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Kimmel ends legislative campaign

Dan Kimmel, I didn’t even get the chance to know and harass you. Now you’re gone for saying something similar to what Palestinians say all the time. Palestinians have said that one man’s terrorist is another man’s freedom fighter. It’s a ridiculous statement that isn’t rooted in the truth but it’s something that Palestinian leaders […]

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The Swedes Throw A Tantrum Over Israel

Sweden’s foreign minister Margot Wallstrom is angry at Israel, and she unloaded publicly today.”It is unacceptable how they have been talking about us and everybody else,” Wallstrom said in an interview with Swedish daily Dagens Nyheter. “It has irrita… . . . → Read More: The Swedes Throw A Tantrum Over Israel

Who’s ‘Responsibility?’

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Sometimes, a public figure makes a statement that simply defies the imagination in its blatant hypocrisy and ignorance of reality.

Those of you who have been following events in the region know that the Third Intifada against Israel is well underway, and that the Palestinian Authority and Hamas are doing their best to incite violence. Against this background, Mahmoud Abbas and the Palestinian Authority AKA Hamas/Fatah recently went to the UN Security Council in an attempt to get a resolution declaring a Palestinian State along the pre ’67 lines that would have called for forcing Israel back to indefensible borders, re-dividing Jerusalem and barring Jews from their Holy sites, ethnically cleansing 500,000 Jews, freeing all terrorists currently in captivity in Israeli jails and allowing any of the Arabs whom identify themselves as Palestinians to return to whatever they claim their homes were in Israel.

The resolution failed by one vote, but Abbas has promised to re-introduce it now that three pro-Israel nation’s terms on the Security Council have finished and three anti-Israel countries terms on the Security Council started in 2015. And Abbas is also attempted to join the International Criminal Court, saying that if he’s successful he will attempt to prosecute Israel there for war crimes.

Aside from violating both the Oslo Accords and The Road Map, this is nothing less than a hostile entity making a declaration of war against Israel.

In retaliation, Israel decided to take the measure of freezing $127 million in tax monies it gathered for Hamas/Fatah, and is considering other measures as well.

The EU immediately condemned this, and their reaction is worth looking at.

European Union foreign affairs head Federica Mogherini said in a statement today that even this moderate pushback “runs counter to Israel’s obligations.”

“An effective Palestinian Authority, committed to non-violence and a peaceful resolution of the conflict, is a key element for a two-state solution,” Mogherini said.

Mogherini said that “recent steps taken … could aggravate the already tense situation on the ground and bring them further away from a negotiated solution.”

“Both sides should refrain from taking actions which could raise obstacles to the rapid return to the negotiations,” she added.

She also threatened that the EU’s financing of ‘Palestine’ could be endangered by Israel’s withholding the money.

You have to wonder what planet the EU thinks it lives on.

Israel’s ‘responsibilities?’ What about the Palestinian Authority?

In exchange for being gifted sovereignty by Israel in the Oslo Accords over some land it otherwise had no claim to, The Arabs whom call themselves Palestinians agreed to do three things…renounce terrorism, recognize Israel’s right to exist and end anti-semitic incitement in its mosques schools and media. Those same three requirements were also part of the Road Map.

Not one of them has ever been adhered to, not by Arafat, not by Mahmoud Abbas and certainly not by Hamas.

While the PLO charter tepidly recognizes Israel, neither the Fatah charter or the Hamas charters do. Support for terrorism against Israeli civilians is a given, and not merely tolerated but rewarded. In the twenty years since Oslo, not a single person has ever been arrested by the PA security forces for killing a Jew. Financing of terrorist activity by the PA and Hamas is a long documented fact. Terrorist killers convicted of some of the most heinous murders by Israeli courts are called ‘holy martyrs’ by Abbas and receive a nice salary from the PA courtesy of Eu and American taxpayers, and these ‘martyrs’ are held up as heroes and role models to Palestinian society. They’re glorified in its media, lionized in its mosques and have public buildings named after them.

Mahmoud Abbas’s Moscow University treatise claiming that the Holocaust never happened and that the few Jews that were killed were the result of ‘Zionists’ collaborating with the Nazis is a required text in the PA’s school curriculum.

And the PA itself is now allied in a unity government with the genocidal Hamas.For that matter, the PLO has already said that the Oslo Accords no longer apply to them.

And when Mogherini talks about a Palestinian Authority, committed to non-violence and a peaceful resolution of the conflict, does she even recognize the years of sustained and constant rejectionism and unwillingness to negotiate anything by Arafat and Abbas and the PA as the main contributor to the current impasse?

Responsibility also entails financial responsibility. ‘Palestine’ has received more aid money per capita than any other developing nation in history,and they aren’t even a state yet. Only the Arabs whom identify themselves as Palestinians have their own lavishly funded UN organization, UNRWA, to administer to their needs.

Yet, in spite of all that aid, they still remain an international economic basket case. eEen former PA finance minister Salim Fayyad admitted that at least half of the donor aid to ‘Palestine’ has either been stolen or diverted, and the World Bank puts it at 60%. The supposedly bankrupt PA still supports Sufa Arafat in her lavish Paris lifestyle to the tune of $100,000 per month, while Mahmoud Abbas is fabulously wealthy (He personally ‘diverted’ $1.3 billion to himself if former Palestinian Security Minister Mahmoud Dahlan is to be believed) and Abbas’s two sons are millionaires.

Not only that, but the aspiring state of ‘Palestine’ has spent nothing on even creating its own electrical grid. ‘Palestine’ instead relies on Israeli electricity and has racked up an unpaid bill of around $300 million to the Israel Electric Corporation, an indebtedness subsidized by Israeli consumers through higher rates. It’s to the point where the IEC has informed the Israeli government that they’re going to be forced to cut power to the PA simply because the continued supply of free electricity is unsustainable.

Is Israel obligated as part of its ‘responsibilities’ to continue to supply free power to a hostile entity? And is Israel responsible for the fact that Hamas/Fatah are more concerned with spending whatever money they have left over after stealing for themselves on Jew killing and incitement? Is it Israel’s fault that ‘Palestine’ is simply one of the most successful con games in history,one that the international community and particularly the EU happily bought into?

Isn’t it time the EU and the rest of the so-called International Community starting calling on the Arabs whom call themselves Palestinians to start shouldering their responsibilities and imposing real consequences when they don’t? Or are Israel and the Jews simply a more convenient target?

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Hamas Is Working Very Hard To Rebuild Gaza

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The Blood Of Zion Cries Out

 

Early this morning, four Jews at morning prayers were murdered in a synagogue in Jerusalem after two Palestinian broke in and assaulted the worshipers with gunfire and meat cleavers.

Many others were wounded and four are in critical condition.

The terrorist attack took place in Har Hof a predominantly Orthodox neighborhood at the at the Kehilat Yaakov synagogue on Agasi Street.

The Murder victims were identified as Rabbi Moshe Twersky, the head of the Torat Moshe yeshiva, 59; 40-year-old  Rabbi Aryeh Kupinsky; 50-year-old Rabbi Kalman Levine; and 68-year-old Rabbi Avraham Shmuel Goldberg(HY”D) . Rabbi Kupinsky, Rabbi Levine and Rabbi Twersky were all American citizens, while Rabbi Goldberg was a British subject. A Druze policeman subsequently died of his wounds as well, and Israel will mourn and honor him.

The killers stormed the synagogue at 7 AM local time. There was no warning and no way for the victims to defend themselves.The rabbis were murdered during the sacred prayer of Shimoneh Esrei, with siddurim ( prayer books) in their hands and their tefillum on.

Eye witness Ya’akov Amos said: ‘The terrorist moved to within a metre of me then started shooting. One, two, three, bang, bang, bang. I immediately hit the ground and tried to protect myself with a prayer stand. He kept screaming ‘Allah hu’Akbar’.

 

There was blood everywhere, so much that one of the medical workers slipped in it and broke his leg.

