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Trump’s ‘Racist’ Entry Restriction Policy Not Novel, But Response Is

Thursday, December 10th, 2015

With the country, and now, slowly parts of the rest of the world, in a state of outrage over presidential candidate Donald Trump’s controversial statement to cut off immigration and visits by foreign Muslims to the U.S., it is worth noting that Trump is not the first major figure to suggest that a certain class of humans be barred from entry into a country.

Of the following examples, however, there are two significant differences between Trump’s call and that of all the others. See if you can come up with the two differences by the end of this article.

First, what did Trump actually call for? Did he, as some claim, call for all Muslim Americans to leave? No. What he did call for was a halt to Muslim immigration and tourists into the U.S.

TRUMP’S CALL FOR A BAN

“Donald J. Trump is calling for a total and complete shutdown of Muslims entering the United States until our country’s representatives can figure out what is going on,” a campaign press release said.

The ban Trump is seeking is based on what he called “the hatred [which] is beyond comprehension.” It is his view that his proposed ban should remain in place “until our country’s representatives can figure out what is going on.”

Trump called for the ban on Muslim entry into the U.S. in the wake of the terrorist attack in San Bernardino last week by two previously unknown radicalized Muslims who entered the U.S., Syed Farook and his wife, Nashfeen Malik. While few Americans ever met Malik, Farook was accepted as a “normal,” “average American,” and the two were understood to be “living the American dream,” until the moment they began blasting Farook’s co-workers and associates to death in a bloody rampage which claimed the lives of 14 and injured many more on Dec. 2, 2105.

Trump made what has become known as his “No Muslim” speech on Dec. 7, first in a written statement, which was followed up by a press conference, a video of which is at the end of this article.

REACTION TO TRUMP’S CALL FOR A BAN

Trump has been excoriated – or at least held at a distance with disgust – by leadership in the Democratic and Republican parties, by worldwide media, by colleagues and competitors. An aide to U.S. President Obama suggested Trump is “not qualified” to run for president. He has been attacked by Americans, by a Nobel Prize winner (Egypt’s El Baradei), by hundreds of thousands of Brits, and even by Israelis.

As reported earlier in the JewishPress.com, several Opposition Knesset Members and at least one coalition MK signed a letter demanding that Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu cancel a scheduled Dec. 28 meeting with Donald Trump during the Republican presidential candidate’s planned visit. Zionist Union MK Omer Bar Lev called Trump a racist, and Arab member of Knesset Ahmed Tibi called the presidential contender a Nazi.

Another Arab MK who is a member of the Meretz party, Esawi Frej, said “Trump is not just a racist; he is a man who poses a threat to the free world. A man who through racist incitement tries to gain the post of US president. A man whose presence in the public sphere is based on racism.”

EXAMPLES OF OTHER NATIONAL OR RELIGIOUS BANS

Daniel Greenfield immediately recalled and posted an article in FrontPage, reminding Americans that then-President Jimmy Carter, during the Iranian Hostage crisis banned the entry of Iranians into the United States. On April 7, 1980, Carter announced U.S. sanctions against Iran, which included the invalidation of

all visas issued to Iranian citizens for future entry into the United States, effective today. We will not reissue visas, nor will we issue new visas, except for compelling and proven humanitarian reasons or where the national interest of our own country requires. This directive will be interpreted very strictly.

Imagine that. Arguably one of the most liberal U.S. Presidents ever issued a blanket ban on an entire class of people, because some of them had brutalized Americans.

Lori Lowenthal Marcus

Netanyahu Source: ‘Kerry Is Replaced Soon, Let him Say What He Wants’

Monday, December 7th, 2015

A political source close to Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu told Ma’ariv on Sunday night that “Kerry’s scathing speech did not shock the Israeli government because everyone knows that he will be replaced soon. Everyone is busy with a countdown to the election of a different US president, and until then Kerry can say whatever he wants.”

Interestingly, when MK Ahmad Tibi (United Arab List) was asked by Israel Radio about the same Kerry speech Sunday, he described it as “a strong speech by a weak man,” which stands to show that some observations by Israel’s political animals are universal.

Speaking at the Brookings Institute Saban Forum last Friday, Secretary of State John Kerry warned that the Israeli-Palestinian conflict is likely to end up in a one-state solution, complete with the collapse of the Palestinian Authority and an Israeli obligation to retake the Arab portion of Judea and Samaria.

