Wednesday, March 29, 2017

We Have the Right to Poison the Minds of our Children - by Bassam Tawil

...Moreover, along with Hamas, Abbas and his PA plan to continue inculcating Palestinian children with the idea that they should look to terrorists who kill Jews as their role models.

Bassam Tawil..
Gatestone Institute..
29 March '17..

In an ironic turnaround, the United Nations Relief and Works Agency for Palestinian Refugees (UNRWA) is now the object of intimidation and threats made by many Palestinians.

UNRWA is reportedly planning to introduce some changes to the curriculum in its schools in the West Bank and Gaza Strip, and the Palestinians are rather unhappy about it. They claim that UNRWA has "succumbed" to Israeli pressure to make the changes.

The proposed changes are based on leaks to Palestinians and have not been confirmed by UNRWA. Palestinians claim that they learned about the plans to introduce the changes during meetings with senior UNRWA officials.

According to the Palestinians, the changes are intended to "eradicate" their "national identity" and "history" and distort their "struggle" against Israel.

The Palestinians claim that the new textbooks have replaced the map of "historic Palestine" (including Israel) with pictures of a pumpkin and a bird. Palestinian textbooks often feature maps of "historic Palestine" without Israel. Cities inside Israel, such as Haifa, Jaffa, Tiberias and Ramle, are referred to as "Palestinian cities." The Palestinian Authority (PA) media also refer to these cities as "Palestinian cities inside the 1948 Land."

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Bassam Tawil is an Arab scholar based in the Middle East.

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Evidently UK government’s UNHRC statement not newsworthy for the BBC - by Hadar Sela

...Despite an extensive search, we have to date been unable to locate even one BBC report on that UK government statement across the wide variety of BBC platforms.

Hadar Sela..
BBC Watch..
28 March '17..





A former BBC anchor once described the corporation’s approach to the United Nations as follows:

“Whatever the United Nations is associated with is good — it is heresy to question any of its activities. The EU is also a good thing, but not quite as good as the UN.”

As has been documented here on numerous occasions over the years, in spite of its ‘public purposes’ remit, the BBC has continuously failed to provide its audiences with information that would enhance their understanding of anti-Israel bias at UN bodies such as the Human Rights Council and UNESCO. Rather, the corporation has found fit to provide uncritical amplification for assorted predetermined reports and resolutions.

Last week, as the UNHRC went about its usual business of passing anti-Israel resolutions, something rather unusual happened.

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Thanks to the “Zionist enemy” – which does not have the death penalty - by Ruthie Blum

...Thanks to the “Zionist enemy” – which does not have the death penalty and so values the life of each of its citizens that it exchanged more than 1,000 murderers for Schalit — Tamimi has been a free woman since the age of 30. And thanks to the Hashemite Kingdom of Jordan, which signed a peace treaty with the “Zionist entity” in 1994, Tamimi will continue to enjoy state protection to preach jihad and martyrdom against the Jews. Let her story, and that of Israeli policy, be a lesson – and a warning.

Ruthie Blum..
Algemeiner.com..
28 March '17..

In October, 2011, a female Palestinian terrorist named Ahlam Tamimi – who had assisted in the bombing of the Sbarro pizzeria in Jerusalem 10 years earlier – was released from an Israeli prison and shortly thereafter immigrated to Jordan.

Though, in 2003, she received 16 consecutive life sentences for her accompanying Izz al-Din Shuheil al-Masri to the bustling fast-food restaurant in the center of Israel’s capital — where he blew himself up, killing 15 innocent Israelis and tourists (among them seven children and a pregnant woman) and wounding another 130 — Tamimi was freed in what came to be called the “Schalit deal.”

For more than five years, beginning in 2006, Israel had been engaged in fruitless diplomatic and military efforts to force the terrorist organization Hamas to return abducted IDF Cpl. Gilad Schalit from captivity in Gaza. Fearing that the young man’s time was running out – and helpless in the face of mass public pressure by Schalit’s parents and the public, the Israeli government ultimately agreed to the demand of the jihadists calling the shots. This involved exchanging 1,027 mostly Palestinian terrorists for the single soldier.

Two hundred and eighty of these terrorist prisoners had been incarcerated for carrying out deadly attacks against Israelis; Hamas operative Tamimi was prominent among them. Nor was she notorious in Israel alone. Since two American citizens had been victims of the Sbarro carnage, Tamimi was also known in the United States.

