Wednesday, October 18, 2017

Israeli Arabs’ Growing Israeli Identity - by Evelyn Gordon

...Many years must also pass before change percolates through the Israeli Arab community to the point where the Baklys are more representative than Zoabi. But the trend is clearly moving in that direction. And despite their best efforts, the community’s vocal anti-Israel contingent seems powerless to stop it.

Evelyn Gordon..
Analysis from Israel..
17 October '17..
Link: http://evelyncgordon.com/israeli-arabs-growing-israeli-identity/

Over last week’s Sukkot holiday, Israeli Arab couple Khalil and Reem Bakly launched their own personal coexistence venture by building a completely kosher sukkah (aided by an Orthodox Jewish employee of Khalil’s dental practice) and inviting any and all Israeli Jews to come visit. That same week, a delegation comprised entirely of Israeli Arabs—Muslims, Christians, and Druze—made final preparations for a speaking tour defending Israel on American college campuses.

Both could easily be dismissed as unrepresentative of Israel’s Arab community. After all, that very same week, Arab Knesset member Haneen Zoabi asserted in a speech in Dallas that Jews have no right to self-determination, because “the Jews are not a nationality.” And Zoabi, who is only slightly more inflammatory than her party colleagues, was elected on a joint ticket that receives the overwhelming majority of Israeli Arab votes.

But as a recent poll of Israeli Arabs proves, the community is changing—and not in Zoabi’s favor.

Perhaps most striking was the fact that a decisive majority of respondents identified primarily as Israeli rather than Palestinian, which is something that wasn’t true even a few years ago. In 2012, for instance, just 32.5 percent of Israeli Arabs defined themselves as “Israeli” rather than Palestinian. But the figure has risen fairly steadily, and this year, asked “which term best describes you,” 54 percent of respondents chose some variant of “Israeli” (the most popular choice was “Israeli Arab,” followed by “Arab citizen of Israel,” “Israeli,” and “Israeli Muslim”). That’s more than double the 24 percent who chose some variant of “Palestinian” (15 percent chose simply “Palestinian.” The others chose “Palestinian in Israel,” “Palestinian citizen in Israel,” or “Israeli Palestinian”).

Moreover, 63 percent deemed Israel a “positive” place to live, compared to 34 percent who said the opposite. 60 percent had a favorable view of Israel, compared to 37 percent whose view was unfavorable. These are smaller majorities than either question would receive among Israeli Jews, but they are still decisive. Even among Muslims, the most ambivalent group, the favorable-to-unfavorable ratio was a statistical tie (49:48). Among Christians, it was 61:33, and among Druze, 94:6.

That time of year again for the Palestinian Authority's annual olive harvest of lies - by Elder of Ziyon

...Evidence? Photos? Names? No need. Daghlas knows that his stories will end up in Ma'an and Mondoweiss, and with luck Reuters and the New York Times. As long as they are quoting him, without saying that his record of truth-telling is virtually nonexistent, he has no fear about lying again and again - being paid with your tax dollars.

Elder of Ziyon..
17 October '17..

The PA's official Wafa news agency reported on Sunday:

Palestinian locals Sunday managed to foil an Israeli settlers’ attack against olive pickers in the village of Qaruot to the south of the West Bank district of Nablus, said a local activist.

Ghassan Daghles, monitoring Israeli settlement activity in the north of the West Bank, told WAFA settlers coming from 'Eli’ and 'Shilo’; two illegal Israeli settlements located along Nablus-Ramallah highway, attacked Palestinians harvesting olives in the village of Qaruot.

Locals scuffled with settlers and managed to fend off their attack. No injuries were reported.

Yisrael Medad, who lives in Shiloh, checked out the story and it is complete fiction.



Long time readers of the blog may recognize the name of the person who made this accusation, Ghassan Daghlas.

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Where “Zionists” lie in wait to pounce on innocent, beleaguered proponents of “Palestine”: Panic at SFSU - by Cinnamon Stillwell

...Abdulhadi and her anti-Israel cohorts may feel besieged, but they’re hardly victims. What they label a nefarious plot is simply a justified, lawful reaction to their dominance at SFSU and universities across the nation. The MOU with terror-promoting An-Najah University is among the most blatant examples of this overreach, and the Middle East Forum remains committed to its demise. No longer will activists posing as academics in order to push an illiberal agenda go unopposed.

Cinnamon Stillwell..
Algemeiner.com..
17 October '17..

In the fevered imagination of the academic left, these are dark days at San Francisco State University (SFSU).

Speakers at a two-day conference — “Rights and Wrongs: A Constitution and Citizenship Day Conference at San Francisco State University” — described a campus where a “corporatist” administration is at war with its faculty; Arab-American professors are afraid to walk alone on campus; ethnic student organizations are consigned to the dank student center basement; “Zionists” lie in wait to pounce on innocent, beleaguered proponents of “Palestine”; and “white supremacy” rules.

According to them, all of this is occurring at one of the most radical universities in the nation.

