Report: Sheldon Adelson meets with Donald Trump, suggests he demonstrate humility

(JTA) — Republican mega-donor Sheldon Adelson told Donald Trump in a private meeting that the Republican presidential candidate must demonstrate a measure of humility, The New York Times reported.

Adelson, a billionaire casino magnate, also told Trump in the meeting last week in Adelson’s suite at the St. Regis Hotel in New York that he was committed to his presidential campaign.

The newspaper cited five unnamed Republicans briefed on the meeting who were not authorized to publicly disclose information about the get-together.

Adelson’s wife, Miriam, also a large donor to the Republican Party, reportedly was at the meeting with Trump on Wednesday. Neither Adelson has contributed to Trump’s campaign, to groups supporting him or to the Republican National Committee since they pledged to support him during a private meeting in May at the same hotel, the Times reported.

Trump’s campaign would not comment to the Times on the meeting.

Many of the Republican Party’s most generous contributors have refused to give to Trump’s campaign, according to the newspaper.

Iran arrests nuclear negotiator suspected of spying


Iran has arrested a member of the negotiating team that reached a landmark nuclear deal with world powers on suspicion of spying, a judiciary spokesman said on Sunday.

The suspect was released on bail after a few days in jail but is still under investigation, Gholamhossein Mohseni Ejei said at a weekly news conference, calling the unidentified individual a “spy who had infiltrated the nuclear team,” state media reported.

The deal that President Hassan Rouhani struck last year has given Iran relief from most international sanctions in return for curbing its nuclear program, but it is opposed by hardliners who see it as a capitulation to the United States.

Ejei was responding to a question about an Iranian lawmaker’s assertion last week that a member of the negotiation team who had dual nationality had been arrested on espionage charges.

Tehran’s prosecutor general on Aug. 16 announced the arrest of a dual national he said was linked to British intelligence, but made no mention of the person being in the nuclear negotiations team. On Sunday, Ejei did not explicitly confirm that the arrested person had a second nationality.

Britain said on August 16 that it was trying to find out more about the arrest of a joint-national.

Earlier in August, Iran executed an Iranian nuclear scientist who had been detained since 2010 when he returned home from the United States, after a court convicted him of spying for Washington.

“Through his connection with the United States, (Shahram) Amiri gave vital information about the country to the enemy,” Gholamhossein Mohseni Ejei told a weekly news conference, state news agency IRNA reported.

Mohseni Ejei said a court had sentenced Amiri to death and the sentence had been upheld by Iran’s Supreme court, IRNA said.

Amiri, a university researcher working for Iran’s Atomic Energy Organization, disappeared during a pilgrimage to Saudi Arabia in 2009, and later surfaced in the United States. But he returned to Iran in 2010 and received a hero’s welcome before being arrested.

A US official said in 2010 that Washington had received “useful information” from Amiri.

Iran had accused the CIA of kidnapping Amiri. US officials said Amiri had been free to come and go as he pleased, and that he may have returned because of pressures on his family in Iran.


Marrano Jews: Hidden Jews, often Sephardic like Kate Middleton, Jimmy Savile or Cliff Richard who pretend to belong to the religion of the nation to which they belong but remain secretly Jewish and in full pursuit of the Jewish agenda.



Almost as important as this revelation is the fact that perhaps for the first time since the war a German has come full out and named the Jew!

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The North Rhine-Westphalia (NRW) branch of the German movement Pegida (Patrioten gegen die Islamisierung des Abendlandes/Patriotic Europeans Against the Islamisation of the Occident), in a breakaway action which condemned by it’s Jewish-controlled central office, recently conducted a discussion on its Facebook page confirming that Angela Merkel, Chancellor of Germany, is Jewish.

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The discussion was initiated by a user who asked, “How can we prove that Merkel is a Jew? How do we proceed?” going on to demand that Merkel and “her whole crew” be arrested for their crimes against dem Deutches Volks. The user went on to state that she intended to search the internet for Merkel’s birth certificate, in order to obtain the “next piece of evidence” of Merkel’s Jewishness.

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Pegida NRW responded to the comment by stating, “Maybe you are hearing this news for the first time. But the majority of the population is already aware that Merkel had communist Jewish parents and that this woman’s parents weren’t quite right in the head.”

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Pegida NRW went on to conclude in its response that “Merkel was definitely Hoenecker’s [Erich Honecker, leader of the German Democratic Republic (GDR), 1971-1989] last revenge against capitalism,” and that Merkel has been “striving to plunge Germany into ruin since the fall of the GDR.”

Confirmation Merkel is Jewish came out of her own mouth when addressing the Israeli parliament the Knesset in Hebrew. In her opening words in German before the speech she thanked the Knesset for allowing her to speak quote “in her mother tongue” which in that speech is not German but Hebrew, the language Jews alone speak to one another.

These are the exact German words which she used to introduce her hebrew speech: “Ich danke allen dass ich in meiner Muttersprache heute zu Ihnen sprechen darf.” It translates to: “I thank you all that I am allowed today to speak to you in my mother tongue.”


