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The Bedfellows Are Getting Stranger and Stranger

Monday, September 8th, 2014

The Middle East has apparently not yet finished shifting and realigning for the near term.

The ouster of Mahmoud Morsi, the Muslim Brotherhood’s Egyptian president, and his replacement with the anti-Muslim Brotherhood al-Sisi represented a public and dramatic shifting of alliances in the Middle East. Both Egypt and Israel distrust Hamas more than they mistrust each other. Turkey is no longer friends with Egypt, but may be moving closer to its erstwhile competitor for regional hegemon, Iran. Saudi Arabia mistrusts Shia Iran more than it mistrusts Israel, and then along came ISIS and scattered the dice yet again.

ISIS is a very serious threat to Saudi Arabia, as it already has acquired a swath of Iraq, which is to the Kingdom’s north. And ISIS is a threat to Iran, as it has acquired a swath through Syria, which abuts Iran.

Now ISIS has begun threatening not only Lebanon, where it at least temporarily captured a city, but the foremost terrorist group on the planet is now breathing down tiny Jordan’s neck, and that isn’t good for anyone in the region.

According to journalist Eli Lake, Even before the ISIS offensive in Iraq, supporters of the group had tweeted maps showing the city of Ma’an in southern Jordan, as part of a regional Caliphate. Last week, a photo from Ma’an showed ISIS supporters holding a banner declaring the city, “the Fallujah of Jordan,” comparing it to the city in Western Iraq fell to ISIS in January.

There are some reports that Jordan is already relying on Israeli intelligence regarding ISIS.

“There is a very good cooperation between us regarding ISIS’ growing presence in Iraq and Syria, but also on issues relating to other radical forces in the Middle East which have their sights set on Israel and Jordan,” a Jordanian diplomatic source told YNet.

 Meanwhile, the not terribly reliable Russian news source Press TV reported that ISIS is actually a creation of Israel, the United States and Saudi Arabia.
 

‘Rightist’ ‘Settlers’ ‘Break in’ to Temple Mount – Says Ma’an English

Wednesday, August 28th, 2013

Ma’an, whose English edition pretends to adhere to basic journalistic standards, writes:

Settlers escorted into Aqsa mosque compound

JERUSALEM (Ma’an) – Dozens of Israeli rightists broke into al-Aqsa Mosque compound through the Old City’s Moroccan Gate Wednesday morning heavily escorted with Israeli police officers, Palestinian officials said.

Officials in the Palestinian ministry of endowments told Ma’an that more than 60 settlers entered the compound in groups and toured its squares.

Once again:

  • There is nothing “rightist” about wanting to pray in your faith’s holiest site.
  • Walking through a door that thousands pass through every month is not “breaking in.”
  • Jews who visit the Temple Mount are not necessarily “settlers.”

Then again, perhaps Ma’an is adhering to today’s journalistic standards, since Reuters has the exact same bias in its reporting.

Notice also that the source for this absurd report is not the Al Aqsa Foundation that usually feeds lies to the Arab media to be parroted, but the PA’s own Ministry of Awqaf. The official PA government that receives hundreds of millions of Western dollars is once again promulgating lies, and no one really calls them on it.

The Arabic statement from the Awqaf also says that the “settlers “engaged in “provocative Talmudic rituals.” Manyeb Ma’an will include that line next time.

A Glimpse of Things to Come: Arab Press Protesting Hamas Repression

Friday, August 2nd, 2013

The biggest victims of the peace talks, it turns out, are not the Israelis, not even those hardier, more spirited Israelis living east of the green line. Without a doubt, the ones who stand to lose the most from the creation of a Palestinian state are the Arabs who live there.

I wrote in the past about the sharp decline in the quality of life in the Arab parts of Judea, Samaria and Gaza, after the signing of the Oslo accords, back in 1993.

The Oslo Accords were a terrible idea. They were not at all an honest attempt to establish long-lasting peace between Arabs and Jews. Instead, they schemed to keep the Arabs under the control of a team of outside gangsters, paid by Israel.

In Oslo, Israel inflicted on the Arabs a permanent policy of Divide and Conquer, sentencing them to a slow and debilitating decline. So far, unfortunately, the Israeli plan has been working. One half of the Palestinians have been reduced to poverty. All of them are living in constant fear of violence, without the most elementary rights which you and I take for granted.

