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September 26, 2016 / 23 Elul, 5776

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Learning About Arabs and Jews from a Lifeguard

Thursday, June 9th, 2016

I would imagine that in most parts of the world, if you want to know what is happening, you need to read the newspapers and talk to experts. In Israel, however, that is not what you do. For years, people found out the real news from taxi drivers but today, in the modern world, the #1 expert to talk to is… the lifeguard at the beach!

I don’t go to the beach too much, so talking to lifeguards is not something I usually do, but last week I attended the bar mitzvah of a close friend’s son and one of the guests was Itzik, the lifeguard at the separate beach in Herziliya. My friend introduced us and for the next 30 minutes I found myself listening to a man who had incredible insights into life. As soon as he heard my American accent he insisted on speaking in broken English, even though I understand Hebrew perfectly. He told me that he is “the lifeguard at religion beach” (yes, that is a direct quote) and works all week but not on Shabbat. He has been a lifeguard since 1985 and told me things that proved what I had been saying for years.

The beach in Herziliya is 7.5 kilometers long and for all the years that Itzik worked there (over 30 years already!), the Arabs who came to enjoy the beach always bathed at the farthest northern point. There is actually a mosque at that location and it is next to the historical Apollonia National Park, which contains the remains of a Crusader city, built around 1250. While never officially declared the “Arab section of the Herziliya beach”, it was in fact the unwritten rule that Arabs go there. This happens to be a very nice section of the beach, with an official lifeguard, as well as all the comforts that exist everywhere else. Itzik told me that all that changed about 3 years ago.

He said that 3 years ago he noticed how Arabs began coming to all the areas of the beach – including the separate beach! He saw buses and buses of Arabs and found out that these Arabs were being bussed in from Hebron and Ramallah. He couldn’t understand what happened so he asked one of the Arabs whom he befriended, and this is what the guy told him; “The leaders of the Palestinian Authority told us not to go to the northern part. They told us to spread ourselves over the entire beach to show that this is our land and we can go wherever we want.” The Arab then told him that the leaders said, “Only the Jews remain in ghettos and small areas but we will show that all of Israel is ours.”

I want you to read that last paragraph again… and then again. The Arabs are not just talking or writing emails. They are acting and conquering even when they go to the beach! Stay in a corner?? Not us, they say! The entire land is ours, we are the home owner – the “Ba’al Ha’Bayis” -and nobody tells the Ba’al Ha’Bayis where to sit in his home!

Just a minute, please…. Itzik wasn’t finished yet. “My Arab friend told me another unbelievable thing. He said that those same Arab leaders told them that when they shop in the malls in Israel, they are not to speak in Hebrew (which they speak very well), but only in Arabic. These leaders said that they want the shoppers and store owners/workers to know that they are Arabs and that, once again – just like the beach – they can walk freely in any mall and shop in any store.”

I left my discussion with Itzik the Lifeguard and wondered; how many people realize this? What he said was nothing new to me… but I’m sure it will be revolutionary to most others. Too many people have their head in the sand and refuse to see the non-politically correct truth, but here it is: The Arab of today is not the Arab of yesterday. He is not apologizing. He is not making excuses. He is not hiding… and he is at war with the Jewish state 24/7, in everything he does.

The Arab of today declares to the entire world that Israel is his, and when he says “Israel” he doesn’t just mean Gaza, Jenin and East Jerusalem. “Israel” includes Herziliya and Ra’anana and Tel Aviv. It is all his and this is why he swims near the 5-star hotels and not near some Crusader ruins from 760 years ago. This is also why he shops in the fanciest malls in Ramat Aviv, Petach Tikva and Netanya and talks Arabic the whole time. He is not “undercover” nor is he a member of an illegal “underground” movement. He is proud and very vocal about his beliefs.

