Wednesday, April 19, 2017
ALLIES KNEW OF HOLOCAUST IN 1942.2 YEARS BEFORE PREVIOUSLY ASSUMED.
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
Allies knew of Holocaust in 1942, 2 years before previously assumed, UN documents prove-UK, US, Russia were aware of millions killed by Nazis, new book says, shedding damning light on refusal to take in refugees or try to halt slaughter-By Times of Israel staff April 18, 2017, 12:20 pm
Recently released documents show that the Allied forces were aware of the scale of the Holocaust some two years earlier than previously assumed. They did little to stop the deaths or rescue the victims.The unsealed United Nations files show that the US, UK and Russia knew as early as December 1942 that two million Jews had been massacred and millions more were at risk of being killed, Britain’s Independent newspaper reported on Tuesday.Despite that knowledge, the Allies did not accept refugees or take action to prevent the slaughter.“The major powers commented [on the mass murder of Jews] two-and-a-half years before it is generally assumed,” Dan Plesch, author of the new book “Human Rights After Hitler,” told the Independent.In December 1942, UK Foreign Secretary Anthony Eden told the British parliament, in a statement on behalf of the UK, the US and the Soviet governments, that the Nazis were in the process of exterminating the Jews. Eden said that a similar statement was also being read out in Moscow and Washington at the same time.“The German authorities, not content with denying to persons of Jewish race in all the territories over which their barbarous rule extends, the most elementary human rights, are now carrying into effect Hitler’s oft-repeated intention to exterminate the Jewish people,” Eden said in the statement.Plesch, a University of London researcher, said the Allies presumably learned of Nazi Germany’s actions “when they discovered the concentration camps, but they made this public comment in December 1942.”Plesch reiterated the charge that the Allied powers did very little to save the Jews.In March 1943, based on reports from Europe, the Archbishop of Canterbury William Temple, head of the Church of England, pleaded with the British government to accept Jewish refugees who were in danger of being massacred.“In view of the massacres and starvation of Jews and others in enemy and enemy-occupied countries,” Temple wrote to the House of Lords, the government should offer its “fullest support for immediate measures, on the largest and most generous scale… for providing help and temporary asylum to persons in danger of massacre who are able to leave enemy and enemy-occupied countries.”Yet Viscount Cranborne, a minister in prime minister Winston Churchill’s war cabinet, said that Britain was not in a position to accept large numbers of refugees, and that while the government sympathized with the situation, it had to take care of its own citizens first.Plesch’s book is based on an archive from the now-defunct United Nations War Crimes Commission, which was sealed for 70 years. He said that it was through the intervention of Samantha Powers, former US ambassador to the UN, that he was able to access the files.Join us for the #booklaunch of Dr Dan Plesch's 'Human Rights After Hitler' (4 May): https://t.co/NEk9aNUx3a @GUPress #humanrights pic.twitter.com/ReUCrfYjgS— The Wiener Library (@wienerlibrary) April 13, 2017-There are other proofs that the Allies knew the extent of the Holocaust already in 1942. For example, the Yad Vashem Holocaust memorial states in a report to the UN that “During 1942, reports of a Nazi plan to murder all the Jews – including details on methods, numbers, and locations – reached Allied and neutral leaders from many sources.”However, Plesch said that the new research provides a “cartload of nails to hammer into the coffins” of Holocaust deniers.
