Sunday, October 22, 2017

Jordan is Palestine: Music to Israeli Ears, BUT . . . The Conference Review - by Sheri Oz

...As a final word, I want to relate to the claim that a Palestinian Jordan would be a democratic secular state — let us not forget that not so long ago, Turkey was a democratic secular state. Remember, in the Middle East what you see is not necessarily what you get (or: here today, gone tomorrow, or: OOPSIE!).

Sheri Oz..
Israel Diaries..
21 October '17..

Great line-up, lots of controversy. I anticipated that it would be an interesting event! Here is my story about the Jordan Is Palestine Conference that took place in Jerusalem on 17 October 2017. I am going to cover this topic in three separate but connected posts, divided up as follows: (1) the idea that Jordan is Palestine; (2) the man, Mudar Zahran, Secretary General of the Jordan Opposition Coalition, around whom the conference was designed; and (3) the quality of the conference itself. But first, let me show you the original programme as it was advertised:

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Boycotts of Israeli products from Judea and Samaria no longer satisfy Brussels - by David M. Weinberg

...In short, the EU's support of the Palestinians has graduated from passive diplomatic and financial assistance to subversive participation in the Palestinian Authority's illegal construction ventures. The explicit EU intent is to erode Israeli control of Area C and east Jerusalem while promoting Palestinian territorial continuity leading to runaway Palestinian statehood.

David M. Weinberg..
A Citadel Defending Zion..
October '17..
Link: http://davidmweinberg.com/2017/10/20/mind-blowing-european-union-chutzpa/

Israel should repulse the escalating European Union campaign of intimidation.

You see, boycotts of Israeli products from Judea and Samaria no longer satisfy Brussels. Ramping up its confrontation with Israel, the European Union has gone into the business of establishing "settlements" for the Bedouin and Palestinians in Judea and Samaria, tower-and-stockade style.

This includes the wild Bedouin building spurt that the EU has insolently funded in the strategic E1 quadrant between Jerusalem and Maaleh Adumim, in entirely purposeful defiance of Israel.

The IDF defines the area in question as a pivotal part of Israel's strategic depth and essential to defensible borders for Israel. It is also Area C under the Oslo Accords, which means that Israel holds exclusive civilian and military control.

Yet illegally established Palestinian villages and Bedouin shantytowns have slowly closed the corridor between Jerusalem and Maaleh Adumim, where a major highway runs, crawling to within several meters from it. These illegal outposts steal electricity from the highway lights and water from Israeli pipelines.

Civil Administration data, presented last year to the Knesset's subcommittee on Judea and Samaria, showed that 6,500 Palestinians were living in some 1,220 illegally built homes in the area, and the number undoubtedly has grown since then – thanks to the EU.

The imperious EU has poured perhaps 100 million € into EU-emblazoned prefabs, EU-signed roads, and water and energy installations – in E1, in Gush Etzion (near Tekoa), in the South Hebron Hills, and even in the Negev.

Saturday, October 21, 2017

Long past time for Washington to pursue Palestinian terrorists who murdered Americans - by Michael Freund

...There is no reason why the Palestinians should continue to receive any American aid, or their representative offices should be allowed to operate on US soil, while they continue to harbor terrorists who killed Americans.

Michael Freund..
Pundicity/JPost..
19 October '17..
Link: http://www.michaelfreund.org/20447/american-victims-palestinian-terrorism

For over two decades, Palestinian terrorists have literally and figuratively gotten away with the murder of dozens of Americans, slaying at least 64 US citizens in a chilling variety of stabbing, shooting and bombing attacks.

And yet, despite Washington's undisputed commitment to fighting terrorism, not a single Palestinian perpetrator has been brought to justice for spilling American blood, nor has the Palestinian Authority been held to account.

After eight years in which the Obama administration did virtually nothing to pursue Palestinians wanted in connection with the murder of American citizens, essentially giving the terrorists a free pass, now is the time for the Trump administration to take a much tougher line on this critical issue.

