Crowd Sing Israeli Anthem at Jerusalem Terror Site
Dozens of defiant Jerusalemites and Israeli commuters united in defiance of Arab terrorism outside Jerusalem’s central bus station Wednesday night, following the latest stabbing attack in the capital which left an elderly woman seriously injured.
The crowd – made up of religious and secular, young and old – spontaneously gathered to sing Israel’s national anthem, Hatikvah (“The Hope”) in an inspiring show of unity in the face of the ongoing wave of terrorism.
Experts weigh in: How can Israel quash this wave of terror?
The response to the current wave of Palestinian terror against Israeli civilians must comprise both the security and political tracks, says Dr. Shaul Shay, a leading expert of local and international terrorism in Israel, of the Institute for Policy and Strategy.
On the political level, officials are making an effort to pressure the Palestinian Authority and also Arab Israeli leaders, as well as urging elements in the Arab and Muslim world to call for an end to the violence and quash the incitement, Dr. Shay notes. He opines that the UN and human rights groups should also call for an end to the violence, “which I have not heard happening,” he laments.
Dr. Shay believes that on the security level, more needs to be done.
“Close the West Bank – don’t allow workers to enter Israel from the West Bank,” he advocates.
Shay supports the decision made by the security cabinet on Wednesday to seal off flash-point Palestinian neighborhoods in east Jerusalem, from where terrorists are emerging, in order to quash their abilities to carry out attacks. He also backs the government decision to destroy the homes of terrorists’ families, believing that this measure has good deterrence value as it “it will make them think twice if they know their family will pay the price.”
He adds that there need to be more intensive intelligence efforts to locate the main inciters and to to deal with them. He asserts that concrete steps must be taken against the northern branch of the Islamic Movement in Israel.
“There is no doubt that incitement has an influence and every time a terrorist is killed and is made into a martyr and glorified, this encourages more and more attackers to do it,” he says.
He notes that lone-wolf terrorists who are unaffiliated with any terror group prior to the attack, are often taken under the auspices of terror organizations following an attack.
Dr Ofer Israeli, a lecturer and researcher at Herzliya’s Lauder School of Government Diplomacy and Strategy agrees that the northern branch of the Islamic Movement is a key issue in tackling the latest round of violence. He believes that Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu’s move to try to outlaw the Islamic Movement came a little too late, and that had he done this two weeks ago, Israel may not have found itself in the present situation.
“It took time for the government and security bodies to understand that this is not a temporary, short period of unrest, but something larger than that,” he says. “If they don’t take the right steps to stop the attacks, we may see an escalation of the situation.”
Dr. Israeli expresses the belief that fear over the response of the international community, and the response of some Israeli forces, is preventing them from taking all the measures it deems necessary to stop the terror attacks.
“For instance – it’s necessary to do what they’re now doing in Jerusalem,” he says of the closed-off neighborhoods in east Jerusalem. “I think they understood this before but they are afraid from the inside and the outside.”
He says, however, that this kind of action will be harder to do in other areas of Israel, which could mean that the high frequency of attacks or attempted attacks could move to other locations, such as southern Israel or areas close to the triangle and the Galilee.
Former national security adviser and ex-deputy chief of staff Maj.-Gen. (res.) Uzi Dayan adds another dimension to this – the societal one. He stresses the importance of the public getting on with their daily lives.
“The terrorists should die, but the people should continue to live,’ he tells The Jerusalem Post. “I don’t think a group of teenagers — even if they are terrorists– should hurt the public morale or economy.”
He says Israeli civilians should continue with their daily routines, should continue to work, study and go to cultural events; those who have weapons licenses should carry them with them, he adds. He also opines that the constant stream of information, the open line from the IDF straight to the public is unhealthy, though he acknowledges that “it’s a free country and obviously I can’t stop it – but I don’t think it’s positive.”
Dayan states that this is not the time to talk about long-term issues, but to fight back. He disagrees with proponents of returning to the negotiating table during this time, noting that he was head of the Israeli security committee in negotiations with the Syrians, Palestinians and Jordanians and recalls that at a crucial point in peace talks under late Prime Minister Yitzhak Rabin, there was a bad spate of terrorism.
Dayan believes that the government, police and IDF are implementing the rights measures to put an end to the terror attacks, asserting that IDF forces can treat certain neighborhoods in east Jerusalem during this time in the same way that they do Hebron or Nablus. He supports closing off certain areas, guarding neighborhoods and public transportation and putting curfews into place in some areas. He also agrees with above-mentioned punishments for the families of terrorists as a method of deterrence. Dayan asserts that if the security forces continue doing more of the same to prevent attacks and catch terrorists, “it might take some weeks, but then I think it will be over.”
He warns that if the issue isn’t fought effectively, the danger is that “there are no more local events in the Middle East.”
“Everything can become a regional issue,” he says, pointing at Hamas in Gaza and Hezbollah in the Golan Heights. He notes that there is relative calm in the West Bank currently, and Israel should work to prevent Fatah from joining this “terror wave.”