US defense chief to visit Israel, Saudi Arabia to talk war aims-On Mideast tour this week, James Mattis looking for new ideas in US bid to ‘defeat extremist terror organizations,’ Pentagon says-By Robert Burns April 18, 2017, 12:46 am-THE TIMES OF ISRAEL
WASHINGTON (AP) — US Defense Secretary James Mattis is looking to the Middle East and North Africa for broader contributions and new ideas to fight Islamic extremism as the Trump administration fleshes out its counterterrorism strategy.His trip to the region this week includes stops with longstanding allies Israel and Saudi Arabia, and new partners like Djibouti.As the administration enhances its efforts, Mattis has made a point of consulting counterparts around the world. His goals include expanding the American-led coalition against the Islamic State group in Iraq and Syria, but also combating al-Qaeda, whose Yemen branch is posing particular worry as it uses ungoverned spaces in the Arab world’s poorest country to plan attacks on the United States.In announcing Mattis’s trip, the Pentagon said last week he would be discussing ways to “defeat extremist terror organizations.”Mattis is starting his travels Tuesday in Riyadh, where he is expected to meet senior Saudi leaders. Saudi Arabia is leading a coalition that is fighting Iran-backed rebels in Yemen. The coalition’s airstrikes began two years ago but haven’t driven the Houthi rebels from the capital and large parts of Yemen they still control.The Trump administration is considering providing intelligence, aerial refueling and other military assistance to the United Arab Emirates, which is helping the Saudis. The UN says some 50,000 civilians have been killed or wounded in the three-year stalemate.Worries about IS aren’t limited to Syria and Iraq. Its influence has spread to Libya and elsewhere in North Africa. Mattis told a Pentagon news conference last week that he hoped to bring as many other nations as possible into the administration’s new strategy, which involves diplomatic and other non-military features. He said that plan was still in “skeleton form,” though it was being “fleshed out.”The Middle East’s landscape is getting more complicated.Syria’s alleged chemical weapons attack on April 4 prompted a US cruise missile strike, temporarily slowing the pace of Washington’s air campaign against IS in northern Syria.And a US airstrike April 11 killed 18 fighters associated with a US-supported Syrian rebel group. The US military’s Central Command said the strike was misdirected.Also last week, US forces in Afghanistan struck an IS stronghold near the Pakistani border with the 11-ton “mother of all bombs,” the largest US non-nuclear bomb ever used in combat.The Middle East is familiar turf for Mattis, a Marine veteran of the Iraq war who rose to four-star rank. He finished his military career as head of Central Command, which directs US military operations across the Middle East and Central Asia.On his weeklong trip, Mattis also is scheduled to visit Egypt and Qatar, the small Arab country that hosts the US military’s main Mideast air operations center. It will be his first trip to these countries since taking office in January. He also will make a brief stop at Camp Lemonnier in Djibouti in the Horn of Africa, which the US uses to fly sensitive drone missions over Somalia and Yemen. Mattis visited Iraq in February on his first trip to the Middle East as Pentagon chief.
Senior minister: Barghouti should have been executed-Reigniting debate over capital punishment for Palestinian terrorists, Yisrael Katz says death penalty would have prevented convicted murderer leading protest from inside prison-By Raoul Wootliff April 18, 2017, 10:22 am-THE TIMES OF ISRAEL
Intelligence and Transportation Minister Yisrael Katz said Tuesday that convicted Palestinian terrorist Marwan Barghouti should have been given the death penalty instead of life imprisonment for orchestrating murders during the second intifada. Barghouti is currently leading a hunger strike to improve conditions for security prisoners.Reigniting a longstanding debate over punishment for Palestinian terrorists, Katz tweeted Monday night that carrying out the death penalty would have prevented the hunger strike.“When a despicable murderer like Barghouti protests in prison for improved conditions, while the relatives of those he murdered are still in pain, there is only one solution — death penalty for terrorists,” Katz wrote.Speaking to 103.fm radio Tuesday, Katz said that the current law allows for the death penalty to be applied to convicted terrorists, but prosecutors have consistently refrained from seeking the punishment.On Monday, some 1,100 prisoners began a mass hunger strike called by Barghouti. The strike was scheduled to coincide with Palestinian “Prisoners Day,” an annual event held in solidarity with the more than 6,000 Palestinian security prisoners incarcerated in Israeli jails.Barghouti is the former leader of the Tanzim armed wing of Fatah and the founder of the Al-Aqsa Martyrs Brigade, a Fatah terror group. He was convicted in 2004 on five counts of murder and one attempted murder, and was implicated in and held responsible for four other terror attacks. He is serving five life terms for the murders, and an additional 40 years for attempted murder.Israel moved swiftly to try to foil the mass Palestinian prisoner hunger strike, transferring Barghouti to a different prison and putting him in solitary confinement.The punitive move also came after Barghouti published an opinion piece in The New York Times to explain the hunger strike launched Monday.Public Security Minister Gilad Erdan vowed on Tuesday not to negotiate with the hundreds of hunger-striking Palestinian detainees.