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Tuesday, October 17, 2017

Fabrications, Squatters and the Anti-Israel Propagandists of Sussiya and Khan Al Akmar - by Meir Deutsch

...The Israel-bashers’ manipulation of the facts reveals their underlying hypocrisy: Israeli sovereignty is neither a given nor a desirable state of affairs in their eyes – not in Judea and Samaria and not in Jerusalem. To them, Israel’s judicial system, its democratic system of government, and its sovereignty, are legitimate only when they serve a very particular agenda. Supreme Court decisions and Israeli and international law are respected only when they further the pro-Palestinian, anti-Israel cause.

Meir Deutsch..
Opinion/JPost..
10 October '17..
Link: http://www.jpost.com/opinion/sussiya-and-khan-al-akhmar-truth-and-lies-507158

Recently, Arik Ascherman of the “Rabbis for Human Rights” organization reported on his “testimony” before a US Senate briefing. In a manipulative misuse of the emotive words of our liturgy, the author implied that the Government of Israel, its Supreme Court, and by implication each and every one of Israel’s citizens, is somehow to blame for “playing God” and conspiring to take the lives of innocent Bedouin individuals and communities.

Nonsense.

Irrefutable facts, supported by documentation and aerial photography, have been repeatedly examined, and now form the factual basis of numerous Supreme Court decisions debunking the spurious claims of the squatters of “Palestinian Sussiya” and Khan al Akhmar.

Nonetheless, illegal construction and flagrant disregard of the law continue.

Anti-Israel, pro-BDS groups whitewash the obstructionism of the Palestinian Authority and the cynical use of the Ja’alin and Nawajah families as pawns in the PA’s corrupt game and disregard the endless rounds of negotiation, compensation and relocation schemes and compromises offered by the Government of Israel. They have fabricated a narrative of persecution and victimization that bears no resemblance to reality.

Young Arabs who ignore what Mahmoud Abbas wants them to say - by Elder of Ziyon

...makes one wonder why he feels so threatened by them if he knows that they will have no impact? Perhaps he is much more frightened of the truth than he is of a small group of Israeli (and Palestinian) arabs.

Elder of Ziyon..
16 October'17..

YNet reported:

A small, unlikely “dream team” delegation comprised entirely of minorities in Israel is preparing to embark on a trip to the US and Europe as part of a concerted effort to debunk the campaigns circulating on university campuses slamming Israel’s treatment of different groups in the country.

Hailing from different locations across the country, the participants are vocal in their common belief that Israel affords them equal opportunity.

Expressing their love for and faith in the state, they are determined to disseminate their message and counter the smear campaigns against Israel that have permeated college campuses, often spearheaded by the Boycotts, Divestments and Sanctions (BDS) movement.

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BBC boosts context-free report on injured Gazans - by Hadar Sela

...None of that relevant background information is however included in this BBC report promoting a context-free story of Palestinian suffering caused by unexplained Israeli airstrikes.

Hadar Sela..
BBC Watch..
16 October '17..

October 13th 2017 saw the appearance of a filmed report titled “Gaza amputees explain their unique friendship” on the BBC News website’s Middle East page. A slightly different version of the same video was also posted on the BBC Arabic website the following day.

“After suffering injuries in Israeli air strikes, Mansour and Adly formed a special friendship.”

The subtitles to the video tell BBC audiences:

“My name is Mansour Gurn. I’m 24. My name is Adly Obaid. I’m 25.

Mansour lost his leg in August 2011 after an Israeli airstrike. Adly lost his leg 7 months later in March 2012 in a similar attack.”

Seeing as the video is uncredited it is unclear how the BBC came across this story or why it decided to produce a filmed report at this particular time. However, this is not the first time that the two friends from the Shuja’iya district of Gaza have told their story to various outlets.

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Monday, October 16, 2017

With A ‘Sea of Blood’ Will ‘Create the State of Palestine’, Fatah continues to make its motives and desires clear - by Sean Durns

...Facebook never explained its reasons for removing—or for reinstating—Fatah’s page. Less than a year later, Fatah continues to violate the social network’s stated guidelines against threatening language. And it continues to make its motives and desires clear.

Sean Durns..
CAMERA Snapshots..
16 October '17..
Link: http://blog.camera.org/archives/2017/10/_fatah_a_sea_of_blood_will_cre.html

Fatah is the movement that dominates the Palestinian Authority (PA), the entity responsible for governing the West Bank (Judea and Samaria). Controlled by PA President Mahmoud Abbas, the movement is frequently labeled “moderate” by many news outlets. But even a cursory look at Fatah’s Facebook page should dispel that myth.

According to Palestinian Media Watch (PMW), a non-profit organization that translates media in the West Bank, eastern Jerusalem and the Gaza Strip, Fatah recently authored a social media post that spelled out its objectives.

PMW noted that, in an Oct. 3, 2017 post on its official Facebook page, Fatah proclaimed:

“From the blood of the Martyrs (Shahids) we will create the State of Palestine.”

