Archive for the ‘Israeli Palestinians’ Category

MK Chanin Zouabi from Israeli Palestinian BALAD faction should lose her diplomatic passport, special travel rights abroad and free legal council, recommends parliamentary commission investigating Zouabi’s participation in a violent attack against IDF troops on board a ship heading to Gaza:

The vote was 7-1, with only MK Ilan Gil’on of Meretz voting against. The full Knesset must now vote on the committee’s recommendation. "We are pushing for it to take place quickly," Ben-Ari’s parliamentary aide Baruch Marzel told Israel National News. "It’s a good atmosphere." MKs Ben-Ari, Moses (United Torah Judaism) and others drank a L’Chaim after the vote. (Channel 7 News)

Extremist elements in Israeli society upped the stakes, sending threatening letters and death threats against Israeli Palestinian MKs:

Knesset Member Talab El-Sana (United Arab List-Ta’al) says he was verbally attacked by a guest in the Knesset building on Monday. Earlier, El-Sana received threatening messages on his phone and a fax reading, "You are dead." (Ynet)

"Because of your poisonous positions against Israel and Zionism,” the letter said, “the organization’s management has issued a Pulsa Dinura against you.”

"You have 180 days left to live. Your death will be sudden and cruel, accompanied by much pain… It is time that you prepare your will.”

Tibi said that “the incitement by right wing Knesset members is the reason for the threats, and right wing Knesset members will bear responsibility for any harm inflicted upon me or or any of my Arab colleagues in the Knesset.” He filed a complaint with the Knesset Officer. (Channel 7 News)

DURING PAST WEEK, many Israelis expressed their outrage over Israeli Palestinian MKs’ support of violent rioters on board Mavi Marmara, as well as support for Palestinian ‘resistance movement’. Recently, MK Ahmad Tibi threatened Israelis, saying Gilad Shalit’s kidnapping conditions to suffer if Jewish government would decide to worsen Hamas prisoners’ conditions in Israeli jails:

His denial notwithstanding, video shows that in an interview Sunday with Channel 1 Television’s Uri Levy, MK Tibi said: “Just as you are putting pressure on the prisoners in the jails we will put pressure on Gilad Shalit.” Tibi did not say whom he was referring to by “we” but the only possible explanation seems to be that he was speaking for Hamas, the terror organization holding captured Israeli soldier First Sergeant Gilad Shalit for close to four years.

The fact that his utterance was broadcast on television and is freely available for viewing and listening did not prevent Tibi from denying he ever said it, in a speech Wednesday from the Knesset podium. (Channel 7 News)

Israeli Jews feel threatened by the Palestinian minority, which assisted Palestinian terror during the past decade. On more than one occasions, Palestinians carrying Israeli IDs helped suicide bombers arrive at their destinations inside the ‘Green Line’, prompting IDF and the government to make extraordinary steps such as constructing the separation barrier.

Israeli Palestinian MKs’ fiery ‘fascist’ rhetoric never did them any good among Jewish population. However, radical speeches certainly keep their popularity high among Palestinians – target audience of the speakers.

The Temple Mount. Holiest site in Judaism. While hundreds of reports fed by Palestinian sources claim Israel destroys holy Muslim sites, no one seems to care for constant desecration of holiest site for the Jews – the Temple Mount:

"It is the most important site in the world for the Jewish people," Barkai told Benny Tucker of Arutz Sheva’s Hebrew newsmagazine in a Jerusalem Day interview, "as well as the most important archaeological site in Israel, and despite all this, Israel has abandoned it. Over the past ten years, the Waqf has taken control, making major changes in the status quo: It has conducted illegal digs, built mosques and the like, and the situation has changed from one extreme to the other."

"Some years ago," he said, "they took 400 truckloads of dirt from the Temple Mount and dumped it into the Kidron Valley – totally illegally. This is dirt that is filled with Jewish history from many periods: the Canaanites, the First Temple, the period of the return to Zion [from Babylonia], the Second Temple, including the Hashmonaim period and King Herod, and up to now. Over the past several years, we have been sifting through the dirt. This is of course not the optimum way to perform archaeology, because you need context, layers and the like, but this is the best we can do in light of these barbaric digs, and we are trying to get the most out of it. Jerusalem is filled with archaeological digs, but the most important site has never been done; this dirt is the only source we have."