“They are terrorists and incarcerated murderers who are getting what they deserve and we have no reason to negotiate with them,” Erdan told Army Radio. He said Barghouti had been placed in solitary confinement because calling for the hunger strike was against prison rules.“This is unacceptable situation,” Katz said. “Of course Barghouti should have been given the death penalty but instead of being given what he deserves, he is protesting for better conditions.”Even though capital punishment is technically legal in Israel, it has only been practiced once, in 1962, when high-ranking Nazi SS officer Adolf Eichmann was sentenced to death for his role in orchestrating the Holocaust.In 2015, the Knesset voted down a bill proposed by the Yisrael Beytenu party that would have enabled judges to sentence a terrorist to death, with Netanyahu ordering lawmakers from his Likud party to oppose the bill, saying it needed further examination from a legal perspective.The measure, proposed by then-Yisrael Beytenu MK Sharon Gal, would have made it easier for military and district courts to sentence to death those convicted of murder with nationalist motives.The bill had the support of a number of Likud lawmakers. At the time, however, then-attorney general Yehuda Weinstein indicated he would block the legislation.The death penalty bill was a key election promise from now-Defense Minister Avigdor Liberman ahead of the 2015 national elections, but he dropped a demand to renew the failed legislative effort during negotiations that led his Yisrael Beytenu into the coalition in May 2016.A spokesperson for Katz declined to say whether the minister would seek to renew the shelved legislation.
Netanyahu rips New York Times for Barghouti op-ed-Prime minister says calling terrorist jailed for murder a ‘parliamentarian and leader’ is like calling ‘Assad a pediatrician’-By Times of Israel staff April 18, 2017, 3:10 pm
Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu on Tuesday slammed The New York Times for publishing an opinion piece written by jailed Fatah leader Marwan Barghouti without noting he is serving multiple life terms for the murder of Israelis.The prime minister said that referring to Barghouti solely as a politician, as The New York Times did, would be akin to calling Syrian President Bashar Assad “a pediatrician.”“I read, on Sunday, the article in the New York Times that presents arch-terrorist Marwan Barghouti as a ‘parliamentarian and leader,'” said Netanyahu on a visit to the southern city of Dimona. “Calling Barghouti a leader and parliamentarian is like calling [Syrian President Bashar] Assad a pediatrician.”Netanyahu was corrected by a member of his audience who pointed out that Assad actually trained as an ophthalmologist. The six-year-long civil war in Syria has claimed hundreds of thousands of lives and displaced millions.Barghouti wrote his New York Times piece Sunday in defense of the mass hunger strike by Palestinian security prisoners he initiated on Monday.The Times issued a clarification on Monday, saying, “This article explained the writer’s prison sentence but neglected to provide sufficient context by stating the offenses of which he was convicted. They were five counts of murder and membership in a terrorist organization,” the paper wrote. “Mr. Barghouti declined to offer a defense at his trial and refused to recognize the Israeli court’s jurisdiction and legitimacy.”The prime minister said, “The paper retracted it because we pointed [the errror] out to them.”Barghouti is the former leader of the Tanzim armed wing of Fatah and the founder of the Al-Aqsa Martyrs Brigade, a Fatah terror group. He was convicted in an Israeli civilian court in 2004 on five counts of murder and one attempted murder, and was implicated in and held responsible for four other terror attacks. He is serving five life terms for the murders, and an additional 40 years for attempted murder.The prime minister continued, saying, “The [jailed terrorists] are murderers and terrorists. We will never lose our sense of clarity because we are on the side of justice and they are on the side that is neither just nor moral.“This moral clarity, the readiness to defend our country, the readiness to fight those who would destroy us, is one of our greatest strengths, alongside love of Israel.”Meanwhile Ayman Odeh, head of the Joint (Arab) Party, visited Barghouti’s wife and lawyer on Monday to show his solidarity with the hunger strikers.