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Quick Takes: News From Israel You May Have Missed

Wednesday, October 17th, 2007

Prime Minister Ehud Olmert and senior members of his Kadima party have hinted over the past few days that the Israeli government may agree to divide Jerusalem, outlining how some eastern Jerusalem neighborhoods have an Arab majority, with some even housing refugee camps.

But key Jerusalem neighborhoods mentioned as slated for possible evacuation are owned by the Jewish National Fund, which has over the years allowed tens of thousands of Arabs to illegally squat on its land, resulting in the current situation whereby the areas have an Arab majority.

The JNF purchased the land in question using Jewish donor funds for the specific purpose of Jewish settlement.

Vice Premier Haim Ramon last week reportedly mapped out a future partition of Jerusalem under a deal with the Palestinians, stating that Israel may give up the Shoafat and Kalandiya neighborhoods, among other communities.

But some of the areas mentioned, including hundreds of acres in Shoafat and Kalandiya, are among those owned by the JNF.

The Jewish-owned lands were recently blocked off from Jewish sections of Jerusalem and isolated to Arab neighborhoods by Israel’s security fence.

Neither the Israeli government nor JNF took any concrete measures to stop the illegal building, which continues today in both Kalandiya and Shoafat.

Internal JNF documents obtained by WorldNetDaily outline the illegal Arab construction on Jewish-owned land. A survey of Kalandiya summarized on JNF stationery conducted in December 2000 and signed by a JNF worker states, “In a lot of the plots I find Arabs are living and building illegally and also working the JNF land without permission.”

Gaza Christian Murdered

The manager of a Christian bookstore in the Gaza Strip who was found dead last weekend was first publicly beaten and tortured by Islamic gunmen who accused him of spreading Christianity, according to witnesses and Palestinian security officials speaking to WND.

The body of Rami Ayyad, who managed the only Christian bookstore in Gaza, reportedly was found Sunday riddled with gunshot and stab wounds. Ayyad, a Baptist, was accused by Gaza-based Islamic groups of engaging in missionary activity.

Ayyad’s bookstore, owned by the Palestinian Bible Society, was firebombed in April. He told relatives after the firebombing that he received numerous death threats from Islamists.

According to witnesses and security officials associated with Hamas’s so-called Executive Force speaking to WND, Ayyad was publicly tortured a few blocks from his store before he was shot to death.

The witnesses said they saw three armed men, two of whom were wearing masks, beat Ayyad repeatedly with clubs and the butts of their guns while they accused him of attempting to spread Christianity in Gaza. They then shot him.

Sheik Abu Saqer, leader of Jihadia Salafiya, an Islamic “outreach movement” that recently announced the opening of a “military wing” to enforce Muslim law in Gaza, told WND although his group “didn’t carry out the Ayyad attack,” all Christians in Gaza engaged in missionary activity will be “dealt with harshly.”

“Also no more alcohol on the streets. All women, including non-Muslims, need to understand they must be covered at all times while in public,” he said.

About 3,000 Christians live in the Gaza Strip, which has a population of over one million.

A Job Offer for Sean Penn

Palestinian terror leaders are hailing statements by actor Sean Penn regarding Iran, the war in Iraq and the global war on terror, stating that militants have “deep respect” for Penn, and urging Americans to listen to the Hollywood activist.

One senior jihadist leader even asked Penn to officially represent his terror organization’s cause to the world media.

“I tell Penn that we don’t have the money that the Zionists have, therefore we don’t own and we don’t have access to your media, and we hope you would represent our pain and our cause,” said Abu Hamed, northern Gaza Strip commander of the Al Aksa Martyrs Brigades.

Hamed and other terror leaders are quoted on the record sounding off about Penn in this writer’s new book Schmoozing with Terrorists: From Hollywood to the Holy Land Jihadists Reveal their Global Plans – to a Jew!

