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Arab MK Denies There Was Ever a Jewish Temple in Jerusalem

ViestiKirjoittaja Annukka » 27.07.2015 21:18

Arab MK Denies There Was Ever a Jewish Temple in Jerusalem

MK Masud Ganaim tells Army Radio on Tisha B'Av that Jews 'have no legitimacy' to the Temple Mount.

An Arab MK found an opportunity yesterday (Sunday), on Tisha B'Av, to tell Army Radio that there was never a Jewish Temple in Jerusalem.

MK Masud Ganaim (Joint Arab List) was interviewed, along with MK Yinon Magal (Jewish Home), about the day's clashes on Jerusalem's Temple Mount. When the interviewer asked MK Ganaim about attacks on the police, the legislator claimed that Arabs throwing rocks is not a problem. Instead, he insisted that the true issue is Jews wanting to pray.

In particular, he blamed Agriculture Minister Uri Ariel (Jewish Home) for visiting the site, saying that the minister is an "occupier" for setting foot in eastern Jerusalem and that his visit was an "incitement."

According to Ganaim, "The State of Israel knows that Jews and Israel have no legitimacy to the site, except for their legitimacy as an occupier — a legitimacy [won] by force."

MK Magal countered by claiming that there is a system of apartheid on the Temple Mount, but against Jews. Even though it is the holiest spot in the world for Judaism, a Jew who wants to eat an apple and says a blessing over it is arrested for incitement. At the same time, Arabs regularly mocking, yelling, and throwing stones at Jewish visitors are tolerated.

Ganaim did not respond to these charges, but repeated multiple times that the Temple Mount has always been holy to Islam and never to another religion. When asked directly whether there was ever a Jewish Temple on the site, he insisted that it never existed.

Both the interviewer and Magal pressed Ganaim for an explanation on this point. Ganaim said that he knows it to be true because he is a history teacher. At most, there may have been a temple somewhere else, and Jewish scriptures only refer to a future Jerusalem Temple descending from heaven. He finished his remarks by saying that Jews should wait until such an event before they try visiting the Mount.

Tisha B'Av is considered the saddest day in the Jewish calendar, commemorating the destruction of the first and second Temples. Despite MK Ganaim's assertions, there is an abundance of contemporary accounts and archaeological evidence of a Jewish temple on the Temple Mount.

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Hamas's Child Abuse Camps

ViestiKirjoittaja Annukka » 31.07.2015 09:50

Hamas's Child Abuse Camps

by Khaled Abu Toameh
July 30, 2015 at 6:00 pm

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More than 500 Hamas members of Hamas's armed wing, Ezaddin al-Qassam, are supervising the military training and religious education in the camps to train future jihadis in the war against Israel. Hamas's religious education is aimed at teaching the children about Islam and its sharia laws. They are also being taught that making peace with the "infidels" is prohibited under the teachings of Islam.

It is disturbing to see how international and Palestinian human rights organizations, especially those claiming to defend children's rights, are turning a blind eye to this large-scale child abuse by Hamas. These organizations only care about children's rights when there is a way to throw all the blame on Israel.

The Palestinian Authority and its president, Mahmoud Abbas, are also poisoning the hearts and minds of their people by constantly inciting them against Israel. These children will never accept the two-state solution that Abbas is talking about. Nor will they ever recognize Israel's right to exist in this part of the world.

"Teach your children how to play, how to smile... Build for them an institution...on the love of Palestine and not how to get themselves killed." — Palestinian activist Eyad al-Atal, criticizing Hamas for "depriving an entire generation of Palestinians of their childhood."

For the third running year, thousands of Palestinian children from the Gaza Strip are receiving military training as part of Hamas's summer camps.

The camps, which are being held under the banner "Vanguards of Liberation," are aimed at preparing children as young as 15 for fighting against Israel. More than 25,000 children have joined this year's Hamas camps, according to Hamas officials in the Gaza Strip.

What is most disturbing about this practice is that the families are not hesitant to send their children to be trained as future jihadis in the war against Israel. On the contrary, many of the families interviewed in the Palestinian media in the past few days said they were proud to see their children being taught how to use various types of weapons.

