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 Hamasgovernment 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 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.
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
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.
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.
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.
Media watchdog organizations have revealed an uptick in youth-directed anti-Israel incitement in Palestinian media and society in the past week, with initiatives sponsored by the Palestinian Authority, the UN, and European non-governmental organizations (NGOs).
Palestinian Media Watch (PMW) reported that in the wake of Israel’s transferal last week of the remains of 91 terrorists to the PA, PA TV used its youth programming as a platform to lionize the terrorists as “the greatest role models.” PMW reported that the program, Speak Up, is “co-produced by PA TV and PYALARA,” a youth-focused NGO funded in part by the EU.
The program’s two hosts, a young man and young woman, exchange insights about the virtues of the repatriated terrorists, some of whom were responsible for the most notorious suicide bombings against Israel: “Unfortunately, we couldn’t part from them [the terrorists] or even embrace them,” the man says, “but were satisfied standing before their bodies, standing up before their sanctified message: The homeland won’t die, but we will die for it.”
Picking up where the male host left off, the woman said: “These [Martyrs] are more honored than all of us… They are the greatest role models for us, not only because they fought and struggled for the homeland, but also because they went beyond the sacrifice [of] strain and effort, to the stage where they actually sacrificed their lives for the homeland.”
Their displays of reverence was consistent with the official line of the PA, which honored the terrorists with funerals fit for national heroes.
Another report by PMW uncovered a puppet show for Palestinian children in east Jerusalem – sponsored by the UN-supported Palestinian NGO Burj Luq-Luq Social Center Society – that managed to turn an event promoting non-smoking into a platform for anti-Israel propaganda. The educational event started with one puppet saying: “I wanted to stand before the audience and sing to Jerusalem, which is being kept from us. Jerusalem, whose youth are being killed by the Jews, to sing and to say: Jerusalem, we are coming, Jerusalem, the time of death has arrived. Jerusalem, we will not surrender to the enemies or be humiliated.”
Another puppet continues: “I, and many other youth like me, think that cigarettes will help us to grow, to turn into men. Jerusalem doesn’t need men who hold cigarettes. It needs men who hold machine guns, not cigarettes.”
Watch the video, courtesy of PMW, below:
According to PMW, the Burj Luq-Luq Social Center Society’s website states that the organization “maintains strategic ties with: …the French consulate, the Swiss Development Agency, the Youth Development Department, which belongs to the Association of Arab Studies the ‘Orient House,’ the Italian Institutions Union, the Faisal Husseini Institute,.. UNFPA…, the [Palestinian] Ministry of Youth and Sports… UNICEF, UNESCO…”
Finally, MEMRI (the Middle East Media Research Institute) translated a featured article on the Al-Quds Brigades website which highlights an end-of-year ceremony for a kindergarten in Gaza. The military wing of Palestinian Islamic Jihad reported that the attending children dressed up in military uniforms, and acted out scenes of jihad armed with wooden rifles as well as torture at the hands of Israeli soldiers.
The article explained that the children of Gaza “are raised on the love of jihad, of resistance and of Palestine, and on the massacres and crimes of the Zionists– to the point that their lives, even in kindergarten, have become similar to those of the resistance fighters.”
The kindergarten teacher was quoted as saying: “In our annual end-of-year celebrations, we focus on having them enact the role of jihad and resistance fighters for the sake of Allah.” She also said that her aim is to raise “jihad fighters and commanders who will defend the soil of Palestine and Jerusalem.”
The article also quoted a uniform-clad child brandishing a wooden rifle, who declared: “When I grow up, I will [join] the ranks of the Islamic Jihad, and resist the Zionist enemy and fire rockets at him until I die as a martyr and join my father in Paradise.
The Palestinian Authority (PA) launched an all-out publicity campaign to mark the anniversary of the death of Abu Jihad, the PLO terrorist responsible for the deaths of 125 people over his odious career.
Abu Jihad, whose real name was Khalil Ibrahim al-Wazir, was one of the founders of Fatah and a long-time confidante of Yasser Arafat. In his role as commander of Fatah’s armed wing al-Assifa, he was responsible for masterminding – among others – the Savoy Hotel attack in 1975, which resulted in the deaths of 11 Israelis, and the Coastal Road massacre, in 1978, which left 35 Israeli civilians dead. He was also instrumental in fomenting the first Intifada. He was killed in Tunis by Israeli commandos on April 16, 1988.
According to information compiled by Palestinian Media Watch (PMW), the PA’s week-long celebration of his life and Israeli deaths included the broadcast of several documentaries on his life and successful “operations”, the commencement of six sporting events named in his honor, and the publication of news pieces spotlighting and glorifying his exploits. The Open University in Bethlehem also marked the anniversary with an event.
The documentaries, broadcasts, events, and activities did not shy away from his murderous activities, but rather highlighted them in gory detail, for Palestinians of all ages to learn from and enjoy. For example, an article that appeared in the official PA daily, Al-Hayat Al-Jadida, on the anniversary of his death said this:
“Abu Jihad was killed by the Israeli Mossad in Tunisia on April 16, 1988… and was crowned the Prince of the Martyrs of Palestine… Among the military operations planned by Abu Jihad: the explosion at the Zohar reservoir in 1955; the operation to blow up the Israeli National Water Carrier in 1965; the operation at the Savoy Hotel in Tel Aviv, which killed 10 Israelis, in 1975; the blowing up of a truck bomb in Jerusalem in 1975; the killing of Albert Levi, the senior sapper, and his assistant, in Nablus in 1976; the Dalal Mughrabi operation (i.e., bus hijacking), in which more than 37 Israelis were killed, in 1978; the shelling of the Eilat Port in 1979; the Katyusha fire on the northern settlements [in Israel] in 1981…”
PA TV broadcast a documentary, which was obtained by PMW, called Abu Jihad: Revolution of a man; a man in the Revolution. In it, Abu Jihad details plans “to turn the Tel Aviv day [operation] into destruction…Tel Aviv will be closed that whole day with blood and destruction.” According to PMW, “the film was produced in 2010 under the auspices and supervision of Fatah MP Ashraf Jum’a.”
In order to appeal to the youth and retain his relevance with them, the “Abu Jihad table-tennis championship” was held, as was the “Martyr Abu Jihad judo tournament,” and the “Martyr Khalil Al-Wazir, Abu Jihad, (boxing) Tournament.”
Not to be left out of the festivities, the office of PA President Mahmoud Abbas released a statement lauding Abu Jihad’s memory:
“On days like these we recall one of the founding members and leaders who risked their lives and fought quietly, without making a show and without the media, but they created men who brought about victories, who brought about acts of heroism… Abu Jihad will remain in our hearts and in the pulse in our veins. He will never die among us; rather, he will be renewed with every young boy, with every young girl… When Abu Jihad died as a Martyr, we felt – I personally and all who knew him – that we had lost not only a symbol, but a father, a brother, a teacher and ideal; a model in every way” (emphasis added).
The perverse celebration of an unabashed and committed genocidal murderer, one that emanates from the top down and extends to sports and culture, lays waste to the Palestinian claim that “settlements” are the main obstacle to peace.
Palestinian Media Watch contributed to this piece.