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Tuesday, March 28, 2017

Pay for Slay in Palestine? The US Can End the Palestinian Arab Bureaucracy of Terror - by Arnold Roth

...These payments are codified in Palestinian law, which dictates that the deadlier an attack, the richer the reward. Payments equaled $315 million last year, or 8% of the PA budget. Beneficiaries include the family of Bashar Masalha, who last year stabbed 11 people near Tel Aviv and killed 28-year-old Taylor Force, a U.S. Army veteran visiting Israel on a break from business school. Police killed Masalha, but his relatives now receive monthly payments equal to several times the average Palestinian wage. With special offices and more than 500 civil servants dedicated to disbursing these funds, the PA’s message is clear: Terrorism pays.

Each one a convicted murderer, the Tamimi couple (photographed last week
in their home) live in comfort and style today in Amman, Jordan, a lifestyle
funded to a significant extent by the Palestinian Authority's Pay-to-Slay
(Rewards for Terror) payment scheme. Though most don't realize it, a large
percentage of our blog's readers finance this through their taxes.
[Image Source: Al Jazeera]
Arnold/Frimet Roth..
This Ongoing War..
28 March '17..

An editorial in yesterday's Wall Street Journal mentions the obscenely fat payments ("several times the average Palestinian wage") made monthly by the Mahmoud Abbas regime to the family of a now-deceased Palestinian Arab terrorist thug.

The circumstances behind those payments ought to be better known than they are: the money flows specifically because the knife-man murdered a young US vet who happened to be jogging on Tel Aviv's sea shore a year ago.

There are thousands of similar such recipients. Every single month. Eight percent of the entire PA budget is devoted to the payment of what the PA insists be called "salaries", not welfare payments. The Abbas regime is chronically unable to meet its financial obligations but reiterates over and again [source] that the payments we're talking about will not be cut back. Who says they have no principles?

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Great Question. Why Don’t Supporters of Palestinians Care About PA Abuses? - by Mitchell Bard

If a Palestinian is persecuted, raped or murdered in the forest and no Jews are around, did it happen?

Mitchell Bard..
Algemeiner.com..
27 March '17..

On college campuses and beyond, support for the Palestinians has been portrayed as a human rights campaign. While the antisemitic BDS movement is — according to its founders and leaders — a crusade to make Israel disappear, it has attracted many naïve supporters who believe ostracizing Israel will somehow help the Palestinians achieve independence. BDS has been an unmitigated failure, but it has shielded the Palestinian Authority (PA) and Hamas from criticism for their human rights abuses.

Sadly, the people who loudly proclaim their concern for the Palestinians are silent when it comes to how Palestinians treat each other. The “occupation” imposes limitations on the freedom of Palestinians, but Israelis have no responsibility for the denial of civil rights that the residents of the West Bank and Gaza suffer on a daily basis.

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Clearly the BBC's description of 2002 terror attack victims is neither accurate nor impartial - by Hadar Sela

...This is not the first time that BBC Arabic has portrayed Israeli victims of terror attacks to its audiences as “Jewish settlers” regardless of their ethnicity and place of residence. 

Hadar Sela..
BBC Watch..
27 March '17..

On the morning of August 4th 2002 a terror attack took place on a bus travelling to Tsfat. Nine people died and some 40 were wounded in that suicide bombing near Meron Junction. Hamas claimed responsibility for the attack, which was reported by the BBC at the time.

Among those murdered in that attack were two foreign nationals from the Philippines, two members of the Galilee Druze communities of Sajur and Maghar, a resident of Ramat Beit Shemesh and residents of the Galilee towns and villages Karmiel, Safsufa, Mitzpe Adi and Mitzpe Aviv.

Following the attack Israeli forces arrested Hamas commander Mazen Fuqaha, who was responsible for dispatching the suicide bomber, in his home town of Tubas in Area A. In 2003 Fukha was sentenced to nine life sentences for his role in the attack. He was released from prison in 2011 as part of the Shalit deal prisoner exchange and deported to the Gaza Strip.

On March 24th 2017 Fuqaha was assassinated outside his home in Gaza City by unidentified gunmen.

