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Israel’s Legal Right to the Land


Dr. Jacques P. Gauthier is a Canadian lawyer whose life's work has been devoted to a thesis proving the legitimacy of the Jewish claim to Jerusalem under international law. In his first ever presentation to a Christian audience, this thorough analysis of the Jewish people's legal claim to their capital was given at the ICEJ's Feast of Tabernacles celebration of 2010.

 

On April 25th, 1920 after WWI, the Supreme Council of Allied Powers met in San Remo, Italy to decide the future boundaries of the Middle East. Although none of the overall boundaries have been altered since then, many false arguments have arisen in opposition to these firmly established precedents.

The 1920 decision of the Supreme Council of the Principal Allied Powers, Britain, France, Japan, Italy (with the US not present but in full agreement) is legally binding to this day.

Especially in light of the ongoing efforts to secure statehood by Fatah leadership, the 1920 San Remo Conference must be fully taken into account. The Palestinian Authority's end-run action at the UN was designed to avoid legal negotiations with the already sovereign State of Israel. San Remo-based International law stands firmly on the side of Israel and against any Palestinian Authority or UN declarations.

Israel's Legal Right To Judea, Samaria and All of Jerusalem
Based on International Law.

Component Parts of International Law:
1. Balfour Declaration
2. Paris Peace Accords
3. San Remo Resolution
4. League of Nations Covenant
5. British Mandate for Palestine

The Legal Case for Israel by Professor Eugene Kontorovich

 

Important Resources:

PDF of the actual minutes of the San Remo Peace Conference in Italy, April 24-25, 1920.

Eli E. Hertz has produced this overview, This Land is My Land (PDF).

Professor Howard Grief explains how UN Resolution 242 breaks international law laid down at San Remo, Italy. Click to download (PDF).

A May 14, 1920, newspaper reflecting the jubilance of Jews over the decision at San Remo.

Please visit the European Coalition for Israel website and share this link with your friends - http://ec4i.org

Long-time friend of UCI and Middle East Correspondent for CBN, Chris Mitchell, produced this video at the 90 year anniversary of the San Remo, Italy event.

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Islamic State threatens to topple Hamas in Gaza, 'uproot the Jewish state'

Author(s):  Samuel Rogesit
Source:  APwire.     Article date: July 1st, 2015


Islamic State insurgentsIslamic State insurgents threatened on Tuesday to turn the Gaza Strip into another of their Middle East fiefdoms, accusing Hamas, the organization that rules the Palestinian territory, of being insufficiently stringent about religious enforcement.

The video statement, issued from an Islamic State stronghold in Syria, was a rare public challenge to Hamas, which has been cracking down on jihadis in Gaza who oppose its truces with Israel and reconciliation with the US-backed rival Palestinian faction Fatah.

“We will uproot the state of the Jews (Israel) and you and Fatah, and all of the secularists are nothing and you will be over-run by our creeping multitudes,” said a masked Islamic State member in the message addressed to the “tyrants of Hamas”.

“The rule of sharia (Islamic law) will be implemented in Gaza, in spite of you. We swear that what is happening in the Levant today, and in particular the Yarmouk camp, will happen in Gaza,” he said, referring to Islamic State advances in Syria, including in a Damascus district founded by Palestinian refugees.

Islamic State has also taken over swathes of Iraq and has claimed attacks in Egypt, Libya, Tunisia and Yemen.

Hamas is an Islamist movement that shares the jihadis' hostility to Israel but not their quest for a global religious war, defining itself more within the framework of Palestinian nationalism. Deemed a terrorist group by Israel, the United States and the European Union, and viewed by neighboring Arab power Egypt as a regional security threat, Hamas's struggle against Islamic State-linked jihadis has not won sympathy abroad.

Israel's intelligence minister, Israel Katz, accused Hamas on Tuesday of partnering with Islamic State affiliates in the Egyptian Sinai – a charge long denied by the Palestinian group. “There is cooperation between them in the realm of weapons smuggling and terrorist attacks. The Egyptians know this, and the Saudis,” Katz told a Tel Aviv conference organized by the Israel Defense journal. “At the same time, within Gaza, ISIS (Islamic State) has been flouting Hamas. But they have common cause against the Jews, in Israel or abroad.”

