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MK Tibi: If Arabs Committed Arson It Would Be ‘Despicable and Vile’

Friday, November 25th, 2016

MK Ahmad Tibi (Joint Arab List) told Tel Aviv Radio Friday that should it be discovered that the bulk of arson attacks committed this past week had been carried out by Arabs, this would be “horrible, despicable and vile.” He suggested in such a case, it would require condemnation and self examination inside Arab society in Israel.

So far there have been a number of arrests of Arab suspects who were caught fleeing the sites of fires this week, including in Beit Meir outside Jerusalem. In Haifa, the fact that several fires erupted at the same time on Thursday morning, one of them outside a firehouse, appear suspicious to investigators. And investigators blamed arson for the second wave of fires in and around Zichron Yaakov, after the original blaze had been brought under full control.

MK Tibi, an obstetrician who received his degree from the Hebrew University and began his internship at Hadassah Hospital in 1984, served as a political advisor to PLO chief Yasser Arafat and represented the Palestinian Authority at the 1998 Wye River peace negotiations with Israel.

Since his election to the Knesset in 1999, Tibi has been a vociferous critic of Israel and its rule over Judea, Samaria and Gaza, largely blaming it for all the ills of Arab society inside and outside the 1949 armistice border.

Despite his relentless opposition to every Israeli government since his election, Tibi is also famous for his eloquent and moving speech at the Knesset in honor of the 2010 Holocaust Day.

Meanwhile, on Thursday MK Tibi intervened with police on behalf of an Arab youth who incited for #pyroterrorism on his Facebook page, saying the post was “satire.”

David Israel

MK Glick to Petition High Court Against Netanyahu Temple Mount Obstruction

Wednesday, November 23rd, 2016

Rebellion in the Likud ranks: On Wednesday, MK Yehuda Glick announced his plan to petition the Supreme Court against Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu over the latter’s barring of Knesset members and cabinet ministers from ascending too the Temple Mount, Srugim reported. The prohibition has taken effect close to the start of the current wave of terror, dubbed “the Al Aqsa intifada” by the Arabs, who claim to have started the violence in response to a Jewish conspiracy to destroy the Temple Mount mosque.

A suit by a rank and file MK against the leader of his party is extremely rare. Should Glick persist with his petition he is likely to be sanctioned by his Knesset faction, the Likud, and be barred from speaking from the podium and submitting bills. He might also be dismissed from the Knesset, should the leadership be able to enlist sufficient support from the members. He could also be tried by the Likud internal court.

Before assuming the legislator’s mantle, Glick made his living as tour guide on the Temple Mount, and in October 24 was the victim of an assassination attempt because of his promotion of Jewish access to the holy site.

This is the second time Netanyahu has blocked MKs from entering the sacred compound. During the 19th Knesset, the PM prevented MKs Uri Ariel and Shuli Mualem (Habayit Hayehudi) and Moshe Feiglin and Tzipi Hotovely (Likud) from ascending. The reason Glick is irate this time is the fact that Jerusalem police have announced they no longer see the need to stop MKs from entering the Temple Mount, but Netanyahu persists in his refusal to open the gates to them.

When he became a member of Knesset, about half a year ago, Glick justified the prohibition, which was pinned on attempts by Arab MKs to stir up riots on the Temple Mount. The last time Glick has been to the site was on the day before his swearing in as MK.

David Israel

MK Begin Begging Netanyahu to Permit Destruction of Amona

Tuesday, November 1st, 2016

MK Benny Begin (Likud) on Monday approached Prime Minister Netanyahu with a request not to promote the so-called Regulations Act, which would compel Arab claimants whose ownership of Israeli settlements’ land has been proven to accept market value compensation—replacing the barbaric practice of Israel’s Supreme Court of destroying entire Jewish communities in order to return the land in question to its original, arid status.

Speaking at a meeting of the Knesset Likud faction, Begin (who was appointed to his position by a special “chairman’s prerogative,” whereby Netanyahu was permitted to place him in the 11th spot on the party’s 2015 election list — a position he hadn’t earned from Likud voters since 2008) pleaded with his benefactor: “As prime minister, but especially in your role as foreign minister, I besiege you not to promote this law,” according to Ha’aretz. Begin told the assembled MKs that the proposed bill “endangers the settlement enterprise in Judea and Samaria, contradicts international law, and will harm Israel’s position in the world.”

