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November 29, 2015 / 17 Kislev, 5776
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New EU Report Calls For Tougher Sanctions Against Israel Over Construction

Sunday, March 22nd, 2015

A report that is being prepared by the European Union (EU) calls for tougher sanctions against Israel over the Jewish state’s continued construction in eastern Jerusalem, which the EU said is threatening the “viability of the two-state solution.”

The report, which has yet to be released, states that a “vicious cycle of violence” in Jerusalem last year “occurred against the background of the systematic increase in settlement activity, tensions over the Haram al-Sharif (Temple Mount), and rising levels of tensions and acts of violence on both sides.”

“The expansion of settlements has continued, including in highly sensitive areas… and [has] been followed in force by waves of demolitions and evictions,” the report says, The Guardian reported.

Additionally, the report recommends new restrictions against “known violent settlers,” steps to inform EU consumers about products from Jewish communities in Judea and Samaria, and “efforts to raise awareness” among European businesses about the risks of working with those Jewish communities.

According to The Guardian, the report reflects a “strong desire” by European governments for additional sanctions against Israel for “continued settlement building.”

An Israeli government spokesman on Friday said the report “is so extremely one-sided a report that it distorts reality beyond comprehension.”

PA Boycott May Boost Rami Levy Sales to Arabs

Monday, March 2nd, 2015

Stores under Palestinian Authority control have officially begun boycotting Israeli products this week.

Among the Israeli companies that PA supervised stores will boycott are Tnuva, Strauss, Elite, Osem, Prigat and Yafora.

Previous calls to boycott Israeli products didn’t fare too well, as Arabs are loathe to give up on Israeli quality food products that they want or need.

This time around, the Palestinian Authority plans to destroy any remaining Israeli products found in PA supervised stores by next week – which means they’ll be sending around their Fatah enforcers to make sure that stores are complying with the decree, whether they want to or not.

The PA says the boycott is in response to Israel withholding the transfer of tax funds, which Israel decided to do after the PA took unilateral anti-Israel steps at the International Criminal Court and the UN Security Council.

Without the tax money, the PA can’t pay their 150,000 civil servants, security personnel and captured terrorists sitting in Israeli jails.

The Rami Levi supermarket chain, which is very popular among Arabs from the Palestinian Authority, may very well pick up a lot of new business as a result of the Palestinian Authority’s actions.

Rami Levy, known for its inexpensive prices, has stores in central locations throughout Judea and Samaria, and one can always see Settlers and Arabs working and shopping together side by side within the stores.

70% of processed foods sold in the PA come from Israel, though those sales make up less than 3% of the market for the Israeli companies.

The Palestinian Authority also doesn’t actually have anywhere near the production capacity to supply enough milk and dairy products to their population without the Israeli company Tnuva supplying their needs.

Despite PA threats, Arabs under PA control haven’t given up their lucrative jobs working for Jews, who pay them two to three time more than jobs they can get within the PA, and the Arabs are not about to stop giving their children milk to drink.

And those same Arabs aren’t about to give up their Israeli Bamba either.

All the PA has done is shoot themselves in the foot… again.

Alert Raised in Gush Etzion Communities

Monday, February 16th, 2015

Just after 8:30 AM, an alert was raised in the town of Rosh Tzurim in Gush Etzion, after a suspicious man was spotted within the community.

The man was spotted by a policeman and a local resident.

Last night, the town’s security noted a breach into the settlement.

Alert levels have also been raised in nearby Elazar, Alon Shvut and Deer Land park, as a result.

AP Anti-Settler Campaign Surging – With or Without Netanyahu

Wednesday, December 17th, 2014

It’s a shame the Times of Israel and other news outlets chose to regurgitate AP’s article, “Netanyahu years see more settlement growth“, “West Bank settlement expansion surged under Netanyahu” and the other variations on that title’s theme, without bothering to add any critical editorial commentary or response to how AP selectively presented their data and reached their conclusions.

Starting with the various titles (some worse than others), the article is misleading from beginning to end.

“The population of Jewish settlers in the West Bank has surged during Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu’s years in office, growing at more than twice the pace of Israel’s overall population, according to newly obtained official figures.”

After repeatedly telling us how much Netanyahu supports settlement construction and growth, using words like “surge” and “strong” and “continued support”, it’s only 6 paragraphs into the article that AP bothers to admit (right before reminding us that the settlement population “more than doubled” in 21 years):

“The rate of settler population growth slowed slightly under Netanyahu, from 31% during the previous five years under his predecessors Ariel Sharon and Ehud Olmert.”

“Slowed slightly” – exactly how much is “slightly”?

It’s only towards the end of the article, quoting the “anti-settlement watchdog group Peace Now,” who claims that settlement growth rates are now “23% inside the barrier and 20% beyond it”.

If under Sharon that percent was 31%, and under Netanyahu that percent dropped to 20%-23% – um, wheres the surge?

