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Even Half-Hearted Claims To Jerusalem Arouse Ire

Wednesday, July 25th, 2012

The Levy Report’s conclusive findings: Israel is not an occupier, and the settlements are not illegal.

We all know that history repeats itself, but of late it seems that even the repetitions are repeating themselves.

A few days ago, Israel’s attorney general, Yehuda Weinstein, made a fairly straightforward announcement. He said that Israeli law, including the Antiquities and Planning & Construction Laws, apply to Israeli territory. Specifically, he said, since the Temple Mount is part of the territory of the state of Israel, these laws apply to that holy area.

This, of course, aroused the ire of Israel’s enemies. Jordan’s information minister and official spokesman said his country “opposes any Israeli attempt to take control over the holy Islamic sites.” He even warned that Weinstein’s words are liable to cause the outbreak of a religious conflict, “especially now, given Israel’s expansive attempts to Judaize Jerusalem.”

Shades of 1980.

Why? Because then, when Israel adopted the Basic Law stating that “Jerusalem, complete and united, is the capital of Israel,” there was a similar outcry. The New York Times said the move “can serve only further to complicate efforts to find a just and lasting solution…”

The paper acknowledged that Israel’s stated objectives – guaranteed access for everyone to the Old City’s holy places, as well as security from attacks – had not been satisfied under Jordanian rule. But, it concluded, “arbitrary Israeli annexation of the Old City is not the best way to achieve these aims.”

Then what is?

In any event, Weinstein himself watered down his statement regarding Israel and the Temple Mount. He said that because of the “unique character of the site, the law must be implemented with extra sensitivity with consideration given to practical ramifications as well.”

Weinstein was responding to the recent news that the Moslem Waqf (the religious trust that runs Judaism’s most sacred spot, the Temple Mount) had erected scaffolding inside the Mosque of Omar. The construction work was set precisely atop the ancient rock that most likely marks the spot of the Holy of Holies.

One might think, based on his statement, that he would welcome and encourage the state to take action to enforce the law, to dismantle the scaffolding, and to actively supervise the goings-on at the holy site. In fact, the Temple Mount Loyalists have filed a court petition demanding precisely those steps. But apparently Weinstein places more emphasis on the “extra sensitivity” he recommends on the Temple Mount than on the actual application of the law there.

Consequently, he announced his official opinion that the state should actually reject the petition and not take action to enforce the law.

It is true that the Temple Mount has not been totally given over to Wakf control. Recently, some state representatives toured the area and issued instructions to keep it clean. And of course, Israeli police man the gates (and do not allow Jews – and sometimes Arabs – to enter freely). But as attorney Naftali Wurtzberger said in response to Weinberg’s declaration, the bottom line is that official government bodies – the courts, the Chief Rabbinate, the police – are not enforcing the law on the Temple Mount, and the site has been all but abandoned by the State of Israel.

* * * * * With relatively little fanfare, Prime Minister Netanyahu received the official report earlier this month regarding the status of the Jewish communities in Judea and Samaria (and Jerusalem). The report finds that the area is not “occupied,” but is essentially Israeli. It also concludes that all the outposts are not illegal under international law, and that Israel can and should legalize them as soon as possible.

The report was prepared by a special commission headed by former Supreme Court Justice Edmond Levy. The core of its argument is this:

Judea and Samaria, together with the rest of Israel, was assigned to the Jewish people by the powers of the day at the San Remo Conference of 1920 and, later, the League of Nations. From 1948, Israel was unable to exercise its control over Judea and Samaria because the fortunes of war had left Jordan in control. Though Jordan “annexed” these areas, the world (except for Pakistan and Great Britain) did not recognize this. The Six-Day War of 1967 enabled Israel to return to what had been legally granted the Jewish people 47 years earlier.

Dramatic Drop in Infiltrators

Monday, July 23rd, 2012

The Israeli Interior Ministry reports a dramatic drop in the number of illegal infiltrators for the first half of July.

Only 140 illegal infiltrators were able to enter Israel from the Sinai, and all were arresteed.

In June, 1213 illegal infiltrators crossed the border, of whom, 928 were arrested.

And that number was just half of the 2031 who entered illegally from the Sinai in the month of May.

By next week, 200 kilometers of border fence will be completed along the Sinai-Israel border, and by October all but 14 kilometers near Eilat will be completed, and that segment will be completed in 2013.

