have threatened non-violent resistance, but some have warned that they will not able to control all who come to help them resist. Hundreds of supporters have made their way to the outpost in the past few days.“Dear residents of Amona, my heart is with you,” Netanyahu said in the video. “You are going through a tough time, you and your families and the rest of the people of Israel.”“The government is committed to settlement in Judea and Samaria,” Netanyahu said, referring to the West Bank by its biblical name, “We are committed to it more than any government in the history of the country,” he added.The prime minister said he and his ministers have made “every effort” to find a solution that would allow to leave the settlers in their current homes. “We have devoted days and nights to this, with dozens of discussions, we raised creative solutions, outside the box solutions,” but none were accepted.He called on Amona residents to act responsibly, and “not to harm IDF soldiers and security forces under any circumstances. They are our sons, the apple of our eyes, they are dear to all of us and keep all of us safe. There is no room for violence.”The prime minister then turned to parents from Amona, saying their protest “is understood, but this is not the place for the presence of boys and girls, or young teens.”
Rivlin on Ghattas: Israel can protect itself against plotters of evil-President says if allegations of security breaches against Arab MK are proven true, it shows a ‘cynical abuse’ of parliamentary privileges-By Times of Israel staff December 19, 2016, 4:30 pm
President Reuven Rivlin said on Monday that if allegations that Balad MK Basel Ghattas smuggled phones to inmates in Israeli prison are proven true, he should be stripped of parliamentary immunity and punished severely.“Cynical abuse of the freedoms given to Knesset members with the intent to destroy Israel’s security is shameful,” Rivlin said, in a speech at the Israel Democracy Institute, referring to Ghattas. “Israeli democracy knows how to protect itself against those who plot evil.”Attorney General Avichai Mandelblit has authorized police to question Ghattas under caution for alleged security breaches. The MK is suspected of smuggling cell phones to the prisoners at Ketziot Prison, south of Beersheba in southern Israel.Police told Channel 2 that they believe Ghattas may have also, on at least one occasion, smuggled in SIM cards for the prisoners, hidden in a hollowed-out book.One of the prisoners that Ghattas is alleged to have met with is Walid Daka, who was sentenced to 37 years for the 1984 abduction and murder of 19-year-old IDF soldier Moshe Tamam.Tamam’s mother, Gila, said on Monday that “any lawmaker who helps those who killed my son has blood on his hands.” She said that nobody can bring her son back, but all efforts must be made to prevent further terror attacks.Meretz party head Zehava Galon called on Ghattas to resign, branding his alleged crimes “extremely severe.” She compared the Arab MK to Jewish Home MK Nissan Slomiansky, suspected of sexual offenses, who announced on Sunday that he has suspended himself from the chairmanship of the Knesset Law, Justice and Constitution Committee.“Just like Slomiansky, [Ghattas] should go home,” Galon said. “However, while the public demand for an MK to resign is legitimate, in these two cases the use of the impeachment law is wrong.”The Balad Party is part of the Knesset’s Joint (Arab) List and has three of the Joint List’s 13 seats.The Knesset House Committee, which decides on the immunity of Knesset members and requests for lifting it, will meet Monday morning to discuss the allegations against Ghattas.According to Hebrew media reports, the two members of the Joint (Arab) List who are on the House Committee will not attend the meeting. MKs Ahmad Tibi and Abdullah Abu Maaruf are part of the 16-member committee.
