Syrian patients leave mark on staff as they recover at Israeli hospital

Considering he’s lost 25 members of his extended family to the civil war in Syria and has difficulty walking due to injuries from a car bombing, Fadi (not his real name) looks remarkably relaxed.

He grins warmly as he greets The Jerusalem Post at his bedside at Ziv Medical Center in Safed. His self-assurance may stem from the fact that he knows he is getting good care.

Fadi, 45, arrived at Ziv late last week from southern Syria as the fighting that has taken more than 450,000 lives in six years raged on back home. He is one of about 800 Syrians to be treated at the hospital since February 2013, making Ziv the largest treatment center in Israel for wounded Syrians.

It is Fadi’s second stay in the hospital. He was evacuated here after the car bombing a year ago, when shrapnel was taken out and he had a metal apparatus placed on his leg.

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Report: East Jerusalem Christmas Tree Decorated With Photos of Palestinian ‘Martyrs’ Killed While Attempting to Murder Jews Attracts Enthusiastic Visitors, Including Greek Orthodox Archbishop

A Christmas tree in east Jerusalem decorated with photos of Arab “martyrs” killed while committing terrorist attacks against Jews has been attracting prominent Arab Muslims and Christians, Israel’s Channel 2 reported on Sunday.

According to the report, one such member of the Christian community was Theodosios, the Archbishop of Sebastia from the Greek Orthodox Patriarchate of Jerusalem, who told passersby about the importance of the Palestinian people’s struggle for their land and holy sites.

The tree, declared Theodosios – known more commonly in the West as Atallah Hanna — constitutes a “Christmas message” from “the heart of Palestine” — that “we are one nation defending one issue…standing firm and remaining in the holy land.”

Other people who stopped by to gaze at the tree — which resembles a similar evergreen erected last year on the campus of nearby Al-Quds University – were even more outspoken in their praise for terrorists, according to Channel 2. Some went as far as to laud those who died during the “Al-Quds Intifada,” a reference to the surge in Palestinian terrorism, which began in September 2015 and has been characterized by stabbings, car-rammings and other acts of violence against Israelis.

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PA President Abbas’ Fatah Faction Posts Bloody Cartoon on Facebook Apparently Thanking UN for Endorsing Terrorism Against Israelis

Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas’ Fatah faction posted a graphic on its official Facebook page on Saturday, suggesting that it was expressing gratitude to the UN Security Council for endorsing terrorism against Israelis, a Jerusalem-based research organization reported on Sunday.

According to Palestinian Media Watch (PMW), Fatah updated a cartoon that it had posted the day before the passage of the now infamous resolution, which declared Israeli settlement anywhere beyond the 1967 borders, including in east Jerusalem, illegal.

The original meme, PMW demonstrated, depicted a map of “Palestine” – covering the entire state of Israel – as a large knife being held by a stabber, in likely reference to one of the preferred methods of terrorism against Israelis during the course of the ongoing “lone-wolf intifada.” The perpetrator in the cartoon is stabbing the word in Arabic for “settlement.” The text above the drawing reads: “#Palestine will defeat the settlement” — indicating the settlement of Jews in any part of the entire country.

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Top minister urges annexation over anti-settlement vote

Amid reports that Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu could green-light fresh settlement construction in response to a UN resolution condemning Israel’s West Bank activities, a senior minister from his party said Saturday night that the time had come to annex parts of the territories unilaterally.

“There’s so much darkness and so much hypocrisy in the UN’s vote on Israel,” Public Security Minister Gilad Erdan (Likud) said at a public Hanukkah candle-lighting ceremony in Ramat Gan. “The Middle East is burning and who do they choose to attack? Israel. It’s hypocrisy and shamelessness.”

Continued Erdan, “We should make an effort to cut off all funding to the UN. We should announce the immediate annexation of the settlement blocs… We should renew construction throughout the land.”

It was a rare call for annexation from such a senior member of Netanyahu’s party, although Erdan is already on record supporting such a move. His comments came as Channel 2 news reported that the prime minister could announce new construction beyond the Green Line when he convenes his cabinet for its weekly meeting on Sunday morning.

