Wednesday, August 31, 2016

From Ian:

Anti-Semitism bred by ignorance... just look at our attitudes to Israel-Palestine
After misogyny it is arguably the world's oldest hatred and, as the late Conor Cruise O'Brien noted, anti-Semitism is a "light sleeper".
O'Brien contended that it is found barely beneath the surface even in literature from Shakespeare to Wilde; in public discourse even in societies with tiny or non-existent Jewish populations, and is infectious in its pervasive paranoia throughout the entire Arab and Islamic world.
The 'beast' also raises its head at times when it is least expected, as it did in west Belfast with the desecration of Jewish graves in the City Cemetery.
Politicians and religious leaders have united to condemn the vandalism, which some tried to portray as mindless drink and drug-fuelled behaviour - but now appears to have been something more organised, more targeted, more pointed. After all, the vandals used hammers and blocks to break up the headstones while a larger mob looked on encouraging their actions. There is clear evidence here of forward-planning; the graves targeted being exclusively Jewish, some dating back to the 1870s.
One theory knocking around is that the latest flare-up of anti-Semitism in Belfast is somehow related to the controversy over Celtic being fined by Uefa after their fans displayed Palestinian flags at Parkhead during a European Champions League qualifier this month against an Israeli side. Whatever the motivation, or even the rights and wrongs of the Israel-Palestine question, it is undoubtedly the case that the desecration was motivated by anti-Jew hatred.
UN Non-Governmental Organizations (NGOs): Inciting Hatred, Antisemitism and Violence from the World Stage
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Our ground-breaking report exposes the shocking antisemitism and incitement to violence that is occurring at the United Nations by means of UN-accredited non-governmental organizations (NGOs). The UN is enabling groups to spread hatred, encourage terrorism, and promote the destruction of the Jewish state from the world stage.
Democratic states, led by the United States, control the purse strings of the United Nations either from within the UN bureaucracy or through domestic policy. Getting serious about combating gross intolerance and violent extremism means putting an immediate stop to the use and abuse of the United Nations to broadcast and support antisemitism, bigotry and their lethal consequences.
Ryan Bellerose: Why It’s So Easy To Hate Jews
I know right off the bat some of you were upset, and whether you understand it or not, that was the point.
You see the question I am most often asked is why do people hate Jews so much? Shortly followed by why do people hate Indians so much? The sad and funny part is that it’s exactly the same reason. Because it’s easy. But why is it so damn easy?
You see it is really easy to hate someone you don’t know, and it is even easier when they are different from you. I am fond of saying that it’s easy to hate an abstract concept, but it’s hard to hate a person. It is very easy to lie or believe lies about someone you know nothing about. If you have zero attachment at best you will not get involved at all; at worst you will actively get involved with demonizing and delegitimizing the “other.”
Jews have dealt with this a long time. Basically your very existence rubs a lot of people the wrong way because you remind them of things they want to forget. Nobody likes the idea that they or their ancestors were ever the bad guy, and no good guys ever woke up saying “Hey today I think I will try to kill all the Jews.” Therefore, for some people, their ancestors were in fact the bad guys.
Sometimes those who are on the pointy end of hate have a tough time understanding; they cannot see the forest for the trees. They try even harder to be liked, and the end result is they come off looking weak or conciliatory when that is the very last thing they need to appear. It is as if they are fighting the perception they are the “bad thing.”

Judean Rose
by Varda Meyers Epstein

So many people complained to me about this one, I lost count. Sarah Tuttle-Singer, Social Media Director of the Times of Israel, shared an article about Avigdor Liberman, Israel's new Defense Minister. In her accompanying text, Tuttle-Singer insinuated that Liberman doesn't want IDF soldiers held accountable for their behavior in the field and doesn't see morality on the battlefield as a priority. 
She wrote:
"Well it seems our defence [sic]minister Corporal Liberman feels that demanding our soldiers be accountable and behave as morally as humanly possible is actually a problem."
The article itself refers to comments made by Liberman in a press conference held on Monday, August 29, “I would expect the Israeli press to work hard to strengthen the Israeli deterrent capability against our enemies — not to deter Israeli soldiers from fighting terrorists and fighting terror,” said Liberman. "I want a free press, not a press that deters IDF soldiers."