Interior minister revokes citizenship from two more terrorists
Interior Minister Silvan Shalom moved to revoke the citizenship of two Israeli-Arabs who committed acts of terrorism last week.
The first is Alaa Ziod, 20, who ran his car into and stabbed four Israelis in Gan Shmuel, and the second is Asraah Abed, a 29-year-old woman who attempted to stab soldiers in the Afula Central Bus Station.
Shalom updated the Attorney-General’s Office of his intentions, and gave the request to the Administrative Court on Thursday.
“There’s no need to elaborate on the importance of Israeli citizenship, which includes the duty of a citizen to be loyal to his country and for the country to be loyal to its citizens, the more so when that citizenship is taken advantage of to harm civilians and national security,” Shalom stated.
Earlier this week, Shalom asked to have the legal residency status of two terrorists who live in Jerusalem revoked.
Shalom has the authority to revoke citizenship and resident status under the Law of Entry to Israel.
The authority was used by past interior ministers, including Ronnie Bar-On, who revoked the resident status of four Palestinians residing in east Jerusalem, three of whom were elected members of the Palestinian parliament and one who became a minister, all through Hamas.
Last week, France stripped five terrorists of their citizenship, bringing the number of terrorists receiving the punishment to 17 this year.
On Wednesday, Shalom ordered a one-month travel ban on Islamic Movement northern branch head Sheikh Raed Salah as he tried to depart to Turkey. Earlier that day, the Jerusalem District Court discussed an appeal of Salah’s 11-month prison sentence he received in March for incitement in a speech he gave in 2007.
Terrorist Abbas said was ‘executed’ by Israel shown alive in hospital
Clips and images were published Thursday of a 13-year-old Palestinian terrorist who was hit by a car while fleeing from police earlier this week, disproving claims by Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas who said Wednesday he was “executed” by Israel.
The pictures, distributed by the Government Press Office, show Ahmad Manasra awake and sitting in a bed at Jerusalem’s Hadassah Ein Kerem Hospital.
In one picture he is seen making a hand gesture some have interpreted as an Islamist symbol.
Manasra is accused of carrying out a stabbing spree on Monday with his cousin Hassan Manasra, 15, seriously injuring a 13-year-old boy and 25-year-old man. Hassan Manasra was shot and killed after charging at police with a knife, while Ahmed Manasra was injured after being hit by a car while fleeing.
On Wednesday night, Abbas accused Israelis of “executing our boys in cold blood, as they did with the boy Ahmed Manasra and other children in Jerusalem and other places.”
Other Palestinian officials and relatives have also claimed that Manasra and his cousin were not involved in an attack.
Terrorist, Ahmad Manasra, one of two cousins who went on a stabbing frenzy in Jerusalem on October 12, 2015 is seen at the Hadassah Ein Kerem Hospital in Jerusalem on October 15, 2015.
Manasra was hit by a car while fleeing from the scene of the attack
The Prime Minister’s Office quickly issued a statement after the PA president’s speech saying he was spreading “lies and incitement.”
“The boy he is referring to is alive and hospitalized in Hadassah after stabbing an Israeli child who was riding his bicycle,” the statement said.
On Thursday, the independent news website Room 0404 published on its site and Facebook page a short clip clearly showing Ahmad Manasra alive and relatively well.
In another clip, the deputy head of Hadassah Ein Kerem Hospital, where Manasra is hospitalized, says he is “in moderate to light condition, hospitalized in one of our department and receiving good treatment. From a medical point of view, we will probably be able to discharge him in a few days.”
The 25-year-old victim of Monday’s stabbing is in moderate condition. The 13-year-old is still unconscious. His condition was upgraded from critical on Monday, when he was stabbed, to serious but not life threatening on Tuesday.
The attack was one in a series of nearly two dozen terror attacks over the last two weeks, many of which have involved East Jerusalem teens involved in stabbing attacks in the capital.
Jordanian Palestinian Activist: “Stop stabbing Jews”
A video clip has surfaced on youtube that has become prominent within Jordanian and Palestinian social media where a Jordanian Palestinian peace activist called upon other Palestinians to stop stabbing Jews. Ahmed Shahwan, a Jordanian Palestinian peace activist who is also a Canadian citizen and is opposed to the Hashemite Dynasty, published the video clip in both English and Arabic.
The Arabic video clip had reached over 300,000 people on facebook in less than 12 hours. In both videos, he described the stabbing of Jews as the “worst form of terrorism.” He told other Palestinians: “You think Israel will not respond? Israel will respond and look at what happened: A beautiful girl was shot because she was trying to stab others.”
Shahwan argued that the Jewish people like any other nation have both good and bad individuals: “There are some bad Jews. There are idiotic Jews. But if there are some, it does not mean all Jews are bad. My ancestors are from Jerusalem. When I went to Jerusalem for a visit, I swear that I only felt comfortable with Jews in Western Jerusalem, not with my own people.”
