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How the Donors Saved Hamas

ViestiKirjoittaja Annukka » 14.10.2014 18:14

How the Donors Saved Hamas

by Khaled Abu Toameh

October 14, 2014 at 5:00 am

http://www.gatestoneinstitute.org/4776/hamas-donors

Rebuilding or repairing infrastructure in the Gaza Strip is the best thing that could have happened to Hamas. Hamas knows that every dollar invested in the Gaza Strip will serve the interests of the Islamist movement. The promised funds absolve Hamas of all responsibility for the catastrophe it brought upon the Palestinians during the confrontation with Israel.

Hamas will now use its own resources to smuggle in additional weapons and prepare for the next war with Israel. Hamas can now go back to digging new tunnels and obtaining new weapons instead of assisting the Palestinians whose homes were destroyed as a result of its actions.

The biggest mistake the donor states made was failing to demand the disarmament of Hamas as a precondition for funneling aid to the Gaza Strip. Hopes that the catastrophic results of the confrontation would increase pressure on Hamas, or perhaps trigger a revolt against it, have faded.

It would be naïve to think that Hamas would not benefit from the billions of dollars that have just been promised to help with the reconstruction of the Gaza Strip, during a donor conference in Cairo.

The Palestinians were hoping for $4 billion, but the donor states pledged $5.4 billion, half of which will be "dedicated" to the reconstruction of the Gaza Strip, according to Norwegian Foreign Minister Borge Brende.

It is not yet clear how the second half will be spent.

Qatar, a longtime supporter and funder of Hamas, promised $1 billion, while US Secretary of State John Kerry announced immediate American aid of $212 million. The European Union, for its part, pledged $568 million.



Who decides whose aid money is used for terror tunnels and weapons, and whose aid money towards humanitarian aid? Above, U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry shakes hands with Qatari Foreign Minister Khalid bin Mohammad al-Attiyah at the Gaza Donors Conference in Cairo, Oct. 12, 2014. (Image source: U.S. State Department)



Donor states said they would funnel the aid only through the Palestinian Authority [PA]. But this does not mean that Hamas, which continues to maintain a tight grip on the Gaza Strip, would fail to benefit from the financial aid.

In fact, any funds earmarked for the Gaza Strip will strengthen Hamas, even if the money is coming through the Palestinian Authority.

Hamas has agreed to put aside its differences with PA President Mahmoud Abbas and his ruling Fatah faction in order to pave the way for the international community to allocate billions of dollars towards the reconstruction of the Gaza Strip.

Hamas even welcomed the PA Prime Minister Rami Hamdallah when he visited the Gaza Strip last week.

In recent weeks, Hamas had accused Hamdallah and his government of failing to help the Palestinians in the Gaza Strip in wake of Israel's Operation Protective Edge. Hamas had also accused the Hamdallah government and Mahmoud Abbas of ordering a security crackdown on Hamas supporters in the West Bank.

Hamdallah's visit to the Gaza Strip came on the eve of the Cairo donor conference; that is why Hamas was prepared to receive him and his ministers in the Gaza Strip. Hamas did not want the donor states to withhold the funds under the pretext that the Palestinians were still fighting among each other and unable to get their act together.

Hamas knew that this was the only way to persuade the donor states to approve billions of dollars in aid to the Gaza Strip. The show of "unity" between the Palestinian Authority and Hamas was mainly intended to show the donors that they should not worry about their money ending up in the wrong hands.

After all, Hamas also knows that every dollar invested in the Gaza Strip will serve the interests of the Islamist movement. Of course, this is excellent news for Hamas.

First, the promised funds absolve Hamas of any responsibility for the catastrophe it brought upon the Palestinians during the confrontation with Israel.

Now the Palestinians in the Gaza Strip will no longer be asking Hamas to compensate them for the loss of their houses and family members. Any Palestinian who asks Hamas for financial aid will, as of now, be referred to the PA or the donor states.

