Confident Hamas Claims Foreign Policy Independence After Tehran Visit

While it relies on money from Iran and Qatar to survive, a Hamas spokesperson recently claimed that Hamas’ leadership is independent and will not be expected to return political favors to external patrons, reports the Meir Amit Intelligence and Terrorism

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The West’s Big-Ticket Power Grabs

The assertiveness of supra-national organisations with a focus on global policy-making is direct threat to the sovereignty of the nation state, and a dilution of the power of the individuals within it. Most alarmingly, as MEP Marcel de Graaff neatly

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America’s Loyal Syrian Kurdish Allies Evade Annihilation

It would be strategic wisdom to maintain the small US presence in Syria while reducing the US profile in Iraq in order to forestall a looming demand by the Iraqi parliament for a total US withdrawal. Now it is probably too late because the Syrian Kurds

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Christian Girls “Are Now Our Slaves”: Muslim Persecution of Christians, October 2018

Gatestone Institute The Slaughter of Christians Nigeria: As many as 55 Christians and one church were torched following a Muslim attack on a crowded market in Kaduna state on October 18.  “A Muslim raised a false alarm about a thief in the market, which caused stampede, and then other Muslims started chanting ‘Allahu Akbar [the […]

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In Syria, Iran Sees a New Opportunity to Build a War Machine

If it goes ahead, Iran likely will view President Donald Trump’s decision to withdraw American forces from eastern Syria as a green light to build a new war machine in the region. But Iran also received a red light recently, apparently reminding it that

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Man sentenced to life with hard labor for attempting to sell land to Jews – “the enemy”

Headline: “A life sentence with hard labor for a person convicted on charges of selling land to the enemy in Jerusalem”

“In accordance with the instructions of clause 2/274 of the [PA] criminal procedures law, the [PA] Grand Criminal Court, which convened in Ramallah, convicted the accused I.A. on the charges attributed to him – an attempt to cut off part of the Palestinian territories and annex them to a foreign state [as described in] Penal Code Number 16 of 1960. Relying on the conviction and in accordance with the instructions of clause 2 of Decision with Legislative Force Number 20 of 2014, the court sentenced him to life with hard labor.
The lawsuit was submitted to the court on Dec. 23, 2018, and the verdict was given approximately a week later.”

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The PA’s Apartheid land laws

The prosecution of Palestinians for selling land to Jews is not new and enjoys overwhelming Palestinian support. (Dec. 31, 2018)

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Turkey’s War on Christian Missionaries

American Pastor Andrew Brunson and American-Canadian evangelist David Byle are among many Christian clerics who have fallen victim to Turkey’s aversion to Christianity. According to Claire Evans, regional manager of the organization International

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The Growing Poverty of Political Debate

The European Union, too, is clearly on the decline. Despite Pollyannish talk of creating a European army and closer ties among member states, the EU has lost much of its original appeal and faces fissiparous challenges of which the so-called Brexit is

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Palestinian law states that one who attempts to sell land to Jews will be sentenced to 5 years of hard labor, with a successful attempt warranting a life sentence with hard labor

Palestinian law states that one who attempts to sell land to Jews will be sentenced to 5 years of hard labor, with a successful attempt warranting a life sentence with hard labor

“Decision Number 20 of 2014 Regarding an Amendment of Penal Code Number 16 of 1960 and its Amendments

Clause 1:

The wording of clause 114 of Penal Code Number 16 of 1960 and its amendments will be canceled and replaced with the following wording:
1. Any Palestinian who has attempted through actions, speeches, publications, or another way to cut off part of the Palestinian territories in order to annex it to a foreign state or to bestow [said state] with a right or permit to it, or who has attempted to sell or lease part of the Palestinian territories to an enemy state or to one of its citizens or subjects – will be sentenced to five years of hard labor.
2. The one who commits this will be sentenced with a life sentence with hard labor if his actions described above bore results (i.e., the attempt succeeded).

