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Clashes in France Over Enforcing Veil Ban
Facebook 'Deserves Credit' for Hate Speech Removal
Raanana Mayor Won’t Fire Staffer for Slurs
'Halalgoogling' Blocks Anti-Muslim Content
Bennett: Keep Building During Negotiations
Helen Thomas Dies, Aged 92
MKs Worry: What did PM Promise Abbas?
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Hotovely: The Talks Will Lead Nowhere
Lieberman: The Conflict Has No Solution
Netanyahu: Resuming Talks with PA 'Vital'
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1. Netanyahu: Negotiations ‘Won’t be Easy’
by Maayana Miskin Netanyahu: Negotiations ‘Won’t be Easy’

Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu opened this week’s Cabinet meeting by speaking about the recent announcement that Israel will be resuming negotiations with the Palestinian Authority.

“The negotiations will not be easy,” Netanyahu warned his ministers.

“But we are going into it with honesty, sincerity, and hope that the process will be conducted seriously and responsibly,” he continued.

Netanyahu tied the issue to the legacy of Menachem Begin, who was born 100 years ago today. “Begin understood security first and foremost. He did not hesitate to act… He attacked Saddam Hussein’s reactor in Iraq, and I think history has taught us how important that step was,” he said.

“We are just as dedicated to peace and security. We are currently making an effort to restart the diplomatic process, I see this as a vital strategic interest.

“First of all we want peace. Alongside this, I am committed to two goals, and it must be clear that they must shape the outcome as well… First of all, if there will be [an agreement], it will be brought to a referendum. I believe that this is vital,” he continued.

“I do not think that decisions like these can be made, if an agreement is reached, in some coalition deal or another, but rather, a thing like this must be brought to the nation,” he declared.

“One of my goals for the process itself is preventing the creation of a binational state between the Jordan and the sea, while at the same time preventing the creation of another terrorist state sponsored by Iran.

“We will need to find the balance between these two things, and our negotiating partners will need to make concessions, too, that will allow us to defend our security and our vital national interests,” he said.

Minister Uri Orbach of the Bayit Yehudi (Jewish Home) faction spoke at the Cabinet meeting as well, and denied reports that the government had agreed to free terrorist prisoners – one of PA Chairman Abbas’ former preconditions for talks.

“Freeing terrorists isn’t the price one pays for beginning negotiations. Israel is going in with no preconditions,” he stated.

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2. Clashes in France Over Enforcing Veil Ban
by Chana Ya'ar Clashes in France Over Enforcing Veil Ban

At least five people were injured, including four police officers, when a mob rioted in a Paris suburb over enforcement of the ban on full-face veils in France.

Six were detained in the violence that struck the small town in Trappes Friday night, as 250 rioters hurled rocks at police, about 17 miles west of Paris. 

A bus shelter was shattered and a number of trash bins were torched, setting flames rising to the sky. A 14-year-old boy was hit in the eye by one of the flying objects in the melee, and suffered a serious injury as a result.

Officers responded with crowd control measures that included the use of tear gas.

The violence was ignited following a protest over the arrest of a man whose wife had received a ticket on Thursday for wearing a full-face veil, in violation of French law.

In response, her husband attempted to strangle the officer who was issuing the ticket, a prosecutor told reporters.

Such tickets carry small fines or citizenship classes for the women who wear the veils, banned since 2011. In addition, the law carries a 30,000 euro fine for anyone (husband or Islamic cleric) or who forces a woman to wear one. 

In addition to the ban on veils, France also bars head scarves in schools and public buildings, which affects observant Jewish women as well, many of whom also cover their hair with scarves.

Local town official Erard Cordin de Mangoux told Sky News, “The police forces will remain in position for as long as necessary, not as provocation but for reasons of security, to give the 30,000 Trappes residents a sense of security and serenity,” he said. 

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3. Facebook 'Deserves Credit' for Removing Hungarian Hate Speech
by Rina Tzvi Facebook 'Deserves Credit' for Hate Speech Removal

The Anti-Defamation League today praised Facebook for removing the page of, the leading Hungarian purveyor of anti-Semitic and anti-Roma hate speech.

The League assisted the Action and Protection Foundation, which monitors and combats anti-Semitism in Hungary, to submit a detailed complaint to Facebook.

“Through its Facebook page, was conveying threats against Jews and Roma, inciting to violence, spreading vile anti-Semitism and Holocaust denial, all of which are crimes in Hungary,” said Abraham H. Foxman, ADL National Director and co-author of Viral Hate: Containing Its Spread on the Internet. “Even the Prime Minister of Hungary complained to the U.S. Government and Congress about’s U.S.-hosted website.”