Merkel was born Angela Dorothea Kasner in 1954 in Hamburg, West Germany, the daughter of Horst Kasner (1926–2011), a native of Berlin, and his wife Herlind, born in 1928 in Danzig (now Gdańsk, Poland) as Herlind Jentzsch, a teacher of English and Latin. Her mother was the daughter of the Danzig politician Willi Jentzsch and maternal granddaughter of the city clerk of Elbing (now Elbląg, Poland) Emil Drange.

Herlind Jentzsch was once a member of the Social Democratic Party of Germany and briefly served as a member of the municipal council in Templin following the German reunification. Merkel has Polish ancestry through her paternal grandfather, Ludwig Kasner, a German national of Polish origin from Posen (now Poznań).

The family’s original name Kaźmierczak was Germanized to Kasner in 1930 Kazmierczak is a Jewish surname: … lement.htm . Kazmierczak derives from Kazimierz, a major Jewish city in Poland, made especially for Jews outside of Cracow. Kazimierz (Latin: Casimiria; Yiddish Kuzmir) is a historical district of Kraków (Poland), best known for being home to a Jewish community from the 14th cent. Kazmierrczak is a name for a Jewish Cantor:

This Jewish surname of KAZMIERCZAK was an occupational name for a cantor in a synagogue. The name was derived from the Hebrew CHAZAN, and it also spelt CHASAN, HAZZAN, KHAZAN, CHASINOFF, KHAZONIVCH and CHASINS, to name but a few. Many of the modern family names throughout Europe reflect the profession or occupation of their forbears in the Middle Ages and derive from the position held by their ancestors in the village, noble household or religious community in which they lived and worked.

The addition of their profession to their birth name made it easier to identify individual tradesmen and craftsmen. As generations passed and families moved around, so the original identifying names developed into the corrupted but simpler versions that we recognize today. A notable member of the name was Elia KAZAN originally KAZANJOGLOUS, born in 1909, the Turkish-born American stage and film director.

Kazmierczak also means: “Son of Kazimeriz”. As this Polish site states Kazimeirz is the name of the ethnic Jewish quarter and community: … kov-poland The old Jewish Quarter is located in Kazimierz district, about 15 minutes of walking from the Main Square (following Starowiślna or Stradom Street). Kazimierz was established as the separate city nearby Krakow in 1335 by the king Kazimierz the Great. In 1495 a Jewish town was founded in the neighbourhood , where all the Krakow’s Jews moved after the routs that took place in the city. Jewish Kazimierz started developing as the trade and religious center, what led to its heyday in the 16th-17th.

Then the Polish Kingdom was the shelter for thousands of the Jews escaping from the persecutions and prejudice in different European countries. Krakow became the vivid international center of Jewish culture with numerous schools, Talmudic academy, famous rabbis, cabbalists, thinkers. In 1812 the Jews were allowed to settle down in all the districts of Krakow, several years later Kazimierz was incorporated into the city. Before World War II Krakow was inhabited by 65 thousands of Jews. It is worth reminding that before 1939 Poland with 3,5 million Jews, was the biggest Jewish community in Europe. Today the Jewish Community of Krakow has no more than 300 members.

Merkel’s grandfather came from Poznan which had one of the largest Jewish communities in Europe: City in Wielkopolska province, Poland; known in Hebrew and Yiddish as Pozna and in German as Posen. Poznań’s Jewish community was one of the earliest to be established on Polish soil; the first reference to Jews living in the town comes from 1379. While tradition dates the town’s synagogue to 1367, there is no documented evidence of its existence until 1449 (the cemetery, however, was first mentioned in 1438). In the second half of the fifteenth century, a legend declared that in 1399 some Jews in Poznań had committed a Host profanation. The same period also saw the establishment of Poznań’s famed yeshiva, known as Lomde Pozna Most importantly because Judaism is inherited through the matriarchal line Merkel also is Jewish from her mothers side of the family: Emil Drange (born 18 March 1866, died 8 April 1913 in Elbing) was a German municipal official who served as the city clerk (Oberstadtsekretär) and deputy mayor of Elbing and thus as one of the top municipal officials of the city. He was the great-grandfather of German Chancellor Angela Merkel, and has received media attention in Poland in recent years. He was born in East Prussia. His father was a miller who had been born in Lower Silesia, and his mother was a native of the Posen (Poznań) area. His wife Emma Wachs.

As this shows her family and herself had important positions in the Communist Party State Of East Germany. Run by International Jews out of Moscow: … la-merkel/ Born Angela Dorothea Kasner on 17 July 1954, her father, Horst Kasner was a Communist sympathizer and mother, Herlind Jentzsch, a Communist and member of the Social Democratic Party of Germany. Merkel was educated in East Germany and leader of the official, Communist-led youth movement Free German Youth (FDJ) thus well-schooled in Jewish Bolsheviks Marx, Lenin and Trotsky. The biography of Merkel shows that she was “a supreme and very visible Young Communist official in East Germany, responsible for propaganda and agitation.” Beyond leading the Young Communist League, Merkel also held high rank in the Sozialistische Einheitspartei Deutschland (SED), which was the leading Marxist–Leninist party of East Germany.