And the most important lesson of all? He wants the entire land of Israel – which is what I have said for over 40 years – and not just a small strip of land like some fools would have you believe. My blessed Rav, the great Rabbi Meir Kahane ztz”l said, “I understand the Arabs and they understand me but neither of us understand the Jews!” How true that comment was in 1980 and how true it still is in 2016.

People who supported the horrific “Gaza Disengagement Plan” believed that the Arabs would be happy with Gaza and that this would bring peace. Those people are fools yet most of them now support “The Two-State Solution”. I guess it’s true that fools never learn.

We need to talk straight and clear; The Arabs want one state and they want it Judenrein. They want every Jew out, even the ones that help them, and they will never be satisfied until their “Final Solution” has been successfully implemented, G-d forbid. You need to know this if you want to seriously deal with the issues confronting Israel today. Only strong, proud leaders who are not afraid to say this will be successful in leading the Jewish nation to greatness. All others are part of the problem and will never have a hand in the solution.

My advice to those weak, impotent and politically correct Jewish leaders is simple. Grab a towel, sun screen and a cold beer and talk to Itzik the Lifeguard. That beach experience can change your life.

Shmuel Sackett

Police Arrest Teen Stabbers of Elderly Jewish Women in Jerusalem

Monday, May 30th, 2016

Israel Police have cleared for release the details of the investigation into an attack by three teen terrorists on a group of elderly Jewish women in their 70s and 80s on May 10.

The women were strolling down a Jerusalem path at about 8:30 am to enjoy a sunny Israeli holiday when they were stabbed by the Arab teens. The attackers were caught and the details of their plot have now been revealed thanks to evidence gathered by the meticulous efforts of a joint operation by Shin Bet intelligence agents and Israel Police.

The two security forces tracked down the terrorists after they attacked the elderly women on Israel’s Memorial Day while they were resting on a bench along the path near the promenade in Jerusalem’s Armon HaNatziv neighborhood.

The three Arab terrorists are minors ages 16-17 from the neighborhood of Jabel Mukhaber, a hotbed of terrorism – and their attack was pre-planned, according to a statement released by police. Two of the suspects were arrested on May 19.

According to the police statement, the three teens decided to meet at a small supermarket in Jabel Mukaber, armed with knives and an axe which they had brought from home. The three then proceeded in the direction of the promenade where they waited for their Jewish victims. A third suspect left the scene after becoming afraid that the attack would lead to the demolition of his parents’ home.

Two of the terrorists targeted the group of five elderly women as they were walking along the path near the Shalom Forest, and prepared to attack and stab them. The women sat down on a bench along the path during their walk, passing the two Arab youths in the process. The two, both wearing masks, then attacked them from behind.

They then fled the scene in the direction of their village while throwing and hiding their weapons on the way. One made it home and the other took refuge in his school. “Later on, one of the attackers returned to retrieve the weapons and hid them in their village,” said the police statement.

The two communicated with the third via the WhatsApp social networking application and Facebook, elated with their success and determined to carry out another. But two of the young terrorists were almost immediately tracked down; after their arrest and interrogation they admitted to the third minor being part of their terror cell. His job had been to finish the job of attacking the elderly women in case the first two terrorists were killed before they could finish off their victims. Police arrested the third Arab minor shortly after.

It also emerged during the investigation that the mother of one of the suspects was arrested a week ago for attempting a stabbing terror attack at the Zeitim checkpoint entrance to Jerusalem. She failed in her mission.

“The police will continue to operate with determination to ensure the security of the capital’s residents,” said the local Jerusalem police commander.

Hana Levi Julian

Analysis: Jews Vs. Arabs May Yet Blow Up the DNC Convention this Summer

Thursday, May 26th, 2016

Against her best judgment and because she’s been slipping in the polls in trying to capture the support of her opponent’s followers once she is crowned Queen of the Democrats, candidate Hillary Clinton agreed to give Bernie Sanders 5 out of the 15 spots on the Democratic party’s platform committee. She took 6, and DNC chairwoman Debbie Wasserman Schultz got 4. So then Senator Bernie Sanders went ahead and appointed his peeps, and now two of them, Cornel West and James Zogby, on Wednesday condemned Israel for its “occupation” of Judea and Samaria and Gaza (Gaza? Really?) and let the world know they plan to get their views into the platform at the Democratic National Convention in Philadelphia in July, the NY Times reported.

