Bereaved father blasts BBC for giving platform to terrorist

Father of victim of 2001 Sbarro suicide bombing in Jerusalem condemns BBC for giving the terrorist who planned the attack a platform.

Elad Benari , 23/10/20 05:42 Share
Ahlam Tamimi upon her release from prison in 2011

Ahlam Tamimi upon her release from prison in 2011 Reuters

The father of a teenage girl who was among 15 people murdered in the 2001 suicide bombing at the Sbarro restaurant in Jerusalem condemned the BBC this week for giving one of the terrorists involved in the attack a platform, the UK-based Jewish News reports.

A BBC Arabic program had reported that Ahlam Tamimi, who masterminded the bombing, was appealing to Jordanian King Abdullah II to intervene after her husband’s Jordanian residency was revoked. The report said, “The staff of the [BBC] program reached out to Ahlam to hear her request to the Jordanian king. Let’s listen.”

Tamimi’s personal appeal for clemency for her husband was broadcast, followed by a short account of her sentencing. The report, since removed from the BBC’s YouTube account, was shared online with the description: “‘Ahlam Tamimi, your voice is loud’ – responses of solidarity on Jordanian and Palestinian sites with Palestinian Ahlam Tamimi”.

While the network subsequently apologized for airing the terrorist’s remarks, Arnold Roth, whose 15-year-old daughter Malki was murdered in the Sbarro attack, told the Jewish News that the apology for was “empty, cruel and pointless”.

Tamimi was a college student at Birzeit University in 2001, when she was brought into a Hamas terror cell planning a bombing attack on central Jerusalem.

In August of 2001, Tamimi planned and aided in the Sbarro bombing. She was captured and sentenced to 16 consecutive life sentences after being found guilty but in 2011 was released as part of the deal which secured the release of IDF soldier Gilad Shalit, who had been taken captive by Hamas and held in the Gaza Strip. She subsequently moved to Jordan.

Tamimi has in the past expressed pride in her role in the Sbarro attack, telling a Jordanian interviewer, “I dedicated myself to the path of jihad for the sake of Allah… I would do it again.”

In 2012, Hamas decided to show its pride in Tamimi by giving her a talk show focusing on terrorists imprisoned in Israel.

A BBC spokesperson had told Jewish News of Tamimi’s appearing on the network, “Following an editorial review we found that this segment was in breach of our editorial guidelines and we removed the clip from our digital platforms last week. We accept that the segment should not have been shown and apologize for the offense caused.”

Despite the apology, Roth said that he was “stunned by the coldness of the BBC’s formalistic, paint-by-numbers reaction to the torrent of criticism they received from an enraged public”.

“I urge everyone with a sense of justice to re-read the detached, distorted, disingenuous response they issued (not to me or my wife – we haven’t heard a word from them) and ask themselves whether this empty, cruel, pointless and evasive ‘sorry not sorry’ note ought to close the chapter,” he added.

“They didn’t get the name of some capital city somewhere wrong. They misplaced their moral compass. They didn’t even mention that this woman boasts of killing… the killing of which she boasts is of children. Jewish children, as it happens. My Jewish child among them,” continued Roth.

Lord Michael Grade, former chairman of the BBC, told the Jewish News there were “very serious issues of balance and impartiality raised” by the broadcast and the corporation, and possibly Ofcom, should investigate.

The BBC has in the past been at the center of controversies related to its anti-Israel bias.

In 2017, the network chose to use the headline “Three Palestinians killed after deadly stabbing in Jerusalem” for a story on a terror attack in Jerusalem. It apologized following criticism.

That year, a BBC host apologized for saying it is “great” that music artists are no longer being managed by “some random fat Jewish guy from northwest London”.

In January, a BBC reporter caused an uproar when she appeared to claim that the Holocaust has distorted Israelis’ perception of reality and the country’s security needs.

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PA Arabs sue Britain over Balfour Declaration

“No Standing and no Competent Court”

Lawsuit filed against Britain in PA court in Nablus over 1917 Balfour Declaration for support of a Jewish home.

AFP , 22/10/20 20:55 Share
PA chief Mahmoud Abbas

PA chief Mahmoud Abbas Flash90

Palestinian Authority lawyers on Thursday filed a complaint to sue the British government for the 1917 declaration setting out London’s support for a national home for the Jewish people in Palestine.

The lawyers filed a complaint in Nablus that claimed “the suffering of the Palestinians” stemmed from this document.

The Balfour Declaration, signed by the then British foreign secretary Arthur James Balfour, is seen as a precursor to Israel’s creation in 1948.

“The British mandate is at the root of the suffering of the Palestinian people and has paved the way for the violation of their rights and the plunder of their land,” Munib al-Masri, head of the Federation of Independent and Democratic Trade Unions, told a news conference in Ramallah.

As well as the trade unions group, the complaint was filed on behalf of the International Commission to Support Palestinian People’s Rights and the Palestinian Journalists’ Syndicate.