The international reaction was interesting. Even U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry seemed shocked, with his voice quavering. He even used the “T” word and called for an end to incitement against Jews.

Phillip Hammond, Britain’s Foreign Secretary contented himself with a bloodless statement that ‘both sides’ should seek to ‘reduce tension.’ President Obama, of course, said much the same thing.

Israel’s economics minister Naftali Bennett was interviewed by the BBC today, and provides us with another indication of exactly how sick and depraved Britain has become when it comes to Israel and the Jews.

(just a hint – when Bennett mentions Abu Mazen, he is using Mahmoud Abbas’s nom de guerre, the terrorist name he used as Arafat’s second-in-command.)

Notice how the interviewer doesn’t even address the issue of Abbas inciting terrorism, but pulls the case of an Arab bus driver who died yesterday, as though that made the savage murder of four Jews at prayer legitimate. That Arab driver, by the way, had a full investigation and an autopsy done on him and there is no doubt he committed suicide. Unlike the Palestinian Authority, Israel jails murderers no matter who they are.

I really felt like saying ‘Kol Hakavod’ when Bennett held up a picture of one of the victims, which the interviewer hastily told him to put down lest he upset the gentle sensibilities of her viewers. I think it is absolutely essential to do just that – to let the British public see what their government is funding and supporting. And I hope it upsets them to the point of utter shame.

At the end of the interview, Bennett says that Britain is going to have to make a choice of whether they support the Free World or not. As I’m sure Bennett knows, the British Government has already made that choice.Which is why, perhaps, they feel compelled to put up with soldiers being beheaded in broad daylight and no go areas for police and non-Muslims in London and other large British cities.

The murderers were both killed in a shootout with police at the scene. They were Ghassan and Oday Abu Jamal from the Jabal Mukaber neighborhood in east Jerusalem. Needless to say, they were acclaimed as heroes and martyrs by all the factions of the Arabs whom call themselves Palestinians.

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Palestinian supporters of The Popular Front for the Liberation of Palestine, (PFLP), a small militant group, dance while waving their flags, after they heard the news of the shooting 

 “We responded with shouts of joy when we received the news about their deaths,” Ala’a Abu Jamal said of his cousins Ghassan and Uday Abu Jamal to Yedioth Aharonoth. “People here distributed candies to guests who visited us, and there was joy for the martyrs.”

In a message published on its official new website Al-Resalah, Hamas said the attack was “a quality development in fighting the occupation. We highly value the heroism of its operatives.” Hamas spokesman Sami Abu Zuhri praised the attack on Qatari news channel Al-Jazeera as “heroic,” calling for more attacks of the same kind.

 Hamas MP Mushir Al-Masri happily wrote on Twitter that “Jerusalem has nothing but men who love martyrdom. The heroes of the knife are in Jerusalem. The heroes of the run-over [car attacks] are in Jerusalem. In Jerusalem men take revenge.”

And he posted this on his Facebook page:

A cartoon posted on the Facebook page of Hamas MP Mushir Al-Masri has perpetrators of the Jerusalem attack dressed in religious Jewish garb asking 'where are they?' (photo credit: Facebook)
The Arab killer is asking ‘Where are they hiding?” Needless to say, in spite of what this cartoon shows none of the worshipers were armed.

And Fatah? Mahmoud Abbas, AKA Abu Mazen issued a ‘condemnation’ that wasn’t one. In a statement (in English, not Arabic)it said that “The Palestinian presidency” condemns violence “from whatever source” and “demands an end to the invasions of Al-Aqsa Mosque and the provocations of the Settlers.”

In other words, ‘So sorry, but unless you surrender Jerusalem to us expect more of the same.’

This is the same Mahmoud Abbas who accused Jews of “contaminating” Al-Aqsa Mosque last week, who just a few days ago was telling his people, in Arabic, to ‘defend Jerusalem’ by any means necessary. This is the same Mahmoud Abbas who said nothing when Fatah published cartoons and Facebook posts encouraging terrorist attacks on Jews and “days of rage” to defend the ‘threatened’ Al-Aqsa.

Tawfik Tirawi, former chief of the Palestinian General Security in the West Bank and a member of Fatah’s Central Committee made it even plainer, and in Arabic. Today he told a radio station in Hebron that the attack was “nothing but a reaction to the recent crimes of the occupation and the settlers in occupied Jerusalem and across the nation. The threats of the occupation against our people and the Palestinian leadership, represented by the president, will only increase our efforts in safeguarding our rights.”

His remarks were reprinted on Fatah’s official Facebook page.

I should make something clear here. This is not the fault of Abbas, or Hamas, or any of the Arabs who identify themselves as Palestinians.

It is the fault of the Israeli government.

A significant number of the Palestinians are simply acting as they have always acted since the 1920’s, and these tendencies were unleashed even further once Arafat and the PLO were allowed in to take over after Oslo.

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Israeli governments since Oslo have always allowed themselves to be pressured to ignore these instances of sheer horror…to release  convicted murderers, to make concessions to the terrorist entities on Israel’s borders, and most of all to avoid  finishing them off entirely when their violence and bloodshed mandated a response. This has been especially true since Barack Obama, who styles himself as the Palestinian’s very own community organizer entered the White House.

Is it any wonder that this sort of thing continues to happen? Is it really so puzzling that after allowing Hamas to continue in Gaza and maintaining any kind of relationship with Abbas and the PLO once they allied themselves openly with Hamas that they would resort back to Arafat’s tactics?

Yasser Arafat himself outlined for his followers what this war was really about. On Jordanian TV, right after signing the Oslo Accords he was criticized for signing a peace agreement with the Jews. He responded by reminding his audience of the Peace of Hubidiyeh, a treaty Mohammed made with the Quraysh tribe that he violated as soon as he was strong enough to massacre them, a story every Muslim knows. And then he outlined exactly what this war was about, saying that “either the Jews will push us into the sea or we will push them into the sea.”

Arafat, the leaders of Hamas and numerous members of Fatah have sung the same songs for years. Is it their fault that Israeli governments for years have refused to take them seriously?

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It is time they did.

The violence in Jerusalem can be curtailed, not by more security patrols and not by putting guards in front of every synagogue and public building but by teaching the Arabs whom call themselves Palestinians that there are real world consequences for their actions.

As you may have noticed, no matter how much innocent Jewish blood is spilled, it is always Israel who is advised to ‘reduce tensions’ and ‘avoid provocation.’  It is always Israel who is castigated for building homes for its people, in spite of over an estimated 40,000 illegal Arab-built structures in East Jerusalem, and an entire city  being constructed from scratch with EU and US Aid money that encroaches on Israeli communities in Area C of Judea.

This is the first time I have ever heard John Kerry mention the constant hatred being spewed by the mosques, media and schools in both Gaza and in the PLO occupied areas of Judea and Samaria as something counterproductive to any real peace. And even his condemnation of this horror as well as the other ones from the UN and EU that will no doubt be voiced are maddeningly hollow..because they still fund and support this evil.

As Naftali Bennett said, they are going to have to choose sides, and that particularly applies to the United States.But Israel has some choices to make as well.

Are they going to settle for the status quo and a war of attrition that favors Israel’s enemies? Or are they are they going to do what’s necessary to end it and win the right to live peacefully?

I’ve always favored Israel simply delineating its own borders and annexing that land,along with a transfer of populations to the respective sides of those borders. But at the very least Israel should answer every terrorist attack with the outright annexation of more land in Judea and Samaria, showing the Arabs whom call themselves Palestinians that they are there to stay, and that attacks on Israel cost them dearly. Build on the land, and call the EU’s bluff. In the unlikely event that they follow through on their threats to indulge in sanctions,they have a lot more to lose than Israel does right now economically.

When there are violent riots, as there were in Jabal Mukaber today, simply arrest the perpetrators,take away their Israeli ID cards and expel them to Gaza or to Area A for Abbas to deal with.Aside from providing real world consequences, it will also separate those Arabs who like the good life in Israel and are willing to live in peace (and there are more of them them you think) from those whom want to poison the well with violence.

