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Palestinian forces detain 500 Hamas West Bankers, to thwart

ViestiKirjoittaja Annukka » 14.03.2015 07:12

Palestinian forces detain 500 Hamas West Bankers, to thwart coup and Abbas assassination plot

DEBKAfile Exclusive Report

On the orders of Palestinian Authority Chairman Mahmoud Abbas, Palestinian special forces raided all nine PA-ruled West Bank towns in the past 48 hours and detained 500 Hamas suspects, DEBKAfile reports. Abbas had discovered that Hamas had been hatching a plot for some weeks for an armed uprising against the Palestinian Authority, starting in one of the Palestinian towns - possibly even the PA capital of Ramallah - and assassinate him in the process.
At the same time, because Abbas does not entirely trust Palestinian security services to safeguard him, he turned to Israel, which responded by deploying 3,000 IDF soldiers plus 10,000 reservists on the West Bank in case it became necessary to go into Palestinian towns and prevent their capture by the radical Hamas and Jihad Islami.
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Sweden's Middle East Policy in Ruins

ViestiKirjoittaja Annukka » 16.03.2015 06:46

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A Crazy state does not play by the rules

ViestiKirjoittaja Annukka » 20.03.2015 07:17

A Crazy state does not play by the rules

March 19, 2015 | Eli E. Hertz

UPDATE: A Palestinian state has good chances of becoming a rogue state – the kind of polity the United States is currently grappling with Iran, Syria, Iraq, Libya, and elsewhere.

In 1971 Hebrew University social scientist Professor Yehezkel Dror wrote a short volume entitled Crazy States, solicited by the Rand Corporation. Decades before Mohmar Kaddafi began sending contraband by diplomatic pouch and Pol Pot “invented” the killing fields, envisioned the emergence of polities that don’t play by the rules’ and therefore seem crazy to westerners. At the time he was roundly criticized as an extremist and prophet of doom – his book was labeled a brilliant intellectual exercise but off the mark in terms of reality.

The volume gained new respect after the 1991 Gulf War. Today no one denies the existence of “crazy states”, or as they are now labeled: rogue states. In a 1999 article devoted to how US foreign policy has addressed the problem of rogue states, Professor Barry Rabin of Bar-Ilan University defined the rogue state as:

“[a polity] that puts a high priority on subverting other states and sponsoring non-conventional types of violence against them. It does not react predictably to deterrence or other tools of diplomacy and statecraft.”

The definition seems to fit the Palestinian Authority like a glove even in the pre-state ‘test’ stage prior to gaining full sovereignty.

Palestinian Arabs using non-conventional types of violence can surely take credit for “inventing” skyjackings, a political vehicle that permitted taking hostages and extorting political concessions for their release. Palestinians initiated attacks on El Al passengers and airliners at international airports and escalated the violence by blowing up civilian airliners in midair – the first, killing 47 passengers and crew aboard a Swissair flight from Zurich to Tel Aviv in February 1970.

As far as “not reacting predictably to deterrence or other tools of diplomacy,” in 1974 Palestinians claimed responsibility for the first-ever Palestinian suicide-bombing, when 18 hostages near the town of Kiryat-Shmona in northern Israel were murdered by a Palestinian terrorist loaded with explosives.

Today, the battle that Israel wages against terrorism, and one the Western world must also wage, affects the entire free world.

A rogue state, said Rabin “requires special treatment and high levels of international pressure in order to prevent it from wrecking public order, setting off wars, and subverting whole areas of the world” … “an international equivalent of incarceration or committed to a mental institution, until there is sufficient recovery to permit re-entry into the international system.”

Unfortunately, the world community has been ignoring the prospect that a full-blown independent Palestinian state will become just that kind of rogue state and renegade organization the world is grappling with today.

In light of the Palestinian Arab history of violence and its poor performance coping with limited freedom or autonomy – the equivalent of a ‘half-way house’ to test their readiness to join the family of nations, and in light of the support (rather than pressure to “toe the line”) that Palestinians enjoy in the international arena, Palestinians independence could very well turn into a genuine nightmare.

A state with its patterns of despots, coups, assassinations, civil war, corruption, revolutions and lack of respect for human life, freedom and democracy, resembles a Crazy State that will continue to threaten Israel and world security.
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Israel is not responsible for the suffering of Palestinian w

ViestiKirjoittaja Annukka » 23.03.2015 06:35

Op-Ed: Israel is not responsible for the suffering of Palestinian women

In the wake of the UN Commission on the Status of Women blaming Israel for the horrible plight of Palestinian women, it has become self-evident that the reality is the opposite of what the PA claims. The plight of Palestinian women is indeed terrible, but it is because of the Palestinian Authority and not because of Israel.

