‘Die Jews’: Antisemites Vandalize Historic Portland Synagogue

Antisemitic graffiti that defaced Portland’s Congregation Beth Israel, May 2, 2022. (Congregation Beth Israel)

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May 4, 2022


Death threat came just four days after the congregation marked Yom HaShoah.

By Pesach Benson, United With Israel

Members of Portland’s Congregation Beth Israel discovered threatening antisemitic graffiti on an exterior wall and scorch marks on the front doors on Monday morning, according to local Oregon media.

Beth Israel Rabbi Michael Cahana told local Channel 3 News the graffiti said, “‘Die Juden’ which is essentially a Nazi slogan, ‘death to Jews.’”

He also told The Oregonian that the death threat came just four days after the congregation marked Yom HaShoah, commemorating the six million Jews killed in the Holocaust.

“It’s easy for us in Portland to think this doesn’t happen around here. That we’re free of antisemitism and hate speech, but the reality is it’s very much a part of our world. It’s very much of a part of the Pacific Northwest,” he said.

“How poignant it is to have this just a few days after having our community’s Holocaust survivors in our sanctuary, where we were honoring their eyewitness, their experience. It really recommits us to being vigilant against antisemitism.”

The synagogue staff filed reports with the Portland Police Bureau and the FBI’s hate crimes coordinator. Police are investigating and have not disclosed if they have leads on suspects.

Beth Israel has also been in contact with the Fusion Center which works with law enforcement authorities to produce threat assessments, and with the Security Community Network, which spearheads efforts to boost security for North American Jewish institutions.

Oregon’s U.S. Senator, Ron Wyden, who is a member of Beth Israel, denounced the vandalism.

“Hate speech and vandalism must never be allowed to terrorize Portland or any community. I stand with Rabbi Cahana and our entire synagogue by adding my voice to his when he says we all must be vigilant against these attacks,” he tweeted.

Local clergy also stood in solidarity with the synagogue. Local minister Rev. Chuck Currie tweeted, “Such hatred has no place in the City of Roses- or anywhere. I stand with my friend and colleague Rabbi @michaelcahana, & all my Jewish brothers & sisters.”

According to the local website Patch, the vandalism is part of a growing trend of hate crimes over the last three years.

“As of April 30, [the Oregon Department of Justice] had received reports of 270 separate hate crime incidents. In 2020, there were 271 reported incidents all year,” it reported.

Beth Israel, a Reform congregation, is Oregon’s oldest synagogue. The congregation was founded in 1858 and the synagogue was built a year later as Oregon achieved statehood.

Most of Oregon’s 40,000 Jews live in the Portland area. According to the Beth Israel’s website, the congregation counts 855 member families.

The incident also came two days after Hamas’s Gaza chief, Yahya Sinwar, threatened attacks on “thousands of synagogues” around the world over Israeli security measures on the Temple Mount following Palestinian riots at the holy site.

In March, Congress included $250 million in grants for synagogue security as part of a $1.5 trillion omnibus spending bill.



Meanwhile, … it was reported that the pagan islamic center of Portland, Oregon was the victim of an attempted arson attack on 3 May 2022.

While CAIR’s Oregon Chapter Board Member Muz Afzal condemned the attack; as a co-conspirator with the IKWAN to incite an global intifada to overthrow Israel and the US and establish a world-wide al-qud’s Caliphate by committing genocide and imposing sharia … it is in no position to speak about bias or hate crimes – rather, the ummah must be prosecuted and deported …!

WATCH: Incitement Works, Terrorists Used Axe to Murder Jews

Hamas leader Yahya Sinwar, center. (AP/Khalil Hamra)

Yahya Sinwar

May 6, 2022


“Whoever does not have a gun should prepare his cleaver, axe or knife,” Gaza-based Hamas leader Yahya Sinwar declared. Terrorists apparently took the advice.

On Thursday evening, two axe-wielding terrorists murdered three Jewish men and wounded four more, two of them critically, in the central Israeli city of Elad.

Following the attack, Hillel Neuer, the director of UN Watch, tweeted: “We urged Human Rights Watch and Amnesty International to speak out. But their chiefs @KenRoth and @AgnesCallamard were too busy condemning Israel as racist.”


Terror on Israel’s Independence Day: 3 fathers murdered, 16 children orphaned

Terror victims, left to right: Boaz Gol, Yonatan Havakuk and Oren Ben Yiftah (Courtesy)

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May 6, 2022


The three murdered victims, all fathers in their 40s, were identified Friday morning as Yonatan Havakuk, Boaz Gol and Oren Ben Yiftach. Together, they leave behind 16 children.