Make the disarmament of Hamas an iron clad condition for any further reconstruction aid, especially since Hamas is already diverting money and materials to remaking its terrorist infrastructure. Both the EU and Secretary of State Kerry have given lip service to the importance of disarming Hamas for peace. Hold them to it.

If the Muslim Waqf that is in charge of the al-Aqsa Mosque continues to incite riots and stone throwing on the Temple Mount and refuses to allow Jews to enjoy it peacefully, simply explain to them that the next time it happens the police will respond in force, the Waqf’s control of al-Aqsa and the Mount will be ended, the members of the Waqf expelled from Israel and the mosque shut down.

And allow Israelis to sue the PLO and Hamas in Israelis courts for damages to property and person, taking the judgments out of the tax monies Israel collects for the PLO.

These are the sort of steps that are ultimately going to defeat the Third Intifada. It’s long past time to treat Hamas/Fatah like the hostile entity it is.

I am tired of seeing headlines like I saw today, tired of seeing the Arabs whom identify themselves as Palestinians celebrating each new atrocity, tired of seeing world leaders being complicit with this evil.

And I am especially tired of Israel accepting this hypocrisy. I am sick to death of it. It is one thing to be the Jew among nations, but something else entirely to live on your knees and internalize it.

Selah.

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More Palestinian Terror In Jerusalem Today As U.S. tells Israel ‘Avoid Provocation’

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Palestinian terrorists struck again in Jerusalem today.

The first attack occurred when a Palestinian driver the plowed his truck into a crowd of people at a light rail station along the seam-line between East and West Jerusalem late Wednesday morning, killing a Border Police officer, and injuring 14 more people, one of them critically.

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Ironically, the police officer was a Druze, an Arab from Beit Jann, a Druze village.Border Police officer Jedan Assad (HY”D, May G-d avenge his blood) was a father to a three-year-old son, and his wife is five months pregnant. His father said later that Assad “loved his service, and loved Jerusalem.”

I guarantee you their will be hundreds of Israelis, both Duze and Jews at  his funeral.

His murderer has been identified as 48-year-old Ibrahim al-Akary from Shuafat in East Jerusalem. He hit several pedestrians at a light rail station on the corner of Bar Lev and Shimon Ha’Zadik streets, close to the Border Police headquarters on Route 1, and then continued driving along the tracks, hitting several cars along the way until finally crashing to a halt.

Here’s a link to footage of bystanders at the light rail stop being run down by Akary, as they tried to get out of the way of the speeding van. This footage is graphic and not for the fainthearted.

He then got out of his white commercial van, carrying a metal bar, and began attacking a group of policemen before Border Police at the scene shot and killed him. Needless to say, this murderer is a hero to Hamas/Fatah.

His brother, Musa Muhammad al-Akary, served 19 years in an Israeli prison for the 1992 kidnapping and murder of IDF soldier Nissim Toledano in Lod. He was released in the 2011 deal that ransomed kidnapped IDF soldier Gilad Shalit from Hamas captivity.

The second attack took place near the Gush Etzion junction, when a Palestinian drove a truck with Palestinian plates into a group of three IDF soldiers standing near a checkpoint by al-Arroub. They suffered moderate-to-severe injuries according to Magen David Adom rescue personnel. The families have reportedly been notified.

The vehicle escaped towards Hebron, and Israeli security forces are searching the area and placing barricades to catch the suspect. Needless to say,Mahmoud Abbas’s Security forces aren’t going to turn the terrorist in.

It also should be no surprise that the U.S. ambassador to Israel,Dan Shapiro made the usual meaningless condemnation and then called for Israel to ‘act with restrain and lower tensions.’

“It’s a very tense time in Jerusalem, especially around the holy sites. We think this is a time when everyone, and we’re calling on to act with restraint, to lower the tensions, not to engage in provocations, either word or deed, and to make very clear that violence is never acceptable.

“That’s the leadership that’s needed right now to prevent a further deterioration of the situation in Jerusalem, and we’re working with all sides to try to achieve that.”

Of course the Obama Administration is working with both sides.are they telling Mahmoud Abbas to stop incitement or lose all that U.S. funding for Hamas/Fatah? Of course not. It’s only Israel who needs to act with restraint, and avoid ‘provocation’, which apparently occurs simply because Jews are in Jerusalem at all.

The answer the Israelis have come up with so far is to place concrete barriers at train stops so vehicles can’t injure people waiting for the trains. That’s fine as a quick fix but doesn’t solve the problem.

Some of the Israeli leadership may still be in denial, but they need to face up to the fact that this is the Third Intifada. And just like the second one, it was planned long in advance and merely awaited a convenient excuse to launch it. The provacation Ambasador Shapiro spoke about is not coming from Israel, but from Hamas/Fatah. And if th eU.S refuses to curb them, it’s up to Israel to do so.

It’s time to start cracking down hard on terrorism in Israel’s capital. Enough.

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A Murder In Jerusalem…And What To Do About It

Last night, A three-month-old baby was murdered and at least seven pedestrians in Jerusalem after a terrorist attack as an Arab driver deliberately drove his car into a crowd of people waiting at a Light Rail station close to the National Police headquarters.

The baby, Chayah Zissel Bron (HY”D) was an American citizen.

The killer has been identified as Abdelrahman al-Shaludi, who previously served time in jail for terrorist activities ( he was the nephew of Mohiyedine Sharif, Hamas’s former chief bomb maker) and has been identified by Israeli government spokesman Ofir Gendelman as a member of Hamas. He was shot by police as he attempted to flee and later died in the hospital.

He was reportedly a resident of Silwan. I’d love to know why this cockroach was free and living in Jerusalem.Was he one of the terrorists freed from custody as a ‘gesture’ to Abbas? Or perhaps as part of the Shalit deal?

Nor was that the only violence in Jerusalem today. There was sporadic rioting in the Arab neighborhoods of Jerusalem, and a Jewish kindergarten in East Jerusalem in the Ma’ale Hazeitim neighborhood on the Mount of Olives was pelted this morning by stones thrown at the children in their playground.

And attacks on the light rail continued, with Arab residents of the city hurling rocks and damaging two train cars in Shuafat.

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu blamed Palestinian Authority leader Mahmoud Abbas for the continued attacks in Jerusalem, saying Abbas was inciting violence against Jews in the city.

“This is how [PA President Abbas’s] partners in government act, the same Abbas who just a few days ago incited attacks on Jews in Jerusalem,” Netanyahu said in a statement.Abbas has called for the Arabs whom identify themselves as Palestinians to ‘resist the settlers’ by any means necessary.

Of course Abbas is responsible, but Netanyahu is wrong here. The real blame lies with him and the Israeli government, who have put up with this nonsense for months.

It is the Arabs whom ethnically cleansed every Jews from their part of Jerusalem when they invaded the city in 1948. It is the Arabs who refused Jews access to their holy sites, who vandalized Jewish cemeteries, who destroyed 28 historic synagogues in the city and used the Western Wall as a garbage dump.It is the Israelis who offered to put that behind them, to share Jerusalem, share the Temple Mount and live in peace after reuniting the city in 1967. It is Israel who allowed the al-Aksa mosque to remain open.

It is time the Israeli government realized that this policy of reconciliation is a failure.For too many of the Arab residents of Jerusalem, sharing is not in their vocabulary.

Especially egregious to me was the reaction of America’s Stated Department. “We express our deepest condolences to the family of the baby, reportedly an American citizen, who was killed in this despicable attack,” State Department spokeswoman Jen Psaki said in a statement.

“We urge all sides to maintain calm and avoid escalating tensions in the wake of this incident.”

All sides? So according to our State Department, Israel and the Arabs who call themselves Palestinians are equally to blame?

