Palestinian President Cuts Off Diplomatic Ties With Israel

Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas said Friday he was freezing contacts with Israel until it removes metal detectors that were installed recently at the Temple Mount, one of Islam’s holiest sites, after three people died and 200 more were injured during deadly clashes at the site Friday afternoon, according to Reuters.

"I declare the suspension of all contacts with the Israeli side on all levels until it cancels its measures at Al-Aqsa mosque and preserves the status quo," Abbas said in a brief televised speech after meeting his aides, referring to a mosque forming part of the holy site.

Abbas said in a speech that the freeze would stay in place until Israel lifted its stringent measures at Al-Aqsa mosque , which Jews call the Temple Mount, according to the Daily Sabah. On the advice of local police and the IDF, Israel’s cabinet decided to tighten security around the site after a series of violent terrorist attacks, including one that occurred a week ago, when three assailants somehow smuggled weapons onto the site, according to Breitbart.

Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas

Palestinians have been battling with Israeli Defense Forces outside the Temple for days to protest the new security measures – including metal detectors that have been installed at the Temple’s entrances. On Friday, three young men were killed when fighting broke out.

Israeli police told the government that “extremist elements” where planning to “to cause violent disruptions to the public order, and thereby to threaten the public peace, including the [safety] of those coming to pray at the holy sites and other residents of the area," according to Breitbart

As a result, Israeli security forces erected checkpoints at main entrances to Jerusalem and blocked several roads leading to the Temple Mount area. Some 3,000 police forces were deployed to Jerusalem’s Old City in addition to five Israel Defense Forces battalions that have been put on standby.

According to Palestinian medical sources, Mohammad Mahmoud Sharef, 17, was shot in the neck in the East Jerusalem neighborhood of Ras Al-Amoud. Sharef reportedly and died of his wounds shortly afterwards. The Palestinian reports claimed that the gunfire came from a nearby east Jerusalem Jewish neighborhood called Maala Hazeitim. The other casualty was Mohammad Hassan Abu Ghanem, 19. Later, Palestinian media reported a third Palestinian, 17-year-old Mohammad Laffi, was killed in Abu Dis, a town near the border with Israel.

Clashes have erupted across the West Bank. Here’s the Jerusalem Post with more:

“Israel's Channel 10 reported that a child of eight had died from tear gas inhalation, but that could not be confirmed.


Israeli police also reported disturbances in Ras Al-Amoud, A-Tur, and Wadi Joz, including stone throwing and Molotov cocktails, which resulted in the injury of four police officers.


According to the army, the West Bank checkpoint of Qalandiya as well as Hebron saw the largest riots, with an estimated 600 Palestinians throwing stones at troops at the Qalandiya checkpoint near Jerusalem and hundreds more in Hebron. Troops responded with tear gas and stun grenades in both cases.


At least 200 Palestinians threw stones at security forces at Rachel’s Tomb in Bethlehem, while more demonstrated in the West Bank town of Jericho. A reported 100 others threw stones at Israeli vehicles near the settlement of Tekoa and some 200 others clashed with troops in Qaddum, west of Nablus, and Na’alin, west of Ramallah. Another 100 Palestinians clashes with troops in Beit Ummar, northwest of Hebron.


The Palestinian Maan agency reported that the bodies of both Palestinians were quickly buried on Friday afternoon, out of concern that Israeli authorities would seize them. Maan also reported that Israeli forces raided Makassed Hospital, although the purpose of the raid has not yet been established.”

The battles erupted after Palestinian protest leaders, a group that includes top Palestinian government officials, told their followers that the metal detectors were part of an Israeli conspiracy to hamper Muslim worship at the Mount. The site is one of the holiest landmarks in Judaism and Islam.


Billy the Poet Sanity Bear Fri, 07/21/2017 - 18:53 Permalink

The Israelis fired a rocket at my Mom's school friend, John Spicher, and killed him.  They also left a toxic radioactive waste dump a few miles from my home when they broke US law to smuggle the nuclear material they used to start their nuclear weapons system.The NUMEC Affair: Did Highly Enriched Uranium from the U.S. Aid Israel's Nuclear Weapons Program?… Anyone (and I mean you) who defends the murder of innocent US servicemen should get the hell out of my country.

