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PA Demands UK Apologize for Balfour Declaration

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30 Oct 2017
PA Demands UK Apologize for Balfour Declaration
As the 100 year anniversary of the Balfour Declaration approaches on Thursday, Palestinian Authority Prime Minister Rami Hamdallah issued a statement over the weekend re-iterating demands that London issue a formal apology to the Palestinians for the document. Most scholars agree this was pivotal in the formation of the modern State of Israel. “Britain should apologize for the historic injustice it committed against Palestinians and correct it instead of celebrating it,” Hamdallah posted on his official Twitter account Sunday. Although the British Foreign Office issued a statement in April that it had no intention of making such an apology, Prime Minister Theresa May, told the House of Commons recently that although she would join hundreds of other British and Israeli officials, as well as Jewish and Christian dignitaries from around the world, in marking the occasion “with pride” at London’s Royal Albert Hall next week, she also believes people should be “conscious of the sensitivities that some people do have about the Balfour Declaration.”

In related news, Tawfiq Abu Naim, the chief of internal security for the Islamist terror militia Hamas in the Gaza Strip, was released from Shifa Hospital in Gaza City on Saturday after being treated for wounds sustained by an explosion which destroyed his car as he left the prayer service at a mosque in central Gaza City the previous day. Hamas suspects was an attempt to assassinate him and have blamed Israel, but many Palestinian and Egyptian news outlets offered speculation that the attempted hit was the work of Salafist organizations which have long sought to overthrow Hamas’ rule in the Strip.

Here is a short educational video about the Balfour Decleration posted by Israel's Ministry of Foreign Affairs

Hamas Tunnels Condemned by UNRWA
The United Nations Relief and Works Agency (UNRWA) which runs the UN schools, clinics and other relief work for Palestinians in the Gaza Strip, West Bank and elsewhere, issued a statement over the weekend condemning the Islamist terror militia Hamas for digging tunnels underneath UNRWA schools. 
“The presence of a tunnel underneath an UNRWA installation, which enjoys inviolability under international law, is unacceptable. It places children and agency staff at risk,” the organization said in a statement. “The agency again demands full respect for the neutrality and inviolability of United Nations premises at all times. Any activities or conduct that put beneficiaries and staff alike at risk, and undermine the ability of UNRWA staff to provide assistance to Palestine refugees in safety and security, must cease.”

“Hamas is using the UNRWA facilities to build a network of terror,” Israeli Foreign Ministry spokesman Emmanuel Nahshon said. “We are glad that UNRWA noticed what we have been telling them for years.”

In related news, IDF combat engineers blew up a Hamas tunnel running under the border from Gaza into Israeli territory Monday morning. The IDF Spokesperson's Unit said the tunnel was a “strict violation of Israeli sovereignty, an unacceptable situation - and this the IDF had carried out an action. The terrorist organization of Hamas is the address [of the violations] and it is responsible for everything that happens in the Gaza Strip, and everything that comes out if it. The IDF will will keep taking all measures needed over and under the ground to thwart attempts to harm the residents of the State of Israel and to keep the area quiet, as it was after Pillar of Defense operation."

Israeli Athletes Shine Despite Efforts to Inject Politics
Following a highly successful tournament in which they earned five medals, including one gold, Israel’s delegation to the final “Grand Slam” international judo tournament in Abu Dhabi received an official apology from the host country for its refusal to allow the Israeli athletes to be publically identified with their country. Abu Dhabi officials reluctantly allowed Israel to compete in the tournament, but only under the flag of the International Judo Federation due to “security considerations”.

Marius Vizer, President of the International Judo Federation, and Mohammad Bin Thaloub Al Darei, President of the UAE Judo, Wrestling and Kickboxing Federation, met with the Israeli team before their flight home on Sunday and had a cordial exchange of pleasantries, including Al Darei apologizing “because of the UAE athletes not shaking hands with the Israel athletes and also congratulated the Israel team for their success here” according to Vize. He added “Sometimes with courage, respect and politeness, you can solve tensions and conflicts, which have not been solved since many decades. I consider, that even without the flag and anthem of Israel, that their team have been treated very well with high respect during this event.”

In related news, FIFA, the international body overseeing Football (soccer) competitions within and between countries, issued a decision on Friday that it will not take action against Israel despite numerous demands by the Palestinian franchise of FIFA that it do so. "The FIFA Council acknowledges that the current situation is, for reasons that have nothing to do with football, characterized by an exceptional complexity and sensitivity and by certain de facto circumstances that can neither be ignored nor changed unilaterally by non-governmental organizations such as FIFA," the statement said.

Israel Blesses the World
Researchers at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology in the US and the Hebrew University of Jerusalem recently unveiled a new treatment for various forms of cancer in the form of a protein “switch” which tells the body’s immune system to attack cancer cells when they are detected. The results of the research were recently published in the prestigious medical journal Cell and has given new hope to millions of cancer patients worldwide.

Today's video gives an in-depth analysis of the threat to Israel from Hezbollah and options for addressing that threat


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