Source: http://www.mynet.co.il/articles/0,7340,L-4258605,00.html

Florida DNC Member Resigns over Leaked Anti-Israel Emails

Tuesday, July 10th, 2012

Evelyn Garcia, a Democratic National Committee (DNC) member and candidate for the Florida House of Representatives who accused Israel of “crimes against humanity” and of running “mass concentration camps” in a series of vitriolic emails, has apologized and resigned from the DNC.

Garcia, a Haitian-American elected to the DNC in 2008, sent the emails in 2011, but they were first released by BizPacReview.com after being passed on to South Florida Democrats last week. The emails evince a vicious contempt for Israel and echo the propaganda and trite canards that usually mark those on the radical anti-Israel left.

In an email dated May 24, 2011 Garcia wrote: “Slavery was ended, apartheid was ended and so this occupation must end.”

Two months later, on July 26, Garcia wrote that “by supporting Israeli occupation with US foreign aid, we are all complicit and guilty of their crimes against humanity.

“Palestinians had nothing to do with the Holocaust,” she continued, “and it’s about time this guilt trip was taken off their backs.”

“I deeply resent U.S. taxpayer funds being used to continue Israeli aggression, (yes, confiscating other peoples’ land and building illegal settlements is aggression), not to mention ‘incursions’ that kill PEOPLE, destroy civilian homes and infrastructure all over, mass concentration prison camps, etc, etc, etc.”

BizPacReview reported that Garcia’s email rants began when she forwarded an email by the radical leftist group Code Pink, titled “Time for a New Middle East Policy,” which lambasted President Obama’s pandering to the “pro-occupation lobby” and announced a conference opposing it.

Local Democrats expressed horror and outrage at Garcia’s words. Loren Londner, one of the recipients of the emails, told BizPacReview that “This kind of speech almost qualifies as hate speech. This should be made public no matter who the person is or what their party.”

“She’s horrible,” said Dan Liftman, legislative aide to U.S. Rep. Alcee Hastings (D-Miramar). “She could harm the president and Debbie Wasserman Schultz.”

Palm Beach County Democratic Chairman Mark Alan Siegel called the emails “grossly inappropriate.” Oddly, Siegel said that he “was shocked by her choice of words,” seeming to imply that it was not Garcia’s views that bothered him, but rather the language she used to convey her views.

Though Garcia resigned from her post in the DNC on Friday afternoon, the controversy has not swayed her intention to run for a seat in the Florida House of Representatives; she is seeking to represent District 88, which includes the heavily Jewish West Palm Beach. She is running against three other democratic candidates for the post.

In her resignation letter to the DNC she wrote: “In passionately advocating my position supporting the rights of people I felt were being harmed, I used language that I now regret. The gist of the conversation had to do with my concern for innocent people being oppressed, but such support for the oppressed does not diminish my support for the good people of Israel.” Amazingly, she seemed to shift the blame for her comments, saying that her “private emails” had been released “by someone I believed was my friend.”

Garcia also emailed a statement to the Palm Beach Post on Friday, writing that her comments were “inappropriate and hurtful” and ” exactly the kind of ugly rhetoric that is not conducive to the overall atmosphere needed to create a prosperous peace.” She also apologized to “members of the Jewish faith whom I have worked with for years.”

Still, the controversy is showing no signs of abating, as some Florida democrats are being accused of knowing about the emails but sitting on them.

While Siegel claimed that he saw the emails for the first time last Monday morning, Liftman said he had known about the emails “for a while.”

Despite sounding contrite in her resignation letter and statement to the Post, Garcia seemed less than repentant in an a statement on Mondoweiss.com, a website that claims to cover Israel from a “progressive Jewish perspective.”

Casting herself as the victim of an unjustified witch hunt, Garcia said she has received a “barrage of hate mail and threats…from places as far away from Palm Beach County as Oklahoma.” Garcia returned to a tone more reminiscent of the emails that got her into trouble in the first place: “Don’t our loyalty and patriotism belong first to our country–the United States of America? Or, did they [the Palm Beach County political action group that released the emails] really intend a conversation among the wider electorate of the extent to which U.S. taxpayers are subsidizing an illegal occupation by Israel? And, who says it’s an occupation and illegal? Well, let me count the ways: numerous United Nations resolutions, J Street, Jewish Voice for Peace, the Presbyterian Church, CodePink, religious and political leaders and public opinion worldwide.”

