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Resources updated between Monday, December 31, 2018 and Sunday, January 06, 2019

January 6, 2019

Palestinian indenciary balloons discovered in Israel along the Gaza border, January 6, 2018.

Dozens of Incendiary Balloons Land on Gaza Border Document

January 4, 2019

UNESCO Headquarters

Good riddance to UNESCO Article

January 3, 2019

The UNESCO headquarters

"Israel's decision – along with the US – to leave the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization on January 1 is extraordinary. It represents a loss for UNESCO as well as a global tragedy, demonstrating how world heritage has been manipulated by politics.
Across the sea, former US ambassador to the UN Nikki Haley tweeted on January 1 that 'UNESCO is among the most corrupt and politically biased UN agencies. Today the US withdrawal from this cesspool became official.'
The problem with many UN organizations that are governed by member states is that since many of those states are hostile to Israel, or even openly anti-Jewish, the UN as a whole gets hijacked to a far-Right extremist agenda and ends up operating more like an old-boys club of bullies, than what it is intended to as set forth in its founding principles.

UNESCO is supposed to develop educational tools to help people live as global citizens free of hate and intolerance, but the opposite has happened, especially in relation to Jewish sites. For instance, in 2017 the Palestinians put forward Hebron for inscription as a World Heritage Site. The Palestinians purposely sought to exclude the Jewish history of the site, focusing only on the period after 1250 and downplaying the significance of the city to Jews. The Cave of the Patriarchs was purposely downgraded in favor of the 'Ibrahimi Mosque,' which was built atop the Jewish site.

UNESCO made the same manipulations in Jerusalem. In May 2017, Algeria, Egypt, Lebanon, Morocco, Oman, Qatar and Sudan submitted a resolution seeking to distance Israel's claims to Jerusalem. This is the method of UNESCO. Founded to work for peace, an alliance of mostly Islamic and Arab countries use the organization year after year to pass resolutions against Israel, and other countries do not do enough to stop them. It was in this toxic atmosphere that the US and Israel withdrew..."


January 2, 2019

French Jews hold Israeli flags, as they take part at a demonstration against UNESCO (File photo)

69 years after joining, Israel formally leaves UNESCO; so, too, does the U.S. Article

January 1, 2019

Police restrain a man after three people were stabbed at Victoria Station in Manchester on New Years Eve.

A man, "heard shouting Islamic slogans," stabbed three people at Victoria Station in Manchester, England on New Year's Eve with a 12-inch kitchen knife Document

December 31, 2018

The International Criminal Court’s headquarters in The Netherlands

"On December 26, 2018, Ambassador Alan Baker reported for the Jerusalem Center of Public Affairs:

The election of the Palestinian Attorney-General, Dr. Ahmad Barrak, to serve as a member of the 'Advisory Committee on Nominations' of judges of the International Criminal Court, if it were not so serious, could be seen as comical. It cannot but invoke the ancient Latin maxim 'ovem lupo commitere,' or in its literal and colloquial version 'to set the wolf to guard the sheep.'

This sums up the acute absurdity to which respected international institutions in the international community, and particularly the United Nations and the International Criminal Court, have descended. Sadly, they have permitted themselves to be abused and manipulated by an irresponsible Palestinian leadership, intent on hijacking international organizations for obvious and blatant political purposes....

The election of the Palestinian Attorney-General, Dr. Ahmad Barrak, to serve as a member of the 'Advisory Committee on Nominations' of judges of the International Criminal Court should be cancelled because while Dr. Ahmad Barrak acted as Attorney General of the Palestinian Authority, Human Rights Watch reported that the PA used threats, arbitrary arrests and violent abuse, including beatings, electric shocks and stress positions to crush dissent..."

The International Criminal Court appoints to its Advisory Committee on Nomination of judges a Palestinian Attorney-General who overlooked torture Article

UNESCO Headquarters in Paris, France

Israel, U.S. slated to leave UNESCO today to protest anti-Israel bias Article

Palestinian Authority security detaining an individual (File Photo)

A Palestinian Authority court in Ramallah on Monday sentenced a Palestinian American citizen to life in prison with hard labor for his involvement in the sale of properties to Israeli Jews.

The man, Isaam Akel, was arrested by the PA last October despite holding an Israeli ID card in his capacity as a resident of east Jerusalem.

The US State Department and the US Ambassador to Israel David Friedman had protested against the incarceration of Akel by the PA.

"Akel's incarceration is antithetical to the values of the US & to all who advocate the cause of peaceful coexistence," said Friedman on Twitter in November. "We demand his immediate release."

"We are aware of reports that a US citizen has been sentenced by a Palestinian court," a senior US official told The Jerusalem Post's sister publication Maariv. "When a US citizen is incarcerated abroad, the US government works to provide all appropriate consular assistance."

Palestinian sources said Akel, a resident of Bethlehem, had worked for the PA Ministry for Local Government before his arrest.

"The 55-year-old man, who is a US citizen, is being interrogated by the Palestinians security agencies in Ramallah for his role in the sale of an Arab-owned house in the Old City of Jerusalem to a Jewish organization," sources told The Jerusalem Post upon Akel's arrest.


Palestinian members of the al-Qassam Brigades, part of Hamas

IDF annual report: 1,000 rockets fired at Israel from Gaza in 2018 Document