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Israeli Arabs: Would You Serve in the Israeli Army?

Sunday, September 21st, 2014

Corey Gil-Shuster asks Israeli-Arabs if they would serve in the IDF service or do National Service.

Some of the answers will surprise you (and some won’t).

Obama Silent on Plans for New Homes for Jerusalem (Arabs)

Thursday, September 4th, 2014

Jerusalem’s announcement Wednesday that a new Arab neighborhood for Arabs will be built was met by a thundering silence by the European Union and the United States, which throw a tantrum every time plans are drawn up for a single house for a Jew in parts of the capital claimed by the Palestinian Authority.

The Jerusalem Local Building and Planning Committee approved building 2,200 housing units on 375 acres in the Arav al-Swahara neighborhood.

Approval was secured after pressure by the judicial system, which was approached by a human rights legal council of the Hebrew University. Right-wing activists and Haredi city councilmen previously have blocked the plan, Haaretz reported.

“The planning of neighborhoods in eastern Jerusalem by the municipality is a clear expression of Israeli sovereignty over all parts of the city and strengthens the unity of Jerusalem,” said Jerusalem Mayor Nir Barkat.

He warned that the city faced a wave of illegal construction and accompanying damage to long-term environmental planning, if it did not act to provide more housing for Arabs.

Barkat’s claim that the new neighborhood will help unify the city will be judged in the future, but the lack of American response is nothing less than another admission that it considers Palestinian Authority demands a “done deal.”

On Sunday, the U.S. State Dept. expressed “concern” over plans for new homes for Jews in Gush Etzion and eastern Jerusalem, claimed by the Palestinian Authority, and U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry’s spokeswoman Jen Psaki went so far as to state on Tuesday that Israel must “reverse” the decision.

Psaki, who apparently thinks she also is Israel’s Housing Minister, said it was “contrary to Israel’s stated goal of negotiating a permanent status agreement with the Palestinians, and it would send a very troubling message if they proceed.”

Kerry then picked up the phone complained to Netanyahu in what has been reported as a very uncordial conversation.

How, pray tell, can building for Jews be an obstacle to a permanent status agreement and building when building for Arabs is not an obstacle?

Any intelligent person, except for those in the Obama administration – and yes, they are very intelligent but equally ignorant – must conclude that President Barack Obama and U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry are lying through their teeth when they claim they are not pushing PA chairman Mahmoud Abbas’ agenda.

They want “negotiations” by holding Abbas’ hand and standing behind Israel with a diplomatic knife to rip Jerusalem apart and returning to the 1049 Temporary Armistice Lines that the want to be permanent, 47 years after the borders were finally dismantled by the Six-Day War in 1967.

Despite all the criticism, including on these pages, of Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu for caving in so often to American pressure, it really is a wonder that Israel still is one piece considering the open hypocrisy of the White House and State Dept.

Abbas is well aware of that, so he can expect that his negotiator Saeb Erekat, the one who has quite several times but miraculously doesn’t quit, is enjoying a friendly reception in Washington this week.

He reportedly is bringing with him Abbas’ three-year ”plan, to be read “ultimatum,” that Judea and Samaria and half of Jerusalem be rid of Jews by 2017.

School Rocks in Jabel Mukaber

Monday, September 1st, 2014

Dozens of masked rioter are throwing stones at Israeli police forces in the Jabel Mukaber neighborhood of Jerusalem, on Monday morning, the first day of school in Israel.

One policeman has been lightly wounded.

One of the rioters told IDF radio that the reason for the rock throwing was to express their displeasure with one of the local school principals.

What kind of example are they setting for their kids in school?

Israeli Arabs Arrested for Lebanon Ties

Thursday, August 28th, 2014

Sixteen Israeli Arabs have been arrested for cooperating with Hezbollah, Army Radio reported.

The detainees are suspected drug dealers who are also suspected of acting to support terror operations against Israel, under the direction of Hezbollah.

In recent weeks security forces have undertaken widespread activity to expose the groups’ activity vis-à-vis drug dealers in Lebanon and to cut off their entry paths to Israel.

The investigation has revealed a developed network of drug dealers in Israel who have worked with Lebanese counterparts known for their ties to Hezbollah. These include activities that were carried out ahead of weapons smuggling attempts into Israel from Lebanon, Syria and Jordan.

Israel Radio reported that the arrests could have scuttled a Hezbollah attack in Israel against the background of Hezbollah Secretary General Hassan Nasrallah’s open support for Hamas during Operation Protective Edge.

Israeli Arabs Arrested for Stone Attacks

Tuesday, August 26th, 2014

Two Arab citizens of Israel have been arrested on suspicion they stoned cars on the Coastal Road on July 28. The men have confessed to the crime.

The men, 20-year-old Amin Shehada Mera’i and 21-year-old Hassan Amash, also told investigators  they were involved in rioting in Jassar a-Zarka, in July, in reaction to Israel’s Operation Protective Edge in Gaza.

Both men admitted to a long history of anti-Israel attacks, dating back to 2008, when they were just 14 and 15 years old.

The men were arraigned in Haifa District Court this morning.

 

School Principal Murdered in Taibe

Monday, August 25th, 2014

The principal of a primary school in the Israeli-Arab city of Taibe was murdered by keffiyeh-masked men Monday.

According to Israel Radio, the men escaped the scene of the attack. The man died while being treated at Meir Hospital in Kfar Saba.

Israeli Arab Leader Muhammad Zeidan Supports Hamas: “Its Missiles Target the Enemy”

Sunday, August 10th, 2014

In a TV interview on the Lebanese Mayadeen TV channel, Muhammad Zeidan, the recently resigned head of the Higher Arab Monitoring Committee in Israel and an Israeli citizen, came out in support of Hamas, saying: “The missiles fired from Gaza constitute self-defense”, this according to MEMRI’s (Middle East Media Research Institute) report.

Zeidan stated he supports Hamas, even as the missiles landed on his areas, as “We belong to our Palestinian people. The missiles fired from Gaza are a retaliation for the criminal attack… What the Israeli establishment did in Gaza is very ugly and criminal. We cannot remain silent, even if missiles land on our heads. We are not happy when missiles fall, and blood is shed, but in our conscience, in our hearts, we belong to the Palestinian people, which is being massacred on a daily basis. We, the Palestinians within [the 1948 borders], say that the missiles fired from Gaza constitute self-defense, and are intended to show that the Palestinians have a right that must be seized, not given. Rights must be seized, not given. The Palestinian people have the right to take this official position, in defense of the Palestinian cause, and in order to establish its independent state with Jerusalem as its capital.”

Zeidan believes Israel was surprised by Hamas’ capabilities. “This war and the epic steadfastness of the resistance forces in Gaza have cast fear in their hearts. Two days ago, I saw a doctor in northern Israel placing his stethoscope on a rock in the Galilee, and saying: I hear knocking sounds underground. Hezbollah must be digging in the Galilee, within the Green Line. This fear is definitely the product of the steadfast resistance.”

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