Friday, July 21, 2017

Who is Khulood Badawi and Why is Human Rights Watch Posting Articles from a Palestinian Propagandist? - NGO Monitor

... apparently on the sidelines, she also writes propaganda for Human Rights Watch. Which isn’t surprising for HRW, which has an apparent policy of hiring anti-Israel BDS activists.


NGO Monitor..
17 July '17..
Link: http://www.ngo-monitor.org/human-rights-watch-posting-articles-palestinian-propagandist/

Yesterday (July 16), Human Rights Watch (HRW) posted a “Dispatch” about an Israeli military trial against Issa Amro and Farid al-Atrash for unlawful activity, including violence. The piece echoed the standard NGO themes about the trial, that prosecutors have no case (even though the evidence has not yet been made public) and that military courts “fall well short of any standards of justice.” As noted previously by NGO Monitor, the Amro and al-Atrash case has become a pretext for legal attacks against Israel.

The article was written by a “consultant” named Khulood Badawi, the only article on HRW’s website attributed to this individual.

Who is Khulood Badawi?

She used to work for UN-OCHA – until February 2013, when she was fired for “a bogus post on Twitter alleging that a pictured Palestinian girl had been killed by the IDF during the 2012 shelling of Gaza.” (Honest Reporting noticed that the photo, tweeted under the handle “Long live Palestine,” was from 2006.)

Thursday, July 20, 2017

Temple Mount and the apparent need for malarkey detectors as well - by Michael Freund

...Installing metal detectors may restore some quiet in the short term, but as long as the Jewish state neglects its responsibility towards the Jewish People's holiest site and allows hostile elements to control it, the greater the chance that a major conflagration will almost certainly erupt.

Michael Freund..
Pundicity/JPost..
20 July '17..
Link: http://www.michaelfreund.org/20085/temple-mount-metal-detectors

Since the beginning of the week, Palestinian officials have been seeking to stir up violence and controversy, hurling invective at Israel over the decision to install metal detectors at the entrance to the Temple Mount.

The Fatah Central Committee called for "a day of rage," Arab residents of the Old City have denounced the measure as an "act of war" and Palestinian Prime Minister Rami Hamdallah labeled the move "gross aggression" and "dangerous."

Don't let the overblown rhetoric fool you. The real menace to peace is not tighter security at the holy site, but rather looser lips among the Palestinian leadership.

Indeed, alongside those electronic instruments designed to screen for weapons, it appears that malarkey detectors need to be installed to screen for the balderdash being spread by Israel's foes.

To begin with, it is worth recalling that the move comes in the wake of last Friday's lethal terrorist attack, in which Palestinian gunmen using weapons that had been stored on the Temple Mount murdered two Israeli policemen.

In other words, the very place that Palestinian spokesmen insist is so sacred to their faith is being used to hide firearms and who knows what else.

Clearly, the free hand that has been given to the Muslim Wakf to control affairs on the Mount has been exploited to turn the site into a storage facility and staging ground for violence against Israel.

Such incidents pose a threat not only to the safety of the security forces tasked with protecting the area, but also to all who visit it.

Hence, for Palestinian leaders to oppose the move is absurd, as the detectors will protect all who enter, without discrimination. This is collective protection, not collective punishment.

It was for this very same reason that in 2011, Saudi officials announced that they would be installing explosives detectors at the entrance to the Grand Mosque in Mecca, the holiest site in the world for Muslims.

Lt.-Col. Fawaz Sahafi, who was in charge of the mosque's security at the time, told a Saudi newspaper that "sophisticated metal and explosive detectors" were being placed at the gates of the mosque, which is visited by millions each year.

If metal detectors can be used to protect mosques in Mecca, why should Palestinians object to them in Jerusalem? Moreover, as anyone who has ever been to an airport or public entertainment venue can attest, metal detectors are an ubiquitous part of life.

You can't board an airplane, attend a New York Mets game at Citi Field or a Real Madrid soccer match at Bernabeu stadium, or take your kids to Disneyland without passing through one, for reasons that are as obvious as they are justified.

For well over a decade, there have been metal detectors at the Cave of the Patriarchs in Hebron, which both Jewish and Muslim worshipers must pass through, as well as at other popular religious and tourist sites throughout the country.

And yet, the Palestinians would have us believe that at a sensitive location such as the Temple Mount, which has been a flashpoint for years and the scene of periodic Palestinian rioting and stone-throwing, the addition of metal detectors is somehow a contentious act? Ironically, it is the overheated bluster of Palestinian officials that directly contributes to the need for added security measures. By feigning anger and trying to incite acts of violence and terrorism through their incendiary bombast, the Palestinian leadership is leaving Israel with no choice but to take steps to ensure that calm prevails at the Temple Mount.

In light of their behavior, it is time for Israel to reconsider its policy of granting wide autonomy to the Muslim Wakf and Palestinian officials in running affairs on the Temple Mount. Simply put, this placating approach has failed to keep the site safe and has played into the hands of Islamic extremists.