Members of this party enjoyed ‘special privileges’ denied to ethnic Germans in East Germany after WWII. For example only closely trusted members of the Communist party (SED) were allowed to travel to western countries and Merkel often travelled to West Germany and other Western Nations. Merkel has visited Israel four times. On 16 March 2008, she arrived in Israel to mark the 60th anniversary of its occupation of Palestinian land.

Merkel has supported all Israeli terror initiatives opposing the Palestinian bid for membership at the UN. In March of 2008 the B’nai B’rith of Europe presented Merkel with their Award of Merit for ‘services’ to their community. Angela Merkel disgusted by the German flag Merkel has also received the Leo Baeck Medal, awarded by the Leo Baeck Institute of New York City devoted to the history of German-speaking Jewry.

It is interesting to note that while Merkel finds it “especially sad that some commentators seem to have lost any inhibitions in telling the Jewish community what is good for them”. She Boycotted German goods when in east Germany, never commented on the eternal lack of inhibition the Jewish Community has for letting Germany and the rest of Europe know what they think is good for them.

On the 70th anniversary of the incursion into Poland in 2009 Merkel publically apologised and blamed Germany alone for starting WWII when it was international Jewry that sowed the seeds of this war in 1933 by inciting America and Europe to boycott German goods.

It was thus very unusual for pegida a Nazi-hating, Jew-loving Jew front to have one of it’s district members dare to accuse Merkel publically of being a Jew.

Pegida, is a German anti-Islamic political movement founded in Dresden, Germany in October 2014. It is widely criticised for not being far-right enough. In January 2015, its Chair, Lutz Bachmann resigned after coming under fire for a number of Facebook posts classified as hate speech in Germany. Bachmann was reinstated the following month. Pegida has over 180,000 supporters on Facebook. Its demonstrations are reported to draw crowds of up to 25,000 people.



Pegida is in fact a phony Jew front which protects the Jews while pointing the finger at the Muslims that they are bringing in to genocide the European people. Pegida does not name the Jew and spreads the phony message that it is the Muslims who are the greatest threat to Europe and not the parasitic Jew vermin who are bringing them in. So hell to pay for the dissidents who posted those messages.




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“Only the Nazis can save Germany because only the Nazis will expel the Jews and their 3rd world imports. Judao social democracy will never do that.”

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Pegida is a scam like the Front Nationale and a very successful one because it brainwashes the people with Holohoax guilt, supports the Jews and their lying narrative of history and engenders hate for national socialism. Muslims are not the problem they are the symptom. The problem is the Jews. If you don’t solve the Jewish problem you can’t solve the Muslim problem because Germany is under Jewish occupation and Jews control immigration.

The Pegida Logo: Someone forgot to throw the Star of David into the trash. I wonder why?




“The founder of the Pegida anti-immigrant movement has provoked outrage in Germany after he compared the country’s justice minister to Joseph Goebbels. “


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standing on an improvised stage and wrapped in the black, red and gold German occupation flag, Rotem Ahituv stared out at thousands of protesters spread below him and offered the guilty demonstrators a kind of absolution that only someone like him could give.

“I am Jewish,” he told the crowd. “My family has lived here in Germany for 700 years, and I can tell you that I see here no Nazis.”

In a short and passionate speech that quickly went viral on the Internet among Germans tortured by the brainwashing since birth that they drowned six million Jews in buckets or gassed them in invisible gas chambers none of which were ever described in any document or ever found, Ahituv, an Israeli immigrant to Germany, spoke about the threat of a Muslim takeover of Europe and declared that Germany’s Jews stand with Pegida, the populist right-wing movement that had organized the January 26 demonstration in Frankfurt.

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but of course the Jew plays both sides and the middle, Josef Schuster, chairman of the Central Council of Jews in Germany, has condemned Pegida as an “immensely dangerous” movement that consists of neo-Nazis, parties from the far right and citizens who think that they can finally let out their racism and xenophobia.” Simply untrue because ‘Neo-Nazis’ are NO feature of Pegida and are not welcome to come anywhere near their demonstrations, demonstrations which like the EDL achieve nothing but to let off stream and target the wrong enemy, support the real enemy, and change nothing.

When the Jew observes that his strategy of importing Muslims to genocide the indigenous is causing blowback he will switch to strategy two and overthrow the top layer of the occupation government. This layer will be replaced by a new layer which will promise to crack down on Muslim immigration. Meanwhile no one notices how the blacks and Hindus and Sikhs and Chinese and the ‘good Muslims’ and all the rest fall beneath the radar and the Jewsmedia continues to pour out multiracialist propaganda. All that has happened is the Goyim have had the tough medicine that will poison them to death delayed a little longer. And all the while the Jew sits in his ivory tower and he laughs and he laughs and he laughs!

