Terrorized New Yorkers Host Terror-Enabling Regimes at UN

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Terrorized New Yorkers Host Terror-Enabling Regimes at UN

This article by Anne Bayefsky originally appeared on Breitbart News.

The leaders of terror-sponsoring states are currently descending on Manhattan for the annual opening of the UN General Assembly and their words are guaranteed to be blasted across the global airwaves. It is about time we made the connection between the terror-enablers in Turtle Bay and the terrorism in the streets beyond.

Monday brought new meaning to the phrase ‘upstairs, downstairs.’ Above ground, the limousines glided in and out of UN Headquarters – recently renovated with more than half a billion dollars from U.S. taxpayers alone. Below ground, millions of New York straphangers were held up in subway and train stations until police gave the all-clear.

The contrasts get even starker. Iranian President Hassan Rouhani is being protected by New York’s finest, while he is endangering American sailors and pilots in the Persian Gulf.

Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas is paying “martyrs” that kill Americans and Israelis, while Americans are paying to take good care of his health and welfare when he is in town.

Then there are the other so-called “world leaders” that New Yorkers are hosting. All have immunity to travel to and from the UN in the name of “world peace.” And yet they include despots and dictators from terror hotspots like Lebanon, Libya, Qatar, Saudi Arabia, Syria, Turkey, and Yemen.

There is something seriously wrong with this picture.

From inside the UN there will be plenty of speeches condemning terrorism – albeit with a cynical wink-wink. Given the UN has no definition of terrorism, this bandwagon is open to all comers. Even an ISIS rep could jump on board.

And from inside New York taxis Mayor de Blasio is treating riders to an advertisement on the glories of the UN. Big-hearted New Yorkers, it says, are rolling out the welcome mat.

More accurately, short-sighted New York officials are putting ‘cha-ching’ before safety and a moral compass. Anti-Americanism and non-stop Israel-bashing by way of the United Nations is actually not welcome by the vast majority of Americans, or would not be if they knew what was going on at their expense.

We need to connect the dots between incitement to terror and terrorism. Instead of watching pundits scratching their heads over how the latest naturalized American was radicalized, try tuning into a UN webcast. And then put an end to your contribution.

Anne Bayefsky is the Director of the Touro Institute on Human Rights and the Holocaust and President of Human Rights Voices. Follow her @AnneBayefsky.

Ayelet Shaked in rousing speech in New York (Arutz Sheva)

Justice Minister speaks at 'Hovevei Zion' conference led by Dr. Joe Frager and produced by Arutz Sheva, and received rousing applause.

Eiran Aharon, 19/09/16 16:16

Justice Minister Ayelet Shaked spoke to the assembled crowd at the conference organized by the "Hovevei Zion" organization headed by Dr. Joseph Frager and produced by Arutz Sheva in New York City. Here is the text of the speech.

Honored guests, good afternoon to you all.

I am pleased to be with you at this exciting event and meet here dear friends and partners.

First of all, on behalf of the Government of Israel and of the State of Israel that I am honored to represent here, I would like to personally thank all the rabbis, doctors, business people and friends who are here with us,

I would like to thank each and every one of you, whose dedicated activity for the sake of the State of Israel is an example for us all: deserving of special thanks are Rabbi Shlomo Hochberg, Ambassador John Bolton, businessman Ken Abramovich, Dr. Joe Frager, Dr. Paul Brody, Mrs. Odelia Jacob and all the many partners responsible for this event and for many other enterprises and projects, designed to strengthen the State of Israel and strengthen the cordial relations between Israel and the United States; relations that are unbreakable and unshakable, even

if disputes arise from time to time.
Your activities all through the years, and this event in particular demonstrate your profound commitment to Israel and its residents, and for this, the entire country shakes your hand in gratitude and with great appreciation.

Ladies and gentlemen,
I have come here in order to speak among other things about the importance of an undivided and unified Jerusalem,

and I will open with a quote from an Israeli leader who aptly expressed this commitment of all past Israeli governments:

"Jerusalem is the apple of the Jewish people's eye", said that leader, "it is true that we have arguments about the means and the end, but in Israel we have no argument on one subject: Jerusalem was, and shall forever be, the capital of the State of Israel, under Israeli sovereignty. Jerusalem is not a matter for negotiations. There are no two Jerusalems. There is only one Jerusalem."

These powerful words – words that clarify and emphasize the right of the Jewish people to its eternal capital – were spoken by no other than the late Prime Minister Yitzhak Rabin, may his memory be blessed.

Rabin's words were part of a festive speech at the Knesset in October 1994 – with the plenum's guest of honor, the then President of the United States Bill Clinton, sitting next to him.
If Rabin had uttered such words in a similar spirit today, his words would certainly have been received with fury by the anti-Semitic boycott movements, and probably also among the Israeli left camp which he headed.
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The present reality requires us to look at it realistically, avoid repeating past errors and emphasize in the clearest manner what everybody here in the audience will agree upon:

there are no two Jerusalems. There is only one Jerusalem – undivided and unified; the city that has been brought together, was and shall forever and ever remain the eternal capital of the Jewish people!

Ladies and Gentlemen,
Last Sunday the whole world stood together in memory of the victims of the September 11 attacks.
15 years have passed but the war of the free world against radical Islamic terrorism is still far from over.

A direct line connects the criminals who planned and perpetrated the September 11 attacks and the accursed terrorists who this year attacked innocents in Orlando and in Jerusalem, in Paris and in Tel Aviv, in Brussels and in Kiryat Arba.

The hate is the same blazing hate, the aim is the same aim: to harm whoever thinks, dreams or prays differently from them.

On this day we are standing here, side by side, Israelis and Americans alike, united behind our love of Israel, our love of Jerusalem and our love of Judea and Samaria; all of us together are clearly stating:

Terrorism will not win. We will not let it turn us from our path nor determine our fate. No terror attack, no murderer's knife, will erode the iron will of the people of Israel and prevent our beacons from shining their light.

It is true that Israel is a villa in the jungle – but as we know – this villa as well is required to recruit its best people to act fearlessly in order to guard their gates and ensure their security.

"Fearlessly" is the most precise term to describe the heroism of Dafna Meir, may God avenge her blood, who was murdered this year at her home in Otniel, by a Palestinian scoundrel. Dafna was a wife, daughter and beloved mother of six children.

In my various positions as a member of the Cabinet and as the Minister of Justice of the State of Israel, I am accompanied by the moving words of Natan Meir, husband of the late Dafna, over her fresh grave.

And this is how Natan eulogized his beloved wife: "I am asking whoever comes here to take it upon himself to spread some of the light that has been poured so that the truth will flourish from Israel.

Take a drop of truth with you – this will be the fitting memorial for our Dafna".

We in Israel are working every day in order to carry out Natan's request and spread the light that has been poured. To preserve Dafna's light – and the light of all the victims whose life song was cut short in the years' long battle against terrorist organizations.

In the name of this commitment, we are continuing to develop and settle all parts of Israel, we are continuing to build a cultured, equalitarian and strong society, worthy of the victims and which will give new life in their image.

On behalf of our loved ones who are no longer with us, we are continuing to stand determined and strong against the cruel terrorism, which stops at nothing in order to spread ruin and destruction.

This is a struggle between a people with a lust for life,

And the agents of terrorism and death. a long, difficult and frequently also painful struggle – but allow me to promise you:

In the continuing struggle for the right "to be a free people in our land" – the light wins. Day after day the light overcomes the darkness.

The response comes in the form of another new kindergarten that is opened, another school and another bar mitzvah celebration and another settlement that will rise in Judea and Samaria.

And to all those who dare to ask "what are Jews doing in places such as south of Mount Hebron?" we shall reply clearly:

The ranges of Judea and Samaria are not foreign territory, but the land of our forefathers; the cradle of our Jewish culture; and a prime strategic asset, whose renunciation is tantamount to a renunciation of the entire State of Israel.

Honored guests,

The struggle against all kinds and new forms of terrorism is one of the core subjects that occupy me as the Minister of Justice.

I am focusing on the one hand on expanding the area of legitimacy of the IDF and of the security forces in their fight against terrorism, and on the other hand on negating the legitimacy of domestic and foreign parties who are working to demonize and slander Israel.

Those active in the boycott movements, modern anti-Semites disguised as fighters for freedom and justice, disseminate blunt lies, actual blood libels, with the aim of presenting Israel as a demon endangering world security.

We must state things as they are: the various boycott movements have no interest in promoting human rights, nor in improving the condition of the Palestinians.
Their sole wish is to wipe the Jewish state off the face of the earth.

When I first took office I directed the staff in the International Department at the Ministry of Justice to formulate action plans against the boycott generators and we shall continue to formulate additional ways of getting this message across.

We are protecting our right to defend ourselves at any price, but we shall not remain solely on the defensive.

Any party considering boycotting Israel must know: whoever boycotts us – shall be boycotted in return. Whoever attacks – shall be attacked.

An excellent expression of this approach may be found in the strong response of the late Prime Minster, Menachem Begin, of blessed memory, to the former German Chancellor, Helmut Schmidt, who in 1981 accused Israel of "lack of morality" since it refuses to establish a Palestinian state.

And thus said Begin:
"I have been entrusted by the people of Israel to ensure their security, and this is my duty. And he, the German Chancellor, advises me to abandon our security?

I have come from the fighting underground, I am not afraid of anyone… so when the chancellor says such things I should not reply to him?

He will tell us to 'establish a Palestinian state'?

In other words, place millions of Jews in danger of death and extinction once again?

I notified him that this would not happen, and if there are those who have begun to wrinkle their noses – then let them have a wrinkled nose".

Those were his words.

In Israel, we have a saying which illustrates our profound commitment to protecting our beloved country: "The entire country is a front, and the entire nation is an army".

In the long and complex journey for ensuring the security of the people of Israel in their own land, we regard you as loyal friends and important partners in this journey.

You are helping us to refute the blood libels, the falsifications and blunt lies of the activists of the boycott movements.

You represent us as true ambassadors of our struggle, of our dreams and hopes.

And together, with you at our side, we know that we will also win in this long struggle.

I wish to once again thank each and every one of you for this wonderful partnership and finish with words from the Book of Psalms:

!"יברכך ה' מציון וראה בטוב ירושלים כל ימי חיים. וראה בנים לבניך שלום על ישראל

A Sermon by Rabbi Schlomo Lewis

In case you need a second opinion............

I thought long and I thought hard on whether to deliver the sermon I am about to share. We all wish to bounce happily out of shul on the High Holidays, filled with warm fuzzies, ready to gobble up our brisket, our honey cakes and our kugel. We want to be shaken and stirred – but not too much. We want to be guilt-schlepped – but not too much. We want to be provoked but not too much. We want to be transformed but not too much. I get it, but as a rabbi I have a compelling obligation, a responsibility to articulate what is in my heart and what I passionately believe must be said and must be heard. And so, I am guided not by what is easy to say but by what is painful to express. I am guided not by the frivolous but by the serious. I am guided not by delicacy but by urgency.

We are at war. We are at war with an enemy as savage, as voracious, as heartless as the Nazis but one wouldn’t know it from our behavior. During WWII we didn’t refer to storm troopers as freedom fighters. We didn’t call the Gestapo, militants. We didn’t see the attacks on our Merchant Marine as acts by rogue sailors. We did not justify the Nazis rise to power as our fault. We did not grovel before the Nazis, thumping our hearts and confessing to abusing and mistreating and humiliating the German people. We did not apologize for Dresden , nor for The Battle of the Bulge, nor for El Alamein, nor for D-Day. Evil – ultimate, irreconcilable, evil threatened us and Roosevelt and Churchill had moral clarity and an exquisite understanding of what was at stake. It was not just the Sudetenland, not just Tubruk, not just Vienna, not just Casablanca . It was the entire planet. Read history and be shocked at how frighteningly close Hitler came to creating a Pax Germana on every continent. Not all Germans were Nazis – most were decent, most were revolted by the Third Reich, most were good citizens hoisting a beer, earning a living and tucking in their children at night. But, too many looked away, too many cried out in lame defense – I didn’t know.” Too many were silent. Guilt absolutely falls upon those who committed the atrocities, but responsibility and guilt falls upon those who did nothing as well. Fault was not just with the goose steppers but with those who pulled the curtains shut, said and did nothing.

In WWII we won because we got it. We understood who the enemy was and we knew that the end had to be unconditional and absolute. We did not stumble around worrying about offending the Nazis. We did not measure every word so as not to upset our foe. We built planes and tanks and battleships and went to war to win….. to rid the world of malevolence. We are at war… yet too many stubbornly and foolishly don’t put the pieces together and refuse to identify the evil doers. We are circumspect and disgracefully politically correct. Let me mince no words in saying that from Fort Hood to Bali, from Times Square to London , from Madrid to Mumbai, from 9/11 to Gaza, the murderers, the barbarians are radical Islamists. To camouflage their identity is sedition. To excuse their deeds is contemptible. To mask their intentions is unconscionable.

A few years ago I visited Lithuania on a Jewish genealogical tour. It was a stunning journey and a very personal, spiritual pilgrimage. When we visited Kovno we davened Maariv at the only remaining shul in the city. Before the war there were thirty-seven shuls for 38,000 Jews. Now only one congregation. We made minyon for the handful of aged worshippers in the Choral Synagogue, a once majestic, jewel in Kovno. After my return home I visited Cherry Hill for Shabbos. At the oneg an elderly family friend, Joe Magun, came over to me.“Shalom,” he said. “Your abba told me you just came back from Lithuania .” Yes,” I replied. “It was quite a powerful experience.” “Did you visit the Choral Synagogue in Kovno? The one with the big arch in the courtyard?” “Yes, I did. In fact, we helped them make minyon.” His eyes opened wide in joy at our shared memory. For a moment he gazed into the distance and then, he returned. “Shalom, I grew up only a few feet away from the arch. The Choral Synagogue was where I davened as a child.”

He paused for a moment and once again was lost in the past. His smile faded. Pain filled his wrinkled face. “I remember one Shabbos in 1938 when Vladimir Jabotinsky came to the shul” (Jabotinsky was Menachim Begin’s mentor – he was a fiery orator, an unflinching Zionist radical, whose politics were to the far right.) Joe continued “When Jabotinsky came, he delivered the drash on Shabbos morning and I can still hear his words burning in my ears. He climbed up to the shtender, stared at us from the bima, glared at us with eyes full of fire and cried out. ‘EHR KUMT. YIDN FARLAWST AYER SHTETL – He’s coming. Jews abandon your city.’ ”We thought we were safe in Lithuania from the Nazis, from Hitler. We had lived there, thrived for a thousand years but Jabotinsky was right — his warning prophetic. We got out but most did not.” We are not in Lithuania . It is not the 1930s. There is no Luftwaffe overhead. No U-boats off the coast of long Island . No Panzer divisions on our borders. But make no mistake; we are under attack – our values, our tolerance, our freedom, our virtue, our land.

Now before some folks roll their eyes and glance at their watches let me state emphatically, unmistakably – I have no pathology of hate, nor am I a manic Paul Revere, galloping through the countryside. I am not a pessimist, nor prone to panic attacks. I am a lover of humanity, all humanity. Whether they worship in a synagogue, a church, a mosque, a temple or don’t worship at all. I have no bone of bigotry in my body, but what I do have is hatred for those who hate, intolerance for those who are intolerant, and a guiltless, unstoppable obsession to see evil eradicated. Today the enemy is radical Islam but it must be said sadly and reluctantly that there are unwitting, co-conspirators who strengthen the hands of the evil doers. Let me state that the overwhelming number of Muslims are good Muslims, fine human beings who want nothing more than a Jeep Cherokee in their driveway, a flat screen TV on their wall and a good education for their children, but these good Muslims have an obligation to destiny, to decency that thus far for the most part they have avoided. The Kulturkampf is not only external but internal as well. The good Muslims must sponsor rallies in Times Square, in Trafalgar Square, in the UN Plaza, on the Champs Elysee, in Mecca condemning terrorism, denouncing unequivocally the slaughter of the innocent. Thus far, they have not. The good Muslims must place ads in the NY Times. They must buy time on network TV, on cable stations, in the Jerusalem Post, in Le Monde, in Al Watan, on Al Jazeena condemning terrorism, denouncing unequivocally the slaughter of the innocent – thus far, they have not. Their silence allows the vicious to tarnish Islam and define it. Brutal acts of commission and yawning acts of omission both strengthen the hand of the devil.

