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Syrian Rebels Thank Netanyahu for Israel's Compassion

ViestiKirjoittaja Annukka » 24.02.2014 09:27

Syrian Rebels Thank Netanyahu for Israel's Compassion

Sunday, February 23, 2014 | Israel Today Staff


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One of the leaders of the Syrian opposition forces on Friday expressed his appreciation for the compassion and care offered to victims of Syria's ongoing civil war by Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and the Israeli people.

Speaking from Istanbul, Mohammed Badie told Israel Radio that he and other Syrian rebel leaders were deeply thankful for the goodwill fellow Syrians had experienced at the hands of Israel as they continue to struggle against the regime of Bashar Assad.

Badie said that Netanyahu's public visit to the Israeli army field hospital that processes wounded Syrians crossing the border had sent an "important message" both to average Syrians and the Assad regime.



Netanyahu visited the Golan Heights field hospital last Tuesday. After visiting with doctors and patients, the prime minister said in this very place the world could see the stark difference between Israel and the Islamist forces behind the daily brutality in Syria.

Israel has been highly critical of the Assad regime for its use of often exaggerated and indiscriminate force that results in massive casualties among civilians.

At the same time, many of the rebel groups (and there are many, some of which are warring with one another) have links to Al Qaeda and other Islamist extremists and have acted with even greater savagery against average Syrians, especially non-Muslims.

Meanwhile, Israel treats anyone and everyone who crossed the border in need of medical care. On average, some 100 Syrians are being processed each month by the IDF field hospital before being sent on to larger medical facilities in Israel for more advanced treatment.

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Elkin: Mahmoud Abbas Should Learn Some History

ViestiKirjoittaja Annukka » 24.02.2014 09:44

. Elkin: Mahmoud Abbas Should Learn Some History

by Maayana Miskin
Deputy Foreign Minister Zev Elkin returned Sunday from a weekend in the Galilee, during which he visited the village of Pekiin, including the town’s ancient synagogue.

Elkin followed his visit with a post to Facebook suggesting that Palestinian Authority Chairman Mahmoud Abbas might benefit from a similar trip.

“Next time that Abu Mazen [Abbas – ed.] argues that the Palestinians are the original inhabitants of the land, going back thousands of years, it should be recommended that he visit Pekiin,” Elkin wrote.

“Which, by the way, is not far from Tzfat, where the ‘new historian’ Abbas was born,” he noted.

Abbas should speak to Margalit Zinati, the final remaining Jewish resident of Pekiin, Elkin suggested. “He should hear from the famous Margalit, and from the Druze who live there, about how Jews lived there continuously for thousands of years,” he said.

Elkin then switched to open criticism of Abbas. “Really, what can we expect from a historian who got his academic degree for his work trying to deny the Holocaust?” he asked.

The PA Chairman's infamous PhD thesis entitled "The Other Side: the SecretRelationship Between Nazism and Zionism" questions the extent of the Holocaust and suggests it was in fact engineered by Jewish leaders to "justify" the establishment of the State of Israel.

“This is the ‘partner’ that the international community is pushing us to give free gifts to at the expense of the security of Israeli citizens! We won’t agree,” Elkin continued.

“The time has come to learn from all the mistakes we made over the past 20 years,” he concluded.

Elkin has repeatedly turned the spotlight on the PA leadership during ongoing Israel-PA talks. He has previously warned against trusting the PA security forces, has publicly termed the PA “stubborn,” and has suggested that Israel should respond to international boycotts by building in Judea and Samaria (Shomron).