By JNS.org and United with Israel Staff

Security forces continue Friday morning to search for the attackers who murdered three Israelis and injured at least four people, two critically, in the central Israeli city of Elad, not far from Petach Tikvah. The attack on Thursday night came as celebrations for Yom Ha’aztmaut, Israel Independence Day, were winding down.

The three murdered victims, all fathers in their 40s, were identified Friday morning as Yonatan Havakuk, Boaz Gol and Oren Ben Yiftach. Together, they leave behind 16 children.

Havakuk reportedly died while fighting one of the terrorists.

“My husband fought against them with great heroism and saved many lives. He fought with them for long minutes, which allowed many to flee the scene,” Havakuk’s widow posted in a Facebook group for residents of Elad.

A witness at the scene heard shouts of Allahu Akbar during the attack, according to Israeli media.

The suspects, who attacked people in the city’s central park by Ibn Gvirol Street, were believed to be armed with an ax and perhaps a firearm. With the aid of at least one helicopter, security forces are searching the area for the assailants. Elad Mayor Yisrael Porush told residents to stay inside while security forces were operating.

Jewish groups worldwide immediately responded to the news, offering prayers and support.

“When will the hatred and violence end?” said a tweet from the Friends of Simon Wiesenthal Center in Canada. “We are sickened to learn of yet another suspected terror attack in Israel, which has taken the lives of three people and injured several others. Our thoughts are with the victims and their loved ones.”

Agudath Israel of America tweeted that it is “horrified by the news of a terror attack in Elad, Israel. We are praying for the victims and their families.” They followed up that tweet with the text of Psalm 130, which many recite in times of trouble.

Stand With Us tweeted: “At least three innocent people were murdered in tonight’s deadly terror attack in Elad, central Israel,  #Israel, and at least 3 more are left fighting for their lives, as Israelis were celebrating Israel’s Independence Day. May their memories forever be a blessing.”

Rabbi Abraham Cooper, associate dean and director of global social action at the Simon Wiesenthal Center in Los Angeles, said: “No current peace partner in Holy Land. Palestinian leadership continues to praise and support terrorists, and reward them and their families for murdering and maiming Jews. It will stop when the world holds [Palestinian] leadership accountable for their incitement and support for terrorism.”

Biden Hires Anti-Semitic “Press Secretary”

Incoming Press Secretary Karine Jean-Pierre (Screenshot)

Karine Jean-Pierre

Biden Taps Anti-Israel Activist, CNN Spouse as White House Press Secretary

May 6, 2022


Karine Jean-Pierre has been open about her animosity towards the Jewish state.

By Adam Kredo, Washington Free Beacon

The White House announced on Thursday that Karine Jean-Pierre, a veteran anti-Israel activist who is married to CNN correspondent Suzanne Malveaux, will replace outgoing press secretary Jen Psaki, raising potential ethical quandaries.

The announcement drew celebratory headlines in the mainstream press: Jean Pierre is the first black woman and openly gay person to serve in the role.

But her relationship with a CNN reporter raises ethical questions about her new role. The White House did not respond to a request for comment about whether Jean Pierre would recuse herself in dealing with CNN. Malveaux’s colleagues include Valerie Jarrett’s daughter, CNN justice correspondent Laura Jarrett, and Israel ambassador Tom Nides’s wife, Virginia Moseley, who serves as CNN’s senior vice president of news gathering.

Jean-Pierre’s anti-Israel past—which includes a stint as senior adviser and national spokeswoman for MoveOn.org, a far-left anti-Israel group that advocates for boycotts of the Jewish state—is raising red flags in the pro-Israel community. The selection of an Israel critic is also likely to further strain ties with the pro-Israel community and Israeli government, which already is strongly opposed to the Biden administration’s efforts to ink a new nuclear deal with Iran.

Jean-Pierre has been open about her animosity towards the Jewish state. She has accused Israel of committing “war crimes” and has backed efforts to boycott the American Israel Public Affairs Committee, the United States’ most prominent pro-Israel lobbying shop, cheering Democrats in 2019 for boycotting the group’s annual gathering in Washington, D.C., for “boldly [chose] to prioritize diplomacy and human rights over the power of a lobbying organization.”

