Wednesday, January 31, 2018
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Monday, January 22, 2018
It is interesting to note that since Abbas’s controversial speech on Jan. 14 many left wing activists organisations are expressing views that his speech disqualifies him as a negotiating partner.
In a two-hour address to the Palestinian Central Council (PCC), Abbas called Israel “a colonialist enterprise that has nothing to do with Judaism.” He also claimed Jews from Arab countries did not want to come to Israel when the state was established, but were forced to do so by Prime Minister David Ben-Gurion.
The PA leader also said he “categorically rejects” American and Israeli appeals to stop paying salaries to imprisoned terrorists and the families of dead terrorists. “We are proud of them, and we will pay them before we pay the living,” Abbas vowed. Regarding the use of violence against Israel, Abbas said he himself would not declare war on Israel, then added, “If you have weapons, go ahead; I’m with you, and I will help you. Anyone who has weapons can go ahead.”
a) The Israel Policy Forum (IPF), a leading dovish group, declared that Abbas’s “unhinged screed” makes it “impossible to view Abbas as a viable negotiating partner, when he continues to deny the right of the Jewish people to their own national movement and when he continues to insist that the basic recognition of a Jewish homeland is the original sin of the Israeli-Palestinian conflict.”
b) Rabbi Eric Yoffie, a longtime peace activist and former president of the Union for Reform Judaism (URJ), told JNS that while he still wants the international community “to keep the possibility of a two-state solution alive,” Abbas’s statements “were outrageous, ignorant and insulting to Jews and civilized people everywhere,” and demonstrate “that progress on the peace front is not possible at the moment.”
c) Jane Eisner, editor-in-chief of The Forward and a strong proponent of Palestinian statehood, blasted Abbas in a Jan. 17 editorial. Regarding Abbas’s claims about Israel’s nature and its founding, Eisner wrote, “If Abbas really thinks that is what happened, then he has no business pretending to be a partner for peace. And if he is repeating ugly rhetoric only to please his ever-thinning crowds, then such irresponsibility also disqualifies him.”
d) Investigative journalist and author Gary Weiss, a former activist in the New Israel Fund, told JNS, “I do not agree that [President Donald] Trump is to blame. That’s absurd. While I disagree with Trump on a great many things, he is simply speaking the truth on Jerusalem. If that causes Abbas to go bananas, that’s a reflection on Abbas, not Trump.”
e) Rabbi Charles A. Kroloff, a member of the J Street Rabbinic Cabinet and vice president for special projects at Hebrew Union College, said that while he hopes “Israeli-Palestinian discussions and cooperation” will continue, Abbas’s statement was “a despicable expression of hatred for Israel and for Jews and a disgusting statement of support for terrorists and their families.” As a result, “he has effectively removed himself near-term as a player in future negotiations,” said Kroloff.
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Tuesday, January 16, 2018
An Israeli medical emergency organization has trained Bedouin men and women as EMTs, thus providing fast and professional emergency medical response in their hometowns.
A new team of 13 Bedouin women and four men from the towns of Shibli and Umm al-Ghanam have recently completed their training to become EMS first responders and have begun to provide emergency medical services in their vicinity.
The new graduates volunteer as medical first responders in their hometowns as well as the Arab and Jewish towns in their environs, as part of the national Israeli EMS volunteer organization United Hatzalah.
“The new group of volunteers are very close-knit and very excited to learn these new skills and be able to provide EMS services in their communities,” said EMS instructor Samara Allah, the United Hatzalah instructor who taught the group of new EMTs. “The women in the group are especially excited as it allows them to help those in need around them, something which they all have a strong desire to do”
United Hatzalah Founder and President Eli Beer expressed his appreciation for the new volunteers.
“One of the main reasons why we felt that this project was important is because the women who make up the crux of this course often stay at home or work in their towns during the day, much more than the men do. Thus, these new volunteers will be able to provide an emergency medical response in their towns during the daytime hours something which has been lacking thus far,” Beer stated.
Beer added that United Hatzalah is working to increase the number of volunteers in the Galileeand Israel’s periphery in an effort to reduce EMS response times across the area, and especially in outlying Bedouin villages that often have long waits for ambulances.
“It is important to us to provide fast and professional emergency medical response to all of Israel’s citizens, regardless of their race, religion, ethnicity or gender,” Beer said.
The Director of the Palestinian Women’s Union in Gaza praised the female terrorists responsible for some of the most lethal attacks on Israelis.
The Director of the Palestinian Women’s Union in Gaza, Amal Hamad, praised female terrorists Dalal Mughrabi, Shadia Abu Ghazaleh, and Fatima Barnawi referring to them as “national symbols.”
Dalal Mughrabi led the most lethal terror attack on Israelis, known as the Coastal Road Massacre, murdering 37 civilians, 12 of them children, and wounding over 70.