The Likud MKs who, unlike Begin, had actually been elected by Likud voters, all voiced their enthusiastic support for the Regulations Act and urged Netanyahu to promote it. The PM for his part told Begin, “Calm down, Benny, I’m taking your concerns about Israel’s status in the world into consideration, too. For now we’re suspending this idea of a Regulations Act, and should we renew it I will consider everything.”

At this point the government is in the midst of petitioning the high court for an extension regarding its demand that Amona be razed by December 25, 2016. It remains to be seen whether the court, which first ruled on Amona in 2006, will have the patience to wait another few months before it gets to chase Jewish families out of their homes.

JNi.Media

Arab MK: No Jewish Temple Ever Existed on Temple Mount [audio]

Thursday, October 20th, 2016

In a zeal reminiscent of the ISIS hordes destroying archaeological treasures belonging to cultures and religions before the birth of Islam, and a fervor matching that of the Arab members of UNESCO who voted to erase millennia of Jewish history in Jerusalem, MK Ahmad Tibi (Joint Arab List) on Thursday said that “There has never been any connection to the Al Aqsa Mosque to any other religion, and although I don’t wish to enter a religious dispute, there was no Temple.”

Ahmad Tibi is not a religious zealot. A gynecologist with a degree from the Hebrew University of Jerusalem, he has been a Knesset Member since 1999, and has served as deputy speaker for much of that time. He belongs to the Balad (National Democratic Assembly) faction of his Knesset list, which, at least on paper, has a secular, democracy-for-all agenda.

The dispute MK Tibi has just entered is not, as he put it, religious, but scientific, since the numerous archaeological excavations of the past few decades, including the project of sifting through the mountains of earth carved out of the Temple Mount by its supposed custodians, the Jordanian Waqf, are providing literally thousands of bits of evidence to the existence of a thriving Jewish culture in Jerusalem in general and on the Temple Mount specifically.

Why, then, would MK Tibi issue a provocative tweet with no bearing in the commonly accepted science of the day?

Because of another element in his political history which we haven’t yet presented: Tibi served as a close political advisor to PLO chief Yasser Arafat from 1993 to 1999, and represented the PA at the 1998 Wye River negotiations—despite his Israeli nationality. He had the sense to resign from this post in 1999, when he ran for the Knesset.

The Balad leader Azmi Bishara did not possess the same common sense. He was charged with treason and receiving large sums of money from a foreign agent in return for his services, as well as money laundering. He promised to return from a few days’ trip abroad to continue questioning by the authorities, but after several weeks in other Arab states he resigned from the Knesset at the Israeli Embassy in Cairo on April 22, 2007 and never returned to Israel to face court proceedings. He continued to accept his Knesset pension checks for almost four years, until, in February 2011, the Knesset passed a bill revoking pensions for lawmakers who have evaded an investigation or trial for serious offenses.

It’s quite possible that Tibi, who is also famous for his great speech commemorating the Jewish Holocaust, just couldn’t help himself on Thursday and let that tweet fly. But Tibi is a cynic, not easily given to unplanned outbursts (his short fuse is deliberately so). Watch this space for new developments.

Here is the radio interview Tibi gave to Reshet Bet explaining how all Muslims believe no other house of prayer (or Jewish Temple) existed on the Temple Mount before the Arabs built their structures over the Bayt al-Muqaddas (The Temple)

David Israel

Likud MK Calls Livni Adviser ‘Useful Idiot’ over Leftwing NGO Law

Wednesday, October 19th, 2016

MK Amir Ohana (Likud) is part of the move to revoke anti-Israeli B’Tselem NGO’s right to receive interns from the National Service, where Israeli young men and women are invited to serve instead of enlisting in the IDF. B’Tselem, along with Peace Now’s US branch, have caught the wrath of Israeli politicians on both sides of the aisle when the testified last Friday before a non-binding UN Security Council session against the Jewish settlements in the liberated territories. Regardless of the arguments both groups were making, the fact that they chose to testify against their own country before a forum that included some of the most vile regimes on the planet disqualified them, in the view of most Israelis, from receiving any state support whatsoever.

