Tuesday, July 25, 2017

The cycle of rewarding Israel’s enemies for the suffering they bring upon themselves and everyone else - by Divest This!

...Needless to say, those “Friends of the Palestinian People” here on our shores have risen up to “stop the violence,” specifically the violence Israeli police, soldiers and citizens use to prevent their children from being stabbed, run over, shot and blown up. As for the killing spree itself, well – as usual – this crowd of Peace Warriors has little time for such trifles.

Divest This!..
Elder of Ziyon..
24 July '17..

Reward and repetition are two of the best ways to ensure certain types of behaviors continue. And if such motivations are in place long enough, behavior becomes permanent as rewards harden into entitlements and repetition becomes habit.

We’re seeing something like this play out in the latest iteration of what Ruth Wisse urges us to start calling “The Arab War Against the Jews,” a more descriptive title for what even Israel’s friends keep calling called the “Arab-Israeli” conflict, which presumes an inaccurate “cycle-of-violence” narrative.

This time, the so-called “cycle” consists of Palestinians (urged on by leaders in both official and popular media) using their own holy places as the launch-pad for murder, then using Israeli security measures at those same holy places as a pretext for riots, further murder and demands for global protest.

To any rational observer, this mini- or pre- Intifada III is ultimately destined to suffer the fate as have previous ones with lots of people – Jew and Arab – losing their lives, a degradation of whatever progress Palestinian society might have made since the last “uprising,” and hopes for co-existence pushed ever further away. These are actually important goals for those urging on the killing (even if those actually holding the knives are motivated primarily by the urge to kill any Jew they can reach).

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The ongoing commitment of the Palestinians to paying terrorists and terrorists’ families by the numbers - JCPA

The Palestinian Authority recently released its detailed budget for 2017, and it includes the usual allocations for salaries to imprisoned and released terrorists, as well as to the families of Palestinians who were killed (“martyrs”) or wounded in the “struggle against Zionism.”

Brig.-Gen. (res.) Yossi Kuperwasser..
Jerusalem Center for Public Affairs..
Vol. 17, No. 19..
24 July '17..

According to the PA budget, salaries to incarcerated and released terrorists will amount in 2017 to 552 million shekels ($153.4 million), a rise of 13 percent over the original budget of 2016 and 11 percent more than the actual expenditure in 2016 (revised budget). The money will be transferred to the Palestinian National Fund, the financial arm of the PLO, which was designated by Israel as a terror organization due to its involvement in paying terrorist salaries.

The amount allocated for the families of those killed or wounded in the struggle against Zionism, rose by 4 – 8 percent and is set at 687 million shekels in 2017. Altogether, the expenditures for supporting terror in the 2017 Palestinian Authority budget is 1.240 billion shekels ($344 million). This sum constitutes 7 percent of the total budget, similar to the last several years, but amounts to 49.6 percent of foreign aid received by the PA due to diminishing amount of external aid expected in 2017.

The budget includes, like in previous years, funding for various benefits for the families of the killed and wounded, and for the families of the arrested terrorists. Among them, 500 families of the martyrs will receive a Hajj pilgrimage as part of the Saudi gift given to the PA. As in the 2016 budget, the 2017 budget points out that of more than 20,000 families who receive the monthly payments, which are referred to as salaries, there are 375 families that get special assistance.

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Monday, July 24, 2017

Once again, BBC reporting on Jerusalem violence low on background, high on messaging - by Hadar Sela

...The BBC is obliged to “provide impartial news and information to help people understand and engage with the world around them”. The unchallenged amplification of one side’s baseless allegations and the repeated failure to properly explain the issues behind such highly inflammatory subject matter obviously do not meet that obligation.

Hadar Sela..
BBC Watch..
24 July '17..

On Friday July 21st pre-planned rioting took place in Jerusalem as well as at additional locations after yet another ‘Day of Rage’ had been called by Palestinian leaders. The BBC News website covered the day’s events in two reports – one written and one filmed.

The filmed report by Yolande Knell is titled “Clashes in Bethlehem over holy site” and its synopsis links to the written report, telling viewers that “[i]t follows tension over the place known to Muslims as the Haram al-Sharif, and to Jews as the Temple Mount”.