Hopes that the catastrophic results of the confrontation would increase pressure on Hamas or perhaps trigger a revolt against it have faded now that the PA and the donor states have become the address for distributing financial aid.

Second, the talk about rebuilding or repairing infrastructure in the Gaza Strip is the best thing that could have happened to Hamas. The funds promised by the donor states will help rebuild various Hamas-controlled installations in the Gaza Strip, such as ministries, security bases, universities, mosques and charities. The infrastructure in the Gaza Strip is almost entirely controlled, directly and indirectly, by Hamas.

All investment in the Gaza Strip's infrastructure will ultimately serve Hamas's interests, even if such work is being carried out by the Palestinian Authority.

Third, Hamas members and supporters would be among those entitled to some of the money coming from the Western and Arab donors. The Palestinian Authority would find it impossible to hand out money only to Abbas loyalists in the Gaza Strip, having already promised to take care of all Palestinians in the Gaza Strip, regardless of their political affiliations.

Four, the financial aid has not been conditioned on Hamas laying down its weapons or even ceding control over the Gaza Strip to the Palestinian Authority. From now, the PA will be working toward rebuilding the Gaza Strip while Hamas will use its own resources to smuggle in additional weapons and prepare for the next war with Israel. This seems to be the agreed division of responsibilities between Hamas and the PA.

Five, there is no guarantee that the billions of dollars would have a moderating effect on Palestinians in the Gaza Strip or turn them away from Hamas. Some Palestinians are even worried that the international community might be trying to bribe the PA to stop it from pursuing plans to seek unilateral UN recognition of a Palestinian state. Others believe the promised funds are intended to stop the PA from signing the Rome Statute as a first step toward joining the International Criminal Court, in order to file "war crimes" charges against Israel.

The Palestinians are nevertheless willing to accept the billions of dollars. But that does not mean that they will refrain from voting for Hamas in a future election. Nor does this mean that they are going to make any concessions or moderate their demands, first and foremost the "right of return" for Palestinian refugees to Israel.

The decisions made at the Cairo donor conference constitute a big victory for Hamas. Hamas can now go back to digging new tunnels and obtaining new weapons, instead of helping the Palestinians whose lives and homes were destroyed as a result of its actions. The biggest mistake the donor states made was failing to demand the disarmament of Hamas as a precondition for funnelling aid to the Gaza Strip. The donors have not only saved Hamas; they have emboldened it, allowing it to stay around for many more years.


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Kurdish Fighters make HORRIBLE Discovery after Retaking Land

ViestiKirjoittaja Annukka » 15.10.2014 18:29

Kurdish Fighters make HORRIBLE Discovery after Retaking Land from ISIS

By Onan Coca / 15 October 2014 / 53 Comments

To all the liberals who have been pretending that the ISIS monsters aren’t vicious barbarians… here’s more proof that you are living in a fantasy world.

Kurdish fighters have been making headway against ISIS in the northern Iraqi frontier near the Turkish border, even recently retaking the Kurdish city of Kobane. What they found when moving back into the city is the stuff of Horror movies and nightmares.

“I have seen tens, maybe hundreds, of bodies with their heads cut off. Others with just their hands or legs missing. I have seen faces with their eyes or tongues cut out — I can never forget it for as long as I live,” Amin Fajar, a 38-year-old father of four, told the Daily Mail about the incredible scene in Kobane.

“They put the heads on display to scare us all.”

Another resident, 13-year-old Dillyar, watched as his cousin Mohammed, 20, was captured and beheaded by the black-clad jihadis as the pair tried to flee the battle-scarred town.

“They pushed him to the ground and sawed his head off, shouting, ‘Allahu Akbar,’ ” the boy said. “I see it in my dreams every night and every morning I wake up and remember everything.”

Farmer Ahmed Bakki said his cousin, a father of seven, stayed behind when his terrified family fled.

“We phoned my cousin and [ISIS] answered his phone. They said, ‘We’ve got his head, and we’re taking it,’ ” Mr Bakki said, adding that the most brutal ISIS barbarians were European.