I recall a conversation with my father shortly before he died that helped me understand how perilous and how broken is our world; that we are living on the narrow seam of civilization and moral oblivion. Knowing he had little time left he shared the following – “Shal. I am ready to leave this earth. Sure I’d like to live a little longer, see a few more sunrises, but truthfully, I’ve had it. I’m done. Finished. I hope the Good Lord takes me soon because I am unable to live in this world knowing what it has become.” This startling admission of moral exhaustion from a man who witnessed and lived through the Depression, the Holocaust, WWII, Communist Triumphalism, McCarthyism, Strontium 90 and polio. – Yet his twilight observation was – “The worst is yet to come.” And he wanted out. I share my father’s angst and fear that too many do not see the authentic, existential threat we face nor confront the source of our peril. We must wake up and smell the hookah.

“Lighten up, Lewis. Take a chill pill, some of you are quietly thinking. You’re sounding like Glenn Beck. It’s not that bad. It’s not that real.” But I am here to tell you – “It is.” Ask the member of our shul whose sister was vaporized in the Twin Towers and identified finally by her charred teeth, if this is real or not. Ask the members of our shul who fled a bus in downtown Paris , fearing for their safety from a gang of Muslim thugs, if this is an exaggeration. Ask the member of our shul whose son tracks Arab terrorist infiltrators who target – pizza parlors, nursery schools, Pesach seders, city buses and play grounds, if this is dramatic, paranoid hyperbole. Ask them, ask all of them – ask the American GI’s we sit next to on planes who are here for a brief respite while we fly off on our Delta vacation package. Ask them if it’s bad. Ask them if it’s real. Did anyone imagine in the 1920’s what Europe would look like in the 1940’s. Did anyone presume to know in the coffee houses of Berlin or in the opera halls of Vienna that genocide would soon become the celebrated culture? Did anyone think that a goofy-looking painter named Shickelgruber would go from the beer halls of Munich and jail, to the Reichstag as Feuhrer in less than a decade? Did Jews pack their bags and leave Warsaw, Vilna, Athen , Paris , Bialystok, Minsk, knowing that soon their new address would be Treblinka, Sobibor, Dachau and Auschwitz ?

The sages teach – “Aizehu chacham – haroeh et hanolad – Who is a wise person – he who sees into the future.” We dare not wallow in complacency, in a misguided tolerance and naïve sense of security. We must be diligent students of history and not sit in ash cloth at the waters of Babylon weeping. We cannot be hypnotized by eloquent-sounding rhetoric that soothes our heart but endangers our soul. We cannot be lulled into inaction for fear of offending the offenders. Radical Islam is the scourge and this must be cried out from every mountain top. From sea to shining sea, we must stand tall, prideful of our stunning decency and moral resilience. 

Immediately after 9/11 how many mosques were destroyed in America ? None.

After 9/11, how many Muslims were killed in America ? None.

After 9/11, how many anti-Muslim rallies were held in America ? None.

And yet, we apologize. We grovel. We beg forgiveness.

The mystifying litany of our foolishness continues. Should there be a shul in Hebron on the site where Baruch Goldstein gunned down twenty-seven Arabs at noonday prayers? Should there be a museum praising the U.S. Calvary on the site of Wounded Knee ? Should there be a German cultural center in Auschwitz ? Should a church be built in the Syrian town of Ma’arra where Crusaders slaughtered over 100,000 Muslims? Should there be a thirteen story mosque and Islamic Center only a few steps from Ground Zero? Despite all the rhetoric, the essence of the matter can be distilled quite easily. The Muslim community has the absolute, constitutional right to build their building wherever they wish. I don’t buy the argument – “When we can build a church or a synagogue in Mecca they can build a mosque here.” America is greater than Saudi Arabia . And New York is greater than Mecca . Democracy and freedom must prevail. Can they build? Certainly. May they build? Certainly. But should they build at that site? No — but that decision must come from them, not from us. Sensitivity, compassion cannot be measured in feet or yards or in blocks. One either feels the pain of others and cares, or does not. If those behind this project are good, peace-loving, sincere, tolerant Muslims, as they claim, then they should know better, rip up the zoning permits and build elsewhere.

Believe it or not, I am a dues-paying, card carrying member of the ACLU, yet from start of finish, I find this sorry episode disturbing to say the least. William Burroughs, the novelist and poet, in a wry moment wrote – “After one look at this planet, any visitor from outer space would say – “I want to see the manager.” Let us understand that the radical Islamist assaults all over the globe are but skirmishes, fire fights, and vicious decoys. Christ and the anti-Christ. Gog U’Magog. The Sons of Light and the Sons of Darkness; the bloody collision between civilization and depravity is on the border between Lebanon and Israel . It is on the Gaza Coast and in the Judean Hills of the West Bank . It is on the sandy beaches of Tel Aviv and on the cobblestoned mall of Ben Yehuda Street . It is in the underground schools of Sderot and on the bullet-proofed inner-city buses. It is in every school yard, hospital, nursery, classroom, park, theater – in every place of innocence and purity.

Israel is the laboratory – the test market. Every death, every explosion, every grisly encounter is not a random, bloody orgy. It is a calculated, strategic probe into the heart, guts and soul of the West.

In the Six Day War, Israel was the proxy of Western values and strategy while the Arab alliance was the proxy of Eastern, Soviet values and strategy. Today too, it is a confrontation of proxies, but the stakes are greater than East Jerusalem and the West Bank . Israel in her struggle represents the civilized world, while Hamas, Hezbollah, Al Queda, Iran, Islamic Jihad, represent the world of psycho pat hic, loathesome evil.

As Israel , imperfect as she is, resists the onslaught, many in the Western World have lost their way displaying not admiration, not sympathy, not understanding, for Israel ’s galling plight, but downright hostility and contempt. Without moral clarity, we are doomed because Israel ’s galling plight ultimately will be ours. Hanna Arendt in her classic Origins of Totalitarianism accurately portrays the first target of tyranny as the Jew. We are the trial balloon. The canary in the coal mine. If the Jew/Israel is permitted to bleed with nary a protest from “good guys” then tyranny snickers and pushes forward with its agenda.

Moral confusion is a deadly weakness and it has reached epic proportions in the West; from the Oval Office to the UN, from the BBC to Reuters to MSNBC, from the New York Times to Le Monde, from university campuses to British teachers unions, from the International Red Cross to Amnesty International, from Goldstone to Elvis Costello, from the Presbyterian Church to the Archbishop of Canterbury .There is a message sent and consequences when our president visits Turkey and Egypt and Saudi Arabia , and not Israel . There is a message sent and consequences when free speech on campus is only for those championing Palestinian rights. There is a message sent and consequences when the media deliberately doctors and edits film clips to demonize Israel . There is a message sent and consequences when the UN blasts Israel relentlessly, effectively ignoring Iran, Sudan, Venezuela, North Korea, China and other noxious states. There is a message sent and consequences when liberal churches are motivated by Liberation Theology, not historical accuracy. There is a message sent and consequences when murderers and terrorists are defended by the obscenely transparent “one man’s terrorist is another man’s freedom fighter.”

John Milton warned, “Hypocrisy is the only evil that walks invisible.” A few days after the Gaza blockade incident in the spring, a congregant happened past my office, glanced in and asked in a friendly tone –“Rabbi. How’re y’ doing?” I looked up, sort of smiled and replied – “I’ve had better days.” “What’s the matter? Is there anything I can do to cheer you up?” he inquired. “Thank you for the offer but I’m just bummed out today and I showed him a newspaper article I was reading. “ Madrid gay pride parade bans Israeli group over Gaza Ship Raid.” I explained to my visitor – “The Israeli gay pride contingent from Tel Aviv was not allowed to participate in the Spanish gay pride parade because the mayor of Tel Aviv did not apologize for the raid by the Israeli military.” The only country in the entire Middle East where gay rights exist, is Israel . The only country in the entire Middle East where there is a gay pride parade, is Israel . The only country in the Middle East that has gay neighborhoods and gay bars, is Israel .Gays in the Gaza would be strung up, executed by Hamas if they came out and yet Israel is vilified and ostracized. Disinvited to the parade. Looking for logic? Looking for reason? Looking for sanity?

Kafka on his darkest, gloomiest day could not keep up with this bizarre spectacle and we “useful idiots” pander and fawn over cutthroats, sinking deeper and deeper into moral decay, as the enemy laughs all the way to the West Bank and beyond. It is exhausting and dispiriting. We live in an age that is redefining righteousness where those with moral clarity are an endangered, beleaguered specie.

Isaiah warned us thousands of years ago – “Oye Lehem Sheh-Korim Layome, Laila v’Laila, yome – Woe to them who call the day, night and the night, day.” We live on a planet that is both Chelm and Sodom . It is a frightening and maddening place to be. How do we convince the world and many of our own, that this is not just anti-Semitism, that this is not just anti-Zionism but a full throttled attack by unholy, radical Islamists on everything that is morally precious to us? How do we convince the world and many of our own that conciliation is not an option, that compromise is not a choice?

Everything we are. Everything we believe. Everything we treasure, is at risk.

The threat is so unbelievably clear and the enemy so unbelievably ruthless how anyone in their right mind doesn’t get it is baffling. Let’s try an analogy. If someone contracted a life-threatening infection and we not only scolded them for using antibiotics but insisted that the bacteria had a right to infect their body and that perhaps, if we gave the invading infection an arm and a few toes, the bacteria would be satisfied and stop spreading. Anyone buy that medical advice? Well, folks, that’s our approach to the radical Islamist bacteria. It is amoral, has no conscience and will spread unless it is eradicated. – There is no negotiating. Appeasement is death. I was no great fan of George Bush – didn’t vote for him. (By the way, I’m still a registered Democrat.) I disagreed with many of his policies but one thing he had right. His moral clarity was flawless when it came to the War on Terror, the War on Radical Islamist Terror. There was no middle ground– either you were friend or foe. There was no place in Bush’s world for a Switzerland . He knew that this competition was not Toyota against G.M., not the Iphone against the Droid, not the Braves against the Phillies, but a deadly serious war, winner take all. Blink and you lose. Underestimate, and you get crushed. I know that there are those sitting here today who have turned me off. But I also know that many turned off their rabbis seventy five years ago in Warsaw, Riga, Berlin, Amsterdam, Cracow, Vilna. I get no satisfaction from that knowledge, only a bitter sense that there is nothing new under the sun.

Enough rhetoric – how about a little “show and tell?” A few weeks ago on the cover of Time magazine was a horrific picture with a horrific story. The photo was of an eighteen year old Afghani woman, Bibi Aisha, who fled her abusive husband and his abusive family. Days later the Taliban found her and dragged her to a mountain clearing where she was found guilty of violating Sharia Law. Her punishment was immediate. She was pinned to the ground by four men while her husband sliced off her ears, and then he cut off her nose. If nothing else stirs us. If nothing else convinces us, let Bibi Aisha’s mutilated face be the face of Islamic radicalism. Let her face shake up even the most complacent and naïve among us. In the holy crusade against this ultimate evil, pictures of Bibi Aisha’s disfigurement should be displayed on billboards, along every highway from Route 66 to the Autobahn, to the Transarabian Highway . Her picture should be posted on every lobby wall from Tokyo to Stockholm to Rio . On every network, at every commercial break, Bibi Aisha’s face should appear with the caption – “Radical Islamic savages did this.” And underneath – “This ad was approved by Hamas, by Hezbollah, by Taliban, by the Iranian Revolutionary Guard, by Islamic Jihad, by Fatah al Islam, by Magar Nodal Hassan, by Richard Reid, by Ahmanijad, by Sheik Omar Abdel Rahman, by Osama bin Laden, by Edward Said, by The Muslim Brotherhood, by Al Queda, by CAIR.” “The moral sentiment is the drop that balances the sea” said Ralph Waldo Emerson. Today, my friends, the sea is woefully out of balance and we could easily drown in our moral myopia and worship of political correctness. We peer up into the heavens sending probes to distant galaxies. We peer down into quarks discovering particles that would astonish Einstein. We create computers that rival the mind, technologies that surpass science fiction. What we imagine, with astounding rapidity, becomes real. If we dream it, it does, indeed, come. And yet, we are at a critical point in the history of this planet that could send us back into the cave, to a culture that would make the Neanderthal blush with shame. Our parents and grandparents saw the swastika and recoiled, understood the threat and destroyed the Nazis. We see the banner of Radical Islam and can do no less.

A rabbi was once asked by his students….“Rebbi. Why are your sermons so stern?” Replied the rabbi, “If a house is on fire and we chose not to wake up our children, for fear of disturbing their sleep, would that be love? Kinderlach, ‘di hoyz brent.’ Children our house is on fire and I must arouse you from your slumber.”

During WWII and the Holocaust was it business as usual for priests, ministers, rabbis? Did they deliver benign homilies and lovely sermons as Europe fell, as the Pacific fell, as North Africa fell, as the Mideast and South America tottered, as England bled? Did they ignore the demonic juggernaut and the foul breath of evil? They did not. There was clarity, courage, vision, determination, sacrifice, and we were victorious. Today it must be our finest hour as well. We dare not retreat into the banality of our routines, glance at headlines and presume that the good guys will prevail. Democracies don’t always win. Tyrannies don’t always lose.

My friends – the world is on fire and we must awake from our slumber. “EHR KUMT.”

by Daniel Gordis: A Dose of Nuance: Getting to ‘why’ (Jerusalem Post)

By DANIEL GORDIS 

Strangely, in the midst of all the Israel-teaching that we do, we hardly ever discuss why – and whether – the State of Israel really matters.

The great irony about the “Israel conversation” today is this: Israel is the only subject that engages the passions of Jews across the denominational and political spectra, but is also the only subject that, because of its toxicity, we can no longer discuss. What we can discuss no longer engages us; what does interest us is invariably so explosive that we increasingly have no desire to touch it.

That few other issues engage us is the product, in part, of the fact that the Orthodox and non-Orthodox worlds have gone their separate ways to such an extent that what used to exercise us no longer does.

Take conversion, where just decades ago, the question of whether Orthodox rabbis would recognize halachically performed Conservative and even Reform conversions exercised many. Particularly in the Conservative community, traditional rabbis bristled at the fact that their conversions, which they insisted followed Jewish law to the very letter, were rejected simply because they were Conservative rabbis. Today, when the Israeli rabbinate no longer accepts even many Orthodox conversions in the United States, Conservative rabbis are ironically less offended.

Right-wing Orthodoxy, they say, has simply lost its mind. Who cares any more what they think? Such examples abound. But when it comes to Israel, we still do care. Yet we’re turning off an entire generation for whom the Israel conversation has become confrontational and – since there’s not much most of us can do to affect policy – an exercise in futility.

Is there anything we can do to shift the focus – and thus the tone – of the conversation before we end up shutting this one down, too? I think there is. Instead of seeking to get to yes, as in negotiations, perhaps the time has come to get to why.

Instead of wondering how we can end the conflict, perhaps we should shift focus and ask why a Jewish state matters in the first place. If we leave aside theology (a form of discourse that matters to a very thin slice of the Jewish world), how are we to make a case for Israel? To be sure, the Jewish state is still a refuge for Jews, and, sadly, that refuge will be critical for years to come.

Yet the cost of a Jewish state – in money, blood, angst and more – is huge. Do those of us who love it and devote our lives to it do so because it is a refuge for people who may someday need it? If we take out refuge (which though crucial, affects a relatively limited number of people) and theology (which speaks to a fraction of Jews), how might we make a case for Israel? What is the Jewish people seeking to achieve by having a sovereign state? The early Zionists were very interested in a refuge. From Bialik to Herzl to Nordau and Jabotinsky (among many others), they sensed that the Jewish future in Europe was going to be ugly, and intuited that only in a state of their own could the Jews defend themselves and shape their own future.

Yet those early Zionists cared about much more than mere safety. They believed that if a new Jewish state could come to be, a new Jew would also emerge.

