Tuesday, September 19, 2017

The problem being Muslims want to take away ALL Jewish holy sites - by Elder of Ziyon

...This wholesale theft of an entire history seems a bit more serious than Israelis saying falafel is their national dish. But there are more articles about how Israel's supposed "cultural appropriation" than Muslim theft and attempted theft.

Elder of Ziyon..
18 September '17..

With all of the talk about the Temple Mount, it is sometimes easy to forget that every single Jewish holy site is also claimed by Muslims today as being exclusively Islamic.

Think about that. Muslims do not want to allow the Jews, who they claim to respect, to have a single holy site of their own. They have attempted to steal every one, from major Jewish shrines to relatively minor ones.

Today's Palestine Today has a story about how Jews "broke into" the Tomb of the Patriarchs.

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Judicial Activism and Israel's Supreme Court Shielding of Hamas Officials from Consequences - by Evelyn Gordon

...The court’s judicial activism impedes the government’s ability to set policy in almost every walk of life, as I detailed in Mosaic last year, and several rulings over the past few months rightly outraged many members of Israel’s ruling parties. But last week’s ruling may have been a tipping point: In response, Justice Minister Ayelet Shaked and her Jewish Home party submitted legislation to curb the court’s excesses. Whether it will pass remains to be seen. But this outrageous ruling in defense of Hamas legislators amply shows why it should.

Evelyn Gordon..
Analysis from Israel..
18 September '17..
Link: http://evelyncgordon.com/israel-courts-shield-hamas-officials-from-consequences/

When Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu addresses the UN General Assembly on Tuesday, he’ll undoubtedly devote part of his speech to the need to fight terrorist organizations. What he probably won’t mention is that in Israel, the fight is often hamstrung by the Supreme Court’s out-of-control judicial activism, as evidenced by last week’s mind-boggling ruling denying the government the right to revoke the Israeli residency of people serving in the Palestinian legislature or cabinet on behalf of Hamas.

In 2006, three Palestinian residents of East Jerusalem were elected to the Palestinian parliament on behalf of the Hamas-affiliated Change and Reform party, while a fourth was appointed to the Palestinian cabinet on behalf of that party. Israel responded by revoking their Israeli residency rights.

To most people, this would sound like a no-brainer. Many democracies view serving in a foreign government as grounds for revocation of citizenship because holding a policy-level position in one country’s government is considered to require a level of commitment to that country, which conflicts with one’s loyalty to the other country. Indeed, both America and Israel have such rules for their own citizens in policy-level positions; that’s why, for instance, when Michael Oren became ambassador to the U.S., he had to forfeit his American citizenship, despite the fact that America and Israel are close allies.

But these four Palestinians weren’t just serving in a foreign government; they were doing so on behalf of Hamas – a terrorist organization sworn to Israel’s destruction. This, as the Israeli government correctly argued in court, constituted a massive “breach of trust” toward Israel.

Rasmea and The Radical Radicle: Where An Online Student Journal Joins ‘Fake Academia’

...One thing I am not sure of, however, is the meaning of “peer-reviewed” in this particular context: are the peers one’s students or are they faculty? If one’s fellow students, then it may be a case of the blind leading the blind, something that would seriously down-grade the value of this journal to anyone other than the authors’ proud parents. If faculty are the ones doing the peer review, then I would expect more rigourous adjudication of papers than is evident in the two examples I am critiquing here.

Sheri Oz..
Israel Diaries..
18 September '17..

Rasmea Odeh is unfairly maligned, according to a paper showcased on Reed College’s online journal. Fake academia at its best! This critique was prepared in honour of Odeh’s deportation from the USA scheduled for tomorrow. (Sept. 19th)

Providing an outlet for publishing student papers is a wonderful apprenticeship for budding academics. Misused, however, it can raise a new generation engaging in “fake academia” that I think is even more insidious and dangerous than “fake news”. Here is what Reed College says about its student journal, called Radicle (the part of the seed that sprouts):

Reed Anthropology Review is the student-powered and peer-reviewed annual journal of anthropology at Reed College. Sponsored by the Department of Anthropology and operated by students, for students, it is a space for highlighting Reed’s undergraduate work that is informed by anthropological method and theory.