Mar 22, 2015, 04:45PM | Rachel Avraham

The Times of Israel recently reported that the UN Commission on the Status of Women passed an anti-Israel resolution blaming Israel for the “grave situation of Palestinian women,” proclaiming, “the Israeli occupation remains the major obstacle for Palestinian women with regard to their advancement, self-reliance and integration in the development of their society.” Indeed, it is ironic that Israel, a liberal democracy that respects women’s rights that just elected a record breaking 28 women to the Knesset and not the totalitarian dictatorship known as the Palestinian Authority was blamed for the “grave situation of Palestinian women.”

Indeed, the plight of Palestinian women is not good. According to Human Rights Watch, “the killing of female relatives under the guise of family honor is a serious physical threat to Palestinian women in the West Bank and Gaza.” The UN Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs estimated that there were approximately 63 honor crimes in the Palestinian Authority between 2004 and October 2007. However, Dr. Nadera Shalhoub-Kevorkian of the Hebrew University of Jerusalem believes that the number of women and girls who are killed in honor crimes in the Palestinian Authority is 15 times higher than the official statistics and that most murders of women and girls in the West Bank and Gaza are most likely honor crimes.

In a two-year period between 1996 and 1998, Shalhoub-Kevorkian uncovered 234 suspicious deaths of women and girls in the West Bank alone. “Palestinian police do not record these deaths as murder but as deaths due to fate and destiny,” she reported. This category of fate of destiny covered 86 percent of the total number of female deaths in the PA between 1996 and 1998. The DA in the PA defined a fate and destiny death as a death where “no party is liable” and the decision for determining this is attributed to the DA office or prosecutors. However, Shalhoub-Kevorkian considers this trend problematic because “there is discrepancy in the way various prosecutors use it. It is more than possible that it was used to cover up legal or social hardship stemming from honor crimes.”

Kawther Salam, a Palestinian journalist based in Hebron, has reported that the Palestinians believe that “the reason for the high number of honor killings has to do with the policies of the Palestinian Authority and the exploitation of women who work in its institutions.” Critically, no one in the Palestinian Authority blames Israel for this situation when they are not addressing UN bodies and other foreign audiances. “Women who are abused sexually by their superiors and co-workers put their lives in big danger due to the tradition of honor killings in traditional Palestinian society. In the West Bank and Gaza, there are no laws that forbid women from being murdered or prosecute their murderers.”

Salam noted that the Palestinian Authority adopted Jordanian and not Israeli legislation when it comes to laws related to the status of women: “The Jordanian law is considered discriminatory law. It reduces the penalty for the murderer when he perpetrates his crime under the pretext of issues of honor. Honor has become a justification for murdering women and protecting the murderers, as well as keeping the power in the hands of men who lead the society and impede women from reaching power. This is a clear threat for all women who seek equality.”

Salam noted that Abu Mazen has promised several times to amend laws within the Palestinian Authority protecting the perpetrators of honor crimes from prosecution, but in the end has failed to do so and furthermore proclaimed that he has no intention to make these crucial changes. However, his UN representative has no problem introducing resolutions blaming Israel for the plight of Palestinian women. Furthermore, it appears that the UN has no problem advocating that Israel and not Palestinian patriarchy was responsible for shattering the well-being of the Palestinian woman, which is the true root to the hindering of the self-reliance, advancement, and integration in their development within Palestinian society.

For when political institutions either sentence lightly or fail to punish the perpetrators of honor crimes, it has the effect of encouraging the phenomenon and leads to the deterioration in the status of women in general. A society that does not legally respect a woman’s right to life will not honor her economic advancement, her educational development, her political empowerment, etc. Therefore, Palestinian Authority policy not respecting a woman’s right to life and not Israel is the source of the deprivation of the Palestinian woman.

Unfortunately, the reality on the ground meant nothing to the United Nations. According to the Times of Israel report, Israel was the only country singled out by the 45-member commission, prompting Israeli Ambassador to the UN Ron Prosor to state, “If anyone has ever doubted that the UN is biased against Israel, today we got further proof. Of the 193 member states of the institution, dozens slaughter innocent civilians and impose discriminatory laws that marginalize women and yet they all get a free pass. The Commission on the Status of Women includes some of the worst violators of human rights, such as Iran and Sudan.”

“Honor killings in the Palestinian Authority are a matter of daily occurrence and the employment of women stands at only 17%,” Prosor declared. “It is time for the Palestinians to finally take responsibility for something. Their mistreatment of women is a chance to start taking responsibility. It’s not enough for the Palestinians to cynically exploit this institution; they’ve now made it their mission to turn the Commission on the Status of Women into a politically charged forum.” It is time for the international community to stand up and force the Palestinian Authority to take responsibility for the horrible plight of Palestinian women, instead of casting the blame on others.
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Obama, Netanyahu and the Israeli Election

ViestiKirjoittaja Annukka » 28.03.2015 20:41

Obama, Netanyahu and the Israeli Election

CUFI is a bipartisan organization. We have gone out of our way to acknowledge President Obama when he has stood by Israel. But now we must note that President Obama has crossed the line. His disrespect of the Israeli people and the leader they just reelected by a wide margin are simply unacceptable. The fact that he blasts Israel while embracing and forgiving Iran only ads salt to the wound.