“Justice for Palestinians cannot be attained without the lifting of the occupation,” West said in an interview, adding that with all due respect to thousands of years of persecution, the platform should reflect “the plight of an occupied people.”

Nothing there about the plight of half a million Syrians being butchered by everyone and their uncle only a fee miles away. Nothing about weekly hangings in Iran, flogging and beheading in Saudi Arabia, the tyranny of Islamic terrorism in Syria and Iraq, those are not the important injustices in Cornel West’s Middle East, it has to be a defunct plan from 1993 that has been rejected so many times by the PLO leadership, it brought to near-tears three, count them, three US presidents.

Dr. Zogby, who is the president of the Arab American Institute and a career advocate of “rights of Palestinians,” said in an interview, “Any honest assessment would say that the debate on this issue has shifted over the last 30 years and the platform has reflected that but lagged slightly behind, and it’s now time to catch up. Clearly most Democrats agree. But we will see what happens.”

Republican candidate Donald Trump has good friends in Cornel West and James Zogby, who will surely rattle and shake one of the Democratic party’s most third-ralish third rail issues, in public, while Clinton is trying to unify the troops against Trump. There’s no other issue more likely to turn away middle class voters than the Democrats criticizing US support for Israel. But the left is not concerned. In fact, the NYT cites an April Pew Research Center survey showing liberal Democrats are twice as likely to sympathize with Palestinians over Israel than they had been two years ago. 40% of liberals sympathized more with Palestinians, only 33% sympathized more with Israel.

In the Wednesday interview, Dr. West, who once called President Obama a “Rockefeller Republican in blackface,” accused Prime Minister Netanyahu of “war crimes.” He also blamed “the role of money and lobbies” for the absence of “a candid dialogue” on Israeli-American relations.

Of course, Hillary will do the only sensible thing and ignore the party platform as best she can. Otherwise, as Malcolm Hoenlein of the Conference of Presidents of Major American Jewish Organizations told the NYT, the party could be perceived as adopting “positions that could be seen as hostile to Israel.” (You think?)

Hoenlein was unhappy not just with the presence of Zogby and West on the DNC platform committee, but also with a third Sanders appointee, Representative Keith Ellison of Minnesota, a Muslim. It’s as if Sanders had decided to force Hillary to touch that rail, or look bad jumping over it. “For us, the concern is that it legitimizes and potentially puts into a major party platform” the extreme left’s view “that undermines the principles of the Israeli-US relationship that have been bipartisan for decades,” Hoenlein warned.

And all Donald Trump has to do is sit back and watch his opponent disintegrating on an unwinnable issue. Former Florida congressman Robert Wexler, a Clinton supporter, who served on the platform committee back in 2012, told the NYT, “My concern is that the Democratic platform is not the venue in which to litigate the Israeli-Palestinian conflict.” Ah, a lucid voice in a sea of crazy. How refreshing.

JNi.Media

60 Arabs Arrested for Incitement to Violence on Facebook

Wednesday, May 25th, 2016

At least 60 Arabs from the Palestinian Authority have been arrested for posting deliberate incitement to violence against Israelis on Facebook, the IDF told the USA Today newspaper this week.

According to the report, 60 suspects have been charged since the outbreak of the current wave of terror that began in October 2015.

However, the Haifa-based Adalah Legal Center disputes that data, and says the number of arrests is closer to 150 in Judea and Samaria; in addition, 250 Israeli Arabs were also arrested, according to the NGO.

IDF Spokesperson Lt. Col. Peter Lerner told the news outlet, “Incitement to violence on social media is a phenomenon that only recently is gaining traction.

