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An Open Letter to Abir Kopty

Sunday, May 4th, 2014

Dear Abir

I read with interest your blogpost objecting to having been included in Haaretz’s list of 66 Israeli Women You Should Know, published by that newspaper ahead of Yom HaAtzma’ut. Of course, respect your right to self-definition, and your desire to be known as a Palestinian, not as an Israeli (although I would point out that to the best of my knowledge, you have not renounced your Israeli citizenship. Why not? Would that not seem to be the strongest possible statement of affirmation for your feelings that you are “not an ‘Israeli woman’, not an ‘Israeli Arab’”)?

To a large degree, I understand where you’re coming from: As a Jew who grew up in a non-Jewish atmosphere in southern California, I well understand your desire to maintain your national identity while surrounded by a non-Palestinian majority culture. It is a tough, but ultimately worthwhile struggle to find the common ground between your Arab ethnic nationality and your Israeli political one.

But that issue is yours, not Israel’s. Like it or not, with an Arab minority that makes up 20 percent of our country, you and your community are most definitely part of our society, and we Jewish Israelis must not fall into the trap of ignoring the Arab community. In a way, it would have been very convenient for you had Haaretz published its list with no Arab names: You would certainly have pointed to that decision as “proof” of Israel’s “racist” nature. Sorry to tell you, Abir, but it just isn’t true. The Arab community in Israel is not invisible.

Furthermore, as an Israeli woman who enjoys voting rights in Israel while also serving as a senior spokeswoman for the Palestinian Authority, you are most definitely an Israeli woman that Israelis should know about. ,

No, Israel is not perfect: One need only travel five minutes, from the unpaved roads of the town of Furedis to the magnificent Jewish town of Zichron Yaakov to illustrate the gap in conditions in the Arab sector in Israel in comparison to those in the Jewish community. Nor do Israeli government officials turn  blind eye to this inequality. To quote Natan Sharansky, former Prisoner of Zion and Minister of Industry and Trade, “Israel is not tough enough with the elements of the Arab community that wish this country ill, but we are not generous enough with the overwhelming majority of Arab Israelis who just want to live their lives and to ensure a future for their children.”

But nor the situation of Arab Israelis completely black. Arabs shop freely on HaMeyasdim and Herzl Streets in Zichron Yaakov, on Jaffa Road in Jerusalem, in the Renanim Mall in Ranana and around the country. There is virtually no area of Israel that an Arab woman would think twice about wearing traditional hijab clothing. As the hot summer approaches, Arab and Jewish families will swim (simultaneously, if not exactly “together”) at the pool at Kibbutz Shoresh and at natural springs around the area of Bet Shean. They will play at public parks together and will benefit from Israel’s health care system together.  Unfortunately, these facts don’t play so well for your BDS campaign, so you choose to ignore them, in favor of proclaiming your “non-Israeliness” to the world. But they are objective facts, nonetheless

Sorry, Abir, but Haaretz was 100 percent correct to include you on their list of 66 Israeli Women You Should Know About. Your inclusion on that list is a statement about the openness of Israeli society, not about your self-definition. It is too bad that you have chosen to throw your lot with the Palestinian sector that yearns for the destruction of Israel instead of utilizing your considerable abilities to maximise opportunities and civil rights for Arab citizens in Israel  

Six Jerusalem Arab Lawyers Aided Jailed Hamas Terrorists

Wednesday, April 2nd, 2014

Six Arab lawyers, including one woman, have been arrested in recent weeks for receiving money from Hamas and Islamic terrorist cells in return for handing over money and information to jailed terrorists in Israel and outside the country.

The Israel Security Agency (Shin Bet) lifted a gag order on the arrests Wednesday.

The suspects include two brothers who set up and managed legal offices in the Arab neighborhood of Issawi in Jerusalem in the name of “Al Quds.” They collected their “wages” from other lawyers living in various areas of the capital.

The suspects received $150-$200 for every visit to a terrorist in jail, where they handed over information.

