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Terrorist Attack Thwarted at Kalandiya Security Checkpoint

Sunday, January 22nd, 2012

An Israeli border guard shot an axe-wielding terrorist at Kalandiya security checkpoint north of Jerusalem Sunday morning, preventing an attempted terror attack.

According to witnesses at the scene, a Palestinian man in his 30′s arrived at the security checkpoint with a bag, took out an axe, and began running toward the border guards and soldiers stationed there. When the man failed to respond to the orders to halt, the border guard fired a first shot into the air, and then, when the man continued to ignore the warning, fired another at the man’s legs. Before being neutralized, he managed to throw the axe at a security guard, but no Israeli soldiers or civilians were injured in the incident.

Recently, there has been an uptick in attempted terrorist attacks at security checkpoints, with the IDF and border guards successfully thwarting them.

Thou Shall Not Become Terrorists

Wednesday, December 28th, 2011

When analyzing the Arab-Israeli conflict, it is very easy to pinpoint the horrific acts of terror carried out by Palestinian terrorists as a critical issue that must be addressed before there can be any substantive conversations about a true and lasting peace agreement. Their seemingly indifferent attitude toward human life runs afoul of the laws of basic human decency and is morally reprehensible.

However, it is a recent rash of troubling actions perpetrated by Jewish activists in the West Bank that has the potential to upend an already tenuous situation in a region ripe with instability. When some local residents and activists directed their ire at Israeli soldiers tasked with protecting them, they demonstrated an utter disregard for the law and a disdain for what is right and just.

Israeli soldiers at the Efraim Regional Brigade base were treated to an unwelcome surprise when some local Jewish residents hurled rocks at them, vandalized their army trucks, and set tires ablaze. These heinous acts of cowardice thrust the overzealous Jewish activists into the international spotlight in a most unflattering fashion.

Instead of allowing people to focus on the Palestinian extremists who are sworn enemies of Israel and who have openly and unabashedly called for the destruction of the Jewish state, the Jewish activists distracted the international community by diverting its attention away from what should be the real issue at hand.

It was just recently that the terrorist group Hamas commemorated the twenty-fourth anniversary of its formation by reaffirming its propensity for violence and reiterating its position that it will never recognize the State of Israel. This is the same organization that has the blood of countless innocent men, women, and children on its hands following numerous horrific acts of terror directed at Israelis.

An example of Islamic fundamentalism and extremism at its absolute worst, Hamas proudly claims it is directly responsible for firing more than 11,000 rockets at Israel between 2000 and 2011, for killing more than 1,300 Israeli citizens, and for injuring more than 6,400 others.

It is Hamas that claimed responsibility for the August 2010 attack that claimed the lives of four Israelis, including a pregnant woman, when their car was ambushed near Kiryat Arba. It is Hamas that carried out an attack in January 2005 in which six Israelis were killed by a suicide bomber at a crossing near the Gaza Strip. It is Hamas that killed sixteen people and injured approximately 100 others when suicide bombers attacked two buses in Beersheva in August 2004. It is Hamas that carried out scores of suicide bombings on buses in Jerusalem and Tel Aviv that claimed numerous lives.

The monstrous acts of terror carried out by Hamas and other Arab extremists have rightfully led to them being internationally vilified. The recent radical actions of Jewish activists deserve equal opprobrium. Acts of terrorism – irrespective of the perpetrators of those acts – must be swiftly and strongly condemned. There can be no double standard.

Being passionate about a particular issue does not give people license to violate the law and to act immorally, improperly, and illegally. Rules and laws apply equally to everyone, regardless of race, religion, or ethnicity.

The outcry that ensued after these horrific acts was justified and definitely necessary. Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, President Shimon Peres, Defense Minister Ehud Barak, and Yesha Council Chairman Danny Dayan deserve praise for censuring the attack and for taking the extremist activists to task for what they did.

The conduct of the Jewish activists who attacked the Israeli army base is absolutely inexcusable. Their blatant disregard for the health and well-being of others, in this instance their fellow Jews, is shocking.

