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Kerry’s Biased Anti-Israel Speech Ignored Facts, Promoted Falsehoods

Thursday, December 29th, 2016

U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry’s speech today essentially was a proposal for a Hamas-Fatah-Iranian-Palestinian-Arab terrorist state, which divides Jerusalem in two, forcibly evicts Jews from their homeland, and requires Israel’s retreat to indefensible borders. He speech was was filled with anti-Israel vitriol and falsehoods. Neither the U.S. nor Israel nor any of our allies would benefit from establishing another Iranian or Iraqi or Libyan or Syrian-style state in the Middle East – and that is exactly what Kerry’s proposal entails. Kerry’s proposal endangers Israel’s safety and security – and would reward the Palestinian Authority (“PA”)/PLO for promoting the murder of Jews, honoring murderers of Jews, and paying pensions to families of murderers of Jews.

Kerry also called for easing the Gaza weapons blockade, which he called “restrictions” on Gaza. This would enable Hamas to bring in more military equipment, further gravely endangering Israel’s citizens.

In the course of his speech, Kerry repeatedly ignored or twisted reality and/or blatantly lied.

Although Kerry threw Israel a few “bones” – such as speaking about the PA’s incitement of terrorism and naming of public squares after terrorists, Kerry engaged in the false “moral equivalence” of equating Jews living in their homes to the PA’s promotion of terrorism and murder. And Kerry’s attacks were mainly reserved for Israelis who dare to live in their own millennia-old homeland in Judea/Samaria and eastern Jerusalem.

Despite Israel’s willingness to negotiate and the Palestinian’s refusals, Kerry blamed the Israelis and the Palestinians “equally” for the lack of peace.

Kerry ignored that the PA/PLO rejected offers of statehood in 2000-01 and in 2008 and refused to negotiate with Israel for the past seven years, proving that the issue is Israel’s existence – and not a Palestinian state or Jews living in their old city in eastern Jerusalem and Judea/Samaria. Despite Israel’s willingness to negotiate and the Palestinian’s refusals, Kerry blamed the Israelis and the Palestinians “equally” for the lack of peace.

Kerry also ignored the diplomatic terrorism carried on by the Hamas-Abbas alliance, which also proves that the Palestinian Authority’s intention is murdering Jews and destroying Israel.

Kerry promoted “justice ” and compensation for Palestinian-Arab “refugees’ – of which there are only about 30,000 remaining. – but Kerry ignored the almost one million Jewish refugees who were forced out of their homes and businesses in Arab countries when the Arabs invaded the newly-reestablished State of Israel in 1948.

Kerry also blatantly lied that the Obama administration has supported Israel regarding Iron Dome and BDS (anti-Israel boycotts, divestment and sanctions), etc. In fact, the Obama administration repeatedly attempted to cut funding to Iron Dome. Congress restored the funding cut by Obama. The Obama administration invoked anti-Semitic labeling restrictions, and frequently issued statements (like UNSC Res. 2334) that promote BDS.

Kerry castigated Israel for its security checkpoints – ignoring the fact that the only reason that checkpoints exist is the existence of continual Arab terrorism against innocent Israelis. If there were no Arab terrorists, there would be no checkpoints. The U.S. has checkpoints in every airport. If there was no Islamist terrorism, there would no checkpoints in Israel or in airports around the world.

Kerry also promoted that each side should adopt his proposals “without waiting for the other side.” Thus, Kerry would have Israel endanger its citizens’ lives by removing checkpoints, without waiting for PA/PLO/Hamas knife and car ramming attacks on innocent Israelis to end.

While Kerry acknowledged that Hamas wants “one (Palestinian Arab) state, Kerry ignored the fact that the PA/PLO/Fatah has repeatedly proven that they also want one Palestinian Arab state that replaces all of Israel. PA/PLO/Fatah maps, stamps, official emblems and textbooks all show no Israel and a “Palestinian state” that encompasses the entire land of Israel. The PA/PLO Fatah repeatedly calls the re-establishment of the State of Israel in 1948 the “first occupation,” and the lands that Israel regained while defending herself in the 1967 war, the “second occupation.” PA leader Abbas at the UN has condemned Israel’s occupation since 1948!