Having enunciated its methods for state building, Fatah’s Nablus branch offered more details in an Oc. 4, 2017, Facebook post, which stated:

“The Palestinian blood is not oil or water, but rather the salt of the earth and the gunpowder of the revolution.”

Images of Palestinian “leaders,” such as Fathi Shaqaqi, the founder of U.S. designated terror group Palestinian Islamic Jihad (PIJ), Ahmad Yassin, the deceased founder of Hamas, and others, accompanied the Facebook post.

Clever Fellow? Guardian’s Donald Macintyre waves Hamas flag by sneakily quoting from his own book - by Richard Millett

...If Macintyre’s book is true to form like these recent articles of his for the Guardian then it will be yet another dark day for academia if this book makes it to University library shelves.

UK Media Watch..
Guest Post..
15 October '17..

Richard Millett, London.

It seems the Guardian is resorting to favouriting its own journalism. Maybe there aren’t many objective commentators who will do it for them?

First, it endorses its own anti-Israel play My Name is Rachel Corrie. Now Donald Macintyre is heavily plugging his own forthcoming book in the Guardian. In this latest article by him, in which he is waving the flag of Hamas (metaphorically speaking), he quotes sources from his own book without telling us he’s the book’s author.

This latest anti-Israel activism journalism centres on how he thinks everything for Gazans could have been so much better if only Hamas had been treated with more respect. In one hilarious comment (hilarious if only it wasn’t so tragic) Macintyre quotes from Whitehall documents of 2006 which stated that instead of ostracising Hamas after their election win in 2005:

“ultimately Hamas’s participation in the realities of political responsibility might bring about Hamas’s transformation to a political rather than terrorist organisation”.

Hamas’ desire to give up their ultimate goal of destroying the only Jewish state and in the meantime killing as many Jews as possible (all explicitly stated in their own words in their 1988 Charter) is as likely as Islamic State dropping their desire for a caliphate and donning tweed suits instead.

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BBC policy on display again with portrayal of UN anti-Israel bias - by Hadar Sela

...Bizarrely though, the BBC continues to put the phrase anti-Israel bias in scare quotes and to portray endemic UN bias to its audiences as “perceived”.

Hadar Sela..
BBC Watch..
15 October '17..

The October 12th announcement from the US State Department regarding withdrawal from UNESCO was the subject of an article that originally appeared on the BBC News website’s US & Canada and Middle East pages under the interestingly punctuated title “US quits Unesco over ‘anti-Israel bias'” and several hours later had its headline changed to “Israel to join US in quitting Unesco“.

The first five versions of the article carried the original headline with versions 2 and 3 telling BBC audiences that:

“…last year, Israel suspended cooperation with Unesco after the agency adopted a controversial resolution which made no reference to Jewish ties to a key holy site in Jerusalem.”

And:

“…earlier this year, the Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu condemned Unesco for declaring the Old City of Hebron in the West Bank a World Heritage site.”

The UNESCO resolution mentioned in that first paragraph was passed in October 2016 and the site warily described by the BBC as having “Jewish ties” is none other than the holiest place in Judaism – Temple Mount.

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Sunday, October 15, 2017

An opportunity to advance Hamas's genocidal agenda against Israel and Jews - by Bassam Tawil

...The bluff of Palestinian "reconciliation" is far from being about peace. Instead, it is about pursuing the fight against Israel and the "Zionist enterprise" -- namely, Israel and Jews. In his accord with Hamas, Abbas has signed onto Hamas's version of violent "resistance" against Israel and Jews. This is the real meaning of the Abbas-Hamas deal.The bluff of Palestinian "reconciliation" is far from being about peace. Instead, it is about pursuing the fight against Israel and the "Zionist enterprise" -- namely, Israel and Jews. In his accord with Hamas, Abbas has signed onto Hamas's version of violent "resistance" against Israel and Jews. This is the real meaning of the Abbas-Hamas deal.

Bassam Tawil..
Gatestone Institute..
15 October '17..

Buoyed by the "reconciliation" agreement reached with President Mahmoud Abbas's Palestinian Authority (PA), Hamas has announced that it seeks to unite all Palestinians in the fight against the "Zionist enterprise." In other words, Hamas views the agreement as a vehicle for rallying Palestinians behind it toward achieving its longtime goal of destroying Israel.

When Hamas talks about the "Zionist enterprise," it is referring to the establishment of Israel as the homeland of the Jewish people. Hamas is not only opposed to the existence of Israel on what it and most Muslims perceive as "Muslim-owned" land; it reiterates, at every opportunity, its desire to annihilate Israel.

Those who think that the new "reconciliation" accord will have a moderating effect of Hamas are both blind and deaf to what Hamas itself has been stating both before and after the agreement. One has to give Hamas credit for being clear, honest and consistent about its goal of destroying Israel.

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Continuing to mislead on Gaza electricity crisis at BBC News - by Hadar Sela

...Once again we see the BBC making do with superficial presentation of the Hamas-Fatah unity deal story that fails to meet its obligation to provide reporting “of the highest editorial standards so that all audiences can engage fully with issues”.