Indeed, this week marks the 14th anniversary of one of the more brazen examples of anti-American Palestinian terrorism. It was on October 15, 2003, that Palestinian terrorists set off a remotely controlled explosive device on a Gaza road as a US diplomatic convoy passed by. The bomb killed three Americans: John Branchizio, 37, of Texas, John Linde Jr., 30, of Missouri, and Mark Parsons, 31, of New Jersey. One other American was wounded in the blast.

Despite the fact that the attack took place in broad daylight and the American vehicles all bore diplomatic license plates, the Palestinian Authority, first under Yasser Arafat and then with Mahmoud Abbas at the helm, refused to take action, preferring instead to allow the murderers to roam free.

Not surprisingly, the incident came in the wake of weeks of ongoing anti-American incitement in the official Palestinian media.

Just five days prior to the bombing, Palestinian television broadcast a sermon delivered in Gaza in which the preacher threatened "destruction for the United States" and noted ominously, "From this place [i.e.Gaza] we warn the American people that this president is dragging them to the abyss."

Incredibly, a year after the attack took place, PA military intelligence chief Musa Arafat told Reuters in September 2004: "Palestinian security forces know who was behind the killing of three Americans in Gaza nearly a year ago but cannot act against the factions while fighting with Israel continues."

In December 2008, Israeli forces managed to track down and kill one of the ringleaders of the attack, Muhammad al-Dusaqi, who was a leader of the Popular Resistance Committees. But that can hardly serve as much comfort to the relatives of the US victims, as others involved in the assault continue to evade justice.

Friday, October 20, 2017

Truth Be Told, Outside the UN, BDS Is Losing Badly - by Evelyn Gordon

...Even though large swaths of polite society are now perfectly comfortable with anti-Semitism as long as they can tell themselves it’s just “anti-Zionism” or “fighting the occupation,” open avowals of anti-Semitism are still taboo. Once stripped of the comforting pretense that it’s not anti-Semitic, BDS will be finished. And groups like the Austrian student union and the Bavarian Green Party are now tearing that pretense to shreds.

Evelyn Gordon..
Commentary Magazine..
18 October '17..
Link: https://www.commentarymagazine.com/anti-semitism/outside-the-un-bds-is-losing-badly/

BDS activists are presumably celebrating the UN Human Rights Council’s decision to warn off companies that do business with Israelis in the West Bank. I’d advise them to enjoy their temporary victory while they can. As several recent events make clear, they’re losing badly outside the UN. And they’re losing for one simple reason: People worldwide are gradually coming to understand that the boycott, divestment, and sanctions movement isn’t “anti-occupation,” it’s anti-Semitic.

Last Friday, for instance, Austria’s national student union passed a motion denouncing BDS as anti-Semitic and saying the movement recalls the Nazis’ economic boycott of Jewish businesses. The resolution also said BDS activists shouldn’t be given funding or venues in which to promote its campaign. The motion, which was pushed in particular by a student group called GRAS (Greens and Alternative Students), passed almost unanimously, with one abstention and no votes against.
The previous week, the Green Party in the German state of Bavaria passed a resolution denouncing BDS as “anti-Semitic, hostile to Israel, reactionary and anti-enlightenment,” adding that it “reproduces the National Socialist slogan, ‘Don’t buy from Jews!’” The resolution, introduced by the party’s youth wing, also urged the national Green Party not to cooperate with BDS. Given that some prominent Green Party members have actively promoted anti-Israel boycotts, this uncompromising denunciation effectively amounts to a grassroots revolt.

And this week, the Left Party in Germany’s most populous state, North Rhine-Westphalia, decided not to consider a motion urging Israel “to end the occupation and the Gaza blockade” and demanded the European Union end its Association Agreement with Israel due to the blockade and Israel’s West Bank security fence. Given that the Left Party (Die Linke in German) is easily the German party most hostile to Israel, this development is surprising.

Even if a Mother Teresa was Running Gaza She Couldn't Possess Rockets - by Dr. Aaron Lerner

...Yes. We most certainly want Hamas disarmed. But we need to be crystal clear that those weapons are not to be added to the armories of the Palestinian Authority. They are to be either destroyed or removed.

Dr. Aaron Lerner..
IMRA Weekly Commentary..
19 October '17..
Link: http://www.imra.org.il/story.php3?id=72802

I appreciate that all the talking heads are confident that there's a snowball's chance that the Fatah-Hamas reconciliation is actually implemented.