By curtailing the rights of Jewish visitors and worshipers at the Temple Mount, and empowering the Palestinians to think of themselves as the ones in charge, Israel has projected weakness and vacillation in the face of obstructionism and mischief.

Rather than yielding every time Palestinian leaders raise their voices and shout, Israel would do well to stand firm and reassert control over the site.

After all, the Wakf has repeatedly demonstrated in word and deed that it cannot be trusted with the supervision of the Temple Mount.

Installing metal detectors may restore some quiet in the short term, but as long as the Jewish state neglects its responsibility towards the Jewish People's holiest site and allows hostile elements to control it, the greater the chance that a major conflagration will almost certainly erupt.

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The Al-Aqsa factor: Rats, snakes and chickens - by Arnold Roth

...You might imagine that at least some of those deeply-concerned public personages who in the past decried Israel’s “indiscriminate,” “heavy-handed” and “intentional” measures, might have had something equally helpful to offer Abbas and his raging cronies. Evidently not. Perhaps they have learned not to mix in when the subject is, you know, about religion and sensitive matters. Or maybe they just lack the courage and the backbone.

Arnold/Frimet Roth..
This Ongoing War..
19 July '17..

The police helicopter flying over our home as we type this is a reminder of where the attention of the security services here in Jerusalem is focused tonight.

We're in the middle of another official Palestinian Arab temper tantrum. They call it something else, of course. And while foreign news media are paying scant attention, the reality on the ground here as well as throughout Israeli and Jews news media is heavy enough to cause a rising sense of anxiety about where the Palestinian Arabs want to take this.

Here's what we knew last night:

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Wednesday, July 19, 2017

Thoughts about (another) "Day of Rage" and honor/shame - by Elder of Ziyon

...Palestinians are completely defined by honor and shame. They cannot communicate except in those terms. Arabic media is filled with words like "humiliation." They are walking bundles of shame waiting for events to attach these "Days of Rage" to - because they want excuses to turn their shame into honor.

Elder of Ziyon..
19 July '17..

Fatah declared today, Wednesday to be a "Day of Rage."

This is supposed to instill fear in the hearts of the dhimmis, who presumably forgot that the last "Days of Rage" were only a couple of months ago. Almost every Friday in May was a "day of rage" in support of the prisoner hunger strike, an issue that faded so quickly it seems hard to remember how important Palestinians pretended it was.

Just like metal detectors on the Temple Mount.

It is important to realize that "Days of Rage" are not responses to events. To the contrary.

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The More Apt Headline? “Israel’s War Against George Soros” or “The NY Times’ War Against Israel.”? - by Ira Stoll

...Why is the Times so eager to side with Soros against Netanyahu? Because Soros — publicly avowed as neither a Zionist nor a “practicing Jew” but rather a harsh and bitter public critic of the Jewish state, committed ideologically to “universalism” instead of “the hard-line nationalism of Mr. Netanyahu’s governing coalition” — represents precisely the Times world view. One can correct blatant factual errors or edit away some contradictions or hire a couple of pro-Israel writers and editors to provide balance. But some things are just incorrigible. When the Times runs articles such as this one about Soros, it’s a signal that discloses where the paper is really coming from.

Ira Stoll..
Algemeiner.com..
18 July '17..

An opinion article in the New York Times improbably used George Soros as a bludgeon with which to attack Israel and its elected prime minister.

I counted at least nine flaws with the article. It appeared in the Times online under the headline “Israel’s War Against George Soros,” but a more apt headline might have been “The New York Times’ War Against Israel.”

It began with the claim, “Mr. Soros has failed the only litmus test that seems to count for Israel’s current leadership: unconditional support for the government, despite its policies of occupation, discrimination and disregard for civil and human rights.”

That’s just nonsense [Problem No. 1]. There’s no such “litmus test,” and there are no such “policies.”

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Tuesday, July 18, 2017

Why the BBC’s failure to cover faux outrage in Jerusalem matters in the UK - by Hadar Sela

...The absence of any sober, factual BBC reporting on this latest example of anti-Israel delegitimisation and dangerous incitement dressed up as faux outrage (once again) over the installation of security measures of the kind already found at public places in Israel and around the world is not merely a technical issue of record. On the BBC’s home turf – where it is obliged to “contribute to social cohesion” – there are elements that are already promoting misinformation on this story to sectors of the UK population. Such misinformation thrives in the vacuum created by the absence of responsible, accurate and impartial reporting by the media organisation with the broadest outreach in the UK.

Hadar Sela..
BBC Watch..
18 July '17..

BBC News website coverage of the terror attack in the Old City of Jerusalem on July 14th included reporting on the temporary closure of Temple Mount while police investigations were being completed.

“In the wake of the incident, police sealed off the site to search it for weapons. It is the first time in decades that the compound, which contains the Dome of the Rock and al-Aqsa Mosque, has been closed for Muslim Friday prayers, which normally draws thousands of worshippers.