For one chapter, an array of senior terrorist leaders were asked to comment on the views of high-profile liberals and conservatives. They were read a series of Penn’s political statements – which they applauded – such as a recent open letter the actor sent to President Bush condemning the Iraq War, calling for Bush’s impeachment and labeling Bush, Vice President Dick Cheney, and Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice “villainously and criminally obscene people.”

The terrorists also were read a 2007 speech, translated into Arabic, in which Penn called for Iran to obtain nuclear weapons and questioned why the U.S. was allowed a nuclear arsenal.

Ala Senakreh, West Bank chief of the Al Aksa Martyrs Brigades, said he feels “deep respect for Penn and people like him that prove that America is not only the country that sponsors the Israeli terrorists and all evil forces in the world, but also a country of brave people who want a different policy based on justice and peace.”

Ramadan Adassi, chief of the Al Aksa Martyrs Brigades in the northern West Bank Anskar refugee camp, said Penn’s words “express dignity, express a deep humanitarian sense and this doesn’t surprise me when it comes from an actor who has had to develop the sense of feeling.”

Aaron Klein is Jerusalem bureau chief  for WorldNetDaily.comHe appears throughout the week on leading U.S. radio programs.

Quick Takes: News From Israel You May Have Missed

Wednesday, June 27th, 2007

U.S. Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice twice referred to Hamas as a “resistance movement” during a meeting with reporters from the New York Daily News earlier this month, but the newspaper did not report her remarks. Rice’s interview is transcribed in full on the State Department website.

During an interview with the editorial board of the Daily News, Rice was asked about the recent history of democratic elections in the Middle East resulting in the rise to power of terror groups such as Hamas.

Rice told the News it was “very interesting to see Hamas trying to come to terms with no longer being really a resistance movement, but having to deal with politics.”

Rice later referred to Hamas as a resistance movement a second time during the interview.

“A moderate Palestinian friend of mine said, ‘You know, they (Hamas) used to be the great resistance, running the streets with their faces covered and going after Israel. And now, they look like a bunch of politicians who also can’t make the sewer system work.’ “

She went on to refer to Hamas’s terror cells as the group’s “military wing.”  (The so-called military wing regularly carries out terror attacks, including shootings and firing of rockets into Jewish population centers.) 

Rice’s remarks were not challenged by the Daily News editors.  Much of the interview was conducted by NY Daily News Chairman Mort Zuckerman, a prominent Jewish leader.

Zuckerman did not return repeated requests for comment before press time.

Rice’s statements mark the second documented time in recent months she called Hamas a “resistance movement” during unscripted chats with journalists.

JNF Permits Arabs to Reside Illegally

Arab squatters are living illegally in a strategic Jewish-owned apartment complex accessing an entrance leading to Jerusalem’s Western Wall and Temple Mount, this column has learned.  The apartment in question was purchased by the Jewish National Fund, which collects hundreds of millions of dollars in Jewish donor funds for the stated purpose of Jewish settlement.

The apartment is located just inside Herod’s Gate, one of eight gates that access Jerusalem’s Old City and the walkways to the Western Wall and Temple Mount. The property is about 3,300 square feet and is considered strategic since it comprises the archway accessing the path in the area to the Temple Mount.

According to information obtained by WND, the Herod’s Gate apartment was purchased in 1991 by Himnuta, a group that buys real estate on behalf of the JNF, using funds from the Jewish organization. Upon purchasing the apartment, the JNF did not place Jewish families inside.  Arabs are living illegally in the JNF-purchased apartment.

Jewish groups speaking to WND said they offered to purchase the key property to allow Jews to move in, but the JNF turned them down. One of the Jewish groups said it was willing to pay a rate “much higher” than the apartment’s value and would take on any legal requirements to boot the Arab squatters.

Real estate ownership in Jerusalem’s Old City is widely considered a sensitive matter. Previous Israeli-Palestinian peace proposals tentatively divided parts of the city based on Jewish or Arab residence.

The report of Arabs illegally inhabiting a strategic JNF-owned apartment follows a series of Jewish Press stories detailing hundreds of acres of key properties in Jerusalem purchased by the JNF for Jewish settlement that were instead utilized for the illegal construction of dozens of Arab apartment buildings housing thousands and U.N. facilities.