The suspects, like all Arabs in Jerusalem, receive the same social and welfare benefits from the State of Israel that every other citizen receives, regardless of race, religion or nationalist.

The difference is that they are traitors who work for terrorist groups that have dug deeper into the heart of Jerusalem, where the Palestinian Authority wants to establish its capital in a future state.

If they are convicted and jailed, Israel can consider releasing them next year in exchange for continuing peace talks with the Palestinian Authority.

Did Kerry Cancel His Meeting with Abbas Because the PA Broke Its Word?

Wednesday, April 2nd, 2014

For a second time this week, U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry abruptly cancelled a scheduled meeting with Palestinian Authority Chairman Mahmoud Abbas.

Reporters were told late Tuesday evening that Kerry’s meeting today (Wednesday) with Abbas was cancelled, with few details added. “We are no longer traveling tomorrow,” a senior State Department official said simply.

Abbas breached the conditions of his agreement with Israel – and the United States – by signing a PA application for membership in 15 United Nations agencies and organizations. “The demands (for membership) will be sent immediately,” Abbas announced at a briefing. “This is not a move against America or any other party. It is our right and we agreed to suspend it for nine months.”

The deadline for completion of the framework agreement talks was set for April 29. But Abbas has not actively participated in direct talks for months, according to reports quoting government minister Tzipi Livni (Hatnua). Nor has the PA made any “good will gestures” towards Israel comparable to those forced upon the Jewish States by U.S. President Barack Obama.

Meanwhile, the PA’s unilateral move is one that turns the clock back more than a year, dialing back efforts by John Kerry to keep the entity from attempting to unilaterally gain recognition in the U.N. as an independent sovereign nation. It also is a return to its attempt to evade the agreement it signed in the internationally-recognized Oslo Accords in 1993.

Two days earlier the PA chairman was have met with Kerry in Ramallah following talks between Israeli Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu and the Secretary of State. But the meeting in Jerusalem ran longer than expected and John Kerry had to race for his flight to make a two-day meeting in Brussels.

The Israeli-PA negotiations over a “framework agreement” have been limping along for months now, with Israel making what appears to be all of the concessions. As a ‘good will gesture’ to bring Abbas to the table and keep him there, Israel agreed to free 104 PA terrorist prisoners in four separate tranches linked to the PA leader’s active participation in the talks. Three of the four have already been made, with some 78 terrorists freed.

The fourth and final group of terrorists scheduled to be released last week, however, included 20 Israeli Arab citizens – and at that point both government ministers and the entire Israeli population balked.

Kerry Back in Town to Force Release of Terrorists

Monday, March 31st, 2014

U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry pushed the emergency ejection button on his Paris talks with Russian foreign minister Sergei Lavrov over the crisis in Ukraine and flew into Israel to try and force a last-minute agreement between Israel and the Palestinian Authority for the release of more Arab terrorists.

Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu has stated no more concessions will be taken unless it is “clear” what Israel will receive in return, but it is anyone’s guess what Israel could gain except for Brownie points in the White House and another dinner with Kerry, for what it’s worth.

And motorists are being smacked with the occasional closing of the Tel Aviv-Jerusalem highway between 5:30 p.m. and 7:30 pm. Israeli time and during Tuesday morning’s rush hour, 8-10 a.m., so Kerry can have all the of the road it himself.

The Palestinian Authority newspaper Al-Quds quoted Kerry as saying he told PA officials he will free the terrorists with his own hands if he has to.

Most Israelis, from Defense Minister Moshe Ya’alon to even the dovish media with the exception of Haaretz, would not mind if Kerry would take a walk, a very long walk and even better off a short pier.

The Palestinian Authority also is not so thrilled with him. Its officials have created a cold air mass before his arrival, saying that they really are not interested in extending the talks that Kerry initiated last July, but that can be discounted as playing hard to get.

Kerry will meet with Prime Minister Netanyahu Monday evening and then travel to Ramallah for a discussion with Mahmoud Abbas.