“They are Chechen, they are English, they are from all over Europe. We know because we can hear their accent,” he told the paper after escaping to a refugee camp in Turkey.

Here’s a Kurdish fighter showing the extent of the damage done in Kobane.

We may be hearing less about the horrible barbarism being committed by the ISIS terrorists, but that does not mean that their violence has abated… only that our media has gotten tired of reporting it. Don’t be lulled into complacency; Islamic militants continue their reign of terror in the Middle East and thousands of non-Muslims continue to feel their terrible wrath. ISIS remains a very real and very disgusting blight on our planet.

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Abbas on Wednesday openly mocked boasts still being floated

ViestiKirjoittaja Annukka » 17.10.2014 08:42

Palestinian Authority (PA) President Mahmoud Abbas on Wednesday openly mocked boasts still being floated by top figures from the Palestinian Hamas faction - the most significant rival to his own Fatah faction - to the effect that the terror group had emerged victorious from its confrontations with Israel over the summer. Hamas had through a range of gambits drawn Israeli security forces into both the Gaza Strip and the West Bank, with Jerusalem launching Operation Protective Edge and Operation Brother's Keeper respectively. Jerusalem's Gaza campaign was initiated due to an escalation in months-long Palestinian rocket barrages, and escalated further into a ground conflict after Hamas commandos began launching attacks inside Israeli territory via underground attack tunnels. Hamas broke 11 ceasefires over the 50 days of fighting, before finally capitulating and accepting long-offered terms in the face of heightened Israeli moves to decapitate its command and control infrastructure. The summer West Bank campaign, Operation Brother's Keeper, was triggered by the kidnapping and murder of three Israeli teenagers by Hamas terrorists. Israel eventually captured and killed the terror cell responsible for the attack, in the process exposing and uprooting a massive terror plot aimed at seizing control of the West Bank. Hamas leaders nonetheless responded to the immediate cessation of active violence by claiming victory, triggering sometimes arch responses from observers. Abbas on Wednesday blasted Hamas on Egyptian television - with the comments being conveyed by various Israeli media outlets - demanding "for what did we suffer through those 50 days? We had 2,200 fatalities, 10,000 injured, 40,000 homes and facilities and factories destroyed. Tell me, what did we achieve?" Responding more specifically to Hamas's positive assessment of the conflict, Abbas emphasized "I don’t want to delude myself by saying: It was a victory... [w]hat victory?" The stakes in the debate are not academic. Regional and even global actors are engaged in ongoing diplomatic and geostrategic jockeying in the area, and Hamas is seeking to position itself as both willing and able to reignite a war should its post-conflict demands not be met. Top analysts in the American intelligence community have been explicit in assessing that the Gaza war constituted the literal definition of military defeat for Hamas, and losing a war of choice constitutes a particularly weak position from which to be making demands.
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UK Votes Overwhelmingly for a Racist, Terrorist, Apartheid S

ViestiKirjoittaja Annukka » 17.10.2014 09:59

UK Votes Overwhelmingly for a Racist, Terrorist, Apartheid State


by Douglas Murray
October 16, 2014 at 5:00 am

http://www.gatestoneinstitute.org/4782/ ... -palestine

The House of Commons is filled with people who would like to flaunt their anti-racist credentials… and show they are tough on terrorists. Yet here they were trying to will into existence a state which in the words of Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas, speaking last year, "would not see the presence of a single Israeli -- civilian or soldier -- on our lands." It is a pre-Mandela apartheid they are willing into existence.

"Our enterprise extends far beyond Palestine: Palestine in its entirety, the Arab Nation in its entirety, and the entire world." -- Mahmoud al-Zahar, speech, 2010. It is what the proxies and officials of al-Qaeda and Iran have said in European capitals for years and what they say every day.

All efforts to stop the mad rush to declare Palestine a state, without the Israel's agreement as assured under international law, are dismissed as "Israeli propaganda." The idea that sensible people can sensibly object is washed away.