In the first part of that report Knell describes the Israeli security forces’ response to what she terms “protests”.

Knell: “Now those unusual prayers are turned into protests very quickly. Already there’s been skunk water fired – a very stinky liquid – by the soldiers. They’re using stun grenades and tear gas as well.”

After the caption “How did we get here?” appears on screen, the report then goes on to show footage apparently filmed some time earlier, with Knell telling BBC audiences that:

Knell: “Palestinian worshippers across the West Bank aren’t praying inside their mosques today but they’ve come outside. Here in Bethlehem they’re on the streets, under the hot sun with their prayer mats. And this is a very symbolically important location because just along there, that’s the road to Jerusalem and it’s now blocked by Israel’s separation wall. You can see the Israeli military watchtower that’s just over there.”

Knell refrains from informing viewers that the anti-terrorist fence (which of course has nothing at all to do with the story she is supposedly reporting) had to be constructed because of Palestinian terrorism. Her claim that the road to Jerusalem is “blocked” is misleading: the checkpoint there is open 24 hours a day. She then goes on to uncritically parrot Palestinian messaging.

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Now is the time for Israeli sovereignty to shine on the Temple Mount, for the benefit of Muslims and Jews alike - by Prof. Hillel Frisch

Regardless of its direct security merits, Israel’s decision to place metal detectors at the entrances to the Temple Mount has been transformed by adversaries and Israel alike into an issue of sovereignty over the Temple Mount. Power-sharing there has always constituted a slippery slope to disaster. The murder of two Israeli policemen at the Temple Mount is an appropriate moment to rectify the situation by reasserting Israeli sovereignty over the holy site.

Prof. Hillel Frisch..
BESA Center Perspectives Paper No. 539..
24 July '17..
Link: https://besacenter.org/perspectives-papers/israeli-sovereignty-temple-mount-crucial-peace/

Why is Israeli sovereignty over the Temple Mount so important? Because international “partnership” arrangements in political hotspots not only rarely (if ever) work, but make matters much more volatile and dangerous. At the Temple Mount, only exclusive Israeli sovereignty can work.

Many partnerships over contested areas have been attempted, and they have led to only one outcome: failure. In 1949, for example, the UN tried to broker deals between Israel and Syria over demilitarized zones delimited in the Armistice Agreement. The three areas were perennial hotspots over which much blood was shed. They were only resolved (as are most Middle Eastern political conflicts) by a decisive victory and the establishment of Israeli sovereignty over the Golan Heights. Before that, it was bedlam. Since then, there have been 40 years of quiet.

In Jordan, after the 1967 Six Day War, Arab states tried to broker power-sharing arrangements over Jordanian territory between the beleaguered Hashemite monarchy and the Palestinian terrorist organizations. During three years of bargaining and meddling, massive firefights took place between the two sides in which hundreds if not thousands of civilians were killed.

This was but a prelude to the final showdown when the monarchy said enough is enough: sovereignty now. That period, dubbed Black September (1970), was in fact the beginning of a full year of bloodletting. It ended only when the Jordanian monarchy won a decisive victory.

The Jordanian victory was so decisively won that hundreds of Palestinian terrorists fled westward into Israeli hands to avert the fate that awaited them. Only then did the Jordanian state achieve the Biblical “40 years of peace.” Ironically, Amman is now demanding that Israel share sovereignty, a prescription that proved disastrous in its own political history.

A politically incorrect (but realistic) diagnosis - by Yoram Ettinger

...Arab attitudes toward Israel derive from the 14-century-old Islamic ‎intolerance of Christian, Jewish, Buddhist and other "infidels," who claim ‎sovereignty in "the abode of Islam." The key issue has never been the size, ‎but the existence of the "infidel" Jewish state on land that is supposedly ‎divinely ordained to be ruled by Islamic believers.