“Secretary Kerry decided it would be productive to return to the region,” State Dept. spokeswoman Jen Psaki said.
Translation: Kerry is roaring into town with ammunition on both shoulders and will tell both sides that they will bear the wrath of Obama himself if they don’t agree to help the president make a fool out of himself.

No one really knows who is on first anymore. Kerry and his media groupies have created the fiction that Israel agreed last July to free several Arab terrorists who are card-carrying Israeli citizens.

Netanyahu was quoted this past December 31 saying he never agreed to free them as part of the fourth and final batch of terrorists, but the truth really doesn’t matter anymore. Freeing them has been accepted as a fact by Kerry, the Palestinian Authority, and the media, so the truth really does not matter anymore.

Israel reportedly has offered to free more than the last group of 26 terrorists, which is not likely to happen unless he card-carrying Israelis will remain in jail. The Palestinian Authority supposedly has demanded that Israel free several hundred terrorists, and all of this, of course, for the grand prize of a few more months of charades masked as negotiations” over when to end the follies.

Kerry said Monday afternoon, “I think it’d be inappropriate to get into any kind of judgments about what may or may not occur or happen because it’s really a question between the Palestinians and the Israelis, and what Prime Minister Netanyahu is prepared to do. So he has – he is working diligently, I know. I just literally talked to him 15 minutes ago. And he’s working at it.”

Kerry and Netanyahu spoke Sunday night and again Monday morning, and they obviously were not just chewing the fat.

Not by coincidence, Opposition leader Yitzchak Herzog is meeting in Amman Monday with Jordanian King Abdullah, the first official Israeli visit since Israeli soldiers killed a Jordanian judge at the Allenby Bridge crossing when he allegedly attacked a soldier and tried to grab his weapon.

Kerry is banking on the usual gambit of threatening Abba and Netanyahu that whoever says “no” will be blamed for the collapse of his stage show. At some point, and that point is not far down the road and may already have been reached, the Palestinian Authority will say, “Blame us all you want. We have the United Nations in our pockets.”

Netanyahu so far has been too chicken to be blamed because the only thing he has in his picket is the Book of Psalms, but he hasn’t used it very much.

Arab MKs: ‘Put War Criminal Sharon on Trial, Even if He is Dead’

Tuesday, January 14th, 2014

Upon the news of the death of former Israeli Prime Minister Ariel Sharon the Arab world expressed glee, as he is perceived by them as the great Israeli butcher of the Arabs.

Palestinian Media Watch exposed that Sharon was also attacked and scorned by Arab members of Knesset, who joined the Arab world in their verbal assaults on Sharon after his death.

The predominantly Arab party Hadash, on their official Arabic Facebook page, announced that “war criminal and former Israeli Prime Minister Ariel Sharon is dead.” Elsewhere on its Facebook page, the party referred to Sharon as a “murderer.” The party also posted a cartoon of Sharon walking down to Hell, dragging iron balls behind him that are chained to his feet and labeled “Deir Yassin,” “Qibya,” “Sabra,” and “Shatila.”

Arab Balad party Knesset Member Jamal Zahalka, posted on his Facebook page the demand to “put war criminal Sharon on trial, even if he is dead!”

He accused Sharon of having committed “crimes against humanity,” and suggested “showcase trials in absentia” for Sharon. “Sharon’s death, eight years after he was clinically dead, is an opportunity to emphasize that we must prosecute and bring war criminals to trial in international court,” he wrote. “If this is not possible, as in Sharon’s case, we must conduct a showcase trial with them in absentia, in which detailed charges of their crimes against humanity will be presented

“This [should be done] to expose Zionism’s shame and its crimes. Sharon was one of the conspicuous figures who committed and represented them… Sharon is dead, but the criminal policy he adopted still exists. Moreover, it is Israel’s official and operative policy.”

Livni Team Thinking Outside the Box: Swap Israeli Arabs for Settlers

Wednesday, January 1st, 2014

A senior Israeli source close to the peace negotiations has told Maariv that Israel has proposed to the U.S. a population exchange with the Palestinian state that will not require a physical transfer.

