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Palestinians and the “Death Boats” Scandal

Thursday, October 2nd, 2014

As the past few weeks have, shown, hundreds, if not thousands, of Palestinians would rather risk their lives at sea than live under Palestinian governments and leaders whose only goal is to enrich their bank accounts.

Instead of creating job opportunities for young men and women, Hamas and the Palestinian Authority [PA] have spent the past 7 years fighting over money and power. They are now busy planning how to lay their hands on the millions of dollars that are supposed to go to the reconstruction of the Gaza Strip. Hamas wants to use the PA as a tool through which the international community channels funds to he Gaza Strip — a move that would ultimately empower Hamas to tighten its grip over the Palestinian population there.

They said that Hamas officials are providing the emigrants with forged visas and travel documents to enable them to enter Europe.

Over the past few weeks, dozens of Palestinian migrants from the Gaza Strip have been killed or injured while trying to reach Europe by sea.

At least 500 Palestinians have gone missing after the boats carrying them sank in the sea. Some reports have suggested that rival gangs deliberately sunk the boats. The gangs are fighting for the cash the Palestinians are prepared to pay to leave the Gaza Strip. Palestinians refer to the situation as their “Death Boats” scandal.

Relatives of missing Palestinian migrants who were on boats that sank near Malta demonstrate in Gaza, Sept. 22, 2014

Relatives of missing Palestinian migrants who were on boats that sank near Malta demonstrate in Gaza, Sept. 22, 2014

The Palestinian migrants are said to have paid thousands of dollars to Hamas officials and Egyptian smugglers to facilitate the exodus from the Gaza Strip.

Palestinian Authority [PA] Foreign Minister Riad al-Malki claimed that each Palestinian paid $1,000 to Hamas personnel at the Rafah border crossing with Egypt. Others are believed to have paid $5,000 each to leave the Gaza Strip.

Malki said that preliminary investigations have revealed that the Palestinians in the Gaza Strip have fallen victim to Hamas and Egyptian gangsters who managed to lure them with false promises.

According to various reports, some 13,000 Palestinians have already fled the Gaza Strip to Europe with the help of the gangsters. Most left through Hamas’s smuggling tunnels or by bribing its security officials at the Rafah terminal.

Another 25,000 Palestinians from the Gaza Strip have applied to various European countries for immigration.

Although Hamas has denied any connection to the mass exodus, Palestinians in the Gaza Strip revealed that the Islamist movement had set up special offices to register those wishing to start a new life in Europe. They said that Hamas officials are providing the emigrants with forged visas and travel documents to enable them to enter Europe.

Hamas said this week that its security forces have arrested several suspects in connection with the illegal migration. But the movement refused to say whether the suspects were members of Hamas.

A Palestinian journalist in Gaza City said that Hamas has also used mosques to encourage Palestinians to immigrate to Europe. At one of the mosques in the southern Gaza Strip, a leading Hamas preacher told worshippers: “Those who are not happy can always emigrate to Europe. We do not force anyone to stay here.”

Most of the migrants left the Gaza Strip through a two-kilometer tunnel belonging to a senior Hamas operative. Survivors told a Palestinian Authority Commission of Inquiry that when they reached the Egyptian side of the border, Egyptian gangsters intercepted them and robbed them of their money.

Abbas At UN: Deception And Incitement

Thursday, October 2nd, 2014

The dust is still settling following Mahmoud Abbas’s speech to the United Nations, and the consequences of his flat-out rejection of negotiations with Israel are as yet unknown. At this time, a short analysis of his remarks (especially those having to do with Jerusalem) is in order.

He began by accusing Israel of making this year one of “genocide perpetrated against the Palestinian people” in the recent war in Gaza. He added that some defend Israel and its “right to self-defense, without regard for the fate of the thousands of victims of our people.”