“How much longer will U.S. taxpayers subsidize the illegal, immoral occupation of Palestinian territories?” she continued. “How about conducting a discussion on that topic instead of persecuting one messenger? Don’t Palestinians deserve their homeland too? After conducting guerrilla warfare and with United Nations votes of nations worldwide, including The Republic of Haiti, Israelis established their homeland some 60 years ago.”

Still, she offered this platitude to balance the “discussion: “The Jewish State of Israel is a legitimate, sovereign nation that I have long admired for its self-determination and generosity to others, including the recent victims of the Haiti earthquake.”

JTA contributed to this report

Israeli Navy Captures Palestinian Smugglers Vessel

Friday, June 15th, 2012

The Israeli Navy captured a Palestinian fishing vessel engaged in illegal smuggling travelling towards the Gaza Strip on Wednesday. No weapons were discovered on board the ship, only spare vehicle parts, and it was taken to shore by an Israeli Navy Dvora class fast patrol boat.

After the investigation was complete, the smugglers were released to the Gaza Strip via the Erez crossing.

The Navy Patrol Squadron, responsible for securing Israel’s southern marine front, carries out short-range operations off the shore to prevent additional weapon smuggling. “There was a lot of equipment on board the vessel, which could have easily included weapons,” said commander of the Dvora class patrol boat reconnaissance squadron, Cpt. M. to the IDF Website.

Once a fishing vessel crosses the border and enters Israel’s jurisdiction, it is immediately captured by Israeli Navy forces. “Smuggling takes place regularly,” said Cpt. M. The detained smugglers go through a thorough security inspection of the cargo. If no affiliation with terrorist organizations is recognized, the smugglers are returned to the Gaza Strip in an orderly fashion along with the capture vessels.

A Sane Israeli is a Leftist Mugged by Illegal African Migrants

Monday, June 11th, 2012

Israel has been under attack by the onslaught of illegal immigrants from Africa and over the past few months there has been an unbearable rise of crime — brutal rapes and assaults of teenagers and women in Tel Aviv, Jerusalem, Netivot, Lod, Netanya, Eilat, Or Akiva, Bnei Brak, Kiryat Sefer, and more. These illegal job-seeking immigrants are being deemed as “refugees” by all sorts of “aid groups” in Israel, who vocally protest all government actions to evict these illegals — estimates ranging from 90,000 to 700,000. Many of the same “social justice” advocates who demand a better quality of life for Israel’s lower and middle class, are also demanding equal rights for these thousands of illegals as well.

These “activists” live in fiscal fantasyland.

Israel’s conservative fiscal policy is the last barrier preventing Israel from plunging into a recession that has befell most of the developed nations around the world since 2008. As the Eurozone stronger countries struggle to keep Greece, Spain, Portugal and Italy afloat with hundreds of billions of Euro in bailout loans, Israel has no such financial sugar daddy. No one will bail out Israel’s fledgling economy if we over-spend. No one will come to our fiscal rescue if we go bankrupt providing services and social benefits to the tens of thousands of migrant workers who have illegally infiltrated Israel. We’re on our own, and our first responsibility is to ourselves.

Despite the ongoing rabble from the “refugee aid groups” who routinely pine on the Israeli guilty conscience that “we too were refugees, and its our responsibility to accept these illegal Africans,” MK Ophir Okunis correctly stated this morning on IDF Radio that 99% of these refugees are NOT legally considered refugees. Less than a few dozen have actually fled their countries due to political or military persecution and have directly entered Israel. They have all entered Israel via Egypt, via Libya, and via other countries. Once the refugee left their country where they were persecuted and entered another country where the threat of persecution ended, they are no longer refugees from their country of origin. As they continue their trek to Israel via other countries, they are no longer in search of protection, rather in search of opportunity and jobs. Entering Israel via Egypt they are here in the quest of economic opportunity and the benefits which Israel’s left are more than happy to offer.

Unfortunately, Israel as a Jewish Democracy cannot tolerate this situation; not economically, not demographically, and certainly — not the awful crime wave which has descended upon us.

