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Promise of Murderers Release Secures Monday ‘Peace Talks’ in DC

Monday, July 29th, 2013

Talks between Palestinians and Israelis will resume on Monday evening, the first such formal deliberations in almost three years.

Meetings between top negotiators will take place Monday night and Tuesday in Washington, the U.S. State Department said in a statement. Secretary of State John Kerry has been pressing the sides for a resumption and has visited the region six times since assuming his post in February.

The Israeli side will be represented by Tsipi Livni, the justice minister, and Yitzhak Molcho, the national security adviser to Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu.

Saeb Erekat, the top Palestinian negotiator, and Mohammed Shtayyeh, who directs the Palestinian Economic Council and who has ministerial status, will represent the Palestinian Authority.

The State Department release said that the talks would at first focus on the procedure for the talks, but added that the basis for negotiations is in place.

“As Secretary Kerry announced on July 19 in Amman, Jordan, the Israelis and Palestinians had reached agreement on the basis for resuming direct final status negotiations,” it said. It did not elaborate what the basis is.

“The meetings in Washington will mark the beginning of these talks,” it said. “They will serve as an opportunity to develop a procedural workplan for how the parties can proceed with the negotiations in the coming months.”

“Both leaders have demonstrated a willingness to make difficult decisions that have been instrumental in getting to this point. We are grateful for their leadership,” Kerry added in the statement.

The announcement came after Israel promised to release 104 Palestinian prisoners with Jewish blood on their hands.

Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu’s cabinet met Sunday to debate the prisoner release and to approve the resumption of talks. The 22-member cabinet approved the release by a vote of 13 in favor, seven against and two abstentions.

Likud MK and Deputy Defense Minister Danny Danon urged ministers to vote against the release, branding it “a diplomatic mistake, a moral mistake.”

It is still not clear whether the released prisoners will include 14 Israeli Arabs—which the PA made clear would be a deal breaker. Sources in Jerusalem told Kol Israel there has been no Israeli commitment on that issue.

Among the Israeli Arab prisoners whose release the PA is demanding are the four Arabs who killed three Israeli soldiers with pitchforks on the infamous “Pitchforks Night” in the early ’90s, the terrorist who threw a firebomb into the car belonging to the Moses family, murdering the mother Ofra and her son Tal, and the terrorist who threw a firebomb at a bus, murdering Rachel Weiss, mother of three children, and soldier David Delaroza, in the 1980s.

There were conflicting reports in recent days over whether the sides had achieved a basis for the talks, or whether negotiators would convene only to prepare the basis for talks.

Israeli and Palestinian talks have been suspended since October 2010, when the Palestinians walked out over Israel’s refusal to extend a 10-month settlement construction freeze.
JTA content was used in this report.

Yori Yanover

Netanyahu: ‘Freeing Terrorists Clashes with Justice,’ but So What?

Saturday, July 27th, 2013

Two Arab brothers  who hold Israeli citizenship, Kari, and Maher Younis, murdered a soldier, Avi Bromberg, in 1981.

Four other Arabs with Israeli citizenship, murdered three soldiers in 1991, and another showed his love for the country by throwing a grenade in a street in Haifa. Yet another’s loyalty was expressed by murdering another soldier in 1985.

All of these Israelis, instead of being sentenced to death, are serving time in jail.

They are Israelis, but the Palestinian Authority chairman Mahmoud Abbas has demanded that Israel free them, and nearly 100 others who have committed equally grisly crimes.

If Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu does not surrender, Abbas will deliver a painful blow by refusing  to allow his aides to sit down with Israeli officials to satisfy U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry’s dream of renewing direct talks.

Netanyahu appealed to the public Saturday to understand how difficult it is to be Prime Minister.

“It is painful to the Israeli people and it is very painful to me,” he wrote. “It clashes with the value of justice. It is an obvious injustice that criminals, even if most of them spent more than 20 years in prison, be released before they finish serving their sentence.”

Anyone living in a country where justice is a basic value would stop right there.

Not Netanyahu.

“The best answer we give to those murderers is that in the years that they have spent in prison we have built a beautiful country,” he wrote.

Okay, that makes sense, now what?

“Every now and then prime ministers need to take decisions that fly in the face of public opinion — for the good of the country.”

Okay. That also makes sense, but what does that have to do with freeing terrorists who, some of whom, based on every experience in the past, are going to be involved in more deaths of Israelis?

Netanyahu explained that freeing terrorists has nothing to do with justice, public opinion or even the immediate safety of citizens.

“Over the next nine months we will come to see whether there is a Palestinian partner who desires the end of the conflict as much as we do. The conflict’s resolution can only be achieved if we are guaranteed security for Israel’s citizens and the protection of our vital national interests.”