Kerry assured his audience that the US is still committed to a two-state solution, but noted that while Prime Minister Netanyahu has been paying lip service to it, a number of Israeli cabinet ministers are on the record in opposition to Palestinian statehood, and so, if things remain the way they have been, the Palestinian Authority is not likely to survive.

Netanyahu retorted in his own speech to the Saban Forum Sunday, delivered via video, saying the blame should be placed where it belonged, namely the Palestinians.

“President Abbas refuses to [go to] his people and say — it’s over. No more claims after a peace deal,” Netanyahu said. “The Palestinians have not been willing to cross the conceptual and emotional bridge of accepting a state next to Israel, not one instead of Israel. Not just Hamas, but also the PA. They refuse to accept a Jewish state for the Jewish people.”

Netanyahu hammered his point in on who is the real culprit in the conflict, saying, “Insofar as the Palestinian-Israeli conflict is concerned, I think there is another misunderstanding. People have long said that the core of this conflict is the acquisition of territories by Israel in the 1967 War.

“That’s an issue that needs to be addressed in any peace process, as is the question of settlements, but it’s not the core of the conflict. In Gaza, nothing changed. In fact, instead of getting peace, we gave territory and got 15,000 rockets on our heads. We took out all the settlements; we disinterred people from their graves; and did we get peace? No. We got the worst terror possible.”

He pointed to earlier examples where Israeli concessions did not yield peaceful results:

I think that happened earlier too, when we left Lebanon and people said, ‘Well, if you leave Lebanon, then Hezbollah will make peace with you.’ And in fact, we got 15,000 rockets from there too. And so people are naturally saying, look, if we want a solution vis-à-vis the Palestinians in Judea and Samaria, in the West Bank, how can we ensure that this doesn’t happen again?

Well, in order for us to ensure that it doesn’t happen again, we have to address the root cause of the problem. Why has this conflict not been resolved for a hundred years?

Why has it not been resolved after successive Israeli prime ministers, six in fact after the Oslo Agreement, have offered to make peace, have offered the Palestinians the possibility of building a state next to Israel – it’s because the Palestinians have not yet been willing to cross that conceptual bridge, that emotional bridge, of giving up the dream not of a state next to Israel, but a state instead of Israel.”

JNi.Media

MK Tibi: Nothing More Exalted than our Terrorists

Wednesday, October 28th, 2015

MK Ahmed Tibi, speaking at a Palestinian Authority event on September 1, 2011, carried by Palestinian Authority TV, told his audience: “Nothing is more exalted than those whom Israel dubs ‘Terrorists-Shahids,'” as seen in a video clip uploaded by Palestinian Media Watch (below).

The term Shahid is translated as Martyrs, but the meaning of the word in Arabic is deeper and more militant. Shahid, pl. Shuhadaa, is a religious Muslim term which literally means “witness.” This is the title given to a Muslim after his death, if he died while carrying out a religious commandment, or during a war for the faith. Arab countries use this term when referring to slain soldiers. In local Arab culture, the term is always used to describe Arabs killed in the Intifada, especially suicide bombers. The suicide bombings themselves are called amaliyat Istishadiah,” meaning acts through which one became a shahid.

In the enclosed video, MK Tibi says,

“In the history and struggles of nations, the shahid is the ultimate glory. There is no value more august than the Shahada (dying for Allah). The shahid is the trailblazer, drawing with his blood the path to freedom and liberation. The shahid is the symbol of the homeland. I extend my blessings to the thousands of Shaids in the homeland and abroad, and blessings to our Shahids and yours, inside the green line, those the occupier wants to dub Terrorists, while we say there is nothing more exalted than those who died for the homeland.”

While MK Tibi can argue, should he ever be challenged by Israel’s legal authorities over this speech, that he was not referring to murderers of defenseless civilians, it is impossible not to see his romantic allusions to the PLO thugs as the subjects of his adulation, standing as he does in the video, with the black and white Arafat-style keffiyeh slung over his neck. Watch for the cutaway showing a woman giving away fresh keffiyehs to the audience, in case they forgot to bring their own from home.