On Thursday, a group of Arab journalists joined a sit-in strike near Ramallah protesting a decision by the Hamas government in Gaza to close media offices of Ma’an Network, Al Arabiya and others.

Earlier this year and last year, those same journalists protested the heavy handed manner in which the Palestinian Authority was dealing with unflattering reports on Facebook – interrogating and throwing the authors to jail. A Human Rights Watch report issued in 2011 said Palestinian journalists are being subjected to detention and abuse at the hands of Palestinian security agencies, “a pattern that has led many to self-censor and produced a chilling effect on the free exchange of information and ideas.”

In the seven “West Bank” cases examined in some depth in the report, HRW said the “harassment and abuse of journalists reflected attempts to prevent free speech and inquiry into matters of public importance, and to punish writers solely because of their statements critical of the Palestinian Authority or their perceived support of its political rivals.”

But this time around it was all about Hamas, and the protesters included Palestinian politicians and dignitaries–who, no doubt will some day intimidate and brutalize those very protesters. For now, though, they urged the Hamas government to reopen all the media offices it closed, and to end a ban on the entry of three major Palestinian newspapers into Gaza.

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The protest was organized and called by the Palestinian Journalists Syndicate, the main press union in Palestine.

Back in 2004, the Palestine Journalists Syndicate (PJS) announced a ban on journalists who dared to report on disputes between Palestinians. On July 20, 2004, the PJS threatened that journalists would face “penalties” if they “dealt with or carried statements or publications dealing with internal events and inclined to slander, libel or harm others.”

Not in Gaza, mind you, in Ramallah, and not Hamas – back then the PLO still ruled in Gaza.

Obviously, there’s only one place where those frisky reporters are permitted to roam around freely and report whatever they wish, with cordial and professional assistance from the authorities. You guessed it – in Israel, that apartheid state they so love to revile.

Head of the journalists syndicate Abdul-Nasser Najjar addressed the protesters and expressed astonishment over the ongoing assaults against journalists in Gaza.

“We were surprised as Hamas continued with assaults against Palestinian media organizations, shutting down offices of Ma’an News Network and some other media offices. This is part of an ongoing practice,” Najjar said. He highlighted that “since Hamas staged its coup in Gaza, the main three Palestinian daily newspapers were banned in the Gaza Strip.”

But, you know, only a year ago, in July 2012, Abdel Nasser Najjar called for boycotting a meeting between Israeli President Shimon Peres and Arab journalists. Najjar, an old PLO hand, warned that punitive measures would be taken against journalists who attended the meeting in Jerusalem.

It must be embarrassing, if not outright infuriating, for a journalist who spends half his day working like a serious professional in a Western democracy, vilifying Jews and whatnot, and then, at night, crossing over to the Heart of Darkness that is the Palestinian-run areas.

Residents of Syria’s Yarmouk Run For Their Lives

Monday, December 17th, 2012

Reports of international outrage over the bombing of a Palestinian refugee camp in Damascus were lacking on Monday, as over half the population of the camp fled for their lives.

In a report by the Ma’an News Agency, since the aerial bombing, which occurred near a mosque and killed at least 25 people, over half of Yarmouk’s approximately 150,000 residents have run away, seeking shelter in nearby schools, mosques, and UN buildings.

PLO official in Syria Anwar Abdul-Hadi told Ma’an that supposed Palestinians living in Yarmouk have suffered significantly, due to fighting between rebels and Palestinians aligned with Syrian dictator Bashar Assad.

The last two weeks have been filled with heavy fighting, with anti-Assad forces beginning to take the upper hand, hence the air attack by Assad’s forces.

UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon, who announced an emergency visit to Gaza during Operation Pillar of Defense in order to stop Israel’s push back against rocket attacks on the civilian populations of Israel’s south, issued a lukewarm statement on Sunday, calling the Syrian bombing “a matter of grave concern”.

Syrian officials also reported killing dozens of people in the northeast and southwest on Sunday.

UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon on Sunday called the attack “a matter of grave concern,” while French Foreign Minister Laurent Fabius called the attack “scandalous.”