The brave men and women of the Israel Defense Forces put their lives on the line each and every day in order to ensure the safety and security of the people of the State of Israel. They selflessly put themselves in harm’s way in order to safeguard the lives of others. These heroes deserve our deepest gratitude and heartfelt thanks. They deserve our respect, not resentment.

As the Arab-Israeli conflict continues, it would certainly behoove the Jewish activists to employ vigilance, not violence, in the ongoing war against terror. No matter how dire the circumstances may seem at times, it is imperative that our brethren never lose sight of the real nemesis in this battle. It is not the soldiers who are stationed in Judea and Samaria, nor is it the Israeli government, which works diligently to protect its citizenry. Our true enemies are the Arab extremists who kill innocent Israelis and who want nothing more than to eradicate the state of Israel.

Rather than attacking Israeli soldiers, setting fire to mosques, or hurling rocks at Palestinian cars, our Jewish brothers and sisters must properly channel their energy and exert self-control. Acting in a manner that runs counter to our moral framework and equates them with our enemies is unbecoming and unproductive.

Just The Facts, Ma’am

Wednesday, June 16th, 2010
The trusty folks at CAMERA have assembled a handy guide to the falsehoods and facts surrounding the Gaza flotilla. Some salient excerpts:
Falsehood: The purpose of the anti-Israel activists’ trip to Gaza was to deliver essential humanitarian aid to Palestinians.
Fact: Organizers of the trip have themselves made clear this isn’t true. “This mission is not about delivering humanitarian supplies,” saidorganizer and anti-Israel activist Greta Berlin. Instead, she explained, it is about ending Israel’s blockade in order to allow unfettered shipments to the Hamas-ruled territory.
At any rate, Israel delivers more goods to Gaza in one week (roughly 15,000 tons) than the flotilla organizers claimed to be bringing (10,000 tons). And according to the Financial Times, “shops all over Gaza are bursting with goods” thanks to the active smuggling tunnels leading into the territory from Egypt.
Falsehood: This was a flotilla of “peace activists.”
Fact: The most prominent organizers of the flotilla have strongly backed violence. And even if some passengers thought they were involved in a peace mission, video evidence clearly shows passengers on the Mavi Marmara planning, and engaging in, brutal violence.
The two main organizers of the voyage were the Turkish Insani Yardim Vakfi (IHH), which has worked closely with terrorist organizations, and the Free Gaza Movement, which is strongly linked to the extremist International Solidarity Movement (ISM).
Falsehood: Naval blockades are not permitted under international law.
Fact: Naval blockades are legal. They have long been part of customary and even conventional international law, and the relevant legal doctrines were reviewed and codified in the 1994 San Remo Manual on International Law Applicable to Armed Conflicts at Sea.
Falsehood: It is not permissible to stop a merchant ship, as opposed to an army ship.
Fact: According to the San Remo Manual, merchant ships violating a blockade may be stopped, or even attacked. Article 98 states: “Merchant vessels believed on reasonable grounds to be breaching a blockade may be captured. Merchant vessels which, after prior warning, clearly resist capture may be attacked.”
Falsehood: Israel violated international law when it stopped the ships in international waters.
Fact: Legal experts cited by Reuters notethat “Under the law of a blockade, intercepting a vessel could apply globally so long as a ship is bound for a ‘belligerent’ territory.”
Falsehood: Israel prevents essential humanitarian items such as baby formula from entering the Gaza Strip.
Fact: Israel facilitates the transfer of thousandsof tonsof humanitarian items per week into Gaza, including baby formula.
Falsehood: Israeli soldiers descended on the ship from helicopters and immediately attacked with machine guns innocent passengers sleeping on the deck.
Fact: Video footageclearly demonstrates that this is a lie. The footage, shot from different angles, shows Israeli soldiers landing on the ship being immediately and violently assaulted by gangs of passengers awaiting them on deck. The attack on the Israeli soldiers began, as retired British Marine Officer Peter Cook acknowledgedon British television, while the first Israeli soldier still had both of his hands on the rope being used to lower him onto the ship.
            Cook also said the large Israeli weapon seen in video footage appeared to be a paintball gun, which corresponds with Israel’s assertion that these were the primary weapons soldiers brought onto the ship.
Falsehood: Passengers on the Mavi Marmara were engaged in “peaceful resistance,” had no weapons, and did not violently attack Israeli soldiers.
Fact: Video footage shows, among other acts of violence, a passenger stabbingan Israeli soldier, gangs of passengers pummeling soldiers with metal rods and other objects, and a soldier being thrown off a high deck.