The site is administered by an Islamic authority (Waqf), though Israel is in charge of security there. Police are investigating how the attackers managed to smuggle in a handgun, sub-machine gun and knife.” BBC News website, 14/7/17

BBC radio reports on the same story amplified Palestinian objections to that closure but without adequately explaining why it had been implemented or clarifying the political background to those ‘protests’.

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Erdogan's Obsession to Take Jerusalem - by Burak Bekdil

...As an American friend delicately asked: "Isn't Turkey supposed to be investing millions to help rebuild Gaza?" Not, it seems, when Islamist ideology is involved.

Burak Bekdil..
Gatestone Institute..
17 July '17
Link: www.gatestoneinstitute.org/10638/turkey-erdogan-jerusalem

Less than a year ago, Turkey and Israel agreed to end their six-year-long diplomatic stand-off and officially "normalized" their relations. They appointed ambassadors Kemal Okem to Israel and Eitan Na'eh to Turkey, two prominent career diplomats, who, since then, have been struggling actually to normalize formally normalized ties. As some observers, including your humble correspondent, cautioned in 2016:

"Erdogan had pragmatically agreed to shake hands with Israel, but his ideological hostility to the Jewish state and his ideological love affair with Hamas have not disappeared; so the Turkish-Israeli 'peace' would not be easy to sustain".

Only half a year into the "normalized charter" Erdogan in May pledged that his government would work with the Palestinian people to guard against the "Judiazation of Jerusalem." This may be vintage Erdogan. The Turkish president's promise was not too different from a call for a struggle to guard against the "Catholicization of the Vatican."

It is elementary history that Jerusalem's pre-Islamic period of 3300-1000 BCE appeared in the book of Genesis -- the time of Abraham, Isaac and Jacob -- when Erdogan's ancestors were probably hunters in the steppes of Central Asia. The years 1000-732 BCE marked the period of the ancient kingdoms of Israel and Judah. Simply put, Jerusalem's Judaic history dates back to thousands of years before the birth of Islam.

Nevertheless, according to Erdogan, there is a necessity "to protect-against the Judaization of Jerusalem." Erdogan, in his May speech, also repeated an earlier call for Muslims from around the world to "visit al-Aqsa" mosque, located on the Temple Mount in Jerusalem. "As a Muslim community, we need to visit al-Aqsa Mosque often," he said. "Each day that Jerusalem is under occupation is an insult to us."

Observations on a murder and metal detectors - by Vic Rosenthal

...Is this the start of yet another period of increased violence and terrorism? That will depend, I think, on our ability to avoid confusion between the different conflicts. This isn’t the place for compromise, but rather to stand our ground and not allow any further slippage in the not-so-static “status quo.”

Vic Rosenthal..
Abu Yehuda..
17 July '17..
Link: http://abuyehuda.com/2017/07/observations-on-a-murder/

Three Muslim Arabs, who in this case are citizens of Israel, murder two Israeli Druze policemen at a gate to the Temple Mount, shout allahu akbar, then run into the Temple Mount plaza where they engage in a firefight with more police and are killed.

The Israeli government orders the Temple Mount closed temporarily, while it installs metal detectors at some of the gates and searches the area for weapons (knives, fireworks, slingshots, batons, etc., are found). Metal detectors were used at the gates in the past, but were removed in 2000 when Jordan protested.

PM Netanyahu says publicly as well as privately to Mahmoud Abbas and Jordan’s King Abdullah, that the “status quo” – the arrangement that the Jordanian religious waqf administer the site, Jewish visits are limited and Jews are not allowed to pray there – will not be changed.

The site is partially reopened. The waqf, the Jordanian government, Mahmoud Abbas and others protest. Waqf officials and many Palestinians refuse to go through security checks. “The Jews have no rights whatsoever to this mosque – it is for Muslims only. We will not accept being checked every time we want to get inside. We are asking to go back to normal and enter freely, as it was three day [sic] ago,” says Taleb Abu Arar, an Arab Member of the Knesset.

So here is what I think:

First, the Druze are again at the forefront of our struggle for security. The Druze are a distinct people living in northern Israel, Lebanon, Syria and other places in the Middle East, who follow an esoteric religion that includes elements of Islam, Judaism and others. Israeli Druze include cabinet ministers, judges and senior officers in the IDF. They often serve in the toughest combat positions in the IDF and police, and have given their lives in disproportionate numbers. The relationship between the Jewish state and the Druze people is an example of what is possible when disparate groups treat each other with honor and respect.

Monday, July 17, 2017

Surprise? Haaretz Editor: I’m Anti-Zionist and Yes, Israel=Apartheid - by Daniel Pomerantz

...In short, if Haaretz truly cannot bring itself to start behaving like an actual newspaper, then it should stop calling itself one. Perhaps the “Haaretz Anti-Zionism Advocacy Organization,” would be a good name. At least it would be honest.

Daniel Pomerantz..
Honest Reporting..
17 July '17..