Now, to be sure, I am not educated in anthropological method and theory, but I do know a thing or two or more about the Middle East and I think I am able to understand an academic paper, even one filled to the brim with jargon. If there are particular terms with which I am unfamiliar, I have no problem accessing definitions on the Web. Therefore, I anticipated an interesting read when I discovered that two articles in the 2017 volume of Radicle pertained to my favourite topic, Israel and the Middle East. Both articles were written by Sophie Spencer-Zavos.

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Monday, September 18, 2017

The reality of Technion-Cornell vs. the rants of Steven Salaita - by Divest This!

...Every few years, our Temple is blessed by a visit from young Israeli soldiers traveling through Boston, and I’ve always been stunned by the seriousness and maturity of kids not much older than my recent high-school graduate. And it is these serious young men and women who then go on to university and from there become the next generation of Technion professors, business leaders, or successes in a thousand other fields (all the while continuing to contribute to the defense of their homeland). In a contest between such serious people and freaks and weirdos like Steven Salaita, who has the upper hand?

Jonathan Marks..
Divest This!/Elder of Ziyon..
18 September '17..

Fair Fight

I’ve talked a number of times about how unfair the fight is between Israel and her defamers.
Those defamers, after all, have a militant goal: the elimination of the Jewish state. With that goal as their North Star, strategies to weaken that state or make its destruction appear noble and just become clear, as do tactics to achieve those strategic aims (such as BDS). In addition, the sociopathic nature of Israel’s enemies gives them the power to manipulate others while feeling no guilt over their own destructive, ruthless behavior.

In contrast, nearly all Israelis and friends of Israel do not want to see enemies eliminated. In fact, our greatest dream (i.e., our goal) is not to see Palestinians/Arabs/Muslims destroyed, but rather to live at peace with them (or at least be left in peace by them). With such non-militant goals driving our enterprise, it’s no surprise that we cannot gin up the kind of hatred needed to drive decades-long hostile counter-campaigns. And our unwillingness to use others as means to an end means we are not ready to manipulate neutrals in order to use them as weapons in our political campaigns.

While I still hold to this analysis, some recent events also got me thinking of another way to look at “the fight,” one in which the odds can seem stacked in Israel’s favor.

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King Abdullah’s Everyday Untruths - by Elder of Ziyon

...The entire “frustration” meme is an excuse to avoid looking at the core issue: Arabs refusing to accept Israel, even if some of them are forced to pretend that they do for political reasons. But deep down, the vast, vast majority of Arabs see a Jewish sovereign presence in the Middle East as temporary — just like the Crusader control of Jerusalem. If they are patient, the Arab people believe, the Jews will eventually be forced out..

Elder of Ziyon..
Algemeiner .com..
17 September '17

This interview with Jordan’s King Abdullah — from the Petra News Agency (and posted on the Jordanian embassy’s website) — is clearly meant for an American audience:

Jordan News Agency: Your Majesty, when it comes to the Palestinian issue, have there been genuine international efforts to bring the Palestinians and the Israelis back to the negotiating table?

King Abdullah: In my interactions with US President Trump and his administration, I have sensed a commitment to bolstering efforts aimed at reaching a solution that guarantees peace between the Palestinians and the Israelis, which is positive and encouraging. I expect that we will see this commitment translated into action in the near future, based on the two-state solution, which is the only way to end the conflict.

Regional issues are interconnected. Reaching just and comprehensive peace that guarantees the emergence of an independent state for the Palestinians on their national soil with East Jerusalem as its capital will, in turn, achieve security and stability for the region and its peoples. In the same vein, failure to make progress in the peace process will fuel frustration and anger among the region’s peoples and serve the agenda of extremists, who exploit the injustices perpetrated against the Palestinians and the frequent violations against Islamic and Christian holy sites in Jerusalem. We have witnessed this during the recent crisis in Jerusalem.

You won’t read about Abdullah’s muted — but clear — praise for the Trump administration’s peacemaking efforts in the media.

But the second paragraph is more interesting, even if it’s boilerplate.