Much of Kerry’s argument against settlements (which he admitted are only located on a tiny portion of Judea/Samaria) was based on Kerry’s baldly-stated false premise that a Palestinian Arab state must be “contiguous” to be viable. Kerry ignored the fact there are many countries throughout the world that have non-contiguous enclaves and exclaves, which are perfectly viable (including Russia, Spain, the Netherlands, Belgium, Malawi, India and Bangladesh, to name a few).

Kerry also ignored that a “contiguous” Palestinian-Arab state would cut Israel in two, resulting in a non-contiguous indefensible Israel.

Despite admitting that settlements are on only a small percentage of Judea/Samaria, and that 99% of the Palestinian Arabs live in the areas under the PA’s or Hamas’ authority, Kerry falsely depicted settlement growth, which is almost all within existing Jewish towns borders, as the problem.

Kerry also falsely acted like UNSC Resolution 2334 passed last week was not of any serious consequence, or any different from prior anti-Israel resolutions. Kerry ignored that Resolution 2334 declares that the Jewish quarter, Temple Mount, and Western wall are now “occupied Arab land” and that makes 700,000 Jews living in the Jewish homeland into pariahs (or even criminals) who are living there illegally. Prior resolutions calling for a “freeze” of “settlements” did not say that the “settlements” were on Arab land.

Resolution 2334 also called for dividing Jerusalem. And now, in his speech, Kerry publicly proclaimed that he too wants to divide Jerusalem in two.

Kerry also praised the Arab Peace Initiative (API). He ignored that the API requires Israel to make every concession first, and then the Arabs will decide whether to have normalized relations with Israel. The API also calls for millions of alleged descendants of supposed Arab refugees to move into Israel, in addition to having a Palestinian state.

In sum, Kerry’s speech tossed a few bones to Israel while again stabbing Israel in the back with a proposal that endangers the Jewish state.

Zionist Organization of America

Terror Attack in Efrat, One Wounded

Saturday, December 24th, 2016

On Friday night, an Arab terrorist infiltrated into the town of Efrat in Gush Etzion.

The terrorist snuck up behind a couple walking on King David street on their way back from synagogue, and stabbed the husband multiple times in the upper body.

The terrorist then fled from the town.

The wife found a neighbor who called the ambulance and emergency command center.

The man was taken to the hospital in light to medium condition. He was conscious. He was released from Shaarei Tzedek hospital on Saturday night.

The towns rapid response team and the IDF spent the night searching the town, going house to house, and the nearby villages for the terrorist.

Jewish Press News Briefs

More Biased Media Coverage Of Palestinian Terror

Friday, December 23rd, 2016

When is a Palestinian terrorist attack not worthy of serious attention, in the eyes of America’s major daily newspapers?

When there’s no way to make the Palestinian attacker look sympathetic, of course.

In Jerusalem on Dec. 14, a Palestinian terrorist named Khamad Khadr Ashikh stabbed two Israeli police officers and a 12-year-old Israeli boy in the head with a large screwdriver.

The New York Times has a bureau in Israel, with a staff of reporters. So does the Washington Post. Either of them could have sent a reporter to the hospital to interview the victims. Their reporter could have called the victims’ families. He or she could have visited Khamad Khadr Ashikh’s hometown, and asked his relatives and neighbors whether they consider the stabber to be a terrorist or a hero. The Times or the Post at least could have told its readers what the Palestinian Authority (PA) was saying about the attack on PA-controlled television and radio stations.

But that kind of reporting is fraught with risk, if you have a pro-Palestinian agenda. Hospitalized stabbing victims inevitably generate sympathy for Israel’s side. Palestinian neighbors and relatives typically praise perpetrators of anti-Jewish violence, so that would make the Palestinian cause look bad. As for the PA, its official print, TV, and radio outlets always portray Palestinian terrorists as heroes – so acknowledging what the PA is saying would further discredit the Palestinian cause.