Shahwan, who as a devout Muslim has 23 chapters of the Quran memorized by heart, noted that in Islam “one is not allowed to kill innocent people not attacking you.” He told Palestinians living in Jerusalem: “Look, the Jews have given you Al Aqsa. Jews give you full rights and benefits. They help you with aid and this is how you respond? Please remember that every man you attack has a wife and child probably waiting for him at his home.”
In Jordan, Shahwan is already famous after he posted a video clip in which he stamped upon his Jordanian passport, stressing that he does not want a passport that was issued to him by the Hashemite Royal family. Due to his opposition to the Hashemites and his powerful video clip that is reminiscent of Muhammed Zoabi’s following the kidnapping of the three Israeli teenagers, the Jordanian government has been spreading a lot of lies about him, claiming that he hates Palestinians, which is not true. It is worth noting that the Jordanian regime has been encouraging violence on the Temple Mount by inciting the stabbing of Jews, calling for “more of these blessed operations.” The Israeli Embassy in Amman has officially protested such Jordanian incitement twice.
Israeli settlements shut their gates to Palestinian workers in light of violence
The closure does not include the industrial areas or the Gush Etzion junction, where a Rami Levi supermarket is located.
Numerous settlements closed their gates to Palestinian workers on Wednesday to protect themselves against possible attacks in their home communities.
Among those that barred entry to Palestinian workers were settlements in the Gush Etzion, Samaria and the Binyamin regions, as well as Givat Ze’ev and the cities of Ariel, Ma’aleh Adumim and Betar Illit.
The closure does not include the industrial areas or the Gush Etzion junction, where a Rami Levi supermarket is located.
It is unclear if the policy will continue into next week.
Local and regional councils plan to reassess the situation on Thursday.
Although none of the attacks since October 1 has taken place inside the communities of Judea and Samaria, settler leaders, one after the other, announced the closings.
According to the Office of the Coordinator of Government Activities in the Territories, some 27,000 West Bank Palestinians work in Jewish communities and the industrial parks of Judea and Samaria.
The bulk of those Palestinians who work in the industrial zones are not affected by the policy, which has heavily impacted the construction industry. In Gush Etzion, for example, about 500 Palestinians were not allowed to come to work on Wednesday.
In Samaria, the regional council threatened to penalize contractors who ignored the closing policy.
Separately, the Council of Jewish Communities of Judea, Samaria and the Gaza Strip canceled the rally it had planned for Tuesday night in the capital’s Paris Square – near Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu’s official residence – to call for increased security and for construction in the settlements.
The council has ended the protest it had held every day outside Netanyahu’s residence since October 1, when Palestinian gunmen killed Eitam and Naama Henkin as they drove with their four young sons in Samaria.
Samaria Regional Council head Yossi Dagan, who initiated the daily protest, said they stopped the protests out of a sense of national responsibly.
“We sat across from the Prime Minister’s Residence in Jerusalem for 12 days, with the demand to bring back security and an adequate, Zionist response to terrorism: the strengthening of the settlement enterprise,” Dagan said.
“These are difficult days for the prime minister, too. In recent days I sat with him for many long hours, and we felt that leaving aside the disagreements, the prime minister opened both his heart and his mind, so that he’s more open and understanding than ever before to our national and security demands,” he said.
“We are returning from here to our settlements and communities, but we are not giving up our demands or our right to build new towns all over the Land of Israel!” Dagan said.
“Our enemies are trying to hurt our morale and national resilience, but our spirit is stronger than ever! We are one people, united, and together, with God’s help, we will win!” he said.
Netanyahu Hails Border Police Heroism in Face of Terror
Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu visited the ‘Yehudai’ Border Police base Jerusalem, where he received an update on preparations for reinforcements to be dispatched as part of steps enacted Tuesday night to increase the fight against terror.
Netanyahu met with the Israel Police and Border Police officers at the base, including some who have actively foiled terror attacks since violence increased earlier this month. He thanked the officers and praised them for their composure, fighting spirit, and courage, and asked them to take care of themselves as well.
“I came here first of all to express my appreciation, as well [as the appreciation of] Internal Security Minister [Gilad Erdan] and Acting Police Chief Bentzi Sau, for the extraordinary work you are doing, saving lives, with strength, a lot of ingenuity and professionalism – but, mostly, with courage.”
He thanked the soldiers and said that “there is no alternative to very dense deployments with the ability to be mobile, with the ability to reach the scene of the attack or to be [already] present at the scene to prevent it in real time and to prevent deterioration.”
Border police officers have played perhaps the most crucial role in responding to terrorist attacks, and are regularly first on the scene to neutralize the terrorist. Border police officers have also been targeted in several attacks themselves.
The Prime Minister made it clear that he gives soldiers on the front lines as much support as necessary.
“Do not have any doubt that you have full support from me, the Israeli government and the people to operate more decisively, firstly to save lives and protect yourself,” he said.
Netanyahu said that is not clear when additional safety measures are no longer necessary.
“I cannot tell you how long it will take, there are people here who are ready to die,” he warned, noting that there “is always a small percentage of the population willing to die, to commit suicide” to perpetuate terror.