The Israeli people have spoken. In this time of enormous danger in the Middle East, they want a pragmatic leader who does not conjure peace partners out of thin air or base their security on a foundation of shifting sands. Meanwhile, President Obama continues to live in a fairytale world where there could be peace and security tomorrow if only Israel left the West Bank. To believe in this nice story, the President must ignore all of the Israeli peace offers that the Palestinians have rejected. He must likewise turn a blind eye to the likelihood that Hamas would seize these strategic territories in short order. And he must pretend that ISIS would not take over in the long term.

It seem that President Obama's fantasies regarding the Palestinians are similar to those he believes regarding Iran. But ignoring danger does not make it go away. President Obama may prefer to belittle Prime Minister Netanyahu for recognizing these realities. But we would all be better off if President Obama looked past Bibi and saw these dangers for himself.

Jerusalem Post
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Why Palestinians in Yarmouk Are Unlucky

ViestiKirjoittaja Annukka » 10.04.2015 21:07

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'Mother, how could you leave me alone in this world?'

ViestiKirjoittaja Annukka » 16.04.2015 07:36

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This is the story of Irit Romano Cooper, who grew up as a Jewish child in Poland, and had to hide and pretend to be a Christian only to find out her entire family had been killed. Now 86, she lives in Kibbutz Dan

Apr 15, 2015, 08:00PM | Omri Ariel
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Irit Romano Cooper was born January 13 1929 in Poland. Her mother worked as a merchant and her father was a Hazzan, a Jewish cantor. The three of them lived in a small rented house with hardly any food, while observing the Torah and dreaming of coming to Eretz Israel.

Then came the Germans. With more and more anti-Jewish laws being enacted on a daily basis, life in the ghetto became quite difficult and Irit's mother had to go around nearby villages and trade clothes for potatoes and vegetables. Irit, who was then called Italeh, says she was always a rebellious, stubborn child. One day at school, she recalls, she teamed up with a friend and beat up a bunch of Polish kids who had cursed them for being Jewish. "I wouldn't let go of that girl until I had her hair in my hand," she says.

"I stopped believing in God at the age of 12," she reveals. "I was walking down the road and I saw trains. Their doors opened and I saw Hassidic Jews being pushed off, followed by Germans. It was raining. I was on my way to selling things, but I decided to follow them. The Germans took them to the market, sat them down in a puddle of water. I remember seeing two Germans with blades approaching each of the rabbis and cutting off their beards and sidecurls. They were all bleeding from their faces. One of them tried to paste his beard back together."

She then came back home and told her grandmother there was no God. Her grandmother said angrily, "Who are you to judge God's actions?" and when she told her about what she had seen, her grandmother said this might be sign that the Ge'ulah – the redemption – is coming. From that day on, she no longer prayed. Her stubbornness, along with her bravery and rough nature, might have been the things that later made her mother choose to save her life.

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It was spring 1942. Irit's mother took her to the house of a Polish farmer who lived about 5 km away from their house. "He's the only one who knows you're Jewish, and he promised me he wouldn't tell anyone," she told her. "Please, my Italeh, never forget you are Jewish. Don’t ever become a Christian, no matter what happens." In one of her numerous visits, Irit's mother told her if the autumn came and she didn't come to pick her up, she should go back home and they would all be waiting for her there.

Five months later, Irit was thrown out of the house by the farmer's wife. She got lost in the forest on her way back to the ghetto, but ran into an old friend from school. "What are you doing here all by yourself?" she asked him. He gave her a piece of bread and told her, "They took everyone by trains. There's no point going back."

She then went from house to house, pretending to be a Christian and asking for work. Several times she was kicked out after the house owner discovered her Judaism. Eventually, she was able to deceive the local pastor and obtain an ID card using a fake Christian name.

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When she finally came back to the ghetto, when the war was over, she discovered her entire family had been murdered in the Treblinka extermination camp. She was put in a DP (displaced persons) camp, then was taken to Cyprus and eventually came to Israel by boat. She met her future husband on Kibbutz Dan when she was 16. "They said three things to me when I arrived at the Kibbutz – to change my name, change my clothes and forget everything that happened to me over there."

Although never speaking with her own children about the holocaust, Irit has written more than 20 books about her life. She worked as an elementary school teacher in Herzliyia for many years. Today she is 86 years old. Her husband died ten years ago. She has six grandchildren.
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