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Arab ‘Day of Rage’ Unleashes Intifada

Friday, November 7th, 2014

Palestinian Authority unity government chairman Mahmoud Abbas has apparently decided to stand with Hamas and Islamic Jihad to trigger a third intifada.

Abbas issued a call for Arabs to protect the Al Aqsa mosque on the Temple Mount “at all costs,” claiming that Jews must be prevented from entering the site. The Temple Mount is the holiest place on earth in Judaism, and third holiest to Muslims.

Leaders of the Hamas and Islamic Jihad terror organizations quickly followed with calls of their own to hold various “Days of Rage” on Fridays at the Al Aqsa Mosque and other places around Israel.

Hamas and Islamic Jihad urged all PA Arabs – especially the youth – to take to the streets in a “Day of Rage” today (Friday, Nov. 7), urging them to “save the Al Aqsa Mosque and defend Jerusalem against the Israeli siege.”

It is clear that the entire terror leadership of the Palestinian Authority had coordinated the effort. The move was deliberately timed with a warning by Abbas that failure to resolve the conflict between Israel and the PA would lead to an escalation of violence in the region, reported Egypt’s Al Bawaba news site.

Abbas – “Abu Mazen” as he is known among terrorists and the general Arab population – long ago stopped condemning violence even in English speeches.

Instead he’s been issuing fiery calls to his constituents to prevent “in any way” Jews from going up to the Temple Mount, the holiest place on Earth for Jews. Official Palestinian Authority TV produced a short video of those calls, ending it with a picture of Jerusalem and the words, “Arab Jerusalem” and broadcast it 19 times over a three-day period, Oct. 17 to 19.

(Palestinian Media Watch (PMW) notes in its coverage that expressions used by PA leaders such as “in any way” and “using all means” are intended to convey encouragement for varying degrees of violence and terror.)

“It’s not enough for us to say, ‘There are those carrying out Ribat’ (religious conflict / war over land claimed to be Islamic),” Abbas said. “We must all carry out Ribat in the Al-Aqsa [Mosque]. It’s not enough for us to say, ‘The settlers have arrived [at the Mosque]‘. They have come, and they must not come to the Sanctuary (i.e., Temple Mount). We have to prevent them, in any way whatsoever, from entering the Sanctuary.

“This is our Sanctuary, our Al-Aqsa and our Church [of the Holy Sepulchre]. They have no right to enter it. They have no right to defile it. We must prevent them. Let us stand before them with chests bared to protect our holy places,” Abbas exclaimed.

Hundreds in Judea and Samaria rioted and clashed with IDF security forces. At least 400 Arabs hurled rocks and firebombs (Molotov cocktails) at Israeli soldiers at the Kalandia checkpoint, a common target where violence usually starts.

IDF troops did not wait for injuries to justify effective self-defense this time; they opened fire at the raging mob but did not confirm a hit, said an army spokesperson.

Near Ramallah, Arabs also hurled rocks at Israeli security personnel, and similar attacks were carried out further south, closer to Hebron.

Riots were also seen in the northern Jerusalem neighborhood of Shuafat following the funeral of Hamas terrorist Ibrahim al-Akari. The terrorist murdered a Border Patrol chief inspector and a 17-year-old yeshiva boy yesterday and wounded a dozen others, running them over with his van in a hit-and-run terror attack at two Light Rail stops in Jerusalem. Al-Akari was finally stopped by Border Patrol police officers who shot and killed him after he exited his van and started beating bystanders with a crowbar.

Arabs Riot at Rachel’s Tomb, Border Guards Wounded

Friday, August 8th, 2014

Two Border Guard security personnel were lightly wounded while trying to control a mob of some 600 Palestinian Authority Arabs rioting Friday afternoon near Rachel’s Tomb.

Three of the rioters were allegedly shot in the legs with rubber bullets, according to the Hebrew-language 0404.co.il website.

The rioters burned tires and hurled firebombs and rocks at the Border Guards, who at first used standard crowd control methods but then allegedly opened fire when all else failed.