The Balfour Declaration was published on November 2, 1917, a year before the end of World War I.

In one sentence it announced the British government’s backing for the establishment within Palestine, then a region of the Ottoman Empire, of “a national home for the Jewish people”.

It was a shock to the Arab world, which had not been consulted and had received vague promises of independence of its own in the post-war break up of the defeated Ottoman Empire.

The PA has always condemned the declaration, which they refer to as the “Balfour promise”, saying Britain was giving away land it did not own.

With the Balfour Declaration, London was seeking Jewish support for its war efforts, and the Zionist push for a homeland for Jews was an emerging political force.

The British Mandate for Palestine was later set up in the wake of World War I, and ran until Israel’s declaration of statehood in 1948.

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Giuliani claims proof Biden was business partner with Chinese Communists

Rudy Giuliani discusses evidence that ‘establishes with texts, documents, contracts’ that ‘Joe Biden was 10% partner with Chinese communist’

Mordechai Sones , 22/10/20 08:48

Watch Giuliani discuss Biden Corruption

Blaze TV: “Glenn goes straight to the source of the biggest story in the country with Mayor Rudy Giuliani, who takes us directly into Hunter Biden’s alleged laptop.

“But this is not just a story about Hunter Biden. This is all about Joe Biden, and what Glenn has been investigating for over a year that traces back to Ukraine and China. It goes directly to the root of corruption within our political system: How politicians use their family members to enrich the entire clan and sell out their country.

“While the media looks the other way, Glenn asks Mayor Giuliani to show us the evidence. And Giuliani also drops a major bombshell and says Big Tech doesn’t want you to see evidence that ‘establishes with texts, documents, contracts’ that ‘Joe Biden was a 10% partner with a Chinese communist … and there are witnesses that will come forward and testify to it’.”

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Hunter business partner confirms e-mail, details Biden push to make millions from China

“Follow the Money…!”

Former Hunter partner: ‘Willing and eager participant in family scheme to make millions by partnering with shady Chinese Communist firm.’

Mordechai Sones , 22/10/20 10:43 Share
Joe and Hunter Biden

Joe and Hunter Biden Reuters

The New York Post‘s Michael Goodwin reported that a former partner of Hunter Biden, Joe Biden, and Joe’s brother Jim, Tony Bobulinski, made a statement Wednesday night asserting that the former vice president was “a willing and eager participant in a family scheme to make millions of dollars by partnering with a shady Chinese Communist firm,” calling it “a singular event in a presidential race already overflowing with drama and intrigue.”

The assertion, “believable because it aligns with earlier information we know to be true,” came in a statement by Bobulinski who confirms that he was one of the recipients of the May 13, 2017, e-mail published by The Post eight days ago. That e-mail, from another partner in the group, laid out cash and equity positions and mysteriously included a 10 percent set-aside for “the big guy.”

“Sources have said the ‘big guy’ was Joe Biden,” Goodwin writes. “In a matter-of-fact manner, Bobulinski states that the ‘e-mail is genuine’ and that the former vice president and the man leading in the 2020 race is indeed ‘the big guy’.”

Goodwin notes that they traveled together to China on Air Force Two, “where Hunter landed a $1.5 billion commitment from a government-controlled Chinese bank. Then there was Hunter’s $83,000-a-month gig on the board of a Ukrainian energy company — despite his lack of experience in Ukraine or knowledge of energy.”

“There were similarly lucrative deals in Russia, Romania and ­Kazakhstan — that we know of.”

Bobulinski wrotes that Hunter Biden also referred to his father as “my chairman and frequently referenced asking him for his sign-off or advice on various potential deals that we were discussing.”

“I’ve seen Vice President Biden saying he never talked to Hunter about his business,” says Bobulinski, who was the CEO of the company being formed. “I’ve seen firsthand that that’s not true, because it wasn’t just Hunter’s business, they said they were putting the Biden family name and its legacy on the line.”

“Earlier, during the Democratic primaries, Biden scoffed at the notion that the Asian power is a threat, saying, ‘China’s going to eat our lunch? Come on, man’.”

Former New York Governor Rudy Giuliani claims to be in possession of evidence that “establishes with texts, documents, contracts” that “Joe Biden was a 10% partner with a Chinese communist … and there are witnesses that will come forward and testify to it.”

This, amid widening speculation that “Laptopgate” has already led to a Democratic Party decision to replace Biden as their presidential candidate, less than two weeks before the election.

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A Huge storm threatens Joe Biden’s campaign

By Jean Patrick Grumberg – on October 21, 2020

How it all started

It has been almost a week since the New York Post published the first round of information as to the contents of Hunter Biden’s laptop that was recovered from a Delaware repair shop.

Hunter dropped it off for repair, then forgot about it. Apparently the shop owner tried to reach him, but couldn’t. According to the agreement Hunter signed, and state law, after so much time went by, and Hunter did not claim the property, the laptop now belonged to the shop owner.  So the hard drive and data on it was obtained 100 percent legally.

