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December 19, 2014 / 27 Kislev, 5775
 
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Addressing the Sinai: First Step for Israeli/ Moderate Arab Alliance

Tuesday, December 2nd, 2014

There has been much talk of partnership between Israel and moderate Arab states, Saudi Arabia Jordan and Egypt. Addressing radicalism in the Sinai Peninsula, the land bridge connecting Africa with the Middle East, presents these countries with a golden opportunity to unify. Development of an enhanced buffer zone at the Sinai/Gaza border, bomb resistant pipelines, and reinforced ports in Egypt and Israel provides additional opportunity for this union.

ISIS and the Syrian civil war dominate headlines in the Middle East. Through aggressive PR, ISIS has been attracting followers worldwide. Victory for moderate, pro-Western nations in the in the Sinai would undermine the confidence and charisma of ISIS, directing potential followers away from its radical path.

Egypt, Israel, Saudi Arabia, and Jordan all have much to gain in fortifying the Gaza border, providing better protection of pipelines, and greater fortification of ports in Israel and Egypt. The effectiveness of the Suez Canal, through which 8 percent of global trade travels, is undercut because of radicalism in Yemen and Somalia. Safety of Israeli and Egyptian ports, from which goods to the West are shipped, are challenged by Hamas, Al Qaida, and the ISIS conflict in Syria. Saudi Arabia, struggling with radical groups like Al Qaida in the Arabian Peninsula must counter obstruction from Yemen to its South and the Strait of Hormuz to its North. The Saudis depend on passage of fuels to safe ports in the Mediterranean as well. Jordan, having very little of its own natural resources, contends with Hamas and Muslim Brotherhood, and relies heavily on safe transport of fuels from Israel and Egypt.

Ansar Beit al-Maqdis, Hamas, and the local Bedouin population are the most important actors involved in the Sinai conflict. After the fall of Mohammad Morsi in 2011, many radical Islamists in Egypt, particularly in the Sinai Peninsula, see violence as their only means of gaining power. This was highlighted by the return of Ayman Al Zawahiri to Egypt, as well reinvigorated Al Qaida presence in the peninsula. Ansar Beit al-Maqdis, rising to prominence in 2013, is a local branch of Al Qaida, recently affiliated with ISIS. ABM gained support from radical Islamists after the fall of the Muslim Brotherhood. Some in the Sinai say they have seen Muhammad Al Zawahiri, Ayman’s brother, working with ABM. On a positive note, if ABM becomes too closely linked with ISIS, it may lose credibility as specifically representing Egyptian Islamists disheartened by the fall of Morsi, and the Muslim Brotherhood. Victory against ABM would further hasten this.

Recently, ABM used rockets smuggled from the Palestinian border through Hamas tunnels. It attempted an assassination on Egyptian Interior Minister Mohamed Ibrahim in Cairo in September, 2013. On October 24th, ABM also attacked a security checkpoint in the Sinai, killing 33 Egyptian security personnel.

Hamas, an offshoot of Muslim Brotherhood based in Gaza, helped enable the car bombing in the October 24th attack conducted by ABM. Black market tunnel trade and logistics at the Gaza border is one tangible way that it can be linked to Al Qaida and ISIS in the Sinai. Hamas may have an agreement with the Palestinian group Jaish al-Islam to train people to fight in Yemen, Syria, and the Sinai. Since its leadership began in 2007, tunnels from the Sinai into Gaza have contributed $230 million in monthly revenue. Radical allegiances are not as simple as Sunni versus Shia. Although Hamas is a radical Sunni group, it has been linked with Iran for funding, weaponry, strategy, and training.

When stakes against Western targets are high, groups funding Sunni and Shia radicalism unite. In the past, the military wing of Hamas has imported Iranian-made long range Fajr-5 rockets. It has been suspected recently that Iranians linked to Hamas were working with ABM to strategize deadly attacks on the peninsula. Recently, the discovery of a Klos-C missile, as well as 40 rockets and 400,000 bullets were intercepted in the region and thought to be in transit to Gaza.