Testimony from both Israelisoldiersand activist passengersdescribes pistols being taken from injured soldiers. The ship’s captain reportedly told Israeli soldiers that the violent passengers threw their guns overboard before the ship was completely taken over.

 

Jason Maoz can be reached at jmaoz@jewishpress.com

Kever Rachel Fund Reception

Wednesday, May 26th, 2010

A special gathering was held recently in Los Angeles celebrating the continued preservation of Kever Rachel. Miriam Adani, the founder and director of the Kever Rachel Fund, addressed the audience (with the assistance of the translator, Rabbi Korobkin) and showed a video on the present state of Kever Rachel and how it has been a source of comfort and joy for thousands of Jews who visit and pray at this makom kadosh. The evening’s MC, Sandy Kalinsky, introduced Rabbi Boruch Gradon, rosh kollel of the Los Angeles Merkaz Hatorah Community Kollel, who delivered words of chizuk.

 

Some of the projects supported by the Kever Rachel Fund include providing bulletproof buses traveling to the kever, coordinating simchas at the site (including simchas for victims of terror), arranging prayer gatherings, and outreach to Israeli soldiers.

 

The event’s hosts were Jacob and Esther Blaich. Gifts were presented to the Tribute Committee, Rabbi Gradon, the Blaichs, and all those who assisted in the evening’s event.

 

 

 

(L-R) Miriam Adani presenting gift to Esther and Jacob Blaich, hosts of L.A.’s

reception for the Kever Rachel Fund. (Photo credit: Rabbi Arye D. Gordon

Kever Rachel Fund Reception

Wednesday, May 26th, 2010

A special gathering was held recently in Los Angeles celebrating the continued preservation of Kever Rachel. Miriam Adani, the founder and director of the Kever Rachel Fund, addressed the audience (with the assistance of the translator, Rabbi Korobkin) and showed a video on the present state of Kever Rachel and how it has been a source of comfort and joy for thousands of Jews who visit and pray at this makom kadosh. The evening’s MC, Sandy Kalinsky, introduced Rabbi Boruch Gradon, rosh kollel of the Los Angeles Merkaz Hatorah Community Kollel, who delivered words of chizuk.

 

Some of the projects supported by the Kever Rachel Fund include providing bulletproof buses traveling to the kever, coordinating simchas at the site (including simchas for victims of terror), arranging prayer gatherings, and outreach to Israeli soldiers.

 

The event’s hosts were Jacob and Esther Blaich. Gifts were presented to the Tribute Committee, Rabbi Gradon, the Blaichs, and all those who assisted in the evening’s event.

 

 

 


(L-R) Miriam Adani presenting gift to Esther and Jacob Blaich, hosts of L.A.’s

reception for the Kever Rachel Fund. (Photo credit: Rabbi Arye D. Gordon

The Anti-Leftist ‘Grogger’

Wednesday, February 3rd, 2010

For months now, every Friday in Zion has seen screaming and violent leftist rioters attacking Israeli soldiers, engaging in hooliganism, and breaking the law. The thugs are a mixture of foreign pro-terror “anarchists” Israel foolishly lets into the country, joined by some members of Israel’s own “Leftists for the Extermination of Israel.”
 
Week after week they demonstrate in the West Bank towns of Bil’in and Nil’in to show their support for terrorists who mass murder Israeli Jews. They oppose Israel’s security fence because it makes it harder for suicide bombers to reach Israeli children.
 