Jewish Press Staff

Arab MKs Reject Netanyahu’s Order Keeping Ministers, MKs, Off Temple Mount

Thursday, October 8th, 2015

(JNi.media) Arab MK Ahmed Tibi said on Thursday that he and other Arab MKs would come tomorrow, Friday, to pray at the Al-Aqsa mosque on Temple Mount, despite Prime Minister Netanyahu’s decision to forbid it. “Not Netanyahu, and not the right-wing can keep us out of our Al-Aksa mosque,” Tibi said. He acknowledged that the Prime Minister decided to prevent “provocateurs” like Minister Uri Ariel (Bayit Yehudi) and Deputy Minister Tzipi Hotovely (Likud) from entering the Temple Mount, in an effort to maintain calm, but insisted that Netanyahu’s decision to prevent Arab Knesset members constitutes a “U-turn” that would likely escalate the situation. Tibi said that Netanyahu’s decision is both insane and illegal, and commented that the comparison between the Muslim Arab MKs and Ariely and Hotoveli is like comparing a home owner and a burglar.

Prime Minister Netanyahu instructed his government ministers and all coalition MKs to not go up to the Temple Mount in the near future, to prevent friction and confrontation with the Arabs. The Prime Minister’s office made it clear that Netanyahu has instructed police is to prevent Knesset members, including the Arab MKs, from ascending to the Al-Aqsa compound. The PM’s office told Israel Radio that in recent days Netanyahu also prevented Palestinian public figures from visiting the Temple Mount.

MK Tibi’s party chairman, MK Aimen Uda, said that “Netanyahu is beating around the bush, positionless and spineless. The Al-Aqsa compound is an occupied territory, which, according to the status quo, is under the management of the King of Jordan and the Muslim Waqf. Netanyahu has no legal or moral authority tr prevent Arab MKs from ascending to the mosque.”

Arab MK Jamal Zahalka, who on Thursday attempted to defy Netanyahu’s order and was blocked at the entrance to Temple Mount by police, told NRG: “We [spit on] the Prime Minister’s decisions, they are illegal according to international law and I do not recognize them.” Zahalka added that “Netanyahu has done well in preventing the ascent of extreme right MKs and ministers, because all they want is to cause provocation. In contrast with them, who come as occupiers, we go to the mosque because we belong to the place, because we want to keep its peace and protect it. Our right to ascend to the Temple Mount supercedes any prohibition imposed by Netanyahu.”

JNi.Media

Islamic State Posts Photos of Beheaded of Arabs UNRWA Refugee Camp

Monday, April 6th, 2015

The Islamic State (ISIS) has posted sickening pictures of a reported 21 victims its murderers have beheaded in the UNRWA-run Yarmouk refugee camp near downtown Damascus.

An imam was said to have been one of the victims, and it is possible UNRWA personnel also were among those butchered. Scores of others were  killed or wounded by barrel bombs dropped by the Assad regime’s planes in an  effort to force the ISIS to retreat.

“There is no food, there is no water and there is very little medicine,” said U.N.  Relief and Works Agency (UNRWA) spokesman Chris Gunness. “The situation in the camp is beyond inhumane. People are holed up in their houses; there is fighting going on in the streets. There are reports of … bombardments.”

The Yarmouk camp is one of dozens set up by UNRWA in the past decades to keep Arabs stateless and in institutionalized misery for the sake of the Arab world hope of using them as tools to  overrun Israel on the basis of the claim that their refugee status is due to Israeli residency by previous generations.

However, the miserable life in the camps and even the ISIS takeover of Yarmouk have not aroused Arab sympathies.

Knesset Arab Knesset Member Ahmed Tibi said Monday, “I am angry and deeply saddened about what is happening in what is left of the camp.”

But he also tried to create a scenario that the Yarmouk refugees are being ignored because they are “Palestinians,” although hundreds of thousands of Arabs in Lebanon and Iraq have been killed and left homeless because of the savage civil war in Syria and which is beginning to spread over its borders.

Using the same Arab word for “catastrophe,” as most Arabs call the re-establishment of the State of Israel, Tibi said that Yarmouk is “another case where the refugees who suffered in the Nakba of 1948 are suffering again.”

But he never even thought of blaming the United Nations, which does not pass on the status of “refugee’ to any second generation in the world except for the few hundred thousands of Arab who once lived in Israel and who now number more than 5 million.

