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“We as Arabs have to recognize that Jerusalem is a Jewish religious symbol as sacred to Jews as Mecca and Medina is sacred to Muslims.” – Abdul Hamid Hakim

The retired Saudi official, Abdul Hamid Hakim, was interviewed regarding his views about the recent statement by U.S. President Donald Trump recognizing Jerusalem as the capital of the State of Israel…

Hakim heads the office of the Middle East Institute located in Jeddah, Saudi Arabia, and was among those who joined retired Saudi General Anwar Ashiqat, who visited Israel on July 22, 2016, according to Abu Ali.

The blogger wrote that “Ashiqat, a consultant who is close to the Saudi royal family, would not have come to Israel had he not first received permission from the king.”

Hakim told the ALHURRA interviewer, who was broadcasting from the United States, “The Arab mind must free itself of prejudice and perceptions of political Islam, Sunni and Shiite, and from the hatred of Jews and the denial of their historic rights in the region.”

Abu Ali underscored the importance of Hakim’s position as “a well-known Saudi official, living in Saudi Arabia,” adding that there are “clear connections between him and the Saudi royal family, reflecting the unprecedented manner in which the historic rights of the Jewish people in Jerusalem [are being addressed].  JewishPress

Israel Education Minister Naftali Bennett

During an interview with Steven Sackur on the BBC program Hard Talk, MK and Education Minister Naftali Bennett (Jewish Home) qualified Palestine as a “fake state.”

“The Palestinian issue is a fake issue, just like the notion of a Palestinian state is a fake state,” he said, when asked about the effects of US President Donald Trump’s declaration recognizing Jerusalem as the capital of Israel.

Bennett then changed the subject, charging that the states in the region were focused solely on countering Iran, and that the only people focusing on the Israeli-Palestinian conflict were “studios in London.”

When challenged about the consequences of Trump’s move on the prospects for a peace and the future for a Palestinian state, Bennett deflected, questioning the Sackur instead of the other way around, leading to an awkward silence and a smirking education minister.

“No one in the Arab world ever accepted the notion of a Palestinian nation. They wouldn’t grant them a state. We’ve granted them a state in Gaza and they turned it into Afghanistan in the heart of Israel. We aren’t about to make that mistake again.”  JPost

Video:  Bennett on BBC HardTalk defends Netanyahu & Jerusalem: “Palestine” is a Fake State

UN

Eight countries opposed to President Trump’s recognition of Jerusalem as Israel’s capital asked for an emergency meeting of the U.N. Security Council. The eight council nations that requested the meeting: Bolivia, Egypt, France, Italy, Senegal, Sweden, United Kingdom and Uruguay.

The resolution did not pass.

Nikki Haley:  “This is the first time I have exercised the American right to veto a resolution in the Security Council. The exercise of the veto is not something the United States does often….

We do it with no joy, but we do it with no reluctance.”…

“The fact that this veto is being done in defense of American sovereignty and in defense of America’s role in the Middle East peace process is not a source of embarrassment for us; it should be an embarrassment to the remainder of the Security Council.”

 

U.S. Ambassador to the UN Nikki Haley delivered her remarks on the matter in a manner referred to by Israel’s Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu “on Hanukkah, like a Maccabee.”… JewishPress

US ambassador to the UN Nikki Haley:

To the United Nations’ shame, this has been a disproportionately hostile place for the Middle East’s most enduring democracy.

The United States refuses to accept the double standard that says we are not impartial when we stand by the will of the American people by moving our U.S. embassy, but somehow the United Nations is a neutral party when it consistently singles out Israel for condemnation.

For decades, Israel has withstood wave after wave of bias in the UN and its agencies. The United States has often stood beside Israel. We did not on December 23, 2016. We will not make that mistake again.  JewishPress

Full Transcript: US Ambassador to the UN Nikki Haley’s Remarks After Jerusalem Resolution Veto

Sweden Forced To Raise Retirement Age To Pay For Influx Of Muslim Migrants

The Swedish citizens were sold the claim that Muslim migration was needed to replace an aging workforce.  The reality is Swedish workers will have to work longer to pay for Muslim migrants.