Maintain calm? Avoid escalating tension? Who is escalating the tension? Is it Israeli Jews murdering U.S. citizens in Jerusalem? What if it was your child, Ms. Psaki? Would you still call for restraint?

And if it was such a despicable attack, why is the U.S. government still funding Hamas/Fatah? And pressuring Israel for more and more concessions to the sort of people whom think this kind of attack is a heroic and holy thing?

Just compare the U.S. State Department’s reaction with that of Australian Ambassador to Israel Dave Sharma who posted this message on Twitter:

“Shocked by terrorist attack in Jerusalem + condemn unreservedly,” Sharma wrote. “Esp saddened by death of 3-month-old baby girl. Deep condolences to family.”

He wasn’t afraid to use the ‘T’ word, you’ll notice. And no language in his message implying that Israel is equally to blame for this atrocity.

All that aside, what really counts now is Israel’s reaction.

Netanyahu has said he plans to reinforce the police units in Jerusalem, and come up with new plans formulated to deal with riots.Well and good, but it isn’t going to solve the problem.Israel needs to provide natural consequences for the violence that matter to the perpetrators, and frankly, a stint in the comfortable Israeli jails with three square meals a day, status as a ‘martyr’ and a nifty salary from the Palestinian Authority as a reward doesn’t qualify.

A far better punishment in many cases is simple loss of citizenship and expulsion to PA-run Area A. In fact, a whole new category of offenses with expulsion and loss of citizenship as the penalty need to be codified into Israeli law.

Stone throwing at cars or the light rail? When the perpetrators are caught, make them and/or their families pay in full for repairs, with expulsion to the PA-run Area A for a repeat offense. In any event, when there isn’t money available to pay damages, deduct the cost of repairs from the tax monies Israel collects for the PA.

Riots on the Temple Mount? Firecrackers, rocks and gas bombs thrown at Jews trying to pray peacefully? Explain to the Muslim Waqf that the very next time it happens, not only will the police respond in force but the Waqf’s control of al-Aqsa and the Mount will be ended, the members of the Waqf expelled from Israel and the mosque shut up, with no more services conducted.

Actual terrorist attacks like the one today? Ideally, I’d love to have Israel adopt capital punishment, but that’s unlikely. Since Hamas and Fatah are now in bed together, aside from imprisoning the perpetrator, allow the victims to sue in Israeli courts and collect judgments from the tax monies Israel collects for the PA. And make the prison conditions a lot less luxurious, as an incentive for better behavior.

And build,build build. Right now, Netayahu’s government is acting like half of Jerusalem actually belongs to Hamas/Fatah. Since something like 75% of Israel’s Jews are opposed to any agreement that would re-divide Jerusalem, I would say that the consensus is that Jerusalem belongs to Israel. Act like it.

For instance, some Jewish families recently purchased apartments legally in Silwan, a neighborhood in East Jerusalem that used to be thought of primarily as Arab but is now undergoing demographic changes. Some of the local Arab residents have responded by attempting to firebomb the Jew’s homes.

I haven’t heard of any arrests or punishments doled out to the perpetrators, but the least that should happen is heavy fines to repair any damage and a jail sentence…with expulsion to Area A for any repeat offenses.

You see, while some Arabs are willing to engage in what amounts to treasonous or illegal activities on behalf of Abbas and the PA, the idea of living under Abbas and company’s derelict little kleptocracy horrifies them. They like the social welfare benefits, the freedom and the employment and educational opportunities.

Losing Israeli citizenship and being expelled to Area A to live under Hamas/Fatah is a real life consequence that might modify their behavior. And in any event, it will separate those Arabs ( and there are more than you might think) willing to be productive and peaceful citizens from thios whom aren’t.

-Selah-

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Britain And Sweden Send A Clear Message To Israel

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Today, the British Parliament took a largely symbolic vote to recognize ‘Palestine’. The motion and the vote were largely symbolic, carried out by what are known as ‘backbenchers’, about one third of Parliament consisting of members of the House of Commons who are not in government, mostly from the Left wing Labour Party.

This follows the remarks of new Swedish Prime Minister Stefan Lofven, head of a minority coalition of Leftist Social Democrats and Greens in his inaugural speech that “A two-state solution requires mutual recognition and a will to peaceful co-existence. Sweden will therefore recognize the state of Palestine.”

The House of Common’s vote that urges David Cameron’s government to “recognise the state of Palestine alongside the state of Israel, as a contribution to securing a negotiated two state solution” isn’t going to change British policy on the Israeli-Palestinian conflict – at least not yet. But it is a clear sign of which way the wind is blowing.

Let’s be clear about what these members of Parliament are voting for. They want Britain to recognize a ‘country’ with no recognized borders, ruled for the past decade by an unelected dictator who is now in a unity government partnered up with Hamas, a genocidal terrorist group.

That’s what they have signaled that they favor. It isn’t a ‘state of Palestine alongside the state of Israel’ but a state of Palestine instead of Israel, since that is what Hamas and Fatah both want.

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Mahmoud Abbas’ draft UN Resolution calls for forcing Israel to turn over all of Judea and Samaria as well as all of East Jerusalem to ‘Palestine’, so at the very least, they are telling the world they favor the ethnic cleansing of 500,000 Jews from their homeland, the barring of Jews from their holy sites in Jerusalem and since those borders are indefensible, eventually the eradication of any Jewish presence at all in the Middle East.

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They are also telling the world that appeasing their restive domestic Muslim populations and garnering temporary quiet and Muslim votes means more to them than Jewish lives, most immediately in Israel but eventually in their home countries as well.

And the huge deal the EU is making over Jews building homes in East Jerusalem and even in Gush Etzion, an area legally purchased by Jews back in the 1920’s should tell us something else. They are not remotely ‘honest brokers.’ They have accepted the PLO position in its entirety, and they are, for the most part. simply lying when they talk about favoring negotiations. What they  want is the surrender of Israel , with the Jews moving back to the ghetto that former Israeli diplomat Abba Eban famously referred to as ‘the Auschwitz lines.’

That’s even more true today then when he first said it.

There’s no mistaking this message, and expect it to be repeated by Norway, France, The Netherlands, Denmark and a number of other EU countries. In fact, the EU is already threatening sanctions against Israel if Israel ‘fails to make progress in the peace process’, which given the demands of Hamas/Fatah means essentially surrendering to their diktats and committing national suicide.

But believe it or not, this is something of a blessing in disguise. And a major opportunity for Israel.

Israel now has the chance to face and accept reality. As far as much of the EU is concerned, no matter what concessions Israel makes, it will never be enough. And no matter what Israel does to defend its people, it will always be disproportionate.

There’s also this simple truth. When You’re dealing with blackmail, the demands never end, as long as you’re willing to keep giving in.

It’s time Israel realized that, and acted accordingly, both with the Palestinians and with certain nations in the EU. This doesn’t call for any grand speeches, but a simple ‘no’ and the national will by the government of Israel to do what they were elected to do..look after Israel’s interests. And that includes asserting its national rights to the land of Israel. Including building homes and infrastructure for its citizens in Jerusalem and in Judea and Samaria.

What kind of nation puts up with other countries telling it where it can build houses and schools? For that matter, what other country would put up with the blatant hypocrisy of the EU sticking its nose into any of the other disputed areas of the world and recognizing ‘states’? For instance, do you see Britain or the EU recognizing an ‘independent Tibet’ or an ‘independent Kashmir’ and throwing billions their way? Could that be because China and India would tell them to mind their own business? In fact, India’s National Security Adviser M.K. Narayanan told U.S. President Barack Obama openly that the president was ‘barking up the wrong tree’ when Obama tried to ‘Palestinize’ Kashmir in February of 2009.

Yes, yes, I know. The EU is a prominent trade partner of Israel. In 2013, (excluding diamonds) bi-lateral trade came to around €31.4 billion (over 147 billion NIS) with EU exports to Israel reaching €17.9 billion (close to 85 billion NIS)in 2013, while imports from Israel were €13.5 billion (63.5 billion NIS). Some 32% of Israel’s exports (excluding diamonds) went to the EU and 34% of its imports (excluding diamonds) came from the EU.