Nonetheless, I maintain that it is important that we get our sound bite right.

Our issue with the massive deployment of rockets, mortars and many other implements of war in the Gaza Strip, in gross violation of the agreements the PLO solely signed with Israel, is not that Hamas currently controls them.

Our issue is that these illegal weapons are present at all in the Gaza Strip.

Special Representative For International Negotiations Jason Greenblatt stated today that "any Palestinian government must ...accept previous agreements and obligations between the parties – including to disarm terrorists..."

Now technically you could argue that within the phrase "accept previous agreements and obligations" he had in mind the very existence of illegal weapons in the Gaza Strip, but I fear that by then saying "including to disarm terrorists" that somehow it would be ok, in his view, if Hamas handed over their rockets etc. to the "good Palestinians" to hold onto.

Israelis are also talking about "disarming Hamas" instead of "ridding the Gaza Strip of illegal weapons".

UNRWA’s fundraising arm will never demand that Palestinians take responsibility for other Palestinians - by Elder of Ziyon..

...instead, Smardon insists that Israel is the guilty party – even though Israel provides all the fuel that Gaza (and its sponsors) are willing to pay for, and even though Israel was supplying all the electricity that it could before Abbas demanded that it reduce the amount, and stopped paying for it.

Elder of Ziyon..
Algemeiner.com..
19 October '17..

UNRWA-USA executive director Abby Smardon recently wrote about her latest visit to Gaza. Of course, her preferred place to publish her rabidly anti-Israel rant was Mondoweiss:

I’ve visited the Gaza Strip for each of the past six years, including in 2014 a few months after Israel’s devastating military assault. And yet, I’ve never seen Gaza like I did when I had the privilege of visiting this summer.

I call it a privilege because, due to the blockade of Gaza imposed by Israel (with the support of Egypt), which is part of Israel’s now 50-year-old military rule over Palestinians in the occupied territories, internationals allowed in and out of Gaza are few, and Palestinians even fewer. This illegal land, air, and sea blockade, which has just entered its tenth year and amounts to collective punishment, as has been noted by the UN and human rights groups, has decimated the economy of Gaza and allowed for the near complete destruction of critical infrastructure. Experts use the term “de-development” to describe this once-bustling Mediterranean coastal enclave of two million Palestinians.

So why is Gaza worse now compared to Smardon’s previous visits?

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Thursday, October 19, 2017

The EU is trying to steal as much land in Area C as it can, and expects to be compensated for acting illegally? by Elder of Ziyon

...The EU is not trying to build communities with orderly roads and infrastructure. It is trying to steal as much land in Area C as it can to give to Palestinians. And now it wants to sue Israel to be compensated for acting illegally? This is chutzpah, and it is proof positive that the EU is rabidly anti-Israel.

Elder of Ziyon..
19 October '17..

Haaretz reports:

Eight European Union countries wrote an official protest letter to Israel, demanding over €30,000 ($35,400) in compensation for confiscating and demolishing structures and infrastructure which the countries had built in Area C of the West Bank, which is under full Israeli control.

A senior European diplomat told Haaretz that the letter, which is the first of its kind, was expected to be delivered to senior Foreign Ministry officials within a few days.

According to the European diplomat, Belgium was leading the move. The other countries involved in drafting the letter are France, Spain, Sweden, Luxembourg, Italy, Ireland and Denmark. All eight countries are members of the West Bank Protection Consortium, a body through which they coordinate humanitarian assistance to Area C.

The countries were protesting the confiscation of solar panels they had installed in Bedouin communities and the demolition of mobile structures that were financed in various Bedouin communities to serve as classrooms.

The existence of the protest letter was first reported by the French newspaper Le Monde. In the letter, the eight countries stressed that if Israel does not unconditionally return the equipment it seized, they would demand compensation. The demolition and seizure of humanitarian equipment, including school infrastructure, and the interference in the transfer of humanitarian assistance contravenes Israel’s obligations under international law and causes suffering to the Palestinian residents, the letter said.

