Girls, ages 10-13, from Efrat in Gush Etzion will square off against girls from the Galilee Arab village Sakhnin tonight in a playoff game that will determine which group will advance to the semi-finals in the girls’ league.
“We are involved with soccer and not politics,” one of the Efrat girls said. “We really want to win this game for the semi-finals.”
The group started playing together last year, but since Efrat has no official-size soccer field, they trained and played in Jerusalem.
A home-grown committee in Samaria (Shomron) has launched a new video that describes the European Union and leftist Jews as anti-Zionists but is in such poor taste that it is an embarrassment to “settlers” and Jews anywhere in the world.
The content is accurate, but the medium is the message, and this one flunks.
The video, as seen below, shows a negative caricature of a European leader reading a newspaper with a design similar to the left-wing Haaretz and giving money to leftist Jews in return for dispatching propaganda against the IDF. When the European leader finally has achieved his aim, he tells the Jew to get lost, and the video then shows him being hanged.
The caricatures in the clip include suggestive references to Nazi Germany and a comparison of Haaretz with the former Nazi newspaper.
The clip concludes with a clear message comparing the European Union to Nazis, and it states, “The Europeans perhaps appear to use today as being different, but you appear to them the same as before.”
Haaretz’ Hebrew edition reported a reply to the clip from the Shomron committee chairman Benny Katzover, who explained:
In the past several years, there has been increasing support by groups and foreign governments for extreme left-wing groups in Israel. The objective of the groups is to ruin the lives of Jews in Israel, especially those in Judea and Samaria, with funding of millions of Euros.
The objective of the video clip is to make it clear that at best, leftist organizations in Israel like idiots on behalf of modern anti-Semites, and at worst, act to destroy Israel as the national home of the Jewish People.
Katzover is absolutely correct, but the video is in such poor taste that settlers should be embarrassed. It is a continuation of tactics of old-guard leaders in Judea and Samaria who justify all means to justify their campaign, no matter how much their childish stunts damage the image of all settlers and those who support them.
Haaretz challenged Naftali Bennett, chairman of the Bayit Yehudi (Jewish Home), to repudiate the clip.
The anti-Israel is using the left-wing oriented Avaaz web platform to petition Facebook to ban promotions for homes for Jews in Judea and Samaria based on the claim they are “illegal.”
A Facebook representative told The Washington Post it is “investigating” the claim.
Several promotions on Facebook are sponsored by the Israeli branch of the American real estate company RE/MAX.
“For Palestinians, seeing settlement ads is a reminder of the pain and humiliation they have to endure as a result of these war crimes,” Fadi Quran, Avaaz’s campaign director in the West Bank, said in a statement.
Facebook’s policy prohibits advertising of illegal activity.
The question boils down to whether there is a case that it is illegal for Jews to live in Judea and Samaria as stated, but not decided in any court, by the United Nations and most of the international community.
A committee of three legal experts tabled a report to the Netanyahu government three years ago that not only are “settlements” legal but also that Jews have the right to live anywhere they want in all areas under Israel control.
Israel has passed legislation to put under its sovereignty some areas under Israeli control since the Six-Day War in 1967, namely the Golan Heights and half of Jerusalem, but the United Nations does not accept the Israeli law. Judea and Samaria remain under the authority of the military.
A Washington Post foreign affairs reporters’ article on the petition noted that Facebook previously has banned all advertisements that were in support of Syrian president Bashar al-Assad.
If ads for Assad, guilty of war crimes, are banned by Facebook, the implicit and ludicrous conclusion is that promoting homes for Jews should be banned because the Palestinian Authority calls them “war crimes.”
That explains the sudden shift in the Palestinian Authority strategy to accuse Israel of war crimes in the International Criminal Court. Instead of trying to prove Israel committed war crimes against Hamas, whose inhumanity easily could be exposed , PA chairman Mahmoud Abbas is headed for the ICC with a sheaf of documents to claim that building homes for Jews are war crimes.
Supporters of the anti-Israeli petition wrote to Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg:
We were shocked to see ads for illegal Israeli settlements on Facebook. The establishment and expansion of settlements is considered a war crime.
Settlements are a main cause of violence and discrimination in the region. Facebook’s advertising guidelines state that “Ads may not constitute, facilitate or promote illegal activity.” We therefore call upon you to ban all advertisements for settlement homes or settlement based products from showing on Facebook.”
Nearly 30,000 people have signed the petition, and that number is likely to grow geometrically following the free promotion for the petition provided by The Washington Post.