Yes, you read that headline right.

In a series of Tweets, Asaf Ronel, world news editor of Haaretz, declared that he is an anti-Zionist. No, he’s not some off-the-wall opinion writer thrown into the newspaper for shock value: he’s the world news editor.


Ronel followed up his initial statement (above) by calling apartheid in Israel “reality,” and clarifying that such “apartheid” began in 1948.

In case you don’t have Twitter, or in the event this conversation gets subsequently deleted, you can follow some of the conversation in these screen shots:

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Two images: Do the things that offend people say something about them? - by Arnold Roth

...The deaths by shooting of the two men whose self-endangering presence was meant to protect the Al-Aqsa precinct and its worshipers from terrorist attack has aroused no expressions of their honor offended - not from Jordan and not in any meaningful way from the Palestinian Arabs. It's almost as if they want attacks like this to happen.

Arnold/Frimet Roth..
This Ongoing War..
17 July '17..

Two photos here.

The first represents a cause around which large swathes of Palestinian Arabs and citizens of the Hashemite Kingdom of Jordan, including most of the members of its parliament, have rallied.

Are those Arab populations offended? They certainly are.




The photo shows new enhanced security devices that were installed on the approaches to the Temple Mount in Jerusalem following Friday's lethal shooting attack by three Arab gunmen from the northern Israeli city of Um Al-Fahm.

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Yet another example of how terror apologists avoid acknowledging the reality of Palestinian violence - by Ariel Behar

...For a group that is supposedly inspired by its faith to work for justice and equality for both Israelis and Palestinians, Jewish Voice for Peace is disturbingly quiet about condemning terrorist violence targeting innocent Israelis.

Ariel Behar..
Algemeiner.com..
16 July '17..

Friday’s terrorist attack at the Temple Mount in Jerusalem provided yet another example of how terror apologists avoid acknowledging the reality of Palestinian violence.

Qatar-based Al-Jazeera‘s first headline made it seem like three Palestinians had been killed for no particular reason. “At least three Palestinians killed in shooting in Jerusalem’s Old City,” the network posted on Twitter.

The three Palestinians were, of course, killed after they shot and killed two police officers and wounded a third in an unprovoked attack.

In the United States, Jewish Voice for Peace (JVP) — which claims to want safe and secure states for both Israelis and Palestinians — reacted to the terrorist attack by sharing a Facebook post with a video about the electricity crisis in the Gaza Strip. “The news today of armed Palestinians killed by Israeli occupying police near Al Aqsa mosque is grim, sad and frightening but won’t include the backdrop of Gaza in the dark — its undrinkable water, children suffering from post-traumatic stress disorder… each day becoming more unlivable,” JVP wrote.

This apparent rationalization of a terrorist attack on the holy site of the Temple Mount is not a surprising move by Jewish Voice for Peace.

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Sunday, July 16, 2017

The Friday killings: Jordan condemns but pay attention to whom - by Arnold Roth

...Obviously it's orders of magnitude easier for Jordan to blame Israel than to bite the bullet of Palestinian Arab and Jordanian (essentially one and the same) adoration of terror, jihad and killing Jews. It's called speaking from both sides of your mouth - but it's far, far less dangerous to those doing the speaking. UNESCO is bound to start calling the Hashemite Kingdom to order any minute now.

Wael Arabiyat
Arnold/Frimet Roth..
This Ongoing War..
16 July '17..

You can take seriously this report in today's Times of Israel if you like: "Jordan king condemns Temple Mount attack in call with Netanyahu". But note that it is barely re-reported outside Israel and the actual language of the Hashemite king's "condemnation" is hard to find.

On the other hand, Petra, the official voice of Jordan's government, still has its condemnation of Israel in the name of its Minister of Awqaf and Islamic Affairs Wael Arabiyat.

He manages to include

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Mahmoud Abbas Will Never Walk the Walk of Peace - by Prof. Hillel Frisch

Thanks to his struggle against Israel, Mahmoud Abbas is a political superstar. Many heads of NATO states can only dream of his access to great leaders. As long as Abbas does not make peace with Israel, he meets US presidents with almost the same frequency as the prime minister of Great Britain. If he does make peace, he might suffer the fate of Jordan’s kings, who meet the US president far less after having signed the Israel-Jordan peace treaty than they did before.

Prof. Hillel Frisch..
BESA Center Perspectives Paper No. 529..
15 July '17..
Link: https://besacenter.org/perspectives-papers/abbas-never-make-peace/

Whether Mahmoud Abbas will walk the walk of peace rather than merely talk the talk has been a subject of debate since his assumption of the presidency of the Palestinian Authority (PA) after the death of Yasser Arafat in November 2004.

The answer is clearly no. The evidence is in the list of meetings with the president of the US, the meeting most coveted by heads of state.

Abbas currently meets US presidents with almost the same frequency as the prime minister of Great Britain, the most trusted ally of the US, with a population at least twenty times that of the PA and which carries nearly 400 times its economic weight. British GDP stands at $2.8 trillion; the PA’s is
$7 billion (including Gaza, which Abbas does not control).

