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UN, EU Argue Over Demolitions of Illegal Arab Structures

Thursday, August 20th, 2015

The issue of illegal construction in and around Jerusalem and the Jordan Valley is again making headlines, this time using Palestinian Arabs and Bedouin as the proxies.

The United Nations and European Union have both issued statements of concern over Israel’s demolition of illegally built structures belonging to Palestinian Arabs in the Jordan Valley and around Ma’ale Adumim.

More than a 100 people were allegedly displaced by the demolitions of the structures, none of which were built on private Palestinian Authority land.

According to the leftist NGO B’Tselem, the 17 temporary structures included 14 residential huts and 3 livestock barns. The Civil Administration said, however, it had demolished only eight – all of which were built on state land, without government approval. Nor had any of the people who built the structures even attempted to obtain construction permits.

B’Tselem claims that since August 5, the Civil Administration has demolished 57 illegal Palestinian Arab structures in the Jordan Valley and around Ma’ale Adumim. There were 167 people living in 31 of the structures – including 101 children – and the rest were used for sheltering livestock.

The Knesset Foreign Affairs and Defense Committee’s subcommittee on Judea and Samaria has urged the IDF Coordinator of Government Activities in the Territories (COGAT) Maj.-Gen. Yoav Mordechai to increase action against illegal Palestinian construction in the Jordan Valley and around Ma’ale Adumim.

The lawmakers warned such activity is intended to block expansion of Jewish settlement.

In the summer months Bedouin clans are often camped out and pasturing their flocks in the valleys and hills around Jerusalem and surrounds. To do so involves a move of up to several hundred head of sheep and goats.

These are usually herded by the older women of the clan who are assisted by their daughters and their children. The men – most of whom work at various occupations – come to visit or stay for short periods of time and then leave to return to their employment.

In past years, and in some cases up to today, the clans used several huge black goats-hair tents in which to shelter from the burning sun. Due to the changes in weather and other environmental conditions, as well as the socioeconomic conditions in Israel, many clans have now switched to using other materials.

The problem with the current rash of construction around Ma’ale Adumim and in the Jordan Valley has to do with the nature of the structures being built. These are not necessarily the type of temporary structures intended to be removed and transported with a Bedouin family upon completion of the pasturing cycle.

They are intended to be removed and replaced with more permanent Arab housing instead.

It is this type of mushrooming presence on the landscape that has the lawmakers so worried and one the international community appears to be racing to encourage.

While the United Nations and European Union have been so meticulous in their monitoring of Israel’s “unjust” enforcement of its law against illegal construction, the two entities often call on Israel to demolish Jewish structures, even when they are built within legal municipal lines.

On Tuesday, GOP presidential candidate Mike Huckabee waded right into the middle of the controversy, stating bluntly that the “land for peace” formula has simply “not worked for Israel.” He encouraged visitors to the Jewish State to visit “all of Israel,” saying “that includes Judea and Samaria.”

IDF Catches Rifle-Armed Hamas Woman on Her Way to Shoot Jews

Sunday, June 28th, 2015

Israel security forces Sunday caught a Palestinian Authority women armed with a rifle as she tried to cross the security fence between Kalkilya and Kfar Saba, north of Tel Aviv.

She confessed that Hamas had sent her to carry out a terrorist attack. The rifle that she carried appears to be a throwback to the M-1 in World War I, raising questions whether it really was Hamas that sent her on her mission, unless the terrorist organization is saving its automatic weapons for male terrorists.

Details are under wraps due to an investigation by the Israel Security Agency (Shin Bet). Attempted terrorist attacks with guns and knives have become almost daily since the start of the Muslim holy month of Ramadan 10 days ago.

Reservists on Friday shot and killed a Palestinian Authority terrorist who started shooting at them at a checkpoint on the main highway in Jordan Valley.

Several stabbing attacks in Jerusalem have been reported, the most serious one last week when an Arab from Hebron nearly killed a Border Police officer, who managed to shoot and critically wound his attacker.