The idea is to turn over the “Arab triangle,” where about 300 thousand Israeli Arabs live today in the eastern Sharon Valley (near Netanya), in return for the “block settlements” in Judea and Samaria, which include Gush Etzion, the Shchem area, Maale Adumim near Jerusalem and possibly the Hebron area. Such a swap would also most likely include the Jordan Valley.

The proposed swap would not include the “outposts,” which are more scattered and whose legal status is in dispute.

From the tone of the official speaking to Maariv, it appears that the idea could catch fire at this point in time, because it is far more likely to be embraced by a majority of Israeli Jews. It’s greatest claim to fame is the fact that it “only” removes 100 to 150 thousand settlers from their homes, a number which many Israelis could live with. This number has been bandied around by Science Minister Yaakov Perry in recent days, as the unavoidable “painful sacrifice” the Jewish state must endure for the sake of peace.

Kerry might be tempted to entertain this idea in public, even if he does not end up actually endorsing it, because it would appeal to the right wing in Israel as well as in the U.S. Fewer people get hurt, Israel is rid of part of a significant ethnic minority that can threaten the Jewish character of the state (Remember the ticking demographic bomb? It ain’t ticking so much, as Arab birthrate has been declining, but it still sounds good).

Last time this idea was contemplated, by current Foreign Minister Avigdor Lieberman, it evoked a very negative, even angry response from the left, and from the Arab Israelis, who accused Lieberman of racism.

Hard to tell why physically uprooting Jews is not racism, but merely redrawing the border to the west of an area rather than its east is racist.

Of course, the main reason the Triangle Arabs hated this proposal, and no doubt will despise it again, is because they’re nobody’s fools: why move from a Western democracy to a third world PLO (and later Hamas) dictatorship?

Also, the 100 to 150 thousand settlers and their loved ones will not be enamoured with the expulsion part.

And, of course, the Palestinian negotiators will hate it because, to be fair, it kind of favors Israel, legitimizing upwards of half a million Jewish settlers, while at the same time helping it unload an ancient security problem—the Arab Tiriangle.

In my humble opinion, while I remain certain of the hopelessness of the Kerry effort, beginning to end, I must admit that this is just the kind of out of the box thinking that would boost the near-defunct 2-state solution.

Did you hug a released Palestinian terrorist today?

Are BDSers Hypocrites, Antisemites, or Both?

Tuesday, September 24th, 2013

Another Israeli innovation:

The next revolution in personal computing could very well come from the northern Israeli town of Yokne’am, where SolidRun…has developed a $45 PC that can do almost anything a “big boy” computer can do – with all design and manufacturing done in Israel.

“Our goal is to supply anyone anywhere who needs one with a low-cost, high-capability computer that has a low carbon footprint and can do just about anything the average person would need,” said [the] CEO of SolidRun. “That’s been our dream for a long time, and with our new CuBox-I computer, that dream is becoming a reality.”

The Cubox-I can be used for all sorts of things a regular PC can be used for – dedicated or general purpose – and save loads of energy, because it can replace computers that require a lot more power.

So the Israel-haters will want to ensure that this product is boycotted, right?

One slight problem, though.

The company is run by, and the computers manufactured by, Israeli Arabs.

Uh-oh. Does the CuBox-I computer go on the boycott list or not?

If it does, then the boycotters are hurting “Palestinians,” and they are proven to be hypocrites.

If not, then the boycotters are admitting that their entire movement is really only aimed at Jews, not Israelis, and they are proven to be antisemitic.

I’ve already shown that Israeli-Arab owned businesses that are in “the territories” don’t seem to be listed as problematic by the BDSers, Since they are only boycotting Jewish-owned businesses, this proves that they are antisemitic.

On the other hand, BDSers happily use Israeli technology and innovations every time they turn on their computers and cell phones, which proves that they are hypocritical.

On the third hand, BDSers are also against Palestinian Arab farmers making a living if their products are exported by Jews, which is both antisemitic and hypocritical.

That’s the answer!

The oh-so-moral BDS supporters are provably both hypocrites and antisemites.

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