Got it?

The solution is guaranteeing Israel’s security.

And how do we do that?

We free terrorists, Israelis and non-Israelis. After all, they committed their crimes before the Palestinian Authority promised to stop incitement and even signed on the dotted line on the Oslo Accords.

True, the Palestinian Authority not only has not stopped incitement but also has accelerated it.

True, hundreds of Israelis have been murdered by terrorists freed in the past.

But there is a greater truth: The Obama administration is in charge, and if Abbas threatens there will be no direct talks if terrorists are not freed, Israel must cooperate.

That is why, if the Israel security Cabinet  agrees, Palestinian Authority Arab Issa Abed Rabo, convicted of the murder of Revital Seri and Ron Levy near the Cremisan Valley in October 1984, will be a free man.

The detailed list of the 103, some say 104, terrorists to be released will be published Sunday, but here is partial list, enough to make the most soft-hearted bleeding heart cringe with disgust:

  • Mohamed Dawd : He is from Kalkilya, a city adjacent to Kfar Saba, which sits on the northern edge of metropolitan Tel Aviv and is a stone’s throw from the highway to central Samaria communities where Jews are attacked almost daily. Why not free him? All he did was kill two Jews, Ofra and Tal Moses, by throwing a firebomb at their car in 1987.
  • Jumaa Adem and Mahmoud Kharbish: They also like throwing firebombs, also known as Molotov cocktails. They killed a mother and three of her children who were riding on a public bus from the northern Jordan Valley to Jerusalem. A soldier who tried to save the children and their mother, Rachel Weiss, also was killed.
  • Jamal Muhsan : This terrorist, from Jenin, likes murdering old people, like 76-year-old Shlomo Yehia, who as killed in Kadima, a community inside the “Auschwitz  Borders” that existed from 1949 to 1967. He also managed to kill an Israel Prize Laureate,  Menachem Stern, in 1989.
  • Adnan Effendi: He preferred teenaged victims. He stabbed to death two 13-year-old boys in Jerusalem in 1992.
  • Alef Shaath: He dressed up as woman and murdered Simcha Levy in Gaza.
  • Mahmoud Issa: This is not an ordinary terrorist, He led a terror cell that kidnapped and murdered Border Police officer Nissim Toledano in 1993.

The list goes on and on. The victims of the terrorists who are set to be released include a Holocaust survivor and a man who committed the crime of helping the Arab economy by shopping in a village near Jenin. The terrorists include those who were minors at the time, meaning that if they are released, they still have many years ahead in which they can make the choice between trying to become normal human beings or returning to their life of terror.

Based on the past, guess which path they are more likely to choose?

But there is no need to worry, says Prime Minister Netanyahu: “The security of Israeli citizens and our vital national interests will be ensured.”

If you don’t believe him, just ask John Kerry.

He already phoned  Abbas on Friday to tell him that Chelm – uh, Israel – will agree to his demands. Abbas told journalists,  “Follow the Israeli media on Sunday and you will hear good news on the prisoners.”

Unlike previous releases terrorists, the Cabinet is likely to give Netanyahu a hard time.

Jewish Home chairman, Finance Minister Naftali Bennett, said the party’s ministers will vote against the proposal.

Avigdor Liberman, leader of the Yisrael Beiteinu faction of the Likud, has freedom to vote as they please, and most of them will vote against Netanyahu or abstain.

Danny Danon of the Likud, Deputy Defense Minister Danny Danon, urged his colleagues to vote against what he called “the lunacy of releasing dozens of terrorists who have the blood of hundreds of Israelis on their hands. The release is a prize for the Palestinians, just for their being willing to sit with us at the negotiating table.”

Tzvi Ben-Gedalyahu

Prisoners Have Great Ideological and Religious Value

Tuesday, June 11th, 2013

One of today’s PLO preconditions for negotiation with Israel — they change frequently — is for a release of “all Palestinian prisoners.” For example, the Times of Israel reported today that

Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu last year offered to free 50 Palestinian security prisoners who have been held since before the Oslo Accords of the early 1990s, in a bid to get Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas to come back to the peace table, The Times of Israel has learned.

However, Abbas rejected the offer.

Today, a senior Palestinian official told The Times of Israel, the Palestinians might agree to renew talks with Israel if Netanyahu releases all 107 of the pre-Oslo veterans still in jail, most of whom have blood on their hands.

The Prime Minister’s Office had no comment on the matter.

It’s important to understand that these demands are more than just an attempt by the PLO to get a concession from Israel without giving anything in return (although it is assuredly that).