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No Free Ride For Mahmoud Abbas - "Unity Government" Must Clear Out Gaza Weapons - by Dr. Aaron Lerner

...the failure of leaders to raise the issue will only serve to make it harder for the Palestinian leadership to actually honor their written obligations since the silence of world leaders will be seen as proof that the world doesn't really expect the Palestinians to comply.

Dr. Aaron Lerner..
IMRA..
17 September '17..
Link: http://www.imra.org.il/story.php3?id=72733

Any serious leader who meets with Mahmoud Abbas this week in New York during the UN General Assembly should make it crystal clear that if and when the PA again has authority in the Gaza Strip an immediate task and responsibility will be to remove and/or destroy the tremendous massive illegal weapons now deployed there.

This time its different.

Ever since "Oslo" was launched close to a quarter century ago, each time Israel complained about illegal weapons the response was to deny their existence.

Sunday, September 17, 2017

When the Cost of European Arrogance is Lives - by Daniel Pomerantz

...Consider that over 20% of Israel’s population is Arab, as are all of its neighboring countries, and the conclusion is obvious: for all its challenges, Israel understands how to live with Muslim neighbors and how to protect against Islamic terror. Europe, on the other hand, does not. Yet if the speakers at the ICT conference are any indication, European leaders have yet to face and accept this hard truth. And the people of Europe are paying for this mistake with their lives.

Daniel Pomerantz..
Honest Reporting..
17 September '17..

Last week I attended the International Institute for Counter-Terrorism conference in connection with Israel’s Interdisciplinary Center in Herzliya (the “IDC Herzliya”).

Speakers and attendees included military, diplomats and experts from every region of the world. All echoed one similar theme: do not underestimate Islamic State (ISIS), nor its likely replacements.

(Full disclosure, in addition to my work at HonestReporting I am also an adjunct faculty member and lecturer at the IDC. HonestReporting France’s Walter Ben Artzi is a student at the IDC, as is HR intern Veronika Becvarova who contributed to this article.)

Islamic State is not the “JV Team”

Former president Barak Obama once referred to terror groups in Syria and Iraq (including Islamic State) as the “JV team,” a sports metaphor indicating that he did not feel they pose a serious threat. American Presidents including Obama and Trump as well as various pundits have referred to Islamic State as being well on its way to defeat, pointing in particular to loss of territory.

Most experts at the ICT conference disagreed.

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Questions for Jordan's heir apparent: Stopping terror? - by Arnold Roth

...There's nothing especially shocking in any of this except for how the brazen hypocrisy on terror against Israelis gets repeatedly air-brushed out of all mainstream media coverage of King Abdullah's court.

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

The Jordan Times, published in Amman and owned by a kingdom-controlled foundation, reported this morning the not-entirely-stunning news that

His Majesty King Abdullah, accompanied by Her Majesty Queen Rania, on Friday left the Kingdom, heading to New York, where he will be leading the Jordanian delegation to the 72nd session of the UN General Assembly... Deputising for the King, HRH Crown Prince Hussein is scheduled to deliver Jordan’s speech before the General Assembly... In 2015, the Crown Prince became the youngest person ever to chair a Security Council meeting, when he called for measures to prevent the world’s youth from being lured into the dark world of extremism... ["King to take part in UN meeting", September 16, 2017]

If you're a news reporter or editor, wouldn't you want to take the opportunity to get Jordan's ruler to clarify his view of terrorism in light of the free-pass and ongoing protection he has given to a mass-murdering Jordanian woman who was named to the FBI's Most Wanted Terrorists list on March 14, 2017?

No mainstream media has tackled him on this. In view of his repeated public condemnations of terror, that's strange, disturbing and something that ought to be corrected.

If King Abdullah is out of reach, can we suggest putting a similar question to HRH Crown Prince Hussein who is going to deliver Jordan's speech to the UN General Assembly? There's much he could explain, but frankly it's the reference in the Jordan Times piece above that has us intrigued.