In July 2012, Hungarian Prime Minister Viktor Orban wrote about to U.S. Rep. Joseph Crowley, indicating that the “focal point of Hungarian anti-Semitism is a news portal, which, to avoid the measures of the Hungarian government, fled to the United States and has been conducting disgraceful activities from there.  If this problem were to be resolved, then the Hungarian forces of anti-Semitism would be severely weakened.”

ADL welcomed Facebook’s efforts to seek new methods to combat hate speech through its participation in dialogue with many organizations and meetings of the Internet Hate Task Force of the Inter-Parliamentary Coalition Combating Anti-Semitism, which the organization co-chairs.

“Facebook deserves credit for taking the time and effort to evaluate’s activity on their platform and for making the right decision which is consistent with their policies,” Foxman said.  “We will continue to develop best practices for responding to Internet hate.”

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4. Raanana Mayor Won’t Fire Staffer for Slurs on Judaism
by Maayana Miskin Raanana Mayor Won’t Fire Staffer for Slurs

Raanana Mayor Nachum Hofri has clarified that he does not intend to fire his campaign spokeswoman, Hana Beit-Halahmi, despite controversy over offensive comments she made about Judaism and religious Jews.

In response to rumors that he planned to fire Beit-Halahmi, Hofri wrote on Facebook that his spokeswoman “will be with us until 22.10.13.”

Beit-Halahmi most recently caused an uproar when she wrote that Tisha B’Av, the day of mourning over the destruction of the First Temple and Second Temple, “is essentially a cause for celebration.”

After her comments were publicized by Arutz Sheva, she offered a clarification, saying, “My post this morning was wrote jokingly, because the amount of violence and needless hate around the politics of force at the Western Wall raises questions about what would happen if it were more than a wall.”

“Gog and Magog,” she answered herself, referring to a massive war prophesied in the Bible.

Beit-Halahmi had previously caused offense in 2010 with serious criticism of Jewish youth in Judea and Samaria. In an article titled, “Berlin 1939, we have returned to you,” she wrote, “The hilltop youth, and settler youth in general, have taken the place of the Hitler Youth.”

“Fighting to replace the Brown Shirts are the Oz unit, right-wing organizations in the territories, and those 35 rabbis who signed a letter against renting apartments to Arabs,” she continued.

“So what do we have here? Nazis – settlers, Kahana Chai – Brown Shirts, Hitler Youth – Hilltop youth, Rabbis, Aryans – Pure Jews… Checking the purity of the Aryan race – who is a Jew… Jailing children of foreign workers – prison camps and concentration camps – prison for refugees in the desert – concentration camps… I opposed comparisons to the Holocaust, until they stopped being comparisons to the Holocaust and started being a remarkable similarity between people, ideas and processes in pre-Holocaust Germany and in Israel here and now,” she wrote.

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5. 'Halalgoogling' Blocks Anti-Muslim Content
by Rina Tzvi 'Halalgoogling' Blocks Anti-Muslim Content

A new online search engine is blocking web content deemed “haram,” or forbidden in Islam.

The Halalgoogling site, dubbed the “Haram Filtering System,” claims to block content based on general category filtering and forbidden sites on a “black list”, Al-Arabiya news reported.

According to the site, the system features four components: general category filtering, which filters overall search of different categories; forbidden sites, which black lists websites; link filtering, which removes of only certain links from a website; and, Haram Keywords, which list keywords that are banned.

However, Halalgoogling admits that some haram content still escapes the filter, according to Al-Arabiya.

“Despite of our best efforts to make our service as secure as possible from haram content, there is still much work to be done, we still have several milestones to overcome, but with God willing (Insha’Allah) and your help we will make Halalgoogling suitable for every Muslim brother and sister and achieve our common goal,” a statement on their blog says.

According to Pakistan’s Express Tribune, the “haram filter” has been developed by a worldwide team of “internet experts” to determine haram content and protect those who do not want to be exposed to such information.

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6. Bennett: Keep Building During Negotiations
by Gil Ronen Bennett: Keep Building During Negotiations

Bayit Yehudi Chairman and Economics Minister, Naftali Bennett, called Saturday for construction in Judea and Samaria to proceed even after negotiations with the Palestinian Authority (PA) are launched.

"Our insistence on our principles paid off,” Bennett said in a statement following U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry's announcement that peace talks were about to resume. “It has been proven that when we insist on our position, negotiations can be carried out without preconditions, without a freeze, and certainly without the delusional demand to carry them out on the basis of [pre-] 67 lines.

"With the launching of negotiations,” said Bennett, “we will insist on the continuation of normal life, and a continuation of construction in Jerusalem, Judea and Samaria. History has taught us that construction brings life, and the eviction of communities brings terror.”

