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Philly City Council Denounces Terrorist Supporter it had Honored

Wednesday, February 11th, 2015

The Philadelphia City Council recently presented the first woman governor of Ramallah with two of its highest honors.

Philadelphia City Councilwoman Maria Quiñones Sanchez gave the Citation of Honor and a replica of the Liberty Bell to Dr. Laila Ghannam, governor of Ramallah, on Jan. 30, 2015.

But unbeknownst to Quiñones Sanchez, Ghannam has honored, extolled and glorified dozens of Palestinian Arab murderers of hundreds of Israelis, including dozens of children, as well as men who tortured and murdered American diplomats.

Mid-afternoon Israel time, the Palestinian Media Watch released a detailed and documented dispatch cataloguing the many different occasions on which Ghannam expressed admiration for brutal terrorists.

Upon receipt and review of the information provided by PMW, Quiñones Sanchez issued a complete denunciation of the sentiments expressed by Ghannam. Quinoñes Sanches stated that she “has consistently condemned terrorist violence.”

LAILA GHANNAM HONORS TERRORISTS

The information provided about Ghannam to Quiñones Sanchez was extensive and included the following:

– Ghannam has publicly and repeatedly praised and glorified Palestinian Arab terrorists and murderers specifically for those acts of terrorism and murder, including suicide bombings, stabbing captives to death, building of explosives, and torturing not only Jews and other Israelis – including the Israeli athletes murdered at the Munich Olympics, as well as dozens of children – but Americans, including American diplomats.

– Ghannam extolled their actions as “martyrs,” as “pioneers,” as “heroic,” as “providing examples to young people,” as “giants of resolve” and as “giants of defiance.” By referring to these murderers as martyrs (shaheeds), which is the highest status in Islam, it means she believes those murders are acts sanctioned by Islam, promoted by Allah, and are to be admired by Palestinians. She also promised to follow in their path.

– Among the dozens of terrorist murderers whom Ghannam has honored, several deserve special mention.

One, Abdallah Barghouti, prepared the explosives used in suicide bombings that killed 67 civilians, including the Sbarro Pizzeria bombing (08/09/2001, killed 15, 8 of whom were children, 130 injured), The Sheffield Club (in 2002, 15 killed), Ben Yehuda pedestrian mall (12/012001,11 killed, 180 injured), Moment Café (03/092002, 11 killed, 54 injured), Hebrew University cafeteria (07/31/2002, 9 killed, including 5 Americans, 85 wounded). Ghannam paid a solidarity visit to the Barghouti family, and saluted Abdallah and all the prisoners and their families.

– Another terrorist whom Ghannam has honored is Khalil Al-Wazir (a/k/a Abu Jihad). Abu Jihad was the co-founder of Fatah, its military strategist, and second in command to Yassir Arafat. Abu Jihad was head of “commando” operations in Israel, helped plan the 1972 Munich Olympic massacre (11 Israeli athletes killed), the 1978 Coastal Road Massacre which involved the hijacking of a bus and resulted in the deaths of 37 civilians, many of them children, and the 1973 kidnapping, torture and murder of two American diplomats in Sudan.

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Philadelphia City Councilwoman Maria Quiñones Sanchez

PHILADELPHIA COUNCILWOMAN REJECTS GHANNAM’S GLORIFICATION OF TERRORISM

The following is the full statement released by Quiñones Sanchez:

I was invited to attend this event to meet the first woman elected governor in the Palestinian Authority, and whose work was described to me as humanitarian in nature and centered on furthering the rights of women and girls. My office honored her for these reasons.

I fully and unequivocally denounce the sentiments attributed to Governor Ghannam in this video, and have consistently condemned terrorist violence.

As an elected official who represents a significant Muslim-American population, including many Palestinian refugee families, I know my Muslim constituents to be good citizens and contributors to their communities. I strongly support interfaith efforts to build understanding across cultural and ethnic barriers, and I am committed to open, honest and productive dialogue with all who share the goal of peace.

Kudos to Palestinian Media Watch, to Councilwoman Quiñones Sanchez, and to those in the Philadelphia community who urged the right people to do the right thing.

Israeli Journalists Covering ‘Palestinian Affairs’ Condemn Israel

Tuesday, June 10th, 2014

Why would Israeli journalists who cover the disputed territories, especially the areas controlled by the Palestinian Authority, join together and denounce the Israeli government’s shutdown of an illegally operating television station, especially one that has aired some of the most reprehensible lies about the State of Israel?

It happened on Monday, June 9. More than a dozen Israeli journalists who cover Palestinian Arab Affairs publicly condemned Israeli authorities for raiding the office of an Arab “production company” in the Mount of Olives in Jerusalem.