The JNF seemingly has taken little action to evict the Arab squatters from its land, while the Israeli government, which manages the areas, did not halt the illegal Arab construction on the Jewish-owned properties. 

Jewish-owned lands recently were blocked off from Jewish sections of Jerusalem and isolated to Arab neighborhoods by Israel’s security fence.

U.S. Weapons End Up With Hamas

Hamas members this week provided this column with a preliminary list of what they claimed were hundreds of millions of dollars in U.S. weaponry and equipment they seized when they took control of Gaza two weeks ago.

The list included dozens of mounted machine guns; approximately 7,400 American M-16 assault rifles; about 800,000 rounds of bullets; 18 armored personnel carriers; seven armored military jeeps; “tens” of armored civilian cars, including pickup trucks and magnums; eight massive trucks equipped with water cannons for dispersing protests; and 14 military-sized bulldozers.

Hamas sources said the list didn’t include what they said were large quantities of U.S.-provided rocket propelled grenades, grenade launchers, explosives, and military equipment, such as boots and tents.

Abu Abdullah, a senior member of Hamas’s so-called military wing, told WND that Hamas estimates they obtained at least $400 million worth of American weapons and equipment. That number couldn’t immediately be verified. The average cost of an M-16 in Gaza this week was $16,911, and the average cost of a bullet there was $12.07 – meaning that the cost in Gaza of U.S. assault rifles and bullets Hamas claims to have obtained amounts to over $137 million.

Palestinian sources say America is being petitioned to send more weapons to Fatah in the West Bank.

“Like the American weapons in Gaza we told you will come to Hamas, also the weapons and aid the Americans are giving to Abu Mazen (Abbas) as part of their conspiracy against us in the West Bank will finds its way to the Palestinian resistance and Hamas,” said Abu Abdullah.

Letters To The Editor

Wednesday, April 18th, 2007

Imus’s Bosses Equally At Fault
 
   What Don Imus said is well beyond the bounds of what is acceptable (“The Mindless Mr. Imus,” editorial, April 13). However, unless somebody has been in the shoes of a radio talk host, it is impossible to know the pressure that is placed on the host by management. There is a constant demand to be more shocking than yesterday to push the envelope to get those ratings.
 
   I know that if you, as a talk-show host, ask management where the line is, the answer is pretty much “You’ll know where the line is when you cross it; because we’ll fire you.” Executives at CBS and MSNBC are as much to blame as Imus. They allowed it, they heard it in the past, and they even encouraged it. Imus – whom I happen not to be a fan of – was the fall guy. In the military, when the troops make mistakes their commanders take responsibility. So should the management of CBS and MSNBC.
 
   I know, because I have hosted talk shows all over the world for nearly 40 years.
 

John Leslie

President/CEO

World Radio Inc.

Lady Lake, Florida
 

 

JNF  ‘True To Mandate’

 
   We appreciate The Jewish Press’s concern about giving away land to Arabs; in fact we share it (“Palestinians Illegally Building on Jewish Owned Lands,” front-page news story, April 6). Rest assured JNF does not give away land to Arabs. In fact, today JNF owns about 17% of the land of Israel, far more than was actually purchased by the organization before the founding of the state.
 
   Israel is a democratic nation; its leaders are elected by its citizens and governed by its laws. JNF is a Zionistic organization, albeit an apolitical one, and works alongside and with respect for this government and its laws.
 
   Security fences are built to ensure the safety of the country’s citizens, surely of paramount importance to all Zionists. These fences are built by democratically elected governments. Please tell me whom I should debate on the security of the citizens of Israel.
 
   JNF’s focus is not on political issues but in transforming the land and bettering the lives of the people who live in it. We have stayed true to this mandate. In 105 years we have cared for the land, planted forests, built parks and playgrounds, safeguarded historical sites, built water reservoirs, constructed security roads, educated Diaspora Jewry about Israel and her environment, built communities, and brought a sense of hope and renewal to those devastated by war.
 