So, instead of doing their journalistic duty, the Times and the Post posted a very brief Associated Press article about the attack. That enables them to say they didn’t ignore the story. But the AP’s report really wasn’t much better than ignoring the story altogether.

To begin with, the AP did not even mention the 12-year-old Israeli who was stabbed. Was it sloppy reporting, or a deliberate attempt to slant the story? Hard to say. But this much is undeniable: when Israeli children are stabbed, that generates sympathy for Israel; by contrast, police officers are armed, so attacks on them don’t necessarily seem quite as outrageous. A journalist who champions the Palestinian cause will always prefer to make it appear as if Palestinians only attack armed security personnel, not defenseless civilians.

Next came the AP’s resort to moral equivalency. In the past year, according to the AP, “Palestinian attackers have killed 36 Israelis” while “228 Palestinians have been killed by Israeli fire.” The AP continued, “Israel says most of the Palestinians killed were attackers while the rest died in clashes with troops.”

Notice the phrase “Israel says,” as if it’s just a claim that can’t be verified. Are the AP reporters in Israel for some reason unable to review the circumstances of each incident to determine the simple truth? Are they afraid Israel’s “claim” would be proven true?

As for the AP’s distinction between the deaths of “Palestinian attackers” and the deaths of Palestinians who “died in clashes with troops,” that’s just fiction intended to make some of the Palestinian deaths seem unjustified. A “clash with troops” means Palestinians attack Israeli troops with deadly rocks and firebombs, and get shot by the Israelis in self-defense. Israeli troops do not randomly target innocent Palestinians, starting “clashes” with them in order to shoot them. The “clashers” are “attackers.”

The AP concluded its report on the stabbing with a thinly veiled attempt to provide justification for the attack: “Israel says the violence is driven by a Palestinian campaign of incitement, while Palestinians say it’s the result of nearly 50 years of Israeli occupation and dwindling hopes for an independent state.”

So once again, the AP presents the “two sides” as if they are equally plausible interpretations of the events. What the AP neglected to mention is that the stabber, 21-year-old Khamad Khadr Ashikh, never lived under “Israeli occupation.” He was born and raised in the village of Beit Surik, and the year he was born, 1995, was the year Prime Minister Yitzhak Rabin withdrew Israel’s troops from Beit Surik and the other cities where 98 percent of the Palestinians reside.

Ashikh lived his whole life under the rule of the PA. The AP’s suggestion that he stabbed Jews because of the “Israeli occupation” is a lie. And the fact that The New York Times and Washington Post reprinted the AP’s lie doesn’t make it any less of one.

JNS

Stephen M. Flatow

The Tamar Yonah Show – War and Christmas [audio]

Wednesday, December 21st, 2016

Russian ambassador Andrei Karlov was shot by an Islamic Turkish security officer in the Turkey’s capital on Monday, shouting “Allahu akbar (God is great)and “Do not forget Aleppo! Do not forget Syria!” Will the assassination of Russia’s Ambassador be a catalyst for WAR between these two nations who already suffer from diplomatic and military friction? Guest, Alexander Boot joins Tamar and gives his take on the attack.

Also, what’s the history of the *Christmas holiday and should anyone be celebrating a pagan holiday that the Bible clearly says they should not do? Check out the dark ritual origins here.

*Note: This program topic is not meant to hurt anyone’s feelings. This is merely to enable people who have always celebrated Christmas, to make an educated decision as to what they want to teach their children and bring into their home. Your comments are welcome.

Tamar Yonah 20Dec 2016 – PODCAST

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13 Soldiers Killed in Terror attack in Central Turkey

Saturday, December 17th, 2016

Thirteen soldiers were killed and 56 others wounded when a suicide car-bomb hit a bus in central Kayseri province on Saturday, Anadolu reported, citing Interior Minister Suleyman Soylu. Twelve victims are in intensive care, four remain in critical condition

Turkey’s Supreme Board of Radio and Television imposed a temporary ban on media coverage of the Kayseri blast, which includes a live broadcast from the scene, footage taken from the time of the blast and afterwards, and images of bodies.