Ohana tweeted: “How many Israeli citizens are aware of the fact that the state (through the National Service) provides manpower to B’Teselem? How did we get so screwed up? I was glad to hear the PM supports my proposed legislation to end this absurd situation.”

So former journalist Mia Bengel, who served as senior advisor to former Justice Minister Tzipi Livni (then with her own The Movement party, formerly in the Kadima party, before that in Likud and now in the Zionist Camp), tweeted in response: “How many Israeli citizens are aware that there’s an MK who does not find it absurd for a homosexual to try and damage human rights organizations?”

Yes, we neglected to mention that MK Ohana is a declared homosexual and member in good standing of the Likud party. No one in Likud thought there was anything wrong about it, but, as it turns out, on the Israeli left you lose your gay license as soon as you join a rightwing party. Or, as Ravit Rita Bar tweeted: “I’m a rightwing lesbian, I vote Likud and support the Great Eretz Israel idea. Do I have your permission?” And Lilac Sigan tweeted: “Excuse me, but what human rights? They’ve long since forgotten what that means, they haven’t been in that category for a long time.”

MK Ohana went on the offensive, tweeting: “Only useful idiots like you consider B’Tselem, which defends Hamas, which throws homosexuals off the rooftops, a ‘human rights’ organization.” And he added for good measure, “Small former journalist.” Probably for the homosexual insult.

Bengel reacted: “Oy, and I was sure that a useful idiot is more like being a homosexual in Likud, voting against himself in return for a lentil stew of popularity and nausea.” This was a rather astute criticism of Ohana, who tends to be absent from votes where the coalition, of which he is a member, proposes anti-gay measures. This isn’t a frequent occurrence, mind you, but when it happens, gay activists don’t forgive it easily.

Michelle Hellm demanded (tongue in cheek) that the state revoke Ohana’s gay license. Ariel Plaskin expressed his revulsion at Bengel’s essentially bigoted idea that Homosexuals can’t belong to rightwing parties, and the debate is still raging.

Finally, the spokesperson for the Embassy of Israel in London, Yiftah Curiel, mentioned in the same Twitter debate that on the eve of Yom Kippur, October 11, which also happened to be National Coming Out Day in the US, “someone” at the Israeli embassy in London raised the rainbow flag together with the Israeli national flag. Considering the fact that the Jewish nation read together on the following afternoon a portion of the Book of Leviticus that outlaws just that sort of hanky panky, should someone alert the authorities?

David Israel

Arab Preacher gets 8 Months for Inspiring Assassination Attempt on MK Glick [video]

Sunday, September 25th, 2016

The Jerusalem Magistrate Court on Sunday morning sentenced Sheikh Omar Abu Sara to eight months in prison for inciting to murdering Jews in sermons he gave on the Temple Mount. The complaint against Abu Sara was submitted two years ago by legal aid society Honenu attorney Hur Nizri, in the name of Yehuda Glick, now a Likud MK, shortly after an assassination attempt on Glick.

Honenu issued a statement expressing pleasure for the fact that Abu Sara was finally placed behind bars, but was critical of the short sentence. “This is a case of too little too late,” said the statement, adding, “We wonder why he received such a relatively light sentence despite the fact that his incitements have many followers and could have caused attacks against Jews — while a Jewish young man with hardly any influence, who was convicted of possessing a document that was never disseminated, was given two years in prison.”

Back in March, the Rehovot Mgaistrate Court sentenced Moshe Orbach, 24, a rightwing activist from B’nei B’rak, to two years in prison plus half a year probation, for writing a document titled “Wicked Kingdom,” intended for limited dissemination. The document was discovered during the investigation of the torching of a section of the Fish and Loaves church near the Kinneret. Judge Menahem Mizrahi wrote in his sentence that “the harsh character of the document, all of which is comprised of incitement to violence in its environment, has a destructive potential should it reach attentive ears and willing hearts seeking violence.” The judge added that the exceptionally harsh sentence should serve as a warning to anyone else wishing to follow in Orbach’s footsteps that the courts “will not belittle acts that have the power to damage or subvert the delicate fabric of Israel’s population.”