Hamas blames Israel for killing its drone expert in Tunisia, vows revenge-The blood of Mohammed Al-Zoari, shot dead on Thursday, ‘will not be spilled in vain,’ terror group warns-By Times of Israel staff and Avi Issacharoff December 17, 2016, 7:30 pm
Hamas on Saturday evening blamed Israel for Thursday’s killing of Mohammed Al-Zoari, a Tunisian aviation scientist and engineer who developed the terror groups unmanned drones, and vowed revenge.Accusing Israel of the assassination, Hamas’s military wing, the Izz ad-Din al-Qassam Brigades, said Zoari’s death constituted an attack on it, Army Radio reported. It said he had “acted against Israel, in the defense of Palestine.”“Qassam Brigades mourns the martyr of Palestine, martyr of the Arab and Muslim nation, the Qassam leader, engineer and pilot Mohammad Zawari, who was assassinated by Zionist treacherous hands on Thursday in Sfax,” the statement posted on the group’s website said, according to a Reuters translation. “The enemy must know the blood of the leader Zawari will not go in vain.”Earlier on Saturday, Hamas officials confirmed Zoari, 59, was a central figure in its weapons manufacture, calling him a pioneer in developing its unmanned drones.Hamas said Zoari had been a member of its military wing for the past 10 years. It published a poster showing Zoari with an unmanned drone in what appeared to be a training session. The poster bore the logo of Hamas’s military wing and referred to Zoari as a commander.Tunisian newspapers rushed Friday to blame Mossad for the killing of Zoari — who was shot dead at point-blank range in his car outside his home in the Tunisian city of Sfax.According to Channel 10, a senior Tunisian journalist said Mossad had been tracking Zoari for quite some time, and was responsible for his assassination.Zoari was an aviation engineer who specialized in unmanned aircraft. He was also affiliated with the Muslim Brotherhood in Tunisia, known to be rivals of the local government. His ties to the group compelled him to leave for Syria in 1991, only returning after the overthrow of former Tunisian president Zine El Abidine Ben Ali in 2011. (Tunisia’s Brotherhood-inspired Ennahda Movement issued a statement of condemnation and mourning after Zoari’s killing.) Zoari is known to have instructed would-be drone pilots near his home in the southern city.Channel 2 on Friday showed footage of Zoari working on what appeared to be small drones.A senior court official in Sfax, Murad a-Turki, said police had found two pistols, silencers and four cars apparently used in the killing.“According to our initial investigation, we found a connection to other elements who are now outside the country,” he said.Turki was quoted late Saturday saying that there was no evidence linking Israel to the death. He also said there were eight suspects in custody, most of them Tunisian citizens. One of those in custody was said to be a Tunisian journalist based in Hungary. Two other suspects, one a Belgian of Moroccan origin, were still being sought.The journalist was arrested Friday evening at the capital’s Carthage airport; she had previously interviewed the victim, Turki said.Security cameras at the scene had been tampered with or smashed, and therefore had no footage of the assassination, Tunisian radio reported late Saturday.An associate of Zoari, Karim Abed a-Salam, told Tunisia’s Channel 9 TV that Zoari had visited the Gaza Strip several times in recent years, entering through the tunnels that run under the Gaza-Egypt border. He said that Zoari served as a liaison between Hamas and the Iranian and Syrian governments. It was not immediately clear whether there was any truth to these claims.The Lebanese Al-Akhbar newspaper reported Saturday that Zoari had also assisted Lebanese terror group Hezbollah in the development of drone technology.The Mossad has been accused in the past of eliminating those who supply Palestinian and Lebanese terror groups with advanced technology, as well as having assassinated Iranian nuclear scientists.The most high-profile case was the death of Hassan Lakkis, who was the head of Hezbollah’s weapons research and development. He was shot and killed south of Beirut in 2013. Hezbollah leader Hassan Nasrallah blamed Israel, but Jerusalem denied any involvement.In Dubai, in 2010, Mahmoud al-Mabhouh, a key Hamas missile purchaser and importer, was assassinated in his hotel room in a killing widely attributed to Mossad.Tunisia, as of Saturday evening, had not pointed a finger of blame at Israel.Israel had no official comment on the matter.AP contributed to this report.