These comments are a clear reference to 1) Elor Azaria, who is currently standing trial for manslaughter, for shooting a terrorist who was already down, and 2) an as-yet-unnamed soldier who shot an unarmed Arab who approached a guard post in a suspicious manner at Ofra on Friday. Many Israelis feel these soldiers are being tried in the court of public opinion and presumed guilty, aided by a left-leaning media. It is a worrisome phenomenon, if true, considering that the vast number of Israelis serve in the IDF. Parents feel that an example is being made of these soldiers, these sons, and that this could happen to their own soldier sons, as well.

As a parent of a soldier, I can tell you: it's frightening. Soldiers are basically children with guns, put in dangerous situations, who will often need to make quick decisions. You want to know that the army will back your child for doing his best calculations and making split-second decisions about terrorists.

But Azaria was tried in the press the very day the deed went down with help from the Prime Minister of Israel, Benjamin Netanyahu, and then Defense Minister, Moshe Yaalon. The Prime Minister said that the incident does not "represent the values of the IDF," while Yaalon, since replaced, said, “We must not allow, even at a time that our blood boils, this loss of control. This incident will be dealt with the utmost severity.”

Netanyahu and Yaalon said these things because a damning video of the event had surfaced. The anti-Israel "human rights" organization B'Tselem hands out cameras and phones to Arabs who live in hotspots like Hebron, where the shooting occurred. B'Tselem does this hoping to get juicy footage to use against Israel. That is exactly what happened here. The amateurish film shows the terrorist already down and then there is another shot, and the terrorist is now definitely dead.


With sound muted and without context it looks bad, this film. Because even though the terrorist had every expectation of dying a martyr, Israel's rules of engagement call for treating a wounded "neutralized" terrorist. The terrorist was already down, thus, the second shot was judged unnecessary, that is, if this information was all one had to go on.

But as time went on, more information came out. The very next day, another clip, this time with better sound, has a civilian paramedic shouting that the terrorist might be wearing a bomb. One can see that the terrorist is dressed unseasonably warm in a thick jacket, and might have been getting ready to self-detonate. That was one piece of the puzzle with still other pieces coming to light as the trial drags on.



The general impression of the public is that a head had to roll, no matter the facts, because of the film: because of how it looked. And the head that had to roll was Azaria's. And no one much cared about due process. Especially not Sarah Tuttle-Singer.

The day it happened, Tuttle-Singer tweeted this:




But even this prejudgment was moderate compared to an earlier Facebook status suggesting that Azaria should rot in jail. Her followers took her to task for, excuse the pun, jumping the gun, and so she modified that earlier post, too, saying:

"Earlier today, I wrote that an IDF soldier should rot in jail for shooting a Palestinian assailant AFTER the assailant was disarmed and lying prone on the ground.
People jumped on me hard and fast and said the soldier should have his day in court first.
Yes he should. Absolutely.
And the Palestinian assailant should have had HIS day in court, too."


Those of us who pay attention to these tweets and posts wonder why Ms. Tuttle-Singer is eager to judge and sentence a Jewish boy, charged with the defense of his people, to rot in jail, absent full knowledge of facts of this case. Meantime, she remains anxious for justice to be done for an Arab terrorist who stabbed one of her own and fully expected to die in the attempt. Her concern is for the terrorist. Her hatred is reserved for her own, a Jew and a defender of the Jewish people.

Perhaps, in the interest of fairness, and of balance, it would be too much to expect her to take the Jew's side over the terrorist's side. But to damn the Jew and plead for the terrorist? One must wonder: WTF?

Well, a lot has gone down since that time. We continue to watch the trial from our safe distance. We watch as this young boy's life is ruined, his trust in his superiors betrayed, his parents distraught (his father was hospitalized with a suspected mild stroke), all because one more bullet hit a TERRORIST who intended to die, a terrorist who stabbed a defender of our people, a soldier and Azaria's friend.
And we watch our soldiers grow afraid to do their job. They are afraid to go after terrorists. They fear they will become the next Elor Azaria.



Then on Friday, the press smelled fresh blood when they heard a soldier had shot an unarmed terrorist just outside Ofra. The terrorist rushed a guard post, and so he got shot. The soldier didn't stop to ascertain whether or not the terrorist was armed. Because the terrorist rushed his guard post.
And got shot dead by a soldier charged with the defense of the Jews of Ofra.

Like Azaria, that soldier was doing his job.

This time, you won't have Yaalon shooting off his mouth. Instead you have Avigdor Liberman, his tough-talking replacement. And Liberman has cautioned the press that they are hampering the soldiers, making them too afraid to do their job: the job of defending the Jewish people.