Published in Ramallah on Oct. 20, 2014

Mahmoud Abbas
[PA] President of the State of Palestine
Chairman of the PLO Executive Committee”

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It’s OK for husbands, fathers and brothers to beat disobedient women, says Abbas` advisor

At very same time that the PA ran a campaign to stop violence against women, Abbas’ Advisor on Islam justified violence against women. (Dec. 30, 2018)

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UK Welcomes Extremists, Bans Critics of Extremists

In November, it was reported that the Pakistani Christian mother of five, Asia Bibi, was unlikely to be offered asylum by the British government due to concerns about “community” relations in the UK. What this means is that the UK government was worried

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The Other Intersectionality: Victims of Islamism

Similarly censored from today’s campuses is discussion of another, in various respects competing, intersectionality: That of the shared, intersecting, predicaments of today’s victims of Islamist aggression, including terrorism. Hamas’s operatives have

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For Some Palestinian Factions, Christmas is Either Manipulated or Banned

Palestinian factions in the West Bank and Gaza can’t make up their minds about Christmas. Some fabricate the holiday’s origins in an attempt to make it fit with their cause while others coerce their populations to outlaw it. The Al-Nasser Salah al-Deen

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Palestinians: Silencing and Intimidating Critics

Another Palestinian columnist, Sami Fuda, also denounced the Hamas crackdown on its critics. “Apparently, freedom of expression is unacceptable to the de facto rulers of the Gaza Strip,” he said. “The policy of intimidating and imprisoning writers will

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Turkey and EU: Can this Marriage be Saved?

In Freedom House’s democracy index, Turkey belongs to the group of “not free” countries, performing worse than “partly free” countries including Mali, Nicaragua and Kenya. Just as there cannot be a “not free” member of the EU there cannot be a member

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Pakistan Earned U.S. Designation as “Country of Particular Concern”

“Occupations deemed as ‘dirty’ and ‘shameful’ are reserved for Christians, and many believers are victims of bonded labor. Pakistan’s notorious blasphemy laws target religious minorities but affect Christians the most…”. — Open Doors. “Christians

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Dec. 2018 poll: Majority of Palestinians call other Palestinians who sell property to Israeli Jews in Jerusalem “traitors”; 64% say sales should be punished by the death penalty

   “An overwhelming majority of the public (88%) designate other Palestinians who sell property to Israeli Jews in East Jerusalem and other occupied territories as traitors while 9% call them corrupt and unpatriotic.
Three quarters believe that the current penalties for sale of property to Israeli Jews in East Jerusalem and other places do not provide a deterrence against such sales while 14% believe the current penalties provide a sufficient deterrent. When, in an open question, we asked the public to identify a deterrent punishment, about two-thirds (64%) said it is the death penalty while 22% said imprisonment.
Findings show that more than three quarters (78%) are dissatisfied and 17% are satisfied with the measures taken by the PA to deter sale of properties by Palestinians to Israeli Jews.”

Note: “These are the results of the latest poll conducted by the Palestinian Center for Policy and Survey Research (PSR) in the West Bank and the Gaza Strip between 12-16 December 2018… Margin of error is +/-3%.”
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Dec. 2018 poll: 43% of Palestinians blame Abbas and the PA for conditions in Gaza

Q: “Identify the party or side responsible for the worsening conditions in the Gaza Strip: Hamas, the PA and Abbas, Egypt, or others?”

The PA, Abbas, and “the reconciliation government” – 43% (West Bank 34%, Gaza 58%)
Hamas – 21% (West Bank 17%, Gaza 28%)
Egypt – 9%
Others – 20%

Note: “These are the results of the latest poll conducted by the Palestinian Center for Policy and Survey Research (PSR) in the West Bank and the Gaza Strip between 12-16 December 2018… Margin of error is +/-3%.”
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Dec. 2018 poll: Palestinians prefer Fatah’s Marwan Barghouti over Hamas’ Haniyeh

If elections were held today without Abbas:

Marwan Barghouti 29%
Haniyeh 24%
Mohammad Dahlan 6%
Rami al Hamdallah 5%
Khaled Mashaal 4%
Mustafa Barghouti 2%
Saeb Erekat 2%
Salam Fayyad 1%

Note: “These are the results of the latest poll conducted by the Palestinian Center for Policy and Survey Research (PSR) in the West Bank and the Gaza Strip between 12-16 December 2018… Margin of error is +/-3%.”
The entire poll can be found here

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