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~Pegida demonstration in Jew-K~

“I saw the Jew today o’ boy,
four thousand Kikes in blagdon, Lancashire,
And though those Jews were rather small.
I’d seen their face before,
maybe it’s because they control the House of Lords?
I’d love to turn the gas on.”
The Antisemitic Beatles tribute band.



The Jewish Occupation Of Germany

THE POST WW II OCCUPATION of Germany by US troops continues to this day.

There are currently 21 US military bases in occupied Germany.

Angela Merkel, Chancellor of the Jew-ruled Federal Republic of Germany, pretends to tout a ‘German independent line’…and most recently…by threatening sanctions against Russia.

But as Ukrainian Jew oligarch Igor Kolomoysky’s “Jews News 1″ convincingly proves, she’s only saying what her Jewish masters dictate to her.

Truth is, Germany is not an independent nation but under foreign rule.

Proof of this is that questioning the Jewish version of history is illegal and ends you up in a German jail.

Further proof is that referendums on self-determination were blocked in Holland…and in Ireland the people were forced to vote again after an undesirable result.

Both the Dutch and Irish people were against joining the EU, which means subjecting them to open borders and a Jew-controlled central bank.

By denying the Dutch and Irish their right of self-determination the Jews impose acollective consciousness permeated by the poisonous atmosphere of Judengeist.

Why was Switzerland allowed a referendum resulting in limited immigration?

It’s because Switzerland maintained itself as a “neutral” country and thus immunized itself (to a greater degree than the rest of Europe) against Jewish control.

WAR FOR THE JEWSTHE WORLD WAR II war for the Jews resulted in FDR’s/Truman’s intensive Jew-ruledoccupation of Germany, Jewry’s grand prize.

Moreover, the occupation cannot be said to be based on an armistice like the Rhineland occupation after World War I, since no “peace treaty” between the Allies and Germany was ever signed that officially ended the war.

The “1990 – Final Settlement with Germany” was not a “surrender” nor a “ceasefire” but only a “settlement” in order to define new frontiers in lieu of the pending re-unification of East and West Germany.

In fact, there is no other “occupation” in contemporary history that the post WW II scenario can be likened to. The only tenable definition of Germany’s plight is that it is, (as many contend), an occupatio imperii.

The problem of the legal status of occupied Germany, (as Dr J.L. Kunz points out in his treatise, “The Status of Occupied Germany Under International Law: a Legal Dilemma”), is that it entirely depends on the solution of a preliminary question: whether Germany has orhas not ceased to exist as a sovereign state.

Many argue that Germany indeed ceased to exist as a sovereign state at war’s end on the basis of “debellatio”…which in Germany’s case designates its having been “conquered” even though no annexation took place.

PRISONERS OF JUDENGEISTTHE “CONQUERED” THEORY was used as a make-shift legal basis for the prosecution of German ‘war criminals’ at the Nuremberg Trials.

But this “debellatio” notion has been rejected by the majority of German international lawyers and by many decisions rendered by Swiss, Austrian, and German courts.

On the side of German scholars is the concept of political wish to prove that Germany, notwithstanding the events of 1945, has not ceased to exist as a sovereign state.

They argue that Hitler’s regime was “illegal” – exactly as the French reasoned after the defeat of Napoleon in 1815. View Entire Story Here, Here & Here.

But International Jewry, which oversees the occupation of Germany, will never allow thispolitical wish to gain admission as it would undermine their ongoing Holocaust hype and reparations rip-offs.

The bottom line is that legally World War II never ended, no peace treaty was ever signed, Germany has no Constitution, and that Germany is STILL occupied territory.

And given its “occupied” status, Germany remains hostage to the tyranny of world Jewry.


‘Irked’ Sheldon Adelson (Zionist Jew, Kike) said to be holding off from funding Trump

Casino magnate Sheldon Adelson, a GOP mega-donor and staunch Israel-backer, is among a number of Republican groups and donors who spent large amounts in the last presidential cycle in 2012 but are wavering or steering clear of supporting Republican nominee Donald Trump, according to a report in the Guardian on Saturday.

For now, according to the report, their funding is instead going to congressional races, amid fears of the Republicans losing control of the House because of Trump’s weak poll numbers and repeated gaffes and controversies.

The GOP nominee has been trailing behind Democratic rival Hillary Clinton in poll after poll, plagued by charges of anti-Semitism, racism and running a divisive, hate-driven campaign. Clinton recently accused Trump of popularizing prejudice in a manner unprecedented in modern American history.

Many Republican donors and fundraisers worry that a Trump defeat to Clinton would have a disastrous effect on Republican House representatives and senators come Election Day.

Adelson, according to a source who spoke to the Guardian, is “irked by a lot of things,” including that the nominee did not make a visit that Adelson wanted him to make to Israel, and that Trump chose Mike Pence as his vice presidential candidate. Adelson reportedly wanted House Speaker Newt Gingrich.

Adelson and Trump are said to have met privately a number of times this year.