On Monday night British Members of Parliament passed a motion by 274 to 12 saying, "That this House believes that the Government should recognize the state of Palestine alongside the state of Israel as a contribution to securing a negotiated two-state solution." It comes only weeks after the Swedish Parliament passed a similar unilateral motion.

Before coming to the alarming parts of this, let me break the good news. The motion is non-binding, having been proposed not by the government but by backbench MPs. Secondly the coalition government officially made it a "matter of conscience" vote, though behind the scenes advised its own MPs to stay away and so abstain from the vote. Thirdly the UK government announced in advance of the vote that if the result of the vote was a passing of the motion then the UK government would not accept the vote as in any way binding.



The United Kingdom Parliament in London. (Image source: Wikimedia Commons)



Now the bad news. The Labour opposition whipped the vote. That is they ordered their MPs (albeit under the weakest "one-line" whip) to vote for the recognition of a Palestinian state. Secondly, despite the much-vaunted "Israeli lobby" claims made by anti-Israel campaigners, very few British MPs felt compelled to turn up and offer a coherent explanation of why a unilaterally-declared Palestinian state would be a disaster. And thirdly, of course, all this means that on Monday night British MPs voted for the creation of a racist, terrorist state. This is a point that is worth dwelling on.

Because of course the House of Commons is filled with people who would like to flaunt their anti-racist credentials. Some of them have spent years running off the moral capital of having opposed the racist apartheid state of South Africa. And as we know – and as we saw again in the recent debate over whether or not Britain should join the international campaign against ISIS – there are plenty of MPs who like to show that they are tough on terrorists. Yet here they were on Monday night trying to will into existence – against the will of the only relevant negotiating partner on the ground – a state which in the words of Palestinian Authority [PA] Chairman Mahmoud Abbas, speaking last year, "Would not see the presence of a single Israeli - civilian or soldier - on our lands." [http://www.jpost.com/Middle-East/Abbas-wants-not-a-single-Israeli-in-future-Palestinian-state-321470]

Of course the state of Palestine would not only be free of Jews, or Judenrein, it would be a state that would imminently be taken over by the most hardline forces in a hardline region. Fatah and Hamas are of course currently in the middle of another 'unity deal'. And as they reflect on how long this latest deal will last, Fatah officials may perhaps be dwelling on the fate of their colleagues in Gaza. After all, the bloodthirsty 2007 Hamas coup against Fatah forces in Gaza is hardly ancient history. Whenever there has been the opportunity to ask Fatah officials what certainties they have that their own fate in the West Bank would not be– like their colleagues' – to be shot or thrown off tall buildings, I have never received a response more reassuring than a nervous laugh. The fact is that Fatah and PA officials in the West Bank have no knowledge or certainty of their future. It was only two months ago that there was a sign of just how long this latest deal is likely to last. In August of this year, no less a figure than Mahmoud Abbas himself accused Hamas of smuggling money and ammunition into the West Bank in order to stage a coup against his PA. [http://english.al-akhbar.com/node/21402] When Hamas carries out a coup in "Palestine" as it did in Gaza, will the international community intervene? Or will it accept the new status quo – just as it did in Gaza?

It is a point worth pondering. After all, a Hamas-run state in the West Bank would have even clearer intentions than the Fatah / PA unity government has. In a 2010 speech the Hamas official Mahmoud al-Zahar, explained that the goal of Hamas was not limited to domination in the "Palestinian territories." He said:


"Our enterprise extends far beyond Palestine: Palestine in its entirety, the Arab nation in its entirety, the Islamic nation in its entirety, and the entire world." [http://www.memritv.org/clip_transcript/en/2606.htm]

This is not the one-off speech of a major official. It is the bread and butter of Hamas. It is what they literally live and die for.

