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Al Jazeera Al-Jazeera, radical Qatari news network, notorious for its anti-Israel and mainly pro-terror views, was temporarily suspended by Bahraini government, citing network’s lax interpretation of press ethics and rules:

Al Jazeera, with a record of tense relations with Arab states over its coverage of sensitive political topics, has recently aired programs on poverty and the treatment of Asian laborers, both sensitive matters in Bahrain.

"Bahrain has temporarily frozen the office of the Qatari Al-Jazeera Satellite TV Channel for breaching the professional media norms and flouting the laws regulating the press and publishing," the official Bahrain News Agency said, without giving details.

(Haaretz)

ISRAEL ITSELF HAS a long story with Al-Jazeera, at one point accusing it of openly aiding terror elements. Here is the kind of ‘objectivity’ you can expect from openly hostile network:

 

Here is what you will not get from this Al-Jazeera report: images from Palestinian TV teaching children hate and murder, Palestinian terror groups killing Israeli babies and Palestinian Muslims persecuting Palestinian Christians. You will also not hear about Arab governments calling on local Palestine Arabs to leave their lands ‘for a few weeks’ in 1948 to allow Arab armies to ‘wash feet in blood’ of the Jews. You will also not hear about murder and expulsion of hundreds of thousands of Jews from Arab countries all around the world. This is the reporting of The Island (Al-Jazeera).

Jews murdering Palestinians in cold blood, ‘unarmed’ resistance against armored IDF troops – this is the rhetoric prominent in the Arab world and is closely replicated, on a more professional level, by the Al-Jazeera crews.

Israel should – has to – make the tough decision and expel the network from Israel. While Israeli government decided to boycott the network a year ago, it is certainly not enough. This is the Middle East, and Israel should act accordingly.

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Ignore this Quran. It has nothing to do with Islam. As US President Barack Obama’s reach-a-Muslim plan thrusts forward, some Muslims hail the effort, by pointing out that Muslim terrorists are just like any other, non-existent non-Muslim terrorists:

Osman Mirghani, the deputy editor-in-chief of ‘Al-Sharq Al-Awsat,’ which is owned by a Saudi Arabian company and published in London, wrote an op-ed last week under the headline "Why Didn’t Obama Mention Islam?." The Obama administration has broken from the Bush government’s policy of using the term “Islamic terrorism” in official documents and "no longer [is] responding to extremist voices" that call for targeting home countries of terrorists, he explained.

He said the president is carrying out his pledge in his “reaching out to Muslims speech” at Cairo University in June 2008. Regarding Obama’s statements on the botched Times Square bombing, the editor praised President Obama for not once referring to prime suspect Faisal Shahzad’s being Muslim and for not “mentioning Islam in discussing the terrorist operation."

(Channel 7 News)

OBAMA’S ACTIONS ARE good news for Arabs – and bad news for everyone else. No, not because all Muslims are terrorists – but because most terrorists are Muslim. United States President should recognize the connection between Islam and terror – not to discriminate against a group, but to make the group confront itself. There will be no end to terror, unless peaceful Muslim communities around the world recognize the cancer within themselves and act against it.

In a completely unrelated news, two Israelis were shot at by terrorists near West Bank settlement of Ofrah. The religion of the assailants is unclear:

Two Israelis, a man and a woman, were lightly wounded near the Police Junction near Ofra Friday evening, in a shooting attack apparently carried out by Arab terrorists. The two entered Ofra in their car after being hurt by flying glass as a result of shots fired at the car. They received medical attention on the spot.

According to PA news agency Ma’an, a Fatah terrorist faction took responsibility for the attack. A statement by the “Al Aqsa Martyrs” said that the shooting was a protest against the opening of talks between Israel and the PA, and also to exact revenge for the shooting of a PA Arab youth whose body was found near Ramallah Friday morning.

(Channel 7 News)

‘Al Aqsa Martyrs’. No connection to Islam whatsoever.

Radical Left-wing activist, Noam Chomsky Noam Chomsky – the notorious linguist and an unpopular revolutionary – felt the horrors of occupation himself, as he was denied entry into Israeli territory from Jordan, on his way to Ramallah:

Chomsky, who was scheduled to deliver a lecture at Bir Zeit University near Jerusalem, told the Right to Enter activist group by telephone that inspectors had stamped the words "denied entry" onto his passport when he tried to cross from Jordan over Allenby Bridge.

When he asked an Israeli inspector why he had not received permission, he was told that an explanation would be sent in writing to the American embassy.

(Haaretz)

[President of the Union of Palestinian Medical Relief Committees, Mustafa] Barghouti, one of the leaders of the struggle against Israel, was slated to accompany Chomsky on his tour of the West Bank and separation fence. He said that "Israel’s decision testifies to its racist nature. Even a person like Chomsky couldn’t avoid it. We are proud of Chomsky’s role in supporting the Palestinians and the struggle against the injustice of the occupation."

(Ynet)

BARGHOUTI, SADLY, DID not elaborate on how denying Chomsky entry testifies to Israel’s racism – as if it would, Chomsky himself could be accused of racism, thanks to his constant anti-Israel rants, latest of which was recently featured on this blog.

The invitation does, however, attest to Palestinian leaders’ mindset: Noam Chomsky, supporter of some of the worst regimes in past several decades, was invited to speak at a Palestinian university. Was Chomsky really about to offer his views on European liberalism, or would he offer some of his views presented in his book New World of Indigenous Resistance?