“Following attacks, many assailants have stated that they were directly inspired by incitement on social media, which led them to carry out the attacks.”

Hana Levi Julian

This Ongoing War: What do the Palestinian Arabs Think?

Wednesday, May 18th, 2016

{Originally posted to the authors’ website, This Ongoing War}

The Ma’an News Agency people in a report whose headline – characteristically – calls this morning’s stabbing attack in Jerusalem “alleged”, quote Luba al-Samri, the Israel Police spokesperson, saying

police officers patrolling the scene this morning saw a Palestinian stab a religious Israeli man. The suspect allegedly threw the knife away and attempted to flee the scene. Israeli police chased and apprehended the youth without shooting him… [He is] identified… as a 20-year-old Palestinian from the village of Abu Dis [a Jerusalem neighbourhood]… The youth [Ma’an’s word] was taken in by Israeli police for interrogation. Paramedics treated the Israeli for light injuries on the scene before transferring him to Shaare Zedek Medical Center in Jerusalem. He was identified by Israeli media as a 30-year-old ultra-Orthodox Yeshiva student.

The Ma’an report – generously funded along with everything else Ma’an does by US and European donors – goes on to say that

the Palestinian Center for Policy and Survey Research found in a poll last month that support for stabbing attacks had seen a decline in the West Bank in recent months — “due, it seems, to a rising perception in its inefficacy.”

Kind of encouraging, no? We guess that’s why they say it but the actual poll data send a less charming message.

The survey results [reported here] reflect a significant and ongoing passion on the part of a significant overall majority of Palestinian Arabs for Arab-on-Israeli knifing attacks:

Support for use of knives in the current confrontations with Israel drops from 67% three months ago to 58% in this [April 2016] poll. Support for knifing attacks in the Gaza Strip stands at 82% and in the West Bank at 44%. [Source]

We noted a while back that what the Palestinian Arabs say they want does not always make logical sense [“10-Dec-14: What else do Palestinian Arabs want, beyond the 80% who say killing of ordinary Israelis is a good thing?“] but that dead Jews seem to be a constant in their prayers.

The other constant, at least according to the polling group quoted by Ma’an, is that a steady two-thirds of Palestinian Arabs see Mahmoud Abbas as a failure and want him to resign which, given that he was elected just once to a four year term on January 9, 2005 [source] does not seem that outrageous.

To give the numbers some perspective, you might want to take a look at “14-Dec-15: What do the Palestinian Arabs think?” and “22-Sep-15: What do the Palestinian Arabs think?

Here’s what we believe, and the polling data bear it out consistently over years:

When columnists and analysts speak of the desire of Palestinian Arabs to live in peace, to get on with ordinary, quiet, constructive lives – as compelling as this interpretation is, the data don’t support it. Anyone paying attention to the incitement pumped, generation after generation, into their communities and heads will not be surprised. [Source]

What the people living on the other side of the fence are saying is clear, credible and measurable. Being optimistic about the prospects for the sort of painful compromise that leads to peaceful relations is counterfactual and foolish, as much as we wish it were otherwise. That’s something we wish the public figures pushing their “peace” “plans” would internalize.

Frimet and Arnold Roth

Three Israeli Arabs Indicted for Planning Terror Attack at Damascus Gate in Jerusalem

Wednesday, May 11th, 2016

By Michael Bachner/TPS

Haifa (TPS) – Three Israeli-Arabs are charged with planning stabbing attacks against Israelis in Jerusalem, according to two separate indictments filed on Wednesday in the Haifa District Court.

The three defendants are Ali Subh, Ibrahim Shami, and Mehdi Basal from the village of Jadeidi-Makr in the Galilee. Subh and Shami are charged with attempted murder, conspiring to commit a murder, and arms dealing offenses. The second indictment charges Basal with arms dealing as well as illegally purchasing and possessing a weapon.