The partner turned whistleblower 

Bevan Cooney, the former business associate of former Vice President Joe Biden’s son Hunter Biden, flipped on the Biden family, and gave investigative reporter and New York Times bestselling author Peter Schweizer complete access to Cooney’s gmail account.

There’s a shocking amount of information about deals involving China, involving Russia, involving all sorts of things they were trying to pull off” told Schweizer to Glenn Beck.

Cooney is currently serving a prison sentence for his involvement in a fraudulent business bond scheme with Biden and Archer. Now, he has been moved from his cell.

On Tuesday, several days after emails Cooney provided to Breitbart News senior contributor Peter Schweizer and journalist Matthew Tyrmand became public, federal agents moved him from his cell to protect him.

Tyrmand, who is in contact with members of Cooney’s family, told Breitbart News that Cooney was moved from his cell in a federal prison in Oregon around 11:00 a.m. local time on Tuesday. Tyrmand said that Cooney spoke with family members multiple times on Tuesday, which he said is “much more than usual.”

Biden pedophilia

Rudy Giuliani sent Hunter Biden’s laptop with images of underage girls and improper text messages to Delaware State Police.

On Tuesday night, Rudy Giuliani said that he turned the contents of the alleged Hunter Biden laptop over to Delaware State Police because it contained images of underage girls and explicit text messages.

Giuliani confirmed a text message from Hunter to his father in which he talked about his sister-in-law, “who for quite some time was his lover,” he said.

Giuliani read the message on Newsmax TV, saying that “she told my therapist that I was sexually inappropriate” in reference to FaceTiming naked with an underage girl.

Giuliani added that it was “supported by numerous pictures of underage girls.”

Giuliani said moreover that together with Bernie Kerick, the former New York police commissioner, he turned the evidence over to Delaware authorities.

FBI corruption

A senior federal law enforcement official told @JakeBGibson:

  1. FBI & DOJ concur with Ratcliffe that Hunter Biden’s laptop and the emails in question weren’t part of a Russian disinformation campaign.
  2. The FBI does have possession of the Hunter Biden laptop in question.

It is NOT breaking news that the FBI has the laptop… Its breaking news that we finally figured out they had the laptop.

Now we also figured out they’ve had it for almost a year, and knew about it for longer than a year and did nothing. The FBI investigation into the laptop has been ongoing since December of 2019…there’s a lot going on behind the scenes. A lot. There is a massive amount of info and they did nothing with it.

From multiple agents:

“They knew right away it wasn’t a Russia operation. It went right to the top of the FBI because a Biden name was attached. That’s normal with any well known name. The question that needs asking, why wasn’t any info about Russia/Ukraine shared with Congress?”

We know why: since Trump has been president, we have discovered that all branches of government have been infiltrated by the left, from the bottom up, from the simple civil servant to the top level.

Biden corruption 

The first round of information we learned from Hunter’s laptop had to do with alleged, shady business dealings and influence peddling with regard to Hunter Biden’s father when he was vice president under the Obama administration: Ukrainian energy company Burisma Holdings, and a Chinese delegation who wanted favorable White House treatment.

Joe Biden sold the influence of his office to China and Ukraine. And we shouldn’t forget that Hunter Biden received a $3.5 million check from the wife of the former mayor of Moscow, Russia.

Hunter’s Emails show that he allegedly sold access to his father, the then-vice president.

Burisma Holdings, the corrupt Ukrainian natural energy company, paid Hunter $50,000 a month so they had access to his father. Down the road, the former vice-president helped keep the company out of legal trouble by getting the prosecutor who was investigating the company fired. He did that by threatening to withhold aid to Ukraine if the prosecutor was kept in his position. He was ultimately canned.

In China, Hunter allegedly worked up a scheme that was mutually beneficial. In addition to receiving a payment for access, 10 percent was to go to the “Big Guy,” which has been confirmed to be Joe Biden.

Giuliani also mentioned there is a memo from Hunter Biden’s laptop describing how “three Chinese communists” were sending cash to “the big guy,” which Giuliani says was in reference to Joe Biden. And evidence surfaced that Biden  met with Chinese officials at the WH while VP, and never logged the meeting officially. What was he hiding?

Biden is owed by China

After Joe Biden announced he was running for President in April 2018, the Biden Center at the University of Pennsylvania received over $70 million from China, of which $22 million were listed as “Anonymous.”

The Biden Center “has allegedly failed to disclose $70 million in gifts from China since 2017,” including $22 million from an anonymous donor.

Under federal law, foreign gifts over $250,000 must be disclosed to the government. Additionally, the name of the donor must be listed in the disclosure.

The National Legal and Policy Center filed a complaint last week with the Department of Education over the University of Pennslyvania’s Biden Center for Diplomacy and Global Engagement’s failure to disclose large gifts from China.

According to a report by Campus Reform, the Biden Center at UPenn is facing heightened scrutiny this week over a series of gifts from China that were not properly disclosed to the federal government.

