Ottawa City Hall Hosts Palestinian Exhibit Honoring Terrorists
by IPT News • May 27, 2014
According to the Toronto Sun, Canada's capital Ottawa's city hall has no plans to take down an exhibit that honors Palestinian terrorists.
Toronto-based artist Rehab Nazzal created the exhibit featuring pictures of "lost artists, activists, writers and leaders." The pictures feature the face of Abu Iyad, a founder of the Black September terrorist organization responsible for the murders of 11 Israelis at the 1972 Munich Summer Olympics.
Dalal Mughrabi is also featured in the exhibit. Mughrabi orchestrated the 1978 Coastal Bus attack that killed 38 Israelis, including 13 children.
The mastermind of the Ma'alot school massacre, Khalil Nazzal, is also honored. The terrorist attack, which took place 40 years ago this month, resulted in the deaths of 22 children and 3 adults. The Israeli Embassy in Ottawa says that the exhibit's creator is a relative of Khalil Nazzal.
Numerous other terrorists are also featured. Abu Jihad, the former head of Fatah's military wing, led the 1975 Tel Aviv Savoy Hotel attack, killing eight innocent civilians, and the 1978 Coastal Bus Attack.
Israeli Ambassador Rafael Barak said that he is not demanding that the exhibit be taken down, but wants the Canadian public to understand that some of the artists and leaders are terrorists who have murdered innocent civilians.
The two Israelis killed in shooting attack at the Jewish Museum in Brussels, Belgium are Emanuel and Miriam Riba, 54 and 53, from Tel Aviv, authorities announced Sunday. The couple leaves behind two daughters, ages 15 and 16, according to Yediot Aharonot.
The Israeli Embassy in Brussels has contacted local police to ensure that the bodies will be flown to Israel for the funeral.
Neighbors were shocked to hear the news.
"She is a very educated woman and he was always very discreet," a neighbor told Channel 2 Sunday. "Even though they were on shlichut [Israel advocacy mission - ed.] to Germany for several years, and only returned recently, we always had a great relationship - they always had a smile on their face."
The Ribas were in Berlin on shlichut from 2007-2011, neighbors told Yediot Aharonot. Emmanuel worked in the Public Security Ministry since returning from Germany.
Another neighbor said he was shocked.
"They were on shlichut but never thought that something like this could happen - we talked every few days," he said. "They were an intelligent, charming couple and it's hard to understand that this could happen to them."
The other victims included a French woman, 23, who was killed at the scene; another shooting victim, in critical condition, is Belgian.
A gunman entered Brussels' Jewish Museum Saturday afternoon and began shooting, killing three people - including the two Israelis - and critically wounding another.
A national manhunt has begun for the shooter; local police are still looking for possible suspects, official announced Sunday morning, despite at least one arrest shortly after the shooting.
It was the first fatal attack on a Jewish center since the early 1980s in Belgium, home to some 40,000 Jews. Roughly half live in Brussels and the remainder in Antwerp.
More reports of heightened anti-Semitism have emerged in the wake of the Brussels shooting attack - this time, in Tunisia.
Masked Muslims entered the main market in Djerba on Thursday, and stabbed Gabriel Ozen, 38, a Jewish jeweler and father of four.
Passerby stated that the assailants yelled, "the nation of Mohammed is coming back to take revenge" shortly before the attack.
Ozen fought the Muslim attacker, but was still stabbed in the chest, authorities said. He was rushed to intensive care in local hospital and is in serious, but stable, condition.
According to local media reports, merchants on the scene were able to apprehend the perpetrator and turn him in to local police. Justice will not be served, however; more than a hundred masked men surrounded the police station and threatened to burn it down if the terrorist was prosecuted.
The police released the assailant immediately.
Locals are grateful that Ozen escaped death, but are now fearful of unchecked anti-Semitic violence.
"It was a real miracle - the event could have ended in disaster if not for the intervention of bystanders, who later apprehended the attacker," a local stated to Arutz Sheva Sunday. "Thank God, the wounded man is recovering, but fear and worry run rampant since the attacker was released an hour later and is still at large."
"Just last week there were thousands of Jews that were at the annual hilula [Lag Ba'omer - ed.] celebration," he mused. "Is it possible there's a connection?"
This is the second anti-Semitic attack in Tunisia this month. Muslim terrorists attacked Morris Bachiri, a Jewish merchant from El Hara El Kabira, on Passover Eve; Bachiri suffered minor injuries.