   JNF partners with other organizations interested in bringing economic opportunities to the Negev, and JNF cleans up rivers, preserves open spaces, and is working to push back the desert in an ecologically sound and safe way.
 
   JNF has provided the infrastructure for three new communities for the evacuees from Gaza, built seven new communities thus far for young families who have chosen to stay and develop the desert with a pioneering spirit, and at the bleakest time in modern history, as 6 million of our brethren were being killed, we created life in our land.
 
   Not all that we do is beyond reproach – we have been attacked for our work by, among others, the Palestinian Solidarity Fund and the Movement Against Israel, Apartheid and Palestine, on the Internet, in the media and even at the UN, where we are an NGO. We don’t spend time defending ourselves to them; we keep focused on our good work for there is much to be done. Ours is not an organization of words but of action.
 
   Since 1901, JNF has been leading the way into the future of the Jewish people – for you, for your children, and for Jews all over the world. Join us.
 

Russell F. Robinson

Chief Executive Officer

Jewish National Fund
 
 
   Aaron Klein Responds: Two weeks ago I correctly reported that hundreds of acres of land at two sites in Jerusalem, owned by the Jewish National Fund and purchased using Jewish donor funds for the stated purpose of Jewish settlement, have been used for the illegal construction of dozens of Arab apartment buildings and a United Nations school for Arabs.
 
   JNF has seemingly done little to boot the UN and Arab squatters from its land, while the Israeli government, which manages the areas, did not halt the illegal Arab construction. The Jewish-owned lands recently were blocked off from Jewish sections of Jerusalem and isolated to Arab neighborhoods by Israel’s security fence.
 
   Mr. Robinson says we can “rest assured” JNF doesn’t give away land to Arabs. Certainly JNF hasn’t legally forfeited its right to the lands, so it is accurate, albeit misleading, to state it didn’t technically give the land away. In practice, though, JNF has done just that. JNF’s inaction during years of illegal construction on its properties has ensured that the Jerusalem areas in question will likely remain Arab. There are now entire developed Arab communities and UN facilities for Arabs built on JNF-owned lands in Jerusalem purchased by Jews, for Jews.
 
   Mr. Robinson discusses the security fence as if Israel arbitrarily blockaded the JNF lands to Arab sections of Jerusalem. The fence was built in 2003 and 2004. I documented that the illegal Arab construction occurred over the past twenty years, long before the security fence was even a proposed idea. (Some of the Arab building occurred during the past five years, with at least one project still under construction.)
 
   It was because the Arabs were not stopped from establishing de facto towns on JNF-owned land that the security fence route blocked off the Jewish-owned lands to Arab sections. I doubt the Israeli government’s fence would have isolated the land had JNF used the properties for its intended purpose – Jewish settlement.
 
   Mr. Robinson states that JNF is apolitical. But allowing Arabs to illegally construct communities on lands in Israel’s eternal capital – land purchased with donor funds for the stated purpose of Jewish settlement – is about the most political statement an organization could possibly make. The trend is not limited to Jerusalem. Arabs are reportedly building without permits on JNF-owned property in the Galilee and in areas outside Bethlehem.
 

   Mr. Robinson outlines all the good JNF has done over the years. And it certainly has done plenty of good. But I challenge him to actually address the issue at hand: Why have Arabs been allowed to illegally construct on JNF-owned property purchased with Jewish donors funds – and what is JNF doing about it?

 


 

Taking Issue With Tuition-Assistance Editorial

 

‘One-Time Lapse’?

 

      I have been a faithful reader of the Jewish Press from its earliest days. The newspaper has been a major voice in advocating for government support for yeshivas and day schools and this advocacy has given encouragement to those of us who have fought this difficult battle.
 
      In view of this history, it was astonishing to read the lead editorial (“Curious Advocacy for Tuition Tax Deductions”) in the April 6 issue criticizing those who supported in Albany measures that would have provided additional assistance to our schools. While this new support would have been modest, that is scarcely a reason for criticizing its advocates. It is noteworthy that when the New York Federation terminated its basic grants to yeshivas and day schools, it justified the action by saying that the grants were “modest.”
 