These past few weeks they have shifted their noisy activities to the Simon the Righteous neighborhood in Jerusalem. The demonstrators demand that no Jews be allowed to move into the homes they legally own in the area because it “belongs” to Arabs. These anti-Israel leftists closely resemble Ku Klux Klan marchers who tried to prevent black folks from moving into neighborhoods where they “did not belong.”
 
             Personally, I would prefer loading the nasty and noisy hooligans onto a one-way bus for Gaza, or perhaps a one-way plane for Somalia. Israel, however, insists on dealing with these thugs as “protesters.”
 
             But now Israeli science and the ingenuity have come up with something that can be used to disburse these noisy cheerleaders for terror.
 
Israel plans to fight their noise with noise.
 
That is correct. Israel is about to take a lesson from Jewish history and adapt that weapon of mass disturbance we all use every year against Haman. Just in time for Purim, Israel is going to employ an anti-leftist Purim grogger. And it really works.
 
Popular Science magazine recently reported that Israel has developed a new “weapon” against terrorist cheerleaders and against pro-terror “Solidarity” rioters – a “sonic cannon” which makes loud noises that sound like the sonic booms of jet airplanes.
 
Developed by PDT Agro, a small company in Israel that had previously been building “sound cannons” to scare away pests from Israeli farms, the new invention will be used to scare away leftist pests trying to assist Palestinian jihadists.
 
The report in Popular Science is a delicious take-off on the science fiction classic Dune, in which the desert fighters (called “fedayeen,” of all things) battle the barbarians using sound weapons:
 
            “A desert people have developed a new weapon that uses sound instead of bullets. But this time, it will be used to control crowds instead of fighting giant worms or devious members of House Harkonnen. The Israeli Defense Ministry has contracted for the production of sonic-boom stun-guns called ‘Thunder Generator cannons,’ which they hope to use in crowd-control situations.”
 
The new contraption, Popular Science explained, “runs on LPG, a common cooking gas, which mixes with oxygen to generate powerful bursts of sound. Each sound burst lasts around 300 milliseconds, and generates a shockwave that travels from the cannon at almost six times the speed of sound.”
 

Do you realize what this means? If Israel has invented thiscure for leftist hooliganism, just imagine what could lie ahead. Perhaps an anti-leftism pill, which, when swallowed, raises one’s IQ by 50 points. How about a special rubber bullet that electronically hones in on marijuana? How about a special TASER that can only be discharged against the unbathed?

Be that as it may, this new invention represents a giant scientific step forward for Israel.

As you may recall, Israel had been using Pepe Le Pew to help control the violent hooligans and anarcho-fascist thugs who pogrom weekly in the West Bank against Israel’s security fence.
 
A while back it was reported that Israel had decided to keep the protesters in line by using “skunk bombs.” These “bombs” (actually a canister spray) apparently are so smelly that even an anarchist who has not washed in a month is capable of being offended and repulsed by the odor.
 
            The Jerusalem Post reported: “The skunk bomb is a foul-smelling liquid which is sprayed on the rioters. The smell is so strong that people flee immediately.” At least one website referred to it as Zionist Death Dung.
 
I wonder whether the new sound cannon can be combined with authentic Jewish soul music guaranteed to drive secular leftists mad.
 
We all recall the movie “Apocalypse Now,” in which the choppers came in firing while playing Wagner music. So why not wheel in the new Israeli anti-leftist sound cannons while loudspeakers loudly play Shlomo Carlebach or Avraham Fried songs in the background?
 

And then we can all just sit back and watch the leftist varmints scurry.

 

 

Steven Plaut is a professor at Haifa University. His book “The Scout” is available at Amazon.com. He can be contacted at steveneplaut@yahoo.com.

Israeli/Nazi Analogy Old Hat By Now

Wednesday, April 1st, 2009

It would be fair to say that the recent demonstrations in cities around the world during which Israel was likened to Nazi Germany, and Israeli soldiers to Nazi storm troopers, created a fair amount of angst among an appreciable number of Jews. But as this is hardly a new phenomenon, the surprise really lies in why so many Jews continue to be surprised.