According to Soylu, seven suspects have been detained in connection with the attack, as security forces are searching for five others.

According to an earlier statement issued by the Turkish General Staff, the suicide car targeted a public bus carrying off-duty troops near Erciyes University campus at 8:45 AM.

Foreign Minister Mevlut Cavusoglu condemned the terror attack on his Twitter account, offering his condolences to the families of the victims and wishing the injured a speedy recovery.

Chief of the General Staff Gen. Hulusi Akar told Anadolu Agency that “the Turkish army is determined to combat terrorists until the last terrorist is neutralized.”

Deputy Prime Minister Veysi Kaynak compared the incident to the Dec.10 twin bombings in Istanbul, which killed 44 people, including several police officers.

The main opposition Republican People’s Party (CHP) leader, Kemal Kilicdaroglu, phoned the prime minister and offered his condolences over the attack.

David Israel

It’s Hard to Avoid the Word “Terror”

Monday, December 12th, 2016

{Originally posted to the author’s website}

Major attacks in Turkey and Egypt have once again given the media the dilemma of whether to use the terms “terror” or “terrorism.

Most news companies tell their reporters to refrain from using the term while at the same time describing in detail what took place. One senior journalist told me that they refrain from using the term “terrorism” because it can mean “lots of things to lots of people.”

I don’t understand how “terrorism” can mean that many different things. Radical Islamic  bombers indiscriminately killing people at a stadium and in a church? Sounds like the textbook definition of terrorism.

At least I expect the media to be consistent. If an attack or group is “terrorist” in Egypt or Turkey, a similar attack against innocent Israelis should get the same treatment.

But I think it is almost impossible to put certain words off limits. In today’s instant news cycle, these words will get through and no matter what the policy, inconsistencies are bound to surface.

The Washington Post recorded that Turkey:

…has been hit by multiple terrorist attacks in recent years…

Even though, there have been literally hundreds of attacks against innocent Israelis, I cannot recall the Post ever reporting that Israel has been hit my multiple terrorist attacks.

The Associated Press refrained from using the word, even though the graphic descriptions left no doubt about the nature of the attack. What I find interesting is that they will publish the word when it is being said by someone else. So we have “terrorist attack” attributed to the Turkish Interior Minister, the Turkish President vowed to fight the “curse of terrorism to the end.” Israeli Prime Minister Netanyahu was quoted saying:

Israel condemns any terror in Turkey, and Israel expects Turkey to condemn any act of terror in Israel. The battle against terror must be mutual.”

Yet the AP avoided using the term in its own voice.

Reuters went a little further. In addition to both direct quotations and statements attributed to sources in the story, they noted that the attacks may have been the work of the:

PKK, which is designated as a terrorist organization by the United States, Europe and Turkey.

Hamas is also designated a terrorist organization by the Unites States and others. Yet when Reuters writes about Hamas, it does not mention this fact, as in this example when the group is referred to as  “the Islamist group that has run Gaza since 2007.”

Why note that the U.S. calls the PKK terrorist and neglect to mention this about Hamas? Again, when everyone is talking about terrorism, it is just not possible for the media to ban its usage.

The group BBC Watch noted that the BBC refrained from using the word in reference to the attacks, even in quotations. However, in another article it ran the headline “Terrorism Most Immediate Threat to UK says M6.”

People are seeing the word in quotations and headlines. It’s out in the public realm no matter what the style guides of major media say. Reporters in the field are being put to a major disadvantage when they are not allowed to use it.

It is not sustainable for the media to try and avoid a term that describes a real global problem, especially when it is being used frequently by people in the news.

Most countries have an official definition of terrorism. While these definitions differ slightly, they do not leave room for the word to mean “lots of things.” Why can’t the media do the same?

Yarden Frankl

The New Attorney General And American Victims Of Palestinian Terror

Thursday, December 8th, 2016

Senator Jeff Sessions has not yet taken office as the new attorney general of the United States but he has already been presented with his first major challenge, thanks to Palestinian Authority president Mahmoud Abbas.