Rashed Anwar Abu Diqqa attends one of Gaza's Hamas-run military summer camps. The teenage boy, shown holding an assault rifle, says "I go to the summer camp because it teaches young people lots of useful things. (Image source: MEMRI)

Only a few Palestinians have dared to speak out against Hamas's exploitation of children. Palestinian activist Eyad al-Atal criticized Hamas for "depriving an entire generation of Palestinians of their childhood." He said that apart from creating new supporters of the Islamic State, the military training of the children was in violation of human rights principles.

Addressing the Hamas leaders, the al-Atal said: "Teach your children how to play, how to smile, how to rejoice. Build for them an institution for education and entertainment that would raise them on the love of Palestine and not how to get themselves killed."

It is also disturbing to see how international and Palestinian human rights organizations, especially those claiming to defend children's rights, are turning a blind eye to this large-scale child abuse by Hamas. These organizations only care about children's rights when there is a way to throw all the blame on Israel.

As in the past two years, the summer camps are being held in bases belonging to Hamas's armed wing, Ezaddin al-Qassam, throughout the Gaza Strip. The declared goal of the camps to is to "prepare a new generation of Palestinian youths spiritually, mentally and physically for the battle to liberate Palestine." When Hamas talks about the "liberation of Palestine," it is not referring to the West Bank and Gaza Strip only, but to the whole of Israel. In other words, these Palestinian children are being educated and trained to prepare for joining the war aimed at destroying Israel.

The children are being taught that their role models are Hamas suicide bombers and terrorists responsible for the death of hundreds of Israelis over the past few decades. Most of the training and indoctrination takes place in the evening, due to the hot weather and for "security reasons." More than 500 Hamas members of Ezaddin al-Qassam are supervising the military training and religious education in the camps.

Hamas's religious education is aimed at teaching the children about Islam and its sharia laws. The children are being told that the whole of the land of Palestine (including Israel) is Muslim-owned land that can't be given away to non-Muslims. They are also being taught that making peace with the "infidels" is prohibited under the teachings of Islam.

At one of the camps, the children were taught how to "raid" an Israeli military base and kill and capture some IDF soldiers. The drill was attended by Ismail Haniyeh, the top Hamas leader in the Gaza Strip, who said he was very proud of the children's level of performance.

Another senior Hamas official, Khalil al-Hayah, told the child-soldiers that they were being trained for jihad against Israel.

"These camps are designed to prepare a generation that carries the Quran and rifle," al-Hayah explained. "The camps show that Palestinians support the resistance and the project of liberation of Palestine. The goal is to liberate Palestine and the Aqsa Mosque [in Jerusalem]."

This is bad news for the Palestinian Authority (PA) and its president, Mahmoud Abbas, who continue to talk about their desire to establish a Palestinian state that would exist alongside Israel in peace and stability. These children will never accept the two-state solution that Abbas is talking about. Nor will they ever recognize Israel's right to exist in this part of the world.

While Hamas is training children to become the future jihadis of the Palestinians, Abbas and his Palestinian Authority are also poisoning the hearts and minds of their people by constantly inciting them against Israel. This incitement is taking place in the mosques, in the media and in the public rhetoric of PA leaders and spokesmen. So what Abbas and the PA are doing is no less serious than what Hamas is doing to the children of the Gaza Strip.

Neither Hamas nor the Palestinian Authority has prepared their people for the possibility of peace with Israel. On the contrary, the two parties have radicalized their people to a point where it has become impossible to talk about a two-state solution. The only ones who benefit from this indoctrination and child abuse are Islamist terror groups and those in the region and abroad, including Europe, who continue to seek the destruction of Israel.

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Palestinians: A Rare Voice of Sanity

ViestiKirjoittaja Annukka » 31.07.2015 12:00

Palestinians: A Rare Voice of Sanity

by Khaled Abu Toameh
July 30, 2015 at 5:00 am

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While many in the international community and media hold Israel fully responsible for the plight of the Palestinians in the Gaza Strip, Dr. Abrash offers a completely different perspective.