AIPAC, she claimed, helped the Trump administration “sabotage” the Iran nuclear deal and also “supported the group that’s credited with inspiring President Trump to enact the Muslim Ban and has been known to spread anti-Muslim racism.” She accused the group without evidence of trafficking in “severely racist, Islamophobic rhetoric.”

Ellie Cohanim, who served as the State Department’s deputy special envoy to monitor and combat anti-Semitism during the Trump administration, told the Free Beacon that Jean-Pierre’s promotion sends the wrong signal during a time of rising anti-Semitism.

“Joe Biden’s promotion of Jean-Pierre signals to all would-be Israel haters that their efforts will be rewarded with White House appointments and promotions,” Cohanim said. “At a time of rising anti-Semitism in America, Biden’s promotion of Jean-Pierre is exactly the wrong signal to send.”

“Promoting Jean-Pierre further proves the point that the Democrat party has become a breeding ground of anti-Israel hostility that goes right up to the White House,” Cohanim added.

‘Americans Should be Deeply Concerned’

“As a child of Holocaust survivors and as an American Jew, I am both appalled and frightened that Biden has chosen as his principal deputy press secretary, Ms. Jean-Pierre, who has shown essentially antisemitic hostility toward Israel and is willing to lie about and vilify Israel and Jews to promote her ugly Israelophobic agenda,” Mort Klein, CEO of the Zionist Organization on America, said in a statement.

“Americans should be deeply concerned that this outrageous, incomprehensible anti-Israel, pro-terrorist and pro-Iran appointment indicates the dangerous direction the Biden administration is going to take against America’s greatest ally Israel and U.S.-Israel relations,” Klein said.

One veteran pro-Israel community leader expressed shock that the president decided to hire Jean-Pierre.

“Jewish Americans will get slapped in the face every time they turn on the television and see someone standing at the podium who has said such vile things about Israel,” said the source, who would only speak candidly on background. “Just days after the [Anti-Defamation League] boldly declared anti-Zionism is anti-Semitism, the forces of radical left anti-Semitism got a boost from the President of the United States.”

MoveOn, the far-left group that Jean-Pierre worked for from April 2016 until August 2020, also pressed Democratic lawmakers to boycott AIPAC’s annual conference, as well as the organization itself. “[Democratic] candidates should be prepared for push back regarding their involvement with AIPAC,” a MoveOn spokeswoman told Politico in 2020.

MoveOn also has championed anti-Israel leaders in Congress, including Reps. Ilhan Omar (D., Minn.) and Rashida Tlaib (D., Mich.), who were the organization’s first endorsements in the 2020 election cycle.

The group also ran interference for Omar and Tlaib when they were accused of making anti-Semitic statements and stoking hatred of Jews. Democrats, the group said in 2019, “must stand strong in solidarity with Reps. Tlaib, Omar—stand up to Israel right-wing government for doing Trump’s racist, political dirty work.”

And when far-left activist Linda Sarsour was criticized for anti-Semitism, MoveOn came to her defense, tweeting that she “is a leader in the fight for justice for all of us.” MoveOn also defended Angela Davis, the notorious communist activist, as a “civil rights leader” after an award was revoked due to her anti-Semitic past.

‘ A Strong Voice Speaking for Me,’ Biden Says

Biden praised Jean-Pierre as a “talent” in a statement on the new hire.

“Karine not only brings the experience, talent and integrity needed for this difficult job, but she will continue to lead the way in communicating about the work of the Biden-Harris administration on behalf of the American people,” the president said in a statement. “Jill and I have known and respected Karine a long time and she will be a strong voice speaking for me and this administration.”

Can you imagine a world without Jews, Judaism, or Israel?

Israeli flag. Credit: Maxim Studio/Shutterstock.

Israeli flag. Credit: Maxim Studio/Shutterstock.

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Yom Ha’atzmaut 2022

Jonathan S. Tobin

Islamists, Palestinians and leftist peddlers of intersectional ideology and critical race theory dream of destroying the Jewish state. These are not harmless fantasies.

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It was in 1896 that Theodor Herzl published his groundbreaking book, The Jewish State, which launched the modern Zionist movement. Though his project was, as he noted in his book, “very old” and indeed rooted in the prayers of Jews for nearly 2,000 years, it would only be 52 years later that his vision was brought to life with the birth of modern-day Israel in May 1948.