Who would that Jew be? What would she stand for? How would she be educated? What values would she place at the center of society? About that, those Zionists disagreed passionately. On this, though, they agreed: As they imagined Jewish sovereignty restored, they also imagined the Jew recreated.

Do the Jews have a purpose in today’s world? Millennia ago, we taught the world about monotheism, Shabbat, the evils of slavery, the notion that the rich could not harm the poor with impunity, society’s responsibility to widows and orphans. Yet what ideas are the Jews contributing to the world today? What is our 21st-century prophetic message that – if only it were heard – might constitute the Jewish people’s raison d’être? 

And what role does a Jewish state play in our shaping that message? Is the state our stage? Is it our laboratory? In what ways has the Jewish state already modeled ideas and behaviors from which the world could learn? In what ways must we continue to rethink what a sovereign Jewish state should be, if we are to justify the high cost that protecting it exacts from our people? 

Perhaps we should set aside settlements and borders, checkpoints and refugees – not because they are unimportant, but because our inability to shape policy is part of what leads to the vituperativeness of our discourse. If we were to do so, would we locate both a subject that could animate large swathes of the Jewish people, engage us in a conversation about why the Jewish people matters and, in the process, foster a conversation much less toxic than the one we have created? 

We have yet to try. Strangely, in the midst of all the Israel-teaching that we do, we hardly ever discuss why – and whether – the State of Israel really matters. Yet if we are to have any hope of a young generation of Jews wanting to have anything to do with the Jewish state, it is time to do what Jews have always done best. It is time to place front and center the question that matters most of all – the question of “why?

The writer is Koret distinguished fellow and chairman of the core curriculum at Jerusalem’s Shalem College. His new book, Israel: A Concise History of a Nation Reborn, is forthcoming on October 18 from Ecco/HarperCollins.

News Update 8/30/16

**  Iran Begins Construction of Two New Nuclear Plants  -  What part of the word 'new' does US and the West not understand ???

Iran Deploys Long-Range Missiles (Russian System) to Protect Fordo (Underground) Nuclear Site

Khamenei: Iran Will 'Hit Hard' in Response to US Aggression  -  Not to get too (Bill) Clintonian, but how will Iran define US aggression?

**  Repeat-  US Defense Official: Iran-US Navy Confrontations Up 50% This Year  -  To understand why, observe the schoolyard bully. 

US Drone Enters Iranian Airspace; Leaves After Warning From Iran's Military  -  Leaves ... Yeah, with tail between legs !!! 

Iranian Commercial Airline Flying Fighters & Weapons from Tehran to Damascus

French Announce New 'Joint Partnerships' (aka Deals) With Terror-State Iran

**  Repeat-  Why Obama Let Iran's Green Revolution Fail  -  Historians will see this as an unprecedented, monumental betrayal.

Repeat  -  Former State Department Negotiator: 'Cash-for-Prisoners' Has Bolstered Image of Growing US Weakness in Middle East  -  Surprising frankness from a long-time Dem 'team-player'. 

**  Muslim Brotherhood Seen as Front-Runner in Jordanian and PA Elections  -  Don't worry ... The US State Department has informed us (in Senate testimony) that the MB is 'largely secular, and has eschewed violence'. 

**  Fatah Reportedly Begging Abbas: Cancel Local Elections, Hamas Will Win West Bank  -  Game over.  The PA is toast.

Poll of Local Government Experts on the Municipal Elections  -  Hamas will soon be in complete control.

'West Bank' Funeral Turns Into Palestinian Protest Against PA  -  Hamas will soon be in complete control.

Netanyahu Warns Visiting US Delegation Against Lame-Duck Moves by Obama on Israel-Palestinian Track  -  See next headline ... 

Jordanian Report: Israel Agrees to US-Initiated Peace (?) Summit ... BUT ... PA Demands Preconditions  -  Whatever ... 

... Meanwhile-  UN & EU Help Peace Partners Build ICC Suit Against Israel  -  See previous headline ...

IDF Preparing for Mass Terrorist Attack from Sinai  -  Scenarios involve hundreds of terrorists shooting, with high trajectory fire and anti-tank missiles.  -  Positive note:  In recent months, the effectiveness of the Egyptian army in fighting ISIS in Sinai has increased considerably.

**  5-Star Hotel in Rhodes Distinguishes Israelis From Other Tourists With Blue Wrist Bands  -  Just temporary ... Greeks eagerly waiting for next shipment of yellow stars to arrive.

Jewish Graves Vandalized in Belfast, Northern Ireland  -  Eight 'young people' said to have carried out the attack with hammers and blocks, with larger crowd looking on.  -  This isn't the first incident of its kind in Belfast.  In 2015, a memorial to a Christian Zionist officer was vandalized, and in 2014, windows at a local synagogue were smashed. 

**  UK Report: Hate Crimes Against British Jews Surge ... Prosecutions Drop !!!  -  Hate crimes increase AND prosecutions decrease ...

News Update

“Hamas’s decision to participate in the upcoming local and municipal elections will further strengthen the movement and pave the way for it to extend its control from the Gaza Strip to the West Bank”

GATESTONE
“No Room for the Zionist Entity in the Region”
by Khaled Abu Toameh
August 18, 2016

…Some Arab and Western political analysts have mistakenly interpreted Hamas’s agreement to participate in the Palestinian local and municipal elections, scheduled for October 8, as a sign of the movement’s “pragmatism” and march toward recognizing Israel’s right to exist. They falsely assume that Hamas’s readiness to take part in the democratic process shows that the leaders of the extremist movement are also prepared to abandon their dream of destroying Israel and abandoning the “armed struggle” against it. READ MORE

So reads the Hamas Charter:

“…There is no solution to the Palestinian problem except Jihad. The liberation of that land is an individual duty binding on all Muslims everywhere. In order to face the usurpation of Palestine by the Jews, we have no escape from rising the banner of Jihad…”
 

The mother of politically incorrect questions: Is Islam a religion or rather “a totalitarian political doctrine ?”…”The standard rebuttal that all faiths have at one time or another shown themselves prone to violence and repression misses the essential point”

PJ MEDIA
Is Islam a Religion?
by David Solway
August 10, 2016

The status of Islam should be clarified if the debate on how to defeat terrorism is ever to bear fruit. Islam, I would argue, is not a religion in the common acceptation of the term as a community of believers dedicated to the loving worship of the Divine, the sanctity of life, and the institution of moral principles governing repentance for sins and crimes, making life on earth a stage toward a higher reincarnation, an ineffable peace, or a confirmatory prelude to eternity in the realm of a righteous and merciful God. In fact, Islam is an unrepentant politico-expansionist movement clothed in the trappings of religion and bent on universal conquest by whatever means it can mobilize: deception (taqiyya), social and cultural infiltration, or bloody violence, as its millennial history and authoritative scriptures have proven. READ MORE

Related Website: The Religion of Peace
 

What Tel Aviv Looks Like In 60 Seconds from a drone [VIDEO]
 

“In all my reporting during the riots I never saw — or heard of — any violence by Jews against blacks,” Mr. Goldman wrote. “But the Times was dedicated to this version of events: blacks and Jews clashing amid racial tensions.”

NEW YORK SUN
25 Years After Crown Heights Liberals Have Yet To Stand With Orthodox Jews in N.Y.
by Seth Lipsky
August 18, 2016

“Marauding bands of outside agitators were roaming around, blaming Jews. This was taking place not in, say, prewar Poland or the Pale of Settlement back in an even earlier time. This was taking place in the Crown Heights section of Brooklyn.” That was how the Forward, which I was editing at the time, began its Page One editorial on the Crown Heights riot that erupted 25 years ago Friday. It was the first editorial to liken the violence to the pogroms from which so many Jews fled to New York. READ MORE

“Obama simply doesn’t care…in part because he thinks we lack clean hands and thus the moral standing to continue to play international arbiter”

WASHINGTON POST
The price of powerlessness
by Charles Krauthammer
August 18, 2016

…The reordering of the Middle East is proceeding apace. Where for 40 years the U.S.-Egypt alliance anchored the region, a Russia-Iran condominium is now dictating events. That’s what you get after eight years of U.S. retrenchment and withdrawal. That’s what results from the nuclear deal with Iran, the evacuation of Iraq and utter U.S. immobility on Syria. READ MORE
 

Ten Years Since the First Iran-Israel War. Today Hezbollah possesses, thanks to Iran, as many as 150,000 rockets and missiles

WASHINGTON EXAMINER
The next war, they all assume
by Eric Rozenman
August 18, 2016

Israel last month marked the 10th anniversary of the first Hezbollah war. Newspapers and television featured analysts noting a decade of quiet along the Israeli-Lebanese border. Nevertheless, most spoke of the next war with Hezbollah in terms of “if, not when.” It would, they forecast, impose a shocking toll on both countries, particularly civilians. READ MORE

#ADL has lost its way

JERUSALEM POST
Has the ADL lost the plot?
by Isi Leibler
August 16, 2016

I rubbed my eyes with incredulity when I read the bizarre statements emanating from Jonathan Greenblatt, the CEO of the Anti-Defamation League (ADL), one of the most powerful American Jewish organizations whose principal mandate is to combat anti-Semitism. A few months ago I was drawn into a heated dispute with Greenblatt after criticizing an address he delivered to J Street students which included implicit criticisms of Israeli government policy and a failure to urge J Street to cease demonizing Israel and canvassing the US government to intensify pressure against the Jewish state. READ MORE

Hungarian Jews

Hungarian Jewish community head returns state honor in protest

Tue, 23 Aug 2016

András Heisler, the president of the Federation of Hungarian Jewish Communities (Mazsihisz), has returned a state award in protest against the same award being given to Zsolt Bayer, a journalist known for his openly anti-Semitic views.

András Heisler

Heisler, who is also a vice president of the World Jewish Congress, wrote on his Facebook page that he was giving back the Knight’s Cross, which he was awarded in 2011, following presentation of the honor last week to the right-wing journalist and columnist Bayer.

Heisler wrote that as a civilian activist promoting diversity and cooperation he was proud of receiving the award, but he could not be in the company, not even virtually, of "a man who a racist, who is anti-Semitic, whose anti-Roma hatred and nation-destroying ideas pollute Hungary, and who is a staunch defender of Hungarian far-right traditions."

The Jewish leader added: “I value diversity, but not destructive extremism. As a civil activist I received the award, and as a responsible Hungarian citizen I am returning it.

"This is my own personal decision.”

Bayer, a co-founder of the ruling Fidesz party, has long angered Jews and others with his articles and op-eds in right-wing publications. In April, the Israeli ambassador to Hungary protested to the editor of the 'Magyar Hirlap' newspaper saying that Bayer’s columns “openly advocate anti-Semitic sentiments and incite against the Jewish people and the State of Israel.”

George Soros

[This poisonous snake has been getting a lot of attention lately. Caroline Glick looks under a rock and tells us what she finds there. df]

jpost.com, 08/22/2016

Our World: Soros’s campaign of global chaos

The first thing that we see is the megalomaniacal nature of Soros’s philanthropic project. No corner of the globe is unaffected by his efforts. No policy area is left untouched.

Read more here>>>

​Hungary's Fence Turns Trek Into Waiting Game

Asylum seekers camp out more months or longer in hopes of being among the few chosen to pass through each day; other nations building their own

By DREW HINSHAW and MARGIT FEHER

Aug. 15, 2016

HORGOŠ BORDER CROSSING, Serbia—Along Europe’s longest border fence, a summer encampment of migrants is attempting to wait its way into Hungary.

As thousands of migrants roam the Balkans, taking advantage of the warm season in search of a route north, hundreds are camping out at this Hungarian border checkpoint. A metallic gate topped with razor wire here offers entry into the European Union. Once a day, Hungarian authorities open the passage, pick 30 asylum seekers and let them through.

It took a yearlong journey and a month here before Afghan Mustafa Ahmadi and his pregnant wife were allowed in earlier this month.

“My baby will grow up to be a European,” he said, walking into Hungary in a freshly washed “Drink Coca-Cola” T-shirt.

The rest—more than 1,000 migrants from Afghanistan, Syria, Congo, Iran and even Cuba—returned to their tents to wait another day, or for some, another month.

Hungary’s 153-mile wire fence, hastily built last fall after some 400,000 asylum seekers walked into the country, has become a standard for other European nations aiming to check the biggest flow of displaced populations since World War II.

Despite protests from the European Commission, the bloc’s executive arm, and the United Nations Refugee Agency that Hungary is abandoning its duty to assist refugees,Hungary has all but sealed off its southern border. Slovenia and Macedonia have since erected their own fences.

The result has been mushrooming makeshift camps in Serbia, where migrants spend their days arguing over why they haven’t been picked yet, and whether to keep waiting—or attempt to illegally jump the fence.

“My wife is pregnant now eight months!” shouted a middle-aged Afghan, waving medical records as Mr. Ahmadi and his wife walked into Hungary. “Why is she not getting through?”

Europe’s migrant crisis has subsided but not ceased.

More than a million people arrived in Europe via unofficial routes last year. European countries have strained to come up with common solutions. Several have built national fences while the bloc struck a fragile border-control deal with Turkey.

The U.N. expects about 250,000 people to cross through Southeastern Europe toward the EU this year. That is a significant drop from 2015 but still a massive number compared with previous years. And the figure doesn’t include the still-bustling traffic from Libya to Italy, which has prompted Austria to start building its own fence. Switzerland has considered doing the same.

“We have only recently taken down walls in Europe,” European Commission spokeswoman Natasha Bertaud said last year. “We should not be putting them up.”

In Serbia, 3,600 migrants are currently in transit, the U.N. says, many of them hiking through sunflower fields and vineyards on their way to Hungary’s fence. On the other side patrol 10,000 Hungarian police and soldiers, equipped with drones, night-vision goggles, heat-seeking cameras, and helicopters.

Under the Geneva Conventions, Hungary has an obligation to shelter people claiming to be refugees, at least temporarily. U.N. and EU officials have complained that the government’s cap of 30 people a day is arbitrary—and fuels the business of migrant smuggling.

“The Hungarian fence is a fortress,” said UNHCR spokesman Zsolt Balla, who said migrants laugh about the fence in Macedonia.

In a report in May, the U.N. agency said that Hungary was “limiting and deterring access to asylum in the country” with its border fence, defying EU and international standards.

And yet Hungarian authorities say that is the daily volume they can safely screen for terrorists. And many Hungarians are glad: A survey last month found that about half backed the ruling party’s efforts, a big jump since the fence went up.

The Hungarian government has sold its antimigrant crackdown as necessary to avoid the terrorist attacks that have struck Germany, France and Belgium, which have had a more welcoming policy to refugees.

“Migration and terrorism are walking hand in hand,” Lajos Kosa, head of the governing Fidesz party’s faction in parliament, said at a July news conference as he discussed the terror attacks in Nice and Paris.

At the border fence in Horgoš, the list of migrants looking to cross is getting longer. Each morning, camp leaders jot down the names of newcomers. They hand the lists to Hungarian border guards, and everyone waits.

“This is, to put it mildly, unusual,” said Erno Simon, another spokesman for the U.N. Refugee Agency. “These are the people who are ready to obey the law.”

Pregnant women, the sick, children and their families get through fastest. Single men in particular face months in limbo, and many lose patience. Last month, about 300 unmarried men, and one 9-year-old boy, staged a hunger strike. After two days, most gave in and put their names on the waiting list. But a good number left to try jumping the fence, Mr. Simon said.

On a recent morning, a border agent—a young woman in pink pants—called out the next batch of people to cross. They included a boy in a wheelchair with a heart condition.

An Afghan man speaking through the fence complained: “Never you are helping the single men.”

“I am doing what I can,” replied the agent. Then she looked in surprise at the long list of asylum seekers who had arrived the day before: “150 people that only speak Urdu?” she asked.

Five single men walked back to the camp, holding rejection letters written in Hungarian.

“Every day, new people come,” sighed Mohammad Goli, who says he worked as a security guard at the U.S. Embassy in Kabul.