All of which appears to be targeted mostly at Jews, because an Arab preacher who actually advocated murdering the entire Jewish segment of said delicate fabric of the population received less than half of Orbach’s sentence — and he, the Arab, didn’t just scribble it on a mimeographed booklet, he proudly declared it on YouTube:

“The Jews are the most wicked among Allah’s creatures. They are the worst villains who have ever walked the planet. We’re living in a time when the war against the Jews is near, and I say clearly to the Jews: It’s time to slaughter you. It’s time to fight you. It’s time to kill you. God willing, we are ready. We and the loyal Muslims, along with the armies of the Muslim Caliphate who will come to liberate this land from your filth. We are anticipating the day — the moment — of your slaughter.”

Spoken like a true man of God.

JNi.Media

Mrs. Tzipi, MK Livni and the Demonization of Israel

Sunday, September 25th, 2016

In December 2009, a British court issued an arrest warrant for then-Foreign Minister Tzipi Livni over alleged war crimes committed by the Israeli government during Operation Cast Lead in late 2008. Livni decided not to take any chances, and cancelled her planned trip to a Jewish National Fund conference in London. This threat didn’t go away, however. Several months ago, when on her way to a conference in London, she was summoned by Scotland Yard’s War Crimes unit for questioning.

Although Livni has generally remained silent on this issue, she addressed it last week while speaking at the IDC’s International Institute for Counter-Terrorism conference. She said the arrest warrant was “immoral, wrong, and harmful to [the] joint fight against terror organizations.”

But what she forgot to mention was that numerous Israeli NGOs were responsible for the arrest warrant — by accusing Israel of war crimes, and then using their foreign governmental funding to pressure people and governments around the world to “punish” Israel for its supposed atrocities.

After Operation Cast Lead, there was no shortage of Israeli organizations that accused Israel of war crimes for defending her citizens. Some of these groups gathered together under the umbrella organization, “Coalition of Women for Peace,” and some, like Zochrot and Israel Social TV, acted alone. These organizations receive funding from foreign political entities and governments including Holland, Germany, Norway, and the European Union.

This foreign governmental funding is used to accuse Israel of war crimes, apartheid, ethnic cleansing, and more, on a daily basis. These funds also promote a boycott against Israel, and are part of the insidious campaign to delegitimize and dehumanize Israel.

It is therefore surprising that the very person who led the opposition against the recently passed Transparency Law, which obligates foreign government-funded organizations to increase their transparency, was none other than MK Tzipi Livni. Yes, the same Tzipi Livni who almost spent the night in a London prison cell because of these very organizations.

At the same time that MK Livni condemns those who seek to convict her and other Israeli officials — she does the exact opposite in Israel. In the UK, and only in the UK, she seems to understand and recognize the problems of such organizations engaging in lawfare against a democratic state that is fighting a war against terror. But not in Israel.

Livni and her colleagues on the Zionist Left must understand that this “British problem” is nothing compared to the problem in Israel. Only a sick democracy allows for foreign governments to meddle in its internal affairs and to advance a policy that undermines its very right to exist. These delegitimization organizations are not “human rights” organizations; rather, they are political pawns implanted in Israeli society by foreign governments in order to serve their interests.

This objective was best illustrated by Britain’s former Minister of Middle East Affairs, Alistair Burt, who noted: “Since we began supporting these programs some significant changes have been made in the Israeli justice system, both civilian and military, and in the decisions they make.”

It is the right and the obligation of the Knesset to enact legislation requiring increased transparency for foreign government-funded Israeli organizations. In fact, the Transparency Law is just a drop in the bucket of the parliamentary action needed to halt these anti-democratic intrusions.

In one of the Knesset debates about the Transparency Law, Devorah Gonen, a bereaved mother whose son Danny z’l was murdered last year by terrorists, expressed the sentiment shared by many other bereaved families: “Foreign governments are funding the murder of Jews and we need to stop it.”

It would be wise for MK Livni to understand this, and to stop defending those who are advocating for her arrest. If not for her own sake, then at least for the sake of Israeli democracy and sovereignty.

Matan Peleg

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