But the numbers don’t tell the whole story.

With the exception of Germany, many of the EU countries are in a precarious, debt ridden financial condition. Israel, comparatively, is not. And it is Germany that is by far Israel’s biggest trading partner in the EU, a relationship that is likely to continue..especially when you consider Israel’s oil and natural gas wealth. Britain does a fair amount of trade with Israel as well.

The amount of trade that goes on isn’t because the UK has any great love for Israel.It’s because Israel produces things they very much want to buy and purchases things the UK needs to seell..On the other hand, many of the things Israel buys from the UK and most other EU nations can be purchased elsewhere if necessary.

And Israel’s trade with Asia is also growing by leaps and bounds, and may actually surpass trade with the US this year. In fact, with the new pro-Israel government in India and the growing trade with China, Vietnam, South Korea and Singapore, Israel’s trade with Asia could easily surpass its trade with the EU in a year or two.

To put it bluntly, Israel has other markets for its goods,if it comes to that. And in spite of the threats, much of the EU needs trade with Israel economically much more than they need to continue throwing money at Hamas/Fatah…or disturbing what is a very profitable relationship. That’s especially true when it comes to gas and oil not controlled by Vladimir Putin.

read the rest at  The Times of Israel

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A New York State vanity license plate that reads TERRORISM is no ASSMAN! (Video)

In an episode of Seinfeld Kramer was by mistakenly given a license plate meant for a proctologist that read ‘ASSMAN’! That was a clerical mix-up and the Dr. who actually ordered it had a very good reason for doing so!Did the New York State resident who… . . . → Read More: A New York State vanity license plate that reads TERRORISM is no ASSMAN! (Video)

Remaining Two Kidnappers Of Three Israeli Teens Brought to Justice

Marwan Kawasme (left) and Amer Abu Aysha (right), suspected by Israel of kidnapping and killing three Israeli teens. (photo credit: Courtesy)

Marwan Kawasme and Amer Abu Aysha,two Hamas operatives responsible for the kidnap and murder of Naftali Fraenkel, Gil-ad Shaar and Eyal Yifrach (HY”D) were finally found hiding out in Hebron by the Shin Bet and IDF soldiers from the Yamam anti-terrorism unit.

The two opened fire on the Israelis during the arrest attempt and were both killed in the fire fight that followed.

“Two members of the Izz A-Din al-Qasam brigades, Marwan Kawasme and Amer Abu Aysha, were killed after a journey of sacrifice and giving,” Hamas spokesman Hussam Badran said in a statement. “This is the path of resistance and we walk it side by side.”

The IDF made its usual error in turning the bodies back over to the Arabs. What they should have received  is an unmarked  hole in the desert somewhere with a nice piece of pork in their mouths.

Instead, the two had a huge heroes’ funeral in Hebron featuring mourners waving Palestinian and Hamas flags, s pretty much the standard response when one of the Arabs who identify themselves as Palestinians murders a Jew and is killed doing it. They’re ‘holy martyrs.’ And of course, role models.

Kawasme’s brother, Hussam, was arrested on July 11 for masterminding the operation, and told the Shin Bet that Marwan Kawasme and Amer Abu Aysha came to his house on the night of the attack after killing the three teens, and that he helped Marwan and Abu Aysha escape and hide.

Hussam also admitted to receiving money for the attack from Hamas operatives in the Gaza Strip. Hamas, after initially denying they were responsible finally admitted that this was their ‘operation.’

The three kidnapped and murdered teens, from left to right: Naftali Fraenkel, Gil-ad Shaar and Eyal Yifrach (photo credit: Courtesy)

The parents of the three Israeli victims received a personal call from Israeli PM Benyamin Netanyahu, telling them what had happened and that justice had been done. The mother of one of the victims reportedly said that at least there’s some closure, some light at the end of the tunnel for her now.

Speaking of justice, You may remember a piece I wrote about three weeks ago asking this question; Will Eric Holder Extradite A Hamas Terrorist Involved In Murdering A US Citizen?.

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The Hamas terrorist in question was this man, Hamas West Bank commander, Saleh al-Arouri, who lives in Turkey and was the financier,control and planning contact for the Hamas cell thast murdered the three Israeli boys, including Naftali Fraenkel, an American citizen.

The Israelis asked Holder to use the current extradition treaties between Turkey and the U.S. to have al-Arouri extradited to the U.S. as an accessory to Frankel’s murder, since Turkey supports Hamas and will not honor extradition requests from Israel. Israel could then have him extradited from the US to face similar charges in Israeli courts.

Holder has not done so. Nor apparently, will he.

Another point I mentioned in this article was that according to U.S. law, the FBI is required to investigate the death of an American citizen overseas. That policy has never been implemented when either Fatah or Hamas have been the perpetrators. And it was not implemented in the case of the murder of Naftali Fraenkel.

Justice indeed.

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Jordan’s Arab Bank Found Liable for Funding Hamas Terrorist Attacks

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Bloomberg News reported this afternoon that the Arab Bank, the biggest lender in Jordan and one of the largest in the Middle East, has been found liable for helping “Hamas militants carry out a wave of violence in Israel that killed and wounded hundreds of Americans.”

The Amman-based lender did business with more than 150 Hamas leaders and operatives in the early 2000s, helping finance about two dozen suicide bombings and other attacks, jurors decided today in federal court in Brooklyn, New York.

The case highlights the ways banks can play a role in funding terrorist groups and the extent to which they can be held responsible for monitoring their customers, even those who aren’t on government lists of terrorists. Credit Lyonnais SA and Bank of China Ltd. are facing similar cases in the U.S., alleging they served as conduits for terrorism financing.

The plaintiffs were nearly 300 Americans who were victims or were related to victims of Hamas attacks.

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The burden of proof was high: The plaintiffs had to prove that the terrorist attacks were indeed conducted by Hamas, and that the bank’s support of Hamas was the “proximate cause” of the events. In addition, the plaintiffs had to demonstrate that their injuries were “reasonably foreseeable” as a consequence of the bank’s acts.

After 10 years of litigation and a five-week trial, the jury apparently found that the plaintiffs met the legal threshold, and ruled that the bank was liable. A separate hearing will be held to determine damages.

The verdict in the trial, which started in August, “was the first against a bank on civil claims of violating the U.S. Anti-Terrorism Act, making the verdict a potential industry landmark,” according to Bloomberg.

Cross posted at The Tower. Reprinted by permission.

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Israel Hayhom Columnist Ruthie Blum Nails The Real Problem With The ‘Two State Solution’

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U.S. Middle East Diplomat and Qatar’s Money

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by David Gerstman

The New York Times earlier this month published an expose of how foreign money influenced think tanks. One of the subjects of the article was the Brookings Institution, its vice president Indyk and $14.8 million grant that the government of Qatar had given Brookings. A former scholar at Brookings cautioned that because of Qatar’s influence any report coming out of the institution is likely not to be the “full story.”
The New York Times didn’t seem much concerned with the implication of its reporting but some people did notice.
In Tablet this week Lee Smith pounced on the Times for not looking into the implications of what it reported.

Or maybe the editors decided that it was all on the level, and the money influenced neither Indyk’s government work on the peace process nor Brookings’ analysis of the Middle East. Or maybe journalists just don’t think it’s worth making a big fuss out of obvious conflicts of interest that may affect American foreign policy. Maybe Qatar’s $14.8 million doesn’t affect Brookings’ research projects or what the think tank’s scholars tell the media, including the New York Times, about subjects like Qatar, Hamas, Israel, Turkey, Saudi Arabia, and other related areas in which Qatar has key interests at stake. Maybe the think tank’s vaunted objectivity, and Indyk’s personal integrity and his pride in his career as a public servant, trump the large piles of vulgar Qatari natural gas money that keep the lights on and furnish the offices of Brookings scholars and pay their cell-phone bills and foreign travel.