Arab party under fire for supporting Assad on Aleppo-Hadash chair issues clarification after head of its Communist faction calls regime actions in city ‘turning point in defeating imperialist assaults’-By Times of Israel staff December 17, 2016, 10:59 pm
The Hadash party — one of four parties that makes up the Joint (Arab) List faction in the Knesset — came under fire after one its officials declared support for the Syrian government’s brutal advance in Aleppo.The comments on the Hadash Facebook page written Friday by Adal Amar, who heads the party’s Communist faction, also stirred angry debate over its position on the Syrian civil war.“The reunification of the city of [Aleppo] from terror organizations is a turning point… in defeating the imperialist and reactionary assaults on nations of this region,” Amar wrote.“The reunification of [Aleppo] ends plans to divide Syria, and reflects the failure of US, Turkish, Saudi and Qatari strategy and their inability to continue protecting terror organizations that devastated Syria and ruled over civilians with terror,” he said.The comments sparked an angry discussion between party members and left-wing activists over where Hadash loyalties lie when it comes to Syria. Hadash activists told the Haaretz daily on Saturday the backlash to Amar’s post was the result of internal differences between party members over radical and more moderate ideologies.The online row prompted Hadash leader Ayman Odeh, who also heads the Joint List faction in the Knesset, to clarify that the party does not support either Syrian President Bashar Assad or the rebel factions.“Neither I nor the Joint List support the Assad regime. We support the people of Syria, and support a free and democratic government,” Odeh said in a statement.He said the ongoing fighting was rooted in rule of a decades-long authoritarian regime that gave way to “a popular battle for democracy that any person of conscience and morality must support.”But, Odeh said, supporting Syrian rebels was not an option given the inclusion of radical Islamist groups.“This battle has unfortunately been hijacked by savages like the [al-Nusra front and the Islamic State] so it is not possible to remain human and side with such dark forces,” he said.The head of the left-wing Meretz party, Zehava Galon, slammed Hadash for Amar’s post, saying its “ongoing support of Assad and [Russian President Vladimir] Putin is a stain on their party, almost as Aleppo itself is a hideous blot in the world’s conscience and a disastrous failure of the international community.”Aleppo has been ravaged by some of the worst violence of the nearly six-year Syrian civil war that has killed more than 310,000 people.In the last week, Syrian forces, backed by Russia, drove out the last remaining rebel-held enclaves in a brutal onslaught that is said to have killed hundreds.Meanwhile, thousands of trapped civilians and the last remaining opposition fighters in Aleppo were waiting for evacuations to resume on Saturday, a day after the operation was suspended by the Syrian government.
US church shooter won’t use ‘Jewish invented’ psychology in defense-Facing death penalty for killing 9 worshipers in Charleston, Dylann Roof will not call in mental health experts in bid to save his life-By Jeffrey Collins December 19, 2016, 1:39 pm-THE TIMES OF ISRAEL
COLUMBIA, South Carolina (AP) — Dylann Roof doesn’t want jurors to consider his mental health when they decide next month whether he should face the death penalty for killing nine black Charleston church worshipers, according to a handwritten motion he filed.Roof’s decision late Friday to not call mental health experts to testify isn’t too much of a surprise. In his hate-filled, racist journal read to the jury during his trial, Roof said his doesn’t believe in psychology.“It is a Jewish invention and does nothing but invent diseases and tell people they have problems when they don’t,” Roof wrote.Roof, 22, is acting as his own lawyer during the penalty phase of his trial, which starts January 3.The same jury that convicted him Thursday on 33 charges including hate crime and obstruction of religion will decide if Roof is sentenced to life in prison without parole or death for the massacre on June 17, 2015, at Emanuel African Methodist Episcopal church in Charleston.In his handwritten note, he said: “I will not be calling mental health experts or presenting mental health evidence.”Roof’s lawyers unsuccessfully tried to stop him from being his own lawyer, saying he was a high-school dropout and that they feared Roof fired them because he was afraid the attorneys would present evidence that would embarrass him and his family when trying to save his life.Prosecutors are expected to present evidence showing that Roof picked his victims because of their race, killed them to incite more violence, showed no remorse and killed three particularly vulnerable people who were 70 years old or older, according to court papers.State prosecutors have also said they will seek the death penalty against Roof in a separate trial on nine murder charges, likely to begin sometime next year.
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