The increasing costs of population growth in Sweden, driven almost entirely mass migration, have forced the government to seriously consider raising the national retirement age to pay for the additional costs.

Swedish Socialist party Finance Minister Magdalena Andersson announced that the retirement age would likely be raised in the near future in order to offset increased welfare costs, Swedish newspaper Expressen reports.

“Looking at those who start working at 30, there should be opportunities to work longer than 65,” Andersson said.

The minister made her remarks following an economic report from the Local Authorities and County Council (SKL) released earlier this week. The report claimed that the welfare state would grow faster than revenue obtained through taxation due to the dramatic rise of Sweden’s population.

Due to the influx of migrants during the migrant crisis and Sweden’s growing birthrate, the population of the country has expanded faster than almost any other European country.

Welfare State Cost Increases  -Sweden’s welfare cost is increasing faster than its revenue.

The SKL study claims there is a 47 billion SEK (£4.1 billion) gap between current revenue and welfare state costs that will have to be made up either by tax increases or increasing the retirement age.

While migrants are increasing the cost of the Swedish welfare state in terms of added infrastructure and cost for services, many are unemployed and directly on welfare. A recent report showed that while the native Swedish unemployment rate was around 3.9 percent, it stood at 21.8 percent for Swedish residents from foreign backgrounds.

A 2016 report claimed that the one-year cost of the migrant crisis for the Swedish taxpayer could amount to as much as 600 billion Swedish Kronor (£48.3 billion), enough to pay for the national armed forces for the next 14 years.  Stockholm University associate professor Jan Tullberg made the calculations based on welfare and housing costs, education costs and other factors.  Breitbart

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Legalizing ‘Dreamers’ Would Cost Taxpayers $26 Billion

Chain migration would allow Dreamers to sponsor relatives, including their parents who broke the law by bringing them to the U.S.

Legalizing 2 million illegal immigrants “Dreamers” would cost the government $25.9 billion over the next decade, as those now-legal people would claim more tax, education and other benefits they haven’t been able to get before, the Congressional Budget Office said Friday.

The CBO also said newly legalized Dreamers would sponsor 80,000 more immigrants to enter the country as part of “chain migration.”

Immigrant-rights activists have argued that legalizing Dreamers would be a financial boon to the country, but the CBO and the Joint Committee on Taxation suggested otherwise, saying that while they would pay somewhat higher taxes into the government, they would take far more out of it.

The findings could be a blow to activists who have demanded the bill be included in any year-end spending deal. Congress already struggles to find offsets for other spending, and digging a hole more than $25 billion deeper could be difficult.

“In total, CBO and JCT estimate that changes in direct spending and revenues from enacting [the bill] would increase budget deficits by $25.9 billion over the 2018-2027 period,” the budget analysts said in their analysis.

The CBO said there are between 11 million and 12 million illegal immigrants in the U.S. now, and some 3.25 million of those would be eligible for the Dream Act….

Of the 3.25 million eligible, about 2 million would actually apply, the CBO said, and 1.6 million of them would earn status over the next decade. Roughly 1 million would go on to become citizens within the decade, allowing them to sponsor other relatives to enter the U.S., analysts predicted.

Even people who can’t speak English would be able to qualify for tentative legal status because the educational requirements can be done in Spanish, the CBO said.  WashingtonTimes

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Republicans unveiled the final version of the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act early Friday evening [Dec. 15], paving the way for their first major legislative win of the 115th Congress.

GOP lawmakers are expected to pass legislation providing the largest overhaul of the U.S. tax code in 31 years before the end of next week.

The $1.5 trillion tax package includes seven individual tax brackets falling at 10 percent, 12 percent, 22 percent, 24 percent, 32 percent, 35 percent and 37 percent. The plan reduces rates for the majority of Americans and small businesses, with top income earners seeing their rate drop from 39.6 percent to 37 percent. DailyCaller

House Speaker Paul Ryan: Congress Will Stop Using Taxpayer Dollars To Settle Harassment Claims

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House Speaker Paul Ryan (R-Wis.) said Wednesday that Congress plans to stop using taxpayer dollars to settle sexual harassment cases against lawmakers.

