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Police Evacuate Arab Provocateurs from E1

Sunday, January 13th, 2013

During the early hours of Sunday morning, the Israeli police successfully managed to evacuate, without violence, 100 Arab activists/provocateurs who entered the E1 area between Jerusalem and Maaleh Adumim and set up an illegal tent camp, claiming the area as a new Arab village.

The government’s plan to evacuate the activists on Friday was derailed by an Israeli Supreme Court injunction.

500 policemen took part in the evacuation on Sunday morning.

Due to the court’s injunction, the police left the tent city up, while the State explained to the court that the sole purpose of the tent camp was to create an international incident.

It’s unclear how it happened that the Israeli Intelligence services were completely unprepared for this provocation, as the activists had been openly talking about their plans to set up the tent city in E1 for the past week on Twitter and Facebook.

Bedouin Gunmen Injure 6 in Children’s Park in the Sinai

Monday, October 29th, 2012

Gunmen opened fire in a children’s park in south Sinai on Saturday night, wounding six, officials told the Ma’an news agency.

The al-Fayrouz park in al-Tur city was packed with families celebrating the Muslim Eid al-Adha holiday, when a group of Bedouin men opened fire, witnesses said.

Four children, a man and a woman suffered injuries, some serious, medics said. One child lost the fingers on her left hand, they said.

Locals said a Bedouin man had been thrown out of the park for harassing a female child, and returned with family members for the shooting.

The assailants fled the scene.

In northern Sinai, two girls escaped an attempted kidnapping when an officer with the traffic police intervened, a Ma’an correspondent reported.

Nada, 13, and Sabha, 14, were walking down the main street of el-Arish city when three men tried to abduct them.

Officer Ahmad al-Saeedi opened fire on the assailants, and one suffered a bullet wound to the leg. Al-Saeedi was also wounded and transferred to al-Arish hospital.

Authentic Israeli Doggies

Sunday, October 21st, 2012

Here are Canaan puppies playing with their human at a dog kennel at Sha’ar Hagai, on the road to Jerusalem, where they are housed and bred

The Canaan Dog is a native of the deserts of Israel. The original breeding stock at the Sha’ar Hagai kennel was collected from the wild and from the Bedouins, and, over the years, the folks at this kennel have added to this stock “whenever we had a chance.”

According to the kennel’s website, the Canaans are as close as you can get to the original dog, before our ancestors integrated them and started breeding them for fun and profit. These are raw dogs, with a temperament to go with it – not for your average apartment dweller, unless your apartment in in dire need of massive redecoration. They’re not cute, but they’re smart as a whip and can be very friendly and attentive. Obedient is already a different story – it’s something they need to be taught.

Today, more than ever, because of urban sprawl which is causing the gradual disappearance of the Canaan’s natural habitat, making its extinction in the wild a real possibility, This kennel is working to bring in more dogs from the wild and from the Bedouin tribes while they still exist.

They’re in a bit of trouble with the authorities these days, and are facing an eviction. Check out their website: Shaar Hagai Canaan Dogs.

Postcard from Mount Tabor

Sunday, September 2nd, 2012

“And she sent and called Barak the son of Abinoam out of Kedeshnaphtali, and said unto him, Hath not the LORD God of Israel commanded, saying, Go and draw toward mount Tabor, and take with thee ten thousand men of the children of Naphtali and of the children of Zebulun?” (Judges, 4:6)

Mount Tabor, standing 575 meters above sea level at the eastern end of the Jezreel Valley, is the site of the battle fought by Deborah and Barak against the Canaanite king Sisera, according to the Bible. In Christian tradition, it is the site of the Transfiguration – which explains the presence of two monasteries on its peak; one Roman Catholic and the other Eastern Orthodox.

Today the Bedouin villages of Shibli – renowned for its delightful Bedouin Heritage Centre - and Umm al Ghanam (now merged to form one municipality), together with the village of Daburiya, nestle at the mountain’s base. The peak is shared by Christian pilgrims, hang-gliding enthusiasts and day-trippers wanting to enjoy the spectacular views.

And if you like a foodie aspect to your day-tripping, then a visit to the farm shop in nearby Kfar Kish to taste wonderful goats’ milk cheeses and local micro-brewery beer is a must.

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Jewish Press Radio with Yishai Fleisher: Situation in Sinai

Friday, June 22nd, 2012

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Yishai is joined by Yaakov Katz, military correspondent for the Jerusalem Post along with Israel correspondent for Jane’s Defense Weekly. They discuss tension that has been created since the Arab Spring between Israel and Egypt in the Sinai and how the region has become a hotbed for terror activity, along with drug and weapon smuggling. Specific problems between the Sinai and Israel are discussed along with potential solutions for these problems. The segment and this week’s show wraps up with Yishai talking about a faux sovereignty controlling in the Sinai and how we should ‘take off the masks’ in the Middle East in order to see the truth.

