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Firebombs on Girls' Bus, Only Arutz Sheva Reports

ViestiKirjoittaja Annukka » 16.05.2014 19:06

Firebombs on Bat Mitzva Girls' Bus, Only Arutz Sheva Reports It

by Gil Ronen

A well-planned firebomb attack on a bus full of Jewish schoolgirls Tuesday could easily have ended in tragedy, but no news source even reported that it took place, except for the one you are currently reading – Arutz Sheva.

The girls were sixth-graders from a religious school in central Israel. They were on a bat mitzva tour of the Cave of Machpela in Hevron, a site recognized by the government as an official heritage site, when four terrorists ambushed it with firebombs.

The mother of one of the girls, who was accompanying the trip, told Arutz Sheva that the ambush had been well planned. She described moments of horror when the firebombs exploded, one after the other, on the bus's windows, east of the Halhoul bridge, as the bus made its way back from Hevron.

"This was a bat mitzva trip that had been approved by the Ministry of Education, which included a visit to Rachel's Tomb. The buses were bulletproofed and had an armed guard,” she said.

Chananel, the woman's son, whose sister had been on the bus, wrote on Facebook on Tuesday: “Three firebombs exploded on the bus. It was a direct hit. The bus was engulfed in flames and the girls and the mothers in the bus screamed, cried, leaned down toward the floor. There was a smell of burnt plastic.

"This time, it ended without injury. The driver stepped on the gas and the bus was fortified. The traumatic effects are not known at this point... I don't even want to write how it could have ended."

Alluding to the latest incendiary comments by leftist writer Amos Oz, he added: "Neo-nazis are not Nazis and Price Tag must be denounced and we are more moral and therefore a higher moral standard is required of us. Fine. But come on, we had better look reality in the eye and understand how twisted it all is. If I had doubts about the justness of the right wing struggle on this issue, then they are all gone. Leftists, media, government, army, Shin Bet and the other people living in a fantasy world – wake up.”

No Israeli or foreign news source is known to have reported the incident. However, incidents involving graffiti by Jewish youths have been receiving front page coverage and government ministers have called for their classification as terror acts. Apparently influenced by Israeli media and politicians, the United States has also equated the Jewish nationalistic vandalism with terror.
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Muslims Crucify Two Teen Boys for Being Christians

ViestiKirjoittaja Annukka » 20.05.2014 21:17

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May 15: Nakba or defeat?

ViestiKirjoittaja Annukka » 20.05.2014 21:30

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Top Nazi's Grandson Launches Massive Campaign against Europe

ViestiKirjoittaja Annukka » 21.05.2014 20:41

Top Nazi's Grandson Launches Massive Campaign against Europe’s neo-Nazis

Rainer Hoess was 12 years old when he learned he was the grandson of a man who oversaw the murder of a million people as commandant of the Nazi death camp at Auschwitz. Growing up in post-war Germany, Hoess failed to understand why his school gardener — a Holocaust survivor — was consistently harsh towards to him, until a teacher revealed the terrible truth. “I knew nothing about Auschwitz, I knew nothing about my family, I only knew that my grandfather was in the war like thousands of other grandfathers were,” Hoess told AFP. Rudolf Hoess was the longest-serving commandant of the Auschwitz-Birkenau camp in occupied Poland that became an enduring symbol of Nazi Germany’s genocide of European Jews. “For a 12-year-old boy it’s huge information,” his grandson said. Now aged 48, Hoess has turned his family burden into the driving force of a full-time commitment to fighting right-wing extremism. He was in Sweden recently to promote a campaign against the rise of neo-Nazi movements across Europe, launched Wednesday ahead of the upcoming European elections. “Right-wing extremists are not stupid,” he said. “They are growing, gaining ground, very slowly but very effectively.” “I’m very aggressive against them,” added Hoess, who has turned down multiple offers to participate in neo-Nazi events. “Every time I have the chance to work against them, I will do that.”

