Hamas planning Passover terror attacks
Palestinian Authority to honor UN diplomat behind slanderous report on Israel
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The leader of the campaign to boycott Israel was arrested by Israeli authorities on Monday for allegedly failing to report hundreds of thousands of dollars in income, Globes reported.
Omar Barghouti, a co-founder of the Boycott, Divestment, and Sanctions movement and the Palestinian Campaign for the Academic and Cultural Boycott of Israel, is suspected of evading taxes on some $700,000 that he earned between 2007 to 2017 while serving as the director of the Ramallah-based National Computing Resources, which markets and rents ATMs and other technology within the Palestinian Authority.
Barghouti, who resides in the Israeli city of Acre, deposited the money in a Ramallah bank account to hide it from tax authorities, according to the charges. He is also believed to have deposited income from a global speaking tour and book royalties in a bank account in the United States, which was similarly hidden from authorities.
Police say that credit cards and transaction records found at his house support their suspicions.
Barghouti, a Qatari-born Palestinian, is married to an Arab-Israeli woman and holds Israeli permanent residency status. He earned a degree in philosophy at Tel Aviv University.
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The Iran-backed Palestinian terror group Hamas will “no doubt” try to launch terror attacks on Israel during the upcoming Passover holiday, the head of Israel’s internal security agency told the Knesset’s influential Foreign Affairs and Defense Committee on Monday.
“We are just before the Passover holiday, and there is no doubt that terrorist infrastructures, mostly the established one, and specifically Hamas, will try to agitate the area and carry out attacks,” Shin Bet chief Nadav Argaman testified.
“Our goal, of course, is to ensure quiet holidays for every citizen of the State of Israel,” he added.
It is not uncommon for Israeli security agencies to warn of increased terror risks prior to holidays. Jews often go up to the Temple Mount before holidays, prompting Palestinian claims that Jews are “storming” their holy places. Arrested terrorists often cite concern over the Temple Mount as a motivation for their attacks. Families who go on hikes and other outings can also be targeted.
Due to these concerns, the Israel Defense Forces closes crossing between Israel and the West Bank during major Jewish holidays.
Argaman, who was appointed to lead the Shin Bet last May, also said that his agency has been improving its ability to prevent “lone wolf” attacks, which were frequent during the “wave of terror” in late 2015 and early 2016. The Shin Bet arrested 400 would-be lone wolf attackers last year, Argaman revealed.
Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas announced on Sunday that he will grant his people’s highest honor to the former head of a United Nations agency that issued a widely criticized report on Israel last week, Haaretz reported.
According to a statement from the office of the Palestinian president, Abbas informed Rima Khalaf by phone that she will be awarded the Palestine Medal of the Highest Honor in recognition of her “courage and support” of the Palestinian people.
Khalaf, a Jordanian diplomat, stepped down as the head of the United Nations Economic and Social Commission for Western Asia (ESCWA) on Friday, after UN Secretary-General António Guterres demanded that she remove a controversial report by her agency that accused Israel of perpetrating apartheid against the Palestinians. She had two weeks left in her term.
ESCWA is made up of 18 Arab nations, most of which do not recognize Israel. Its latest report was compiled by Richard Falk, who has repeatedly suggested that the September 11, 2001 terrorist attacks were orchestrated by the U.S. government, and Virginia Tilley, a political scientist who authored a book in favor of the one-state solution to the Israeli-Palestinian conflict. According to ESCWA, it is the first by a UN body accusing Israel of practicing apartheid.
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Using ingenuity to overcome its serious water challenges, Israel has become the go-to expert for a world facing an impending water crisis. This year’s WATEC expo and conference, to be held in September in Tel Aviv, is expected to attract 10,000 stakeholders from 90 countries seeking Israeli solutions for water issues.Israel exports $2.2 billion annually in water technology and expertise. In addition, these commodities are shared on a humanitarian basis through training courses, consultations and projects. Keren Kayemeth L’Israel-Jewish National Fund (KKL-JNF) often hosts delegations from around the world – most recently, from California, Argentina and the European Policy Center – to see how Israel’s system of treatment facilities and 230 reservoirs has achieved the world’s highest ratio of wastewater reuse. About 92% of Israeli wastewater gets treated and 75% is used for agricultural irrigation. Israel plans to recycle 95% of its wastewater for irrigation by the end of 2025. (via Israel21c)