FORUM OF PALESTINIAN AFFAIRS CORRESPONDENTS

The Israeli journalists belong to something called the Forum of Palestinian Affairs Correspondents in Israel (FPAC). It is headed by Gal Berger, the “Palestinian Affairs” correspondent for the Israel Broadcasting Authority, Kol Israel Radio. That means he works for the Israeli government.

The FPAC condemned the jamming by Israel of the live broadcast of “Good Morning Jerusalem” of “Palestine TV production,” as well as the “detention of one crew member,” on Friday, June 6. The station is owned by PalMedia, with offices in Ramallah.

According to Al Quds newspaper, the 15 Israeli journalists denounced the activity of Israel, expressing their concern about Israeli steps “that would limit freedom of expression” and “instill fear in the hearts of journalists.”

FPAC members apparently explained that the castigation of Israel does not mean they wish to prevent the activity of law enforcement. However, the group went on to say that Friday’s activities by Israeli authorities is “part of a series” of events they find unsavory. The FPAC members acknowledged the ongoing tension in the region.

we are aware of the tension in the Palestinian-Israeli relations in recent months, [but we] demand that the Israeli authorities not run their political battle against the Palestinian Authority at the expense of journalists.

In addition to the statement issued by the 15 member FPAC, Berger posted on his Facebook page a request to send letters to the Israeli Ministry of Foreign Affairs, “condemning attacks on freedom of the press of Palestinian journalists” including halting the morning program” of a Palestinian Arab television news program.

Berger also retweeted a message by Palestinian Authority spokesperson Saeb Erekat, denouncing Israel for committing war crimes:

GalBergerrtsSaebErekatWhy the Israeli journalists would issue such statements is worth investigating. Of course, it may be that these 15 journalists were simply disturbed by Israeli government actions taken against Arab colleagues. But it is worth noting that there was no context supplied by the public statement of the journalists.

For instance, there was no mention that the Arab television station was operating without a license.

Nor was there any mention that police suspected Palestine TV of broadcasting “incitements to violence,” as stated on Israeli radio, which YNET reported.

Or that, as revealed by Palestine Media Watch, in January the “Good Morning Jerusalem” show hosted Ola Awad, the President of the Palestinian Central Bureau of Statistics, who insinuated “there is an Israeli policy” to get local Arabs addicted to drugs. Awad also said “this policy is clear Judaization of Jerusalemites in a direct manner.”

Last October the “Good Morning Jerusalem” show featured Arab rappers, one of whom rapped on air, I will die a martyr and the whole world will escort me (to my wedding to the virgins in heaven)…the most beautiful death is as a sacrifice.” This was also revealed by PMW.

So is it possible there was something else that pushed Israeli journalists to denounce Israeli authorities, without providing any context for their criticisms?

POSSIBLE MOTIVATIONS FOR ISRAELI JOURNALISTS TO ATTACK ISRAELI GOVERNMENT?

Perhaps it is because these Israeli journalists who cover the Palestinian Authority are attempting to prove their bona fides to their colleagues across the Green Line who have been campaigning to bar them from entering Ramallah and other PA cities.

That campaign reached a crescendo when an Israeli journalist was nearly lynched recently by Palestinian Arabs near Ramallah.

Fadi Arouri, a Ramallah journalist and activist (or is that activist journalist?) is a leader of this “anti-normalization” effort. It opposes any “normalization” of Israeli-Palestinian Arab relations, even ones that clearly benefit the lives of Palestinian Arabs.

Arouri and his fellow anti-normalization activists said they would target Israeli journalists unless those journalists denounce the Israeli government for its “practices” against Palestinian Arab media and reporters.

Is it possible that Berger and the FPAC reporters are, unintentionally or otherwise, seeking to satisfy Arouri and his gang’s blackmail? Or is it some version of what is known in regulatory law as “industry capture”? That’s when those who are supposed to be regulating an industry begin over-identifying with the industry and lose objectivity.

Maybe there are other explanations for the FPAC statement attacking Israeli government activity in a completely one-sided presentation of a specific news event. Maybe.

Hamas Spokesman: Abbas Lying to Americans

Monday, June 9th, 2014

Conventional American wisdom has it that bringing Hamas into a Fatah-led government will be a moderating force on the terror group. Give them something to lose, they say, and they won’t be so fast to give it up.

It appears, unfortunately, that the opposite is actually true. Ihab al-Ghussein, a former spokesman for the Hamas government in Gaza, said Sunday that Abu Mazen has assured Hamas leaders that he has no intention of fulfilling his commitments to the United States. Instead, al-Guyessein said that Abu Mazen’s public statements have been constructed “in order to ‘trick the Americans’”.

According to Palestinian Media Watch al-Ghussein posted a note on his Facebook page poking fun at Palestinians who trust Abbas and the reconciliation. “You know what Mahmoud Abbas says behind closed doors?? He says: ‘Guys, let me [continue] saying what I say to the media. Those words are meant for the Americans and the occupation (i.e., Israel), not for you [Hamas].