Meanwhile, a controversial initiative to authorize West Bank outposts — previously postponed until after President-elect Donald Trump enters the White House on January 20 — was put “back on the table” following the US’s failure to veto Friday’s Security Council resolution.

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The Secret War of Agence France Presse against Israel

On July 15, 2016, after the truck ramming that killed 84 people in Nice, France, Agence France Presse (AFP) released a report entitled, “When Vehicles Become Weapons”. It is the duty of a large news agency such as AFP to list, for its customers, examples of countries that are suffering from vehicular terrorism.

Concerning Israel, we can read in the third paragraph: “In Israel and the Palestinian territories, car-ramming attacks have featured heavily in a wave of violence that has killed at least 215 Palestinians, 34 Israelis, two Americans, an Eritrean and a Sudanese since October last year”.

A naïve reader might understand that in Israel and Palestinian territories, Jews and Muslims — or Israelis and Palestinians — find it amusing to use their vehicles to kill innocent passersby. He might think also that Jews are far better players of this gamer than are Muslims, because they killed “215 Palestinians” against only “34 Israelis.”

As the website Honest Reporting noticed:

“In fact, the total number of Israelis who have committed car ramming attacks against Palestinians is exactly zero, but a reader would have no way of knowing that. To the contrary, the AFP’s language gives the incorrect appearance that more Palestinians are targeted by car ramming attacks than Israelis.”

Biased information about Israel in the French press is not an episodic occurrence. It is a systematic one. The main engine of this biased information industry is blatantly the Agence France Presse.

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With Obama Administration Abstaining, UN Security Council Approves Anti-Israeli Settlement Resolution

The UN Security Council voted 14-0 on Friday — with the US abstaining — in favor of an anti-settlement resolution that was vehemently opposed by Israel.

In a statement issued following the vote, Israeli Ambassador to the UN Danny Danon expressed disappointment in the Obama administration.

“It was to be expected that Israel’s greatest ally would act in accordance with the values that we share and that they would have vetoed this disgraceful resolution,” Danon said. “I have no doubt that the new US administration and the incoming UN secretary-general will usher in a new era in terms of the UN’s relationship with Israel.”

Furthermore, Danon declared, “Neither the Security Council nor UNESCO can sever the tie between the people of Israel and the land of Israel.”

The approved resolution demands, among other things, that Israel “immediately and completely cease all settlement activities” in the West Bank and East Jerusalem.

Ahead of Friday afternoon’s Security Council vote on the resolution, major Jewish and other pro-Israel groups mobilized in an ultimately futile effort to thwart its passage.

Following the vote, US President-elect Donald Trump tweeted tersely, “As to the UN, things will be different after Jan. 20th.”

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Israel urges Washington to veto resolution on settlements

The US would be in breach of its commitment to not back one-sided anti-Israel resolutions, if the administration were to allow an Egyptian-proposed resolution on settlements to pass Thursday at the United Nations Security Council, a senior Israeli official said.

Israel’s security cabinet was holding an urgent meeting in Jerusalem on Thursday evening ahead of the expected vote later in the day.

“We hope America doesn’t breach its longstanding commitment to advance peace through negotiations,” a senior official told The Times of Israel, speaking on condition of anonymity, hours before the vote. “If they don’t veto, it will be a last gasp by the Obama administration, as they expect policy to change with the new [Trump] administration. We hope President Obama stays true to his words in 2011 that peace won’t come through statements at the UN.”

At his speech to the UN General Assembly in September 2011, Obama declared: “Peace is hard work. Peace will not come through statements and resolutions at the United Nations — if it were that easy, it would have been accomplished by now.”

Over the last few months, as Jerusalem prepared for a possible anti-Israel resolution at the Security Council, Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu often quoted that passage from Obama’s speech, insisting that the White House block any effort to advance Israeli-Palestinian peace effort via international forums.

“The US should veto the anti-Israel resolution at the UN Security Council on Thursday,” Netanyahu wrote in a tweet posted early Thursday.

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