But thanks to his struggle against Israel, Abbas is a political superstar many heads of NATO states can only dream of being.

From the end of 2004 through this summer, the heads of state (king or prime minister) of Spain – a medium-sized European state, NATO member, and home to US military installations, which has had warm ties with the US since the Cold War – have had fewer official one-on-one meetings with US presidents than Mahmoud Abbas (11 to the PA; 9 to Spain). Only one of the three most recent US presidents, Obama, visited Spain (in 2016), and eight of the meetings between the heads of state were in the US on working or official visits. By contrast, Abbas met all three presidents on his own home ground. He didn’t even have to make the trip to Washington.

So far, the numbers have shown it is worthwhile to avoid making peace with Israel. But how do we know making peace will dent Abbas’s superstar status? Isn’t it possible he will meet the US president even more after making peace than he did in the pre-peace era?

No, it isn’t. Two sets of evidence demonstrate that making peace with Israel is bad for one’s international visibility.

Saturday, July 15, 2017

Ma'an's Temple Mount Terror Attack Report: Druze Are Palestinians? - by Sheri Oz

...The one thing Ma’an got right is when they reported that the terrorists opened the attack against the Israeli security officers. Their report describes how the three terrorists (well, they did not actually call them terrorists) on a motorbike opened fire on the border police “at point blank range” from Lions’ Gate and then rushed off to take cover in the Al-Aqsa Mosque compound.

Sheri Oz..
Israel Diaries..
14 July '17..

I wonder if the Druze of Israel appreciate being adopted by the enemies of Israel and made out to be one and the same with them. The anti-Israel news website, Ma’an, thinks they would be okay with it and begins its report on this morning’s (14 July) terror attack thus:

Three Palestinian citizens of Israel and two police officers — also Palestinian citizens of Israel — were killed during an armed confrontation in the Old City of occupied East Jerusalem early on Friday morning. [emphasis added]

These two police officers were Druze citizens of Israel. I doubt that the Druze citizens of Israel would agree to being referred to as “Palestinians”.

I also find it funny that they call what happened an “armed confrontation” as if it was something other than a terror attack.

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Friday, July 14, 2017

'Their Land'? The LA Times and the Bedouin of Khan Al Ahmar - by Tamar Sternthal

...Were the European Union to abandon its policy of constructing illegal shelters lacking basic infrastructure, and to instead assist the Bedouin to move to nearby legal homes with running water, electricity and sewage, Bedouin may no longer be “caught in the middle.” Nor would 12-year-old Nasrin have to wash her hair with a bucket in her dilapidated shack.

Tamar Sternthal..
CAMERA Media Analyses..
11 July '17..

“Bedouins in the West Bank hold fast to their land — as pressure builds for them to leave,” is the specious Los Angeles Times online headline last week about Khan Al Ahmar, the Jahalin Bedouin encampment in the contested E1 area east of Jerusalem.

It contradicts The Los Angeles Times own past reporting about the Jahalin in the area. In January 1994, the newspaper noted: “No one, not even [Jahalin member Mohamed Ahmad] Hairsh, claims that his tribe has a legal right to be there."

Nevertheless, as The Times’ article this week notes, the “rugged, sparse landscape”

is at the center of a political tug of war. The region is coveted by Israelis who want to expand Jewish settlements and to solidify control over Jerusalem, as well as Palestinians who see it as part of their own state someday.

The Bedouins, caught in the middle, may soon be forced from this land.

It is precisely because the strategic land sits at the center of a political tug of war that it is particularly critical that journalists responsibly report the relevant history and facts. For instance, how long have the Khan Al Ahmar homes at risk of demolition sat on “their land,” as the headline put it? From time immemorial? Before or after the 1948 war? After the key 1967 war?

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Fourteen Flaws in Thomas Friedman’s ‘Israel to American Jews’ NY Times Column - by Ira Stoll

...Friedman’s column was headlined “Israel to American Jews: You Just Don’t Matter.” For 14 reasons, a more accurate headline would have been “Friedman to Facts: You Just Don’t Matter.”

Ira Stoll..
Algemeiner.com..
14 July '17..

The New York Times devotes three columns on the top half of its op-ed page to an article by Thomas Friedman that appears under the headline, “Israel to American Jews: You Just Don’t Matter.”

By my count there are at least 14 different problems with the article, starting with the headline.

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BBC Middle East correspondent: Jewish history in Hebron is a ‘view’ - by Hadar Sela

...Like the rest of the BBC’s coverage of this story, Bateman’s equivocal ‘he said-she said’ account and his refusal to even provide historical facts without introducing false equivalence and ‘narratives’ obviously does not meet the corporation’s mission of providing “accurate and impartial news, current affairs and factual programming of the highest editorial standards so that all audiences can engage fully with issues across the UK and the world”.

Hadar Sela..
BBC Watch..
13 July '17..