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Iran Détente Still a Poison Pill for Gulf Arabs, Nuclear Question or Not

Author(s):  Paul Mutter
Source:  Foreignpolicyblogs.com.     Article date: July 1st, 2015


Iran DétenteU.S. policymakers face many difficult choices in pursuing rapprochement with the Islamic Republic of Iran. There is little chance that Iran and the Arab monarchies, led by Saudi Arabia, can countenance each another’s respective aspirations. The U.S. is trying to make a deal with Iran while still tying itself to the demands of its other security partners in the region.

Iran’s ambitions are not new or “revolutionary”: Before the overthrow of the last Shah, a number of modern Iranian leaders had hegemonic aspirations in the Gulf, expressed in terms of past imperial grandeurs. The revolution in 1979 unleashed a torrent of anti-Americanism, but it did not diminish Iranian leaders’ aspirations. Instead, it emboldened them, as they were now animated by true revolutionary zeal, and not the reactionary imaginations of some “pan-Iranists” who called for a “Greater Iran.”

Today, such naked ethnic supremacism holds little stock among even the most hardline Iranian policymakers. While Supreme Leader Khomeini expressed himself in religious terms, he and his colleagues still yearned for national greatness beyond Iran’s borders, to export their model of governance so that would be surrounded by far friendlier regimes. Now they must balance this desire with the realization that their rule cannot survive without better international relations and a lessening of economic sanctions.

Iranian leaders still fear that offensive action might topple them from power — they know full well Western powers could stoke discontent against the ruling class — but they also want be feared and treated as equals. Iranian influence is seen in much of the Arab world as Shia, Persian chauvinism – an unsurprising view given the way Tehran carries itself. But that chauvinism is only exceeded in pretensions by the chauvinism of the Gulf States arrayed against the so-called Shia Crescent.

These Arab powers have many of the same underlying fears of their own citizenry that Iranian leaders do, though there are several notable differences. For one, the Arab states are not under the same sanctions as Iran and need to fear the socioeconomic impact of decades-long censure. Yet the underlying economic and political contracts they have with their subjects are under strain, because of the simple fact that people cannot be bought off forever, especially …

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Iranian President Issues Warnings as Nuclear Talks Extended

Author(s):  Parisa Hafezi
Source:  Reuters.     Article date: July 1st, 2015


Iran MeetingsIran and world powers gave themselves an extra week to reach a nuclear accord, extending a deadline due to expire on Tuesday, while U.S. President Barack Obama said there would be no deal if all pathways to an Iranian nuclear weapon were not cut off. With talks in the final stretch, Iran's president Hassan Rouhani also spoke out, saying his country would resume suspended atomic work if the West breaks its promises.

Iran and six world powers are working towards an accord that would see Tehran halt sensitive nuclear work for at least a decade in exchange for the lifting of economic sanctions, potentially the biggest breakthrough in decades of hostility between Washington and Tehran.

“Ultimately this is going to be up to the Iranians” to meet the requirements set out by the international community, Obama said during a news conference in Washington. Obama's remarks were likely to be seen as a response to Iran's Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei, who last week seemed to place a hurdle in front of the talks by ruling out either a long freeze of sensitive nuclear work or opening military sites to inspectors.

President Rouhani, a pragmatist elected two years ago on promises to reduce Iran's international isolation, said on Tuesday Tehran would resume halted nuclear work immediately if the powers failed to keep their promises under any accord. “If we reach a deal, both sides should be committed to it,” Rouhani said in Tehran, the state news agency IRNA reported. “If the other side breaches the deal, we will go back to the old path, stronger than what they can imagine.” Rouhani has been a strong supporter of negotiations but has less power in Iran than the more hardline Khamenei …

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Homeland Security Claims: ISIS Not a Threat to the US This 4th of July

Author(s):  Michael Gryboski
Source:  Christianpost.com.     Article date: July 1st, 2015


Homeland SecurityHomeland Security spokesman Francis Taylor said in a Senate hearing last week that there is no evidence to support the belief that the Islamic State terror group is planning a cross border attack on U.S. soil.