On Wisconsin’s WISN Radio’s “The Jay Weber Show,” Ryan said that congressional committees are currently at work on a “wholesale reform package” for sexual misconduct procedures.

When asked whether Congress would stop using taxpayer dollars to settle these cases, Ryan replied, “Yes, that’s among the things we’re working on right now.”

Ryan added that he agrees with Weber’s assertion that using taxpayer dollars to settle harassment claims is “indefensible.” TheHill

Judge Rules In Favor Of California Baker Who Refused To Bake A Wedding Cake For A Same-Sex Couple

9th Circuit Court will reverse this ruling.

A California judge has ruled in favor of a Christian baker who refused to bake a wedding cake for a same-sex couple.

The judge denied a motion for a temporary restraining order filed on Wednesday against Cathy Miller, the owner of Tastries Bakery in Bakersfield, California.

According to a press release sent by The Freedom of Conscience Defense Fund, the order would have compelled “Miller to create wedding cakes for LGBT persons, even though doing so would violate her sincerely held religious beliefs.”

The bakery received criticism last August when Miller said she refused to serve the couple because of her beliefs.

“Here at Tastries, we love everyone. My husband and I are Christians and we know that God created everyone and he created everyone equal,” Miller said in August. “It’s not that we don’t like people of certain groups … there is just certain things that violate my conscience.”  10News

Hennepin County Attorney Mike Freeman To Activists: No Evidence To Prosecute Officer In Justine Damond Shooting

Protecting themselves and their narrative.

The Mayor recognized Somali immigrant Mohamed Noor arrival on the force.  Mohamed Noor was the first Somali officer in the Fifth Precinct of Minneapolis Police Department was fast-tracked.

Minneapolis made a significant financial investment in Mohamed Noor.

The officer who fatally shot Justine Damond graduated in 2015 from the city’s accelerated police cadet program. The seven-month training is a quicker, nontraditional route to policing aimed at helping those who already have a college degree enter law enforcement.

The Minneapolis program covers tuition at Hennepin Technical College and pays trainees a $20-an-hour salary with benefits while they work to get licensed. After that their salary bumps up.

Before heading into law enforcement, Noor worked in commercial and residential property management and managed a hotel. He has a degree in business administration, management and economics from Augsburg College.

Not everyone is sold on the fast-track training. In Minnesota, the more traditional route to a job as a peace officer includes a two- or four-year degree in criminal justice or a related field. The state is unique in its educational requirement for officers, although Wisconsin has a similar requirement…

Not everyone is sold on the fast-track training. In Minnesota, the more traditional route to a job as a peace officer includes a two- or four-year degree in criminal justice or a related field. The state is unique in its educational requirement for officers, although Wisconsin has a similar requirement. StarTribune

Somali immigrant police officer Mohamed Noor fatally shot Justine Damond.   Justine was in her pajamas when killed and was speaking to Noor’s partner through the driver’s side window of a police car in which Noor was a passenger.  Noor pulled his gun and shot Damond through the driver’s side door.

Hennepin County Attorney Mike Freeman said Wednesday that he does not yet have enough evidence to file charges against a Minneapolis police officer in the shooting death of Justine Ruszczyk Damond, blaming investigators who “haven’t done their job.”

Freeman made the comments during a union event after being confronted by activists, who recorded the interaction. They asked Freeman why it has taken so long for him to decide if Officer Mohamed Noor was justified in shooting and killing Damond on July 15.

“Fair question. I’ve got to have the evidence, and I don’t have it yet,” Freeman responded. “Let me just say it’s not my fault. So if it isn’t my fault, who didn’t do their job? Investigators. They don’t work for me. They haven’t done their job.”

Freeman said coming to a decision “is the big present I want under the Christmas tree.”

Damond’s family was “deeply distressed and unhappy” following Freeman’s remarks, said Bob Bennett, the attorney representing the family.
“We expected a quality investigation that would be fair, complete and accurate, and apparently that hasn’t happened,” Bennett said.  StarTribune

The fix is in.

The BCA turned its findings in the Damond shooting over to the county attorney’s office on Sept. 12. Freeman at the time noted he could request more information from BCA investigators, but hoped to have a decision by the end of 2017.