The Bidens don’t deny

No one from the Biden campaign has confirmed or denied whether or not the laptop was Hunter’s.

No one from the campaign has said whether or not the emails are legitimate. They have simply remained quiet on the issue. The only exception was when a Biden surrogate failed to spin the story and when Biden himself lashed out at a reporter for asking about the allegations.

The Washington Examiner reached out to the Biden campaign and Hunter Biden’s lawyer for comment on Giuliani’s latest claims but didn’t get a response. Again, no denial.

The Russia hoax- again

John Ratcliffe, the Director of National Intelligence, on Monday, said that Hunter Biden’s laptop and the emails on it “is not part of some Russian disinformation campaign,” despite claims from House Intelligence Committee Chairman Adam Schiff, D-Calif.

“Let me be clear: the intelligence community doesn’t believe that because there is no intelligence that supports that,” Ratcliffe said. “And we have shared no intelligence with Adam Schiff, or any member of Congress.”

Despite a letter of dozens of former officials saying this is Russian disinformation, the FBI has also confirmed that it has the laptop and it is not Russian disinformation. If so, what intelligence was Schiff referencing? None. He is lying.

A senior intel official told the Federalist:

“Just so everyone understands, the people who actually have access to evidence and intel (DNI/DOJ) say the laptop isn’t a Russian op. The people who don’t (Schiff) say it is. But which of these groups is the media breathlessly reporting on?”

Fifty senior intelligence officials who have not seen the hard disk, who have not receive intel from the intel community, who never told that the FBI had Hunter’s laptop, signed a letter saying that the Hunter Biden email story may be Russian disinformation.

And so went one of the media’s favorite past times: Promoting open letters that confirm biases, signed by people with fancy titles and zero knowledge, and presenting their opinion as if it was a fact.

And they missed to ask the real question: who contacted these 50 very nice individuals? With what goal? To investigate the story? No, to kill it. Did they spontaneously, all at the sale time as a coincidence, came out with their testimony?

Again: the FBI and Justice Department officials concur with an assessment from Director of National Intelligence John Ratcliffe that the laptop is not part of a Russian disinformation campaign targeting Democratic presidential nominee Joe Biden.

Politician do their job

Ron Johnson asked Secret Service to verify Hunter Biden’s travel history after email bombshell.

President Trump on Tuesday called on Attorney General William Barr to investigate the son of Joe Biden, putting pressure on the Justice Department to look into his political opponent just two weeks before Election Day.

“We have got to get the attorney general to act. He’s got to act and he’s got to act fast,” Trump said on “Fox & Friends,” citing the New York Post report about Hunter Biden’s business dealings.

Trump called on Barr to “appoint somebody” to handle the matter, backing a group of House Republicans who have asked Barr to appoint a special prosecutor to investigate the details in the Post story.

“This is major corruption and this has to be known about before the election,” Trump said.

But the FBI, in a letter to Senate Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs Chairman Ron Johnson, R-Wis., who is investigating Hunter Biden’s business dealings, as well as his laptop, said that the bureau has “nothing to add at this time to the October 19th public statement by the Director of National Intelligence about the available actionable intelligence.”

“If actionable intelligence is developed, the FBI in consultation with the Intelligence Community will evaluate the need to provide defensive briefings to you and the Committee pursuant to the established notification framework,” the letter stated.

Media corruption

The NYT reports on Trump having a Chinese bank account, but not Hunter Biden holding a 10% stake in a Chinese venture for Joe Biden. This is just straight-up media corruption.

Media said it is a smear campaign, a conspiracy theory, and Russian disinformation. One thing the media didn’t do is try to verify the information, because they’re afraid of what they might find out. Is it despicable journalism, or just business as usual. I leave it to you to decide.

Washington Free Beacon founding editor Matthew Continetti on Tuesday said the media are afraid to cover the New York Post‘s reporting on Hunter Biden’s emails.

“You see how intimidated they are, Bret, by Joe Biden’s kind of snappish response to this CBS reporter who asked him about it,” Continetti said. “They’re refusing to take up any story that might damage Joe Biden’s chances in the final two weeks of this election.”

When the Democratic nominee was asked about the emails on Friday, he said he had “no response” and scolded Erickson for posing the question.

“I know you’d ask it,” Biden said. “I have no response. It’s another smear campaign, right up your alley, those are the questions you always ask.”

Joe Biden Caught Lying About Meeting With Son’s Foreign Business Associate From Kazakhstan

By Ryan Saavedra • DailyWire.com • Oct 20, 2020:

DURHAM, NC – OCTOBER 18: Democratic presidential nominee Joe Biden speaks during a drive-in campaign rally at Riverside High School on October 18, 2020 in Durham, North Carolina. Biden is campaigning on Sunday in the battleground state that President Donald Trump won in 2016.

A photo emerged on Tuesday of Democrat presidential nominee Joe Biden meeting with one of his son’s foreign business associates which further damages the former vice president’s claim that he never spoke to his son about his son’s overseas business dealings.