Abbas has been criticized for other Israeli leaders as well, primarily due to the ongoing anti-Semitic and anti-Israel incitement under the PA, and due to the fact that his term in office expired several years ago.
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Video: The Truth About the UN

ViestiKirjoittaja Annukka » 28.02.2014 19:31

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Inventing the "Palestinians"

ViestiKirjoittaja Annukka » 28.02.2014 20:22

Phantom Nation:
Inventing the "Palestinians"
as the Obstacle to Peace


Sha'i ben-Tekoa, Author
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Sunday, March 9, 2014 - 2:30 p.m.
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Hired for a special project by the Office of Prime Minister Yitzhak Shamir, Sha’i ben-Tekoa discovered the first United Nations document using the term “Palestinians” as it is used today.

And the date was eye-opening: three years after 1967’s Six-Day War. In his research into the entire UN archive dealing with the Arab war against Israel, he came across no reference to the putatively Paleolithic Palestinian people before 1970.

After completing his assignment for the Government of Israel, Mr. Ben-Tekoa dug deeper into the origins of this heretofore unheard of nationality. The Land of Israel is arguably the most written about real estate in the world over thousands of years in the scores of languages of Crusaders, conquerors, pilgrims and tourists, not one of whom ever wrote or said a word about meeting any “Palestinians” in their time in the Holy Land.

And now Ben-Tekoa has written a book about what he discovered and uncovered: the invention of a phantom nation, the “Palestinian Narrative,” one of the great feats of psychological warfare in the history of Mankind. He shows how it is this generation’s successor ideology to Medieval Christianity, Islam, Nazism and Communism as the current fashion in Jew-hatred a.k.a. an anti-Semitism as old as the hills. To purchase the book now, click on this link: http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/099109 ... jewih00-20

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13 Facts about Israel & the Middle East

ViestiKirjoittaja Annukka » 02.03.2014 19:33

13 Facts about Israel & the Middle East

Keeping these facts in mind will help prevent people from falling for Arab propaganda.
by Dr. Shmuel Katz

Anti-Semitism is alive and well, it’s just cloaked in its new garb: anti-Zionism or anti-Israeli occupation. Keeping these facts in mind will help prevent people from falling for Arab propaganda.

1. The Jews have a connection to the land of Israel for more than 3000 years, with continuous Jewish presence in the land of Israel in the majority of this time.

2. Jerusalem was the capital of the Jewish people for thousands of years. And recently, since 1850 the Jews were the ethnic majority of the city, except from 1948 till 1967 when the Jordanians destroyed the Jewish quarter, killed many Jews and expelled the rest. So how can the Jews be accused for occupying your own kitchens and back yards?

3. There was never an independent Arab State in the land of Israel.

4. 80% of the promised Jewish Homeland, as it was delineated in the Balfour declaration and rectified by the League of Nations, was given illegally, by the British Mandate, to the Hashemite Family from Saudi Arabia, to establish a totally New Kingdom of Trans Jordan. Practically, this was the first imposed “two state solution” in the Middle East.

5. In 1929, Arabs massacred 67 Jews in Hebron and expelled the rest, many years before the establishment of the modern state of Israel and before any disputed or occupied land became an issue.

6. In 1947, a new “two state solution,” which was proposed by the UN on the remaining 20% of the promised land, was accepted by the Jews, but was rejected by the neighboring Arab countries. Once Israel was established in 1948 the Arabs started a war to destroy Israel.

7. In 1967 the Arabs initiated another war to destroy the state of Israel, only to be defeated again.

8. On Yom Kippur of 1973 there was another failed attempt to destroy Israel, by force, by Egypt and Syria.

9. Despite the hostilities, generous offers to create a new Arab Palestinian State next to Israel were presented by several Israeli prime ministers, only to be rejected by the Arab leadership who continued their vicious anti-Israeli aggression.

10. They tried to destroy Israel by using indiscriminate terror attacks against innocent civilians.

11. They tried to destroy Israel using a rain of rockets on innocent civilians.

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12. The Palestinian Authority is still allowing their children to be taught in school vicious hate and encouraging martyrdom.

13. As their attempts to destroy Israel by force fail, they are pushing a major international effort to delegitimize Israel, using the Boycott-Divestment-Sanctions (BDS) movement as their model.