However, his comments on the video suggest it could take longer.

Freeman explained he has to prove the circumstances beyond a reasonable doubt. Did Noor fear for his life when he pulled the trigger, for example.

“But I can’t. He won’t answer my questions and he doesn’t have to,” Freeman said. (Remember, Noor didn’t speak with investigators.)

He added: “I can’t talk to [Damond] because she’s gone, and the other cop gave us s–t.”  Gomn

Holy Donut Shop Faces Leftist Fury For Helping A Needy Family

The Holy Donut shop in Portland, Maine promoted that they wanted to help a needy family with five children for Christmas.  That is a caring thing to do.  But the LGBT group commenced a full-scale social media blitz, threatening the doughnut shop for working with the Salvation Army, a faith-based charity.  No surprise.

A popular donut shop in Portland, Maine was forced to apologize to the community after they offended customers by working with the Salvation Army to provide Christmas to a needy family.

The Holy Donut had asked customers to help them with a gift drive for a local family with five children. Those customers who participated received free donuts.

The donut shop reached out to the Salvation Army to find the family in need, the Press-Herald reports….

Many accused the Salvation Army of being anti-gay and discriminating against the LGBT community.  It was all untrue, of course – but the truth doesn’t really matter these days.

“They proselytize to the people in their programs, they reject LGBT people from their shelters,” one outraged customer wrote. “They have tried to scrub their image, but still discriminate.”

For the record, the Salvation Army is a well-respected Christian ministry that provides shelter for the homeless, addiction programs and of course the iconic red kettles at Christmas time.

The Press Herald reports that the online mob was unrelenting – going so far as to threaten boycotts unless the donut shop renounced its association with the Salvation Army.

“In case you forgot, a solid 70 percent of your clientle is part of the LGBTQ community,” one rabble-rouser wrote. “You’re making a silent statement that you’re completely fine with their choices.”

Ah yes, nothing quite like an old-fashioned yuletide public shaming.

“We do not support the Salvation Army or consider them our ‘partner’ for this project, they simply linked us to a needy family,” the store owners wrote on Facebook. “We have nothing to gain here, we just wanted to help a family in need.”  TodStarnes

llegal Immigration On Border Surges

Illegal immigration numbers are rising, according to the data released Friday by U.S. Customs and Border Protection.  A wall needs to be built.  This is a huge backlog of deportees, getting that number down will discourage others.  Implement the immigration laws on the books regarding will get this problem under control.

Nearly 40,000 illegal immigrants were nabbed attempting to sneak in at the border in November, which was up about 12 percent compared to October, and more than twice the monthly numbers from March and April, when Mr. Trump touted his early accomplishments.

Families and unaccompanied minors

Perhaps just as worrisome for officials is the rise in families traveling together, which surged 45 percent last month, and unaccompanied minors traveling without parents, which rose 26 percent in November.

Congress

“The administration is working tirelessly to secure the border, enhance interior enforcement and establish a merit-based immigration system. But we need Congress to act immediately to close immigration loopholes, fund the border wall, terminate outdated visa programs and provide the necessary tools for DHS officials to carry out their mission,” Mr. Houlton said (Homeland Security spokesperson).

The 39,006 people caught in November included 29,086 caught by the Border Patrol, and 9,920 who tried to come through official ports of entry without permission. The total is still less than 2015 or 2016, but is more than 2012, 2013 or 2014, signaling a return to Obama-era levels of illegal immigration on the border…

In addition to more migrants, border agents and officers are catching more opioids, heroin and cocaine being smuggled from Mexico to the U.S.  WashingtonPost

 

Muslim Man Who Beheaded Woman At Oklahoma Food Plant Just Received Harsh American Justice

A convert to Islam, Alton Nolen had just been fired from the Vaughan Foods Plant.  He drove to the front of the business and walked inside.  With a knife, he attacked and beheaded one woman (Colleen Hufford) and was attacking a second worker (Traci Johnson) when he was shot and wounded by a company official.