“I’m meeting with Fadwa Barghouti, the wife of Marwan Barghouti, his lawyer Elias Sabag and the team for the struggle for prisoners,” he wrote.In an apparent reference to Barghouti, Odeh ended his post with a demand for “freedom for political prisoners” and an “end to the occupation.”Other Israeli politicians had already criticized the New York Times for failing to say why Barghouti was jailed.In an op-ed published in The Times of Israel on Monday, Yesh Atid party leader Yair Lapid decried what he called The New York Times’ “intentional deception” of its readers by omitting any mention of Barghouti’s past.“Anyone who reads the column without prior knowledge of the facts will come to the conclusion that Barghouti is a freedom fighter imprisoned for his views. Nothing is further from the truth. The missing part of the column is that Marwan Barghouti is a murderer,” he wrote.Lapid said The New York Times had been exploited by Barghouti. “The attempt by The New York Times ‘to be balanced’ amuses Barghouti. He understands that this sacred attempt at balance creates equal standing between murderer and murdered, terrorist and victim, lie and truth,” added Lapid.Former Israeli ambassador to Washington Michael Oren called the op-ed “a journalistic terror attack” and called on Israel to take steps against the New York Times. “We need to defend ourselves” he told Army Radio.Oren, currently a deputy minister and a Kulanu MK, noted the op-ed was published on a Jewish holiday, which meant that the Israeli government could not respond to the article, which he said “was full of lies.”The Coordinator for Government Activities in the Territories (COGAT), which manages day-to-day relations between the IDF and the Palestinian population in the West Bank and the Gaza Strip, also attacked the newspaper for omitting Barghouti’s history.A post on COGAT’s Facebook page read: “By referring to him only as a political figure, the Times failed to point out that after a fair trial in 2004, Barghouti was convicted of murder and carrying out terrorist acts and was therefore sentenced to five life sentences and an additional 40 years in prison.”“Barghouti is a murderer of Israeli civilians,” it added.Barghouti has remained politically active from behind bars, and is often touted as one of a few likely successors to the 82-year-old Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas.Many Palestinians see Barghouti’s move as chiefly an internal power play in an attempt to send a message specifically to the Fatah leadership and to Abbas, who excluded Barghouti’s loyalists from a recent Central Committee meeting and did not give Barghouti the anticipated position of deputy head of the PA.
Syria’s Assad is an ‘arch-terrorist,’ British FM says-Boris Johnson says president has prompted ‘such an unquenchable thirst for revenge’ that he can never govern the country again-By AFP April 16, 2017, 5:05 am-THE TIMES OF ISRAEL
LONDON – Syrian President Bashar Assad is an “arch-terrorist” and it is time Russia realized he is “literally and metaphorically toxic,” British Foreign Secretary Boris Johnson said Sunday.Johnson said Assad’s ally Moscow still had time to be on the “right side of the argument,” in a Sunday Telegraph newspaper article.“Assad uses chemical weapons because they are not only horrible and indiscriminate. They are also terrifying,” Johnson wrote.“In that sense he is himself an arch-terrorist, who has caused such an unquenchable thirst for revenge that he can never hope to govern his population again.“He is literally and metaphorically toxic, and it is time Russia awoke to that fact. They still have time to be on the right side of the argument.”Johnson was widely criticized for failing to get the G7 to back his bid for new sanctions against senior Russian and Syrian figures following the chemical weapons attack in Syria’s Idlib province that killed dozens and caused an international outcry.But he said the chemical assault had changed the West’s stance on Syria.“The UK, the US and all our key allies are of one mind: we believe that this was highly likely to be an attack by Assad, on his own people, using poison gas weapons that were banned almost 100 years ago,” he wrote.“Let us face the truth: Assad has been clinging on. With the help of Russians and Iranians, and by dint of unrelenting savagery, he has not only recaptured Aleppo. He has won back most of ‘operational’ Syria.”Before the April 4 chemical attack, the West was “on the verge of a grim consensus,” which had now changed, said Johnson.The consensus had been that it would be more sensible to concentrate on the fight against Islamic State jihadists and to accept reluctantly that removing Assad, “though ultimately essential — should await a drawn out political solution.”A suicide car bomb attack on buses carrying Syrians evacuated from two besieged government-held towns killed 43 people on Saturday, as US-backed fighters advanced in their push towards the IS group’s Raqqa stronghold.