Negev Bedouin and Galilee Arabs Join Rock-Throwing Hat Festival

Monday, November 10th, 2014

Bedouin rock-throwers the area of the city of Hura, north of Be’er Sheva, lightly injured a bus passenger in a rock-throwing attack Monday afternoon.

In the north, Israeli Arabs hurled rocks at a bus near Nazareth, in the Lower Galilee, causing damage to the bus but no injuries.

Israeli Doctor Joins ISIS, Gets Killed

Sunday, October 19th, 2014

The Barzilai Hospital in Ashkelon announced Sunday morning that an Israeli Bedouin doctor who was doing his internship at the medical center is the same person who security sources said joined the Islamic State ISIS group of barbaric killers and was killed in fighting in August.

The doctor was identified as Alkian Othman, age 26, from the Bedouin city of Hura, located approximately 10 miles north of Be’er Sheva. His brother was arrested last April for helping him on his journey.

Barzilai officials searched for its resident doctor-turned-terrorist after he disappeared and discovered that he changed professions. Instead of saving lives, he preferred to end lives, and his case, it was his own.

Othman, who studied medicine in Jordan, was supposed to begin working in Israel’s Soroka Medical Center in May but suddenly disappeared.

“Security forces contacted us and searched for him,” Barzilai Hospital said in a statement on Sunday. “Then, we were informed that he chose to join ISIS.”

So much for a bright future.

He had plenty of other companions from Israel.

More than 30 Israeli Druze, Bedouin and Arabs, all of them with Israeli citizenship, have been enlisted in the ranks of ISIS after leaving the country for a “vacation” in Turkey and then moving to Syria.

“My son went to Syria last January, and we did not know what his intentions were,” said the father of Ahmed Havashi, from northern Israel, who also was killed in battle. “I told him this is not our religion; this is not the message of Islam,” the bereaved father added.

IDF Soldier Shoots Bedouin on Army Shooting Range

Saturday, September 13th, 2014

On Friday, a Bedouin man, from Bir Hadaj, drove onto an IDF firing range at the Tze’elim base in the Negev.

Soldiers confronted the man, telling him to get off the range, which he refused to do.

At some point during the confrontation, the man pulled out a knife, and soldiers reported that he lunged at one of them with it, according to a JPost report.

One of the officers then shot the attacker twice in the stomach.

The Bedouin man was transported to Soroka Hospital in Be’er Sheva for surgery. He’s listed in serious condition.

SodaStream May Close Maaleh Adumim Factory

Monday, September 1st, 2014

The Israeli firm SodaStream, which has been a target of the Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions movement, is considering closing its factory in Maaleh Adumim when its spanking new plant north of Be’er Sheva begins operation next year.

CEO Daniel Birnbaum told the Israeli economic publication The Marker that the company, which makes home soft drink machines, will make a decision in the next two months.

Birnbaum said the decision would be based solely on economics.

“The considerations will be purely financial, and do not include the European boycott on manufacturing in the territories,” he told the Marker. “Nor will they include the various calls to boycott products of the company because of its location in Maaleh Adumim. The boycott is a nuisance, but does not cause serious financial damage. We are not giving in to the boycott. We are Zionists.”

Birnbaum is not throwing a spin on a possible move out of Maaleh Adumim. The Negev plant is being built almost adjacent to a new interchange of Israel’s high-speed north-south Kvish 6 highway. The new location places SodaStream within an hour from Ben Gurion Airport.

The company could consolidate its operations in whole or in part from the Maaleh Adumim plant. SodaStream also has plants in Ashkelon, the Galilee and 20 others around the world.

It already fired between 100 and 200 workers at the Maaleh Adumim plant, where most of its 1,100 employees are Arabs from Israel and Judea and Samaria.

The plant in the Negev will employ a considerable number of Bedouin.

The company was in the news following the signing of actress Scarlett Johansson as a spokeswoman and the ensuing controversy over its West Bank factory. Johansson resigned as a global ambassador for Oxfam over her position with SodaStream.