All of which might sound familiar to anybody reading their papers today. It is the same Islamist supremacist cry that goes up from the jihadists across almost every continent. It is what fighters for ISIS are saying next door in Syria and Iraq. It is what aspirant fighters, "successful terrorists" and arrested jihadists have said in European capitals for years. It is what al-Qaeda say. And it is what the proxies and officials of Iran say every day. The creation of another Palestinian state, in the West Bank, at this time, will simply lead to another state requiring international intervention which will itself doubtless lead to further anti-Western and anti-Israeli opprobrium.

Of course none of those speaking for the creation of this Palestinian state took any of these real and serious obstacles to heart. But with what grandeur and lofty flicking of the wrist did they dismiss the concerns of those few MPs who tried to row against this tide. The young Conservative MP Matthew Offord tried to point out the glaring inconsistency of Britain intervening to stop one Islamist group (ISIS) rampaging through Syria and Iraq while inviting another (Hamas) to run roughshod in their new state in Palestine. Did the House care to listen? No, they repeatedly interrupted him. One Tory grandee, Sir Edward Leigh, decided to interrupt by saying:


'My hon. Friend said that he had not intended to speak and he seems to be making up for that by reading, at great speed, from an Israeli Government handout.' [http://www.publications.parliament.uk/pa/cm201415/cmhansrd/cm141013/debtext/141013-0003.htm]

And there it is. All efforts to stop this mad rush to declare a Palestinian state, without Israel's agreement as assured under international law, are dismissed as "Israeli government propaganda." The idea that sensible people can sensibly object is washed away. "This is the South Africa of our times, don't you know," they say. And indeed it is. But it is an apartheid, pre-Mandela South Africa that they are willing into existence. And one with a truly global agenda. Monday's vote will do nothing to advance peace in the Middle East. But it has shown hundreds of our leglislators in Britain to be more interested in moral posturing than in either honoring the rule of law or preventing a future war.
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Arab terrorism is alive in Jerusalem.

ViestiKirjoittaja Annukka » 17.10.2014 19:15

Arab Terrorists Try to Burn Jews Alive in Jerusalem

'Silent intifada' spirals out of control; terrorists hurl firebombs at Jewish homes in dead of night to burn sleeping inhabitants.

By Dalit Halevy, Ari Yashar

First Publish: 10/17/2014, 1:03 PM

Arab terrorists hurling molotov cocktail firebombs at Jewish homes, trying to burn entire families as they sleep - it has become part of a routine of terror in the Israeli capital of Jerusalem, where a "silent intifada" has been raging under the radar of major news outlets.

A new video shows just shocking and potentially lethal the wave of terror has become; the video, uploaded to YouTube on Thursday, shows Arab terrorists from the Al Sawana neighborhood just east of the Old City, between the Mount of Olives and Hebrew University's Mount Scopus campus, lobbing firebombs at Jewish homes.

The terrorists can be seen charging the homes in the dead of night clutching their molotov cocktails, before releasing the bombs at the houses in large arcs and then turning tail to flee the scene.

Two of the firebombs are seen catching, setting alight the homes with blazing fires. Miraculously, the inhabitants were able to avoid the urgent danger.

Palestinian Authority (PA) Chairman Mahmoud Abbas's Fatah faction has been actively promoting the recent terror wave, with senior PA official Jibril Rajoub saying in August his organization had made a "political decision" not to stop anyone from "slaughtering a settlement."

Fatah terrorists have also been engaged in gun battles in and around Jerusalem, and were recently filmed firing automatic weapons into the air in the capital. Hamas has also been getting in on the action; another recent video shows terrorists with Hamas headbands shooting at an IDF Border Patrol post with modified sub-machine guns in Jerusalem's Shuafat neighborhood.

Aside from the shooting incidents, Jews have been targeted in several ambush lynch attempts, aside from the incessant rock throwing attacks.

The Temple Mount, the holiest site in Judaism, has been a focal point of the Arab violence, with Arab riots repeatedly forcing the closure of entry to Jewish visitors. The Jerusalem Light Rail has also been hard hit by the rioters, who have destroyed the three stations in Arab-majority neighborhoods and continue damaging the trains as they pass through.