After all, a public official and next-in-line-to-the-Hashemite-throne who speaks publicly about "measures to prevent the world’s youth from being lured into the dark world of extremism" might be fair game for some timely questions about how to stop terror. He's young (now 23) and perhaps a little naive (just our impression). But editors ought to note he's already two years older than that other Jordanian, Ahlam Tamimi, was when she masterminded the massacre at Jerusalem's Sbarro pizzeria. And he has attracted some extravagant praise:

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Mahmoud Abbas at the UN again: Who cares? - by David Weinberg

Once again, an American administration is begging Abbas to put on his “moderate” mask, and not to “exacerbate” the situation with an inflammatory speech or with extreme moves against Israel. What difference does it make whether Abbas gives a “moderate” speech at the UN next week? His obstructionism is constant.

David Weinberg..
A Citadel Defending Zion..
15 September '17..
Link: http://davidmweinberg.com/2017/09/15/abbas-at-the-un-again-who-cares/

Next week, Palestinian Authority leader Mahmoud Abbas will once again stand at the rostrum of the United Nations General Assembly. Once again, an American administration is begging Abbas to put on his “moderate” mask, and not to “exacerbate” the situation with an inflammatory speech or with extreme moves against Israel.

I say that this not a real test of presumed Palestinian moderation. The real question is: How far can Abbas go in opposing real negotiation and compromise, encouraging violence, venerating terrorists, and pushing the criminalization of Israel internationally – while still being considered a paragon of peace by the global community?

Consider: For almost two decades, Israelis have been told that Mahmoud Abbas was the most reasonable Palestinian leader they could hope for; that he was Israel’s best partner for peace; that he was the moderate with whom a grand compromise deal could be reached. Israelis wanted to believe this so much.

But then came the Abbas who walked away from Prime Minister Ehud Olmert’s outrageously generous territorial offer in 2008; and the Abbas who refused peace talks with Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu even after Netanyahu froze settlement construction; and the Abbas who left US Secretary of State John Kerry out in the cold in 2014.

Then there was the “PaliLeaks” opportunity to ready the Palestinian public for compromise with Israel. But Abbas ran away from that gateway too, vigorously denying the hints of compromise with Israel (about refugees, Jerusalem, and borders) that were in the leaked documents.

Ever since then, Abbas has used every international forum to spew forth extremist vitriol against Israel and seek the criminalization of Israel. His record of speech-making at the UN General Assembly (UNGA) is particularly appalling.

Saturday, September 16, 2017

Why you shouldn’t just shrug your shoulders at SOAS - by David Collier

...This entire narrative, this fictional tale of 'Palestinianism', is a giant Ponzi scheme, that uses places like SOAS as a hunting ground for new investors. The gullible students are the schemes prey. Look at how many of today's anti-Zionist academic activists were shaped in the cesspit of SOAS. A university betraying both itself and the society it is meant to serve.

David Collier..
Beyond the Great Divide..
15 September '17..

For those of us who have experienced the hostility of SOAS, even images of the building can create an uneasy feeling. Those Jews who attend events, tell tales of the anti-Jewish rhetoric that thrives and multiplies there. Yet until you have personally experienced it, it is difficult to adequately describe the threat SOAS presents. Too many people make the mistake of suggesting SOAS, like towns such as Bradford, simply reflect the political demographic of those that walk within. That’s ‘okay’ they suggest, because it is just Bradford, just SOAS.

They are wrong. They completely fail to understand the central message such understanding brings. This is why:

SOAS isn’t some outlying town, it is a university. A university in the heart of London. The prime function of SOAS is to create an environment where research and higher education flourish. Where people that enter its halls have their underlying beliefs challenged, reaching for greater understanding, whilst standing on the giants of those that came before.

Unchallenged lies at SOAS

And yet SOAS isn’t fulfilling its primary function. SOAS in reality is little more than a breeding pit of ignorance and intolerance. A place where for many, education becomes stymied, if it isn’t in line with the narrow ideological constraints of the thuggery that has taken control. Students of some minorities are simply unwelcome if they refuse to conform. In lecture halls, lies are told openly, and the university promotes and defends an environment where those lies cannot be challenged. Like Stalinism and Nazism, at SOAS, history is being erased and replaced with a dangerous ideology through the use of threatening behaviour and effective propaganda.

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