(Source: Times of Israel)
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Israel Not an Apartheid State, Says the Man Who Would Know

ViestiKirjoittaja Annukka » 28.05.2014 20:37

Israel Not an Apartheid State, Says the Man Who Would Know

now Wednesday, May 28, 2014 | Israel Today Staff

It is wrong for anyone to refer to Israel as an apartheid state, the man who brought an end to South Africa’s apartheid regime said to Israeli media on Tuesday.

In an interview with Channel 2 News, former South African President Frederik Willem de Klerk suggested that it is nonsensical to label Israel an apartheid state simply because it has closed off the border that the world insists exists between Israel-proper and the “West Bank.”

“You have closed borders, but America has closed borders. They don’t allow every Mexican who wants to come in to come in,” de Klerk pointed out



What’s more important is looking at how Israel, in an official capacity, treats the minorities living within its internationally-recognized borders.

“You have Palestinians living in Israel with full political rights,” de Klerk observed. “They are represented in the Knesset. You don’t have discriminatory laws against them, for example that they may not swim at certain beaches or anything like that.”

The only conclusion that can be drawn? “It’s unfair to call Israel an apartheid state,” said the Nobel Peace laureate. “If [US Secretary of State John] Kerry did so, I think he made a mistake.”

De Klerk was referring to Kerry’s remarks last month when he told a closed-door meeting that if Israel fails to accept a US-brokered two-state solution, “it winds up either being an apartheid state with second class citizens, or it ends up being a state that destroys the capacity of Israel to be a Jewish state.”

Israel’s critics were nothing short of delighted that America’s top diplomat had endorsed their position that if it wasn’t already, Israel would soon become an apartheid state.

De Klerk wasn’t sure that any part of Kerry’s assessment was accurate. Even if Israel ends up with a one-state solution, a unitary, mixed nation, it won’t necessarily become an apartheid state.

“The test will be, do everybody living then in such a unitary state…will everybody have full political rights? Will everybody enjoy their full human rights? If they will, it’s not an apartheid state,” he said.

Unlike with South Africa, which is now a mixed state, de Klerk said he felt separation between Israelis and Palestinians, what most call the two-state solution, is likely the best solution. While Israel’s detractors say it is already an apartheid state, that label would actually better fit the two-state solution they advocate.
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Palestinians: BDS Activists Are Troublemakers, Criminals

ViestiKirjoittaja Annukka » 02.06.2014 21:09

Palestinians: BDS Activists Are Troublemakers, Criminals

by Khaled Abu Toameh

May 30, 2014 at 5:00 am

The Palestinian Authority's move against the BDS activists shows that it considers the movement a threat to Palestinian interests.

A Palestinian Authority official in Ramallah explained that BDS and its followers make the Palestinians appear as if they are all radicals who are only interested in boycotting and delegitimizing Israel.

"No, we do not support the boycott of Israel." — Mahmoud Abbas, President, Palestinian Authority.

At university campuses in the US, Canada, Australia and Europe, they are hailed as heroes campaigning for Palestinian rights. But in Ramallah, ironically, activists belonging to the anti-Israel Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions [BDS] movement are seen by the Palestinian Authority [PA] as trouble-makers and law-breakers.

For some PA officials, BDS is a movement that acts against the true interests of the Palestinians. They say that the actions of those promoting BDS make the Palestinians appear as if they are not interested in peace and coexistence with Israel. BDS activists in Ramallah have succeeded in preventing several planned meetings between Israelis and Palestinians in Ramallah and east Jerusalem.

The Palestinian Authority is also worried that BDS is harming the Palestinians' relations with other countries. The most recent example of BDS efforts to damage Palestinians' relations with friendly countries occurred a few weeks ago, when the "anti-normalization" activists tried to disrupt a performance by an Indian dance troupe in Ramallah.