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Billy the Poet JLee2027 Fri, 07/21/2017 - 18:58 Permalink

The Palestinians are descendants of the biblical Jews. Converts to Judaism like the Ashkenazim and Sammy Davis, Jr. aren't. While the common wisdom among many Israelis is that the group that calls itself "Palestinian" is a motley collection of Arabs from various parts of the Middle East who immigrated to the Land of Israel following the employment opportunities provided by Jews, Misinai says that the vast majority of today's Palestinians are descended from the remnants of Jewish families who managed to avoid being deported over the past 2,000 years, or returned to their lands after they were exiled, as the Jews in the Holy Land suffered blow after blow - from the Roman destruction of the Temple to the Crusades to famine, poverty and war throughout the Middle Ages.

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TheLastTrump (not verified) Billy the Poet Fri, 07/21/2017 - 18:16 Permalink

Right, there are no real Jews in Israel. Says you. All you Jew haters are childish & irresponsible. Not to mention idiots. “This reminds me of anti-Semitism,” Putin said. “The Jews are to blame for everything. An idiot cannot do anything himself, so the Jews are to blame. But we know what such attitudes lead to. They end with nothing good.”

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Billy the Poet TheLastTrump (not verified) Fri, 07/21/2017 - 18:23 Permalink

Please cite any instance when I said that Jews were responsible for everything or admit that you told a lie in lieu of presenting an actual argument.Bonus points: I think that these folks are intelligent and courageous. Do you?  True Torah Jews Our Mission The relatively new concept of Zionism began only about one hundred years ago and since that time Torah-true Jewry has steadfastly opposed the Zionist ideology. This struggle is rooted in two convictions: 1. Zionism, by advocating a political and military end to the Jewish exile, denies the very essence of our Diaspora existence. We are in exile by Divine Decree and may emerge from exile solely via Divine Redemption. All human efforts to alter a metaphysical reality are doomed to end in failure and bloodshed. History has clearly borne out this teaching. 2. Zionism has not only denied our fundamental belief in Heavenly Redemption it has also created a pseudo-Judaism which views the essence of our identity to be a secular nationalism. Accordingly, Zionism and the Israeli state have consistently endeavored, via persuasion and coercion, to replace a Divine and Torah-centered understanding of our peoplehood with an armed materialism. True Torah Jews is dedicated to informing the world and in particular the American public and politicians that not all Jews support the ideology of the Zionist state called "Israel". In fact, a great number of Orthodox Jews view the ideology of that state as diametrically opposed to the teachings of traditional Judaism. We are concerned that the widespread misconception that all Jews support the Zionist state and its actions endangers Jews worldwide.    

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Rabbi Chaim Cohen Billy the Poet Sat, 07/22/2017 - 11:57 Permalink

I think you might want to go back and read Exodus 12, particularly verses 37 - 38 & 48 - 49. ANYONE can become Israel by circumcision and keeping the Passover. Sadly, modern Judaism doesn't recognize this conversion method. Because it appears to be what God actually ordained for his people.

Whether or not the Khazars were converts is irrelevant; they became as the native born of Jacob according to Scripture once they were circumcised and ate the Passover (while having a true heart for our Creator).

Check out "The Kuzari" by Yehudah HaLevi circa 1140ce, for the complete version of the story you have never been told. I always like to read the best argument on either side of an issue before I form a hard opinion.

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Billy the Poet BullyBearish Fri, 07/21/2017 - 17:41 Permalink

Not necessarily. There are Jewish individuals in both the Trump camp and anti-Trump camp. But the hard core Zionists, neocons, deepstaters and media are anti-Trump and the attempted reconciliation with Russia is obviously a major problem for them. It seems that just as we see factions at odds in US government there are factions within the ranks of Jewish elites as well.The various factions appear to me to be committed to their causes. One might conjecture that all factions are being controlled from above but I'm coming to think that the power brokers are not as hegemonic as I had once believed them to be.

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Conscious Reviver Ink Pusher Sat, 07/22/2017 - 10:25 Permalink

Hey,  skull and bones, sucks to be you. Look, Hezbulah has so many tens of thousands of these that they are now using them on your wacky jihadi friends. They can pulverize any place in Israel now, including Demona nuclear weapons facility.… and everyone but you knows Iron Dome is bullshit.

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