16 July 2017

Muslim authority protests Temple Mount security measures, blocks entrance
Israeli police lifted a ban on Muslim worshipers entering Jerusalem’s Temple Mount compound on Sunday after it was closed in the wake of a deadly attack that resulted in the deaths of two Border Police officers at the contested holy site on Friday. A police spokesperson told The Jerusalem Post that at this stage, two gates will open to the public – The Gate of the Tribes (Bab al-asbat) and The Council Gate (Bab al-Majlis).

Ministers approve bill aiming to take Jerusalem off the negotiating table
Legislation putting a seemingly-insurmountable obstacle before any Israeli leader seeking to divide Jerusalem in diplomatic negotiations can move forward after the Ministerial Committee for Legislation approved it Sunday. The amendment to Basic Law: Jerusalem pushed by Bayit Yehudi leader Naftali Bennett states that giving up Israeli sovereignty over any part of Jerusalem would require approval by 80 MKs, three-fourths of the Knesset.

Arab-Israeli lawmaker warns of third intifada after Friday attack
Closing the Aksa Mosque on the Temple Mount, following Friday’s attack at the complex by three Israeli-Arab gunmen that left two policemen dead, could lead to a third intifada, Joint List chairman Ayman Odeh said on Saturday night. The leader of the Arab bloc in the Knesset told Channel 2’s Meet the Press: “Closing the Aksa Mosque is explosive. The Second Intifada broke out on al-Aksa. I warn against the third.”

Jordan’s King Abdullah calls for calm after Temple Mount attack
Jordan’s King Abdullah…called for calm as he condemned the terror attack near the Temple Mount in a phone call with Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu… Israel has feared that Friday’s attack, in which three Israeli-Arab terrorists killed two policemen, could spark a third intifada. The Temple Mount is under Israeli control and Jordanian custodianship and is managed by the Islamic Wakf. Jews are allowed to visit, but not worship.

Thousands of Illinois homes swamped by flood waters as rivers keep rising
Flooding north of Chicago could worsen on Saturday as rivers keep rising after a deluge earlier this week that damaged thousands of homes and sent water cascading into streets and basements, officials said. Illinois Governor Bruce Rauner on Friday issued a disaster proclamation for Lake, McHenry and Kane counties and pledged the support of the state government to people whose properties were damaged or destroyed.

FEC Rejects Democrats’ Plan To Target Drudge, Breitbart
The Federal Election Commission (FEC) has declined her proposal, stating it“cannot support proposals that would burden the free speech rights of American citizens based on incomplete information about foreign activities in the 2016 election.”

Mysterious Hacker Leaks Emails Of Top US State Department Expert On Russia
Coming at a “sensitive” moment for US-Russian hacking diplomatic relations, on Friday Foreign Policy reported that emails belonging to a senior US State Department intelligence official involved in Russian affairs have been leaked by a hacker known as “Johnnie Walker.”

Amazon Antitrust Concerns Emerge in Washington and Wall Street
Amazon.com Inc.’s expansion plans, including its agreement to buy Whole Foods Market Inc. for $13.7 billion, are raising hackles in Washington — and Wall Street is taking notice.

US Restaurant Industry Stuck In Worst Collapse Since 2009
After 16 consecutive months of continuous declines for the restaurant industry – the longest stretch since 2009 – the end of the tunnel for the restaurant industry is nowhere in sight.

Gay Newlyweds Reveal They’ve Been Threatened Following Muslim Wedding
Earlier this week, Jahed Choudhury and Sean Rogan made headlines around the world when the two men were married in the U.K., in what’s been described as Britain’s first Muslim gay wedding. (Another man named Dennis Harper disputes that, claiming his marriage in 2016 was actually the first.)

Religious leaders rebuked for taking psychedelics to be more ‘effective’
‘Bible specifically warns against sorcery – which is exactly what this is’

‘Horrific’ TV show inspiring suicide, says filmmaker
Evangelist Ray Comfort, the maker of a new film on suicide that emphasizes the value of life, is warning that the Netflix series on suicide, “13 Reasons Why,” goes the wrong direction on the issue of self-destruction by teens, which has engulfed communities and even has drawn concern in the left-leaning Rolling Stone.

DHS Outlines Mandatory Biometric ID At Airports For Foreign Travel
What at first seemed like creeping tip-toe incrementalism toward the use of biometric ID for travel is quickly becoming a warp-speed reality.

G-D’S FURY: North Korea shaken by EARTHQUAKE as hermit state ROCKED by huge quake
The 6.0-magnitude quake was measured at 348.2 miles (560 km) below the seabed, and unlikely to cause any damage. Its epicentre was 125 miles (201 km) south-east of the North Korean city of Chongjin.