For insisting the press be held accountable for what it reports, Sarah Tuttle-Singer accuses Liberman of being deficient in his ethics and in his strongly-held standards for IDF behavior. She implies Liberman is amoral, for not wanting the soldiers so frightened they'll be tried in court they can't do their jobs. Tuttle-Singer implies the new defense minister is full of braggadocio and swagger and cares not a fig for human life. She implies he cares about Jews and not about Arabs.

And the article she shared is just as bad. Here's a quote from that article:

"Though he has not been formally charged, the as-yet unnamed Netzah Yehuda soldier has been questioned by Military Police 'in connection with the killing,' an army official told The Times of Israel on Monday."
"Killing??" Seriously?

It did not pass the smell test that an army official would refer to what happened outside of Ofra as a "killing." As if the motives of the soldier (again without due process) were in question, as if this soldier shot a man simply because he was lusting for Arab blood, and not because this presumed Arab terrorist had rushed a guard post in a place where rushing a guard post usually spells t-e-r-r-o-r  a-t-t-a-c-k.

But the text was linked, so I went to the original article quoting the unnamed army official. And low and behold, the word "killing" was not used there. Instead, the linked piece said, “'He was investigated in connection with the death on Friday,' an official said." (emphasis mine)

"The death" as distinct from "the killing."

That's a whole different can of worms.

Now I am not naive. I know that there are the people like me who love and defend Israel, and then there are Jews who put Arabs first and foremost, even if (or perhaps especially if) they are terrorists, out of some misplaced sense of(social) justice. But in a case like this, where a direct quote is altered so its entire meaning changes, and for the purpose of hurting your own kind, well that's just stomach turning.

This isn't about justice. This is about the opposite of justice. This is about Jews hurting Jews to show the world they aren't like other Jews. It's about Jews hurting Jews to prove they love Arabs. It's about Jewish human sacrifices, sacrificed by Jews, to slake the world's thirst for Jewish blood.
And it's the ugliest thing I've ever seen in all my 55 years here on God's green earth.

(h/t to Dov and to Yonatan and thanks to Natan for digging up the clips for me)




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Taleb Abu Arar
Jerusalem, August 31 - A member of the Joint List alliance of Arab parties in the Knesset has demanded that the State show consistency in its treatment of the Arab minority, and allow him to vote multiple times on a single piece of legislation, as it apparently allows him to maintain multiple wives, and he must therefore be more than one person.

Taleb Abu Arar, elected to the Joint List delegation in 2015, has two wives, a common practice in the Bedouin community. Polygamy is officially illegal in Israel, but its ban is seldom enforced. Abu Arar argued today in an interview that if the State is willing to condone his adherence to certain norms of Bedouin society at odds with modern or international modes of behavior, there is no reason it cannot similarly refuse to enforce the prohibition on voting multiple times.

"If, as the authorities have stated, it is a matter of deference to existing cultural standards in the Bedouin community, that means as a man, I am granted privileges that my non-Bedouin countrymen are not," he explained. "I can marry as many women as I desire, even if those marriages are not officially recorded by the Ministry of the Interior. The various welfare institutions such as the National Insurance Institute have ways of shoehorning polygamous families into the monthly allowance system. The Knesset should, by the same token, count my votes many times, since I am performing the role of multiple men." It certainly should not penalize him, since he has suffered no consequences to having his name revealed as part of the Ashley Madison subscriber database last year.

"In fact," he continued, "the same privilege should apply to all members of the Bedouin community, who have the potential to take many wives and father many children through them. If something as severe as raping one's wife is never acted on by the police, let alone prosecuted, then it should not take much to indulge us in behavior that does far less direct physical and emotional damage. Let each Bedouin man vote several times in local and national elections." Abu Arar said such a policy would help boost the Bedouin's political, and thus economic, clout, and help combat the poverty afflicting much of that demographic, especially in the Negev.

"Of course economic prosperity can bring with it all sorts of unpleasant side effects, such as women's empowerment, and we must take care to avoid such a phenomenon," he warned. "So we will have to engineer all the economic benefits in ways that reinforce patriarchy rather than diminish it. It would be an assault on our native culture. Even the police understand that, so the rest of the State apparatus should have no problem."