Update: Armed Terrorist Shot by IDF at Jordan Valley Highway Checkpoint

Friday, June 26th, 2015

Israeli soldiers shot and critically wounded a Palestinian Authority terrorist who shot at them at a Jordan Valley checkpoint several miles south of Beit Shean Friday morning.

The soldiers, Reservists, were not injured. Sappers are checking to determine if the terrorist was carrying explosives.

The terrorist had stopped his car at the checkpoint, got out of the vehicle and then shot at the soldiers as he approached them.

Highway 90, the only north-south road that links the Dead Sea with Beit Shean through the Jordan Valley, has been closed in both directions.

This is the handgun a terrorist used to try to murder Israeli Reservists soldiers Friday morning.

This is the handgun a terrorist used to try to murder Israeli Reservists soldiers Friday morning.

Leftist Actor Calls Likud ‘Herd of Cud-Munching Cattle’

Monday, June 15th, 2015

Freedom of speech does not mean having to say whatever comes to mind, a lesson that leftist artists and right-wing Culture Minister Miri Regev should be learning this week.

Regev, who once was the chief Spokesperson for the IDF, has a short fuse that enables her to contribute material for headline writers while making herself look like a jerk.

Ever since taking office, she has endured the wrath of the left by threatening to cut off funds for theatres and artists whose messages are anti-Israel, such as promoting BDS. Regev also threatened to cut funds from an Arab theatre whose founder refused to perform in the Jordan Valley because it is part of the “occupied territories.”

Leftists, of course, are champions of freedom of speech, unless it is a settler calling for the transfer of Arabs to Jordan or a Prime Minister who calls on Jews to vote in order to prevent leftist from forming as government with Arab support.

The latest brouhaha arose when Regev got wind of a film documentary that shows the “soft” side of Yigal Amir, who assassinated Prime Minister Yitzchak Rabin. She said she might cut support for the International Film Festival in Jerusalem next month if it thinks that a film of the “soft” side of Amir is culture.

Suddenly, the leftists did not protest for freedom of speech. Leaders from the left and right condemned the film, but there was not a demand from the left that Regev express her disgust in some other way rather than using her power as Minister of Culture to oppose the film.

On the contrary, Zionist Union Knesset Member Itzik Shmuli called on Regev to remove funding for the film. So much for freedom in the arts.

It all depends on whose ox is being gored. The leftists screamed bloody murder when Naftali Bennett, Bayit Yehudi (Jewish Home) and Minister of Education Arab, cut off funding to a theatre that staged a play showing the “human” side of a terrorist who killed an Israeli soldier.

The terrorist can be portrayed as a good human, but Amir cannot? A plague on both of them, but that begs the question.

The issue of “freedom of speech” when it presents a threat to national security is thorny in every democratic country, and all the more so in Israel.

These questions got lost in the rhetoric, mostly by the left, which handed over an untold number of votes to the right-wing in March when Israeli artist Yair Garbuz ridiculed “thieves and bribe-takers….who kiss the ‘lucky charms’ and bow down at the graves of the dead,” referring to the Jewish tradition of kissing a mezuzah and the custom of many Jews to visit the graves of Torah sages.

The latest leftist to make “freedom of speech” a vehicle to prove his ignorance is actor Oded Kotler, who said Sunday:

Imagine your world is quiet — without books, without music, without poems, a world where no one disturbs you and no one stops the nation from celebrating the 30 [Likud] seats which are followed by a herd of straw and cud-munching cattle.

Even Labor party chairman Yitzchak Herzog criticized Kotler for his uncultured remark, and said:

Artists also need to know that in a difficult and justified argument, we have to be civil and respectful of anyone who thinks differently.

Herzog must be given credit for his comment, which will cost him support from the far left that, like Regev, want to decide what is accepted culture.

For example, how did the bleeding heart liberals react on Sunday when more than 300 artists and actors met under the slogan “The Blacklist” and drafted a petition protesting “anti-democratic” measures” by Regev and others who are allegedly trying to make government policy party of “culture”?