Referring to widespread corruption under the Palestinian Authority (PA) in the West Bank, the former Palestinian minister reveals that Palestinian academic institutions, including universities and colleges, have become "commercial projects for granting certificates that have no scientific value or content."

This is a voice that is rarely given a platform in mainstream media outlets in the West, whose journalists continue to focus almost entirely on stories that reflect negatively on Israel. Western journalists based in the Middle East tend to ignore Palestinians who are critical of the PA or Hamas, because such criticism does not fit the narrative according to which Israel is solely responsible for all the bad things that happen to the Palestinians.

Abrash's criticism of Hamas and the PA -- whom he openly holds responsible for the suffering of their people -- actually reflects the widespread sentiment among Palestinians. Over the past few years, a growing number of Palestinians have come to realize that their leaders have failed them again and again and are now aware that both Hamas and the PA, as corrupt as ever, are hindering efforts to rebuild the Gaza Strip.

It is almost unheard of for a prominent Palestinian figure to hold the Palestinian Authority (PA) and Hamas equally responsible for corruption and abuse of power.

Dr. Ibrahim Abrash, a former Palestinian Minister of Culture from the Gaza Strip, recently surprised many Palestinians by publishing an article that included a scathing attack on both the PA and Hamas, holding them responsible for the continued suffering of their people.

In his article, Dr. Abrash also holds the two Palestinian parties responsible for the delay in rebuilding thousands of houses that were destroyed or damaged in the Gaza Strip during last year's military conflict between Israel and Hamas. He points out that Hamas and the PA have been holding each other responsible for the suffering of Palestinians. "Sometimes, they also put all the blame on Israel for all that is happening in the Gaza Strip," he said.

Referring to the ongoing power struggle between Hamas and the Palestinian Authority, which reached its peak with the violent takeover by Hamas of the entire Gaza Strip in the summer of 2007, Dr. Abrash accused the two rival parties of exploiting their dispute to cover up corruption in vital sectors of Palestinian society.

"In light of the division [between the PA-controlled West Bank and Hamas-run Gaza], corruption and absence of accountability have become widespread," Dr. Abrash wrote. "This division has led to the collapse of the political system and the system of values, and an increase in corruption. This has also allowed many opportunists and hypocrites to reach important positions, where they do anything they want without being held accountable."

J'Accuse. Dr. Ibrahim Abrash, a former Palestinian Minister of Culture (left), accuses Palestinian Authority and Hamas officials of corruption, extortion, opportunism and hypocrisy. Pictured in the middle is PA President Mahmoud Abbas, and at right Hamas leader Ismail Haniyeh.

And while many in the international community and media continue to hold Israel fully responsible for the plight of the Palestinians in the Gaza Strip, Dr. Abrash offers a completely different perspective.

Noting that the Palestinians of the Gaza Strip have fallen victim to the power struggle between Hamas and the Palestinian Authority, he says that no one today knows who is supposed to be helping the people living there.

"The interests of the people have been lost as result of the two parties' rivalry," Dr. Abrash said. "No one knows who is in charge of the people's needs in the Gaza Strip -- Hamas, which is the de facto authority in the Gaza Strip, or the Palestinian Authority and its national consensus government. Or is it UNRWA and the donors who are responsible? Or is it the sole responsibility of Israel as an occupation state? To whom should the people direct their complaints?"

Referring to widespread corruption under the PA in the West Bank, the former Palestinian minister reveals that Palestinian academic institutions, including universities and colleges, have become "commercial projects for granting certificates that have no scientific value or content."

Dr. Abrash points out that no one knows whether universities and colleges in the Gaza Strip are subject to the supervision of the Ministry of Education in the West Bank or the Gaza Strip.

He also blasts the PA's Ministry of Civilian Affairs for exploiting and extorting Palestinians who seek travel permits, especially those wishing to leave the Gaza Strip. He goes on to hold Hamas responsible for "harassing" Palestinians who wish to leave the Gaza Strip through the Erez border crossing (to Israel). Dr. Abrash claims that some Palestinians are forced to pay bribes to Palestinian officials to obtain a travel permit.