“The photo, first published last year at an anti-corruption website called the Kazhakhstani Initiative on Asset Recovery (KIAR), purports to show Hunter Biden and Joe Biden, together with Kazakhstan’s former prime minister, Karim Massimov, at far right,” Breitbart News reported. “At far left, the photo shows Kenes Rakishev, described as ‘a relative and junior partner of [oligarch] Timur Kulibayev.’”

“Kenes (Kenges) Rakishev is a prominent investor and entrepreneur regarded as one of the most influential businessmen in Kazakhstan,” Rakishev’s personal website states. “According to Forbes, Kenes Rakishev is among the 50 most influential people in Kazakhstan.”

The Daily Mail reported late last week that in addition to doing business in China, Ukraine, and Russia, Hunter Biden also was doing business in Kazakhstan, which is described as “cash-soaked but highly corrupt.”

The Daily Mail reported:

The Mail can reveal that between 2012 and 2014, Hunter worked as a sort of go-between for Kenes Rakishev, a self-styled ‘international businessman, investor and entrepreneur’ with close family connections to the kleptocratic regime of his homeland’s despotic former president Nursultan Nazarbayev.

Emails passed to this newspaper via anti-corruption campaigners from the Central Asian country reveal that Biden Jr held extensive meetings with Rakishev, who was looking to invest a portion of his personal fortune in New York and Washington DC. He also travelled to the Kazakh capital of Astana to hold business discussions.

Hunter Biden then attempted to persuade Rakishev to buy into a Nevadan mining company, brokering a series of meetings with the firm, before convincing him to invest a cool million dollars with Alexandra Forbes Kerry, the film-maker daughter of Democrat Senator and former Presidential candidate John Kerry.

Rakishev, who wrote messages in broken English, appears to have become intimate with the Vice President’s son, calling Hunter ‘my brother!’ and ‘my brother from another mother!’.

They shared gossip about their family holidays and dined together at luxury restaurants in New York and Washington DC (‘I’m on vacation with family [at] Lake Michigan . . . trying to spend some much needed time with my wife and daughters. It’s my 20th anniversary of marriage tomorrow,’ Hunter told Rakishev in July 2013).

The Daily Mail also noted the existence of the alleged photograph showing Joe Biden with Kenes Rakishev but said that the photo was “unverified.”

A Senate report into Hunter Biden’s foreign business dealings stated that Hunter Biden’s business partner, convicted fraudster Devon Archer, “received $142,300 from Kenges Rakishev of Kazakhstan, purportedly for a car, the same day Vice President Joe Biden appeared with Ukrainian Prime Minister Arsemy Yasenyuk and addressed Ukrainian legislators in Kyiv regarding Russia’s actions in Crimea.”

FBI in possession of Hunter Biden’s purported laptop, sources say

The FBI and Justice Department concur with DNI Ratcliffe that the laptop is not part of a Russian disinformation campaign.

By Jake Gibson, Brooke Singman | Fox News

Why is mainstream media refusing to pick up Hunter Biden email story?

Trump accuses Biden family of ‘tremendous corruption’; the ‘Special Report’ All-Star panel reacts

The FBI is in possession of the laptop purportedly belonging to Hunter Biden which contained emails revealing his foreign business dealings, including contacts in Ukraine and China, two senior administration officials told Fox News Tuesday. 

The FBI declined to confirm or deny the existence of an investigation into the laptop or the emails, as is standard practice.

Further, Fox News has learned that the FBI and Justice Department officials concur with an assessment from Director of National Intelligence John Ratcliffe that the laptop is not part of a Russian disinformation campaign targeting Democratic presidential nominee Joe Biden.

Ratcliffe, on Monday, said that Hunter Biden’s laptop and the emails on it “is not part of some Russian disinformation campaign,” despite claims from House Intelligence Committee Chairman Adam Schiff, D-Calif.

RATCLIFFE SAYS HUNTER BIDEN EMAILS, LAPTOP ‘NOT PART OF SOME RUSSIAN DISINFORMATION CAMPAIGN’

“Let me be clear: the intelligence community doesn’t believe that because there is no intelligence that supports that,” Ratcliffe said. “And we have shared no intelligence with Adam Schiff, or any member of Congress.”

Ratcliffe went on to say that it is “simply not true.”

“If you thought it wasn’t possible for Schiff to have any less credibility, DOJ just proved you wrong,” a senior intelligence official told Fox News.

Meanwhile, another senior federal law enforcement official told Fox News that the emails are “authentic.” 

The FBI, in a letter to Senate Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs Chairman Ron Johnson, R-Wis., who is investigating Hunter Biden’s business dealings, as well as the laptop in question, said that the bureau has “nothing to add at this time to the October 19th public statement by the Director of National Intelligence about the available actionable intelligence.”