Little should be said about Noam Chomsky, but please do allow me to offer a suggestion for a good book on the subject.

Governor of Nablus, Mahmoud al-Aylool. Boycotts never brough good to Nablus; cooperation and security did. Seeing their announced boycott having little effect – and even being mocked by some – some Fatah leader eye extending earlier instituted boycott on products from Israeli-controlled West Bank onto entire Israel:

Speaking at a recent conference in El Bireh, next to Ramallah, Mahmoud al Aylool said an all-out boycott of all Israeli products is “legitimate resistance” because the PA market is Israel’s second largest outside of the United States. “The struggle is not political but rather is cultural and is connected to our daily lives,” he declared. Jordanian trade unions also are calling for a total boycott of Israel.

Aylool called on students to oversee activities in their homes and schools to keep out Israeli products. The conference was organized to raise awareness in the PA community of the boycott of Jewish products from Judea and Samaria.

Previous agreements between the PA and Israel ensure open markets, and implicitly prohibit boycotts. PA Prime Minister Salam Fayyad has led the movement to place an embargo on goods and merchandise from Judea and Samaria. Several weeks ago, he attended a public burning of thousands of dollars of Jewish products that were confiscated, and PA forces have arrested several Arabs for purchasing Jewish goods.

(Channel 7 News)

THE LUDICROUS PART of the boycott is that Palestinian people heavily rely on Israel for economics. Sure, they have some trade with Jordan and even some – virtually non-existent – with Syria. However, without Israeli goods, and without rights of passage through Israeli territory, the Palestinians would be stuck without anything, including food.

Al-Aylool’s move surely is a political one, where he calls upon Palestinian people to rally with him. Little do they realize that while they would endure the hardships of self-imposed boycott, al-Aylool and the likes would enjoy life in their mansions, surrounded by heavily armed guards.

NG exhibit says Israelis steal water

Posted: May 9, 2010 by Jonathan Boyko in Israel, Palestinians, West Bank
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National Geographic Nation Geographic typically stays away from politics, but sometimes it makes the mistake of making itself look partisan:

The "Water – Our Thirsty World" exhibit at the Annenberg Space for Photography is generally non-political, apart from nine photos taken in the West Bank, the Sea of Galilee and the Dead Sea areas.

The caption under one of the photos reads, "Israelis relax by the Sea of Galilee, a lake near the Golan Heights that is fed by the Jordan River and that supplies a third of Israel’s fresh water. Since 1967, Israel has blocked Syria’s access to the shoreline."

The caption under another photo reads, "At a water park in Tiberias, Israelis bask in the resource’s relative abundance. A 2009 World Bank report said Israelis use four times as much water per capita as Palestinians. Israel has disputed this, saying its citizens use only twice as much."

The exhibit also features a photo of a Palestinian woman drawing water from a well. The caption reads, "A source of conflict between Israelis and Palestinians, water is emblematic of their unequal relationship. During dry summers, West Bank Palestinians—restricted to shallow wells by Israel’s occupation—have to buy groundwater tapped from beneath them."

(Ynet)

IT IS IMPORTANT to point out that not only doesn’t Israel steal Palestinians’ water, but it supplies both West Bank and Gaza with most of its water resources. It is indeed true that many Palestinians have poor access to water, but mostly as a result of corrupt Fatah government under Yasser Arafat, who spent millions on arming its troops and no money to set up decent civilian infrastructure for his people.

While some critics would label National Geographic “biased”, they also originated with this clip:

Will the proximity talks fail? Having little choice but acceptance, Palestine Liberation Organization agreed to begin indirect talks between Israel and the Palestinians:

PA President Mahmoud Abbas’ right-hand man, Yasser Abed Rabbo, said the decision was "mostly premised on pledges and guarantees made by the Americans to the Palestinian side in respect to the issue of settlements and the basis for negotiations – Security Council Resolutions 242 and 338, the Road Map, and the Arab peace initiative."

(Ynet)

IN THE PAST, Palestinians were criticizing Israel for not beginning negotiations, and the reason was pure condition in the Palestinian Autonomy – the economy tanked, the restrictions on population were great. Now that Israel eased many of the restrictions and the businesses are flourishing, Abbas is in no hurry to negotiate and with Obama in office, feels the strength of his position and his ability to pressure the Israelis. Thus, the circus of “deliberations” was unnecessary, but Abbas believed he should have illustrated the “democratic ways” of the Palestinian entity.

From his side, Netanyahu plays along, saying outright that the indirect negotiations should lead to direct ones:

In a statement on behalf of the PM, Netanyahu said that "Israel’s position was, and still is, that the talks should be managed with no pre-conditions, and that they should lead to direct negotiations soon."

Earlier, Defense Minister Ehud Barak issued a statement also lauding the Palestinian approval of talks.

"I hope and believe that through an approach of responsibility and willingness to take the tough decisions required of both sides, we shall reach direct talks and a breakthrough towards an agreement," he said.

(Ynet)

However, the arrogance of both sides – especially Palestinians, lauding “five-star occupation” – will get the people nowhere, and the negotiations are likely to stall. Unless Abbas recognizes Israel as a Jewish state, the whole deal will not go any further. Yes, there are dangers for Abbas personally in taking such a step. But if there is to be peace sometime, won’t he have to take this step anyway?