BBC reporting on last week’s UNESCO resolution concerning the old city of Hebron – including the Tomb of the Patriarchs – has consistently failed to adequately clarify to audiences both the real reasons for Israel’s objections to the motion as well as the fact that the professional body assessing the proposal submitted by the Palestinian delegation did not recommend its adoption and criticised it for ignoring Jewish and Christian heritage in the city, “even though extensive remains testify to these links”.

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Thursday, July 13, 2017

For some reason, the U.S. consulate is determined to wipe out Jewish history in the Holy Land - by Stephen M. Flatow

...For some reason, the U.S. consulate is determined to wipe out Jewish history in the Holy Land. I suppose one could say that’s consistent with the recent decision by UNESCO to brand the Cave of the Patriarchs a “Palestinian” historical site. But it’s not the kind of behavior we were expecting from a representative of President Donald Trump’s administration. (Blome assumed the consul general post in July 2015, during President Barack Obama’s tenure.) While promoting one myth, however, Blome has unintentionally exposed another.

U.S. Consul General in Jerusalem
Donald Blome
Stephen M. Flatow..
JNS.org..
12 July '17..

The U.S. consul general in Jerusalem recently set off on the first leg of a 200-mile hike that will simultaneously promote one pro-Palestinian myth while inadvertently exploding another. That’s quite a “twofer!”

Consul General Donald Blome is an avid hiker. For some reason, he has decided to ignore Israeli hiking trails in Judea and Samaria, and instead is making his way across the “Masar Ibrahim Al-Khalil,” or the Ibrahim Path, which runs from northern Samaria to southern Judea.

The website of the U.S. Consulate General in Jerusalem quotes Blome as explaining that “this journey is all about exploring the connection of the people with the land.” But he’s not talking about the Jewish people, who have a 3,000-year-old connection to the land through which he is hiking. Instead, Blome has in mind the “connection” of people who only started calling themselves “Palestinians” in the 1970s and who—in many cases—are actually the descendants of Egyptian, Syrian or Lebanese Arabs who arrived in the 1920s and 1930s.

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Car ramming headlines? We should be grateful for small tidbits: the headline refers to Judea as "Israel." - by Judean Rose

...Note that the terrorist becomes an "assailant," and soldiers becomes "soldier." There's no mention of any injury caused by the attack. That would be deemed too sympathetic to Israel. We should be grateful for small tidbits: the headline refers to Judea as "Israel." Shhhhhhhhh. Don't anyone tell them.

Judean Rose..
http://elderofziyon.blogspot.com..
12 July '17..

On Monday there was a ramming attack near Tekoa, not far from where I live. The terrorist rammed his car into a group of soldiers, then jumped out of the car brandishing a knife, and attempted to stab as many soldiers as possible. One soldier was injured. The terrorist died, as he intended, while doing his evil deed.

These are the facts, cut and dried.

An hour later, I happened to be on Twitter and saw that the top trending hashtag was "Tekoa." Mildly curious, I clicked to see what people were saying. First there was the IDF Spokesperson's blog, which had everything anyone would want to know in a brief update, except for the missing bit about the injured soldier. We can assume and appreciate that this was not yet known at that point. Fine.

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NY Times Demonstrates ‘Ultra-Bad’ Journalism About Israeli Politics - by Ira Stoll

What can one say about this treatment from the Times? One might call it bad journalism, or bad history. But that might even be too generous. If one were to treat the Times the way the Times treats Israel, one might write that the Times has “always been identified with ultra-bad journalism.”

Ira Stoll..
Algemeiner.com..
12 July '17..

Just days after hurling the adjective “nationalist” at the political party of Israel’s defense minister — and coming in for criticism from The Algemeiner for doing so — the New York Times is upping the ante, with a news article describing the minister, Avigdor Lieberman, as “ultra-nationalist.”

The Times offers no explanation about what exactly crosses the line from merely “nationalist” to “ultra-nationalist,” or why a politician described as merely one a few days ago deserves a promotion, or demotion, to the more extreme category a few days later.

Nor is that the only oddity in this Times article, which reports on the election of Avi Gabbay as the chairman of Israel’s Labor Party.

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Wednesday, July 12, 2017

What do Hamas and UNESCO have in common? - by Bassam Tawil

...The latest UNESCO resolutions are a catalyst for Palestinian terrorism against Israelis. Yet they are more than that: they also make the prospect of peace even more distant. UNESCO and other international agencies that deny Jewish history are sending a green light for violence and extremism to Palestinians and other Arabs and Muslims.

Bassam Tawil..
Gatestone Institute..
12 July '17..

What do Hamas and UNESCO have in common?

Both believe that Jews have no historical, religious or emotional attachment to the Holy Land.

The recent UNESCO resolutions concerning Jerusalem and Hebron are precisely what terror groups that deny Israel's right to exist, such as Hamas, have long been hoping to hear from the international community.