What can we do? Stay informed and share your knowledge with as many people as you can. Together, we will make the world a better place for all of us and for future generations.

Published: March 1, 2014
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Keeping these facts in mind will help prevent people from fa

ViestiKirjoittaja Annukka » 03.03.2014 22:33

Keeping these facts in mind will help prevent people from falling for Arab propaganda.

by Dr. Shmuel Katz

13 Facts about Israel & the Middle East
Keeping these facts in mind will help prevent people from falling for Arab propaganda.


Anti-Semitism is alive and well, it’s just cloaked in its new garb: anti-Zionism or anti-Israeli occupation. Keeping these facts in mind will help prevent people from falling for Arab propaganda.

1. The Jews have a connection to the land of Israel for more than 3000 years, with continuous Jewish presence in the land of Israel in the majority of this time.

2. Jerusalem was the capital of the Jewish people for thousands of years. And recently, since 1850 the Jews were the ethnic majority of the city, except from 1948 till 1967 when the Jordanians destroyed the Jewish quarter, killed many Jews and expelled the rest. So how can the Jews be accused for occupying your own kitchens and back yards?

3. There was never an independent Arab State in the land of Israel.

4. 80% of the promised Jewish Homeland, as it was delineated in the Balfour declaration and rectified by the League of Nations, was given illegally, by the British Mandate, to the Hashemite Family from Saudi Arabia, to establish a totally New Kingdom of Trans Jordan. Practically, this was the first imposed “two state solution” in the Middle East.

5. In 1929, Arabs massacred 67 Jews in Hebron and expelled the rest, many years before the establishment of the modern state of Israel and before any disputed or occupied land became an issue.

6. In 1947, a new “two state solution,” which was proposed by the UN on the remaining 20% of the promised land, was accepted by the Jews, but was rejected by the neighboring Arab countries. Once Israel was established in 1948 the Arabs started a war to destroy Israel.

7. In 1967 the Arabs initiated another war to destroy the state of Israel, only to be defeated again.

8. On Yom Kippur of 1973 there was another failed attempt to destroy Israel, by force, by Egypt and Syria.

9. Despite the hostilities, generous offers to create a new Arab Palestinian State next to Israel were presented by several Israeli prime ministers, only to be rejected by the Arab leadership who continued their vicious anti-Israeli aggression.

10. They tried to destroy Israel by using indiscriminate terror attacks against innocent civilians.

11. They tried to destroy Israel using a rain of rockets on innocent civilians.

12. The Palestinian Authority is still allowing their children to be taught in school vicious hate and encouraging martyrdom.

13. As their attempts to destroy Israel by force fail, they are pushing a major international effort to delegitimize Israel, using the Boycott-Divestment-Sanctions (BDS) movement as their model.

What can we do? Stay informed and share your knowledge with as many people as you can. Together, we will make the world a better place for all of us and for future generations.

This article can be read on-line at: http://www.aish.com/jw/me/13-Facts-abou ... -East.html
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Political Rights in Palestine Were Granted to Jews Only

ViestiKirjoittaja Annukka » 03.03.2014 22:49

Political Rights in Palestine Were Granted to Jews Only

March 03, 2014 | Eli E. Hertz


The “Mandate for Palestine” clearly differentiates between political rights referring to Jewish self-determination as an emerging polity—and civil and religious rights, referring to guarantees of equal personal freedoms to non-Jewish residents as individuals and within select communities. Not once are Arabs as a people mentioned in the “Mandate for Palestine.” At no point in the entire document is there any granting of political rights to non-Jewish entities (i.e., Arabs). Article 2 of the “Mandate for Palestine” explicitly states that the Mandatory should:

“be responsible for placing the country under such political, administrative and economic conditions as will secure the establishment of the Jewish National Home, as laid down in the preamble, and the development of self-governing institutions, and also for safeguarding the civil and religious rights of all the inhabitants of Palestine, irrespective of race and religion.”