The letter is the second step these countries are taking on this issue. A month and a half ago, diplomats from the eight countries came to meet with the head of the Foreign Ministry’s Europe desk, Rodica Radian-Gordon, to protest Israel’s actions against Bedouin communities in Area C.

According to a senior Foreign Ministry official, Belgian Ambassador to Israel Olivier Belle said during the meeting that if Israel did not return the equipment it had seized, his country would formally demand compensation. Belle was the only one at that meeting to raise the issue of compensation, but in the ensuing weeks he apparently managed to persuade his colleagues to turn the demand into a joint agreed-upon position that would be officially conveyed to Israel.

Israel categorically rejects the demand for compensation. Israel’s position is that the European activity in Area C is not humanitarian assistance but illegal development that is being done without coordinating with Israel and with the aim of strengthening the Palestinians’ hold on Area C. The European position is that under the Geneva Convention, Israel is responsible for dealing with the everyday needs of the Palestinian population in Area C, and since it is not doing so, the European states are stepping in with humanitarian aid.

The official EU position towards Area C is totally at odds with international law. The Oslo process says that Area C remains under Israeli control until there is an agreement over borders, but the EU says that Area C is Palestinian - period.

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Including a guaranteed monthly salary, the luckiest Arab in the entire Gush - by Arnold Roth

...A future which will now - as of this afternoon - include a guaranteed monthly salary from the terror-fixated Abbas regime and its appalling Rewards for Terror scheme. He's unlikely to ever be able to otherwise earn anything close to what the PA - thanks to unwitting or apathetic European and North American taxpayers - is about to start paying him for what he did in the Gush this afternoon.

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

Ynet reports this afternoon (Wednesday)

IDF force stops attempted terrorist attack | Palestinian armed with knife runs towards IDF force near Gush Etzion; force incapacitates him by shooting at his legs, arrests him.
Elisha Ben Kimon Published: 18.10.17 , 13:46

An IDF force carried out a suspect arrest protocol at a knife-wielding would-be Palestinian terrorist near the Gush Etzion junction Wednesday. A soldier from the Nahal's 50 Battalion was stationed in a pillbox at the junction's security checkpoint. The terrorist was running north, going against traffic. The soldier noticed he was carrying a suspicious object, which later turned out to be a knife, and called out to him, ordering him to stop. When the terrorist kept running, the soldier initiated a suspect arrest protocol, during which he shot the would-be terrorist in the stomach, incapacitating him. The suspect was taken to the Hadassah Medical Center in Jerusalem’s Ein Kerem in moderate condition. There were no Israeli casualties.

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Question. Does The Washington Post Even Read The Washington Post? - by Sean Durns

...The Post, which had quoted Abu Jihad (aka Mahmoud al-Aloul) in previous articles, apparently declined to report his political advancement. Like basic journalistic standards, Abu Jihad has gone missing from the paper’s pages — depending, perhaps, on the day one reads them.

Sean Durns..
Algemeiner.com..
18 October '17..

An old adage, often attributed to Mark Twain, states that the “truth is stranger than fiction — because we don’t meet it as often.” But readers of The Washington Post might wish for more facts — and less fiction.

When it comes to coverage of Israel, the Post seems increasingly unable to discern the difference between truth and fantasy. In fact, the paper even contradicts its own reporting in order to advance a false narrative.

Take, for instance, the issue of “settlements.”

The Post has featured inordinate coverage of Jewish homes in the West Bank (Judea and Samaria), filing dozens of dispatches on this topic from 2015-17 — often at the expense of fully covering Palestinian political affairs.

For example, an October 6, 2017, article by Ishaan Tharoor claimed that “Israeli settlers continue to expand across the West Bank” and that “negotiations” between Israelis and Palestinians only give “settlers more time to build settlements.” But settlements are not expanding beyond existing boundaries. Most of the population growth there is the result of natural increase — not from new arrivals.

And to find out as much, The Washington Post could have just read — The Washington Post.

A March 31, 2017 Post report, for example, was entitled “Israel set to approve first new settlement in 20 years.” That hardly squares with a description of “Israeli settlers continuing to expand across the West Bank…” in Tharoor’s October 6 piece.

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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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