Abbas threw down the gauntlet in his address at the seventh conference of Fatah, held in the PA capital of Ramallah the last week in November.

Fatah is the largest faction of the Palestine Liberation Organization. Abbas is the head of the PLO, Fatah, and the PA. Busy guy.

The State Department and the Jewish left are always telling us that Abbas is moderate and seeks peace. They say he has turned his back on his old terrorist ways and now rejects terrorism.

So shouldn’t he have used his address at the Fatah conference to stress those themes? Shouldn’t he have denounced the Palestinian terrorists who have slaughtered so many innocent Israelis, Americans, and others?

Yes, that’s what Abbas should have done. But instead, he did exactly the opposite. He went out of his way to single out, by name, some of the most notorious Palestinian terrorists of all time and to heap praise on them.

“They are all our heroes,” Abbas declared. “You will not forget them; they are immortal in our people’s memory, and the homeland of Palestine. Their sacrifices will not be in vain.”

He said they were “martyrs,” using the Islamic religious term for those who deserve to receive divine rewards for their deeds.

Then he proceeded to list their names.

I don’t know if Attorney General-designee Sessions was listening. But you can bet his staff will let him know what Abbas said. And Abbas surely knows that all his speeches are reviewed by U.S. government officials. Yet the individuals whom he singled out as “heroes” are all responsible for massacring American citizens:

* George Habash, founder of the Popular Front for the Liberation of Palestine (PFLP), and Abu Ali Mustafa, another PFLP leader. The PFLP, which is still on the U.S. list of terror groups, was responsible for attacks ranging from the 1972 slaughter of 11 American citizens from Puerto Rico in Israel’s Lod Airport to the 2004 Jerusalem synagogue massacre of five American rabbis.

The PFLP also carried out the 1976 murder (in Turkey) of Harold Rosenthal, a senior aide to U.S. Senator Jacob Javits (R-New York). It’s not hard to guess how Sessions, a Republican senator, feels about terrorists who murdered a senior staff member of a Republican senator.

* Sheikh Ahmed Yassin, founder of Hamas. The many American victims of its suicide bombings have included Connecticut schoolteacher Joan Davenny (1995); a young soon-to-be-married couple, Matt Eisenfeld and Sara Duker (1996); New Jersey schoolteacher Judith Greenbaum (2001); and teenagers Yael Botwin (Los Angeles) and David Boim (New York).

* Fathi Shikaki, cofounder of Palestinian Islamic Jihad, which carried out the 1995 attack in which my daughter Alisa was murdered, as well as countless other attacks. The victims include Philadelphia attorney Rita Levine (1989), five members of the Reinitz, Taubenfeld, and Nathanson families of Monsey (2003), and Florida teenager Daniel Wultz (2006).

* Muhammad Zaidan (better known as Muhammad Abbas or Abu Abbas), founder of the Palestine Liberation Front terror group. Best known for the hijacking of the Achille Lauro cruise ship in 1985, in which an elderly, wheelchair-bound American, Leon Klinghoffer, was murdered.

 

At least 141 U.S. citizens have been murdered by Palestinian terrorists since the 1960s. Yet the U.S. government has never asked the PA to extradite any of the terrorists for prosecution – even though many of the killers have been identified by name and some are even serving in the PA police or security forces.

Maybe that will change now that a new sheriff is coming to town. Maybe the new administration will acknowledge what the Obama administration refused to recognize: that bringing Palestinian killers of Americans to justice is an integral part of the international war on terror.

For the past eight years, various regimes around the world have become accustomed to insulting and humiliating the United States. Sometimes that has even included regimes that are recipients of U.S. aid, such as the PA, which receives $500 million each year.

For Mahmoud Abbas to go out of his way to publicly praise the murderers of Americans follows that pattern. It’s as if he’s daring the new attorney general to respond. One can only hope Senator Sessions is paying attention – and will take action.

Stephen M. Flatow

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