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Daily Mail UK: Malik Obama, the president’s Kenyan half brother, was photographed in 2010 at a public event in Yemen wearing a ‘keffiyeh’ – a special scarf – bearing two anti-Israel slogans of the terror group Hamas, it emerged today.
‘Jerusalem is ours – WE ARE COMING,’ reads one saying. ‘From the river to the sea,’ says the other statement. That rallying cry refers to Palestinian militants’ belief that the territory representing Israel, with the Jordan River to the east and the Mediterranean Sea to the west, rightfully belongs to them – and Israel should not exist.
The photo appears on the website of the Barack H. Obama Foundation, a group that Malik founded and manages, despite its lack of a connection with he U.S. president. The name in the organization’s title refers to the president’s father, the parent whom the two men share in common.
Malik Obama also serves as the executive secretary of the Islamic Da’wa Organization, a group created by the government of Sudan. While the White House has sought to distance President Obama from Malik and his other relations, the Kenyan told GQ in July 2013 that the two speak regularly.
‘Of course we’re close!’ he said. ‘I’m the one who brought him here to Kogelo in 1988! I thought it was important for him to come home and see from whence his family came – you know, his roots.’
Malik told Mail Online in March 2013 that his more famous half-brother is ‘always at the end of a phone line if I want to talk. I last saw him on November 19 last year, shortly after the U.S. election. I went to the White House and offered him my congratulations’.
The Barack H. Obama foundation made news in 2013 after the IRS was accused of delaying the tax-exemption applications of tea party groups and other conservative organizations because of their political beliefs in 2010 and 2011.
But the Barack H. Obama Foundation saw its application approved in just 28 days. The final determination letter was signed by Lois Lerner, the former official forced to resign over the tea party scandal.
Malik is a practicing Muslim, but his embrace of militant Islam, including Hamas – a U.S.-designated terrorist organization – is curious because he has expressed a desire to run for president in Kenya, a predominantly Christian nation. source – Daily Mail UK
“Pray for the peace of Jerusalem: they shall prosper that love thee.” Psalm 122:6
The bible is very specific that in the end of time, the world’s attention would not be focused just on Israel in general, but on Jerusalem in particular. It is the most fought for piece of property in human history. Palestinian president Abbas has no intention of letting it remain in Jewish control, and declared his hard line in a blistering speech today.
Too bad Abbas has never read the bible all the way through to the end. If he had, he would see that the Jews win in the end, and that the Messiah rules and reigns from David’s Throne in Jerusalem for 1,000 years of perfect peace.
In a fiery Ramallah speech, Palestinian president Abbas says ‘Palestinian people won’t kneel, and we tell the world, listen… without east Jerusalem as a capital of the state of Palestine, there will be no peace between us and Israel’
Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas sent a defiant message to Israel’s leadership and US mediators Saturday, telling cheering supporters that the Palestinians “won’t kneel” and won’t drop demands for a capital in east Jerusalem.
Abbas’ unusually fiery speech highlighted the wide gaps between him and Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu on the outlines of a peace deal. It also raised new doubts about the chances of US Secretary of State John Kerry to bridge those gaps in coming weeks and come up with a framework for an agreement.
Abbas adopted tough positions in the wide-ranging speech, saying that “there will be no peace” without a Palestinian capital in east Jerusalem and that he would not recognize Israel as a Jewish state.
On Saturday, Abbas spoke to several hundred Palestinians activists from Jerusalem whom he had invited to his headquarters in the West Bank city of Ramallah.
The crowd whistled, chanted and clapped as the normally low-key Abbas, widely known as Abu Mazen, struck a tough tone.
“I say, listen, listen, the Palestinian people won’t kneel, and we tell the world, listen, listen the Palestinian people won’t kneel,” he said at one point, drawing chants of “Abu Mazen, Abu Mazen.”
“Without east Jerusalem as a capital of the state of Palestine, there will be no peace between us and Israel,” Abbas said.
Abbas also reiterated that he will not recognize Israel as the homeland of the Jewish people. Netanyahu has raised such a demand, and there is growing expectation that it will be included in Kerry’s proposal.