Are you still with me when I ask how these papers let this AP article be published?

Continuing on, you might also find yourself confused from the beginning — is the article talking about new settlements? New home construction? Population growth? The article seems to go back and forth, mixing them together.


The article mixes them together, but suspiciously leaves out the hard numbers on actual construction data, sticking only to select population growth numbers and percentages – and there’s a reason for that.

In 2010 (I provide the raw data at the end of the article, all supplied from Israel’s Central Bureau of Statistics website), Netanyahu completed construction on 1670 homes in Judea and Samaria. That number reached a low of 1,272 in 2012, and in 2013 was only 1,439.

Between 2010 – 2013, the settlement population grew by approximately 50,000 people, yet the total number of new homes built was a mere 6,062 – nowhere near enough for the population’s needs.

It gets worse.

The AP article likes to talk percentages, so let’s use their lingo.

In 2013, Settlers represented 4.28% of the national population – yet only 3.37% of national construction was completed in Judea and Samaria.

Since 2010, the settlements’ share from the national percentage of housing completions has only declined — under Netanyahu.

For the period between 2010 to 2013, settlers averaged 4.19% of the national population – but only represented 3.23% of national house starts and 4.1% of national housing completions.

In short, unlike what the article wants to make you think, under Netanyahu, besides not being allowed to build what the population needed, settlements did not even receive their fair share of new homes compared to the rest of Israel.

Considering AP’s history, it’s important to point out that the article liberally quotes the radical left-wing Peace Now, but yet doesn’t quote NGO-Monitor or any settler for that matter who might have a thing or two to say about Peace Now’s statements or this data.

But now let’s also talk about the Arabs in Judea and Samaria, since the article addresses them too.

The article makes a doubly ridiculous statement that the Israeli papers let slide:

“The more than 2 million Palestinians in the West Bank cannot vote for the Israeli government that controls much of their lives, while Jewish settlers can.”

To begin, Ambassador Yoram Ettinger’s research shows there to be approximately 1.69 million Arabs in Judea and Samaria in 2013, not over 2 million – the 2 million+ is based on clearly false data provided by the Palestinian Authority. Even if you don’t accept Ettinger’s exact numbers, the numbers AP supplies are disputed, and they should have mentioned that.

The second is that the article wants to imply, if not say outright, that Israel is an Apartheid state by not allowing “Palestinians” the right to vote for the Israeli government.

Except for one minor detail — the Arabs in Judea and Samaria have their own government that controls much of their lives.

The Arabs in Judea and Samaria pay taxes to the Palestinian Authority, they can serve in the Palestinian Authority’s army, police, national and municipal authorities, they run their own schools and can fill up their children’s minds with as much anti-Semitic brainwashing as they want (and they do), and when their government allows them to, the Arabs in Judea and Samaria even get to vote for their own government.

If there were any sentence in the AP article that shows how biased the article is, it is certainly that one.

It really is unfortunate that this AP article was posted by any Israeli paper of note, but worse, that it was published without any critical editorial response from the papers that published it.

PA May Have Helped Kill Abu Ein by Refusing IDF Medic’s Help

Friday, December 12th, 2014

Sky News footage of the confrontation between the IDF and the Palestinian Authority minister who eventually died shows that Arabs may have prevented his life from being saved because they refused the help of an IDF medic.

Ziad Abu Ein, the “Minister for Settlements,” which actually means the “Minister against Settlements,” was leading a protest march towards the Jewish community of Adei Ad when soldiers blocked the protesters from continuing.

Abu Ein refused to accept the orders from soldiers and yelled at them “dog” as well other expletives. At one point a soldier briefly grabbed him by the neck.

Abu Ein , who had a heart condition and suffered from high blood pressure, then sat down, short of breath.

Previous video footage, almost always  taken by Arab photojournalists who more frequently than not edit their work to frame Israel and make  the Palestinian Authority as the victim, did not show the women soldier trying to administer aid to Abu Ein.

Arabs on the scene refused to let her help, and the Sky News commentator who broadcast the video footage, which can be seen here, said that it raises a question, “Had he been left there with the treatment of the Israeli medic, he may have survived.”

He also noted that there is not video footage to substantiate claims that  soldier hit Abu Ein in his chest with his helmet or with a rifle butt.

Evidence form the autopsy showed that Abu Ein was a prime candidate for death. Evidence from the autopsy showed that more than 80 percent of his blood vessels were blogged, and the refusal to accept immediate help from a Jew from ”occupation army” instead of wasting precious time and hauling him off to a hospital could have led to his death.

The Palestinian Authority has claimed that the autopsy conducted by an Israel, Jordanian and PA doctor  prove “without a doubt” that Abu Ein was beaten, while the official autopsy report states that he died of a heart attack which likely was brought on by stress.

Soldiers stopped the protest march to prevent certain violence that would have occurred had Abu Ein’s group reached Adei Ad.