American taxpayers’ money helped fund a pro-Palestinian Authority group to encourage “non-violent resistance to end the occupation,” according to material gleaned from the website OneVoiceMovement website, which is involved in the “V15″ campaign against Prime Minister Netanyahu, as reported here.
“OneVoicePalestine” received grants from the U.S. State Dept. until last November, weeks after most political observers said it was only a matter of time before the Netanyahu coalition would collapse and new elections would be held.
The hammer fell in December, and two months before, OneVoicePalestine (OVP) launched “The Land is Ours” campaign last September 25 to promote the stated American policy of a “two-state solution” and the un-stated policy of deciding the borders for a Palestinian Authority country.
The OneVoice site, in a blurb on the video it produced, stated its aim is to “encourage young Palestinians to participate in non-violent resistance to end the occupation, realize the two-state solution, and establish an independent Palestinian state on the 1967 lines with East Jerusalem as its capital.”
The campaign builds on the 2012 mobilization effort – “The Land is Ours, Leave Us Be” – which addressed the expansion of settlements by planting hundreds of trees in a number of areas threatened by confiscation.
Planting trees, borrowing the Jewish National Fund campaign decades ago to plant trees in Israel, is the message of “non-violence resistance.” The video does not show Arabs waving the PA’s Fatah movement flag, emblazoned with a rifle.
Instead, the film shows Arabs marching in Judea and Samaria and planting trees but carefully omits facts that many if not most of the campaigns have been carried out on land where violence is likely because Arabs trespasses on land where Jews live. Their justification is that their claim on the land is valid and that Jews’ claims are not valid.
The Palestinian Authority has backing from the Obama administration, which always says that it is up to both sides — the Palestinian Authority and Israel — to determine borders. However, government grants over the decades, as with the OneVoice video “The Land Is Ours, Leave Us Be,” have been used to contradict the supposed policy that the “final borders” are not to be settled by unilateral actions but by negotiations.
By that definition, Israel also has taken “unilateral actions” every time a Jew builds a home in Judea and Samaria or in areas of Jerusalem claimed by the Palestinian Authority.
The difference is that when Jews take action, the Obama administration complains it is an obstacle to peace; when Arabs take action, it is considered their right.
Against this background, the call for “non-violent resistance” is at best naïve.
Official Palestinian Authority encouragement and promotion of violence has been documented at least every week by The Jewish Press and other media, often based on research by the Palestinian Media Watch.
Al Monitor, a predominantly pro-Arab organization, wrote nearly a year ago:
Although major Palestinian nationalist and Islamist movements publicly support and endorse what they call the “popular resistance,” there is little evidence that this support is more than lip service….
Two other problems have prevented nonviolence from becoming the major force in Palestine….Leaders of the movement have been unable or unwilling to show the kind of discipline that Mahatma Gandhi or Martin Luther King Jr. showed in keeping the movement totally nonviolent. This partial nonviolence [sic] that features throwing stones at Israeli troops — often at the end of a mass demonstration — not only results in a brutal Israeli crackdown, but more importantly, it weakens the stance of a nonviolent movement.
It added that the second problem that silences the nonviolent movement “has been its inability to involve Israeli peace activists” because of “the lack of clarity about cooperating with Israelis and the ready accusation of ‘normalization” with Israel.
The bold statement that throwing stones is only “partial” non-violent illustrates where the American-funded OneVoice campaign is headed, whether intentional or not.
Violence becomes “non-violence” simply by changing the definition of the term, just as The Jewish Press pointed out here that the White House defeats terror by re-defining it.
Below is the OneVoice video, funded by American taxpayers.
A security officer in a community in Judea and Samaria has instructed drivers who rotate on security duty every night to reduce the time they patrol in the security jeep because of orders to save gas.
It is not clear if is the The Wise Men of Chelm in the Defense Ministry or in the community’s local regional council of the Southern Hebron Hills who have reduced the amount of money allocated for gasoline, the security officer told The Jewish Press
His new instructions to drivers are:
“Park with the engine turned off in a strategic spot where there is good surveillance.
“Turn on the engine and move the jeep every nine minutes to a new location.
“Leave the engine running for a few minutes to re-charge the battery and then turn it off again.
“After nine minutes from the time the engine was idles, move again to a different place.
“While the jeep’s engine is turned off, carry out a short patrol by foot.
“On Shabbat, do not turn off the engine at all but do not drive non-stop.”
He concluded that the new instructions severely reduce security.
But so what? It is not enough that gas prices have come down dramatically following the drop in worldwide crude oil prices.
The most important result is that the Defense Ministry is saving a few more shekels.