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March 30, 2017
March 29, 2017
"Prime Minister and Foreign Minister Benjamin Netanyahu directed the Foreign Ministry today to take measures to reduce Israel's payments to UN institutions by USD two million following the recent adoption of resolutions hostile to Israel by the United Nations Human Rights Council (UNHRC).
These funds will be allocated to the expansion and extension of Israeli international development projects (through MASHAV, Israel's Agency for International Development Cooperation) in developing countries that support Israel in international institutions..."
ISIS have thrown a young man to his death from a rooftop and pelted him with rocks after discovering he was gay.
The barbaric mob released pictures of the public execution in Mosul which was carried out in the name of Allah and Islam through Sharia Law.
A crowd of people had gathered to watch the youth take his final breath and throw stones at him, all because of his sexuality.
The victim was blindfolded and hurled off the roof, according to Iraqi News, before he was stoned to death in the street.
Twisted ISIS militants had even lined the streets with rocks ready for locals to pelt the man with them when he hit the ground as seen in a graphic set of pictures.
It appears to be a common practice among the sick terror group and just four months ago, thugs hurled a prisoner from a rooftop before a baying mob of fanatics pelted his corpse with rocks - again for the 'crime' of being gay.
The victim was dragged to the top of a building in Maslamah City in war-torn Aleppo, Syria, having been accused of 'homosexual relations' in December.
He was then launched face first from the edge of the roof and plunged to his death inches away from a crowd of onlookers.
Although in a different country, the two executions were almost carbon copies of each other, with the victim blindfolded before being thrown to his death.
The same sort of punishment was handed to another man in May last year in Syria and in 2015 the UN estimated 30 men had been thrown to their deaths by ISIS for being gay.
Border guards shot dead an East Jerusalem woman who attempted to stab them outside Damascus Gate in Jerusalem's Old City on Wednesday afternoon, police said.
None of the Border Police officers were reported injured in the incident.
According to police, the woman approached the officers with a scissors before they opened fire.
She was pronounced dead minutes later by medics from the Magen David Adom ambulance service, a spokesperson said.
The Palestinian Health Ministry later identified the assailant as Siham Rateb Nimir, 49, from East Jerusalem.
According to Palestinian media, her son was Mustafa Nimir, who was shot dead by Border Police officers in September after an apparent misunderstanding at an East Jerusalem checkpoint.
Officers recovered the scissors from the scene, police said.
Border guards closed off some the entrances and exits to the Old City following the incident and cleared the areas surrounding them, pushing back bystanders.
In the past year and a half, the Old City, and the Damascus Gate in particular, has seen several attacks by Palestinians, and in one case a Jordanian national.
Earlier this month, an East Jerusalem man stabbed two Border Police officers near the Old City's Lions' Gate, moderately wounding them before they were able to shoot him.
Israel's security services believe that many of the stabbing and car-ramming attacks seen in recent years are not only ideologically motivated, but are a form of "suicide by cop," or "suicide by soldier."
Though a marked drop has been recorded by security officials in recent months, 40 Israelis, two Americans, a Palestinian and an Eritrean national have been killed in the spate of stabbing, car-ramming and shooting attacks that began a year and a half ago.
According to AFP figures, some 250 Palestinians, a Jordanian and a Sudanese migrant have also been killed, most of them in the course of carrying out attacks, Israel says, and many of the others in clashes with troops in the West Bank and at the Gaza border, as well as in Israeli airstrikes in the Gaza Strip in response to rocket attacks.
The spate of Palestinian attacks that began in October 2015 was dubbed the "lone wolf" intifada, as many of the attacks were carried out by individuals who were not connected to any terror group.
March 28, 2017
"Arab leaders are reportedly calling for the Arab League to recognize fighting against Israel as legitimate and not a form of terror at the group's annual summit in Jordan this week.
In preparatory meetings Monday ahead of the confab, which kicks off in Jordan on Wednesday, foreign ministers from the 22-member organization called for a distinction to be noted between "terrorism and legitimate resistance against the Israeli occupation," according to a report in Arabic daily al-Hayat.
The report did not specify what was meant by "resistance" or if the Israeli occupation referred only to areas beyond the 1967 armistice line or all of Israel.
The foreign ministers also praised the election of Hezbollah ally Michel Aoun as Lebanon's new president, saying he would help stabilize and unify his country. Last month, Aoun told Egyptian TV that Hezbollah was required to counter the Jewish state "as long as the Lebanese army is not strong enough to battle Israel."
The council also condemned the commemoration of the 100th anniversary of the UK's "shameful" Balfour Declaration,...
Key participants include King Salman of Saudi Arabia, Egyptian President Abdel-Fattah el-Sissi and Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas. UN Secretary General Antonio Guterres and Staffan de Mistura, the UN and Arab League envoy for Syria, are coming, along with US and Russian envoys...