Yoram Ettinger..
Israel Hayom..
17 July '17..
Link: http://www.israelhayom.com/site/newsletter_opinion.php?id=19443

Political correctness suggests that the resolution of the Palestinian issue is ‎predicated on a dramatic Israeli land concession and the establishment of a ‎Palestinian state: the two-state solution.‎

Moreover, political correctness has subordinated Middle East reality and long-‎term national security to the achievement of the holy grail of peaceful ‎coexistence between Jews and Arabs west of the Jordan River. In the process, ‎the "holy grailers" have oversimplified the highly complex, unpredictable, ‎violent, intolerant, fragmented Middle East. This is the same school of ‎thought that misperceived the Arab tsunami, in 2011, as an Arab Spring, a youth revolution and a transition toward democracy. ‎

Political correctness has preferred talk and assessment-based "hope" over ‎centuries-old, well-documented realism. ‎

While political correctness has failed to advance peaceful coexistence, it has ‎forced the Arabs to outflank Western pressure on Israel from the maximalist ‎side, radicalizing their demands, and further intensifying the obstacles to ‎peace.‎

Political correctness resembles a surgeon who focuses on the spot of the ‎surgery while ignoring the medical history of the entire body and its bearing upon ‎the surgery. ‎

For instance, the sustained Arab war against the Jewish state has taken place ‎in the Middle East, which has featured a systematic, regional state of war, ‎terrorism, subversion, provisional one-bullet regimes, tenuous agreements, ‎limited cease-fires and the lack of civil liberties since the seventh-century ‎appearance of Islam. These have been almost entirely intra-Islamic, intra-Arab ‎wars, reflecting the (so far) unbridgeable ethnic, tribal, cultural, religious, ‎historical, ideological battles that have dominated the region, totally unrelated ‎to Israel. ‎

The Arab-Israeli conflict and the Palestinian issue are not "the Middle East ‎conflict" or the top priorities for Arab policymakers. ‎

Sunday, July 23, 2017

(Video) If you can't bring your gun to Temple Mount, what's the point in praying? - by Daniel Pomerantz

This week a lot of people died in Israel. How did it all happen? What critical facts did the media leave out? And why do some headlines make it look like there's no moral difference between the victims and the attackers who killed them? We break down the events, the facts and the media failures.

Daniel Pomerantz..
Honest Reporting..
23 July '17..
Link: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ryKeoZaipDs





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Once again testing us to see just how attached we are to this land - by Dror Eydar

...A sovereign presence requires determination. Not a hesitant, indecisive presence that wishes to appease our enemies, but rather a clear and natural presence of a nation at its holiest site, a place of longing that brought us back home after 2,000 years.

Dror Eydar..
Israel Hayom..
23 July '17..
Link: http://www.israelhayom.com/site/newsletter_opinion.php?id=19499

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Now that the metal detectors on the Temple Mount have been splattered with the blood of murdered Jews -- a grandfather, a father and a sister slaughtered at the hands of a miserable wretch who unfortunately stayed alive (why?!) -- to back down and remove them would be shameful and a disgrace, as well as a legitimization of bloodshed. Furthermore, anyone who thinks that removing the metal detectors will diminish the desire to murder Jews among those who wish to destroy us is dangerously mislead.

Pay no mind to the repeated accusations of "Jewish radicalism." They are part of what prominent poet Nathan Alterman described in a poem after the Six-Day War about the Devil's attempts to defeat the Jewish people not by use of force, but rather -- "only this shall I do: I will dull his mind and cause him to forget the justice of his cause."

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In reality, the weakness of our response (what the brainwashing machine calls "moderation") contains within it the seeds of terror. As early as the 1920s, Revisionist Zionist thinker Ze'ev Jabotinsky called for a physical as well as a psychological "iron wall" of security to ward off the Arabs. Only this way will we bring peace to the country, he asserted.

The source of Arab murderousness is not despair, but rather the delusional hope of kicking us out of our land. To our shame, this murderousness draws its power from our weak conduct, namely the public dispute among Israeli security bodies after the deed was already done and the metal detectors were put in place. Is it not yet clear to us that we must put up a united front and stand as a wall of fortitude against threats by the "voice of wrath" from Ramallah and the Islamist elements from within us? Is a century insufficient time to get to know this murderous pattern, fed by Jewish hesitancy?

As expected, BBC refrains from using the word terror in report on murdered family - by Hadar Sela

...In light of the long-standing double standard in language used when reporting acts of terror against Israelis, it is sadly unsurprising to see the BBC refusing to use the word terror to describe the brutal murders of members of a family doing no more than enjoying dinner in their own home – just as it has in the past refused to use the same term to describe Israelis murdered in their own beds, Israelis praying in their local synagogue or an Israeli painting her own front door. As predictable as that BBC practice is, it becomes no less repugnant and offensive with time.

