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Abbas Trots Out Medieval Blood … uh… Water Libel For Speech to EU

Thursday, June 23rd, 2016

Palestinian Authority leader Mahmoud Abbas hauled out the tattered old myth about Jews poisoning the wells on Thursday and tried to feed it to his audience at the European Union Parliament.

Adapting the medieval anti-Semitic water blood libel for local use, the claim originated with the Palestine Liberation Organization (PLO) which said a prominent rabbi had issued a religious decree “allowing Israeli settlers in the West Bank to poison Palestinian water sources in Palestinian towns.”

Abbas went further, saying in his speech to European lawmakers that it was a special Israeli rabbinical council in Judea and Samaria who had issued the decree.

The lie had already been immediately picked up and passed along by many international media, among them The Independent according to the Israellycool website, which caught the British website’s screaming headline over the horrifying Ramadan holiday disaster.

And now here was the leader that the international community is down Israel’s throat as a “peace partner” spewing out that latest version of a medieval blood libel. Jews were falsely accused in the 14th century of causing disease by poisoning the water across Europe as a plague swept the continent; the blood of countless numbers of Jews ran through the streets as their communities were massacred in response.

It’s not so different from the libelous Al Aqsa Mosque “destruction” lies with which the Ramallah-based Palestinian Authority and Gaza’s Hamas terrorist group incessantly attempt to ignite violence against Israel among the Arab population.

And since in “honor” of the holy Islamic month of Ramadan Israel has opened its borders to allow Muslims to pray in Jerusalem at Al Aqsa with far fewer restrictions, Abbas instead was forced to seek a new libel.

“Only a week ago, a number of rabbis in Israel announced, and made a clear announcement, demanding that their government poison the water to kill the Palestinians,” Abbas claimed from the EU Parliament podium. “Isn’t that clear incitement to commit mass killings against the Palestinian people?” He gave no source for the claim. Yet Haaretz reports that Abbas received a standing ovation from the EU lawmakers after his speech.

Quotes from an alleged “Rabbi Mlmad” on the website of the Palestinian Authority foreign ministry supposedly calling for Jews to poison wells, and citing a ‘Council of Rabbis in the West Bank’ were similarly found by international news outlets such as Reuters and others to be impossible to trace.

Haaretz quoted Gulf News as saying the allegation was sourced from the far-left Breaking the Silence organization, a group comprised of former IDF soldiers who criticize Israel and its relations with the PA. But Breaking the Silence denied issuing this one, Reuters reported. And yet Abbas was able to cobble together fiction with fact — a dangerous combination and one that is powerful when presented in the international arena.

“Senior Israel’s such as [opposition leader Isaac] Herzog, the opposition chairman, former Defense Minister Moshe Ya’alon, former Prime Minister Ehud Barak, the current deputy chief of staff and senior journalists to speak about growing signs of fascism in Israeli society,” he told the European lawmakers.

Abbas neglected to mention that Isaac Herzog is under police investigation, Ehud Barak is no longer in politics because he’s exhausted his credibility across the spectrum and the remarks by the current IDF deputy chief of staff were made within context of a political framework not relevant to general Israeli society.

As with the updated European blood-to-water libel, Abbas cited sources and myths as if they were facts, and fed the fantasies to the European Union Parliament — and his European audience loved it.

Hana Levi Julian

Rightwing NGO Proves the Left Has No Sense of Humor, Introspection [video]

Wednesday, June 22nd, 2016

Israel’s remaining vestige of leftwing cultural tradition, Ha’aretz, fell for a rightwing hoax that exposed it as utterly bereft of the capacity for introspection, and worse, utterly without a sense of humor. This absence of humor could be attributed both to the paper’s proud tradition of German publishing (Ve don’t like jokes, sank you very much), as well as to the decline of the Israeli left, which used to do funny.

What’s good for the goose, the gander should at least try once, figured Israeli rightwing NGO Regavim, which is usually engaged in tracking European Union and Arab violations of real estate regulations in areas legally under Israeli control in Judea and Samaria. If upwards of 30 Israeli and Arab leftwing NGOs are receiving millions of euros annually to influence Israeli policy, why not invest a couple of shekels in influencing European policy? Take, for instance, the Brexit referendum coming up this week, in which Britons will decide whether or not to leave the European Union, and which all UK citizens find annoying, humiliating and repressive, but about half of them say it’s worth it for the economic benefits (which brings to mind certain obvious professions).