Hamas Brags of New Iranian Weapons, Support Growing for Fatah UN Plan

Sunday, November 25th, 2012

Member of Hamas senior leadership and the terrorist organization’s co-founder Mahmoud Al-Zahar announced this weekend that Hamas fully intends to continue smuggling weapons into the Gaza Strip.  Al-Zahar told the Ma’an News Agency that Hamas has “no choice but to continue to bring in weapons by all possible means,” and that he has every expectation that Iran will “increase its military and financial support to Hamas.”

In contrast to statements made by other Hamas leaders, Al-Zahar rejected criticism of the execution of seven Gazans alleged to have collaborated with Israel in the Gaza Strip during the conflict.  Pictures were found on the Internet which showed the victims being pulled out of a truck and summarily executed.  There was also a picture of one of the dead men being dragged behind a motorcycle through the streets of Gaza.

“We will not allow one collaborator to be in Gaza, and let human rights’ groups say whatever they want, a human has  rights if they have honor and not if they are a traitor,”Al-Zahar said.

Arab media sources are also reporting that Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas traveled to Gaza over the weekend.  During his visit, Abbas discussed with Hamas leadership his plans to approach the United Nations and seek non-member observer status for the non-existent state of “Palestine.”

This would mean that the U.N. General Assembly would approve “Palestine” – made up of Judea and Samaria, Gaza and Eastern Jerusalem as a kind of fetal state, with some limbs fully determined, and others to develop later.

Hamas has consistently opposed Abbas’s effort to upgrade the Arab Palestinians’ status at the U.N., but reports following Saturday’s meeting between the frequently-rival parties revealed a change in position.

According to the Ma’an News Agency, Nasser al-Shaer, a former government minister and Hamas deputy, said after the meeting that he supported the UN bid.

Bir Zeit University politics professor George Giacaman characterized the PA’s effort to attain the higher status at the U.N., despite the strong opposition of the United States and others, as a form of diplomatic resistance.

Giacaman told the BBC, “As an observer state it will be possible for the first time now to join various UN fora and also committees whereby it it will be possible to press charges of Israeli war crimes. This is an important card that President Abbas can play.”

Abbas publicly announced his intention to seek recognition of “Palestine” from the U.N. General Assembly at his speech there on September 27.  The vote may take place as early as this Thursday, Nov 29.

Israel returns remains of Palestinian terrorists

Thursday, May 31st, 2012

JERUSALEM (JTA) — Israel turned over to Palestinian officials the bodies of 91 terrorists.

The remains of 80 Palestinian terrorists, which had been buried in an Israeli military cemetery in the West Bank, were turned over to the Palestinian Authority in the West Bank on Thursday. Another 11 bodies were repatriated to Hamas in the Gaza Strip.

Suicide bombers responsible for the deaths of more than 200 Israelis were among the bodies transferred.

Included among the repatriated bodies was Ramez Aslim, the suicide bomber who attacked the central Jerusalem Cafe Hillel in 2003. Dual Israeli-American citizens Dr. David Applebaum, head of the emergency room at Shaare Zedek Medical Center in Jerusalem, and his daughter Nava, who was to have been married the day after the bombing, were killed in that attack.

Dozens of reserve soldiers were called into service to exhume the bodies during the month of May, Ynet reported.

The repatriation of the bodies is being called a good-will gesture to Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas. It reportedly was agreed to during a meeting in Ramallah earlier this month between Abbas and Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu’s personal envoy, Isaac Molcho.

The Almagor terror victims association on Wednesday slammed the government for the handover of bodies.

“The Netanyahu-Barak-Mofaz government is giving a boost to terror and abusing the bereaved families and the injured,” said Meir Indor, chairman of the association. “This is a government without a heart and without a brain.”

An official ceremony to honor the terrorists was scheduled to be held Thursday in the PA’s presidential compound in Ramallah, Palestinian Authority civil affairs minister Hussein al-Sheikh told the Palestinian Ma’an news service. A ceremony also reportedly will be held in Gaza.

Who Is Khader Adnan?