Although the Arabs and their supporters will refer to these individuals as ‘political prisoners’, they have by and large been convicted of serious violent crimes, especially including murder. They are not imprisoned simply for their politics.

The demand for the release of prisoners is of great ideological and religious significance. In the PLO’s secular/postcolonialist Palestinian narrative, the Jews have no legitimacy in ‘Palestine,’ and therefore do not have the right to imprison Arabs, the true ‘owners’ of the land. In addition, violent terrorism is the natural right of an ‘oppressed people’ trying to free themselves from colonialists.

From the standpoint of the Islamist Hamas, the actions of the prisoners constitute defensive jihad against Jews usurping land which is an Islamic waqf. Far from being criminals, they are heroes for doing their Allah-commanded duty.

For both groups the release of the prisoners would also humiliate the Jews, who would not be able to revenge themselves on the killers of their relatives (incidentally, this is another reason Israel should implement a death penalty for terrorist murder).

And both see themselves as fighting to reestablish Arab (as well as tribal and family) honor by recovering the possessions ‘stolen’ from them in the nakba of the founding of the Jewish state.

The release of these prisoners, therefore, would be a great victory and encouragement for the Palestinian cause, even if the prisoners themselves are no longer useful in the struggle. Expect a massive celebration when the ‘heroes’ return home.

As often happens, pragmatic Israelis miss the significance of ideology. The report continues:

It is understood that the Israeli security establishment has no objections on security grounds to the release of the 107 pre-Oslo veterans, particularly in light of the release of 1,027 Palestinian security prisoners to Hamas as part of the deal that saw the release of kidnapped Israeli soldier Gilad Shalit from Hamas captivity in Gaza in October 2011.

We can quibble about this, especially since some of those released in the Shalit deal did return to terrorist activity. But even if this is entirely true, the security aspect is only a small part of the significance of releasing Arabs that have murdered Jews.

The correct approach would be to apply the death penalty to murderers, and to imprison the others — and keep them imprisoned — under humiliating conditions.

If Israel would like to end Arab terrorism, the way to do it is by removing the incentives, not by making it pay.

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Vic Rosenthal

What the Media Won’t Tell You about ‘Palestinian Prisoners’

Wednesday, June 5th, 2013

Harriet Sherwood’s April 9, 2013 Guardian report, about efforts by John Kerry to restart Israeli-Palestinian negotiations, discussed concessions demanded of Israel by Mahmoud Abbas before he’ll agree to resume negotiations, and included this passage:

The Palestinians also want the release of 123 political prisoners who have been in jail since before the Oslo accords were signed almost 20 years ago, and for Israel to present a map showing proposed borders. [Emphasis added]

After CiF Watch complained to the Guardian readers’ editor – demonstrating conclusively that the pre-Oslo prisoners were all convicted of violent/terrorist-related crimes and can not honestly be characterized as “political prisoners” – the language in Sherwood’s report was revised to note that it is only the Palestinians who view them as “political prisoners.”

However, use of such euphemisms and biased terminology is only part of a larger problem involving the mainstream media outlets’ whitewashing of the terrorist acts and violent crimes committed by ‘Palestinian prisoners’, who often fail to mention the crimes at all or significantly downplay the degree of violence.

The following report on the media’s highly misleading (often ideologically motivated) coverage of the ‘Palestinian prisoner’ issue includes data released by Israel’s Ministry of Justice on the pre-Oslo prisoners – detailed information which has been translated from the original Hebrew and is being published for the first time exclusively at CAMERA.

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Adam Levick

Terrorists as ‘Political Prisoners’: CiF Watch Prompts Guardian Correction

Wednesday, May 29th, 2013

On April 10, we commented on a Guardian report by Harriet Sherwood, titled “John Kerry: talks with Netanyahu and Abbas very constructive,” about efforts by U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry to restart Israeli-Palestinian peace talks.  Sherwood’s report included several passages about concessions demanded of Israel by Mahmoud Abbas before he’ll agree to resume negotiations, including the following:

[Abbas] also wants the release of 123 political prisoners who have been in jail since before the Oslo accords were signed almost 20 years ago, and for Israel to present a map showing proposed borders. [emphasis added]

As we attempted to demonstrate at the time, using merely open source information, the Palestinians she was alluding to were all convicted for their involvement in murder, or attempted murder, and that the characterization of them as “political prisoners” – suggesting that they were imprisoned merely for their beliefs – seemed to be flatly untrue.