Shadia Abu Ghazaleh was active in the Popular Front for the Liberation of Palestine (PFLP) terror organization and prepared bombs for many attacks against Israel. While she was preparing a bomb for an attack in Tel Aviv in 1968, it accidentally detonated and killed her.
Fatima Barnawi placed a bomb in a movie theater in Jerusalem in 1967. The bomb failed to explode. She was sentenced to life imprisonment but was released in 1977 after serving 10 years. In 2015, PA Chairman Mahmoud Abbas honored Barnawi with the Military Star of Honor.
How is Israel supposed to make peace with the Palestinians when their national “heroes” commit the most evil, sick and twisted atrocities?
See interview at https://youtu.be/VS4J59cnhQM
Hiba Khan’s entitled “Everything wrong with the reaction to Ahed Tamimi’s prosecution for slapping an Israeli soldier, ” takes a defensive position toward Tamimi, which is permissible in a column: it is after all, an opinion piece.
However, even an opinion columnist may not cross the line into statements that are factually untrue, nor may a publisher allow it.
If you have to be dishonest to support your opinion, isn’t it possible that you’re just plain wrong?
For example, Khan claims: …the sad reality for Palestinians is a life deprived of healthcare, an economy, a justice system, and military violence against them and their children. (Just plain untrue).
· The travel web site lists “The 10 Best West Bank Restaurants.” You can see the review, or even come see the restaurants, for yourself.
· of West Bank residents are “food insecure,” an impressively low figure. For context, are food insecure, over than the West Bank, by percent.
· The West Bank has healthcare: with among the highest birth rates, lowest death rates and longest life expectancy rates
· There is indeed a Depending on the matter, Palestinian courts or Israeli military courts may have jurisdiction, as required under the international .
· Tamimi’s case is before the Israeli military juvenile court, where Tamimi is a prominent, influential and highly experienced attorney, who is also the former director of Peace Now and sits on the Tel Aviv city council.
Khan wasn’t wrong when she wrote that, “violence is the norm” where the Tamimis live. She just didn’t bother to say how much of that violence is being done, and encouraged, by the Tamimis themselves.
Israel (all of it) is “occupation”
Just so we’re clear on the reason for these protests and riots: the Tamimi family objects not merely to Israel’s presence in the West Bank, but to Israel’s very existence.
…references were made to — when Nabi Saleh fell under Israeli control, having formerly been occupied by Jordan — but the year of Israel’s rebirth. “Non-violent resistance” was a strategic choice while it was stressed that under international law, the Palestinians were to resist occupation. I remembered hearing similar sentiments from Palestinian terrorists after Israeli buses and cafes had been .
Indeed, as seen in the video above, Ahed Tamimi herself called for exactly that sort of horrific violence.
Even so, op er author Hiba Khan is entitled to defend Tamimi and to criticize Israel in an opinion column. But she’s not allowed to misstate facts in order to do it, and “The Independent” must take corrective action.
Wednesday, January 10, 2018
Monday, January 8, 2018
Is this a joke or not? Yes, the earth is flat, right is wrong, left is right. Who is prepared around the world to say "the emperor has no clothes?" It seems only Trump for all his twisting and weaving is calling a spade a bl---dy shovel.
The United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF) is spearheading a campaign to have Israel included on a UN blacklist of “grave” violators of children’s rights.
NGO Monitor, the watchdog that exposed this scandal, explained that this political agenda is a primary facet of UNICEF’s activities relating to Israel, completely inconsistent with its mandate of “child protection” and its guidelines for neutrality and impartiality.
NGO Monitor said that UNICEF’s partners for this campaign are radical “advocacy” non-governmental organizations (NGOs)., which play an integral role in carrying out UNICEF’s anti-Israel campaign and receive substantial funding from UNICEF to do so.
The UN blacklist consists almost entirely of terror groups and militias from failed states.
“In essence, by pushing for the Israel Defense Forces’ (IDF) inclusion on the list, UNICEF and its NGO partners are claiming that Israel’s army is equivalent to ISIS [Islamic State], Boko Haram, the Taliban, and Al Qaeda,”
Several UNICEF partners recommended inclusion of the IDF on the UN blacklist, but absurdly claimed they lacked sufficient evidence to recommend inclusion of the PFLP or the Hamas terror group.
While seeking to besmirch the IDF, UNICEF is simultaneously ignoring real crime committed by the Palestinians.
A key component of the UN’s Children and Armed Conflict campaign is to end the exploitation and use of children as combatants and child soldiers. Although Palestinian armed groups routinely use children in this way, there is little evidence that UNICEF funding is devoted towards exposing or ending this practice.
For more on this nonsense see https://unitedwithisrael.org/un-body-launches-campaign-to-blacklist-idf-for-child-abuse/?