 

The Looming Bedouin Intifada

Friday, August 29th, 2014

On July 7, 2014, the residents of the Negev town of Omer learned a painful lesson on the subject of abnormal Bedouin psychology. They witnessed the true nature of these purported “noble denizens of the desert” when an estimated 150-200 enraged Bedouins descended upon the town. They certainly weren’t there to sell cheap fabric and carpets. They hurled rocks and molotov cocktail bombs at cars. A local district judge discovered the power of these explosive cocktails, when one of these incendiaries blew up his car. (Note: When the media uses the term “molotov cocktails” it sounds like a mixed drink. Molotov cocktails are bombs!)

Earlier attempts to reach the police were unsuccessful. And so, a preventable Arab riot occurred, because no one in the precinct picked up the phone. Now Omer isn’t Tel Aviv or even Beersheba. There were no other emergencies. The only emergency was the impending bedouin riot that could and should have been prevented!

On this occasion, the riot received coverage. The July 8th issue of The Jerusalem Post featured an article, “Beduin attack in Negev town shocks residents,” which reported on this latest Bedouin riot. I found the headline a bit histrionic. Shocked? To quote the late Rabbi Meir Kahane, who understood Arabs more than any tenured leftist professor at Ben Gurion University; “I’m always shocked when people are shocked.” This is nothing new. Naive liberals take years to see what intelligent, self-respecting, people already know. The Bedouins hate Israel and view us as thieves.

Not surprisingly, Omer’s clueless mayor, Pini Badash, expressed shock when he was interviewed by The Jerusalem Post:

“We sought coexistence with the Bedouin and now it blew up in our face.” Literally.

Strangely enough, Bedash admitted that Hamas and the Islamic Movement were behind the attack and that their influence on the Bedouins was growing. An anonymous Omer security official concurred. So why was he shocked?

In 1981, Rabbi Meir Kahane was sitting in Ramle Prison under the immoral orders of the infamous Administrative Detention Order, used by the British to break the spirits of Jewish heroes. He took advantage of the situation and authored his critical work, “They Must Go!” which documents the Arab demographic threat to Israel. In the preface, (pg. 1-2) he noted the following, which speaks volumes about Israel’s judicial system:

“On my right was a Bedouin Arab, imprisoned for the rape and murder of a Jewish girl in the Negev area of the country.The possibility of his having been apprehended would have been slim if not for the fact that he added greed to his original sin. Having buried the body in a well, he applied for the reward by contacting the police to say that he had “discovered” it. Incredibly, his life sentence had been reduced, and he was preparing to go home after having served a mere eighteen years.”

The Bedouins of Israel

Not surprisingly, many Jews are astounded when they read about such incidents, which usually don’t make the papers. If they are given attention, it is in the form of a blurb on page 100 of the local paper. Such an image is contrary to the one of the “happy” Bedouin that Jewish organizations and the Israeli government like to propagate. The mythology that Bedouins are “good Arabs” who love Israel. Such patronizing does nothing to convince the Bedouin about how he feels.

Most Jews have no understanding of the true Bedouin nature, which stands in opposition to the fictitious romanticized version that celebrates them as charming throwbacks to an ancient time. The mentality of the Bedouin is based on the violent blood code of the desert: strength and ruthlessness. A defective morality that might see your host feed you fruit and tea in his tent, and then butcher you that same night under the desert moonlight. The diligent researcher can find a treasure chest of horror stories of Bedouin atrocities that are rarely given proper media coverage. For centuries, Bedouin tribes butchered each other, as well as strangers who were unfortunate to cross their path. In much of the Middle East, this ancient code continues. Declaring yourself an “Abrahamic brother” to a hostile Bedouin tribe will not instill any familial sentiment in their hearts. They will butcher you.

Solidarity

Thursday, July 31st, 2014

An Israeli-Arab Bedouin Sheikh arrives at Beer Sheva Saroka hospital yesterday to distribute flowers to wounded IDF soldiers.

Each flower had a note attached to it, “We’re all in this together”.

Printed from: http://www.jewishpress.com/news/photos/solidarity/2014/07/31/

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