“We will not recognize it,” Abbas said. “We will not accept and it’s our right not to recognize the Jewish state.” source – YNET
Riots in Israel mark anniversary
Marking thirteen years to the second Palestinian uprising (intifada), Palestinian protesters clashed with Israeli security forces in the West Bank, in Jerusalem and on the Gaza Strip border. Protesters hurled stones and burned tires in clashes across the West Bank.
An IDF soldier was lightly injured in Beit Ummar near Hebron from rocks, but did not need to be taken to hospital for treatment, the IDF said. Near Rachel’s Tomb in Bethlehem, some 100 protesters clashed with security forces, throwing makeshift grenades, according to Army Radio.
Some 80 protesters clashed with security forces in Kafr Qaddum, and have already been dispersed by the IDF.
In Nablus, Ma’an reported two Palestinians were injured at Huwara checkpoint, near the Itamar settlement. Several others suffered tear-gas inhalation, Ma’an reported. In Beit Furik east of Nablus, hundreds of Palestinians marched toward Itamar before clashing with IDF soldiers who fired tear gas, stun grenades, and rubber-coated steel bullets, Ma’an reported.
At least three Palestinians were injured in clashes outside Ofer prison in Qalandiya, Ma’an reported, where some 80 protesters threw rocks at security forces and burned tires.
Additionally, some 150 protesters demonstrated in Beitunia west of Ramallah, some 120 protested in Prigat junction, and some 250 rioted in Palestinian refugee camp Jalazone north of Ramallah, an IDF spokeswoman said.
Earlier in the day, the IDF dispersed a gathering of some 300 Palestinians near the Gaza border fence.
In central Gaza, protesters burned effigies of Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu and President Shimon Peres, as well as a model of the Jewish Temple. In Jerusalem, 13 Palestinians have been arrested in clashes with Israel Police in the Old City. One policeman was hit in the face by rocks, and received treatment on the scene, Army Radio reported.
Following the morning prayers at the Temple Mount stone throwing broke out outside of the old city’s Damascus Gate, in the east Jerusalem neighborhood Ras al-Amud, near the Rockefeller Museum and near the Church of All Nations, according to Israel Radio.
Palestinian militants and youth groups have called for a general uprising in response to the entry by Jewish groups under police escort to the Temple Mount, which is revered by both Muslims and Jews.
Police threw stun grenades to disperse small crowds of youths outside Jerusalem’s medieval walls.
Earlier on Friday police limited the entrance for Muslim worshipers to the Temple Mount to men over the age of 50 with Israeli IDs and in an attempt to prevent riots. On Tuesday the holy site was closed after police received threats of rioting by Palestinians at the compound.
Palestinian protests over a visit to the al-Aqsa mosque compound by then opposition leader Ariel Sharon in September 2000 spiraled into deadly clashes and a five-year Palestinian uprising, known as the second Intifada.
Palestinians oppose Jewish worship at the plaza, which overlooks the Western Wall, seeing it as a first step toward restricting access to the area for Muslims and a deepening of Israeli control over the Old City. Israeli and Palestinian negotiators resumed US-brokered peace talks in late July, ending a three-year stalemate.
But friction on the ground has risen during the High Holy Days, with Palestinian leaders complaining about swelling numbers of Jewish visitors, saying some of them try to defy an effective ban on praying on the vast esplanade.
“The uprising [in 2000] erupted when al-Aqsa mosque was stormed. They [the Israelis] are now raiding al-Aqsa every day,” a senior official with the Islamist Hamas group, Mushir Al-Masri, told thousands of supporters at a Gaza rally.
“We call upon our people to revolt against tyranny and aggression. Let a third Intifada be declared because this is the best way to teach the aggressors a lesson,” he said, adding that “every Jew” would be extracted from Jerusalem.
In a speech at the United Nations on Thursday, Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas made a public appeal for a halt to the al-Aqsa visits.
“There must be an end to the near-daily attacks on the religious sites in Occupied Jerusalem, at the forefront of which is al-Aqsa mosque, where the continuation of such attacks will have dire consequences,” he said.
Allies of Netanyahu have been among the most vocal advocates of Jewish prayer at the 35-acre site and the government has done little to stem the flow of visitors to the area.