The scene at Rachel's Tomb on Friday afternoon, when hundreds of Arabs rioted violently at the urging of Hamas terrorists in Gaza. August 8, 2014

The scene at Rachel’s Tomb on Friday afternoon, when hundreds of Arabs rioted violently at the urging of Hamas terrorists in Gaza. August 8, 2014

Security personnel succeeded in dispersing most of the mob but about 100 of the hard-core rioters remained into the early evening hours.

Hamas terrorists in Gaza have urged Arabs in Israel to riot and attack Jews in as many ways as possible, to encourage a budding third intifada.

The tomb of the Jewish matriach, one of the holiest sites in Judaism, is located on the outskirts of Bethlehem, barely five minutes south of Jerusalem.

Due to Palestinian Arab violence, Israeli authorities were forced to build high, strong walls around the once-modest tomb, transforming it into a virtual fortress in order to protect the Jews who visit the site to pray.

US Calls for Israeli Restraint Under Rocket Fire, Arab Violence

Tuesday, July 8th, 2014

While calling on Israel to exercise “restraint” in the face of incessant rocket fire and nationwide Arab rioting, the United States says Hamas is not really part of the Palestinian Authority unity government.

Moreover, the U.S. contends that PA unity government leader Mahmoud Abbas carries no responsibility for its actions.

Abbas has yet to break his ties with Hamas and dissolve his Fatah faction’s unity pact with the terrorist organization that rules Gaza.

At a State Department news briefing on Monday, spokesperson Jen Psaki admitted to reporters Secretary of State John Kerry had asked Israel – “as he’s urged both parties” — to exercise restraint and “avoid steps that could further destabilize the situation.”

In response to an immediate question from a journalist as to whether Kerry had also spoken with Palestinian Authority leader Mahmoud Abbas in the same manner, Psaki responded:

“He has spoken with him over the course of the last several days or week. I don’t – let me see if I have anything specific over the last – he spoke with him – let’s see – I know last Tuesday. He’s been in – I think it’s important to reiterate here we’ve been in touch on the ground very closely with both parties.”

The journalist persisted, noting, “Well, but you’ve seen the comments that are coming out of Hamas. And now that the U.S. has, in effect, kind of accept the fact that Hamas is now in this unity government, you would think that as leader of this unity government it would be incumbent on President Abbas to rein in or take – try and maintain some kind of control over the activities of Hamas. Isn’t that correct?”

Psaki’s reply: “Well, you’re right. I mean, we’ve stated – you’re right in the sense that we have stated from the beginning that we would judge the interim government by its actions, composition, and policies. And based on what we know now, this hasn’t changed. We don’t believe that Hamas plays a role in the government. However, to your point, it is difficult to see how other aspects of the reconciliation process can move forward in this current atmosphere, and we’ve conveyed that as well.”

The journalist did not let up. “Well, I mean, I understand that you – that maybe it’s a technicality that Hamas doesn’t play a part in this government, but it is a unity government that includes Hamas. And I’m just wondering, now does President Abbas more so than ever bear responsibility for the actions of Hamas?”

Psaki: “No. But we have – President Abbas himself has suggested that there would be serious consequences for whatever party carried out the crimes that we’ve been talking about over the last several weeks. And as I mentioned, it’s difficult for us to see, given this current atmosphere, how other aspects of the reconciliation process could continue.”

Journalist: “Just one quick last one. Did Secretary Kerry mention the specific case of this Israeli-Palestinian teen that was beaten?”

Psaki: “I don’t have any other further details, but I think it’s safe to assume when he’s talking about the escalating tensions on the ground, he’s talking about all of the reports that you’ve seen in the news that we’ve all been discussing.”

Journalist continues: “Did you have a response, reaction – and forgive me if I missed it – to the Palestinian teenager who was killed, this cousin of this – or did that happen over the –

Psaki: “I believe we’ve put out something over the weekend. I can double-check that and certainly. . .

Journalist: “Okay. Thus far, have you seen both sides exercising the kind of restraint that you think is necessary?”