Additionally, some time after our post CiF Watch was able to obtain detailed information on the pre-Oslo prisoners from Emi Palmor, the Director of Pardons at the Israeli Justice Ministry, which included the crimes, dates of conviction and other relevant facts on every Palestinian prisoner in question.   Palmor’s information proved conclusively that all of the prisoners consisted of common criminals convicted of murder and (mostly) terrorists who murdered or attempted to murder Israeli civilians, soldiers, or foreign tourists.

Some time after providing the Guardian with proof that the Palestinians in question can not fairly be referred to “political prisoners” they agreed to revise the passage, which now modifies the claim to note that the pre-Oslo prisoners are merely described as “political prisoners” by the Palestinians:

The Palestinians also want the release of 123 prisoners, viewed as political prisoners by the Palestinians, who have been in jail since before the Oslo accords were signed almost 20 years ago, and for Israel to present a map showing proposed borders.

As we noted at the time of our original post, many Palestinians regard even compatriots convicted of deadly terrorist acts euphemistically as “political prisoners,” and that Sherwood’s text, intentionally or otherwise, served to legitimize the Palestinian narrative which glorifies even terrorists convicted of the most gruesome crimes as ‘victims’ of Israeli oppression.

Our efforts to secure the definition of the term “political prisoner” – which is clearly understood to mean “those who are imprisoned for their political beliefs” – represents an attempt to fight back against the manipulation of language, in the service of an egregiously pro-Palestinian agenda, which is routinely advanced by the Guardian and their fellow political travelers.

This Guardian revision represents one victory within the larger cognitive war.

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Adam Levick

From the Interrogation of the Murderer of Eviatar Borovsky

Monday, May 6th, 2013

What is your name?

Salam al-Zaghal.

Tell me about yourself.

Wait, is my lawyer almost here?

No, and you’re not going to see him for a few days yet either.  Now—three years in jail wasn’t enough for you?

It’s not so bad there.  We get 1,600 shekels every month from the Palestinian Authority to buy stuff at the canteen.  Also a salary.  We watch TV.  Get family visits.  Play with sports equipment the Red Cross brings.  Great food.  We’re treated as prisoners of war.

I tried throwing rocks to kill, I didn’t manage, I got just three years.  I got out of jail, went back to killing, and this time I did it.

But now you’ll serve much longer.

Give me a break.  Do you actually believe that?  Either Hamas will get another soldier, or Abbas will put me on a list of prisoners he demands be freed.  And if not this time, then next time around.

We at the ISA would oppose any such move.

Look, are you for real, or did you come to laugh at me while I’m lying in the hospital?  You opposed the Schalit Deal too.  We won.

Everyone’s learned the lesson.  It won’t happen again.

I think you should take a look at Haaretz, boss.  You remember Samir Issawi, the prisoner who went on a hunger strike?  One of the ones who were freed in the Schalit Deal?  He went back to the “resistance.”  Because of pressure from you at the ISA and Almagor at the Supreme Court, a condition was attached to the release, that if there would be any sort of minor violation, a prisoner would go back and serve his whole sentence—in his case, ten years.

So what?  He went on a hunger strike.  Your journalists stuck up for him, and Netanyahu decided to free him in another eight months.  You didn’t see the letter they wrote for him in Haaretz?  They were practically fawning over him.

Maybe I’ll go on my own hunger strike …

Cut out the political lectures.  I want to know who’s behind you.

The whole Palestinian people.  The radio stations—

No, no.  Who sent you?

Listen to the radio!  Look at the schools’ syllabuses praising the shuhada (martyrs)!

You people don’t even listen to Abbas and Jibril Rajoub!  They hold us up as national heroes.  They’re the ones who sent me.

Let’s talk about what happened at the time of the attack.

I saw that your bus stops are total chaos so much of the time.  You have soldiers there, but they stand off on the side, and they don’t give us any problems getting to the hitchhiking stations.  There haven’t been roadblocks in ages.  If there were a red line around the station saying we can’t go past, then granted, the soldiers would notice I’d gone over there.  But there isn’t any.

I bought a big knife.  I stood there with a bunch of laborers, walked around as if going to the hitchhiking station, went over to my target, and stabbed him a few times.  Simple as can be.

But didn’t he have a pistol?  Weren’t there armed soldiers?

Yeah, but the Zionists don’t walk around with their guns ready—even the settlers.  They’re bashful.  I love it.  Obviously if I saw settlers with guns drawn every day, I wouldn’t think about coming near them.

Nah, I wasn’t afraid I’d get killed.  The soldiers weren’t going to shoot to kill as long as I was done killing.  It’s such a game.  You put your hands up, you go to the slammer.

But what did you get out of it?  You killed a man with five children.

We got plenty out of it.  Today Netanyahu said that the solution is two states for two peoples.  Why do you think he said that?  Because of the armed struggle.