Taylor, DHS undersecretary for Intelligence and Analysis, told the Senate Committee on Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs about DHS being “unaware” of a threat from the group, which is also called ISIS or ISIL. “At present, DHS is unaware of any specific, credible threat to the U.S. homeland from ISIL,” Taylor said Wednesday, according to a transcript.

“I'm satisfied we have the intelligence and the capability on our border that would prevent that activity.”

Based in Northern Iraq and Syria, ISIS has garnered international attention for its military victories and brutal acts of violence against civilians and religious minorities. With a force of over 30,000, hundreds of ISIS' fighters are citizens of western nations, including the United Kingdom and the U.S.

The number of American citizens belonging to ISIS has prompted individuals like Texas Republican Gov. Rick Perry to conclude that they are planning to attack American soil. “We have seen historic high levels of individuals from countries with terrorist ties over the course of the last few months,” Perry said last month. “Because of the condition of the border from the standpoint of it not being secured and us not knowing who is penetrating across, individuals from ISIS or other terrorist states … I think it is a very real possibility that they have already used that.”

Judicial Watch, a conservative organization, also claimed that anonymous intelligence officials have confirmed that ISIS is operating in border towns, such as Ciudad Juarez. “Intelligence officials have picked up radio talk and chatter indicating that the terrorist groups are going to 'carry out an attack on the border,' according to one JW source,” Judicial Watch reported. “'It's coming very soon,' according to this high-level source, who clearly identified the groups planning the plots as 'ISIS and al-Qaeda.'”

In an entry from earlier this month, Media Matters, a left-of-center organization, claimed that the Judicial Watch report was “poorly sourced,” and countered that “homeland security officials and law enforcement officers have repeatedly stated that there is no credible threat to the homeland from the Islamic State.”

“I am aware of the [Judicial Watch] article and we take threats against Fort Bliss seriously … we continuously work with local and federal law enforcement agencies to assess threat levels in El Paso and can adjust our security measures based on these assessments,” said Lt. Col. Lee Peters, a spokesman for Fort Bliss, a base located near Ciudad Juarez, in a quote cited by Media Matters. “I am not sure of the validity of the article, but vigilance and preparedness are keys to maintaining a safe and secure installation.”

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Iran Nuclear Talks: Major Powers Agree to Extend Deadline for Historic Deal to July 7

Author(s):  Jane Hertiz
Source:  Abc.net.     Article date: July 1st, 2015


IRAN BombIran and six major powers have given themselves until July 7 to clinch a historic nuclear deal as a midnight deadline approached in marathon talks with no breakthrough in sight. 

Russian foreign minister Sergei Lavrov, who joined the talks in Vienna on Tuesday, said he believed that, after almost two years of trying, a deal ending the 13-year standoff was “within reach”. 

The talks are “progressing in a positive direction”, Mr Lavrov told Russian television after meeting US secretary of state John Kerry. “There remain questions, mostly regarding procedural issues rather than technical.” – “We have all reason to believe that results are within reach.”

US president Barack Obama reiterated that he would not hesitate to “walk away” from a nuclear deal with Iran if the conditions were not satisfactory. Mr Obama told reporters at a White House press conference Tehran would have to agree to a “strong, rigorous verification mechanism” on curbing its disputed nuclear program.

Earlier on Tuesday, Iranian foreign minister Mohammad Javad Zarif returned to Vienna following consultations in Tehran, a visit that had raised hopes he may be bringing instructions that would yield a breakthrough. But after Mr Kerry met with Mr Zarif for almost two hours, the US state department said the P5+1 group of global powers had agreed to extend the terms of an interim agreement until July 7.

A state department official said however that this did “not necessarily mean they will go until the 7th or end on the 7th”.

Mr Kerry had also made no plans for when he might leave the Austrian capital. A member of the Iranian delegation said “the negotiations will continue beyond June 30 without any precise fixed date”. After one-on-one talks, the Mr Kerry and Mr Zarif were joined by their teams for a broader meeting, including with nuclear experts US energy secretary Ernest Moniz and Iran's nuclear chief Ali Akbar Salehi.

The two Massachusetts Institute of Technology alumni played a key role in brokering the outlines of a breakthrough accord in April in Lausanne, Switzerland. Iran's supreme leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei appeared to give Mr Zarif his blessing, tweeting in English: “I recognise our negotiators as trustworthy, committed, brave and faithful.”

