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December 10, 2017

The knife used in a terror stabbing

A Palestinian terrorist stabbed a security guard in the chest,  seriously wounding him, at the entrance to the Jerusalem Central Bus Station on Sunday, before being tackled by police and a passerby, officials said.

Graphic video footage from the scene showed the terrorist slowly handing his belongings to the security guard, who was checking travelers at the door to the station, before suddenly taking out a knife and plunging it into the guard's chest.

The terrorist then tried to flee the scene, but a police officer and civilians chased after him and tackled him to the ground. Police denied media reports that the terrorist had been shot or killed. He was taken into custody for further questioning.

Medics from the Magen David Adom ambulance service said they tried to stop the bleeding and applied bandages during the five-minute ambulance ride to the hospital.

The victim, 46, was taken to the capital's Shaare Zedek Medical Center for treatment where doctors were battling to stabilize his condition and save his life, said Dr. Ofer Merrin, the head of trauma center.

"The knife, unfortunately, hit his heart. His condition has stabilized, but I cannot say that there's not threat to his life because, like I said, he's in serious condition," the doctor said, adding that he was unconscious and connected to a respirator.

Minister of Public Security and Strategic Affairs Gilad Erdan blamed the Palestinian Authority for inciting terror attacks.

"This afternoon's terror attack in Jerusalem is a direct result of the ongoing incitement to terror by the PA and Fatah, which is working with Hamas to instigate violence," Erdan said.

"Abu Mazen continues to demonstrate that he is not a true partner for peace, and now that he has established a unity government with Hamas , he is responsible for Hamas' murderous incitement as well. I am praying for the quick recovery of the security guard who was wounded in the attack."

According to the Shin Bet security service, the suspected terrorist is a 24-year-old Palestinian from the northern West Bank, near the city of Nablus. His name was not released.

The 24-year-old Palestinian had a permit allowing him to work in the so-called "seam region," surrounding the West Bank, but not inside Israel proper, the Shin Bet said.

Security guard seriously wounded in Jerusalem terror stabbing Document

December 8, 2017

An ambulance in Sderot after a rocket explodes

A rocket fired from the Gaza Strip exploded in the Israeli town of Sderot Friday night, causing damage to several parked car.

"There was a huge explosion. I heard glass shatter and car alarms. The house's walls shook," a resident told the Ynet news website.

The rocket was the third launch of the evening, and came shortly after Israel struck Hamas targets in Gaza in response to the previous projectile-fire.

The Israel Defense Forces said it hit a training facility and a weapons depot belonging to the terror group.

The Hamas-run health ministry in Gaza said that 14 people were wounded, suffering what it described as light to moderate injuries. Reuters reported that as many as 25 people were wounded, including six children.

Witnesses told the news agency that most of the casualties were not Hamas men but civilians who lived in a building near the training camp.

Israel holds Hamas responsible for all attacks emanating from the Strip, which the terror group still largely controls despite handing over some power back to the Palestinian Authority.

The strike on Hamas positions came shortly after the army said its Iron Dome missile defense system intercepted a rocket fired from Gaza. Sirens blared in communities near the Gaza border soon afterwards, as a second rocket was fired. The army said it did not identify an impact.

The IDF said there were no injuries or damage from those earlier rockets.

The military had warned more rockets could follow, and told of the Gaza periphery to remain close to protected spaces and bomb shelters.

Earlier two Palestinians were killed in border clashes sparked by the deeply controversial declaration by US President Donald Trump recognizing Jerusalem as Israel's capital earlier this week.

A third man was in "very critical" condition after being shot in the head during the clashes, the Gaza health ministry said.

The Israeli army said around 4,500 Palestinians "participated in violent riots at six locations along the border with the Gaza Strip." It said troops shot at some of the rioters, but did not specify how many were wounded.

A number of rockets were fired at Israel from Gaza on Thursday, as Hamas leader Ismail Haniyeh called for a new Palestinian intifada, or uprising. An IDF tank and aircraft carried out retaliatory strikes on two Hamas positions.

The army sent soldiers to inspect the area for signs of impact, but, finding none, determined that the two rockets had not reached Israeli territory, a spokesperson said.

In the hours afterward, the Tawhid al-Jihad group claimed responsibility for the attack on social media. The small, radical group is affiliated with al-Qaeda.