Oh my... 9-year old boy walks off baseball field rather than play without tzitzis
How many of you would have had the guts to do the same thing? How many of you would have had the guts to do it at the age of 9?
The game was going fine, with Yossi (as always) very actively participating, and very much looking forward to his "at bat." As he came up to bat, the umpire happened to notice that Yossi wears two uniforms, his team uniform, and also the fringe undergarment uniform of every male Jew - Tzitzit.
But then, for the first time, the umpire insisted that Yossi remove his Tzitzit in that it could produce some type of "interference or unfair advantage."
Yossi --the only Jewish boy, not just on the team, but we think in the entire league-- respectfully explained to the umpire that he is wearing a religious undergarment, had never had an issue with this previously, however the umpire would not listen, decrying in affect "foul ball."
What was Yossi to do? Disrespect the umpire (an adult), or disrespect his religion?
To Yossi, the choice was easy and clear. He had "two feet on the ground" in more ways than one. He walked off the field and would not play!
The game stopped, Yossi's team also volunteered to walk off the field and forfeit the game in its entirety.
After a significant "pow-wow" between the coaches and the umpire, Yossi was allowed to play, "double uniforms" and all.
Perhaps even more amazing than what Yossi did is that the rest of the kids were willing to walk off with him. Of course, if he is the best player on his team, that becomes a bit more explicable.
May Yossi grow up to be a talmid chacham (scholar) and a tzadik (righteous person) and bring only nachas (contentment) to his family.
Israeli presidential candidates and former ministers Meir Shitrit, center right, and Reuven Rivlin, center left, hug during the presidential election at the Knesset, Israel's parliament, in Jerusalem, Tuesday, June, 10, 2014. The Israeli parliament selected Reuven Rivlin as the country's next president to succeed the outgoing Shimon Peres, a Nobel Peace Prize laureate who brought the position international prestige. (AP Photo/Dan Balilty)
Jerusalem - Israel’s parliament on Tuesday chose Reuven Rivlin, a veteran politician and supporter of the Jewish settlement movement, as the country’s next president, putting a man opposed to the creation of a Palestinian state into the ceremonial but largely influential post.
Rivlin, a stalwart in the governing Likud Party, now faces the difficult task of succeeding Shimon Peres, a Nobel peace laureate who became an all-star on the international stage.
While the presidency is largely ceremonial, Rivlin’s political views could be a liability when he represents the country overseas. His opposition to Palestinian independence puts him at odds with the international community and Israel’s own prime minister.
Instead, he has been a supporter of Jewish settlements in occupied lands claimed by the Palestinians and proposed a special union with the Palestinians in which Jews and Arabs would hold common citizenship but vote for separate parliaments.
The president is meant to serve as a unifying figure and moral compass for the country, and Rivlin has said that in contrast to Peres, he would focus on domestic affairs if selected to the post.
“I think the people’s will was manifested,” Rivlin said after Tuesday’s vote. He dismissed speculation that he might be upset at Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, who tried to block his candidacy, saying he was “not angry at anyone.”
Rivlin, 74, currently a lawmaker for the right-wing Likud, has previously served as speaker of parliament and as a Cabinet minister. He defeated Meir Sheetrit, another veteran politician, 63 to 53, in a secret runoff ballot. Three other candidates were eliminated in a first round of voting in the 120-member parliament earlier in the day.
Rivlin will have big shoes to fill, after Peres, 90, steps down. Peres, whose political career stretches back decades and who has been an outspoken proponent of peace with the Palestinians, brought the office international renown. He also restored honor to the position, which was tarnished after his predecessor, Moshe Katsav, was forced to step down by a sex scandal. Katsav is now in prison after being convicted of rape.
The vote capped a nasty presidential campaign that saw mudslinging, political intrigue and scandals that forced two hopefuls to pull out of the running.
Netanyahu’s public standing also has taken a hit during the campaign due to his attempts to shape the race and block Rivlin’s candidacy. He and Rivlin are longtime rivals in the Likud.
While most political power is held by the prime minister, the president plays several key roles in Israel.
Most critically, the president chooses a member of parliament, or Knesset, to form a majority coalition after elections. This has usually been the leader of the party with the most seats in parliament. But with the rise of a number of midsize parties in parliament, the next president could theoretically have more influence over choosing the country’s prime minister.
The other candidates included Dalia Dorner, a former Supreme Court judge. Former parliamentary speaker Dalia Itzik and Nobel Prize in Chemistry winner Dan Shechtman also vied for the job.