'Both sides have come too far to walk away'

Under the Lausanne framework, Iran agreed to substantially scale down its nuclear activities …

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ISIS in Jerusalem: Christians Threatened and a Temple Mount Takeover

Author(s):  Ahuva Balofsky
Source:  Breakingisraelnews.com.     Article date: July 1st, 2015


ISISThe Islamic State (ISIS) has appeared in Jerusalem, with fliers attributed to the terror group being posted in the Holy City, reported Israeli media over the weekend. According to Israel’s Channel 10, the fliers were posted as early as Thursday.

ISIS does not have an operational presence in Israel, but many Islamists support the terror group, with dozens of Arab citizens joining the fighting in Iraq and Syria. Earlier this month, rocket fire from Gaza into Israel was blamed on these supporters, allegedly attempting to stir up unrest between Israel and Hamas.

The leaflets threaten “revenge” against Jerusalem’s Christians and were signed “ISIS Palestine”. According to a report in Haaretz, fliers welcoming Ramadan were posted Saturday, reading: “We tell the heretic Christians, you must clear out immediately or we’ll massacre you on Eid al-Fitr, marking the end of Ramadan, and one month is time enough to evacuate.”

These were signed “Islamic State, Jerusalem Emirate,” according to the paper. Haaretz noted they may have been a prank.

Meanwhile, reports have appeared on social media of the ISIS flag being flown atop the Temple Mount, the holiest site for Jews and a holy place for Muslims as well. Once home to the First and Second Temples, the Mount now hosts the al-Aqsa Mosque and the Dome of the Rock shrine.

Temple Mount activist Rabbi Yehuda Glick told Breaking Israel News, “The situation on the Temple Mount is very worrying. The situation in general among Muslim leadership where, for some reason, celebrations like Ramadan are immediately interpreted as a celebrations of violence and terror is something that is very sad, mostly on the Muslim side.

“Of course, in terms of the State of Israel, we think the government of Israel should implement order on the Temple Mount. The Temple Mount should not be a place for demonstrating, and definitely not ISIS. I do hope that the authorities and police make sure it doesn’t happen again.”

As early as November, ISIS spokesperson Mohammed al-Adnani expressed the group’s interest in Jerusalem. A videotaped statement from al-Adnani was quoted in the Jerusalem Post at the time, saying, “We want Kabul, Karachi, Riyadh, Tehran, Baghdad, Damascus, Jerusalem, and Cairo, Sana’a, Doha, Abu Dhabi, and Amman. The Muslims will return to power, to be the vanguard and lead in every place.” 

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Looking beyond ISIS: War, politics and

Author(s):  Louis René Beres Thehill.com
Source:  Thehill.com.     Article date: July 1st, 2015


Looking beyond ISISExamined systematically, there is nothing unique about current patterns of war and terror on planet Earth. Rather, from time immemorial, such frenzied turmoil as we now witness most conspicuously in Iraq and Syria has followed a long-recurring script. For the most part, in the always corrosively self-limiting life of civilizations, there is nothing really new under the sun.

Still, reading the latest news of the Islamic State in Iraq and Syria (ISIS) slaughter and enslavement, an utterly desperate query can no longer be stifled: Just how much more horror, we must finally ask, can our tormented species endure?

This is not a silly or gratuitous question. In our universities, especially, where prevailing intellectual fashion is determined by anything but intellectual standards, our students deserve exposure to more genuinely revealing forms of learning. In essence, although they now live in a society that smugly loathes mindful study, these students will ultimately need to seek satisfaction beyond altogether vacant forms of entrepreneurship and commerce.

At a minimum, university students will now require awareness that each single individual's personal and professional accomplishments will make sense only if the planet, as a whole, can have a correspondingly accomplished future. Such an awareness is already unhidden. For example, it is readily discoverable in the writings of the great Jesuit philosopher, Pierre Teilhard De Chardin: “The egocentric ideal of a future reserved for those who have managed to attain egoistically the extremity of 'everyone for himself' is false and against nature. No element can move and grow except with and by all the others with itself.”

It also means that our wider planetary civilization can be promising only if its billions of constituent residents are permitted to strive meaningfully.