Shockingly, Israeli police have been revealed to be hushing up Arab terror in Jerusalem, as Jerusalem Mayor Nir Barkat urged the media to stay quiet on the topic in order to avoid potential harm to local tourism. Finally he broke down earlier this month and called on Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu to end the "silent intifada."

Such action has not been forthcoming, as just this Monday after more violent Arab riots on the Temple Mount Netanyahu called for the "status quo" of the site to be preserved.
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Arab Terrorists Try to Burn Jews Alive in Jerusalem

ViestiKirjoittaja Annukka » 19.10.2014 07:49

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The terrorists can be seen charging the homes in the dead of night clutching their molotov cocktails, before releasing the bombs at the houses in large arcs and then turning tail to flee the scene. Two of the firebombs are seen catching, setting alight the homes with blazing fires. Miraculously, the inhabitants were able to avoid the urgent danger. Palestinian Authority (PA) Chairman Mahmoud Abbas's Fatah faction has been actively promoting the recent terror wave, with senior PA official Jibril Rajoub saying in August his organization had made a "political decision" not to stop anyone from "slaughtering a settlement." Fatah terrorists have also been engaged in gun battles in and around Jerusalem, and were recently filmed firing automatic weapons into the air in the capital. Hamas has also been getting in on the action; another recent video shows terrorists with Hamas headbands shooting at an IDF Border Patrol post with modified sub-machine guns in Jerusalem's Shuafat neighborhood. Aside from the shooting incidents, Jews have been targeted in several ambush lynch attempts, aside from the incessant rock throwing attacks.
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The Video OBAMA Didn’t Want To Get Out…

ViestiKirjoittaja Annukka » 19.10.2014 08:29

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Terrorist Runs Over Pedestrians in Jerusalem

ViestiKirjoittaja Annukka » 22.10.2014 20:42

Terrorist Runs Over Pedestrians in Jerusalem

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"A private car hit passengers from the light rail near the police national headquarters. The car's driver attempted to escape and was shot, apparently by a police officer from the Jerusalem district," police spokeswoman Luba Samri said in a statement. A spokesman for the emergency services said three people were seriously wounded. Another two people were moderately hurt and four more were said to have sustained light injuries. One of them, an infant, has been confirmed to be critically injured. Medics at the scene told Arutz Sheva that the incident does, indeed, look like a terror attack. "This is a terrorist who ran over pedestrians with his car at the light rail stop," Hezi Roth, a medic for Hatzalah who was at the scene, told reports shortly after the attack. "Shots were fired at the offending vehicle," he continued. "The terrorist is injured, but conscious at this point in time." Walla! News is now reporting (6:30 pm IST) that the driver was, in fact, an Arab resident of Jerusalem and is now dead.

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One witness stated to the daily that the attack was "horrific" and that "people were screaming." The area has been closed to traffic until further notice. Magen David Adom (MDA) medics, Hatzalah crews, and police have swamped the area. The attack surfaces just hours after Jerusalem Police District Commander Moshe Edri announced a "comprehensive plan" for a new task force to battle the cycle of ongoing violence in Jerusalem, which has been named the "silent intifada." Special surveillance was ordered to be set up around the Jerusalem Light Rail - which has been an ongoing flashpoint for violence over the past several weeks - including setting up observation balloons.

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Arabs Confirm Jewish Victims Before Hurling Rocks at Point B

ViestiKirjoittaja Annukka » 22.10.2014 21:17

Arabs Confirm Jewish Victims Before Hurling Rocks at Point Blank

Harrowing assault in northern Jerusalem indicates that police are almost as indifferent to 'silent intifada' as local Arab passersby.

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By Shimon Cohen, Ari Yashar

First Publish: 10/22/2014, 11:32 AM




Jewish car targeted by Arab rock assault

Jewish car targeted by Arab rock assault

Oded Hania


The "silent intifada" of violent Arab terrorism continues to strike in Jerusalem, where on Tuesday night, between the northern neighborhoods of Shuafat and Atarot, two Jewish men were the victims of an intense rock throwing attack on municipality-owned land.