It has become difficult to be surprised by Arab double-speak (i.e., lies), but surely the above has set new standards for misrepresenting reality. Merriam-Webster defines genocide as “the deliberate and systematic destruction of a racial, political, or cultural group” – clearly nothing whatsoever to do with Israel’s Operation Protective Edge.

No rational person has ever accused Israel of setting out to destroy an entire people. Israel’s care in exclusively targeting combatants, also known as terrorists, by giving advance warning and frequently canceling attacks when civilians would be killed, proves that its intentions are precisely the opposite of genocide.

Ironically, it is William Schabas – chairman of the committee charged by the UN to investigate Israeli “war crimes” in Gaza, who has expressed anti-Israeli bias in the past – whose learned definition of genocide belies Abbas’s ridiculous claim. A professor of international law and expert on human rights law and genocide, Schabas maintains that the only genuine genocides in recent history were the Holocaust and those in Armenia and Rwanda. He explains that it is not genocide every time members of a group are killed within a given time frame.

Back to Abbas: In light of Israeli efforts to spare civilian lives, the claim by the PA chairman that Israel has no regard for “the fate of the thousands of [Gaza] victims” unwittingly draws attention to those who truly have no regard for them – Hamas itself. It was Hamas that instructed its citizens to ignore Israeli warnings and remain in buildings housing terrorists. And it is Hamas terrorists who use their own families and neighbors as human shields, thus causing their deaths. A famous cartoon from a number of years ago depicts the situation perfectly: A Hamas/PLO terrorist takes cover behind a baby in its carriage as he fires at an Israeli soldier – who is ready to fire back as he stands in front of a baby carriage to protect it.

In this connection, Abbas uttered his most ridiculous comment at the end of his speech, when he quoted this line from a contemporary Arab poet: “We love life if we are given the chance for it.” They love life?! How many mothers of Arab “martyrs” have rejoiced at the deaths of their sons? In these very pages we recently quoted a young Arab mother who told an Israeli, “Life is valuable – but not for us. Life is zero, life is worthless. That is why we have all the suicide bombers…. All of us, even our children are not afraid of dying. It is natural for us.”

Or consider the words of Hamas commander Raed Sa’ad : “We have succeeded in raising an ideological generation that loves death like our enemies love life.”

Regarding Jerusalem, Abbas at the UN accused Israel of having specifically targeted the holy city “and its inhabitants, attempting to artificially alter [its] spirit, identity and character… focusing on Al-Aqsa Mosque, threatening grave consequences. ”

How bizarre. Jerusalem has absolutely no “Palestinian” history. It is rather embedded in the world’s consciousness as home to Kings David and Solomon, the Holy Temples, and the center of Jewish yearning and national existence for the past 3,000 years. Yet Abbas charges Israel with trying to change the city’s spirit and identity. Even toward the close of the Jewish people’s long exile, and consecutively for the last 170 years, there has been a Jewish majority in the city. As is well known by now, Jerusalem does not appear even once in the Koran, and was the capital of no nation in history other than the Jewish nation. So which side is trying to alter Jerusalem’s spirit and character?

The United Nations Applauds Abbas’ Narrative

Monday, September 29th, 2014

{ Originally posted on author’s website, “FirstOne Through”}

Acting Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas took the stage at the United Nations in September 2014. When he took the podium in 2011, 2012 and 2013, he distorted history out of all bounds as seen in the music video below.

In 2014, Abbas opted to move past simply lying about history. He chose the Jewish New Year of 5775 to repeatedly described Israel as a racist colonial occupier which was waging genocide on the Palestinian people. Hamas could not have written the speech any differently.

Abbas concluded by essentially calling for an end to negotiations with Israel.

The United States had the only immediate reaction, saying the speech “included offensive characterizations” and was “counterproductive”. Little reaction could be heard from the rest of the world.

If governments applaud complete distortions of fact and history, it abets war and undermines prospects for peace. Will the world finally call out Abbas or will it also refuse to engage with Israel?