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From Ian:


Khaled Abu Toameh: The "Other" Palestinians
Nearly 3,500 Palestinians have been killed in Syria since 2011. But because these Palestinians were killed by Arabs, and not Israelis, this fact is not news in the mainstream media or of interest to "human rights" forums.
How many Western journalists have cared to inquire about the thirsty Palestinians of Yarmouk refugee camp, in Syria? Does anyone know that this camp has been without water supply for more than 720 days, and without electricity for the past three years? In June 2002, 112,000 Palestinians lived in Yarmouk. By the end of 2014, the population was down to less than 20,000.
Nor is the alarm bell struck concerning the more than 12,000 Palestinians languishing in Syrian prisons, including 765 children and 543 women. According to Palestinian sources, some 503 Palestinian prisoners have died under torture in recent years, and some female prisoners have been raped by interrogators and guards.
When Western journalists lavish time on Palestinians delayed at Israeli checkpoints, and ignore bombs dropped by the Syrian military on residential areas, one might start to wonder they are really about.
Awaiting the next barrage of Palestinian propaganda
Once again, Hamas has launched a series of rocket attacks against Israeli civilian targets, including schools and kindergartens. Again, too, Israel has responded, as it must, with tactically suitable and law-enforcing retaliations. Nonetheless, and in predictably short order, the Palestinian side will surely allege a variety of Israeli violations, including the always manipulable charge of “disproportionality.”
In this connection, unassailably, the fact that the rule of proportionality under the law of war has nothing to do with equivalence will be very conveniently swept under the rug.
Significantly, recurrent Israeli resorts to force in Gaza are never gratuitous or contrived. Why should they be? Unlike their Hamas terrorist foes, Israelis deeply regret each and every resort to arms. Starkly unlike their bitterly recalcitrant enemies, Israelis receive no inherent joy from the organized killing of other human beings.
In the presumptively endless Palestinian war against Israel, every sham is carefully glossed over with a shimmering patina. To begin, Hamas always takes calculated steps to ensure that Israeli reprisals will kill or injure Palestinian noncombatants. Again and again, by systematically placing elderly women and young children in exactly those same areas from which rockets are intentionally launched into Israeli homes, hospitals and schools, Hamas openly violates the most elementary expectations of the law of war.
The almost ritualistic Hamas practice of “human shields” – the very same practice originally championed by Hezbollah in Lebanon – is more than an expression of “mere” immorality or cowardice. It also represents a very specific crime under international law. The technically correct name for this egregious crime is “perfidy.”
Jennifer Rubin: It’s not just Arab governments that want to get along with Israel
As violent and unstable swaths of the Middle East may be, there are also unintended, positive consequences of the administration’s blunders. “The conclusion is clear: today a broader regional approach to Arab-Israeli peacemaking, rather than a strictly bilateral Israeli-Palestinian one, offers somewhat better prospects of success — whether at the official, elite, media, or even popular levels,” Pollock writes. “Normalization with Israel remains controversial in Arab circles, but it is no longer taboo. For an increasing number of Arabs, the Israeli ‘enemy of my enemy’ may not be a friend, but could become a partner. The next U.S. Administration would do well to ponder this unaccustomed situation, and to adjust its policies accordingly.”
Meanwhile, the Palestinian Authority remains mired in corruption and ineptitude. Former deputy national security adviser Elliott Abrams writes: “Municipal elections are scheduled for October 8th in the West Bank and Gaza. … The unpopularity of the Palestinian Authority and the ruling Fatah Party due to corruption, incompetence, and growing repression helps explain why West Bank voters might choose Hamas.” As in 2006, the avowed terrorist group Hamas may prevail. The difference, Abrams notes, is that since 2006 “[Mahmoud] Abbas is ten years older and his time in office is closer to its end. Until succession issues are dealt with the notion of serious Israeli-Palestinian negotiations is completely unrealistic — whatever happens at the United Nations, whatever the French suggest or the Russians try, and whatever the Obama administration or its successor believe.”
So where does that leaves everyone? The administration that continually mouthed the platitude that the “status quo is unsustainable” between Israel and the Palestinians is proving the opposite. Israel thrives economically and is embraced by new Arab friends. The Palestinians still suffer from lack of honest, democratic and competent leadership. Until the latter changes, the status quo will suit Israel just fine.

  • Wednesday, August 31, 2016
  • Elder of Ziyon


Every week, the Palestinian Authority cabinet meets and issues a summary of their session.

This week's session was unremarkable, as most of them are, but one of the declarations highlighted the basic fact that the Palestinians' top priority never has been an independent state.

The council promotes Arab efforts to support our unchanging national rights, in particular our people's right to return, and to get rid of the occupation and the establishment of our independent Palestinian state with its capital in Jerusalem.
Nearly always, the "right to return" is highlighted before the other demands about "occupation." This shows that destroying Israel by flooding it with millions of Arabs is still the basic goal of the Palestinian leadership.

