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ISIS Joins Hamas, Palestinian Authority in Silencing Journalists

Friday, February 6th, 2015

Terrorists from the Islamic State in Iraq and Syria (ISIS) operating in Gaza have united with Hamas and the Palestinian Authority’s Fatah faction to silence Palestinian journalists, Arab affairs journalist Khaled Abu Toameh writes in an article for the Gatestone Institute.

Over the past few days, a number of Palestinian journalists have received death threats from the “Gaza branch” of ISIS and were accused of publishing “lies” about ISIS in particular and about Islam in general.

The threats were sent via social media and messages to the journalists’ mobile phones.

“Islamic State warns the journalist and media people against their continued and constant attacks on us,” reads the text of one message sent. “We in Islamic State affirm that we will execute the rule of the Shari’a [Islamic law] against these apostates, who are sowing discord among Muslims.”

Many Palestinian journalists were already being targeted by Hamas in Gaza and the PA in Judea and Samaria. Those threats were reported last summer and confirmed by international journalists after they once they escaped from Gaza and reached their home countries, where they were free from the danger of being killed by Hamas and its terrorist allies.

The latest threats have only ratcheted up the pressure on these reporters, who are taking the threats seriously and are increasing their vigilance and their self-censorship.

“Of course we are afraid,” a veteran journalist in Gaza told Toameh. “You never know who is hiding behind the mask. It could be someone from ISIS or Hamas or Islamic Jihad or even Fatah. It is not safe to be a journalist living in the West Bank or Gaza.”

“The threats against Palestinian journalists are important because this is no longer a ‘local’ issue or an internal Palestinian affair,” Toameh writes. “Those who are seeking to silence the Palestinian journalists are also trying to prevent the international media from learning about what is really happening in the West Bank and Gaza Strip.

“A Palestinian journalist working with international news agencies and newspapers is not going to report truthfully and honestly, when he or she is facing daily threats from so many parties. The only stories these journalists are going to offer the international media are ones that depict Israel in a negative manner. The Palestinian journalists know that at the end of the day they need to go back to their families in Ramallah and Gaza without having to worry about masked men knocking on their doors at night.

“The threats against Palestinian journalists are worrying, and should be exposed and brought to the attention of human rights groups around the world. More disturbing is that many of the international journalists operating in the region are willing to turn a blind eye to the dangers facing their Palestinian colleagues and employees. The international media outlets and their representatives are prepared to take almost any story offered to them by Palestinian reporters, especially if the story consists of anti-Israel statements,” Toameh writes.

The above is especially important to consider in light of the current investigation into last summer’s Operation Protective Edge, being carried out by the United Nations Human Rights Council. As they did with depositions taken for the notorious and inaccurate Goldstone Report, the investigators are taking at face value anything said to them by Gaza residents they interview. They fail to understand the nature of the threat under which the average citizen lives his or her life in Gaza – nor do most “outsiders” realize how many so-called “civilians” are ancillary members or supporters of terror groups as well.

As a result, the evidence gathered is skewed from the start, though the investigators are wholly unaware of it, or worse, could care less.

International media by and large relies on news reports that have been self-censored by on-the-scene Palestinian stringers who are frankly afraid for their lives.
Threats by ISIS will now only raise the heat in the area.

Hana Levi Julian

Is This Song Racist or Reality?

Wednesday, November 26th, 2014

Amir Benayoun is a popular Mizrachi Israeli singer/composer with a small problem. He’s not left-wing, and sometimes his songs are political commentary — and not from a left-wing perspective.

This past week he released a song called “Ahmed Loves Israel” (song and translated lyrics below)

In particular, it reminds the listeners that the Arab terrorists in Har Nof Massacre, in the Merkaz HaRav Massacre, in the Rechavam Ze’evi assassination, in the Yehuda Glick assassination attempt, and in many of the other terror attacks worked near the places where they committed their terror attacks, and they seemed normal, until they weren’t. It was those massacres he was thinking of when he wrote the song.

The song is not politically correct. But it does encapsulate some of the fears that many Israelis feel right now towards their Arab neighbors, some of whom are currently rioting, shooting fireworks at police, stoning buses and trains, stabbing Jews in Jerusalem, and running over people over with their cars and bulldozers.

What he sang may not be nice to say out loud, but it does represent a part of the reality that Israel has been living with.