“What’s important is what we agree on among ourselves. In other words, when I go out [publicly] and say that the government is my [Abbas] government and it recognizes ‘Israel’ and so on, fine – these words are meant to trick the Americans. But we agree that the government has nothing to do with politics (i.e., foreign relations). The same thing happened in 2006,’ he [Abbas] said: ‘Don’t harp on everything I tell the media, forget about the statements in the media,’” al-Ghussein wrote.

YouTube OKs Fatah Incitement in Arabic but not in Hebrew (Video)

Monday, December 30th, 2013

YouTube once again has allowed the Al Aqsa Martyrs’ Brigade, the terrorist wing of the Fatah party headed by Mahmoud Abbas, to incite murdering Jews while blocking the exact same video that a media watchdog group posted with Hebrew subtitles.

You Tube apparently does not consider the publicizing of threats to kidnap, kill, and bomb Israelis to be incitement so long as it is done in the Arabic language on Fatah’s official Facebook Pages.

If you click here for the Hebrew version, and then press on the line to see the video, this message appears: “This video has been removed as a violation of You Tube’s policy prohibiting hate speech.”

Perhaps YouTube blocked the Palestinian Media Watch (PMW) posting with subtitles in Hebrew because it would be hate speech for Arabs who, seeing the message in Hebrew, might be driven to murder Jews.

Or perhaps YouTube is more worried that Hebrew-speaking anti-Zionists will be incited to murder fellow Jews.

It has no trouble with English’s speakers. Maybe the English version is not hate speech but simply is the language of the “resistance,” with such peace partner language as, “Bombard them with your fire and shoot them.”

The video continues, “Praise Allah, our Jihad fighters have managed to develop these rockets so they will reach the Zionist depth [Israel]… We in the Al-Aqsa Brigades are preparing to kidnap Zionist soldiers to settle accounts with the Zionist enemy…  Be like Yasser [Arafat] – do not fear them. Death is in your cup – make them drink… With these rockets we will crush the Zionist enemy.”

YouTube’s policy states on its site, “While it might not seem fair to say you can’t show something because of what viewers might do in response, we draw the line at content that intends to incite violence or encourage dangerous or illegal activities that have an inherent risk of serious physical harm or death. Videos that we consider to encourage dangerous or illegal activities include instructional bomb making, choking games, hard drug use, or other acts where serious injury may result.”

Unless Fatah posts the clip.

This is not the first time PMW’s documentation has been impeded by YouTube. In the past, PMW videos have been blocked and PMW’s YouTube account has been closed down. This happened when PMW exposed hate speech voiced by the Palestinian Authority mufti, who preached that the destiny of Muslims is to kill Jews, and again recently when PMW exposed a PA TV broadcast of a young girl reciting a poem referring to Jews as “Allah’s enemies, the sons of pigs,” who “murdered children,” “cut off their limbs,” “raped the women in the city squares” and “defiled Allah’s book.”

YouTube was contacted by viewers and PMW videos and accounts were later unblocked each time.

As this is being published, the Hebrew site remains blocked.


Can it Happen Again?

Tuesday, April 9th, 2013

Yesterday was Holocaust Memorial Day in Israel.  Here we are almost seventy years since the Nazis were militarily defeated by the “allied forces,” there are hardly any more survivors still alive and Holocaust memorials are bigger than ever in Israel.

Israelis commemorated Holocaust Martyrs’ and Heroes’ Remembrance Day Sunday night, marking the start of 24 hours during which schools, government offices, the IDF and local municipalities will hold ceremonies to honor those murdered by the Nazis and their helpers.

The national flag was lowered to half mast at 8 p.m. at the start of the main ceremony at the Yad Vashem Holocaust memorial. President Shimon Peres and Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu spoke and Six Holocaust survivors lit memorial torches in memory of the 6 million Jews who were murdered

The IDF Chief of Staff  Lt. Gen. Benny Gantz  led the March of the Living from Auschwitz to Birkenau.  Even on our small old TV screen, you could see the tears he fought to hold in during the ceremony.  In Israel, even the greatest generals are Jews who can cry when confronting the Holocaust.

On Sunday, at Rami Levy, Sha’ar Binyamin, the workers, both Jews and Arabs rushed under extra stress to close the giant discount supermarket early so workers could attend Holocaust Memorial Ceremonies, because the main road #60 was to be closed for United States  Secretary of State Kerry’s return trip from Ramallah to Jerusalem.  If they didn’t finish on time, everyone, Jews, Arabs, employees and customers, would be “locked in” Sha’ar Binyamin until the convoy was considered safely through.