“If actionable intelligence is developed, the FBI in consultation with the Intelligence Community will evaluate the need to provide defensive briefings to you and the Committee pursuant to the established notification framework,” the letter stated.Video

The emails in question were first obtained by the New York Post and, in part, revealed that Hunter Biden allegedly introduced his father, the then-vice president, to a top executive at Ukrainian natural gas firm Burisma Holdings less than a year before he pressured government officials in Ukraine to fire prosecutor Viktor Shokin, who was investigating the company’s founder. 

The Post report revealed that Biden, at Hunter’s request, met with the executive, Vadym Pozharskyi, in April 2015 in Washington, D.C.

The meeting was mentioned in an email of appreciation, according to the Post, that Pozharskyi sent to Hunter Biden on April 17, 2015 — a year after Hunter took on his position on the board of Burisma.

“Dear Hunter, thank you for inviting me to DC and giving an opportunity to meet your father and spent [sic] some time together. It’s realty [sic] an honor and pleasure,” the email read.

DOCUMENTS SHOW ALLEGED HUNTER BIDEN SIGNATURE, FBI CONTACTS WITH COMPUTER REPAIR SHOP OWNER

The Biden campaign told Fox News Sunday that the former vice president “never had a meeting” with Pozharskyi.

Biden, prior to the emails surfacing, repeatedly has claimed he’s “never spoken to my son about his overseas business dealings.”

Hunter Biden’s business dealings, and his role on the board of Burisma, emerged during the Trump impeachment inquiry in 2019.

Another email, dated May 13, 2017, and obtained by Fox News, includes a discussion of “renumeration packages” for six people in a business deal with a Chinese energy firm. The email appeared to identify Hunter Biden as “Chair/ Vice Chair depending on an agreement with CEFC,” in an apparent reference to now-bankrupt CEFC China Energy Co.

The email includes a note that “Hunter has some office expectations he will elaborate.” A proposed equity split references “20” for “H” and “10 held by H for the big guy?” with no further details.

SENATE HOMELAND SECURITY COMMITTEE INVESTIGATING HUNTER BIDEN EMAILS

Fox News spoke to one of the people who was copied on the email, who confirmed its authenticity.

Sources also told Fox News that “the big guy” was a reference to the former vice president. The New York Post initially published the emails, and others, that Fox News has also obtained.

While Biden has not commented on that email, or his alleged involvement in any deals with the Chinese Energy firm, his campaign said it released the former vice president’s tax documents and returns, which do not reflect any involvement with Chinese investments.

Fox News also obtained an email last week that revealed an adviser of Burisma Holdings, Vadym Pozharskyi, wrote an email to Hunter Biden on May 12, 2014, requesting “advice” on how he could use his “influence to convey a message” to “stop” what the company considers to be “politically motivated actions.”

“We urgently need your advice on how you could use your influence to convey a message / signal, etc .to stop what we consider to be politically motivated actions,”  Pozharskyi wrote.

The email, part of a longer email chain obtained by Fox News, appeared to be referencing the firm’s founder, Mykola Zlochevsky, being under investigation.

Meanwhile, additional documents obtained by Fox News include FBI paperwork that details the bureau’s interactions with John Paul Mac Isaac, the owner of “The Mac Shop” who reported the laptop’s contents to authorities, as first reported by the New York Post.

Isaac received a subpoena to testify before U.S. District Court in Delaware on Dec. 9, 2019, the documents show. One page shows what appears to be serial numbers for a laptop and hard drive taken into possession.

So far, the FBI and Delaware’s U.S. Attorney’s office have declined to publicly comment on the situation.

Fox News’ Mike Emanuel, Tom Barrabi, Gillian Turner, and Martha MacCallum contributed to this report.Jake Gibson is a producer working at the Fox News Washington bureau who covers politics, law enforcement and intelligence issues.

Down and out in Ramallah?

Palestinian Authority leader Mahmoud Abbas delivers a speech regarding the coronavirus outbreak, at P.A. headquarters in the West Bank city of Ramallah, on May 5, 2020. Photo by Flash90.

Palestinian Authority leader Mahmoud Abbas delivers a speech regarding the coronavirus outbreak, at P.A. headquarters in the West Bank city of Ramallah, on May 5, 2020.

Photo by Flash90.

Former high-ranking Palestinian Authority officials have been pointing to the failure of the Palestinians these past 20 years, but the real target of their disapproval is unmistakable—P.A. leader Mahmoud Abbas.

(October 21, 2020 / JNS)

Angry, sad and ill, Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas has been stuck at home in Ramallah for a few months now. COVID-19 is forcing him to be extra careful. At his age, 85, with many other medical conditions, Abbas cannot allow himself to do otherwise. But according to reports from his inner circle, his glumness is mostly due to the P.A.’s ongoing economic and diplomatic isolation.

After the very public slap in the face from the Arab League, which effectively rejected the Palestinians’ request to condemn the normalization agreements between Israel and the United Arab Emirates and Bahrain, Abbas and his speakers let loose, cursing and scolding the Gulf Arab states.