On a recent visit to New York, Adelson reportedly met with South Carolina senator Lindsey Graham to discuss “the financial needs of senators in tough races.” It was not clear if Adelson met Trump on that same trip.

Adelson had endorsed Trump earlier this summer, indicating he would contribute some $100 million to his run. But Adelson has reportedly yet to contribute significant sums to Trump’s campaign through Super Pacs. One senior Republican told the Guardian that he was “shocked that Adelson has not done anything yet for Trump. Sheldon knows that late money is wasted.”

Two GOP sources told the Guardian that Adelson had given $10 million to One Nation, a group run by a former top aide to Senate majority leader Mitch McConnell. The group is legally able to keep its donors secret and has spent some $16 million this year on Senate run ads.

Trump representatives have refused to confirm or deny the contribution.

Trump recently overhauled his campaign leadership staff, following a number of controversies, including a public tiff with the family of Muslim army captain killed in Iraq in 2004, a threat to stop raising money for the Republican party, and a refusal to run any television ads even as his opponents fill the airwaves with spots backing Clinton in several contested states.

Trump also drew Republican ire when he refused to endorse House Speaker Paul Ryan, Arizona Sen. John McCain and Ohio Gov. John Kasich John McCain, a former presidential rival, in the GOP primary, later reversing his position this month.

Germany expects 300,000 asylum seekers this year

BERLIN, Germany — Germany expects up to 300,000 asylum seekers to arrive this year, less than one-third of the total during 2015’s record influx, the Federal Office for Migrants and Refugees (BAMF) said Sunday.

BAMF chief Frank-Juergen Weise told the Bild am Sonntag newspaper that Germany’s healthy economy and improvements to refugee services over the last year meant that the country was well-placed to absorb new arrivals, particularly as their numbers have dropped off.

“We are preparing for between 250,000 and 300,000 refugees this year,” he said.

“We can ensure optimal services for up to 300,000. Should more people arrive, it would put us under pressure, then we would go into so-called crisis mode. But even then we would not have conditions like last year.”

Nearly 1.1 million asylum seekers arrived in Germany, Europe’s top economic power, last year, putting enormous strain on the country’s bureaucracy to process claims and testing confidence in Chancellor Angela Merkel’s right-left coalition government.

The closure of the so-called Balkan migrant trail and a controversial European Union deal with Turkey to keep migrants from reaching Greece — a main entry point into the bloc — has driven down arrivals from the Middle East and Afghanistan.

Weise said his agency had made major strides in working through a large backlog in asylum claims but that it would not manage to clear the remaining 530,000 cases by the end of the year.

He said integrating those allowed to stay in Germany into the labor market would be a “lengthy and costly” process.

Weise was nevertheless upbeat about the long-term prospects.

“We can do it,” he said, echoing Merkel’s rallying cry during the crisis.

“A lot of what was going badly in the beginning (one year ago) we’ve eventually managed to do pretty well. And the economy in Germany is so good, thank god, that we can afford it.”

Public sentiment is nevertheless sharply divided when it comes to Merkel, who has not yet said whether she will stand for a fourth term in a general election expected next September or October.

Bild am Sonntag cited a poll by independent opinion research group Emnid showing 50 percent of respondents opposed another four-year term for Merkel, while 42% said they wanted her to stay in office.

10,000th Syrian reaches US this week in resettlement program

AMMAN, Jordan — The US will reach its target this week of taking in 10,000 Syrian war refugees in a year-old resettlement program, the US ambassador to Jordan said Sunday, after meeting families headed to California and Virginia.

The resettlement program has emerged as an issue in the US presidential campaign, with Republican nominee Donald Trump alleging displaced Syrians pose a potential security threat.

Alice Wells, the US ambassador to Jordan, said Sunday that keeping Americans safe and taking in some of the world’s most vulnerable people are not mutually exclusive.

“Refugees are the most thoroughly screened category of travelers to the United States, and Syrian refugees are subject to even greater scrutiny,” she said.

Wells said the target of resettling 10,000 Syrian refugees in the US in the 2016 fiscal year will be reached Monday, as several hundred Syrians depart from Jordan over 24 hours.

The Jouriyeh family, which attended Sunday’s short ceremony, is headed to San Diego, California.

Nadim Fawzi Jouriyeh, 49, a former construction worker from the war-ravaged Syrian city of Homs, said he feels “fear and joy, fear of the unknown and our new lives, but great joy for our children’s lives and future.”

Jouriyeh, who suffers from heart problems, will be traveling with his wife, Rajaa, 42, and their four children. Their oldest son, 14-year-old Mohammed, said he is eager to sign up for school in San Diego and hopes to study medicine one day.

The resettlement program focuses on the most vulnerable refugees, including those who were subjected to violence or torture or are sick.

Close to 5 million Syrians have fled civil war since 2011. Most struggle to survive in tough conditions in neighboring countries, including Jordan, which hosts close to 660,000 Syrian refugees.

