First up, a question from a recent Twitter chat. “What are hashtags and how do I use them? ”
“The # symbol, called a hashtag, is used to mark keywords or topics in a Tweet. It was created organically by Twitter users as a way to categorize messages.”
How to #Hashtags:
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While Hamas and Islamic Jihad are continuing to exploit our teenagers in the Gaza Strip by training them to join the jihad against Jews and “infidels,” our leaders in the West Bank are committing a similar crime against Palestinian youths.
The Palestinian Authority (PA) leadership, headed by Mahmoud Abbas, who falsely describes himself as President of the State of Palestine, has been encouraging our teenagers to engage in the so-called “popular resistance” against Israel. But these leaders, including Abbas himself, are not willing to send their own children and grandchildren to participate in the “popular struggle.” As usual, our leaders want the children of others to take to the streets and throw stones and firebombs at Jews.
The “popular struggle” that the PA leadership is spearheading these days is anything but peaceful. In some instances, it has even proved to be lethal. Recently, Alexander Levlovich was killed after losing control of his vehicle in Jerusalem. Investigations showed that at least four Arab youths had pelted his car with stones, causing Levlovich to hit a tree.
During the past few months, hundreds of Palestinian teenagers from Jerusalem have been arrested for throwing stones and firebombs at Israeli vehicles. These teenagers have offered various explanations as to why they decided to take part in the “popular resistance” against Israel. Most of them said they wanted to protest against visits by Jews to the Temple Mount — an act described by our leaders as a “contamination” of Islamic holy sites. Mahmoud Abbas, who is by no means a devout Muslim, recently accused Jews of desecrating Al-Aqsa Mosque with their “filthy feet.”
Most MPs have returned to Westminster from their party conferences, but the Scottish National Party’s 55 MPs are currently away at their jamboree. The SNP has reason to celebrate after sweeping the board in Scotland, but tensions are rising as it looks ahead towards next year’s Holyrood elections over the timing of a second independence referendum. Jim Sillars, the party’s former deputy leader, has accused the leadership for trying to “smother” debate over a second vote and reducing the conference to a “happy, clappy outing for leadership speeches”.
Nicola Sturgeon has a tricky balance to strike in her talk of a second referendum, as she wants to keep her party’s tens of thousands of new members onside by sounding open to it, but she knows another vote would only be worthwhile if it was winnable. Former SNP leader Gordon Wilson backed her stance, arguing that referendum talk would be a “waste of time” as pro-independence campaigners “would lose it” given current levels of support. However, Iain Watson points to Labour research that suggests Scottish voters aren’t finding the idea of independence “particularly scary”, quoting one focus group member who told the party: “Ach, divorce costs money, doesn’t it?”
The SNP’s bid to portray itself as the “Real Opposition” in Westminster has been helped by Labour’s current chaos, as it is able to march its MPs through the voting lobby against the government with little fear of rebellion. By contrast, Wednesday’s vote on the budget surplus – which saw 21 Labour MPs directly defy Jeremy Corbyn – led one shadow minister to conclude that he has “lost control” of his party. Those 21 rebels are being trolled by Corbynistas after being ”named and shamed” by party whips, the Times reports, while one moderate MP gave a gloomy assessment of Labour’s current trajectory, according to the Sun, saying that “doomed would be a healthy place to start”. As Nicola Sturgeon drives the SNP towards its ultimate goal of independence, will she keep control of her own party?
“If you try to take Scotland out of the EU…the demand for a second independence referendum [may be] unstoppable.”
The November Man
David Cameron has promised to set out his EU renegotiation demands at the beginning of next month, after growing pressure from his counterparts to provide a detailed, written plan for Britain’s new deal.
Imagine All The People
Alan Yentob, the senior BBC executive who presided over the collapse of Kids Company, was last night accused of resorting to “alarmist rhetoric” over a series of stabbings and the death of a teenage boy to justify the record of the charity. Our sketchwriter Michael Deacon witnessed Yentob’s “day of embarrassment” when he was grilled by MPs, noting: “It was chaos from the start”.