(Channel 7 News)

SEVERAL MONTHS AFTER the beginning of the second intifada, Israeli news channels displayed video after video of large trucks leaving the Temple Mount compound full of rubble. Afterwards, Israeli archaeologists visited the site, and caught on tape many artifacts amid the rubble. So where is the outcry? Where is the United Nations? Where is Barack Obama? They are all MIA when Jewish heritage is being destroyed.

The action itself is not surprising, as Muslims usually care little for own historical sites. For example, throughout the history, the Mosque of Omar – located on top of the Temple Mount – was destroyed in the past by Muslims, due to rivalry between the Fatimid dynasty and their Meccan rivals.

For Muslims, Haram al-Sharif is the third holiest site (fifth for Shiites). It’s the first holiest for Jews. See any hypocrisy?

MK Masud Ganaim Joining several voices – such as Al-Qaeda’s Osama Bin Laden’s – Israeli Palestinian Knesset Member Masud Ganaim voiced his wished of establishment of a Caliphate, which would include Israel:

"I believe there is an urgent need to return to the Islamic caliphate. I believe this is the most fitting solution to the state of weakness, deterioration and erosion the Arabs and Muslims are suffering from," Ganaim said when asked if, as a devout Muslim, he believes an Islamic regime should be established in "Palestine or the Arab and Islamic homeland."

He said, "We are not necessarily talking about Israel here, but I believe an Islamic caliphate would be in the interest of the Jews themselves, since their golden era was under this caliphate."

In the interview, which was published over the weekend, the Knesset member said, "We believe the Nakba stemmed from the weakening and the collapse of the Islamic body, and we must therefore strengthen the Islamic body."

(Ynet)

WHILE THE JEWS did live fairly well under Arab rule, they still suffered from various restrictions – particularly religious ones – such as inability to construct new synagogues (or repair crumbling ones). The Jews’ status varied from rule to rule, with some Muslim leaders outright despising the Jews for refusing the teachings of Mohammed.

If anything, Ganaim’s words are praise for Israel democracy, which was inexistent under Arab rule – in this democracy, an official member of its ruling body can call for destruction of the state he is serving, and bear no punishment. In Iran he would be executed the next day.

A Hummus plate Quite a catchy headline, isn’t it? If you would to visit the websites of the likes of the BBC and Iran’s PressTV, you would believe Lebanon actually won a battle against Israel, and it did: a hummus battle:

A Hummus competition between Israel and Lebanon has entered a new phase in the wake of Beirut’s production of the largest plate to date of the Middle Eastern dip.

Around 300 Lebanese cooks joined hands to prepare a gigantic 10,452 kilogram dish of Hummus , the size of Lebanon in square kilometers.

It weighs more than twice as much as the plate of Hummus Israeli cooks had made back in January.

(PressTV)

Lebanon has claimed the latest victory in the continuing battle with Israel over which country can make the largest serving of hummus.

Some 300 chefs set the new record, creating a huge 10-tonne vat of the chickpea-based dip in Fanar.

That more than doubles the previous record of about four tonnes, set in January by cooks in the Israeli-Arab town of Abu Ghosh near Jerusalem.

(BBC)

THE SECOND REPORT is actually the most accurate one, releasing an important detail: the Lebanese cooks won a “battle” against their own Israeli Palestinian brethren. Hey, at least now they can say they won something.

Logo of a radical Left-wing organization "Peace Now" In a blatant attempt to create a self-imposed Apartheid regime, Israeli radical Leftist organization Peace Now decried beginning of renovations on an old police station in East Jerusalem, as a prelude for construction of several apartment units:

Some 50 Jewish families currently live in six buildings in Ras al-Amud, where an American Jewish millionaire has purchased land for Jewish settlement.

The plan calls for the construction of 104 housing units on the land where the former headquarters of the Judea and Samaria police was housed before it was moved to a new building in Area E-1.

The plan for the building of the new settlement, Ma’aleh David, was filed for approval last summer by the relevant municipal committee at the Jerusalem municipality.

But Peace Now said renovations within the former station did not require municipal building permits – official approval that could torpedo the new peace negotiations.