According to the first indictment, Subh and Shami made their way to Jerusalem with knives, inspired by the wave of terror attacks in Israel. They intended to commit a stabbing attack at the Damascus Gate of the Old City, where many previous attacks took place. They did not carry out the attack, choosing instead to seek out firearms in order to cause greater damage.

On another occasion, Shami drove to Jerusalem with a knife given to him by Subh, who encouraged him to stab Israelis. The attack was stopped in circumstances not detailed in the indictment.

The two also planned several shooting attacks, and Shami even tried to find out the cost of weapons needed to carry out an attack.

The case was investigated by the Israel Security Agency (Shin Bet), and the indictments were filed by the Haifa district attorney along with requests to detain all three until the end of court proceedings against them.

TPS / Tazpit News Agency

The Arabs’ Real Grievance against the Jews

Monday, May 9th, 2016

{Originally posted to the Gatestone Institute website}

As Arabs, we are very adept at demanding that our human rights be respected, at least when we live in liberal democracies such as in North America, Europe, and Israel. But what about when it comes to our respecting the human rights of others, particularly Jews?

When we examine our attitude towards Jews, both historically and at present, we realize that it is centered on denying Jews the most fundamental human right, the right without which no other human right is relevant: the right to exist.
The right to exist in the Middle East before 1948

Anti-Zionists often repeat the claim that before modern Israel, Jews were able to live in peace in the Middle East, and that it is the establishment of the State of Israel that created Arab hostility towards Jews. That is a lie.

Before modern Israel, as the historian Martin Gilbert wrote, “Jews held the inferior status of dhimmi, which, despite giving them protection to worship according to their own faith, subjected them to many vexatious and humiliating restrictions in their daily lives.” As another historian, G.E. von Grunebaum, wrote, Jews in the Middle East faced “a lengthy list of persecutions, arbitrary confiscations, attempted forced conversions, or pogroms.”
The right to exist as an independent state

Zionism stemmed from the need for Jews to be masters of their own fate; no longer to be the victims of discrimination or massacres simply for being Jews. This project was accepted and formally recognized by the British, who had been granted a mandate over Palestine by the League of Nations. The Arab world, however, never accepted the recognition formulated by Britain in the Balfour Declaration of 1917, and it never accepted the partition plan approved by the United Nations in 1947, which recognized the right of the Jews to their own state.

The Arab refusal to accept the Jewish state’s right to exist, a right that carries more international legal weight than almost any other country’s right to exist, resulted in several wars, starting with the war of independence in 1948-1949. The Arab world still does not today accept the concept of a Jewish state of any size or any shape. Even Egypt and Jordan, which signed peace agreements with Israel, do not accept that Israel is a Jewish state, and they continue to promote anti-Semitic hatred against Israel.
The right to exist in Gaza, the West Bank, and East Jerusalem

In 2005, Israel evacuated all its troops and all Jewish inhabitants from Gaza, in the hope that this would bring peace at least on that front, and to allow the Gaza Strip, vacated by Jews, to be a flourishing Arab Riviera, or a second Singapore, and perhaps to serve as a model for the West Bank. The experiment failed miserably. This is a case where Jews willingly gave up their right to exist on a piece of land, but sadly the Palestinians of Gaza took it not as opportunity for peace, but as a sign that if you keep on shooting at Jews, they leave — so let’s keep on shooting.

There are many opinions among Zionists as to what to do about the West Bank. These opinions range from a total unilateral withdrawal as in Gaza, to a full annexation, with many options in between. At the moment, the status quo prevails, with no specific plans for the future.

Everyone, however, despite the treacherous UNESCO’s rewriting of history, knows that before that piece of land was called the West Bank, it was called Judea and Samaria for more than two thousand years.