Abu Khdeir: ‘No Proof’ Killers Weren’t Jewish

Monday, July 7th, 2014

Hussein Abu Khdeir, father of slain Palestinian teenager Mohammed Abu Khdeir, told Channel 2 Monday that there is no evidence that Gil-ad Shaar, 16, Naftali Fraenkel, 16, and Eyal Yifrach, 19, were not murdered by Jews.

Appearing together with the grandfather of Gil-ad Sha’ar, the bereaved father claimed it is “unknown” who was behind the murder of the Israeli boys, challenging Sha’ar’s grandfather to “Bring me someone who said they killed them.”

Abu Khdeir also said there is no precedent for the brutality of his son’s murder. He has apparently never heard of the Inquisition, the Crusades or the Holocaust.

Violent Arabs Again Target Jerusalem Light Rail

Monday, July 7th, 2014

Jerusalem Arabs are continuing to target the Jerusalem Light Rail in violence intended to ensure the transit system will “never pass through Shuafat,” a northern Arab suburb of the capital.

Shuafat is also home to the family of 16 year old Muhammad Abu Khdeir, who was murdered last week. Six Jewish suspects have been taken into custody in connection with the case, and three have reportedly confessed to the crime.

Three Light Rail stops were utterly destroyed last week by Arab rioters, despite the fact that the rail is used by Arab commuters on a daily basis, as well as Jews, to reach their jobs in the city.

Nevertheless, extremist Arabs have said they are determined to destroy the Light Rail’s infrastructure to ensure the rail system cannot pass through Shuafat “ever.” Officials, meanwhile, have said it will take months to repair the damage to the stops once the violence has ceased.

The route of the Jerusalem Light Rail currently ends at Ammunition Hill (Givat HaTachmoshit), as it is no longer possible to use the infrastructure at Shuafat and Beit Hanina. This also cuts off access for the numerous Jewish residents who live in the northern Jerusalem neighborhood of Neve Yaakov.

Riots Continue As Israel Tries to Calm Tensions

Monday, July 7th, 2014

Arab communities from the Negev to the Galilee continue to burn as riots over the death of Mohammed Abu Khdeir continue into their sixth day.

Since Abu Khdeir’s body was discovered in the Jerusalem Forest last Wednesday, Israeli across the political and religious spectrum have strongly condemned the murder and have said that the killers would be brought to justice. Prime Minister Netanyahu, Defense Minister Moshe Yaalon, Jewish Home leader Naftali Bennet and rabbis from across the religious Zionist spectrum expressed their revulsion at the murder and called for those responsible to be brought to justice.

Netanyahu said there is “no place in Israeli society” for the individuals, apparently Jews, who kidnapped and murdered the Arab teenager,

Justice Minister Tzippi Livni, too, lashed out at the suspects.

“They have stolen our faith that something like this could never happen in our society. They have stolen from us the ability to say that we are not like them, that a Jew could never commit such a brutal, sadistic murder of a child.

“But we will not let them steal our ability to be a nation with ethical and democratic values. We will not let them steal our presence as a country with the rule of law – as Menachem Begin said, “justice is the ultimate authority” – I will not allow them to take this away from us. I pledge that the law enforcement and justice establishments will act in the strictest way possible against anyone who tries to destroy what we have built here – the murderers of Mohammed Abu Khdeir and of Shelly Dadon will be brought to justice. We have had enough!”, Livni said in a statement.

But the wall-to-wall condemnations and pledges for justice did little to douse the flames of violence in Arab communities around the country. Overnight between Sunday and Monday, Arabs clashed with police and Border Police in Arab-majority neighborhoods in Jerusalem, Bedouin towns in the Negev and Israeli Arab towns in the Galilee.

In Shchem, Arab rioters tried to burn Kever Yosef, a holy site to Muslims as well as Jews, but were repelled by Palestinian Authority security forces.

In the Galilee, routes 65 and 70 have been closed on-and-off for several days due to violence.  Dozens of people have been arrested in Tamra and Nazareth.