      I hope the unfortunate editorial is no more than a one-time lapse from the high standard maintained by The Jewish Press for more than forty years.
 

Marvin Schick

(Via E-Mail)
 

 

‘Unfair, Misleading, Disingenuous’

 

      I am writing in disappointed response to your editorial on tuition tax deductions.
 
      I am a proud participant in the education and advocacy campaign conducted in support of Governor Spitzer’s historic tuition tax deduction proposal. Our grassroots coalition of religious leaders, business leaders and philanthropists generated widespread support for the governor’s plan.
 
      We were successful in highlighting the virtues of this proposal and earned the enthusiastic backing of Republican Senate Majority Leader Joe Bruno and Democratic Senators like Kevin Parker and Carl Kruger. We were also supported by many members of the Assembly including Brooklyn’s Democratic Leader Assemblyman Vito J. Lopez, other important political leaders and editorial boards and columnists from major newspapers throughout the state.
 
      Your description of our efforts in support of Gov. Spitzer’s plan was unfair, misleading and disingenuous.
 
      Your reference to “unofficial rules of engagement,” which you say were developed while “in the forefront of efforts to secure equity for non-public school education,” reveals a strikingly naive view of politics. New York is a very big state with countless constituencies. It is not the fiefdom of any one personality or interest.
 
      Contrary to your assertions, coddling decision-makers does not constitute effective advocacy. Did the health care union and hospital owners – who aggressively lobbied the governor and successfully restored $350,000,000 to this year’s health care budget – violate your advocacy code? Did the building trade unions violate your cannons of advocacy when they expressed an opinion on the West Side Stadium? Do mental-health advocates offend your sensibilities when they call for expanded medical insurance coverage?
 
      Advocacy is not about making friends – it’s about generating support for your cause, making allies and getting results.
 
      Your attack on the signers of the letter to the governor urging him to stand by his own proposal was both unprofessional and unwarranted. The rabbis who signed the letter did so of their own volition, in order to generate support for an important issue that affects their respective communities. They are rabbinic leaders who deserve a certain degree of respect and derech eretz. The institutions they lead are a vibrant part of our shared civic life.
 
      We are disappointed that Gov. Spitzer’s historic income tax deduction for tuition was not included in the state budget. However, we take the governor at his word when he publicly assures us that he will work to get this done by the end of this year’s legislative session in June. To that end, we look forward to continuing our work with him and our many allies in government to make this dream a reality.
 
      When enacted, the principle and historic framework of the tuition tax deduction will be a major step forward in the effort to alleviate the financial burden that we all agree tuition-paying parents face.
 

Elliot Gibber

President

TEACH-NYS
 

      Editor’s Note: Please see related editorial, page 5.

Palestinians Illegally Building On Jewish-Owned Land

Monday, April 2nd, 2007

JERUSALEM – Land in Jerusalem owned by the Jewish National Fund and purchased primarily using Jewish donor funds has been utilized for the illegal construction of dozens of Palestinian apartment buildings, a refugee camp and a United Nations school, The Jewish Press has learned.
 
The Jewish-owned lands, estimated to be worth about $38 million, recently were blocked off from Jewish sections of Jerusalem and isolated to Arab neighborhoods by Israel’s security fence.

JNF, an international nonprofit organization, has seemingly done little to boot the Arab squatters from its

land, while the Israeli government, which manages the areas, did not halt the illegal Arab construction on the Jewish-owned properties.

The JNF charter, viewable on the organization’s website, states: “Since the first land purchase in Erez Israel in the early 1900s for and on behalf of the Jewish People, JNF has served as the Jewish People’s trustee of the land, initiating and charting development work to enable Jewish settlement from the border in the north to the edge of the desert and Arava in the south.

“Jewish money was given with deep devotion to enable Jews to settle in Israel, and to have these lands instead settled by Arabs is an abomination that JNF must immediately rectify,” said Morton Klein, national president of the Zionist Organization of America.