That state turned 74 years old this week, and as Israelis observe Yom Ha’atzmaut—Israel Independence Day—they have much to celebrate. The country that came to life in 1948 had few assets and had to fight a bloody war of survival in which it lost 1% of its population fending off five invading Arab armies. Despite long odds and predictions of its doom—and never enjoying a day of peace in its history—the genius, and the blood, sweat, tears and toil, of the Jewish people allowed the state to prevail and ultimately thrive. Today, it is home to nearly half of the Jews in the world with a booming economy and a military that makes it a regional superpower. While, like any other country, it has plenty of problems, the journey from Herzl’s dream to the reality of contemporary Israel is one of the greatest human achievements of modern history.

Yet just as Jews once dreamed of a Jewish state, others dream of its disappearance.

These dreamers are an odd collection of Arab fanatics, Islamists, leftist ideologues and far-right crackpots. While the notion of erasing a powerful modern nation from the map is an absurd goal, they insist that their objective is no more unrealistic than Herzl’s. They’re right about that. In 1896, Herzl’s idea was seen by most sensible people as even more of a fantasy than the schemes of those who are currently plotting Israel’s demise.

During the remaining eight years of Herzl’s short life, Zionism was a project supported by only a tiny minority of Jews, who were themselves a tiny fraction of the world’s population. By contrast, anti-Zionism is now supported by most Muslims, many intersectional leftists around the world and every variety of anti-Semites, a category of persons that embraces a broad spectrum of political and religious beliefs.

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Advocates for Israel’s destruction don’t always openly speak of that objective the way the leaders of the Iranian government or Hamas terrorists routinely do. Some, like the editorial board of The Harvard Crimson, just talk about their desire for a “free Palestine” and their backing for the anti-Semitic BDS movement without mentioning that the goal of that effort is the end of the Jewish state. Others in the international community, like many so-called human-rights groups or the U.N. Human Rights Council, which has launched an open-ended Commission of Inquiry designed to back up the lie that Israel is an “apartheid state,” obfuscate their ultimate goal while doing everything they can to isolate Israel in the hope that it will collapse.

In the United States, the intersectional left embraces BDS discrimination against Israel and the Jews while pretending to be for coexistence even though their stands help to make peace impossible. This is rooted in an ideology that falsely compares the war against Israel to the struggle for civil rights in the United States, and claims that Jews and Israel are oppressors that benefit from, as critical race theory teaches, “white privilege.”

Some Jews join them. Groups like Jewish Voices for Peace and IfNotNow embrace measures that would doom Israel while backing blood libels against Jews that are no different than traditional tropes of right-wing anti-Semites. Others, like writer Peter Beinart, pretend that a binational state that would end Jewish sovereignty and self-defense is a more just solution to the problem of a conflict that one side—the Palestinians—doesn’t want to resolve.

Most Americans still back Israel and Zionism. But as support for intersectional myths grows within the left-wing of the Democratic Party and anti-Semitism becomes normalized, it’s clear that the battle to defend Zionism in American public forums has only just begun.

Yet on this 74th anniversary of Israel’s independence, it’s worth it to stop and imagine—for just a moment—what the world would look like if the dreams of the anti-Zionists came true and Israel disappeared.

Thankfully, any scenario by which this evil goal might be accomplished is highly unlikely, if not completely impossible to enact. Still, history is full of unlikely nightmares that few believed could happen.

Diving into this counterfactual world in which the Jews of Israel somehow lost the ability to defend their state, it’s not difficult to imagine what would ensure.

Contrary to those who predict that a binational state would bring peace and justice to the land between the Mediterranean Sea and the Jordan River, the Jews of Israel would be in the gravest possible danger without a Jewish government and an army to defend them. Some leftist Jews have made a fetish of powerlessness. But the lessons of 20 centuries of Jewish history prior to Israel’s founding tell us exactly what happens when Jews allow their safety to depend on the kindness of strangers.

Left at the mercy of Palestinian terror organizations, in addition to Islamist and nationalist Arab and Muslims who have never stopped preaching revenge for their past defeats at the hands of the Zionists, the Jews in the land of Israel (approximately 7 million souls today) would be decimated and subjected to pogroms and discrimination. The descendants of Jews who had survived the Holocaust in Europe or had been driven out of their homes in Arab and Muslim lands would again be forced to again flee for their lives.