Hadar Sela..
BBC Watch..
15 October '17..

The announcement of a preliminary agreement between Hamas and Fatah on October 12th was the subject of a long report that appeared on the BBC News website’s Middle East page under the optimistic headline “Palestinian factions Hamas and Fatah end split on Gaza“.

“Hamas and Fatah have signed a landmark reconciliation deal in Cairo in a key step towards ending a decade-long rift between the two Palestinian factions.

The deal will see administrative control of the Gaza Strip handed to a Fatah-backed unity government.

Egypt has been brokering the reconciliation talks in Cairo.”

Over 20% of the report’s word count presents background to the decade-long rift between Hamas and Fatah but readers found very little concrete information concerning the terms of the agreement which is the article’s subject matter.

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The Balfour Declaration centenary and a nasty, bigoted, ahistorical piece in the Guardian - by Richard Millett

...While Israel continues to thrive and contribute so positively to the world Macintyre merely offers more of the predictable anti-Israel activism journalism so prevalent in the Guardian.

Richard Millett..
UK Media Watch/Guest Post..
13 October '17..

What a nasty, bigoted, ahistorical piece Donald Macintyre wrote for yesterday’s Guardian. Macintyre is upset that while there is a Jewish state in light of the 1917 Balfour Declaration there is no Palestinian one and, predictably, he blames Israel 100 years later for this and thinks that the best way to resolves this is to destroy Jewish communities living in the West Bank. Macintyre suggests:

“Britain would ideally use the new economic relationship it will have to strike with Israel post-Brexit to exercise leverage on it by deciding on a clear boycott, not of Israel proper, but of trade with and goods coming from the settlements.”

Targeting Jewish communities for destruction resonates for Jewish people. Protagonists have always invented a reason to punish Jewish communities and Macintyre’s reasoning is just the latest fad.

Macintyre tries to back all this up by quoting the Balfour Declaration, which he claims has been breached by Britain because “the rights of ‘existing non-Jewish communities in Palestine’” have been prejudiced.

The wording of the Balfour Declaration is pretty ambiguous because it did not define exactly where “in Palestine…a national home for the Jewish people” would be.

That said the original League of Nations British Mandate for Palestine included what is now Israel, Jordan, the West Bank and Gaza for Jewish settlement. Then in 1922 Jordan was hived off as an Arab-Palestinian state with the intent that Jewish settlement would be restricted to what is now Israel, the West Bank and Gaza. A future Israel, therefore, lost some three-quarters of its potential land mass in 1922.

Nevertheless, this significantly reduced land mass set aside for future Jewish settlement became part of international law via the League of Nations. Macintyre chooses to ignore this.

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Saturday, October 14, 2017

The Peel Commission and the 80th Anniversary of the Two-State Solution - by Rick Richman

...Eighty years after the first proposal for a two-state solution, even “moderate” Palestinian Arab leaders still reject its basic premise. They want a Palestinian state, but not if the price is recognition of a Jewish state. On that issue the Palestinian position, to use the language of the Peel Commission report, “has not shifted by an inch.”

Rick Richman..
Mosaic Magazine..
02 October '17..

In this epochal year of Zionist anniversaries—the 120th of the First Zionist Conference in Basle, the 100th of the Balfour Declaration, the 70th of the 1947 UN Partition Resolution, the 50th of the Six-Day War—there is yet another to be marked: the 80th anniversary of the 1937 British Peel Commission Report, which first proposed a “two-state solution” for Palestine.

The story of the Peel report is largely unknown today, but it is worth retelling for two reasons:

First, it is a historic saga featuring six extraordinary figures, five of whom testified before the commission: on the Zionist side, David Ben-Gurion, Ze’ev Jabotinsky, and Chaim Weizmann, the leaders respectively of the left, right, and center of the Zionist movement; on the Arab side, Haj Amin al-Husseini, the Mufti of Jerusalem; and on the British side, Winston Churchill, who gave crucial testimony in camera. Louis D. Brandeis, the leading American Zionist, also played a significant role.

Second, and perhaps even more important today, the story helps to explain why, a century after the Balfour Declaration, the Arab-Jewish conflict remains unresolved.

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Friday, October 13, 2017

Western Wall Unity - Keeping the Kotel “Crises” in Perspective - by David M. Weinberg

...Despite Palestinian terrorism and Orthodox “control” of the site, more than one million Jewish pilgrims flocked to Jerusalem’s Western Wall during the High Holiday period. So let’s keep Kotel “crises” in perspective.

David M. Weinberg..
A Citadel Defending Zion..
13 October '17..
Link: http://davidmweinberg.com/2017/10/12/western-wall-unity/

I have been to the Kotel (the Western Wall) to daven (pray) three times in the past three months.

I was there with one son on Tisha Be’Av for afternoon services. I was there with two sons on Yom Kippur at night, at the start and the end of the fast day. I was there with three sons and two daughters on Hoshana Raba for early morning prayers.