Oded Hania told Arutz Sheva he was driving in a car with a friend on the traffic route through the two neighborhoods when they were met by a group of Arab youths - who made sure to verify the two were Jewish before showering them with a potentially lethal hail of rocks.

"We drove from Atarot towards Shuafat. In Shuafat we saw a group of three or four youths around 18 years old," relates Hania. "Traffic was slow; they approached so as to identify if we were Jews."

Hania's friend, an IDF soldier, was dressed in uniform, giving the youths the indication that the intended victims were indeed Jews. At that point "they stepped back a bit, and from point blank range threw huge stones into the car."

The driver's window was smashed by the fusillade of rocks, as was the window next to Hania, who noted that his friend, who was driving, "tried to get away in reverse, as the whole car was full of glass. In the end we went fifty meters in reverse against the stream of traffic, and then crossed to the opposite lane and got out of there."

The Arab drivers adjacent to the entire incident were completely indifferent to the attack, says Hania, and not one of them or any passersby tried to stop the anti-Semitic assault.

"Those were moments of fear. I was certain they were going to do a lynch-mob attack on us, and I wasn't sure we would succeed in getting away because they came from all around us. They really surrounded us," recalls Hania.

After succeeding in getting to the opposing lane and driving away, Hania notes "we stopped at a nearby station. The police arrived after several minutes, we gave them testimony, cleaned up the car and continued to drive."

However, the police apparently showed nearly as much indifference as the Arab drivers witnessing the attack.

Hania reports that after asking the officers to go to the scene of the attack and try to track down the rioters, one of them told him "there is nothing we can do about that," before returning to their station.

MK Moti Yogev (Jewish Home) on Tuesday called for police to be provided back-up given their apparent inability to secure the capital, specifically recommending that IDF paratroopers be deployed in Jerusalem.

In addition to constant rock and firebomb attacks, as well as incidents of live gunfire, there have been at least three cases in the Jerusalem area in recent weeks of Jewish motorists nearly being the victims of a lynch-mob, with Arab attackers pummeling Jewish cars with rocks.
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Abbas's Responsibility for Murder

ViestiKirjoittaja Annukka » 24.10.2014 19:23

Abbas's Responsibility for Murder


by Khaled Abu Toameh
October 24, 2014 at 5:00 am

http://www.gatestoneinstitute.org/4813/abbas-murder

To understand what drives a young Palestinian to carry out such a deadly attack, one needs to look at the statements of Palestinian Authority leaders during the past few weeks.

The anti-Israel campaign of incitement reached its peak with Abbas's speech at the UN a few weeks ago, when he accused Israel of waging a "war of genocide" in the Gaza Strip. Abbas made no reference to Hamas's crimes against both Israelis and Palestinians.

Whatever his motives, it is clear that the man who carried out the most recent attack, was influenced by the messages that Abbas and the Palestinian Authority leadership have been sending their people.

While Hamas's rockets and suicide bombers have been killing Israelis over the past twenty-five years, the Palestinian Authority's rhetoric has not been less lethal.

In fact, it is this fiery rhetoric that has created the inviting atmosphere for launching terrorist attacks against Israel, such as the attack that took place in Jerusalem on Wednesday, October 22.

Chaya Zissel Braun, a three-month-old infant, was killed when a Palestinian man slammed his vehicle into a crowd of people at a light rail stop in the city. Nine people were injured, three seriously, in the attack.



A security camera recorded 3-month-old Chaya Zissel Braun being wheeled in her stroller by her parents, about 15 seconds before they were hit by the terrorist's vehicle.



The Palestinian who carried out the attack was identified as 20-year-old Abdel Rahman al-Shalodi of the Silwan neighborhood in east Jerusalem. He was shot on the scene and later died in hospital.