* * *

The members of the Bat Ayin underground, the only Jewish terrorist group serving time in prison, received sentences of 13 to 15 years.  For Palestinians, attempted murder carries a sentence of eight years or less.  We discovered this factoid when we obtained lists of prisoners who stand to be released: the most recent ones received eight years or less for unsuccessful gunfire.  For rock throwing they receive two to three years.  One military judge saw fit to determine that since rocks do not always hit their target, it is fallacious to assume that those who throw them intend to murder.  The message is simple: First kill a Jew.  Then we’ll figure out your intent based on the results.

We investigated the 120 prisoners Mahmoud Abbas is demanding Israel release because they are “long-time prisoners,” “old,” or “sick,” and it turns out that nearly all of them are serving life sentences (or two, or three … or 17).  Almagor (The Jewish Terror Victims Association) now has in its possession the names of all those terrorists, as well as descriptions of what they did, and is waiting for a brave journalist who is prepared to expose this information to the public through the media, the bulk of which is under the thumb of Jibril Rajoub, the lead Palestinian propagandist on this issue.

Here are a few of the terrorists’ names:  Mustafa Kalib Asrar, murderer of Tzvi Klein of Ofra.  Abu Harabish Salam Saliman Mahmoud, murderer of David de la Roza and the Weiss family.  Issa Mousa Issa Mahmoud, murderer of Nissim Toledano.  Abd a-Rabba Namer Jibril Issa, murderer of Revital Sari and Ron Levi.

The murder victims have families that expect justice to be done, just as they were promised.  They expect that justice will not cancelled due to pressures that are not germane, with a wink that yes, we promised at the graveside that our long arm would catch them, but we didn’t promise they would serve out their sentences …

Originally published at Mekor Rishon. Translated from Hebrew by David B. Greenberg. The above does not represent an actual interrogation transcript.

Meir Indor

Gentile Prisoners Suddenly Become Jewish for Kosher Food

Tuesday, February 26th, 2013

The York, Pennsylvania prison has recorded a sudden upsurge in “Jewish” prisoners, along with a much higher food budget following their demands for kosher food.

The law requires serving kosher food to Jews who request it, but that does not cover the non-Jews. Kosher food has to be prepared outside the prison and costs up to four times the price of a non-kosher meal. Multiply the difference by the 140 “kosher” prisoners and the result is an additional $100,000 a month.

Acting York County Solicitor Donald Reihart said during a recent prison board meeting that the prisoners think kosher food is better, which may or may not be the case.

Rabbi Jeffrey Astrachan of York’s Temple Beth Israel, York’s largest Jewish congregation, told York media, “It’s more expensive to prepare a kosher meal because of the processes that are involved with the slaughtering and the preparation of the food, but it doesn’t necessarily mean that the food is any better.

“You could give someone two pieces of bread and a piece of cheese and that could be a kosher meal. It doesn’t mean you’re going to get some brisket or matzo ball soup. They could get a kosher meal that still tastes horrible.”

His congregation has approximately 600 people, one percent of whom keep kosher, he added. There is no orthodox Jewish synagogue in the city, so that leaves the question of how many “outsiders” in the prison are Jewish, which has a population of approximately 2,400. Nearly 1 percent claim they are Jewish, which means there are a whole lot of Jews from elsewhere, or more likely, there are a lot of fakes.

Prison officials are trying to figure out to solve the problem. Some of the Jewish wanabees give themselves away quickly, switching back and forth every so often from kosher to non-kosher meals. Apparently, they just can’t give up the bacon and eggs.

A “circumcision check” would not solve the problem because there are plenty of non-Jews who are circumcised. On the other hand, prison officials could tell those who are not circumcised and who claim they are Jewish that they must get a quick operation on you know where. That would probably work.

That the leaves the question of those who are circumcised but are not Jewish. Their birth certificates could be checked, but then there is the question of those who claim they converted.

Linda Seligson, the cultural director at York’s Jewish Community Center, has an even better idea to get rid of the phony Jews. Simply wait for Passover and see how many of the inmates can get along eating matzah for eight days and sticking to a diet of potatoes and more potatoes because of the Ashkenazi restriction on eating “kitniyot,” such as corn and other grains.

So much for the “food of freedom” for prisoners.

But what about the Sephardim, who do not hold by that custom?

York Daily Record columnist Mike Argento has a better solution. He reminds readers that being a Jew is not all matzo balls and gravy.

If the inmates stay Jewish long enough, they will encounter anti-Semitism, and then the prison budget will go back to where it was.

Tzvi Ben-Gedalyahu

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