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Smith also observed that the Qatar connection made Indyk poorly suited as an interlocutor for both the Israelis and the Palestinians.

Of course, Hamas, which Qatar proudly sponsors, is a problem not just for Israel but also the Palestinian Authority. Which means that both sides in the negotiations that Indyk was supposed to oversee had good reason to distrust an American envoy who worked for the sponsor of their mutual enemy. In retrospect, it’s pretty hard to see how either side could have trusted Indyk at all—or why the administration imagined he would make a good go-between in the first place.

But there’s one particular point that’s particularly galling, Smith asks “why in the midst of Operation Protective Edge this summer did Kerry seek to broker a Qatari- (and Turkish-) sponsored truce that would necessarily come at the expense of U.S. allies, Israel, and the PA, as well as Egypt, while benefiting Hamas, Qatar, and Turkey?”

Kerry’s support of the ceasefire deal that favored Hamas sponsored by Qatar and Turkey raised questions at the time. There  was an Egyptian ceasefire proposal on the table at the time. It’s possible (though by no means certain) that if the United States had supported the Egyptian proposal and brought international support behind it, that the war could have been ended a month earlier before hundreds of more people were killed. Did Kerry listen to his compromised former envoy (who said he’d “consult” with the State Department after he resigned) and prolong the war by giving Hamas hope that it could get everything it wanted?

The corrupting influence of Qatar and its effect on the Middle East is something that needs more exposure.
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One last note … when Kerry appointed Indyk, The New York Times ran an editorial that described Indyk as having “a long association with pro-Israel groups.” The mention was gratuitous but the suggestion was clear: Indyk might be too pro-Israel to be effective. Now that the Times’ own reporting has exposed Indyk’s ties to Qatar, will it ask the appropriate question in retrospect?

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No Honor Among Thieves – Fatah Accuses Hamas of Stealing Millions in Gaza Aid

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In a further sign that the Hamas/Fatah entity are having their problems getting along, Fatah today accused Hamas of stealing over $700 million in aid money ‘“over the blood of the children of Palestine,” Israel’s NRG News reported.

Fatah spokesmouth Ahmed Assaf claimed that, during Operation Protective Edge, the Hamas’ leadership in Gaza took th emoney and stashed it away. And this time the money didn’t come from western taxpayers for once:

“They raised funds from the Arab world in the name of the martyrs in Gaza, and on behalf of women, children and elders, and they talked about rebuilding the Gaza Strip and Israel destroyed mosques,” Assaf said in an interview with Arab media.

The Fatah spokesman insisted that Hamas’ leadership must “return the money they stole from the families of the dead and wounded refugee families whose homes were destroyed by the war,” and warned against the Islamist group “taking advantage of the circumstances of the war of destruction…”

The Arab states are notorious for making huge financial pledges to ‘Palestine’ and then not following through, so that part of this story surprises me. But the accusation doesn’t, because while Hamas is popular in the Arab occupied areas of Judea and Samaria under Abbas, they’re not so popular right now with the home town crowd in Gaza, some of whom have taken some pretty horrendous risks to leave Hamas’s little Islamo-reichlet.

Fatah, who has stolen far more than Hamas are merely playing politics here and posing as the ‘good mafiosos’ to gain some political capital. They know Hamas isn’t going to return the moolah, at least not all of it.

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As ousted Fatah official Muhammad Dahlan admitted, Abbas personally stole at least $1.3 billion from the Palestine Investment Fund, money Yasser Arafat skimmed off humanitarian aid and ‘taxes’ paid to Fatah from ‘Palestinian’ businessmen as a price for being allowed to operate. Abbas’ sons Yasser and Tareq have similarly benefited, as have a number of other well connected Fatah cronies. Sufa Arafat still lives in her chic apartment in the best part of Paris on her ‘allowance’ from the PA of $100,000 per month.

 Arafat’s own accountant, Fuad Shubaki sung like a bird and revealed the details behind how Arafat and his fellow thugs in Fatah skimmed aid money and stole millions.

The ‘Palestinian’ leadership even had its greasy fingers on valuable medicines donated to the Palestinians by groups like OxFam, the International Red Cross, the EU and the UN (and of course, the American taxpayer).

For years, senior Fatah officials controlling the aid distribution made a bundle by systematically stealing the medicines and replacing them with worthless placebo pills, and then taking the real medicines to warehouses in Ramallah and Shechem(Nablus) for sale at premium prices on the black market.

‘Palestine’ is the most successful con game in history.

The $700  million  will be used as one of the bargaining chips  in the next mob style sit down between Hamas and Fatah, with the idea of  Fatah negotiating a cut for themselves.

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Netanyahu Caves In On Gaza Reconstruction

 Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas (right) presents a letter to UN Special Coordinator for the Middle East Peace Process Robert Serry (left), at a meeting at Abbas's office in the West Bank city of Ramallah, on July 13, 2014. (photo credit: AFP/Abbas Momani)

The Hamas/Fatah Unity government  and the UN have apparently come up with a formula for Gaza reconstruction, and Israel has apparently agreed to it.

According to the agreement, Mahmoud Abbas and the Palestinian Authority will be in charge of ensuring that the construction materials sent into Gaza for reconstruction will not be diverted to Hamas’s military efforts. 

Coordinating the plan from the UN side was none other than Hamas money-launderer Robert Serry, whom Israel should have declared persona non-grata and kicked out of the region a long time ago.

“The crisis in Gaza is far from over and the window of opportunity to address critical needs and stabilize the situation is short,” Serry warned.

The envoy appealed for action to “change fundamentally the dynamics in Gaza,” warning that “if we do not, Gaza could implode — or, yet again, explode — possibly with a new and even more devastating round of violence.”

Israel agreed to the UN proposal to put the PA in charge of overseeing Gaza’s reconstruction under the auspices of the UN.

Maj. Gen. Yoav Mordechai, who’s in charge of the IDF’s interaction with Palestinian authorities, was quoted as saying that this new agreement would allow Gaza’s reconstruction to go forward while securing the security interests of Israel.

‘Securing the security interests of Israel?’ How, exactly? Ironically, on the day the Israelis agreed to this, a mortar shell was fired from Gaza into the Eskol Council area in southern Israel.

Abbas and his PA thugs are almost guaranteed to look the other way while their Hamas partners purloin whatever they need to rebuild the tunnels and the rest of their terrorist infrastructure.

PM Netanyahu and Defense Minister Ya’allon have just given up their prime bargaining chip for Israel’s main strategic goal with Hamas.

Here’s how this should have worked.

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“Oh hello Mr. Serry, have a seat. Oh, so this is what you and Mahmoud Abbas came up with? Let’s have a look.”

“Hmm, this seems OK..but there’s something missing. When is Hamas going to disarm and turn its missiles and mortars over to us? I don’t see anything here about that.”

“Oh that’s to be negotiated later? Ummm, no, sorry. When we find out when the Hamas disarmament happens, then we can talk about the reconstruction.In fact, I just sent off a query to your boss, Ban ki-Moon to find out how that’s coming along. I’m surprised he didn’t mention it.”

“The rubble and destruction? Well, I understand it’s upsetting to you Mr. Serry. We didn’t like the damage done to our people’s homes either. But it serves a purpose you know, especially if Hamas isn’t going to disarm. When they start to look around them, maybe they’ll think twice about attacking us again.”

“But since Hamas isn’t willing to disarm and since we’re not getting any UN or donor aid to help our people anyway and have to pay for that ourselves, the disarmament thing is our primary goal here. We’d rather just let things sit until this disarmament question gets settled. After all, wasn’t the Hamas disarmament in that UN resolution anyway?”

“Now no need to get red in the face, Mr. Serry. After all, you’re on such good terms with Hamas, and I have confidence in your abilities. Why don’t you talk to your Hamas friends and work out a schedule for disarmament, and then we can talk about getting that reconstruction moving right along.”