The launches came five weeks after the Israeli military destroyed an attack tunnel belonging to the Palestinian Islamic Jihad terrorist group, which crossed into Israel from the Gaza Strip. In the blast and its aftermath, 12 members of the terrorist group were killed, along with two Hamas operatives.

Last week, the Islamic Jihad launched a dozen mortar shells at an army post northeast of the Strip, causing no injuries but some damage to army equipment.

The military retaliated with six strikes on terrorist positions in Gaza, four of them belonging to the Islamic Jihad and two to Hamas, which rules the coastal enclave.

In a Wednesday address from the White House, Trump defied worldwide warnings and insisted that after repeated failures to achieve peace a new approach was long overdue, describing his decision to recognize Jerusalem as the seat of Israel's government as merely based on reality.

The move was hailed by Israel's Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and by leaders across much of the Israeli political spectrum. Trump stressed that he was not specifying the boundaries of Israeli sovereignty in the city, and called for no change in the status quo at the city's holy sites.

Trump also said the United States would move its embassy from Tel Aviv to Jerusalem, though he set no timetable for that.

Jerusalem's status is among the most difficult issues in the Israeli-Palestinian conflict, and the US's traditional position has been that it must be negotiated between the two sides.

While Israel has always considered Jerusalem its capital, with the prime minister's office and parliament building located there, countries have avoided recognizing it as such to prevent damaging hopes for a two-state solution.

The Palestinians seek the eastern sector of the city as the capital of their future state.

Third rocket from Gaza explodes in Sderot after Israeli strikes Document

December 6, 2017

December 5, 2017

International Criminal Court Fatou Bensouda (File photo)

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December 4, 2017

Michael Lynk at November 29, 2017 fundraiser for Canadian Friends of Sabeel

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Syrian Arab Air Force pilot Azzam Eid

ISIS terrorists have released horrific footage showing a Syrian pilot being burned to death – some 18 months after he was first captured.

Azzam Eid was seized in April last year after the regime shot down his Syrian Arab Air Force MiG 23 and he parachuted clear.

Graphic footage, filmed at an unknown date, has been released by ISIS commanders showing Mr Eid being burned alive.

The video shows Eid with his head clean shaven and wearing an orange boiler suit and with a chain around his neck that is held fight by a fighter.

He is then secured to a tree and his clothing set ablaze. The man can reportedly be heard screaming in pain while the fire consumes him. 

It was not clear when the killing occurred and IS did not give further details in the video. The film included old footage of IS fighters in Syria and Iraq. 

It is the second time they have used the method to kill a pilot and ISIS chiefs say that using fire is in revenge for the destruction that a plane's bombs wreak on the ground. 

The terror group shot down the Russian-built aircraft after it took off from the Al Dumayr military airbase east of Damascus in April 2016.

The Amaq news agency, which is affiliated to ISIS, said at the time that captured the pilot was from Hama.

Poor-quality video footage showed the remains of a burning aircraft. The aircraft is believed to have come down near Bir Al-Qassab, In December 2014, ISIS shot down a warplane from the US-led coalition striking the group in Syria and captured the Jordanian pilot alive.

The terrorists later burned pilot Maaz al-Kassasbeh alive in a cage and posted video footage of his death online. 

ISIS release horrifying execution video showing Syrian Air Force Pilot captured 18 months ago burned alive Document

The U.N. General Assembly (File photo)

"Approved in a 151-6 vote with nine abstentions, the United Nations (UN) General Assembly resolution stated that 'any actions taken by Israel, the occupying power, to impose its laws, jurisdiction and administration on the Holy City of Jerusalem are illegal and therefore null and void and have no validity whatsoever.'

The resolution was similar to previous Jerusalem-related measures passed in recent years by the UN cultural body UNESCO, which omitted the name 'Temple Mount' and only used the Muslim term for the holy site, 'Haram al-Sharif.'

The six countries that voted against Thursday's resolution were Canada, the Marshall Islands, Micronesia, Nauru, the U.S. and Israel. The nine countries that abstained were Australia, Cameroon, Central African Republic, Honduras, Panama, Papua New Guinea, Paraguay, South Sudan and Togo.

In addition to the Jerusalem measure, the General Assembly passed a resolution condemning Israel's control over the Golan Heights, calling the area Syrian territory and stating that Israeli 'occupation' is a 'a stumbling block in the way of achieving a just, comprehensive and lasting peace in the region,' despite the six-year-long civil war raging in Syria..."

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The Human Rights Council

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