Lawyers and human rights activists say Russian authorities in Crimea are increasingly imprisoning human rights activists in psychiatric hospitals and submitting them to psychological abuse.
Since the annexation of the region three years ago many ethnic Tatar activists who oppose the occupation have been arrested and subjected to abuse and imprisonment in outdated mental institutions, said Robert van Voren, a Dutch human rights activist and political scientist.
"The number of cases has increased considerably over the past few years, in particular against Crimean Tatars and Ukrainian activists who oppose Russia's annexation," he added.
Emil Kurbedinov, a prominent Crimean lawyer, said that between December and March 10 Crimean activists had been forcefully sent to a psychiatric hospital in Crimea. Four of them remained there, while the other six had been transferred to prison.
According to Kurbedinov, Crimean activists face appalling conditions in psychiatric hospitals. "Some are placed in isolation and are denied their basic needs, such as access to a toilet. Others are housed with multiple people suffering from severe mental health conditions.
"The activists are interrogated about their alleged involvement in 'extremism' and their views of the government. They are also deprived of the right to speak with their family, or meet their lawyer on a one-to-one basis without a guard being present. All of this violates international law," Kurbedinov said.
All the Crimean activists were arrested on suspicion of involvement in the Hizb ut-Tahrir organisation, which Russia has declared a terrorist group.
The Kharkiv Human Rights Protection Group (KHPG) asserts that there is no evidence to suggest that the organisation is connected to terrorism, nor is there any proof that the men were involved in the group.
According to KHPG, a further 19 Crimean activists are currently in custody, accused of involvement in Hizb ut-Tahrir.
Memorial, a Russian human rights organisation, has described all the activists in custody as political prisoners.
A new report presented on by Crimea SOS, a Ukrainian advocacy group, claimed a total of 43 Tatar activists have been abducted since the annexation – allegedly by Russian authorities. Of those, 18 are still missing and six have been found dead.
On 26 January, Kurbedinov, a defence lawyer, was himself detained in Crimea and accused of "circulating extremist material". Amnesty International said Kurbedinov was targeted because of his human rights work and called for his immediate release.
Kurbedinov said his eventual release was due to the support of ordinary people, activists and colleagues who "showed me that civil society is alive; that people are not indifferent to the violations of human rights".
Last year, Kurbedinov defended Ilmi Umerov, a Crimean Tatar activist who openly opposed the Russian occupation and was forcefully confined in a psychiatric hospital last August. Human Rights Watch criticised the case, calling it "a shameful attempt to use psychiatry to silence him and tarnish his reputation". Umerov was released 20 days after his confinement.
In the later decades of the Soviet era, psychiatry was used to systematically confine and punish dissidents. Under the current Russian president, Vladimir Putin, various cases of alleged punitive psychiatry have resurfaced, leading many to believe that the Soviet-era practice has returned.
The abuse of psychiatry in Russian criminal trials is not uncommon, according to Yuri Savenko, a psychiatrist and the head of the Independent Psychiatric Association (IPA) in Russia.
"Psychiatry is now part of a frequent procedure in criminal trials where there is no concrete evidence. [Rather than gather evidence] it is more economical in terms of effort and time to acquire a psychiatric evaluation," he said.
March 27, 2017
In his monthly briefing to the UN Security Council, UN "Special Coordinator for the Middle East Peace Process" Nickolay Mladenov claimed that the building of Jewish homes was "deeply concerning" and "highly worrisome" - while the murder of Israelis in Palestinian stabbing and car ramming attacks was merely "also a concern" and "also worrying." Mladenov's statement on March 24, 2017 was the first report to the Security Council since the adoption in December 2016 of Security Council Resolution 2334, which requires all states to distinguish in their dealings between "settlements" and Israel and for the Secretary-General to report on implementation of the resolution to the Council every three months. (Mladenov delivered the report on behalf of the Secretary-General).
In Mladenov's words:
"During the reporting period there have been no developments related to Member States' distinguishing, in their relevant dealings, between the territory of the State of Israel and the territories occupied in 1967... The January spike in illegal settlement announcements by Israel is deeply concerning. The large number of advancements, planned infrastructure development, legislative actions and moves to undertake large-scale demolitions against Palestinian communities in Area C, indicate a clear intent to continue expanding the settlement enterprise in the occupied Palestinian territory. In this light, the adoption of the 'Regularisation Law' was a highly worrisome development... Settlement expansion undermines the very essence of the two state solution. Resolution 2334 states that the international community will not recognize any changes to the 4 June 1967 lines, including with regard to Jerusalem, other than those changes that are agreed by the parties through negotiations.
The continuing deadly violence in Israel and the occupied Palestinian territory during the past three months also remains a concern. The recent increase in rockets fired from Gaza towards Israel is also a worrying development."