News Update: Mosaic Magazine

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EXCELLENT - Ten False Assumptions Regarding Israel‏

Amb. Alan Baker, August 15, 2016
Institute for Contemporary Affairs
Founded jointly with the Wechsler Family Foundation

http://jcpa.org/article/ten-false-assumptions-regarding-israel/

Israel is inundated with one-sided international resolutions, declarations, “peace plans,” and advice from governments, international organizations, leaders, pundits, and elements within the Jewish, Christian and Muslim communities.

Most of the above rest on widely-held, false and mistaken assumptions regarding Israel, its leaders, government, policies, and positions held by the vast majority of the Israeli public.

These false and mistaken assumptions need to be addressed:

1. “Israeli withdrawal from the West Bank territories (Judea and Samaria) will provide Israel with security and international acceptance.” Wrong.

  • Prior to Israel’s entry into the territories in the 1967 war, the Arab states made every effort to attack and weaken Israel militarily and diplomatically.
  • The Arab and Iranian attempts today to challenge Jewish history in the Biblical land of Israel and in Jerusalem and the legitimacy of the State of Israel as a Jewish state still resonate in the international community, most recently in UNESCO.
  • The Palestinians are committed to eventually establishing their state over all of mandatory Palestine and they indoctrinate their children this way.
  • The most recent, absurd initiative by the Palestinian leadership to prosecute Britain for issuing the 1917 Balfour Declaration proves the deeply-rooted Palestinian rejection of the existence of Israel.
  • From Israel’s establishment in 1948 and up to present day, Israel has been, and continues to be the only UN member state denied its UN Charter-guaranteed right of “sovereign equality.”
  • Clearly, withdrawal from the territories now under these conditions would threaten Israel’s security.

2. “Israel’s ‘occupation of the territories’ is illegal and a violation of international law.” Wrong.

  • Israel entered the territories in 1967 after being attacked by all its neighbors, acting in self-defense against an offensive and aggressive war.
  • Occupation of territory during an armed conflict is an accepted and recognized legal state-of-affairs in international law and practice.
  • Israel has committed itself to abide by the international humanitarian and legal norms for the administration of such territories. Israel’s administration of the territories is under strict judicial supervision by Israel’s Supreme Court.
  • The territory was never under Palestinian rule or sovereignty, and when it was under Jordanian control there was no intention by Jordan to turn it into a Palestinian state.
  • The oft-used term in UN resolutions “occupied Palestinian territories” has no legal basis or validity whatsoever. It is not supported by any legal, historical or other binding document, and its use prejudges the outcome of a still pending negotiation.
  • It is an accepted fact that the issue of the future of the territories is in dispute. Israel entertains valid, widely acknowledged and long-held historic and legal claims regarding the territories.
  • Signed agreements between the Palestinian leadership and Israel have established an agreed framework for settling the territorial dispute through negotiation of their permanent status.
  • Pending agreement between Israel and the Palestinians regarding the permanent status of the territory, no external, third-party political determination or resolution can establish that that the territories belong to the Palestinians.

3. “The Palestinian leadership is united and popularly supported.” Wrong.

  • The Palestinian leadership is far from united. There is a total, irreconcilable disconnect between the Palestinian Authority leadership in the West Bank areas of Judea and Samaria, and the Hamas administration in Gaza. The leadership is seen as incorrigibly corrupt. President Mahmoud Abbas is in the 11th year of his four-year term. The Authority lacks internal credibility, accountability, and popular support.
  • This situation undermines any confidence in a viable and united governance and representation of the Palestinians. It neutralizes any capacity to enter into and to implement any international commitment or obligation.

4. “The Palestinian leadership is moderate, willing to negotiate and to live in peace with Israel.” Wrong.

  • The Palestinian leadership, is far from moderate, by any standard. Even without Hamas incitement, it engages in an officially-sanctioned policy of “de-normalization” vis-à-vis The leadership often praises, memorializes, and encourages Palestinian terrorists.
  • The Palestinian leadership refuses to resume negotiations, and refuses to meet or to enter into any dialogue with Israel’s leaders. It blocks contacts between Palestinians and Israelis at the diplomatic, professional, and people-to-people levels. This policy runs counter to Palestinian commitments in the Oslo Accords to encourage development cooperation and “people-to-people dialogues” at all levels.
  • The Palestinian leadership initiates and openly supports boycotts, divestment, and sanctions (BDS) aimed at the delegitimization of Israel in the international community on international and regional organizations, international tribunals, and the UN and its specialized agencies.
  • While Israel has expressed its willingness for the principle of “two states for two peoples,” the Palestinian leadership consistently refuses to accept the concept of Israel as the democratic nation state of the Jewish People.

5. “Israel’s settlements are illegal and violate international law.” Wrong.

  • These allegations are based on a misreading of the relevant international laws and the reciprocal commitments between Israel and the PLO.
  • The prohibition on the transfer of population into territory occupied during war, set out in the 1949 Fourth Geneva Convention, was specifically drafted in order to prevent a recurrence of the mass forcible population transfers that occurred during the Second World War. In the case of Israel’s settlement policy, there are no forced expulsions or coerced settling.
  • This has no bearing on, or relevance to Israel’s settlement policy, which enables the legitimate utilization of non-privately-owned land pending the permanent settlement of the dispute. Use of non-privately-owned public land for settlement or for agriculture is fully consistent with accepted international norms as long as the status of the land is not changed pending its final negotiated outcome.
  • As such, Israel’s settlements cannot be seen to be a violation of international law. Any determination of such is based on a selective, politically biased viewpoint taken outside the accepted international practice.
  • Notwithstanding the divergence of views on the legality of Israel’s settlements, according to the Oslo Accords, this issue is an open negotiating issue between the Palestinians and Israel.
  • Pending attainment of a negotiated settlement, the Oslo Accords place no freeze or restriction on either Israel or the Palestinians to engage in planning, zoning, and construction in the respective areas under its control. To the contrary, planning, zoning and construction are specifically permitted.
  • Accordingly, arbitrary and unilateral predetermination as to the legitimacy of settlements, and any call for their removal prior to an agreement between Israel and the Palestinians are inconsistent with the agreements and constitute prejudgment of a negotiating issue.
  • The claim that the settlements are the source of the conflict holds no logic. The Arab-Israel conflict existed long before the establishment of any settlement, with efforts by the Arab states in 1948 to prevent the establishment of the state of Israel and their ongoing efforts since then to bring about its demise.

6. “Jerusalem belongs to the Arabs. The Jews have no rights or claims to it.” Wrong.

  • The Palestinian leadership manipulates history and denies Jewish history and heritage in Jewish holy sites in its presentations to international organizations such as UNESCO. They cannot alter the historic fact that Jerusalem has, from time immemorial, been the epicenter of the Jewish religion and heritage. It also plays a major role in the history of Christianity. This is acknowledged in the Quran, the Old and New Testaments and in the writings of historians.
  • Attempts by the Palestinian leadership to generate incitement and violence through false accusations regarding the Muslim holy sites in Jerusalem have no basis and will not alter the fact that the issue of Jerusalem is an agreed negotiating issue between Israel and the Palestinians pursuant to the Oslo Accords.
  • Any assumption or expectation that the Israeli public may be pressured into supporting demands for a unilateral withdrawal from Arab areas of east Jerusalem outside of a negotiated and agreed-upon framework is misplaced and has no basis in fact.

7. “The Israeli leadership and government are inflexible, extreme and oppose peace.” Wrong.

  • The intense hostility towards Israel’s democratically-elected government is misplaced and insulting to the Israeli public.
  • The tendency, especially in Europe and in international organizations, to accept outrageous Palestinian allegations against Israel, often old anti-Semitic canards, is nothing more than submission to cynical manipulation. Such allegations deliberately abuse of the bona fides and sense of political correctness prevalent among Western countries and societies.
  • This comes at the expense of genuine objective, historic, legal and factual analysis.
  • Well-meaning and sincere European and American politicians, community-leaders and organizations together with international and regional organizations appear to feel that they are better-able and equipped, more-so than Israel’s elected leaders and the Israeli public, to know what is in the better interests of Israel.
  • The Israeli public, whose voters and their elected officials face the threats of hostility and terror on a daily basis, have deep political awareness and are fully capable of determining the fate of Israel.
  • The assumption that international pressure will bring about the downfall of Israel’s democratically-elected government belies the strength of Israel’s democracy and undermines the West’s democratic principles.

8. “The present status quo between Israel and the Palestinians is unsustainable.” Wrong.

  • The present situation of political stalemate between the Palestinians and Israel is not the result of Israeli defiance, as claimed by some Western leaders, governments, and commentators.
  • Israel has repeatedly expressed its willingness to resume the negotiation process immediately. Israel is committed in the Oslo Accords and has made it very clear that it has no intention of carrying out any unilateral action aimed at changing the status of the territories.
  • The “present status quo” is determined by the fact that the Palestinian leadership consistently refuses to return to a negotiating table. It prefers to indulge the international community with its victimhood and to generate negative initiatives aimed at denying Israel’s character as the Jewish State, and delegitimizing Israel.
  • Palestinian leadership prefers to conduct diplomatic warfare through boycotts against Israel and legal proceedings against Israel’s leaders in international and national courts.
  • The one-sided imposition of politically oriented solutions is not an acceptable mode of changing the status quo.
  • In the absence of a viable diplomatic process today, the current status quo is sustainable.

9. “Islamophobia is parallel to anti-Semitism.” Wrong.

  • The tendency in the international community to link anti-Semitism with Islamophobia as two equal phenomena of racism is totally wrong. This tendency regrettably emanates from exaggerated political correctness on the part of many Western countries and communities.
  • Anti-Semitism has been a tragic phenomenon conducted solely against Jews for thousands of years, causing massacres, pogroms, expulsions, public torture and executions, lynching, forced conversion, destruction of synagogues, enslavement, confiscation of belongings, culminating in the Nazi Holocaust.
  • Anti-Semitic themes are a staple of Palestinian and Arab media, school curricula, cartoons, and sermons.
  • The aim of anti-Semitism has been to exterminate and bring about the total genocide of the Jewish People as a race.
  • Anti-Semitism cannot be compared or linked to Islamophobia, which emanates from the fear of Islam as a result of fanatical Islamic movements and the terror generated by them. It bears no relation whatsoever to any philosophy advocating genocide of Muslims.
  • In this context, de-legitimization of Israel is seen by most Western states, as a new version of anti-Semitism.

10. “Israel is a racist state that violates human rights and practices apartheid.” Wrong

  • This claim is repeated by Palestinian leaders and left-wing propagandists throughout the world. It was initially advocated by Yasser Arafat and adopted by NGO groups at discredited 2001 UN Conference on Racism at Durban.
  • It is indicative of an evident lack of understanding of the racist nature of the phenomenon of “apartheid” and an even further and deeper misunderstanding of the character of Israel as an open, pluralistic and democratic society.
  • The comparison of Israel to South Africa under white supremacist rule has been utterly rejected by those with intimate understanding of the old Apartheid system, especially South Africans. The aim of such propaganda, in addition to delegitimizing the very basis of existence of the State of Israel, is to cynically manipulate the international community and to encourage imposition of an international sanctions regime against Israel modeled on the actions against the former apartheid regime in South Africa.
  • Israel is a multi-racial and multi-colored society, and the Israeli Arab population actively participates in the political process. Israeli Arabs enjoy complete equality and freedom of expression. They elect their own Knesset members and Arab judges serve in the Supreme Court. Israeli Arabs serve as heads of hospital departments, university professors, diplomats, and senior police and army officers.
  • Each religious community has its own religious court system, applying Sharia, Canon, and Jewish law respectively.
  • Unlike those Arab and other states in which one religion is declared the state religion, or Western countries where Christianity is the predominant religion, or Moslem countries like Iran and Saudi Arabia where certain areas, towns, and roads are restricted to “Moslems only,” and where women are treated as second-class citizens and gay people as criminals, Israeli law regards Judaism, Islam, and Christianity as official religions and constitutionally ensures complete freedom and equality to all.
  • Incitement to or practice of racism in Israel is a criminal offence, as is any discrimination on the basis of race, religion, sex or gender. Israeli schools, universities, and hospitals make no distinction between Jews and Arabs.

Whether in day-to-day political and social discourse, or whether in the international and local media, the above accusations appear repeatedly and consistently.
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Amb. Alan Baker is Director of the Institute for Contemporary Affairs at the Jerusalem Center and the head of the Global Law Forum. He participated in the negotiation and drafting of the Oslo Accords with the Palestinians, as well as agreements and peace treaties with Egypt, Jordan, and Lebanon. He served as legal adviser and deputy director-general of Israel’s Ministry of Foreign Affairs and as Israel’s ambassador to Canada.

The Meaning of an Olympic Snub

The Arab world has a problem of the mind, and its name is anti-Semitism.

by Bret Stephens

Aug. 15, 2016   WALL STREET JOURNAL

An Israeli heavyweight judoka named Or Sasson defeated an Egyptian opponent named Islam El Shehaby Friday in a first-round match at the Rio Olympics. The Egyptian refused to shake his opponent’s extended hand, earning boos from the crowd. Mr. Sasson went on to win a bronze medal.

If you want the short answer for why the Arab world is sliding into the abyss, look no further than this little incident. It did itself in chiefly through its long-abiding and all-consuming hatred of Israel, and of Jews.

That’s not a point you will find in a long article about the Arab crackup by Scott Anderson in last weekend’s New York Times Magazine, where hatred of Israel is treated like sand in Arabia—a given of the landscape. Nor is it much mentioned in the wide literature about the legacy of colonialism in the Middle East, or the oil curse, governance gap, democracy deficit, youth bulge, sectarian divide, legitimacy crisis and every other explanation for Arab decline.

Yet the fact remains that over the past 70 years the Arab world got rid of its Jews, some 900,000 people, while holding on to its hatred of them. Over time the result proved fatal: a combination of lost human capital, ruinously expensive wars, misdirected ideological obsessions, and an intellectual life perverted by conspiracy theory and the perpetual search for scapegoats. The Arab world’s problems are a problem of the Arab mind, and the name for that problem is anti-Semitism.

As a historical phenomenon, this is not unique. In a 2005 essay in Commentary, historian Paul Johnson noted that wherever anti-Semitism took hold, social and political decline almost inevitably followed.

Spain expelled its Jews with the Alhambra Decree of 1492. The effect, Mr. Johnson noted, “was to deprive Spain (and its colonies) of a class already notable for the astute handling of finance.” In czarist Russia, anti-Semitic laws led to mass Jewish emigration as well as an “immense increase in administrative corruption produced by the system of restrictions.” Germany might well have won the race for an atomic bomb if Hitler hadn’t sent Albert Einstein, Leo Szilard, Enrico Fermi and Edward Teller into exile in the U.S.

These patterns were replicated in the Arab world. Contrary to myth, the cause was not the creation of the state of Israel. There were bloody anti-Jewish pogroms in Palestine in 1929, Iraq in 1941, and Lebanon in 1945. Nor is it accurate to blame Jerusalem for fueling anti-Semitism by refusing to trade land for peace. Among Egyptians, hatred of Israel barely abated after Menachem Begin relinquished the Sinai to Anwar Sadat. Among Palestinians, anti-Semitism became markedly worse during the years of the Oslo peace process.

In his essay, Mr. Johnson called anti-Semitism a “highly infectious” disease capable of becoming “endemic in certain localities and societies,” and “by no means confined to weak, feeble or commonplace intellects.” Anti-Semitism may be irrational, but its potency, he noted, lies in transforming a personal and instinctive irrationalism into a political and systematic one. For the Jew-hater, every crime has the same culprit and every problem has the same solution.

Anti-Semitism makes the world seem easy. In doing so, it condemns the anti-Semite to a permanent darkness.

Today there is no great university in the Arab world, no serious indigenous scientific base, a stunted literary culture. In 2015 the U.S. Patent Office reported 3,804 patents from Israel, as compared with 364 from Saudi Arabia, 56 from the United Arab Emirates, and 30 from Egypt. The mistreatment and expulsion of Jews has served as a template for the persecution and displacement of other religious minorities: Christians, Yazidis, the Baha’ i.