Following the outrage led by Israel’s left and President Ruby Rivlin’s boycott, Benayoun composed the following song, “Enemy of the State”, in response to the attempts to vilify and boycott him and paint him as the bad guy:

Here are the translated lyrics:

You are allowed to go up on the roof and shoot with joy
You are allowed as an elected official to even show support
You are allowed to shout ‘Death to the Jews’
And a small guy like me is not allowed to sing songs  

You are allowed to wave the flag of a terrorist state
Nowadays its even in fashion if you are a little enlightened
In the name of God, you are allowed to shed blood
And I the smallest of people am forbidden to say a few words
 
If the killer has become the victim
And I have became the despicable murderer
I do not have much left to say
I live in a scary and insane world  

You are allowed to run over a police officer, after all he is the devil
And anyone who does not think like you he is just a little infidel
You are allowed to crush with your tractor a hapless Jew
And me a fool like me is -censored-  

If the killer has become the victim
And I have became the despicable murderer
I do not have much left to say
In a world that is so despicable and insane  

If rejoicing in the death of Jewish children – is no problem
I have nothing to look for I’m going to be hospitalized by force  

You are allowed to run over a police officer, he is the devil
Anyone who does not think like you – is like a little heretic
You are allowed to shout ‘Death to the Jews’

But a small guy like me is forbidden to sing songs
An idiot like me is forbidden to sing songs

But you deserve to be able to judge for yourselves. Here is the song that set off the fireworks (well the fireworks were already set off, and so was the rage, but you get the point):

Salam Alekum my name is Ahmed
I live in Jerusalem, I study at the university a thing or two
Who like me enjoys the best of both worlds
I am today moderate and smiling
Tomorrow I will fly to the sky
Send to hell a Jew or two

It is true that I am just an ungrateful creep
It is true but I am not blame I did not grow up on love
It is true there will come the moment when you will turn to me your back and then
I’ll stick with you the sharpened ax

I Ahmed live in the central region
I work near the kindergarten
And responsible – for the gas cylinders
Who like me enjoys the best of both worlds
Today I am
And tomorrow they are not
Many of them, a lot of them not

It is true that I am just an ungrateful creep
It is true but I am not to blame me as I did not grow up on love
It is true there will come the moment when you will turn to me your back and then
I’ll shoot you straight in the back

The following is a song he wrote in response to the Har Nof Massacre:

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Prisoner X Met With Lawyer Before Suicide

Thursday, February 14th, 2013

More details are slowly coming to light in the case of Ben Zygier, also known as Prisoner X.

A day before he committed suicide, Zygier met with outside defense attorney Avigdor Feldman, besides his meetings with his regular attorneys Roi Belcher, Moshe Mazor and Boaz Ben-Tzur. Zygier had been considering his legal options, including the possibility of a plea bargain. What the charges were is still unknown, but Feldman said the charges were very serious.

On Thursday, a Kuwaiti newspaper, Al-Jarida, claimed that Zygier was one of the members of the Mossad team which assassinated Hamas terrorist Mahmoud al-Mabhouh. But after the assassination, for some reason, Zygier contacted the Dubai authorities and gave them detailed information on the assassination. According to the paper, Zygier was then captured by Israel after he went into hiding.

What has also come to light is that Israel is not running “black prisons” as some people claimed, but rather that Zygier was kept out of contact with other prisoners and his identity was secret to those without high enough clearance for security reasons, though all the while Zygier was allowed to meet with his lawyers who were defending him against the charges being brought against him by the state of Israel.

Questions arose as to how Zygier managed to kill himself in a maximum security cell with 24 hour camera surveillance. It turns out that the cell’s bathroom is not monitored, and that is where he hung himself.

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Top 10 Reasons Prisoner X Was in Black Prison

Wednesday, February 13th, 2013

As you must have heard, Prisoner X, was kept in a secret Israeli government jail, the one previously used to hold Yigal Amir, and it’s forbidden by the censor to talk about him or his incarceration.

Here at the Muqata, we’ve uncovered the real reasons why Prisoner X was arrested.

Here they are (a joint Joe-Jameel effort):

10. He tried baking dairy Borekas in the wrong shape

9. He was clandestinely helping fund Women of the Wall

8. Arrested for protesting against the Disengagement

7. Had proof of who really killed Rabin

6. Had a Talansky envelope with Olmert’s fingerprints on it

5. Had proof Aryeh Deri really was innocent

4. Censored

3. Had dirt on why the Pope really quit

2. Had a copy of Obama’s real birth certificate And reason number 1 is…

1. Sara Netanyahu told Bibi to put him in jail

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