Hadar Sela..
BBC Watch..
23 July '17..

On the evening of July 21st three members of the Salomon family were murdered in a terror attack in Halamish.

“According to a preliminary investigation, the terrorist, a Palestinian in his late teens from a nearby village, arrived in the settlement on foot armed with a knife, climbed a fence and chose the last house on a street near it.

The perpetrator broke a window and entered the home, surprising a family of about 10 inside as they were finishing their dinner, and launched his stabbing spree.

During the attack, another daughter hid several of the grandchildren in one of the rooms, where she called police and began shouting that a terrorist was inside the home.

Paramedics said the victims, a father in his 60s, his son in his 40s, and his daughter in her 40s, died of their wounds...

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Roughly two hours after the attack took place the BBC News website published the first version of its report on the incident. Neither in the headline – “Three Israelis stabbed to death in West Bank attack” – nor in the body of the article did the BBC describe the incident as a terror attack.

As has been the case in the past, the report did however take care to inform readers of the BBC’s preferred political classification of the location of the incident.

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Friday Night Carnage and Devastation in Neve Tzuf - by Arnold Roth

...Fatah, desperate not to fall too far behind in the terrorism stakes, issued its own statement praising the Arab-on-Israeli killings. Mahmoud Abbas who heads Fatah in addition to being the PA's President-for-Life may yet condemn the stabbing-killings because... well, because he can. And doing that, in a cruel, superficial and hypocritical world, has its uses. But also because the mainstream news media routinely avoid pointing out the brazen, chronic contradictions in the man's stance on terror: advocates for it in his Arabic messaging, while claiming to be against it when talking to the non-Arabic media. This works.

Elad Salomon Z"L, pictured with his
 wife Michal, was murdered at his parents'
Sabbath table on Friday night
Arnold/Frimet Roth..
This Ongoing War..
22 July '17..

The Friday night news from Neve Tzuf (often called Halamish which is the Hebrew word for flint) is devastating.

A man, Omar al-Abed, 19, from a Palestinian Arab settlement called Kobar - the home village of the notorious convicted Palestinian Arab terrorist Marwan Barghouti - jumped the fence in the dark and made his way to one of the nearby, brightly-lit houses. He burst into the home around 9:30 pm brandishing a kitchen knife he had purchased earlier in the day for what he admitted to be an intended knife attack on Jews.

Finding a family seated at their Shabbat dinner, he launched a frenzied attack and managed to stab four family members. We know now that they are Yosef Zvi Salomon, 70: his wife Tova, 68; their daughter Haya Esther Salomon, 46; and their son El'ad Menachem Salomon, 36 and the father of five young children.

Tova is seriously injured and underwent emergency surgery in Jerusalem's Shaarei Zedek Medical Center last night. After surgery, she was told that her husband and two of their children had succumbed to their injuries. The older Salomons have three other children.

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Friday, July 21, 2017

Murder, incitement and archaeological destruction on Temple Mount. What status quo? - by David M. Weinberg

...Jerusalem is a consensus issue in Israeli politics. The Netanyahu government would enjoy widespread public backing for action to parry Palestinian and Islamic incitement in Jerusalem and to solidify Israel’s rights on Har HaBayit. Only a forward-looking and affirmative Israeli stance can create a new situation of just compromise on the Temple Mount.

Arab editorial cartoon depicts Israeli
troops destroying the Dome of the Rock
 on the Temple Mount.
David M. Weinberg..
A Citadel Defending Zion..
20 July '17..

The so-called “status quo” on the Temple Mount in Jerusalem has been violated repeatedly in recent years by radical Palestinian and Islamic actors, turning the Mount into a base of hostile operations against Israel, instead of protecting it as zone of prayer and peace.

Wakf and Islamic movement provocateurs have attacked Jewish visitors to the Mount and Jewish worshipers at the Western Wall below the Mount; have greatly restricted visitation rights to the holy Mount for all non-Moslems; have hijacked the pulpits in the mosque on the Mount to preach hatred and violence against Israel; have purveyed a canard about the Al-Aqsa mosque being under attack from Israel in order to rile up the Palestinian public and broader Islamic world; and have conducted vast and illegal construction projects on the Mount and beneath it, willfully destroying centuries of Jewish archaeological treasures.