Sunday, February 19th, 2012

Much fanfare has surrounded Khader Adnan, a self-described leader of Islamic Jihad, currently on a hunger strike against his administrative detention in an Israeli prison. He has predictably become the newest pop-cause for the ‘blame Israel first’ movement by virtue of the simple fact that he is a Palestinian incarcerated in Israel; but his hunger-strike has turned him into a veritable celebrity. The Arab media has compared him to  Mohandas Gandhi; the who’s who of so-called human right organizations have offered their condemnations -  including Human Rights Watch, Amnesty International, as well as Israel’s own B’tselem and Physicians for Human Rights-Israel; and solidarity marches for Adnan have been held in New York, Chicago, and Washington D.C. Adnan’s celebrity status was confirmed when British newspapers the Independent and the Guardian dedicated in-depth pieces to him, glorifying him as a political prisoner. And Catherine Ashton, EU foreign affairs chief, provided the stamp of official credibility by chiming in as well.

But who IS Khader Adnan? Although his ‘plight’ is well-documented, mainstream media articles have provided little in the way of his past, and the possible reasons for his incarceration in the first place, save for a few obligatory sentences providing context. To those that support Adnan, or more accurately – oppose Israel, what he did is essentially immaterial, and the mere fact that he is being detained by Israel is proof of his innocence and Israeli injustice.

Is Khader Adnan merely a baker and post-graduate student, or something more?

And so, it would probably not move these people to know that, contrary to the narrative engendered by his wife and picked up by the mainstream media, he is not an innocuous economics graduate who runs a bakery. Yes, he has tenure, but it is as a member of the Islamic Jihad, currently the most active and dedicated anti-Israel genocidal terrorist organization.

Despite his wife’s fierce denials of Adnan’s role in Islamic Jihad, or in any militant activities, his own statements flatly contradict this narrative. He is a self-described leader of Islamic Jihad, and has taken the initiative in calling for terror attacks against Israel. He has held this position for at least 6 years: on June 8, 2005, the Boston Globe identified Adnan as an “Islamic Jihad spokesman,” quoted him repudiating any sort of cease fire with Israel, and urging all Palestinian terror groups to resume fighting with Israel. In the same article he lambasted the PA, and said the period of calm negotiated by Palestinian president Mahmoud Abbas “is now in its last days”; in a first person interview with al Jazeera in 2005 he said, “we, the PA and all the Palestinian people are in one trench, which is the resistance trench and targeting the Zionist enemy”; and to dispel any doubts that he may have reformed his ways, he was recently described by an Arab news source as “Sheikh Khadar Adnan, the political leader of Islamic Jihad movement in Palestine” (Uruknet, http://www.uruknet.info/?new=85772, 16/2/2012).

For those hailing him as a hero, the fact that Adnan has a lengthy rap sheet that transcends jurisdictional boundaries is a minor detail that need only be glossed over; besides the half-dozen times he has been detained by Israeli authorities for terror-related offenses, Adnan has also been arrested by the Palestinian Authority (as reported by Ma’an news agency and the BBC on September 30, 2010).

Not his first Hunger Strike

Moreover, this is not Adnan’s first hunger strike. He is apparently a skilled propagandist, with an established MO. His first hunger strike though, was not as successful, at least in garnering the international media attention that he and his ilk crave, and this is because it took place in a Palestinian Authority jail. Belying any sense of impartiality and revealing the politicized agenda of human rights groups and the mainstream media alike, no international outcry accompanied his hunger strike, and no international outrage was directed at the Palestinian leadership; not a word from Catherine Ashton, no solidarity marches across the globe, and no front-page exposure. The only protest was confined to a proverbial back page blurb: a condemnation by The Palestinian Centre for Human Rights, which for some reason remained a kind of internal memo.

Suicide Protester

Despite his record and his declarations,  and despite the fact that Israel has detained him for threatening regional security, Adnan has been hailed as enduring the longest hunger strike in Palestinian history. Islamic Jihad, infamous for its bloody history of suicide bombings and unrelenting war on Israel, has managed to seize on the opportunity to activate its first suicide protester, promising to attack Israel if Adnan dies.

Only in an Israeli jail could Adnan’s myth be nurtured and his persona hailed as a perverse kind of celebrity, with an eager audience collaborating to transform a terrorist into a hero. Nevertheless, the chorus of self-righteous voices wailing indignantly against Israel cannot and should not drown out the legality and morality of Adnan’s detention. Who is Khadar Adnan? A ranking member of a terrorist organization that has encouraged and overseen the murder of Israelis, and he is now trying to divert attention and pervert justice with the help of the usual suspects.

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