Obama admin refuses to call Jerusalem Israel’s capital
Thursday, March 29, 2012 | Ryan Jones
A long-standing point of contention between Israel and the US (one of the few that exists) is the fact that while Congress and the vast majority of American citizens recognize Jerusalem as the capital of the Jewish state, the White House refuses to do so.
The Obama Administration’s position on Jerusalem took center stage this week when a State Department spokeswoman refused during a press briefing to accept that the city, even the non-contested and Jewish dominated western half, is the capital of Israel.
Early in the week, the Washington Free Beacon political blog discovered that a State Department communication posted online had identified “Jerusalem” and “Israel” as separate Middle East entities. Following that revelation, the State Department quickly altered the communique to list only cities and not countries.
At Wednesday’s weekly press briefing, a reporter asked State Department spokeswoman Victoria Nuland to comment on the issue, to which she replied, “Our policy with regard to Jerusalem is that it has to be solved through negotiations. We are not going to prejudge the outcome of those negotiations, including the final status of Jerusalem. …That’s all I have to say…”
But the reporter in question was not satisfied, and pressed Nuland, stating, “That seems to suggest that you do not regard Jerusalem as the capital of Israel.” Nuland still was not budging, so the reporter tried to “give her an out” by asking, “Is it your position that all of Jerusalem is a final-status issue, or do you think — or is it just East Jerusalem?”
Nuland still refused to acknowledge that even the western side of Jerusalem, which has been under Israeli sovereignty since 1948, is the legitimate seat of Israel’s government. The Weekly Standard transcribed the entire exchange at the press briefing.
The United States continues to maintain its embassy in Tel Aviv, despite a 1995 act of Congress that stipulated the American mission was to be moved to Jerusalem no later than 1999. Successive American presidents have consistently invoked “national security” powers to avoid implementing the Jerusalem Embassy Act.
Israel is unfazed by the fresh commotion over the status of its capital, said an official [cited by the Times of Israel].
“Jerusalem is Israel’s capital by decision of the Knesset and nothing can change that,” Foreign Ministry spokesman Yigal Palmor stated. “It’s our capital, no matter what anyone else is saying.”
Jewish schools in France being terrorized with threatening emails, phone calls
Thursday, March 29, 2012 | Ryan Jones
Less than two weeks after a Muslim gunman brutally murdered a rabbi and three children at a Jewish school in Toulouse, Jewish schools across France, including the one where the attack occurred, are receiving threatening emails and phone calls.
Staff at the Ozar Hatorah School in Toulouse where terrorist Mohammed Merah mercilessly killed Yonatan Sandler, his two young sons, and the 8-year-old daughter of the school’s headmaster said they have been flooded with emails and phone calls threatening the lives of more students.
French news agency AFP reported that numerous emails had been sent to the school calling for the murder of more Jews and linking the justifying the recent killings as a response to the Israeli-Palestinian conflict. Many of the emails were signed, “The avenger of France and the French people.”
These threats have been sent to numerous other Jewish schools in France, too, most of them belonging to the Ozar Hatorah school network. The head of the school network told AFP that he fears further anti-Semitic attacks.
Just this week, a 12-year-old Jewish boy was beaten by a gang of youths not far from the Ozar Hatorah school in Paris. His attackers reportedly shouted anti-Semitic epithets like “dirty Jew.”