And every time they say they want an independent state they always include "with its capital in Jerusalem." Taking away Jewish rights to their holy places in Jerusalem is the fundamental aspect of their conception of a Palestinian state. Their demands for a state is a byproduct of their insistence of denial of Jewish rights to the holy city, not the actual goal.

After all, a state can exist without Jerusalem.

In July, the council said something similar:
The Council stressed that the refugee issue is the root of the Palestinian Israeli conflict, and that the right of return is a sacred right that is guaranteed in the Universal Declaration of human Rights...and that is no solution to this conflict without a solution for Palestinian refugees who were driven from their homes, and destroyed their towns and villages and robbed of their land and their property by force and terrorism.
The West loves to pretend that Palestinians are willing to compromise on things like "return." But most Western experts don't bother to read what they tell each other, every day, in Arabic.




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  • Wednesday, August 31, 2016
  • Elder of Ziyon


Recently, FIDH - International Federation of Human Rights held its 39th Congress in South Africa.

At the close of the conference, FIDH issued a resolution - called "Urgent resolution on Palestine".

In the resolution, this "human rights" organization discusses the recent spree of terror attacks against Israeli Jews. It doesn't condemn the attacks, though. It describes stabbing, shooting and running over Jews as "resistance" as it condemns "...the suppression of Palestinian resistance through the excessive use of force, recently manifesting in a 'shoot to kill policy' which resulted in the killing of over 200 Palestinians since October 2015."

For a "human rights" organization to describe murdering Jews as "resistance" undermines any claims it may have to morality.

Of course, since the meeting was held in South Africa, FIDH described Israel, and only Israel, as being guilty of "apartheid":

In light of the 39th FIDH Congress that is taking place in the symbolic location of Johannesburg, South Africa, and considering the developments in recent months in Israel/Palestine, FIDH repeats its call to Israel to end its longstanding occupation. FIDH also calls for Israel to end its apartheid measures and practices, discrimination policies, policies of arbitrary detention - particulary [sic] administrative detention, transfer of its civilian population into the occupied territory and the forced displacement of Palestinians from their land and homes.
Israel is the only nation in the world repeatedly accused of apartheid by FIDH.

One of the vice presidents of FIDH is Shawan_Jabarin, leader of the Al Haq NGO but also a leader of the PFLP terror group, according to the Israeli Supreme Court.

The FIDH has accused Israel of war crimes and crimes against humanity and supports BDS. It has hundreds of press releases describing alleged violations of human rights by Israel, but I cannot find a single press release or paper on its site that deals exclusively with any Palestinian human rights violations.

The organization does condemn antisemitism in Europe, but I could not find a single mention of antisemitism in the Arab world on its site.

The FIDH concern for human rights seems to have some severe limitations when those human rights are those of Jews in the Middle East.



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Tuesday, August 30, 2016

  • Tuesday, August 30, 2016
  • Elder of Ziyon
Palestinian media are reporting that Hazem Ismail Haniyeh got a nice job  as a manager of the computer department with Gaza's only mobile phone company, Jawwal, the day after he graduated.

He is the son of Hamas leader Ismail Haniyeh.

I'm sure this is completely unrelated, but a year ago Hamas shut down Jawwal for five days by claiming that it was evading paying "taxes" to the terror group, instead it was paying the PA its taxes.

The cost of the company being shut down for five days in any random year makes hiring the son of a Hamas leader, as a corporate insurance policy, a very good investment.




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From Ian:

Give the UN Immunity for Terror?
The technical legality of this assertion is dubious. If any local employee of the United Nations, let alone, one of an embassy or consulate anywhere, is considered to have the immunity tradition accords actual diplomats the entire concept is called into question. It’s bad enough when real diplomats commit crimes and then are allowed to return home, albeit in disgrace. More common is when diplomats involved in spying—an activity not wholly unrelated to the business of foreign policy.
But while those with diplomatic passports must be accorded a fair amount of latitude for countries to feel free to exchange representatives, giving employees of UN agencies a free pass for blatantly illegal conduct is absurd. Even more outrageous is the notion that those who aid terrorist organizations should be treated with kid gloves.
This UN demand is especially egregious when one considers the record of both the UN and other philanthropic groups in Gaza. The same week that Borsh was arrested, an employee of the World Vision humanitarian group in Gaza was also apprehended for siphoning off for Hamas tens of millions of dollars donated from well-meaning foreigners that were intended to help Palestinian children. Another recent controversy has centered on Hamas infiltration of the Save the Children organization in Gaza. Meanwhile, the United Nations Relief Works Agency was found to have hired members of Hamas and allowed its facilities and schools to be used by the terrorists for storing weapons during the 2014 war.
But rather than take responsibility for this fiasco that occurred in their name, the UN thinks Borsh and every other Palestinian working for them in Gaza ought to be given impunity for misdirecting international aid to terrorists. Israel is right to ignore this request and to vigorously prosecute all those who abuse their UN jobs in this manner.
The UN has been a cesspool of corruption and anti-Semitism for so long that to speak of salvaging its reputation is a fool’s errand. Yet this incident shows how little the world body actually cares for the welfare of ordinary Palestinians, who are being shortchanged of desperately needed assistance to bolster their Islamist rulers’ military infrastructure. By invoking diplomatic immunity, the UN is calling into disrepute a basic principle upon which the entire structure of its efforts rests.

Kerry: ‘The Media Would Do Us All A Service’ If It Ignored Terrorism. ‘People Wouldn't Know What's Going On.’
US Secretary of State John Kerry just uttered something stupid again. This time it was in Bangladesh where he met with the country’s top officials in the capital of Dhaka and explicitly stated that the media should cover terrorism less so that "people wouldn't know what's going on." Here’s the full quote (emphasis added):
Remember this: No country is immune from terrorism. It's easy to terrorize. Government and law enforcement have to be correct 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, 365 days a year. But if you decide one day you're going to be a terrorist and you're willing to kill yourself, you can go out and kill some people. You can make some noise. Perhaps the media would do us all a service if they didn't cover it quite as much. People wouldn't know what's going on.
The Secretary of State’s Orwellian rhetoric drew loud applause from the majority Muslim audience attending the press conference at the Edward M. Kennedy Center in Dhaka.
Kerry’s own department refused to comment on the Secretary’s shocking statements when pressed by reporters on Monday. "I'm not able to speak for Secretary Kerry,” stated a State Department spokesman.
As The Weekly Standard observes, this isn’t the first time Kerry has warned the media about covering terrorism.
BBC’s 2014 claim of an attack on a UN school shown to be inaccurate
Obviously footnotes need to be added to the relevant reports still available online in order to clarify to members of the public that the claim that the UN school was attacked is inaccurate.
Likewise, a similar clarification needs to be added to the BBC News website article titled “Gaza conflict: Disputed deadly incidents” which is also still available online and in which audiences are told that:
“Locals have told the BBC there were no militants in or near the school.”
Since the end of the conflict between Israel and terror groups in the Gaza Strip two years ago, investigations into several of the incidents reported by the BBC have shown (see related articles below) that audiences were at the time given inaccurate and misleading information.
To the best of our knowledge, none of the specious reports which still remain available online (and form part of what the BBC terms ‘historical record’) have been amended to inform the general public of the outcome of investigations into the incidents and to correct inaccurate and misleading information included in their content. The failure to take such necessary steps risks the waste of publicly funded resources on complaints relating to those reports due to the fact that the BBC’s editorial guidelines state that if content is still available online, it may legitimately be the subject of editorial complaints.

  • Tuesday, August 30, 2016
  • Elder of Ziyon
The never-ending series continues....


“This is a pride which has broken a kind of glass ceiling for the first time,” Halifah commented. “I hope that this will open the way for others to reach the top and shatter the conventions. I feel at home in the office and everyone is like one big family. It is fun to be here and to work for residents of the periphery.”

Halifah added that for him, working for the state was second nature and was a goal which had been instilled into him from a young age.

“I grew up in a family that educated me to contribute and to integrate into the country in any way possible. I entered public service after tests and bids as is completely standard procedure. Since then I progressed with hard work and no rest,” he explained.

(h/t Yigal)



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"Aren't you afraid of the soldiers?" the reporter asked the old Arab man.

A resident of Jenin, approximately 60 or 70 years old was sitting on a pile of rubble. He was calmly sitting there, not doing much of anything. He was surprised by the reporter's question. I watched the exchange on Israeli t.v., it was an interview conducted in Arabic, and there were Hebrew subtitles at the bottom of the screen so viewers like me could understand what the residents of Jenin had to say.