Religious Jews revere the compound as the location of their ancient biblical temples. For Muslims, it is the place where Prophet Mohammed is believed to have ascended into heaven – the third holiest site in Islam.
Israel captured the site, along with the rest of east Jerusalem, the West Bank and Gaza Strip, in the 1967 Six Days War. The Jewish state then annexed east Jerusalem as part of its capital in a move never recognized internationally. source – Israel and Stuff
“To declare the name of the LORD in Zion, and his praise in Jerusalem;” Psalm 102:21
Go to any new iPhone running Apple’s new iOS7 operating system and tap to open the World Clock feature, just as you see in this image:
Tap the + sign to add a new time zone and scroll to the “J” section. What you will see there is Israel’s capital city, Jerusalem, with no country designation attached to it. It would seem that the same people who gave us the Genius Bar are incapable of knowing what country to attach Jerusalem to.
Or maybe they just hate Israel that much. Am Yisrael Chai.
Calls Israel an ‘old wound’
“The LORD doth build up Jerusalem: he gathereth together the outcasts of Israel. He healeth the broken in heart, and bindeth up their wounds.” Psalm 147:2,3
TEHRAN, Iran (AP) — Ahead of his inauguration, Iran’s new president on Friday called Israel an “old wound” that should be removed, while tens of thousands of Iranians marched in support of Muslim claims to the holy city of Jerusalem.
Hassan Rouhani’s remarks about Israel — which Iran considers to be its archenemy — echoed longstanding views of other Iranian leaders and could tarnish his image in the West as a voice of moderation in Iranian affairs.
New Iranian president Hassan Rouhani takes over
But no Iranian leader is likely to diverge from Iran’s longstanding denunciations of Israel and the remarks are not necessary evidence that Rouhani would roll back his support for calmer relations with the West, including possible one-on-one dialogue with Washington.
“The Zionist regime has been a wound on the body of the Islamic world for years and the wound should be removed,” Rouhani was quoted as saying by the semi-official ISNA news agency.
The president-elect also expressed doubts about the possibility of an Israeli-Palestinian peace deal even as the two sides resumed negotiations in Washington this week, ending a five-year freeze in Mideast talks.
“Israelis show a compromising face to the world but continue their expansionism in practice,” Rouhani said according to Fars, another semi-official news agency.
However, Rouhani’s official website later Friday published somewhat different comments, citing him only as saying that “the occupation of Palestine and Jerusalem … is a wound on the body of the Islamic world,” without any direct reference to Israel or saying that this wound should be removed.
The two versions of his comments could not immediately be reconciled.
Israel’s Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu promptly condemned Rouhani’s remarks. The Israeli leader has urged the world to step up pressure on Tehran to halt its disputed nuclear program with tougher sanctions and threats of military action.
Rouhani won a landslide victory in Iran’s June 14 presidential election and is to officially replace Mahmoud Ahmadinejad on Sunday.
“The real face of Rouhani has been exposed earlier than expected,” Netanyahu said. “This is what the man thinks and this is the Iranian regime’s operational plan … A country that threatens to destroy Israel must not be allowed weapons of mass destruction.”
Rouhani spoke at an annual pro-Palestinian rally marking “Al-Quds Day” — the Arabic word for Jerusalem — and although his remarks appear contrary to his outreach efforts to the West, they should also be seen in the context of internal Iranian politics where softening the establishment’s anti-Israeli stand is not an option.
Iran does not recognize Israel and has since the 1979 Islamic Revolution observed the last Friday of the Islamic month of Ramadan as “Al-Quds Day.” Tehran says the occasion is meant to express support for Palestinians and emphasize the importance of Jerusalem for Muslims.
Jerusalem’s eastern sector houses sensitive Jewish, Christian and Muslim shrines and is sacred to all three religions. Jerusalem is the holiest place in Judaism and the third holiest city in Islam, after the Saudi Arabian cities of Mecca and Medina.
Anti-Israeli rallies were held in cities and towns across Iran. In the capital, Tehran, tens of thousands took to the streets, chanting “Down with America” and “Death to Israel.” Some protesters also burned American and Israeli flags.
