World Palestinians Israeli-Palestinian Conflict West Bank Gaza Strip Obada Nawawra was talking to friends at a restaurant in Bethlehem. Outside the window, the terraced hills around the ancient West Bank city rolled into the distance. It was early June, and most restaurants were closed for Ramadan; aside from a table of tourists, the large place was nearly empty. As the conversation shifted to the subject of the Palestinian Authority (PA)—the semi-autonomous government based in the Israeli-occupied West Bank—the idle waiters edged closer to Nawawra’s table.The 25-year-old was staking out a historically mainstream position: The PA is an important institution for keeping peace in Palestinian enclaves. “Without the authority,” he said, there would be lawlessness—“more crime and drugs.” A boyish-looking waiter was incredulous: “How is the authority good? Before it, was there more crime? Another waiter, a woman who looked to be in her … [Read more...] about Middle East Peace? Can Young Palestinians’ Rejection of the PA Lead to a Binational State With Israel?
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TEL AVIV – In its 2018 budget, the Palestinian Authority earmarked $340 million — around seven percent of its total budget — for annual payments to security prisoners, terrorist “martyrs” and their families, a new report published by a Jerusalem-based think tank found. The PA allocated $147 million in transfers to security prisoners, which include salaries for 10,500 current and released prisoners, and other allocations such as clothing and “canteen expenditures” for those currently in Israeli jails, the Jerusalem Center for Public Affairs said.That number has steadily risen in recent years, with the budgets for 2016 and 2017 showing $129 million and $146 million respectively. A further $185 million was allocated in 2018 for payments to families of “martyrs” and the wounded, including monthly salaries to some 37,500 families, tuition grants, health insurance and a variety of other benefits. “Dedicating around … [Read more...] about Think Tank: Abbas Allocates $340 Million of 2018 PA Budget for ‘Pay-for-Slay’ Scheme
Rick Noack, The Washington Post Published 3:47 am PDT, Friday, July 13, 2018 In Germany, there have been few weeks this year in which anti-Semitic incidents did not make headlines. The most recent attack, however, is raising uncomfortable questions not only about anti-Semitic sentiments but also about the response of authorities. On Wednesday, a Jewish university professor from Baltimore was first attacked by a 20-year old - and then beaten up by police officers who apparently assumed the 50-year-old professor was the attacker. Authorities have since apologized for what they say was "an awful and regrettable mistake" on their side and an "abhorrent" crime by the 20-year old. The unnamed professor had traveled to Bonn - West Germany's former capital city - to hold a guest lecture. Wearing a Jewish kippah, the 50-year old was then attacked by a German with Palestinian origins, who shouted: "No Jew in Germany," both in English and in German, according to a police … [Read more...] about German police ‘mistakenly’ punch Baltimore professor who was a victim of anti-Semitic attack
(Gillian Morley/Twitter)FILE- This Jan. 22, 2018, file photo shows the Dunkin' Donuts logo on a shop in Mount Lebanon, Pa. A Dunkin' Donuts shop in Baltimore is no longer offering customers coupons if they report workers shouting in foreign languages to management. The Baltimore Sun reports the sign in the store on West 41st Street was removed after it created a stir on social media. A photo of the sign was posted Monday, June 18, on Twitter by a displeased customer. (AP Photo/Gene J. Puskar, File) BALTIMORE — A Dunkin’ Donuts shop in Baltimore is no longer offering customers coupons if they report workers shouting in foreign languages to management. The Baltimore Sun reports the sign in the store on West 41st Street was removed after it created a stir on social media. A photo of the sign was posted Monday on Twitter by a displeased customer. It read: “If you hear any of our staff SHOUTING in a language other than ENGLISH Please call … immediately with the name … [Read more...] about Baltimore Dunkin’ Donuts removes sign discouraging foreign language
A 26-vehicle crash involving trucks and cars during a whiteout from a snow squall snarled traffic on a busy eastern Pennsylvania highway Wednesday afternoon. The crash blocked all lanes of U.S. Route 222 southbound in Wyomissing, Berks County, between the U.S. Route 422 westbound and Lebanon/Penn Ave-West Exit and Pennsylvania Route 724 - Sinking Spring/Shillington Exit around 1:25 p.m. A Level 2 Mass Casualty Incident was declared meaning up to 25 people could be hurt, Berks County dispatchers said. At least seven people were taken to an area hospital with undisclosed injuries, Wyomissing Police Chief Jeffrey Biehl said. People involved in the crash who weren't seriously injured were being taken to the Spring Township fire station on Monroe Avenue in West Lawn. A snow squall caused whiteout conditions at the time of the crash, PennDOT spokesman Ron Young said. Snow could be seen on the roadway after the wreck. The snow squall that caused the crash comes on the heels of … [Read more...] about Snow Squall Leads to ‘Mass Casualty’ Crash Along Pa. Highway