Israel Behind the News [Jan. 14, 2016]

Today’s headlines have a common, yet unsurprising, denominator: Anti-Semitism

Iran-backed jihadi group claims it’s operating in West Bank, Jerusalem
Gaza-based Sabireen, a Palestinian jihadi group with close ties to Iran, claimed on Wednesday that it has expanded out of the Gaza Strip and is now operating in the West Bank and Jerusalem as well. It says it will wage war against Israel everywhere and denies being a Hezbollah-style Iranian proxy.

Israel to bar Sweden from any role in future diplomatic process with Palestinians
Sweden’s Foreign Minister Margot Wallstrom’s call for an investigation to determine if Israel was guilty of extrajudicial killings of Palestinians during the current wave of terrorism has led Israel to ban Sweden from any role in the Israeli-Palestinian diplomatic process. Wallstrom obviously does not understand what is happening in our region and is apparently not aware of the difficult situation facing Israeli citizens, and the continuous danger of murderous terrorism.

Anti-Semitism drives record-high Western European immigration to Israel
Amid rise in attacks, 9,880 make aliya in 2015, including almost 8,000 from France, the world’s 3rd largest Jewish population.

Iran holds Holocaust-denying cartoon contest
Two weeks ahead of International Holocaust Remembrance Day, Iran has announced a contest aimed at creating cartoons that deny the genocidal event occurred. The contest, organized by the Teheran municipal authority, is calling for cartoonists worldwide to send in works denying and satirizing the Holocaust.