Each time it was different experience.

On Tisha Be’Av (the Day of Lamentations), the main prayer plazas were full with many thousands of people mourning the destruction of the two ancient Jewish commonwealths and their temples that stood on the Temple Mount. But we said our afternoon prayers along with the leadership of Yeshivat Hakotel at the smaller, quieter alternative prayer plaza (known as “Ezrat Yisrael”) down in the archaeological garden.

The reason for this is that the yeshiva was founded on Tisha Be’Av 1967 in an abandoned Arab girls school building that was at the foot of the Temple Mount – more or less where the alternative prayer plaza is now situated. So this was an appropriate place to mark Hakotel’s fiftieth anniversary in prayer and song. The experience had a historic ring of accomplishment to it, alongside a longing for even greater redemption.

(A word of explanation: The “Ezrat Yisrael” plaza was established for non-Orthodox prayer quorums, and indeed there were two cabinets in the back of the plaza, presumably with prayer books and Torah scrolls inside of them, but they were locked. The sign on the cabinets reads: “Equipment will be provided by Masorti Movement staff during pre-reserved ceremonies only.” Apparently, no Reform or Conservative Jews were holding ceremonies that day, nor were they around to daven afternoon and evening prayer or to lament the destruction of the Temples).

On Yom Kippur, bedecked in kittel and tallit, after evening selichot, we made our way down from the yeshiva in the Jewish Quarter to the main men’s prayer plaza for private prayer. I’ve been doing this for close to 20 years, and there are generally very few visitors at the Kotel late on Yom Kippur night. It is a magical time for quiet reflection and petition.

This year, however, it was also Shabbat, and a group of men led by the Chassidic singer Chaim Dovid Sarachik started a pick-up circle singing Sabbath zemirot (liturgical songs). My boys and I joined in for an hour, even though I’m not the biggest Shabbat singer. It was enchanting and uplifting.

Then at the end of the ne’ila prayer that rounds-out Yom Kippur, we danced down to the Kotel with hundreds of yeshiva boys for the final shofar blast and havdala service. It is a grand and majestic finale to the Day of Atonement, and provides a great kick-off for the new year. Again, thousands of worshippers (and tourists who snapped my photo a thousand times) filled the plazas.

A vital Israeli security interest, not just another debating point - by Dr. Aaron Lerner

...If the PA is in charge of the Gaza Strip then the illegal weapons stockpiles that constitute a gross violation of the agreements signed between the PLO and Israel must be removed immediately.

Dr. Aaron Lerner..
IMRA Weekly Commentary..
12 October '17..
Link: http://www.imra.org.il/story.php3?id=72772

The huge every increasing and ever improving illegal stockpile of weapons in the Gaza Strip constitutes a genuinely serious threat to Israel - and that's before even taking into account how the severity of the threat would multiply if Hamas attacked within the framework of the kind of multi-front conflict DM Liberman anticipates.

The gizmos we have for intercepting these weapons are both expensive and limited in numbers. The more numerous and accurate the Hamas rockets and other airborne devices are, the quicker we find ourselves limiting our "gizmo defense" to protecting only the most strategic Israeli targets - leaving the remainder exposed for attack.

So when Fatah and Hamas cut a deal that leaves all these weapons in place - with the possibility that the development and deployment of ever more weapons will continue unabated - our reaction should reflect just how serious this matter is.

Thursday, October 12, 2017

A siege on the truth at NYU - by MK Avi Dicther

...The truth is also an option. I urge NYU to choose the truth and remove the show from its calendar. Presenting the show is a present to terrorism! This is a show appropriate to the perverse policies of a university in Tehran or Beirut. Not in New York.

MK Avi Dicther..
Times of Israel..
11 October '17..
Link: http://blogs.timesofisrael.com/a-siege-on-the-truth-at-nyu/

I was dismayed to learn that starting this Thursday, New York University is hosting The Siege, a performance describing events at Bethlehem’s Church of the Nativity, as told from the perspective of Palestinian terrorists.

The backdrop for the story depicted in The Siege dates back to March 28, 2002, when Israel launched Operation Defensive Shield after a terror attack in which a Palestinian terrorist blew himself up in a dining room full of families sitting at a Passover seder in the Park Hotel in Netanya. The Second Intifada had been underway for a year and a half, and Yasser Arafat and his security chiefs had done nothing to prevent terrorists from coming from their territory. They chose, at best, to ignore reality, and at worst, to actually take part in terrorist attacks or helping the terrorists.

ֿThe show seeks to rewrite history. Instead of depicting Palestinian terrorists who took the Church of the Nativity hostage, it fabricates a tale of innocent civilians who sought sanctuary in the church. It is akin to presenting the September 11 attacks as a case of innocent civilians with mental problems who merely tried to force the pilots to land at the nearest airport, when instead the pilots smashed the planes into the World Trade Center.

I served as head of the Israel Security Agency when terrorists took over the Church of the Nativity, and here is the real story, exactly as it happened.