Left leaning Israeli Journalist Guy Maroz slammed right-wing MKs in March 2010 for wanting to create “labor camps” for these illegal workers. He was among the most vocal activists demanding that Israel not deport the children of these illegal immigrants with their families.

Till it hit home for him.

Till he woke up and realized that the problem isn’t only in South Tel-Aviv or Eilat (which obviously aren’t his problem because he doesn’t live there)…and the illegals started flooding all of Israel, his hometown as well.

In a heartfelt letter to Israel’s Prime Minister via an opinion piece in NRG/Maariv, Maroz begs PM Netanyahu to take action against the surge of illegals:

“The writer of these lines, and his wife were among the most strident activists against the expulsion of the the children of [illegal African] foreign workers. That is why I permit myself to scream today, “No More. No more flooding of the streets and lives of Israel’s poorest citizens [South Tel Aviv].

This week a friend hesitantly told me, and she is one of the most enlightened and liberal people I know, ‘they have also come to us, to Hod Hasharon.”

And they have arrived here as well.”

Israel needs to quickly take decisive action to quash the illegal immigration from Africa.

This isn’t racism. This isn’t intolerance. This isn’t immoral.

This is self-preservation. This is the responsibility of survival of the Jewish State, for us, our children, and generations to come.

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Immigration Police Round Up Sudanese for Deportation

Monday, June 11th, 2012

Israeli immigration police arrest dozens of South Sudanese illegal immigrants in Eilat on Monday morning in a raid intended to curb the influx of unauthorized entrants from Africa.

At approximately 5:00 AM, immigration police raided a neighborhood which has become known as a way station for the hundreds of migrants who breach Israeli borders from the south.  Police gave the individuals time to gather and pack their belongings before being deported.  Eight South Sudanese migrants were arrest by the Immigration Authority on Sunday.

Last week, a Jerusalem court ruled that Israel could deport South Sudanese citizens back to their country.

The Knesset on Monday will dedicate special sessions to dealing with strong Israeli reactions to violence and theft brought on by the wave of Sudanese and Eritrean illegal immigrants, in particular in South Tel Aviv and the port city of Eilat.  Discussions will include ways to deal with the various classifications of immigrants – including opportunists as well as asylum-seekers – as well as Israeli violence against the migrants sparked by public outrage at immigrant conduct.

On Sunday, the Ministerial Committee for Legislation supported a bill to punish Israelis who employ or migrants and Palestinians who are inside Israeli illegally.

Though it is difficult to estimate how many illegal immigrants from Africa are currently in Israel, Ministry of Interior estimates, as of April 2012, 59,858 Illegal immigrants who were never imprisoned in detention facilities have infiltrated into Israel.  A fraction of those are entitled to refugee status, while Eritreans – comprising a whopping 34,000 of those – will not be deported due to the opinion of the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees that Eritrea has a difficult internal situation and a forced recruitment and that Eritrean immigrants should be defined as a “temporary humanitarian protection group”.

Peace Now: MKs Protesting Illegals Promoted Racism, Violence

Thursday, May 24th, 2012

The general director of Peace Now, Yariv Oppenheier, has urged Attorney General Yehuda Weinstein to open a criminal investigation into MKs Miri Regev (Likud), Danny Danon (Likud), and Michael Ben-Ari (National Union), for making speeches Wednesday in Tel Aviv he says incite racism and violence.

The speeches were made to approximately 1,000 protesters in South Tel Aviv’s Hatikva neighborhood, in response to a wave of illegal immigration and associated surge in crime in the area.  While some illegal immigrants have made the trek to Israel from Sudan and Eritrea to escape persecution, others have taken advantage of Israel’s high level of humanitarian aid and labor opportunities.

In her speech, Regev made comments such as “the infiltrators are a cancer in our body”, and advocated their deportation from Israel.  Twelve protesters were arrested during the event, which deteriorated into rioting.

According to local residents in south Tel Aviv, the streets have become unsafe, with women and the elderly afraid to walk outside.    On May 15, 4 Eritrean men were charged with raping a 19 year old Israeli woman in a parking lot in the area, one of several such incidents which have reportedly occurred since the area become a haven for illegal African immigrants.

Printed from: http://www.jewishpress.com/news/peace-now-mks-protesting-illegals-promoted-racism-violence/2012/05/24/

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