The Israeli citizenship of the Arab who glided from the air into Syria Saturday night will be revoked, Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu said at the beginning of Sunday’s weekly Cabinet meeting.
The Arab, as reported here, set off a crisis after the IDF discovered that someone had paraglided from the Israeli side of the Golan Heights into Syria.
The IDF began a search for the man, but once it was clear that the paraglider had crossed into Syria to join the enemy, either the Islamic State (ISIS) or the Al Qaeda-linked Al Nusra Front, the search was called off.
Prime Minister Netanyahu told the Cabinet:
We are constantly fighting Daish, Jabhat – Al Nusra and other terrorist organizations.
Yesterday an Israeli civilian crossed our border in the Golan Heights into Syria to join the ranks of the enemy. We will act to nullify his citizenship. That is what is done in any such case.
Whoever joins the ranks of the enemy to fight against Israel, will not be an Israeli citizen.
Hezbollah, Lebanon, Syria and Hamas officially are enemies or illegal in Israel. Does that mean that the citizenship of any Israeli who joins Hamas, or Islamic Jihad, will be revoked?
Don’t bet on it.
And how about Mahmoud Abbas’ “resistance” terrorists working for his Fatah party?
No chance. Israel has not declared Fatah an illegal terrorist organization.
The Palestinian Authority and Fatah are in the midst of rare disagreement. To be specific, what is the preferred method to murder Jews?
Abbas, who still is considered Israel’s “peace partner” by the world, never, never urges Arabs to go out and kill Jews. He simply calls on them to continue the “resistance,” the wink-wink word for terror.
The Palestinian Media Watch (PMW) has translated and published recent cartoons posted on the Fatah and Palestinian Authority official web pages, and they illustrate the different tactics to carry out the same strategy.
Rock-throwing, which has killed several Jews either through a direct hit or by causing the driver to lose control of his vehicle and crash, has a romantic lure for media that always are looking for a nice angle that can show terrorists as lovers of freedom who use David’s weapon against Goliath to face the monstrous Goliaths they try to destroy.
How can anyone accuse the Palestinian Authority of encouraging terror when all it does is post a cartoon of rock-throwers, while the Fatah party that Abbas heads publicizes caricatures of Arabs stabbing Jews to death to fulfilling their “national duty,” as PLO Executive Committee member Mahmoud Ismail said and as reported here two weeks ago.
Here is a cartoon provided by PMW and which was published this week by the Palestinian Authority official daily Al-HayatAl-Jadida. Note how happy the children are when they throw rocks with slingshots, great stuff for anyone who sees children as victims and not terrorists.
The same daily two weeks ago published a “weather forecast” of rocks falling like rain on Israeli soldiers:
But the Abbas-led Faith party, unlike his Palestinian Authority regime, goes for the jugular.
PMW posted the following cartoon that was published in on Faith’s Facebook page, although the official Palestinian Authority daily saw it fit to post them also.
Perhaps, they wanted to give “equal time” to the “opposition.”
Text: “Here is Jerusalem, you crazies, beware!” [Official Facebook page of the Fatah Movement, Oct. 4, 2015]
Palestinian Arabs in Hebron were handing out candies Tuesday afternoon to celebrate the murder of an Israeli Jew in a stone-throwing terror attack near Kiryat Arba.
The victim, a resident of the Jewish community situated next the Hebron, was driving near the al-Fawar junction when his car came under a hail of rocks hurled by Palestinian Arab terrorists. He was forced to exit the vehicle due to the damage sustained by the car, and then was hit by a truck driven by a Palestinian Arab.
The second driver fled the scene and drove to the village of Dahariya, a suburb of Hebron, where he turned himself in to Palestinian Authority Police. PA Police then turned the driver over to Israel Police for questioning, according to Israel Radio.
ISIS terrorists have been urging Palestinian Arabs to increase their attacks on Jews and have even offered video tutorials on how best to accomplish these goals.
In the past 72 hours, nearly a dozen such videos have been uploaded by the terror organization to the Internet. Some of them criticize Hamas as well as Fatah, claiming that both factions are too secular and that neither has the interests of Palestinian Arabs at heart.
Four videos were released on Sunday night alone, and another three were uploaded on Monday. All urged attacks on Israelis.