Political rights to self-determination as a polity for Arabs were guaranteed by the League of Nations in four other mandates – in Lebanon, Syria, Iraq, and later Trans-Jordan [today Jordan].

International law expert Professor Eugene V. Rostow, examining the claim for Arab

Palestinian self-determination on the basis of law, concluded:

“… the mandate implicitly denies Arab claims to national political rights in the area in favor of the Jews ; the mandated territory was in effect reserved to the Jewish people for their self-determination and political development, in acknowledgment of the historic connection of the Jewish people to the land. Lord Curzon, who was then the British Foreign Minister, made this reading of the mandate explicit. There remains simply the theory that the Arab inhabitants of the West Bank and the Gaza Strip have an inherent ‘natural law’ claim to the area. Neither customary international law nor the United Nations Charter acknowledges that every group of people claiming to be a nation has the right to a state of its own.” [italics by author]
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European youth group votes against Israel boycott

ViestiKirjoittaja Annukka » 06.03.2014 20:32

European youth group votes against Israel boycott

Youth of the European People's Party votes to stop boycott in Judea and Samaria, calls on EU not to harm businesses after months of efforts by Samaria Regional Council • Hungary conference is first in Europe to vote against boycott movement.

Efrat Forsher

Youth of the European People's Party votes to stop boycott in Judea and Samaria | Photo credit: YEPP website

The Youth of the European People's Party -- a center-right political youth organization representing 39 European countries -- has cast the first-ever vote against boycotting products and factories in Judea and Samaria. The Samaria Regional Council in tandem with Likud and Yisrael Beytenu youth leaders successfully lobbied to pass the vote against the boycott, divestment and sanctions movement, which took place at the YEPP conference in Hungary.

"We are calling on all European Union institutions -- especially in light of the renewed peace negotiations in the region -- not to harm businesses that provide jobs and facilitate direct contact and cooperation between both sides in Judea and Samaria," stated the decision.

The vote, which passed with a 90 percent majority, comes after strenuous behind-the-scenes efforts of the Samaria Regional Council's Foreign Relations Office, headed by Regional Council Deputy Chairman Yossi Dagan. "This is a historic step toward shattering attempts to boycott Israel," Dagan said.

"The hostility of the European Union has not sealed our fate," added Samaria Regional Council head Gershon Mesika after the landmark decision.
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The Arabs of Egypt are screaming for the rights that the Ara

ViestiKirjoittaja Annukka » 10.03.2014 23:28

The Arabs of Egypt are screaming for the rights that the Arabs in Israel already have.

by David Suissa

The Square
The Arabs of Egypt are screaming for the rights that the Arabs in Israel already have.


One of my favorite movies this year is the Academy-Award nominated documentary, The Square. Throughout the film, which follows the uprisings in Tahrir Square since the onset of the Arab Spring in 2011, it’s as if you’re right there, on the streets, living and sweating with the demonstrators, feeling their pain, their joy, their frustrations, their exhilaration and, ultimately, their uncertainty about the future.

With documentaries, there’s always a risk that real people who can’t act will be dull – that filming a real drama in real time with real people can never be as dramatic as having a genius like Steven Spielberg orchestrate the whole production with star actors. And yet, the film pulls it off. The real people in The Square are as believable as Jack Nicholson or Meryl Streep on a good day.

What these people crave, above all, is human dignity. Tahrir Square is the source of their power, the place where they can gather in huge numbers, sing songs, drink coffee at midnight, fight the police and scream for what we in America often take for granted: freedom and opportunity.

But the real drama of the Egyptian story is that these revolutionaries’ only causes are to take things down. There’s nothing good to cheer for. There are only bad people to rebel against.

The people scream to take down the dictator Hosni Mubarak, and after he goes down, millions erupt in a frenzy of joy. A year and a half later, they scream to take down his successor, Mohamed Morsi – who turns out to be even worse than Mubarak – and after he goes down, millions erupt again in a frenzy of joy.