So Regavim launched a campaign featuring a website with a message to expat Britons in Israel to vote yes on leaving the EU: Support Israel – Leave Europe, which features some inflammatory text, actually making their case about the goose and the gander:

“The EU pumps hundreds of millions of pounds into Israel annually through an array of NGOs in addition to the Palestinian Authority. With over 200 land disputes worldwide, the EU’s constant singling out of Israel is tantamount to state sponsored anti-Semitism.

“For decades, the pro-Israel community has sat and watched as the Europeans increase their influence and meddle with the lives and future of the people of Israel. Finally Israel supporters in the UK and abroad can take a stand against the EU, by voting leave.”

How much could that have cost? Eight bucks to register the URL, plus, say $50 to get a guy to put it up. Then they invested another hundred bucks or so in a video showing a Hamas traditionally masked press conference encouraging Britons to stay in the EU, because it would advance the Hamas cause. The bang they got for their buck was huge, because Ha’aretz reporter Uriel David leaped on the opportunity to slam the right, leaped without looking, we should add.

“Rightwing NGO Receiving Public Funds Calling on British to Leave the Union” was the headline, followed by, “The rightwing NGO Regavim supports the UK leaving the European Union as revenge for its support for the Palestinians. A January examination revealed that, according to the same NGO, it received about 11 million shekels ($2.85 million) from government entities.”

Then Ha’aretz added, without a shred of self awareness, apparently, after decades in which it has supported the vast flow of European money to fully fund anti-Israeli, leftwing NGOs: “Regavim is a non-profit active in favor of judaizing lands and against illegal Palestinian construction in Israel and the West Bank. The organization’s heads often criticize the European Union and other international entities for their alleged (sic) intervention in Israel’s internal affairs and their support for illegal construction programs.”

So now it’s been established, the goose really hates it when the gander is doing goosey things, and sees nothing funny about it.

 

Finally, the most rewarding reaction from the left came from Peace Now founder Yariv Oppenheimer, who regularly reminds you of the kid who gets picked last for games but hasn’t given up trying to look cool, who tweeted: “The Israeli government is funding an NGO that tries to meddle in the internal affairs of another country? Can it be?”

Hey, if the Brexit goes in favor of cutting away from the continent—a move endorsed by John Cleese of Monty Python fame, who really knows humor—it could be blamed on those pesky settlers.

JNi.Media

The Tamar Yonah Show – Is the EU Breaking Up? [audio]

Wednesday, June 22nd, 2016

The whole world seems to be shifting and re-arranging itself, with the movement of immigrants into Europe, Britain threatening to bolt from the EU, and with the international community wanting to cut out even more of Israel’s land. What do we make of all of this?

Join guests Paul Miller, director of www.SalomonCenter.org, and Amotz Asa-El from www.MiddleIsrael.net and a Jerusalem Post senior editor as they come on the program and describe what is happening in this turmoil-filled world around us.

Also, Tamar reads some history on how Israel came in to save the day for the Christians in south Lebanon, when no one else would, and how we need to (sadly) remember who our enemies are if we wish to protect and defend our countries, populations and way of life. Read more about it in the book called BEGIN: His Life, Words and Deeds.

Tamar Yonah Show 20Jun – PODCAST

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EU, UNHCR Show How Different Palestinians are From Real Refugees

Wednesday, June 22nd, 2016

As mentioned, the Palestinians and UNRWA try very hard to pretend that a significant number of worldwide refugees are Palestinian.

But when you dig only a little bit beneath the surface, you see that no one really believes it, and the only reason that Palestinian “refugees” are recognized as refugees by anyone is because the UN insists that they are.

Exhibit A, from a statement on World Refugee Day by the EU:

We call on all partners to strengthen the international framework for refugee protection and resettlement through global responsibility-sharing and solidarity.

Resettlement? No one is calling for Palestinians to be resettled! But if they are refugees, shouldn’t they be included in the massive worldwide push to resettle refugees? Why aren’t they?

Exhibit B, from the UNHCR annual report (which tries hard to include the pretense that Palestinians under UNRWA’s definition of refugee are real):

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True, this is a list of people under UNHCR’s mandate; But look at the categories and how they apply to “Palestine”:

They would claim to have about 2.5 million “refugees.” But how many are seeking asylum? The question doesn’t even make sense for Palestinians under PA control, it is only relevant to real refugees.

