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An Israeli reporter said the Palestinian Authority has arrested several Palestinians that he interviewed who expressed support for Israeli annexation of parts of the West Bank. There is no such thing as freedom of speech in “Palestine”.

Tzvi Yehezkeli of Channel 13 said at least six people he interviewed were subsequently arrested by the PA’s security services despite their faces being blurred and their voices distorted in the televised news segment.

“I was surprised to see that even though I’ve blurred the faces of all the people I filmed and distorted their voices, the Authority has reached and arrested (some) of them, it’s just amazing,” Yehezkeli told the AFP news agency.

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A Hamas military commander, who was allegedly operating as a spy for Israel, is believed to have been smuggled by boat out of Gaza, causing pandemonium among security officials in the coastal enclave.

Sources told the Palestinian news website Amad that the man, who headed Hamas’s commando frogman unit, apparently fled into Israel via the Mediterranean Sea on an Israel army boat, reports said on Saturday. The Palestinian, named as Izz a-Din Badr, was a senior member of Hamas’ Naval Commando unit. 

Around the same time as Badr’s alleged escape, Hamas arrested members of an Islamic State (ISIS) cell which Palestinians claim was actually being run by Israeli intelligence. Sources claim that Muhammad Abu Ajawa — who was a senior Hamas military commander — began working with Israeli intelligence agencies in 2009. He was discovered only recently when he asked his brother to collect cash that was left near a garbage bin. 

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The freshman congresswomen in the U.S. House of Representatives who have been pushing their anti-Israel agenda in Congress are now calling on the United States to cut off aid to Israel should the Jewish state go through with annexing land in the West Bank. 

Radical Solcialist Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez of New York and Michigan’s anti-Semitic Rashida Tlaib, who is of Palestinian descent, addressed the letter to Secretary of State Mike Pompeo. 

“Should the Israeli government move forward with the planned annexation with this administration’s acquiescence, we will work to ensure non-recognition as well as pursue conditions on the $3.8 billion in U.S. military funding to Israel, including human rights conditions and withholding funds for the off-shore procurement of Israeli weapons equal to or exceeding the amount the Israeli government spends annually to fund settlements, as well as the policies and practices that sustain and enable them,” they wrote. 

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A 30-year old video has recently come to light revealing a long-term strategy by the president of the Arab American Institute to undermine Jews and support for Israel among Americans. 

The video, released by Americans for Peace and Tolerance in Frontpage Magazine on June 15, shows James Zogby, president of the Arab American Institute, telling a Jordanian television interviewer about his plan to raise up Arab Americans in politics while simultaneously sowing the idea of “Israeli oppression” among the public. His strategy was a long-term undermining of Israel and Jews as a race preying all the while on the liberal persuasion of left-wing Jews.

“It is Israel today that is the anti-democratic force in the Middle East. That is a significant statement that we need to develop,” he said in the interview believed to be from 1990. “It is Israel today that is behaving in the West Bank and Gaza among its own citizens as (Nikolai) Ceausescu was operating in Romania.”

“We need to be casting the image that way because that is reality and that will win influence and, I think, friends in America.”

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The Associated Press succumbed to pressure from the Palestinian Authority to fire a journalist because he dared to protest the PA’s detention and beating of another reporter.
 
“I have been working for AP for 20 years,” said Eyad Hamad, a veteran Palestinian cameraman. “I covered many events in the West Bank, Gaza Strip and a number of Arab countries. The decision came as a surprise to me and my colleagues.”
 
Hamad, along with several other Palestinian journalists, protested the arrest and beating of another Palestinian journalist who is still imprisoned. Hamad was threatened by PA officials who said they would make sure he lost his job — which he eventually did.
 
The Palestinian Journalists Syndicate denounced Hamad’s “arbitrary dismissal” and called on the AP to reverse its “unfair and unjust decision.”

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