“One can almost say this is a fraud being perpetrated on the donors of this land.  If the JNF doesn’t do something about it, a message will be sent that we don’t care that Arabs steal Jewish-donated land.  This will only encourage more illegal Arab construction on lands purchased by Jews for Jews,” Klein said.

The properties in question include about 270 acres in the northern Jerusalem neighborhoods of Kalandiya and Kfar Akev, located near an old Israeli airport, and about 50 acres in a north Jerusalem suburb known as Shoafat, which is adjacent to the Jewish neighborhood of Pisgat Zeev.

The lands were legally purchased on behalf of JNF using Jewish donations in the early 1900′s, immediately after the organization was founded in 1901 with the specific charge of repurchasing and developing the land of Israel for Jewish settlement.

A tour of Kalandiya and Kfar Akev found dozens of Arab apartment complexes, a Palestinian refugee camp and a United Nations school for Palestinians constructed on the land.

According to officials in Israel’s Housing Ministry, Arabs first constructed illegally in Kalandiya and Kfar Akev between 1948 and 1967, prior to the 1967 Six-Day War during which Israel retook control of the entire city of Jerusalem. Kalandiya, still owned by JNF, came under the management of the Israeli government’s Land Authority in the late 1960′s.

Ministry officials say the bulk of illegal Arab construction in Kalandiya took place in the past 20 years, with construction of several new Arab apartment complexes taking place in just the past two years.

Neither the Israeli government nor JNF took any concrete measures to stop the illegal building, which continues today with at least one apartment complex in Kalandiya under construction.

The Jewish-owned land in Kalandiya has an estimated value of about $35 million, according to Housing Ministry officials. 

Jerusalem’s Shoafat neighborhood, which has an estimated value of $3 million, was also purchased by JNF in the early 1900′s and fell under the management of the Israel Land Authority about 40 years ago. Much of the illegal Arab construction in Shoafat took place in the past 15 years, with some apartment complexes built as late as 2004.

In Kalandiya, Kfar Akev and Shoafat, Israel’s security fence cordons off the Arab sections of the JNF lands from the rest of Jewish Jerusalem.

Internal JNF documents obtained by The Jewish Press outline illegal Arab construction on the Jewish-owned land. A survey of Kalandiya summarized on JNF stationary conducted in December 2000 and signed by a JNF worker states, “In a lot of the plots I find Arabs are living and building illegally and also working the JNF land without permission.”

The JNF survey goes on to document illegal construction of Arab apartment complexes and the UN school under the property management of Israel’s Land Authority.

In an official clarification regarding the status of the Jewish-owned lands, JNF stated, “The documents you obtained show clearly that the manager of these lands is the Israel Land Authority. It is evident that JNF is caring for these lands with inquiries, passing information and much more.”

“The story here,” said Arieh King, director of the Israel Land Fund, a private organization that purchases properties in Israel for Jewish settlement, “is that JNF is giving areas to the Israeli government’s Land Authority to do [with] what they want, like allowing Arab construction. Jews who donate to JNF think they can be sure their money is going to Jewish settlement, but we see that after one year, twenty years, fifty years, some property is going to Arabs.”

Illegal Arab construction on Jewish-owned lands is not limited to Jerusalem. Arabs are reportedly building without permits on JNF-owned property in the Galilee and in areas outside Bethlehem. Due to Israeli military laws, Jews are barred from building on the JNF lands near Bethlehem.

“There is a lot of illegal Arab construction on Jewish land under the nose of the Israeli government,” said Knesset Member Effie Eitam, chairman of the National Union Party. “The law in Israel is not imposed equally on both sides.  Illegal Arab construction is usually tolerated, and when anything is done about it, we’re talking about very small measures.”

Eitam served as Israel’s minister of housing and Construction from 2003 to 2004 and is now a member of the Knesset Foreign Affairs and Defense Committee.

“When I was housing minister, I saw a large volume of cases of illegal Arab construction,” Eitam said. “Jews should be outraged.”

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