On April 2, 2002, at the height of the intifada, the very beginning of Operation Defensive Shield, IDF forces entered Bethlehem to rout out terrorists operating in Judea and Samaria. Hundreds of terrorists — snipers who shot into homes in the Gilo neighborhood, suicide bombers in Jerusalem and those who fired mortar shells at the Israeli capital — fled in all directions. Many were arrested, some were killed while attempting to resist our forces. But about 100 terrorists fled to the compound of the Church of the Nativity in downtown Bethlehem and barricaded themselves in, while taking dozens of church workers, priests and monks hostage.

Wednesday, October 11, 2017

BBC World Service history show yet again promotes political narrative - by Hadar Sela

...Once again we see that the radio show touted by the BBC World Service as a ‘history’ programme is in fact used as a vehicle for the advancement of one-sided political narrative.

Hadar Sela..
BBC Watch..
10 October '17..

The subject matter of programmes in the BBC World Service radio history series ‘Witness‘ is often tied to an anniversary on or around the time of broadcast. That, however, was not the case in the programme’s October 4th edition – titled “Israel Withdraws From Gaza“.

Unusually, presenter Mike Lanchin travelled to the Gaza Strip to make a programme less than nine minutes long and also produced a filmed version which appeared on the BBC News website’s Middle East page on October 4th under the title “‘My house was occupied by Israeli soldiers’“.

In the audio version listeners heard a substantial amount of commentary from Lanchin himself, much of which was inaccurate and failed to provide them with the full story. In his opening words, Lanchin described the Gaza Strip as “Palestinian territory” without providing any explanation of the area’s history – and not least the fact that it was included in the territory designated by the League of Nations for the creation of the Jewish homeland.

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Mitri Raheb's Empire of Lies - by Dexter Van Zile

...Why does Bethlehem Pastor Mitri Raheb argue that today's Jews are "an invented people," then march on the Temple Mount implicitly celebrating the murder of two Israelis there?...Because he has to. It’s part of his job. He has an empire to run.

Dexter Van Zile..
Jerusalem Journal..
10 October '17..

Thirteen days after Palestinian terrorists murdered two Israeli policemen on Jerusalem’s Temple Mount, Lutheran Pastor Mitri Raheb visited the scene of the attack to celebrate. He did not celebrate the attack per se, but the mass protests that convinced the Israeli government to remove metal detectors it installed near the Temple Mount after the murders.

Raheb posted a video montage of his July 27, 2017 visit to Al Aqsa, two days after the attack. The montage, which was posted on Youtube and broadcast on Twitter and Facebook, shows Raheb standing arm-in-arm with other Palestinian pastors and paying his respects to Muslim leaders outside the mosque. In a Tweet linking to the montage, Raheb declared that his visit to Al Aqsa — where imams regularly spout hatred against Jews — was an “unforgettable night ... demonstrating faith in the space of Empire and Christian-Muslim unity as a tool of creative resistance.” In response, one of Raheb’s fans declared the Lutheran Pastor from Bethlehem a Palestinian “national treasure.”

Most Christian peacemakers would consider it bad form to engage in exultant displays of solidarity with a political movement that uses anti-Jewish violence and hatred as a unifying agenda, but Raheb has been offering displays like this for years.

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Tuesday, October 10, 2017

I'll say it: Amnesty (at least its UN Tweeter) is antisemitic - by Elder of Ziyon

...Amnesty UN has since "unliked" the tweet. But that is because of fear of embarrassment, not because of any moral problems with the tweet. The baseline thinking of the Amnesty tweeter, which is utterly consistent with everything else we've seen from that organization, is a dislike for Jews, usually demonstrated by its focus on Israel beyond nearly every country with serious human right abuses.

Elder of Ziyon..
09 October '17..

UN Watch noticed something that is more than creepy:

Haaretz published an article by Eyal Sagui Bizawe with the title "Were Egypt's Jews really expelled?" The article itself made it clear that many Egyptian Jews in fact were expelled from Egypt; the author is arguing that it would not be accurate to say that all Egyptian Jews were expelled. (Haaretz has since changed the headline dramatically, to "Jews Were Expelled From Egypt. But Can We Talk About 'The Expulsion of The Jews?'"

Later, Haaretz published a rebuttal by Israel Bonan that pretty much destroys Bizawe's thesis. Bizawe himself admits he is not a historian.

But, as UN Watch notes, the original article title questioning whether Egypt's Jews were expelled in its headline was "liked" by the Amnesty UN account.

Now, Amnesty is no fan of Egypt. It regularly tweets and writes reports that are anti-Egypt.

And the Egyptian Jews who were forced to leave Egypt (there are only a handful of old women left out of 80,000 in 1948) were not generally Zionists.

So why would Amnesty "like" an article that calls into question the Jewish narrative of what happened to the now disappeared Jewish community of Egypt?