 

Sources:

Abbas UN speech 2014: www.timesofisrael.com/full-text-of-abbas-speech-to-un/

US comment on speech: http://www.timesofisrael.com/us-slams-abbas-un-speech-as-offensive/

US Slams Abbas for UN Speech

Saturday, September 27th, 2014

In response to PA president Mahnoud Abbas’s speech at the UN, U.S. State Dept. spokeswoman Jan Psaki called Abbas’s speech “provocative”.

“President Abbas’ speech today included offensive characterizations that were deeply disappointing and which we reject,” she stated. “Such provocative statements are counterproductive and undermine efforts to create a positive atmosphere and restore trust between the parties.”

Abbas made the astounding claim that Israel was committing genocide in Gaza.

The man must live in an alternative universe.

Prospects Of Peace In Gaza Strip Bleak

Sunday, July 13th, 2014

In his much-publicized latest telephonic conversation with Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu  American President Barack Obama has reportedly “expressed concern about the risk of further escalation” in the ongoing Israeli-Palestinian conflict in the Gaza Strip  and emphasized the need for “all sides to do everything they can to protect the lives of civilians and restore calm.”  Reports are that  Obama has proposed  ”  to facilitate a cessation of hostilities, including a return to the November 2012 ceasefire agreement.” French and Russian Presidents Francois Hollande and Vladimir Putin have made similar ceasefire pleas . Earlier, UN Secretary General Ban Ki-moon had also urged Israel and Palestinian militants to exercise restraint, saying the Middle East could not afford “another full-blown war”.

One, however doubts if such well-meaning suggestions would lead to any positive outcome . Knowledgeable sources say the Palestinian militants’ charter is not for peace and non-violence . As for the Palestinian leadership , it has hardly been interested in a meaningful dialogue for a political solution in  the region. Ever since the Jewish state came into existence in 1948 the successive Israeli political leaderships have appreciated the value of political peace and social harmony and mooted various practical packages aimed at accomplishing the desired objectives . But the Palestinian leadership has invented one or the other reason to reject it . 

One expert observes  the Palestinian leaders have  “rejected several opportunities to establish a Palestinian state and develop Palestinian civil society.”   They fear that “accepting reconciliation would transform the Palestinians … from the world’s ultimate victim into an ordinary nation-state, terminating decades of unprecedented international indulgence;”  it would force them  “into responsibility, accountability and the daunting task of state building.”

Another expert says the Palestinian leaders often moot the partition of Jerusalem. They know it fully well that no Israeli government can ever accept it .  He says that Israel cannot agree to any such proposal for three essential reasons . First, Jerusalem as Israel’s capital holds a spiritual and religious significance to the Israelis.  Over two thirds of Israelis feel that Jerusalem should remain the united capital of Israel. They are opposed to the idea of Israel relinquishing its  control over the Temple Mount , their holiest place in the world.  

Second, Jerusalem  holds strategic importance in controlling the only highway from the coast of the Mediterranean Sea to the Jordan River Valley, along which Israeli military forces can move with little interference from Arab communities. Jerusalem is the linchpin for erecting a security zone along the Jordan Rift that Israel insists on. If Israel wants to maintain a defensible border in the East, it needs to secure the east-west axis from the coast to the Jordan Valley, via an undivided Jerusalem.

And third, Israel’s Arab minority too has shown its preference for living under Israeli rule.  Many Arabs have moved to the Israeli side of the security barrier being built around Jerusalem. A large majority of Jerusalem’s Arabs oppose being subject to Palestinian rule. Jerusalem under Israel offers the quality of life of a modern Western city while only a few kilometers away, a Third World standard of living and religious intolerance are the norm.”  

The sources say the lack of seriousness for peace in the mind of the Palestinian leadership can be discerned also in its approach towards the culture of hatred and violence promoted by certain extremist elements on its  side.  The Palestinian political leadership has done little to rein in such violent extremist elements. It has rather continued to encourage the incitement of hatred and violence against Israel even though the latter has provided it a lot aid , including security and intelligence , to make the idea of a Palestinian state a reality.