The first resolution denies that Israel is the sovereign power over Jerusalem, including the Western Wall, while the second one designates Hebron and the Jewish Tomb of the Patriarchs as an "Endangered Palestinian World Heritage Site."

The two UNESCO resolutions, in fact, back the position of Hamas and other Palestinians -- namely that Israel has no right to exist. These decisions provide Hamas and other terror groups with ammunition with which to destroy Israel, killing as many Jews as possible in the process.

Is it any wonder, then, that Hamas leaders were rubbing their hands with glee upon the announcement of the UNESCO resolutions?

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Anti-Semitism and George Soros' efforts to target the Jewish state - by Dror Eydar

It appears that Soros does not really care much for our support. In that regard, the fight against Soros is also a fight against anti-Semitism.

Dror Eydar..
Israel Hayom..
12 July '17..
Link: http://www.israelhayom.com/site/newsletter_opinion.php?id=19401

Over the course of Jewish history, some of our biggest haters have come from within. Hungarian-born U.S. financier George Soros has systematically used his philanthropic activity to undermine important Jewish ideas. This has been especially true in his efforts to target the Jewish state.

Perhaps some of the Israeli organizations he funds are legitimate organizations, but his funds have also been used by those who want to delegitimize Israel and to see that it is no longer defined as a Jewish state.

A comprehensive report by the watchdog NGO Monitor shows that some of the organizations he supports cast Israel as a racist and apartheid state that commits war crimes. They want to isolate Israel in the world and subject it to international sanctions. This activity includes support for the boycott, divestment and sanctions movement.

Documents from Open Society Foundations, a network of organizations that Soros funds to promote his worldview and lobbying activity, were leaked about a year ago, allowing us to get a glimpse into his priorities. "Human rights defense work remains an important priority for the Iran program, but should not be pursued to the exclusion of all other work, including work on supporting better policy outcomes such as support for a nuclear deal with Iran," reads a document from 2014.

Yes, you read that right. Having thousands of Iranians killed by the ayatollahs was just fine as long as the nuclear deal was implemented. This fabulous production, featuring the smiling Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif and Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei, was brought to you by George Soros.

Subsidizing the arts? Just some more BDS hypocrisy about Lincoln Center - by Elder of Ziyon

...Apparently, the BDS folks have no problem with those who subsidize Islamic terror or those who support Syrian war crimes when they subsidizing art. Only Israel.

Elder of Ziyon..
10 July '17..

A group of anti-Israel artists - including, of course, Roger Waters - signed a petition to force Lincoln Center not to show a play that was partially funded by the Israeli government. As the NYT reports:

More than 60 artists, including four Pulitzer Prize winners and other prominent writers, actors, directors and playwrights, have signed an open letter calling on Lincoln Center to cancel performances of a play co-produced by two Israeli theater companies and backed by the Israeli government.

The play, “To the End of the Land,” is produced by the Cameri Theater of Tel Aviv and Ha’Bima National Theater of Israel and is based on a critically acclaimed 2008 novel by David Grossman about a mother who tries to escape from her worry over her son’s military service by going on a hike in the Galilee.

The play, part of the Lincoln Center Festival, is being presented July 24-27 “with support of Israel’s Office of Cultural Affairs in North America,” according to a news release. This is the main point of contention in the letter, even though Mr. Grossman, the play’s author, has been an outspoken critic of the Israeli government in the past. The letter was organized by Adalah-NY, an advocacy group that calls for the boycott of Israel over its treatment of Palestinians.

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Tuesday, July 11, 2017

Do Palestinian Authority payments motivate terror? Certainly motivated Khaled Rajoub - by PMW

...Palestinian terrorist: "I've accumulated large debts... if my son wants a shekel, I have nothing to give him... I decided to do something serious, such as committing murder, something in which I will both kill and die, and then my family will get money (i.e., from the PA) and will live comfortably...If I'm not able to kill soldiers, I'll try settlers, guards - in other words any Israeli target - the important thing is that I will die and they will kill me, so that my children will receive a [PA] allowance and live happily".

Itamar Marcus/Nan Jacques Zilberdik..
Palestinian Media Watch..
10 July '17..

In anticipation of the hearing this coming Wednesday in the US Senate on the Taylor Force Act, which would cut all US funding to the Palestinian Authority until it stops paying salaries to terrorists and allowances to families of terrorist "Martyrs," Palestinian Media Watch is releasing a transcript of the Israeli Police's interrogation of a Palestinian terrorist, which PMW received and translated from the original in Arabic.

The terrorist, Khaled Rajoub, was caught after an unsuccessful attempt to murder Israelis. During interrogation, he explained that his motivation for the planned murder was so he himself would also be killed and his family would then receive monthly payments from the PA. In his own words: "... any Israeli target - the important thing is that I will die and they will kill me, so that my children will receive a [PA] allowance and live happily."

Had Khaled Rajoub been killed by Israel during his terror attack, the PA would have declared him a "Martyr" and this would secure his family a monthly PA lifetime allowance of 2,800 shekels/month: 1,400 base pay, 400 for his wife and 200 for each of 5 children.