“I believer you know your own way out. Keep me posted on how you’re doing with Hamas, and have a nice day.”

Instead of that, the Hamas/Fatah entity gets what it wants, and Israel gets..what? The right to fight the next round?

This needs to stop.Israel was never intended to be a nation of friers.

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European anti-Semitism: We are all Israel!

Dark Days in Europe

 
Earlier tonight Elisabeth Sabaditsch-Wolff spoke at the Israel Security Summit, which was hosted by Rabbi Jonathan Hausman at the Ahavath Torah Congregation in Stoughton, Massachusetts, under the leadership of Tom Trento of The United West . Below is the prepared text of her speech.
Ladies and Gentlemen,
Most of you have already heard of what is commonly called “the new anti-Semitism” in Europe. In the past ten years or so anti-Semitism has risen to a level not seen in Western Europe since the fall of the Third Reich. However, what you may not know is that the new Jew-hatred is expressed mainly by European Muslims — the “New Swedes”, the “New Germans”, the “New Austrians”, and so on. Those wonderful denizens of Modern Multicultural Europe.
It must be stated clearly: the rising anti-Semitism in Europe is ISLAMIC anti-Semitism. Dr. Andrew Bostom has chronicled this history of Islamic anti-Semitism, which is as old as Islam itself. Jew-hatred is sanctioned, and even mandated by the Koran and the sayings of Mohammed. There is no Muslim community in Europe, not even the most “mainstream”, that is not rife with Jew-hatred. Mein Kampf and The Protocols of the Elders of Zion are best-sellers among Muslims wherever it is legal to sell them, and where it is not, they are underground favorites in Islamic communities.
And Muslims in Europe have allied themselves with the Left. A few years ago, during anti-Israel demonstrations in Belgium, Socialist politicians marched alongside supporters of the Palestinians while the Muslim participants chanted: “Hamas! Hamas! Jews to the gas!”
The news media would have Jews be afraid of “right-wing” parties is Europe, which they often equate with “neo-fascism” or “neo-Nazism”. Nothing could be further from the truth: it is among the Socialists, who sold their souls to forge an alliance with Islam, where the expressions of Jew-hatred are the loudest and most frequent.
Yes, anti-Semitism exists among native Europeans. There’s no denying that. But true anti-Semites, those who are obsessed with Jew-hatred as a primary political motive, are few in number. Their political parties are generally considered a joke in most countries. They are marginal at best. They have no large following, and they do not win elections.
There are two exceptions, however. The two most significant Jew-hating parties are Jobbik in Hungary and Golden Dawn in Greece. The former was able to flourish in a former East Bloc country, where pre-war attitudes were preserved by communism like a fly in amber. The latter developed out of the despair and chaos of economic ruin in the most destitute country in Europe — much as the National Socialists did in Germany during the Great Depression.
The anti-jihad parties are frequently equated with Jobbik and Golden Dawn, but the two factions bear no resemblance to each other. Islam-critics appeal to a different a demographic. Anti-Semitic parties and groups eventually tend to form alliances of convenience with Muslims, due to their common interest in destroying Israel and exterminating Jews.
In contrast, the anti-jihad parties support Israel, promote civil liberties, and generally espouse a classical liberal philosophy. Examples include the PVV in the Netherlands, the Danish People’s Party, the Sweden Democrats, and the Lega Nord in Italy. What they all have in common is their opposition to Islamization and mass immigration.
The Flemish separatist party Vlaams Belang is widely demonized as being “neo-Nazi” or “neo-fascist”. Yet it is one of the only truly free-market parties in Europe, and it is the ONLY party that defended Jews on the floor of the Flemish parliament during the violent anti-Israel demonstrations in 2009. The smear against Vlaams Belang is one of the most unjust and outrageous media operations of the past twenty years — and, given the leftist sympathies of the mainstream media, that is really saying something.
The attempt to convert of anti-jihad parties into “right-wing extremists” was a deliberate operation, a false “narrative” created by the left and the mainstream media to demonize and marginalize Europeans who resist Islamization.
Ladies and Gentlemen,
I stand here in support of Israel, and in solidarity with Jews everywhere. To paraphrase Douglas Murray:
All across Europe there is a new hatred in the air, but it is also the old one. The people on the streets of Paris, Berlin, London, Amsterdam and other cities across Europe include the descendants of some of those who fought against, fought for, allied or collaborated with the evil regime which spurred this hatred on last time. But most of the perpetrators are not those people. Most of them are of immigrant backgrounds. In Britain, these are mainly from the Indian sub-continent (predominantly Pakistan); in France and the Netherlands, they are from North Africa; in Germany and Austria, largely from Turkey.
Everyone in Europe can see this, but no one wants to identify it. We live in so much fear of being identified as “politically incorrect”. We are rightly disgusted by racism of any kind. And yet here we see — and nowhere more clearly than in Germany — the new racist nightmare for Europe. We thought we had gotten rid of anti-Semitism in Europe. We thought we had made it totally unacceptable. And yet here Europe has imported millions of people who fail in varying degrees to assimilate. Many of those people now look as if they have taken up the exact same hatred we all hoped we had left behind.
These are dark days in the Middle East. But they are darker days in Europe. Whether we deal with this renewed evil or not will be the challenge of this generation.
Let me say this clearly: I unconditionally support Israel’s right to exist. It is the only democracy in the Middle East, no matter what the Leftists on both sides of the Atlantic argue.
I also believe there is no meeting Hamas or Fatah halfway. Amos Oz, certainly not known for his conservative opinions, recently said: “Even a man of compromise cannot approach Hamas and say: ‘Maybe we meet halfway and Israel exists only on Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays.’”
The truth is, we are all living in Israel. It’s just that some of us haven’t realized it yet.
I say it again, echoing Douglas Murray: We are all Israel.

H/T ES and Gates of Vienna

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It’s Time To Give Abbas What He’s Asking For

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Mahmoud Abbas and the Palestinian Authority have what they think is a clever scheme up their sleeves.

Abbas and the Arabs who identify themselves as Palestinians have announced that the PA is going to go to the U.N. Security Council and General Assembly on Sept. 15 to demand a resolution that Israel be forced to provide “a clear and defined timetable for withdrawing from the Palestinian territories.”

By ‘Palestinian Territories’ , Mahmoud Abbas and Hamas/Fatah mean all of Judea and Samaria as well as half of Jerusalem, an area now inhabited by something like 500,000 Jews who would be forced to become refugees

And if the UN doesn’t give Abbasa what he wants?  Threats and blackmail.

PA ‘commissioner for international relations’ Nabil Shaath said  that PA leader  Abbas has issued an order for the Palestinians to prepare the paperwork to go to the International Criminal Court (ICC) and demand that it try Israel for war crimes and crimes against humanity perpetrated against the Palestinians if they don’t get the UN resolution they want.

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In an interview on Palestinian television, Abbas said he insists on “bringing the Israeli occupation to an end” and establishing a Palestinian state that would exist alongside Israel in peace.

Sure it will. Especially with Hamas involved. You can trust Mahmoud Abbas’s word on that.

“The only thing remaining for the negotiating teams is to outline the borders between the countries,” Abbas said. “We will not agree again to designating areas A, B, C. We want for every country to know what [its] borders are. Israel is the only country in the world without clear borders.”

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Abbas is actually incorrect in that last statement ( there are numerous border disputes ongoing throughout the world) but I  actually like his idea, for once. In fact, I’ve been saying Israel ought to unilaterally delineate its borders for years.

I think it would be a great idea.