“We have previously been able to deal with this phenomenon, and even more difficult terror,” he said. “At the moment, because it is not organized, as you know, there is no substitute for your presence and stabilization of the country; you are in fact a human defensive shield.”
“However, you have to protect yourselves – the shield – as well,” he added. “We do not forget that.”
“We have faced other terror waves; we will overcome this wave,” he concluded. “I have no doubts, but I would just like to thank you truly from the heart, from the hearts of the citizens of Israel for the defense you give the citizens of Israel”
Kerry heading to region, looking to convene Netanyahu, Abbas summit
US Secretary of State John Kerry is reportedly pushing to convene a summit in Jordan with Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas in a bid to calm violence wracking Israel and the Palestinian territories in recent weeks.
According to a Channel 10 report Wednesday, the Jordanians have apparently already agreed to host the gathering, in which Abbas and Netanyahu would each meet with the American diplomat separately. There was no indication of when the meeting would take place.
The White House and State Department said Wednesday that Kerry would head to the region “soon” but that details were not yet determined. Officials familiar with the planning said Kerry would like to meet Netanyahu and Abbas separately in the Jordanian capital of Amman. The officials spoke on condition of anonymity because they were not authorized to discuss the planning publicly.
The push by the American government came as violence between Israel and the Palestinians has spiked, with terrorist attacks, shootings and violent riots taking place daily in the past two weeks.
The Channel 10 report said that Washington was considering demanding a halt in settlement construction by Israel.
Sources close to Kerry claimed that he will tell Netanyahu that if he’s interested in renewing peace talks with the Palestinians — as he expressed in his UN General Assembly speech last month — that it would be a welcome move.
Peace talks broke down in March 2014 amid mutual recriminations by Israeli and Palestinian officials over failure to abide by commitments to the negotiations.
The Prime Minister’s Office wasn’t immediately available for comment. Sources in Jerusalem said they were unaware of the plan for the summit, but indicated a general willingness.
Earlier in the day, Netanyahu expressed willingness to return to talks with the Palestinians immediately.
“Israel wants peace. I want peace. I want to resume negotiations immediately and without any preconditions,” Netanyahu said at a special Knesset session.
State Department spokesman John Kirby could not confirm the timetable nor the venue of any talks — and played down the possibility of a revived peace process — but said Kerry hoped to talk to local leaders.
“He has every intention of traveling to the region soon and I don’t have anything to announce today with respect to travels,” Kirby said. “Travel to the region is as specific as it can be right now.”
Asked about media reports that Kerry hopes to host talks in Jordan, Kirby said he had “nothing to report on the press reports you have seen with respect to that.”
“He does remain deeply concerned by continued escalating violence. It’s something he has been focused on for a while now and he intends to travel to the region to continue those kind of discussions,” he said.
Poll finds nearly half Israelis feel two-state solution is dead
The idea of solving the Israeli- Palestinian conflict with two states for two peoples is dead, a majority of Arab citizens and close to a majority of Jews in Israel believe, according to the monthly Peace Index poll released on Wednesday by the Israel Democracy Institute and Tel Aviv University.
When asked whether they agreed with the statement that the two-state solution is dead, 57.1 percent of Arabs and 46.1% of Jews agreed, 35.1% of Arabs and 50% of Jews disagreed, and 7.7% of Arabs and 3.9% of Jews said they did not know or declined to answer.
Among the public as a whole, 61.5% said they did not believe Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu’s commitment to the two-state solution was genuine, 26.3% thought it was, and 12.3% declined to answer or said they did not know.
When asked what solution could best ensure Israel’s future, 64% of Arabs and 46.3% of Jews said dividing the land and establishing an independent Palestinian state. Twenty-two percent of Arabs and 36.3% of Jews said annexing the territories and establishing one state under Israeli rule on all of the land.
Fourteen percent of Arabs and 17.4% of Jews said they did not know or declined to answer.
Regarding large settlement blocs, 67.6% of Israeli Jews and 42.2% of Israeli Arabs believe they would remain under Israeli sovereignty following an agreement between Israel and the Palestinians. Among Israeli Arabs, 37.2% and among Jews 22.8% do not believe the blocs will remain under Israeli sovereignty and 20.5% of Israeli Arabs and 8.6% of Jews did not know or declined to respond.
Some 87% of the Jewish public sees only a small chance that “sometime in the future Jews and Arabs will be able to live in a single state as citizens with equal rights who recognize each other’s rights.” The Arab public’s assessments were similar to those of the Jewish public’s – 68% regard the chances of egalitarian coexistence as small.
The poll, which was taken last week, found that the Jewish- Israeli public expected increased security challenges.
When asked how long the present situation with no peace agreement could continue without a third intifada erupting, the prevailing opinion (44.5%) was that the situation could only continue for a short time – up to a year.