A new wave of grammar schools is being planned across England after the Government gave the green light for the first new selective school in half a century. Former Labour adviser John McTernan thinks the party should push for a debate on grammar schools, as there is “no evidence that they are beneficial educationally and much that they are hugely damaging”.
Fight The Power
Energy Secretary Amber Rudd has declared her bid to cut energy bills is “not over yet”, and that she wants to see “more progress” by the big six energy giants to slash bills.
Glitch In The System
Victims of alleged child sex abuse who submitted accounts through the Government’s inquiry website were told their testimonies had been deleted because of a technical blunder. Meanwhile, Fraser Nelson has written in today’s paper about how Tom Watson “had the Met dancing to his tune for years – investigating his claim of a child abuse network involving Tory grandees.”
Conference In Your Own Time
MPs should not be allowed a three week break while they attend their “voluntary” party conferences, John Bercow has said.
Carry On, Nurse
Rules restricting the flow of nurses into Britain are to be lifted in response to widespread shortages of workers across the NHS.
The Mayor of London has knocked over a ten year old schoolboy during a game of rugby in Tokyo.
The statements in this article are formed from the Israelis I have met and is hopefully something which continues to hold truthful as my experiences broaden. The vast majority of Israelis, particularly young Israelis, have an idealized view of the United States. They believe that in the United States opportunities exist like nowhere else on Earth. They see the United States as being capable of achieving just about anything they decide to put the efforts towards. This is not to say that they approve of everything the United States does or does not do that concerns the Israelis. Despite their love affair with the United States, that love affair sours rather rapidly when one takes stock in how Israeli feel about the United States governance. There many Israelis have more difficulty understanding as they see the United States as capable of doing unbelievable good if only the government would allow…
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Last year, after a pro-government columnist tweeted news about this author, referring to him as “A Disgrace to Humanity,” several others joined the lynching on social media. “A sperm of Israel,” someone wrote. Another said: “Enmity to Islam spills from his face.” Someone else wished that I would travel to Gaza so that “the al-Qassam [Brigade] could shoot him right in the middle of his forehead.” Another campaigner invited “this ignoble, inglorious Zionist leftover to leave for Israel.” Someone else wished, “May he and his family be bombed.” And yet another offered a DNA analysis from a photograph: “He must be either Armenian or Jewish.”
All that was the new normal in Turkey’s increasingly militant, pro-Islamist media. Things are getting worse.
On January 24, 1993, a bomb placed beneath his car killed Ugur Mumcu, one of Turkey’s most prominent columnists and investigative journalists, who wrote for the daily Cumhuriyet. Mumcu was a secular leftist who persistently wrote on Iranian and Sunni Islamists and their clandestine operations in the Middle East, particularly in Turkey. Although a handful of Turkish operatives were brought to court for the Mumcu murder, the open-secret Iranian plot behind the assassination remains a mystery even after 22 years.
Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas’s speech Wednesday night was delivered not by a leader but by a man being led. The words were those of a man who has little hope and understands that his influence over what is happening these days is limited, a politician who realizes that he is losing the public’s support and may be reaching the end of his political life.
The speech may well come to mark the end of an era in the Palestinian territories. The Palestinian public, watching on TV at home, heard words that were uninspired and devoid of real content — as if for some reason the chieftain felt obliged to address his nation but had done so unwillingly, with nothing really to say. Besides more accusations against Israel and another lie – a big fat one, at that – there was nothing of note for either Palestinian or Israeli ears.
As soon as Abbas’s office told media outlets in the early afternoon that he was planning to make an important address at 8 p.m., speculation gathered pace.
Close associates of Abbas claimed they had no idea what new bombshell he might drop. Some suggested he would call to halt the violence and bloodshed. Others that he would announce his retirement, a move which would likely bring more violence.