As Dara Horn wrote in her recent book, the world loves dead Jews. A new generation of Jewish victims—as if the 6 million dead of the Holocaust and the many others who have been killed, wounded or otherwise traumatized by anti-Semitic attacks and terrorism since the end of the Nazi regime were not enough—might be viewed sympathetically by the world. But if the Jews lose the ability to defend themselves, it’s a stretch to think that even the friendliest of foreign powers would do it for them.

Nor would the suffering be confined to the Jews of Israel. If there is anything we should have learned from the last century of Jewish history, it is that the establishment of a Jewish state allowed every Jew in the world—whether or not they were Zionists, religious or in any way affiliated with the Jewish community—to stand up taller and be more respected by their neighbors. The collapse or destruction of Israel would have a devastating impact on the security of Jews elsewhere, leaving them more vulnerable than ever to a rising tide of anti-Semitic hate. Even those who are indifferent to or unaware of how much Israel has strengthened their position and pumped life into Jewish communities would soon understand that this would strip them of the pride and the security that a Jewish state had offered them. The end of Israel would set off a new dark age for world Jewry whose consequences are unimaginable to those who grew up in the last 74 years when Jews no longer thought of themselves primarily as victims or the objects of hate and scorn.

That is a nightmare scenario and one that will hopefully never come to pass. But we should keep it in mind whenever we encounter those who speak up for Israel’s elimination or for a BDS movement that seeks that end. Those who preach the end of Israel may think they are supporting human rights, but a proper understanding of their goal would force us to see that what they are doing is advocating for mass murder and the dispossession of the largest Jewish community in the world. A world without Israel would be one of Jewish suffering and victimhood and anyone who seeks that objective—be they on the left or the right, non-Jewish or Jewish—should be labeled as a would-be accomplice to genocide.

Jonathan S. Tobin is editor-in-chief of JNS (Jewish News Syndicate). Follow him on Twitter at: @jonathans_tobin.

‘Awe-inspiring’: Palestinian PM praises mother of 6 terrorists

May 3, 2022

‘Awe-inspiring’: Palestinian PM praises mother of 6 terrorists

PA President Mahmoud Abbas embraces Latifa Abu Hmeid, the mother of six terrorists, during a meeting in Ramallah, Jan. 12, 2022. (Al-Hayat Al-Jadida via MEMRI)

The Palestinian prime minister conveyed President Mahmoud Abbas’s blessings to the proud mother at an Iftar dinner at her home.


A mother of six terrorists is “awe-inspiring, standing as a mother who represents all the mothers of the prisoners,” Palestinian Authority  Prime Minister Muhammad Shtayyeh declared during a meeting with Latifa Abu Hmeid, the mother of six terrorists. Five are serving life sentences in Israeli prisons and one was killed during an attempted arrest by Israeli forces.

Shtayyeh and Ramallah District Governor Laila Ghannam met with “Um Nasser” Abu Hmeid at her home for an Iftar dinner at the end of a Ramadan fast day last month, during which Shtayyeh conveyed the blessings of PA President Mahmoud Abbas.

He “emphasized that the prisoners’ cause and making every effort to release them all from the occupation’s [Israel] prisons will remain at the top of the priorities of the [PA] leadership and government,” the official PA daily Al-Hayat Al-Jadida reported.

Shtayyeh “saluted Um Nasser for her resolve and her awe-inspiring standing as a mother who represents all the mothers of the prisoners, as she is defending our prisoners in the occupation’s prison and waving their flag in our consciousness and in our hearts.”

Palestinian Media Watch (PMW), which reported on the event, noted that the PA’s “lauding of Abu Hmeid because of her terrorist children is nothing new.”

In an event organized by the European Union  to celebrate International Women’s Day, and which was attended by EU Representative to the PA Sven Kuehn von Burgsdorff, Shtayyeh specifically singled out Abu Hmeid as “an example of a woman who is fighting and standing firm.”

Her sons are responsible for the murder of at least 10 Israelis.

Nasser Abu Hmeid, one of Latifa Abu Hmeid’s sons and the former commander of the Al-Aqsa Martyrs’ Brigades in Ramallah, is in critical condition suffering from advanced cancer. He was convicted for his part in the murder of seven Israelis and is serving seven life sentences and an additional 50 years.

Islam Yusuf Abu Hmeid, murdered an Israeli in May 2018 and is serving life in prison and an additional eight months; Muhammad Abu Hmeid is serving two life sentences and 30 years for involvement in terror attacks; Nasr Abu Hmeid is serving five life sentences for involvement in two terror attacks in which four were murdered, and arms dealing; Sharif Abu Hmeid is serving four life sentences for involvement in terror attacks in which four were murdered; Abd Al-Mun’im Muhammad Yusuf Naji Abu Hmeid, murdered one, and was killed by Israeli forces in May 1994.