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Report: Bedouin Take 70 Hostages at Sinai Resort

Monday, January 23rd, 2012

In a sign of increasing lawlessness in the Sinai, Egyptian media outlets have reported that approximately 70 armed Bedouins have stormed a popular Sinai resort village and are holding its employees hostage.

The hostage-takers are demanding four million Egyptian Liras (over $650,000) for the employees’ release.

Bedouin leaders recently expressed dismay at the exclusion of Bedouin in the formation of a new Egyptian government. “We will not allow a parliament without Bedouin representation,” said one Bedouin leader in a meeting last week.

“We have declared war against the military and will not wait for them to kill us all,” declared another Bedouin leader.

The Middle East’s Real Artificial Apartheid State

Wednesday, March 4th, 2009

No sooner had we recovered from our bout of laughter over Turkey criticizing Israel for its actions in Gaza (“Talking Turkey,” op-ed, Feb. 6) than an even more Orwellian event took place when it was reported that Jordan planned to file a criminal lawsuit against Israeli officials for alleged war crimes.
 
Let us put this into perspective. Jordan is a pseudo-country sitting on land that properly belongs to the Jews. There is no Jordanian people; Jordan is a country composed of Palestinian Arabs with no political rights, controlled by a Bedouin ruling elite that has hegemony over the government and army.
 
Jordan is as much an apartheid regime as exists in any nation on earth. Official discrimination against non-Bedouin Arabs is state policy. Jews may not own land in Jordan, and tracts of land once legally purchased by Jews have been stolen from them by the Jordanian government.
 
When Jordan controlled the Old City of Jerusalem it destroyed every single Jewish shrine there and used the stones to build latrines. It tore up gravestones from the Mount of Olives and used them also as building materials.
 
            Jordan came into existence when the young Winston Churchill quite literally drew its boundaries on the back of an envelope to accommodate two British petroleum pipelines. You’ve heard of Wilsonian national self-determination dictating the emergence of countries? Pipeline geography did the trick in the case of Jordan.
 
Jordan is one of the few countries on earth still ruled by a king, and not a make-pretend ceremonial one, but one whose every whim must be obeyed. Moreover, the previous king of Jordan decided to show his devotion to the human rights of Palestinians by massacring tens of thousands of them in the infamous Black September of 1970. No one exactly knows how many Palestinian civilians were massacred by the Jordanian ruling class and army, though Yasir Arafat said it was 25,000.
 
The Palestinian terror group Black September, which carried out the Munich massacre and other atrocities, named itself in memory of this massacre of Palestinians by the Jordanian army. At the time, hundreds of Palestinian terrorists entered Israel and begged to be put into Israeli prisons rather than be returned to Jordan where they faced certain death.
 
Jordan not only shoots Palestinians when they ally with Syria and try to topple the Bedouin regime there, as they did in 1970. Palestinian students in Jordan participating in demonstrations against Israel have been mowed down by the Jordanian soldiers. In fact, the only country in the Middle East where students can conduct spontaneous anti-Israel demonstrations against Israel is Israel.
 
Amnesty International and many others speak out against human rights abuses in Jordan. The treatment of women there is about as bad as it gets anywhere. There is no freedom of the press. Torture is routinely used. Gay Jordanians, who face violent persecution, often apply for asylum in Israel.
 
Jordan of course has a long history of military aggression. It began with the Jordanian invasion of Western Palestine in 1948, when Jordan attempted to annex all of the territory the UN had tried to partition into Israel and an Arab Palestinian state. It was Jordan, not Israel, that prevented the creation of that Arab Palestinian state.
 
Jordan illegally invaded and held East Jerusalem for nineteen years. It participated in the military aggressions against Israel in 1967 and 1973. Jordan lost the West Bank to Israel the same way Germany lost Alsace and Lorraine – by being defeated in its own war of aggression.
 
Jordan’s Queen Rania recently issued a call for donations to UNRWA, the agency that funnels money into the Gaza Strip, much of it requisitioned by the Hamas and some of it used for weapons.
 

“We are in very dire need of much more assistance and without which I think UNRWA won’t be able to operate,” she said. Rania, who quite literally has a queen’s fortune, evidently donated nothing at all herself, though she earlier claimed to have donated blood to help the Gazans while Israel was attacking the terrorists.

 

 

Steven Plaut, a frequent contributor to The Jewish Press, is a professor at Haifa University. His book “The Scout” is available at Amazon.com. He can be contacted at steveneplaut@yahoo.com.

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