In the south, masked Arabs threw stones at passing cars outside the Jewish town of Omer, north of Beer Sheva. In addition, clashes were reported at Ar’ara, Tel Sheva, Lakia and Khoura.

Responding to the riots, Justice Minister Livni called on Jewish and Arab leaders to calm tensions.

“This is the time for the national and local leadership – in Israel, the Palestinian Authority and every town and village – to show responsibility, to rise to the call of this difficult hour to ramp down the flames and to find the way to live here,” Livni said.

Palestinians Play the Victim Again

Monday, June 23rd, 2014

More than one week into the search for the three Israeli teenagers who were kidnapped by Hamas terrorists, the Palestinians have gone beyond mocking the boys and their families on social media with their three-fingered salute taunt. They are now attempting to use the Israel Defense Forces’ search operation as an excuse to turn the tables on the Jewish state.

Since neither Hamas nor their Fatah partners in the Palestinian government have produced the boys or the captors (despite PA leader Mahmoud Abbas’s promises that his security services are aiding in the hunt), these political parties are beginning what is, in effect, a third intifada, as they send their own children and young people into the streets to resist army searchers, producing confrontations that inevitably lead to violence and casualties.

Having then provided the international media with a new set of grievances, the Palestinians now are claiming that those who both applauded the kidnapping and who are actively obstructing the lawful operations aimed at rescuing the boys are the real victims. The only question is how long it will take before the United Nations and the rest of the international community starts mulling resolutions condemning the Israelis for leaving no stone unturned in their quest to find the boys as well as for having the chutzpah to resist terrorism.

To listen to officials like Palestinian Authority Foreign Minister Riyad al-Maliki, the kidnapping is either an Israeli hoax or the act of Jewish criminals rather than terrorists. This variant on 9/11 truther myths is a mixture of the traditional imagery of anti-Semitism as well as modern disinformation. But like PLO official Hanan Ashrawi and her boss Abbas, al-Maliki’s real complaint is that the focus on Jews suffering at the hands of Palestinian terrorists helps “turn Israelis from aggressors to victims.” He’s right about that.

Though Israelis are routinely portrayed in the international media as the bullies of the Middle East, the kidnapping and the latest rocket attacks into southern Israel from Hamas-run Gaza (the independent Palestinian state in all-but-name that reminds Israelis what they would get if they withdrew from the West Bank) highlight the fact that it is Israel that remains under siege from its hostile Arab neighbors, not Gaza or the West Bank.

If there is any conscious attempt to manipulate public opinion, it is the efforts of Palestinians to turn a lawful search operation for the boys into a series of unfortunate violent incidents. What is happening is similar to past intifadas during which cynical Palestinian leaders sacrificed their children on the altar of hate for Israel in order to produce victims for the international media to aid the campaign to delegitimize Israel’s right to self-defense.

If the Palestinians don’t want Israeli troops searching their towns and villages and fields for terrorist victims, they have an easy solution to their problem. They can demand that Hamas surrender the terrorists and produce the boys. Even more to the point, if they don’t want the present diplomatic stalemate to continue, which has left Abbas’s PA in control of most Palestinian areas but with Israel retaining the right to guard its security in the West Bank, they can return to the negotiating table and finally accept a peace offer that would, in return for their recognition that Israel is the nation state of the Jewish people and a permanent end to the conflict, gain sovereignty over most of the territory they claim as their own.

But since the Palestinians remain uninterested in pursuing either of those rational options or in being led by people more interested in developing their economy and respecting human rights than in pursuing a century-old futile quest to destroy Israel, they are stuck in their preferred tactics of the past. That is why they are dusting off the old intifada playbook and trying to play the victim instead of ending this crisis or negotiating peace. While much of the international community will probably fall for this ploy, they should not expect the Israeli public to be so simple. After more than 20 years of failed efforts to get the Palestinians to take yes for an answer, the Jewish state is determined to defend itself. Those who attack their children and mock them are not the victims in this story.

Printed from: http://www.jewishpress.com/indepth/opinions/palestinians-play-the-victim-again/2014/06/23/

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