Hatred of Israel and Jews has also deprived the Arab world of both the resources and the example of its neighbor. Israel quietly supplies water to Jordan, helping to ease the burden of Syrian refugees, and quietly provides surveillance and reconnaissance capabilities to Egypt to fight ISIS in the Sinai. But this is largely unknown among Arabs, for whom the only permissible image of Israel is an Israeli soldier in riot gear, abusing a Palestinian.

Successful nations make a point of trying to learn from their neighbors. The Arab world has been taught over generations only to hate theirs.

This may be starting to change. In the past five years the Arab world has been forced to face up to its own failings in ways it cannot easily blame on Israel. The change can be seen in the budding rapprochement between Jerusalem and Cairo, Riyadh and Abu Dhabi, which might yet yield tactical and strategic advantages on both sides, particularly against common enemies such as ISIS and Iran.

That’s not enough. So long as an Arab athlete can’t pay his Israeli opposite the courtesy of a handshake, the disease of the Arab mind and the misfortunes of its world will continue. For Israel, this is a pity. For the Arabs, it’s a calamity. The hater always suffers more than the object of his hatred.

Write bstephens@wsj.com.

Evangelical Lutheran Church and Jews/Israel the Jew of nations

Evangelical Lutheran Church in America Has Claws Out for Israel  -  It ain't just about Israel ... During the past 40 years that I have been involved in counter-missionary and counter-cult activity, I have seen firsthand that the Evangelical Lutherans have consistently been a major player in the push to missionize Jews, especially targeting (uninformed and psychologically vulnerable) Jewish kids. 

Evangelical Lutheran Church in America: Stop US Aid to Israel if Settlements Allowed to Stay  -  Okay, let's see if I have this right ... Jews living in Judea, surrounded by over 3,000 years of Jewish history, are 'settlers'.  But the Philistine jihadis who want to kill every Jew and Christian on the planet (including, of course, Evangelical Lutherans), should establish a Terror-State on that land ... What !!!

One of my favorite contacts followed-up with a response to the Evangelical Lutheran Church of America- 

The Rev. Elizabeth A. Eaton
Presiding Bishop Evangelical Lutheran Church of America
ELCA Churchwide Ministries
8765 W Higgins Road
Chicago, IL 60631

Dear Bishop Eaton,

It has been reported that the Evangelical Lutheran Church of America is demanding that the Unites States discontinue sending aid to Israel until Israel discontinues building homes and apartments in disputed areas that your church in its geo-political ignorance refers to as the “occupied” areas. Jews are not amused and will oppose your initiative until the Evangelical Lutherans reject the hateful rhetoric of your founder Martin Luther. 

Here is how Luther wanted Jews to be treated in Europe:

  • "First, to set fire to their synagogues or schools … This is to be done in honor of our Lord and of Christendom, so that God might see that we are Christians …"
  • "Second, I advise that their houses also be razed and destroyed."
  • "Third, I advise that all their prayer books and Talmudic writings, in which such idolatry, lies, cursing, and blasphemy are taught, be taken from them."
  • "Fourth, I advise that their rabbis be forbidden to teach henceforth on pain of loss of life and limb …"
  • "Fifth, I advise that safe-conduct on the highways be abolished completely for the Jews. For they have no business in the countryside …"
  • "Sixth, I advise that usury be prohibited to them, and that all cash and treasure of silver and gold be taken from them …"
  • "Seventh, I recommend putting a flail, an ax, a hoe, a spade, a distaff, or a spindle into the hands of young, strong Jews and Jewesses and letting them earn their bread in the sweat of their brow … But if we are afraid that they might harm us or our wives, children, servants, cattle, etc., … then let us emulate the common sense of other nations such as France, Spain, Bohemia, etc., … then eject them forever from the country …" [1]

[1] Wikipedia

Here are more of Martin Luther’s sentiments towards Jews:

In 1543 Luther published On the Jews and Their Lies in which he says that the Jews are a "base, whoring people, that is, no people of God, and their boast of lineage, circumcision, and law must be accounted as filth."[13] They are full of the "devil's feces ... which they wallow in like swine."[14] The synagogue was a "defiled bride, yes, an incorrigible whore and an evil slut ..."[15]

Since you people seem totally without remorse and guilt over this extreme Jew hatred that many consider contributed to the European culture that carried out the Holocaust, don’t you think that your action singling out the Jewish state and no other reflects your continued belief that Jews are full of the Devil’s feces?

Islamic Islamophobia: When Muslims Are Not Muslim Enough, What Does It Promise for the Rest of Us?

by Douglas Murray  •  August 14, 2016 at 5:00 am

  • Mr Shah's murderer was a Sunni Muslim, Tanveer Ahmed, who had travelled to Glasgow to kill Mr Shah because he believed Mr Shah had "disrespected the Prophet Mohammed." At this point the comfortable narratives of modern Britain began to fray.
  • If Mr Shah's murderer had been a non-Muslim, there would be a concerted effort by the entirety of the media and political class to find out what inspirations and associations the murderer had. Specifically, they would want to know if there was anybody -- especially any figure of authority -- who had ever called for the murder of Muslim shopkeepers. Yet when a British Muslim kills another British Muslim for alleged "apostasy" and local religious authorities are found to have praised or mourned the killers of people accused of "apostasy," the same people cannot bother to stir themselves.

Asad Shah was murdered in Glasgow, Scotland by Tanveer Ahmed, a fellow Muslim who claimed Shah had "disrespected the Prophet Mohammed" by wishing Christians a Happy Easter.

Earlier this year there was a murder that shocked Britain. Just before Easter, a 40-year old shopkeeper in Glasgow, Asad Shah, was repeatedly stabbed in his shop; he died in the road outside. The news immediately went out that this was a religiously-motivated attack. But the type of religiously motivated attack it was came as a surprise to most of Britain.

There is so much attention paid to the idea of "Islamophobia" in the country that many people -- including some Muslim groups -- immediately assumed that the killing of Asad Shah was an "Islamophobic" murder. It turned out, however, that the man who had been detained by police -- and this week sentenced to a minimum of 27 years in prison for the murder -- was also a Muslim.

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The real al Aqsa Mosque is not in Jerusalem by Mordechai Kedar

Expose: Muslim canards about Jerusalem and the al Aqsa Mosque revealed and proven to be lies through the publicizing of original sources.

Dr. Mordechai Kedar, 11/08/16

Dr. Mordechai Kedar is a senior lecturer in the Department of Arabic at Bar-Ilan University. He served in IDF Military Intelligence for 25 years, specializing in Arab political discourse, Arab mass media, Islamic groups and the Syrian domestic arena. Thoroughly familiar with Arab media in real time, he is frequently interviewed on the various news programs in Israel.

A well known proverb says "liars need to have good memories." The reasoning is clear: a liar needs to remember his own lies and whom he told them to in order to avoid contradicting himself and revealing his mendacity. This rule applies to important issues as well. Jerusalem, for instance, whose holiness to Sunni Muslims is based on a late and political interpretation of a Koranic verse, while to Shiite Muslims it is only the third holiest city, ranked below Mecca and Medina (today the city of Najaf in southern Iraq).

Early Islamic sources state that the "al Aqsa Mosque" (literal meaning: 'the farther mosque'), mentioned only once in the Koran, was one of two mosques located near Ji'irrana, a village located between Mecca and Taaf in the Arabian Peninsula (now Saudi Arabia.) One of the mosques was called "al-Masjid al-Adna," meaning the "closer mosque" and the other " al-Masjid al-Aqsa", the "farther mosque." When the Koran refers to the al Aqsa mosque while telling the myth of the Prophet Muhammad's night time journey from the "holy mosque" of Mecca to al Aqsa, that is, the "farther mosque," it is referring to the mosque in Ji'irrana.

In 682 C.E., fifty years after Mohammed's death, Abd allah Ibn al-Zubayr, the tough man of Mecca, rebelled against the Umayyads who ruled Damascus and would not allow them to fulfill the Haj in Mecca. Since the Haj pilgrimage is one of the five basic Islamic commandments, they were forced to choose Jerusalem as their alternative for a pilgrimage site. In order to justify choosing Jerusalem, the Umayyads rewrote the story told in the Koran, moving the al Aqsa mosque to Jerusalem, and adding, for good measure, the myth of the night time journey of Mohammed to al Aqsa. This is the reason the Sunnis now consider Jerusalem their third holiest city.

Shia Islam, mercilessly persecuted by the Umayya Caliphate, did not accept the holy Jerusalem canard, which is the reason the second holiest city to Shiites is Najif in Iraq, the burial place of Shiite founder Ali bin Abi Talib. Many of the Shiite elders – Iranian and Hezbollah – only began to call Jerusalem holy after the Khomeni rebellion in 1979 so as to keep the Sunnis from accusing them of being soft on Zionism.

The first lie, in that case, is the spurious claim that the "farther mosque" is in Jerusalem.

More lies were piled on to the first one, the main prevarication being the exact location of this so-called al Aqsa mosque, which until not very long ago, was the silver-domed building on the southern end of the Temple Mount.

The entire area of the Temple Mount is known as al-Haram al-Sharif – "the holy and noble site"- but a change came about after the Six Day War, when Jewish voices could be heard, particularly that of the Chief Rabbi of Haifa, Rav She'er Yashuv HaCohen, calling for the establishment of a synagogue on the Mount.  Immediately after the war, Chief IDF Rabbi Shlomo Goren also said that he wanted to celebrate religious events on the Temple Mount. It was felt that the Muslims would not object, since al Aqsa was on the southern edge of the compound and the synagogue would not be nearby.

As a result, however, the Muslims decided to announce that the al Aqsa mentioned in the Koran refers not only to the mosque on the southern end of the compound, but is the name for the entire Temple Mountarea, abandoning the original name, al-Haram al-Sharif. My colleague, Professor Yitzchak Reiter, discusses this issue at length in his book "From Mecca to Jerusalem and Back," 2005. The renaming of the Temple Mount is clearly a canard, with two documents, one known and one less known, revealing the truth.

The source that is more widely known is a booklet prepared in 1924 by none other than the openly anti-Semitic (and later on good friend of Hitler) Mufti Haj Amin el Husayni and reprinted many times in the years following its first publication. Dr. Daniel Tassel of Lexington, Massachusetts, gave me an original copy printed in 1930, for which generosity I am most grateful. The booklet's title is "A Brief Guide to al-Haram al-Sharif – Jerusalem." Note that the area is not called al Aqsa.  The al Aqsa Mosque appears as a chapter in the booklet, after the chapter on the Dome of the Rock, the golden-domed structure in the middle of the compound. It is clear that to Haj Amin al- Husayni, the Mufti of Jerusalem, the al Aqsa Mosque is simply the building on the southern end of the compound, because that is what it is.

Booklet by Mufti of Jerusalem INN:MK

The lesser known of the two documents is one I photocopied recently at my friend Chaim Steinberger's home in New York. Chaim has a large collection of maps of the Land of Israel and he showed me an ordinary Jordanian tourist map of Jerusalem that was executed in 1965, two years before the 1967 Six Day War. At that time,East Jerusalem was still illegally occupied by the Hashemite Kingdom of Jordan, while the entire world kept silent and uttered not a word against this totally illegal occupation. The map was drawn by a Jordanian named Abd al-Rahman Rassas who worked as an official surveyor and was authorized by the Hashemite Tourism Authority of Jordan. The map bears the words: "recommended and approved by the official Jordanian Tourist Authority." (see photo at end of article)

A perusal of the map shows that in 1965 the Temple Mount compound was still called " al-Haram al-Sharif", that it was on "Mount Moriah", and that the "al Aqsa Mosque" was simply a building on the southern end of  al-Haram al-Sharif. In other words, thirty years before the peace agreement between Israel and the Kingdom of Jordan, the Jordanians identified al Aqsa as no more than an edifice on the southern end of al-Haram al-Sharif, which in turn is built on Mount Moriah.  

Islam's liars decided to "expand" al Aqsa – whose real location is actually in the Arabian desert – to encompass the entire Temple Mount area only after the Jews liberated the site of their Temples in the June 1967 Six Day War. After all, the Jews might want to build a synagogue on the Temple Mount under the direction of Rabbis Goren and She'er Yashuv Hacohen.

For example, Sheikh Ikrima Sabr, Mufti of Jerusalem 1994-2006, in a speech given on Friday, January 4th, 2002, said the following (my additions in parentheses, M.K.): " O ye Muslims (all over the world), when we talk about the blessed al Aqsa Mosque, we mean a mosque whose area is 144 dunam (the size of al-Haram al-Sharif in its entirety) including the walls, the al-Buraq Wall (the Western Wall), the passages, hallways, entrances and squares, in addition to the part that is roofed (the building in the southern end),the part that is ancient (under the roofed part) and the Foundation Stone (under the Dome of the  Rock), the Marwani prayer site (Solomon's Stables), all are al Aqsa…."                                

Another lie, revealed as such by the very same map, follows on the heels of this one.  It concerns the site of the Jewish Holy Temples. I have listened to a good many Friday sermons in Arabic, which I unfortunately did not record,  including some in which the preacher claimed that al-Haykal al-Maz'oum –" the supposed (Jewish) Temple"- was never in Jerusalem. One preacher claimed it was on Mount Sinai and in another instance,  the preacher said it was on Mount Gerizim near Nablus, where "the Samaritans preserve the authentic Jewish traditions." The Jordanian map puts paid to the lies of every one of these Islamic orators.

One wonders why the al Aqsa Mosque is of such importance to the Muslims and why they have accorded it such prominence that it is becoming accepted as one of the basic principles of their faith. The answer lies in the fact that Islam defines itself as a religion that did not enter the world to live in peace with Judaism and Christianity, the religions that preceded it, but as a universal religion that is meant to obliterate them and take over the world. Islam sees itself as "Din al-Haqq," the true religion, and  Judaism and Christianity as "Din al-Batil," the false religions. The Muslims fear that the Jewish people's return to their land, cities and the site of their Temples will grant Judaism the status of a vibrant, active and true religion, posing a theological threat to the very existence and raison d'etre of Islam.

That is the reason that all Jewish activity on the Temple Mount, especially Jewish prayer, infuriates them, and they will do everything, includingspreading prevarications and outright lies, to prevent the Jews from returning to the places from which they were exiled almost 2000 years ago.  That is what makes the conflict over Jerusalem the basis of a theological struggle whose source is the Muslim world's inability to recognize the history and religious rights of non-Muslim believers, all of whom are slated to disappear, according to Islam.

All the other aspects of the conflict, nationalistic, political or legal, are layers of camouflage hiding the real dispute, the theological one, between Israel and its neighbors.

Today, now that we have been blessed with the beginnings of a return to Zion, we bring to mind the destruction of the Temples and our people's dispersion among the nations of the world. We can see with our own eyes that the return of the Jewish people to their land, to its capital city and the site of the Holy Temples,is anathema to many and especially to our Muslim neighbors.  The question that arises is whether we still have to live with the Muslim falsehoods concerning the Temple Mount –after we succeeded in liberating our land and capital city from Islamic occupation – or whether we should inform them of what they know full well, butattempt to repress: that it is our forefathers who were here 3000 years ago and worshippedthe one God, while their forefathers were pagan tribes in the Saudi desert, who drank wine, buried their daughters alive and worshipped idols.

When we respect ourselves and our heritage enough to stand up for our rights, they will respect us and leave us in peace.

May the Jewish People soon be blessed with the complete Redemption.

Breaking the Silence Group Accuses Israel Of War Crimes

NEW YORK, JULY 21, 2016

The Zionist Organization of America (ZOA) has pointed to a new investigative study by Israeli journalists into the claims made by the NGO, Breaking the Silence, showing that, of 10 recent claims of beating and shooting of innocents allegedly committed by the Israel Defense Forces (IDF) , two were outright lies, two others were exaggerated, four were impossible to verify and only two possessed any factual basis. The study was released by Israel’s Channel 10, showing that most of BtS’s claims of war crimes are baseless or invented.