UK opposition Labour leader welcomes early election call-After PM Theresa May says national ballot will be held June 8, Jeremy Corbyn promises ‘effective alternative’ to current government-By Agencies and Times of Israel staff April 18, 2017, 6:18 pm
The head of Britain’s main opposition Labour Party, Jeremy Corbyn, said Tuesday he relished the chance to challenge the Conservatives after UK Prime Minister Theresa May called for an early general election on June 8.“I welcome the prime minister’s decision to give the British people the chance to vote for a government that will put the interests of the majority first,” Corbyn said in a statement posted to his official Facebook page.Corbyn said the elections will allow Labour to offer Britons “an effective alternative to a government that has failed to rebuild the economy, delivered falling living standards and damaging cuts to our schools and NHS.”Speaking to the BBC, Corbyn was undaunted when asked about his party’s poor results in recent opinion polls.“We’re going out there to put the case, to put the case of how this country could be run. How it could be different, how we could have a much fairer society that works for all, for everyone in our community. That the case we’re putting and I’m looking forward to doing it.”May’s surprise move came as Britain prepares for delicate negotiations on leaving the European Union.“We need a general election and we need one now. We have at this moment a one-off chance to get this done… before the detailed talks begin,” May said, despite having previously denied that she would call an early election.Speaking outside her Downing Street residence in London, May warned that “division in Westminster will risk our ability to make a success of Brexit.”She said parliament would be asked to vote Wednesday to decide on whether or not to hold an election.The dramatic announcement comes after months of tumult in British politics following the Brexit vote.A round of opinion polls over the weekend also showed her Conservative Party far ahead of the main opposition Labour Party. The Conservatives polled at between 38 percent and 46 percent, with Labour at 23 percent to 29 percent, according to the polls by YouGov, ComRes and Opinium.The poll lead had prompted many senior Conservatives to call for an election, particularly as May will need a strong parliamentary majority as she seeks to negotiate Britain’s exit from the European Union.The Conservatives currently have a working majority of just 17 from the last election in 2015 and some of their MPs have indicated they could vote against the government on key aspects of Brexit legislation.EU leaders except May are set to hold a summit on April 29 where they will agree on a strategy for negotiating Britain’s expected departure in 2019. The negotiations themselves are not expected to start until May or June at the earliest. The European Commission has said it wants the exit talks to be concluded by October 2018 at the latest.Britain’s next election was due to have been held in 2020 — a date enshrined in legislation according to which elections have to be held every five years in May.But the law can be overruled if two-thirds of lawmakers in the British parliament vote in favor of early elections — something that Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn has previously indicated he would do.Corbyn, a veteran socialist with support on the left of the party, won the Labour leadership in September 2015 after the party’s defeat in that year’s election.-High approval rating-Corbyn, 67, enjoys grassroots support from left-wingers but is opposed by most of the party’s more centrist lawmakers, who say that Labour under his leadership is not appealing to the middle classes.May, in contrast, has scored consistently well in terms of personal popularity and polls have shown approval of her handling of the run-up to Brexit negotiations.When asked who they thought would be the best prime minister, 50 percent of respondents in the YouGov poll said Theresa May and only 14 percent Corbyn.May came to power in July 2016 after her predecessor David Cameron resigned following the shock Brexit referendum vote in June for which he had campaigned for Britain to stay in the European Union.The 60-year-old vicar’s daughter is Britain’s second female prime minister after Margaret Thatcher and many commentators have drawn comparisons to the steely determination of the “Iron Lady.” May worked in finance, including at the Bank of England, before being elected as MP for the London commuter town of Maidenhead in 1997.As Conservative chairwoman in 2002, she made waves by suggesting the Tories were seen as “the nasty party” and needed to overhaul their image — something that they did under Cameron’s leadership.When the Conservatives won the 2010 general election, May was named home secretary, often seen as the hardest job in government and one that has wrecked a string of other political careers.