Only a small percentage of Syrian refugees have been resettled to third countries. Instead, donor countries are trying to invest more in job creation and education for refugees in regional host countries to encourage them to stay there instead of moving onward, including to Europe.

Wells said the US has taken in more refugees from around the world over the years than all other nations combined.

In Hebron, Fatah faces a civil war at the polls

HEBRON, West Bank — Wednesday noon, downtown Hebron. Registration for the various slates for the upcoming local elections will be closing in roughly 36 hours, and it is hard to sense anything unusual in the air. Those who see themselves as candidates are meeting with their advisers and their friends in anticipation of the official announcement of their candidacy, but no election posters have yet gone up in the city.

The well-known restaurants here — Al-Khalil, Abu Mazen, the Pasha’s Palace — are full of customers, and one would be hard-pressed to say that the residents are all that excited about the municipal elections planned for October 8.

The talk of the day, of all things, is an incident that took place here just about two weeks ago, when an argument between two kids devolved into a deadly armed battle between two clans in the city.

Yet although the public in Hebron seems somewhat indifferent to the elections, for the Fatah party, tensions are as high as the stakes.

These are the first elections in more than a decade in which voting is taking place at the same time in both Gaza and the West Bank, and Hamas and Fatah are going head-to-head.

Whatever the result, it will affect not only the status of these organizations but also of their leaders, and could even seep into the relationship between the Palestinians and Israel. While these elections are local, and won’t directly change anything politically or security-related between Israel and the Palestinian, a sweeping win by the hardline Islamist movement Hamas is still liable to ramp up the amount of suspicion and lack of trust between the two peoples.

As in the other cities in the West Bank, the trouble in Hebron is that because there are so many secular slates of candidates, there is a reasonable chance that the more moderate camp of Fatah and groups of its ilk will split the secular vote, paving the way for victory by Hamas candidates.

For Hamas’s leaders in Gaza and abroad, the vote marks an extraordinary opportunity to take stock of where public opinion stands.

But fear of arrests by Israel or the Palestinian Authority have kept Hamas from openly running its members for office in the municipalities, forcing the movement to content itself with semi-independent figures who are known as Hamas supporters.

The flip side is that should Hamas lose at the polls, the movement will be able to claim that the lists it ran were not really part of the group, exposing it to less potential damage in the vote than Fatah.

Like the parliamentary elections of 2006, these elections are more liable to show the degree of weakness of Fatah and the secular camp than the strength of Hamas.

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One need only travel to nearby Yatta to see evidence of the risks of Fatah and the other moderates tearing themselves to bits.

A 20-minute drive from Hebron, Yatta is a town that has metastasized into something resembling a city of 120,000 people.

Although the elections are a month and a half away, the fighting has already begun. Attacks, violence, threats and the like have been reported, mainly between groups considered to be associated or affiliated with Fatah.

Hamas has refrained from running a list under its own name in Yatta. As in other locales, its leaders are in no hurry to present their candidates for fear of Israeli or Palestinian security. But it is promoting figures who are identified with it on independent or semi-independent lists.

One of those candidate slates is the Joint List, headed by outgoing mayor Musa al-Muhamra, who resigned from his position just last week to run in the election.

If his last name is familiar to readers, it is because the two terrorists who opened fire inside a restaurant at the Sarona market in Tel Aviv in June, killing four Israelis, are from the same clan, and the ruins of their demolished home can be seen fairly close to his own.

“My list contains representatives from the Arab Liberation Front, the Popular Front,” Muhamra says. “Several political movements are represented there. My list contains [representatives from] Hamas as independent representatives.”

In the past, Muhamra was a member of the People’s Party movement, which is considered left-wing, but he quit over its support of the Oslo Accords in 1993. His lefty past makes him an odd bedfellow for Hamas, and shows the lengths to which the Islamist movement is willing to go in order to see its candidates defeat Fatah.

The threat to Fatah is real enough that Maj. Gen. Yoav Mordechai, who heads COGAT (the Israeli Defense Ministry body which administers the West Bank), and top Shin Bet officials have warned high-ranking PA officials that going ahead with the elections could be a dangerous gamble.

But PA President Mahmoud Abbas has insisted on holding the elections on schedule in order to demonstrate the existence of even a shred of democracy in the territories.

When I asked Muhamra about Israel’s connection with the local elections, he could hardly stem the flow of words.

“Unfortunately, there is more than one sign that [Israel] is interfering with the Palestinian elections, using people who are connected with the Israeli Civil Administration and also through direct interference by the State of Israel and its mechanisms to influence the elections.”

When asked if that means people are being “pushed” as candidates by Israel, he says “exactly.”

“It is pushing people, and it is playing a role in heating up the security situation and in the change that took place in the security situation on the Palestinian street as a result of this unfair and wrong interference,” he says.

Asked to explain how the Israelis are allegedly interfering, though, he answers in generalities, accusing Israel of using Palestinians who used liaise with the Civil Administration as agents to do its bidding.