EU "not an honest broker"

Bennett added that following last week's announcement of an EU boycott against parts of Israel liberated in 1967, the Bayit Yehudi party will not agree to have the EU involved in negotiations with the PA. “They have taken themselves out of any position of an honest broker,” he explained. “We are embarking on the journey carefully and with eyes wide open. We are not naïve.”

Housing Minister Uri Ariel, also of Bayit Yehudi, reacted negatively to reports that Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu has agreed to release terrorist prisoners as a “gesture” to PA chairman Mahmoud Abbas, as a part of the return to negotiations.

"If the reports in foreign press about agreement to preconditions are true, this is a serious mistake,” he said. The release of terror prisoners endangers Israel's security, he added.

Min. Ariel also voiced opposition to any kind of freeze on construction for Jews in Judea and Samaria. “Under no circumstances will I lend my hand to an immoral and un-Jewish act that will make it possible to freeze construction in Jerusalem and in the settlement enterprise, and I will take action to use my authority as Housing Minister in order to enlarge the supply of housing in the required locations,” he said.

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7. Helen Thomas Dies, Aged 92
by Gil Ronen Helen Thomas Dies, Aged 92

Helen Thomas, the veteran White House journalist who ended her career with an anti-Semitic tirade, died on Saturday at the age of 92.

Thomas was the first woman to join the White House Correspondents' Association, and the first woman to serve as its president. She was also the first female member of the Gridiron Club, Washington's historic press group. wrote that she served for 57 years at United Press International, first as a correspondent then as a White House bureau chief, before becoming a columnist for Hearst Papers.

Thomas was present at the press briefings of ten consecutive presidential administrations. But her career in journalism ended abruptly in 2010 when she went on an anti-Semitic tirade in an interview with a rabbi.

Thomas, a daughter of Lebanese immigrants, told the rabbi that Israel should "get the hell out of Palestine," and that the Jewish people should go home to "Poland, Germany ... and America and everywhere else."

After the video was posted, Thomas wrote on her web site, “I deeply regret my comments I made last week regarding the Israelis and the Palestinians. They do not reflect my heartfelt belief that peace will come to the Middle East only when all parties recognize the need for mutual respect and tolerance. May that day come soon."

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8. MKs Worry: What did PM Promise Abbas?
by Maayana Miskin MKs Worry: What did PM Promise Abbas?

While some have welcomed the announcement that Israel and the Palestinian Authority will resume talks, a growing number of ministers and MKs have expressed concern over the promises that Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu is rumored to have made in order to win PA Chairman Mahmoud Abbas’ agreement to negotiate.

 MK Miri Regev, a member of Netanyahu’s Likud party, called Sunday for an urgent meeting of the Knesset’s Foreign Affairs and Defense Committee to address the issue.

“In wake of [U.S. Secretary of State] Kerry’s announcement in Amman regarding the renewal of negotiations with the Palestinians, I am calling on the Prime Minister to bring the essential points of the renewal of talks to the Knesset’s Foreign Affairs and Defense Committee for approval,” she said.

“I should note that since Justice Minister Tzipi Livni is responsible for oversight of the talks with the Palestinians, I request that she, too, come and give a report regarding the renewal of talks,” Regev added.

“I want an urgent meeting on the matter because of the various reports saying that Israel agreed to negotiate based on the 1967 lines, and that there is agreement to an Israeli gesture to Abu Mazen [Abbas’ nom de guerre – ed.] involving the release of ‘serious’ Palestinian prisoners who were involved in acts of terror and murder of Jews, prisoners who pose a threat to Israel’s security,” she continued. “We will demand that the Prime Minister clarify the truth.”

“I wish to emphasize that the deliberation on an agreement based on the 1967 lines is dangerous to Israel’s security and to the future of Jewish settlement in Judea and Samaria,” she added.

Members of the Bayit Yehudi (Jewish Home) part, including ministers Naftali Bennett and Uri Ariel, have expressed concern as well. Ariel warned that if reports regarding Netanyahu’s concessions to Abbas were true, “this is a serious mistake.”

There have been several reports regarding Netanyahu’s promises to Abbas, who formerly listed several preconditions to talks, among them the release of terrorist prisoners held by Israel and a complete ban on construction of new housing for Jews living east of the 1949 armistice line.

Some foreign papers have said that Netanyahu agreed to base talks on the “1967 lines,” meaning the 1949 armistice line. Others report that Netanyahu promised to free terrorist prisoners prior to his first meeting with Abbas. Some reports say Netanyahu agreed to an unofficial building freeze in Judea and Samaria, as well.

According to Maariv/nrg, Abbas continued to refuse talks despite concessions from Netanyahu, until Kerry warned him that his refusal would mean a cut to U.S. financial assistance to the PA. The PA relies heavily on foreign support.

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Hotovely: The Talks Will Lead Nowhere
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Netanyahu: Resuming Talks with PA 'Vital'

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