"Many people have been subjected to blackmail and procrastination [by Palestinian officials] after Israel eased travel restrictions at the Bet Hanoun [Erez] border crossing," he said. "But the people are afraid to complain, out of fear that they would be denied travel permits in the future. What is happening at the border crossing has created favoritism and bribery."

Dr. Abrash concludes his article with a rhetorical question: "Isn't it shameful and irritating that while Israel has been issuing travel permits for those with special needs, some influential [Palestinian] officials are placing obstacles? Until when will they continue to manipulate and blackmail the people of the Gaza Strip?"

Dr. Abrash's article represents a rare voice of sanity among Palestinians. This is a voice that does not blame all the miseries of Palestinians on Israel alone and holds the Palestinians leadership also responsible for the continued suffering of their people.

However, this is a voice that is rarely given a platform in mainstream media outlets in the West, whose journalists continue to focus almost entirely on stories that reflect negatively on Israel.

Western journalists based in the Middle East tend to ignore Palestinians who are critical of the Palestinian Authority or Hamas. That is because such criticism does not fit the narrative according to which Israel is solely responsible for all the bad things that happen to the Palestinians.

Dr. Abrash's criticism of Hamas and the PA -- whom he openly holds responsible for the suffering of their people -- actually reflects the widespread sentiment among Palestinians. Over the past few years, a growing number of Palestinians have come to realize that their leaders have failed them again and again. Today, many Palestinians are aware of the fact that both Hamas and the PA are responsible for hindering efforts to rebuild the Gaza Strip and that the two parties are as corrupt as ever.

But when will the international community and media wake up and comprehend what many Palestinians came to understand years ago, namely that the real tragedy of the Palestinian people has been -- and remains -- bad and irresponsible leadership? Unfortunately, this is unlikely to happen as long as the world continues to see Israel as the villain.

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Hamas fired rockets at Israel from residential areas in Gaza

ViestiKirjoittaja Annukka » 26.08.2015 08:49

Hamas fired rockets at Israel from residential areas in Gaza during Operation Protective Edge last year in an attempt to provoke IDF retaliatory strikes and cause civilian casualties, Wojciech Cegielski, a reporter for Polish Radio, wrote in an op-ed published by Ha’aretz today.

Cegielski worked in Gaza for a month last summer, and called the reality within the Hamas-dominated territory “much more complicated than can be seen from a distance.” The Polish journalist specifically recounted two incidents he witnessed in the midst of the conflict, which led him to conclude that Hamas terrorists “were breaking international rules of war and worst of all, were not afraid to use their own citizens as living shields.”

The first incident happened late in the evening. I was in the bathroom when I’ve heard a loud rocket noise and my Spanish colleague, a journalist who was renting a flat with me near the Gaza beach, started to scream. He wanted to light a cigarette and came to one of the open windows. The moment he was using his lighter, he saw a fireball in front of his eyes and lost his hearing.

From what our neighbors told us later, a man drove up in a pickup to our tiny street. He placed a rocket launcher outside and fired. But the rocket failed to go upwards and flew along the street at ground level for a long time before destroying a building. It was a miracle that nobody was hurt or killed.

Cegielski wrote that, after analyzing the incident, he and his colleague understood that those responsible for the rocket fire were attempting to draw a retaliatory Israeli strike on the residential neighborhood. Fortunately, Cegielski observed, “the rocket missed its target in Israel.”

The second story happened in the middle of the day. I was sitting with other journalists in a cafe outside one of the hotels near the beach. During wartime, these hotels are occupied by foreign press and some NGOs. Every hotel is full and in its cafes many journalists spend their time discussing, writing, editing stories or just recharging the phones. Suddenly I saw a man firing a rocket from between the hotels. It was obvious that we journalists became a target. If the IDF would strike back, we all would be dead. What would Hamas do? It would not be surprising to hear about the “cruel Zionist regime killing innocent and free press.”