Scorcher in Israel, Stay indoors

Wednesday, May 27th, 2015

It’s going to be a scorcher in Israel today, so if possible stay indoors and in air conditioning.

The temperature in the Greater Tel Aviv area is expected to hit 107 degrees Fahrenheit, and a burning 111 degrees in Tiberias, Eilat and the Jordan Valley.

Jerusalem will be a more comfortable 99.

Make sure to drink a lot of water until the heat wave (Sharav in Hebrew) passes.

Security Sabotaged Around Jordan Valley Moshav

Sunday, October 26th, 2014

A chilling discovery was made Sunday morning by members of Moshav Hamra in the Jordan Valley — vandals chopped down and destroyed poles bearing electric power to the moshav.

The destruction by unknown hands signaled a plot to cut off power and communications to and from the moshav.

It might also potentially cut off the community’s ability to call for help in a terrorist attack.

The Palestinian Authority has insistently demanded that Israel hand over the Jordan Valley as part of the lands it desires for the creation of its hoped-for sovereign country.

Israel is unwilling to comply with this demand since the Jordan Valley has strong military significance. Relinquishing such a strategic location would be an act of national suicide.

District police told the Hebrew-language 0404 website that investigators were sent to the site and subsequently confirmed the attack appeared to have been carried out over the weekend.

Pentagon Defends Jordan Valley Pullout: No Worries When ISIS Invades Jordan

Wednesday, June 25th, 2014

Israel maintains that American military training did not help Iraqi forces fend off the Al Qaeda-linked ISIL takeover in the northern and central part of the country.

The take-away lesson: Israel cannot and will not hand over the defense of its nation to a third party in the Jordan Valley – not now, not ever.

The Pentagon is upset by that, because the United States wants to advance a plan formulated by U.S. General John Allen to replace the Israel Defense Forces in the Jordan Valley with an international force.

Allen, an expert on counter-terrorism with experience in Iraq and Afghanistan, contends that Israel faces completely different threats than those in Iraq.

The Pentagon and State Department both insist that Israel should trust American military officials to know what they are doing.

But Israeli officials said bluntly in a report published Monday night – speaking on condition of anonymity – that the Americans are misreading the signals and possibly the map, much as they did in Iraq.

And they don’t want to see a repetition of that disaster here on home ground.

More than 1,000 Iraqis, mostly civilians, have died in mass murders by radical Islamists in the last three weeks, the United Nations reports, calling the figure “very much a minimum.”

Terrorists from the Islamic State of Iraq in the Levant (ISIL) – or as it is called in Syria, the Islamic State of Iraq and al-Shams or Syria (ISIS), seized nearly the entire northern section of Iraq. The group captured the largest city in the north – Mosul – and the hometown of former dictator Sadaam Hussein, Tikrit, among others.

ISIL is now threatening Iraq’s border with Turkey, and earlier this month kidnapped a Turkish Consul and 80 Turkish contractors and workers from an eastern city. Turkey immediately evacuated its staff from the Turkish Consulate in Basra, located in southern Iraq.

The group’s forces are also threatening Iraq’s eastern border with Iran.

In addition, ISIL has captured a wide area in Iraq’s central region and is rapidly advancing to the west, having already captured one border crossing into Jordan, in addition to two border crossings with Syria. The group’s forces are beginning to move south towards Baghdad.

The group’s goal is to create an Islamic state, a Caliphate, run entirely by Shari’a (Islamic) law.

At present, ISIL has managed to blur the border between Iraq and Syria – with members of the group on both sides of the boundary – and is presenting a real and present danger to Jordan.

It is this threat to another American ally that Israel is pointedly referring to in its discussions with the United States, which blithely assured the Iraqi government it would “help push back this aggression” even as it pulled its forces out of Iraq two and a half years ago. Despite the infusion of billions of U.S. dollars, Iraqi security forces were inadequately trained and completely unable to meet the challenge of fending off the ISIL guerrilla fighters.

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