Admit Deri, the head of Reservists on the Front, said, “The material [BtS] published affirms what we put forward. This is very serious research that was conducted by journalists who previously stated their support for Breaking the Silence, like Raviv Drucker. In the end it came out that the group does lie. In a sample of ten Breaking the Silence testimonies, the project found that two claims of beating detainees and shooting innocents were complete lies, two were exaggerated and four were impossible to verify. Only two of the ten were accurate.” (Benny Tucker, ‘More proof of Breaking the Silence’s lies,’ Israel National News, July 15, 2016).

Breaking the Silence (BtS), usually identified as an organization of Israeli veterans, says its goal is to “expose the Israeli public to the reality of everyday life in the Occupied Territories.” However, BTS’ activities have gone very far beyond this innocuous description. It is made up of former Israeli soldiers who are paid to collect anonymous testimonies and evidences of “crimes” so as to prove that Israel is guilty of “intimidation, instilling of fear, and indiscriminate punishment of the Palestinian population.”

Michael Sfard, the legal representative for BtS, has testified as a paid expert witness on behalf of the PLO in a lawsuit brought by victims of terror attacks perpetrated by the Al-Aqsa Martyrs Brigades, the terrorist organization belonging to Mahmoud Abbas’ Fatah Party.

Accusations contained in BTS reports are impossible to verify, because the group refuses to hand over their documents, disclose the identity of those making the complaints, or to provide the date or military unit detailed in their accounts, thereby preventing the IDF from investigating the allegations. But it is one of the peculiarities of Israel-related journalism that newspapers will publish just such anonymous testimony if it has been pre-packaged by a political NGO. This enables journalists to admit they have not personally verified particular testimonies while writing extensively about them.

BtS is a radical Israeli NGO, with a budget of nearly four million shekels bankrolled chiefly, by foreign governments, not Israelis. For example, in 2009, BTS accepted 75,000 shekels from Oxfam on the condition that it will interview as many soldiers as possible who will confirm the IDF’s “immoral actions.” 

BtS’ current donors include the Danish Lutheran organization Dan Church Aid, the French Catholic group CCFD-Terre Solidaire, the governments of Norway and Switzerland, and many others along similar lines, none of them Israeli. BtS’ funders for 2013-15 donors included: the Danish Lutheran organization Dan Church Aid, the French Catholic group CCFD-Terre Solidaire, the governments of Norway and Switzerland, the Human Rights and International Law Secretariat (joint funding from Sweden, Switzerland, Denmark and the Netherlands), Trocaire (Ireland), Dan Church Aid (Denmark), Broederlijk Delen (Belgium), Christian Aid (UK), Switzerland, France, CCFD (France), Medico International (Germany), Misereor(Germany), AECID (Spain), EU, ICCO (Netherlands), Norway, Rockefeller Brothers Fund, George Soros’ Open Society Institute, New Israel Fund, and others. 

BtS also received NIS 1,128,209 from foreign governmental bodies in the first half of 2015, NIS 2,310,020 in 2014 and NIS 1,271,368 in 2013. Another BtS funder has been The Arab Human Rights Fund, which has links to global jihad and the PFLP, and which provided BtS with US$300,000 to craft its 2015 report. 

BtS is a radical Israeli NGO, with a budget of nearly four million shekels bankrolled chiefly, by foreign governments, not Israelis.

In 2014, 61% of BtS’ annual budget was from foreign (European) governments (direct and indirect combined). In addition, in December 2015, the European Union disclosed that it was providing to BTS an additional €236,000 (~1 million NIS)  in 2015-2017, under a project titled “Educating for Change: Human Rights Education in Israeli Society.”

It is generally unheard of for foreign governments to fund organizations that encourage soldiers in another country’s army to reveal military wrong-doing by that country.

In recent years, BtS has expanded its mission statement to in effect cover all Israeli military activities. Thus, in a 2015 report, the group’s staff interviewed over 60 soldiers, yer provided no names or dates. The interviewees gave a number of personal, dirty accounts of military life, but did not actually identify any serious IDF misdeeds, so it included a heartened introduction instead which claimed “disturbing” and “unprecedented” violence directed at Palestinian civilians. 

BtS’ May 2015 report, relating to Operation Protective Edge in Gaza in 2014, accuses the IDF of “indiscriminate fire on civilian targets” and “deliberate mass destruction.” In contrast, some of the interviews themselves show the IDF following scrupulous rules, including “roof-knocking,” phone calls, warning shells, warning shots, drones vetting targets prior to a strike to ensure the absence of civilians at the crucial moment.

ZOA National President Morton A. Klein said, “The latest revelations about the nature of BtS’ investigations and allegations amply justifies those, like ourselves, who have pointed to years to the dishonesty of this foreign government-funded Israeli NGO.

“The IDF is the most morally upright army in the world, the more so when one remembers that, not only does adhere to the highest standards of military discipline and go to the greatest lengths to protect the lives of civilians, but that it does so in the the most difficult conditions, such as when Israeli citizens are hunkered down in bomb shelters during missile barrages launched against Israeli citizens from Gaza on Israel’s doorstep.

“Indeed, foreign military experts with the widest experience of dealing with the challenges posed by jihadist terrorism emphasize that these terrorists routinely commit the double war crime of ensconcing forces and weaponry in densely-populated civilian areas while deliberately targeting civilians. Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, General Martin Dempsey, and Colonel Richard Kemp, former commander of British forces in Afghanistan, have testified to the literally unprecedented efforts Israel has taken to shield civilians from death and injury, despite this.

“Indeed, General Martin Dempsey has said Israel went to “extraordinary lengths” in the 2014 Gaza war to minimize civilians casualties. Further, he commissioned a study to be made of Israeli practices so that the U.S forces in the Middle East might benefit from them. 

“None of this is apparent from the constant stream of false, unsourced, distorted and exaggerated claims issues by BtS.

“It is increasingly understood in Israel that BtS is a foreign agitprop anti-Israel operation, not a genuine human rights organization. 

“Thus, in July 2015, the leader of Israel’s left-of-center Yesh Atid Party, Yair Lapid, criticized the Kibbutz Movement for inviting BtS, saying, “Here’s another proof –– for anyone who needed one –– that there are some in the Israeli left who have completely lost it.” Lapid described BtS as people who ‘go around the world with foreign sponsorship to badmouth the State of Israel using anonymous testimonies.’”

Full story can be found here: 

http://zoa.org/2016/07/10330305-breaking-the-silence-ngo-accusing-israel-of-war-crimes-falsely-alleged-brutality-shooting-innocents/

Global chaos -- a byproduct of the failure to confront evil by Isi Leibler

A generation ago, the term evil had meaning. There were no bleeding hearts -- certainly no Jews -- who minimized the malevolency of the Nazis. Evil was evil.

Today, as moral relativism dominates, the world has effectively abandoned the concept of evil, replacing it with a “sophisticated” political correctness in which aggressors and victims are frequently considered moral equivalents. For example, critics of Islamic terror are accused of Islamophobia.

There is “shock “at the mass murders and beheadings by Islamic fundamentalists but we are told that it is misleading to describe such behavior as “evil” because this diverts attention from the real source -- colonial exploitation. We also repeatedly hear the mantra that social and economic suffering cause desperation and provide the incentive for jihadi recruitment. Yet the majority of ISIS terrorists operating in Western cities are university graduates from middle class families.

Moreover the Western governments, whose countries now face terror attacks from “sleepers” and home-bred ISIS supporters, bury their heads in the sand and refuse to face the reality of the evil enemy of Islamic fundamentalism incubated in Muslim communities whose rank and file is unwilling or fearful to expose the jihadists in their midst.

At the core of this is the refusal to identify and confront the Islamic fundamentalist threat as a global evil seeking to destroy the Judeo-Christian moral heritage and substitute democracy with Sharia law or the caliphate.

This evasion of using concepts such as good and evil is evidenced by the treatment of Israel which, in this context, is truly the canary in the coal mine and spotlights the global descent into amorality. Thus for example:

  • Israel is the only democracy in the Middle East region -- a society based on law and equality and unqualified freedom of expression. Despite hostile Arab neighbors seeking its destruction, it provides full political equality to all its citizens Arab and Jew alike. Visit a hospital, shopping mall or park to appreciate how outrageous it is to employ terms like apartheid in Israel.

Contrast this with the Palestinian Authority and Hamas, where basic human rights are denied and where a criminal society promotes terrorism. Its mullahs glorify “shaheeds” and mothers proudly boast about their martyred children on TV and express the hope that more of their offspring will follow.

The PA and Hamas provide substantial pensions to families of those killed while murdering Jews or jailed in Israeli prisons. Schools, city squares and football clubs are named in their honor. Moreover, every time a Jew is murdered, spontaneous celebrations erupt in Palestinian streets. Truly a culture of death.

Yet the global community continuously applies moral equivalence to Israel democracy and the criminal Palestinian society. Evil is ignored.

  • Two Israeli prime ministers, Ehud Barak and Ehud Olmert, were rebuffed by Yasser Arafat and Mahmoud Abbas when they offered the Palestinians 97% of the territories previously occupied by the Jordanians. The “right-wing” Benjamin Netanyahu made far more extensive concessions than Yitzchak Rabin was ever willing to contemplate, including support for a two-state policy subject to security guarantees and Palestinian recognition of Israel as a Jewish state. The Palestinian objective remains to terminate Jewish sovereignty in stages by demanding concessions without any reciprocity.

Yet the global community -- headed by the Obama administration -- at best blamed both sides equally for the breakdown in negotiations but usually held Israel responsible. Again, a denial of evil and the application of moral equivalence.

  • The Middle East region is reminiscent of the Dark Ages with half a million innocent civilians butchered and over 4 million displaced from their homes.

Instead of addressing these atrocities, the Obama administration leads the pack in demonizing Israelis for home construction in Jewish neighborhoods. This obsession over “settlements,” which other than Jerusalem comprise 3% of the territories formally administered by the Jordanians, is utterly bizarre. Nobody would argue that an Israeli Arab is prohibited from building on property he purchased. However, Jews who bought land legitimately over the so-called Green Line are criminalized. How grotesque it is that an Israeli extending a terrace in his Jerusalem home could lead to sanctions while a few kilometers away, murder and mayhem continue unabated.

  • Western leaders and their media display cowardice when they grovel to the Islamists in their reporting of terrorist atrocities with their implications that terrorist acts like the stabbing to death of a 13-year-old girl in her bed in Israel are “resistance to occupation”.

It is despicable when U.S. and European representatives remain silent at the U.N. as the PA president receives standing ovations after delivering his blood libels against Israel and denies any connection between Jews and Jerusalem. When they support or abstain from U.N. resolutions demonizing or delegitimizing the Jewish state, they become active accomplices to evil.

Moral equivalence -- which is the order of the day in relation to Israel -- was a precursor to a global collapse of confidence among rank-and-file masses in democratic countries.

In all likelihood, history will define as the turning point in the Islamification of Europe, the European Union’s, led by Germany, absorption of millions of “refugees” from the Middle East - who ironically had been rejected as security risks by Saudi Arabia and the Gulf states. Most of these migrants have been educated against democracy and are fanatically anti-Semitic. Their humiliation of women and major criminal elements are downplayed by governments and media. Their presence will fortify the existing Islamic concentrations in major European cities and permanently alter demographics.

The refusal and failure to confront the evil enemy of Islamic fundamentalism has undermined global political stability and generated chaos and grass-roots revolt against the establishment. In the U.S., the level of pre-electoral discourse has descended to an all-time low. The same applies to European countries, with Brexit signaling the possible disintegration of the European Union. There is a surge of nationalistic and right-wing political parties as people watch in horror as their societies are engulfed by Islamists and face terrorism on their doorsteps -- the latest being the horrific massacre in Nice with over 80 killed.

There is light at the end of the tunnel. Ultimately, the grass-roots upheavals will hopefully create a global wakeup call and result in more responsible and courageous leadership that will unequivocally combat evil.

In that context, Israel has never been as strong as it is today. It is able to assert itself and will hopefully be recognized as a constructive and valued partner in the global war against Islamic fundamentalism and cease to be the scapegoat for the failure of resolve by the current global leadership. 

Isi Leibler may be contacted at ileibler@leibler.com

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AIPAC.org : Update: Palestinian and Arab Terrorism against Israel

July 18, 2016

Palestinian and Arab terrorist attacks against Israel have left at least 30 dead and over 300 wounded. Below is a timeline of major attacks since Oct. 1.

July 18: Two Israel Defense Forces (IDF) soldiers were wounded in a Palestinian stabbing attack during their patrol duty on Route 60 between Hebron and Gush Etzion. The soldiers were approached by the assailant, who then stabbed them with a screwdriver. The attacker was subdued and is currently being treated at a hospital in Jerusalem. 

July 17: A Palestinian armed with explosives attempted to carry out a bombing attack on the Jerusalem light rail. Israeli police thwarted the attack at the last minute and took the terrorist into custody. 

July 14: A Palestinian man approached Israeli police officers with a knife in the East Jerusalem refugee camp of Shuafat. The assailant was subdued and taken into custody by Israeli security forces.

July 13: Israeli security forces were targeted in a Palestinian car ramming attack in the West Bank town of Al-Ram. One suspect in the car was killed, and another was injured and taken to the hospital. Security forces arrested a third suspect for questioning.

July 9: At the Tekoa junction in Gush Etzion, an Israeli man was wounded after a Palestinian attacker shot at his car. His wife and five children who were also in the car were not injured. The assailant fled the scene, and Israeli security forces are still searching for him. 

July 6: Three IDF soldiers were lightly wounded in a Palestinian car ramming attack outside of Neve Daniel in the West Bank. 

July 5: A Palestinian woman attempted to stab IDF soldiers near Ariel in the West Bank. The assailant was shot and taken to the hospital for treatment.

July 1: One Israeli was killed and three others were wounded after a Palestinian assailant opened fire on their car near Hebron. All four victims are members of the same family. A manhunt is underway for the terrorist, who reportedly comes from Bani Na'im — the same village as Muhammad Nasser Tarayrah, the terrorist who killed 13-year-old Hallel Ariel in her West Bank home on June 30. Earlier in the day, another member of Tarayrah’s family attempted to stab Border Police officers at the Tomb of the Patriarchs in Hebron. The officers shot and killed the terrorist.

June 30: A Palestinian attacker stabbed and killed a 13-year-old Israeli girl as she slept in her Kiryat Arba home in the West Bank. An Israeli security guard was wounded in the attempt to subdue the attacker who was shot and killed. In a separate incident, two Israelis were wounded in a Palestinian stabbing attack in Netanya. The assailant was killed by an armed civilian at the scene.

June 8: Four people were killed and several others were wounded in a shooting attack in central Tel Aviv. Two Palestinian terrorists from Hebron opened fire in a restaurant at the Sarona market. Both assailants were captured by police.

May 30: A Palestinian stabbed and lightly injured an Israeli soldier in Tel Aviv. Security forces arrested the terrorist near the scene of the attack.

May 23: A Palestinian woman attempted to stab Israeli Border Police officers at a checkpoint north of Jerusalem. The assailant was shot and killed. 

May 16: A Palestinian stabbed a Jewish youth near the Damascus Gate in the Old City of Jerusalem. Police apprehended the assailant.

May 10: Two masked individuals attacked a group of elderly women, stabbing two of them, in Jerusalem’s Armon Hanatziv neighborhood.

May 3: Three soldiers were injured in a car-ramming attack near Dolev in the West Bank. The assailant was shot and killed.

May 2: An Israeli man in his 60s was stabbed in the back in the Old City of Jerusalem. The attacker was arrested after a major manhunt.

April 18: A bus bombing in Jerusalem, near the Talpiot neighborhood, injured at least 20 people. Two buses and a vehicle were engulfed in flames as a result of the explosion.

April 14: In the West Bank, a Palestinian man struck an IDF soldier in the helmet with an ax, failing to cause injuries. Security forces at the scene shot and killed the terrorist. 

April 3: After nine days without a terror attack, an Arab-Israeli woman from Kfar Kassem stabbed a 30-year-old Israeli woman in the central Israeli city of Rosh Ha’ayin. Nearby civilians and a security guard overpowered and disarmed the attacker.

March 24: In Hebron, an IDF soldier was stabbed and moderately injured by two Palestinian assailants. The attackers were shot and killed by Israeli security forces.