Some offered instructions on exactly how to murder Jews – by using vehicles, knives, firebombs hurled at homes, bombing buses, injecting air into Jews’ veins – that last, a directive aimed at the numerous Israeli Arabs employed by medical centers and HMOs in the country.
The videos also featured unmasked ISIS terrorists praising the recent terror attacks against Israelis in Jerusalem and urge other Palestinian Arabs to emulate their example.
“Strike fear into their hearts. They are the enemy of Allah,” says one terrorist. “A victory is coming to the fighters of Al Aqsa from Above … you are the ones to begin [this] but we will [join you] and continue [the fight],” says another.
Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu has also noticed local Arab terrorism slowly drifting towards an even more radical form of Islam than it has subscribed to in past years.
“What we are seeing here is a combination of the radical Islam and the Internet,” he told a meeting of the Likud party faction on Monday. “Osama Bin Laden meets Mark Zuckerberg. The incitement in the social networks is moving the murders. We are seeing this clearly,” he said.
The current wave of terror began with a completely unfounded rumor that Israel was planning to “change the status quo” at the Temple Mount, site of the Al Aqsa Mosque and the Dome of the Rock.
Jerusalem’s holiest and most sensitive site for Jews, it is believed to be the location of the “Holy of Holies” of both ancient Jewish Holy Temples. It is also the third holiest site in the world in Islam, referred to by Muslims as the Noble Sanctuary.
Under an agreement signed between Israel and Jordan, non-Muslim visitors are allowed to tour the grounds but cannot enter the mosques; Muslim worshipers are welcomed to enter the mosques to pray. Day-to-day operations at the site are carried out under the Islamic Waqf Authority, and Israeli security personnel works together with Authority staff to maintain calm at the site.
This status quo has been maintained without any change whatsoever since the signing of the peace treaty between Israel and the Kingdom of Jordan in 1994, and Israel has continued to maintain there will be no changes.
Palestinian Arabs who attempt to smuggle explosives, rocks, firebombs, firecrackers, ammunition and other weapons into the mosque in order to stockpile an arsenal at the site for use against Israelis and other visitors, however, are in effect themselves changing the status quo, Netanyahu pointed out.
The issue of the Temple Mount — where no changes whatsoever have been made since the site returned to Jewish hands — has been a convenient red herring with which to stir up Islamic sentiment in Israel and worldwide, however.
ISIS media moguls are highly skilled at “catching the wave” in mass media manipulation, not only in Israel but elsewhere, and for all ages.
Turkey Also in the Crosshairs
Turkey is also being targeted. An ISIS training camp for children was discovered in Istanbul, according to the Turkish newspaper Hurriyet Daily News, which quoted the daily Vatan.
A total of 24 suspects were detained two days ago (Oct. 18) on suspicion of having links to Da’esh in Istanbul. The children, who were of Tajik and Uzbek descent, were allegedly being trained by ISIS in basement apartments in the ancient Turkish city’s Pendik and Basaksehir districts.
The suspects were reported to having used the basement apartments as terrorist training camps, according to physical and technical surveillance carried out by the Istanbul Police Department’s Counterterrorism Unit.
The Hamas terrorist organization is working hand-in-hand with the Palestinian Authority’s leading Fatah faction to morph the current terror wave into a “tsunami” of terror against Israeli citizens.
Fatah is using its control over Palestinian Authority media, finances, international diplomacy and politics. Hamas is using the strategies of terror.
A cartoon posted Monday (Oct. 18) on the official Facebook page of the Fatah faction shows a Palestinian Arab child kicking a long-nosed, terrified Chassidic Jew off the grounds of the Temple Mount, the site holiest in Judaism.
In the background of the picture are the Al Aqsa mosque and the Dome of the Rock along with the words written in Arabic, “Leave our skies,” translated by the Palestinian Media Watch (PMW palwatch.org) monitoring organization that keeps an eye on Palestinian Arab media.
A line from a poem by the PA poet Mahmoud Darwish, calling for all Jews to leave Israel, is posted with the cartoon: “Leave our country, our land, our sea, our wheat, our salt, our wounds. Everything.”
The cartoon is another addition to the long list of incitement disseminated by the Palestinian Authority’s leading faction, headed by Mahmoud Abbas – the world’s idea of the Palestinian Arab “partner for peace” towards to whom Israel should be directing her efforts.