Asked at the outset of the current escalation of violence how the public would grade the government for its handling of the security situation in Jerusalem (on a scale of 0 to 5, with 0 being failure and 5 being excellent), the majority of Jewish Israelis (76.3%) rated the government’s management at 3 or lower. The weighted average of the responses was 2.26.
The survey was conducted by telephone on October 6-8.
It covered 600 adult respondents, who constitute a representative national sample. The maximum measurement error for the entire sample is ±4.1% at a confidence level of 95%.
Palestine: The Psychotic Stage
The truth about why Palestinians have been seized by their present blood lust
By Bret Stephens The Wall Street Journal
If you’ve been following the news from Israel, you might have the impression that “violence” is killing a lot of people. As in this headline: “Palestinian Killed As Violence Continues.” Or this first paragraph: “Violence and bloodshed radiating outward from flash points in Jerusalem and the West Bank appear to be shifting gears and expanding, with Gaza increasingly drawn in.”
Read further, and you might also get a sense of who, according to Western media, is perpetrating “violence.” As in: “Two Palestinian Teenagers Shot by Israeli Police,” according to one headline. Or: “Israeli Retaliatory Strike in Gaza Kills Woman and Child, Palestinians Say,” according to another.
Such was the media’s way of describing two weeks of Palestinian assaults that began when Hamas killed a Jewish couple as they were driving with their four children in the northern West Bank. Two days later, a Palestinian teenager stabbed two Israelis to death in Jerusalem’s Old City, and also slashed a woman and a 2-year-old boy. Hours later, another knife-wielding Palestinian was shot and killed by Israeli police after he slashed a 15-year-old Israeli boy in the chest and back.
Other Palestinian attacks include the stabbing of two elderly Israeli men and an assault with a vegetable peeler on a 14-year-old. On Sunday, an Arab-Israeli man ran over a 19-year-old female soldier at a bus stop, then got out of his car, stabbed her, and attacked two men and a 14-year-old girl. Several attacks have been carried out by women, including a failed suicide bombing.
Regarding the causes of this Palestinian blood fetish, Western news organizations have resorted to familiar tropes. Palestinians have despaired at the results of the peace process—never mind that Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas just declared the Oslo Accords null and void. Israeli politicians want to allow Jews to pray atop the Temple Mount—never mind that Benjamin Netanyahu denies it and has barred Israeli politicians from visiting the site. There’s always the hoary “cycle of violence” formula that holds nobody and everybody accountable at one and the same time.
Left out of most of these stories is some sense of what Palestinian leaders have to say. As in these nuggets from a speech Mr. Abbas gave last month: “Al Aqsa Mosque is ours. They [Jews] have no right to defile it with their filthy feet.” And: “We bless every drop of blood spilled for Jerusalem, which is clean and pure blood, blood spilled for Allah.”
Then there is the goading of the Muslim clergy. “Brothers, this is why we recall today what Allah did to the Jews,” one Gaza imam said Friday in a recorded address, translated by the invaluable Middle East Media Research Institute, or Memri. “Today, we realize why the Jews build walls. They do not do this to stop missiles but to prevent the slitting of their throats.”
Then, brandishing a six-inch knife, he added: “My brother in the West Bank: Stab!”
Imagine if a white minister in, say, South Carolina preached this way about African-Americans, knife and all: Would the news media be supine in reporting it? Would we get “both sides” journalism of the kind that is pro forma when it comes to Israelis and Palestinians, with lengthy pieces explaining—and implicitly justifying—the minister’s sundry grievances, his sense that his country has been stolen from him?
And would this be supplemented by the usual fake math of moral opprobrium, which is the stock-in-trade of reporters covering the Israeli-Palestinian conflict? In the Middle East version, a higher Palestinian death toll suggests greater Israeli culpability. (Perhaps Israeli paramedics should stop treating stabbing victims to help even the score.) In a U.S. version, should the higher incidence of black-on-white crime be cited to “balance” stories about white supremacists?
Didn’t think so.
Treatises have been written about the media’s mind-set when it comes to telling the story of Israel. We’ll leave that aside for now. The significant question is why so many Palestinians have been seized by their present blood lust—by a communal psychosis in which plunging knives into the necks of Jewish women, children, soldiers and civilians is seen as a religious and patriotic duty, a moral fulfillment. Despair at the state of the peace process, or the economy? Please. It’s time to stop furnishing Palestinians with the excuses they barely bother making for themselves.
Above all, it’s time to give hatred its due. We understand its explanatory power when it comes to American slavery, or the Holocaust. We understand it especially when it is the hatred of the powerful against the weak. Yet we fail to see it when the hatred disturbs comforting fictions about all people being basically good, or wanting the same things for their children, or being capable of empathy.
Today in Israel, Palestinians are in the midst of a campaign to knife Jews to death, one at a time. This is psychotic. It is evil. To call it anything less is to serve as an apologist, and an accomplice
When murderers are made into martyrs
Michael Brown spotlights PA glorifying killers, teaching tots to snuff out Jews on World Net Daily
The scene is shocking.
A Palestinian teenager lies on the ground bleeding from the head, looking terrified, as Israeli soldiers stand around him.
