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issues that BHO appears to continue to ignore. Iran. Netanyahu continues to claim Iran Will Hit Red Line in 'Weeks', as the House Urges Increasing Pressure on Iran. Israel. Congress and Administration Spar over Israeli Visas, as NYC’s De Blasio Threatens to Pull JFK Airport Slot From Saudi Arabian Airlines for Blocking Israelis From Flights. “Myths & Facts” regarding the history of the Middle East Conflict have been maintained faithfully by Mitchell G. Bard; an update relates to the futility of ongoing efforts by SoS-Kerry in the absence of any sign the Palestinian Arabs would accept the existence of a Jewish State. Meanwhile, Two Palestinian Women Disguised as Orthodox Jews Caught At Israeli Checkpoint, as Shots were fired into Israel from Egypt and EGYPT MILITANTS KILLED THREE IN SINAI BUS ATTACK. Egypt. The-Muslim-Brotherhood-Were-Rebels-Without-a-Clue, but Reports of 'Islamism's' demise are greatly exaggerated. The US-envoy-arrived-as-Egypt-froze-assets-of-top-Islamists; he was spurned by both sides during visit, as Kerry Heads to Mideast for Meeting on Egypt's Future. A potentially ominous report emerged, namely, that the Army embrace started to worry some Egyptians. Turkey. Turkey Denies Report it Allowed Israel to Use Base for Syria Strike. Hamas. Yesterday, the Zionist Organization of America protested a report that the BHO-Administration had met With Hamas Officials; as per a fleeting report on tonight’s FNC “Special Report,” the slippery DoS-spokeswoman appeared to backtrack from the appearance thereof. In a related matter, note the following letter that was remitted earlier today: July 15, 2013 Mr. Michael A. Hammer Assistant Secretary, Bureau of Public Affairs U.S. Department of State 2201 C Street NW Washington, DC 20520 Dear Mr. Hammer: We write on behalf of the Zionist Organization of America, the oldest and one of the largest pro-Israel organizations in the U.S., to bring to your attention a significant and disgraceful substantive error in a press release issued by the State Department last Wednesday, July 10, 2013. We urge you to correct the error immediately. The press release, entitled “U.S. Department of State Announces Museums Connect Cultural Exchange 2013 Awardees,” states that the Palestinian Heritage Museum is located in “East Jerusalem, Palestinian Territories” (emphasis added). The State Department should not be referring to East Jerusalem as part of the “Palestinian Territories.” The statement is inaccurate, contradicting longstanding U.S. policy that the status of Jerusalem is as yet undetermined and must be resolved in final status negotiations between Israel and the Palestinian Arabs.
Besides contravening U.S. policy, the State Department’s statement about East Jerusalem is also an affront to the Jewish people. It disregards over 3000 years of Jewish history and the unbroken Jewish connection to all of Jerusalem – especially East Jerusalem, where the Western Wall and the Temple Mount, Judaism’s holiest site, are located. Even when the Jews were exiled from the Land of Israel, Jerusalem was the focus of their prayers and uppermost in their hearts and minds. When Jews pray, they face Jerusalem. Muslims, by contrast, face Mecca. Jerusalem is mentioned more than 600 times in the Jewish Torah. By contrast, the Koran does not mention Jerusalem at all. Even after the Arabs captured and occupied East Jerusalem, it was never the capital of any Arab entity. Jordan’s capital remained Amman. Only one country recognized Jordan’s annexation of East Jerusalem; every other country, including the Arab states, rejected it. The State Department’s erroneous public statement about East Jerusalem also shows a lack of respect for the democratic government of Israel. In 1980, the Israeli Knesset passed a law affirming that a united Jerusalem is Israel’s capital. Significantly, the law also affirmed the freedom of religion for all religious faiths in Jerusalem, a freedom that was denied when Jordan occupied East Jerusalem. Jordan desecrated Jewish holy places when it occupied East Jerusalem. Fifty-eight synagogues and 38,000 Jewish cemetery headstones were destroyed. Jordan also imposed restrictions on Christian worship. Christians had limited access to their holy places, opening Christian schools was restricted and the Koran had to be taught in them, and Christian religious and charitable groups were prevented from acquiring real estate in Jerusalem. Approximately half of Jerusalem’s Christian population left Jerusalem because of Jordan’s oppression. Indeed, East Jerusalem was seemingly unimportant to Jordan because it failed to provide even the most basic municipal services there. East Jerusalem’s residents lacked electricity, plumbing, health care services and even a steady water supply. It was only when Israel reunified the city that the Arab mistreatment of East Jerusalem ended. It was Israel that began providing those badly needed municipal services to East Jerusalem, including to Arab homes and businesses. Arab residents are given the choice of becoming citizens of Israel. Even those who decide not to become citizens can vote in municipal elections and are involved in administering the city. For the State Department to now publicly proclaim that East Jerusalem belongs to the Palestinian Arabs ignores and disrespects the fact that it is Israel that has safeguarded all of Jerusalem, including East Jerusalem, for people of every religion. Please ensure that the error identifying East Jerusalem as part of the “Palestinian Territories” is corrected immediately on the State Department’s Web site, and that the
error does not recur. It sends the wrong message to the American public, to our ally Israel, and to the rest of the world. Afghanistan. Afghan Says Peace Effort Will Continue. Pakistan. Dr. Afridi Faces Trial Over bin Laden Raid: A Pakistani commission has ruled that Shakil Afridi, the doctor who helped the United States track down Osama bin Laden, should be put on trial for his role in the affair — even though it concedes he has already been jailed on "trumped-up charges." As the Insider Report disclosed most recently in May, Afridi was arrested weeks after the U.S. raid on Abbottabad, Pakistan, where al-Qaida leader bin Laden was living in a compound. American officials later said Afridi had helped in the hunt for the terrorist chief by conducting a vaccination campaign in Abbottabad to obtain DNA evidence from the compound confirming that bin Laden was hiding there. He was accused of being a "national criminal" who should be tried for high treason. In May 2012, a court in the tribal area near the Afghan border sentenced Afridi to 33 years in prison after convicting him of providing assistance to an obscure military group in the area. The Pakistani commission of inquiry, criticizing that charge as "trumped-up," said it had "completely undermined the credibility of the country and its judicial process," according to a leaked version of the commission's report obtained by Al Jazeera. Afridi is one of more than 200 witnesses whose testimony appears in the report, and the commission said he should be tried to determine "the extent and nature of his involvement" in the Abbottabad raid. If he is tried and convicted, he could face further punishment. Afridi testified that he was unaware his vaccination campaign was a front for the CIA. The campaign ended on April 23, 2011, nine days before the raid, and Afridi was arrested three weeks later. The report noted: "Afridi told the commission that had he been guilty, he would have disappeared immediately before or after the raid." Two Republican lawmakers, Sen. Rand Paul and Rep. Dana Rohrabacher, have urged Congress to make Afridi's release a condition for continuing U.S. aid. "The U.S. ambassador should be recalled and legislation should be passed to withhold foreign aid to Pakistan as long as they are doing the bidding of terrorists and persecuting the likes of Dr. Afridi," Rohrabacher said.
His statement was released after news broke that Afridi was on a hunger strike in jail to protest his harsh treatment, the Insider Report also disclosed. Afridi told Fox News he was brutally tortured by Pakistani intelligence agents. He also said the Pakistanis told him "the Americans are our worst enemies, worse than the Indians," and that Pakistan's claims of cooperation with America are a sham to "extract" billions in U.S. aid. The Obama administration requested $1.4 billion in aid to Pakistan in its fiscal 2014 State Department budget proposal.