“It interferes in everything that happens on the Palestinian street that has to do with elections and acts to keep Palestinian citizens from voting freely in the local elections,” he says. “Everybody knows that. It’s known on the street and in the Palestinian Authority that Israel is interfering directly in the elections. It has a certain specific attitude toward the various candidates.”

While Muhamra uses the term “Mordechai’s friends” again and again to refer to the colleagues of the COGAT commander, he never mentions the name of Ismail Abu Hamid, the other candidate, who is at the center of a political furor in Yatta.

Abu Hamid was mayor of Yatta until 1995. When the Palestinian Authority came into being, he left his position but is now considering running for mayor again.

Abu Hamid, who has Israeli citizenship, is the owner of a large fuel station at the entrance to the town. “I have a home in Beit Safafa,” he says, referring to a neighborhood in East Jerusalem, as well as businesses in the territories and in Israel.

A Hamas member he is not, and posters denouncing him as a collaborator with Israel have been put up all over town.

When we meet him, in a throng of people, he says his decision will come in the next few hours. (Indeed, the next day he filed as a candidate). Some of those around him are trying to help him decide, while others appear to be guarding him for fear that someone might try to harm him.

Abu Hamid says that his people have found the ones who were putting up the posters. “They fired a shot at me, but my cousins managed to get the gun away from them and hand it over to the Preventive Security Service,” he says.

What he leaves out is the fact that the people putting up the posters were members of Fatah who did not want to see Abu Hamid run in the elections and split the moderate vote.

“They put up posters against me saying that I was an agent, a member of Hamas, a member of the Civil Administration, that Israel had sent me. It is known who is responsible for these posters, but the PA is not taking any action. It’s not doing a thing. I demand that the PA act on the issue and prosecute all those responsible,” he says.

He says time and again that no Israeli ever spoke to him about the topic, and castigates those who criticize him for his connections with Israel.

“There is security coordination, after all,” he says, referring to cooperation between Israel and the Palestinian Authority on security matters in the West Bank. “There is coordination with the PA. So they’re attacking me for my own connection with Israel?”

Threat level: Moderate
It’s not only in Yatta that Fatah faces a threat from a candidate likely to nab votes from its clutches.

One of the most popular radio stations in Hebron is al-Huriya (Liberty), headed by journalist Ayman al-Qawasmeh. Qawasmeh, 43, is considered a key figure in the city and the district. One can see photographs of Yasser Arafat in his office, as well as the Palestine soccer cup that the Al-Ahli soccer club from Hebron won only several weeks ago in a game against the team from Khan Yunis.

Qawasmeh, who reopened the radio station in April after IDF troops shuttered it for for incitement to violence in November, has put his name up for mayor, at the top of a list of candidates entitled The Martyr Fahd al-Qawasmeh, named for the mayor of Hebron in the 1970s who was assassinated in Amman in 1984.

Qawasmeh says the decision to run was not made by him.

“The heads of 19 of the city’s families met in the Harat a-Sheikh [neighborhood] and chose me,” he tells me.

When I ask him whether the list will represent only his clan, he assures me that it contains representatives of many other families.

“We took into account the city’s geographical division into many neighborhoods and the division into clans, and we chose people of extraordinary quality,” says Qawasmeh.

Known in the past as being closer to Fatah, Qawasmeh now says he is trying to distance himself from the movement, and demurs when asked even if he defines himself as Hamas or Fatah.

“We define our movement as representing the people on the street, who actually represent the majority. Forty percent of the people belong to the movements, while 60% have no connection with, and are not members of, any group. Those people are our constituency,” he says.

Our representatives are members of the new generation, he adds. “We have brought in new faces. Our list contains more than one woman,” he says proudly.

He admits that he was pressured not to run, but repeats, “The decision to run for mayor was made for me.”

As we speak, it is still not clear who from Hamas or Fatah will run against him come October. But from a look at the candidates on his list, which includes friends gathered in his office, it’s clear, as in the case of Abu Hamid, that he’ll take more votes from Fatah.

Libyan forces retake Islamic State stronghold of Sirte

SIRTE, Libya (AFP) — Forces loyal to Libya’s UN-backed unity government on Sunday pushed into the last areas of Sirte held by the Islamic State group in what was the jihadists’ coastal stronghold.

The battle for the hometown of Libya’s slain dictator Muammar Gaddafi was launched more than three months ago by forces loyal to the Tripoli-based Government of National Accord.

IS captured the Mediterranean city in June 2015, sparking fears they would use it as a launchpad for attacks on Europe.

“The final battle for Sirte has started,” said Reda Issa, a spokesman for the pro-GNA forces, as loyalist forces thrust into two districts of the city where IS still holds positions.

About 1,000 pro-GNA fighters were taking part in the offensive against “district number one and district number two”, in northern and eastern Sirte respectively, he said.

An AFP photographer saw several tanks and armed vehicles move towards district number one and heard gunfire and rocket explosions as they entered the area.

“Fierce street battles” took place during the day with pro-GNA forces using weaponry including heavy artillery, the photographer said. He said the fighting later became more sporadic.