A passerby shouts out angrily, wishing for him to die.
And Palestinian media fill in the details: He was shot in cold blood by the Israelis, then denied medical attention until he died. He is now being hailed as a martyr.
That is the popular narrative being spread on social media.
The facts are that this teenager, himself just 13, attacked a 13-year-old Israeli boy riding his bike, stabbing him with a knife, at which point he was shot by Israeli forces, then brought to a hospital where he was treated.
He is alive, not dead.
He tried to kill an innocent Israeli and was shot as a result.
He was not “executed,” as some reports claimed.
He is an attempted murderer, not a martyr.
Welcome to the world of Palestinian propaganda.
In 2001, Izz Al-Din Al-Masri “detonated himself in a Sbarro pizza shop in Jerusalem, killing 15, seven of them children. Five members of one family were killed in the attack.”
For these murderous acts, he was honored by the Palestinian Authority (PA) leadership, and when his body was transferred to the PA last year, “both the PA and Hamas took the opportunity to honor the murderer once again. Reporting from the official military funeral, PA TV News called him a ‘martyr,’ the highest religious level a Muslim can reach.”
Already in 2001, within months of the bombing, “Palestinian university students at the An-Najah University in the West Bank city of Nablus created an exhibition celebrating the first anniversary of the Second Intifada. The exhibit’s main attraction was a room-sized re-enactment of the bombing at Sbarro. The installation featured broken furniture splattered with fake blood and human body parts. The entrance to the exhibition was illustrated with a mural depicting the bombing.”
The exhibit was eventually shut down by Yasser Arafat. Even for him, this was not politically correct.
But this has been the tragic pattern, repeated over and again: A Palestinian carries out a murderous act against innocent men, women and children and is hailed by state TV and official media as a hero (or heroine), as an example to follow, as a martyr.
Instead, these terrorists should be condemned as murderers.
In 2010, Prime Minister Netanyahu slammed the PA for naming a street after “an infamous Hamas arch-terrorist,” the bomb maker Yihyeh Ayyash, responsible for the deaths of hundreds of Israelis and apparently assassinated by Israel in 1996.
Netanyahu said that, “Right next to a presidential compound in Ramallah, the Palestinian Authority has named a street after a terrorist who murdered hundreds of innocent Israeli men, women and children,” calling it an “outrageous glorification of terrorism.”
Weeks earlier, “the PA canceled a ceremony, ahead of a visit by U.S. Vice President Joe Biden, at which a square in Ramallah was to have been named for Dalal al-Mughrabi, a terrorist who killed 38 Israelis in the so-called Coastal Road massacre of 1978.”
Not far from where I live, there are major thoroughfares named after Martin Luther King and Billy Graham. Can you imagine what kind of society would names their highways after mass murderers?
In 2013, after Israel released 26 imprisoned terrorists as a negotiating concession with the PA, President Mahmoud Abbas said, “We welcome our brothers the heroes coming from behind the bars to a world of freedom and liberty.”
Among the “heroes” were “Kassem Hzem Shabir, who murdered Holocaust survivor Yitzhak Rotenberg with an ax; Issa Abed Rabo, who murdered Israeli students Revital Seri and Ron Levy near a monastery south of Jerusalem in 1984; and Rahman Abdel Hajj, who stabbed to death Genia Friedman as she was walking with her father and friends in 1992.”
Is it any wonder little Palestinian children sing songs and recite poems – some of them they wrote themselves – expressing their desire to follow in the footsteps of these “heroes” and “martyrs”? Or that a children’s program on Hamas state TV – and I mean for little children – features a bee that encourages the kids to kill the Jews?
It is true that there are Jews who celebrate the memory of mass-murderer Baruch Goldstein, who slaughtered 29 Muslim worshipers and wounded another 125, and it is true that there are Jews who praise Yishai Schlissel, who stabbed three participants of a gay pride rally in Jerusalem in 2005 and then, immediately after his release from prison, stabbed six more at a similar rally this past July.
But these acts – and individuals – are universally condemned by Israel’s leadership and by the vast majority of the populace, and it would be unthinkable – no, it would be downright inconceivable – to imagine that Israel would name a street after either of them.
This remains a fundamental difference between the two cultures, reminding us that a natural peace solution (as opposed to a supernatural peace solution) is all but impossible.
We should also pity these Palestinians who are raised in an environment so saturated with hate-filled propaganda.
In a very different way, they are victims as well, victims of a corrupt and exploitative leadership that does them more harm than good.
Those who pray for Israel should pray for them, too.
The time has come to consider drastic action
We should now do what is necessary even if it is, to some, politically incorrect, and stop ignoring the obvious.
by Isi Leibler The Jerusalem Post
Like most Israelis, I am proud that we remain one of the most democratic countries in the world, despite being surrounded by a sea of barbarism and facing continuous threats to our existence by hostile neighbors.