Abbas and the Palestinian Authority [PA] cannot avoid responsibility for killing the baby.

In order to understand what drives a young Palestinian man to carry out such a deadly attack, one needs to look at the statements of PA leaders during the past few weeks. These are the kind of statements that encourage young men such as al-Shalodi to go out and kill the first Jews he meets on the street.

These statements refer to three developments linked to the Israeli-Palestinian conflict: Operation Protective Edge last summer, visits by Jewish groups and individuals to the Temple Mount (or "Noble Sanctuary"), and Jews moving in to apartments in the Jerusalem neighborhood of Silwan.

During the 50-day military confrontation between Israel and Hamas in July and August, PA President Mahmoud Abbas and his senior officials in the West Bank made it a daily practice to incite their people against Israel.

The anti-Israel campaign of incitement reached its peak with Abbas's speech at the UN General Assembly last month, when he accused Israel of waging a "war of genocide" in the Gaza Strip. Abbas made no reference to Hamas's crimes against both Israelis and Palestinians.

Now that the war in the Gaza Strip has ended, Abbas and the Palestinian Authority have shifted their focus to recent events in Jerusalem.

A few days before the terrorist attack in Jerusalem, Abbas strongly denounced Jews who visit the Temple Mount as a "herd of cattle."



A video still of al-Shalodi driving along the station platform, hitting passengers.



Abbas told Fatah activists from Jerusalem who visited him in his office that they must make an effort to stop Jewish "settlers," "by all means," from "desecrating our holy sites."

Abbas added:


"We must prevent them from entering the Noble Sanctuary by all means. This is our Al-Aqsa. Al-Aqsa is a red line: Israel must be aware that the ongoing raids and attacks on Al-Aqsa will cause a volcanic explosion in the area that will reach Israel. Jerusalem is the eternal capital of the State of Palestine, and without it, there will be no state."

Abbas and his Palestinian Authority have been exploiting the visits by Jews to the Temple Mount to incite Palestinians against Israel. They have been incorrectly denouncing these visits as "assaults" and "raids" on Islamic holy sites by Jewish "extremists."

Forty-eight hours before the Jerusalem attack, Abbas intensified his rhetorical assault on Israel by announcing that any Palestinian who is involved in property transactions with "hostile countries" (Israel) would be punished by life imprisonment with hard labor.

Abbas's announcement came in response to reports that Palestinians had sold homes to Jewish families in Silwan -- the Jerusalem neighborhood where al-Shalodi lived. By threatening to punish Palestinians for selling property to Jews, Abbas was sending a message that this is an awful crime that should not pass without a Palestinian response.

These are the three major events that have been used by the PA leadership to whip up Palestinians.

Of course, there is also the tragic case of the Palestinian teenager, Mohamed Abu Khdeir, who was kidnapped and murdered by Jewish extremists. The Palestinian Authority has also taken advantage of that gruesome event to incite Palestinians against Israel.

And then there is another tragic case, involving a five-year-old Palestinian girl, Einas Khalil, who was killed after being hit by a car driven by a Jewish settler in the West Bank on October 19. The PA has also used this tragedy as part of its anti-Israel campaign.

The PA's words have not fallen on deaf ears. Several neighborhoods of east Jerusalem are already witnessing what Palestinians call a "mini-intifada": daily clashes between stone-throwers and police forces.

Palestinians say that the man who plowed his car into the crowd at the Jerusalem light trail stop was seeking retaliation against Israeli "crimes."

Some say he carried out the attack because of the Gaza war; others say it could be linked to what is happening at the Temple Mount or because Jewish families recently moved into homes in his area. Others are now claiming that the Jerusalem attack came in retaliation for the car accident that killed the Palestinian girl four days earlier.

Whatever his motives, it is clear that al-Shalodi, the driver who carried out the most recent attack, was influenced, in one way or another, by the messages that Abbas and the Palestinian Authority leadership have been sending their people. Unless the harsh and incendiary rhetoric stops, more terrorist attacks are likely to take place.


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