Abu Hmeid has another three children at home.

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Arab “Palestinian” gun smugglers nabbed in $150K bust

May 2, 2022

Palestinian gun smugglers nabbed in $150K bust

Gun bust near Tel Arad (Courtesy: Israeli police)

Police say two men caught with 20 handguns were bound for Palestinian Authority-controlled cities.

By Lauren Marcus, World Israel News

Two Palestinian men were arrested by police in southern Israel on Monday morning after being caught in possession of some 20 handguns that were likely smuggled from Jordan.

The bust occurred near the Tel Arad archaeological site, which is close to the Bedouin town of Kseifa and just a few kilometers south of the Green Line.

Police said in a statement that they suspected the two men, both residents of Bethlehem in their 30s, were bound for Palestinian Authority-controlled cities in Judea and Samaria.

It was not clear how long the men had been in Israel or whether they had already sold weapons to Arab Israelis.

“We are determined to fight crime in Arab society and collect the illegal weapons,” Prime Minister Naftali Bennett wrote in a tweet.

“Police have now seized about 20 handguns in the Arad area. We will continue until we cleanse Israel of illegal weapons.”

The illegal weapons trade in Israel is extremely lucrative, and police estimated the value of the seized guns at some 500,000 shekels ($150,000).

While lawmakers, the police and government officials have all offered wildly varying numbers regarding the exact number of illegal guns in Arab-Israeli communities, it’s believed that there are several hundreds of thousands of illicit weapons held by criminals in the country.

In March 2022, Israeli police and IDF troops carried out a massive smuggling bust near the Jordanian border, seizing an estimated 2.5 million shekels ($750,000) of illegal drugs and 37 weapons.

In November 2021, police announced that 78 arms dealers were arrested in the Israel’s largest-ever weapons bust, which snagged some 40 rifles, 13 handguns, two machine guns, and two grenades. The sweep was carried out by 1,600 police officers, including Special Forces and Border Police troops, and took place in 25 mostly Arab municipalities throughout northern and central Israel.

Dubbed “Operation Ocean,” Northern District Commander for the Israeli Police Shimon Lavi said in a statement that the major sweep aimed to “drain the swamp and not just catch the mosquitoes.”

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Public Security Minister Omer Bar Lev reveals highly classified military info in radio interview

May 4, 2022

Public Security minister reveals highly classified military info in radio interview

Internal Security Minister Omer Bar Lev (Flash90/Miriam Alster)

Omer Bar-Lev casually states that a special forces commando was killed in Syria, information that was still classified at the time he said it.

By Lauren Marcus, World Israel News

Public Security Minister Omer Bar-Lev raised eyebrows on Tuesday when he revealed still-classified information about the death of an IDF soldier in a special forces unit, stating for the first time in which country the man had been killed.

Speaking to KAN Radio about his comrades killed in action, Bar-Lev casually mentioned that a Sayeret Matkal (reconnaissance unit) commando died during a secret operation in 1984.

“Barak Shar’abi was killed under my watch when I was the commander of the unit, somewhere deep inside Syrian territory,” Bar-Lev said.

That information had never been disclosed to the public, and Bar-Lev did not clear the sharing of those facts with the military before the interview.

Initially, Shar’abi’s parents were told that he died in a car accident.

Several years after the mission, Shin Bet officials informed the Shar’abi family that Barak had been killed behind enemy lines. Security Agency officials sat in on media interviews with them to ensure that details about the secret operation were not unwittingly shared with journalists.

This isn’t the first time that the lawmaker has spilled state secrets in a public setting. In 2014, Bar-Lev was suspended from the Knesset’s Foreign Affairs and Defense Committee for intentionally leaking classified information to the media.

Bar-Lev has recently struggled with his public speaking, and a number of his gaffes have made headlines.

After revealing the classified information on Tuesday, Bar-Lev told Channel 12 News that Israel has done an excellent job preventing terror attacks during Ramadan. “In the past month, no one was killed, and during the previous month, there were serious terror attacks,” Bar-Lev said.

Last Saturday, a security guard in Ariel was shot to death during a shift. Less than a month ago, three Israelis were murdered by a terrorist on a shooting spree while sitting at a bar on Tel Aviv’s Dizengoff Street.