And so it goes.

The tragedy in the film is when people realize the limits of their power. There is absolute clarity in what the people don’t want – oppression and poverty – but very little clarity about how the country can get to a better place.

That’s why The Square might be the very best hasbara film ever made for Israel.

As I watched the Arabs of Egypt scream for their rights, I couldn’t help thinking that they were screaming for precisely what the Arabs in Israel already have.

As I watched the demonstrators scream against corrupt Egyptian judges and politicians, I couldn’t help but recall that it was an Arab-Israeli judge, George Karra, who convicted a Jewish president accused of rape.

As I watched Egyptian demonstrators protest the jailing of innocents and bemoan the lack of opportunity in their crumbling society, I couldn’t help but think about an Arab-Israeli woman, Mais Ali Saleh, who recently graduated No. 1 in her class at the Technion-Israel Institute of Technology.

There was no doubt in my mind that every Arab demonstrator in Tahrir Square would be better off living in Israel – that women, minorities and people of all colors and religions would have more freedom to follow their dreams, get an education and benefit from a thriving economy and civil society.

And yet, you’d never know any of this if you see the latest clip going viral on YouTube promoting this year’s Israel Apartheid Week, where Jews like author Naomi Klein associate Israel with the apartheid regime of South Africa and make passionate appeals to boycott and punish the Jewish state.

The hypocrisy of these self-righteous agitators, who pick on the only democracy in the Middle East while millions of people throughout the region live in misery, is mind-numbing.

As they support a high-profile BDS movement that aims to delegitimize all of Israel (and not just the occupation), they are doing a lot more than hurting Israel. They are drawing attention away from the suffering masses across the Middle East who would love nothing more than to have the same freedoms and human rights that their brethren have in Israel.

That is another reason I so love The Square. For once, the punching bag and the scapegoat is not Israel.

While the mainstream media is still obsessed with Israel and its conflict with the Palestinians, The Square cuts through this fog with a missile of truth: The misery across the Middle East has absolutely nothing to do with Israel.

In fact, for all its flaws, Israel is the antidote to this very misery. As Alan Dershowitz has written, “No country in the history of the world faced with threats comparable to those Israel faces has had a better record of human rights, a higher degree of compliance with the rule of law, a more demanding judiciary, more concern for the lives of enemy civilians, or more freedom to criticize the government, than the State of Israel.”

That is the unspoken context that hovers above The Square.

During Israel Apartheid Week, pro-Israel groups ought to organize showings of The Square and follow these screenings with panel discussions.

Even more, they ought to include on these panels Israeli Arabs who can explain how different their lives would be if they lived in any Middle East country besides Israel. Someone ought to make that documentary.

This article originally appeared in The Jewish Journal

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Palestinian Official: Allah Gathering the Jews So We Can Kil

ViestiKirjoittaja Annukka » 15.03.2014 09:38

Palestinian Official: Allah Gathering the Jews So We Can Kill Them

Friday, March 14, 2014 | Ryan Jones

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Senior Palestinian Authority official Abbas Zaki (pictured) this week agreed with many Christians and Jews that it is by divine intervention that the Jewish people are being gathered in this land. But, for Zaki, the end goal is not the restoration of Israel, but rather its demise.

“I believe that Allah will gather [the Jews] so we can kill them,” Zaki told Palestinian Authority TV.

He went on to accuse Israelis of having “no religion and no principles, they are an advanced instrument of evil.”

In 2009, Zaki admitted on Lebanese TV that the ultimate goal of the two-state solution was the downfall of Israel.

Zaki is a member of the ruling Fatah faction’s Central Committee and currently serves as Palestinian leader Mahmoud Abbas’ commissioner for dialogue with the Arab world and China.

[Translation of the Palestinian TV segment provided by Palestinian Media Watch]
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