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Czech Parliament Asks Government to Recognize Jerusalem as Israel's Capital, Condemns UNESCO

Posted by Tip Staff - May 24, 2017

Czech Parliament Asks Government to Recognize Jerusalem as Israel's Capital, Condemns UNESCO
From Manchester to Jerusalem, a War on Our Way of Life
Iran Congratulates Haniyeh as New Hamas Leader, Urges Him to Liberate Palestine
Jerusalem to Introduce Cutting-Edge Wi-Fi Technology Enabling "Smart City" Services

Czech Parliament Asks Government to Recognize Jerusalem as Israel's Capital, Condemns UNESCO

The lower house of the Czech Republic's parliament called on the government to recognize Jerusalem as Israel's capital and to stop paying dues to UNESCO, the cultural organization of the United Nations, as long as it continued its anti-Israel bias, The Times of Israel reported Wednesday.

The Czech Chamber of Deputies passed two non-binding pro-Israel resolutions in honor of the fiftieth anniversary of the reunification of Jerusalem. One called on the Czech government to "stop all payments of membership fees to the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) from the state budget this year,” in response to the passage of a resolution earlier this month by UNESCO denying historical Jewish ties to Jerusalem. The government was also asked not to fund UNESCO in the future if it persists in its anti-Israel bias.

In a second resolution the Chamber of Deputies also called on the Czech government to recognize Jerusalem as Israel's capital and to endorse direct negotiations between Israel and the Palestinians. Daniel Meron, Israel's ambassador to the Czech Republic, hailed the development saying, "the decision of the parliament to recognize Jerusalem as our capital reflects the will of the Czech nation."

On Tuesday night the Israeli embassy in Prague hosted a Jerusalem Day celebration at Prague Castle, the residence of the Czech Republic's president.

“Let me greet you all on the occasion of this gathering that takes place on the eve of the Day of Jerusalem,” Milos Zeman, the president of the Czech Republic wrote in a greeting to the guests. “You have gathered in this magnificent cathedral, the spiritual center of our country so steadfastly connected with our statehood.”

“It was the Czechoslovak Republic that gave the helping hand to Israel in the difficult times. And in exchange, Israel with its vitality and pride encourages us in Europe where we face the evil of terrorism,” Zeman added.

Zeman concluded his message by emphasizing why it was important to support Israel, "It is all the more valuable in the situation when the poisonous shoots of anti-Semitism once again started to take root on the European continent."

From Manchester to Jerusalem, a War on Our Way of Life

The terrorist organization Islamic State has officially claimed responsibility for the vicious attack on the Ariana Grande concert in Manchester on Monday that left 22 people killed --- many of them children --- and injured at least 59. It was not immediately clear whether the attack was ordered or inspired by the Islamic State.

British police have identified the suicide bomber behind the deadliest terrorist atrocity on UK soil in a decade as 22-year-old Salman Abedi. Born in Manchester in 1994 as the youngest of four children, he was the son of Libyan refugees who fled to the UK to escape the wrath of the Gaddafi regime in the late 1980s.

An entire country in shock is asking what it was about an arena full of kids, listening to their favorite pop star, that so offended the man as to cause him to detonate a bomb at the venue with the clear intention to inflict as much bloodshed as possible.

It did not take long for Islamic State to answer. Once again, the terrorists and their sympathizers have celebrated, with much public fanfare, their unspeakable act of cruelty as a legitimate response to Western imperialist aggression in Muslim countries.

In a statement released by their news agency Amaq just hours after the attack, the group asserted it was a revenge operation carried out on “infidels...in response to their transgressions against the lands of the Muslims.”

“With Allah's grace and support, a soldier of the Khilafah [caliphate] managed to place explosive devices in the midst of the gatherings of the crusaders in the British city of Manchester,” it said.

And yet again, too many self-hating Westerners are blindly swallowing their propaganda, too terrified of admitting the true nature of the threat that we face, paralyzed by a misguided sense of perpetual guilt.

No, it is not our bombs that “trigger” disadvantaged young men to drive cars into pedestrians. It is not our drones that “make” them cut the throat of an old rabbi at a bus stop. It is not our intervention in Muslim countries that “forces” them to blow themselves up among a crowd of young children at a concert.

Please click here to read the rest at The Tower.

Iran Congratulates Haniyeh as New Hamas Leader, Urges Him to Liberate Palestine

A powerful Iranian general congratulated Ismail Haniyeh on his recent appointment as the new leader of Hamas, and encouraged him to "raise the issue of Palestine" as part of the Muslims' "global fight against Arrogance," the Mehr News Agency reported Wednesday.

Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps(IRGC)-Qods Force commander Qassem Soleimani praised Haniyeh and called on the new Hamas leader to fight what Mehr referred to as "the evil plots of Zionist and global Arrogance," which are attempting to undermine the Islamic world and "seeking seizure of the Holy Qods," a reference to Jerusalem.

“Great tasks belong to great men; as promised we rely on your foresight to reach a future during which the domestic crises are solved with prudence," Soleimani said. "We await strengthening of unity with Hamas, the ally of Resistance axis, to raise the issue of Palestine again; to this aim we count on your efforts to replace the Palestine on top of Muslims global fight [against Arrogance]." The references to "Arrogance" mean the United States.

Soleimani encouraged Haniyeh to continue fighting until the liberation of Al Aqsa and the entire Palestinian territory. He also called for Jerusalem to be converted into a site for all Muslims and Christians.

Jerusalem to Introduce Cutting-Edge Wi-Fi Technology Enabling "Smart City" Services

Jerusalem will be Israel’s first city – and one of a handful of major cities in the world – to establish an independent municipal wireless network based on super-fast millimeter wave technology.

The network will enable “smart city” services in such areas as security and safety, emergency response, parking and traffic solutions, fast Internet access for schools and free Wi-Fi throughout Jerusalem. Many of these initiatives will be coordinated with Cisco, a multinational company with a large R&D presence in Israel.

“We are placing Jerusalem in line with the world’s leading smart cities,” said Mayor Nir Barkat in a statement issued May 17, a week before Jerusalem Day today (May 24), marking the 50th anniversary of the reunification of the city.

“This solves a big problem for us in smart-city implementation because we cannot deploy fiber optics in Jerusalem due to the rocky topography,” Eitan Barzilay, chief innovation officer at Jerusalem’s Economic and Technological Business Development Administration, tells ISRAEL21c on his way to London to serve on a panel about smart cities at the Internet of Things World Forum.

The Israeli companies Ceragon (Tel Aviv) and Siklu (Petah Tikva) are prominent players in advanced wireless technology installations around the world. San Francisco, New York and London are among the few cities that have implemented millimeter wave technology so far.

The new communications network is to be deployed within three months. By the end of 2017 it is expected to include dozens of active links.

“From one of the oldest cities in the world, we are sending the most innovative news in the country, and the innovative technology we will establish in Jerusalem will enable us to upgrade many services,” said Barkat.

(via Israel21c)

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