It was back in 1982, when Israel invaded Lebanon after one provocation too many by the PLO, which had set up a murderous mini-state in the country that had been affectionately known as the Paris of the Middle East, that the Nazi analogies began in full force. Since then, whenever Israel has mounted retaliatory operations against Palestinian terrorists, the canard has been trotted out with tiresome predictability by a subset of pundits and editorial cartoonists.

But playing the Nazi card goes back even before Lebanon, to a time when the Palestinians barely existed on the world’s radar screen and Israel was widely perceived as an underdog surrounded by much larger nations determined to eradicate it.

On July 7, 1967, barely a month after Israel’s celebrated victory in the Six-Day war, The New York Times published a letter to the editor which made the equation that in later years would become all too familiar.

“All persons who seek to view the Middle East problem with honesty and objectivity will stand aghast at Israel’s onslaught, the most violent, ruthless (and successful) aggression since Hitler’s blitzkrieg across Western Europe in the summer of 1940, aiming not at victory but at annihilation,” wrote Dr. Henry P. Van Dusen, a former president of Union Theological Seminary, the academic centerpiece of liberal Protestantism in America.

Van Dusen was ahead of his time, but 15 years later, with the Palestinian narrative having become received truth among the left-wing faithful, the locusts were loosed within days of Israel’s incursion into Lebanon.

“Incident by incident, atrocity by atrocity, Americans are coming to see the Israeli government as pounding the Star of David into a swastika,” wrote the liberal columnist Nicholas von Hoffman.

“In their zeal to ensure that the Jewish people never suffer another Holocaust, Israel’s leaders are imitating Hitler,” wrote the late, hopelessly mediocre columnist Carl Rowan.

Lefty columnist and author Pete Hamill conveniently cited an unnamed “Israeli friend” who supposedly said of Israel, “Forgive me, but all I can think of is the Nazis.”

Liberal columnist William Pfaff also looked eastward and beheld the Fourth Reich rising in Jerusalem, suggesting that “Hitler’s work goes on” and speculating that Hitler may “find rest in Hell” with “the knowledge that the Jews themselves, in Israel, have finally accepted his own way of looking at things.”

The late Alfred Friendly, former managing editor of the Washington Post, was in fine frenzy, stopping short of using the word “Nazi” but raising the specter of Israeli fascism just the same: “[Israel's] slaughters are on a par with Trujillo’s Dominican Republic or Papa Doc’s Haiti. Still absent are the jackboots, the shoulder boards, and the bemedalled chests, but one can see them, figuratively, on the minister of defense.”

Liberal columnists weren’t the only media types to take the sledgehammer to Israel. In Double Vision, his 1985 study of anti-Israel media bias, Zev Chafets noted that editorial cartoonists were particularly vicious and inclined toward the Nazi imagery favored by so many pundits:

Artist Steve Benson compared Ariel Sharon with Nazi war criminal Klaus Barbie and showed goose-stepping Israeli storm-troopers guarding a death camp labeled BEIRUT; Tony Auth depicted the ghost of a Jewish inmate of Auschwitz looking at a bombed-out site in Lebanon and, in horrified recognition, saying, “Oh, my God.”The Louisville Courier-Journal ran a picture of Begin looking into a hole where Lebanon had been, captioned “A final solution to the PLO problem,” and the Los Angeles Herald-Examiner carried a Bill Schorr cartoon in which Begin said, “For every problem, there is a final solution.”

The Indianapolis Star carried one cartoon by Oliphant of a wrecked city with a sign saying WARSAW GHETTO crossed out and the words WEST BEIRUT substituted and another with Israeli soldiers saying, “We are only obeying orders.” The Arizona Republic ran a picture of Begin wearing a badge saying NEVER AGAIN, and an Arab standing next to him wearing a button saying UNTIL NOW.

Jason Maoz can be reached at jmaoz@jewishpress.com

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