News From Israel and the Middle East
Hamas Lawmaker: Koran Says We Must Massacre Jews
March 24, 2014 — Israel National News reports: “A lawmaker from Hamas recently called for a ‘massacre’ of Jews, explaining that Koran indicates that this must be done.
In a televised address the lawmaker, Yunis Al-Astal, also said that Jews must be forced to pay the ‘jizya’ tax, which under the strict Islamic Sharia doctrine, non-Muslims living under Muslim sovereignty must pay in return for the ruler’s protection. Jihadist rebels who have taken control of areas in Syria have imposed such a tax on Christian minorities.
Al-Astal’s address aired on March 6 on Hamas’s Al-Aqsa TV. It was translated by the Middle East Media Research Institute (MEMRI).
‘In today’s show, we will discuss the demand that the Palestinian people recognize [Israel] as a Jewish state, so that the occupation will graciously hand them out scraps. I would like to begin by quoting what Allah said about them: ‘The worst of beasts in the sight of Allah are those who disbelieve. They are the ones with whom you made a covenant, but they break their covenant every time,’’ said Al-Astal.
‘The obvious question is: What is the solution to this gang of people? The Al-Anfal chapter of the Koran provides us with the answer,’ he continued. ‘After He said: ‘They are the ones with whom you made a covenant, but they break their covenant every time,’ Allah added: ‘If you gain mastery over them in a war, use them to disperse those who follow them that they may remember.’ This indicates that we must massacre them, in order to break them down and prevent them from sowing corruption in the world. They are the ones who still spark the flame of war, but Allah has taken it upon Himself to extinguish it.’…” (This headline was predicted by God’s Old Testament prophets and our Lord Jesus hundreds of years ago – Jeremiah 30:7; Matthew 24:9; John 16:2. In Ezekiel 38 and 39 the battlefield for Armageddon is mentioned 18 times as Israel fights over Jerusalem – Zechariah 14:2. See the next three reports.)
Fatah Calls For Renewed Terrorism Against Israel
March 27, 2014 — Israel National News reports: “A senior member of Palestinian Authority (PA) Chairman Mahmoud Abbas’s Fatah faction spoke at a televised ceremony in support of Abbas last Monday, where he declared Fatah is on the brink of leaving peace talks and returning to armed combat.
Tawfiq Tirawi, a Fatah Central Committee member, said at the Jericho ceremony ‘we in this movement have not cast down the rifle and have not let go of the rifle. The rifle is here!’
As for current peace talks, Tirawi remarked they are only ‘one of the methods of struggle. But the rifle is here, and it can burst forth at any moment.’ The comments, made on official PA TV, were translated by Palestinian Media Watch.
The theme was likewise seen in a cartoon posted on Fatah’s official Facebook page two weeks ago, which showed a small boy pulling the hand of a man bearing a rifle, wearing a military uniform and a keffiyeh headscarf. The child says ‘we have missed you, come back.’…”
Palestinians new list of demands: PM must agree to East Jerusalem as capital
April 3, 2014 — YnetNews.com reports: “The Palestinians have compiled a new list of demands for the continuation of peace talks, ranging from the release of some 1,200 Palestinian prisoners to a written commitment by Israel accepting the Palestinian state along the 1967 border with East Jerusalem as its capital.
The list was presented to the PLO Thursday by Chief Palestinian negotiator Saeb Erekat and Mohammed Al-Aalul, a Fatah central committee member, and indicated a hardening of positions by the Palestinians as talks falter…”
Barkat: The world must take Jerusalem off the negotiating table forever
April 6, 2014 — The Jerusalem Post reports: “Jerusalem Mayor Nir Barkat addressed The Jerusalem Post Annual Conference in New York on Sunday, speaking out against the division of the capital as part of a peace deal.
‘The world has to take Jerusalem off the negotiating table forever,’ Barkat said.
The mayor argued that Israeli-Arabs were better off than many of the Arabs in surrounding Arab states.
‘If you tell them we are going to carve their village out of Israel, they would kill to stay in Israel,’ Barkat claimed.
After touting economic advancements in the capital, including in east Jerusalem, Barkat said that soon ‘a vast majority’ of the Arab population of Jerusalem would want to remain in an undivided Jerusalem that was part of the Jewish state…”