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Behind those incoming rocket alerts - by Arnold Roth

...What's especially interesting and bothersome about Fell Shorts is that these often crash not just onto Gaza's territory but onto Gazan heads and homes. On a visit we made a couple of years ago to an IDF installation close to Gaza, we learned about serious injuries caused to hapless Gazans just a few days earlier. These had been reported nowhere - because political considerations cause Gaza rulers to hush up the Arab-on-Arab fall-out resulting from self-inflicted Fell Short explosions. Living under the Hamas jackboot has never been easy.

Arnold/Frimet Roth..
This Ongoing War..
09 October '17..

It's a rainy, sweet-smelling Monday morning here in Jerusalem.

But last night and the night before, both of them balmy and conducive to relaxation during a holiday week (Tabernacles, or Sukkot in Hebrew), in-bound missile alerts (emanating from Israel's advanced Tzeva Adom or Color Red warning system) were sounded across large swathes of southern Israel what we call here the Gaza Envelope. These were barely reported outside Israel.

The Saturday night alarm was soon explained by the IDF as a technical error. So, for a while, was Sunday night's. But about an hour after families rushed to their shelters with sleeping children in their arms, the IDF provided a fuller explanation.

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Monday, October 9, 2017

Israel must not allow itself to become a proxy for anyone - by Vic Rosenthal

...Defeating Iran’s proxies is like cutting the heads off a Hydra. They will grow back unless the beast itself is neutralized. Israel’s deterrence should be focused on its real enemy, Iran. And if we are forced into war, Iran should be a primary strategic target from the start.

Vic Rosenthal..
Abu Yehuda..
09 October '17..

The other day I was reading an article by a South Korean writer, in which he expressed how unhappy his people were about being a battlefield for proxy wars. The Korean war from 1950-53 was a vicious conflict in which some 2.5 million civilians were killed, far more than even the highest estimates of military dead on both sides. It was a skirmish between the Soviet and American empires, but most of the dead and wounded were Korean. They died from starvation, from being caught in the crossfire, and from massacres carried out by both sides. Much of both North and South Korea was totally destroyed. Seoul, the capital of South Korea, changed hands four times. One can only imagine the conditions faced by its residents.

The Vietnam war was probably the longest of the cold-war proxy wars, counting from the French defeat at Dienbienphu in 1954 to the final withdrawal of US forces in 1975. Although estimates vary widely, several million civilians were killed in this war as well. The fact that the numbers of casualties, military and civilian, are comparable with those of the 3-year Korean war illustrates the ferocity of the Korean conflict.

The two sides aren’t morally equivalent. Although both sides committed atrocities and war crimes in Korea and Vietnam, I believe that the American narrative of defending at least the possibility of freedom in those places is more true than the Soviet one of opposing American imperialism and promoting self-determination of peoples.

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"Integrity Foundation for Humanitarian and Human Rights" say Muslim soccer on the Temple Mount is a "human right" - as is ... by Elder of Ziyon

...Essam Youssef is not the first Palestinian to try to grab headlines by characterizing himself as a human rights leader when in fact he is using a fake interest in human rights as a way to enrich himself. NGOs are a big business in the territories.

Elder of Ziyon..
08 October '17..

Essam Youssef, who is the head of a "human rights" NGO in Gaza, has declared that the kids playing soccer on the most sacred Jewish site is a "human right."

Israel's Supreme Court has ruled that soccer and other games on the Temple Mount are forbidden for desecrating the site's holiness, and the Jerusalem police are enforcing that ban, selectively, when pressured.

Youssef, who styles himself as a human rights activist, called the Supreme Court decision "ridiculous," adding how ironic it was that Israel allowed Jews to "break into the sanctities of others and desecrate the Al-Aqsa Mosque continuously"...

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Why kill religious Jewish children? Because, says Hamas celebrity-jihadist... by Arnold Roth

...There's an unusually large body of readily-accessible video material in which Ahlam Tamimi, the psychopathic Hamas jihadist, boasts of the murders she executed, reinforcing again and again that she has no regrets and why should she.

Arnold/Frimet Roth..
This Ongoing War..
08 October '17..

We're posting this here and now because the Arabic-speaking world is currently in the grip of a spate of Arab media articles defending, supporting and celebrating the murders done by Ahlam Tamimi, the woman who masterminded the murder of our child. In fact, they're protesting the very notion that Tamimi is now wanted by the FBI. (Here's one of many examples from the past three days.)

The murderer, interviewed by the ever-eager media (take a bow Associated Press and Al Jazeera) has lately been responding to their questions by saying she's innocent, she did nothing wrong, she's shocked that the American authorities, the Department of Justice, the FBI are going after her "for no obvious reasons". Those are all direct quotes.

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Sunday, October 8, 2017

A culture which glorifies the murder of Jews, is no less deranged than its most disturbed members - by Nadav Shragai

...A society that glorifies murderers is criminal. A society that embraces the insane ("majnuns," as they are called in Arabic) who commit murder and holds them up as role models is a sick society that is no less deranged than its most disturbed members.