Chabad rabbi brutally beaten in Ukraine dies of wounds-Six months after violent robbery, Rabbi Mendel Deitsch succumbs to injuries, is laid to rest in Jerusalem-By Times of Israel staff and JTA April 16, 2017, 8:09 pm
A Chabad rabbi who was severely beaten six months ago at a train station in the western Ukrainian city of Zhytomir died of his wounds this weekend.Rabbi Mendel Deitsch was 64. He died in Israel where he was airlifted and treated following the attack days after Rosh Hashanah, which he spent in the Ukrainian town of Haditch, the resting place of Rabbi Schneur Zalman of Liadi, the founder of Chabad Lubavitch.Deitsch was robbed of his cell phone and money and beaten at the main train station in the early hours of October 7, 2016 and left unconscious. He was not discovered until hours later, suffering from multiple head injuries and brain trauma.Four people — two males and two females — were arrested for the assault two weeks later. According to local reports, two of them were minors.Deitsch was a longtime Chabad-Lubavitch emissary in France and later served in Israel.He had been in a coma since the attack at Tel Hashomer Hospital in Ramat Gan and never regained consciousness, according to Chabad.org, which added that he passed away on Saturday.Deitsch is survived by his wife and 11 children, and three brothers. He was buried on Sunday in Jerusalem.
Dutch city allows pro-Hamas event, bans counter protest-Israel’s embassy ‘greatly concerned’ by Rotterdam Mayor Ahmed Aboutaleb’s decision-By JTA April 18, 2017, 4:33 pm-THE TIMES OF ISRAEL
AMSTERDAM — In an unusual rebuke, Israel’s embassy in the Netherlands expressed “great concern” over the hosting in Rotterdam of an event organized by Hamas supporters.The embassy published the statement Friday ahead of Saturday’s gathering of several hundred people at a conference titled “Palestinians in Europe,” which the embassy said was a front for Hamas.Authorities had denied a request by pro-Israel activists to march in Rotterdam Saturday in protest of the gathering, which was organized by the Palestinian Return Center, or PRC, Het Paroool daily reported.Israel outlawed PRC for its alleged affiliations with Hamas in 2010. A 2011 report by the German Ministry of the Interior stated that “Hamas does not operate openly in Europe. Instead it uses, for instance, the Palestinian Return Center in London as a forum.”The European Union blacklisted Hamas and regards it as an illegal terrorist group.Rotterdam Mayor Ahmed Aboutaleb, a Labor politician who was born in Morocco to a Muslim family and has spoken harshly against anti-Semitism, declined requests by representatives of the Jewish community to ban the gathering. He said the Dutch National Coordination Board for Counterterrorism and Security authorized the event, though a board spokesperson denied this.Noting Israel’s concern over the gathering, the embassy’s statement (in Dutch) also addressed the rejection of the application for the march submitted by the Christians for Israel group. “At the same time, the silent march in Rotterdam, which is the least one can and should do against those who preach hate, extremism and terror, was not allowed to take place,” the embassy wrote.Recently, the Dutch government prevented senior Turkish politicians from campaigning in the Netherlands for a “yes” vote in a referendum in Turkey, which passed on Sunday. It gave new powers to the government of President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan.Whereas Israel routinely condemns recognition abroad of terrorist groups fighting it, its embassies rarely comment on administrative decisions in foreign countries, and especially not in friendly nations like the Netherlands.Several Dutch politicians also protested the decision to allow the conference to take place.“It defies logic that people are free to preach for subjugation, whereas a peaceful group like Christians for Israel is banned from performing a silent protest,” Joel Voordewind, a lawmaker for the Christian Union party, said Friday in a statement.Among the speakers at the PRC conference was Dyab Abou Jahjah, a Lebanon-born activist from Belgium whom a leading daily recently fired allegedly for calling for violent attacks on Jewish Israelis. He wrote on Twitter: “by any means necessary,” in reference to an attack in which a Palestinian terrorist plowed a truck through a crowd of soldiers visiting a popular tourist spot in Jerusalem.Jahjah — who after the 9/11 attacks of 2001 in New York spoke of his “feeling of victory” and who has called the heavily Jewish-populated city of Antwerp the “international capital of the Zionist lobby” — reiterated at the conference the statement that got him fired.“I know there are officers of justice in the room, waiting to write down things. Let me tell you from now on: I have no problem supporting the Palestinian resistance against occupation by any means necessary,” Jahjah said, as hundreds of listeners applauded.
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