And last week, Palestinian terrorists smuggled machine guns onto the Temple Mount and attacked police guarding the gates of the Mount, killing two Israeli officers. The terrorists launched their attack from within the Temple Mount and then fled into the shrines on the Mount.

While Palestinian leader Mahmoud Abbas has condemned the terrorist attack, he continues to roil the waters and foment violence against Israel by repeating the canard that “Al Aqsa is in danger.” Now, Abbas is choreographing resistance to the security measures put in place by Israel. His Fatah political party has called for “rage” in the streets of Jerusalem. Abbas must therefore assume grave responsibility for the clashes that have taken place in recent days between police and overheated Palestinian protesters.

In fact, Abbas has stoked a broad-scale campaign against the authenticity of Israel’s historic rights in Jerusalem. In September 2015 he screeched about “filthy” Jewish feet that were “desecrating” holy Islamic and Christian holy sites in Jerusalem. “Al-Aksa is ours and so is the Church of the Holy Sepulchre,” he bellowed. “They (the Jews) have no right to desecrate them with their filthy feet. We won’t allow them to do so and we will do whatever we can to defend Jerusalem.”

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The three separate but intertwined Jewish-Arab conflicts - by Vic Rosenthal

...Sometimes what appears to be human progress is actually the opposite. Contemporary diplomacy can only solve political conflicts, not ones about national honor or religion. So they go on forever.

Vic Rosenthal..
Abu Yehuda..
21 July '17..
Link: http://abuyehuda.com/2017/07/the-three-jewish-arab-conflicts/

The recent terror attack at the Lions’ Gate in Jerusalem reminded me, as if I needed reminding, of the complexity of the Jewish-Arab conflict in the land of Israel.

There are actually three separate conflicts raging in the same place, involving more or less the same people. They have distinct objectives, but they are intertwined in a complex way, which is detrimental to ending any of them.

The first is the political conflict between the State of Israel and the PLO in its embodiment as the Palestinian Authority (PA). This is a disagreement over borders, settlements, security, and other geopolitical issues.

The second is the national conflict between the Jewish people and those Arabs whose self-defining national narrative is that of “Palestinians.” This is a disagreement that can be characterized as an argument over the historical title to the land between the river and the sea.

The third is the religious conflict between Jews and Muslims. This stems from the Islamic ideas that Muslims are superior to non-Muslims (especially Jews), that they should live under shari’a (which implies Muslim sovereignty), and that land that has once been Muslim must not be allowed to remain in the hands of infidels.

The various attempts to end the conflict have mostly focused on the political conflict, and to a great extent ignored the national and religious ones. This confuses people who don’t understand or aren’t aware of the latter two, which in my opinion are far more important than the political one.

Who is Khulood Badawi and Why is Human Rights Watch Posting Articles from a Palestinian Propagandist? - NGO Monitor

... apparently on the sidelines, she also writes propaganda for Human Rights Watch. Which isn’t surprising for HRW, which has an apparent policy of hiring anti-Israel BDS activists.


NGO Monitor..
17 July '17..
Link: http://www.ngo-monitor.org/human-rights-watch-posting-articles-palestinian-propagandist/

Yesterday (July 16), Human Rights Watch (HRW) posted a “Dispatch” about an Israeli military trial against Issa Amro and Farid al-Atrash for unlawful activity, including violence. The piece echoed the standard NGO themes about the trial, that prosecutors have no case (even though the evidence has not yet been made public) and that military courts “fall well short of any standards of justice.” As noted previously by NGO Monitor, the Amro and al-Atrash case has become a pretext for legal attacks against Israel.

The article was written by a “consultant” named Khulood Badawi, the only article on HRW’s website attributed to this individual.

Who is Khulood Badawi?

She used to work for UN-OCHA – until February 2013, when she was fired for “a bogus post on Twitter alleging that a pictured Palestinian girl had been killed by the IDF during the 2012 shelling of Gaza.” (Honest Reporting noticed that the photo, tweeted under the handle “Long live Palestine,” was from 2006.)