Israel should immediately announce that its going to give Abbas what he wants. Israel’s  newly declared and annexed borders will include all of Area C, where only a few thousand Arabs live that’s under full Israeli sovereignty anyway.. The borders will also  include the strategic Jordan Valley, again mostly populated by Israeli Jews, and essential for ensuring that Abbas can’t import any nasty toys he shouldn’t have from say, Iran. And they would also include any bits of Area B  necessary to demarcate a clear and defensible border between Israel and ‘Palestine’..Jericho,  and part of the area surrounding Hebron perhaps. By the way, 98% of the Arabs whom identify themselves as Palestinians live in Areas A and B. Talk about your attempted land grabs! Abbas would be left with Area A, the part under Palestinian sovereignty per Oslo (which the PA never abided by anyway) where the majority of the Arabs whom identify themselves as Palestinians live, and the parts of Area B not necessary for Israel’s security needs.

Jerusalem? How about the fifth of never?

Israel should announce this formal adoption of its new borders before Abbas goes to the UN on September 15th. And they should add three additional things:

  • As part of this arrangement, Israel will remove any Israelis on Abbas’s side of the border to Israeli territory, and any Arabs who are not Israeli citizens on the Israeli side to the new  ‘Palestine’. Let’s make this a real divorce.
  • Israel will remove all IDF troops currently patrolling any areas on Abbas’ s side of the border and remove them to Israel’s new borders. That should make for some entertaining moments as Abbas and the rest of the Fatah Old Guard break out their Jordanian passports and make a run for it to avoid being gunned down by Hamas, who have massive popular support now in all of ‘Palestine’.
  • Since Abbas and Fatah are now partners with a genocidal terrorist group, Israel should let Abbas and his friends know that Israel now considers Hamas/Fatah a hostile entity. Any attacks on Israel or its citizens, terrorrist, diplomatic or otherwise will be considered an act of war and dealt with accordingly…perhaps by further land appropriations in Judea and Samaria as a start.
  • So Abbas will get what he asked for..clearly designated borders and his Jew free reichlet, ‘Palestine.’ It won’t be what he wants or says he can accept, but tough tahini.

    And the UN? As I write this, Abbas and Hamas/Fatah are crying about how broke they are because no one, not even the EU let alone the Arabs has forked over more than a small amount of the funds pledged for the Hamas/Fatah government…and as we all know, ‘Palestine ‘ has received more aid per capita over the years than any other developing nation in history, but virtually none of it has been used to build an economy. One of the longest  and most successful scams in world history may finally be coming to an end.Perhaps the PA can dip into its private multi-billion slush fund created by skimming and stealing donor aid and use it for the people it was intended for. I’m sure Abbas and his cronies from the Fatah Old Guard would gladly want to replace the money they umm..’borrowed’ for ‘Palestine’. Ri-ight.

    If the ‘international community’ doesn’t even trust Hamas/Fatah enough to fund them, do you actually think they’re going to do anything concrete to enforce Abbas’s attempt to blackmail Israel? For that matter, can you recall the last time the UN did anything really effective?  I can’t. When it comes to pimping for  ‘Palestine’ the international community relies on Israel taking them seriously. A simple ‘no thanks’  would clarify things quite a bit, and given Israel’s vibrant economy, any hot air and worthless paper that comes out of the UN would have a lot less of a negative impact on Israel than people imagine.in the long term.You see, Israel has a future. And countries with a future don;t need to live on their knees or in a perpetual defensive crouch.

    And try as Abbas and his friends might, the fact that ‘Palestine’ is a dysfunctional kleptocracy with no future can’t be blamed on Israel. It will always be one no matter how much aid money they get. So indeed, Israel should give Abbas exactly what he’s asking for  – end the so-called ‘occupation’ and all Israeli connection with this new ‘Palestine’ and let them make a go of it. Let Qatar pick up the tab as ‘Hamas/Fatah’s new mark  if they’re stupid enough to fall for the con.

    I doubt Netanyahu has the stones to do it, but it’s time someone called  this superannuated mafioso’s bluff. Long past time.

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    Will Eric Holder Extradite A Hamas Terrorist Involved In Murdering A US Citizen?

     

    U.S. Attorney General Eric Holder had received a formal request to extradite a Hamas official involved in the kidnapping and murder of an American citizen.

    Israeli civil rights attorney, Nitsana Darshan-Leitner sent a letter to Attorney General Holder and  Assistant AG Leslie Caldwell, requesting the Department of Justice extradite Hamas West Bank commander, Saleh al-Arouri, for his role in the kidnapping and murder of Naftali Fraenkel, one of the three teens abducted and slain in the ‘operation’ in Israel that Hamas has claimed credit for.

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    Al-Arouri, who runs Hamas in the West Bank from his country of residence, Turkey, was seen on a video last week, making a speech at the fourth conference of the World Union of Islamic Sages in the Islamic Republic, and saying openly  that Hamas’ Qassam Brigades had carried out the June kidnapping and killing of Fraenkel and the two other  Israeli teenagers, Eyal Yifrach and Gil-ad Shaar.

    Al-Arouri claimed that he was “speaking on behalf of Hamas leader Khaled Masha’al.”

    The Israelis have also captured one member of the three man cell, Hussam al-Qawasmi, who confessed and gave evidence on Al-Arouri’s involvement.

    Darshan-Leitner, Founder and Director of the Shurat HaDin–Israel Law Center, a non-governmental organization (NGO), mentioned the video in her letter to the Attorney General and asked the Department of Justice to “take all necessary steps to compel the government of Turkey to extradite” as well expresses confidence “that an investigation into the evidence of the kidnapping and murder of Fraenkel will result in the indictment and extradition of senior Hamas leader al-Arouri from Turkey.”

    According to existing treaties between the U.S. and Turkey,  the Islamic Republic is legally obligated  to extradite al-Arouri if he “committed a criminal act that would be punishable by Turkey, had the offense been perpetrated within its territorial jurisdiction,” wrote Darshan-Leitner. “The US is the only country that can bring Arouri to justice.”

    Israel and Turkey likewise have a similar extradition treaty, but the Islamist  Erdoğan government has repeatedly refused to honor it, something understandable if you look at  President Tayyip Erdoğan’s support of Hamas, history of anti-semitic outbursts and anti-Israel statements.

    Once al-Arouri has been extradited and tried in America, Israel could then request that the US extradite him to Israel to face charges in the kidnap and murder of the other two Israeli teens.

    Well, the Obama Administration came out with a number of sympathetic statements and pro-forma condemnations when the three boys were first kidnapped and then murdered by Hamas. Now they have a chance to do something concrete to bring the murderer of an American citizen  to justice. Will they?

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    Before you answer, here’s a factoid to chew on. According to U.S. law, the FBI is required to investigate the death of an American citizen overseas. That policy has never been implemented when either Fatah or Hamas have been the perpetrators.

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    DIY: How to Booby-Trap Your Home

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    By David Gerstman

    On Monday, the IDF translated and published the contents of a Hamas bomb-making manual that it captured during Operation Protective Edge.
    The IDF blog quotes from the manual:

    The explosives manual recommends teaching civilians how to build and store bombs in their homes. According to the manual, the goal is “to transfer combat from open areas to built-up urban areas, which serves the ‘resistance’ [i.e. Hamas] and fighters of Islamic Jihad.” …

    In an especially incriminating section entitled “Factors for Successfully Hiding Weapons in Homes,” the manual explains how civilians can be used to hide explosives:
    “(1) The activity of hiding weapons in homes needs to be done with secrecy and should not have a military character.

    (2) Placing equipment in residential areas needs to be done with household items.
    (3) You must use residents of the area in order place the equipment inside.”

    According to the IDF, Hamas has booby-trapped hundreds of houses in Gaza. In a video (embedded below), IDF soldiers can be seen entering a booby-trapped house.
    While the goal of the booby traps may be to kill Israeli soldiers, a Hamas combat manual suggested another reason for using the tactic:

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    The destruction of civilian homes: This increases the hatred of the citizens towards the attackers [the IDF] and increases their gathering [support] around the city defenders (resistance forces[i.e. Hamas]).

     Booby-trapping civilians homes is one more documented way that Hamas has  used human shields in violation of international law.

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