In fact, UNCHR says there are some 3.2 million refugees seeking asylum elsewhere. But virtually none of them are Palestinian, and the very few who do seek asylum are refugees from Syria or Gaza, escaping death from ISIS or Assad or Hamas – real refugees, not the fake ones who claim to be refugees from pre-1948 Palestine.

The very definition of asylum is “the protection granted by a nation to someone who has left their native country as a political refugee.” 

Refugees naturally want to seek asylum, right? But Palestinian “refugees” don’t! So why are there essentially no UNRWA “refugees” seeking asylum elsewhere?

In fact, European countries would never consider “refugees” under UNRWA’s definition to be eligible for asylum.  Their rules for accepting asylum are specific and apply only to those who are real refugees, e.g., those who have “a well-founded fear of persecution for reasons of race, religion, nationality, political opinion or membership in a particular social group.” – in other words, not Palestinians. 

World Refugee Day is a wonderful occasion to highlight how bogus the “refugee” status of Palestinians really is.

Elder of Ziyon

Israeli President in Brussels: Israeli-EU Relations Independent of Peace Deal

Tuesday, June 21st, 2016

By Jonathan Benedek/TPS

Jerusalem (TPS) – President Reuven Rivlin said that current European Union (EU) efforts to bring about a final arrangement between Israel and the Palestinian Authority should not overshadow the importance of bilateral ties between Israel and the EU, following a meeting in Brussels with President of the European Council Donald Tusk.

“The advancement of peace in the Middle East is a vital interest for Israel,” emphasized Rivlin. “At the same time, I believe that the bilateral relations between us can grow and develop independently.”

The Israeli president, who met with Tusk as part of a several day tour throughout Europe in which he is scheduled to meet with dignitaries of Belgium, the EU and NATO, viewed the Israeli-EU relationship as having great prospects of success.

“This is my first visit to the institutions of the EU as president of the State of Israel, and I see it as a sign of the great importance of relations between Israel and the European Union,”  said Rivlin.

“The EU is an integral partner with Israel in the fields of trade, science, environment and culture,” he continued.

Rivlin also claimed that Israel’s ties with Europe were founded on common values.

‘We share the fundamental values of democracy, freedom of expression, liberalism and human dignity,” Rivlin added. “These values are a solid basis on which to expand cooperation in other areas.”

President Tusk concurred with Rivlin. “We share many values and join forces together on a variety of issues,” Tusk said. “There is a deep partnership between the EU and Israel.”

Tusk touched on the need for the continued partnership between Israel and the EU in the battle against terrorism.

“I expressed to the president my condolences on the recent terrorist attack in Tel Aviv, and we discussed ways to deepen our cooperation against terrorism,” Tusk said. “There is no better place than Brussels to discuss this issue today.”

The European Council president added that a peaceful resolution between Israel and the Palestinian Authority is of vital importance to the European Union.

“A sustainable peace is a very high priority for the European Community,” Tusk stressed. “The EU is ready to support peace with unprecedented assistance and cooperation with both sides.”

TPS / Tazpit News Agency

British Citizens Urged to ‘Support Israel, Leave Europe’

Monday, June 20th, 2016

A campaign sponsored by Regavim is being waged to encourage British citizens living anywhere in the world, whether it be within the boundaries of the UK, or elsewhere, to vote against the UK remaining in the European Union.

The referendum on whether Britain should remain in or leave the EU is to be held this week, on June 23. British citizens are eligible to vote as long as one was listed on the electoral register in the past 15 years. But it is important to have registered by June 7 in order to be eligible to vote in this referendum.

The “Support Israel – Leave Europe” campaign describes all the reasons why encouraging Britain to leave the European Union is a great way to support Israel.

For a start, the EU has been accused of taking actions against Israel that are tantamount to state-sponsored anti-Semitism. Among those are the orders given to its member states to specifically label products made by Israelis living in Judea and Samaria – an order given to separate Jewish-made products in those regions. Yet no other such order was issued to label products made in communities based in the 200-plus land disputes elsewhere around the world.

The EU has generously funded NGOs dedicated to defaming and in some cases actually framing Israeli soldiers, as well as pursuing anti-Israel boycott and lawfare agendas.

In addition, the EU has built more than a thousand illegal structures on Israeli land in Area C under the Oslo Accords, in its attempt to establish “facts on the ground” to advocate for a de facto Palestinian Authority state. The EU has also build roads, dug wells, installed windmills and electricity pylons in such areas – all without Israeli authorization.

These activities have been carried out using aid money for political purposes rather than for which it was donated and allocated.