A PA official in Ramallah explained that BDS and its followers make the Palestinians appear as if they are all radicals who are only interested in boycotting and delegitimizing Israel. "This goes against the PLO's official policy, which is to seek a peace agreement with Israel based on the two-state solution," he said.

In the first case of its kind, four prominent BDS activists this week went on trial before a Palestinian Authority court for "provoking riots and breach of public tranquility."

The four men, Zeid Shuaibi, Abdel Jawad Hamayel, Fadi Quran and Fajr Harb, were detained by PA security forces after protesting against the performance of an Indian dance troupe.
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Hamas: Abbas is Tricking America With Fancy Words

ViestiKirjoittaja Annukka » 09.06.2014 20:40

Monday, June 09, 2014 | Ryan Jones

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A senior Hamas spokesman on Sunday reassured Palestinians that the conciliatory language toward Israel coming out of Palestinian unity government talks is all for show, and that ultimately no one recognizes the Jewish state’s right to exist.

Writing on his Facebook page in Arabic, Hamas spokesman Ihab al-Ghussein revealed that “behind closed doors,” even Palestinian leader Mahmoud Abbas, the darling of Western leaders, admitted that remarks in English are to be ignored by the Arab masses.

According to al-Ghussein, Abbas told him and other Palestinian leaders that “when I go out and say that the government is my government and it recognizes ‘Israel’ and so on, fine - these words are meant to trick the Americans.”



The spokesman went on to stress that all media statements coming out of both Gaza and the “West Bank” are meant only for international consumption, and do not reflect the true sentiments in the region.

“Guys, let me (continue) saying what I say to the media. Those words are meant for the Americans and the occupation (i.e., Israel), not for you,” explained al-Ghussein. “What’s important is what we agree on among ourselves. …Don’t harp on everything I tell the media, forget about the statements in the media.”

Hamas has never shied away from telling the truth of the matter, even when it directly contradicted what Abbas and others were telling the Americans and Israel in English.

The problem has always been that Washington and other Western powers are so desperate for a breakthrough in the Middle East peace process that they will gladly make themselves willing fools by swallowing Abbas’ statements, while ignoring Hamas’ revelations.

[Translation of al-Ghussein’s comments were provided by Palestinian Media Watch]
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New Israeli President Opposes Palestinian State

ViestiKirjoittaja Annukka » 11.06.2014 20:01

New Israeli President Opposes Palestinian State

Wednesday, June 11, 2014 | Ryan Jones

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The newly elected 10th president of the modern State of Israel is most noted politically for his opposition to the establishment of a Palestinian state.

Reuven Rivlin is almost universally acknowledged in Israel as being a good and upstanding man and politician. But some would argue that point based on the fact that he is vocally opposed to the creation of an independent Palestinian state.

That’s not to say Rivlin is racist (though many of Israel’s antagonists will claim as much without reading any further). In fact, Rivlin has often made public his general concern for the local Arab population.



While serving as Speaker of the Knesset in 2011 (pictured), Rivlin, despite being a firm nationalist, strongly opposed a new bill that would give preference to Israeli army veterans in the hiring of government employees.

Rivlin argued that the bill would unfairly discriminate against Israel’s Arab minority, most of whom do not serve in the military. He also later opposed a bill that would obligate Israel’s Arabs to do national service alongside their Jewish countrymen.

So, what does he think should be done with the Palestinian Arab population?

Rivlin subscribes to the more popular of the one-state solutions, which proposes granting the Palestinians a form of extended autonomy. Under the proposal, the Palestinians would be granted Israeli citizenship, but would vote for their own parliament (as they already do) and largely govern their own affairs (as they already do).

Rivlin’s position on the matter is seen as something of an obstacle to his effective execution of his new post. But, in the run-up to the presidential vote, Rivlin vowed that if elected he would set aside politics and be a “man of the people” focused entirely on internal issues.

That would mark a stark contrast to outgoing President Shimon Peres, who was active on the international stage in pushing a two-state solution to the conflict.



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