Palestinian mob sets fire to Jewish holy site, Secretary Kerry urges Abbas to halt incitement

On Friday, Palestinian rioters set fire to a Jewish holy site in the West Bank and Secretary of State John Kerry urged Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas to stop incitement against Israel. Palestinian protesters torched the site in Nablus known as Joseph’s Tomb, which is believed by Jews to house the remains of Joseph, the son of the biblical patriarch Jacob, who is also revered by Muslims. Joseph’s Tomb was previously set ablaze and ransacked in 2000 during the Second Intifada. Foreign Ministry Director General Dore Gold remarked, “The Palestinian attack on Joseph’s Tomb recalls the actions of extremist Muslim groups from Afghanistan to Libya.” Hamas declared Friday to be another “Day of Rage” against Israel and hours after the fire at Joseph’s Tomb, a Palestinian disguised as a journalist stabbed and wounded an Israeli soldier near Hebron. The Foreign Press Association stated they “utterly deplore this violation of press privilege.”

Secretary Kerry called on President Abbas to stop inciting hatred and violence and to condemn violence “loudly and clearly.” Although Abbas denounced the fire at Joseph’s Tomb, he has failed to condemn other recent terror attacks. In his speech on Wednesday he falsely accused Israel of engaging in terrorism and attempting to change the status quo on the Temple Mount. On Palestinian television last month he has declared, “We welcome every drop of blood spilled in Jerusalem… With the help of Allah, every shaheed (martyr) will be in heaven, and every wounded will get his reward.” On its Facebook page last week, Abbas’s Fatah party posted an image with burning tires, a kufiya-clad youth throwing rocks, and a knife with the phrase “#third intifada.”


MSNBC correspondent Ayman Mohyeldin, a reporter with a history of anti-Israel bias, suggested during an on-air segment Wednesday that a terrorist who had been killed after attacking Israeli police was unharmed. Mohyeldin was immediately corrected by anchor Jose Diaz-Balart, who pointed out that the accompanying video clearly showed that the terrorist was, in fact, holding a knife.At 2:10 in the video embedded below, Mohyeldin started describing the terrorist as he fled, observing that “he did not look to be particularly armed,” and after he was killed, “there was no gun that was visible.” As he continued describing what he saw after the terrorist was killed, Mohyeldin said, “Both of his hands were open and both of his hands did not have a knife.”Diaz-Balart then jumped in to correct Mohyeldin.

You’re covering this story live. You’re seeing it once and you’re actually witnessing it not knowing what you’re seeing til you actually process it. But in the video that we have that you have … as you say … I don’t think anyone else has this video … we can clearly see the man in camouflage t-shirt and pants with what appears to be at least in his right hand, a knife. And here take a look at this video right now. I can’t … really determine what he has on his left hand, but he’s holding something in his left hand and … in his right hand, it’s fisted, and you see coming out of the fist what appears to be, like, at least a five inch or longer black blade.

To watch the video, click here.

During Operation Protective Edge last year, NBC pulled Mohyeldin out of Gaza after he sarcastically accused Israel of killing four teens in a Facebook post, writing: “The #US State Department Spokesperson just said that #Hamas is ultimately responsible for #Israel shelling and killing 4 boys who were cousins aged 9-11 because Hamas didn’t accept the #ceasefire. Discuss among yourselves.”

He was later sent back to Gaza, where he reported that an Israel drone had struck a hospital. NBC was forced to delete a portion of his report in which he claimed that he had seen an Israeli drone fire at the hospital. An Italian journalist who had actually witnessed the attack confirmed that Hamas, not Israeli forces, had been responsible for the rocket strike that destroyed the hospital.

Prior to joining NBC, Mohyeldin worked for Al Jazeera. In 2009 the Canadian Broadcasting Company’s ombudsman upheld a complaint against Mohyeldin, stating that one of his reports—asserting that some United Nations employees had “obviously been targeted” by Israel—“did not meet the standards of accuracy and fairness within the CBC’s Journalistic Standards and Practices.” (via


NASA and the Israel Space Agency (ISA) of the Ministry of Science signed a new civil space cooperation agreement during the International Astronautical Congress now taking place in Jerusalem. “The implications of this agreement for Israel’s space and scientific communities are tremendous,” said Minister of Science, Technology and Space Ofir Akunis.  “The agreement provides us a platform for mutual cooperation between the Israeli and American space agencies and thus allows the science communities in both our counties important access to projects that offer the promise of significant development and growth in the years ahead.” A highlight at the IAC event was hearing from astronauts. Among them, former American astronaut Dr. Buzz Aldrin, the second man to walk on the moon, entertained a crowd of space enthusiasts at the IAC conference when talking about his personal adventure and the future role of spacewalking in human exploration. He told a press conference in Jerusalem that the only reason Neil Armstrong made the historic first step on the moon in July 1969 was “because he was standing closer to the door.” (via Israel21c)


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