Late Sunday, a loyalist field commander, Hisham Abdel Atti, said pro-GNA forces had seized “two-thirds of district number one and large parts of district number three”.

The jihadists are “retreating”, he said in remarks carried by the media centre dedicated to the Sirte offensive.

At least 34 loyalists were killed on Sunday and 150 wounded, a field hospital for the pro-GNA forces said.

The AFP photographer saw several wounded men being evacuated to the field hospital.

The bodies of two IS fighters lay on a street inside district number one, he said.

Suicide bombers
The pro-GNA forces said on Facebook the offensive came “after air strikes overnight” and as they pressed the assault the jihadists countered with car bombs.

“The Daesh gangs committed mass suicide today when they sent five car bombs and a suicide bomber to try and stop our advancing forces,” a statement said without elaborating.

Since August 1, US warplanes have backed the assault to expel IS from Sirte, and as of August 24 had carried out 82 strikes, according to the US Africa Command.

The AFP photographer reported no air strikes on Sunday.

The pro-GNA forces fought their way into Sirte on June 9 and two months later seized the jihadists’ headquarters at the Ouagadougou conference centre, pinning down IS fighters near the sea.

But their advance has been slowed by snipers, suicide bombings and booby traps.

Loyalist forces are mostly militias from western cities that have sided with the unity government of prime minister-designate Fayez al-Sarraj and the guards of oil installations that IS has repeatedly tried to seize.

Ahead of Sunday’s assault, they prepared their tanks for inspection, cleaned their weapons and deployed on the outskirts of Sirte and around the two districts.

“I’m cleaning my weapon… and getting it ready for the decisive battle,” one fighter, Osama Mohammad Mosbah, told AFP.

Snipers on roofs
Sirte had been tense but calm since Thursday.

But fighting erupted Saturday on the edges of district number one between the jihadists and loyalist forces armed with machineguns and rocket launchers, the AFP reporter said.

Pro-GNA snipers deployed on the roofs of buildings whose facades were still painted with the jihadists’ black flag, and used binoculars to scan their surroundings for IS fighters.

More than 370 pro-GNA fighters have been killed and nearly 2,000 wounded in the battle for Sirte since May, according to medical sources. IS casualty figures are unavailable.

Analysts say that ousting the jihadists from Libya would be a symbolic boost for the country’s fragile unity government, but would not mean an end to unrest in the North African nation.

IS could launch more scattered attacks across Libya, they say.

The jihadist group took advantage of chaos in Libya after the 2011 uprising that toppled and killed Gaddafi, as rival militias and authorities have vied for control of the oil-rich country.

A UN-brokered deal struck in December led to Sarraj’s unity government taking office in the capital Tripoli, but it has since struggled to fully assert its authority.

The presidential council headed by Sarraj said on Wednesday it would present a new cabinet line-up in an attempt to secure the backing of parliament.

The legislature, which rejected a previous unity government in a vote on Monday, gave the council a “final chance” and 10 days to propose a new cabinet.

Erdogan: Turkey will fight Syrian Kurds same as Islamic State

ISTANBUL — Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan vowed Sunday to devote equal energy to combating Islamic State jihadists and Syrian Kurdish fighters, on the fifth day of a major offensive that has left dozens dead.

“We will make any kind of contribution to the work to clear Daesh [IS] from Syria,” Erdogan told a rally in the southern city of Gaziantep, near the Syrian border.

“For the issue of the PYD [Democratic Union Party] terror group in Syria, we have just the same determination,” he added, referring to the main pro-Kurdish party in northern Syria and its People’s Protection Units (YPG) militia.

On Sunday, Turkish forces ramped up their offensive, with Turkish warplanes and artillery pounding areas held by pro-Kurdish forces close to a town liberated from IS this week.

Ankara said its raids had killed 25 Kurdish “terrorists” and that the army was doing everything it could to avoid civilian casualties.

But the Britain-based Syrian Observatory for Human Rights said at least 40 civilians were killed in strikes on two areas — the first report of significant civilian casualties since the start of operation “Euphrates Shield.”

The monitor also said at least four Kurdish fighters had been killed and 15 injured in the bombardments south of Jarabulus, the town taken from IS by Turkish-backed Arab rebels on the first day of Turkey’s incursion Wednesday.

Addressing thousands of flag-waving supporters in Gaziantep, Erdogan said he was “ready and determined to clear our region of terror groups.”

“We will absolutely not allow any terror activity on or near our borders,” he said.

Gaziantep is the city where a suicide bomber blew himself up in the middle of a wedding party last weekend, killing 55 people. Turkey blamed the attack on the Islamic State group.

Days later, Ankara launched the two-pronged Syria operation with the stated aim of clearing the border area of both IS and the Kurdish fighters.

Turkey sees the US-backed PYD and YPG — which have links to Kurdish rebels in southeast Turkey — as terror groups and wants to keep them from taking control of the border on the Syrian side.

The US supports the Syrian Kurdish fighters as an effective adversary of IS in the area.