CONSIDERING all of the Holocaust history which is part of Israeli culture, are we immune from another massive slaughter of Jews?

Prior to Nazi Germany’s systematic murder of six million Jews and a few million other “undesirables” by Nazi standards, the world, including the victims thought the idea of such a slaughter totally impossible, unthinkable.

Step by step and stage by stage, there was denial and confident misreading of the signs.  Those who did see the dangers, like Ze’ev Jabotinsky were condemned and shunned by the mainstream Jewish World.

The following is a translation from Yiddish of Jabotinsky’s touching and sad speech in Tisha B’ev, Oct. 24, 1938, Warsaw, Poland. It was his prophetic warning to his people, to the masses of his brothers and sisters:

“It is already three years that I am calling upon you, Polish Jewry, who are the crown of World Jewry. I continue to warn you incessantly that a catastrophe is coming closer, I became gray and old in these days, my heart bleeds, that you dear brothers and sisters, do not see the volcano which will soon begin to spit its all consuming lava. I see that you are not seeing this because you are immersed and sunk in your daily worries. Today, however, I demand from you trust. You were convinced already that my prognoses have already proved to be right. If you think differently, then drive me out of your midst. However, if you do believe me, then listen to me in this 12th hour: In the name of G-D!! Let anyone of you save himself as long as there is still time, and time there is very little. (complete article here)

Remember, too that the allies’ defeat of the Nazis had nothing whatsoever to do with rescuing Jews.  They fought to save European countries and Great Britain from Nazi rule. And remember that the military experts, post 1967 Six Days War were certain that the Arabs would never dare risk attacking us again.

We should be seriously worried by the rise in anti-Semitism.

Report: Anti-Semitism worldwide up by 30% in 2012

A new report published Sunday, the eve of Holocaust Remembrance Day in Israel, noted a 30 percent increase in anti-Semitic violence and vandalism worldwide in 2012.

The report, by Tel Aviv University’s Kantor Center for the Study of Contemporary European Jewry, said the past year had seen “an alarming rise in the number of terrorist attacks and attempted attacks against Jewish targets, and an escalation in violent incidents against Jews worldwide.”

The report presented an extensive review of various anti-Semitic trends, including anti-Semitic discourse in the public and political spheres and similar expressions on the Internet, especially in social media. Facebook and Twitter, the report said, have become a breeding ground for anti-Semitic and fascist groups promoting hatred against Jews.

It’s dangerous to ignore and whitewash such things.  Remember that most people, including Jews and Israelis refuse to take Arab threats to destroy and annihilate the State of Israel seriously.

New Fatah Logo Illustrates PA Disinterest in Two States for Two Peoples

Thursday, January 3rd, 2013

Fatah’s new logo depicting Palestinian control over the entire area of the State of Israel is continuing to concern and outrage Jews around the world and in Israel, illustrating to many a lack of interest on the part of the PA in reaching a two state solution to the Arab-Israeli conflict.

In December, Al-Hayat Al-Jadida, the official daily newspaper of the Fatah-led PA, issued a logo for the party’s 48th anniversary featuring a map of the British mandate of Palestine, the state that existed before the 1948 establishment of Israel.

Palestinian Media Watch picked up the story, noting that the logo included a set of keys, connoting Palestinian control over a land of Israel covered in a keffiyah.

The United States and European countries have repeatedly pushed Israel to conduct negotiations with Fatah’s Mahmoud Abbas in order to carve a Palestinian state out of what is currently the State of Israel.

Abbas unilaterally pushed for nonmember observer status at the United Nations just days after declaring that he stood behind a two state solution.

Fatah has become more acceptable amongst Hamas loyalists in Gaza, with Fatah celebrating its anniversary publicly for the first time there in five years.  Jerusalem also allowed Fatah to hold celebrations in Israel’s capital city.

IDF Raided NGO Offices in Ramallah, Tear Gassed Protesters

Tuesday, December 11th, 2012

The IDF raided several NGOs and civil society organizations in Ramallah early Tuesday, Ma’an reported.

IDF soldiers raided the offices of the Agricultural Work Committees, human rights group al-Dameer, and the Union of Palestinian Women’s Committees, located in the Qaddura refugee camp.

Israeli forces confiscated files and computer hardware from the women’s committee before ransacking the office, witnesses said.

During the raid, clashes broke out with local youths and Israeli soldiers, who responded by firing tear gas.

Military forces also raided the offices of the Palestinian NGO Network.

Palestinian National Initiative chief Mustafa Barghouti said the Israeli raids were “piracy,” adding that targeting civil society organizations that serve the Palestinian public is unacceptable.

In February, Israeli forces raided two Palestinian television networks in Ramallah and briefly detained four employees.

The Jewish Press contacted the IDF Spokesperson and will publish their response as soon as it is received.

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