But the appearance of Bandar Bin Sultan, a former top-ranking Saudi diplomat, on Al-Arabiyya, and the very public finger that the former head of Saudi intelligence flipped the Palestinians has shut their mouths. Bin Sultan’s speech marked a 180-degree turn by the Saudis when it comes to the Palestinians. Even if Saudi Arabia is the last of the moderate Arab states to sign a peace or normalization deal with Israel, at least according to Bin Sultan, the order has flipped.

First, the Arab world will normalize with Israel, and then, in the second stage, Israel and the Palestinians will work out an arrangement. Bin Sultan made it clear that the Palestinian leadership over the years had brought it on themselves, from former PLO leader Yasser Arafat, who had delusions of grandeur, to Abbas himself, who “runs away from solutions” and never misses an opportunity to miss an opportunity. Subscribe to The JNS Daily Syndicate by email and never miss our top stories

Bin Sultan described the stumbling bunch as ungrateful, traitorous and a leadership that has repeatedly failed.

The criticism of Abbas and the line he is taking are not being voiced outside the P.A. alone. The Middle East Media Research Institute (MEMRI) has recently been publishing remarks by former senior Palestinian officials warning Abbas to change his recalcitrant stance. Notable officials saying this include Dr. Sufian Abu Zaida, Ashraf al-Ajrami and Ziad Abu Zayyad.

Abu Zaida, who formerly served as minister of prisoners’ affairs in the P.A. and is a member of Fatah with close ties to Abbas rival Mohammad Dahlan, urges the Palestinians to realize that they “are no longer the center of the universe, and that the Palestinian issue is no longer the top priority of the Arab world and Arab nations, who are also concerned with their own interests and other disasters befalling them.”

Abu Zaida points to the hypocrisy of the P.A., which condemns the UAE for normalizing with Israel, but has never spoken out against the de facto normalization between Israel and Qatar, which has existed since 1996, or the establishment of an Israeli diplomatic mission there. He says that the P.A. has even cooperated with Arab entities’ normalization with Israel, when it was in its own interests to do so.

Nor does Abu Zaida refrain from criticizing Turkey, which maintains extensive trade and security ties with Israel, while also criticizing the deal between Israel and the UAE. He also mentions that even former Saudi intelligence minister Gen. (res.) Anwar Eshki, visited Israel openly and was accompanied by a senior Palestinian official, after the visit was labeled “acceptable normalization”—as in normalization based on the Palestinian issue.

The way Abu Zaida sees it, the Palestinian issue has lost much of its sanctity in the eyes of the world, even the Arab world, “because of the internal strife and divide … because we failed to maintain our people’s unity … because we failed to build state institutions based on transparency and honesty…”

Al-Ajrami, another Fatah man, calls out the P.A.’s diplomatic behavior over the last 20 years. He recalls the Palestinians’ failure to take down “the lying Israeli narrative that has put the failure of the peace process on the Palestinians.”

Mostly, Al-Ajrami warns the Palestinians to recognize their diplomatic errors and to come up with a new, coherent diplomatic vision and work plan. Notable Palestinian mistakes Al-Ajrami cites include the violent struggle of the Second Intifada, even after the Sept. 11, 2001 attacks, which created a global consensus against terrorism. That policy, he says, gave Israel a reason to build its security barrier, led the Palestinians to suffer heavy casualties, and laid the foundation for Hamas to take control of the Gaza Strip.

Abu Zayyad, the PA’s former minister for Islamic holy sites in Jerusalem, fleshes out the claims against the P.A. and calls on Palestinian leaders to drop the language of curses, insults and attacks, its phrasing of choice after the Trump administration relocated the U.S. Embassy in Israel to Jerusalem or after the UAE and Bahrain announced their intent to normalize ties with Israel. Abu Ziyad recommends that the Palestinians adopt gentler diplomatic language that will bring other countries around to the Palestinian issue and put it back at the top of the agenda.

According to Abu Zayyad, the Palestinian diplomatic discourse lacks any dynamic elements and the ability to tailor itself to “new methods of propaganda,” thereby making it “a worn-out recording of clichés that the world can’t listen to anymore.”

Abu Zayyad points out something especially interesting: “We didn’t notice that [U.S. President Donald] Trump made it clear that his recognition of Jerusalem as Israel’s capital did not define the borders of the territory that will fall under Israeli sovereignty, and that these borders would be established through negotiations … Instead, our total rejection and competition among ourselves to put out the most curses and insults of Trump and his administration … led Trump to go back on all the ‘openings’ his first announcement left, and ended with the statement that Jerusalem was not on the table.”

It’s hard not to identify the real target of all this criticism, but Abbas is refusing to change. One of his recent decisions, which came to light in a report published by the Meir Amit Intelligence and Terrorism Information Center, was to reestablish a bank that would skirt the obstacles that Israel and the international community were putting in the way of the P.A.’s payments to terrorist prisoners and their families, making sure that the money would continue to be deposited into their accounts. According to the Palestinians, some $300 million is paid out to about 12,000 families per year.