The incidents Cegielski recounted are similar to several that were reported last year. France 24 correspondent Gallagher Fenwick was on the air when a rocket was launched only meters away from his location and forced him to run for cover. Fenwick later returned to the area and found that the rocket launch site was in middle of a residential area and near a United Nations building. In another incident, a crew from India’s NDTV saw terrorists setting up a launch site outside of the hotel where they and other foreign journalists were staying. NDTV did not report about the incident until they left Gaza. (via TheTower.org)
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Palestinian Leaders are Liars....

ViestiKirjoittaja Annukka » 05.10.2015 10:06

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IMPORTANT! Palestinian Christian Speaks Out on Wave of Terro

ViestiKirjoittaja Annukka » 10.10.2015 11:49

IMPORTANT! Palestinian Christian Speaks Out on Wave of Terror

Friday, October 09, 2015 | "Matthew"

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The following is a brief response to the wave of anti-Jewish terror now engulfing Israel and how Palestinian society is relating to it. This post is important because of who wrote it. It was penned by “Matthew”, our Palestinian Christian brother whose true identity must be concealed for obvious security reasons.

The original title of “Matthew’s” article as submitted to Israel Today was “When News Becomes Lies”

Perhaps you were unable to discern what I want to say from the title (“When News Becomes Lies”). To understand my articles and my perspective, you need to know a little about me and my background.

I am a young Palestinian man, living in the Palestinian-controlled territories. Until recently, I hated Israel and the Jews as much as anyone could. I used to rejoice every time I heard that Jews had been killed.

But God changed my heart, and through the love of Christ, I now love the Jewish people. I have written more extensively about this transformation in previous articles (see the June 2015 issue of Israel Today, page 22).

Over the past week, more than nine terror attacks have been carried out by Palestinian terrorists against Israelis. This wave of terror began just after Palestinian Authority leader Mahmoud Abbas delivered his speech before the United Nations.

My heart bled when I heard the terrible news of the first attack, in which Palestinian terrorists assaulted an Israeli family and murdered the parents in front of their young children.

My sorrow was deep and real, but the thing that shocked me most was the lack of any condemnation of this barbaric crime from the Palestinian side. In fact, most people here rejoice in the murder of Jews, and celebrated this deadly attack.

But their reaction was much different when Israel responded by killing the terrorist responsible. Suddenly, Palestinians began demanding justice against the “racist” Israelis.

And then the news begins to lie to the people, who are told that these terrorists who were shot by the Israelis weren’t really trying to stab anyone. They are told that the Israelis invented stories about the attacks, that the Palestinians who were shot weren’t really armed, and that the Jews killed them simply for being Arabs.

The media’s publishing of these false accounts sadly transforms them into a kind of pseudo truth. Please do not allow such lies to influence your thinking. Use your brain and seek out true justice.

I know that my words are simple. I am just one person who has for years been living under these chains of hatred and lies. But God set me free, and I feel a calling to share the truth with the world.

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Israel’s “Excessive Use of Force"

ViestiKirjoittaja Annukka » 15.10.2015 20:21

Israel’s “Excessive Use of Force”

October 15, 2015 | Eli E. Hertz

Human Rights Watch, an independent NGO, investigated the phenomenon of suicide bombing. It charged that the systematic and intentional nature of those attacks as well as their scope constituted "crimes against humanity."

Despite that independent finding, the U.S. State Department has yet to condemn such Arab terrorism in a strong, singular and unequivocal voice.

In fact, just the opposite has occurred: Rather than condemn Palestinian Arab terrorist tactics, the U.S. State Department condemned Israel’s "excessive use of force" when it retaliates against the terror attacks. But the charge seemed hollow in light of the way the British dealt with Palestinian Arabs violence under the British Mandate; during the Arab Revolt of 1936 to 1939, the British killed 5,032 Palestinians, wounded 14,760, detained 50,000, hanged 146, and sentenced to life prison terms 2,000, according to Oxford historian Glen Rangwala.

In addition, during that three-year counterinsurgency campaign, 5,000 houses were demolished in reprisals, and 40,000 Arab residents of Palestine, mostly wealthy families, fled to neighboring countries.

Was this "excessive use of force"?
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