On Sept. 24, 2014, ISIS-inspired Islamic convert Alton Nolen entered a food processing plant in Moore, Oklahoma. He took out a butcher knife and beheaded Colleen Hufford and critically stabbed Tracy Johnson. Both were employees at the factory. Nolen, who had been recently suspended from the plant, was a practicing Muslim who was obsessed with gruesome Islamic State beheading videos going viral at the time.

Nolen was shot and apprehended after his rampage.

Nolen was facing either the death penalty or life in prison without parole after a jury trial in Oklahoma.

Friday, the judge handed down his sentence: Death.  DailyCaller

University of Iowa Kicks Christian Student Group For Its Religious Beliefs

The Univerisity of Iowa has made it mandatory to be an officially recognized student group that group must approve of and support homosexuality.  Otherwise, your group is not accepted officially and you are a “hater” or “against love”…  By definition that excludes every Bible-believing Christian.   The strategy is to marginalize any and all that have a moral objection to homosexuality.  The movement of homosexual rights that the left has embraced and pushed is to attack Bible-believing Christians.

The university stripped The Business Leaders in Christ of their status on campus after a member claimed he was denied a leadership position for being openly gay. The group, however, says the member was rejected because “he expressly stated that he rejected BLinC’s religious beliefs and would not follow them.”

“Members should conduct their careers without the greed, racism, sexual immorality and selfishness that all too often arise in business, political, and cultural institutions,” a portion of group’s statement of faith says.

University of Iowa spokesperson Anne Bassett issued a statement to Fox News accusing BLinC of violating the school’s Human Rights Policy and the Iowa Civil Rights Act.

“…When a voluntary student organization chooses to become a registered student organization, it must adhere to the mission of the university, the UI’s policies and procedures, and all local, state, and federal laws,” said Bassett, who also emphasized the school’s 20 religious student organizations on campus and “the worship opportunities in the surrounding community.”…

As a de-registered student group, BLinC no longer receives funding or access to university facilities enjoyed by the other 500 student groups. To get back in the school’s good graces, BLinC would have to amended its statement of faith and submit an “acceptable plan” for selecting leaders.FoxNews

Lawsuit

The University of Iowa kicked a small Christian group of students, Business Leaders in Christ, off campus recently, because they regularly share their religious beliefs. In response, the group sued. The dean of students told BLinC that if it wants to be back on campus, it must “revise” its religious beliefs and submit an “acceptable plan” for selecting its leaders.

In BLinC v. University of Iowa, BLinC asks the court to stop this religious discrimination and allow it to choose leaders who embrace its mission, just like every other student group on campus. Becket, a legal organization that specializes in religious liberty, is representing the student group.

BLinC is a small student organization that gives Christian students a forum for discussing how to incorporate their beliefs in the competitive business world. Like many religious groups, its members also serve others because of their religious beliefs. On Sept. 1, the university told BLinC it could select leaders who affirm its beliefs, so long as those beliefs were clearly stated so students would be aware of them. But after BLinC added a statement of its religious beliefs to its campus webpage, the university responded by kicking it off campus shortly before Thanksgiving…

“This is premeditated religious discrimination, plain and simple,” said Eric Baxter, senior counsel at Becket.“A state school cannot demand a change to students’ faith any more than the U.S. President could demand a change to the Bible.”  WashingtonExaminer

Muslim Migrant ‘Child Refugee’ Who Raped And Murdered EU Official’s Daughter Is 33

Hussein Khavari entered Germany as an unaccompanied minor, a 17-year-old Afghan asylum seeker that was actually 31 years old.  Before Germany, in 2013 he was arrested and sentenced to ten years for attempted murder in Corfu.  German officials are indifferent to protecting their own citizens.

An Afghan man who claimed he was 17 years old to be granted asylum in Germany where he later raped and killed an EU official’s daughter is 33 years old, a court heard.

Hussein Khavari ambushed 19-year-old medical student Maria Ladenburger in Freiberg in October last year before raping her and drowning her in a river.

Khavari had applied for asylum as an ‘unaccompanied minor’ when the attack took place, but his father has told German authorities that he is much older…

But his father, who lives in Iran, informed the court via telephone that his son is born in January 1984, making him nearly 34 years old, Welt reports.
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