March 19: A Palestinian attacker stabbed a Border Police officer in Hebron in the West Bank. An officer at the scene shot and killed the assailant.

March 18: A Palestinian man attempted to stab soldiers near the Etzion junction. Soldiers shot and killed the attacker. Near the Sha'ar Binyamin Industrial Zone in the West Bank, soldiers arrested two Palestinians carrying knives, allegedly on the way to carry out an attack.

March 17: An IDF soldier was stabbed by a pair of Palestinian assailants near Ariel in the West Bank. Security forces at the scene shot and killed both attackers.

March 14: Two Palestinians rammed their car into a hitchhiking post at the Elias Junction near Hebron in the West Bank, exited their vehicle and began shooting at waiting passengers. One Israeli soldier was injured. Soldiers returned fire and killed both attackers. Minutes later, near the same hitchhiking post, aPalestinian rammed his car into a bus, injuring three Israeli soldiers. The Palestinian attacker was shot and killed.

March 11: An Israeli man was stabbed in the back near the Jaffa Gate in Jerusalem’s Old City. The Palestinian attacker fled the scene, but was caught by police after a brief manhunt. At the Bel checkpoint in the West Bank, two soldiers were wounded in a shooting attack.

March 8: An Arab-Israeli woman attempted to stab Israeli police officers near the Damascus Gate in Jerusalem’s Old City. The officers responded, shooting and killing the attacker. In a shop in Petah Tikvah, a Palestinian stabbed an Israeli multiple times in the upper body. The wounded Israeli, along with the store owner, managed to overpower and kill the Palestinian attacker. In Jaffa, a Palestinian terrorist killed one American tourist and injured 10 other people before being shot dead by police. Also near the Damascus Gate in Jerusalem’s Old City, an East Jerusalem motorcyclist fired shots at police officers, wounding one before fleeing. The attacker shot another officer before being killed by the police.

March 3: Overnight, shots were fired at an Israeli police vehicle at the Rehelim junction in the West Bank, injuring an officer. In a separate West Bank attack, an Israeli policeman directing traffic outside Jericho was stabbed by a Palestinian girl. The attacker was arrested.

March 2: In the West Bank, an Israeli citizen leaving for army reserve duty was attacked by two Palestinians with a knife and baton while exiting his home. The Israeli managed to fend off the attackers and lock his door, causing the terrorists to flee. The assailants, who were reportedly planning further attacks, were later neutralized by IDF soldiers.

Feb. 26: A Palestinian attacker stabbed an Israeli security guard multiple times with a hatchet in a mall in Ma’ale Adumim in the West Bank. The attacker fled the scene.

Feb. 24: A knife-wielding Palestinian man charged at an IDF reserve officer at the Gush Etzion junction in the West Bank. In the attempt to subdue the Palestinian terrorist, the Israeli officer was hit by gunfire and later died of his wounds. The Palestinian attacker was shot and wounded.

Feb. 21: Palestinians attempted three stabbing attacks in the West Bank. A knife-wielding Palestinian was arrested at the Tapuah Junction. Near Hebron, a Palestinian was arrested after he attempted to stab IDF soldiers. Near Nablus, a Palestinian was shot and killed as he tried to stab IDF soldiers.

Feb. 19: Two Border Police officers were stabbed by a Palestinian assailant at the Damascus Gate in Jerusalem's Old City. The terrorist was shot and killed and a Palestinian woman was wounded by shrapnel from gunshots fired in the attempt to subdue the attacker. In the West Bank near Silwad, IDF soldiers prevented an attempted car-ramming attack by shooting and killing the driver.

Feb. 18: U.S.-Israeli dual citizen Tuvia Weisman was killed and another Israeli was injured in a stabbing attack in the Sha’ar Binyamin industrial zone in the West Bank. An Israeli civilian shot and wounded the two Palestinian stabbers.

Feb. 16: Israeli police detained a Palestinian who was hiding a knife in his sleeve near the Damascus Gate in Jerusalem’s Old City.

Feb. 15: Israeli police officers arrested a knife-wielding Palestinian at the Damascus Gate in Jerusalem.

Feb. 14: Palestinians attempted five terrorist attacks against Israelis. Two Palestinians threw rocks at passing vehicles west of Jenin. When Israeli soldiers responded to the incident, one of the Palestinians opened fire on the soldiers. Soldiers returned fire and killed both Palestinian attackers. At the Mazmoriya checkpoint near Jerusalem, a knife-wielding Palestinian ran at Israeli police, but was shot and subdued by the police. Also in Jerusalem, an Israeli woman reported that a young Arab armed with a knife tried to stab her, but she successfully fled the scene unharmed. In Beit El in the West Bank, shots fired at an Israeli house caused damage but failed to cause any injuries. Late at night, at the Damascus Gate in Jerusalem’s Old City, two Palestinian gunmen carrying automatic weapons opened fire on Border Police officers who shot and killed the terrorists. Reportedly, one of the Palestinian attackers was a Palestinian policeman.

Feb. 13: A Palestinian driver transporting two illegal Palestinian laborers trying to evade Israeli police rammed into a police car and wounded three Border Police officers. In Hebron, a Palestinian attempted to stab an Israeli soldier, but stabbed a local Palestinian instead. The attacker was shot and killed by Israeli security forces.

Feb. 9:  In the West Bank, an Israeli man who was out jogging was stabbed and moderately injured by a Palestinian assailant. The attacker reportedly fled the scene.

Feb. 8: An 11-year-old Israeli boy was stabbed in the Israeli town of Ramle. The attacker fled the scene.

Feb. 6: An Israeli woman was stabbed in the Israeli Bedouin city of Rahat. The attacker fled the scene.

Feb. 4: Two Israeli Arab girls stabbed a security guard at Ramle’s central bus station, lightly injuring the guard. The attackers fled the scene.

Feb. 3: One Israeli Border Police officer was killed and another was seriously wounded when three Palestinians shot and stabbed them outside the Damascus Gate in Jerusalem’s Old City. All three attackers were shot dead by Israeli Border Police. The attackers were armed with knives, automatic weapons and pipe bombs.

Feb. 1: A Palestinian attempted to stab IDF soldiers near Salit in the West Bank. He was shot and killed on the scene by security forces.

Jan. 31: A member of the Palestinian Authority security forces shot and wounded three IDF soldiers at a checkpoint near Beit El in the West Bank. The attacker was shot dead by Israeli forces at the scene. In the West Bank near Modi’in, IDF soldiers thwarted an attempted car-ramming attack on the Maccabim checkpoint.

Jan. 30: An American-Israeli teenager was injured in a stabbing attack by two Palestinian youths outside the Damascus Gate in Jerusalem’s Old City. Both attackers and an accomplice were arrested by Israeli police.

Jan. 27: An Israeli man was stabbed and seriously wounded in an attack at a gas station outside Givat Ze’ev, north of Jerusalem. The suspected attacker was subdued and arrested by Israeli security forces.

Jan. 25: Two Palestinian attackers wounded two Israeli women, one fatally, in a stabbing attack in Beit Horon in the West Bank. A security guard shot and killed both attackers.

Jan. 24: Palestinians fired upon an Israeli car near Dolev in the West Bank, there were no injuries reported.

Jan. 23: Palestinians fired light arms at an Israeli security post near Hebron, failing to injure the soldiers. In a separate incident in the West Bank, a knife-wielding Palestinian teenager ran at an Israeli security guard and tried to stab him. The guard shot and killed the attacker. In Abu Dis, near Jerusalem, a Palestinian died when the bomb he prepared to throw at Israeli soldiers exploded prematurely.

Jan. 20: Palestinians shot at IDF troops in the West Bank, wounding one soldier. Three days later, Israeli security forces apprehended the three-man cell responsible for the attack.

Jan. 18: A pregnant 30-year-old Israeli woman was stabbed and moderately wounded by a Palestinian adolescent outside of a clothing warehouse in the West Bank. The assailant was shot and injured by an armed civilian.

Jan. 17: An Israeli mother of six was stabbed to death in front of her children by a Palestinian terrorist outside her home in the West Bank. In a separate incident in the West Bank, Israeli security forces foiled an attempted stabbing attack, killing the assailant.

Jan. 14: A Palestinian attacker stabbed an Israel Defense Forces commander near Nablus in the West Bank. In a separate incident, a Palestinian assailant attempted to stab a soldier at the Beit Anun junction near Hebron. Both terrorists were shot and killed.

Jan. 12: A knife-wielding Palestinian attempted to stab an Israeli soldier in the West Bank near Hebron. The attacker was shot and killed.

Jan. 11: A Palestinian attempted to stab IDF soldiers at a checkpoint near Jenin. The attacker was shot and given medical treatment.

Jan. 9: Two Palestinian attackers were shot and killed as they tried to stab IDF soldiers at the Bekaot checkpoint in the West Bank.

Jan. 7: A Palestinian terrorist was shot dead as he attempted to stab an IDFsoldier near Hebron. In a separate incident, three Palestinian attackers attempted to stab IDF soldiers at the Gush Etzion junction in the West Bank. All three assailants were killed.

Jan. 5: An IDF soldier was injured in a stabbing attack at the Gush Etzion junction in the West Bank. The Palestinian assailant was shot and killed by Israeli security forces at the scene.

Jan. 4: A knife-wielding Palestinian tried to stab police in Jerusalem, but was shot and subdued.

Jan. 3: In separate attacks in Hebron, two IDF soldiers were shot and wounded. In Jerusalem, a Palestinian attempted to stab an Israeli citizen.

Jan. 1: An Arab citizen of Israel opened fire on a busy Tel Aviv street with a submachine gun. The attacker killed two Israelis and wounded seven others. Police believe that the terrorist also killed a taxi driver following the initial shooting. After a seven-day manhunt, the gunman was found and killed near his home in a shootout with Israeli police.

Dec. 31: A Palestinian rammed his vehicle into a group of Israeli security forces in Huwara, near Nablus, injuring one soldier.

Dec. 27: A Palestinian stabbed an IDF soldier near the central bus station in Jerusalem. At the Huwara center south of Nablus, in the West Bank, two Palestinian terrorists stabbed two IDF soldiers. The terrorists were shot and killed.

Dec. 26: A Palestinian wounded one IDF soldier in a vehicular attack near Nablus. The terrorist was subdued and later died from his injuries. In Jerusalem, a Palestinian attempted to stab a policeman. The terrorist was shot and killed on the scene.

Dec. 25: A Palestinian attempted a vehicular attack on Border Police officers in the West Bank town of Silwad, but was shot and killed by the officers.

Dec. 24: In Hebron, a Palestinian attacker was shot as he tried to stab Israeli security forces. In a separate stabbing attack in the West Bank city of Ariel, a Palestinian assailant stabbed two security guards before one of the guards shot and killed him. At Adam Square, north of Jerusalem, a Palestinian rammed his car into IDF soldiers, wounding one. Security forces shot and killed the terrorist.

Dec. 23: Two Israelis were killed and one wounded in a stabbing attack carried out by two Palestinian terrorists outside the Jaffa Gate in the Old City of Jerusalem. One of the Israeli casualties was a result of gunfire in an attempt to subdue the attackers. Both assailants were shot and killed at the scene by Border Police officers.

Dec. 20: In Hebron, a Palestinian woman attempted to stab a Border policeman. The terrorist was shot by security forces.

Dec. 19: In the central town of Ra’anana, three Israeli civilians were wounded in a stabbing attack by a Palestinian terrorist. The assailant also attempted to enter a synagogue and a civilian’s home before he was arrested by Israeli security forces.

Dec. 18: A Palestinian motorist attempted to carry out a vehicular terrorist attack against IDF soldiers and Border Police officers at the Kalandia crossing in the West Bank. There were no reported injuries, and the assailant was shot at the scene by Israeli security forces.

Dec. 15: A Palestinian construction worker assaulted two coworkers, an Israeli Jew and a Palestinian resident of East Jerusalem, with a hammer at a work site in Modi’in.

Dec. 14: A Hamas terrorist rammed his car into a group of Israeli civilians at a bus stop near the entrance into Jerusalem. At least 11 people were injured, including an 18-month-old baby who lost a leg. The assailant was shot and killed at the scene by security forces.

Dec. 10: Four Israelis were injured, one seriously, in a car-ramming attack near Kfar Luban in the West Bank. The attacker reportedly fled the scene.

Dec. 9: A Palestinian terrorist stabbed and wounded an IDF soldier and a civilian near Beit Hadassah, a building that houses Jewish families in Hebron. The assailant was shot and killed on the scene. In the West Bank, an elderly Israeli couple was injured in a drive-by shooting attack. The couple’s car was struck by 20 bullets, with one of the bullets piercing the Israeli man’s skull.

Dec. 7: An Israeli man was seriously wounded in a Palestinian stabbing attack near the Tomb of the Patriarchs in Hebron. The attacker was shot and killed at the scene.

Dec. 6: Three Israelis were wounded in a car-ramming and stabbing attack. After hitting two people with his vehicle, the Palestinian terrorist exited his car and stabbed an Israeli pedestrian. The assailant was shot and killed by an IDF soldier at the scene.

Dec. 4: One Israeli civilian and an IDF soldier were wounded in separate stabbing attacks and in a third incident two IDF soldiers were injured in a car ramming attack. All three assaults occurred in the West Bank and all of the Palestinian terrorists were shot by Israeli security forces.

Dec. 3: An IDF soldier and a civilian were shot and wounded at the Hizme checkpoint north of Jerusalem. In a separate stabbing assault, an Israeli police officer was moderately wounded outside the Old City of Jerusalem. In both attacks, the Palestinian assailants were killed by Israeli security forces.  In the West Bank, an Israeli car was pierced by at least 10 bullets while driving north of Jerusalem. There were no injuries in the attack.

Nov. 29: In Jerusalem, Palestinian terrorists wounded two victims in separate stabbing assaults. In the first, a 38-year-old Palestinian man attacked a Border Police officer near the Damascus Gate in the Old City. Officers at the scene shot and killed the assailant. Hours later, a female Nepalese caretaker was stabbed and wounded by a Palestinian teenager. The attacker fled the scene by foot but was quickly apprehended by Israeli security forces.

Nov. 27: In the West Bank, six IDF soldiers were wounded in a Palestinian car ramming attack south of the Gush Etzion junction. The Palestinian terrorist was shot and killed by IDF soldiers. In a separate incident, two IDF soldiers, including one American-born soldier, were wounded in a car-ramming attack at the Kfar Adumim junction north of the West Bank city of Ma’ale Adumim. The perpetrator was wounded at the scene and apprehended by police.

Nov. 25: An IDF soldier was stabbed by a Palestinian attacker at the al-Fawwar junction near Hebron. The assailant was shot and later succumbed to his wounds.

Nov. 24: Three IDF soldiers and a Border Police officer were hurt in a car ramming attack at the Tapuah Junction in the West Bank. One victim sustained serious injuries while the other three were lightly wounded. The driver was shot by a group of Border Police officers on the scene.

Nov. 23: A Palestinian terrorist killed an 18-year-old Israeli and wounded two others in a stabbing attack at a gas station in the West Bank, near the central town of Modi’in. The Palestinian assailant was shot and killed by IDF soldiers. Hours earlier near Jerusalem’s Mahane Yehuda market, two Palestinian teenage girls, ages 14 and 16, stabbed a 70-year-old Palestinian man they misidentified as an Israeli. While being subdued, one of the attackers was killed and the other was wounded, and an Israeli civilian was wounded by gunfire. In a separate incident, one man was hit and lightly hurt in a suspected vehicular ramming attack in the West Bank. The suspect fled the scene.

Nov. 22: A 21-year-old Israeli woman was fatally stabbed at the Gush Etzion junction in the West Bank. IDF soldiers shot and killed the attacker.  Near Kfar Adumim in the West Bank, a Palestinian taxi driver attempted to ram his car into a group of Israeli citizens, after which he exited his vehicle and attempted to stab the victims. The attacker but was shot and killed. Near Nablus in the West Bank, a female knife-wielding Palestinian teenager was shot and killed as she attempted to carry out an attack against a group of Israelis.

Nov. 21: A Palestinian stabbed four people, including a 13-year-old girl, in Kiryat Gat. The attacker fled and evaded police for five hours before being arrested.