Outgoing President Ahmadinejad – who was known for vitriolic anti-Israeli rhetoric while in office, including calls that Israel be destroyed – spoke to the crowds after Friday prayers at the Tehran University campus in his last public speech before his term ends.
“You Zionists planted a wind but you will harvest a storm,” said Ahmadinejad. “A destructive storm is on the way and it will destroy Zionism.”
Israel has not ruled out a military option against Iran’s nuclear facilities, which the West suspects are geared toward making a nuclear weapon. Tehran denies the charge and insists its nuclear program is meant for peaceful purposes only. source – Yahoo News
RELATED AUDIO: America’s Next Great Enemy, The Muslim Brotherhood
At a gathering on the Temple Mount in Jerusalem marking the first Friday of the Muslim month of Ramadan, an imam from the Islamist Hizb ut-Tahrir organization incited a crowd of hundreds of Muslims calling for the destruction of America, France, Britain and Rome.
The fiery speech was made on July 12, 2013. The original Arabic video was translated by the Clarion Project and can be seen below.
The imam, Ismat Al-Hammouri, said a number of times, with the crowd repeating after him:
“Allah is Greater! Let America be destroyed!”
“The Caliphate is the answer!”
“Listen, Obama, we are a nation that does not bow down, and the Caliphate will return!”
“Listen, Obama, and the Caliphate will return!” source – Clarion Project
Archaeologists Discover King David’s Palace
Archaeologists have unearthed a palace in what they believe is the fortified Judean city of Shaarayim, where the Bible states King David battled the giant Goliath. The discovery of what is thought to be King David’s palace, measuring 1,000 square metres, was made by Hebrew University and the Israel Antiquities Authority.
Over the past seven years the teams have also uncovered a huge storehouse containing pots and artifacts that they believe proves the existence of a ruler in Judah in the tenth century BC. ’The ruins are the best example to date of the uncovered fortress city of King David,’ professors Yossi Garfinkel and Saar Ganor of Hebrew University said.
‘This is indisputable proof of the existence of a central authority in Judah during the time of King David.’
The biblical city of Shaarayim is thought to have become the modern city of Khirbet Qeiyafa, which is approximately 30 kilometres south west of Jerusalem. The professors said that the ruins are the two largest known buildings to have existed at the time of King David in Jerusalem.
They added: ’The southern part of a large palace that extended across an area of about 1,000 square meters was revealed at the top of the city. ’The wall enclosing the palace is about 30 metres long and an impressive entrance is fixed through which one descended to the southern gate of the city, opposite the Valley of Elah.
‘Around the palace’s perimeter were rooms in which various installations were found — evidence of a metal industry, special pottery vessels and fragments of alabaster vessels that were imported from Egypt.’
The archaeologists collected hundreds of artifacts at the site, including religious objects, seals, pottery and tools typical of the time. The palace is at the centre of the site and is higher than the houses lower in the city. The royal occupants would have had an excellent view of the land, stretching from the Mediterranean Sea in the west to the Hebron Mountains and Jerusalem in the east.
It is believed that much of the palace was destroyed 1,400 years after it was built when a fortified farmhouse was erected in its place during the Byzantine period.
Professors Garfinkel and Ganor said: ’The palace that is now being revealed and the fortified city that was uncovered in recent years are another tier in understanding the beginning of the Kingdom of Judah.’
The archaeologists also found a large pillared building which was used as an administrative storeroom. The professors said: ’It was in this building the kingdom stored taxes it received in the form of agricultural produce collected from the residents of the different villages in the Judean Shephelah.
‘Hundreds of large store jars were found at the site whose handles were stamped with an official seal as was customary in the Kingdom of Judah for centuries.’ They believe the palace and storerooms are evidence of state-sponsored construction and an administrative organisation during King David’s reign.
‘This is unequivocal evidence of a kingdom’s existence, which knew to establish administrative centres at strategic points,’ said Professors Garfinkel and Ganor.
‘To date no palaces have been found that can clearly be ascribed to the early tenth century BC as we can do now.’ The Israel Antiquities Authority said it hoped that the new discoveries will lead to the site becoming a national park. source – Daily Mail UK