But the nation today is facing a serious threat, not from external adversaries but from elements of Arab-Israeli society that have been incited by their kinsmen in the Palestinian Authority and Hamas to engage in frenzied attacks against their Jewish neighbors. The levels of incitement and calls to become martyrs “for Allah” have reached such a feverish pitch that in addition to rock throwing, impressionable Arab-Israeli youngsters are now engaged in indiscriminate stabbings and acts of mayhem against Jews.
Significantly, the ongoing attacks are not restricted to communities over the Green Line and have occurred in Jerusalem, Jaffa, Petah Tikva, Afula, Kiryat Gat and Ra’anana. PA anti-Israeli incitement makes no distinction between Israelis living behind or beyond the Green Line.
The demonic level of the incitement is reflected in the spontaneous street parties and public celebrations that erupt whenever an innocent civilian has been murdered. Pictures of murdered Israelis are shared on social media and proud parents of “shaheeds” bless their children for their martyrdom initiatives on official PA-sponsored TV.
A key source of this vicious hysteria emanates from our “peace partner,” Mahmoud Abbas, who denies that a Jewish Temple ever existed in Jerusalem and accuses Israelis of “contaminating” and “defiling” al-Aksa mosque with their “filthy feet” as well as plotting to demolish it. Abbas has refused to condemn the attacks, his military factions claim credit for the murders, and the PA media boasts stabbings and murders as heroic acts and a prelude to eliminating Jewish sovereignty in the region. In fact, Abbas himself publicly sanctified the murderers, stating, “We bless you. We welcome every drop of blood spilled in Jerusalem.
This is pure blood, clean blood, blood on its way to Allah. With the help of Allah every shaheed will be in heaven and every wounded will get his reward.”
After the stabbing of the 13-year-old boy in Pisgat Ze’ev, the official PA spokesman accused Israelis of executing his assailant – who was hailed as a hero. In a deliberate and successful attempt to incite further terrorism, pictures were posted on PA-sponsored media comparing the terrorist to Muhammad al-Dura, the young boy falsely claimed to have been shot by Israeli forces, images of which laid the groundwork for the second intifada.
However, speaking with a forked tongue, Abbas persists in telling the Western media that he seeks peace. Despite threats to the contrary, he has not disbanded the PA security forces – knowing that were he to do so and were the IDF to withdraw, Hamas would immediately take over the region.
With the eruption of this wave of violence and the death of innocent Israeli civilians, the response – or lack thereof – from world leaders is deplorable.
The US, claiming to be an ally of Israel, was especially disappointing as President Barack Obama arranged that Secretary of State John Kerry and UN Ambassador Samantha Power absent themselves when Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu addressed the UN General Assembly – a calculated insult to Israel. Secretary Kerry declined to apportion blame but attributed Palestinian “frustration” to Israel’s ongoing settlement construction, and the White House spokesman expressed condemnation of violence directed against “Israeli and Palestinian civilians,” disgustingly implying a moral equivalence between terrorists and innocent Israeli victims.
UN Secretary General Ban Ki-moon had the chutzpa to call on Israel to review the “excessive force” he alleged it was employing against terrorists.
Likewise, the Quartet “called upon all parties to exercise restraint, refrain from provocative actions and rhetoric, and preserve unchanged the status quo at the holy sites in both word and practice.” The British foreign secretary called for an end to the occupation. His French counterpart announced his intention to pursue a resolution at the next meeting of the UN Security Council demanding a freeze on all “settlement” construction, including in Jerusalem and the settlement blocs that even Abbas had initially conceded Israel would retain. All of this obviously encourages the Palestinians to intensify terrorism.
These attacks do not constitute an existential threat to Israel and we have overcome far greater threats of terrorism.
But now we face a dangerous new phenomenon with the emergence of extremist Arab-Israeli elements supporting enemies of the state. In the past, hostile Arab-Israeli proclamations and demonstrations were basically ignored. But that has now changed with the violence and killings by crazed Arab-Israelis aspiring to become martyrs and it has raised profoundly greater tensions within society which can no longer be dismissed.
In light of this, the government and Zionist parties in opposition must temporarily set aside conventional political differences and achieve a consensus on measures required to stem the new threat of mushrooming Arab-Israeli terrorism.
In this context, restrictions and compromises relating to unfettered freedom of speech and activity will be required to prevent incitement and enable Israeli citizens to live in security.
To achieve this rationally and to minimize the inevitable hysterical attacks from the international community and anti-Israeli agencies such as the United Nations, a broad consensus in the Knesset must be achieved to demonstrate that this reflects a national determination to live in security and cannot be construed as a right-wing scheme.
Ideally, this should be achieved with a national unity government. But if political leaders refuse to act in the national interest, the government would be well advised to consider creating a subcommittee comprising representatives from across the Zionist political spectrum to consensually determine security policies. There is no doubt that the vast majority of Israelis would welcome such a situation.