This scene is seared in to my brain, an exchange I will never forget. It was during Operation Defensive Shield (2002). Terrorists had committed so many atrocious attacks on Israelis (suicide bombings in restaurants, a hotel, attacking people in their homes etc.) it had become necessary to take the battle to the terrorists. They knew the IDF was coming and had time to booby-trap much of Jenin, making it a horrific place for a battle. The IDF ended up having to bulldoze a section of buildings which gave impetus to the media to begin screaming that the army had committed war crimes (false allegations they later had to apologize for).

"Me? Afraid? Of who?" asked the old man.

"The soldiers" said the reporter.

The scorn on the old man's face fascinated me. "Of course I'm not afraid of the soldiers!" he answered. "I'm not a terrorist! I don't have a bomb. Or a gun. Or a knife!"

I wanted to laugh and cry at the same time. This old Arab man knew what all the residents of Jenin knew, what everyone knows. What the media never ever reports. He had absolutely nothing to fear from the Israeli soldiers because he was not a terrorist and not involved in anything that could be construed as terror related activities.

He knew the truth. I know the truth. How many of the average media consumers around the world know the truth?! American university students? Average Europeans?

The term, media consumers is apt. People consume what is on their plate. Whatever the media puts out gets eaten, swallowed whole. Very few questions are asked.

The plate goes down on the table, so you eat. It's automatic.

The major media companies have all kinds of slogans referring to their truthfulness, accuracy and fairness. They promote their news channels with action filled non-commercial commercials where the presenters talk about quality journalism, about wanting to uncover the stories, to see the action and bring it to the audience in a first person, unfiltered manner.

And most people just eat what they are given.

But what if the food isn't clean? What if the media is not presenting fair and balanced, no-spin news?

Many are beginning to recognize problematic journalism, inaccuracies and sometimes outright lies. The journalists are presenters rather than reporters, their "investigations" are more propaganda than anything resembling ethical, investigative journalism. Research and fact checking are considered passé. When it comes to covering Israel, the lies are blatant. Prejudiced unethical journalism has become the norm rather than the exception.

Countless organizations have been set up to counter media lies about Israel. Grassroots groups, concerned citizens are working hard, day and night, to set the record straight. Slowly it's working. HonestReporting campaigns, for example, have influenced major media sources, forcing them to correct inaccuracies.

Countering the media mistakes and inaccurate reporting (read: lies) is a never-ending task. Stories with the same narrative, told and retold, become truth if uncorrected. The anti-Israel movement uses media stories as fuel for their actions, as justification for policies and propaganda to influence others to hate Israel. Hate incites terrorism and people die.

For Israel, it is literally a matter of survival to keep hold of the truth and make sure it is known to all.
The problem is that the lies are so insidious, they go far beyond inaccurate or slanted reporting. Often the lies are in what you are not being told.

Have you ever asked yourself, what are they not showing me? What else is here that they aren't talking about?

Scenes like the conversation with the old man in Jenin are things you will never see on your television screen or get from any international mainstream media source. They don't fit the narrative.
The media lies by publishing stories that are incorrect but also by omitting truths. The strange thing is that the truth is not hidden, one just has to look in order to see it.
Europeans and BDSers may be ignorant of Israeli reality or may simply prefer to believe the propaganda. In contrast, the terrorists know the truth. They understand the Israeli spirit. They believe our kindness and morality is our weakness and use it against us.
This is why Hamas and Hezbollah hide behind human shields. That's why storing weapons and attacking from mosques, schools, hospitals and clinics has become their modus operandi.
They are willing to damage their civilians because they know that we are not willing to do so, that we prefer to hurt ourselves rather than hurt their innocent women and children.
They attack our children and try to kidnap our soldiers because they know that each child of Israel is precious to us. They know we will endanger ourselves in order to save even a single individual. 
To the media Israel is a war machine, not people. The media never shows the heart of Israel.
The terrorists know better.

The question is, what will you do the next time you hear something about Israel? 