Abbas himself said just last month:
The Al Aqsa [mosque] is ours … and they have no right to defile it with their filthy feet… We will not allow them to, and we will do everything in our power to protect Jerusalem. (Sept. 16)
That statement alone was not only silly and superfluous but also was deliberately inflammatory and lent credibility to a base lie about Israel intending to change the status quo at the Temple Mount, which it never has. Nor does the present government intend to do so now.
A subsequent statement by Abbas’ adviser Ahmed al-Ruweidi was gauged to keep the fires burning just as attacks seemed to be slowing down. “[Palestinian] residents of Jerusalem will not move from their city” he said, as if Israelis intended to throw them out, adding “Their actions and policy will not scare us.”
We will remain in Jerusalem and protect it and its holy sites (as if Israel intended to destroy the holy city or its holy sites when in fact Israel has been the only guardian of the city in a thousand years to restore the city’s beauty and allow open access by all peoples to those sites), first among them the blessed Al Aqsa.” (To this day the site remains under the province of the Islamic Waqf Authority and the Jordanian government, with the full agreement and cooperation of the State of Israel — the precious “status quo.”)
Meanwhile Hamas has also urged Arabs in Judea and Samaria to carry out suicide bombings across the border in Israel, issuing a “call to arms” to terrorists in Hebron and Shechem as the first order of the day.
Senior Hamas terror official Mahmoud al-Zahar said Sunday the current wave of terror needs to be escalated from a popular terror war into an actual, armed terror war, according to the Hebrew-language Yediot Achronot newspaper.
Al-Zahar made an open call for the use of guns and explosives, ramping up both the intensity and the scope of the attacks planned ahead.
Terrorists in the Hebron area of Judea and those in the Shechem (Nablus) area of Samaria were the first to receive the new orders. Both are situated in areas that could potentially be used as launching sites for terror attacks on all four of Israel’s major cities: Jerusalem, Be’er Sheva, Tel Aviv, and Haifa.
According to the report, an official with the Palestinian Authority security force claimed a Hamas cell in Hebron with at least six members was recently captured, together with explosives and funds. The cell members reportedly said under interrogation that they wanted to die, a revelation that led investigators to believe the terrorists had been instructed to carry out suicide bombing attacks against Israel.
As Palestinian Authority leader Mahmoud Abbas proclaims the wish of his people for “peace,” the PA’s leading Fatah faction sings a very different song.
In a cartoon tweeted by Fatah on its official Twitter account, a masked Palestinian Arab is playing a knife as a violin, using a key for the bow – symbolizing the “return” of Palestinian Arabs to their abandoned homes from 1948.
The background shown is that of the currently embattled grounds of the Al Aqsa Mosque and the Dome of the Rock, on the Temple Mount.
The cartoon, a blunt warning to Israelis of more butchery with hatchets and knives, was caught and translated by the Palestinian Media Watch (PMW) watchdog organization.
“A symphony of love for Jerusalem. If the occupation wants to hear it again and again, it should continue invading Jerusalem, attacking our noble women and desecrate our Noble Sanctuary (i.e., the Al-Aqsa Mosque plaza) and our Jerusalem.” [Fatah Twitter account, Oct. 12, 2015]
The text echoes Abbas’ own words (as documented by PMW), as the Palestinian leader encouraged Arabs to “protect the holy places.”
The mention of “noble women” and “desecration” of Al-Aqsa echoes the refrain sung by Arab terrorist Muhannad Halabi listing the reasons for his murderous attack that robbed two people of their lives in Jerusalem.
U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry called Palestinian Authority chairman Abbas Saturday and told him to calm down the incitement to violence, according to Palestinian Authority media.
Abbas responded to Kerry that Israel must stop settlers from provoking Arabs.
During the day, Fatah, the party headed by Abbas, claimed that two Jerusalem terrorists who were killed by Israeli forces belonged to their party.
The Obama administration has been retrying to keep a low profile during the escalation of violence, restricting its comments to condemnations “in the strongest possible terms violence against Israeli and Palestinian civilians.
Spokesman John Kirby told reporters at the daily press briefing Friday:
We continue to urge all sides to take affirmative steps to restore calm and refrain from actions and rhetoric that would further escalate tensions.
I think the Secretary addressed this, I thought very well, earlier this week in urging calm, condemning the violence, and calling for a return to – at least in terms of Haram al-Sharif and the Temple Mount, a return to the status quo, and for both sides to take the tensions down.