Tzvi Ben-Gedalyahu

47.1% of Israeli-Arabs Prefer Ahmed Tibi

Thursday, December 11th, 2014

A poll of Israeli-Arabs showed that 47.1% of Israeli-Arabs want MK Ahmed Tibi as head of a united Arab list running for Knesset, according to a YNet report.

Dr. Ahmed Tibi is the head of the Ta’al party, and has served in the Knesset since 1999. He has also served as a Deputy Speaker of the Knesset.

From 1993 to 1999 Tibi served as the political advisor to Yasser Arafat.

He has a medical degree from the Hebrew University of Jerusalem.

38.8% of Arab respondents said they didn’t care who would be in charge.

62% answered that they planned to vote in the upcoming elections. 56% voted in 2013.

The poll was run by “Stat Net” and 850 Israeli Arabs were polled.

Jewish Press News Briefs

‘Israel Apartheid’ Lies Exposed

Wednesday, January 29th, 2014

“Israel Apartheid” lies disseminated by Arab-Israeli parliamentarian Ahmed Tibi – well-known for his aggressive anti-Israel incitement – were recently exposed by Israeli think tank Regavim.

The incident occurred last week, when Canadian Prime Minister Stephen Harper delivered an historic address to the Knesset – Israel’s parliament – in which he stated:

“Some civil-society leaders today call for a boycott of Israel…. Most disgracefully of all, some openly call Israel an apartheid state. Think about that. Think about the twisted logic and outright malice behind that.”

To which Tibi and MK Taleb Abu Arar – a Bedouin-Israeli Arab who lives in the Negev and, like Tibi, is a member of the Knesset’s United Arab List-Ta’al party – heckled the Canadian leader.

“Here in our Parliament everyone can express his opinion, can stand up and speak, shout and mock – but it is impossible to do so in Damascus,” Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu stated.

When Netanyahu thanked Harper for his steadfast support for the Jewish state, reminding the assembled that all Israeli parliamentarians were fortunate to be living in a democracy where they could voice their opinions freely, Tibi interjected and stated, pointing to Abu Arar:

“In his village [in the Negev] there is no water or electricity…in Damascus maybe.”

Not only did Tibi, who consistently accuses Israel of practicing “apartheid’ against Arab citizens, prove Netanyahu right – to the amusement of the Canadian onlookers, who applauded when he and his colleague walked out during Harper’s speech – but he also revealed his deceitful agenda and the fact that his claims are clearly Israel Apartheid lies.

Regavim – which focuses on enforcing Israeli law across the country, exposing illegal building and criminal activities which jeopardize the future stability of the State of Israel – has done extensive research in the Negev. Immediately following Tibi’s outrageous allegation, the organization checked on Abu Arar’s residence and submitted its findings to Israeli television’s popular Channel 2, which reported on it.

Netanyahu posted a photo of Abu Arar’s three-storey home, which he had received from Regavim and which clearly exposes another “Israel Apartheid” lie, on his Facebook page.

“Yet again Regavim has uncovered another fabrication and blatant lie about the reality of Bedouin-Israelis in the Negev,” stated Regavim International Relations Director Ari Briggs. “It should be clear as day for all to see that people like Ahmed Tibi have no shame when it comes to lying for the sake of making headlines.”

As pointed out in Front Page Magazine:

“Not only does MK Taleb Abu Arar’s village (and personal home) have water, sewage, electricity, gas delivery, garbage removal, telephone/high speed internet infrastructure and free State-sponsored education, but MK Taleb Abu Arar’s ‘impoverished and apartheid home’ also has Satellite TV.”

“Taleb Abu Arar not only has a satellite dish,” Front Page Magazine added. “The Moslem Brotherhood member also has two wives.”

ISRAEL APARTHEID‘ LIES CONTINUE

Nonetheless, as noted in the Jerusalem Post, Tibi has become somewhat of a celebrity among anti-Israel circles in Canada.

Despite the fact that Harper received several standing ovations during his Knesset speech and was cheered by the remaining legislators, “since the incident, Tibi has given 15 interviews to Canadian media outlets and has been invited to speak at universities in multiple provinces,” the Post reports.

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Atara Beck

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