Archives For Middle East Updates

One of Israel’s largest banks made history last week when it named an Israeli Arab chairman of the board of directors, the first time an Israeli-Arab has been named to a senior position at major Israeli bank. 

Samer Haj Yehia, a 49-year-old economist, still lives in  Tayibe, an Arab city in central Israel.

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The second son of Hamas co-founder Sheikh Hassan Yousef has abandoned his Hamas position to seek political asylum in an unnamed country and has exposed the corruption of the terror organization. 

Unlike his brother, Suheib Yousef — who was based in Turkey — said he never spied his father’s organization for Israel nor did he become a Christian. His brother, Mosab Yousef, became known for helping Israel thwart several terror attacks, converting to Christianity and eventually publishing an autobiography, Son of Hamas. Mosab received political asylum in America.

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Palestinian American left-wing activist Linda Sarsour created a storm of controversy when she posted on Twitter last weekend that “Jesus was Palestinian.”
 
“Jesus was Palestinian of Nazareth and is described in the Quran as being brown copper skinned with wooly hair,” the anti-Israel political activist wrote.
 
The Twitter post evoked a flurry of responses many of them noting that Jesus was actually Jewish and was born in the region known as Judea. 

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A Jerusalem court has ruled that the Palestinian Authority must be held accountable for attacks carried out by terrorist organizations that operate in Palestinian territory because it provided financial and ideological support to the terrorists.
 
“The PLO, the PA, (Yasser) Arafat, Abu Mazen (Mahmoud Abbas) and other senior figures such as Marwan Barghouti all aimed to kill Jews and Israelis and harm the State of Israel,” Justice Moshe Drori wrote in his Monday ruling.

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The world is a safer place thanks to Israel. 
 
Israel’s famed intelligence agencies helped prevent some 50 terror attacks in 20 countries, including 12 in Turkey. According to a report on Channel 12 on Tuesday, Mossad and IDF Intelligence shared intel on potential terror attacks by Islamic State (ISIS) and Iran in the past three years that led to the thwarting of dozens of attacks.

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