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Monday, March 27, 2017

Breaking the Silence and the spreading of a blood libel against Israel - by Smadar Bat Adam

..."The Palestinians are lying; so what?" I hear people say. That is the wrong response. Spreading this false narrative, as Breaking the Silence does, should not be dismissed as insignificant

Smadar Bat Adam..
Israel Hayom
27 March '17..
Link: http://www.israelhayom.com/site/newsletter_opinion.php?id=18713

When actor Richard Gere came to Israel recently for the premiere of his film "Norman: The Moderate Rise and Tragic Fall of a New York Fixer," he took the opportunity to go on a tour of Hebron led by left-wing group Breaking the Silence. During the tour, Gere said the situation in Hebron's city center "is exactly like what the Old South was in America."

As far as Gere is concerned, the tough security measures Israel takes on Martyrs Street (which should really be called Killers Street, as it is named for those who are responsible for the deaths of many Jews), are all one needs to know about the city and the conflict. Gere seems to believe Israel has its own version of apartheid because of one street where there are restrictions on the movement of Palestinians. Let's hope he was just being naive and was convinced by what Breaking the Silence wanted him to hear and see.

Gere was not given the proper context, nor did he receive a briefing on the killing of the city's Jews throughout history. He saw a manufactured reality, a fake reality. Nine hundred years ago, Jews were accused of using the blood of Christian children for religious worship. Such libels have been used throughout history to incite the masses against the Jews and justify pogroms and systematic killings.

Today the Palestinians use the same tactics, spreading similar falsehoods.

Updates on another under-reported Hamas story by the BBC - by Hadar Sela

...While the BBC is clearly aware of the effects of Hamas’ policy of augmented taxation on local residents and the terror group’s priority of military rehabilitation over social and economic issues, those topics continue to be under-reported even in direct coverage from the Gaza Strip.

Hadar Sela..
BBC Watch..
27 March '17..

In June 2016 the BBC Gaza bureau’s Rushdi Abualouf produced an article for the BBC News website titled “Gazans squeezed by triple taxes as Hamas replaces lost income“.

As was noted here at the time, Abualouf’s portrayal of Hamas’ “financial crisis” skimmed over the fact that the terror organisation’s prioritisation of rearmament and tunnel building plays a key role in the creation of economic and social pressures on ordinary residents of the Gaza Strip. The BBC’s correspondent preferred to focus audience attentions elsewhere:

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Can You Imagine? NY Times Bungles Settlement Story - by Ira Stoll

...The entire dispatch doesn’t exactly engender confidence in the ability of the Times to cover this issue with accuracy, sophistication, or independent thinking. It’s a disappointment all too typical of Times reporting on this topic.

Ira Stoll..
Algemeiner.com..
26 March '17..

A New York Times article about discussions between Israel and the United States regarding settlements in the West Bank includes this paragraph:

Extracting a deal from Mr. Netanyahu in current circumstances would be tricky. The Israeli leader is politically more vulnerable than he was eight years ago, when Mr. Obama demanded that he freeze all construction.

“Eight years ago,” the prime minister of Israel was Ehud Olmert. Netanyahu was still assembling a coalition. Netanyahu wasn’t “the Israeli leader,” and it’s not at all clear he is more “vulnerable” now than he was then.

Nor is it clear that even if Mr. Netanyahu were indeed more vulnerable now that he was when he eventually became prime minister later in 2009, that would make him less likely now to freeze settlements. The Times seems to assume that freezing settlements is something that only a politically strong Israeli leader would do. But one can make the opposite case, as well, that only a strong prime minister would be able to risk a big public fight with an American president over settlements, and that a weak one would be more likely to cave to American pressure.

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Sunday, March 26, 2017

Terror Activist or Young Intellectual? Haaretz's Changing Story - by Hanan Amiur, Tamar Sternthal

Haaretz reported that Israeli forces killed Basil al-Araj, "among the younger generation of Palestinian intellectual and leaders of the boycott movement." Haaretz didn't say that he was also identified as the head of a terror cell planning attacks.

Hanan Amiur/Tamar Sternthal..
Media Analyses..
26 March '17..

Palestinian Basil Al-Araj was buried last Thursday near Bethlehem.

Why was Al-Araj killed in the prime of his youth?

Haaretz readers who saw the article by Jack Khoury and Gili Cohen ("Palestinian teenager shot and killed by IDF forcces near Hebron") in the March 19 print edition, or March 18 online here, would understand that Israeli forces killed him because he supported the boycott of Israel and Palestinian security coordination with Israel.