Incidentally, in three attacks just a week earlier, ahead of Ramadan, terrorists massacred four people in Beersheba, two in Hadera and five in B’nei Brak.

When speaking at the funeral of one of the victims of the deadly Beersheba ramming and stabbing terror attack in March 2022, Bar-Lev pledged to hunt down and prosecute the perpetrator — despite the fact that the terrorist was shot and killed on the scene.

After arriving at the scene of the Bnei Brak terror attack in late March 2022, an angry mob of citizens surrounded Bar-Lev and he had to be extricated from the fray by police.

In April 2022, a poll by the Israel Democracy Institute (IDI) found that just 18 percent of Israelis said they have strong faith in Bar-Lev’s competence as Public Security Minister.

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Hamas delegation arrives in Moscow to discuss Temple Mount demands

May 4, 2022

Hamas delegation arrives in Moscow to discuss Temple Mount demands

Senior Hamas leader Moussa Abu Marzouk (L) and Russian Deputy Foreign Minister Mikhail Bogdanov in 2019 (Hamas social media)

Senior officials from terror group to discuss Jerusalem tensions with Russian Foreign Ministry representatives.

By World Israel News Staff

As relations between Russia and Israel appear to be rapidly deteriorating, a delegation of senior Hamas officials touched down in Russia on Wednesday morning, where they are expected to meet with government representatives.

According to a report from Palestinian Authority-controlled state news agency Safa, the delegation, led by Egypt-based senior Hamas politburo member Mousa Abu Marzook, will hold “important” talks with Russian officials. 

The discussions will be focused on recent developments in Jerusalem, including Hamas demands regarding the Temple Mount, and the terror group’s interest in strengthening ties with Moscow.

Both the Palestinian Authority and Hamas have not publicly condemned the Russian invasion of Ukraine, likely due to the fact that they have historically enjoyed warmer ties with Moscow than with the U.S.

Unlike the U.S., UK and the European Union, Russia has not classified Hamas as a terrorist organization.

Since the 2006 Palestinian elections that brought the terror group to power in the Gaza Strip, Hamas representatives have visited Russia a staggering 14 times, as recently as December 2021.

“The lesson that one can draw from the Russia-Ukraine war is that the time of America’s era as a unipolar superpower is over,” Abu Marzook tweeted in late February 2022, at the onset of the invasion.

Ibrahim Abrash, a political science professor at Al-Azhar University in Gaza, told Al-Monitor that Hamas was willing to partner with any entity that would help it achieve its goals.

“Hamas is a pragmatic movement, seeking to be on good terms with both sides of the conflict — Russia, on the one hand, and Western countries and the United States on the other,” he said.

The Hamas visit to Moscow comes on the heels of a very public diplomatic spat between Russia and Israel.

Russia’s Foreign Ministry has accused Jerusalem of supporting Ukrainian President Volodoymr Zelensky’s “neo-Nazi regime” in Kyiv.

Moscow also recently called for Israel to transfer ownership of a church compound in Jerusalem to Russia after Foreign Minister Yair Lapid condemned the invasion of Ukraine and accused Moscow of committing war crimes.

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RJC Reports: 46 Generals Denounce Biden’s Iran Deal

46 Generals Denounce Biden’s Iran Deal

Republican Jewish Coalition 


Tue, May 3 at 1:44 PM


Despite military experts’ objections, Biden is doubling down on his disastrous Iran Deal.

Last week, 46 retired generals and admirals sent an open letter to President Joe Biden denouncing his actions with the ongoing Iran Deal negotiations.

A return to the Iran Deal is a national security threat to America and our allies. One thing is clear: Iran is eager to escalate its nuclear capabilities. Although Iran remains a global leader in state-sponsored terrorism, Biden is willing to push for a new and extremely flawed nuclear deal.

Biden’s actions will embolden Iran to fund terrorism worldwide. We MUST stop Biden’s destructive decision. Biden’s Deal hands Iran an unblocked path towards a nuclear program with the potential to even further destabilize the Middle East. Biden’s Iran Deal would even give Iran 24 DAYS to hide evidence of their nuclear program before any international inspection.


At the Republican Jewish Coalition, we are dedicated to stopping Biden’s Iran Deal and we need your help to do just that. We need your support to help put a stop to the Iran Deal.

Chip in $25 to join us in condemning the Biden administration for its irresponsible actions.

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