This must include legislation banning incitement, with harsh penalties for any Israelis who endorse or engage in such acts. The major Arab centers in east Jerusalem and Arab towns in the Galil such as Umm el-Fahm have virtually been ignored by law enforcement authorities, who in many cases were instructed not to enter these areas. This has encouraged the festering of anti-Israeli agitation and terror. Now is the time for authorities to take action in these areas – including lockdowns, if necessary – to ensure that Israeli law is enforced and that incitement against the state or Jewish citizens is proscribed.
Steps must be taken to curb the incitement and hysteria fanned by elements of the Arab-Israeli political party, the Joint List. The behavior of some, endorsing the disgusting calls by Abbas to save al-Aksa from defilement by Jewish infidels, or the calls by MK Haneen Zoabi for Arab masses to engage in a new intifada, unquestionably amount to treason.
Arab-Israeli organizations that engage in agitation, such as the extremist Northern Branch of the Islamic Movement, should have been proscribed a long time ago. Demonstrations that either incite or employ placards or flags supporting Israel’s enemies should be outlawed.
Further drastic steps must be implemented to deter “martyrs.” Destroying the family homes of perpetrators is only one step. Under specified circumstances, national insurance and other state privileges should be suspended or canceled.
Arab-Israelis who find this unacceptable and identify with seeking our destruction can freely relocate themselves to Palestinian-populated areas over the Green Line. This, of course, would be in conformity with a commitment to separation and the ultimate creation of a demilitarized peaceful Palestinian state.
This may appear draconian to the international community, which fails to comprehend the fanatical Islamic culture of death and hatred perpetuated by the PA and Hamas. But the vast majority of the Jewish Israeli public would endorse such measures, which would enable them to live peacefully within Israel without facing attacks from inflamed Arab-Israelis brainwashed into killing machines by extremist mullahs and pathological anti-Semites.
There is little doubt that any Western democracy facing similar threats from an extremist minority in its own society would take similar action.
Indeed, both the British and Australian governments are now considering legislation to withdraw citizenship from those convicted of engaging in terrorism. Besides, even after enacting such restrictions, Israel would still remain one of the most buoyant democracies in the world.
Of course, it would be incumbent on us to assure peace-loving Arabs in our midst that they are entitled to all the privileges and rights of any Israeli citizens and we should be making greater efforts to elevate their socio-economic status. The reality is that even hostile Arab-Israelis have no desire to relocate or live under the corrupt and despotic PA administration. Nothing illustrates this more than polls in east Jerusalem showing that the majority of Arabs are opposed to a division of the city.
We are at a crossroads. We should now do what is necessary even if it is, to some, politically incorrect, and stop ignoring the obvious. The vast majority of Israelis say enough is enough. If we must curtail unlimited freedom of expression and irritate our global bleeding hearts to save Israeli lives – so be it.
The Israeli Claim to Jerusalem
Nadav Shragai (Jerusalem Center for Public Affairs)
The Israeli claim to Jerusalem has not only been based on practical considerations but, primarily, on a deep commitment to the Jewish right and connection with Jerusalem, with roots that lie deep in the Jewish past. According to the Book of Chronicles, it was King David who broke the ground for the building of the Temple. King Solomon, David’s son, built the Temple on the plot of land that was purchased from Araunah on Mount Moriah.
The phrase “Next year in a rebuilt Jerusalem” became the flag and the anthem that bound together the Jewish diaspora communities, including the founders of Zionism, the Jewish national liberation movement. When a couple recite the marriage vows, the groom says: “If I forget thee, O Jerusalem, may my right hand lose its cunning.” Throughout all the generations, Jews ascended to Jerusalem to pray there, kiss its soil, and also to die there and be buried on the Mount of Olives.
Islam, which now claims priority and precedence over Jerusalem and its holy places, only emerged two thousand years after the Jews became a people. The Palestinians – who claim east Jerusalem, including the Old City and the Temple Mount – as their capital, only began to define themselves as a people about a hundred years ago.
Jerusalem and Zion are mentioned 821 times in the Bible and another 3,212 times in the rabbinical literature. The Koran does not mention it even once. The Muslim holy city of Mecca, however, is mentioned hundreds of times in the Koran, and so is the city of Medina. Jerusalem was not part of the world of Muhammad and the ancient Muslims; the focus was solely on the Arabian Peninsula.
One cannot base claims regarding Jerusalem on existential-security needs alone. These claims must be based on a right – the Jewish people’s connection and commitment to Jerusalem. Such a commitment rests on Jewish religion, tradition, culture, and history. Without this ancient legacy, what justification is there for the Jewish state’s existence in the Land of Israel, or for making Jerusalem the capital of the Jewish people and their state?
David Ben-Gurion, during the 1948 War of Independence, said: “If a land has a soul, then Jerusalem is the soul of the Land of Israel, and the battle over Jerusalem is determinative and not only from a military standpoint.”
The writer, a veteran Israeli journalist and author ofJerusalem: Delusions of Division(2015), is the grandson of Shlomo Zalman Shragai, the first elected mayor of Jerusalem after the establishment of the State of Israel.
This information is compiled by Dr Ron Wiseman, Board Member of the Zionist Council of NSW