Nadav Shragai..
Israel Hayom..
08 October '17..
Link: http://www.israelhayom.com/2017/10/08/an-insane-society/

Violent husband Nimr Mahmoud Ahmed Jamal, who murdered three people in Har Adar two weeks ago, was the latest in a long line of depressive, mentally ill, or "whacked out" Palestinian terrorists for whom the killing of Jews blotted out the label "crazy" that Palestinian society had previously stuck on them.

By killing, Jamal, like dozens of other troubled murderers, resituated himself in his society as normative, and even bought himself a ticket into the Palestinian hall of fame as a shahid [martyr] for the price of the three people he killed two weeks ago.

The more mentally ill Palestinians carry out lethal terrorist attacks, the more people get used to categorizing their bloodfests as a separate genre of attack, which presents a problem. Even more than this approach goes easy on the attackers from the "new" group, it goes easy on Palestinian society, which embraces them.

A healthy, sane society keeps the deranged at a distance and cares for the troubled. But in Palestinian society, murdering Jews gives even the mentally ill and those in the midst of various emotional crises a place of honor in its ethno-religious pantheon.

In Palestinian society, the murder of Jews allows even the most delusional and problematic marginalized characters under the perverted canopy of the institution of martyrdom.

There are very few mentally ill Jews, if any, who have set out to murder Arabs as a solution to their problems. In most enlightened nations it is also difficult to find people with personal problems who will find solace for their pain in suicide bombings and killing members of other religions or nationalities.

The obvious conclusion, therefore, is that the personal troubles of Palestinian men or women who attempt to murder Jews are merely the tip of the iceberg – the foam of insanity that floats atop and feeds off much deeper currents.

BBC News ignores appointment of new Hamas deputy chief - by Hadar Sela

...Similarly, BBC audiences have yet to see any coverage of al Arouri’s appointment to the second most important position in the Hamas terror organisation.

Hadar Sela..
BBC Watch..
08 October '17..

As documented here previously, BBC News website reporting relating to the latest attempt at Hamas-Fatah ‘unity’ has side-stepped the issue of Hamas disarmament and audiences have not been informed of comments made by senior Hamas officials on that pivotal topic.

Superficial BBC reporting on Hamas-Fatah ‘unity’ returns

BBC News sidesteps the topic of Hamas disarmament yet again

Another recent development also puts paid to the notion that Hamas’ position has ‘softened’.

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Palestine is indeed “occupied” by shadows of its own making - by Asaf Romirowsky

...Palestinian acceptance of the two-state solution was a means of appeasing the West and its stated desire for all parties to live in peace according to democratic, national ideals. But for Arafat in his day and now for Mahmoud Abbas, the two-state solution was a mechanism with which to buy time until the Palestinians can finally overcome and defeat Israel. The language of “occupation” plays a key role.

Dr. Asaf Romirowsky..
BESA Center Perspectives Paper No. 606..
07 October '17..
Link: https://besacenter.org/perspectives-papers/palestine-occupation-strategy/

A consistent Palestinian strategy for seeking statehood while blaming Israel for its absence has been codified through the narrative of “occupation.” The anniversary of the 1967 war brought this to the forefront in endless accusations regarding the Israeli “occupation” of the West Bank. There is even an assertion that Gaza is still “occupied.”

Occupation is a Palestinian tool to avoid negotiations, since “no tactical brilliance in negotiations, no amount of expert preparation, no perfect alignment of the stars can overcome that obstacle.” Nor is progress in Palestinian economics, institution-building, or civil society possible, because – as Nabeel Kassis, Palestinian Minister for Finance, put it – “Development under occupation is a charade.” Even the Palestinian Authority’s own repression and crackdown on freedom of the press is, according to Hanan Ashrawi, caused “of course [by] the Israeli occupation.” And despite the palpable underdevelopment of Palestinian institutions and civil society, Europe must keep funding them, since “Preparedness for several possible scenarios with a long-term focus on functioning institutions is what is required from the EU and other donors in Palestine.”

In 2011, when Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas put forward the Unilateral Declaration of Independence (UDI) at the UN, we saw this process in action. The approach is specifically designed to prevent any direct negotiations with the State of Israel. Some Palestinian supporters even opposed the UDI precisely because Palestine “lacks the most essential elements of statehood: independence and sovereignty, and effective control over its territory. The fact is that Israel, the occupying power, has the final say in most matters affecting the destiny of the Palestinian people.”

Despite the high-sounding rhetoric about the declaration, which followed the 1998 Palestinian “Declaration of Independence,” its goal was to put the onus for a Palestinian state on the UN. But Palestinians are already treated by the UN like no other entity, whether state or people. Vast financial and administrative resources are dedicated to the “Exercise of the Inalienable Rights of the Palestinian People.” Despite these efforts, which have cost many millions and have lasted almost 70 years, long predating the 1967 “occupation,” there is still no Palestinian state.

Palestinians and their supporters want to have the occupation both ways. It is the trump card for their own refusal to negotiate and failure to develop their own society, but it is also a useful tool for further internationalization of the conflict and prolongation of their international welfare status.