Everyone knows that Hebron contains the traditional burial site of the biblical Patriarchs and Matriarchs, within the Cave of the Patriarchs, and it is considered the second-holiest site in Judaism. Every reasonable person knows that Jews should unquestionably have the right to exist on that land, even if it is under Arab or Muslim jurisdiction. Yet everyone also knows that no Arab regime is capable or even willing to protect the safety of Jews living under its jurisdiction from the anti-Semitic hatred that emanates from the Arab world.

East Jerusalem, which was carved away by the Kingdom of Jordan from the rest of Jerusalem during the war of independence, is part of Jerusalem, and contains the Temple Mount, the Jews’ holiest site. The Old City in East Jerusalem was inhabited by Jews up until they were ethnically cleansed by Jordan in the war of 1948-1949.

Although Israel has twice in the past, first under Prime Minister Ehud Barak then under Prime Minister Ehud Olmert, offered East Jerusalem as part of a Palestinian state, that offer is not likely to be made again. Jews know that it would mean a new wave of ethnic cleansing, which would deny the Jewish right to exist on the piece of land where that right is more important than anywhere else.
The right to exist in the Middle East now

During Israel’s War of Independence, Jews were ethnically cleansed from Gaza, the West Bank, and East Jerusalem, and in the years that followed, they were ethnically cleansed from the rest of the Arab world.

Today, Israel’s enemies, many of them Arab, are challenging its right to exist, and therefore the right of Jews to exist, on two fronts: threats of nuclear annihilation and annihilation through demographic suffocation.

Iran’s Islamist regime has repeated several times its intention to destroy Israel using nuclear weapons. Just in case Iran is not “successful,” the so-called “pro-Palestinian” movement, including the Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions (BDS) movement, has a different plan to destroy the Jewish state: a single state with the “return” of all the descendants of Palestinian refugees. The refusal of Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas and his predecessor Yasser Arafat to accept any two-state solution presented to them is part of that plan.
The right to exist elsewhere

Anti-Zionists claim that Jews are imperialists in the Middle East, as were the British and the French, and like them, they should leave and go back to where they belong. This analogy is of course not true: Jews have an even longer history in the Middle East than do Muslims or Arabs.

Do Jews belong in Europe, which tried only a few decades ago to kill every Jew, man, woman, or child? Do Jews belong in North America where until a few hundred years ago, there were no Europeans, only Indians?

Saying that Jews “belong” in such places is not reality; it is just a convenient claim for anti-Zionists to make.
The Jews will not give up

As Arabs, we complain because Palestinians feel humiliated going through Israeli checkpoints. We complain because Israel is building in the West Bank without Palestinian permission, and we complain because Israel dares to defend itself against Palestinian terrorists. But how many of us have stopped to consider how this situation came to be? How many of us have the courage to admit that waging war after war against the Jews in order to deny them the right to exist, and refusing every reasonable solution to the conflict, has led to the current situation?

Our message to Jews, throughout history and particularly when they had the temerity to want to govern themselves, has been clear: we cannot tolerate your very existence.

Yet the Jews demand the right to exist and to exist as equals on the land where they have existed and belonged continuously for more than three thousand years.

In addition, denying a people the right to exist is a crime of unimaginable proportions. We Arabs pretend that our lack of respect for the right of Jews to exist is not the cause of the conflict between the Jews and us. We would rather claim that the conflict is about “occupation” and “settlements”. They see what radical Islamists are now doing to Christians and other minorities, who were also in the Middle East for thousands of years before the Muslim Prophet Mohammed was even born: Yazidis, Kurds, Christians, Copts, Assyrians, Arameans, and many others. Where are these indigenous people of Iraq, Syria and Egypt now? Are they living freely or are they being persecuted, run out of their own historical land, slaughtered by Islamists? Jews know that this is what would have happened to them if they did not have their own state.

The real Arab grievance against the Jews is that they exist. We want the Jews either to disappear or be subservient to our whims, but the Jews refuse to bend to our bigotry, and they refuse to be swayed by our threats and our slander.

Who in his right mind can blame them?

Fred Maroun

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