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From Ian:

New Arab city in Israel refuses to take in UNRWA 'refugees'
The new Arab city of Rawabi being built in Samaria (Shomron) with Israeli approval refuses to allow "Palestinian refugees" from UNRWA camps to relocate to the city. This, despite past statements to the contrary, and the general impression that the need for a new Arab city was partly because of the suffering of said 'refugees', especially those still living in refugee camps.
So reports investigative journalist David Bedein of Israel Resource News Agency.
"The new Palestinian Arab city of Rawabi," writes Bedein, "has publicized in all stages of its development that it would build schools that would promote peace and reconciliation". He quoted Bashar al-Masri, Rawabi's chief developer, as telling the Guardian for a story on Rawabi, “We are not what they are led to believe, a bunch of terrorists…"
And yet, the town refuses to accept refugees – and why? "Because that would violate the PLO doctrine of the 'inalienable right of return' to homes which they left in Tel Aviv, Jaffa, Be'er Sheva, Tzfat, Ashkelon and more," writes Bedein.
This occurred in 1948 at the establishment of the Jewish State when the Arab leadership promised those fleeing that they would return to their homes once the Jews were slaughtered. When that failed to occur, the Arab world refused to resettle those who fled, purposely maintaining the only instance of multi-generational "refugeeism" in the world while Israel resettled and successfully absorbed an equal number of Jewish refugees from Arab lands during the same period.

Caroline Glick: The end of Mahmoud Abbas
Like it or not, the day is fast approaching when the Palestinian Authority we have known for the past 22 years will cease to exist.
PA leader Mahmoud Abbas’s US-trained Palestinian security forces have lost control over the Palestinians cities in Judea and Samaria. His EU- and US-funded bureaucracies are about to lose control over the local governments to Hamas. And his Fatah militias have turned against him.
Palestinian affairs experts Pinchas Inbari of the Jerusalem Center for Public Affairs and Khaled Abu Toameh of the Gatestone Institute have in recent weeks reported in detail about the insurrection of Fatah militias and tribal leaders against Abbas’s PA.
In Nablus, Fatah terrorist cells are in open rebellion against PA security forces. Since August 18, Fatah cells have repeatedly engaged PA forces in lethal exchanges, and according to Inbari, the town is now in a state of “total anarchy.”
In Hebron, tribal leaders, more or less dormant for the past 20 years, are regenerating a tribal alliance as a means of bypassing the PA, which no longer represents them. Their first major action to date was to send a delegation of tribal leaders to meet with King Abdullah of Jordan.
Even in Ramallah, the seat of Abbas’s power, the PA is losing ground to EU-funded NGOs that seek to limit the PA’s economic control over the groups and their operations.
All of this fighting and maneuvering is taking place against the backdrop of the encroaching PA municipal elections, scheduled for October 8.
Does the Times Want Middle East Peace?
Something very odd has been happening in the Middle East and, as Sunday’s editorial in the New York Times illustrates, it has a lot of liberals seriously depressed. What’s bothering them? It turns out their collective noses are out of joint about progress toward Middle East peace and the fact that the Palestinian campaign that seeks to avoid direct talks and isolate Israel is failing. If that wasn’t bad enough, a series of diplomatic breakthroughs are happening on the watch of Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, the man that the Times and the so-called “peace camp” has been busy slandering as an opponent of peace.
After several decades of unremitting hostility, some of the fiercest opponents of Israel are starting to view the Jewish state very differently. Covert ties with Saudi Arabia are now becoming more open. Egypt, whose cold peace with Israel remained frozen in open hostility since Anwar Sadat’s assassination, has a government that is no longer shy about treating Israel as an ally if not a friend. Jerusalem’s relations with much of the Third World, especially African nations, are also warming up.
Those who care about thawing tensions between Jews and Arabs should be applauding all of this. That’s especially true of those voices that spend so much time deploring Israel’s isolation and the idea that it is an armed camp that is locked in perpetual combat with the entire Muslim and Arab world. But the Times and others on the left are lukewarm about these positive developments for their own reasons.
The first is that Israel and its Arab neighbors have been drawn together in large part through their mutual antipathy for Obama administration policies, and most specifically about the Iran nuclear deal. The Times has been one of the principal cheerleaders of the pact, which its advocates incorrectly claim has ended the nuclear threat to Israel and the Arab states. But those nations that are targeted most directly by Iran—Israel and Saudi Arabia—understand that U.S. appeasement of Iran advances the latter’s drive for regional hegemony as well as merely postponing the moment when it will achieve nuclear capability. The coming together of other Middle East nations in reaction to this travesty is evidence that those most at risk consider Obama’s false promises and his desire for a general U.S. retreat from the region a clear and present danger to the region.

  • Tuesday, August 30, 2016
  • Elder of Ziyon
Supposed experts have made the argument that the Hamas police forces in Gaza are considered civilians under international law and any attacks on them are therefore a war crime.

Here are some of the Hamas police going through training exercises, from the Hamas Ministry of the Interior Facebook page. 

Do they look civilian to you?










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