Khaled Rajoub's statements show that the PA's financial rewards to terrorists and "Martyrs'" families definitely constitute motivation for terror.

Throughout the interrogation, terrorist Rajoub kept emphasizing his determination to kill Israelis in order to receive PA allowances for his family:

Interrogator: "Why did you decide to kill soldiers, and not someone else?"

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An unacceptable and ever-growing strategic threat to Israel - by Caroline Glick

...Perhaps in a jab at his predecessor, Moshe Ya’alon, who years ago argued notoriously that Hezbollah’s missiles would “rust” in their storage facilities, perhaps in warning to Hezbollah, Liberman added, “The factories won’t rust and the missiles won’t rust.” So if we aren’t indifferent to Hezbollah’s expansion of its capabilities, what are we planning to do about it?

Caroline Glick..
Column One/JPost..
07 July '17..
Link: http://www.jpost.com/Opinion/Column-One-Hezbollahs-missiles-will-not-rust-499027

Last month IDF Military Intelligence chief Maj.-Gen. Herzl Halevi made a stunning revelation. Hezbollah and Iran are transforming the terrorist group into a military force capable of independently producing its own precision weapons.

Speaking at the Herzliya Conference, Halevi reported, “We are seeing Hezbollah building a domestic military industry on Lebanese soil based on Iranian know-how. Hezbollah is producing weapons systems and transporting them to southern Lebanon.”

Halevi added, “Over the past year, Iran is working to establish infrastructure for the independent production of precision weapons in Lebanon and Yemen. We cannot be indifferent to this development. And we aren’t.”

Not only is Hezbollah building a missile industry. It is deploying its forces directly across the border with Israel – in material breach of UN Security Council Resolution 1701 from 2006, which set the terms of the cease-fire between Israel and Hezbollah at the end of the Second Lebanon War.

Under the terms of 1701, Hezbollah is prohibited from operating south of the Litani River. Only the Lebanese Armed Forces (LAF) and UNIFIL – the UN’s peacekeeping force – are supposed to be deployed in southern Lebanon.

According to Halevi, operating under the cover of a phony environmental NGO called “Green Without Borders,” Hezbollah has set up observation posts manned with its fighters along the border with Israel.

In Halevi’s words, with these posts, “Hezbollah is now able to operate a stone’s throw from the border.”

In a media briefing on Sunday, Defense Minister Avigdor Liberman discussed Halevi’s revelations. Liberman said that the security community “is absolutely aware [of the missile plants] and is taking the necessary action.”

“This is a significant phenomenon,” Liberman warned. “We must under no circumstances ignore it.”

Perhaps in a jab at his predecessor, Moshe Ya’alon, who years ago argued notoriously that Hezbollah’s missiles would “rust” in their storage facilities, perhaps in warning to Hezbollah, Liberman added, “The factories won’t rust and the missiles won’t rust.”

So if we aren’t indifferent to Hezbollah’s expansion of its capabilities, what are we planning to do about it?

Palestinian Authority glorification of terrorism once again ignored by the BBC - by Hadar Sela

...The BBC, however, continues to fail its audiences by refraining from providing the readily available information which would enhance their understanding of the involvement of the Palestinian Authority and its ruling party Fatah in promoting violence, incitement and glorification of terrorism.

Hadar Sela..
BBC Watch..
10 July '17..

In late May the BBC’s Middle East editor wrote an article summing up the US president’s visit to Israel in which he told BBC audiences that:

“One pointer to a potential difference with Israel’s Prime Minister, Benjamin Netanyahu came at the museum. In his opening remarks, Mr Netanyahu said that if the bomber in Manchester was Palestinian, and his victims were Israelis, the Palestinian Authority would be paying a stipend to his family.

He was referring to a Palestinian Martyrs’ fund. It pays pensions to people it regards as victims of the occupation, including the families of individuals who have been killed attacking Israelis. There is also a fund to support Palestinians who have been imprisoned by Israel. The Palestinians have compared the payments to the salaries Israel pays to soldiers.

President Trump, in his speech, did not pick up the cue.

After making many warm remarks about Israel, which earned him standing ovations, he said he believed that the Palestinian President, Mahmoud Abbas, was serious about making peace.

Senior Israeli politicians and officials in the room disagree. Prime Minister Netanyahu said earlier this year that President Abbas lied to Donald Trump when they met in the White House.” [emphasis added]

As was noted here at the time:

“The BBC’s Middle East editor does not of course bother to inform the corporation’s audiences that Mahmoud Abbas did indeed lie when he stated during that Washington visit that:

“Mr. President, I affirm to you that we are raising our youth, our children, our grandchildren on a culture of peace.”

Of course the BBC’s long-standing editorial policy of avoidance of meaningful reporting on the issue of the PA’s incitement and glorification of terrorism – including among children – means that audiences would be unable to fill in Bowen’s deliberate blanks.”

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