Palestinian Authority leaders have hailed some terrorists as heroes and named public squares after them. They have designed their school curriculum to make children emulate such terrorists.  Recently, Palestinian Authority  President Mohammed Abbas has forged a unity pact with Hamas. The whole world knows it is an offshoot of Muslim Brotherhood. It is a terror organization with a charter to kill all Jews.   Hamas members have made the life of Israelis living in the south miserable as they fire rockets at them.   
The sources add Israel has launched its current operation Protective Edge only after a surge in Hamas rocket fire amid a crackdown on their members (in the West Bank) suspected of having recently abducted and killed three Israeli teenagers . Israel’s targets in Gaza have been militant fighters and facilities alone. Civilian casualties, if any, in the operation have been a result of the Hamas recourse to employing human shield aimed at tarnishing the image of Israel.     line

100,000 Demand: Cut Water and Electricity Supply to the PA

Tuesday, June 17th, 2014

JERUSALEM – Close to 100,000 signatories have joined a petition demanding that the Government of Israel cut off the water and electricity supply provided by Israel to the Palestinian Authority.

Under the title ‘It’s time to stop the Palestinian Circus!’ the petition states: “There will be no water, no electricity, and no transfer of goods and treatment of the wounded – until the return of our boys! The Government of Israel will not negotiate any price, the power is in our hands and that’s the time to return the pride to the State of Israel!”

The petition garnered tremendous support in only three days.

Tazpit News Agency spoke to one of the organizers, who expressed regret at the aspect of collective punishment, but explained its significance. “This action is required for two reasons: first, the tactical need to bring the three abducted boys back. The other point is that Israel’s pride and stature are at stake here; we must not bend to the terrorists’ demands. Seeing the boys coming back will create a surge of national pride, which I believe has been lost. My heart is with the families, I hope this works.” He conceded that he did not expect such massive and swift support. He plans to submit the petition to Minister of Economy Bennet and MK Ayelet Shaked, with the intent of them bringing the issue to the government.

One signatory from Passaic, New Jersey wrote: “Why is Israel providing free water and electricity to these Arabs anyways? At the very least the Arabs should be paying at least as much as us, if not more. Israel needs to stop putting the welfare of those who want Israel destroyed over the welfare of their own Jewish citizens.” Israel currently supplies all electricity needs to the Arabs in Judea and Samaria. Palestinian customers receive the electricity through the Palestinian Authority and the Jerusalem District Electricity Company. The PA’s has 730 Million NIS debt to the Israel Electrical Company (IEC). Each month, IEC sends a warning letter about the debt, and it is in talks with the Palestinian Authority and the Jerusalem District Electricity Company, but no agreement has been reached on payment.

To sign the petition: http://www.atzuma.co.il/bringbackourboys

PM Netanyahu Speaks with PA Chairman Abu Mazen

Monday, June 16th, 2014

Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu spoke with Palestinian Authority Chairman Abu Mazen and told him,

“I expect you to assist in returning the abducted youths and in apprehending the kidnappers. The Hamas kidnappers came from territory under Palestinian Authority control and returned to territory under Palestinian Authority control. This incident exposes the true face of the terrorism that we are fighting against. Terrorists abduct innocent Israeli children while we save the lives of ill Palestinian children in our hospitals. This is the difference between our humanitarian policy and the murderous terrorism that is attacking us.”

Prime Minister Netanyahu added, “The consequences of the partnership with Hamas must be understood; it is bad for Israel, bad for the Palestinians and bad for the region.”

Abbas’s wife went for surgery in an Israeli hospital over the weekend.

Printed from: http://www.jewishpress.com/news/breaking-news/pm-netanyahu-speaks-with-pa-chairman-abu-mazen/2014/06/16/

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