The decision to found a bank came after former GOC Central Command Maj. Gen. Nadav Padan issued an administrative order banning Palestinian banks from assisting terrorist activity after Israel passed, but did not implement, a law to deduct the amount of money the P.A. pays out in “terrorist stipends” from the tax money Israel collects for the P.A.

After Padan issued his order, branches of the Cairo Amman Bank and others announced that they would be freezing money transfers to Palestinian terrorist prisoners and their families, leading to violent demonstrations and even shootings in Jenin and Bethlehem. Abbas rushed to set up a committee to solve the matter and the result was a new bank. Its logo, by the way, features the walls of the Old City of Jerusalem and the gates to Al-Aqsa Mosque.

Abbas declared: “Even if we are left with a penny, we will pay it to the families of the shahids [martyrs] and prisoners. They are a select group and we believe that it will pave the way to an independent Palestine. They are stars in the firmament of the Palestinian struggle, and they take precedence over everything.”

‘Necessity and maneuvering’

Meanwhile, even though Israel (under Benny Gantz as defense minister) stopped deducting the payments to terrorists and their families from the P.A. tax revenue, Abbas refused to accept any of the tax money at all, which made the economic crisis in the P.A. worse. Currently, there are $2.5 billion that the P.A. is refusing to take from Israel if Israel does not promise, in writing, to renege on its plans to declare sovereignty in Judea, Samaria and the Jordan Valley.

Abbas asked the European Union for other economic aid, but the E.U. told him that he had no grounds on which to refuse the tax money Israel was offering, because the “annexation” had been postponed or possibly canceled under the normalization agreements. The E.U. even urged Abbas to reinstate the civil and security cooperation with Israel that the P.A. cut off after Israel announced its sovereignty plan.

Abbas’ policies are doing the P.A. economy no favors—not in regular times and certainly not since the start of the COVID-19 pandemic, in which hundreds of thousands of Palestinians lost their jobs, a quarter to a third of private businesses in Judea and Samaria closed and about half of all checks written in the P.A. bounce.

The P.A. security forces are also showing weakness, mostly against weapons stockpiling, which is mainly happening in the refugee camps as the warring factions prepare themselves for a war to succeed Abbas.

Yoni Ben Menachem, a researcher at the Jerusalem Center for Public Affairs, reported last week that Fatah deputy chairman Mahmoud al-Aloul was buying large quantities of weapons for local militias ahead of that battle. The Dahlan camp is also arming itself, mostly in refugee camps in Jenin and Balata.

One official from the security sector said that these weapons are currently not being used against the IDF, but will be used to establish centers of power and deterrence for the day after Abbas is no longer in power. However, no one can guarantee that the weapons—thousands of rifles and machine guns—won’t be used against Israel.

Abbas, who is hoping that Joe Biden wins the U.S. election, is searching for a place somewhere along the Muslim Brotherhood axis, which is operating against the bloc of the Gulf Arab states, Egypt and Israel. He allowed Jibril Rajoub to travel to Turkey and meet with Hamas leaders, through Turkish and Qatari mediators, in an attempt to make peace among the Palestinians themselves. This angered Egypt, which has held the job of intra-Palestinian mediator in recent years.

Participants in the meetings in Istanbul tried to reach a deal to bring Hamas and Palestinian Islamic Jihad into the PLO and hold Palestinian legislative elections, something Israel does not intend to allow. They agreed to “renew the popular resistance.” Abbas also asked Qatar and Turkey for some immediate financial assistance, half a billion dollars, so he could pay the salaries of P.A. government employees.

Pinhas Inbari, a Palestinian affairs researcher, sees Abbas’ recent steps as “acts of desperation.”

Inbari thinks that, at their core, these are steps of “necessity and maneuvering,” and assesses that they do not indicate any real chance in Abbas’ policy of not allowing terrorism or a third intifada.

A couple of weeks ago, Inbari points out, “a joint committee for the Third Intifada was established with a lot of noise and fireworks, but it died down quickly because the public did not respond to its calls. There’s no real impetus for an intifada.”

“Anyone who lives on Twitter and the Internet might get a different impression, but the street is what really matters, and right now, the street is not lit up.”

The Israel Defense Forces and the Shin Bet, however, think differently, and are seeing constant attempts at terrorist acts. But even they think that as long as Abbas is in power, things will remain more or less under control. After he is gone—that will be another story.

House Republicans urge Barr to appoint special counsel to probe alleged Biden revelations

Lawmakers say it is ‘imperative’ the allegations are investigated

EXCLUSIVE: House Republicans on Monday wrote to Attorney General William Barr, urging him to appoint a special counsel to investigate alleged revelations coming from a laptop purported to have belonged to Joe Biden’s son Hunter — specifically the elder Biden’s alleged participation in his son’s business dealings.

“These alleged revelations raise serious questions about former Vice President Joe Biden’s reported participation with his son’s business dealings, specifically whether the former vice president (1) received foreign monies during his tenure in the Obama administration and (2) if former Vice President Biden allowed his son to peddle access to his father with foreign business entities,” the letter, obtained by Fox News, says.