(Haaretz)

ONE MUST REMEMBER that groups such as Peace Now, Breaking the Silence, B’Tselem and a few others are not being taken seriously by Israelis. Not only these groups mostly ignore Jewish casualties and anti-Jewish attacks, but they also do their best to de-legitimize Israel, using such tactics as writing off killed terrorists as civilians, organizing violent riots and allowing foreign governments to meddle in Israel’s internal affairs. When it comes to Jews being killed by Palestinian terrorists, you will never see these “human rights activists” – actually “Palestinian rights activists” – protesting Arab violence.

While the reader should take information released by such sources into consideration, it is important to understand the motives of such groups.

As to the construction itself, it could stifle negotiations and bring certain amount of tension between the two sides. Thus it would be in Palestinians’ best interest to go ahead with the talks, not use various stalling tactics and preconditions.

Shalit tank in town of Qassem Israeli activists for the release of captive Gilad Shalit, visited Israeli Palestinian town of Qassem, hoping a self-made display – a wooden tank, carrying Shalit – would encourage the locals to express their views and make PM Netanyahu understand that the demands for Shalit’s release are coming from all Israelis:

Some 300 residents waited for the tank, but many of them left due to a delay in its arrival.

Yaron Sagi, the reserve Armored Corps battalion commander who had commissioned the tank, said he plans on bringing it to other Arab-Israeli cities "so that Bibi (Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu) will realize that there is a desire to see Shalit released among all of the country’s population."

(Ynet)

LOCAL LEADERSHIP WORE a peaceful mask today, saying they want to see the release of prisoners:

Kfar Kassem Mayor Nader Sarsur praised the initiative and said, "We hope Gilad Shalit, as well as the security prisoners who are jailed in Israel, will be freed as soon as possible. This deal (prisoner swap) must be finalized."

While the words are formidable, between the lines hides the truth: many jailed Palestinians are actually terror activists, some of them responsible for murdering Israelis, others for planning or supporting implementation of assaults. Moreover, unlike Shalit, Hamas prisoners get full access rights, satellite TV, food and education from the Zionist entity. As for Shalit… Well, we don’t know what happens to him, as the United Nations sit on their hands, and Red Cross officials too busy stashing money they receive from donations. Good work, everyone, now we can go home!

Face of a madman? Alleged terrorist, Jack (Yaakov) Teitel. In what resembles a cheap defense from Hollywood flick, Jerusalem’s district psychiatrist says Jack Teitel – alleged Jewish terrorist – is unfit to stand trial. Teitel allegedly murdered two Palestinians and stored a weapons cache in own house:

Teitel, a resident of the settlement Shvut Rachel, was charged last November with murdering two Palestinians and attempting to murder three people, including Hebrew University Professor Zeev Sternhell and Ariel teenager Ami Ortiz. Ortiz, from a family of Messianic Jews, was gravely wounded by a bomb packaged inside a Purim gift in March 2008.

Teitel admitted to placing the bomb at the time of his arrest, calling the Ortiz family "missionaries trying to capture weak Jews."

It should be noted, however, that the ruling does not affect Teitel’s responsibility for the crimes attributed to him, as he is charged with many separate events spread across eleven years. In order for the defense to claim his mental state affected his accountability for these crimes the defense would have to prove he was legally insane in each one of those incidents.

(Haaretz)

ISRAELI-PALESTINIAN MK Ahmad Tibi – together with several others – decried the report:

"An Arab who shoots a Jew in Israel is a terrorist, but a Jew who shoots Arabs is insane," Tibi said, adding that "this is a crazy system and its psychiatrists and the people who run it need to be shaken up."

Arab MK Taleb Al-Sana also responded to the evaluation and said that "he is the most sophisticated madman I know, who planned a series of terror attacks against Arabs and leftists, and if due to this he is unfit to stand trial then no man is."

It should be noted that, in part, Arab MKs’ opinion stems from outright ideology, that has nothing to do with facts at hand. If Teitel would attack a military base or armed policemen – like his Palestinian brethren – he would be shot on sight. Teitel, as a captured terrorist, will not be released, and is likely to spend the rest of his days in either jail or mental institution. The practice is very similar to one used against captured Palestinian terrorists, who usually stay in Israeli jails, unless released in “gestures of good will”.