The dual-level message is rather simple: No one's private success can be sustainable if the world, as a whole, has no tolerable future.

No conceivably gainful configuration of planet Earth can be …

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Heretic: Why Islam Needs a Reformation Now

Author(s):  Abigail R. Esman
Source:  IPT_News.     Article date: July 1st, 2015


Ayaan Hirsi Ali's It is cocktail hour on an April afternoon in 2004.. The sun is hot on Amsterdam's canals, and I am sitting at Café den Leeuw on the Herengracht with Ayaan Hirsi Ali. Hirsi Ali is still a member of the Dutch Parliament, and we talk about Islam. Specifically, we talk about the concept of “moderate Islam,” or what she calls “liberal Islam.” And she has one word for it.

“It's absurd,” she says. “It's complete nonsense. There is no 'liberal Islam.'”

Things change.

In her latest book, Heretic: Why Islam Needs a Reformation Now (Harper Collins, 2015), Hirsi Ali offers her vision of a “reformed Islam” – a re-imagining of the religion in contemporary terms, a forging of a path to that very same  liberal Islam. As she states, “When I wrote my last book, Nomad, I believed that Islam was beyond reform, that perhaps the best thing for religious believers in Islam to do was to pick another god. I was certain of it…. Seven months after I published Nomad came the start of the Arab Spring, and I thought simply: I was wrong.”

Ayaan Hirsi Ali is perhaps best known as the writer of “Submission,” a highly controversial film about the oppression of women under Islam, which was produced by Dutch filmmaker Theo van Gogh. The film aired less than four months after she and I had the conversation at Café den Leeuw. That same November, a Muslim extremist shot and stabbed Van Gogh as he bicycled to work. The killer, Mohammed Bouyeri, stabbed a letter into Van Gogh's lifeless body with the promise that Hirsi Ali would be next.

At the time, the Somali-born Hirsi Ali, a former Muslim, was an outspoken critic of Islam. Now a bestselling author and activist, she lives in the U.K. and the U.S., where she teaches at the Harvard Kennedy School of Government in Cambridge, Mass. She established the AHA Foundation in 2007, to work to end honor violence worldwide.

Unlike her previous two books, Infidel and Nomad, which were essentially autobiographical, Heretic offers a manifesto of sorts: a program for freeing Islam from what she calls “a host of anachronistic and at times deadly beliefs and practices.” She presents her case with the careful and deliberate skill of a philosopher. In clear, readable language, she provides a basic history of Islam and citations from the Koran and the hadiths before laying out her blueprint for change.

Heretic begins with a historical overview of Islam aimed …

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Behind the French 'Peace Initiative'

Author(s):  Bassam Tawil
Source:  gatestoneinstitute.org.     Article date: June 26th, 2015


  • It is a desperate attempt by the French government to buy a few more days of quiet from its Muslim community, especially from the members of the Muslim Brotherhood and the terrorist organizations to which it gave birth — all waiting for the order to run riot through the streets of France.
  • If it succeeds, may Allah prevent it, it will lead to an ISIS and Hamas takeover of every inch of Palestinian soil from which Israel withdraws if coerced by the initiative.
  • It is evidently too frustrating and unrewarding just to sit in the U.N. and not think of some project supposedly to spread beneficence that could make your country look important to the other 190 members — even if this beneficence is lethal to its recipient.
  • When the Byzantium fell to the Ottoman Empire, the churches, including the Hagia Sophia in Constantinople, were turned into mosques; that is the dream of the Islamists today, to turn the Vatican into a mosque.
  • Qatar is currently investing millions to overthrow the Egyptian regime. It is investing millions to finance incitement among Muslims around the globe by means of its Islamist network and da'wah, the cunning preaching of the Muslim Brotherhood's variety of Islam.
  • The Arabs always secretly believed that anyone who hated their mutual enemies, the Jews, as deeply as the Europeans did, and who actually tried to achieve their total physical destruction during the Second World War, would be their ally and help to expel them from occupied Palestine.
  • Apparently, the commonly-held hatred between the Europeans and the Arabs was not enough to halt the Jews, so now the Arabs pay huge sums to bribe the leaders of Europe to help them get rid of the Jews now….
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