They used tear gas, a standard riot dispersal method, to turn back the rioters, and Abu Ein very likely may have been short of breath from inhaling the gas.

Almost unmentioned in the news report of the clash and the minister’s death is that he has been using his position of minister to incite riots and that in 1979 he personally set off a bomb explosion that killed two Israelis and wounded 36 others during a Lag B’Omer celebration in Tiberias.

He fled to the United States, was extradited to the United States in 1981 and served three years in jail before Israel cut short his life sentence and released him along with 11,50 other terrorists and security prisoners in exchange for three Israeli prisoners held in Lebanon.

I would write that Abu Ein finally received justified punishment, but that would be considered incitement.




State Dept.: Anti-Settlement Policy Will Remain even After Obama Leaves

Thursday, December 11th, 2014

The State Dept. insists that its anti-settlement policy is not dependent on President Barack Obama and will continue even after he leaves the White House in January 2017.

Israel’s Defense Minister Moshe Ya’alon told high school students this week in Gush Etzion, which the United States considers “illegal,” that the  Obama Administration “won’t be around forever” and that Israel will resume building for Jews in Judea and Samaria once he is gone as president.

He apparently thinks Hillary Clinton won’t succeed Obama.

Ya’alon has a habit of saying what he thinks before he thinks. Earlier this year, he was quoted as stating in “private” remarks that U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry is “obsessed ‘and has a Messianic complex when it comes to the “Peace Process.”

He didn’t bother to think that his remarks to the high school students this week would be quoted, but maybe it is better off to give the White House a not so gentle reminder that it is going to have to fight hard in the Israeli election campaign if it wants to get rid of people like Ya’alon, who don’t take orders from Washington., which thinks otherwise.

“This Administration’s opposition to settlements is fully consistent with the policies of administrations for decades, including of both parties. So the notion that would change is not borne out by history,” State Dept. spokeswoman Jen Psaki told reporters at Wednesday’s press question and answer session,

She agreed that Obama will be out of office in two years, pending a sudden change in the U.S. Constitution, and the next administration is not going to change anything regarding the audacity of Israel to build homes for Jews in half of Jerusalem, Judea and Samaria, where it had been doing so for more than 40 years before President Obama blew in with the wind.

Previous administrations, contrary to what Psaki says, never have been called Jews “illegitimate” for living in areas of Jerusalem that the Palestinian Authority, with the backing of the State Dept. thinks is their God-given property.

Ya’alon notwithstanding, Israel will be stuck with American opposition to Jews living within Israel’s borders that the United States determines, according to Psaki.

It is unusual for a State Dept. spokesperson to predict what future administrations will determine.

Maybe she knows something that no one knows, but it is more likely that her comments give testament to an attempt to make the State Dept.’s long-standing pro-Arab policy part of the White House Bible.

IDF Adds Battalions in Judea, Samaria; High Alert in Jewish Towns

Thursday, December 11th, 2014

Two IDF battalions and two Border Patrol units from the Israel Police force were sent to beef up security Wednesday in Judea and Samaria, while Jewish towns raised their alert status.

The order by IDF Chief of Staff Lt.-Gen. Benny Gantz followed the sudden heart attack and death of a Palestinian Authority minister who was participating in clashes with Israeli soldiers at a village near the PA capital of Ramallah, in Samaria.

PA Minister of Settlements Ziad Abu Ein, formerly the entity’s Minister of Prisoner Affairs, collapsed during the violence. He died shortly after at a Ramallah hospital.

PA chairman Mahmoud Abbas immediately blamed Abu Ein’s death on Israeli soldiers who were trying to quell the violent mob, calling it an “intolerable barbaric act.”

Regardless, Israeli pathologists from the Abu Kabir Forensics Institute in Tel Aviv will join with Jordanian pathologists to investigate the cause of death, the IDF said in a statement. It is not clear where the autopsy will take place.

It is expected that Abu Ein’s body will be laid to rest on Thursday, the day after he died of what appears to have been a heart attack.

Gantz’s decision to send more troops to the region came following an assessment made during a meeting with senior security chiefs.

Arabs began rioting in Kalandia Wednesday evening, according to a military source. The PA village is situated between Ramallah and Jerusalem and is a flashpoint for violence. It has become one of the “hot spots” where Arab demonstrations often spiral out of control.

Jewish communities in Judea and Samaria immediately went to high alert following Abu Ein’s death; security teams beefed up patrols.

But the entire country is on a moderate alert status in any case, due to the ongoing Arab violence that has been maintained at a simmer by both Israeli Arab agitators and those in the Palestinian Authority since the inconclusive end to this summer’s counter terror Operation Protective Edge.

Daily attacks against Israelis on the roads, in the Jerusalem Light Rail and elsewhere around the country has kept tensions high between Arabs, Jews and other Israelis . Among those “others” are the Druze who serve in the nation’s security forces, and who have also lost members of their community in the lethal Arab violence aimed at Israelis.

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