It is this kind of activity that has so outraged British parliamentarians and many British citizens, who accuse the EU of using aid funding to “meddle” in the internal affairs of a sovereign nation.

But Britain has not lacked for “meddling” credits: The UK has been quite generous in its contributions to the Palestinian Authority coffers, which flow into those of the Palestine Liberation Organization.

Millions in funding are donated to the PA direct from the UK. Much of the money is used to support the bloodthirsty terrorists responsible for murdering Jewish families, with the PA handing funds to the PLO to pay terror inmates.

Amjad Awad, who in 2011 stabbed to death Ruth and Ehud Fogel, their 3-month-old baby and two toddlers, has thus far been paid an estimated 16,000 British pounds Sterling, according to Regavim. His accomplice and cousin, Hakim Awad, has also received a “salary.”

It is believed that Hamas bomb-making expert Abdallah Barghouti has so far received a total of 106,000 British pounds Sterling. Barghouti is serving a life sentence for his part in terror attacks that took place during the second intifada in Jerusalem and Tel Aviv.

The UK is comprised of a population that makes every decision one that challenges any parliamentarian. But leaving the European Union would certainly be a practical start to regaining control over the political dispensation of its fiscal resources.

Hana Levi Julian

EU Commissioner in Israel to Discuss Bilateral Cooperation

Monday, June 13th, 2016

Johannes Hahn, the European Commission’s Commissioner for European Neighborhood Policy and Enlargement Negotiations, arrived in Israel on an official visit Monday. Hahn, an Austrian politician, previously served as European Commissioner for Regional Policy, leading the transformation of regional policy into a genuine investment policy, closely linked with EU economic governance and macro-economic conditions.

Hahn’s latest mission is to promote stability at Europe’s borders and helping neighboring countries to develop stable democratic institutions and to become more prosperous, under the European Neighborhood Policy. He also coordinates the EU’s offer of closer cooperation in areas like trade, mobility, energy, and education to create tailor-made partnerships to develop relations with each neighbor.

The purpose of the visit is to initiate a process of consultations with Israel ahead of the launch of the new Israel-EU bilateral cooperation program.

Because of its high national income, Israel is not eligible for bilateral funding under MEDA (MEsures D’Accompagnement — French for accompanying measures), which deals with problems common to the EU’s Mediterranean partners. But Israel has nevertheless been involved in a wide variety of Euro-Mediterranean regional programs funded under MEDA: young Israelis participate in youth exchange programs with their European and Mediterranean counterparts under the Euro-Med Youth Action Programme; Israeli filmmakers have benefited from funding and training under the Euro-Med Audiovisual Program; Israeli universities participate in the FEMISE forum of economic institutes while chambers of commerce and employers associations have participated in programs like UNIMED and ArchiMedes; and institutes like the Israel Antiquities Authority participate in the Euromed Cultural Heritage.

During his visit, Commissioner Hahn met with Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, Ministry of Foreign Affairs Director General Dore Gold and opposition leader Yitzhak Herzog. Commissioner Hahn also visited Israeli projects that are supported by EU funding.

In his remarks, Dir-Gen Gold stated: “Israel and the EU share a broad common denominator, which makes it possible to expand current cooperation.”

Another mission of the Commissioner for European Neighborhood Policy and Enlargement Negotiations is to maintain ongoing EU membership negotiations with neighboring countries, and help to prepare those countries with a membership perspective for future challenges. Israel is not one of the nine countries that are on the agenda for a future enlargement of the European Union. However, despite the fact that Israel is not geographically located in Europe, it is a member of many European transnational federations and frameworks and takes part in many European sporting events.

Like most western European countries, Israel is a member of the OECD and compares well with European Union states with its economic indicators (GDP per capita, government deficit, public debt level, current account surplus, inflation level).

In 2014, former Spanish Prime Minister José María Aznar said Israel is needed by the European Union. Aznar submitted a report recommending that due to its Western culture and the benefits it brings the European Union, Israel should become a full member of the EU without pre-conditions.

Former Italian Prime Minister Silvio Berlusconi, visiting Israel in 2010, said that his “greatest desire” was to see Israel join the European Union. The European Union’s former High Representative for Common Foreign and Security Policy, Javier Solana, stated in 2009 that Israel had a very significant relationship with the EU, amounting almost to full cooperation through participation in the EU’s programs. In 2012, former Bulgarian foreign minister Solomon Passy said Israel should more assertively seek to join NATO and the European Union.

David Israel

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