As the online edition stated:

The two funerals took place a day after the funeral of Basil al-Araj. Araj was shot and killed by police special forces on March 6 in Al-Bireh after they surrounded the house in which he was hiding. Araj, who Israel defined as a wanted person, was among the leaders of the boycott movement in the West Bank, and called for an end to security cooperation between Israel and the Palestinian Authority, and his death led to protests against the PA. During the funeral hundreds called for revenge and an end to security cooperation with Israel.

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As Mr. Trump well knows, sometimes there just isn’t a deal - by Vic Rosenthal

...Trump should know from his real estate experience that a deal is only possible when both sides think they are getting something that they want. But what the Palestinians want is something that Israel isn’t selling. It doesn’t matter how persuasive you are. It doesn’t matter what sweeteners one side or the other can throw in. It doesn’t matter how hard you push or what you threaten. Sometimes there just isn’t a deal.

Vic Rosenthal..
Abu Yehuda..
23 March '17..
Link: http://abuyehuda.com/2017/03/no-deal-donald/

Donald Trump likes deals. He likes the idea of brokering a deal between Israel and the Palestinians, and thinks that he can do it. He can’t, and here’s why:

The insurmountable obstacle to a deal is that the essence of the Palestinian movement is the denial of a state belonging to the Jewish people (they don’t even agree that we are a people) in any part of the land between the river and the sea. Questions of borders, Jerusalem, Palestinian unity, and settlements – no matter how difficult – are all secondary to this major problem.

This is why the Palestinian understanding of “two state solution” includes a right of return to Israel for the descendents of Arab refugees, and why it does not include recognition of Israel as a Jewish state, or a renunciation of their claim to all of the land. This is the Palestinian bottom line.

Israel is willing to make many compromises (including some that are extremely stupid and dangerous to our security) but we are not prepared to agree to disappear. This is the Israeli bottom line.

Neither side can go any lower.

Mahmoud Abbas understands this very well. This is why he correctly considers direct negotiations with Israel a waste of time. This is why he insists that PM Netanyahu does not accept the two state solution, because he understands that he and Netanyahu mean different things by that expression. This is why he favors getting the Europeans and the UN to force Israel to give him what he wants. He knows that deep down (or not so deep down) many of these elements believe there should not be a Jewish state and would be happy to see it disappear.

Lying to the People in the Pews at UCC - by Dexter Van Zile

...A while back, people horrified by resolutions like this passed by the UCC and other mainline denominations hoped that "the people in the pews" would rise up and revolt in response, and insist that church assemblies tell a more honest story about the Arab-Israeli conflict to their denominations. This turned out to be fantasy. Some church members fought back against resolutions like this, but eventually, the people in the pews who disagreed with the falsehoods their national assemblies said about Israel and other issues of the day simply left their denominations, sometimes bringing their local churches with them.

Dexter Van Zile..
Gatestone Institute..
23 March '17..

The United Church of Christ (UCC), a liberal Protestant church with roots that go back to the Mayflower, is at it again. During the first few days of July 2017, the denomination's deliberative body, the General Synod, will gather in Baltimore Maryland. The General Synod will approve the denomination's budget and vote on some proposals that determine how the church's national bureaucracy will be reorganized. The synod will also vote on a number of resolutions that call on the denomination's officers and local churches to advocate for particular social causes that the assembly deems important.

There are 17 resolutions on the General Synod's agenda, one of which deals with Israel's treatment of Palestinian children in its detention centers. As of this writing, there are no resolutions on the agenda dealing with the massacre of huge numbers of people in Syria by the regime led by Bashar Al-Assad, who has killed hundreds of thousands of Sunni Muslims, many of them children, since the beginning of his country's civil war in 2011.

There might be some pushback within the denomination against the resolution, which portrays Israel as guilty of crimes against Palestinian children. There should be. The resolution, which was submitted by a number of churches located mostly in coastal "blue states" such as California, Oregon and Connecticut, makes no pretense of holding Palestinian leaders accountable even as it invokes the UN Convention on the Rights of the Child, which the Palestinian Authority signed in 2014, to justify its condemnations of Israel.

In particular, the text makes no mention of the crimes against children perpetrated by Palestinian leaders in both the Gaza Strip and West Bank who teach children to hate, nor is there any reference to Hamas' tendency to put children in harm's way by using schools and hospitals as storage stations and launch pads for rocket attacks against Israel....

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