Nov. 20: A Palestinian driver tried to run over a policeman at a checkpoint near Abu Dis. Police opened fire on the driver who fled the scene.

Nov. 19: Two Israelis were killed and one was wounded in a Palestinian stabbing attack at the Panorama building in South Tel Aviv outside a Judaica store where prayer services were being held. The Palestinian assailant was lightly wounded and taken into police custody. Just hours later, American citizen Ezra Schwartz, a Palestinian and an Israeli, were killedand many more were wounded in a shooting and car-ramming attack near Gush Etzion junction in the West Bank. The terrorist drove past and fired on cars stuck in a traffic jam near the junction before losing control of his vehicle and crashing into another car. The terrorist exited his vehicle and attempted to fire more rounds but was shot and arrested by security forces.

Nov. 13: Two Israelis, a father and his teenage son, were murdered near Otniel junction south of Hebron by two Palestinian gunmen. The mother of the family and a second son were also injured in the attack.

Nov. 10: Two Palestinian minors, aged 12 and 13, attacked an Israeli security guard at a Jerusalem Light Rail station in the Pisgat Ze’ev neighborhood. One of the attackers stabbed the guard with a knife before being shot and disarmed by the injured officer. Minutes later, a 37-year-old Palestinian knife-wielding terrorist charged two security guards at the Damascus Gate in Jerusalem. In Abu Dis, Border Police shot and killed a Palestinian who charged at them with a knife.

Nov. 9: A Palestinian woman was shot in the West Bank during an attempted knife attack on Israeli Defense Ministry guards.

Nov. 8: A Border Policeman succumbed to his wounds from a Nov. 4 Palestinian car-ramming attack. Five Israelis were wounded in a vehicular terrorist attack at the Tapuah junction in the West Bank. Border Police shot and killed the Palestinian driver at the scene. In a separate incident near the West Bank, an Israeli man was seriously injured in a Palestinian stabbing attack.

Nov. 6: A 72-year-old Palestinian woman attempted to run over IDF soldiers at the Halhul junction near Hebron, but the attack was thwarted by other soldiers on the scene. In a separate incident, a Palestinian stabbed a middle-aged Israeli man outside a grocery store in Sha’ar Binyamin in the West Bank and fled the scene. Additionally, two Israeli teens were wounded, one seriously, by Palestinian sniper fire near the Cave of the Patriarchs in Hebron.

Nov. 5:  A Palestinian armed with a knife attempted to stab Israeli soldiers at a bus stop at the Gush Etzion junction. The terrorist was shot and killed by an IDF soldier.

Nov. 4: Two Border Police officers were injured, one seriously, in a car-ramming attack north of Hebron. The Palestinian driver was shot dead by security forces on the scene.

Nov. 3: IDF soldiers detained a Palestinian man armed with a knife and an improvised explosive device next to the Gilboa Crossing.

Nov. 2: A 71-year-old Israeli man was seriously hurt in a stabbing attack in Netanya. The Palestinian attacker was shot and subdued while attempting to flee. Three Israelis – including an 80-year-old woman – were wounded in a separate stabbing attack in Rishon Lezion. At a gas station near the Gilboa crossing in the West Bank, two Palestinians attempted to stab a soldier. One of the attackers was shot dead and the other was wounded. Also in the West Bank, Israeli police forces discovered an improvised explosive device in an abandoned Palestinian car.

Nov. 1: A Palestinian armed with a knife charged at Border Policemen near Beit Anun in the West Bank and was shot dead. Later in the day, three Border Policemen were injured by a Palestinian terrorist in a car-ramming attack.

Oct. 31: A Palestinian terrorist armed with a knife attempted to stab Israeli guards at the Gilboa crossing in the northern West Bank. The terrorist was shot and killed.

Oct. 30: Two Palestinian assailants attempted to stab a group of Israel Border Police officers at the Tapuah Junction in the West Bank. Israeli security forces killed one of the attackers and wounded the other. In a separate attack in Jerusalem, a Palestinian terrorist stabbed an American citizen at Ammunition Hill and attempted to injure others. An Israeli was wounded by gunfire in the while attempt to subdue the attacker. In a separate incident near Beit El, a terrorist’s attempt to stab an Israeli soldier was thwarted.

Oct. 29: In Hebron, there were two separate Palestinian knife attacks on Israeli security forces, injuring one IDF soldier. Both Palestinian assailants were shot and killed. In addition, shots were fired at a group of soldiers at a hitchhiking post in the West Bank.

Oct. 28: An Israeli woman was stabbed by a Palestinian terrorist outside a supermarket in Gush Etzion in the West Bank. Her attacker was apprehended by Israeli police. In Hebron, a Palestinian terrorist attempted to stab an IDF soldier, but was shot and killed by other soldiers on site before he could carry out his attack.

Oct. 27: American citizen Richard Lakin, 76, succumbed to wounds sustained during an Oct. 13 terrorist attack on a bus in Jerusalem. In Gush Etzion in the West Bank, an IDF soldier was stabbed by two Palestinian terrorists while attempting to question them for suspicious activity. Other soldiers on site shot and killed the two attackers.

Oct. 26: A Palestinian stabbed and seriously injured an IDF soldier near Hebron. In a separate incident, a Palestinian attempted to stab a soldier in Hebron, but was neutralized before carrying out the attack.

Oct. 25: Three separate Palestinian attacks in the West Bank – in Gush Etzion, Hebron and Ariel junction – left two Israelis wounded.

Oct. 24: A Palestinian teen pretending to sell candy attempted to stab a security guard at the Gilboa crossing north of Jenin. Security guards killed the assailant before he could carry out the attack.

Oct. 23: Palestinian factions, including Hamas and Fatah, called for a “day of rage,” holding mass rallies against Israel in the West Bank and Jerusalem. Hours after the announcement, a Palestinian attacked stabbed and wounded an IDF soldier in the West Bank.

Oct. 22: Two Palestinian terrorists armed with knives and wearing shirts with Hamas insignia attempted to board a school bus full of children in Beit Shemesh. After failing to enter the bus, the Palestinians stabbed a Jewish civilian outside of a synagogue before being shot by police, leaving one of the attackers dead.

Oct. 21: An Israeli policewoman was mildly injured in a car-ramming attack in the West Bank. In a separate incident north of Jerusalem, a female IDF soldier was stabbed by a Palestinian terrorist. The attacker was shot and killed by another Israeli soldier. In another attack in the West Bank, a Palestinian driver rammed his car into a group of soldiers, wounding five.

Oct. 20: An IDF soldier was lightly wounded in a Palestinian stabbing attack near Hebron. In a separate, possible terror attack, a Palestinian man ran over and killed an Israeli driver near Hebron who exited his vehicle to inspect damage from a stone-throwing attack.

Oct. 18: A Bedouin citizen of Israel carrying a knife and a pistol shot and killed an Israeli soldier and wounded eleven in Beersheba’s central bus station. An Eritrean migrant mistakenly believed to be a second attacker was shot and killed by security forces.

Oct. 17: Palestinians perpetrated five separate knife attacks, three in Hebron and two in Jerusalem, wounding two Israelis. Four of the terrorists were shot dead.

Oct. 16: A Palestinian disguised as photographer – holding a press camera and wearing a clearly marked 'PRESS' vest – stabbed an IDF soldier near Hebron.

Oct. 15: Palestinian protesters set fire to Joseph's Tomb, a Jewish holy shrine on the outskirts of Nablus.

Oct. 14: A Palestinian Arab man attempted to stab a security guard near Jerusalem’s Damascus Gate. He was killed before he could carry out the attack. In a separate incident, an Arab stabbed a 70-year-old Jewish woman at Jerusalem’s Central Bus Station and was shot and killed.

Oct. 13: Three Israelis were killed and over 25 were wounded in four separate Palestinian terror attacks in Jerusalem and Ra’anana. In one attack, an Arab man rammed his car into a group of people at a bus stop in Jerusalem and then proceeded to stab the injured victims with a meat cleaver. In another attack, two terrorists, one armed with a gun and one with a knife, attacked passengers on a bus, killing two. All five perpetrators were East Jerusalem residents.

Oct. 12: Three separate Palestinian stabbing attacks occurred in Jerusalem wounding six. One of three victims from a single attack was a 13-year-old Israeli boy riding his bike. In a separate attack, a Palestinian stabbed an Israeli soldier and attempted to take his gun before being shot by a police officer. In another attack, a Palestinian tried to stab a Border Policeman and was shot dead.

Oct. 11: A Palestinian woman detonated explosives in her car at a West Bank checkpoint near Jerusalem, wounding an Israeli police officer.

Oct. 10: At least three Israeli civilians and two police officers were injured in attacks in Jerusalem. A Palestinian stabbed two Israeli police officers by the Damascus Gate in Jerusalem. Another Palestinian wounded two people on Haneviim Street in Jerusalem.

Oct. 9: Two Israelis were stabbed in separate incidents in Jerusalem and Hebron.

Oct. 8: Five separate stabbing attacks occurred in Jerusalem, Tel Aviv, Afula and the West Bank. Ten Israelis were injured, two of them seriously. During a press conference, Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu said, “This has been another difficult day for all of us, citizens of Israel. We are in the midst of a wave of terrorism…This requires extraordinary courage and resourcefulness and we are proud to be part of a country that has such citizens.”

Oct. 7: Palestinian terrorists targeted Israeli citizens in five separate attacks. An IDF soldier was stabbed in the southern city of Kiryat Gat, a civilian was stabbed and an attempted stabbing occurred in Jerusalem, a woman was hit with stones while driving in the West Bank, and a man was stabbed in the central city of Petach Tikvah.

Oct. 4: A 15-year-old Israeli boy was stabbed and wounded by a Palestinian terrorist at a gas station in Jerusalem.

Oct. 3: Two Israeli men were killed by a Palestinian in a stabbing attack in Jerusalem. Two others, the wife and two-year-old child of one of the victims, were also wounded in the attack. In response, the Palestinian Authority blamed Israel for killing the terrorist.

Oct. 1: Two Israeli parents were shot and killed in a drive-by shooting by Palestinian terrorists on a West Bank road in front of their four children – aged four, seven, nine and four months – who were seated in the back seat of the family car.

 

ZOA Supports Israel NGO Law Requiring Revealing Foreign Funding

ZOA Praises New Knesset Law: Israeli NGOs Must Reveal Foreign Government Funding

NEW YORK, JULY 13, 2016

The Zioist Organization of America (ZOA) has praised the passage by the Knesset in Jerusalem of the Transparency Law, which requires Israeli Non-Government Organizations (NGOs) to disclose sources of funding from foreign governments. 

Under the law, nonprofit organizations and public benefit companies that receive a majority of their funding from foreign government sources are obligated to report this in their financial statements, in official correspondence with government officials, both elected and bureaucratic, as well as on billboards and in television advertisements, newspapers, on the home page of their website or online campaigns. Violators could face a fine of up to 29,000 shekels. Israeli Justice Minister, Ayelet Shaked, said, “Today the Israeli Knesset said ‘no’ to gross interventions of foreign states in the internal affairs of the State of Israel” (Hezki Baruch, ‘Knesset approves “Transparency Law,”’ Israel National News, July 12, 2016).

In addition, a list of the NGOs falling under the bill’s purview, as well as the countries from which they received donations, would have to be posted on the Non-Profit Registrar’s website. NGOs already must report all contributions from foreign governments to the registrar. 

The law came about due to a number of Israeli NGOs that lack substantial Israeli support but which function due to massive infusions of foreign government funds to promote anti-Israel agendas, including organizations that publicize false, unsourced allegations of Israeli military brutality towards Arabs; or urging unilateral or major Israeli concessions to an unreconstructed Palestinian Authority (PA) opposed by the democratically elected Israeli government and a majority of the Israeli population.

The law has been criticized by the European Union (EU), which provides large funding for numerous leftwing Israeli NGOs, and by the United Nations (UN) Secretary-General, Ban Ki-moon. The EU said that “the reporting requirements imposed by the new law go beyond the legitimate need for transparency and seem aimed at constraining the activities of these civil society organizations working in Israel,” while Mr. Ban said that the law would contribute “to a climate in which the activities of human rights organizations are increasingly delegitimized.”

Justice Minister, Ayelet Shaked, said, “Today the Israeli Knesset said ‘no’ to gross interventions of foreign states in the internal affairs of the State of Israel.”

This was rejected by Israeli Prime Benjamin Netanyahu, who responded, “The purpose of the law is to prevent the absurd situation in which foreign countries intervene in Israel’s internal affairs by funding organizations without the Israeli public even being aware of it. Unlike the Left’s claims, the law will increase transparency.” 

The criticism has also been repudiated by Professor Eugene Kontorovich, an international law expert at Northwestern University and director of the international law department at the Kohelet Forum think tank in Jerusalem, who said, “Israeli NGO disclosure law [is] neutral, not aimed at [left-wing] organizations … EU funding [is] not neutral, aimed at only quite left organizations. Bias is EU’s, not law’s” (Lahav Harkov, ‘EU slams law increasing transparency for its donations to Israeli NGOs,’ Jerusalem Post, July 12, 2016).

ZOA National President Morton A. Klein said, “We applaud the Knesset for passing this law, which we have supported for some time.

“Contrary to the hyperbole and false assertions one hears, the new law does not prevent free and vigorous advocacy of whatever positions a NGO chooses to take up. It does not prohibit or impede foreign private funding. Nor does it prohibit or impede foreign government funding; it is solely a matter of public disclosure of foreign government sources.

“Thus, right-wing NGO, receiving more than 50% foreign government funding, would be equally obliged by the proposed law to disclose its foreign government sources.

“What has changed is that fringe Israeli groups are no longer allowed to inflate their influence and reach, courtesy of the largesse of foreign governments interfering in Israeli affairs, without disclosing the sources and extent of their foreign government funding. 

“They don’t like this, because such disclosure inevitably shows them to have very little local support for their work. 

“Far from harming free speech, honest opinion and civil society, this is democracy in action.

“A good example of the need for accountability comes from a newly releasedreport by the U.S. Senate, which condemned Obama’s State Department for grants given to a left-wing Israeli NGO which developed a political infrastructure used in the 2015 Knesset election in an effort to defeat the Netanyahu government. Imagine if the Israeli government funded an Israeli NGO to work against Obama’s reelection. The world and media would have gone ballistic and rightly so. “As for foreign criticism of this law, a domestic law regulating the obligations of financial disclosure by Israeli NGOs is not a matter that calls for comment from any foreign leader, country, or organization, whether it be the UN or the EU. But then EU members are the chief culprits in funding these NGOs that have very little support among Israelis, with a view to interfering and affecting the internal politics of Israel. The EU hardly comes to this matter with clean hands.

“We would hope that such organizations reserve public comment for regimes that murder and maim their own citizens by the thousands, or other genuine human rights abuses –– not a law-abiding country which democratically promulgates legislation to ensure public accountability for the use of foreign government funding.”

Full story can be found here: 

http://zoa.org/2016/07/10329302-zoa-praises-new-knesset-law-israeli-ngos-must-reveal-foreign-government-funding/

Who Do Bigots Blame for Police Shootings in America? Israel, of Course!

by Alan M. Dershowitz  •  July 13, 2016 at 1:00 pm

Black Lives Matter activists have a sympathetic attitude towards groups like Hamas, which embrace terror as a mode of resistance against Israel. Indeed, BLM activists have visited Gaza to express solidarity with Palestinians oppressed by so-called racist Israeli self-defense measures.

In response to the tragic deaths of Philando Castile and Alton Sterling at the hands of police officers in Minnesota and Louisiana, the New York University chapter of Students for Justice in Palestine (SJP) posted the following on its Facebook page:

"In the past 48 hours another two black men have been lynched by the police.... We must remember that many US police departments train with #IsraeliDefenceForces. The same forces behind the genocide of black people in America are behind the genocide of Palestinians. What this means is that Palestinians must stand with our black comrades. We must struggle for their liberation. It is as important as our own. #AltonSterling is as important as #AliDawabsheh. Palestinian liberation and black liberation go together. We must recognize this and commit to building for it."    Continue Reading Article